Africa-centered Perspectives For A Digitally-Connected Diaspora

Columbite Tantalite: a short film by Chiwetel Ejiofor...

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South Africa’s First Black President and Anti-apartheid Icon Nelson Mandela Dead At Age 95...

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, South African anti-apartheid revolutionary icon, politician, philanthropist and first black president died December 5 at the age of 95. Mandela had been recovering at home in recent months from a lung ailment. He led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, to the country’s current multi-party democratic government. Dismantling the institutionalized system of racism called apartheid became a lifetime devotion for the man known to fellow South Africans as “Madiba” (father). tedeytan / Foter.com / CC BY-SA Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 into a royal Xhosa family in South Africa’s Cape Province. The forename Rolihlahla, is a Xhosa term colloquially meaning “troublemaker”. As a young boy raised along with two sisters, Mandela’s job was tending herds of cattle. Baptised a Methodist, Mandela was given the English forename of “Nelson” by his teacher. At about age nine, Nelson died of a lung ailment. Though his parents were illiterate, Mandela ultimately became a lawyer. He became increasingly active against the oppression of black South Africans under apartheid. Charged with treason for activities with the outlawed African National Congress,  Mandela spent 27 years in three prisons (most famous of them Robben Island). CarlMilner / Foter.com / CC BY World economic pressure on South Africa ultimately led to the demise of apartheid. Mandela was released from prison in...

Nollywood’s Most Expensive Film Ever: ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’...

‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ is Nollywood’s largest production ever with a cost of N1.27billion. The film, featuring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, is based on the novel of same name. The film is set during the now-50-year-old Nigerian Civil (Biafra) War. It is especially relevant and timely given Nigeria’s precarious political climate. The author is Nigerian-American, born in Abba, (Anambra State) only 10 years after the Biafra war. With numerous awards and accolades, the book stands on its own merit. The film, though, must face much scrutiny. Among the questions of detractors are “Why is Nollywood’s biggest effort- a film directed by a Nigerian based on a Nigerian author’s book filmed largely in the UK and starring two British (although quite talented) actors. I’m not saying…. I’m just saying. What do you think? Check out the trailer. If you read the book, I’d love to hear what you say! Kamau U....

(Every Day Should Be) Black Love Day

I always thought I was up on things but I completely missed this one– Black Love Day. It’s been around since 1993  and was created by  Washington DC native, Ayo Handy Kendii. Kendii sought an alternative to the over-commercialized (like every other American holiday) Valentine’s Day. Strategically placed on Feb. 13, Black Love Day has 13 principles..(just kidding). No, I don’t think she copied Dr. Karenga? I like the fact that this holiday uses the adinkra symbol, akoma, meaning heart. Also noteworthy, is that it aspires to the higher ideals of: 1. Black self love instead of self hatred. 2. Increased peace to stop the violence. 3. Racial healing to stop White supremacy and racism. To increase peace, work to eliminate our self hatred, violence and our work to end racism, Black Love Day first encourages us to return to love to heal all of our relationship. The Black Love Day greeting is Nya Akoma (prounced, Knee-ah Ah-koma), which means, “Take Heart, Be Patient.” For more see:African American Holiday Association (AAHA)....

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ADINKRA SYMBOLS...

The significance of the  adinkra symbols lies primarily in the fact that they are part of an ancient writing system of West Africa. The use of these symbols is important  because most African cultures have maintained an oral tradition. The Akan people, creators of the adinkra symbols, populated the land which is  modern-day Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. Once known as the gold coast, this area thrived because of its large gold deposits. African wisdom has been passed from one generation to the next through stories and songs. Adinkra symbols are physical representations of the values and traditions of the Akan people. The western world has borrowed heavily from west African folktales such as “Anansi the Spider”, who is represented in the adinkra symbol: ananse ntontan. ANANSE NTONTAN, means “spider’s web”. The spider’s web symbolizes creativity, wisdom and the complexities of life.    ...

Rising Black Star: Danai Gurira

 DANAI GURIRA       Actor, playwright    Born:          Grinnell, Iowa to Zimbabwean parents    Studied:     Social Psychology at Macalaster College                              MFA from New York University’s Tisch                             School of the Arts    Co-authored  the play “In The Continuum” with                                        Nikkole Salter. Recent Projects:  ” My Soul To Take”, “Restless City” Currently: starring as Michonne in AMC’s  “The Walking...

3 Reasons Why China Is Not Good For Africa...

1. China Unwittingly or  purposely destablizes  African governments  China is willing to build infrastructure in exchange for mineral resources. The problem is that China is willing to deal with any authorities, to get what they want-no matter how corrupt the leadership is. China’s dealings with corrupt governments in Africa undermines the development of stable democratic governments. Africa does indeed need infrastructure. But without democratic leadership, the quality of life will not increase for the masses. In essence, this is a modern-day version of bribing a king with gifts. The United States and other Western powers at least require some standards of humane and ethical treatment of citizens before giving aid to African Leaders. 2. The building of infrastructure alone does not have immediate benefits for the masses. Originally colonial powers built railroads to remove mineral wealth, China is building super highways. A highway does not benefit a country if lawlessness makes them places where kidnappings and carjackings are common. 3. China, more than any other nation, has a motive for colonizing Africa. China is the most populous nation in the world (1.35 billion). Its population has doubled in the past 50 years. One must question whether immigration is also a goal. The building of infrastructure seems much less charitable...

Mother Of Nigerian Finance Minister Kidnapped...

http://allafrica.com  reports that the  kidnappers of Prof. Kamene Okonjo have demanded N200 Million.   Okonjo is the mother of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The 82-year old woman is also  the wife of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Professor Chukwuka Aninshi Okonjo Agbogid.      The abduction occured on Dec. 11  at about 1:30 pm at the husband’s palace in Ogbe-Ofu quarters. Eight gunmen stormed the palace in two Audi 80 cars. The policeman normally on duty was absent, giving the kidnappers easy access to the palace.  Workers renovating the palace were held at gunpoint, while  Prof. Kamene Okonjo was taken away. Related External Links Nigeria: How Kidnappers Got Okonjo-Iweala’s Mother – Pan-African … Two Policemen Arrested Over Kidnap of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Mum … OKONJO-IWEALA’S Mother: Operatives in contact with kidnappers Kidnappers Demand Okonjo-Iweala’s Resignation : African Spotlight Kidnap of Okonjo-Iweala’s mother: Two policemen under probe...

Nigerian Replaces Oprah At Richest Spot...

      Alakija, Nigerian oil tycoon and clothing designer, has replaced African-American media giant, Oprah, as the world’s richest black woman. Alakija’s estimated $3.3 billion net worth beats Oprah’s $2.7 billion. Alakija, a 61-year old mother  operates Famfa Oil, a highly profitable oil and drilling exploration company,with her 4 sons.  Alakija gained success as a clothing designer in the eighties after working as  a secretary for a Nigerian investment bank. Famfa Oil’s operations began with being awarded a prospecting license by the Nigerian government. Famfa’s oil block, located 70 miles offshore in the Niger Delta region has turned out to be one of Nigeria’s most profitable. At a time when many Nigerians awarded oil blocks sold  to foreign companies,  Alakija chose not to sell.      So  does the richest black woman do anything for her fellow Nigerians? Yes. In 2008 Alakija created the Rose of Sharon Foundation, a Christian-based charity which gives out small grants to widows. [poll id=”3″] Related External Links New Music: Sierra Leone's Esther Sesay releases video for single … Ghana's President John Mahama re-elected with 50.7 percent of...

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