1. Bird celebrated a significant milestone: It’s been six months since bird was launched and we’re still going strong with 35 media partners publishing content from 50 contributors in 26 African countries. You can read some of the 360 alternative stories here. They have amassed a quarter-million views – a sign to keep going. Contact email@example.com if want your platform or newsroom
to partner with bird, or to pitch story ideas. Follow @BirdStoryAgency on Twitter and Facebook.
2. We partnered with AUDA-Nepad to find Africa’s best visual talent: We asked you to show us the #AfricaYouthWant using visual art for the Youth Arts Festival. Meet the winners - Akinrinsola Babajide (Nigeria), Lungile Mbokane (South Africa) and Dong Aldrine Isaiah (Uganda). They showcased their art at the virtual festival.
3. We looked at how Africans show up globally: The Time 100 list has become one of the most notable global leadership, influence, and power measures while the Nobel Prize is considered the global standard for excellence in n Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace. We went into their digital archives to see how Africans show up globally. The first edition of Time 100 in 1999 featured only one African, Nelson Mandela. The 2021 edition features nine Africans from eight countries. Five of them are women. Of the 603 Nobel
awards in 120 years, 29 Africans have made the cut. After the Peace prize with 14 recipients, Literature is the second-most represented category with seven recipients. Read more.
4. We checked out Twitter accounts influencing conversations about vaccines in Africa: Between April and August, the period in which we analyzed conversations, the Delta variant broke out in 22 countries, Uganda approved a local herbal medicine for use as supporting treatment for viral infections, including COVID-19 and the continent’s vaccine roll out encountered hits and misses. Journalists Shen Shiwei, Sophie Mokoena, Samira Sawlani, Charles Onyango-Obbo and Joseph Cotterill held court with close to two hundred vaccine-related posts.
The Hewlett Foundation is the latest funder to join the ANF donor collaborative: We now have 9 amazing funders who are supporting the work we do. We’re grateful and excited to have them on board.