| Africatime
Wednesday 22 February 2017
(AFP (eng) 02/21/17)
Nollywood film "The Wedding Party" has shown Nigerian cinema at the top of its game, with its success at the box office taking it to new audiences across Africa and the world. The country may well be in recession but Nollywood, which churns out some 2,000 films a year and is the world's second-biggest film industry outside India, has never been healthier. "The Wedding Party" is a madcap, glamorous comedy telling the story of the marriage of Dunny and Dozie, despite the misgivings of their families' rivalries. One family is Igbo and the other Yoruba -- two of the main ethnic groups in Nigeria.
(Xinhuanet 02/14/17)
The Burundian National Media Council (CNC) has warned journalists tarnishing the east African country's image, the CNC vice-chairman said Monday at the celebration of the World Radio Day. "Media freedom is real in Burundi. This is a warning against journalists using internet to tarnish Burundi's image, who claim that there's no media freedom here (in Burundi). There are over 33 media companies including more than 24 radio stations, six television stations and three government owned media houses," CNC Vice-Chairman Gabriel Bihumugani told a press conference. According to him, there is "good collaboration" between the CNC and media in Burundi. The world radio day is however celebrated in the east African nation at a time when three radio stations have been...
(The Independent 02/14/17)
Hundreds of burial chambers in the north Sudanese desert reveal a hidden history. Sudan has more than twice the number of pyramids you’ll find in Egypt. I know – I couldn’t believe it either. Which is why I had to see for myself. Sure, mention Sudan and most travellers will admit to dismissing it as a war-torn stretch of bland desert – plagued by the genocide and refugee crisis in Darfur, and the ongoing civil war in the new Republic...
(Xinhuanet 02/13/17)
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday urged Kenya to leverage the power of radio to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern African Advisor for Communications and Information Jaco Du Toit told a media forum in Nairobi that radio has an important role to play in order to leave no one behind in terms of development. "Radio can give a voice to people to explain and express themselves on issues that are relevant...
(Xinhuanet 02/10/17)
Morocco's 23rd international book fair, which brings together 100,000 books and expects hundreds of thousands of visitors, kicked off on Thursday in the financial city of Casablanca. This year's edition was inaugurated by Morocco's king brother prince Moulay Rachid. Organized by Morocco's Ministry of Culture on Feb. 9-19, the annual book fair is attended by 54 countries. According to the organizers, the fair expects to welcome about 350,000 visitors who will discover titles from 702 publishers. This book fair will...
(AFP (eng) 02/10/17)
A veteran Swiss archaeologist has unearthed three temples in Sudan built thousands of years ago, a discovery he says promises to throw new light on Africa's buried ancient past. The round and oval shaped structures dating from 1,500 to 2,000 BC were found late last year not far from the famed archaeological site of Kerma in northern Sudan. Charles Bonnet, 83, considered a master student of Sudan's rich archeological heritage, told AFP that the sites unearthed during recent digs were...
(CNN 02/10/17)
A car painted by renowned 81-year-old artist Esther Mahlangu and Zulu carved ox horns are just some of the items on display at the first major UK Exhibition on South African Art. The exhibition explores the rich heritage of the country and covers seven key episodes of South African history, sculptures, clothes and ornaments are displayed alongside artwork from the same time to give them context. The gold treasures of Mapungubwe -- small gold figures found in royal graves in...
(AL Jazeera 02/06/17)
'When my parents called the [cutter for my sister], I warned the district officer. Our generation can bring change.' Girls in colourful dresses dance and sing while holding candles that light up their smiling faces. "Extinguish the light of [FGM]. Kindle the light of education," they sing as they lift their candles. These girls of a Maasai community in Magadi, southern Kenya, are entering their adult lives through a new ceremony designed to abandon a tradition that has injured so...
(AFP (eng) 01/25/17)
A public television station in Morocco was given an official reprimand on Tuesday for broadcasting a sequence on how to use make-up to conceal the bruises of battered women. It was transmitted last November -- marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women -- by 2M on its morning magazine programme "Sabahiyate". The sequence depicted a woman with a swollen face, with the presenter telling viewers that she was not really injured, and that these were just "cinematic effects". On Tuesday, the country's High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA) said the sequence
(Reuters (Eng) 01/24/17)
Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria. The Lagos-based Afrobeat star said he wanted to raise awareness among young Nigerians and encourage them to demand a greater humanitarian response, having visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, on Monday. "People need to have a sense of the reality in...
