• Common symptoms for “mild” cases of COVID-19 include sore throat, coughing, and fever.
  • There’s no shortcut to getting over the virus other than best-practice advice such as staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest, and monitoring symptoms. 
  • Those at higher risk due to age or underlying conditions, or those with more severe symptoms, such as chest pain and difficulty breathing, should seek medical attention.

Self-isolation vs. self-quarantine

All nonessential workers have been advised to stay home in self-quarantine to slow the progress of the virus.

While this helps limit contact with strangers, staying home increases the amount of time spent with family members or roommates.

In these cases, it’s difficult to avoid the risk of transmission.

When is it safe to end a self-isolation?

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that self-quarantine and self-isolation can stop when it’s been 7 days since the onset of symptoms and 72 hours since symptoms disappeared.

“For those who have been exposed to a confirmed case but did not develop symptoms, we recommend self-quarantining for 14 days from the day you were exposed because you can develop symptoms anywhere between 2 and 14 days after your exposure,” Dr. Joshua Mansour, an oncologist at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles, told Healthline.

“It’s worth noting that this is the best guidance we have from the CDC today, but we don’t really know exactly when it’s OK for someone to come out of isolation,” he cautioned. “This seems like a reasonable starting point to me, but it’s possible that this will change as we learn more about the virus.”

Dr. Nir Goldstein, FCCP, a pulmonologist and leader of the post-COVID-19 clinic at National Jewish Health, also pointed out some of the unknowns currently surrounding the virus.

“We don’t have data regarding reinfection after recovery and so for now, we should assume that it’s possible,” Goldstein told Heathline. “As blood tests develop and more data is applied, we’ll know more. In general, the viral shedding declines over time, so the longer you wait after recovery, the less chance you have of still shedding the viruses. Currently, we say at least 7 days, but there have been cases where the shedding has been reported up to a month after recovery.”

“So you should still maintain social isolation and take precautions even if you’re a week or two after recovery,” he added.

Nottinghamshire Police force will tomorrow still take part in the second ever national day of commemoration for murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence despite the Coronavirus situation.

The 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a racially motivated attack in Eltham, south London, in 1993.

His death prompted wide-spread outcry and ultimately held to sweeping changes in the way police forces across the country, but in particular in London, deal with such crimes.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the day he died, which was April 22, a special day of remembrance was set up in his name two years ago. This was to ensure that his life and death would never be forgotten.

Last year to mark this day Nottinghamshire Police force held a celebration of his life where hundreds of people attended a community event in Bulwell. The most impactful legacy of this was the setting up of the Lyrico Steede Cadet base, which was in memory of a local murdered teenager to inspire young people.

This year, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the force will still be commemorating the day, but in a more subdued way by asking the local Nottinghamshire community to take part virtually.

Superintendent Suk Verma said: “Obviously this year’s planned event won’t go ahead as we are in the midst of the Covid-19 virus, but we are working alongside the National Black Police Association to promote how people can celebrate his life online.  We invite the whole of the Nottinghamshire community to get involved.

“We are asking people to share cards on social media as part of a national campaign to tell people what a difference Stephen’s story has made to their lives. Or other ways to get involved include asking children to paint a picture of Stephen to upload to social media.

“We are also promoting hashtags to share via virtual message cards. Keep an eye on our social media pages to see the best entries which we will post. And finally we are asking people to share the two minute ‘Because of Stephen’, film which was produced by the Stephen Lawrence Foundation.

“This year, the message is clear: We all have the power to make a difference. Let’s make Stephen Lawrence Day full of small, positive actions that can make a difference.”

He added the force continues to do a significant amount of work in the community engaging with young people, despite the current lockdown situation.

This includes the force Cadets, who are young men and women who volunteer their time to learn about modern day policing and take part in community-focused initiatives, including volunteering work with the public at this critical time.

