Thursday, 31 December 2015
Sima Amhamed holds the Ethiopian flag as she chants along with fellow protesters outside the Federal Building on West Broadway Wednesday afternoon as they denounce US support of the Ethiopian government. Dec. 23, 2015
The Ethiopian government is now faced with unprecedented rebellion from the Oromo ethnic group, consisting 35% of the Ethiopia's population, which it disingenuously claims is inspired by terrorism. The immediate pretext is the Addis Ababa Master Plan encroaching and displacing Oromo farmers, but this masks a deeper grievance which has been brewing for at least two decades under this regime, and for over a century under successive highland Ethiopian rulers. In the following, I will try to provide some context and offer some analysis of the danger Ethiopia and the region are facing.
Flagbearer aspirant of the Convention People’s Party, Samia Nkrumah is counting on her record in the CPP for victory in the party’s January 29 and 30 presidential primaries.
The party founded by her father opened nominations for the primaries on Monday 28th December, 2015
Several personalities including, 2012 flagbearer, Dr Abu Sakara and Lawyer, Dr Bright Akwetey are all expected to join what is expected to be a tight race to lead the party ahead of the 2016 elections.
In South Africa, the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign seldom provides reasons for optimism, let alone celebration. It has, instead, become a time to lament failures and point to the mountain of shattered lives that gender-based violence and violence against children contribute to our national landscape. Yet this year, there are several reasons to celebrate.
The Central African Republic (CAR) on Thursday began what could be a long wait for final results from the preceding day's presidential and parliamentary elections, which are being seen as key to resolving the country's bloody Muslim-Christian conflict
The Voice and Spirit of The Lion King‚ legendary South African composer‚ producer and arranger Lebo M surprised by proposing to his partner Zoe Mthiyane in Cape Town on Saturday.The well-known couple have been in Cape Town with family on holiday where Lebo M arranged an exclusive‚ top-secret proposal with no expense spared for his elegant fiancée.
While at sea‚ Lebo M‚ who is world-renowned for arranging and performing the music for The Lion King movies and stage productions‚ got down on one knee and popped the question to a surprised and emotional Zoe.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
The UN estimates that today over 40% of girls under the age of 15 get into involuntary marriages in Africa.
Last week, the African Union summit in Zambia highlighted the challenges faced by women and girls with a particular focus on child marriage. The marriage of girl children is informed by various social challenges and cultural and religious practices.
Many young girls are forced into marriage to escape poverty and this not only harms them psychologically but also physically.
“Africa will NOT allow another Genocide to take place on its soil.” This was the communication from the African Union’s Peace and Security Council. However, even as members of the council met, extrajudicial killings were taking place in Burundi.
Photos, media reports and refugees tell harrowing tales of the political violence gripping the country. They speak of men being dragged out of their homes at night and killed on the street. Of neighbors and parents vanishing without a trace. It is a situation that calls for immediate and concerted international action. However, so far, according to sources, peacekeepers within the country have not been allowed to do their jobs.
An arrest warrant has been issued for ousted Burkina Faso leader Blaise Compaore over his alleged role in the 1987 murder of ex-President Thomas Sankara, judicial sources say.Mr Compaore's ally, Gen Gilbert Diendere, was recently charged in connection with the killing.
Both men have denied any wrongdoing. Mr Compaore is in exile in Ivory Coast after being forced to resign last year.
Mr Sankara, a left-wing radical, is considered a hero for many Africans.
Monday, 14 December 2015
Auction!!!!!! Swaan Galleries African-American Fine Art live auction starts 2:30 PM EST on Tuesday December 15, 2015 live at www.invaluable.com featuring 150 lots of exclusive artworks. Invaluable has lots of fine art auctions, and is teaming up with Swann Auction Galleries to allow remote bidding online. The style of art in this auction includes City Scapes, Protrait and Abstract.
Here are a few noteworthy lots:
Lot 49: Norman Lewis (1909-1979), Untitled
Estimated Price: $250,000 - $350,000
Oil on linen canvas, circa 1958. 1295x1625 mm; 51x64 inches. Signed in oil, lower left. This masterful mid-century composition is a newly discovered and important example of Norman Lewis's painting. In 1955 Norman Lewis won the Carnegie International Award in Painting making him the first African-American artist to receive this prestigious prize. Then in 1956, Lewis was selected to represent the United States in American Artists Paint the City, an exhibition of 46 works by 36. Lewis joined fellow Willard Gallery artists Lionel Feininger and Mark Tobey; he and Jacob Lawrence were the only African-American artists included.
