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CANEX2021: Extremely impressive, A Rebirth Of Africa’s Creative Arts Industry To Fight Poverty

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A Proper Structured And Effective Africa’s Creative Arts Industry Is A Major Tool For Gross Domestic Product

The recent two-day Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) was held at the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) in Durban, South Africa. The event brought together former Head of states, governments, top African entertainment  industry players, philanthropic leaders, emerging philanthropists and young people from the USA, and Africa.

Prof. Oramah, President the African Import Export Bank (Afreximbank), formally stated the  program by indicating the power the creative industry possesses and its ability to create millions of jobs for the continent’s young population.

‘Africa’s creative industry represents a potent instrument that could grow the GDP of African countries and pull the continent’s youth out of poverty’ he said.

  ‘Afreximbank instituted the CANEX programme to support Africa’s creative and cultural industries in a manner that would revolutionise the continent’s untapped talents’ he added

…. Amazing quality panels, talking about the development of industries within Africa here at CANEX2021

Prof. Oramah ended his speech after he made it known that, the creative industry is a bankable market while he sent a word across that, the  Afreximbank  will continue to support  the creative economy.

Unlocking the best of Africa

The Minister of Arts and Culture of South Africa, Honorable Nkosinathi Mthethwa, said that the CANEX program represented an opportunity to unlock the best of Africa. And also the next gold for Africa is the cultural and creative economy.

He further stated that, Africa’s political agendas could be positively influenced by the rich tapestry of arts and culture. “Central to cultural diplomacy is the notion of people-to-people relations and Africa can use ‘soft diplomacy’ by leveraging the arts to create these human connections.”

Amazing performance at the CANEX2021 summit

The CANEX Day One activities included a panel conversation on maximum use of the African Continental Free Trade Area to Promote African Creative and Cultural Industries.

Mr. Wambuli Gathee, screenings manager of Docubox East African Film Fund, which was founded in Nairobi in 2013 to support talented independent filmmakers and documentary producers though funding and grants, said that the Fund’s reach had expanded throughout East Africa as it sought to build a world-class breed of vibrant, creative filmmakers.

“We’ve dedicated ourselves to aggregating and allocating opportunities to an ever-growing community of film-makers of up to 40 independent East African film-making teams,” he said. “We’ve awarded grants from US$2,500 to US$23,500.” He said

An exhibition of African fashion at CANEX

He then added that, exhibiting at CANEX provided Docubox with the opportunity to forge links with global players in order to attract more funding. He also said that Some film projects under its banner had already made their marks on the world stage through awards and recognition.

   Challenges  in the industry

Yusuf Mahmoud, founder and director of Sauti Za Buara Festival, Zanzibar, told participants that after 23 years in Zanzibar, building bridges and lasting collaborations in the industry remained an ongoing challenge.

Cornelia Glele, director of Festival International de Films de Femmes de Cotonou, highlighted language barrier as a major challenge facing creatives in Benin, saying that it had hindered expansion to the world and forced members of the industry to thrive within the country.

Les Allen, founder of ICON Festival in South Africa, called on creatives to take more advantage of digital platforms to advertise and sell their crafts, arguing that it was no more about gatherings and physical interactions as the world was now digital. “There is money to be made,” he said, adding, “computer gaming, comic stories and animation are the new language of wealth in the creative platforms.”

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Oscarc ‘Oskido’ Mdlongwa, South African artist and record label owner with a three-year decade experience in the industry, explained the new trend of music business.He said that,.“It’s not about printing CD’s anymore. It’s not even about getting airplay on radio. One’s music must be marketed and sold online. Streaming services and social media are the new lucrative vehicles. The music business has evolved and up-and-coming artists and old-players must be educated about the new technologies.”

     Going digital

Ade Awofisayo, Head of Music, Sub-Saharan Africa, for YouTube, said that what is lacking in Africa at the moment was education on how to leverage digital platforms. “More people are interested in music from Africa than ever before and that represents a huge opportunity for Africa’s creatives.” She, however, warned that if Africans did not use the existing platforms and leverage the earning potential, their creativity would be repackaged and monetised by third parties.

Antos Stella, an independent music label owner, highlighted the need for a collaborative approach by musicians in Africa in order to establish an African-grown streaming service that defined African standards and set African benchmarks for monetising digital platforms. Such an approach would see more artists being exposed and earning better livelihoods.

