Beautiful Things from SA

first_img27 November 2003South Africa’s flourishing craft market is providing tourists with spectacular and original artefacts to take home from their travels. And in the process, poverty is being alleviated in a truly sustainable manner.Several cultural initiatives, born out of the Craft Imbizo II at the World Summit on Sustainable Development that took place in Johannesburg in 2002, have taken off.These initiatives are providing people in far-flung corners of the country with employment – and stimulating the arrival of new and highly marketable creative designs onto the country’s already rich arts and craft scene.Beautiful Things, an exhibition showcasing crafts from around the country and put together for the World Summit, has now developed a momentum of its own. More on Beautiful Things After the Summit, the exhibition moved to the Bus Factory, a new crafts exhibition centre in Newtown, Johannesburg, in December 2002. There is now a retail outlet, Shop for Beautiful Things, alongside the exhibition, which sells a range of exotic and varied crafts both from the exhibition and bought specifically for the shop.“Craft objects made by traditional craftspeople, according to ancient practices, can be found on exhibition, side by side with those made from contemporary materials to suit the expanding local and international markets”, says the department of arts and culture.“Many of the new products are made by the groups set up by the Poverty Alleviation Fund (established by the department to create job opportunities for poor people). The exhibition is constantly expanding and changing to display and market the products to the local and international buyers who come to see this remarkable showcase of craft.”The Bus Factory, a partnership initiative between the department, the Gauteng provincial government, the City of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Development Agency, aims to become a hub for the country’s craft industry – showcasing crafts from all nine provinces and operating as a centre for training and development workshops.Xhosa arts and crafts take offAnother sustainable craft initiative is taking off in the Eastern Cape. When crafters from the province exhibited their wares at the World Summit Imbizo, they soon realised they had highly desirable products on display and required a sales outlet after the Summit.With financial help from the department of arts and culture’s Poverty Alleviation Fund, they set up a shop in the Boardwalk Casino complex in Port Elizabeth, a much-frequented tourist attraction, and opened to the public in December 2002.Initially, nine local crafters supplied the shop, EzamaXhosa (meaning “Belonging to the Xhosa People”). Now, 145 crafters from even the most remote rural areas of the Eastern Cape are supplying their wares to the shop.Pottery, beadwork, cushions, table linen, leatherwork, wooden carvings, cutlery, walking sticks, bags, cards and traditional clothing are some of the items on sale. The traditional clothing has proved so popular that more shop space is now needed to cater to the demand.Although most crafters are paid twice a month depending on sales, the very poor crafters are paid cash for their wares. This money comes from the 25% mark-up on shop goods. Crafters are also given lists of which of their products have sold and which have not. So far, ExamaKhosa has paid out R250 000 to Eastern Cape crafters.Unfortunately, the money from the Poverty Alleviation Fund – which has financed shop fittings and equipment and which pays administration funds and the salaries of eight staff members – will cease in March 2004. The Boardwalk will begin charging rental, and the shop will need to be sustainable.But, with the success thus far of the Johannesburg and Eastern Cape initiatives, the future looks brighter for scores of previously unemployed people who have developed new skills in the crafts industry, and who now have an outlet for their wares.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Oyinbo Princess, the Nollywood actress with a difference

first_imgCD AndersonA young British actress is fast becoming one of Nigeria’s top film stars. Nicknamed “Oyinbo (white) Princess” by her growing legion of fans in Nigeria and the wider African diaspora, Claire Edun is using her love of African culture and proficiency in pidgin English to give Nollywood a more global appeal.Edun became familiar with Nigerian culture while growing up in the Peckham area of London, where there is a large community of African expatriates.She got her love of Nollywood films from her friends, and soon mastered the pidgin dialect – a mix of English, indigenous African languages and street slang – used in the popular films.She had always had a passion for acting and drama, and had starred in local theatre productions while still at school.Nollywood’s Oyinbo Princess, British actress Claire Edun is proving popular with Nigerian audiences. (pic: Oynibo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/NRLa6uOb88— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016As an adult working as a flight attendant, Edun fell further in love with Africa and its people during her flight stopovers on the continent. She took to Nigeria in particular, where she enthusiastically embraced the music, art and culture.She married a Nigerian expat, Richard, who taught her more about Nigerian culture, including the complexities of pidgin English.In 2014, Edun posted a video online of herself speaking pidgin and was spotted by one of Nollywood’s top producers, Lancelot Imasuen, who offered her the opportunity to star in one of his films.Authentic Tentative Marriage, with Alexx Ekubo & UK actress Claire Edun a popular Nollywood romantic comedy (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Emmf5SoW0c— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage is a romantic comedy with a subtle political edge. In the film Alexx Ekubo, one of the country’s most popular heartthrob actors, plays a man who wants to escape Nigeria by marrying a white English woman. But he soon rediscovers a love for his country and culture, thanks to his new wife’s audacious – and often hilarious – assimilation into Nigerian life. Critics praised Edun’s comedic zest in the role, her command of the often intricate and rapidly fluid language, as well as her sensitivity in portraying the clash between two different cultures.A scene from the Nollywood film ATM, featuring UK actress Claire Edun (pic: Oyinbo Princess Instagram) pic.twitter.com/Ir792KCzWZ— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Edun told the UK’s Daily Mail that the film had good, strong messages: “(It’s all about) having pride in where you come from rather than thinking the grass is always greener elsewhere.”The film has been a hit with Nigerian audiences, who responded enthusiastically to Edun’s role. The producers plan on taking the film to the UK and Europe not only to gain a wider audience in the large African diaspora in the region, but also to show traditional Western filmgoers that the two worlds of cinema can meet in a good, positive way.Meanwhile, Edun, dividing her time between the UK and Lagos, is hoping to capitalise on the success of her first role and her growing popularity with film fans, and land more roles in Nollywood productions.Watch the trailer for ATM: Authentic Tentative Marriage:Source: BBC AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s hunger rate remains high

