Born in Côte d'Ivoire to Malian parents, Diawara moved to France to pursue acting, appearing in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's 1999 feature film La Genèse, Dani Kouyaté's popular 2001 film Sia, le rêve du python, in the internationally renowned street theatre troupe Royal de Luxe, and played a leading role in the musical Kirikou et Karaba. She later took up the guitar and began composing her own material, writing songs that blend Wassalou traditions of Southern Mali with international influences. Noted for her "sensuous voice," she has performed and recorded with Oumou Sangaré, AfroCubism, Dee Dee Bridgewater (on Red Earth: A Malian Journey), and the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. The EP Kanou was released May 9, 2011, and her debut album Fatou from World Circuit Records was released in September 2011. (Nonesuch Records released the Kanou EP digitally in North America on September 27, 2011, and the album Fatou on August 28, 2012.)
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown.
Inventor, electrical engineer, and business executive Jesse E. Russell, Sr. was born on April 26, 1948 in Nolensville, Tennessee to Mary Louise Russell and Charles Albert Russell. He was raised in inner-city Nashville along with his ten siblings. In 1972, Russell received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Tennessee State University. As a top honor student, Russell became the first African American to be hired directly from a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) by AT&T Bell Laboratories. The following year, he earned his M. S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
An interview with artist Kerry James Marshall at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kerry James Marshall is one of the leading contemporary painters of his generation. Over the past twenty-five years, he has become internationally known for monumental images of African American history and culture.
Forget all the hollywood films about Winnie and Nelson Mandela (propaganda) that do not in anyway reveal the true story of white supremacist rule in South Africa and the heroes and sheroes that helped to fight for justice and freedom. For the first time ever see the critically acclaimed 1986 documentary on the lives of Winnie and Nelson Mandela without the frills, mis-education, white washing and mis-information that is always found in hollywood blockbuster movies.
MNM presents a powerful documentary about the history and Islamic legacy of West Africa. "The Legend of Timbuktu" tells about the empires of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai, who became the first Sub Saharan people to accept Islam, early as 850 A.D..
From great Muslim African leaders like Mansa Musa, who raised Timbuktu to new heights, to Abubakari II, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America nearly 200 years before Cristopher Columbus - this critically acclaimed documentary explores African history like never before.
Award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's stock is set to rise further with the release of the Hollywood treatment of her Orange prize winning novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. We speak to the Nigerian author during a visit to the UK.
Mikaila Ulmer is a seven-year-old entrepreneur in Austin, Texas. She is a second-grader at Trinity Episcopal School. Her entrepreneurial endeavors began at age four when she created her first product, BeeSweet Lemonade. Mikaila is the winner of the 2011 Austin Lemonade Contest. A portion of Mikala's profits earned this year will be donated to Heifer International, an organization committed to caring for the Earth by developing sustainable, long-term investments in the future of people and the planet. Mikaila's donation will provide at least one family in a developing country with a package of bees, equipment and training in beekeeping. Disadvantaged families can earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax and pollen. In her spare time, she plays with her brother, practices Aikido, a form of traditional martial arts, and takes care of her gerbils. Her parents are D'Andra and Theo Ulmer.
In late March and early April we explored parts of Egypt that few visitors ever see, and one such place was the Tombs Of The Nobles near Aswan. Used to some degree as tombs by dynastic Egyptians, possibly Greeks, Romans and Christians, these tunnels were carved into the sandstone bedrock, presumably, with technologies that still can not be explained by many academics...enjoy.
Over more than two centuries men, women, and children escaped from slavery to make the Southern wilderness their home. They hid in the mountains of Virginia and the low swamps of South Carolina; they stayed in the neighborhood or paddled their way to secluded places; they buried themselves underground or built comfortable settlements. Known as maroons, they lived on their own or set up communities in swamps or other areas where they were not likely to be discovered.
Twelve-year old Zuriel Oduwole recently made history when she became the youngest person in the world to have her documentary screened in a commercial movie theatre.
Oduwole, a Nigerian native residing in Los Angeles, is also the youngest person of African descent to be listed on the 100 Most Influential Africans list in 2013 alongside three Presidents.
She was also the youngest person in the world to be profiled in Forbes Magazine at the age of 10.
The inspiring young female showed her newest documentary titled A Promising Africa at the Film House Cinema chain in Lagos in November 2014.
The documentary will be screened in London this month, January 2015, and a limited and early release is scheduled for later in the year.
In which John Green teaches you about Sub-Saharan Africa! So, what exactly was going on there? It turns out, it was a lot of trade, converting to Islam, visits from Ibn Battuta, trade, beautiful women, trade, some impressive architecture, and several empires. John not only cover the the West African Malian Empire, which is the one Mansa Musa ruled, but he discusses the Ghana Empire, and even gets over to East Africa as well to discuss the trade-based city-states of Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Zanzibar. In addition to all this, John considers emigrating to Canada.
In 1986 Dr. Patricia Era Bath invented the 'Laserphaco Probe' which is a medical device that makes use of lasers to treat the most common cause of vision loss in people over 40, cataracts.
Dr. Patricia Era Bath patented her device in 1988, becoming the first African-American female doctor to receive a medical patent.
Her love of humanity and passion for helping others inspired her to coming a physician.
Ahmad Baba al-Massufi al-Timbukti, full name Abu al-Abbas Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-Takruri Al-Massufi al-Timbukti (October 26, 1556 – 1627), (also known as Ahmed Baba Es Sudane or Ahmed Baba the black ) was a medieval Songhai writer, scholar, and political provocateur in the area then known as the Western Sudan. Throughout his life, he wrote more than 40 books and is often noted as having been Timbuktu’s greatest scholar. He died in 1627.
Tony Browder's book, Nile Valley Contributions To Civilization, is about correctinf some of these misconceptions so the reader, in fact, cane be introduced to a Nile Valley Civilizations in order to understand its role as the parent of future civilizations.
IKG is an educational organization that is devoted to the re-discovery and application of ancient African history, culture and wisdom. It was founded in 1981 by Anthony T. Browder who sought to challenge the distorted perceptions of Africa that are perpetuated in the media and in classrooms worldwide.
The eco car branded Kiira EV was test driven at the university premises as students gathered to witness the landmark occasion. The Kiira EV car is the first environmentally friendly car to be designed in Uganda and it's the brainchild of Professor Stevens Tikocdri who says the car can run for eighty kilometers on a full battery.
Hazel Dorothy Scott (June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981) was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer; she also performed as herself in several films. She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s. In 1950, she became the first woman of color to have her own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show, featuring a variety of entertainment. To evade the political persecution of artists in the McCarthy era, Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s and performed in France, not returning to the United States until 1967.
Born in Port of Spain, Hazel was taken at the age of four by her mother to New York. Recognized early as a musical prodigy, Scott was given scholarships from the age of eight to study at the Juilliard School. She began performing in a jazz band in her teens and was performing on radio at age 16.
Hazel Scott was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Her mother, Alma Long Scott, was a musician and her father was a scholar. The family moved to New York City when Hazel was four. Recognized as a child musical prodigy, the young Scott was awarded scholarships to study classical piano at the Juilliard School from the age of eight. As a teenager, she performed piano and trumpet with her mother's "Alma Long Scott" all-girl jazz band, which sometimes featured Lil Hardin Armstrong.
Scott had long been committed to civil rights, particularly in Hollywood. She refused to take roles in Hollywood that cast her as a "singing maid." When she began performing in Hollywood films, she insisted on having final-cut privileges when it came to her appearance. In addition, she required control over her own wardrobe so that she could wear her own clothing if she felt that the studio's choices were unacceptable. Her final break with Columbia Pictures' Harry Cohn involved ‘‘a costume which she felt stereotyped blacks. Scott also refused to perform in segregated venues when she was on tour. She was once escorted from the city of Austin, Texas by Texas Rangers because she refused to perform when she discovered that black and white patrons were seated in separate areas. "Why would anyone come to hear me, a Negro," she told Time Magazine, "and refuse to sit beside someone just like me?"
In 1949, Scott brought a suit against the owners of a Pasco, Washington restaurant when a waitress refused to serve Scott and her traveling companion, Mrs. Eunice Wolfe, because "they were Negroes." Scott's victory helped African Americans challenge racial discrimination in Spokane, as well as inspiring civil rights organizations ‘‘to pressure the Washington state legislature to enact the Public Accommodations Act in 1953.
With the advent of the Red Scare in the television industry, Scott's name appeared in Red Channels: A Report on Communist Influence in Radio and Television in June 1950. Scott voluntarily appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).Scott insisted on reading a prepared statement before HUAC. She denied that she was ‘‘ever knowingly connected with the Communist Party or any of its front organizations, but said that she had supported Communist Party member Benjamin J. Davis' run for City Council, arguing that Davis was supported by socialists, a group that "has hated Communists longer and more fiercely than any other."
Her television variety program, The Hazel Scott Show, was cancelled a week after Scott appeared before HUAC, on September 29, 1950. Scott continued to perform in the United States and Europe, even getting sporadic bookings on television variety shows like Cavalcade of Stars and guest starring in an episode of CBS Television's Faye Emerson's Wonderful Town musical series. Scott's short-lived television show ‘‘provided a glimmer of hope for African American viewers' during a time of continued racism in the broadcasting industry and economic hardships for jazz musicians in general. Scott remained publicly opposed to McCarthyism and racial segregation throughout her career.
To evade oppression in the United States, Scott moved to Paris in the late 1950s. She appeared in the French film Le Désordre et la Nuit' (1958). She maintained a steady but difficult career in France and touring throughout Europe. She did not return to the US until 1967. By this time the Civil Rights Movement had led to federal legislation ending racial segregation and enforcing the protection of voting rights of all citizens; most African Americans in the South could vote again, after nearly 100 years of many being excluded from the franchise. Other social changes were underway.
Scott continued to play occasionally in nightclubs, while also appearing in daytime television until the year of her death. She made her television acting debut in 1973, on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live, performing a wedding song at the nuptials of her "onscreen cousin", Carla Gray Hall, portrayed by Ellen Holly.
On October 2, 1981, Hazel Scott died of cancer at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. She was 61 years old, and survived by her son Adam Clayton Powell III. She was buried at Flushing Cemetery in Queens, New York, near other musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Johnny Hodges, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Scott was best-known internationally as a performer of jazz. She was also accomplished in politics, leading the way for African Americans in entertainment and film; and was successful in dramatic acting and classical music. Scott recorded as the leader of various groups for Decca, Columbia and Signature, among them, a trio that consisted of Bill English and the double bass player Martin Rivera, and another featuring Charles Mingus on bass and Rudie Nichols on drums. Her album Relaxed Piano Moods on the Debut Record label, with Mingus and Max Roach, is generally her work most highly regarded by critics today.She was noted for her swinging style, performing at the Milford Plaza Hotel in her last months.
The Stone Circles of Senegambia are the largest group of megalithic complexes yet recorded in any region of the world. There are 1,053 Stone circles and a total of 28,931 monoliths. Their quality suggests sophisticated stone working traditions.
