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Zimbabwe International Film Festival bounces back after two years hiatus

Zimbabweans culture embracers prepare for the film festival after a 2-year break [Image: courtesy]
Zimbabwe—On Friday, The Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT) announced the initiation of the 21st edition of ZIFFT with a new theme and a program that will benefit both upcoming and established film producers and directors.

Like other organizations and businesses, ZIFT also suffered some Covid-19 pandemic implications and has been out of business for two years now.

Speaking at a press briefing in Harare, ZIFFT founder and executive director Nigel Munyati said, “The 21st edition of the Zimbabwe film festival will run from December 8 to 11 and it is resuming after two years of absence due to Covid-19 and because of that we lost some sponsors.

“We are glad to announce that we have managed to secure sponsors for our project that is PlayAfrika and Tellcom”

The theme for this year’s festival is “Owning our story”.

“For far too long, we have been promoting stories from the Western perspective and its time Zimbabweans start telling their own story,” said Munyati.

The highlight of the festival will be the short film competition and the smartphone competition.

“We are mainly at younger and imaging filmmakers and were also including Zimbabweans in Diaspora for the smartphone competition, to be able to tell stories about their heritage.” Said Munyati.

“We aim to develop of the pilot on how we can take narratives from Zimbabwe and package them into content that can be enjoyed by people around and abroad.”

Business director and Tellcom Dumisani Nkala said: “ The Zimbabwe visions 2030 is also around digitalisation, which in terms of entertainment, is also in line with culture, more to do with shaping through art,” he said.

“If Zimbabwe wants a strong sustainable culture, we need to start transmitting that culture through art, especially film. We need to start pushing our young generation towards content that is locally generated, that is going to create strong identify among us, strong national identity.”

Egypt’s Salah breaks Drogba’s record as highest scoring African in Premier League

Mohammed Salah celebrates a score [Image: @salahmohammed/Instagram]
Egypt—Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has overtaken Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African in Premier League history.

The Egypt international scored three goals against Manchester United in the 5-0 battering at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Salah now has 107 goals to his name in the English top-flight, taking him above Chelsea’s great Drogba, who scored 104.

Salah has reached the milestone in just 167 Premier League matches.

Two of the goals were scored during his time at Chelsea and has now struck 105 in 154 matches for Liverpool.

Sadio Mane is also high up the charts of African scorers in the Primer League, having netted 100 goals.

Salah made further Liverpool history with his first goal of the game against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

He is the first-ever reds player to score in three consecutive matches at Old Trafford and has now scored in 10 straight appearances in all competitions.

Additionally, Salah has become the first player in more than 18 years to score a treble for an away team at Old Trafford, matching Ronaldo’s feat for Real Madrid in 2003.

The 29-year-old is on a hot streak this season, having scored 15v times in 12 matches in all competitions.

The Reds attacker was delighted with his side’s performance at their points, telling Sky Sports: “I think it is great to win 5-0 here, we knew the game would be tough if we did not play our game.

“We knew they would come and try to give everything so we had to give 100%. We just tried to play our football and play in between the lines to create more chances. We did that and we were lucky to score.

“As long as the team keeps winning I am happy to give my best to the team to win. The first goal I gave to Naby Keita to score.

“We know what it takes to win the Premier League, we did it two years ago. A big win here but still only three points.

“We try to win each game and try to win the title.  We need to play to win everything. From our heads from preseason, we need to win the premier league and hopefully, we go for that.”

Scarcity of alcoholic Savanna Cider drink causes a buzz to South Africans

A bottle of Savannah Cider drink [Image:courtesy]
South Africa—There has been a shortage of alcoholic cider savanna in South Africa according to the cider’s marketing manager Eugene Lenford.

In a statement, Lenford said the love and support of the cider created pressure on demand and supply.

“The enormous love from South African resulted in a situation where the brand has doubled in size in the last twelve months, creating significant pressure on demand and supply,” Lenford said.

This comes after some social media users had posted that it was getting difficult to buy the cider. Others even posted a sign from a retailer in Durban stating that the cider would be scarce for about six months.

“Some fans have been noticing their brand selling out fast and missing from fridges and shelves in their search for their favorite cider,” according to Lenford.

“We want to start by apologizing and reassuring South Africans that millions of litre of your favorite cider is still being produced each week and allocated to local retailers to make sure that you don’t miss your favorites crisp and dry cider over the festive season.

