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The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 1

The HQ Beat Vol. 1 No. 1

COVIDHQ Editorial Squad

Hello there, and good day to you.  

Today's newsletter comes with a strong dose of the rising crisis in India and how it affects the global pandemic, especially in Africa. We have a couple of personal stories from HQ Africa that address how coronavirus has affected culture, and some arguments on why Africa should be focused on how it handles the pandemic, not on how the West handles it.

Enjoy.


According to the Weekly Brief from Quartz, the crisis in India has a significant impact on Africa; vaccines will no longer be available to a number of African countries as promised, due to a halt in vaccine exports from Inida.

📬 Africa Weekly Brief: India’s crisis hits Africa, malaria wins, Malawi’s miracle island
The continent’s vaccine programs are scrambling to deal with delays to vaccine distribution caused by India’s deadly second wave.

The ‘My Body My Space’ (MBMS) Festival is a perfect example of how the arts had to innovate around issues of participation and experience during one of the most disruptive events in recent history.

A festival in your palm
Amandla Maphalala discovers the ways in which performance art has evolved and reflects on ‘My Body My Space’, the first ‘on your phone’ festival in the world.

Another story, this time from The Guardian, highlights the importance of investing and nurturing the creative and cultural industries and players during the pandemic for the good of  the continent. Great piece from Teesa Bahana.

It’s a hard sell but Africa must invest in art and imagination
Building an arts centre in Uganda, in a pandemic, was never going to be easy but it’s crucial to our post-Covid future

You have to give it up for African leaders such as Dr. John Nkengasong and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who are keeping the pressure on the global community to give Africa its fair share in the vaccination effort. Kudos.

7 Leaders From Africa Who Are Leading the Charge Against COVID-19 Vaccine Hoarding
Some of Africa’s top leaders are speaking out against vaccine nationalism. Here’s what they have to say.

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted communities around the world and has limited access to information and learning for millions of children. Zaqi Alibhai interviews Syokau Mutonga and Sahar McTough of Book Bunk Trust in Nairobi about their work in three branches of Nairobi’s McMillan Memorial public libraries.

Book Bunk Trust and their Archeology of Kenya’s Past
Zaqi Alibhai interviews Syokau Mutonga and Sahar McTough of BookBunk Trust in Nairobi about their work in three branches of Nairobi’s McMillan Memorial public libraries.

Tanzania announced new anti-coronavirus measures, saying it wants to prevent the importation of new variants. This is welcome news from Tanzania, a country that previously was officially denying the pandemic.

Tanzania, once sceptical of COVID-19, announces measures to curb new variants
Tanzania on Monday announced new anti-coronavirus measures, saying it wanted to prevent the importation of new variants, highlighting new President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s more active efforts to contain the pandemic.

Mr Joel, selling jelly fish at his stall with a face mask as a measure to curb the spread of covid 19 in Kibera. Photo by Edwin Ndeke