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China’s Profitable Business of Enslaving Africa | Documentary

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Because grandiose initiatives like this make you look like a decent, caring leader, Sri Lanka’s President began pushing for the construction of a new port in a little town in the country’s south. The only problem was that everyone, even their own government studies, predicted that the port would be a loss-making venture. But then the President declared that the project had been approved, thanks to China’s assistance.

The port first opened in 2012, and the predictions were correct: no one wanted to use it.And the company’s finances were in dire straits. As a result, the President returned to China to seek a new loan, this time for $757 million. So, what exactly did they do? They took out another $1 billion loan from China to help pay off the looming debt installment. Sri Lanka, it’s safe to say, has found itself at the mercy of the Chinese government. It was buried in debt and left with an expensive port that no one wanted to use.

China now owns 85 percent of the port and has also managed to acquire 15,000 acres of land surrounding it. Debt traps and debt diplomacy are not new concepts. China is most likely copying the game’s original master: the United States. Why did the United States go to such lengths to enslave these developing countries? Simple: to stay on top as a global superpower, you need a lot of resources: oil, energy, raw materials, and nations under your influence so you can call them up when you need votes at the UN, for example.

China is in a similar situation now; they are in critical need of energy, money, and resources in order to continue their meteoric rise to the top. Who knows what will happen to China’s colonialism in the long run. China, particularly in its zone of influence, has the potential to be forceful when necessary. Although history suggests that China would stick to the previous paradigm, things have significantly changed in the past. China continues to market these projects despite making blunders.

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Top 20 Best African Songs 2021

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The year 2021 has been a fantastic one for African musicians and the music business in general. This is the year that Wizkid’s Essence charted in the top 50 of Billboard’s top 100 and also featured on Obama’s 2021 Playlist. Ruger, a Nigerian breakout musician, got the globe bouncing with his song “Bounce,” which became a global hit, and if you’re in Nairobi, or really anywhere in Africa, you’ve probably heard Tanzania’s Zuchu’s song “Sukari,” which has over 59 million views on YouTube as of this writing, making it one of the year’s most popular videos. As the year draws to a close, these are the finest African songs of 2021. (more…)

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Netflix and UNESCO Are Looking For The Next Generation of African Filmmakers  

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Netflix and UNESCO have teamed up to establish an innovative short film competition in Sub-Saharan Africa called “African Folktales, Reimagined.” The competition’s winners will receive industry training and mentoring, as well as a US$75,000 production budget, to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as a “Anthology of African Folktales.”

One of the competition’s main goals is to find fresh perspectives and provide young filmmakers from Sub-Saharan Africa global exposure. We want to identify the most daring, witty, and surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most beloved folktales and share them with entertainment enthusiasts in over 190 countries across the world.

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It is important that the film sector acts to ensure the voices of Africa are heard, by supporting the emergence of diverse cultural expressions, putting forth new ideas and emotions, and creating opportunities for creators to contribute to global dialogue for peace, culture and development.

Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

The tournament, which will be run by Dalberg, will run from October 14th until November 14th, 2021. Each of the six winners will get a US$75,000 production grant (via a local production firm) to create, shoot, and post-produce their films with the help of Netflix and industry mentors, ensuring that everyone engaged in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the six winners will get a cash prize of $25,000 apiece.

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Both UNESCO and Netflix agree on the importance of promoting and sharing varied local stories with the rest of the globe. They recognize that many aspiring filmmakers struggle to get the resources and exposure they need to fully realize their potential and advance their creative careers. This competition aims to address these difficulties and provide a platform for African storytellers to showcase their work to a worldwide audience.

This alliance will also assist to create long-term jobs and stimulate economic growth, contributing to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a set of goals aimed at ending global poverty in all of its forms by the end of this decade. This film festival will also contribute to the reduction of disparities by allowing access to global markets and ensuring decent working conditions. All of these are important targets for the 2030 Agenda.

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Afrotape to Focus on it’s Community

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Today marks 3 years since Afrotape was formed. What began as a platform for artists’ services has evolved into a youth brand that will be the leading voice on African culture. It’s been a fascinating and challenging journey, full of invaluable experiences and life lessons that have shaped us into the people we are today. (more…)

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