Panel Mania: Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder

Compiled by Calvin Reid

“Tim Fielder’s new graphic novel Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale is ambitious in the extreme. It is an epic adventure and a meta-fictional tale of survival that celebrates the presence of the Black man and Black woman in genre storytelling from the beginning of time until the end of the universe. It’s the story of Aja Oba, an ancient African warlord, who is cursed with immortality after he betrays a vengeful lover who is also a powerful witch. Oba comes to realize he has been transformed into an undying Black storytelling presence and as the millennia accumulate he inserts himself into every great historical narrative from the ancient barbarian wars to the slave trade and Civil Rights Movement to new technological advances, space travel, and the colonization of planets far from earth. In this five-page excerpt, the reader is introduced to Aja Oba and to the beginning of his endless journey through time and storytelling. Infinitum: An Afrofuturist Tale by Tim Fielder will be published by Amistad this month.”

Source: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/comics/article/85352-panel-mania-infinitum-an-afrofuturist-tale-by-tim-fielder.html

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How Facial Recognition Technology Is Different In Africa

There’s a reason many Africans are wary of the identification technology: It doesn’t work as well for people with dark skin. That’s where Charlette N’Guessan, a young Ivorian researcher, comes in...

She’s not ashamed to say it: The coronavirus pandemic has been “a very good thing” for Charlette N’Guessan. The same goes for Africa’s forward-looking tech entrepreneurs in general. “With the challenges posed by COVID-19, the continent is waking up,” the young Ivorian says. “People are thinking innovation, ideas, change. This crisis gives credibility to what we are doing.” It must be said that N’Guessan’s chosen field — facial recognition — is largely unexplored in Africa. It also arouses a fair amount of suspicion, and for good reason: Existing algorithms, including the best out there, are less accurate at identifying individuals of color, as tests conducted in the United States have revealed an error rate five to 10 times higher for these populations.

Article by Marie de Vergès

Source: https://worldcrunch.com/tech-science/how-facial-recognition-technology-is-different-in-africa#

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Africa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Must be STEAM-Driven

“It is widely agreed that science, technology, and innovation are indispensable for African development. Universities are generally expected to play a critical role in the development of national and regional STI capabilities. The challenge is in the meaning of these axiomatic assumptions and aspirations, the modalities of synergising them into a virtuous cycle of continuous reinforcement to create knowledge, capacities, opportunities, and mentalities for innovative, integrated, inclusive and sustainable economies, societies, and polities.”

Source: https://www.theelephant.info/long-reads/2020/12/18/africas-fourth-industrial-revolution-must-be-steam-driven/

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Sun Ra’s Chicago: Afrofuturism and the City

“In Sun Ra’s Chicago, [author] William Sites brings this visionary musician back to earth—specifically to Chicago’s South Side, where from 1946 to 1961 Ra lived and relaunched his career from a leader of big-bands to a leader of the avant-garde. Sites, an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, recognized the importance of Ra’s early cities, Birmingham and Chicago, on his development and thinking. By exploring Ra’s urban sphere, Sites explains, ‘I hoped I might reveal things about those cities, about Black urban experience more generally, and about the deep and complex urban roots of Afrofuturism.'”

Source: https://ssa.uchicago.edu/ssa_magazine/sun-ras-chicago-afrofuturism-and-city

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A Guide to Sun Ra on Film

“You could devote your entire life to exploring Sun Ra’s galaxy of music, art, and writing and never reach an end. During his 79 years on this particular planet, the interstellar bandleader was a perpetual motion machine of creativity, releasing countless records, touring constantly, and penning works of Afrofuturist poetry and philosophy. Ra’s universe is still expanding, more than a quarter-century after he left this earthly plane; there’s a seemingly never-ending flow of releases and rediscoveries, and the Sun Ra Arkestra, still an ongoing concern under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen, will release its first album since 1999 this month.”

Source: https://pitchfork.com/thepitch/a-guide-to-sun-ra-on-film/

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Kenya: 60 Students Join Fight for a Piece of Digital Billions

“As the digital economy continues to generate billions of dollars across the world, Kenya is gambling on its youth to lead the African tech charge. In a world dominated by trade wars between the US and China, many third world governments have embraced technology to create employment for the youth and lift millions out of poverty. However, training remains a huge challenge, particularly on a continent still grappling with basic needs. In this vein, Kenya’s partnership with the Chinese technology company Huawei offers the youth a chance to acquire skills for the digital economy. “

Source: https://allafrica.com/stories/202009180020.html

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African Union turns to biosurveillance tech to curb COVID-19

“African leaders have taken decisive, early actions to curb the spread of COVID-19. In fact, the Africa Centers for Disease Control (ACDC) created its COVID-19 task force on February 5, before the continent had a single case. Today, Africa is currently the least impacted region in the world, with 1,293,048 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far and a remarkable 1,031,905 recoveries, according to the Africa CDCP. The continent has less than 5 percent of reported cases and less than 1 percent of all deaths. Now, as African countries — led by the African Union —  ease COVID-19 restrictions and prepare to reopen their economies and borders, many governments are employing innovative technologies. A need for a unified, pan-African technology that can track the spread and connect COVID-19 testing centers across the continent has led to the use of PanaBIOS, an African Union-backed biosurveillance technology. “

Source: https://globalvoices.org/2020/09/14/african-union-turns-to-biosurveillance-tech-to-curb-covid-19/

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Introducing XPhone, Blockchain-Powered Phone in Rwanda

Pundi X, a Singapore-based company operating in the fields of cryptocurrency, launched XPhone, a blockchain-powered smartphone in Kigali, Rwanda. XPhone, claimed to be the first smartphone in the continent powered by blockchain technology, was unveiled at the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa.”

Source: https://bit.ly/2YamvEv

Apparently, blockchain technology has more applications that cryptocurrencies. And I suspect that this interesting development is just the first of many. Curious to know why this Singapore-based company chose to launch in Rwanda and how Rwanda is benefiting from the deal. Perhaps African American tech companies and entrepreneurs might consider exploring Rwanda and other African nations for mutually beneficial relationships.

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African Women in Technology Conference 2019

“Speaking with representatives of various tech organizations from all over Africa, the conference presented a great opportunity for women to be better versions of themselves. Speaking at the event, Laura Chite the CEO CIO East Africa noted, “This is an opportunity to be a better version of oneself not just in the technology careers but holistically. It is worth seizing.””

Source: https://bit.ly/2YakZSP

Two things are true: The leadership of women is critical to our survival. And technology has the potential to solve many social and economic problems that are pervasive on the continent. Looking forward to seeing many more similar events both at home and abroad.

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Why You Should Care That Nigeria Is In Silicon Valley

“To establish bilateral economic relationships between Silicon Valley, Nigeria and emerging countries in Africa, [the Silicon Valley – Nigerian Economic Development Inc.] identifies Silicon Valley Tech companies interested and able to hire Nigerian engineering, computer science and technology graduates utilizing H1-b Visa program… It introduces seasoned and emerging tech firms to Nigeria’s federal government to facilitate the creation of technology, manufacturing plants, and call centers to increase employment for Nigerian college graduates as skilled labor workforce.”

Source: https://bit.ly/32GUhod

The future is technology and Nigeria knows it. And what better way to become competitive globally than to create relationships with tech companies in Silicon Valley. And, as the world’s 27th largest economy, Nigeria has a lot to offer. If the future is tech, where do we fit in?

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