VENTURES AFRICE – Credited as one of Africa’s hottest tech start-ups by Forbes in 2012, leading Pan-African Social Network, Afroterminal, in partnership with United Kingdom, TV channel, OH TV has announced the launching of its $3000 ‘I Love Africa’ video competition.
Afroterminal is launching ‘I Love Africa’ video competition to celebrate the launch of its new ‘Communities’ feature, Afroterminal.com. The on-line social network has recently launched a new ‘Communities’ ethos that encourages new and existing members to join Communities, based on their location and topics of interest. The Communities model re-enforces Afroterminal.com’s focus on the African culture – which is rich in mutual respect, family and community spirit.
Afroterminal.com also provides users with mobile and desktop chat functionalities, lively forum discussions, chat rooms, photos, videos, music and much more.
Explaining the idea behind the ‘I Love Africa’ video competition, UK-based co-founder/ CEO of Afroterminal.com, Charles Akpom, explains that, “There is so much bad press about Africa – and yet, for those of us from the beautiful continent – we know Africa is the future. We want to allow everyone express why they love our Motherland, through video. Most Africans are proud of where we come from; we just need to tell the world and show Africa in a positive light. The competition encourages users to create short videos showcasing why they love Africa. The videos can be as creative or simple as the users want it to be. It could be a dance, a song, a poem or a simple monologue (talking to the camera).”
After a voting process by the public, the 3 most popular videos (those with the most Afroterminal ‘Likes’) will be shortlisted. A celebrity panel of judges from across Africa will vote to select the winner from the 3 finalists. The winner will receive a $3000 cash prize, plus an OH Box (OH TV’s portable digital TV modem).
Entries for the competition open on Monday 19th November 2012, and the 3 finalists will be selected 3 months later. “We encourage members of the public to create and post their videos early, so that they can receive enough votes. 3 months gives our participants the opportunity to create their videos, and gives the public enough time to vote,” says Charles Akpom.
Afroterminal is focused on creating and sustaining friendships for its African members. Unlike many social platforms across Africa which focus on memberships from a specific country, Afroterminal.com boasts of a very diverse membership – with regular members hailing from all 53 African countries.