Saturday 21 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/20/17)
Visitors crowded through the doors Thursday as a museum to legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent opened to the public in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. The museum's management said 1,000 people thronged through its exhibition halls in the first three hours to get a glimpse of some of Saint Laurent's most iconic creations as they went on display in the city that inspired him. The opening comes just over a fortnight after another museum to the famed French couturier, who died in 2008, began working at the company's former headquarters in Paris. The Moroccan project -- housed in a modernist building of traditional rose-coloured ochre bricks -- was a last labour of love for...
(AFP (eng) 10/18/17)
The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be released on Thursday after his unfinished draft was completed by a South African writer, his foundation announced. Titled "Dare not Linger", the book tells of Mandela's five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa in 1994. "Long Walk to Freedom", published shortly after the election, was a global best-seller, selling more than 14 million copies, and was turned into a film starring Idris Elba. Mandela wrote 10 chapters of his follow-up memoir by hand on loose paper and in files between 1998 and 2002, when he stopped working on it due to his age and hectic schedule. Mandla...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
A fusion of Moroccan traditions and contemporary flair that inspired Yves Saint Laurent, a museum to the famed fashion designer is set to be unveiled Saturday in his beloved Marrakesh. Following three years of work, technicians carried out final checks in a minimalist exhibition hall at the venue in the city that helped shape Saint Laurent's imagination after he first arrived in the 1960s. Iconic creations -- from the black "Le Smoking" tuxedo to the Mondrian dress -- will go...
(AFP (eng) 10/13/17)
Fela Kuti was known as "the King of Afrobeat". Krizbeatz calls himself "the King of AfroDance", the Nigerian music that has got millions dancing across Africa and the world. For Fela, as he is still known to fans, music was often a life-threatening fight against corrupt military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria in the 1970s and 1980s. For the talented Krizbeatz, a child of the capitalist and democratic 1990s, music is a game. But the self-assured 22-year-old music producer -- real...
(AFP (eng) 10/12/17)
Nigerian pop star Davido was questioned twice by police over the suspicious death of his friend after two other members of his entourage died later in the same week. The incident triggered passionate reactions in Nigeria, where the 24-year-old singer, whose real name is David Adedeji Adeleke, is a generational star with 2.8 million followers on Twitter and five million on Instagram. Tagbo Umeike had a night of heavy drinking -- he had 40 shots of tequila, according to the...
(Xinhuanet 10/11/17)
The Zambian government on Wednesday reassured stakeholders of its commitment to the growth of the film industry. Chief Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said the government will ensure that it works with all stakeholders in the implementation of a recently approved film policy, adding that the industry has in the past been neglected due to lack of a policy to guide its operations. The filming sector, she said, could not continue to be silent in the economic affairs of the country...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
Three senators from Haiti pause in reflection in front of a statue of their country's independence hero Toussaint Louverture in Allada, southern Benin, where he had his roots. The West African and Caribbean countries, separated by thousands of kilometres (miles) and ocean, share the same history but also the same religion -- voodoo. Jean Renel Senatus, Jean-Marie Junior Salomon and Ronald Lareche came to Benin late last month on a research trip as part of Haiti's reforms of its 19th-century...
(AFP (eng) 10/10/17)
It has been buffeted by the pendulum swing of domestic politics and suffered looting that left it without some of its most precious items. But Ivory Coast's Museum of Civilisations is now back, and determined to recover its place as one of the richest museums of African art in the world -- a place of "incomparable wealth," as Senegal's late poet-president Leopold Sedar Senghor said in a 1971 visit. Looted four decades later during a political and military showdown, the museum shut its doors for a two-year refurbishment, reopening in July with redecorated rooms, modern lighting and a new conference centre, restaurant and garden.
(AFP (eng) 10/06/17)
In Mabor, a dusty and neglected corner of Luanda, the sound of a catchy beat rising means only one thing to the area's youngsters: time to dance the kizomba. The Angolan dance is gaining worldwide popularity and has a committed contingent of students in Mabor who are drawn to class by its romantic rhythms. "Stop! Boys stay still, only the girls move now. Like that, that's good!" said instructor Vitor Especao, wearing a bright purple shirt as he guided his...
