| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
"I haven't once spoken my mother tongue Kilokele in the 62 years I've lived in Kinshasa. None of my nine children speak it," says Charles Tongohala. Tongohala's native tongue is one of 450 spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a sprawling nation of 71 million people whose lingos -- almost all of them spoken, not written -- account for nine percent of the world's 5,000 languages. He was a boy when he moved to DR Congo's capital from a northeastern village home to the Lokele fisher people, who live along the banks of the giant Congo river and speak Kilokele. Now retired, Tongohala worked for Congo's river transport company. Daniel Mukebayi, another Kinshasa resident,...
(AFP (eng) 04/28/17)
A video clip apparently showing the traditional ruler of Lagos snubbing the spiritual leader of the Yoruba people has caused controversy in Nigeria. In the footage, the 73-year-old Oba (king) of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, appears to rebuff the greetings of the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at a public event in the city Tuesday. The ooni, 42, then went quietly to his seat without incident but what appeared to be the oba's dismissive attitude sparked protests online -- and speculation as to what was behind it. The Ooni of Ife is the most powerful and influential monarch among the Yoruba people of southwest Nigeria, who are the country's second biggest ethnic group after the Hausa-Fulani. Historically, the ooni or...
(Agence Ecofin 04/28/17)
Press freedom in Nigeria continues on its downward path in Nigeria. This is what reveals the recent World Press Freedom index produced by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Indeed, the ranking puts the African nation at the 122nd position out of 180 countries graded, while it was 116th in 2016. According to the report, “in Nigeria, it is nearly impossible to cover stories involving politics, terrorism or financial embezzlement”. “Journalists are often threatened, subjected to physical violence, or denied access to...
(AFP (eng) 04/21/17)
A painting by a South African artist showing President Jacob Zuma raping the late Nelson Mandela has caused outrage in the country, with the ruling party Friday describing it as "grotesque". The piece by controversial artist Ayanda Mabulu shows Zuma seated on a red chair, penetrating a crying Mandela. Both men have their legs wide apart, exposing their genitals. The African National Congress and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have condemned the colourful artwork titled: "The economy of rape". "Whilst we respect Mabulu's freedom of expression, we find his work grotesque, inflammatory and of bad taste,"
(Reuters (Eng) 04/20/17)
Egypt has unveiled a massive granite statue of Ramses II, the most powerful and celebrated of the ancient Pharaohs, after completing its restoration. Standing 11 meters (36 feet) tall and weighing 75 tons, the statue was presented in a floodlit ceremony at the Luxor Temple on the banks of the Nile on Tuesday evening. When the statue was discovered between 1958 and 1960, it was in 57 pieces. Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great or Ozymandias, reigned more...
(Seychelles News Agency 04/19/17)
A national pavilion showcasing the work of 16 Seychellois artists will be part of the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale exhibition titled 'Viva Arte Viva.' The exhibition - curated by Martin Kennedy and organised by the Seychelles Art Projects Foundation (SAPF) - will showcase the tortoises of the island nation and has been aptly named "Slowly Quietly." The title for the Venice Biennale exhibition was chosen by Christine Macel who explains that, "Viva Arte Viva is an exclamation, an...
(AFP (eng) 04/18/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed several mummies, colourful wooden sarcophagi and more than 1,000 funerary statues in a 3,500-year-old tomb near the city of Luxor, hailing an "important discovery". The 18th Dynasty tomb containing at least eight mummies was discovered in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, the antiquities ministry said in a Tuesday statement. It belonged to a nobleman named Userhat who worked as the city judge. It was opened to add more mummies...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Namibia will host its annual Crayfish Festival from April 27 to May 1 at the coastal town of Luderitz. The annual festival holds a significant place in the country's fishing industry and since its inception in 2008, has grown from strength to strength, cementing the quiet coastal town as a sought-after destination for both domestic and international tourists. Standard Bank Namibia, one of the sponsors on Monday in a statement said the Crayfish Festival, coupled with other developments such as...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Egypt's antiquities ministry announced Tuesday the unearthing of a funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb, including mummies and Ushabti figurines, in upper Egypt's Luxor governorate. "An Egyptian archaeological mission working in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis on Luxor's west bank unearthed the funerary collection of a New Kingdom tomb of Userhat, the city juror," Dr. Mostafa Waziri, head of the archaeological mission told Xinhua. The new tomb's opening comes as the world celebrates the annual April 18 World Heritage...
