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"Long Walk to Freedom" Mandela Movie South African Premiere

Based on Mandela's autobiography, also called "Long Walk to Freedom," the biopic follows Mandela's life journey from his childhood growing up in a rural village, through the anti-apartheid struggle and prison years, to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The film's producer, South African Anant Singh, says he first started corresponding with Mandela about the movie's rights when the iconic leader was still behind bars.

"It began almost 25 years ago to try and get this story and to bring it to the big screen," Singh told CNN earlier this year. "I have letters in his handwriting modestly saying, 'will people actually want to see a film about my life?'"

Mandeladid not attend the premiere as he remains in critical but stable condition in his Johannesburg home, where he is being looked after by a team of military doctors. Yet relatives, friends and former freedom fighters all joined the movie's cast and crew in what was an exciting and emotional gathering. "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" will be released in South Africa on November 28 and one day later it will premiere in in New York and Los Angeles.

   
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African Metropolitan Architecture

With a mix of photographs and text about buildings, and the spaces and lives around them, this is an arresting visual introduction to cities across the continent. Part of a seven-volume work, African Metropolitan Architecture features 53 conurbations grouped by terrain. Focusing on how cities grow – the colonial legacy, the natural environment, the social and political structures supporting them – this is emphatically not a coffee-table book but,  rather, a learned journey into the vibrant, beating heart of contemporary African life. - David Adjaye (2011)

   

Africa Gathering

Africa Gathering is a website where people can gather to share knowledge, exchange ideas and learn from each other. Anyone can contribute to the website, from activators to innovators, from artists to technologists. The site is a platform that celebrates the change-makers and their work, connecting them to like-minded people and sharing their passion for a positive Africa. The site brings African ideas and innovations to the rest of the world so that they can be recognised, used and celebrated. We provide an online and offline exchange forum that allows ordinary but amazingly talented African activators to champion their projects and concepts so that their achievements can be given exposure, gain momentum and attract interest from a global audience.

   

Africa Connected - African Success Stories Powered by the Net

Google, in association with some African partners like the SABC, NEPAD and others have created a platform for African individuals who started ventures using the internet as a resource for expertise and knowledge. In an effort to help boost the social and economic impact being created by Africans who have embraced the web, Google is offering up five prizes of $25,000 each to the most inspiring stories established on the continent where the web has played a pivotal role in achieving success. Filmmaker Amuwa Oluwaseyi Asurf, Animator Mdu Ntuli, and Family Business Owner Chike Maduegbuna are some of the few that have already been featured on the site with video stories.

We will be featuring some of the most popular entries weekly.


   

Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation launched 2013

In an effort to bolster and increase innovation at a homegrown level, Etisalat Nigeria has announced the launch of their 2013 version of the “Etisalat Pan-African Prize for Innovation.” The move hopes to enable young entrepreneurs to develop new concepts and push them into the telecommunications sector. The award will name the “most innovative mobile broadband product, idea or service in Africa. First prize will go to the most innovative product or service that was launched in the last 18 months, and the second prize is for the most innovative idea driving or facilitating mobile broadband use in Africa. The winner of the first category will receive a $25,000 cash prize, three devices, a business development mentoring program and a possible commercial partnership with Etisalat.

   
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