"It was terrific to see so many young Africans telling Africa's story. They represent a new vision - and hope - for our continent"
Johannesburg, South Africa & New York, New York, USA (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Hundreds of students, lead by Google Africa Student Ambassadors from 45 different universities and colleges, joined Africa.com for a Google+ Hangout to discuss the brand new documentary, Africa Straight Up. Students were able to connect online with one another, see one another, and speak with the producers of the film, and among themselves.
The evening started with students watching the 29-minute documentary, Africa Straight Up, an inspiring original film from Africa.com that attacks the negative stereotypes about Africa. The film shares stories about positive developments across the continent in the areas of technology, business, education and government. With a mission of changing the way the world sees Africa, Africa.com produced this film so viewers can enjoy it free of charge at Africa.com and YouTube.com. The film features musical celebrities Lira from South Africa, MI from Nigeria, and an MTV interview with Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.
“This film was created to spark a dialogue about the developments occurring across Africa and how we can tell a more complete story about the progress and vision for Africa. Google’s cooperation through their Student Ambassador program and the use of their free technology created an exciting pan-African virtual discussion of a film. The hangout, free to everybody, is a wonderful way to explore other cultures, and foster a true sense of pan-Africanism," comments Teresa Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Africa.com.
At Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana, the entire student body of 500 students watched the film together in their auditorium. "The entire Ashesi Community gathered to watch Africa Straight Up. It was terrific to see so many young Africans telling Africa's story. They represent a new vision - and hope - for our continent,” stated Patrick Awuah, Founder and President of Ashesi University College.
After watching the film on YouTube, students from across the continent then connected with one another on the Google+ Hangout, which enabled them to join a casual, conversation with students from over 10 countries about the film they had just watched. In addition, they were able to to submit questions to the Africa.com production team that made the film, and to fellow students real time.
Michael Indire, one of the lead organizers from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya believed that the film showed that “we have so much potential and can become the world’s greatest continent both socially and economically.” Many students requested another Hangout to continue the conversation with the contacts they had made.
Launched in 2010, Africa.com is the largest Africa-related website with over five million page views per month from visitors in over 200 countries who seek information about all 54 African countries including news, facts and figures, maps, and travel information. Contact: media(at)africa(dot)com
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