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Learning can empower people, preserve the planet, boost shared prosperity and foster peace. Africa’s education strategy must align with the Global Education 2030 Programme. 

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At the heart of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and many other human rights conventions is education as a fundamental human right. 

Yet owing to socio-cultural, religious and economic factors, millions of children and adults are unable to explore educational opportunities. 

Education in itself is the most strategic tool to lift marginalised populations out of poverty and meeting all the Sustainable Development Goals. 

As the world marks the International Day of Education today (24 January), which was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, we call on governments of African nations to commit more politically into education, drive inclusiveness by deploying education for peace and development.  

When children are denied their right to Education, their community is deprived of a sustainable future. This is why education is the most essential vehicle for driving substantial progress in health, economic growth and innovation which invariably offers a more environmentally resilient society.

Damning global figures show worsening inequalities between rich and poor families, between boys and girls and between rural and urban areas – over 600 million children and adolescents unable to read and do basic numeracy; three out of five girls in sub-Saharan Africa are unable to complete junior secondary school and some four million children and youth refugees are on the loose – out of school, roaming. 

Aside from being a fundamental right and tool for public good, education and relearning are humanity’s greatest renewable resource.

Malnutrition and food insecurity are products of poverty and inequitable distribution of opportunities, but it also suggests inadequate knowledge of nutritional facts and production methods.

Hungry children will not go to school. Children with failing health will not go to school. When they do, their performance is easily impaired by ill-health and poor nutrition.  Hunger-poverty-malnutrition-lower life prospects-joblessness-poverty. And the cycle carries on!

Through basic and relevant education, marginalised people learn more about health. They are better able to protect themselves and their children against diseases. Wellness among children improves if their parents have had quality education. Increased access to education can reduce troubled learning and contribute to reducing poverty.  

These educational poverty gaps between genders, the disconnect between the rich and poor families, and disparities between rural and urban areas are best closed by measured investment in social progress and human capital through education.    

Learning can empower people, preserve the planet, boost shared prosperity and foster peace. Africa’s education strategy must align with the Global Education 2030 Programme. 

To root Africa firmly within the core of the global knowledge economy, we need a paradigm shift towards functional education and training systems to meet the skills, innovation, creativity and competencies required to promote sustainable development. 

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Pilani Bubu to launch new album, “Folklore – Chapter 1”

This full-length project was released in November last year.

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South African soul singer Pilani Bubu is set to hold a launch party for her latest album “Folklore – Chapter 1” later today, 27 February. This event is set to take place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the launch today, Bubu will perform live with a full band featuring Luke van der Merwe, Bheka Mthethwa and many others.

“My approach has always been to perform my music for at least two years live before recording,” Bubu said. “It often grows and new ideas come in.

My band members are also involved in the making of the album,” she says.

Released in November 2019, “Folklore – Chapter 1” contains a total of 17 songs and features appearances from Lebo Mochudi, Billy Monama, and others. It is the follow up to her 8-track sophomore album, “Warrior of Light” which was released to good reviews in 2016.

“Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared among a people, captured through various art forms inclusive of traditional beliefs, customs, proverbs, sayings and tales passed on through generations by word of mouth.

“In this album series I want to treasure traditional folk music, giving it a more contemporary setting, renewed meaning and more context,” she revealed about the new album.

“Folklore – Chapter 1” was produced by a team of Bheka Mthethwa, Billy Monama, Robin Fernie while Troy Lilley handled the engineering.

The album is currently available on all major streaming platforms and physical copies would be sold at the event.

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Ishan wins big at 2020 Star FM Musical Awards

The young singer sweeps up four awards with his 2019 monster hit, ‘Kure’ featuring Ti Gonzi.

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Burgeoning Zimbabwean act Ishan emerged the biggest winner at the Star FM musical awards, scooping five awards at the event that was held on Saturday, February 22.

The singer went home with plaques from the Best African Pop Sing, Best Newcomer, Best Collaboration, Song of the Year and Most Played Song on Star FM categories.

Later that night, Ishan teamed up with rapper, Ti Gonzi to perform their award-winning hit single ‘Kure’ which won four awards at the event.

Ishan is followed by top Zimbabwean gospel singer Janet Manyowa who won two awards in the Best Gospel and Best Female Artiste categories.

Ti Gonzi on his part won the Best Male Artist Award while Takura secured the Best Hip-Hop song award with his 2019 smash, ‘Noise’.

Zimbabwean living icon Alick Macheso was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Best African Pop Song Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi

Best Zimdancehall Song Award
‘Vroom’ – Nutty O

Best Hip-Hop Song Award
‘Noise’ – Takura

Best R&B Song Award
‘TV Room’ – Hilzy, Gary Mapanzure

Best House Song Award
‘Bad News’ – DJ Stavo ft. Gemma

Best Song by Zimbabwean in the Diaspora Award
‘Chihera’ – Norman Masamba

Best Gospel Song Award
‘Ndimi’ – Janet Manyowa

Best Newcomer Award
Ishan ft. Ti Gonz – ‘Kure’

Best Female Artist Award
Janet Manyowa

Best Male Artist Award
Ti Gonzi

Best Duo/Group Award
Ngoma Ingoma – ‘Malobolo’

Best Collaboration Award
‘Kure’ – Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi

Best Producer Award
Cymplex

Song of the Year Award
‘Kure’ – ‘Ishan ft. Ti Gonzi

Album of the Year Award
Francesca – King 98

People’s Choice Award
‘Ngaibake’ by Freeman ft. Alick Macheso

Most Played Song on Star FM
‘Kure’ by Ishan ft .Ti Gonzi

Lifetime Achievement Award
Alick Macheso

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2baba announces new album “Warriors”

This coming full-length project is set to solidify 2baba’s status as a living icon.

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One of Nigeria’s most celebrated singers 2baba is set to release his new album titled “Warriors” on Friday, February 28. This album would be released as part of his 20 Years A King celebration, which commemorates 2baba’s two decades in the Nigerian music industry. 

This coming project would be the long-overdue follow up to his 2014 album, “The Ascension” which was met with mixed reviews upon its release. 

2baba made the announcement on his Instagram page, sharing the album cover and the release date. He also revealed that the album scheduled for release next week is already available for pre-order.

Anticipate!!! This album is for warriors ✊ 28.2.2020. Pre-order link in bio,” he shared.

“Warriors” would contain 13 tracks and include previously released singles like ‘Important’, ‘Oyi’ and the Peruzzi-assisted smash hit, ‘Amaka’. The LP also boasts big-name collaborations like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Olamide, Tiwa Savage and Peruzzi. It also features AJ, Symeca and his daughter HI Idibia.

The album would be released under the 2baba-headed imprint, Hypertek Digital which he established after leaving Kennis Music in 2008.

Formerly known as 2face Idibia, 2baba is one Africa’s most successful artists, winning local, continental and international awards like BET and MTV Europe Music Awards. 

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