The stone circles lie in Gambia north of Janjanbureh and in central Senegal. Four separate locations were chosen to represent the complex:
- Kerbatch Central River Division (Gambia)
- Wassu Central River Division (Gambia)
- Sine Ngayène Kaolack (Senegal)
- Wanar Kaolack (Senegal)
Meet Bernando LaPallo. He is 113 years old as of August 17th, 2014 with the body of an 80 year old. He has never been sick a day in his life, goes for a walk every morning and eats mostly organic fruits and vegetables. He has a recipe for longevity that he learned from his father, who was a doctor who lived to be 98.
On his 110th birthday, a local news station did a story on Bernando and he revealed the top five foods that have kept him alive this long:
5. Olive Oil
“Whenever I’m asked a question about what I do to live so long, I tell them ‘I know you’ve heard the saying, You are what you eat,'” confessed Bernando. “My dad told me not to eat ordinary red meat. He said lamb is okay. But stay away from hot dogs, french fries. Don’t eat them.”
Let us all unite and celebrate together
The victories won for our liberation
Let us dedicate ourselves to rise together
To defend our liberty and unity
O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life
Let us all unite and sing together
To uphold the bonds that frame our destiny
Let us dedicate ourselves to fight together
For lasting peace and justice on earth
O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life
Let us all unite and toil together
To give the best we have to Africa
The cradle of mankind and fount of culture
Our pride and hope at break of dawn.
O Sons and Daughters of Africa
Flesh of the Sun and Flesh of the Sky
Let us make Africa the Tree of Life
A history of Nigeria. This is a collection of photographs over a sumary of Nigeria's history. It attempts to cover the periods from the NOK civilizations in west Africa to the present day political and economic situations. It is intended for research, educational and informational purposes only.
The C.R. Patterson & Sons Company was a carriage building firm, and the first African American-owned automobile manufacturer. The company was founded by Charles Richard Patterson, who was born into slavery in April 1833 on a plantation in Virginia. His parents were Nancy and Charles Patterson. Patterson escaped from slavery in 1861, heading west and settling in Greenfield, Ohio around 1862. - See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/c-r-patterson-sons-company-1893-1939#sthash.xEK5xlA2.dpuf
The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of Mali, south of the Niger bend near the city of Bandiagara in the Mopti region.Certain researchers investigating the Dogon have reported that they seem to possess advanced astronomical knowledge, the nature and source of which has subsequently become embroiled in controversy. From 1931 to 1956 the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule studied the Dogon. This included field missions ranging from several days to two months in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1938] and then annually from 1946 until 1956. In late 1946 Griaule spent a consecutive thirty-three days in conversations with the Dogon wiseman Ogotemmêli, the source of much of Griaule and Dieterlen's future publications. They reported that the Dogon believe that the brightest star in the sky, Sirius (sigi tolo or 'star of the Sigui', has two companion stars, pō tolo (the Digitaria star), and ęmmę ya tolo, (the female Sorghum star), respectively the first and second companions of Sirius A. Sirius, in the Dogon system, formed one of the foci for the orbit of a tiny star, the companionate Digitaria star. When Digitaria is closest to Sirius, that star brightens: when it is farthest from Sirius, it gives off a twinkling effect that suggests to the observer several stars. The orbit cycle takes 60 years.They also claimed that the Dogon appeared to know of the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter.
USA Gymnastics caught up with two-time World all-around champion Simone Biles, her parents and coach Aimee Boorman to reflect on Simone's incredible success and look ahead to the future, including Simone's 2015 debut at the AT&T American Cup on March 7.
Zulu sangoma and ceremony filmed by Ton van der Lee for Spirits of Africa documentary series. Jeremiah Msezane, a senior Zulu sangoma from KwaZulu Natal, explains how he became a sangoma and what his work is. We see a spirit dance ceremony in his holy place on a hilltop in the Zulu hills near Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Park, South Africa.
Kodjo Afate Gnikou has imagination, talent and ambition.
Using rails and belts from old scanners, the case of a discarded desktop computer and even bits of a diskette drive, he has created what is believed to be the first 3D printer made from e-waste.
It has taken him several months to put together his experimental device. Lifting designs off a computer, the 3D printer produces physical objects. He shows us by "printing" a small round container.
Travel to Africa to find out why the Dogon, a primitive tribe knows so much about astronomy, a black hole, and travelers from outer space.
Certain researchers investigating the Dogon have reported that they seem to possess advanced astronomical knowledge, the nature and source of which have subsequently become embroiled in controversy. From 1931 to 1956 the French anthropologist Marcel Griaule studied the Dogon. This included field missions ranging from several days to two months in 1931, 1935, 1937 and 1938 and then annually from 1946 until 1956. In late 1946 Griaule spent a consecutive thirty-three days in conversations with the Dogon wiseman Ogotemmêli, the source of much of Griaule and Dieterlen's future publications. They reported that the Dogon believe that the brightest star in the sky, Sirius (sigi tolo or "star of the Sigui"), has two companion stars, pō tolo (the Digitaria star), and ęmmę ya tolo, (the female Sorghum star), respectively the first and second companions of Sirius A. Sirius, in the Dogon system, formed one of the foci for the orbit of a tiny star, the companionate Digitaria star. When Digitaria is closest to Sirius, that star brightens: when it is farthest from Sirius, it gives off a twinkling effect that suggests to the observer several stars. The orbit cycle takes 50 years. They also claimed that the Dogon appeared to know of the rings of Saturn, and the moons of Jupiter.
Griaule and Dieterlen were puzzled by this Sudanese star system, and prefaced their analysis with the disclaimer, "The problem of knowing how, with no instruments at their disposal, men could know the movements and certain characteristics of virtually invisible stars has not been settled, nor even posed."
In 1976 Robert K. G. Temple wrote a book called The Sirius Mystery arguing that the Dogon's system reveals precise knowledge of cosmological facts only known by the development of modern astronomy, since they appear to know, from Griaule and Dieterlen's account, that Sirius is part of a binary star system, whose second star, Sirius B, a white dwarf, is however completely invisible to the human eye (just as Digitaria has the smallest grain known to the Dogon) and that it takes 50 years to complete its orbit.
in this short, provocative talk, financier Sangu Delle questions whether microfinance — small loans to small entrepreneurs — is the best way to drive growth in developing countries. "We seem to be fixated on this romanticized idea that every poor person in Africa is an entrepreneur,” he says. "Yet, my work has taught me that most people want jobs.” Delle, a TED Fellow, makes the case for supporting large companies and factories — and clearing away the obstacles to pan-African trade.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.
Four students at the Maseno school, Kenya's oldest English language school, found themselves facing a challenge. Broken sewar systems led to foul smelling air and contaminated water supplies, and their school's wood burning stoves produced thick smoke indoors.
The innovation that followed seems simple enough. Leroy Mwasaru and three of his friends began mixing cow and human poop with leftover food from the kitchen to produce a bacterial fiesta. As the bacteria went to work, the goo would thicken and sink, leaving a thin, watery layer on top which methane emanated from. They diverted this methane and set it on fire to use as a new fuel source (methane is also known as "natural gas," and is commonly used as a fuel source throughout the world).
While the mainstream media continues to push the idea that we are facing an energy crisis due to a lack of resources, more people are actually looking into alternative energy and discovering that there really is no energy crisis at at all. We aren’t facing a lack of resources, we have multiple means to provide energy to billions of people without damaging the environment and diminishing resources. . These methods use very little input, and in some cases achieve infinite output. One of these ways to generate energy is through urine. It sounds a little nasty, but the story is quite remarkable. Approximately 1 year ago, a group of 14 year old’s from Lagos, Nigeria, developed a urine powered generator that can provide 6 hours of power on 1 liter of pee. It’s not uncommon for innovate energy ideas to come out of the third world, many of their problems stem from a lack of power, so some from that area are looking for ways to solve it with whatever they have.
The model you see in this article was created by four girls, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin, and Bello Eniola. The group of 14 year old’s developed a system that works like this:
1. Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
2.The hydrogen enters a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into a gas cylinder.
3.The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen.
4.This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
The mystery of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel has fascinated people through the ages. Explorers claim to have discovered evidence of the "lost tribes" all over the world, from Australia to Siberia, but few if any such claims have been backed up by solid evidence. But now a provocative possibility about the whereabouts of one of the tribes has emerged--and it's 4,000 miles from Israel--in Southern Africa. This documentary retraces the amazing journey that the Lemba people claim they made centuries ago. It stretches from the heart of modern South Africa to the ancient stone cities of Zimbabwe...and then onto the shores of the Mediterranean and the city of Jerusalem. And the evidence for this journey is more than anecdotal.This documentary discovers, recent DNA studies point to the Lemba's true origin in the Middle East.
Some Jewish communities in Africa are among the oldest in the world, dating back more than 2700 years. African Jews have ethnic and religious diversity and richness. African Jewish communities include:
Sephardi Jews and Mizraḥi Jews living in North Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt. Some were established early in the Diaspora; others after the expulsion from Iberia in the late 15th century. Since the early and middle decades of the twentieth century, the vast majority of them have emigrated, chiefly to Israel and France, with substantial numbers also emigrating to Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the US. Small but active communities remain in Morocco and Tunisia.
The South African Jews, who are mostly Ashkenazi Jews descended from pre-and post-Holocaust immigrant Lithuanian Jews.
Scattered African groups who have not maintained contact with the wider Jewish community from ancient times, but who assert descent from ancient Israel or other connections to Judaism. These include:
Groups who observe Jewish rituals, or rituals bearing recognizable resemblance to Judaism. Although there are a number of such groups, the majority of world Jewry recognize only the Beta Israel of Ethiopia as historically Jewish.
Groups such as the Lemba, many of whom practice Christianity but have preserved some rituals and customs believed to be Jewish in origin. This group has also been found to have genetic traits in common with other Jewish groups, bolstering their claims to ancient Jewish ancestry. Latest DNA testing on the Lemba by the South African Medical Journal (SAMJ) tested both South African Ashkenazi Jews and Lemba for the extended Cohen Model Haplogroup (CMH). Although the 24 individuals, (10 Lemba,14 SA Jews) were identified as having the original Cohen Model Haplogroup, only one SA Jew harboured the extended CMH. This study does not support earlier claims of their Jewish genetic heritage.
Although not all African Jews are religious, some of their practices are Orthodox.
The most ancient communities of African Jews known to the Western world are the Ethiopian, Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews of North Africa and Middle Africa.
Largely unknown in the West until quite recently are communities of the African Jews such as the Lemba (located in present-day Malawi, Zimbabwe, and northern South Africa). Some among the Igbo of Nigeria, the Annang/Efik/Ibibio of Akwa Ibom State and Cross River State of Nigeria, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea) claim descent from East Africa and Jews in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt, which were trading partners from ancient times.
