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VEDA computers fra Nigeria

VEDA er en nigeriansk computerproducent.

Læs mere på firmaets websted.

Fundet via Timbuktu Chronicles.

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Miljø-realityshow i Nigeria

Den nigerianske miljøaktivist Newton Chukwukadibia Jibunoh er på trapperne med et reality show til nigeriansk tv med fokus på global opvarmning. Showet hedder Desert Warriors og på dets websted beskrives det således:

The 50 selected participants will be invited to become  contestants on The Endurance Reality show in Agadez, Niger. They will join the Nigerian ambassador to Niger Republic, and will work with officials of the Republic of Niger’s Ministry of Environment on various greening projects, community services and endurance exercises.

While in Agadez, the participants will be put through various endurance exercises, physical fitness challenges, discipline tests, social comportment and driving skills tests. The challenges will be filmed and later transmitted on LTV, Silverbird TV and TVC in Lagos. The show will also air on various TV stations in Niger to show how the participants are faring. During the show, viewers will be able to vote via sms on which of the contestants they would like to eliminate or keep. The final decision on whom to be eliminated will be made by a panel of judges.

Eventually, the remaining 15 contestants will become official Desert Warriors and will set off on an Expedition. During the expedition, the participants will drive from Nigeria to the United Kingdom across the Sahara desert by road. The Desert Warriors will also receive prizes including a Suzuki jeep as well as monetary awards. All 15 Desert warriors will become Lagos state Environment ambassadors and will be honoured at a ceremony in London.

Læs mere om Desert Warriors her.

Læs mere om Newton Chukwukadibia Jibunoh her.

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Gider afrikanerne science fiction?

Er Afrika klar til science fiction, spørger den amerikansk/nigerianske forfatterinde Nnedi Okorafor i et gæsteindlæg på Nebula Awards ‘ netsted. Nebula Awards er science fictionens svar på Oscar Awards.

Det mener hun, hvilket vel er naturligt nok, eftersom hun selv skriver science fiction. Men hun refererer til en samtale hun har haft med den nigerianske filmmand Tchidi Chikere, som ikke er enig med hende. Han siger blandt andet:

“I don t think we’re ready in the primary sense of the word,” Chikere said. “We can hide it in other categories like magic realism, allegory, etc, but we’re not ready for pure science fiction.”

“Science fiction films from the West are failures here. Even Star Wars!” he said. “The themes aren’t taken seriously. Science fiction will come here when it is relevant to the people of Africa. Right now, Africans are bothered about issues of bad leadership, the food crisis in East Africa, refugees in the Congo, militants here in Nigeria. Africans are bothered about food, roads, electricity, water wars, famine, etc, not spacecrafts and spaceships. Only stories that explore these everyday realities are considered relevant to us for now.”

Hun fortsætter selv:

In my observation, in Africa, science fiction is still perceived as not being real literature. It is not serious writing. As Chikere said, African audiences don’t feel that science fiction is really concerned with what’s real, what’s present. It’s not tangible. It’s sport. Child’s play. I can see how science fiction can be foreign to many Africans. Technology tends to play a different role on the continent. There is a weird divide and connection between the technologically advanced and the ancient. For example: People will have cells phones in rural villages yet have no plumbing or electricity or one will opt to buy a laptop instead of a desktop computer because a laptop has its own power supply, most useful for when “NEPA takes the lights”.

Læs hele indlægget på Nebula Awards netsted.

Om Nnedi Okorafor:

Nnedi Okorafor is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of Nigerian descent. Her novels include Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the 2008 Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature) and The Shadow Speaker (An NAACP Image Award Nominee). Her forthcoming novels Who Fears Death (from DAW) and Akata Witch (from Penguin) are scheduled for release in 2010. Her Disney Fairies chapter book, Iridessa and the Fire-Bellied Dragon Frog (Disney Press), is scheduled for release in 2010. She holds a PhD in literature and is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University.

Besøg hendes netsted nnedi.com

Fundet via Africa is a country

Mere bredbånd til Vestafrika

Jeg skrev tidligere i dag om et undersøisk kabel, der skal bringe bredbåndsforbindelse til Vestafrika. Jeg havde dog overset, at allerede i september i år landede et sådant kabel fra Europa i Nigeria.

Det er det nigerianske firma Glo eller Globacom, der står for projektet, som de kalder Glo-1.

Fundet via TechMasai

Bredbånd til Vestafrika

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Illustration fra MainOne.com

Et konsortium finansieret af private midler fra Ghana og Nigeria er for tiden ved at trække et undersøisk bredbåndskabel fra Portugal ned langs Afrikas vestkyst til Angola og muligvis helt til Sydafrika.

MainOne, som forbindelsen (og konsortiet) hedder, vil lande i Accra, Ghana og Lagos, Nigeria og muligvis også i en række andre byen langs kysten til Cape Town. Efter planen skal den fungere fra 2010.

Forbindelsen vil med en kapacitet på 1.92 terabit pr. sekund give vestafrikanerne adgang til hurtigt internet, hvilket både vil gavne folk der bruger Facebook, YouTube og den slags og firmaer, der er afhængige af at kommunikere via nettet. I det hele taget vil det blive mere realistisk at være online hele tiden, hvilket vil gøre det nememre at bruge tjenester som Twitter, Google docs og diverse chatprogrammer.

Jeg har tidligere skrevet om SEACOM-kablet der har bragt bredbånd til Østafrika og hvad en ordentlig internetforbindelse betyder.

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Animationsserie fra Nigeria

I løbet af 2010 rammer den nigerianske animationsserie The O Twins tv-skærmene i Nigeria. Nigerianske tv-serier og film er almindeligvis populære rundt omkring i Afrika, så serien vil sikkert også dukke op i mange andre lande på kontinentet.

Det er firmaet Fusion Media, der står for serien, der handler om en familie, der bor i landets største by Lagos.

Som jeg tidligere har nævnt her på bloggen, så er Nigerias filmindustri – populært kaldet Nollywood – i dag verdens næststørste, hvis man ser på antallet af film produceret om året. Kun den indiske filmproduktion er større. Det bliver interessant at se om Nigeria vil opnå samme status inden for animationsfilm.

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Links: Nigeria filmproduktion

Et par links om Nigerias filmproduktion og filmindustri – Nollywood, som det kaldes i visse kredse.

Progressive Policy Institute: Nigeria is Now the World’s Most Prolific Filmmaker

Based in commercial capital Lagos, “Nollywood” traces its takeoff to a film called Living in Bondage, shot in 1992, which depicts a conspiracy to steal the inheritance of a chief’s son. Two decades later, Nigerian filmmakers struggle with budgets too tight to afford celluloid film, the medium used by projectors in movie theaters, regular power outages and traffic jams, and occasional extortion. Nonetheless, they produce films by the hundreds rather than by the dozens — gangster epics, romance, true crime, and so on. Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board counted 1,687 new releases in 2007, easily exceeding India’s total. In total, the film industry is said to generate over $250 million a year in revenue, making it a national industry comparable to cocoa processing. Læs hele artiklen.

Den italienske filminstruktør Franco Sacchi, der har lavet filmen This is Nollywood, taler på TED-konferencen i 2008 om Nollywood. Se hans tale her.