(AfricaNews 10/05/17)
Another year of disappointment for the African favourite for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o who has been tipped to win the prestigious prize since 2010. The 2017 prize was awarded to British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro for his emotionally impactful novels, the Nobel Foundation announced on Thursday. He was selected out of the about 350 nominations made by literary experts and former Nobel laureates from around the world. 79-year-old Ngugi published his first book in English...
(AFP (eng) 10/03/17)
The family of jailed Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius said Tuesday that it would pursue legal action over a coming US film about his murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In a statement, the Pistorius family said neither it nor the Steenkamps were consulted about the film, "Blade Runner Killer", which is set to premiere on the Lifetime network in the US on November 11. The athlete's family criticised the project for not being a "true reflection" of the shooting nor...
(APA 09/25/17)
Nigerian editors have warned that the media industry has been and is still experiencing a crisis of recession and called on the Federal Government to provide a conducive environment for the media to flourish. The editors said in a communique issued on Sunday after their five-day All Nigeria Editors’ Conference (ANEC) and Extraordinary Convention 2017 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, that all media stakeholders should collaborate to ensure the setting up of newsprint production companies and the resuscitation...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
Cameroon's National Communication Council, the government media regulator, has suspended 30 journalists or radio and TV programs for what it calls biased reporting. Among the more than 30 media organizations and journalists the NCC has suspended or warned are newspapers La Nouvelle Expression, La Meteo, L'Anecdote and the capital city radio station Amplitude FM. NCC president Peter Essoka said the media organizations and journalists were suspended from one to six months because of unprofessional conduct and refusal to respect norms...
(APA 09/25/17)
The settlement of the sea-boundary dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast dominates the headlines of Ghanaian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Graphic, The B&FT and others dedicated their front pages to the dispute in which Ghana emerged victorious. The three-year dispute had to be settled by the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) through a unanimous decision. The court rejected all the claims put up by Ivory Coast and upheld that Ghana did...
(APA 09/25/17)
The campaign violence and the killing of three Liberian women in Canada dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Monday. Several persons last Saturday sustained injuries at the official campaign rally of Montswerrado County Electoral District #3 Unity Party Representative Candidate C.D. Barshell. The event, which started on a good note became bloody when incumbent Representative Bill Twahway, led his supporters towards Barshell's office with another rally, resulting to violent confrontation. The Daily Observer newspaper published this story as its...
(Xinhuanet 09/25/17)
Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) aspires to be a destination of Arab and international movie stars and filmmakers, GFF Director Intishal al-Tamimi said in an interview with Xinhua. Scheduled for Sept. 22-29 at the Red Sea resort town of El-Gouna under the slogan of "Cinema for Humanity," the GFF screens some 69 films from around 40 countries, including 16 feature films, 18 short films and 12 long documentaries, in addition to 19 films outside the official competition and four...
(AfricaNews 09/22/17)
Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state has confirmed that there will be no armed security personnel at this year’s Irreecha festival. Security on the day will be handled by unarmed police and another 300 young people whose mandate will be to prevent unethical behaviour. A top official involved in the organization of the annual cultural festival of the Oromo people further disclosed that it would be kept strictly within its cultural boundaries with no politics allowed. This year, the government should consider whether a much lighter security force presence would best serve to minimize the potential for violence, and in any case, ensure that security force personnel minimize
(Middle East Monitor 09/20/17)
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has received an award for Special Recognition of Leadership in Promoting Tolerance and Intercultural Reconciliation from the foundation Global Coalition for Hope despite the suppression of protests in the north of the country in the last year. The King’s son, Prince Moulay Rachid, accepted the award on behalf of this father at a ceremony held at the Public Library in New York under the patronage of UNESCO in the presence of Heads of State, diplomatic representatives...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Munyakazi was 14 when she was drugged and raped by an older man in Quartier Birere, a poor, overcrowded neighborhood of Goma in eastern Congo. Her neighbor had asked her to fetch water, she obliged and he thanked her with a bottle of soda. It had been spiked, she believes, and the man raped her. A few months later Munyakazi discovered she was pregnant. She was already at secondary school, but had to drop out of classes as motherhood demanded...
(APA 09/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech at the UN General Assembly and the seizure of more guns at the Lagos port are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Trust headline showcased Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly where he appealed to the world for assistance in government’s efforts to fight corruption and recovering stolen assets. The Sun newspaper said that Tin Can Island Command of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) on Tuesday uncovered another container...

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