In the seventh century, many Spanish Jews fled persecution under the Visigoths to North Africa, where they made their homes in the Byzantine-dominated cities along the Mediterranean coast. Others arrived after the expulsion from Iberia. Remnants of longstanding Jewish communities remain in Morocco, Tunisia and the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla. There is a much-diminished but still vibrant community on the island of Djerba in Tunisia. Many Jews from North Africa emigrated to North America in the early 20th century. Since 1948 and the civil war to establish Israel, which aroused hostility in Muslim lands, most other North African Jews emigrated. They went to Israel, France and Spain.
Of the seventh century immigrants, some moved inland and proselytized among the Berber tribes. A number of tribes, including the Jarawa, Uled Jari, and some tribes of the Daggatun people, may have converted to Judaism. Ibn Khaldun reported that Kahina, a female Berber warlord who led the resistance against the Arab invaders of North Africa in the 680s and 690s, was a Jew of the Jarawa tribe. With the defeat of the Berber resistance, none of the Jewish communities was initially forced to convert to Islam.
In 1975, the Israeli religious authorities and government recognized the Beta Israel of Ethiopia as legally Jewish. Hundreds of persons who wanted to emigrate to Israel were air-lifted under the leadership of Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Significant immigration to Israel continues into the 21st century.
A Leti Arts online game features all African superheroes based on characters from African folklore fighting crime and corruption across the continent.
The fantasy for Eyram Tawia began, as it has for millions of children before him, thumbing through comic books.
"When I saw Superman fly, I'm like: 'How can I see myself doing that?' " he recalls.
But Africa’s Legends differs markedly from other comics and games. All of its superheroes and villains are African.
When Tawia was getting hooked on comics as a child, his favourite characters — from Superman to Spider-Man to Thor — were all Caucasian.
A couple of decades later, the 31-year-old Tawia has that superpower and many more at his fingertips in his office in Accra, Ghana.
He is the co-founder of Leti Arts, an African company that is playing a key role in building the comic and gaming industry on the continent from the ground up.
The centrepiece of the fledgling company is its mobile game, Africa’s Legends, and the digital comic books that will explore the stories of each of its characters.
At this point, it’s a simple mobile game, not dissimilar to other ubiquitous "Match 3" phone games. It is available free for Android on Google Play.
Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/african-superheroes-take-flight-in-video-games-1.2958837?cmp=rss
(CNN)Around 5,000 years ago, the island of Madagascar would have resembled a Sci-Fi novel.
Strange, prickly forests, gorilla-sized lemurs, pygmy hippopotamuses, horned crocodile and elephant birds whose eggs were 180 times the size of what you'd find in your fridge today, all called the African island home -- that was until the humans arrived.
"If you went to Madagascar just when human populations were beginning to grow, you'd have found a very different place than what you find today," says Laurie Godfrey, a palaeontologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Godrey is part of an international team who recently uncovered one the most incredible cache of fossils found on the island to date in three flooded caves. The find is being touted as Madagascar's largest underwater graveyard.
Mummification Pre-Egypt - Long Lost Secrets of Libya's Black Mummy (ANCIENT HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)
The programme explores the enigmatic central Saharan society which once spanned the entire north African continent. We unravel their tale through the story of the discovery of the black mummy, Uan Muhuggiag. It soon becomes obvious that these people were responsible for an extraordinary array of innovations which later became famous under the Egyptians. Their presence re-writes the history of Egypt and of the entire continent of Africa.
The background: the lost society of the central Sahara and the rise of ancient Egypt. The origins of ancient Egypt are archaeology’s greatest unsolved mystery. What prompted this remarkable culture to develop such distinctive rituals as mummification? Where did they get their ideas? As far as we know, Egypt was only preceded by one great civilisation: Mesopotamia. Although Mesopotamia is a far older culture – there is no evidence to suggest that these people had developed any similar funerary practises. But if Egyptian innovations did not come from earlier known civilisations – where did they come from?
The answer has come from an unlikely quarter – the barren Sahara desert. In the last few decades evidence has been mounting that the Egyptian civilisation was not the first advanced society in Africa. At the same time as Mesopotamia rose in the near east, another culture thrived in Africa. Although few people have heard of it – this central Saharan culture is providing evidence for the invention of ritual activity which had previously been attributed to the Egyptians.
Did the Wireless Transmission of Power & Earth Harmonics exist before Telsa
In the work of quite a number of important theorists, including Christopher Dunn, it has been suggested that the Great Pyramid was originally built to be an active power plant. That the primary base-line dimension of the structure is harmonically integrated to the earth via a 1/14400 ratio, and that the latitude placement has been shown to possess a most decisive association to the Earth tropical year frequency also; there is indeed significant support for this idea.
However, it is fair to say that as a structure, the Great Pyramid stands silent in this present age. In order that one is able to further then the idea that it was once an active power plant capable of generating energy, good supporting evidence from modern electrical engineers of prominence would most definitely be of aid. Proceeding to this end, one may cite none other than arguably one of the great technical minds of the current world era: Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943 AD).
A Universal Genius of the Modern Age
In the realm of electrical engineering the name of Tesla stands out most prominently above almost all others in the present age. The achievements of this singular individual, in particular his discovery and mastery of Alternating Current, practically created the modern world, bringing power to the people in all countries, including global communications. In his field Tesla was the pioneer. And his research greatly advanced the technologies responsible for generating and distributing power, both of great magnitude and also over great distances. Indeed, his particular interest in this regard was to develop ways of actively transmitting power wirelessly; something that he did indeed manage to achieve during his work, as is well documented.
From the history of his life it is well known that Tesla set up several different research stations or laboratories in various different places throughout the United States where he lived, funded by a variety of powerful financial backers, including J. P. Morgan and George Westinghouse. One of the most important times in his life was that of 1899 to 1900, when he established a research laboratory in Colorado Springs for the purpose of studying the wireless transmission of signals and power, and also how such may be affected by the earth’s own atmosphere and structure.
The basic layout of the research station that he had built at Colorado Springs consisted of a large box or barn like structure, several dozen feet in length and breadth, with a long aerial some 142 ft high protruding from the centre of the building up into the sky, fixed with a 30” wooden ball covered over in foil*. With the facility built shortly after the arrival of Tesla in Colorado, and an electrical supply to the site provided by the nearby El Paso power company, he was able to engage in a very intense period of study lasting some 9 months, experimenting with all manner of electrical effects, oftentimes using extremely high-voltage and high frequency currents. (Image of Tesla lab at Colorado Springs)
The Significance of the Colorado Springs Site
Concerning the Colorado research site itself, and also the precise nature of Tesla’s experiments, a great deal has already been written by others, and need not be repeated here. Rather, in building upon some of the information provided so far by other researchers, it will be the intention of the present author to add just one more piece to the puzzle, upon the very specific issue of why he chose to set up his transmitting station precisely where he did in Colorado Springs.
From what is known of the actual historical location of the site – for indeed it does not in fact stand today; being torn down shortly after Tesla left to pay off various debts – it is well documented that it stood approximately 1 mile to the east of downtown, on Knob Hill, upon land next to where the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is situated, and which indeed operates even to this very day. The geodetic co-ordinates of the school itself, which would serve as a good reference for the location of the lab, to within a reasonable degree of error, are as follows:
38 Degrees, 50 Minutes, and 4 Seconds of arc, North
104 Degrees, 38 Minutes, and 30.6 Seconds of arc, West
Now, according to the accounts of others (to date), the primary reasons given for his choosing this particular location include simply that the land was free, and the electricity provided by the Colorado power company was convenient; but also of note, that the site was at high altitude and frequented by large thunderstorms. Moreover, and as is known today, the site about his lab was possessed of a more dense magnetic field than the surrounding area*.
All of the above noted were thus held to be conducive to the type of electrical experiments that the great inventor sought to perform, and ultimately to aid him in establishing a station from which he would be able to wirelessly transmit power over large distances.
Favourable Earth Harmonies
With all the above noted, one is thus bound to ask then at this point, just what is the connection between the work of Nikola Tesla in attempting to build a research station capable of transmitting power, and the Great Pyramid of Egypt?
The answer is to be had from a most notable harmonic association between the pure latitude positions of both sites. One that links the placement of the Great Pyramid and its associated Earth tropical year connection, to the very spot chosen by Tesla for his own power plant, and does so via the well noted progression of the ancient Babylonian Sexagesimal System. It is a simple connection, but one that is highly suggestive; and indicative of the fact that he had a very special reason for choosing the Knob Hill site that is not readily recognised: he needed to position his power plant on such a latitude as gave him a favourable energetic arc length displacement from the equator of the Earth.
The basic association is given as follows:
Latitude of the Great Pyramid: 29:58:50.952 North
Latitude of Tesla lab at Knob Hill: 38:50:04 North
Under the WGS84 Earth Ellipsoid model, the elliptical arc length values from the centre of the noted sites to the equator of the Earth are calculated as follows:
Great Pyramid: 10885784.9448 feet
Tesla Lab: 14108021.7078 feet
And a simple division:
14108021.7078 / 10885784.9448 = 1.29600408049
Following the progression back by successive division by the number 6:
One can see therefore that ideally, the progression would be of the following order:
In consideration of the above, it can be seen then that the arc length separation between Tesla’s lab and the equator is harmonically tied in to the arc length separation between the Great Pyramid and the equator, via the primary numeric sequence of the sexagesimal system. And with it already previously shown that the latitude placement of the Great Pyramid has a distinct tie-in to the current Earth tropical year (x10) pulsation rate, that such an ‘ideal’ ratio of 1.296 (162/125) connects up the Great Pyramid latitude to that of the transmitter station established by Tesla; it is quite conceivable therefore that he was applying the same scientific principles of resonance applicable to the Earth, as the ancient Egyptians who built the Great pyramid.
Just as Tesla sought to construct a means to wirelessly transmit power, so too did the ancients with their own device in their own age. In both cases though, it was actively discovered that the physical placement of a power plant, in order that it achieve an optimum level of efficiency to tap into the natural power of the Earth through resonance, was dependent upon the device being situated at a special arc length of separation between it and the equator. Only certain key resonant intervals that cover the earth may be chosen. Any arbitrary placement would result in a very weak if not fatally flawed power plant.
Written By Keith Hunter
JOHANNESBURG – More than a thousand lions are killed every year in legal organised hunts around the country.
According to the Campaign Against Canned Hunting, the government permits and promotes the industry.
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said there needs to be an understanding of what the law says about canned hunting.
Panashe Chigumadzi makes the case that stereotypes can be frustratingly hard to shake off, sometimes even for the very people they victimise. Africans especially, suffer from a 300 year old negative colonial narrative that has shaped not only how the world sees them, but in many ways also how they see themselves. In the hands of the colonial masters, the media has been a powerful and highly effective tool in this development. With technology and social media the landscape has changed. Increasingly, power is now more evenly distributed. Africans need to use that power to repair the damage and redefine what it means to be Black African. Africans need to deprogramme their colonized minds with good, compelling programming.