The Volunteer Police Cadets (VPC) is the nationally recognised police uniformed youth group throughout the UK. The purpose of the VPC is not to recruit police officers of the future, but to encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship amongst its members. The VPC believe that every young person deserves the opportunity to thrive regardless of his or her background, and encourage young people from all backgrounds to join the VPC, including those who may be vulnerable to the influences of crime and social exclusion.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Volunteer Police Cadets Engagement Officer Romel Davis added: “We are disappointed that we cannot build on the success of the event last year with another one but we will be planning another event to commemorate Stephen Lawrence day in the future.

“Please get involved with the various activities on the Stephen Lawrence Community Trust website including the #BecauseOfStephen Message cards. The whole point of the day is to commemorate Stephen, however the work of the trust and ourselves happens all year round in terms of supporting young people to make positive choices and live their best lives.”

Further information about the day can be found here. See how to get involved in the Cadets visit here.

How you can get involved this year:

Virtual gallery –Reach as many people as possible with positive messages about Stephen Lawrence Day by telling the world what a difference Stephen’s story has made to you.  Take a photo of yourself holding one of the #BecauseOfStephen cards (pictured) and share on social media accounts.  Choose from existing messages or write a personalised message, or simply write a personal message using pen and paper. Please don’t forget to use the #BecauseOfStephen hashtag.

#BecauseOfStephen Message cards – Please click here to access your own Stephen card and write your own message or take a picture with the cards.

Because of Stephen’ film. Please share the two minute video. Please view it here:

Kenya airways is offering evacuation flights for Kenyans stranded in the UK and British who want to come back from Kenya.

According to Kenya’s High Commissioner to the U.K. Manoah Esipisu, “Kenya Airways has given 211 as the minimum number of passengers for whom a chartered flight can be arranged.”

“Kenya airways offers you an opportunity to re-unite with your loved ones. Book flights from Nairobi to London scheduled for 24th April 2020 and London to Nairobi scheduled for 25th April 2020”.

The statement on the Kenya Airways website states that “ticket price is one way and not refundable and infants not occupying a seat to pay 10% of adult rate”.

The Kenyan Government states that “All people returning to Kenya are will be subjected to Covid-19 test and a 14-28 days mandatory quarantine period imposed at their own cost”.

Bookings and other flight details are available on the Kenyan Airways website. Those seeking further details on evacuation from the UK ought to contact the Kenyan High Commission via email at info@kenyahighcom.org.uk and emergency duty officer at +44 7979 973 794.

Kenyan bound flights are only open to Kenya citizens flying back home.

For British people leaving Kenya for UK, Kenya Airways is offering flights to London on Friday, April 24 at 0920 from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott asked “Brits in Kenya who want to go to the UK… please get that flight to London booked!” on her twitter.

The online claim service for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) was launched today, Monday 20‌‌ April 2020 for online applications. Within the first 30 minutes of its opening, applications for 67,000 employees had been made according to HM Revenue & Customs.

This government’s scheme to help safeguard jobs by supporting businesses to keep up pay went live today. Aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, the scheme will allow employers to claim grants of up to 80% for their workers’ wages. The major question from most employers is, how does the scheme work and what are the rules?

What is the Job Retention Scheme?

This is a support system that allows employees to keep their job and to be able to receive up to 80% of their salary through government grant. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus millions are on the verge of losing their jobs and this support allows the economy to remain stable by reducing joblessness and keeping the economy moving.

Announced by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak last month, it will support businesses who are not able to continue paying their employees during the lock-down and would either cut their payment or dismiss them. It protects the economy in the long term by providing wages for staff who are have been placed on compulsory leave, furloughed, due to business closures.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak leading UK government’s daily coronavirus press conference

How much salary is available?

Employers can request 80% of their staff member’s regular monthly salary to a maximum of £2,500.

“Claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Employers can offer the remaining 20% of the salary to the staff member if they are able to do so. However, employers are not obliged to pay their workers the remaining 20% of the salary.

What are the eligibility criteria?

An employee can only be placed on furlough by their employers if they were on PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.

Workers who started job after March 19 are not eligible for the scheme. Employees who were made redundant prior to March 19 are eligible if they are re-employed again and placed on furlough.