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Map the Meal Gap 2015 report, released by Feeding America, reveals that food insecurity remains high throughout Ohio. The state’s 16.9% food insecurity rate is higher than the national rate (15.8%) and higher than all other Midwestern states except Missouri (17%). The report also found that about one in four children in Ohio (24.2%) live in food insecure households.“We may be six years out from the end of the Great Recession, but the economy has not recovered for everyone,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. “More than one in six Ohioans still struggle just to afford enough food for themselves and their families, and they are forced to make tough choices every day to cope.”A report released last week by the Food Research and Action Center called How Hungry is America? found that more than one in six Ohioans (18.1 percent) answered yes to the question, “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” This finding ranked Ohio 19th in the country for worst food hardship rates in 2014. Among Midwestern states, only Michigan ranked higher (14th).“When families can’t afford adequate, nutritious food, they turn to federal nutrition programs for a woefully inadequate safety net,” said Hamler-Fugitt. “Unfortunately, since October 2013, our most vulnerable households have lost more than 258 million meals, or $357 million in federal food stamp benefits, from changes and reductions to the food stamp program. These folks have nowhere else to turn, so they are turning to our emergency food network in record numbers.”“We served more than 2 million different Ohioans last year,” said Hamler-Fugitt. “Hunger is not an isolated issue, and it has serious consequences for all of us. An economy cannot recover when one in six members is limited by a need to secure food. We must acknowledge that hunger is unacceptable, especially in our agriculturally strong state.”The Ohio House of Representatives is expected to release substitute H.B. 64 in mid April, which outlines its framework for the 2016-17 state biennial budget. The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is seeking an amendment for an additional $5.5 million per year for the Ohio Food Program and Agricultural Clearance Program to respond to the 40% increase in demand for foodbank services since 2010.last_img read more

TNT overcomes Alaska, Henton’s big game

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “The players just made the right plays and big plays,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Castro capped off his brilliant showing with a clutch triple that gave TNT a 107-103 edge with 35.8 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTNT overcame a monster effort by import LaDontae Henton, who had 42 points and 22 rebounds for Alaska, which blew a 95-82 lead with 7:01 remaining.Henton, however, missed a potential game-winning jumper as time ran out. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant PBA IMAGESTNT rose from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to stun Alaska, 107-106, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jayson Castro just missed a triple-double with 23 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists for the KaTropa, who bounced back from a sorry loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Pacio sees potential title fight if victorious in ONE Macau tilt The Aces just couldn’t catch a break as their woes continued with their losing skid now at 12 games dating back to last conference.Calvin Abueva played his first game for Alaska since his mysterious disappearance and notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.Michael Craig Jr. led TNT, which hiked its record to 2-1, in scoring with 28 points while Roger Pogoy added 25 points.Alaska dropped to 0-4 this conference, joining Kia at the bottom of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

‘Grateful’ Jett Manuel says goodbye to Ginebra, PBA

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening — Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) January 4, 2019The 26-year-old Manuel, who is a licensed civil engineer, played sparingly but he still retired in the PBA with one championship as part of Ginebra’s title run in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.Manuel was picked 12th overall by the Gin Kings in the 2017 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans,” Manuel posted.“It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m excited for everything that lies ahead. I’ll always be connected to the game of basketball, but in a different form this time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments Grateful. To Ginebra. To UP. To Xavier. To my coaches. To my teammates. To my family. To the fans.It was definitely short, but definitely sweet. Choosing to retire wasn’t easy but I’m… https://t.co/LTAoYBoaHs SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 3, thanking 3: Bradley Beal calls Dwyane Wade an ‘idol’ Jett Manuel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJett Manuel bid farewell to his short but sweet PBA career where he played just one season for Barangay Ginebra.Manuel, the former University of the Philippines captain, wrote an emotional goodbye on his Instagram account on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more