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African Film Academy Launches ‘Mask Up Africa’ Campaign To Secure 52 Million Masks

The African Film Academy and its coalition of partners across the continent have launched the ‘Mask Up’ Campaign to raise 52 million masks for vulnerable Africans.

A statement released by he Academy read: With a rapidly rising number of coronavirus related deaths and daily reported new cases of infections globally, it is no longer news that the world and indeed Africa need to work together to defeat this pandemic. It has spurred stocks to plummet, schools to close, travel to halt and millions of people flocking to stores to clean out the shelves of products like toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

Needless to say, the impact of this pandemic is being felt in every industry in practically every way. Movie productions, tours and annual events are facing a domino effect of cancelations and postponements and with no cure or vaccine in sight, the only thing we can do is to take preventive measures which include social distancing, frequent washing of hands, use of protective masks, etc.

2020 has compelled us to adjust, and through all of this, we find joy in the knowledge that the work we have been able to create has contributed to making our world just a little bit better to live in, despite the circumstances. It therefore begs the question; What more can we do? Surely it is incumbent upon all of us to play our part in contributing in some way towards an even safer world.  And more importantly an even safer Africa!

Africa Film Academy and its coalition of partners within the creative space, have come to realize that, there are many brothers and sisters around the Continent who simply cannot afford the protective masks. This is unfortunately not surprising, as over 422 million Africans are purported to live below the poverty line of less than $1 per day. This is the unfortunate reality and therefore poses a major problem at this time when wearing a mask in public is now mandatory in most African countries.

This has prompted The Africa Film Academy and it’s coalition of partners made up of Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, Charles Granville Company, Joyce Banda Foundation International, Femmes et Prisons d’Afrique, Pan African Film & Arts Festival, AFC Pan-African Consortium, Bodyworks Nigeria, The New Mind, Mambokadzi African Media & Entertainment Network, BBB Media, Futura Digital and Truliving Africa and many others creatives to come together to play a part in helping to mitigate what threatens to be an inevitable spike in the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

They have decided to Mask Up Africa. They need the help of fellow creatives, corporate Africa and every single person who identifies with Motherland Africa as we prepare to embark on this massive campaign that will ensure that our most vulnerable brothers and sisters are protected by having access to masks. This is yet another call for unified action by Africans for Africans! as Marcus Garvey advices.

And so, the campaign titled Mask Up Africa is being launched on the 25th of May as they seek to raise the necessary funds and resources needed to distribute masks across Motherland Africa.

The initial target is to raise 52 Million masks: one million masks for each African state with priority being given to the most vulnerable communities.

What do they need from you?

First and foremost, they are calling out to all Creative Africans no matter where you are to join the Mask Up Africa Campaign. This involves just a few basic requirements:

? Make a 30-second video supporting the campaign through showcasing the importance of wearing a mask.

? Post a picture of yourself wearing your own mask with the #MaskUpAfrica hashtag included. Post it on your Facebook, Instagram, and all your social media handles. Encourage your followers to use the #MaskUp hashtag.

? Encourage donations to the Mask Up Africa campaign. Our target is 52 million masks. We believe that if each one of us donates $1 to the campaign, we will achieve our goal.

? You can support in kind by sourcing for masks and sending them to us to distribute or you can equally work with us to make sure your masks are distributed. All donations we get will be visible on our website and weekly updates will be given on our social media handles.

In conclusion, the Africa Film Academy and it’s partners have taken on many major campaigns in the past such as the “No Baga” campaign which created awareness for peaceful voting and being your brother’s keeper. The same campaign also provided meals for all the internally displaced (IDP) camps around Nigeria. We have also organised peace concerts across Nigeria to raise awareness on the impacts of terrorist attacks in the country.

As Covid-19 continues to ravage through the world, let Africa not be found wanting. We urge you all to join forces with us as we take the initiative to help ourselves by joining hands together to #MaskUpAfrica.


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