To celebrate the launch of their new communities initiative, Afroterminal.com , a leading African social network, has partnered OH TV (a UK TV Channel) to launch the $3000 I Love Africa video competition.
Afroterminal.com, rated by Forbes as one of Africa’s hottest tech start-ups is an online social network 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.
Afroterminal.com recently launched a new communities initiative which encourages new and existing members to join Communities based on their location and their interests. The communities model underscores 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, chatrooms, photos, videos, music and much more.
Charles Akpom, the UK-based co-founder/ CEO of Afroterminal.com explains the thinking behind the ‘I Love Africa’ video competition saying “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 encourage everyone to say 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 as simple as the users want it to be. It could be a dance, a song, a poem or a simple monologue .”
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 opened on Monday 19th November 2012, and the three finalists will be selected three months later. “We encourage members of the public to create and post their videos early, so that they can receive enough votes. Three months gives our participants the opportunity to create their videos, and gives the public enough time to vote,” says Charles Akpom.