(The Telegraph 01/20/17)
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art will reopen today three years after it was badly damaged by a car bomb that blew up outside a nearby police headquarters. The museum, which is home to one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art, has been closed since January 2014 when the explosion ripped into the building. The blast damaged 179 artifacts but the museum said its experts had been able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Pioneering Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor, who amassed a following among the world's pop stars but remained reclusive and enigmatic, has died. He was 70. His record label Luaka Bop announced his death on Wednesday, saying that Onyeabor died in his sleep this week at his home in Enugu, in the country's southeast. Before exploding on the international stage late in his career, Onyeabor introduced synthesisers into Nigerian pop and travelled the world to learn do-it-yourself record-making. From 1977 to...
(AfricaNews 01/18/17)
Ghana’s powerful Ashanti kingdom escorts its queen mother to the ancestral village. The funeral of Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, who died last year at 111 years is a big deal in the gold-rich Ashanti region of the country. The queen, known as the ‘Asantehemaa,’ was the mother of the current overlord of the kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. Nana Afia Kobi, was the 13th Ashanti Queen and reigned for 39 years. But beyond the really colourful and deeply...
(Graphic Online 01/18/17)
The Indian High Commission will hold a “Festival of India-Matri” from January 25 to March 15, 2017 to commemorate 60 years of a strong bond of friendship between India and Ghana. The festival will be held in collaboration with Ghana’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, as well as the governments of both countries. The Indian High Commissioner, Mr Birender Singh, announced this at a press briefing held in Accra. He said the festival to be...
(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin. The cars, motorbikes and women in wrap skirts with tribal scars on their cheeks head to the Gate of No Return monument overlooking the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean beach. Erected in 1992 in memory of those packed on ships bound for the New World, it is a living reminder...
(Youtube 01/05/17)
 
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Nigerian leaders and current Vice President singing hymn for a greater, united and peaceful Nigeria in the year 2017. Singing Isaac Watts hymn, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” were the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Former Chairman of Nigeria Interim Government, Ernest Shonekan, Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme; Former Chief of Staff, Real Admiral, Ebitu Ukiwe, General Oladipo Diya and the current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
As many African women spend much of their spare time in hair salons, Ivory Coast's chief librarian, also a woman, came up with a brainwave scheme to help them read and learn to read. Crammed on shelves between hair extensions, untangling creams and straightening lotions, a total 23 hair salons now offer customers a range of books on loan from the National Library. "Libraries are practically non-existent in our suburbs and the ones that do exist get very few visitors,...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
A fancy dress New Year festival that began almost a century ago in Ghana as a searing satire of colonial life is still thriving today, with hundreds of people dressing up and donning masks. On the streets of Winneba, a fishing town a two-hour drive from the capital Accra, a four-metre tall Santa Claus waving Ghana's flag marches past a wolf shimmying to the jazzy beats played by a brass band. Children wearing matching pink and white cowboy outfits decorated...
(APA 12/30/16)
The release of the Kenya certificate of Secondary Education exam results (KCSE), grabbed the attention of major dailies on Friday. “Matiangi’s shocker,” screamed the headline of the Standard newspaper which reported that the Kenyan certificate of Secondary Education exam results released on Thursday registred a drastic reduction in high grades. In 2016 KCSE, there were only 141 straight As as compared to 2,636 As in 2015 and 3,075 As in 2014,” reported the daily. “Alliance Girls top,” reported the Daily...
(AL Jazeera 12/29/16)
Creation of council with authority to strip broadcasting rights comes amid rising concerns over press freedom. Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has ratified a new media law that critics say is a blow to pluralism and press freedom in the country. The new law, approved by parliament and signed into law by Sisi on Monday, will see the creation of a Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media, a body that can revoke licences to foreign media and fine or suspend publications and broadcasters. The council, whose chairman will be picked by Sisi, will create a list of penalties and sue media organisations that violate its regulations

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