Thursday 29 June 2017
(Xinhuanet 06/27/17)
Benin students at the Confucius Institute of the Abomey-Calavi University learned how to make traditional Chinese kites at a workshop here on Saturday. At least 60 Benin students participated in the workshop. Guo Hongli, a kite specialist from China's kite city of Weifang in east China's Shandong Province, came to Benin to join the workshop and teach Benin children how to make a traditional Chinese kite which has been registered as a world intangible heritage since 2000. Guo said he was very pleased to be in Cotonou to share with the children of Benin the fabrication techniques of kites so that they can make kites by themselves and fly kites during their spare time. According...
(Xinhuanet 06/27/17)
The Confucius Institute in Burundi on Saturday evening organized a Chinese language proficiency competition where Burundian secondary school students showcased their language talent. The two best contestants in the competition held at the University of Burundi in Bujumbura will represent Burundi to compete with Chinese learners worldwide in China. "The competition brought together eight candidates from secondary schools that were selected after a general competition. Among those eight candidates, we have selected two candidates who will represent Burundi in the world competition in the Chinese language that will take place next summer in China," Joseph Nzeyimana, director of the Confucius Institute in Burundi said. He said the Chinese language is very important these days as it is spoken by at...
(AFP (eng) 06/20/17)
Burkina Faso's Diebedo Francis Kere on Tuesday unveiled his temporary pavilion in London's Hyde Park, becoming the first African architect to undertake the prestigious assignment given to a world-famous architect every year. Kere's Serpentine Pavilion comprises an indigo-blue structure with a latticed canopy, which is inspired by a tree in his hometown of Gando that serves as a central meeting point. "In my village, during the hot day, everyone is gathering under the tree, you have the mothers, the fathers,...
(Al-Watwan 06/15/17)
Après sa prestation remarquée lors de la résidence artistique régionale à Maurice en avril, Zaïnou El Abidine Mohamed Ali alias Picasso a posé ses pinceaux au Ccac-Mavuna, depuis dimanche dernier. Il y prépare ses œuvres pour une exposition programmée à l’Alliance française de Moroni où le vernissage aura lieu en août prochain. La résidence artistique, qui a débuté dimanche dernier au Ccac-Mavuna et qui durera un mois et quelques jours, sera finalisée dans les locaux de l’Alliance française de Moroni...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
Leggy dancers in tight shorts, bottles of Moet champagne and flashy cars feature in Nigerian pop icon Wizkid's bling-bling music videos. But the singer himself has now swapped the Versace T-shirts and low-slung jeans that show his underwear for traditional African dress -- a new youth trend in fashion hub Lagos. Last year, Vogue voted Wizkid "Nigeria's best-dressed pop singer", a particularly coveted and prestigious title in a country where appearance is all important and competition is fierce. Clothing that...
(Agence Ecofin 06/13/17)
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed has said that Nigeria will assist neighbouring Republic of Niger to successfully transit from analogue to digital broadcasting under the Digital Switch Over (DSO) project. Receiving the visiting Minister of Communication of Niger Koubra Abdoulaye on Monday in Abuja, Mohammed said that Nigeria would make available to Niger the legal framework for its DSO project as well as its expertise in the area of signal distribution, Set-Top-Box, STB, manufacturing and content production...
(APA 06/13/17)
The Nigerian Guild of Editors has condemned the invasion of the premises of the SUN Publishing Limited by heavily armed EFCC operatives in the early hours of Monday. In a statement issued on Monday in Lagos, the NGE said that the fierce looking operatives prevented the staff of the organisation from either entering or leaving the premises of the company and disrupted the circulation processes. It noted that the unwarranted siege to the company subjected staff of the organisation to...
(RFI(EN) 06/12/17)
In this edition of Spotlight on Africa, RFI's Zeenat Hansrod speaks to the Nigerian artist who makes Hijarbies, that's Barbie dolls wearing the hijab. They are already Instagram celebrities and are being sold worldwide.
(Ghana Web 06/07/17)
‘POTATO Potahto”, an African marital comedy of errors, based in Ghana and directed by one of Africa’s best known female directors, Shirley Frimpong Manso, took the centre stage at the just concluded Cannes film festival, France when it premiered. The premiere launched the film into the global film market, as it was greeted with a resounding ovation at the festival. “Potato Potahto” tells the story of a divorced couple whose plans to share their matrimonial home ended in chaos after...
