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Star Of India – Sir Don McCullin Hails New Female Photographic Prodigy

Veteran war photojournalist Sir Don McCullin has described a woman from a small town in India as a rising star.

Ranita Roy, from Andul, a small agricultural town near Kalkota, borrowed a high-quality camera to take the photos that have won her a prestigious international competition because she can’t afford to buy her own.

24-year-old Miss Roy won a scholarship to train with one of the world’s leading travel photographers, Timothy Allen, and now dreams of being a world-famous photographer.

Sir Don, best known for his war photography and images of working class life, met Miss Roy at Xposure, an international photography exhibition in Sharjah, UAE, and tipped her for the top.

Miss Roy borrowed her cousin’s camera four years ago to overcome depression and now describes photography as her ‘meditation’.

Miss Roy’s traditional upbringing meant she had been expected to marry and have children after leaving school but she explained that wasn’t her destiny.

Once she had convinced her father that photography was a hobby she would stick at, he bought her a basic, beginner’s digital camera using a payment plan.

A family friend and fellow lover of photography became her mentor and now lends her his high-quality camera to take her award-winning photographs. But it caused a stir when she entered the competition as the owner’s name was still registered on the image’s metadata.

One phone call cleared it up and Miss Roy has wowed the judges with her other photos.

This week she attended Xposure, an international photography exhibition in Sharjah, UAE to collect her award. It was the first time she had left India, where she is an environmental studies student and yoga instructor.

She described herself as “a small town girl with a big dream”.

The Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award is run at the annual Xposure exhibition in Sharjah, which is attended by many of the world’s most prominent exponents.

Shows: Three stills taken by Ranita Roy and entered in the TAPSA scholarship

GVs of Sir Don McCullin, Timothy Allen and Ranita Roy in front of Miss Roy’s winning photograph

GVs of panel of Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award winners

IV with Timothy Allen, photographer and bursary sponsor

IV with Sir Don McCullin, photographer

GVs Ranita Roy, winner of the Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award, at the Sharjah Souq (marketplace)

IV with Ranita Roy *

GVs of Xposure visitors viewing Miss Roy’s photograph

IV with His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council

*INTV with Ranita also available in her native Bengali on the following RedRobot MediaGrab Portal-  https://www.mediagrab.press/presskit/Xposure

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Other: Don McCullin

Sir Don McCullin (born 9 October 1935), is a British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, has specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished.

McCullin is one of history’s great war photographers. His interest in photography was sparked during his national service (1953-1955), when he served as a photographic assistant in aerial reconnaissance in the Royal Air Force. His photojournalistic career took off when his photo of a local London gang was published in the national daily newspaper The Observer. In 1964, The Observer offered him his first war assignment in Cyprus where he covered the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. 

After working as a freelance photojournalist for The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, and magazines such as Paris Match, Stern and Life, Don McCullin became a staff photographer at The Sunday Times in 1966. During his 18 years at the The Sunday Times he covered numerous international conflicts to great appraise. His reportages include the famine in Biafra (1967), the Vietnam War (1968-1972), the Troubles in Northern-Ireland (1971), the fall of Phnom Penh (1975) and the civil war in Lebanon (1975-1982). 

After leaving The Sunday Times in 1984, he began to explore different kinds of photography, notably landscape photography. In recent years, he has focused primarily on the African content. Since 1995, he has been associated with Contact Press Images. Don McCullin has been awarded numerous awards including the Word Press Photo of the Year 1964, and in 2006 the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center for Photography in New York for his lifetime contribution to photography. In 1992, he became the only photojournalist to be made Commander of the British Empire (CBE).

Xposure

We are passionate about photography and, we are dedicated to supporting the visual language in all its splendid genres.

Photography is not about our tools or capabilities, it’s about our eye, and this is life.

Evolution, variety, effort, joy, memories, pain, and hope all subjects of the single international language and behind every picture there is a story. We are keen to recognise and promote regional and international emerging photographers and film-makers, and we offer free to enter competitions; providing a platform for photographers and film-makers to show their work and open the door to new opportunities.

