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Sunday, 19 October 2014
African Film Awards 2014
By MIKE ABIOLA - Fri Oct 17, 1:57 pm
African Film Awards, the most prestigious African film industry awards will take place in London on Thursday 6 November 2014 celebrating excellence in Nollywood as well as the best of Black British Films and Nollywood UK.
A host of celebrities including A list Nollywood stars, the best of Black British actors and actresses will be attending the glamorous awards evening now in its 18th successive year.
The event featuring comedy, film screenings and an award ceremony will take place at the Odeon Cinema Greenwich, London SE10 0QJ. Time: 8.00pm till Late.
Over the years, the African Film Awards also known as the Afro Hollywood awards has served the purpose of promoting and advancing the dynamic growth of Africa’s Film and Arts industry within Europe, especially in the United Kingdom uniting the African and Caribbean communities.
Since the awards’ inception in 1996, the popularity of African films has grown in leaps and bounds. Today, there are at least 6 channels dedicated to African films on Sky Digital’s network with several others broadcasting online. Over 250 industry practitioners have received the awards to date.
Exploring opportunities and seeking collaboration and funding for prospective filmmakers is the main agenda for this year’s African Film Awards
To mark Nigeria’s Centenary, the 18th African Film Awards has “Tourism in Africa & the film industry” as its theme. The event will showcase some of the best destinations in Africa.
The African Film Awards is organised by African Voice, Britain’s N0.1 African Newspaper. Reaching over 500,000 readers often ignored by other mainstream publications. African Voice had been serving the Diaspora community since 2001.
Three Tanzanian police officers have lost their jobs after a photograph of two of them kissing went viral on social media. The picture, which was taken by a colleague on his phone, shows Asumba Mwasumbi and Veronica Mdeme kissing outside in full uniform.
Unemployment sealed with a kiss
Tanzanian newspaper The Post reported on October 12 that the apparently enamoured pair and Fadhiri Linga, the photographer, were fired on grounds of gross misconduct in the course of their duty. Police regional commander Henry Mwaibambe said that the image went against the force’s moral principles, according to The Independent.
“We followed all disciplinary procedures to make sure that they were given a chance to defend themselves,” he said, adding: “The officer looking at the case was convinced there was compelling evidence against them, and that they had breached police code of conduct. That’s why they lost their jobs.”
Mr Masoud George, a lawyer at the Tanzania Legal and Human Rights Centre, told a reporter for the BBC that the decision, while harsh, is probably legal. “It is according to their code of conduct, so from a legal point of view we can’t say their dismissal was unfair,” he said.
Many Tanzanians have compared the heavy-handed response by the security force to its limp-wristed reaction against accusations of corruption. Tanzania’s police force was ranked the most corrupt last year on the East Africa Bribery Index.