(Xinhuanet 04/18/17)
Africa's diaspora is playing a big role in the economic transformation of the continent, the UN said on Tuesday. UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director Dr Julitta Onabanjo told Xinhua in Nairobi that remittances are important source of income for many African families. "The diaspora therefore complements government efforts to lift many families out of poverty," Onabanjo said on the sidelines of the First Africa-China Conference on Population and Development. Onabanjo said that Africans in the diaspora also bring back...
(Ghana Web 04/04/17)
Actress Bibi Bright is fending off criticisms that she was appointed to the Creative Arts Council as a reward for campaigning for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the 2016 elections. The actress, now a secretary to the Creative Arts Council, says she campaigned for the party and its flagbearer, now president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo because she wanted change just like most Ghanaians. The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku on March 1 inaugurated the Creative Arts...
(AFP (eng) 04/04/17)
Tunisian authorities have shut down a nightclub and begun an investigation after a DJ played a remix recording of the Muslim call to prayer, an official said Monday. A video, widely shared online since Sunday, shows clubbers dancing at the weekend in the northeastern town of Nabeul to music that includes the call to prayer. The footage sparked a storm of debate on social media. Two European DJs played at the party on Friday as part of a music festival...
(Xinhuanet 04/04/17)
Kenya's migration to digital television has made more households acquire TV sets, with the number of those owning the gadgets going up considerably. About 4.3 million households in the East African country now own TV sets, latest statistics from the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) showed Tuesday, up from about 3.5 million when the country shifted to digital migration in February 2015. The new figures indicate that digital migration has been a roaring success in East Africa's biggest economy despite...
(APA 04/04/17)
The meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of National Assembly and the lingering problem of meningitis disease are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper said Buhari met separately with Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja over the 2017 budget. It said the Acting Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu, confirmed that...
(AFP (eng) 04/03/17)
The remains of an Egyptian pyramid built around 3,700 years ago have been discovered near the well-known bent pyramid of King Snefru, the antiquities ministry announced Monday. The pyramid from the 13th dynasty was found in Dahshur's royal necropolis, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, it said. "An alabaster... block engraved with 10 vertical hieroglyphic lines" was among the finds, the ministry said, citing Adel Okasha, director general at the necropolis. It said "granite lintel and stoney blocks showing...
(AFP (eng) 03/31/17)
Sadiq Zazzabi is a talented R&B singer in northern Nigeria, popular among Hausa speakers across the country and beyond for his songs about love, social issues and politics. But for several weeks he has been caught up in a bitter rivalry between two of the region's most powerful political figures, one of whom is tipped for a tilt at the presidency. On the face of it, Zazzabi, 38, fell foul of the powerful censorship board that approves films, music and...
(APA 03/31/17)
The 2017 2.26 trillion shillings budget tabled by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich on Thursday, grabbed the attention of major Kenyan dailies on Friday. “Poor families win big in Budget,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that Thursday’s Budget tabled in Parliament was “win-for-all” Budget which was designed to spur consumption, woo investors and promote local goods. “National Treasury Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich struck a careful balance not to hurt the wider public and made proposals...
(The Guardian 03/31/17)
A supportive documentary about the anti-Mubarak TV satirist Bassem Youssef, whose career followed the same trajectory as the Arab spring. Bassem Youssef is the Egyptian surgeon turned TV satirist who in 2011 became a YouTube celebrity with his homemade broadcasts about Cairo’s Tahrir Square and the anti-Mubarak revolution. This film shows how his career rose and fell with the Arab spring, initially endorsed by the west until the issue became clouded by Islamist insurgency. Youssef is a TV natural: his...
(APA 03/31/17)
The massive probe of a senator over contract scam and the progress in the repairs of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Nation newspaper reported that a senator is the subject of a massive probe for not executing N4 billion contracts awarded by the government of Delta State. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is also looking into how the lawmaker operates 20 accounts in six banks with...
(Middle East Monitor 03/30/17)
Egyptian artist Bahia Shehab and French-Tunisian artist eL Seed have been awarded the UNESCO-Sharjah prize for Arab culture for their innovative use of Arabic calligraphy in street art. Shehab, who is the first woman in the region to receive the award, has said that art can be a tool for change that can encourage people to engage for justice. Her work “No, A Thousand Times No” began with the compilation of 1,000 “nos” as they had been depicted on anything...

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