Supporting the position, Sipho Dlamini, CEO, SA/Sub-Saharan Africa at Universal Music, called for payment gateways for African users on streaming platforms that make African music and culture accessible to Africans. Such gateways would help break down the barriers that limit the ability of Africans to download and stream each others’ music.

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Johnny Depp and Attorney Joelle Rich Dating During U.S Heard Trial

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Johnny Depp and his former attorney, Joelle Rich, have actually been a thing for longer than we first thought … but there are no plans for the two to settle down as an exclusive couple any time soon.

Sources connected to the pair tell us … Johnny and Joelle were very much an item during his nasty trial with Amber Heard back in the summer. In fact, we’re told Joelle left her kids and estranged husband in the UK for 2 months while she was in Virginia supporting Johnny.

What’s more, we’re told Joelle had no role in Johnny’s legal defense here in the U.S. … so her appearance in court was strictly for pleasure, no business.

One thing our sources are adamant about — Johnny and Joelle are NOT exclusive. In fact, a source connected to Johnny’s new movie tells us he’s recently been spotted on set getting cozy with a new woman while filming over in France.

We’re told it’s more Joelle who wants it to be a serious relationship than Johnny — as one source put it, “He’s f*****g Johnny Depp” and he’s not going to settle down with one partner — at least not yet.

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Amber Heard Decides To Ignore Johnny Depp New Romance: ‘She Doesn’t Care’

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Amber Heard has no interest in her ex-husband Johnny Depp’s life after losing to him in the bombshell defamation case

Following reports that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is dating his former lawyer Joelle Rich, a source told Entertainment Tonight that the Aquaman star could not care less.

“Amber isn’t paying attention to Johnny or his personal life,” the insider shared with the outlet. “She doesn’t care who he dates and just wants to move forward with her life.”

Depp is said to be romantically involved with Rich who represented him during his UK libel case against The Sun back in 2018.

“Their chemistry is off the charts,” an insider told Us Weekly about the rumoured lovebirds. “It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.”

Despite not being a part of actor’s legal team during his US trial against Heard, the source revealed that Rich was present in the Virginia courtroom to support Depp.

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Out of Johnny Depp, Shia LaBeouf, and Armie Hammer: Who deserves a second chance?

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All three of these Hollywood stars fell from grace but can they redeem themselves?

The #Meetoo movement has been ruthless against men in Hollywood who abuse women, as it should always be. Specific cases of Armie Hammer, Shia LaBeouf and Johnny Depp have taken the spotlight in 2022, all of them are wildly interesting. In previous years, there have been other different cases where Hollywood forgave stars who fell from grace and got back on their feet.

Mel Gibson somehow managed to get back into the industry despite his views on jewish people and the abuse on his ex wife. Robert Downey Jr. also got back on his feet after a troubling past with drug addiction and encounters with the law. These new cases are worth looking at and see which one of them has a better chance at redemption.

Johnny Depp

Even though he is still beloved by the majority of the world, Johnny Depp still made many mistakes against Amber Heard. He lived a toxic relationship with the actress as both of them abused each other. On paper, winning that trial is a great start in order to begin his triumphant return to Hollywood’s good graces. He is already in the middle of production for a new film where he is playing King Louis XI. It’s safe to say Depp already saved his career inside the industry.

Shia LaBeouf

Shia LaBeouf is still going through a criminal investigation in which he was accused of sexual assault by FKA Twigs. He recently confessed he hurt the artist and seems highly apologetic about it. Even though he is already returning to the fiom industry, returning to Hollywood will be slightly trickier for him. Francis Ford Coppola already signed him for his new film but other studios won’t be as quick to offer him a job. This one might take a little longer but he is on the right track.

 

Armie Hammer

Armie Hammer’s situation is by far the most difficult in recent history. It can even be compared to other high profile cases such as Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby.Even though he hasn’t technically commited any crimes yet, Hammer has displayed some concerning personality traits. Those texts his former partners and flings shared on social media paint him as a potential cannibal. Adding more insult to injury, Armie’s dark family history isn’t helping his case. Returning to Hollywood is currently out of the question for Armie Hammer.

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