“We set out to produce a film that elevates the conversation about Africa, above the stereotypes of the past and towards the challenges of today and the immense possibilities of tomorrow,” comments Teresa Clarke, CEO of Africa.com.
Written and executive produced by Teresa Clarke, narrated by South African Warren Adams, choreographer of the highly anticipated Broadway play Motown: The Musical, and with a soundtrack of Africa’s hottest music stars, multi-platinum South African singer Lira and Nigerian hip hop star M.I., the film takes viewers on a journey across the continent to witness the progress and passion of Africa through the eyes of its people.
The documentary includes specially curated footage of global leaders such as Nigerian Finance Minister and former World Bank Director Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, business mogul and Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, and Kenyan technology activist and Policy Manager for Google Africa Ory Okolloh.
The exciting film includes contributions from some of the most powerful and influential organizations in Africa including the African Leadership Network, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and Tony Elumelu Foundation, as well as global powerhouses such as Sony Music, BET, MTV, TED and the Aspen Institute. Africa.com will also be hosting an exclusive Africa Straight Up Google Hangout with university students across the continent.
Here is what others are saying about Africa Straight Up:
“This is an outstanding documentary which outlines how and why Africans should start telling their own story. The key message being that the destiny of all people of African descent is inter-linked, and this future is unquestionably in African hands.”
Professor Arthur G.O. Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe
“The reason I participated in the film is simple. I strongly believe that the 21st century is an African century and that we need to tell these great stories of success, development, innovation and determination, to make this point. These stories provide us with the evidence of an unfolding success. The stories are inspirational. I love every one of them. We need more Africa Straight Up.”
Moss Ngoasheng, Chief Executive Officer of Safika, a South African investment company
The greatest lever for change on the African continent is leadership. There is a new generation of leaders committed to economic prosperity, taking ownership of our destiny and being honest about our successes and challenges. This film is an important step in sharing the stories of these young leaders who are moving Africa forward.
Fred Swaniker, Founder and CEO, African Leadership Network
Launched in 2010, Africa.com is the largest Africa-related website with over five million page views per month from visitors in over 200 countries who seek information about all 54 African countries including news, facts and figures, maps, and travel information.
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