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16 September 2021 Africa No Filter

One thing about Twitter? It shows that Africans are curious about the rest of the continent beyond their own countries

Covid-19, Big Brother Nigeria, basketball, and politics got the Twitterverse talking about Africa in August. We know this from our monthly analysis of tweets, replies and re-tweets that mentioned Africa and any of the 54 African countries, as well as hashtags that were tagged with African countries to find out Africans were talking about.

9 September 2021,  Africa No Filter

Jobs, sports betting, and Covid-19 continue leading Google Searches in Africa - but Egyptians and Mauritians were most interested in tantalising their taste buds in August.

We ask Google what the most searched topics are in Africa every month to see how the continent is feeling. Searches related to jobs, sports betting, Covid-19, smartphones, cars, politics and international relations were popular.

31 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

#HotOpportunities in September: elevate your game with these opportunities for African creatives and storytellers

Upskill your hustle with these opportunities for filmmakers, journalists, photographers, activists, researchers, and cultural managers. Give your application a chance to shine by watching ANF Academy workshops win Grant writing for Creatives and Budgeting and Financial Management.

20 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

How to manage your grant money like a pro

Getting the funding is the easy part, the hard work starts when the money lands in your account. Funders are not just looking for great ideas aligned to their mission, they also want to know their money is well-spent. This is where financial management and budgeting skills come in.

19 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

Music, politics, and sport dominate conversations in July

July represented the best and worst of times for Africa - certainly on Twitter, where conversations about the continent inspired despair and hope in equal measure. We collate and analyse tweets, retweets and replies mentioning "Africa" and any of the 54 African countries every month to see what Africans are talking about. We also look at hashtags that trended in each African country and used widely across countries to compile the report. Music, politics, and sport dominate conversations in July.

10 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

Could a herbal Covid cure could be on the cards for Ugandans?

Uganda is turning to traditional medicine in the fight against COVID-19, but in Gambia, Congo, Chad, Angola, and Lesotho, people are betting on luck. But this July according to Google data, Africa’s biggest concerns are about freedom of movement, opportunities, education, and the Olympics all of which featured prominently in Google Searches.

6 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

How development partners are helping to re-write Africa’s story

An academic, a journalist, a researcher and a funder got together last week to share insights on how the development community can showcase their work and tell their stories without feeding the stereotypical narrative of a broken Africa.

5 August 2021,  Africa No Filter

How poverty in Africa drives cheating in America - a classic example of how not to tell any story.

Africa No Filter unpacks a CBS report on college students in America who are cheating their way to university degrees by paying other people to do their assignments. The report deserves 10 out of 10 for poor storytelling that feeds a stereotypical narrative of Africa.

28 July 2021,  Africa No Filter

#HotOpportunities: Rise and Grind with these funding opportunities for African creatives and storytellers

Warm your vocal cords, polish that manuscript, edit your documentary series…whatever your creative project is, get ready to pitch it because it’s raining funding for individual and collective projects, including the opportunity to be funded by Africa No Filter and a fellowship programme offered by Harvard University. There’s also a $25,000 grant for emerging filmmakers and a chance for an early-career journalist to work in a leading U.S newsroom.

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