Panashe Chigumadzi is a young storyteller from Zimbabwe on a mission to ''redefine and reaffirm the African identity". Inspired by untold African stories and agitated by African narratives that veer into "poverty porn", her literary and other works move the conversation forward. Panashe organises African Film Club and has produced the documentary 'Africa's Upstarts'. In her day job she reports for CNBC Africa.
http://www.tedxeuston.com Teresa H. Clarke is the CEO of Africa.com, a company she founded in 2010 after resigning from her position as a managing director in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co. Africa.com is the fastest growing Africa related website, with over five million page views per month from visitors throughout the world. Africa.com showcases carefully selected news, travel and lifestyle information and is playing a key role in shaping how the world sees Africa.
We all know how how manic traffic can on our way to work. In Kinshasa, one of Africa's mega cities, traffic can be unbelievably frustrating and chaotic. To combat this the police are getting help in the form of two 8 foot robots shaped like a policeman stationed in the capital to help keep cars moving. These mechanical officers run on solar power with in-built cameras & report traffic offences to a central computer.
he creator of the traffic robot, Thersea Izay, an engineer, says that the robots are an innovative solution that can be implemented to control traffic in cities. She also says that the traffic robot is the only one of its kind and can only be found in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Described by many as the ‘new scramble for Africa', the US, China and other nations are attempting to consolidate their grip on Africa's natural resources and its growing consumer class. Empire travels to Kenya, France and the USA to examine who is gaining, who is losing and what it means to Africans.
Sean Peck interviews Milton Davis author and publisher. We talk about his work and how it fits in with the steampunk scene. Milton also talks about a new collection of stories called the SteamFunk Anthology which is now for sale at www.mvmediaatl.com. We will hear more about this next week when we speak to Balogun Ojetade.
"An impetuous young man inherits a suit with super powers after his father goes missing, a suit he now uses to battle persistent terror attacks by a sociopathic extremist." E.X.O. is a superhero story told within a futuristic Nigerian/African setting. Before it is produced as a 2D animated feature, the product will be released as a graphic novel. This video contains a brief compilation of very early animation tests. For more information about the E.X.O. graphic novel and to follow our progress please (pretty please)
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This is the new Black Panther Unleashed teaser we put together! (Warning: The stunts are real, don't try them unless you're a trained professional). Sifu and the Workhorse team are currently hard at work making the second part of the Storms of Carnage saga. Enjoy!
D.A.Jackson- T'Challa/ Black Panther
Keith Carodine- Wakandan Task Master
Joshua Peterson- Wakandan training partner #1
Johnathan Harding II - Wakandan training partner #2
Black Panther Body Armor and Mask by Shawshank Cosplay
Black Panther Under Armor by K.E.Jackson
Camera - Phillip Marcel, Stacston Carter, D.A. Jackson
Training Hall Provided by The Gainesville Dojo
Fights Choreographed by D.A.Jackson
Additional help- Keith Teller, Viswas Kanu, David Smitherman, YY Jackson, Qy Jackson
Written, Directed, and Edited by D.A.Jackson
Asidu Abudu is a real African inventor from Ghana. He is currently CEO and MD of Foresight investment Limited in Ghana. He started inventing mechanical instruments at a young age. His inventions a revolutionary and addresses the everyday problems that african s face.
What is the real meaning of Ubuntu? Wikipedia describes Ubuntu as "human kindness." It is an idea from the Southern African region which means literally "human-ness," and is often translated as "humanity toward others," but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".
In this video Nelson Mandela shares his understanding of it.
"Africa needs a generation of inspirational story-makers to develop a new set of diverse stories for its orators to share." - David Sengeh.
At MIT’s Media Lab, Sengeh designs prosthetics that amputees can wear for extended periods. His designs avoid an otherwise common problem with such devices—constant pain from pressure on the wearer’s remaining tissue. He collaborates with other researchers to write software that uses MRI data to map someone’s limb to learn where artificial materials might painlessly create pressure points. Today, prosthetic wearers typically endure multiple custom fittings and refittings by hand. With his approach, a prosthetic socket could one day be made anywhere you can plug in a 3D printer.
Richard Turere, 13, received a scholarship to Brookhouse International School at 11, for outsmarting lions with five flashlight bulbs, a car battery and a solar panel.
[Note: We want you to see these talks exactly as they happened! The archive footage might be a little rougher than the usual TED.com talk.]
Zulu King Zwelithini was recorded saying that foreigners must pack up and leave the country. Many believe this is what has fuelled the xenophobic attacks across South Africa. This audio is in Zulu, with English subtitles.
Funny Short film by Victor O'frank about a young woman's confusion with her numbers at a restaurant that spirals into a fight for food.
This video was submitted To the world's biggest short film competition is back!
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Key & Peele's brilliant 'Obama's Anger Translator' character made an appearance at this year's White House Correspondents Dinner, and he barely toned it down for the C-SPAN audience. Because usually he shows up alongside Jordan Peele as Barack Obama. What happens when he performs with the real Barack Obama? The answer is that Peele might be out of a job.
2 mins video from the Movie The Hurricane realeased 1999 it was biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the Hurricane: The Freeing of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (published in 1991), by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, and The Sixteenth Round: From Number 1 Contender To #45472 (published in 1974), by Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.The film tells the story of a former middleweight boxing champion who was convicted for a triple homicide in a bar in Paterson, New Jersey. The film also depicts his life in prison and how he was freed by the love and compassion of a teenager from Brooklyn named Lesra Martin and his Canadian foster family.
Watch Video Documentary "Queen Victoria's Empire"
This series offers an engaging portrait of the Queen who ruled over one-fifth of the world's population for 64 years, as well as influential figures who shaped British imperialism: Gladstone, Disraeli, Livingstone, Rhodes, and Prince Albert. Personal accounts, re-enactments, and cinematography from imperial outposts recount the dramatic clash of personalities and cultures during Victoria's remarkable reign. Donald Sutherland narrates
The Scramble for Africa
The Suez Canal is threatened by a holy war in the Sudan, and General Charles Gordon, killed by the rebels, becomes an "imperial martyr." Cecil Rhodes prospects diamond deposits in southern Africa, and asserts British control in the region. However, as Victoria celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, the empire is on the verge of its darkest hours. The Boer War leads to devastating losses and a reassessment of British purpose. Finally, in 1901, the death of Queen Victoria marks the end of an extraordinary era.
How long do you think it would take white people to loose it if they were treated as people of color? do you think we can cure racism by tell the truth through our educational system? here is part one of a 9 min interview on Oprah with Jane Elliott (born May 27, 1933 in Riceville, Iowa) is an American former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist and educator, as well as a feminist and LGBT activist. She is known for her "Blue eyes-Brown eyes" exercise. She first conducted her famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther King was shot.
Take action today and demand party leaders tell the truth about the world's relationship with Africa http://bit.ly/1jy09b8.
The facts about poverty and its root causes do not stop our political leaders telling us how generous we are to Africa. Of how much they care about doing something about it. And of how proud they are (and we should be too) of the amount rich countries give in aid. But the idea that we are aiding Africa is flawed; it is Africa that is aiding the rest of the world.
It's time our political leaders gave us an honest account.
Not in the UK? Sign our petition calling on the G20 leaders to tackle the real causes of global poverty http://chn.ge/WcFLBS.
For more information and to read the full report visit the Health Poverty Action website http://bit.ly/1mGn2Yw
The Collector, a new documentary short by New York City-based filmmaker Mark Zemel, tells the story of Eric Edwards, a former AT&T executive who keeps a 1,600-piece collection of African art in his Clinton Hill apartment (alongside smaller-scale collections of baseball cards, antique clocks, and over 40,000 LPs).
Read More : http://gothamist.com/2015/05/12/african_art_bk_apartment.php
Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. In Africa, it remains the leading cause of mortality.
Solutions to prevent and cure malaria exist but are totally out of reach for the main part of the African population.
Moctar Dembélé and Gérard Niyondiko, two students from Burundi and Burkina Faso, came up with an innovative anti-malaria solution, which can be included in daily expenses.
They will produce mosquito repellent soaps (called Fasoap), made from local and natural resources and affordable to any household budget.
With support from their engineering school, 2iE in Ougadougou (Burkina Faso), they plan on launching their social business, Faso Soap. The future of the idea looks promising, especially after having won the first place at Berkely's Global Social Venture Competition last month, a first for a non-american team.
An adventure that Check-in Films has been following closely and that will be at the center of our next documentary, coming mid-june.
Toutes les 30 secondes un enfant meurt du paludisme, 1ère cause de mortalité en Afrique.
Des solutions existent pour lutter contre cette maladie mais ne sont pas accessibles pour une majeure partie de la population africaine.
Moctar Dembélé et Gérard Niyondiko, deux étudiants du Burundi et du Burkina Faso, sont en train de développer une solution innovante pour lutter contre le paludisme en Afrique dans les gestes du quotidien : produire des savons anti-moustiques (appelés Fasoap) fabriqués à partir d’ingredients locaux, naturels et surtout à un coût abordable.
Avec cette idée, et soutenu par l'école d'ingénieur 2iE à Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), ils comptent bien monter leur entreprise sociale "Faso Soap". Les perspectives sont encourageantes, surtout après avoir gagné le premier prix de la compétition internationale d'entrepreneuriat social GSVC à Berkeley (Californie) le mois dernier, une première pour une équipe non-americaine.
Un parcours que Check-in Films suit de près, et qui fera l'objet d'un documentaire à voir dés le 15 juin 2013.
The word, ‘Africa’, to the ears of many across the globe today is synonymous with turmoil… I couldn't blame them at all. Our continent is all too familiar with this cold and weary label. At every campus direction of the map lays war, poverty, epidemic disease, and or dictatorship. ‘The dark continent’ is doomed to despair and sad insignificance. At least, the almighty media giants choose to see and say so.
"It's a well known statistic that USD $400 million of funding for feasibility studies and master plans across sub-Saharan Africa would develop over USD $100 billion of infrastructure projects, which in turn would create a value of USD $1 trillion across africa. Increasing GDP on the continent by 2% and lifting 200 million people out of poverty."
Kevin C. MacDonald is Professor of African Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology where he has taught since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1994. He has worked in Mali for more than twenty years on field projects ranging from the Late Stone Age to the historic era, principally in the Gourma, Méma, Haute Vallée and Segou regions. His analytical specialities include archaeozoology, ceramics lithics and the excavation of earthen structures. He is currently co-editor of the Routledge journal Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa.
The world's wealthy countries often criticise African nations for corruption -- especially that perpetrated by those among the continent's government and business leaders who abuse their positions by looting tens of billions of dollars in national assets or the profits from state-owned enterprises that could otherwise be use to relieve the plight of some of the world's poorest peoples.
In Kalangala, Uganda, John Muyisa woke up one day to find bulldozers clearing his land to plant oil palms. John and his community have preserved their forests and lands for generations. Now their way of life is at risk. Support John. Join Friends of the Earth International, and take action to stop land grabbing in Uganda http://www.foei.org/landgrab
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This video was produced as part of the project 'Development Fields: Using land to reduce poverty' with the financial support of the European Commission. The content is the exclusive responsibility of the producers and does not reflect the position of the European Commission
South African President Jacob Zuma's sense of humour got the better of a sign-language interpreter who, despite his best efforts, struggled to keep his composure as the president poked fun at the opposition
Jacob Zuma making fun of opposition’s white accents which are unable to pronounce ‘Nkandla’
See Mallence Bart Williams speak on the contradiction of charity sent to Africa, the need of Afrca's resources that supplies the world economy and how we change the way we view the way we "help" Africa and it's people.
