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Doreen Kessey, Ubongo on making edutainment content for phones, TV and web "We've created an edutainment cartoon that teaches maths ands science and we broadcast it on TV..It's also available on Ubongo Mobile."
Nnenna Nwakanma on Africa’s Data Revolution and Open Government for citizens Ministers wanted to know what would be the tenets of an Africa data revolution."
Kenyan TV writer on How To Find a Husband Ndinda Kioko talks about writing her first novel "How To Find A Husband is A TV show that follows the lives of women in Nairobi, things like work, dating, sex and marriage. A bit like Sex and the city.
African Entrepreneurship - Why Culture Matters with Rebecca Enonchong and Michael Ike "A lot of it is tied to the relationship between Francophone Africa and France and France is not known to have the best start-up culture."
Katrin Macmillan on an outdoor Internet facility in Nigeria based on Sugata Mitra’s ideas "It's an outdoor solar powered, Internet-enabled computer kiosk, loaded with educational software with unlimited Internet access."
Writivism’s Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire on the impact of the Internet on African writers and readers "The Internet revolution in Africa has made it possible for readers to access work much more easily."
Eric Kabera on his new documentary Intore about Rwanda 20 years after the Genocide "The film starts with a famous musician...who lost his parents and siblings during the Genocide. He has spent the last 20 years literally denying his country."
Albert Mucunguzi, PC Tech on the Ugandan start-up scene and its future prospects In 5-10 years I expect to see solutions from start-ups that will plug the holes left in the telecoms sector.
Stanlee Ohikhuare on his new Nigerian comedy film Stupid Movie "There's a gradual resurgence in comedy in Nigeria. 30 Days in Atlanta stayed in the cinemas for 5 months".
Diana Opoti on the fashion business in Kenya and malls vs online for consumers Online is a convenience business for those working long hours.
Adamu Waziri on Bino and Fino, an educational childrens’ animation series with its own dolls We have a Pan-African team of 7 animators, with one in Nairobi and the others in Lagos and Abuja.
Obi Emelonye on his TV series The Calabash about Nigerian bankers & iROKO TV’s film Thy Will Be Done Thy Will Be Done in Filmhouse cinemas in Nigeria end May:"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
Candace Nkoth Bisseck on how Kaymu is connecting buyers and sellers online in Cameroon We have individuals working and willing to do some side business...a lot of sellers from popular local markets and large companies.
Madiba Guillame Olivier, Kiro’o Games on raising 128,000 euros to be 1st games studio in Africa We plan to be the first video games studio on the continent to succeed in the USA and European market for PC and console games.
Hypolite Bouabre on the public launch of Ivorian music producer David Monsoh’s BeBlack TV BeBlack TV is a TV channel dealing with African cultures, Black cultures wherever they are in the world
Africa Data Challenge Winner Mary Olushoga - Helping Nigerian women farmers become entrepreneurs "It's about creating an ecosystem and putting women farmers in the supply chain of how agriculture is done specifically in Nigeria."
Fernando de Sousa, Microsoft on start-up barriers in Africa and good examples of African start-ups "We need to close the gap between the traditional education system and the need for someone be a successful entrepreneur."
Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen on his film Invasion 1897 - The British remove the last King of Africa "I thought it wise that the other side of the story should be heard. Not just from the point of view of the victor.
Nigerian You Tube phenomenon T-Boy on his next TV comedy series and his ambition to act "My Facebook skit did over 2 million views but my videos average at over 100,000 per video. I think that's pretty good".
Phiona Okumu, Afripop on SoulProviders and sticky content at Social Media Week Johannesburg I enjoyed the young musicians who are taking it upon themselves to create digital platforms to distribute music.
Nicole Amarteifio on what’s culturally inappropriate or not in You Tube series An African City I wanted a completely different image of Africa...An epiphany came to me that an African version of Sex and the City would be the answer to that problem
Rukky Ladoja, Grey on running a fashion start-up in Nigeria and selling through Jumia Infrastructure is the biggest challenge for any entrepreneur. Electricity and finding decent, skilled labour that will understand what you're trying to do
Valerie Konde, Pavilion 33 on her online start-up gallery selling art from Africa
“"Pavilion 33 is a peer-to-peer market place. Aas a user you can go to buy, rent or swop works of art."”
Rob Stokes of digital agency Quirk on what digital Africa will look like in 5 years time
“"Africa represents a big opportunity. It's challenging but there is growth. And digital represents an opportunity."”
Film & Media
Tanzanian VoD start-up Tango TV founder Victor Joseph on streaming local movies to your TV
“"You'll find lots of Tanzanian movies on the Tango Box and educational and childrens content."”
Historian Ed Keazor on whether the 1951 elections in Western Nigeria introduced tribalism
“There are accounts that range from the apocryphal to the sublime, from the absolutely credible to the completely nonsensical”
Bunmi Okunowo, NITDA on how the Nigerian Government supports entrepreneurship
“"The investors are looking for something that is ripe and they can invest in."”
