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SOUTH AFRICA/ Shudufhadzo Musida From Limpopo Crowned Miss South Africa

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23-year-old Shudufhadzo Musida of Limpopo has been presented with 1 million rand, and use of a fully furnished luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz C200 Cabriolet for one year after Sasha-Lee Olivier of Gauteng crowned the South African Model her successor at the just ended 62nd edition of the Miss South Africa pageant, held on 24 October 2020 in The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town, with a 2-hour live broadcast being simulcast on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

She, together with the runner-ups, Thato Mosehle (1st Runner-Up) and Natasha Joubert (2nd Runner-Up), will represent South Africa at Miss Universe 2020, Miss World 2021, and Miss Supranational 2021. Musida is devoted to advocating for mental health awareness and the educational and economic empowerment of children and women.

She, together with the runner-ups, Thato Mosehle (1st Runner-Up) and Natasha Joubert (2nd Runner-Up), will represent South Africa at Miss Universe 2020, Miss World 2021, and Miss Supranational 2021.

Shudufhadzo Musida was born on the same day as Nelson Mandela. Musida is from Ha-Maisa village, Vhembe District Municipality of the Limpopo province. She studied at the University of Pretoria where she earned a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Before winning Miss South Africa, she was completing an Honors degree in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand. She is one of two sisters; her mother Thandi is a real estate agent.

Miss South Africa is a national Beauty pageant in South Africa. Traditionally Miss South Africa competed at Miss World until they acquired the franchise of Miss Universe and Miss Supranational. The winners are sent to all three international pageants. The Miss South Africa organisation resorted to a contemporary format in selecting representatives which was inaugurated in 2018.

Following their newer method, both a Miss World South Africa and a Miss Universe South Africa were selected as representatives. The winner of Miss South Africa 2019 was Zozibini Tunzi. Tunzi competed as South Africa contestant for Miss Universe and won, making her Miss Universe 2020. As such, the current reigning Miss South Africa is Sasha-Lee Olivier – originally first Runner-Up for 2019. Olivier represented South Africa at the Miss World 2019 pageant and made it to the top 40.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Wins Women’s Prize Award For Her Haunting Novel – Half Of A Yellow Sun

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Half of a Yellow Sun author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has won the Women’s Prize for her haunting novel after being voted for by the public who deemed Adichie the “Winner of Winners”. According to BBC, more than 8,500 people voted, and were invited to share their thoughts with the prize’s digital book club, accessing newly created online reading guides and author interviews.

This one-off award marks the culmination of their year-long 25th anniversary celebrations, including our #ReadingWomen campaign championing a quarter of a century of unforgettable winners.

Her book ultimately prevailed over a stellar-line up including Zadie Smith, the late Andrea Levy, Lionel Shriver, Ali Smith, Rose Tremain and Maggie O’Farrell, amongst others (the full list is available here). Half of a Yellow Sun originally won the Women’s Prize for Fiction (then the Orange Prize) in 2007. Set in Nigeria during the Biafran War, the novel is about the end of colonialism, ethnic allegiances, class, race and female empowerment – and how love can complicate all of these things.

Chimamanda, who is currently in Lagos, Nigeria, said: ‘I’m especially moved to be voted ‘Winner of Winners’ because this is the Prize that first brought a wide readership to my work – and has also introduced me to the work of many talented writers.’

She will be presented with a silver edition of the Prize’s annual statuette, known as the ‘Bessie’, which was originally created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven as part of the gift of an anonymous donor. An exclusive hardback special edition of Half of a Yellow Sun is also available from Waterstones.

Tickets have just gone on sale for our LIVE event with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in which she will talk further about her writing and being chosen for the ‘Winner of Winners’ award, hosted by Women’s Prize Founder Director Kate Mosse. Join us on Sunday 6 December at 7pm GMT.

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Video Director Prince Dovlo, Babs Direction, Nana Asihene, Yaw Skyface, Others Attend ‘The Creative Space’ Program

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One of the essential and demanded meetings for young and renowned creatives in Ghana ‘The Creative Space’ program has been held successfully in Accra.

BaseCamp Initiative – a green hub tailored for work and leisure who’s sole purpose is to provide a platform for creative expression, collaboration and leisure together with Connect 101 Agency on Sunday, November 8 held a session dubbed ‘The Creative Space’ for creatives in Ghana.

Representative of Connect 101 Agency who doubles as a film producer and director, J Willz, video director Nana Asihene, colorist Tytanium, popular music video director Yaw Skyface, Prince Dovlo, Omar El Imade, Director Abass, Director RQA, Babs Direction, Andy Madjitey and film producer Scilla Owusu were some of the speakers who adorned the program.

The well disposed gathering saw a lot of industry players particularly in the music video production sector attending – including film directors, editors, colorists, photographers, singers, filmmakers, DOPs, costume designers, music distributors, script writers, among others.