Vision

To establish Sharjah, already regarded as the cultural heart of the United Arab Emirates, as a global platform for the visual language of photography by gathering photographers of varying skill sets, from around the world, to engage, share knowledge and exhibit their work in a custom designed and dedicated indoor area along with several outdoor regional  locations.

Mission

To be a leading International Photography Festival, implementing high standards of production and captivating content with an emphasising on education. Hosting dozens of photography exhibitions from world-class acclaimed professionals and, simultaneously supporting emerging talents, while hosting the largest photography trade show in the Middle-East

https://xposure.ae/

https://twitter.com/xposurexpf

https://www.instagram.com/xposurexpf/

TAPSA

TAPSA stands for Timothy Allen Photography Scholarship Award. The award will be offered to a total of 5 photographers who have entered a portfolio of images that represent the best of their work shot within the last 3 years.  This portfolio can comprise one or more stories or just a selection of single images.Entries will be judged individually and as a portfolio.  Timothy Allen will be looking for those photographers showing the most ingenuity and originality as well as photographic excellence in both image making and storytelling.

The Photography Scholarship Award winners received a 10-day package to Sharjah, UAE and will participate in a 5-day photography workshop with Timothy Allen, that includes assignments, a portfolio review, one-to-one coaching, location photography training and the opportunity to present their work and story to a live audience in the main auditorium.

Scholarship winners will also benefit from opportunities to meet some of the great names in photography and receive an additional portfolio review from a leading Director of Photography or Photo Editor and further experience seminars, additional workshops.

Nov, 26, 2018

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2018 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Forum And Concert

Rwandan President Kagame and former Ethiopian PM Desalegn address succession of power at the Ibrahim Governance Forum

KIGALI, RWANDA – Fighting corruption can be a dangerous business, according to a new book by former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal. It’s one of the most important issues affecting delivery of public service to the people, which was the focus of the 2018 Ibrahim Forum in Kigali, Rwanda. 

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who received the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Outstanding Achievement in African Leadership, said that her winning had given hope to girls all over Africa that they can work hard, play by the rules, and can achieve their dreams.   

Hailemariam Desalegn, who recently resigned as prime minister of Ethiopia, said he had done so to accelerate the process of reform in his country. As a new democracy, he said Ethiopia had to make big changes to be able to involve more people in its civic life.    

Rwandan President Paul Kagame said the essential question confronting African governments is why public finance is unable to properly provide public service. Speaking of his own succession, he said that whoever comes after him will have their own challenges and shouldn’t seek “to fill his shoes.” He also spoke about the Rwandan approach to public service, which involves every citizen playing a part in giving back to the nation. 

The Ibrahim Forum, the Leadership Ceremony and a popular music concert are all part of the annual Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows:

  Kigali, Rwanda (28 April 2017)

1. Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweal signing her book, “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines”

2. Ngozi speaking about the danger of fighting corruption, saying: When you have vested interests that have captured an area, a sector, a country – what have you – and they feel threatened because you are trying to make things work properly, then it’s very dangerous because they will take action because you are touching their livelihood. 

3. Former Liberian president and Ibrahim Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the audience of the conference hall

4. Sirleaf speaking about the importance of winning the Ibrahim Price for Outstanding African Leadership, saying: Women, not only in Liberia and Africa, but in the world, know that if you strive to meet your goals, when you succeed, and when you follow what is the law of the land, and you’ve met all the international standards, the world can be yours. And I tell you, as a result of this prize thousands of your girls, thousands of young women, all over Africa, now dream big. 

5. Former Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn walking on to the stage

6. Desalegn speaking about why he left office, saying: I have to set aside my self in order to force these deep reforms. Otherwise the reforms are going very slow and sluggish, which will ultimately yield to a disintegration of my country if we don’t go fast in reforming in a genuine way and in a robust way

7. Audience

8. Desalegn speaking about his future, saying: I hope I can contribute to my country and also to the continent in the years and months to come.

