Today is Africa Day! This year’s theme is strengthening resilience in nutrition and food security on our continent.  That’s why we want to share some fun facts with you that celebrate how diverse and unique our continent is. Keep reading to find out! 1. How many languages are spoken in Africa? Between 1,500 – 2,000 languages are spoken across Africa! 2. What African country is the current most-followed TikTok creator, Khabane “Khabe” Lame, from? Khabane “Khaby” Lame is from Senegal! This Senegalese-Italian content creator is...
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together – African proverb “We must find an African solution to our problems and this can only be found in African unity,” Kwame Nkurumah, a Ghanaian politician, political theorist, and revolutionary., once said. This idea was the driving force behind our Stand Together Essay and Artwork Competition that ran in 2021. Each of the entries we received are testimony to the many creative young minds...
Storytelling is essential — it helps us understand, learn about, and discover new communities, places, and more. Every day, journalists around the world work hard to tell stories that inform and inspire others. That’s why the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the ONE Campaign and the family of Michael Elliott partner annually to honor these amazing storytellers. Each year, the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling is awarded to a promising journalist for their outstanding work covering...
In 2020, the world became familiar with adjusting to change, and today the world has risen to the challenge of fighting the pandemic through science, communication, music, and, now the arts. We know that coming together in solidarity is essential to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. No one is safe until everyone is safe, and in order to ensure that, every member of the global community must come together to fight this global health crisis. That’s why we launched our Stand Together...
The nominations are in, and now it is time to meet the African musicians nominated for the 2021 Accountability Music Awards, which recognizes African artists and musicians speaking up about corruption in their music. The awards received over 200 nominations from Africans across the continent and we have put together a shortlist of this year’s nominees, created by ONE, Accountability labs, and Trace Africa. Meet the nominees WinkyD Wallace Chirumiko is a  Zimbabwean reggae-dancehall artist, also known as WinkyD, The Big Man, and Dancehall...
Corruption hinders progress to change the world for the better. In Africa specifically, it is a major barrier to economic growth and development, and for decades,  it has been the main driver of many Africans’ distrust in public institutions. It is such a barrier that when citizens of African countries speak up against it, there is usually a high chance of retaliation or negative consequences. In 2019, Zimbabwean artist Platinum Prince was abducted by armed men following the release...
Désiré Assogbavi is the ONE’s Francophone Africa Director. This blog is a summary of a paper he presented at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa during a conference on “Good governance, participatory democracy, and social justice: Civil society as an agent of change and innovation in Africa.” An integrated, peaceful, and economically developed Africa needs the full involvement of all segments of our society. It cannot be left in the hands of the only politicians holding office. That’s why both institutionally...
Megan Gieske is a storyteller and photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. With a country-wide unemployment rate of 32.6% and over 2.4 million confirmed cases as of August 2021, COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc on South Africa. And Johannesburg remains the epicenter of the virus’ spread. In western Johannesburg, however, Queen of Hearts Circle, founded by Mariam Behr, has been stepping up to support community needs during the pandemic, raising awareness and educating the community on COVID-19 safety. How Queen of Hearts...
Aya Chebbi is a Pan-African activist, Chair of Nala Feminist Collective, CEO of Afresist, and served as the first African Union Special Envoy of Youth. Young people may be less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19, but in so many other ways, the pandemic has disproportionately impacted their lives. This is especially true on the African continent. The informal, low-paying labour market, where most young people work, was hit hardest by the pandemic. In Nigeria, 45% of people surveyed said...
“Pandemica” is ONE’s newest animated content series about a world where the pandemic never ends — it’s a never-ending pandemic purgatory. From showcasing how vaccine hoarding will impact populations to what will happen if the COVID-19 virus continues to mutate, Pandemica sheds light on the reality that billions of people are experiencing right now as one-third of the world’s countries have yet to receive a single dose of COVID-19 vaccines, and what the entire world could experience if vaccine...