According to the organizers, the program was designed to bring out creatives in Ghana together with the sole aim of connecting and sharing ideas.

BaseCamp Initiative started in 2018 with the aim of unearthing African talent through a communal, creative hub that provides the perfect environment for collaboration, networking and leisure under the leadership of Ms. Sunita Norley Kragbe (founder).

BaseCamp Initiative is situated in a serene environment and provides members with unlimited access to the space as well as Wi-Fi, which helps members to focus on their work and be as productive as possible.

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Afro Nation Ghana Rescheduled To 2021

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Making the most of the Ghanaian capital’s lush Atlantic coastline, white sands, and year-round average temperatures of around 30°, the new festival saw the brand return to the spiritual homeland of the music that populated the lineup in 2019, The 2020 edition of Afronation Ghana – the biggest urban music beach festival in Ghana aimed at celebrating all things Afrobeats, hip-hop, Ghana Rap, reggae and dancehall has been cancelled.

“First off, we are sorry it’s taken this long to announce place for Afro Nation Ghana this year. We have been deep in talks with the authorities and partners in Ghana and as you can imagine – due to the effects of COVID-19 around the globe, we unfortunately can’t go ahead with our Afro Nation Ghana festival in 2020”, according to a statement released by the management and or organizers.

“We will be back with more information about our return to Africa in 2021, one that is going to be a celebration like no other. We already have some uniqie and exciting plans in place to return to the motherland next rear, and we cannot wait to see you all there. It is going to be special. Until then, stay safe and look after each other”, the statement added.

Ghana’s stunning coastline runs 560 kilometres from Aflao in the Volta Region to Cape Three Points in the Western Region. With an average temperature of 30 degrees in December, it’s no surprise that the festival chose this incredible location as their African festival destination. In 2019, all roads led about 20,000 music consumers, festival goers, to the Laboma Beach Resort on December 27th to celebrate different music genres at the Afro Nation festival.

Featuring wave headliners from the likes of Stonebwoy, Wizkid, Davido, Shatta Wale and Burna Boy, along with a phenomenal list of support throughout the event from artists and DJs including Yemi Alade, Teni, Becca, Kuami Eugene, Kofi Kinaata, KiDi, Naira Marley, Zlatan, The Compozers etc, festival goers were not disappointed as the event promised and delievered some of the most exciting names in afrobeats, hip hop, rnb, dancehall and bashment for your ultimate summer party.

Already establishing itself for being one of Europe’s biggest urban music beach festivals, Afro Nation let’s festival goers enjoy four days of summer rays on the beaches of Praia da Rocha with a lineup of top-class talent from across the seas.

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Pognaa Chaana To Host Us At The 100th Dumba Festival

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Former Ghana Most Beautiful contestant who represented the Upper West Region of Ghana,  Pognaa Salma Chaana Abdul Razak is inviting the world to Wa for the Dumba Festival. 

According to the Pognaa Chaana, this year’s celebration marks the 100th edition of the Festival which will commemorate on   October 29 with a tall list of cultural activities. 

In an interview with the Pognaa ( Queen of the Youth), she said, “All indigenes of the Upper West region, we encourage you to make time out of your busy schedules to take a trip back home in commemoration of this 100 years celebration of the Dumba festival. ‘Ka naga bi ayiri kyi kuli kuu dumii’ is a saying in Waale, one of our native dialects meaning  if there is a scorpion in ur hometown you must still come home for it to bite you.” 

The beauty Queen who doubles as a health practitioner, humanitarian, and an Entrepreneur also added that “to friends and family around the Globe, especially in Ghana, take a trip to the upper west region Wa, to witness this colorful and memorable festival full of merrymaking and traditional dance.  The celebration commences from October 29, 2020, to November 4,  2020.  Remember November 3, 2020 which marks the Day of celebration is the peak of it.”

“it is a pleasure to draw your attention to our Dumba festival celebration. This year marks 100 years of its celebration. A milestone indeed!!”

Aside from the beauty and colourful culture of the people of Upper West, they are noted for producing true African queens who are beautiful in and out  and are properly raised to fit perfectly well in the society and Pognaa Salma Chaana Abdul Razak cannot be left out when queens are counted. 

About Dumba Festival 

Dumba festival, which is the oldest and most popular festival  in Northern part of the country and it’s celebrated annually by Gbewaa yaansi (descendants of Naa Gbewaa – Waala, Mampurusi, Dagbamba, Nanumba, and Mossi in Burkina Faso) and our neighbours, the Gonja is to take place this year from October 29, 2020- November 4,202

In the Waala State, under the distinguished leadership of the Overlord (Wa Naa), the occasion is used to promote developmental issues in the region. 

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