1. We’re taking emerging visual artists to the next level: The second ANF art competition is on. We’re looking for five emerging African photographers, painters, graphic designers, mixed media, digital and graffiti artists. Winning artwork will be on the cover of Africa No Filter’s notebook - a great platform that has led to sales for previous winners. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrating Africa’s creative power’. Only original work will be accepted. Eligibility: Be based in Africa and aged 18 - 25. Prize: $200 per winner. Deadline: 15 November 6pm GMT. More details.
2. We were out and about: Lagos hosted the first-ever showcase of the Future Africa: Telling Stories, Building Worlds XR program that’s boosting the use of Virtual Reality in African storytelling. In Johannesburg, the program was featured at the Fakugezi Digital Festival, where we featured on a panel about XR and how it can shift narratives about Africa.
3. bird has a new editor-in-chief: Award-winning Nigerian journalist Ndu Okoh joined the bird team to
oversee all aspects of the agency’s editorial output. She has held positions in top regional and global news and media houses including Agence France Presse, The Nation Media Group and The Standard Group. She’ll work with more than 80 contributing journalists across Africa to curate content for over 50 media outlets that are subscribed to use bird content for free. More.
4. We wrote about the dos and don’ts of travelling Africa: There have been two high-profile visitors to Africa in recent
months. Samantha Power, the USAID administrator, was the more traditional visitor who reinforced the stereotypical narratives about Africa as a broken continent. On the other hand, F1 champion Lewis Hamilton gave the world a rare glimpse of the continent as a safe and adventurous destination. Read Moky’s Musings in New African magazine for more.