Eastern Africa Music Summit, Goes Online



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

“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 Spaces are limited, so Register now!

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President Uhuru Takes Over EAC Chairmanship



President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya has taken over the Chairmanship of East African Community (EAC)  bloc.

“Thank you for showing confidence, faith and trust in me. I promise to do all I can to take our region to greater heights,” Uhuru said on Saturday.

The Kenyan President assured that he will spare no effort towards the realization of the shared aspirations that gave rebirth to the community 20 years ago.

Uhuru spoke when he addressed the 21st Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State held virtually due to Covid-19 after taking over the chairmanship from Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame.

He hailed the late former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and the late former President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, acknowledging the role they played together with President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda in the rebirth of EAC 20 years ago.

President Uhuru outlined his vision for the bloc, saying he will focus on strengthening of partnerships to enhance intra-EAC connectivity and ensuring sustainable implementation of projects and programs in productive sectors.

He emphasized the need for partner states to harmonize their commitment on free movement of people, workers and services as envisaged in the region’s common market protocol.

President Kenyatta announced Kenya’s decision to remove visa requirement for South Sudanese nationals visiting the country as an act of reciprocity.

President Kagame congratulated President Kenyatta on his assumption of the chairmanship of the EAC and welcomed Dr Mathuki as the new EAC Secretary General.

The East African Community bloc is composed of six countries in the African Great Lakes region in eastern Africa: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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UK Firm, Bioline Agrosciences, Acquires Kenya’s Dudutech



Dudutech, a division of Flamingo Group International, announces that they have been acquired by Bioline Agrosciences, a subsidiary of InVivo Group.

By joining up with Bioline Agrosciences (InVivo), Dudutech becomes part of a world-class IPM provider, with over 40 years of experience in the manufacturing and distribution of biologicals.

Established in 2001, Dudutech is Africa’s leader in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with a wealth of experience in designing and delivering biological pest control solutions.

With its new biofactory in Kenya Bioline Agrosciences owns now 8 production sites in the world (Europe/ North America and Africa).

Tom Mason, Managing Director of Dudutech said, “this acquisition is a unique chance for us to affirm our leading position in Africa, combining our technologies with the well-known brand and the extensive experience of Bioline Agrosciences.”

“We look forward to working with the global Bioline team to enhance our service and product offering and to contribute to a future with sustainable, secure, and safe agriculture,” Mason added.

Giles Turrell, CEO of the Flamingo Group, said that Flamingo, with its substantial Growing operations in Kenya and Ethiopia, will continue to use Integrated Crop Management solutions as a production strategy.

“Therefore, it made sense for us to select Bioline Agrosciences as the future owner of Dudutech and preferred supplier. Our leading position in technology with a strong commitment to sustainable farming, will ensure premium quality and innovative biocontrol solutions are widely available for our Group,” Turrell said.

This new site in Kenya will be the tool for spearheading Bioline Group’s expansion in Africa to promote new environmental-friendly technologies in agriculture, according to Laurent Martel, CEO of Bioline Group.

Thierry Blandinières, CEO of InVivo group, believes that “this acquisition is a huge step for Bioline, our agricultural subsidiary, which is becoming a major player in biocontrol at the international level.”

He added that it’s perfectly aligned with the company’s vision to promote the agricultural and food transition towards a resilient agrosystem, by deploying innovative and responsible solutions and products.

The biocontrol market is growing strongly, and the acquisition of Dudutech will allow Bioline Agrosciences to increase technological leadership and complete product portfolio.

“This is a unique opportunity to specialize in flower production by creating this partnership with the Flamingo Group and to bring our 40-year-old expertise on other crops in the region,” said Ludwik Pokorny, CEO of Bioline Agrosciences.

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Italian Ambassador To Congo Killed In Attack



Italian ambassador to DR Congo has died from hospital after an attack on UN convoy in the east of the country, local authorities said. Two more people died in the attack.

The convoy was attacked near the town of Kanyamahoro at around 10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT) and was part of a kidnap attempt, the Virunga National Park told Reuters.

The identity of the two people who were killed was not immediately clear. The Italian ambassador was evacuated after park rangers intervened, the park said.

Many armed groups operate in and around Virunga, which lies along Congo’s borders with Rwanda and Uganda, and they have repeatedly attacked Virunga rangers.

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