It is not available for self-employed and so if you are a freelance worker the best thing to do is to apply for universal credit instead.

If you have more than one job you can request to be put on furlough from all of them.

Even if you are on furlough you can still be made redundant by your employer, but your redundancy pay should remain unaffected.

The Government made it easy to apply and to receive this support, and therefore in case of struggle inform your employer about this opportunity as with it you might be able to preserve your job and receive your salary.  The scheme is aimed at protecting workers and the UK economy in the long term as the lock-down prevents life as normal.

How long will the scheme continue for?

The scheme was initially proposed to continue till end of May 2020, but it has now been extended until June 2020. It can thus be extended if lock-down restrictions are not lifted.

When will the money be paid?

HRMC states that the money is expected to be received into the company’s bank account within six working days from the date the claim application has been made.

What is required?

The government has outlined what is required by the employer to make the claim here. To apply, employers must be registered  You will also be required to provide the employees details and you can see all details on the latest government

To prepare to make your claim you will need:

  • A Government Gateway (GG) ID and password. If you do not already have a GG account, you can apply for one online or or sign in or register.
  • Be enrolled for PAYE online. If you are not registered you can for register here.
  • The following information for each furloughed employee you will be claiming for: Name, National Insurance number, Claim period and claim amount, PAYE/employee number (optional).
  • If you have fewer than 100 furloughed staff – you will need to input information directly into the system for each employee.
  • If you have 100 or more furloughed staff – you will need to upload a file with information for each employee; HMRC will accept the following file types: .xls .xlsx .csv .ods.

Remember, you should retain all records and calculations in respect of your claims. You can find more information on the scheme and eligibility to claim on the website. 

As the Coronavirus effects continue to impact on the communities in Nottingham, the Nottingham City Council is continuing to expand the support services and to inform communities of the ways they can access help.

They have released the PDF document below. This information is also available in alternative formats including plain text, British Sign Language and different language translations in the Nottingham City Council Website.

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In response to Covid-19, the Marcus Garvey Action Group (MGAG) and partners will be delivering African Caribbean cooked meals to the elderly and vulnerable in Nottingham.

These African Caribbean dishes will be prepared and delivered to people every Sunday. They include Curry chicken, Mutton, Boneless fish,  Vegetarian, White rice and Rice & peas. The standard price per meal is £2.00 but a donation of £3.50 is requested, subject to income.

The booking for meals and delivery can be done by:

  • Completing this online form
  • Calling MGAG on 07598947966 any day between 10am and 7pm
  • Calling ACNA on 07871730197 or 0115 969 1364 Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm

They also require volunteers. If you can help, please contact ACNA on acnacentre@gmail.com.

MGAG is working in partnership with Hope Fostering Services, Chayah, Go Vision, ACNA, TunTum Housing, Hyson Green Youth Club and Jamaican Diaspora. You can get more detaoffering Sunday catering and home delivery meals

100 leading academics and writers call on leaders to govern with compassion and see the crisis as a chance for a radical change of direction.

Credit: Paul Saad.

The threats that are hanging over the African continent with regards to the spread of COVID-19 demand our individual and collective attention. The situation is critical. Yet this is not about mitigating another “African” humanitarian crisis but to diffuse the potentially damaging effects of a virus that has shaken the global order and put under question the bases of our living-together.

The coronavirus pandemic lays bare that which well-to-do middle classes in African cities have thus far refused to confront. In the past ten years, various media, intellectuals, politicians and international financial institutions have clung to an idea of an Africa on the move, of Africa as the new frontier of capitalist expansion; an Africa on the path to “emerging” with growth rates that are the envy of northern countries. Such a representation, repeated at will to the point of becoming a received truth, has been torn apart by a crisis that has not entirely revealed the extent of its destructive potential. At the same time, any prospect of an inclusive multilateralism – ostensibly kept alive by years of treaty-making – is forbidding. The global order is disintegrating before our very eyes, giving way to a vicious geopolitical tussle. The new context of economic war of all against all leaves out countries of the Global South so to speak stranded. Once again we are reminded of their perennial status in the world order in-the-making: that of docile spectators.