When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.
People would probably rather not think about it, but the waste produced when animals are slaughtered - including blood and faeces - needs to be disposed of in a way that does not damage the environment.
In Uganda, that has been a particular problem, with waste from an abattoir in the capital Kampala seeping into Lake Victoria.
However, there is now a novel solution, as Catherine Byaruhanga reports.
“12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the cliffs. Out, beyond, lies the land of breaths, the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother and see his own initiatory journey through.” -Okayafrica.com
In the late 1800s, the Benin Empire in Africa was a hotbed of artistic skill and the British wanted a piece of it - as many pieces as they could steal, in fact. But what were the beautiful Benin Bronzes and did the current Queen of England really fence stolen goods.
The Atlantic Ocean near the coast of Western Africa has been one of Russia's fishing grounds for decades. But these fish-rich waters also draw a lot of international competition, which gets fiercer every year. As the number of fish dwindle and local laws get stricter, the fight for a prize catch can often cross the line of being legal.
Dr Helena Ndume is an ophthalmologist from Namibia
that provides free ophthalmology services to sufferers of blindness and eye-related diseases in Namibia. From 2001 to 2007 she was vice-chairperson of the Namibian Red Cross Society and her charitable work has helped tens of thousands of Namibians address their eye illnesses.
In recognition of her efforts she recently won first UN Nelson Mandela Prize
Judges in France will investigate 14 French soldiers accused of abusing children in the Central African Republic (CAR). Have the “protectors” ended up defiling those they were supposed to be protecting, and were the UN and the French government trying to cover it up?
Of all those caught up in a warzone, it is children who are most vulnerable to exploitation. When the French intervened in the civil war in the CAR 18 months ago, they called it “Operation Sangaris.”
Like the butterfly that goes by the same name, it was supposed to be a short, sharp intervention to protect the tens of thousands displaced by the fighting. But the legacy of that operation may live long after the military action.
For 14 French soldiers have now been placed under investigation after six African children aged between nine and 13 alleged that some were abused by the peacekeepers between December 2013 and June 2014. They claimed they were offered sweets in return for sexual activity with the soldiers.
This case is a matter of huge embarrassment to President Hollande, who has been keen to demonstrate France’s “positive” influence in the continent with interventions in Mali, and regular summits with African leaders.
But now both French and UN authorities are being accused of a cover-up for only admitting this scandal had occurred when a UN official blew the whistle. The CAR government is furious because it, too, was kept in the dark, and has now launched its own legal action against the soldiers.
The Movie the Lion King was actually about Our Great King Sundiata Keita the actual Lion King
Sundiata Keita was the founder of the Mali Empire and celebrated as a hero of the Mandinka people in the semi-historical Epic of Sundiata, which is primarily known through oral tradition, transmitted by generations of Mandinka griots (djeli or jeliw). The famous Malian ruler Mansa Musa was his grandnephew.
"By unifying the military force of 12 states, Sundiata becomes an emperor known as the Lion King of Mali, who controls tribes from the Niger River west to the Atlantic Ocean. Walt Disney Studios reprised the story of Sunditata in 1994 as an animated film, The Lion King, with animals substituting for the humans of Mali legend."
-Ellen Snodgrass Encyclopedia of the Literature of Empire
“People did not believe in our ability to develop. Even we seemed to have lost faith in ourselves. But today we have seen what we are capable of. Looking at how far we have come must give us strength to do more. It has shown us what we are capable of achieving. We cannot turn back. Striving to do and be better must become part of who we are.”
- President Kagame speaking with thousands of residents of Niboye sector during Umuganda (monthly community service).
The Sahara Desert is one of the least hospitable climates on Earth. Its barren plateaus, rocky peaks and shifting sands envelop the northern third of Africa, which sees very little rain, vegetation and life.
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic Ocean thrives the world’s largest rainforest. The lush, vibrant Amazon basin, located in northeast South America, supports a vast network of unparalleled ecological diversity.
So, what do these seemingly different climates have in common? They are intimately connected by a 10,000-mile-long intermittent atmospheric river of dust.
Every year, intense Saharan winds send enormous clouds of dust on a trans-Atlantic journey to the Amazon basin. This dust, much of it originating in an ancient lakebed in Chad, is rich in phosphorus. When it reaches the rainforest, the remains of long-dead organisms of the Sahara provide crucial nutrients to the rainforest’s living flora. Phosphorus, which is essential to plant growth, is in short supply in the Amazon. Desert dust dumped into the forest every year helps to diminish this deficit.
Source : http://climate.nasa.gov/
Dr. Daniel Hale William was the first African- American heart surgeon in America.
His notable achievements as a Cardiac Surgeon helped to revolutionize the field of medicine and humanize its practices
Daniel Hale Williams was an cardiologist that performed the first successful open heart surgery. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the U.S. Dr. Williams was an extraordinary man of incredible talent and merit and his exceptional accomplishments are documented with great care in this inspiring program. Born to freed people of color in 1856, he attended medical school at what is now Northwestern University in Chicago to become a practicing surgeon. His observations that American Blacks were treated as second-class citizens within the medical community, both professionally and as patients, motivated him to establish and run the first hospital for Blacks in the United States; Provident Hospital. Williams set up the first nursing school for Blacks and performed one of the first open heart surgeries in the world. His encounters with institutionalized racism gave him the courage and determination to create more hospitals and educational programs like the one he had at Provident. In 1885 he co-founded the National Medical Association for Black Doctors and openly encouraged African Americans to support hospitals that would offer first-rate care to African-Americans. In 1913, he became a charter member and only African American in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Daniel Hale Williams notable achievements as a Cardiac Surgeon helped to revolutionize the field of medicine and humanize its practices.
Part of Warner Bros. and DC Comic's mega-panel of all their new shows at Comic-Con on Saturday was the digital-only animated series Vixen.
Megalyn Echikunwoke will voice Mari Jiwe McCabe, AKA Vixen, who wears the "Tantu Totem," a necklace with mystical powers that was passed down through her family. Vixen was the first African-American female superhero in DC Comics. She's expected to make cameos on Arrow and The Flash in their upcoming seasons.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe shows off her raw talent in this legendary clip from the early 1960s. At an old train station hidden away in the UK, this “Godmother of Rock and Roll” showed an audience of young beatniks, hippies, and college students just exactly where music was leading to.
On a cold British morning a television crew filmed this unknown (to the British) African-American woman who, dressed to the nines, danced, sang, and played the guitar in such a fashion that it managed to inspire a whole generation of singer-songwriters. Her combination of gospel with early rock and roll shows her as “the link” between two categories of music which, over the years, evolved into the very different styles that they are today.
US President Barack Obama has warned that Africa could not advance if its leaders refused to step down when their terms ended.
He also called for an end to the "cancer of corruption", saying it took money away from development .
Mr Obama made the comments in the first ever address by a US leader to the 54-member AU at its headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Obama Met YALI and Civil society At Kenyatta University,
Faiza Abdi Ali who’s representing Sisters without Borders
Speaking with Obama about women’s empowerment
In Kenya, she discussed about the state of education In North Eastern Kenya. ‘’I learned a lesson from her Said Obama’’
Dictator/Tyrant/Opressor... or ... Freedom fighter/Hero/Voice of the voiceless?
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the greatest leader in Africa because he genuinely has the needs of the Zimbabwean people at heart. This picture put into perspective, the Lancaster house agreement as well as why Zimbabwe's economy is ailing. It shows how Robert Mugabe fought for the rights of his people and in return was punished by the British through sanctions.
Dictator/Tyrant/Oppressor... or ... Freedom fighter/Hero/Voice of the voiceless?
Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the greatest leader in Africa because he genuinely has the needs of the Zimbabwean people at heart. This picture put into perspective, the Lancaster house agreement as well as why Zimbabwe's economy is ailing. It shows how Robert Mugabe fought for the rights of his people and in return was punished by the British through sanctions.
This African man that goes by the name Dr. Sebi. According to many of his followers, Dr. Sebi has the knowledge to cure many “incurable diseases,” including but not limited to AIDS, cancer, and diabetes.
According to the latest Mobile Phone Tracker report from the International Data Corp, smartphones shipment to Africa are seen rising to 155 million units percent in 2015, after jumping 66 percent year-on-year in the first quarter, with 47 percent of cellphones sold in the quarter being smartphones.
This is the market a technology startup, VMK, base in the Democratic Republic of Congo is seeking to capitalize on.
Tom Osborn at the age of 19 has already been recognised as one of the world’s top entrepreneurs. Tom is the founder and CEO of GreenChar in Kenya.
GreenChar is a clean energy start-up that produces charcoal briquettes for cooking purposes that are both healthier to use and last longer.
The coals he produces from recycled agricultural waste such as sugarcane, which studies show emit 90% less smoke, and have 60% more energy than the normal charcoal used for cooking. Now that is clean energy there.
Tom’s company is causing a buzz because of his innovation, thats not only a business but is also environmentally more friendly. Forbes has named him one of the global ’30 under 30′ social entrepreneurs, including many other accolades.
Source : myafricanow.com
He’s only 22 and already a billionaire – at least in Uganda where he lives. IT student Abdu Sekalala has made a fortune designing mobile phone Apps. His applications have rivalled some of the world’s most popular platforms in downloads………Wordbook is among the most successful. It earns him 1.25 dollars everytime it’s downloaded. So far that’s over 300,000 times – making him some 375,000 U.S. dollars.
10 amazing African proverbs on community from different parts of the continent.
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The discovery of a pyramid and a sphinx in Niger lends support to my theory of an African dominion before the time of Noah (B.C. 2490-2415) under the control of Chadic and Kushite rulers. Cain, Seth and their wives were of the ruling houses of this ancient African civilization, as were Lamech the Elder and his son-in-law Methuselah.
Dr. Clyde Winters refers to this as the "Proto-Saharan Civilization." The Proto-Saharans venerated cattle and left behind engraving of bulls and oxen with solar disc between their horns.
Read More: http://www.virtueonline.org/niger-pyramid-predates-noah
The Foreign exchange market is the biggest financial market in the world. At least four trillion dollars is traded on currency markets on a daily basis. This market is known for its volatility and high risk nature, which is why it is mostly traded by banks and big corporate. However a young South African trader has managed to crack it. Sandile Shezi has successfully learnt how to trade currencies and at just 23 he's become one of the youngest multi-millionaires in the country. Shezi now wants to empower other young South Africans to do the same. Sumitra Nydoo caught up with him.
In 1985, the Sudanese government began destroying villages eventually leading to the rise of the People's Liberation Army. Two years later, six-year old Deng Thiak Adut was taken away from his family's banana farm in South Sudan and conscripted into the Army. After undergoing military training, several years of army service and witnessing numerous atrocities, Deng was still a boy when he was shot in the back while running through a village.
