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5th May 2015
We are delighted to officially welcome Timi Ogunyemi on board as an Africa Day Champion and spokesperson. Timi is the editor of award-winning blog Picture This! Dublin.  Timi in his own words… “My name is Timi and I’m of African descent; to be specific, of Nigerian descent. I haven’t always felt at home in Ireland, but the last three years have seen me embrace Dublin and Ireland as home. If home is where the heart is, then mine has been planted… Read More
24th April 2015
To mark Africa Day, which takes place this year on Sunday, May 24th, The Irish Times has teamed up with Irish Aid to run an Africa-themed writing competition, with three categories: for primary school children; secondary school children; and adults. Writers are invited to submit a short story or poem, which should relate to an African experience in either Africa or Ireland, of up to 250 words (primary); 500 words (secondary); or 2,000 words (adult) with a deadline of Friday,… Read More
8th April 2015
At a recent meeting of the Africa-Ireland Economic Forum (October 2014), focusing on the business and development links between both locations, Enterprise Ireland’s Kevin Sherry spoke about Africa being home to eight of the world’s 15 fastest growing economies since 2000. Nigeria’s economy is booming. It’s the continent’s top oil producer and recently overtook South Africa as the biggest economy this year. This incredible growth and positivity is tempered by the dire situation in Ebola stricken countries and Kenya’s recent… Read More
7th April 2015
Today is #WorldHealthDay. This year the World Health Organisation (WHO) are highlighting the challenges and opportunities associated with food safety under the slogan “From farm to plate, make food safe.” “Unsafe food is linked to the deaths of an estimated 2 million people annually and the African Region is without exception. Infants, young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with an underlying illness are particularly vulnerable. For example, in 2014, there were more than 100, 000 cases of cholera in… Read More
2nd April 2015
Did you know that Irish Aid host workshops for schools?  Free workshops are offered for primary and second level classes on global issues and the work of Irish Aid in fighting global poverty and hunger.‌ Second level  “By taking part in the workshops and guided tour of the interactive Khulungira exhibition, students will learn about the realities of life in a rural African community and learn about how Ireland is taking a leadership role in the fight against hunger. Workshops can be… Read More
27th March 2015
Volunteers play an important part in Africa Day Dublin. All volunteers will be provided with: An Africa Day t-shirt to wear on the day and to keep as a souvenir. Lunch and refreshments during your volunteer shift(s). Training and background information to ensure that you are fully briefed and prepared to work at the event. To become a volunteer you must: Be available to attend a compulsory volunteer briefing / training event on Saturday, 23rd May at 4pm.  You will be… Read More
23rd March 2015
The Afro-Caribbean Society in Maynooth are hosting their annual ‘Africa Day’ festival of events. A day jam packed with music, dance, art, food and clothing. When: Tuesaday, 24th of March from 12.30 to 4pm Where: John Paul II library foyer, South Campus, Maynooth University, Co Kildare. Special guests: Mr. Willie Van Der – Westhuizen Political Counselor of South African Embassy and Miss Nigeria Ireland Oyindamola Animashaun Guest Speakers: Daniel Ramamoorthy and Gary Gannon We wish we could go! If you are… Read More
16th March 2015
This might be of interest to some of our readers. See below for information on the 2015 Galway African Film Festival.  Galway African Film Festival in partnership with MMBF Trust GAFF Shorts Competition Eligibility: Open to African film-makers (incl. African Diaspora). How does it work? Any African Film Maker can submit a short film (either recently completed or new) to this competition. Send your film to heike@galwayafricanfilmfestival.org and it will be uploaded onto the GAFF Shorts Youtube Channel. Films will be shortlisted… Read More
10th March 2015
We are busy here in Africa Day HQ getting ready for #AfricaDay15 in May. Recently we’ve come across some fascinating events that might be of interest, so we thought we’d share. 1. Africa’s Solar Grandmothers – Photo Exhibition by Lar Boland. Lar Boland was funded through the Simon Cumbers Media Fund which was established by Irish Aid.  When: 4th – 27th March Where:  Walkinstown Library, Percy French Road, Dublin 12. 2. Our friends in AkiDwA are hosting an International Women’s Day event… Read More
4th March 2015
2015 is the European Year for Development. To mark this important year the European Commission Representation in Ireland with the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), are organising a media competition highlighting the positive impact of EU development cooperation around the world. We are delighted that the winner will be joining us in Farmleigh on Africa Day. More details below! Theme  The European Year for Development 2015: How has Europe contributed to development in the world? What NYCI are looking for News stories highlighting the positive… Read More
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