9. Rwandan President Paul Kagame walking on to the stage

10. Kagame speaking about economic management, saying: Leaders across Africa, whether they are presidents or prime ministers—these are important leaders— even others at different levels, the fact that we cannot manage our wealth to deal with our poverty is a defining issue as far as I know it for Africa

11. Audience wide shot

12. Kagame speaking about succession, saying: Everyone has their shoes. I didn’t have to fill anybody’s shoes. I am sure there are people out there who will fill their shoes who will do service to this country differently. They don’t have to fill my shoes. They have to do what they have to do for the country, and starting from where the country is. I started from a different place.   

13. Kagame speaking about public service, saying: It’s about making sure that you mobilize people’s involvement. It’s work to be done. You go to the people. You tell them there are things to do by everyone. Even by those who are going to be served, are going to do something for themselves for connecting with those who are going to serve them. So everybody has responsibility towards this service: those who are expecting it and those who are expecting to deliver it.  

14. Kenya band Sauti Sol sound check

15.Sauti Sol member Delvin Sahara Mudigi speaking about playing at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation concert, saying: Looking at this country, looking at where Africa is, looking at our governance, looking at the kind of leadership that we have and where we want to translate from and to, it’s time that we give importance to this kind of message. So I think being here and for Moto do this is quite amazing for the African people.

Kigali, Rwanda (28 April 2017)

16. Sauti Sol performing  

17. Rwandan band The Ben performing 

18. Nigerian singer Peter P-square speaking about playing at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation concert, saying: We young people – it’s our time to take over. We are going to get there soon. We have a role to play in politics, whether we like it or not. So I think it’s a wonderful initiative and good to have people like us to talk to the people, to gather the people, to deliver our message to them.

19. Peter P-square performing 

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Receives The Ibrahim Award For Outstanding Leadership In Africa

KIGALI, RWANDA – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, last night accepted the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership at a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

Speaking to guests from Rwanda and around the world, President Sirleaf said: “As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth… My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, ‘I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.’ The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.”

The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is a US$5 million award paid over 10 years, and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter.

Presenting the Prize to President Sirleaf, Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee, said: “She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, and may I add, men, in public service.”

Praising President Sirleaf, Alassane Ouattara, President of neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire, said: “Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.”

Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said: “It is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda.”

Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, said: “Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions. During our time in office we must work as hard as we can to do the right things for our people’s future.”

The Leadership Ceremony is at the heart of the 2018 Ibrahim Governance Weekend, the flagship event of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which takes place in a different African country each year. 

Shows:

1. Exterior views of the Kigali Conference Centre

2. Interiors shots and forum hall

3. Former South African Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel walking with former Nigerian Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

4. Former President of Cape Verde and 2011 Ibrahim Prize laureate Pedro Pires arriving in hall

5. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arriving in hall with Rwandan President Paul Kagame

6. Dancers and music

7. Wide shot of Kagame on stage

8. Kagame saying: Leadership is both a privilege and a duty. It is best measured in terms of concrete results that citizens can feel in their everyday lives as well as the level of trust that they have in public institutions.

9. Mo Ibrahim, founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, saying: Brothers and sisters, it is wonderful to have a winner this year, and it is also wonderful that the winner is a she. How fitting that President Sirleaf is honoured here in Rwanda, as nobody has done more for women, and the gender issue, than Rwanda. Nobody really addressed the gender issue as comprehensively as this country.

10. Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Outarra on stage

11. Outarra saying: Since becoming president, clearly you have succeeded in restoring confidence and hope for the Liberian people and under difficult circumstances. You have undertaken courageous institutional and economic reforms. And thanks to you, Liberia is recognized today, throughout Africa and beyond, for your strong and credible democratic institutions.  

12. Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee speaking about President Sirleaf: She courageously embraced opponents and fought for generational change, and paved the way for her successor to follow. Her achievements have inspired and given confidence to millions of women, in public service. and may I add, not only to women but an inspiration to men.

13. Audience applauding

14. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and Ibrahim 2017 Prize laureate on stage.

