The creative force of Africa, Actors, musicians Dancers, visual artist, Fashion designers come together to raise funds for Masks for Africa's most vulnerable
LAGOS, LAGOS, NIGERIA, May 20, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — What a year 2020 has turned out to be: Amazing might come to mind. Unexpected, perhaps? Surprising? Crazy?
However we may choose to describe it, this year has certainly impacted us in the most unpredictable way.
As creatives, our survival is based on our freelance and independent work. We work as teams, closely collaborating with each other to share our stories, keep people entertained and pass on a message to an audience that has always been willing to encourage our creativity. Social distancing is alien to us. We thrive on face-to-face contact on our film sets, we share and shape our ideas over long meetings and we constantly travel in search of the location and talent for our next creative project.
2020 has compelled us to adjust, and through all of these, we find joy in the knowledge that the works we have been able to create have contributed to making our world just a little bit better to live in, despite the circumstances.
The demand for the work we have already done is reaching unprecedented levels as people are consuming as much, they can—books, films, television shows, music, dance—to escape and to forget the reality of this virus.
It therefore begs the question: What more can we do? Surely it is incumbent upon all of us to play our part in contributing in some way towards an even safer world. And more importantly an even safer Africa!
Africa Film Academy and our coalition of partners within the creative space, have come to realize that there are many of our brothers and sisters around the Continent who simply cannot afford the protective masks. This is unfortunately not surprising, as over 422 million Africans are purported to live below the poverty line of less than $1 per day. This is the unfortunate reality and therefore poses a major problem at this time when wearing a mask in public is now mandatory in most African countries.
We at Africa Film Academy and our coalition of partners made up of Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, Charles Granville Company, Joyce Banda Foundation International, Femmes et Prisons d'Afrique, Pan African Film & Arts Festival, AFC Pan-African Consortium, Bodyworks Nigeria, The New Mind, Mambokadzi African Media & Entertainment Network, BBB Media, Futura Digital and Truliving Africa and many others creatives have come together to do our part in helping to mitigate what threatens to be an inevitable spike in the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.
We have decided to Mask Up Africa. We need the help of fellow creatives, corporate world and every single person who identifies with Motherland Africa as we prepare to embark on this massive campaign that will ensure that our most vulnerable brothers and sisters are protected by having access to masks.
This is yet another call for unified action by Africans for Africans! as Marcus Garvey advices.
And so, the campaign titled Mask Up Africa is being launched on the 25th of May as we seek to raise the necessary funds and resources needed to distribute masks across Motherland Africa.
Our initial target is to raise 52 Million masks: one million masks for each African state with priority being given to the most vulnerable communities.
What do we need from you?
First and foremost, we are calling out to all Creative Africans no matter where you are to join the Mask Up Africa Campaign. This involves just a few basic requirements:
Make a 30-second video supporting the campaign through showcasing the importance of wearing a mask.
Post a picture of yourself wearing your own mask with the #MaskUpAfrica hashtag included. Post it on your Facebook, Instagram, and all your social media handles. Encourage your followers to use the #MaskUp hashtag.
Encourage donations to the Mask Up Africa campaign. Our target is 52 million masks. We believe that if each one of us donates $1 to the campaign, we will achieve our goal.
You can support in kind by sourcing for masks and sending them to us to distribute or you can equally work with us to make sure your masks are distributed. All donations we get will be visible on our website and weekly updates will be given on our social media handles.
In conclusion, the Africa Film Academy and our partners have taken on many major campaigns in the past such as the "No Baga" campaign which created awareness for peaceful voting and being your brother’s keeper. The same campaign also provided meals for all the internally displaced (IDP) camps around Nigeria. We have also organised peace concerts across Nigeria to raise awareness on the impacts of terrorist attacks in the country.
As Covid-19 continues to ravage through the world, let African's prevent the spread by wearing the Mask. We urge you all to join forces with us as we take the initiative to help ourselves by joining hands together to #MaskUpAfrica. Donate today
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Source: EIN Presswire