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“Atoms Empowering Africa” Online Video Competition Launched

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To ignite more interest in science and technology, ROSATOM has launched its 6th Annual Online Video Competition for African youths. The competition which is open to students and young professionals between the ages of 18 and 35 encourages the youth to explore nuclear technologies and how these technologies could be utilized to benefit their region.

The competition which has been running since 2015, has already inspired hundreds of young people across the continent to explore the benefits of nuclear, some of whom have now begun their own careers in the nuclear industry.

According to Ryan Collyer, Chief Executive Officer of Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, nuclear technologies are at the heart of many innovations that Africa can benefit greatly from.

“ROSATOM strongly believes that the youth need to play a vital role in achieving the United Nations Sustainability goals and more specifically in the fight against climate change. Rosatom puts a great deal of resources into supporting youth to foster their talents and share their views and ideas. We are confident that nuclear can help to archive the UN Sustainability Goals in Africa, not only through clean and affordable energy, but also through life saving medical procedures and technologically advanced agricultural practices. Through this competition we hope that the youth will educate themselves and their peers on the immense benefits that nuclear technology has to offer” concluded Collyer.

COMPETITION DETAILS

The participants are encouraged to post their videos on Facebook, following the formal guidelines set out below and submit their applications to the email atomsforafrica@rosatom.com or by the link to online submission form https://tinyurl.com/RosatomAfrica.

The top three winning videos will be selected by an independent expert panel observing various criteria including original content and creativity, overall quality of the video and content, accuracy and relevance of technical content, as well as ability to clearly communicate the content to an audience. The makers of the top three videos will be rewarded with an all-expenses paid trip to Russia, where they will get the opportunity to visit several of the country’s world-renowned tourist attractions as well as various nuclear institutions and advanced nuclear facilities.

Jury includes representatives of nuclear enterprises such as ROSATOM, Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA, Egypt), media practitioners like Influence Communications (Egypt) and regional nuclear NGOs Women in Nuclear South Africa (WinSA), African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) and Nuclear Corporation of South Africa (NESCA).

SUBMISSION DEADLINE 31 January, 2021.

POTENTIAL TOPICS FOR VIDEO PRODUCTION (not limited to):

  • How can nuclear technologies assist in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) in Africa or your country?
  • How can Nuclear technologies help developing countries industrialize?
  • How can non-power related nuclear science and technology benefit your country or community?
  • Nuclear in our everyday lives.
  • Myths and fears about nuclear and how to overcome them.

FORMAL GUIDELINES FOR COMPETITION PARTICIPANTS:

  • An individual or a team 1-3 people are allowed to submit one application
  • Video duration must not exceed 75 seconds
  • Video narration language is either English or features English subtitles
  • Both professional and smartphone videos are acceptable, but the video quality must be at least 720p HD quality
  • Video can be live-action or animation
  • Name(s) of the creator(s) and the name of the university (if so) must be written in the first frame of the video
  • The video must be published on Facebook with no restrictions on its visibility for any Facebook visitors
  • The post must tag @RosatomAfrica and @RosatomMENA Facebook page and contain hashtags: #Nucleardoesntwastetime, #AtomsforAfrica, #RosatomCompetition
  • No copyright violations (all videos should be compliant with Copyright and Rules for posting Content set up on Facebook)
  • No harmful or offensive behavior, discrimination of any kind. Be friendly and polite.

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Press Release: 3 Music Awards Announces Its Annual ‘Women’s Brunch’ Special Show [See Details]

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Hosted by the Ladies of the Award’s board in line with he scheme’s social impact campaign to amplify the need for equal representation and inclusion in the entertainment industry, 3 Music Awards have announced its annual Women’s Brunch show to acknowledge and recognize the women who make, enable and amplify Ghana’s music ecosystem.

This year’s edition of the live special show, slated for March 8th, 2021, will award the Music Woman of the Year, the Emerging Woman of the Year, the Most Streamed Female Artiste of the Year, three (3) honorary awards to female arts icons as well as feature exciting performances from Yaa Yaa and Efe Grace, whilst celebrating Ghanaian female artistry in a glitz, high fashion event.

Hosted by Naa Ashorkor and broadcast live on Joy Prime TV and DSTV’s Akwaaba Magic to commemorate International Women’s day from 8:00 PM, the special show will also feature appearances and video message from prominent Ghanaian and African women who will add their voice to call for representation and inclusion for Ghanaian women.

A publication of a list of Top 40 Music Women will precede the live special show on Joy Prime to shine the spotlight on Ghanaian women making a strong case for inclusion via their work as music makers, enablers and amplifiers of Ghanaian Music. The list will be released via the press and video highlights of the personalities on the list will be premiered on the special show.

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Loyiso Gola’s Unlearning Set For Global Premiere

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On February 22, 2021, South African comedian, Loyiso Gola, made his debut GQ South Africa magazine March / April cover which is currently available at all newsstands and on digital stores. In a conversation with the South African magazine, the comedian revealed that, his comedy special “Unlearning” will have a global premiere on Netflix on March 23, 2021.

Becoming the first African comedian to have a full solo show on the streaming platform, Gola serves up filter-free humor as he riffs about race, identity, politics, and a school prank gone embarrassingly wrong in what is described as the first African Stand Up Original content of the year by the American over-the-top content platform and production company headquartered in California.

