For those of you who weren’t able to be at the TED Global conference in Arusha earlier this year, there are multiple opportunities for you to catch up on the event you missed. TED.com is posting talks from the conference on their website: the most recent talk posted is a provocative speech by Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda. The talk so incensed Bono, who was sitting in the audience, that he spent a good part of his time on stage attempting to rebutt Mwenda, with limited success. Very much worth watching for anyone interested in the potentials for reframing and rebranding Africa, or for anyone who wonders why so many young Africans are upset about the recent history of attempts to aid Africa.
One of my very favorite talks at the Arusha conference was Franco Sacchi’s talk about his film, This is Nollywood. The film explores the creative and fiscal challenges of making films very quickly, very inexpensively, for audiences throughout the continent. Sacchi’s film is screening in the Boston area on the 6th and the 13th – I’m trying to shuffle my schedule to see it, because the parts of it I saw were truly excellent – you should check it out if you can.