African Films Shine at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

African filmmakers are enjoying a strong representation at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, an event that has garnered a reputation that until recently had been reserved for the Cannes Film Festival. Two of the films that have gained strong attention thus far include the South African spaghetti western Five Fingers for Marseille and the basketball documentary Giants…

African Fashion Week in Toronto: August 16 – 20

Each summer, African Fashion Week descends upon Toronto, Canada with the latest in African designers, trends, and models from all over the continent and beyond. The event, held at the Royal Ontario Museum, also includes networking events and competitions. This year’s African Fashion Week began on Wednesday, August 16 and continues until Sunday, August 20. The…

What African Nations can learn from China’s Internet Censorship

  A number of African nations have been recently considering measures to take greater control of social media and internet usage domestically, and many of these proposals appear to be on the verge of censorship according to proponents of internet freedom. In comparison to the statutes enacted in China, internet freedom in most African countries is still far greater. Notably,…

The Expansion of Netflix across Africa

  Netflix is the leading entertainment streaming service in the world and due to its increasing popularity, gone are the days of restricting oneself to a television set when watching your favorite show. Netflix has a client base of over 60 million members across 190 countries. The platform offers approximately 120 million hours of entertainment through television shows, documentaries, and feature films.…

The Habari African Festival

Habari African Festival: A Celebration of African Music and Culture For the fourth consecutive year, Toronto will celebrate the richness and diversity of African culture during the Habari Africa Festival. The multi-disciplinary arts festival will celebrate African music, dance, film, fashion, art, and culture. This year’s event will be held Friday, August 11 – Sunday,…

Giants of Africa

African “Hoop Dreams” Camp Will Hold Court in Kenya In the mid-1990s, basketball fans around the world were delighted by “Hoop Dreams,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of two young African-Americans in Chicago whose dreams of making it to the lauded National Basketball Association (NBA) were curtailed by socioeconomic factors and other life hardships. “Hoop…

The Growth of Entrepreneurship in Africa

  Despite the many ethnic tensions and high levels of unemployment that continue to plague many African nations, the continent is now being referred to as the “world’s most exciting economic frontier.”  Africa is experiencing record economic growth rates, surpassing the vast majority of developed economies. Although there are many underlying factors behind the growth, most notably…