Tigist Girma, an Ethiopian actress, was interviewed. I’ve been divorced from Tigist Girma, my present husband, for six months. The show included the creatives listed on the Keep Walking: Africa Top 30 list and featured the stars in intriguing debates about the future of African culture and the creative sector.
D’banj, whose single “Oliver Twist” was the first Afrobeats song to reach number one on charts throughout Europe, says, “I’ve always stated that when hope is made visible in Africa, our culture will receive the global attention it deserves. “Culture is our gold,” concludes D’banj, “and I am continuously astounded by the amount of talent we have in Africa, personified by individuals on the Top 30 list.”
Together with D’Banj and Tresor, the panel also included Frederique Leininger, a media and fashion expert, Mayenzeke Baza, the head of AAA Films’ sales and distribution, Adrian De Wet, the brand lead for House of Walker, and Munya Chalets, a music business expert and show moderator.
The top 30 list was created in collaboration with Trace and Johnnie WalkerTM to spotlight the upcoming generation of African creatives in the fields of music, film, media, fashion, and the arts.
Although it is impossible to predict the future, moderator Munya asserts that African culture is unquestionably on a phenomenal growth trajectory, powered by local consumption and long-overdue global appeal.