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Eastern Africa Music Summit, Goes Online

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The Eastern Africa Music Summit returns for the 6th Year, from Monday, February 22 to Wednesday, February 24 at 12.00 pm – 9.00 pm EAT (GMT+3) Online via www.ongea.biz.

“Due to the potential health and financial risks of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had decided to cancel the 2021 Edition”, said Founder, Mike Strano, who is also an Event Producer of 20 Years at PHAT! Productions.

“However, like many other Music Markets around the World, ONGEA! has also gone online, in order to continue serving the creative industry of Eastern Africa – especially during this crisis,” he said. “Ironically, the Theme of the last ONGEA!, during February 2020, was Disrupt to Thrive!”

“Little did we know that, just a month later, our creative industry was to experience the biggest disruption ever,” Strano explains, adding that, “With COVID-19 being an Accelerator of Technology Adoption, by Consumers and Industries globally. ONGEA! 2021 is about What Next as we Fast Forward into the Future.”

Going fully Online shall enable ONGEA! to reach a wider audience throughout Eastern Africa and the world; including international industry experts, who are increasingly interested in the creativity emerging from The Motherland.

“To-date ONGEA! 2021 has Speakers, Performers, and delegates from over 26 countries, including Australia, Benin, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Uganda, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America”, says Courtney Keter of PHAT! Productions.

“And, after the Pandemic, ONGEA! shall be Transformed into a Hybrid Event, with Participants having the Choice to join Physically or Virtually.”

Here’s an Outline of ONGEA! 2021 – The 6 the annual Eastern Africa Music Summit:
Monday 22nd February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): So, we were Disrupted! What next? Comparing local & international Recovery
Plans for the Creative Industry.

01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): The New Normal? Online Education for Creatives. Discussing the
Transformation of Education in the Creative Industry.

03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00pm-05.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Be Present Everywhere. The ultimate Speed Networking session with local & International Delegates from the 3 Days.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.

Tuesday 23rd February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): Taxation – a Blessing or a Curse? Unpacking the Benefits and Costs of Digital Service Tax, and other Taxes.
01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Royalties in Focus. COVID-19 showed the Importance of Royalties as a
Revenue stream and amplified the Challenges in Eastern Africa with Collection & Distribution.
03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00pm-05.30pm EAT (GMT+3): No Shows? Where’s the Money? The importance of alternative Revenue streams – a Global perspective. The webinar is Empowered by Safaricom.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.


Wednesday 24th February 2021
12.00 pm-01.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): The growth of Artivism in Africa. The Movers & Shakers of 2020 and 2021. The webinar is presented by This Is Africa.
01.30pm-02.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
02.00pm-03.30pm EAT (GMT+3): Access to Credit for Creatives. New opportunities Emerging in 2021.
03.30pm-04.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.
04.00 pm-05.30 pm EAT (GMT+3): Global Opportunities for Eastern African Music. Panelists from Asia, Europe, North America, and South America share their Views. The webinar is Empowered by the French Embassy to Kenya.
05.30pm-09.00pm EAT (GMT+3): Showcase Performances.

Entry is FREE to ONGEA! 2021, for Industry Professionals and Consumers, via Registration in Advance on www.ongea.biz. Spaces are limited, so Register now!

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Tanzania’s President Samia Scheduled For Kenya Visit

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Kenya’s Presidency has confirmed that President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania is scheduled to jet in to Nairobi for a 2-day State Visit on Tuesday.

Kanze Dena-Mararo Kenya’s State House spokesperson said other details of President Suluhu’s visit will be shared in due course.

President Samia Suluhu is a sharp contrast of her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli who passed away recently.

On April 11President Samia Suluhu made her first trip outside the country since taking oath of office. She flew to neighbouring Uganda, a trip her handlers said was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and finalize the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Tripartite project agreement.

The Tanzanian leader has drawn a line under her predecessor’s controversial stances on COVID-19 and the media, indicating an apparent change in course for the nation after the death of John Magufuli in March.

“We cannot segregate ourselves like an island, but also we cannot blindly accept what is being brought forward to us (on COVID-19) without carrying out our own investigations and inputs,” she told officials at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. “Let us have a stance.”

President Suluhu also announced that media that had been banned by Magufuli’s government should be allowed to operate.

“We should not ban the media by force. Reopen them, and we should ensure they follow the rules. We should not give them room to say we are shrinking press freedom.”

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Angola Appoints Envoy To Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan

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President João Lourenço of Angola on Tuesday appointed Sianga Abílio as ambassador to Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia.

Sianga who is based in Nairobi, Kenya currently serves as Ambassador of Angola to Kenya and Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations offices in the Kenyan capital.

According to a statement from the embassy, as soon as presenting the Credential Letters, Ambassador Sianga Abílio, will start to provide Diplomatic coverage for the four countries, the from Nairobi.

Sianga Abílio, was accredited as a permanent representative of the country to the United Nations Offices in Nairobi in May 2018.

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Kenya Releases Results For Primary Schools Exam

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Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha on Thursday released results for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam which was conducted last month.

About 1.2 million candidates sat the KCPE exam between March 22 and March 24, 2021.

Prof. Magoha said early today that the ministry thwarted several instances of irregularities in various places.

Meanwhile, Form 4 candidates are set to conclude the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination on April 26.

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