Like a tectonic storm, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to shatter the foundations of states and institutions whose profound failings have been ignored for too long. It is impossible to list these, suffice it to mention chronic under-investment in public health and fundamental research, limited achievements in food self-sufficiency, the mismanagement of public finances, the prioritisation of road and airport infrastructures at the expense of human well-being. All of this has in fact been the object of an abundant specialised research, except that it seems to have escaped attention in spheres of governance on the continent. The management of the ongoing crisis constitutes a most glaring evidence of this gap.

On the necessity to govern with compassion

Adopting the all-securitarian model of “containment” of northern countries – often without much care to specific contexts – many African countries have imposed a brutal lockdown upon their populations; here and there, violation of curfew measures has been met with police violence. If such containment measures have met the agreement of middle classes shielded from crowded living conditions with some having the possibility to work from home, they have proved punitive and disruptive for those whose survival depends on informal activities.

Let’s be clear: we are not advocating an impossible choice between economic security vs health security but we wish to insist on the necessity for African governments to take into account the chronic precarity that characterises the majority of their populations. Yet, as a continent that is familiar with pandemic outbreaks, Africa has a head start in the management of large-scale health crises. However, it should gird itself against complacency.

Here and there, civil society organisations have shown tremendous solidarity and creativity. Despite however the great dynamism of individual actors, these initiatives could in no way make up for the chronic unpreparedness and the structural deficiencies that states themselves will have to mitigate. Rather than sit idle and wait for better fortune, we must endeavour to rethink the basis of our common destiny from our own specific historical and social context and the resources we have.

Our belief is that “emergency” cannot, and should not constitute a mode of governance. We must instead be seized by the real urgency, which is to reform public policy, to make them work in favour of African populations and according to African priorities. In short, it is imperative to put forth the value of every human being regardless of status, over and beyond any logic of profit-making, domination or power capture.

Photo by Cytonn Photography, Nairobi, Kenya

Beyond the state of emergency

African leaders can and should propose to their societies a new political idea of Africa. For this is a question of survival, fundamentally, and not a matter of rhetorical flourish. Serious reflections are needed on the functioning of state institutions, on the function of a state and the place of juridical norms in the distribution and the balancing of power. This is best achieved on the basis of ideas adapted to realities across the continent. The realisation of the second wave of our political independence will depend on political creativity as well as our capacity to take charge of our common destiny. Once again, various isolated efforts are already bearing fruit. They deserve to be heeded, debated and amply encouraged.

Furthermore, Pan-Africanism also needs a new lease of life. It has to be reconciled with its original inspiration following decades of shortcomings. If progress on continental integration has been slow, the reason has much to do with an orientation informed by the orthodoxy of market liberalism. In consequence, the coronavirus pandemic reveals the deficit of a collective continental response, both in the health and other sectors. More than ever, we call upon leaders to ponder the necessity to adopt a concerted approach to governance sectors related to public health, fundamental research in all disciplines and to public policy. In the same vein, health has to be conceived as essential public good, the status of health workers needs to be enhanced, hospital infrastructure need to be upgraded to a level that allows everybody, including leaders themselves, to receive adequate treatment in Africa. Failure to implement these reforms would be cataclysmic.

This letter is a small reminder, a reiteration of the obvious: that the African continent must take its destiny back into its own hands. For it is in the most trying moments that new/innovative orientations must be explored and lasting solutions adopted.

The present letter is addressed to leaders of all walks of life; to the people of Africa and to all those that are committed to re/thinking the continent. We invite them to seize the opportunity of the coronavirus crisis to joint efforts in rethinking an African state in the service of the well-being of its people, to break with a model of development based on the vicious cycle of indebtedness, to break with the orthodox vision of growth for the sake of growth, and of profit for the sake of profit.

