Photography: Eyes on the African prize – The five winners of the Continental African Photography (CAP) Prize will be announced in September, from a shortlist of 25 projects. From fine art portraits to documentary and experimental photography by photographers from Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt and more, the shortlist is a showcase of continental talent. Previous winners of the CAP Prize have had their work shown in festivals worldwide.
- A collection of essays from 24 acclaimed writers, Of This Our Country is a personal work, one in which Nigerians attempt to define their home country, whilst realising that this is not entirely possible. Contributing authors include Half of a Yellow Sun‘s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Everything Good Will Come‘s Sefi Atta.
- Written by Max Lobe, A Long Way from Douala is a novel that follows the journey of two friends across Cameroon, while they deal with grief, sexuality, dreams bigger than reality, and more. Some of the many themes include violence, terrorism, homosexuality and migration.
Covid-19: Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s regional director for Africa believes the continent will need 200m vaccine doses to hit the target of 10% of the population by September, saying: “Africa needs [Covid-19] vaccines now. Any pause in our vaccination campaigns will lead to lost lives and lost hope.”
Kenya: The Kenyan government is getting serious about developing the country’s export potential. Parliamentarians are expecting to receive reports about the setting up of Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency by September and studies about export markets by December.
Tourism: A day in the sun – Covid-19 has dampened some optimism in the African tourism industry, but not all of it. The continent’s major international hotel chains are still committed to their long-term development plans.
African tourism ministers and actors in the sector will be meeting to discuss developments at the Arabian and African Hospitality Investment Conference in Dubai on 20-22 September and the Africa Tourism Investment Summit in Cape Town on 1-3 September.
By far, Egypt is attracting the most activity, according to the 2021 Hotel Chain Development Pipelines in Africa report. It says: “Whilst the crisis had a profoundly negative impact on Africa’s travel and hotel operations, the impact on deal signing was, surprisingly, much less – there were 71 deals with 10,000 rooms signed since the last study, down ‘only’ 30% on 2020.”
After Egypt, Nigeria and Morocco are attracting the most activity. In terms of international competition, the top leadership spots are held by France’s Accor and the US-based Marriott group, which are far ahead of their multinational peers and local competitors (see graph).
Marriott made its first move in the Nigerian market by opening the 206-room Lagos Marriott Hotel Ikeja in May in the country’s economic capital. Meanwhile, Accor opened the luxury floating hotel the Mantis Kivu Queen uBuranga to tour Lake Kivu in Rwanda this year.
- Oil industry insiders will be in attendance at the Angola Oil & Gas Conference on 9-10 September to discuss the future of one of Africa’s top crude producers.
- The next United Nations General Assembly meeting will kick off in New York on 14 September, with leaders from Africa and all over the world laying out their international priorities.
- On 15 September, Invest Africa will host The Africa Debate on the theme of ‘The Great Reset’.
Dangote Cement is aiming to increase total cement production capacity in Nigeria to 4.5m tonnes a year before September. The plan includes restarting production at the company’s plant in Gboko, Benue State. The government is worried about high cement prices, and so is opening up the market to more international competition.
This article was first published in The Africa Report‘s print magazine.
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