However, it is not his first appearance on Netflix. In 2019, he was part of the comedians to the World special. In 2017, Gola debuted his now critically acclaimed one-hour special, “Unlearning” in Edinburgh, then later at London’s Soho Theatre and the Melbourne Comedy Special. Now, Gola is bringing “Unlearning” to his hometown, Cape Town, filmed at the famed Zeits Mocca, which will debut on Netflix globally.

Unlearning made its debut in 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland, before embarking on a worldwide tour.

“The special communicates grand ideas, which is what art is: an artist uses a framework or method to express an idea. When you read about artwork you get to understand that. So, the special first into that. I’m trying to communicate ideas with which I’ve grappled. I consider ‘Unlearning’ as a special piece of art.”

“I’ve been doing stand-up for 20 years since I was 17 years old. I’ve always maintained I have to be honest with myself. I don’t talk about what I think will be funny; I talk about what I find funny. I have peculiar ideas when it comes to my comedy. Then, I think about how I can make it accessible to an ordinary human being, I communicate the crazy idea of unlearning but everyone gets it.”

Gola TOLD THE MAGAZINE

GQ South Africa‘s March/April 2021 issue is on sale now. Head over to GQ South Africa’s website for more information about the issue.

See trailer below;

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Know Who Won What At The 14th Edition Of The 2021 Headies

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The 14th edition of Nigeria’s premiere music award show, The Headies was held on the 21st of February, 2021 via virtual and live media due to COVID-19 restrictions. Hosted by comedian Bovi alongside media personality and model, Nancy Isime, the coveted annual music awards was organised in all forms of glitz and glamour at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.

A great part of the show had been pre-recorded and the live event which happened yesterday featured the nominees who graced the event in pomp and pageantry. The red carpet began at 5 pm while the main event belatedly commenced in the latter minutes of 9 pm.

The show was attended by a lot of Nigerian celebrities like Wizkid, 2baba, Sound Sultan, Fireboy, Idia Aisien, AY, AQ, iLLBliss, Bad Boy Timz, Omah Lay, Mayorkun and more. Some artists who were expected to be at the ceremony for reasons not explained did not show up. But in all the show was a success with Fireboy walking away with the most wins. WizkidJoeboyMaster KG, Bad Boy Timz and other Nigerian stars scored wins. The were also captivating performances from Fireboy, DJ Neptune, Joeboy, Laycon and other artists.

The award show started in 2016 and was initially focused on Nigeria’s hip-hop scene. As time went on, more music genres and categories like the ‘Best Songwriter of the Year’ were added to recognize and appreciate the works of artists in the music industry. One can say that the award heraled by Ayo Animashaun and his company, Hip Hop World are putting in a lot of effort to make the Headies a stand-out awards ceremony.

Below is the full list of winners.

Best R&B Single
Fireboy DML

Best Recording of The Year
Ozymandias- Brymo


Best Music Video of The Year

1 Milli – Davido By Director K


Producer of The Year

Pheelz – Billionaire by Teni

Best Vocal Performance (Female)
Niniola – Addicted

Best Vocal Performance (Male)
Praiz – Under The Sky

Best Street Hop Artiste
Mayorkun – Geng

Rookie of The Year
Bad Boy Tims – MJ

Best Pop Single
Nobody – DJ Neptune feat Joe Boy and Mr Eazi

Best Collabo
Ladipoe and Simi – Know you

Best Alternative song
Moelogo – I wonder

Best Rap Single
Falz – Bop Daddy feat. MS Banks

Best R&B Album
Fireboy DML – Tears, laughter and goosebumps

Best Alternative Album
Roots – The Cavemen

Next Rated
Omah -Lay

Viewers Choice Award
Wizkid


Songwriter of the Year

Simi – Duduke

Best Pop Award
Fireboy – Apollo

Lyricist on The Roll
Ilbliss Goretti – Country

African Artiste Recognition Award
Master KG

Headies Revelation
Fireboy DML


Best Rap Album

God’s Engineering – AQ

Song of The Year
Nobody- DJ Neptune feat. Joeboy and Mr Eazi

Artiste of The Year
Wizkid

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“Comedy Needs A Well Recognized Award Show,” Sydney Talker And Nasty Blaq Cry Out Loud

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Nigerian comedians are calling on stakeholders and organizers to invest and setup an award-scheme that will genuinly recognize the effort of entertainers whose act are designed to make an audience laugh. It is believed that, one of the major drives of Nigerian music industry are the awards. If rewards are attached to the quality of our comedy, a lot will change.

In a simaulteneous tweet shared via Twitter, Instagram Comic Actor and Brand Influencer, Sydney ‘Egere’ Talker said, “Comedy needs a well recognized award show.” Nasty Blaq also wrote, “The same energy we are giving to music in this country let’s give it to comedy too ….”

These young talents have defined how instrumental comedians are to the success story of the art/entertainment. Much so that most of them have used their talents to bring smiles to the faces of millions of Nigerians and added their voices the social issues. As a result of this, these comedians have crossed over from making hilarious skits on the internet to the real stage. They also crontibute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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