We call a particular African artiste “African giant”, but have we stopped to consider that Africa may actually be a giant on her own? Africa has many promises and potential, and other international sectors and states have realized this truth. Organizations, industries, and administrations have acknowledged this fact. So with that, with every chance they get, they invest and collaborate with African countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, e.t.c .This week’s Creative Roundup spotlights some of the wins, investments and collaborations that have happened in African countries this week. So let’s get into it.
1. African Gaming Startup Carry1st Raises $27M From Bitkraft Ventures And a16z
Carry1st, a South African games publishing startup, has raised $27 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm Bitkraft Ventures with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, TTV Capital, Alumni Ventures, Lateral Capital, Kepple Ventures and Konvoy.
This funding raise comes about a year after it secured $20 million in a Series A extension round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) following the $6 million it raised in May 2021. Carry1st is a publisher of social games and interactive content focused on frontier markets like Africa.
Source: Tech Crunch+
2. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Hits N1bn Box-Office Record In Nigeria
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has smashed its box-office record by becoming the first film to reach 1 billion Naira in Nigeria since its release in November 2022.
FilmOne, the leading distributor of blockbuster films in Nigeria and The Walt Disney Company Africa, announced this in a statement released on Sunday. The superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character Black Panther.
3. Minority Africa Launches Fellowship for African Journalists
The Minority Africa Fellowship is a project by Minority Africa — a digital publication using data-driven multimedia journalism to tell African minority stories.
Through an intensive six-month paid program, fellows will polish their existing reporting abilities from a skill and thematic perspective. Still, they will also be trained on the intersecting areas and groups of focus for the fellowship. This means that fellows are taught and leave the fellowship knowing how to cover groups outside their immediate communities.
Source: Minority Africa
4. Davido, Tems To Perform At 2023 Governors Ball Festival
Nigerian superstars David Adeleke, known better as Davido and Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems will be performing at the 2023 Governors Ball Festival in the United States of America in June.
The multi-award-winning musician will perform on the festival’s opening day on June 9, 2023. After that, the festival will run for three days. Also, Tems will perform on June 11, 2023, during the festival’s closing ceremony, billed to hold at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York.
5. Nigerian Creator and Coach Set To Speak On Talku Talku’s January How-To Webinar
Talku Talku launches its first webinar for 2023 on all its social media platforms on Tuesday, January 17 2022. Talku Talku’s How-To webinar is a solution-driven event designed to answer specific problems in the creative industry.
The webinar is scheduled to discuss the topic; How To Find Your Creative Niche: A Step-By-Step Guide; the topic will be addressed by famous coach and content creator Salem King on Thursday, January 26 2023, at 5pm on Instagram Live.
Source: Talku Talku
The biggest cheers to Marvel Studio Team on reaching this milestone; it’s a big win worth celebrating. This may open doors for other blockbusters to achieve this and beyond. African Journalists, now is the time to up your journalistic skills with the Minority Africa fellowship; hopefully, you may be the next Khadija Sharife.
Till next week, Stay creatively informed.