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Rwanda arrives big stage for African movies, fashion shows

Kigali, the Rwandan capital, appears set to dominate the culture scene in the months ahead

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Kigali, the Rwandan capital, appears set to dominate the culture scene in the months ahead.

Rwanda was officially announced as the host of the 14th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) slated for August 11 2018 at the Kigali Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, as Kigali Fashion Week returns, at least 40 fashion models have been selected for the upcoming Kigali Fashion Week 2018 slated from June 21-23.

The annual fashion gala is organized to promote locally made outfits by local fashion designers and supporting local designers expose their fashion creativity to the international market.

AMAA, an annual event recognises outstanding work by Africans in the film industry.

Arguably one of the most anticipated events on the continent; the AMAAs are expected to attract people from all walks of life.

Speaking during the official launch of the awards at the Kigali Cultural and Exhibition Village on Thursday, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the awards founder and CEO, said Kigali was their choice for the awards because of its good hospitality reputation.

“It’s wonderful that Rwanda is pushing for the promotion of arts. This makes it easy for us filmmakers to come and work with locals. We are honoured to have worked with some of the filmmakers in Rwanda’s industry and hopefully, this will pave way for more collaboration in the future,” she said.

Belise Kariza, Rwanda Development Board (RDB) Chief Tourism Officer said, “We are excited to be the hosts of the upcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards. The awards come at a time when Rwanda is putting a lot of effort in boosting the entertainment industry in the country, as well as positioning it as one of the key sources of economic development.”

She added, “In addition to being an opportunity for Rwandan filmmakers to acquire skills from across the continent, the awards are a great platform for job opportunities in the film industry. It is also a prospect to showcase Rwanda as a tourist destination. We thank the organisers for choosing Rwanda.”

The nominations for the awards will be unveiled in July.

Last year, Kigali hosted the AMAA nominations gala, and Rwandan filmmaker, Clementine Dusabejambo, was nominated. The events were previously held in Lagos, Nigeria.

John Bunyeshuri, the founder of Kigali Fashion Week, said this edition will be all about uniqueness of Made-in-Rwanda outfits, adding that he trusts local fashion designers’ creativity will excite and impress the audience.

He said, “Our main focus is to contribute towards the promotion of Made-in-Rwanda using our platform to the international market. We have the platform, we have excellent designers and a good organizing team behind the event management, the rest is making history. I am confident people can only expect the best out of the event”

The arguably biggest fashion event in Rwanda is expected to attract 14 local designers, who will be joined by African fashion designers trading their profession in different countries across the world, namely Uganda, Burundi, England, Kenya, Switzerland, Japan, USA, Germany, DRC, Spain, Nigeria and Germany.

Kigali Fashion Week has seen fast rise, going international after its fashion events to Europe in April, looking to expand Made-in-Rwanda promotion in Netherlands and Belgium.
In September, the event will shift the focus to London before going to New York in December and Tokyo next year.

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Ghana mourns as top gospel music icon Koda passes away

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The Ghanaian entertainment industry has, once again, been thrown into mourning following the death of renowned gospel musician, Kofi Owusu Dua Anto, known professionally as Koda, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 46.

According to reports, the gospel music icon and producer died from a kidney-related condition he had been suffering from for sometime.

Koda, renowned for hit songs like “Hossana”, “Nkwaa Abodo”, “Nsem Pii” and “Adooso”, was also a producer of repute who gained fame for his inspiring compositions and his captivating, soul-stirring vocals that struck a chord with audiences nationwide.

A local media reports that he worked with a lot of Gospel musicians in Ghana and Nigeria including popular Nigerian gospel singer, Nathaniel Bassey.

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Ghana’s Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomes first-ever cruise liner SH Vega

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The Ghanaian tourism industry got a big boost when the legendary Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first ever cruise liner, the SH Vega, a 280-capacity passenger vessel with a total of 115 persons, comprising 106 passengers and nine crew members.

The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Àkwasi Agyeman, who recieved the vessel, said
nationalities of the tourists aboard the cruise vessel included Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, and Nigeria among others.

Agyeman who spoke with journalists on the historic visit, said the visitors were given the opportunity to explore the Elmina castle and township, the Batik making centre at global mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast castle.

“It’s another win and boost for Ghana’s tourism industry when the Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first-ever cruise liner, the SH Vega on Thursday, April 18,” Agyeman said.

“Ghana continues to fare well as a favourite destination of cruise passengers worldwide with Tema and Takoradi being the traditional Ports of call.

“The tourists toured Elmina castle and its township, the Batik making Centre at Global Mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape coast castle amidst traditional drumming and some dance lessons.

“The vessel, SH Vega, dropped its anchor in the Elmina waters, about 8.8 cables away from the port’s main breakwater. It then lowered its Zodiac (inflatable boats) into the water before carefully disembarking the 115 passengers and crew members into the zodiac in safe batches.

“The vessel had previously sailed to some ports including Angola, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Togo and São Tomé.

“This game-changing moment for the cruise liner business in Ghana showcases our limitless possibilities and the excellent potential for the tourism industry in the Central Region and Ghana.

“We stand proud of this historic moment,” Agyeman stated.

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