The challenge for Africa is no less than the restoration of its intellectual freedom and a capacity to create – without which no sovereignty is conceivable. It is to break with the outsourcing of our sovereign prerogatives, to reconnect with local configurations, to break with sterile imitation, to adapt science, technology and research to our context, to elaborate institutions on the basis of our specificities and our resources, to adopt an inclusive governance framework and endogenous development, to create value in Africa in order to reduce our systemic dependence.

More crucially, it is essential to remember that Africa has sufficient material and human resources to build a shared prosperity on an egalitarian basis and in respect of the dignity of each and everyone. The dearth of political will and the extractive practices of external actors can no longer be used as excuse for inaction. We no longer have a choice: we need a radical change in direction. Now is the time!

Signed by:

Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize in Literature 1986)

Makhily Gassama (Essayist)

Cheikh Hamidou Kane (Writer)

Odile Tobner (Librairie des Peuples Noirs, Cameroon)

Iva Cabral (daughter of Amilcar Cabral, University of Mindelo)

Olivette Otele (Bristol University)

Boubacar Boris Diop (American University of Nigeria)

Siba N’Zatioula Grovogui (Cornell University)

Véronique Tajdo (Writer)

Francis Nyamnjoh (University of Cape Town)

Ibrahim Abdullah (Fourah Bay College)

Sean Jacobs (The New School)

Oumar Ba (Morehouse College)

Maria Paula Meneses (Coimbra University)

Amadou Elimane Kane (PanAfrican Institute of Culture and Research)

Inocência Mata (University of Lisbon)

Anthony Obeng (The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning)

Aisha Ibrahim (Fouray Bay College)

Makhtar Diouf (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Koulsy Lamko (Writer)

Mahamadou Lamine Sagna (American University of Nigeria)

Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco (Economist, Mozambique)

Touriya Fili-Tullon (University of Lyon 2)

Kako Nubupko (University of Lome)

Rosania da Silva (University Foundation for the Development of Education)

Amar Mohand-Amer (CRASC, Oran)

Mame Penda Ba (Gaston Berger University of St Louis)

Medhi Alioua (International University of Rabat)

Rama Salla Dieng (University of Edinburgh)

Yoporeka Somet (Philosopher, Egyptologist, Burkina Faso)

Gazibo Mamoudou (University of Montreal)

Fatou Kiné Camara (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Jonathan Klaaren (University of the Witwatersrand)

Rosa Cruz e Silva (Agostinho Neto University)

Ismail Rashid (Vassar College)

Abdellahi Hajjat (Free University of Brussels)

Maria das Neves Baptista de Sousa (Lusíada University of São Tomé e Príncipe)

Lazare Ki-Zerbo (Philosopher, Guyana)

Lina Benabdallah (Wake Forest University)

Iolanda Evora (University of Lisbon)

Kokou Edem Christian Agbobli (The Université du Québec à Montréal)

Opeyemi Rabiat Akande (Harvard University)

Lourenço do Rosário (Mozambique Polytechnic University)

Issa Ndiaye (University of Bamako)

Yolande Bouka (Queen’s University)

Adama Samaké (Félix Houphouët Boigny University)

Bruno Sena Martins (Coimbra University)

Charles Ukeje (University of Ile Ife)

Isaie Dougnon (Fordham University)

Cláudio Alves Furtado (Federal University of Bahia, University of Cap-Verde)

Ebrima Ceesay (University of Birmingham)

Rita Chaves (University of São Paulo)

Benaouda Lebdai (Le Mans University)

Guillaume Johnson (CNRS, Paris-Dauphine)

Ayano Mekonnen (University of Missouri)

Thierno Diop (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Mbemba Jabbi (University of Texas)

Abdoulaye Kane (University of Florida)

Muhammadu M.O. Kah (American University of Nigeria & University of the Gambia)

Alpha Amadou Barry Bano (University of Sonfonia)

Yacouba Banhoro (University of Ouaga 1 Joseph Ki-Zerbo)

Dialo Diop (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Rahmane Idrissa (African Studies Center, Leiden)

El Hadji Samba Ndiaye (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Benabbou Senouci (University of Oran)

José Luís Cabaco (Universidade Técnica de Moçambique)