Gambia President, Yahya Jammeh" Skinny jeans & underwear making our women infertile' Declares Gambia an Islamic State
Enforcing a ban on dangerous skin bleaching, condemning female genital mutilation and encouraging women to not marry for money, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s latest speaking engagement was almost a home run – almost.Unfortunately Jammeh then added that the adoption of western dress, especially tight jeans and underwear, has made the women of his country barren.
The President, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, had been speaking at a meeting in Banjul as part of his nationwide tour when he made the comments.
Spent bullet casings on the streets of the Nyakabiga neighbourhood of Bujumbura on Saturday. Photo: STR
Nearly 90 people were killed during Friday's clashes in the Burundian capital, the army said, the worst outbreak of violence in Burundi since a failed coup in May.
Blasts and gunfire echoed around Bujumbura for most of Friday and residents said officials spent the day collecting bullet-riddled bodies from city streets.
DjDimplez drops video for his new single “Clean In This B” featuring multitalented Nigerian artist, Burna Boy and popular Mozambican producer, Ellputo on the beat. A collaboration featuring the artistic efforts of three African countries “South Africa meets Nigeria meets Mozambique”.
Dimplez released a single with Nigerian artist, Ice Prince, titled 'Bae Coupe', after the release of the album and now it comes as no surprise that he's teamed up with another Nigerian multitalented artist, Burna Boy, in this summer heat track titled 'Clean in this B'. Video after cut..
Monday, 7 December 2015
These powerful pictures show the survivors of Boko Haram.
The extremist group operate mostly in Nigeria – they’ve been called the world’s deadliest terror organisation and their brutal attacks have killed more innocents than Islamic State.
These images show the brave but broken survivors.
Photographer, Ruth McDowall, explained that both boys and girls abducted by Boko Haram are often threatened into marriage, enslaved, forced to convert to Islam and raped.
Others are trained in killing and given guns and girls as young as 11-years-old are being sent out as suicide bombers.
In each image, the survivor tells of their harrowing experience at the hands of Boko Haram. More pics after cut...
Beyond #BringBackOurGirls An interview with Nigerian-American journalist Alexis Okeowo by Nicole Hamer
#BringBackOurGirls failed. Maybe the popular hashtag, coined in 2013 after militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Nigeria, was just too narrow, too fine a point in the ongoing regional terror that begat the tragic abductions. If Alexis Okeowo, Nigerian-American journalist and Boko Haram watchdog, had crafted the hashtag, it might have been something more like #SaveNigeria: Over 7,512 Nigerians were killed in 2014 as the result of terrorist activity, an increase of more than 300 percent since 2013, according to the Global Terrorism Index (issued by the Institute for Economics and Peace). Worldwide, Boko Haram is now one of two groups responsible for 51 percent of deaths related to terrorist attacks. The other group on that list? ISIS.
It is understandable why a desperate childless couple might do anything to have a baby, but those who exploit their unhappiness for profit are not so easy to forgive.
In this deeply disturbing episode of Africa Investigates, Ghana's undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and investigative reporter Rosemary Nwaebuni team up to identify and expose some of those those behind Nigeria's heart-breaking baby trade.
The organisation said the cultural custom “was originally a practice that fulfilled many functions in the family”‚ but “now usually involves a girl‚ reported to be as young as nine or 10 years old‚ being married to men sometimes five times their age”.
“They are beaten if they object, and very often raped to prevent parents from initiating efforts to have the girl returned or to report the matter,” the study, part of a series called Culture and Human Rights: Challenging Cultural Excuses for Gender-Based Violence’, noted.‚” The Salvation Army said in a statement.
Monday, 30 November 2015
When Grace Tchami started showing signs of puberty at age nine, her mother, hoping to protect her, began to torture her. At about seven o’clock every morning, her mother would take one of the heavy stone pestles used for grinding food and heat it burning hot over a charcoal fire, then press it on Grace’s breasts, attempting to flatten them.
An anti-Balaka soldier holds a handmade gun as former child soldiers wait to be released in Bambari, Central African Republic, May 14, 2015. REUTERS
Rebels in Central African Republic have kidnapped, burnt and buried alive "witches" in public ceremonies, exploiting widely held superstitions to control areas in the war-torn country, according to a leaked United Nations report.The report by U.N. human rights officers, seen exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, contains graphic photographs of victims tied to wooden stakes being lowered towards a fire as well as the charred torsos of those subjected to the ritual.
Nearly three years of shockingly brutal religious conflict in the Central African Republic has left more than a million children in state of humanitarian disaster, the UN body announced, hopeful that the Pope’s Sunday visit to the country will bring some relief.“The violence that has plagued this country has had a devastating impact on the lives of children,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF representative in the Central African Republic (CAR), a mostly Christian state of some 4.6 million people.