A further two years later, a chance meeting led to Deng reuniting with his brother who helped smuggle him out of the country by hiding him in a corn sack on the back of a truck. The two brothers befriended an Australian family and eventually arrived as refugees in 1998. After working at a local service station to learn English, Deng enrolled at TAFE and completed his Advanced Diploma in Accounting before deciding to study law. In 2005 he enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws at Western Sydney University and became the first person in his family to graduate with a law degree.
Deng now works as a lawyer in Bankstown, where he is determined to ensure that other Sudanese refugees have the legal advice and support they need before entering the court system.
Public Enemy reconnects with Africa in their new music video for "Mine Again," which features shout-outs to the entire continent full lyrics below. To read visit okayafrica.com
I boarded a plane headstrong
Landed with a smile on my face
To give service back to the land that's our home
I long for coming back to Africa
So it's cool to be black until it’s time to be black
Ain’t never too late to go back and give back
So I let born-afters know I rap for Africa
To give to the motherland, to see what’s mine again
Be of service, land of dark faces
Split, colonized in 53 places
The greed went on 'til everything was gone
Wiped out by previous wars, I work on
Graves of the poor
To clean up this mess left by the west
My duty to the African, tell my next of kin
In a song, but damn, nothing around me
And what the hell I step on?
With my head on straight
I was gone too damn long
Over 450 years, to be exact
Not paying attention, I stepped on a mine
On the edge of motherland, around my head
Compromised in this Christian missionary position
Fear, there must be some way up out of here
Whatta bitch, mother eff it in a clean up ditch effort
Stepped on some bomb shit that a past war left it
Kids dying in them nearby diamond mines
Out here working that worldwide grind
Hope somebody finds me out left behind
Silent ticks killing me softly, Malaria
But DeBeers, they the ones got me sick
Isolated while I waited with thoughts in my head
About my sole intention to save my brothers and sisters
My thoughts is racing as my tears run down my face
I came back to help repair what's mine
If I move, I'm a goner
My sole intention to save my brothers and sisters
How we became boy instead of mister
I came too far here to be called some nigger
My foot on some bomb, I’ma end up worse than a drifter
Myself and what my foot stuck on?
Mine again, mine again
Was it all worth it?
Is Africa really ours?
This mine got me thinking
All this death and destruction
Let's not forget about the corruption
To rob the motherland of its resources
Is Africa mine?
Or the people who sit in the seat of power?
Mine again, mine again
Success is the most important part of our life. This is true for Siyabulela Xuza, South Africa’s youngest innovator. Siyabulela (Siya) Xuza is an energy-engineering Harvard University graduate with a passion for harnessing the power of the sun for clean affordable energy. He conducted research geared towards making cheaper solar cells and assesses the commercial viability of solar technologies.
Siya says: “I was chasing the roar of a Cessna plane dropping election pamphlets over Mthatha, my South African township. It was 1994, the first year of a new democracy in my country and the sight of that technological marvel ignited in me a curiosity for science and a passion for using technology to engineer an African renaissance.”
A born innovator, Siya began experimenting with rocket fuels in his mother's kitchen. This passion turned into a serious science project that culminated in him developing a cheaper and safer rocket fuel.
Siya's science project won gold at the National Science Expo and the Dr DerekGray Memorial award for the most prestigious project in South Africa. This led to an invitation to the International Youth Science Fair in Sweden in 2006, where he presented his project to the King and Queen of Sweden and attended the Nobel prize ceremony in Stockholm.
His project was then entered into the world's biggest student science event, attracting about 1 500 students from 52 countries - the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair in the US. He won the two grand awards.
His credibility was further endorsed by the Nasa-affiliated Lincoln Laboratory,which was so impressed by the young engineer's achievement that it named a minor planet after him. Planet 23182, discovered in 2000, is now known as Siyaxuza and is to found in the main asteroid belt near Jupiter.
The unsightly fruit and vegetable debris scattered in the streets and marketplaces of Cameroon's capital Douala are no longer just rubbish, but a source of raw materials. Here is a look at an interesting startup that is transforming the waste into ecofriendly fuel
Ethiopia has opened its first vehicle manufacturing and assembly factory at a military base and plans to use local labor to produce automobiles for both local consumers and export.
The fast growing East African economy of 94 million people has one of the lowest number of vehicle in the region with just two vehicle for every 1,000 people. According to the country’s Ministry of Transport, there were only 587,400 vehicles on the country’s roads in 2014.
The country has now created an engine and body manufacturing plant — named the Bushoftu Automative Industry (BAI) — at a military base in Mekele, some 480 miles north of the capital Addis Ababa, that is expected to produce 10,000 to 20,000 vehicles per year using local labor.
More than 130 medical students in Somalia's capital have graduated making it the largest number of medical doctors to graduate in one given time. Six years ago - a terrorist attacked Benadir University's graduation ceremony - killing 19 people - but six years later - the students graduated peacefully and now hope to play a role in improving the country's healthcare".CCTV's Abdulaziz Billow attended the graduation and brings this report
In less than two decades, Bob Brown has donated more than 5 million books to Africa.
Through his International BookSmart Foundation, Brown, an 86-year-old civil rights activist, friend of Martin Luther King Jr., advisor to the Mandela family and former White House Cabinet member, hopes to contribute many, many more to the continent.
That’s why his wish this holiday season is to keep giving back -- and it came true in a big way with the help of UPS’s Wish Delivered Campaign. Together, Brown and UPS will ship more than 180 tons of additional books to schools across Africa over the next three years.
It is estimated that in Kenya about 17,5 million of the total 38,5 million inhabitants own a mobile phone. But in rural areas electricity is a problem. Students of the university of Nairobi came up with the solution: the 'Smart Charger'.
The charger works quite simple: one connects it to the dynamo of a bicycle. The device transforms the power into electricity that can charge the mobile phone. After about one hour the phone will be charged.
Source: Spark Africa
"We failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity"
The director and studio for the action-fantasy Gods of Egypt are apologizing after the film’s lack of diversity sparked backlash.
Directed by Alex Proyas and set in ancient Egypt, the tale of deities and mortals fighting over the fate of the world features several white actors in prominent roles, including Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites. Many observers objected to the casting choices when characters posters and a trailer were unveiled earlier this month.
Proyas said in a statement Friday, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind Gods of Egypt, added, “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.”
Forbes first reported Proyas and Lionsgate’s mea culpa.
Gods of Egypt is the most recent film to be criticized for “whitewashing” its cast. Others include the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the romantic comedy Aloha, the LGBT rights drama Stonewall, the Peter Pan origin story Pan, and the sci-fi movie The Martian.
Gods of Egypt opens Feb. 26.
This article originally on EW.com
Six years ago, tech entrepreneur Tristan Walker left Wall Street for Silicon Valley with a goal in mind.
"I saw that there were other 24 year olds, not only making millions of dollars, but also fundamentally changing the world," the 30-year old told CNBC's On the Money in an interview. "I knew I wanted to be part of that and I tried everything I could to be a part of it."
After graduating from Stanford Business School, Walker started his successful rise through the often insular world of Silicon Valley. After stops at Foursquare and venture capital giant Andreessen Horowitz, the New York City native founded his own startup, Walker & Company Brands.
He's launched his company in the tech capital with a new product that, at first glance, seems low-tech and old-fashioned: A new single-blade razor.
Called "Bevel", the razor was designed with a specific benefit for a target audience, those prone to shaving irritation and razor bumps.
"Up to 80 percent of black men and women have this issue because we have course curly hair," Walker said. "And 30 percent of men and women of other races have this issue as well."
Tristan Walker says he founded his company with the mission of "developing a suite of brands the solve problems for people of color."
He says the Bevel razor is "the first manifestation of that vision." Walker & Company Brands is developing future products to address issues such as Vitamin D deficiency, hyper-pigmentation and natural hair transitioning, he added.
Silicon Valley investors have responded. Walker & Company Brands has raised more than nine million dollars in startup funding. That includes investment from his former employers at Andreessen Horowitz, where he was "Entrepreneur-In-Residence."
Recent headlines have revealed and criticized tech companies in Silicon Valley for not providing access to, or hiring, minorities and women. At his own company, Walker says he is focused on eradicating what he calls "implicit bias."
When he's looking to hire a new employee, Walker asks investors to broaden their search. "Before you think of who can fill this role, think about women or folks of color who would excel." He says that's led to his firm being staffed by a majority of women and people of color.
Positioned in the personal grooming and beauty products market as "a company that solves problems", Walker says he has no plans to seek a buyout or sell the company. Instead, he wants to remain independent.
"It would be my biggest joy to have Walker & Company outlast me," adding that his company is serving the fastest growing demographic in the country.
"Our opportunity is significant, and for us to give up on that…would be a shame."
This article is taken from CNBC
Ghostly hand markings and animals in Sulawesi caves are much older than thought, pushing back probable date for origin of art.
Paintings of wild animals and hand markings left by adults and children on cave walls in Indonesia are at least 35,000 years old, making them some of the oldest artworks known.
The rock art was originally discovered in caves on the island of Sulawesi in the 1950s, but dismissed as younger than 10,000 years old because scientists thought older paintings could not possibly survive in a tropical climate.
But fresh analysis of the pictures by an Australian-Indonesian team has stunned researchers by dating one hand marking to at least 39,900 years old, and two paintings of animals, a pig-deer or babirusa, and another animal, probably a wild pig, to at least 35,400 and 35,700 years ago respectively.
The work reveals that rather than Europe being at the heart of an explosion of creative brilliance when modern humans arrived from Africa, the early settlers of Asia were creating their own artworks at the same time or even earlier.
Archaeologists have not ruled out that the different groups of colonising humans developed their artistic skills independently of one another, but an enticing alternative is that the modern human ancestors of both were artists before they left the African continent
Read More : http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/08/cave-art-indonesia-sulawesi
Ghana's capital Accra has a reputation for pollution, but it is trying to turn this to its advantage.
Accra has been numbered among the world's most polluted places because of an unregulated dump that now forms part of a sprawling slum.
And with no proper drainage or sewage system, the city's four million residents are also left to rely on a series of open sewers and polluted waterways. These drain the toxic sludge back into the sea.
A lack of toilets and indiscriminate disposal of waste are partly to blame.
In Paris, the UN is hosting a major conference seeking ways to limit climate change. But 6,500 km away, in Accra, an enterprising team is taking these matters into its own hands - turning human excrement into cooking fuel. The BBC reveals a small scale scheme that has ambitions to go country-wide.
Nigeria is a nation of superlatives. It’s Africa's richest country and its fastest growing economy. At the same time, millions still live in poverty and lack basic services like running water. As part of a week-long series "Nigeria: Pain and Promise," special correspondent Nick Schifrin reports on the country's massive economic surge, new millionaires, growing inequality and those fighting to provide new opportunities for all Nigerians.