15. Sirleaf saying: As the first woman to receive this awards, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa are inspired to break down barriers, to push back. Where there is a first, there will be a second and a third, and a fourth.

16. Sirleaf saying: My fierce progression towards democratic values, as demonstrated by a successful 2018 transition is reflective of Africa’s quest for democracy. It is a continuum of the continent’s struggle for liberation and freedom. As Nelson Mandela said in March of 1991, “I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.” The trend remains encouraging, as young people empowered by technology demand a right to be heard to be listened to. Africa’s evolution illustrates the strong causal effects between democracy and development.

17. Presidents, former presidents and prize committee members gather on stage

18. Liberian singer Phionah Mbabazi supported by her band and dancers from the Nyundo School of Music

19. Liberian band The Ben performingalso supported by a band from the Nyundo School of Music.   

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

• Ibrahim Index of African Governance

• Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

• Ibrahim Forum

• Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Africa at the Tipping Point (2017), Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde). The 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

 

Media releases, photographs and other detailed resources will be available for all media.

You will be able to watch the Broadcast live on the Foundation’s website.

You can follow the Foundation on Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Suggested hashtags to comment #MIFKigali

Contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation 

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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The Laureus World Sports Awards – Monaco 2017

MONACO – The 17th annual Laureus World Sports Awards are awarded in Monaco, in a glittering ceremony hosted by actor Hugh Grant and featuring some of the biggest names in world sport.

The Awards, returning to Monaco where they were first held in 2000, are presented across a number of categories and celebrate great sporting achievement from the last year.  The Nominees for each Award are selected by a panel of over 2000 sports journalists with the winner selected from a shortlist by the legendary members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Usain Bolt Wins Laureus Sportsman Of The Year

Olympian Usain Bolt has won Laureus sportsman of the year in Monaco

Simone Biles won Laureus sportswoman of the year after her Rio extravaganza

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri won a special discretionary award

Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg won Laureus world breakthrough

Swimmer Michael Phelps won Laureus world comeback of the year

Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt says he has no regrets about his decision to retire from athletics in 2017 as he has accomplished everything he wants to in the sport.

Bolt will hang up his spikes following the world championships in London in August, bringing the curtain down on a career that has delivered eight Olympic gold medals.

Bolt completed a ‘treble treble’ of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games, but had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after team mate Nesta Carter’s re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance.

Back-to-back Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 metres gold medal winner Mo Farah and double Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray finished behind Bolt for the award.

Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James were also shortlisted.

Simone Biles was amazing to watch at the gymnastics in Rio. She picked up three golds and was rewarded with the Laureus world sportswoman of the year.

Leicester City shocked football fans across the globe when they were guided by Claudio Ranieri to the Premier League title. The club won a spirit of sport award while Ranieri was presented with a special discretionary prize.

Britain’s Rachel Atherton won the world action sportsperson of the year award for her downhill mountain biking feats.

Shows: Red Carpet, Awards and Photo Call

Other: More information can be found at www.laureus.com

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International Stars At The Closing Of The XVIII Habanos Festival

HAVANA, CUBA – Cuba was witness once again to the largest annual international event celebrating the Habano culture. The festival has come to an end with the celebration of the Gala Evening that paid tribute to the Cohiba brand on its 50th Anniversary, with exclusive tastings of its new releases. The gala hosted 1,200 guests that enjoyed live performances by Cuban pianist and composer, Chucho Valdes; the Spanish flamenco singer, Estrella Morente; and the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler.

This year the traditional humidor auction of seven collector items reached a total of 865.000€ that will be entirely donated to the Cuban Public Health System. This edition has been especially unique thanks to the auction of the first humidor (01/50) of the exclusive special series “Cohiba 50 Aniversario”, which raised 320.000 euros. This humidor is an authentic work of art and a unique collector’s item, and heralds a true innovation in terms of traditional craftsmanship and technical design and development.

During the evening, the “Maestro de Maestros” was chosen in the XV International Habanosommelier Contest. The winner was Juan Jesús Machín from Cuba. Luis Manuel García Urrea (United Arab Emirates) and Pedro Tejeda (Cuba) were runners-up in second and third place respectively.