Indeed, a television production company is reported to be shooting a reality show on Pistorius’s house arrest. It is alleged Pistorius is earning $25,000 (over R340 000) per episode for a planned 26 episodes depending on rating. The show is entitled “Oscar Shoots for the Moon” with the tagline “Wait until you see what cool and fun adventures Oscar gets himself into next!”
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Monday, 23 November 2015
For the first two months of her life, Mary James slept with no blanket on a steel bedframe inside a small, damp shelter in the middle of an overcrowded displaced persons camp. Now, she’s sleeping in an MSF hospital bed, fighting for her life.
Each time the three-month-old exhales, her breath rasps in her tiny, infected lungs. When the infant cries, her body contorts with the effort of breathing. Until recently, she’s been connected to an oxygen machine.
Burundi has been in crisis since April, but the country is still too rarely mentioned in international media. However, in the last two weeks of October, the level of violence and random assassinations have reached proportions that make crisis observers fear the worst.
Former Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan on Friday 20th November 2015
celebrated his 58th birthday. More pics after cut....
Yeni kuti was online to tell his fans that her brother is fine after the surgery.
Read Yeni's message at the African shrine below:
“THIS IS TO INFORM OUR FANS AND LOVERS OF AFROBEAT THAT THERE WILL NOT BE SUNDAY JUMP ON 22-11-15 BECAUSE AMBASSADOR FEMI KUTI IS GOING FOR AN OPERATION AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS. WE WILL KEEP ALL UPDATED ON THE SCHEDULE OF WHEN THE POSITIVE FORCE BAND WILL PLAY AS OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH AMBASSADOR FEMI KUTI, AFROBEAT FOREVER!!!!!
Friday, 20 November 2015
Mali Hostages: 'Did you load it? Let's go': Freed Mali hostage says gunmen spoke English; 70 still held
About 80 of 153 hostages (140 guests, 13 staff) have been freed from the Radisson Blu hotel in the Mali capital of Bamako, reports are saying.
Mali special forces have entered the building, and are freeing hostages 'floor by floor'.
The 80 hostages who are now free include three Turkish Airlines staff, 12 Air France staff and Guinean singer Sekouba Bambino.
Sekouba Bambino said he heard the gunmen talking in English in the next room, saying: 'Did you load it? Let's go'. More pics after cut....
Johannesburg, Wednesday 18 November 2015- ‘Award winning hip hop artist with no album’ is a magnificent title that hip hop/ rap artist, Laylizzy acquired on the night of the 31st of October 2015. Lay Low now Laylizzy had been nominated for the 2015 Mozambique Music Awards in the past month and word was received on set during the music video shoot for his latest single “Tha Crew”, that he scooped the award for the Best Hip Hop Song for his previous hit single ‘Chapa’ featuring Hernani da Silva. More pics after cut....
Nigeria may be Africa’s biggest economy, but most of the continent’s wealthy don’t live there By Omar Mohammed
In Forbes magazine’s latest list of Africa’s 50 richest, South Africans take up 16 spots compared to Nigeria’s 10. Overall, Africa’s 50 richest are worth a total of $95.6 billion. This is almost as much as the combined GDPs of Kenya and Tanzania, two of the biggest economies in East Africa.
During his recent trip to eastern Africa, President Barack Obama highlighted a number of challenges that characterize bilateral relations between the United States and countries in the sub-Saharan region. The U.S. has both long-term economic and political interests, along with short-term security goals, in the resource-rich area. With the rise of regionally-based transnational security threats (Boko Haram and al-Shabbab) growing and China’s increasing influence over the continent, it is imperative the United States strengthen relations with its African partners. For these partnerships to be sustainable, the U.S. needs to apply its soft power, and encourage the strengthening of democratic institutions while mitigating the corrosive influence of existing patronage networks.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Migrants wait to register at a refugee center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on Monday. (AP)
As the Syrian refugee crisis mutated from a regional problem to a global one, security concerns have increasingly been cited as a justification for keeping borders closed and refusing to resettle migrants. This argument has gathered momentum in the wake of the attacks in Paris on Friday, after a Syrian passport with the name Ahmad al-Mohammad, a 25-year-old born in Idlib province, was found near the body of a suicide bomber. French authorities say fingerprints from the suicide bomber match those of someone who passed through Greece in early October.
Last Friday, Islamic State terrorists carried out a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that killed at least 130 people, causing a global outpouring of outrage and sympathy. The strikes highlighted a disturbing and dramatic increase in the number of large-scale terrorist attacks — and raised uncomfortable questions about why some deaths receive so little attention from Western media.