“We are sorry for the low stock levels in stores, but we are trying to keep up with you. We have seen exponential growth over the last one year, and we are working around the clock on solutions to produce and deliver more ice-cold crisp Savanna to customers and consumers across the country,” he said.

According to Lenford, the global; glass shortage is further impacted by shipping delays as the pandemic has left some suppliers and producers on the back foot in the last twelve months.

“The demand for Savanna’s range of premium ciders has exceeded supply for an extended period. The premium cider producer and some short medium long-term solutions to remedy with glass and other suppliers to avoid future shortages,” he said.

Lenford said the cider would be available throughout the festive season in greater volumes than previous years.

“We urge South African to be patient and are encouraged to buy in bulk remember what toilet paper taught us-leave some Savanna for others please.

Eliud Kipchoge crowned best Male Athlete of Tokyo 2020

Eliud Kipchoge named best male athlete of Tokyo 2020 Olympics [Image: @eliudkipchoge/Twitter]
Kenya—Olympic legends Eliud Kipchoge and mijain Lopez were among the winners at the seventh edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards.

Recording-breaking Kipchoge was crowned the best male athlete of the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic games after the Kenyan retained his Olympic marathon title.

He repeated his Rio 2016 triumph on the final days of the games by clocking 2 hopers, 8min and 38sec, becoming just the third man to successfully defended the marathon’s title.

Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila, the Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964 champion, and East German Waldamar Cierpinski, who won at Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980 were the only other two to achieve the feat.

Kipchoge’s margin of victory of 80 seconds was the biggest in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorer’s win at Munich in 1972.

The best female athlete of Tokyo 2020 was presented to Canada’s Margret MacNeil one of the swimming stars of the games.

MacNeil won three medals at the games, including a memorable victory in the women’s 100 metres butterfly event where she came from seventh place at the halfway mark to eventually clinch gold.

Lopez was recognized for his distinguished Olympic career by reclaiming the Outstanding Athlete performances prize.

The Cuban wrestler claimed his fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, triumphing in the men’s 130 kilograms Greco-Roman event.

Lopez is one of a select group to win medals at four straight games.

The ceremony was opened with an award presented to Estonia’s women’s fenci9ng team epee squad, who were named winners of the best female multiple Athlete Even of Tokyo 2020.

Italy’s Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Francessoc Lamon, and Jonathan Milana won the men’s award following team pursuit success at the Izu Velodrome.

Agriculture minister stopped my bid to initiate a fertilizer manufacturing plant in Ghana: Entrepreneur

Ken Atta, Minister of finance worried about Ghana’s escalating unemployment rate [Image: @kenoffori/Twitter]
Ghana—An entrepreneur is accusing the Agriculture ministry of impeding his bid to establish a factory to manufacture fertilizer in his country.

Benerd Oduro insists that his dream of making Ghana a powerhouse in the sector would have been successful were it not for some decisions taken under the minister’s watch.

Mr. Oduro is a 2016 winner of the business plans competition USADF YALI Entrepreneurship program under the US African Development Foundation (UDADF).

Earlier this month the finance minister encouraged the youth to venture into entrepreneurship as the government payroll is full.

Ken Ofori-Atta who was speaking at a lecture at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), said the government had many programs to support graduates who chooses that path to ensure they succeed.

“You don’t have the skills set to be able to do what you have to do. Our responsibility as a government is to create the environment and the macros stability, currency stability and ensure that you have access to the relevant skills and financing,” the Mi8nsiter said.

This speech which was received by mixed reactions from a section of the public was also the trigger for Benard’s lamentation.

“I felt that no, it’s high time I tell this story for people to hear. “He said.

Narrating his ordeal, Bernard said he had secured a grant of $25,000 as an award to address agricultural challenges in his area, following which he encouraged the group CEO of Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI), who was willing to have Bernard abroad.

“Because I used the grant well, I applied for further grants through the USADF, and I was also given $100,000 totaling to $150,000,” he said.

He was selected to represent the company in Mauritius based company in Ghana in March 2017 during which he was to bear the feasibly studies cost with the hopes of maintaining about 30% shares, per local content laws.

The project was subsequently selected for the One District One Factory program.

“MCFI was going to do specialty fertilizer, which is not common, and they saw it to be a technology transfer,” he said.

