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Moroccan AI-Generated influencer makes top 10 in maiden Miss AI beauty pageant

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Moroccan AI-generated influencer, Kenza Layli, has made the top 10 finalists shortlist competing for the inaugural edition of the Miss AI Beauty Pageant.

According to organizers of the innovative pageant, Layli who has over 190,000 followers on Instagram, made the shortlist from a pool of 1,500 applications submitted by AI content creators around the world.

The competition, created by The World AI Creator Awards (WAICA) in collaboration with Fanvue, aims to display “a shift in how we perceive beauty and creativity within the realms of artificial intelligence,” Will Monange, co-founder of Fanvue, said.

“While traditional pageant criteria such as appearance, poise, and interview responses will be considered, contestants will also be evaluated on their proficiency in using AI tools,” Monange said in a statement.

“Additionally, judges will factor in contestants’ social media presence, including audience growth rate and engagement with fans, in determining the winner.

Moroccan media reports that Kenza
Layli, an AI-generated woman, is one-third of the world’s first “AI family” and has quickly become a prominent figure online.

“Kenza’s engaging content is closely tied to Moroccan society, and according to her page, her goal is to contribute to the empowerment of women in Morocco and the Middle East while also advocating for much-needed regulation in the influencer market,” one report stated.

“Kenza’s creators use a complex mix of technologies to generate her image, video, and audio entirely from AI.

“The Miss AI pageant has faced some criticism amidst concerns that AI is threatening job security and artistic professions, but has debunked the belief, saying the awards have shown the high level of engagement among AI content creators worldwide, with the standard of the shortlist being nothing short of incredible.

“Other finalists and their creator teams hail from various countries including Brazil, Portugal, France, India, Romania, Turkiye, and Bangladesh. Each finalist has a unique backstory and is created using a range of AI technologies and techniques.”

The winner of the Miss AI pageant will receive a prize package valued at approximately $20,000, with the results expected to be announced later this month.

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SA officials launch probe into accident that killed musician Shebeshxt’s daughter

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South African authorities have launched an investigation into the tragic accident that claimed the life of the nine-year-old daughter of musician, Lehlogonolo Katlego Chauke, popularly known as Shebeshxt, on Saturday.

The Limpopo Department of Transport and Community Safety, in a statement on Wednesday, said the accident that occurred along the R37 near the Smelters Mine outside Polokwane, also caused the controversial rapper a foot.

Spokesperson for the Department, Tidimalo Chuene, said the accident occurred at about 22:00 when Shebeshxt’s charcoal Volkswagen Polo collided with a heavy motor vehicle.

According to local media reports, the “Ambulance” hitmaker was en route to perform at an African National Congress Siyanqoba Rally celebration concert scheduled for Sunday in Lebowakgomo when the accident happened.

“A Volkswagen Polo is reported to have overturned after colliding with a heavy motor vehicle, killing the young girl and seriously injuring the driver and another passenger,” Chuene told reporters.

The spokesman stated that the nine-year-old girl was killed in the accident, while two other passengers sustained serious but “salvageable threatening injuries.”

She said the cause of the accident will be investigated, and the names of all individuals involved be disclosed to the public once all necessary police procedures are completed.

“As the department, we are saddened by the incident and send our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, and wish for those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery,” she added.

In a related statement, Shebeshxt’s family confirmed the accident and the passing of the rapper’s daughter.

“The accident unfortunately claimed the life of his beloved daughter, Onthatile (Gladys Chuene), which has caused utter grief and shock as she was the angel that warmed up all our hearts,” reads the statement.

The family statement added that the “Twerka” singer is alive and currently hospitalised, receiving medical care.

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‘Stop competing, learn from Nigeria’s movie industry’, Nollywood actor Michael Uchegbu charges Ghanaian filmmakers

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A top Nollywood actor, Michael Uchegbu, has advised moviemakers and stakeholders in the Ghanaian movie industry to stop competing with the Nigerian film sector but rather learn from Africa’s biggest entertainment industry.

Uchegbu who gave the advice in an interview with Ghanaian entertainment tabloid, Graphic Showbiz, admonished stakeholders in the West African country to stop
expending their energy on contesting Nollywood and rather concentrate on building a unique brand.

The versatile actor noted that Nollywood, which is currently rubbing shoulders with Hollywood and Bollywood, achieved its status through the “relentless efforts and innovations” and that “attempts to compete with the industry would rather impede the development of Ghana’s film industry.”

The “Anomalous” star emphasized that players in the Ghanaian movie industry could learn a lot from their Nigerian counterparts if they stop seeing themselves as competitors.

“The Ghanaian movie sector is not making much progress due to the lack of drive among its players to achieve global success and that is what is hindering its growth,” he stated.

“So the best bet is to learn from Nollywood and not spend precious time trying to compete with them.

“Filmmakers in Ghana could harness the experiences and practices of Nollywood to overcome the sector’s current challenges.

“They also need to strategise to build up the industry by producing exceptional movies that can gain international recognition instead of rivalling Nollywood,” he added.

He also stressed the importance of investment, hard work and collaboration for the growth of Ghana’s movie industry.

“Nigeria’s movie industry is far advanced in my opinion because we are a go-getting nation while Ghanaians are more relaxed and calm.

“So I think the way to go is to learn from each other and build each other up. Ghana and Nigeria should not compete if we are to build Africa and our respective industries,” he noted.

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