Angry Kenyans have taken to Twitter to harshly criticise the government for appointing British model and entrepreneur, Naomi Campbell, as an ambassador for Kenyan tourism board.
Kenya’s Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, had in a statement on Tuesday announced the supermodel as Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador.
“Supermodel Naomi Campbell has agreed to be Magical Kenya International Tourism Ambassador. She will help promote the marketing of Kenya as an ideal tourism and travel destination to the world,” a statement from the ministry read.
“We welcome the exciting news that Naomi Campbell will advocate for tourism and travel internationally for the magical Kenya brand.”
Campbell congratulated the government for infrastructural developments related to tourism like the upgrading of the Malindi Airport at the coast and the international accreditation of a golf course in Vipingo Ridge.
However, the news hasn’t gone down well with some Kenyans who believed the ambassadorial role for so-called Magical Kenya should have been given to a Kenyan making an impact internationally like actress Lupita Nyong’o or comedian Elsa Majimbo.
“Why did we not pick our own Lupita Nyong’o, buy kenya build Kenya promoting our own,” Victor Amalemba tweteed.
“Why didn’t Ajuma Nasenyana not get the position and she is Kenyan, why didn’t Lupita not get the offer and she is Kenyan, why didn’t Debra Sanaipei not get the position and she is Kenyan.. what was the criteria for selection? Non Kenyan?” Syombua Kibue tweeted.
“Please stop with this Elsa instead of NaomiCampbell debate . Wealthy people may laugh at your jokes, but on buying/spending decisions, perceived influencer authenticity and inaccessibility is what keeps luxury, luxury,” Kathambi Kaaris tweeted.
Meanwhile, news of Campbell’s recruitment comes in the wake of veteran artiste, Madonna, announcing she was also in the country for a visit.
The 62-year-old posted videos on her Instagram account saying she had visited the counties of Samburu and Baringo and interacted with locals.
Kenya’s tourism sector was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic recording lower numbers of visitors and hotel occupancy but the government has since embarked on an aggressive campaign to revive its fortunes.
South Africans Eulogise Elon Musk for Overtaking Jeff Bezos as World’s Richest
South Africans are paying tribute to tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, who has overtaken Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as the world’s richest person.
Musk, who was born and raised in Pretoria, is now worth more than $188bn, $1.5bn more than Bezos after shares in his Tesla Motors firm soared over the past week.
Tesla’s value was boosted by the Democratic Party securing control of the U.S. Senate, and an expected introduction of tax credits for electric vehicles.
Musk moved to California in 1995 to study at Stanford University but dropped out two days later to pursue a business career. He co-founded Zip2, a web software company, which was acquired by Compaq for US$307 million in 1999. Musk then founded X.com, an online bank. It merged with Confinity in 2000, which had launched PayPal the previous year and was subsequently bought by eBay for $1.5bn in 2002.
He then founded SpaceX, an aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, of which he is CEO and lead designer. He joined Tesla in 2004, the year after it was founded, becoming its CEO in 2008.
Mmusi Maimane, the former leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance, congratulated Musk and said he has some ideas “about how to fix the education sector in the country outside of the clutches of a corrupt government and I would love to present something to you”.
Musk, who has 41 million Twitter followers, has received thousands of requests for donations and he recently tweeted that he might fund some social responsibility projects. “Critical feedback is always super appreciated, as well as ways to donate money that really make a difference (way harder than it seems),” he tweeted.
He added that he has little time for recreation and does not own a holiday home or yacht.
Temi Otedola Wins Best Actress at Ghana Movie Awards
Nigerian fashion blogger and actress, Temiloluwa Elizabeth Otedola known as Temi Otedola, won the best actress (African Collaboration) at the just concluded 10th edition of Ghana Movie Awards (GMA).
Announcing her win on Twitter, Temi Otedola wrote: “I just heard I won the Ghana Movie Award in the category of Best Actress (African Collaboration) for my role in Citation!!! So so grateful! Thank you for this honor”, she also appreciated Kunle Afolayan, the producer of the movie. “also, congratulation @Kunleafolayan who won for best movie (African Collaboration), so happy for the entire citation family”.
The awards ceremony which held virtually, awarded Temi Otedola as Best Actress (African collaboration) category for her acting debut role in “Citation” competing with Ini Edo in the same movie, Eucharia Anunobi in the movie Foreigners God and Ivorian actress Alexandra Amon in the movie ‘fix us’.
Kunle Afolayan also won the Best Movie (African Collaboration) with the Citation, competing in the same category was “fix us” – Yvonne Nelson, Ogbozo – Destiny Omon & Ama K. Abrebese and “Foreigners God” – Ifan Michael
With over 30 nominees, here are the winners for the 2020 Ghana Movie Awards:
A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Bernard Aduse-Poku — Heroes of Africa
A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Van Vicker — Heroes of Africa
A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Habiba Sinare — 18
A PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Roselyn Ngissah — Ogbozo
Michelle Attoh – Fix Us
SOUND EDITING AND MIXING
Fix us — Bernie Anti
Heroes of Africa — Frank Fiifi Gharbin
18 — Kobby Okyere
Ogbozo — Solomon Tamakloe
Fix Us — John Passah
COSTUME & WARDROBE
Heroes of Africa — George Atobrah
MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING
Heroes of Africa — Zion Train
Heroes of Africa — Bismark Gyamerah
MUSIC ORIGINAL SONG
Ogbozo — Blakk Rasta
MUSIC ORIGINAL SCORE
Fix Us — Berni Anti
BEST ACTOR – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Sam Dede — Foreigners God
BEST ACTRESS – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Temi Otedola – Citation
BEST MOVIE – AFRICAN COLLABORATION
Citation — Kunle Afolayan
BEST SHORT FILM
Wrong One — Kobby Maxwell
BEST ANIMATION MOVIE
ILL-MINE — Divine Jones
Irene Logah — Fix Us
WRITING ADAPTED OR ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Fix Us — Pascal Amanfo
Heroes of Africa — Frank Fiifi Gharbin, Matilda Asare
Joburg’s Festival Of Lights Called Off Due To New Lockdown Regulations In South Africa
The Festival of Lights which was due to start at the Johannesburg Zoo on Tuesday has now been parked due to the announcement of SA’s move to level 3 of the lockdown regulations.
The organizers of the festival mentioned that the decision was taken jointly by stakeholders which included Joburg city parks and zoo, metro bus services and city power.
The festival which is now in its second year has a sparkling collection of music, Christmas carols, night markets, children play areas and illuminated life sized characters. This festival was supposed to run up until January 3.
According to organizers of the event, the festival tickets had already been sold out for all the days slated, and they even had all COVID-19 protocols in place.
The CEO of Joburg City Theatres, Xoliwa Nduneni Ngema says its in the best interest of all to put a halt to the event.
In his words, said tickets had already been sold out for all days of the event which was initially scheduled to go ahead with Covid-19 protocols in place.
Joburg City Theatres CEO Xoliswa Nduneni Ngema said it was in the best interests of all to halt the event.
“Out of patriotic duty to prioritise the safety and health of our staff members, performers and patrons, I urge us all to cooperate and follow the president’s instructions so we can overcome this unprecedented pandemic. We are looking forward to a healthy 2021 as we have opened bookings for upcoming productions.”
However, the organisers have offered patrons online entertainment by streaming previous editions of the sleeping beauty pantomime of 2015.
The organisers have also provided an option for those seeking refunds, while urging their patrons to support the theater in these critical times by not requesting a refund. According to them, this gesture will enable the theatre to weather the storm and bring more classical performances when the lockdown is over.
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