By Juliet Umeh
A Japanese multinational corporation, Canon has announced the launch of Africa Frontiers of Innovation Series 2021.
The multi-sectoral initiative by Canon Central and North Africa, CCNA, is Africa’s first ‘Frontiers of Innovation’ Series meant to unite industry and sector professionals to provide an effective online platform to drive innovation, share ideas, gain insights and experiences and generate actionable solutions to existing challenges.
According to the corporation, the Series which was first launched in the Middle East five years ago will run as a monthly online broadcast that explores the impact of the pandemic on individuals, sectors, and economies.
It explained that expert and career professionals will share insights on key evolving trends and delve into how different sectors are meeting Covid-19 challenges and setting the scene for a sustainable post-Covid world.
Corporate Communications and Marketing Services Director – Canon Middle East and Canon Central and North Africa, Mai Youssef, said: “Much like the previous editions of Frontiers of Innovation, the Africa series takes a deep dive into innovative technologies and operational efficiencies across a range of sectors, including music, photography, cinema, and printing.
The first instalment, which tackles the tough subject of post-Covid education, is set to air today, 27 January.
Research conducted by Human Rights Watch between April and August 2020 across nine African countries found that school closures caused by the pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities, and that: “children who were already most at risk of being excluded from a quality education have been most affected.”
Headlined ‘Developing digital skills and literacy for students’, the first episode features distinguished guest speakers Dr. Pius Egiolamhen (Dean of School, School of Art, Design, and Printing, Yaba College of Technology); Julianna Lindsey (UNICEF Representative in Rwanda), and Professor Charles Ochieng’ Ong’ondo (Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development), who will explore the challenges and opportunities inherent in a post-Covid, digitally-driven education landscape across Africa.
Canon’s Africa Frontiers of Innovation series will be moderated by award-winning Kenyan journalist Victoria Rubadiri. A senior news anchor at Citizen TV and former host of Kenya’s top-rated talk show Victoria’s Lounge, Rubadiri is a recipient of the 2020 BBC Komla Dumor Award.