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Story of the Week
Women’s AFCON, Female footballers ready to play:
Hosts Cameroon and debutants Kenya are both confident they can cope with being in tough groups at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Harambee Starlets have been drawn in Group B alongside defending champions Nigeria, Mali and Ghana for the 19 November to 3 December tournament in Yaounde.
“We are not scared for facing Nigeria at all. Yes we are underdogs but they will be more on pressure facing a team they do not know much about,” Kenya captain Ann Oluoch Onyango told BBC Sport. Speaking about the body size and physical attributes of the Nigerian players, Onyango said what will matter is playing as a team and nothing will scare them.
“We know the secret to tame the West African sides,” she added. “We want to go and impress on our first outing in this tournament.” Striker Esse Mbeyu Akida, who is one of the leading scorers at the on-going Cecafa Women’s Championship with five goals, said Kenya have been boosted by victory over Algeria in the qualifiers are motivated to do well in Cameroon.
Kenya coach David Ouma concedes that his team does not have the experience of the West African sides, who even have players featuring in Europe, but he believes they have what it takes to cause some upsets.
“We are simply going to prepare well for the tournament and go without fear of facing any team. Playing the best also brings the best out of a team,” he said.
Cameroon have an equally tough task, having been drawn in group A with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Egypt. They will kick off the tournament with the opening match against Egypt. Cameroon coach Enow Ngachu said: “It is a difficult group but Cameroon is up to the challenge.
“Zimbabwe and South Africa are experienced teams and this makes the group more difficult. All the countries that qualified for the Nations Cup have to be respected, they merit their qualification and we have to be very careful.
“If we are psychologically prepared we are going to come out of the group stage. Our objective is to grab the trophy and to achieve this we must challenge any country. We are second in Africa and it is possible to become first!”
Human of the Week
London, Fashion/ Social Enterprise
This week’s amazing human is Kiran Yoliswa, co founder of Styled By Africa. Kiran is the co-founder of online boutique Styled By Africa. She has a masters in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Styled by Africa was initially a blog; then Kiran and co-founder Alae Ismail turned it into an e-commerce business. The online boutique offers bespoke and unique fashion labels, connecting consumers to African retailers that they handpick on the continent. They now have 20 brands from eight different African countries. Kiran, alongside Alae has had a successful pop up shop in Brixton, South London.
She told True Africa: “Styled By Africa started as a blog that my co-founder Alae Ismail and I were using to challenge perceptions about young Africans that you saw in mainstream media. We wanted to highlight the creativity people were using to create change in their communities and blogged about the fashion, music, art and design that was coming out of the continent and diaspora.
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Film of the Week
My Name is Adil:
Ahead of Film Africa this October we’re highlighting some of the films you should be excited about seeing. This week, WOA features My Name Is Adil. This is the true story of Adil, a boy who grows up in the Moroccan countryside and at 13 joins his father to emigrate to Italy. Adil has to cope with a harsh experience of migration that will change his life forever but he also discovers a passion for cinema and photography; this beautiful autobiographical feature film is made with non-professional actors in rural Morocco and Milan, dealing with the subjects of migration and cultural identity from a new perspective: that of children and youngsters. Come and see it at Film Africa 2016!
Dir: Adil Azzab, 74 minutes, Italy/Morroco
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Start Up of the Week
South Africa, Business
South African startup Vula Mobile connects general health workers in remote areas with specialists in hospitals via a mobile app. The startup is initially focusing on eye health.
Vula Mobile allows health workers to capture patient information, take photographs, do a basic eye test and record a brief medical history before sending it directly to a specialist. They can ask for advice over a dedicated messaging platform, and decide on the best course of care for the patient.
Initially backed by grants from the likes of the SAB Foundation, DG Murray Trust, The Innovation Hub and the Shuttleworth Foundation, Vula Mobile is currently raising its first round of investment.
The startup pitched for funding at the Sparkup! Live event in Cape Town in May, walking away with funding offers to the tune of ZAR1.1 million (US$90,000) from Ernst Hertzog, Brett Commaille from AngelHub Ventures and Vasili Sofiadellis; all of which it chose to decline.
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Book of the Week (In partnership with AFREADA, Africa’s Literary Magazine
South Africa, Literature
Author: J M Coetzee
After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy’s isolated smallholding.For a time, his daughter’s influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the fault lines in their relationship.
Track of the Week
This week’s track is by La Based Ethiopian singer song writer Arima Ederra. Ederra’s sound is soulful and distinctive, her voice much like honey. Her debut EP Earth to Arima, a collection of sultry, raw vocals was released in 2012 (to much acclaim) and Arima is currently working on her next EP Temporary Fixes. We talk about her Ethiopian heritage and her latest single Trippin’ On U. We love her latest release, The Boogie Man song, a cover of the original by the rapper Mos Def. It’s perfect for blowing away any winter blues that may set in this September!
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