Another slice of life from Africa's biggest shanty-town - Kibera, in Kenya's capital Nairobi. Residents there struggle every day to get by. Many survive on less than two dollars a day. But one community has come up with a guaranteed and very simple way to make money. CCTV's Maria Galang has the story
Seventy percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land is in Africa. And that land is seen as a possible solution to feed the globe’s growing population. But Africa’s agriculture has been declining steadily since the 70's, and if this continent is to become the world’s bread basket, it will need some help.
Talk Africa explores China's role in helping equip Africa with the necessary knowledge and skills to achieve it's full agricultural potential.
As we continue our series on China-Africa co-operation, this week we’ll unpack China’s support of Africa’s agriculture.
South Africa has finally given us our first taste of what an African Super Hero should look like in a modern world. Do you think they nailed it from this trailer?
Announced at DISCOP AFRICA 2015 (the bi-annual pan-African film and television marketplace), "Jongo," a new superhero TV series from Johannesburg-based film and television studio, Motion Story, was picked up for distribution by Discover Digital, South African network e.tv and Ebony Life TV, to be distribution partners for the series, starting in 2016.
An 8-episode first season, shot primarily in Johannesburg, "Jongo" tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after he finds an alien crystal in a cave at the "Cradle of Humankind." As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will indelibly alter the course of his life. What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy, which will threaten the lives of millions.
Locally hailed as a game changer for continental African TV content, "Jongo" stars Pacou Mutombo, a dancer/actor. He is joined by Katlego Baaitse, who play Eli’s best friend Kay, Pauline Zwane as Eli’s girlfriend Maya, and Luthuli Dlamini as Noah, the head of an agency that protects the planet from alien activity.
Speaking to Screen Africa, writer and director of "Jongo," Gareth Crocker, said: “We wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and TV shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is positive about this great continent of ours. We knew from the outset that we wanted to do something quite different from the other shows currently on air in this genre... We wanted to ensure authenticity – to produce something that people can connect with... In casting, we specifically sought out people who are closely aligned to the characters we’ve written.”
Discover Digital's Stephen Watson added: “It’s an original and uniquely African concept that has excellent production values.”
The series is executive produced by Chris Lawrance, and produced by Phillip Wolmarans. Fred Wolmarans co-directed along with Crocker.
DISCOP AFRICA takes place next in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire (May 31 – June 2, 2016). With pay-tv revenues expected to surge, a growing middle classes, a booming advertising marketplace and improving infrastructures, television content business in continental Africa is worth close to a reported $1 billion in annual revenues, twice as much as three years ago. DISCOP AFRICA plays host to independent producers, regional and global distributors, and broadcasters, pay-tv, mobile operators and alternative distribution platforms driving the growth of Africa’s multiscreen and televised entertainment industry.
Hakeem Belo Osagie holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, a law degree from Cambridge University and an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar. He started his career as a petroleum economist and a lawyer. For over three decades, he has been a key player in the Nigerian economy through his participation in several businesses in the private sector particularly in the energy, finance and telecommunications sectors.
Belo-Osagie shared with the audience some of the lessons he has learnt in business.
1. Have a healthy scepticism of data
Belo-Osagie says much of the market data and information about Africa he has come across in his career had been incorrect.
One of his biggest mistakes in business was when he was part of a losing bid for the first mobile network licences in Nigeria. At the time some of the world’s most well-known consultancy firms advised that the Nigerian mobile phone market could not exceed 20m subscribers. Based on this figure, Belo-Osagie’s partners decided not to bid more than US$265m. The winning bids came in at $285m. Today Nigeria has more than 100m mobile phone subscribers, and in hindsight Belo-Osagie says the value of the licence was probably closer to $800m.
He did not make the mistake of relying too much on expert data when he bought United Bank for Africa (UBA) in the late 90s. The Nigerian lender was for sale for $15m. Many advised him that buying the bank was a bad idea, but Belo-Osagie felt it was an undervalued asset and stuck to his guns. He approached a large South African bank to put in $8m for a 51% stake in UBA, but this was deemed too risky an investment. Belo-Osagie however went through with the transaction. A few years later the same South African bank made him an offer that valued UBA at $300m.
“So when I tell you to have a healthy scepticism [or] disrespect for data, I mean what I say.”
2. Don’t exaggerate political risk in Africa
Many foreign investors are scared to invest in Africa due to the perceived political risks. Belo-Osagie says companies however need to look beyond only political risk, and take into account all the other risks that could be a threat to a business.
While there may be greater political risk in some African countries, firms in the west have higher “technological risk” with their business models constantly under threat from new disruptive technologies being introduced by companies like Google.
“The risks that you face in a lot of other countries are far higher than you imagine, and they often, in my view, outweigh the lower political risks that you have in the western world. Therefore, success in Africa needs a correct appreciation of political risk, not exaggerating it [and] not unduly worrying about it.”
3. The right team is essential
Belo-Osagie says winning teams are critical to the success of any business. “Teams are crucial because they combine the differing talents of different individuals, and they make the whole better than the part.”
He notes large companies operating in Africa today typically have a mix of expat and local employees.
In terms of expat workers, Belo-Osagie says those with a need for structure, certainty and clear procedure often don’t do well in Africa. It is therefore important to appoint someone with “a spirit of adventure, a hunger for new things”.
“When the light packs up or the washing machine stops working, he or she doesn’t throw their hands up and head for the airport… That eagerness and desire to experience something new, is more important than functional intelligence.”
When it comes to local staff, there are broadly two kinds of people: the foreign educated MBA with an understanding of “what life could be”, and those who have lived in a country like Nigeria all their lives.
He says a winning team is a combination of those with international experience and streetwise locals who know how to work the system.
4. Relationships need to be nurtured
Weaker institutions and legal systems make personal relationships more important when doing business in emerging markets such as Africa. Belo-Osagie says these relationships need to be nurtured.
“You may not want to go [to] the CEO’s daughter’s naming ceremony. You may not want to go [to] his daughter’s wedding, but I’ll strongly advise you to go, in your own interest. These relationships are fundamental and they do not stop at five o’clock in the afternoon… they go round the clock,” he explains.
5. Be bold despite uncertainty
Drawing from The Fog of War, a 2003 documentary film on the life of former US Secretary of Defence Robert McNamara, Belo-Osagie compares the uncertainty of business with warfare.
“When you go into war, it is like walking into fog, you cannot see very clearly precisely what there is on the other side. I love that analogy because I think that one of the key factors for success in business is you must have that mental attitude to walk boldly through the fog of uncertainty that is an inevitable part of business,” he says.
“There are some individuals who cannot make a decision until every fact is in, who cannot live with uncertainty. By the time every single fact is in, you are inevitably too late for the opportunity.”
6. Don’t sacrifice your personal life for business success
Belo-Osagie urged the audience not to neglect their personal lives in the pursuit of business success.
“Your relationship with another human being, whether that be a wife or a partner or with your parents or with your family, is very important. I know many businessmen that are on the pages of newspapers and on the front pages of magazines, who return to their lives and their houses, who are deeply unhappy. In your desire to be great successes, I want to urge you not to lose yourself. It is far easier to change a job, to change an industry and to improve a business, than it is to change an unhappy life.”
HE DREAMED of owning a fast car . . . And he didn't let his money problems stand in his way.
Samuel Ngubeni (37) from Siluma View in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni got clever and built his own sports car.
The qualified mechanic has so far spent R60 000 on his car which he calls The Cat.
It is covered in funky denim fabric and uses a combination of original and home-made parts.
The car looks like a miniature BMW. When asked if his car can move, Samuel opened the bonnet and proudly displayed the car's six cylinder engine.
He then jumped in behind the steering-wheel and drove his car up and down the driveway. He started building his car two years ago as a present for Nelson Mandela.
"I drive my car around the streets ekasi. I wanted to thank Madiba for his contribution to Mzansi and the world. Unfortunately he died before I finished it," he said.
Samuel now wants to become a professional car designer.
"We don't have cars designed in Mzansi. I believe if I was given a platform by car companies, I could show them what I can do," he said.
Samuel did all the work on the car himself. He did the interior of the car, including the gauges, the steering-wheel, as well as the wheels and body panels.
"People said I'd never do it but I never listened to them," said Samuel.
In Nigeria there is a very mysterious band of brothers, a colourful troop of entertainers who are actually medicine men,they have a very interesting marketing tool as they perform with dangerous animals in order to attract crowds.The hyena men as they are referred to, were born into this tradition that they have perfected, generation after the generation.
Passengers on board a bus bravely defied Islamic terrorists' demands to sacrifice the Christians on board during a deadly standoff in Kenya.
When the 10 Al-Shabaab militants stormed the bus in the country's north yesterday, they demanded Muslim passengers separate themselves from the Christians on board.
But the passengers refused - even giving some of their fellow travellers Islamic articles of clothing to wear so they could not be distinguished.
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Zimbabwwean President Robert Mugabe has reiterated that the China Africa relationship does not only benefit China.
In his speech, President Mugabe refuted claims that China only wants Africa's resources.
Exploring Ancient Africa is now available for your children! EdAnime Productions is proud to present the first episode of Meltrek, an educational hip hop animated series that teaches children authentic African American history from 3000 BCE to 2008.
EdAnime Productions produces innovative and engaging educational media for children. Our primary objectives are to: Educate, foster Self-esteem encourage Solidarity.
All of which are essential to the mental, physical and emotional development of children.
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Uganda's state owned automobile company, Kiira Motors Corporation, is building what's expected to be Africa's first solar powered bus. The prototype is in its completion stage and will be unveiled next month in the capital Kampala.
Afro House dance is characterized by a fusion of traditional NY house footwork, and an eclectic mix of current African urban dances such as Kuduro, Ndombolo, Coupé-Décalé and Sabar. Afro House culture emerged from South Africa 30 years ago and has taken the world by storm.
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by West African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known for quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques.
Watch the two are eloquently fused to produced a unique and artistic new style
It’s Black History Month! And while most people take this opportunity to learn about and reflect upon the accomplishments and struggles of African-Americans, plenty more choose to criticize the annual celebration. What many fail to realize is that black history is largely overlooked within the broad scope of American history, and the purpose of Black History Month is to spread awareness of this vibrant cultural past as well as black americans' important contribution to the development of the USA as we know it. After all, without black history, America would be a very different place!
The first trailer for the highly anticipated Roots miniseries has arrived!
The Roots reboot features some pretty big names, including Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose and Forest Whitaker. The UK’s Malachi Kirby will star as Kunta Kinte.
Kirby was handpicked by executive producers and the original Kunta Kinte, LeVar Burton. The music should be pretty epic too as Questlove has joined the project as executive music producer.
If the trailer is any indication, this reboot is going to be just as good as the original. It’s a new way to present a legendary story to a brand new audience, bringing together generations for an incredible television event.
The eight hour, four night series premieres on The History Channel on Memorial Day.
"Angelique Kidjo SINGS with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Gast Waltzing" wins the Grammy for Best World Music album!
