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Disney's 'The Lion King' is More than Just a Film—it's Touching Lives

Disney has launched two programs that will benefit underprivileged South African children and conserve Africa's remaining lion populations.

After the glamorous South African premiere of The Lion King took place in Johannesburg a few days ago, the film hit theaters the following day and has since raked in an impressive R24.5 million. While the success of the Disney film has been colossal, it's about much more than crunching the numbers for the production giant.


At the South African premiere of The Lion King which took place on July 18th—International Mandela Day—Disney Africa announced that in collaboration with the Youthstart Foundation, a division of youth development organisation Primestars, it was launching an initiative that would send 10 000 high school learners from underprivileged communities to watch the screening of the film over four weekends in August. The initiative, which will also partner with the Endangered Wildlife Trust, is meant to spread awareness among the students with regards to the dire plight of lion populations in Africa. Additionally, it also hopes to see the students making their own pledges towards helping conservation efforts in whatever small way they can.

The initiative was inspired by the efforts made by South African radio station 947 in raising over R1 million in donations for 800 underprivileged South African children to go and watch the 2018 box office sensation, Black Panther.

Speaking about the initiative, Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for the Walt Disney Company Africa, said that, "Our hope is that this initiative will be one step towards inspiring and equipping a new generation of conservationists."

Last month, Disney launched their "Protect the Pride" global campaign which seeks to protect the remaining lion populations and their habitats. Since the original version of The Lion King was released 25 years ago, almost half of the lion populations in Africa have disappeared. Disney has already donated USD 1.5 million to the Wildlife Conservation Network's Lion Recovery Fund and hopes that The Lion King fans will come together in the same spirit and raise double that amount in further donations.

It's a responsibility they've taken on that let's face it, they didn't have to and yet, they have. So let's all do our small bit to chip in and keep the circle of life going.

For more information on how you can make your own pledge towards the "Protect the Pride" campaign, click here.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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