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Brought to you by The Alliance Française Nairobi, the competition's aim is to “expose and promote young directors of short films and contribute to popularizing the art of cinema thanks to the ubiquitous smartphone.”

 

 To learn more about the competition or apply, follow this link   https://ke.ambafrance.org/Smartphone-Film-Competition

Our well written and well-acted drama series has scooped all the awards in the TV Drama category at the 2017 Uganda Film Festival. It was voted as the Best TV Drama while Michael Wawuyo JR who acted as Opio won the award for Best Actor and Rehema Nanfuka, who acted as Suzanna, won the award for Best Actress.

This was a big win has inspired discussions of a second season which may soon be on Ugandan airwaves. Yat Madit’s main objective is to promote healing, reconciliation and development in post war Northern Uganda through use of film and intercommunity dialogues.

Our drama series ‘Yat Madit’ that was recently broadcast on NTV Uganda has been nominated for all the TV categories of Best Actor, Actress and TV Drama at the 2017 Uganda Film Festival Nominations. The announcement was made by The Uganda Communications Commission last Wednesday, August 23, 2017. We are confident of getting some if not all of the awards! Keeping our fingers crossed.

Out of the 14,523 candidates who were running for various positions in the August 8 general elections in Kenya, 1,358 were women. Many organizations including media Focus on Africa were working to increase the chances of the women getting elected. Here is an illustrated analysis of how women faired and what it means for women representation in political leadership moving forward.

"As I watched the drama series, I was shocked to see people acting out exactly what goes on in our community. This meant that we do things without knowing that other people are noticing what we do. There are other things we do that hurt people but we do not know, for example how we treat people who were child soldiers during the war. In the film, a character called Opio burns the house of a former child soldier called Michael. Previously, as a community, we thought it was normal for returnees to be treated with discrimination.

Yat Madit TV series inspired intercultural dialogues among Acholi, Lango, Teso and Karamoja communities in Northern Uganda.  MFA screened episodes of Yat Madit to groups of community members after which participants discussed issues and problems of the North depicted in the episodes. The participants also deliberated on alternative solutions to the problems of the North and how they can be implemented in their communities. A dialogue in each location hosted at least 80 people per screening.

The First is The Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, sponsored by our partner The National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Named in honor of NED’s principal founders, former president Ronald Reagan and the late congressman Dante Fascell (D-Fl.), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program is a federally funded, international exchange program that offers practitioners, scholars, and journalists from around the world the opportunity to spend five months in residence at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), in Washington, D.C., in order to undertake independent researc

Where I come from, when a woman gets married, it’s said that she has ‘gone to cook’.

When I was a child, just like many young girls everywhere, a fairy tale wedding and happily ever after stories always got me excited.

That was not until feminists like Chimamanda Ngozi came to spoil the default narrative of what roles defined boys and girls, men and women.

We are very happy to announce the official launch of our new Facebook page called "Media Focus on Africa" that brings together all friends and supporters of our other project pages: Imani FC, The Team, Chanukah Girls, Michakato Majimboni, Youth for Peace in Africa, and Media Focus on Africa Foundation pages. Like us for all the latest updates on past, current and Future projects on https://web.facebook.com/Media-Focus-on-Africa-1241551662599134/

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 20, 2017.

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is currently seeking applications from women journalists for its program entitled “Howard G. Buffet Fund” to support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives.

The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists.

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Media Focus on Africa Uganda has launched ‘Yat Madit’, the long awaited 13 episode drama series focusing on life after the war in Northern Uganda. The Launch that brought together the series producers, actors, development agencies, the media, MFA, partners and friends was held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala on December 8, 2016.

21st November is World Television day. To Celebrate the day, we spoke to Investigative TV journalist John Allan About Kenya’s Shrinking Media Freedoms.

Getting angry about it. Angry enough to want some truth to come out’’ That was John Allan- Namu’s response when I asked him what his motivation for doing investigative journalism was.

Today, John Allan Namu is one of Kenya’s most respected investigative TV journalists.   He’s won many awards. I met him at his new office, where he recently started off as an independent investigative journalist.

Media Focus on Africa in collaboration with FIDA Kenya has conducted 4 trainings for women Member of County Assembly, popularly known as MCA, and gubernatorial aspirants in the last 2 months. The trainings focused on leadership qualities, media relations, campaign branding, legal requirements for the positions plus more. The first held on 17th and 18th September in Eldoret town brought together Nandi, Trans-Nzoia and West-Pokot Counties aspirants. The Second held on 29th and 30th September in Nakuru town brought together Nyandarua, Kajiado and Narok Counties Aspirants.

Our team member Frenny Jowi, is Africa’s representative at The Global Breastfeeding Partners' Forum that is currently going on in Malaysia. The forum is organized by The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Follow the link for more on the Forum.

Below, Frenny shares her thoughts on the subject breastfeeding.

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Do you want your children to earn more on their job as grown-ups? Here’s quick fact to help you - Breastfeed them.

Long winding queues under the hot sun, angry voters demanding for delayed ballot boxes, electoral officials put under extreme pressure from the public and the media. That describes your typical Kenyan polling station. Before long you will start seeing some pushing, shoving and queue jumping.  

Lucy Chepkwony, told me more about what the behind the scenes of the voting day is like for women.

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