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Ghana’s first photo festival opens in Accra

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Ghana’s first photo festival has opened in Accra. Beginning September 12, it would last till the 21st of the same month.

“We do not need to specifically just focus on changing stereotypes of what being African is through our visual storytelling; I think that’s an additional burden that other artists from other continents are not expected to subscribe to. I do think that through our visual storytelling, whatever theme we choose, and the quality of our work, we already do so much to challenge external perceptions of the African continent,” says Ngadi Smart, one of the image-makers whose work will feature in the exhibition, Foreseen: New Narratives from the African Photojournalism Database.

It’s just one of the shows in the forthcoming Nuku Photo Festival Ghana, the first event of its kind in the country. Featuring exhibitions, a conference, a portfolio review, and networking events, Nuku Photo Festival Ghana aims to “create a space for artistic explorations and exchanges”, according to the festival founder Nii Obodai. “For this first edition, we have curated a diverse programme in cooperation with local and international partners that showcases the works of 40 both established and up-and-coming photographers and visual artists.”

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The Foreseen show gathers work by 13 emerging African visual storytellers, for example, gathered from the African Photojournalism Database – a project of the World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa. “At the core of the APJD is the mission to celebrate refreshing and diverse stories told by photographers often overlooked by the global media industry – stories that are not widely seen in the current, exclusive media landscape,” reads the press for the event.

“Offering reimagined visual narratives from across the African continent, ‘Foreseen’ explores themes such as tradition, religion, identity, history, memory and daily life. This collection of work celebrates a new generation of photographers who are redefining what should be seen, and how, through the stories that matter to them.”

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Senegal: Thousands explorers visit as African arts dazzle at Dakar Biennale 2022

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The 2022 edition of the Dakar Biennale, an art festival in Senegal has come to an end after a month of exhibition of some art pieces from the West African country.

The Biennale, which opened last month and runs through June 21, is the zenith of the city’s ebullient cultural calendar, drawing in artists, collectors and trendsetters from across the world.

This year’s edition featured artists like Johanna Ziemer works as a playwright, translator, Serigne Boyer is a graffiti artist, Zhang Yanzi, Stephanie J. Woods, Ytasha L. Womack amongst others

The Technical Director of Dakar Biennale, Abdou Diouf said that the edition lived up to expectation as it was widely attended with visitors numbering almost half of a million.

“The Dakar Biennale this year has kept all its promises. We had between 450 and 460 thousand visitors unlike in 2018. We had over 180 thousand visitors at the main expo site. So I think it is truly a great success.,” said Abdou Diouf.

“I think that it is also a challenge, a stake. We must manage to maintain this course, so that the universe, the environment, and I would even say the world of art can consider Dakar the capital of plastic arts,” said Diouf.

The Biennale has been established by the State of Senegal since 1989 with a first edition dedicated to literature in 1990, it was later reserved for contemporary art during the second edition in 1992 before being definitively devoted to contemporary African creation from 1996.

 

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Nigerian music star, Wizkid, hits milestone as Billboard names him longest African artist on top 10 chart

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Nigerian singing sensation, Ayo Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has hit another milestone as Billboard named him the longest-charting African artist on its Top 10.

Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ was also named the longest charting African album and together they combined to make Wizkid the longest-charting African artiste ever on the Billboard platform.

The announcement by Billboard is a further confirmation of Wizkid’s success on the African continent and in the United States, and is another feather to his severally decorated musical cap.

And with his next album ‘More Love, Less Ego’ on the way, Wizkid will be looking to further break new ground internationally.

‘Essence’ which features Nigerian songstress, Tems, has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

The track ‘Essence’ which features songstress Tems has enjoyed an impressive level of success in the United States reaching the Billboard Top 10 and earning a platinum plaque in the process.

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