He said the company held talks with top officials indicting the Agriculture minister, vice president Mahamudu Bawumia, Gabby Otchere-Darko, and stakeholders in the sector.

NIGERIA: Panic escalates in PDP over unexpected convention

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) logo seen on display in Enugu [Image: courtesy]
Abuja, Nigeria—There is tension in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over the national convention slated for Saturday in Abuja.

The fear over the Court of Appeal case involving suspended national chairman Uche Secondus, who has refused all entries to withdraw it, and the new case at the Kaduna High Court, has sent PDP governors into panic mode.

But Governor Makinde Seyi who is the Secretary of the Convention planning committee said the date of the convention stands.

The governors have assembled a legal team for advice on how to tackle Secondus at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt.

It was also learned that the party may file a counter application before the appellate court on why it should not restrain PDP from holding its convention.

Delegates to the convention were confused last night on whether to proceed to Abuja the convention venue.

Also, all was not well within the PDP National Convention Committee. Most members have complained of being sidelined.

They alleged that only governors Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa State), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), and Douye Diri (occasionally), are running the show.

The tension made PDP governors and some leaders to begin marathon consultations with some senior lawyers.

A top source said, “The PDP governors have been consulting with some top lawyers on how to tackle Secondus at the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt when the case up on Tuesday.

“The consultations have been on the last eight to nine hours on the way forward for the party. They were caught unaware.

“Top on the agenda is to convince the appellate court to reject Secondus, application to stop the convention from holding because he has nothing to lose. His tenure has technically ended there is no way the conviction can affect him.

“In fairness, the party is not against him in court, only a member of the party sued him. This means the generally the party has no axe to grind with him.”

Sudan’s PM Hamdok under house arrest

KHARTOUM, SUDAN – SEPTEMBER 05: Prime minister of Sudan Abdalla Hamdok makes the announcement of the Transitional Government during a press conference in Khartoum, Sudan on September 05, 2019. (Photo by Mahmoud Hajj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

KHARTOUM, Sudan—Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok was put under house arrest after an unidentified military force besieged his house early on Monday, Al Arabioya sinister channel Al Hadath reported citing unidentified sources.

Most of the members of the country’s cabinet and a large number of pro-government party leaders were arrested in an apparent coup in Khartoum, three political sources said.

Sudanese military and paramilitary forces deployed across the capital Khartoum, restricting civilian movements and protestors carrying the national flag, burnt tires in different areas in the city.

Khartoum airport was shut and international flights were suspended.  There was no immediate comment from the military.

The head of the Sudan sovereign Council was expected to give a statement about the developments. According to a Reuters statement, the internet in the country was also slowed to almost zero.

The Sudanese’s professionals Association called for a general strike and civil disobedience in the face of a military coup according to a statement.

Sudan has been on the edge since a failed coup last month unleashed bitter recriminations between military and civilian groups meant to be sharing power following the 2019 ouster of former leader Omar al-Bashir.

Bashir was toppled and jailed after months of street protests. A political transition agreed after his ouster was meant to lead elections by the end of 2023.

As tensions built this month, a coalition of rebel groups and political parties aligned themselves with the military. Supporters of the military have been staging a sit-in outside the presidential palace calling on the military to dissolve the civilian government.

Last week, several cabinet ministers took part in big protests in several parts of Khartoum and other cities against the prospect of the military rule.

The military head of the Sovereign Council has previously asserted his commitment to the transition.

I organized crowds for Raila during Eldoret rally, MP Osar Sudi

Oscar Sudi and Alai lock horns online [Image: @oscarsudi/Twitter]
ELDORET, Kenya—Kapseret Member of Parliament (MP) Oscar Sudi has triggered multiple conversations around politics over the weekend.

As always the politician’s controversial utterances have caused uproar and reactions as members of the public and political commentators seek to establish where the truth lies.

Mr. Sudi’s latest target has been ambassador Stephen Tarus who delivered a condolence message to the later Agnesnes Tirop’s family during her burial on Saturday, October 23, 2021.

Tarus read out a message on behalf of Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga amid jeers from the crowds that had gathered to mourn the athlete.

This action attracted harsh criticism from Sudi who went ahead to claim that the message may have been crafted by Tarus without any involvement of Odinga.

