Monday 29 May 2017
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back to the continent, the valuable skills and knowledge that they have acquired in the developed world. "This pool of skilled labour can help the continent address challenges that hinder social economic development," she added. The director noted that remittances resulting...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(Xinhuanet 11/29/16)
A court in Zambia on Tuesday jailed a famous journalist to two years with hard labor over the production of an infamous political documentary which vilified then opposition leader Michael Sata in the run-up to the 2011 general elections. Chanda Chimba (III) was sent to jail after the court found him guilty of producing the defamatory "Stand Up for Zambia" documentary in 2010 and 2011 which was aired on state television and two other private television stations. He was also...
(International Business Times 10/21/16)
Bodies of albinos can sell for up to $75,000 to witch doctors, who see them as good luck. People with albinism are being attacked, abducted and killed in East and Southern Africa, but Kenya is hoping to change the perception of albinos as it holds the first Mr & Miss Albinism beauty pageant on Africa Human Rights Day. Organisers, the Albinism Society of Kenya (ASK), are hoping the pageant will promote inclusion of people with albinism, who often face stigma,...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(Lusaka Times 09/26/16)
Zambian-Scottish singer and songwriter, Namvula ( which means ‘mother of rain) , has been described as a “ true Original” by the Guardian . She is also a photographer, workshop facilitator, and Co-Founding Director of Film Africa, London’s largest celebration of African cinema and culture. Moved by life – by its beauty and ugliness, its creativity, its tenderness and cruelty, and the power of the stories that it holds, both simple and complex, Namvula sees music and photography as mirrors...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(BBC News Africa 09/20/16)
Pop star Emeli Sande says her new album was inspired by a "life-changing" trip to Zambia after her marriage ended. The star, who grew up in Aberdeenshire, visited her father's homeland in 2015, travelling to her grandmother's village "deep, deep into the outback". "There's no electricity, no running water," she told BBC Radio 4's Front Row. "But they'd light the fire and everyone would sing." "We took a lot of voice memos, and they're sampled on the album." "There's one...
(AFP (eng) 09/12/16)
Zambian authorities on Monday reinstated the licence of a private TV station they had taken off the air during last month's presidential poll for its "unprofessional conduct." The broadcasting licence of MUVI TV was suspended on August 22 after it broadcast stories before and after Zambia's closely-fought August 11 vote that were critical of supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party. The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) said at the time that the broadcaster's conduct "posed a risk to national peace and security." Lifting the suspension Monday, IBA Chairman Justin Mutale said
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(AFP (eng) 07/25/16)
Zambian authorities said on Sunday they had called off a planned show by Congolese singer Koffi Olomide following his deportation from Kenya for kicking one of his female dancers. Olomide was scheduled to perform at the annual agricultural trade show in Lusaka this week. "Following the reported unfortunate incident in Kenya concerning Koffi Olomide, the Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia has decided to cancel his performance during this year’s show," Ben Shoko, head of the society said in...
(Lusaka Times 07/25/16)
The first-ever Miss Africa Zambia pageant, being organised by Miss Pageant Zambia Trust, is set for August 5 at the Best Western Plus Lusaka Grand Hotel, where 10 models will be competing for the title. The winner is expected to represent Zambia at the Miss Africa to be held in Botswana in November. Charity Mwanza, Maria Chibuye, Grace Tembo, Penny Chewe, Louise Chingangu, Lukundo Nambaya, Tina Kazhila, Memory Ndumba and Sheena Kaliyangile are the contestants for the Miss Africa Zambia...
(Xinhuanet 07/14/16)
The following are the highlights of Zambia's major media outlets on Thursday. -- Zambia's electoral body has made strides towards ensuring that all eligible voters are not disfranchised regardless of their physical or visual challenges by developing a braille tactile folder to be used by the visually impaired people in this year' general elections. Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) public relations officer Sylvia Bwalya said the tactile folder, which was also known as ballot paper jacket, has been developed specifically...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(The Star 06/17/16)
StarTimes Group, one of the two TV signal distributors in Kenya, has come under fire in Zambia for seeking to control the state broadcaster and allegedly excluding rivals from the digital TV market. This follows the signing of a new deal worth US$271million allowing it to take over the public broadcaster, Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation for 25 years. Questions were raised over the way it was awarded a tender in 2013 to roll out a digital terrestrial TV network similar...
(Xinhuanet 05/19/16)
The Chinese Embassy in Zambia has launched an English version of a book documenting the history of the construction of the Tanzania Zambia Railway, a joint project by the Zambian and Tanzanian governments. A Monument to China Africa Friendship is a first-hand account of the building of the railway line, built in the 1970s with financial and technical assistance of the Chinese government. The launch of the English version follows the compiling and publication of the Chinese version by the...

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