AS+A Newsletter 2016-ASANTE SANA!16/12/2016
To start with, we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the exceptionally talented members on our roster, to our corporate clients, partners and allies in the region and beyond. The kind of work we do is not the kind of work that thrives in isolation!
As a company that focuses on illuminating the perspectives and amplifying the voices of dynamic speakers and artists across Africa, 2016 has been eye opening! This year has heralded a new era across the continent; throughout Africa we have seen companies and individuals ascribing more value to imagination, innovation and invention, and we have seen African stories claim their place on the international stage. Incredible pan-African projects are underway; engagement between Africans on the continent and the African diaspora is at its peak; and despite political turmoil, international thought leaders are looking closely at developments on the continent, and taking note.
The path towards a robust creative economy is not always a smooth one, however; there are gaping and disconcerting policy and infrastructure gaps that need to be addressed and bridged, because innovating against the odds (while valiant) should not be the norm. It is also important to note that while African perspectives are finding their place on international stages, they are often still undervalued.
As a talent agency and speaker bureau we are uniquely placed to hear a range of perspectives, and strategically positioned to observe and analyze a host of topics and trends. Over the course of 2016, we have explored several issues and shared our take through a series of articles.
We would like to say a special thanks to This Is Africa and True Africa for giving us some of the coveted real estate on their websites to share some of these perspectives.
While 2016 has been a unanimously difficult one – with the loss of international icons including Muhammad Ali, Prince and Papa Wemba, and with the social and political upheavals that cast a pall over the year, we have eagerly gravitated towards light and progress where possible. This year has taught us taught us many important lessons: we have learned to appreciate the resilience of African innovators and entrepreneurs; we have celebrated the rebellion against a parboiled discourse of Africa; and we have built deep and meaningful relationships within this fast developing creative economy. As a result we have been able to facilitate and forge connections that have made a positive and lasting impact.Read more Read less