Mouhamadou Ngouda Mboup (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Hassan Remanoun (University of Oran)

Salif Diop (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)

Narciso Matos (Mozambique Polytechnic University)

Mame Thierno Cissé (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Demba Moussa Dembélé (ARCADE, Senegal)

Many Camara (University of Angers)

Ibrahima Wane (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Thomas Tieku (King’s University College, Western University)

Jibrin Ibrahim (Center for Democracy and Development)

El Hadji Samba Ndiaye (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

José Luís Cabaço (Technical University of Mozambique)

Firoze Manji (Daraja Press)

Mansour Kedidir (CRASC, Oran)

Abdoul Aziz Diouf (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Mohamed Nachi (University of Liège)

Alain Kaly (Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro)

Last Dumi Moyo (American University of Nigeria)

Hafsi Bedhioufi (University of Manouba)

Abdoulaye Niang (Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis)

Robtel Neajai Pailey (University of Oxford)

Slaheddine Ben Frej (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciencees of Tunis)

Victor Topanou (Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Bénin)

Paul Ugor (Illinois State University)

Djibril Tamsir Niane (writer)

Laroussi Amri (University of Tunis)

Sébastien Périmony (Solidarité & Progrès de Jacques Cheminade)

Karine Ndjoko Ioset (University of Wuerzburg and University of Lubumbashi)

Maguèye Kassé (Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar)

Lionel Zevounou (Paris Nanterre University)

Amy Niang (University of the Witwatersrand)

Ndongo Samba Sylla (Economist, Sénégal)

As more nations go on lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, movie theatres across the world find themselves out of service. The good news is that there is a world of entertainment yet to be discovered from the comfort of your home.

Here’s a list of African films and television that are essential viewing and available for streaming (with links to where you can watch from). From pioneering classics to cult favourites and commercial crowd-pleasers, here’s what you should be getting lost in:

FILMS

93 Days (2016) – Nigeria 

As the world takes on the pandemic, 93 Days is a timely reminder of what is possible when resources and experts are deployed towards a common cause. One of the finest films to come out of Nigeria, this heartbreaking but inspirational chronicle tells the story of the country’s ultimately successful containment of Ebola in 2014. Featuring career best performances from actors Bimbo Akintola and Somkele Idhalama, 93 Days towers as both a terrific piece of cinema and a worthy salute to the heroes on the frontlines.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Netflix

Azali (2018) Ghana

Ghana’s first ever submission for the Oscars is a harrowing and shrewdly-observed deconstruction of poverty, gender inequality and illiteracy. Directed by Kwabena Gyansah, Azali traces the journey of Amina (Asana Alhassan), a 14-year old girl from northern Ghana, who is dispatched by her mother to neighbouring Burkina Faso in a bid to escape the clutches of early marriage. A triumph of storytelling stripped of artifice, Azali is a potent attempt at capturing what it means to live on the margins of society.

Where to watch: Netflix

Beauty and the Dogs (2017) – France/Tunisia

Beauty and the Dogs unfolds over one harrowing night. Its events are divided into nine chapters, each filmed by director Kaouther Ben Hania in a single take. Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani), a young student, is raped by policemen after a party. Suffering rejection and humiliation from institutions designed to help, she struggles, alongside an accomplice, to overcome bureaucratic and structural barriers while fighting for her right to be heard – and seen – in post-revolution Tunis.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Youtube, GooglePlay

Black Girl (1966) – Senegal/France

What better time than the present to (re)discover the film widely regarded as sub-Saharan Africa’s first to make a dent in the international film stage? Black Girl may be 54 years old but the themes that Ousmane Sembène tackled in this now classic’s 55 minutes remain poignant today. The trauma ofcolonialism, racism and post-colonial identity in African bodies are all highlighted in the deceptively simple story of Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop), a young Senegalese woman who moves to Paris to work as a maid for a French couple.