Doreen Kessey, Ubongo on making edutainment content for phones, TV and web
“"We've created an edutainment cartoon that teaches maths ands science and we broadcast it on TV..It's also available on Ubongo Mobile."”
Since we last interviewed...
Deon Maas's Meerkat Productions working on its first feature film
After the release of Punk in Africa, Deon Maas had a heart attack, so took a sabbatical of almost a year. He has recently started reviving the company and "slowly but surely it is starting to display glimmers of it’s former self. We have made two documentaries for the SABC: One about Shangaan Electro and one about the Bacardi House scene in Attridgeville. This is the movement that spawned the world wide hit Township Funk in 2010 during the SWC. We also made a 150 minute doccie on SA’s premier music festival, Oppikoppi – our version of Glastonbury. The film will premiere later this year. Our award winning television series, Jam Sandwich has been renewed for it’s fifth season. This time it goes hand in hand with an extended platform for Twitter, Facebook, downloads, CD releases etc. So we are expanding the brand into other territories. We recently started working on our first feature film".
Asi Mathaba's political thriller TV series goes into production July 2015
Asi Mathaba's political thriller TV series (13 parts x 48 mins) goes into production in July 2015 and will be released in November 2015. LA-based distributor Multivision is looking at it and a South African TV channel is interested. Meanwhile his company Asi-B Films has gathered 21 programmes for its distribution catalogue.
Judy Kibinge founds and runs documentary film fund DOCUBOX
Judy Kibinge made a documentary called Scarred released in February 2015:
She has founded a documentary film fund called Docubox which supports documentary film makers:
DOCUBOX was funded by the Ford Foundation and Hivos and there are monthly screenings supported by CKU.
Jokko Labs opens new co-working spaces in Abidjan and Cotonou and soon in Banjul and Casablanca
Jokko Labs has recently opened a co-working space in Abidjan with Partick Mbengue, Innova/ GOTIC chairman and will open in Banjul at the end of April 2015. It is now in Dakar, Bamako, Ouagadougou, Nanterre La Défense (France), Cotonou (a recent opening with support of Fondation ZInsou, Isocel and Microland), and Casablanca soon (in partnership with the Technopark).
Kenya's Mdundo now available in 17 countries across Africa and signing 200 new artists a week
Kenya's mobile music service Mdundo is now available in 17 African countries and has 500,000 monthly downloads. It is also signing up 200 new artists every week from across Africa which as Nielsen says "should over the next 1-2 months make us much more interesting for customers in a number of countries across Africa as we we have a significant amount of local music from their country."
Wild Earth TV has had several programmes broadcast on the National Geographic Wild Channel
South Africa's Wild Earth TV just completed a series of live broadcasts for the National Geographic Wild channel and are also broadcasting live safaris on its own site. Graham Wallington, Wild Earth says:"There's been quite a large growth in the fan base as well as a lot more interest in "slow TV" from the networks".
Juliet Asante's film Silver Rain about to go on release in Nigeria at end of May
Silver Rain is premiering on the 29th of May in Filmhouse Cinemas around the Nigeria on DSTV box office in July. It is also on Tugg
its a cool service in the United States that allows independent films to show in major theatres like AMC, etc Juliet Asante is considering a Kenya distribution offer and India is also on the table:"
Adedoyin Ogundoyin is planning the 2nd WAGE computer gaming event in Nigeria this year
The Nigerian computer gaming event WAGE 14 was held in December 2014. Its conference had 10 speakers and attracted 60 attendees. The accompanying exhibition had 6 companies exhibiting and had 60 visitors. Adedoyin is organising WAGE 2015 and will be looking for gamers, speakers and exhibitors.
Michael Akindele, Solo appeared in Forbes Magazine
Michael Akindele, Solo has appeared in Forbes Magazine, described as a young entrepreneur challenging Apple in Africa. Solo has recently launched co-branded $50 dual sim smartphone with Airtel Nigeria bundled with its free music and VOD movies offering.
Nigerian Version of Desperate Housewives launches 30 April 2015
It's been a long time coming but it's finally here...Desperate Housewives Africa, the local adaptation of the multiple award-winning ABCtelevision drama hit series, is set to launch on April 30, 2015, exclusively on Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV, DStv Channel 165. This launch is to be preceded by a premiere in Lagos on April 28 where the new Desperate Housewives of Africa will be introduced in person along with the all-African suburban ‘Wisteria Lane’ neighbourhood where the series will be based.
Sara Blecher's film Ayanda gets critical acclaim and releases in South Africa on 2 October
Ayanda had its world Premiere at The Los Angeles international film Festival in July where it received a special mention in the International film Category. Then it was selected as the opening night film of the Durban International. It will be releasing nationwide in South Africa on the 2nd of October. Sara Blecher sats:"We are all really looking forward to this. It been extraordinary to see how the film has touched people".
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