The 57th anniversary of Africa Day is coming up next week. While the day is celebrated across the continent, it is however observed as an official national holiday in Ghana, The Gambia, Guinea, Namibia, Zambia, Mali, Mauritania, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. Commemorated on May 25th, Africa Day was established after the leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia back in 1963.
OkayAfrica’s Damola Durosomo writes: “The origins of the holiday can be traced back to 1958 when 17 African nations established African Liberation Day, to commemorate their independence from European colonialism. Africa Day came about after 32 independent nations—led by Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Guinea’s Sékou Touré and Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda—formed the Organization of African Unity (OAU) May 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Since then, 21 more nations have joined, and in 2001, the OAU became what is now known as the African Union (AU).”
Each year, Africa Day has a specific theme which sets the tone for any upcoming events, activist movements, celebrations and earnest reflection on the part of all Africans. Last year’s theme “Healthy Lifestyle Prolongs Life” focused on highlighting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle while the theme in 2018 was “The Year of Nelson Mandela–Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.
This year’s theme however, has not been clarified as yet. Given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, most celebrations for Africa Day will be virtual owing to social distancing measures and national lockdowns which have been enforced in numerous African countries.
Perhaps one of the biggest events set to take place is the Africa Day Benefit Concert At Home, which will be hosted by Idris Elba. The concert, which will feature artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Burna Boy, AKA and many others, is set to be streamed on MTV Base platforms with the aim of raising funds to help in the continued fight against COVID-19 in Africa.
– Rufaro Samanga/Okay Africa
Afro Nation Postponed Until 2021 Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
Afro Nation 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was set to be held on 17th, 18th, and 19th July 2020 in Portugal, but will now take place on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd July 2021.
Organizers have explained that tickets bought for this year’s event will be valid for next year. Afro Nation has caused upset among fans as tickets can not be refunded, however, tickets can be listed for resale.
Afro Nation Twitter account posted: ‘Afro Nation has been closely monitoring this situation and working in tandem with partners, local authorities, and the Portuguese government. The safety of our fans, artists, staff, and the local community remains paramount.
In light of the recent Portuguese Government directive regarding large gatherings, Afro Nation Portugal will be postponed to July 1st-3rd 2021 and all tickets will remain valid.
Edem Hosts AntiCorona Concert
ACCRA, GHANA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghanaian Rapper/Musician Edem hosted a virtual concert to help his fans and the world help fight the global pandemic, Corona Virus.
Edem named the concert “The AntiCorona Concert” which is line with motion of the event. It lasted for twenty-six minutes and the Ewe man repeatedly encouraged all his fans out there to follow all the safety measures to help curb the spread of the virus.
Edem wasn’t alone on the night as he had the Safoa Band to aid him to get things done smoothly.
Roksie wins Ultimate Love 1st season
Ultimate Love is a Nigerian reality competition series created by pay-TV operator Multichoice Nigeria for DStv. The series follows 16 random contestants in a secluded venue for 8 weeks under 24-hour surveillance until two contestants are declared the “Ultimate Couple”.
The show premiered on Sunday, February 9, 2020, and was supposed to run for eight weeks but due to the widespread of the Corona Virus, it had to be cut short. Therefore an announcement was made earlier this week to declare the winner today.
Iykeresa (Iyke and Theresa) and Roksie (Rosie and Kachi) were the last two Love guests standing and Roksie emerged the winners. The couples, Rosie and Kachie stand a chance of winning the grand prize of N5M in cash, a N10M traditional wedding and a dream home!
Now some rules after the competition is there has to be a proposal within the first 90 days. After the proposal and wedding, then the couple gets the fully furnished house but they only get to keep the house if they stay together as a married couple for twelve months together.
VGMA Nominees Jam Postponed
GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Wednesday March 18, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Charterhouse, producer of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, has announced the postponement of the nominees jam which was originally scheduled for Koforidua, April 4. The statement signed by Robert Klah, Head, Public Events & Communications Charterhouse reads:
“The Management of Charterhouse, Board of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and Vodafone, regret to announce the postponement of Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Nominees Jam, originally scheduled to come off at the Jackson Park, Koforidua, on the 4th of April, 2020. This has become necessary due to the recently confirmed Covid 19 cases in Ghana, and the National Directives on Public Gathering.
A new date will be announced later, subject to further National Directives on Public Gathering. Any inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.
We would like to use this opportunity to remind the general public to follow the preventive measures issued by the Ghana Health Service, and comply with Government’s recent directives on Public Gathering, which are aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. – Charterhouse
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