Where to watch: The Criterion Channel 

Isoken (2017) – Nigeria

What does a much put-upon woman do when she finds herself aged 34, unmarried and without a boyfriend? The protagonist of Isoken, directed by Jade Osiberu, submits to a family intervention. This film may present as a romantic comedy, but its bright colours and charming set pieces do not mask the pointed commentary on gender roles in upper class Nigerian society. The messaging on feminism is a bit muddled as Isoken cannot quite decide what it wants to say, but none of this detracts when the rest of the film is so cleverly attractive.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Netflix

Lumumba: Death of a Prophet (1990) – France/Switzerland/Germany

Mixing biography with history and personal experience, Haitian director Raoul Peck creates a fascinating frame around the cult figure of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire). Peck’s creative documentary uses Lumumba’s assassination as an entry point to examining his life and legend. Death of a Prophet serves as an informal corrective to the Western manipulation of Lumumba’s legacy.

Where to watch: Showmax

Much Loved (2015) – Morocco/France

Much Loved was banned in native Morocco in advance of its release. Director Nabil Ayouch and star Loubnar Abidar were summoned to court on charges of “pornography, indecency and inciting minors to debauchery”. While Much Loved has its fair share of graphic imagery, it works effectively as a scathing critique of the duplicity of the conservative mainstream. Ayouch does this by focusing on the adventures and tribulations of four women working as sex workers in Marrakesh, Morocco’s most popular tourist destination.

Where to watch: Netflix

Of Good Report (2013) – South Africa

A torrid affair between a high school teacher and a young woman spirals quickly into sexual obsession and blood thirsty violence in this impressive thriller from auteur Jahmil XT Qubeka. The black-and-white film is shot in a stylish, seductive manner that hints of the evil to come. Of Good Report’s considerable psychological heft connects with the traumas of its victims on the margins in post-apartheid South Africa. Seven years after its release, Of Good Report has lost none of its haunting power.

Where to watch: Showmax, Youtube, GooglePlay

Supa Modo (2018) – Kenya/Germany

Likarion Wainaina’s heartbreaking debut is a different kind of superhero film. One in which a Kenyan kid takes flight from the harsh realities of her existence by escaping into a fantasy world of her own creation. Supa Modo’s finest triumph lies in Wainaina’s careful balance of vivid imagery and escapism with the despair and finality of mortality such that the film is never too sweet nor too sour. Super Modorestores faith in the world by simply highlighting the role community can play in times of grief.

Where to watch: Showmax

Touki Bouki (1973) – Senegal

Panned upon release, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s first feature is now widely considered to be one of the greatest films ever made. Touki Bouki (Wolof for “The Journey of the Hyena”) considers the tensions between Africa and Europe via the struggles of Mory and Anta, who dream of emigrating to Paris. It discards linear narrative in favour of poetry and fantasy as it tracks the couple’s journey from idealistic excitement to eventual disenchantment, mirroring in some way the fate of the continent.

Where to watch: The Criterion Channel

Trances (1981) – Morocco 

Directed by Ahmed El Maânouni, this documentary about influential Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane is a heady blend of concert footage, interviews and archival footage. Trances is at once a concert movie, poetic meditation and an audiovisual essay, documenting not just the influence of one of North Africa’s biggest musical acts but also the socio-political history of Morocco.

Where to watch: The Criterion Channel

 

TV

 

An African City (2014-2016) – Ghana

Hailed as the African answer to Sex and the City when it first arrived on YouTube in 2014, Nicole Amarteifio’s Afropolitan series eventually proved to be something separate if not entirely removed in spirit from the American show. Over two seasons and 23 episodes, An African City follows the shenanigans of five single women resettling in Accra, Ghana. It presents an updated narrative of what it means to be a young, African and female. The jury is still out on how far it succeeded but why not decide for yourself?

Where to watch: YouTube

Choufli Hal (2005-2009) – Tunisia

This enduring comedy, shot predominantly in Arabic, was first broadcast in 2005 on local stations and enjoyed a successful six-season run, including a standalone tele-film, over four years. The reason for its widespread acceptance is perhaps the relatability of its original set up. Choufli Hal takes advantage of the relationship between a psychotherapist and a psychic to comment on social issues. It may have wrapped its run on television but remains incredibly popular today.