(This Day Live 06/07/17)
The German Embassy has expressed special interest in a Nigerian film, Shehu Umar, domiciled in the National Film Video and Sound Archive of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC). Shehu Umar was the protagonist in a book written in 1966 about slavery by Nigeria’s Prime Minister in the First Republic, the late Sir Tafawa Balewa, but was published in 1971. The book was adapted for a film by Adamu Halilu, a former general manager of the Nigerian Film Corporation. The embassy...
(The Star 06/06/17)
Jason Derulo will be in Nairobi for the 5th edition of Coke Studio Africa. Word on the street is that the deal to get the Wiggle hitmaker is "95 per cent done", according to industry insiders. Apparently, Jason was among two other hot stars on the Coke Studio Africa hit list. "Future and Ed Sheeran were being considered for the season," our source whispered, "But due to other commitments, they couldn't make it. But Jason Derulo is definitely coming. That...
(Daily Nation 06/02/17)
The Kenyan music industry is in mourning following the death of former Calif Records singer Laety Laetitia. The mellow-voiced singer died on Thursday but the cause of her death is yet to be revealed. Her death was announced by her family via social media on Friday. The family also shared and translated the lyrics to her latest song Alamo . The singer and song writer had taken a low profile for a while until last month when she released her...
(Angola Press(En) 06/01/17)
The Angolan musician, Filipe Mukenga, on Wednesday in Luanda considered the exchange between national and Brazilian musicians an opportunity to increase cultural relations between the two countries. Speaking at a press conference moments after the launch of the cultural project "Serenatas a Kianda", the musician said that participation in this event will allow the two peoples to exchange experience in music and dance. According to him, this type of initiative enhances the national culture and will allow countries like Brazil...
(Xinhuanet 06/01/17)
China-South Africa relations are expected to be lifted to new heights with increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two BRICS countries. Lucas Banda, an international relations expert at the Midrand University, cited the tourism sector as a highlight of the trend. "Chinese arrivals were up 93 percent in 2016," Banda told Xinhua. Chinese tourists to South Africa increased by 56 percent during the period from January to October in 2016 compared to a year earlier, showed data from South...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
Ancient Egyptians were an archaeologist's dream. They left behind intricate coffins, massive pyramids and gorgeous hieroglyphs, the pictorial writing code cracked in 1799. Egyptians recorded tales of royalty and gods. They jotted down life's miscellanies, too, as humdrum as beer recipes and doctor's notes. But there was one persistent hole in ancient Egyptian identity: their chromosomes. Cool, dry permafrost can preserve prehistoric DNA like a natural freezer, but Egypt is a gene incinerator. The region is hot. Within the mummies'...
(Al-Watwan 05/29/17)
Le président du Modec, Irchad Abdallah, a formulé ses vœux de réussite à l’entreprise Compeninst. «Plus de la moitié des plus fortunés de la planète sont issus des Ntic. Ce domaine précis a réussi à faire en sorte que le monde devienne un seul village», a-t-il dit. La société comorienne spécialisée sur le digital, l’information et la communication sur le web, Compeninst, a lancé, samedi dernier à l’hôtel Retaj, son principal produit, Digiprod. Ce portail web a été officiellement présenté...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
A documentary about the back-breaking work of a young Congolese coal seller to feed his family has won the top prize at the Cannes film festival's Critics' Week. "Makala" by French director Emmanuel Gras follows Kabwita, who goes door-to-door selling coal on his bicycle in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo. "Makala" means coal in Swahili. "There is something beautiful and dignified in his work," the director told AFP, "earning his living by the sweat of his brow. "I wanted to show a man of action, not someone in (the misery) of poverty but someone who lives their life," he added.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/26/17)
Egypt has banned 21 websites, including the main website of Qatar-based Al Jazeera television and prominent local independent news site Mada Masr, accusing them of supporting terrorism and spreading false news. The blockade is notable in scope and for being the first publicly recognized by the government. It was heavily criticized by journalists and rights groups. The state news agency announced it late on Wednesday. Individual websites had been inaccessible in the past but there was never any official admission...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/26/17)
The exhibit coincides with the publication of a controversial paper that questions the widely-held view that humanity’s evolutionary roots lay in Africa. An exhibit of the largest collection of fossils of close human relatives ever to go on public display opened on Thursday in South Africa, not far from the caves where they were unearthed. Launched on Africa Day in an area named “The Cradle of Humankind,” the exhibit coincides with the publication of a controversial paper that questions the...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong...

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