"I want to dedicate this Grammy to all the traditional musicians in Africa, in my country, and all the young generation, the new African music, vibrant, joyful music that comes from my continent that you have to get yourself to discover. Africa is on the rise. Africa is positive. Africa is joyful. Let's get together and be one through music and say no to hate and violence through music. Thank you"
" Je veux dédier ce Grammy á tous les musiciens traditionnels en Afrique et dans mon pays. Et aussi à la nouvelle generation, la nouvelle musique africaine qui est joyeuse et qui vient de mon continent. Il faut la découvrir. L'Afrique est en marche, elle est positive. Regroupons nous et refusons la haine et la violence grâce à la musique. Merci"
Children are told they should walk before they can run but an eight-year-old from Tottenham could read before he could do either.
Joshua Beckford, of Portland Road, could understand the alphabet and point to different colours on a chart when he was ten months old.
At six he started taking classes at the University of Oxford and now dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon.
His father Knox Daniel said he first noticed his son was clever when he was sitting on his lap while on the computer.
He said: “I started telling him what the letters on the keyboard were and I realised that he was remembering and could understand.
“So if I told him to point to a letter he could do it so then we moved on to colours.”
Joshua learned to read fluently by the time he was two and a half and taught himself to touch-type on a computer before he could write using a pencil.
He can speak Japanese, practices medical surgery on a computer simulator and has completed more than 1,000 maths problems.
In 2011 Mr Daniel wanted to challenge Joshua so he wrote to the university to see if it would let him participate in a philosophy course for bright children between the age of eight and 13.
They agreed and Joshua was the youngest student ever accepted and passed with a distinction.
Mr Daniel said he no longer notices that his son is different and just seems like a normal eight-year-old.
He said: “It can be a bit of challenge because sometimes he asks so many questions.
“The other day he asked me “Is infinity an odd or an even number?” and obviously I had no idea.
“Most of the time I don’t notice his intelligence because he is just Joshua to us.”
The eight-year-old was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism which means that along with other symptoms of the condition he is also very intelligent.
His father said: “Because he is autistic he can be a bit difficult sometimes.
“He doesn’t like loud noises and always walks on tip toes and he always eats from the same plate, using the same cutlery, and drinks from the same cup.
“Also he doesn’t like children his own age and only like teenagers and adults.”
Wendell Scott was the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he poured his heart, soul, and all of his earnings into maintaining his own race car. His son, Frank, remembers what it took for his father to cross the finish line at racetracks throughout the South.
Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni has launched the very first solar bus in Africa as Uganda jumps into the billion dollar global automotive industry. Designed and developed by Kiira Motors as a 35-seater electric solar bus with zero tailpipe emissions, the Kayoola Solar Bus has a powertrain architecture based on two battery banks .The primary battery bank supplies electrical energy while the secondary power bank is available for charging, either in real time or the plug-in charger system. The solar panels are mounted on the roof, taking full advantage of Uganda's exceptional position at the Equator.
The film was shot in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new city built outside Luanda, Angola. The city was built by Chinese construction company CITIC and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund. The new city is to be home to more than 210 000 people, and is the single largest investment project by China in Africa. The film’s narrative follows a young municipal worker who lives by night in the old city center of Luanda and works by day as a groundskeeper at the new city of Kilamba Kiaxi far away.
PELÉ tells the miraculous story of the Afro Brazilian legendary soccer player’s rise to glory from a young boy, to the 17 year old who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. From a life full of disadvantages and an impoverished youth and discrimination in Brazil, Pelé used his unorthodox yet authentic style of play and his unbeatable spirit to overcome all odds, find greatness and inspire a country that he changed forever.
Starring: Kevin de Paula, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney
India and Africa account for one third of humanity and nearly one fourth of the world’s total land mass. Both India and Africa complement each other in terms of resources and needs.
Rajya Sabha TV explores the business potential of African countries and the problems faced by Indian businesses while expanding business in Africa.
The report is done in the backdrop of the third edition of India Africa Forum Summit 2015, which is considered as one of the largest gathering of African countries outside Africa as all 54 countries are represented in the summit.
India and Africa share their struggle against oppression and colonial rule, historical cultural and trade links and the vision for a prosperous future by working together. India and Africa are natural friends and partners even beyond business and trade.
Programme includes views of: Rajya Vardhan Kanoria, CMD, Kanoria Chemicals and Industries and former president of FICCI ; Ambuj Chaturvedi, Executive Director, Overseas Infrastructure Alliance and Head of Assocham’s Africa Desk ; Ambassador Rajiv Bhatia, former head of mission at South Africa, Lesotho and Kenya ; Ambassador HHS Viswanathan, former head of mission to Nigeria, Niger, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Chad.
Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) tried to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter) during a daylong date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor
Queen of Katwe is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) from a screenplay by William Wheeler (The Hoax) based on the book by Tim Crothers, Queen of Katwe is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher (The Darjeeling Limited) and John Carls (Where the Wild Things Are) with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo (Selma), Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave) and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.
For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong'o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona's natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she's inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed. As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney's Queen of Katwe will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.
Privately-owned tech start-ups - or 'unicorns' - are worth more than a billion dollars and Africa has its first one in the shape of the Africa Internet Group.
While many think the next one will emerge from the obvious technology centres in Nairobi, Cape Town or Lagos, it is just possible that it may come from Buea - a small town in south-west Cameroon.
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The governor of Kaduna state in Nigeria, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, told potential investors that the state has “all the data” to prove that it has more gold than South Africa.
“We’ve just confirmed that Kaduna state, indeed Birnin Gwari local government alone, has more gold than South Africa. This is proven, this is verifiable; we have all the data and we are collaborating with the federal ministry of solid minerals.”
In 1990, the boxing legend traveled to Iraq to press a plea for peace and negotiate with Saddam Hussein for the release of U.S. civilians taken hostage after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Ali risked his reputation, health and safety for the freedom of prisoners held by Hussein as "human shields" to deter U.S. military strikes. Only six weeks after Ali brought 15 hostages back home to their relieved families, Operation Desert Storm bombarded Iraq.
The African community that is India's hope for an Olympic medal.
The Siddis are a community that migrated from East Africa to India between the 15th and 19th century. In 1987, the Sports Authority of India set up the Special Area Games program to scout and train members of the Siddi community to perform as athletes for India on the international stage. Despite the glory they have brought to the nation, the Siddis have to battle racism on a daily basis, often being treated as outsiders in the country that they have given their everything for.
The Siddis have now settled primarily in the states of Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. They came as merchants, sailors, slaves, and mercenaries, going on to even become rulers. Today, they are India's hope for an Olympic medal in Track and Field.
Watch the first trailer for the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me has arrived. Here, we see the rise of one of rap's greatest performers, from his early life on through the violent east coast-west coast hip-hop rivalry that defined his career and all the way up to his death after a drive-by shooting in 1996.
All Eyes on Me, helmed by music video and film director Benny Boom, stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur, looking every inch the part as he takes the stage. Joining him is Jamal Woolard, stepping back into the role of the Notorious B.I.G. after portraying him in 2009's Notorious. Rounding out the cast are The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham as Shakur's lifelong friend Jada Pinkett; Stefon Washington as Puff Daddy; and The Vampire Diaries' Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, Shakur's mentor and first manager. All Eyez on Me hits theaters on November 11th.
Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, a Star of Africa, is set to penetrate the automobile industry with his classic vehicles. The cars, with their engines and body made in Ghana by the Dr Kwadwo, are styled to give them a sleeky touch appearance.
The Kantanka branded vehicles range from talking cars that are started and controlled with a gold watch to solar and electric cars. Products which are also waiting to hit the market after the commercialisation of the Kantanka 4-wheel drives include the Kantanka Pickups, Buses, Saloon cars, Televisions, aircrafts, programmable robots etc
African leaders have officially launch an African Union passport during the heads of state and government summit in Kigali, Rwanda. The e-passport at its summit as it prepares for a unified travel document for the continent.The union has so far managed to convince most states across continent to start producing the passport. However security fears could hamper the success of this eagerly awaited project.
Global music star Akon joined Shell to shine a light on the power of innovative options for access to smarter energy by unveiling Africa’s first human and solar powered football pitch at the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos.
The new pitch is the latest initiative from Shell’s #makethefuture programme, which puts bright energy ideas into action to bring benefits to local communities around the world while inspiring future entrepreneurs to open up access to energy. Akon and DJ Hardwork debuted their new song, ‘Tell Me We’re Ok’ on the pitch, with footage filmed to be included in the official video in 2016.
The event included a Press Conference, Official Handover Ceremony, Musical Performances and a special football match with local students.
In this excerpt from Bob Coen and Eric Nadler's film "Shadow War of the Sahara", broadcast on the Franco-German channel ARTE charts the rise of the U.S.military's AFRICA COMAND (AFRICOM). This excerpt reveals why AFRICOM's chief critic, Libya's Mohammar Gaddafi, had to be removed from power for the project to succeed.
A diver has discovered what appears to be an ancient sunken city off Mafia Island in Tanzania. Diver Alan Sutton, from Seaunseen, had originally been looking for the remains of an old fort rumoured to have been washed away to sea, but instead he came across the remains of a wall stretching almost 4km.
The discovery is detailed in a blog post by Sutton, with images showing remnants of the wall. Mafia Island is a small sand island. After flying over in a helicopter, he noticed an "unusually shaped formation in the water".
They found a series of what looked like foundations circling a large area. Large oblong blocks up to 5m by 5m stretched along the foundation. The northern and southern foundations run around 3.7km in length – although they think more could be lying undiscovered, covered by sand. It was around 1km at the widest point, while the foundations were up to 10 to 20 metres in depth.
As the site is yet to be visited by scientists or archaeologists, its age is not known. However, Sutton points out coral growth near blocks would indicate they have been underwater for at least 550 years. "The site is very large, certainly the size of a city and is definitely man-made and very old," he wrote. "It seems very old and to have been extremely well-constructed, in a fashion unlike the architecture of other ruins in Tanzania and doubtless the site will keep archaeologists busy for many years. Without a large amount of research it is impossible to say exactly what the site is. It however appears to be a very old harbour city."
Video Source: english.cctv.com
Text Source: ibtimes.co.uk
This video was inspired by #SayHerName day (A national day of action to end violence against black women), Janet Jackson's birthday, and the 23rd anniversary of the janet. album.
New Agenda was written by Janet as ode to black women. To instill pride, confidence, and remind black women of their heritage. A black feminist anthem at a time when it was still considered taboo.
This video features black women past, present, and future who have broken barriers in entertainment and the world at large.
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg had his jaunt to Africa interrupted by some pretty unfortunate news Thursday: A SpaceX rocket exploded on a Florida launchpad, destroying a satellite Facebook was planning to use to offer Internet access in parts of the continent he’s currently visiting.
“As I’m here in Africa, I’m deeply disappointed to hear that SpaceX’s launch failure destroyed our satellite that would have provided connectivity to so many entrepreneurs and everyone else across the continent,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook hours after the incident.
“Fortunately, we have developed other technologies like Aquila that will connect people as well. We remain committed to our mission of connecting everyone, and we will keep working until everyone has the opportunities this satellite would have provided,” he added, referencing Facebook’s massive Internet-beaming drone.