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Some 100,000 people are expected to attend 450 screenings over the next week

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FESPACO, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou opened on Saturday. Africa’s biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent’s cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in the host country Burkina Faso. Since Fespaco began 50 years ago, no woman has ever won the top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

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  • A man works on a mural of Burkina Faso's film director Idrissa Ouedraogo who died last year on February 22, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou. - A man works on a mural of Burkina Faso's film director Idrissa Ouedraogo who died last year inside the festival's village on February 22, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO) in Ouagadougou. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • People drive past a bronze statue of Sembene Ousmane in street of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on February 22, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO). - People drive past a bronze statue of Sembene Ousmane in street of Burkina Faso's Ouagadougou on Febuary 22, 2019, on the eve of the opening of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival (FESPACO). (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • A performer poses at the entrance of the venue where the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou is about to start, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

  • Performers arrive at the entrance of the venue where the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou is about to start, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

  • A horsewoman charges with her horse as she prepares to parade for the opening ceremony of the FESPACO The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

  • A horseman prepares to parade for the opening ceremony of the FESPACO The Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

  • Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore (C) speaks to media during the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Rwanda's artists perform on stage during the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Rwanda's artists perform on stage during the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Rwanda's artists perform on stage during the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore arrives for the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Artists perform on stage during the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Artists and hostesses attend the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, in Burkina Faso, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Performers arrive to the entrance of the venue where the opening ceremony of the FESPACO Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou is about to start, on February 23, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI / AFP)

  • People hold portraits of African film Directors on the place des Cineastes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

    People hold portraits of African film Directors on the place des Cineastes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during the FESPACO, the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, on Febuary 24, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • People hold portraits of African film directors on the place des Cineastes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, during the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), on Febuary 24, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • Horsewomen arrive during the FESPACO, Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou on Febuary 24, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • A Burkinabe policeman walks past spectators at the entrance of the cinema hall during FESPACO, Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou on Febuary 24, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • A horsewoman arrives during the FESPACO, Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou on Febuary 24, 2019. - Africa's biggest film festival marks its 50th anniversary, buoyed by its contributions to the continent's cinema industry but overshadowed by security problems in host country Burkina Faso. (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP)

  • People hold portraits of African film Directors on the place des Cineastes in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
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A Nation Making Huge Strides in Rebuilding

Rwanda is making significant progress in moving on from its ugly past

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In April 1994, ethnic tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority boiled over, and what had been decades of mutual distrust ultimately escalated into a full-blown catastrophe. Over 800,000 Tutsi were murdered by Hutu militant groups, with many women raped, and hundreds of thousands of children rendered homeless.

The genocide, which stretched for three months, was met with a slow response from the international community, and many people were forced to flee into neighbouring countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The events of that dark period in Rwandan history illustrated in movies like “Hotel Rwanda” and “Sometimes in April”, left a trail of effects, some of which included post-violence trauma, increased distrust, hate and proliferation of pregnancies as a result of rape.

Twenty-five years have passed, and it has been a long, tortuous road to healing for all Rwandans, but commendable efforts have been made. Reconciliation and rehabilitation centres abound in various parts of the country, and there has been significant investment in technology, making Rwanda one of the few shining lights in a continent plagued by poverty and corruption. It is also worthy of note that there is significant female representation in Rwanda’s legislative houses: for context, Rwanda has one of the world’s highest proportions of women in power as 61% of members of parliament and 50% of the cabinet are female.

One aspect of the reconciliation process that needs elaboration, though, is the social work profession. Established after the genocide, social work has been integral to Rwanda’s healing process, through homegrown solutions or indigenous models of development that address the many layers of social wounds. Social workers in Rwanda have been heavily involved in programmes such as community work, local collective action and the indigenous practice of girinka, which makes for the provision of one cow for every poor family. There are also initiatives, such as the Hope and Homes for Children, which cater to children who may have been abandoned as a result of parental trauma resulting from rape, family isolation, drug abuse, vulnerability and stigma towards children with disabilities.

Rwanda’s success story is one that many African nations can take a cue from. Who is to say that countries like Sierra Leone would not be a lot better off if there were more women in positions of power? What if there had been more concrete efforts to ensure reconciliation between the Igbo and the rest of Nigeria after the civil war? These are the unanswered questions, but it is beautiful watching Rwanda thrive after the horror show of 1994. 

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How young people are changing the African narrative

For non-Africans who have never visited the continent, the perception of the second largest continent in the world has always been that of a place of impoverishment and raw savagery; a place ravaged by horrible epidemic and war. 

This is largely attributable to an agenda-driven western media which sell these bogus tales about Africa to their global audience viewing the world through their reportage. Sadly, some of our local media are also guilty of this disservice to the mother continent.

As much as Africa, like other continents have its challenges, the positive stories to tell about the continent far outweighs the negativity found therein. 

The good news, however, is that young Africans – the new generation, are striving to change the negative narrative of Africa through their excellence in different fields within and outside the continent.

These young Africans are pushing the frontiers of knowledge in their respective fields of interests, discovering new things and making landmark achievements. Whether in Technology, Fashion, Literature, Music and more, they are forging paths necessary for the sustenance of development in Africa. These crop of individuals are passing the message that Africa has a lot to offer the world through its rich human resources. What better way to be true ambassadors of the continent? 

Let us take a look at some of the young individuals championing the change of an age-long African perception in their different fields.

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Over the years, we have seen some of the most innovative minds in technology come from Africa. Notable figures like Philip Emeagwali who invented the world’s fastest computer and who also won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize for an application of the CM-2 massively-parallel computer, Jelani Aliyu who designed the Chevrolet Volt,  Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, among very many others make this list.

One young African that is gradually making waves in technology is 35-year-old Jamila Abbas. Abbas is a Kenyan computer scientist and software engineer who is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MFarm Kenya Limited. MFarm is an android application that Abbas developed to solve the challenge of lack of pricing transparency Kenyan farmers faced.

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