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Friday, 29 August 2014

UNICEF, Young People in the Media and oneminuteJr hold workshop on child rights and protection issues in The Gambia




By Bakary Samateh
UNICEF Deputy Country representative and acting head of office in The Gambia, Rupert Leighton, has said the Oslo Challenge was put in place in 1999 to seek answers on how to give children access to the media, how to provide them with media education and literacy and how to ensure they benefit from full participation in the media.

Mr. Leighton was speaking at the opening ceremony of a five-day training on the oneminuteJr workshop on child rights and protection issues, organised by Young People in the Media, UNICEF and the Department of Information Services held at Mansakonko, Lower River Region.

Children’s media conference launches London event




The organisers of the annual Children’s Media Conference are launching a new event, the The CMC Rights Exchange, which will take place in London later this year.

The event will bring together literary agents, children’s TV, animation and film companies and children’s interactive, games and app producers.

“As the old model of licensing published content is being superseded by new forms of partnership or service delivery models, there needs to be a forum to understand, explore and negotiate those new relationships,” said Greg Childs, editorial director of the CMC.

Oluchi Orlandi is host of first edition of ‘Le Petite Marche Africa’ – fashion heavyweights from Ghana, Senegal and South Africa
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Oluchi Orlandi
Following a successful Le Petit Marche (LPM) outing at the Spitafields in London (May 2014), LPM in collaboration with HauteAfrica.com and Nature's Gentle Touch, presents its first African Designers edition in Nigeria.



The event holds on Sunday, 31 August, 2014, at the L’Espace HQ, and is hosted by one of the world’s most respected supermodels, Oluchi Orlandi.



“I am excited to be a part of this homegrown fashion platform that has helped many brands soar,” says Oluchi.  

“Platforms of connectivity online and offline are very key to fashion as distribution and retail networks can be a headache,” adds Wadami Amolegbe, founder of HauteAfrica.com. “LPM and Le’espace have been pioneers in solving that problem in Nigeria over the last five years and its indeed time to go Africa”.



Thursday, 28 August 2014

CongoNews editor held without charge after criticizing archbishop




Nairobi, August 28, 2014An editor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been held by police without charge for a week in connection with libel allegations over a column published in the privately owned bi-weekly CongoNews, according to local journalists and news reports.

Michael Mukebayi was arrested by four plain-clothed police officers in his home in Bandalungwa, a suburb of the capital Kinshasa, at 7 a.m. on August 21. The police had an arrest warrant for Mukebayi and the paper's publication director, John Tshingombe, according to the DRC-based press freedom group, the Africa Observatory for the Freedom of the Press (OLPA). The group said that Tshingombe has gone into hiding.

Fela Kuti: Africa’s Bob Marley – or an African Handel?




By Peter Culshaw 
When I met Fela Kuti, the self-styled “Black President”, he was in a London hotel wearing only a pair of red underpants, smoking a massive joint, surrounded by three of his wives (he notoriously married 26 in one day) and his personal magician, a Ghanaian who called himself Professor Hindu. 

This was in 1984, and was the first interview I ever had published. At the time, Fela was a cult figure in the UK and I was working on one of the few articles about him. Back in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa, though, he had been a major figure for well over a decade; when he died Lagos came to a standstill after a million people turned up to his funeral.

We’re living in a golden age of investigative journalism




By Anya Schiffrin - The Nation

Newspapers in America may be closing up shop, but muckrakers around the world are holding corrupt officials and corporate cronies accountable like never before.

In our world, the news about the news is often grim. Newspapers are shrinking, folding up, or being cut loose by their parent companies. Layoffs are up and staffs are down. That investigative reporter who covered the state capitol—she’s not there anymore. Newspapers like the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune have suffered from multiple rounds of layoffs over the years. 

You know the story and it would be easy enough to imagine that it was the world’s story as well. But despite a long run of journalistic tough times, the loss of advertising dollars, and the challenge of the Internet, there’s been a blossoming of investigative journalism across the globe from Honduras to Myanmar, New Zealand to Indonesia.

Dora all the way




By Sunday Dare
I have struggled with writing a befitting piece for Dora Akunyili since her cruel demise. And this is why. In the less than six months that I worked closely with her in Abuja at the Ministry of information and Communications, I was unable to come to terms with her undying belief  that Nigeria was still the greatest country in the world. For her, no country had all of God's blessings together in one piece like Nigeria. Nigeria, to her, had the ingredients to attain greatness. It was only a matter of time. 

U-20 World Cup: Lessons from Falconets’ defeat




By Kayode Ketefe
There are two major reasons why the Nigeria’s U-20 female team, Super Falconets, lost the prestigious U-20 World Cup despite going so close and having initially raised all hopes of eventual Nigerian glory. The first reason is self-caused while the second is an exogenous factor, as it were, beyond the players’ control.

On the first reason, the team’s coach himself, Peter Dedevbo, gave some insight when he attributed the loss, to what he called “tactical indiscipline” on the part of the players.

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