African bank wins digital strategy award
African bank wins digital strategy award

LOME, Togo - Pan-African Bank, Ecobank, wins Best Digital Strategy Award from Retail Banker International. Ecobank's digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is a key component in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa.

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#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa
#AfricaMonth: Look for the opportunities in Africa

Africa is a hot bed of opportunities. If you look for that opportunity you will find it, says Robyn de Villiers, vice chair of the African Public Relations Association (APRA) and chair and CEO of Burson Cohn & Wolfe Africa.

By Louise Marsland 18 May 2018

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Generation Z - Chasing butterflies (Part 1)

The oldest of Generation Z (or iGen or Centennials) - that generation coming after the millennials and before what some are already referring to as the Alpha Generation - are now 22 years of age. And, it seems this generation does not have it easy, despite technology making life increasingly more seamless, exciting and enjoyable. Being careful to avoid stereotyping, one can cautiously state that they have been born into a Vuca world, to cite the trendy acronym for 'volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity'.

By Marthinus Van Loggerenberg and Tuelo Lechuti 18 May 2018

Durban FilmMart 2018.
16 African films, documentaries selected for Durban FilmMart

The 9th Durban FilmMart announces its Official Project Selection for the 2018 edition, including 16 films and documentaries from Africa.

18 May 2018

We rise together: Collaboration and Africa's economic future
We rise together: Collaboration and Africa's economic future

The key to business sustainability is changing how we think about competition and partnership. The business landscape is beginning to shift away from the traditional competition model, especially in Africa, to a form of capitalism that is more open to collaboration. When it comes to making a positive impact on the world, of course, there is immense power in joining forces to create collective impact at a scale far beyond what any one company could achieve alone.

Issued by Shift Social Development 18 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Driving sustainable development agendas through digital transformation
#AfricaMonth: Driving sustainable development agendas through digital transformation

Africa is a diverse continent with unique market conditions. Home to seven of the fastest growing economies and seven of the world's megacities, and with millions of young people entering the labour force each year, Africa is fertile ground for investment and development.

By Joanne Shields 17 May 2018

Africa screenwriter’s residency 2018 participants announced by Realness co-founder Elias Ribeiro.
African film residency announced at Cannes

Realness is a pioneering residency initiative conceived by Elias Ribeiro and Cait Pansegrouw of Urucu Media, that affords a new generation of filmmakers the opportunity to cultivate their talent as authentic voices in African cinema.

17 May 2018

Swati Bhattacharya, Nicolas Courant, Sebastian Padilla and Fabian Frese. Images supplied.
Jury presidents for Loeries 2018 announced

Loeries Creative Week is taking place in Durban in August and the jury presidents will guide over 160 judges in the process of selecting the best of brand communication from across Africa and the Middle East.

17 May 2018

Bruce Dube, founder of Nine80 Digital.
What I wish I knew as an entrepreneur - Bruce Dube

Bruce Dube is the founder and MD of Nine80 Digital, a pan-African digital media publishing company. Its presence includes South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. This is his journey so far...

17 May 2018

Fernando Machado, head of brand marketing of Burger King. © .
#OneShow2018: SA EXCLUSIVE with Burger King!

I had the privilege of chatting to Fernando Machado, head of brand marketing of Burger King. Winner of the coveted Penta Pencil and Client of the Year at the recent One Show awards in New York as well as an additional 13 Golds, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze, 6 Merit awards.

By Ann Nurock 16 May 2018

Latest consumer confidence for West Africa reveals mixed bag of sentiment
Latest consumer confidence for West Africa reveals mixed bag of sentiment

It's no secret that sub-Saharan Africa has been through a tumultuous few years with fluctuating commodity prices and resulting market uncertainty, so it's no surprise that the latest Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) for Q1, 2018 for West Africa (Nigeria & Ghana) reflects a left over mixed bag of sentiment, associated with lingering uncertainty.

Issued by Nielsen 16 May 2018

#AfricaMonth: Media companies need to invest in African content
#AfricaMonth: Media companies need to invest in African content

Fox Networks recently appointed Evert van der Veer as general manager and vice president of Fox Networks Group Africa, to drive local content production in Africa, as well as accelerate the expansion of Fox Sports on the continent. Van der Veer joins FNG from iFlix where he was responsible for content operations. Prior to that, he was with Viacom, including as VP for Comedy Central and part of the strategy to launch BET in 2015.

By Louise Marsland 16 May 2018

CPJ joins 64 NGOs in calling on Tanzanian government to respect human rights
CPJ joins 64 NGOs in calling on Tanzanian government to respect human rights

CPJ, along with 64 other global non-governmental organisations, has written to Tanzanian President John Magufuli to express concern about a worrying decline in the respect of human rights, including freedom of expression.

16 May 2018