Sunday 21 January 2018
(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 crude intimidation, psychological and emotional trauma. According to the statement, the EFCC had accused THE SUN of publishing pro-Biafra, Boko Haram and Niger Delta militant stories and that the latest action of the EFCC on a newspaper house is a...
(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 the husband, Tony, brings in an attractive female house help. When his ex-wife, Lulu, then hires an attractive young man to help her out, a roller coaster ride of laughter, jealousy and tears ensues. Speaking about the film, award winning...
(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 has, therefore, sought to restore and digitalise the film in line with modern technological advancement, using the expertise of the Arsenal Institute of Film and Video Archives Berlin, Germany, and subsequently screen it at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, and...
(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 deal is cooking and it is 95 per cent done." Derulo's music is generally pop, but also incorporates R&B and hip hop influence. He has predominantly named Michael Jackson as his inspiration, according to his online bio. Derulo states: "He...
(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 new single Alamo . She was signed to Calif Records in the early 2000 and did the popular Number Yako hit in collaboration with rapper Flexx. Her other popular hit is Siwezi Mind featuring Kano Boyz. According to her Facebook...
(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 to learn about Angolan music. On his turn, the Brazilian singer Jorge Vercillo hopes that his presence in the country may serve to better know the Angolan music, intending to sing some songs in national languages. The artist acknowledges that...
(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 Africa's tourism research institute. "The cooperation between China and South Africa is expected to surge this year because of the bilateral agreement," he added, referring to the bilateral high-level people-to-people exchange mechanism launched in April. While addressing the April conference...
(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' tombs, where scientists would hope to find genetic samples, humidity wrecked their DNA. What's more, soda ash and other chemicals used by Egyptian embalmers damaged genetic material. A study led by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for the Science...
(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 par le directeur général de la société, Fouad Mohamed, devant près cinquante personnes. Le site est opérationnel sur la toile et disponible en trois langues, en français, en arabe et en anglais. Selon Fouad Mohamed, le but du projet est...
(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 found the websites named by local media and were inaccessible. The move follows similar actions taken on Wednesday by Egypt's Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which blocked Al Jazeera and other websites after a dispute...
(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 widely-held view that humanity’s evolutionary roots lay in Africa. The displays contain more than 1,000 original fragments of Homo naledi, named in 2015 after a cache of its fossils was discovered in caves near the Sterkfontein and Swartkrans dig sites...
(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 reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures of them as if they're...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
The first of the many wondrous artefacts found in Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun's tomb were transported carefully through Cairo's streets on Tuesday to their new home near the Giza Pyramids. The still unfinished new Grand Egyptian Museum at the foot of the pyramids will eventually house the collections of the current brimming museum in the city's Tahrir Square. A gilded bed and a funeral chariot from Tutankhamun's tomb -- discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922 -- were transferred on Tuesday, well packed in wooden containers complete with materials to protect them from both heat and vibration. Two trucks bearing the ancient treasures pulled up at the new Grand Egyptian Museum shortly before 1600 GMT, escorted by police vehicles...
(AFP (eng) 05/24/17)
The legendary treasure of ancient Egypt's boy king Tutankhamun, whose tomb British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor in 1922, is shrouded in mystery. - A hoard uncovered intact - The tomb of Tutankhamun, who died aged 19 in 1324 BC after nine years on the throne, is pharaonic Egypt's only mausoleum found so far with its burial artefacts intact. Many other resting places of pharaohs and dignitaries had been pillaged by tomb robbers down the centuries. But in this case, a hoard of more than 4,500 objects laid out across five rooms included thrones, statues, furniture and weapons. Among them are a gilded bed featuring posts made of carved lion heads, a chariot...
(APA 05/24/17)
Nigeria’s loss of ICT investment to South Africa, the rising cases of rape and the seizure of arms by the Nigerian Customs Service dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. The Guardian reported that the combination of poor power generating capacity; harsh business climate; foreign exchange volatility; high level corruption and a host of others have caused Nigeria to lose a major Information and Communications Technology (ICT) investment to South Africa. The Punch newspaper said that the Senate on Tuesday lamented the rising cases of rape and other forms of sexual violence in Nigeria and asked the police to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes in the country. The Sun newspaper said that amidst wide-spread rumour of another military coup...
(APA 05/23/17)
The submission of the annual budget to the legislature and government’s response to the local fish story dominate the headlines of Liberian newspapers on Tuesday. The long awaited 2017/2018 National Budget, which should have been submitted to the National Legislature on April 30, has finally been submitted to that august body for timely consideration. The late submission of the budget to the national legislature has been creating some unease in many quarters as the current budget year (2016/2017) has just a little over a month to expire. The budget is in the amount of US$526.5 million, a 12.3% reduction from the US$600.2 million approved for fiscal budget 2016/2017. The Women Voices newspaper published this story as its front page banner...
(New Era 05/23/17)
Windhoek — The Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) is said to be considering a trip to Germany in an effort to repatriate human remains of people taken from here by colonial authorities more than a 100 years ago that have been identified in Germany. This follows a statement by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation on the May 5 saying: "The government will not fund any individual who would like to go to Germany for this." Confirming receipt of such news, spokesperson of OTA Bob Kandetu told New Era that the OTA is considering an expedition to Germany to collect the remains of ancestors that were taken abroad. "We have decided that in principle we...
(AFP (eng) 05/13/17)
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered 17 mummies in catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo, the antiquities ministry announced on Saturday. "We found catacombs containing a number of mummies," said Salah al-Kholi, a Cairo University professor of Egyptology who headed the mission that made the discovery in the Touna el-Gabal district of the province in central Egypt. Burial shafts were found in the area and excavation work "revealed that these shafts led to a number of corridors inside a cachette of mummies", the ministry said. It said in a statement that the cachette housed 17 non-royal mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told a news conference held near the archaeological site in the desert that the discovery was "the first human necropolis...

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