Finally, the 20th Edition of the Habanos Awards 2015 was held. Valerio Cornale received the award in the Communication category. Dominique Gyselinck was awarded in the category of Business and Manuel Tuero was the winner in the Production category.

This yearly event celebrating the world’s finest tobacco has reached a milestone in its history, reuniting in its 18th edition more than 2,000 participants from over 60 countries, who were able to see and experience the most significant global launches of Habanos first hand.

 

Shows:

00:00 Master class on cigar rolling

00:32 Cuban cigars and Havana Club rum alliance

00:52 Tribute to the cigar rollers gala

01:36 The perfect puff and longest ash contest

03:08 International Contest Habanosommelier

04:11 Closing ceremony of the Habanos festival and Tribute to Cohiba gala:

04:11 Guests arrival and general footage of the gala

05:31 Humidors before being auctioned

05:57 Cuban artists perfomances

06:15 Chucho Valdés performance

06:48 Performance by Spanish singer Estrella Morentes

07:21 Performance by the Oscar-winning Uruguayan singer Jorge Drexler

08:25 Auction of humidors

09:20 Winner of the Cohiba 50th Anniversary Special Humidor auction

Mar, 05, 2016

 

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The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend

Africa’s cities are vibrant centres of innovation, business growth, and social inclusion, which can drive significant GDP growth across the continent. They are also home to some of the world’s largest slums, suffer from inadequate infrastructure and lack of opportunity.

The 2015 Ibrahim Forum, dedicated to “African Urban Dynamics” brought together politicians, policy makers, business leaders and civil society representatives from Africa and Africa’s international partners to explore those countervailing forces.

Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which established the Forum in 2010, opened the session by noting that cities are incubators for finding innovative solutions to some of the biggest problems facing Africa, around the environment, development, food security and other issues.

Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna Tetteh noted that the great cities of Africa like Lagos, Johannesburg, Nairobi or Accra, also face some of the greatest challenges. And it is important to be honest about those challenges.

Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank, noted that 24 cities represent 44 percent of GDP in Africa. So how those cities deal with sanitation, health, power and the effects of increased populations will have an amplified impact on the continent.

Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director, Greenpeace International, said that dealing with these issues was urgent, and that the current state of urban Africa was creating a potentially volatile situation.

Vera Songwe, Regional Director for West and Central Africa, International Finance Corporation, said that inefficiency in government feed economic inefficiency and added to urban struggles. As an example, she noted that 54 percent of people on the electricity grid in Lagos also have generators, doubling their real energy cost, and all based on their distrust of the local government’s ability to guarantee a supply.

Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, challenged her fellow mayors to always include a social development strategy alongside plans for business development because, “They are two sides of the same coin.”

Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal, noted that the influx of people from rural areas was making every inch of an African city a place of commerce or of living.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Ibrahim Forum is its annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. Previous Forums have dealt with Africa in the next 50 years (2013), Youth (2012), Agriculture (2011) and Regional Economic Integration (2010).

In addition to the Ibrahim Forum, the Foundation releases the annual Ibrahim Index of African Governance, which has become an important policy tool used in African and global finance and government circles; the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, which was presented earlier in the Governance Weekend, to former Namibian president Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba at a music-filled ceremony Friday night (20 November); and the Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships program, which places promising young African leaders in high-profile agencies.

The Foundation also finds ways to reach new audiences with its message.

A concert of African musicians drew some 40-thousand people to Independence Square that evening (21 November). International superstars Angelique Kidjo from Benin and Youssou N’Dour from Senegal, who was

once called “the most famous musician in Africa”, headlined along with younger artists Stonebwoy and Sarkodie, two of the hottest rising stars in Africa, both BET Awards winners and both from Ghana.

The weekend ended on Sunday 22 November with the Governance Cup, a football match sponsored by the Foundation between a “Dream Team” of Ghana All-Stars and African Club Champions TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo, owned by former governor of Katanga Province Moise Katumbi. He underscored the Foundation’s goal of introducing governance issues to young people and the general public through popular culture and sports. Ghanaian President John Mahamba agreed, saying, “In Ghana we say we have two passions: politics and soccer. So I guess you can tell that Ghanaians are very happy about this football match.”

