There has never been a better time to be a storyteller in Africa, whether you are a podcaster, blogger, author, journalist, scriptwriter, producer, director, photographer, essayist - whatever your medium.
Keep reading - this issue is packed with opportunities, including a collaboration with us.
Keep your eyes on our social media channels in May. We’ll be launching the pilot phase of BIRD - Africa’s first and only story agency for human interest news and stories of arts, culture, creativity and innovation.
We’ll also be announcing our first group of grantees for the Kekere Storytellers Fund. They include content creators, journalists, performance artists, filmmakers, and visual artists.
What, No! Really? That’s what we exclaim whenever our data scientist Sam Matsiko comes back from data mining expeditions. His quest? Use facts to burst myths about Africa. For instance, where are the three longest-serving leaders in the world from? The answer’s Cuba, Taiwan and North Korea.
You’ve hit content gold if you are telling African stories that go beyond the usual. If your problem is funding, ANF’s Jessica Hagan and Paul Nwulu and Anthony Wafula of Hivos shared the tips and tools you’ve been looking for in #anfmasterclass, Grant Writing for Creatives. Watch here. Read this article for more on the A-Z of writing a winning grant proposal.
Filmmaker Rosine Mbakam uses cinema to tell stories that centre Cameroonian women.
Sudanese poet and spoken word performerEnas Suleiman’s creating a legacy for contemporary poetry in her country.
Chadian musician and songwriter Géneviève Matibeye uses her music to declare that women matter and so does their right to equal opportunities and safety from gender-based violence.
Netflixhas content development deals with South Africa Tourism and the NFVF to develop South African content.
TikTok has signed multi-year licensing deals with SAMRO and CAPASSO. Artists will be getting paid for work used on TikTok.
Ghanaian poet Kwame Dawes won the PEN America literary award for magazine editing.
Here’s what’s hot this month.
Créer en Afrique Centrale has funding worth between €34,000 and €105,000 for cultural and creative organisations in the Central African region. Deadline: June 8. Apply here.
Write Project Film Fund supports the development of feature films, documentaries, TV series and short films. Deadline: 31 May.Apply here.
Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature is open for Kiswahili writers and poets. There’s a $5000 prize. Deadline: 31 May. Apply here.
UNESCO has funding of up to $100,000 to support the emerging creative projects from developing African countries. Deadline: 16 June. Apply here.
Prince Claus Fund and Whiting Foundation has project grants worth up to €15 000 to support cultural heritage designed to carry information in writing like
manuscripts, books, archives, tablets, and carvings or inscriptions. Deadline: 30 November.For info on eligibility, click here.
Artists, researchers and culture professionals who want to develop projects related to French cultural centres and historic monuments are invited to apply for the Odyssée Artist-in-Residency. Previous fellows include
journalists, novelists, visual artists etc. More information here.
Women journalists keen on pursuing underreported news should check out IWMF Fund for Women Journalists. Deadline: Rolling. More info here.
The Radio Art Residency offers a three-month residency twice a year to radio producers, performers and others who tell stories via the medium. Deadlines are ongoing.
Getty Images offers two $15,000 grants for organisations that support documentary photography through educational programmes, workshops, exhibitions and other initiatives that reinforce the power of photography as a journalistic medium. Deadline: 16 May.
Do you have a photo, illustration, painting, short story, chapter of a novel or poem that shows the impact of Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa? Applications are now open for the SAABA Art Awards. Deadline: 15 May.
Are you inspired to go for it?Remember these five tips from Africa No Filter’s Masterclass: Grant Writing for Creatives.
1.Think like a funder by showing your skills, capacity to deliver, track record and past achievements.
2.Besides grantmaking organisations like Africa No Filter, you can also look for funding from
government departments, development agencies and corporate companies’ CSI programmes.
3. Partner with organisations that have experience in project implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
4. Grant application is like a courtship - you want to impress the reviewers. Send your application ahead of the deadline, submit all the requested information, articulate your project correctly and stand out from hundreds of other proposals.
5. Funders want value for their money. Show that your project is practical, innovative and impactful and that you’ll be able to deliver.
WIN! Your artwork could be featured on Africa No Filter’s notebook
We know the hustle is real, so ANF will be sharing opportunities for creatives to make some money using their talent. This is a paying gig from us.
The Plug: We’re looking for 5 artists to create unique and exciting visual art to be used on our notebooks and other ANF platforms.
It can be a photo, illustration, or design that provides a fresh, non-stereotypical depiction of Africa. And it has to be new work that has not been used elsewhere.
Payment: $200 per winning visual/design. You’ll still own the IP for your work, and we will give you full credit.
Eligibility: You're an emerging artist/photographer/designer/illustrator based anywhere in Africa, aged under 25, and creating a visual narrative that’s authentic, creative and contemporary.
Ts and Cs: One entry per person. By taking part in the competition, you agree that ANF will have exclusive use of the artwork for a year.
Deadline: 12 May. Winners will be announced on 30 May.
Submit your entry here.
Content that Connects the Continent:
Everyday Africa: If a picture is worth a thousand words, can you imagine the power of images that are deliberate about challenging the visual stereotypes about Africa? Everyday Africa works with photographers across Africa to create an alternative visual image of Africa.
When I Say Africa [Coming soon]: An American student on a humanitarian mission in Tanzania confronts the white saviour complex in this film. It’s in post-production.
Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree: ANF fellow, Nigerian journalist and author Adaobi Tricia Obinne Nwaubani’s compelling look into the Chibok girls’ lives. It’s written vividly. It gives the girls - now women - identities beyond Boko Haram.
Poda Poda: You know what’s a shame? How the story of Sierra Leone is still mostly told through the lens of the civil war and blood diamonds. Poda Poda is a digital platform for storytelling and storytellers in the country.
That’s it from us.
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