1. Africa is a sub-Saharan concept with young North Africans expressing their disconnectedness from the rest of the continent: We know because we asked 4500 people aged 18 to 35 in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to tell us what they think about being African, personal, and professional relationships with other Africans, and if they would travel or relocate within the continent. The answers will surprise, inspire hope and validate why narrative matters. Read our One Africa? report here. Follow the conversation online using #OneAfrica #ANFResearch.
2. Look around for the small and simple human stories that inform and move us: David Cornwall’s reminder that the doccie stories that networks pick up are right there on our doorsteps. We just need to find them and tell them - well. David Cornwall presented the ANF Academy Presents: Going Global - Connecting Film & Documentary Producers to Global Markets workshop. Find out what he said about funding, collaboration and why you should tap into TikTok, Youtube and upcoming streaming platforms. Read more here.
3. COP26 put climate action on the global agenda, and the general sentiment is that Africa is “sleepwalking towards a climate catastrophe”: We went to Twitter to see if Africans care about climate. The top 5 accounts belong to an environmentalist, a journalist, a communications expert, a radio personality and an economist. Find out what they are talking about here. And if you missed our opinion piece about Africa and climate and the missing middle – you can read it here.
4. Let’s talk about sex, virtual reality and Africa on Wikipedia: ANF is becoming a trusted implementing partner, and we are excited about three new campaigns we will be working on. With Meta (previously Facebook), we are supporting content producers to create virtual and augmented reality films that tell African stories, while our partnership with Wikimedia will empower communities to produce content to increase the representation of African knowledge on the internet. And a portion of our funds from Hewlett will go towards a storytelling campaign, "Let’s talk about Sex", that shifts sexual health and reproduction rights
5. Our executive director was recognised for putting ANF out there: Moky Makura is one of 50 marketing and communications experts globally who made the PRovoke Media’sThe Innovator 25 Global Edition. The list celebrates game-changers who have “elevated and evolved engagement and influence.” She puts it down to the inspiring work ANF is doing!
6. Shift narratives
with ANF, the African Union & Wikimedia Foundation:
We’re looking for the Wikimedian in Residence to lead the Africa Knowledge Initiative aimed at increasing the representation of African knowledge on the internet through Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects. Duration: 14-months. More info.