Though the Ghanaians had several opportunities, TP Mazembe won the friendly match, 3-1.

 

Shows: Accra, Ghana (21 November 2015)

1. Various shots of the International Conference Centre in Accra

2. Various shots of audience

3. Mo Ibrahim Foundation Founder and Chairman, Mo Ibrahim saying, “Cities are rising now as a key element in the world order. Their GDP is huge. And mayors have proved they can be more efficient, more effective than governments. If you watch what happens in some of the major cities in the world and see how they are far ahead of their governments in implementing really key issues when it comes to climate, to development, innovative solutions are coming from cities. That is really important for us.”

4. Ghana Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna Tetteh saying, “Cities are some of the most dynamic spaces in our continent. When you look at cities like Lagos, like Abuja, like Johannesburg, like Cape Town, like Nairobi, like Abidjan, like my city of Accra, immediately when you the names of these cities come to mind you think of vibrant spaces. And you think of energy and entrepreneurship, the promise that Africa shows coming out of these spaces. But at the same time, in these cities we also have some of the biggest slums, which are growing at wonderful rates. And at the same time, we also have to deal with our fair share of challenges.”

5. Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank, saying, “You have a situation where today, 24 cities account for 44 percent of the GDP in Africa, so what we do with cities is important. So how we light up cities is important. How we feed cities is important. The kind of infrastructure, the water health and sanitation that we get for cities are very important. And how we deal with the pattern if migration into the cities will determine the extent to which the cities themselves can become more resilient going forward.

6. Kumi Naidoo, International Executive Director, Greenpeace International, saying, “We need to recognise that as we sit here right now, that without any further migration into our cities that our cities are actually tinder boxes and powder kegs waiting to explode.”

7. Vera Songwe, Regional Director for West and Central Africa, International Finance Corporation, saying, “If we can build that public space of trust, then we can begin to change. Let me give you a concrete example. In Nigeria today, 54 percent of the eight million people who are connected to electricity in Lagos have generators. That is a sign that they don’t trust the government. They know that when they wake up in the morning they won’t have electricity. So what do they do? They double the price of energy a buy a generator.”

8. Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa, saying, “And where are we now in Africa? Africa is on the rise. And we must rise as African leaders and design a template, a new template, how to adapt existing cities so that they can fit into and deal with urbanization, So you have to have an economic growth strategy for your city, you need to have a social development strategy for your city because economic development and social development are two sides of the same coin.”

9. Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal, saying (French), “The problem we have in African cities is that public space is not just for vehicles. It is for the public. And the public is real people. That’s the first thing we have to realise. And in African cities, rural migration is transforming every public space into a place of commerce or of living.”

10. Various shots of crowds at Independence Square

11. Angelique Kidjo performing

12. Sarkodie performing

13. Stonebwoy performing

14. Youssou N’Dour performing

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15. Various shots of Ghana National Stadium

16. Crowds arriving

17. TP Mazembe owner Moise Katumbi saying (French), “You know it is for good governance in Africa above all democracy. The Ibrahim Forum this time was about the economics and politics of urbanism. So the players participate in this as well. People will come to the match as well to see Mazembe. So it is a way to communicate as with all the people of Africa.”

18. TP Mazembe team going onto the field

19. Ghana President John Mohamba arriving with Mo Ibrahim

20. Mohamba saying, “In Ghana we say we have two passions: politics and soccer. So I guess you can tell that Ghanaians are very happy about this football match.”

21. Crowd shots

22. Ghana has some near misses

23. TP Mazembe’s Daniel Nii Adjei scores the first goal

24. TP Mazembe’s Meschak Elia scores their second goal

25. Ghana Dream Team player Godfred Saka scores the team’s only goal

26. Mo Ibrahim presenting the Governance Cup

27. TP Mazembe team members holding the Governance Cup

ENDS

Nov, 22, 2015

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