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Womandla celebrates Africa, it’s history and the narrative. This digital platform shapes the mind of the African Girl/Woman. The general objective of Womandla.com is to celebrate and empower women in Africa and around the globe through digital media. Womandla.com uses story-telling as a tool for social innovation, public education, community enrichment and transformation.

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Opportunities for Africans

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Women in Africa (www.wia-initiative.com) has set up an endowment fund to promote, support and accelerate innovative enterprises run or managed by African women. For the second edition, our ambition is to create the first delegation of women entrepreneurs from each of the 54 countries of the African continent. The 54 selected women will be an integral part of the WIA Entrepreneurs Club (launched in 2017).

Several benefits for the 54 selected entrepreneurs:

  • Invitation to the WIA International Annual Summit in Marrakesh (27-29 September 2018): reimbursement of travel, accommodation and exhibition space decoration.
  • Unique visibility: Unique visibility from 500 delegates, including investors, top executives and media from all over the world plus visibility on Women in Africa Club print and media supports including WIA Mag, social media, press, offering key visibility.
  • High-level Networking: Business meetings organized during the WIA Club Annual Meeting in Marrakech and during all the events of the Club (Regional and Local meetings).
  • Special access to the WIA Link digital platform in order to exchange with each other and with international top executive. Real social network of entrepreneurs and all year long acres exclusive club.
  • Mentoring: Mentoring for 1 year from large companies (depending from the fundings and sponsors)

The African Revelations Night will invite women entrepreneurs to present their project on stage.

You are a female entrepreneur from Africa, you have created an innovating company, apply to this challenge in order to join the International Women In Africa Entrepreneurs’ Club.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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The Tibeb Girls, Africa’s Powerpuff Girls

A renowned Ethiopian female film director Bruktawit Tigabu has produced a 2-D animation series, called “Tibeb Girls” to educate adolescent girls on the various body changes that happen at their age as well as how to live a healthful life. 

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The three characters, FIKIR, TIGIST, and FITEH, use their superpowers to deal with injustices and harmful practices toward girls in Africa.

The Tibeb Girls is an important and relatable edutainment series that teaches African children of the “taboo” topics they otherwise would not be able to discuss with their parents. This program makes it easy to apply the knowledge and skills learned beyond the classroom.

The fact that the girls have superpowers is a bonus! This series proves to young, black girls that they too have the capability of inspiring others and changing the world through good deeds!

The Tibeb Girls also features a cast of local women whose strong character and excellent performance set the right precedent for young African girls looking to venture in to the media industry. The team also hopes to  inform Ethiopians and the wider African society about the dangers of harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation and the forced marriages of young girls.

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The Inspiration behind Womandla

Melinda Gates, a TIME magazine 100 honoree, says she wants to make investments in health and technology to help unlock potential for women around the world.

I watch the Melinda Gate’s Foundation developments incessantly and adopt their strategies as a guideline for my plan. The vision and the work she does, as mentioned in this video, encourages me on my journey.

The internet is such a wonderful tool when it comes to introducing us to topics and people that would otherwise be almost impossible to meet in one’s lifetime.

Whether Womandla will be an organisation that will be likened to Gates’ or not, I am working hard at establishing a legacy  for the next generation. For me, it isn’t about the accolades but the significant difference we will be making in the life of the young, African woman.

I’m taking the baton and responsibility for our continent and it’s young leaders because the future is African and I’d like to be a great part of it!

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Thanks to Xolisa Guzula, children can read Sci-Fi books in isiXhosa

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Picture courtesy: Afternoon Express (Facebook – 14 August 2017)

By Sihle Isipho Nontshokweni

I recently attended a Children’s literacy, literature and multilingual storybook production and translation seminar hosted by PRAESA in collaboration with IBBY SA and PEN SA. Throughout the seminar, I was impressed by Xolisa Guzula’s depth of knowledge and insight on children’s learning. Not only had she been a volunteer and co-founder of Vulindlela Reading Club in Langa, Cape Town, and of Nal’ibali reading clubs nationwide, she was seated on a panel, discussing the process she underwent to successfully translate a 305-paged science fiction book from English to isiXhosa.

So simple in her disposition and generous in her acknowledgments of those who have taught her the ropes of the game, Xolisa is strikingly self-aware yet strangely she seems oblivious to her successes. In her defense, she says “when you do the work without thinking about fame you don’t realize the difference you are making. I love the work that I do, it is the reason I wake up early every Saturday morning to be at those reading clubs. I look forward to teaching children literature. It is the reason I translate and write stories so that I can expand the content available to bilingual speakers.”

At a time when South African leaders admit that our education system is on its knees, Xolisa Guzula is hope in action. She is a breath of fresh air and a powerful voice trumpeting the importance of language and literacy. She questions why African languages are confined to the home, whilst English and Afrikaans speaking children learn in their languages from the cradle to university and beyond.

Guzula challenges writers by saying: “If Adults only write for adults, what will the children read? If we do not shape them now, who will lead us next?”

She ends off the conversation by saying “Children do not begin to learn in the classroom. When we fail to intentionally create structures of learning outside of schools, we make it difficult for them to learn in the classroom. Children have a deep yearning for learning, we must harness that by all means possible.”

What an inspiration!

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