The coronavirus epidemic continues to disrupt life across the world. The disruption is gathering steam in African countries that have recorded cases as compared to for example Italy where the entire country is almost in a lockdown.
The impact on gatherings is an area that most African governments have moved to control. Kenya has barred public gatherings after recording its index case. Uganda and other countries are calling for less gatherings.
Our main coronavirus hub is seized with major developments around the epidemic. This piece will focus on the impact on entertainment and other cultural events.
We have seen a surge in political, economic and diplomatic meetings held over video conferencing apps thanks chiefly to COVID-19.
An upcoming installment is a cross-continent concert featuring some of Africa’s biggest artistes. The Africa Day Benefit Concert will be live on YouTube courtesy MTV Base Africa.
The concert which will feature over a dozen musicians will be hosted by British actor Idris Elba, who himself recovered from the virus months back. Elba has Sierra Leonean parentage. He was granted citizenship on his first visit back home in 2019.
Among the performing artists are Burna Boy, Yemi Alade, Tiwa Savage (Nigeria), M.anifest and StoneBwoy (Ghana), Sho Madjozi, AKA Worldwide (South Africa), Sauti Sol, Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) and Fally Ipupa of Democratic Republic of Congo.
On 25 May 1963, Africa made history with the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) the precursor to the African Union (AU).
Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU now the AU) from its creation in May 25, 1963 in the fight against colonialism and apartheid
It also aims at taking stock and progress that Africa has made, while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent face in a global environment.
. @BurnaBoy @ShoMadjozi @YemiAlade @AKAWorldwide @SautiSol @diamondplatnumz@TiwaSavage @fallyipupa01 lets unite to celebrate #AfricaDay & raise funds for COVID19. Africa Day Benefit Concert #athome on 25.5 @MTVBASEAfrica YouTube page 6pm(CAT) & MTV Base 9pm(CAT) #AloneTogether pic.twitter.com/6sL212XCr1
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 16, 2020