“The CAS is here reading us statements but the national government has not done anything to these athletes. We have very many conmen here, even this government is just full of conmen. Another one here is purporting to read statements from Raila this is just fraud.

“I can tell you for free that Tarus has written that statement himself. All these people are just frauds. I saw Tarus speaking in Eldoret the other day against Ruto. Your stomach is very small compared to all these people don’t speak against someone of your own bloodline,” Sudi spoke.

Popular blogger Robert Alai posted a clip of Sudi rubbishing Tarus with the caption: “See the rage, Anger and almost lynching of a simple politician Tarus in Iten when he simply read Raila’s speech and promised an alternative voice.”

The remark has earned Mr. Alai a taste of Sudi’s sting where the MP  further called the blogger ‘stupid’.

“I wish to inform conman and broker Alai that I am not his caliber, I personally to Baba (Raila) directly, I even advise him on some of the issues and he listens to me. Am not stupid.

“We in UDA shall not succumb to your cheap propaganda and stupidity like those surrounding Baba while spoiling for him, for your information I mobilized crowds for Baba when he came to Eldoret.” Sudi posted.

Uganda Cranes coach Micho convicted of sexual assault in South Africa

Uganda National Coach Milutin Micho guilty of sexual harassment [Image: @milutinmicho/Twitter]
Uganda—The Uganda cranes coach, Milutin Sredojevic a.k.a ‘Micho’ has been found guilty of sexual assault.

According to a South African media ‘HeraldLIVE’s report on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, Micho was charged with the Gquberha Regional Court, South Africa, and was thus convicted on two counts of sexual assault.

Court also sentenced Micho to 3 years imprisonment and suspend him for 5 years.

His legal team was also granted leave to appeal the conviction.

“Former Zambian national soccer coach Milutin Sredojecvic leaving court after being convicted on two counts of sexual assault. He was sentenced to three years of imprisonment, suspended for five years. His legal team was granted leave to appeal the conviction,” reads a tweet from HeraldLIVE.

However, the Federation of Uganda football association (FUFA) believes that the national team coach will soon be back after accomplishing the private matter he asked permission to attend in South Africa.

“The Uganda Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic asked FUFA for persimmon to attend a private matter in South Africa. We have this afternoon received the information that the private matter has been concluded, for now, the coach will come back to resume his duties accordingly.” FUFA’s statement reads.

Respectable sources reveal that Micho committed a crime during the 2021 U21 African cup of Nations qualifiers when he was still in charge of Zambia’s men’s national football team.

Micho is said to have been accused by a 39-year old woman to have “touched her buttocks and making inappropriate sexual remarks” to her.

The source also revealed that the lady had delivered coffee to Micho while watching a football match in the stands, and asked if he (Micho) want sugar.

It is further disclosed that Micho responded by saying he wants another type of sugar and pointed to the woman’s private parts before touching them.

Dennis Karuri speaks on his interest in dating Eric Omondi

Male make up artist causes stir after interests in dating Erick Omondi [Image: @denniskaruri/Instagram]
Kenya—Dennis Karuri, a makeup artiste, has addressed rumors doing rounds in social media that he is interested in dating comedian Eric Omondi.

He further said that he is currently seeing someone and is not interested in anyone else.

Speaking about how people perceive him because of his dressing code, Karuri said that initially he was affected but he no longer cares about what people say.

According to a video shared on Instagram, Karuri who is dressed like a woman is heard telling Omondi that he could be his wife.

“Hi Eric, my name is Dennis, from Nairobi, Kenya. All this time you haven’t found a wife. Ask yourself one question. Have you ever gotten a taste of this?  Refresh your taste. Refresh your choices,” Karuri said.

“Honey, I am that sweet girl that everyone is asking for. Who is that sweet girl? Who is that sweet girl? It’s me. Yes, it’s me, honey, I got nyash. I got breast. Small breasts. I got brains. I got a face, I can cook. Normally that is what you call a wife material. Honey that is what you call a wife material.” He went on.

Speaking in a YouTube interview, Karuri said that the video was only intended to promote Omondi’s dating show wife material.

“Shooting the video was just part of work. It was to make more watch the wife material show. I do not regret doping the video, I knew what I was doing it. Who am I right now? I cannot be in ‘Wife Material’. I wouldn’t want KFCB to ban the video,” Karuri stated.

“I do not want ladies sending me applications I have someone in my life,” he noted.