By Ogova Ondego
Published October 8, 2014
Tanzania-based Swahili Fashion Week is calling upon fashion designers to enter its Emerging Designers contest by October 21, 2014.
The fashion platform that operates out of the Tanzanian commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, is also calling upon members of the public to send in their nominations for fashion practitioners to be awarded in 20 prize categories during the 7th annual Swahili Fashion Week that is slated for December 5-7, 2014 in Dar.
On a rather crowded list that could see almost everyone walk away with an award and thus rob the event of the exclusivity and uniqueness of winning a prize, SFW is seeking nomination for Best Female and Male Model, Best East African Model, Designer of the Year, Best East African Designer, Best Men’s Wear Designer, Best Up-and-Coming Designer, Innovative Designer of the Year, Stylish Female and Male Personality, Fashion Journalist of the Year, East African Fashion Journalist of the Year, Fashion TV Programme of the Year, Fashion Blog of the Year, Fashion Photographer of the Year, Hair and makeup Artist of the Year, Accessory Designer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Style Icon of the Year and New Face of the Year. The deadline for sending in nominations, once more, is October 21, 2014.
Meanwhile DISCOP Africa, a TV programmes’ market that used to be held in Nairobi before it relocated to Johannesburg due to what was described as poor business environment in the Kenyan commercial and political capital, reminds participants that any one registering after October 10, 2014 will not be included in the printed show-guide of the event that is planned for November 5-7, 2014.
“The three-day market will take place from 5 to 7 November in Johannesburg, South Africa, enriched by the presence of acquisitions, distribution and production executives behind Africa’s digital revolution and its fast booming television content business sector,” DISCOP Africa says.
On their part, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the United Nations Development Programme in collaboration with Build Up are calling for entries for their PEACEapp, “a global competition to promote digital games and gamified apps as venues for cultural dialogue and conflict management.” The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014.
The competition is open to three kinds of entries:
a). digital games and gamified apps developed purposefully for this competition,
b). existing digital games, and
c). creative re-purposing of existing digital games to meet the aim of PEACEapp.
The competition, the organisers say, “will consider entries at all stages of development â€” from prototypes to fully developed. PEACEappâ€™s international jury will select five winning entries: three that are fully functioning and two that are in development. The three fully functioning games or apps will receive an award of US$5,000 each. The two in development will receive mentorship from expert partners. In addition, one member of each award-winning team (completed or in development) will be invited (all travel costs covered) to the Build Peace conference (Cyprus, April 2015) to share their product with conference participants.”
Saying Winners will be announced by November 30, 2014, the organisers say “PEACEapp (www.unaoc.org/peaceapp) draws on the unique cultural resources and experiences of developers, technologists and budding peacebuilders around the world, PEACEappp invites individuals and teams â€” beginners and experts alike â€” to create new digital games or use existing digital games to foster dialogue that prevents violence.”
The competition asks entrants to engage with questions that are central to building peace:
a). How can we create new spaces for dialogue and shared action aimed at preventing violence?
b). Is the key to provide opportunities for contact among individuals of different cultural or religious backgrounds?
c). Can sharing stories also encourage mutual respect for cultural and religious values? Or is it about offering people tools to question and reframe their identity?