David Osei

David Osei

Ghana United-Kingdom

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 10:29

Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

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The Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organised by Chimamanda Adichie, from June 16 to June 26 2015. Guest writers who will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie are the Caine Prize -winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina and the National Librarian of Norway Aslak Sira Myhre. The aim of the workshop is to improve the craft of writers and to encourage published and unpublished writers by bringing different perspectives to the art of storytelling. Applications are now open.

Sunday, 08 February 2015 15:00

The Anzisha Prize 2015

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The Anzisha Prize is the premier award for Africa’s young entrepreneurial leaders. Each year, 12 fellows are selected and flown to South Africa for training at the African Leadership Academy and to compete for over $75,000 in cash prizes to support their businesses.

Sunday, 08 February 2015 14:07

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

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Komla Dumor was a journalist of Africa. His passion was to tell African stories to the world with honesty and integrity. It’s a legacy that the BBC wants to continue.

The BBC World News Komla Dumor Award will be made to an outstanding individual living and working in Africa, who combines strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories with the ambition and potential to become a star of the future.

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‘Black doll outsells Barbie in Nigeria’ should be the news equivalent to ‘wool hats outsell bikinis in Siberia’. In a logical world, it's a total non-story. But the tale of Queens of Africa, a line of black dolls created by Taofick Okoya, has gone viral having recently featured on the websites of the Daily Mail, the Independent, Elle, and MTV. What is it about these dolls that has captured the hearts and imaginations of so many? Is the David vs Goliath narrative fuelling the story's popularity, or the fact that a gross aberration of logic, upheld for far too long, is finally being corrected?

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Funmi Iyanda, a much-admired broadcaster and media entrepreneur from Nigeria, presented her vision of the future of black British leadership at a talk given at the University of Cumbria’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. She wove into her talk personal stories spanning generations from her growing up listening to her grandmother's oration, to her own daughter's experiences of being a young African in an environment where unfamiliarity breeds social discomfort. These personal accounts provided additional context to the legacy that colonialism has left in current day Nigeria, and its lasting effects on young Africans living in the diaspora.

Funmi's underlying message was that we, as Africans, need to reconstruct an Africa that is fit for Africans, and that when we marginalise and devalue humans we lose the opportunity to learn from them and absorb the positive benefits that the skills, knowledge and experiences of ‘others’ can bring to society. The challenge for future leaders is to learn to see diversity as less of a problem and more of an opportunity.

Here are ten more quotes from Funmi Iyanda’s ‘Future of Black British Leadership’ talk.

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