Where to watch: Youtube

Mark Angel Comedy (2013-present) – Nigeria

Comedian Mark Angel has been able to parley his comic skits into an online behemoth. Featuring characters such as Emmanuella, Aunty Success and Chukwuemeka, his videos attract over millions of views and fans from as far flung locations as Australia and the Caribbean.

Where to watch: YouTube

Queen Sono (2020) – South Africa

Netflix’s first African original series is a bingeable epic ride along the corridors of power. Starring Pearl Thusi as a South African secret agent tackling criminal operations across the continent, Queen Sonodelivers bang for its buck. Blending big drama, contemporary themes, stylish action and fantastic production design, it may be South African in origin but it has its sights set on conquering the continent. It is set in South Africa, Nairobi and Zanzibar among other locations, accommodating several African languages.

Where to watch: Netflix

With most places and services experiencing lock-down and limit in services, Fearless Youth Association (FYA) distributed packs of food over the Easter weekend to 43 families, youths and young people across Nottingham.

Bread, vegetables, canned food and Easter eggs made the bulk of the items distributes. Mobile phone and internet data top-up were also given to some of the most desperate families in Radford, St Anne’s, Sneinton and Lenton areas.

 

We are also supporting young people with virtual training, job applications and accessing support in the city.

Despite these supplies, we are receiving increasing requests for resources to support the young people to engagement and lead active lifestyles.

Dan, one of the young who uses FYA studios said that, “We are miss a chance to come out and work in the Basement studio or just link up with our friends. It is sometimes maddening staying with family at home, but I guess it is for our own good.”

The young people and some families are asking for resources to keep their young people busy and productive and to reduce conflicts in small confirmed spaces.

FYA, in conjunction with Nottingham Covid-19 support network are appealing for help with creative materials including artistic resources and digital media materials.

“We are also looking to expand our ambassadors and mentoring programs and would love to hear from individuals and organisations interested in joining us in this work. We believe though the times are tough, many young people are busy looking for ways to better their lives and we are ready to support them any time.” Said Angela, the Manager of Fearless Youth Association.

For more information on youth support available or the ways in which you can engage with the youths on training, employment and “Safe Space”, please contact Angela on info@fyaonline.com or call 01157846670.

Press release 14th April 2020
Nottingham COVID-19 Support Network Formed to facilitate help to African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern Communities.

Mojatu Foundation has joined five other organisations to create a support network for new and emerging communities across Nottingham to deal with the immediate, and ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Foundation is working in partnership with Fearless Youth Association (FYA), Inspired-Succeed CIC, FMB Radio, Let’s Shine and Give a Smile, and Global African Integration Network (GAIN) Diaspora.

Together, they are providing food and essential deliveries, support in accessing benefits, continuing online mental health support, and a range of training programmes. Working with local foodbanks and supermarkets, a team of volunteers have begun receiving referrals from the council, as well as online, and supplying them with essential goods.

A local Kenyan resident had two children and a husband sick at home, and the family were all self-isolating. She said, “I really want to say big thank you to Mojatu staff who brought in food for my family during this time of isolation, my family has undergone some serious testing but with friends standing with us we shall overcome. They even helped us to get a birthday cake for my son’s 7th birthday”.

BME communities make up 34.7% of the population of Nottingham, however, recent news has shown that these populations have been hit particularly hard by the virus. Together, these organisations aim to ensure that local populations receive essential supplies, that they are treated with kindness and dignity, and continue their important roles as members of the local community.

So far, the network has been delivering up to sixty food parcels a day and believe the demand will increase significantly over the coming weeks. Importantly, they intend to provide ongoing support to ensure their communities receive essential and long-term care.

For information on how to access the service for food or training support, one need to complete I Need Help form while those seeking to volunteer should complete the Here To Help form.

For more information about the network, our work or media enquiries on this press release, please visit Mojatu Foundation website on https://www.mojatufoundation.org or contact Frank on frank@mojatu.com or call 0115 8457 009.