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‘Our Africa’ is creating a stir

Receiving the One World Media Award
Receiving the One World Media Award

Lucy Patterson, Marketing Editor for the 'Our Africa' project, reflects on the recent successes of the online educational resource.

"What started out as a gem of an idea has developed into an award-winning website. That’s right, award-winning – ‘Our Africa’ won the prestigious New Media award at the One World Media Awards last week.

To win such an award is a real honour and accolade that demonstrates to the rest of the world what a fantastic project ‘Our Africa’ is. ‘Our Africa’ is unique; it provides a platform for children to tell their own stories in their own words. It gives a balanced view of mundane daily activities, side by side with the passion and cruelty of conflict and disease, and the hope and disappointment of life.  

We hope that by receiving this award many more doors will open for ‘Our Africa’.

‘Our Africa’ officially launched this month at the Africa Centre, in Covent Garden, London. We chose to hold the event at the Africa Centre, a place that, for half a century has provided greater awareness among British and other European people about developments in Africa.  It was the perfect venue to showcase the ‘Our Africa’ project and treat guests to an evening of modern and authentic African culture and African cuisine.

Many of those who attended the evening were academics, educationalists and teachers as well as people interested in finding out more about the project and the rejuvenation of Africa.

The evening kickstarted with the talented dance group Connecting Vibes. Connecting Vibes gave two incredible performances that mixed African, Caribbean and contemporary dance.

We were pleased the evening was compered by the up-and-coming hip hop artist Afrikan Boy (who also goes by the name ‘AB’). AB created a fantastic atmosphere with buzz and hype and dropped in jokes and personal stories about his time in Africa. We were also treated to two performances by Afrikan Boy.

Guests were also treated to performances by the comedian Prince Abdi and spoken word artist Dzifa Benson.

Throughout the evening videos from ‘Our Africa’ were shown to the guests. All were received well however this one got a particularly good reaction.

‘Our Africa’ has touched the lives of so many people already. It has been used by teachers and schools. By officially launching the website we hope to get more and more people using the resource and talking about."

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