| Africatime
Wednesday 26 April 2017
(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 to the continent, the valuable skills and knowledge that they have acquired in the developed world. "This pool of skilled labour can help the continent address challenges that hinder social economic development," she added. The...
(AFP (eng) 03/02/17)
A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point. "The African Storm" tells the story of an African president who nationalises businesses run by racist, cynical Western executives. Directed and produced by its Beninese star Sylvestre Amoussou, it tackles several hot-button issues including an exit from the CFA franc currency, closer ties with Russia and China as opposed to the West, criticism of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and pride in being African. One of 20 feature-length movies on show at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival (Fespaco) in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, the movie was punctuated...
(AFP (eng) 02/27/17)
An African road movie about four women wowed its audience Sunday as it kicked off the Panafrican cinema and television festival (Fespaco), a showcase for the continent's burgeoning film industry. "Borders" ("Frontieres") directed by Apolline Traore, a Fespaco laureate in 2013, sweeps across Africa as its protagonists journey through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin on their way to Nigeria. Along the way the women -- Ivorian, Senegalese, Burkinabe and Nigerian actresses -- are spared nothing as they are beset...
(APA 11/29/16)
The continuation of the trial of an economic crime case involving senior officials of the Gambia National Petroleum Company (GNPC) at the Special Criminal Court in Banjul, and the 2016 election campaigns by the different presidential candidates, dominate newspaper headlines in the Gambia on Tuesday. According to The Point newspaper, Lawyer E. Sanneh representing the second accused in the GNPC case, Momodou Badjie, asked for further clarity regarding Sergeant Alhajie K. Manneh being a member of the Major Crime Unit...
(APA 11/28/16)
The intensive campaign rallies by different presidential candidates in various communities and towns were the lead stories in Gambian newspapers on Monday. Speaking in a rally on Sunday, the seven-party coalition standard bearer, Adama Barrow has described his candidature as a “symbol of unity”, noting that if elected he will work with the coalition partners to unite what he called a “divided nation”, thereby meeting the aspirations of the citizenry. According to the lead story on The Voice newspaper, Barrow...
(APA 11/22/16)
The plans laid by the different presidential candidates in the Gambia dominate the Tuesday editions of the newspapers as the campaign for the 2016 elections continued. The Daily Observer zoomed on the Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh's call on the people of Basse Mansajang in eastern Gambia to massively vote for him in the upcoming polls, saying the election is entirely funded by his government. Jammeh once again used the rally to criticize the West, saying they are always against his...
(APA 11/07/16)
The starting of nomination process of presidential aspirants and the launching of an agricultural and environmental project dubbed, ''Gambia is Green'' by the Gambian First Lady dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Monday. The Point and Voice newspapers reported that Mamma Kandeh, leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC), will file his nomination papers to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to determine his candidature to contest in the December 1 election. It said that Adama Barrow, leader of the...
(APA 11/03/16)
The Gambian Government has said it will review the national frequency table and make necessary adjustments for a more efficient and standard operation of the electronic media in the country. A press release from the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) on Thursday ordered all radio stations in the country to submit details of their operating frequencies, programme schedules and names to PURA as part of the review process in order to come up with recommendations and update of the national...
(APA 11/03/16)
The Thursday edition of Gambian newspapers focused on the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)'s call for Presidential aspirants to file their nomination papers starting from next week Monday and the signing ceremony of over $61 million road construction deal among other issues. The Point newspaper reported that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has released the nomination schedule for aspiring candidates for the December 1 presidential election, starting on Monday. According to the Point newspaper, the electoral commission will receive a single...
(APA 10/24/16)
Once again, the Gambia has come under criticism from the ongoing ordinary session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights which is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the coming into force of the Banjul Charter. According to Foroyaa newspaper in its second lead story on Monday, the chairperson of the ACHPR Pansy Tlakula lamented that the Gambia’s has failed to respond for many years to letters of concern from the Commission about its human rights violations. Tlakula, according...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/16)
Raised on the backstabbing intrigue of 1980s American soaps "Dallas" and "Dynasty", and later, the heady drama of South American telenovelas, Africans are enjoying a surge in local TV content they can finally identify with. It took a while, but in the past decade local programming has soared in sub-Saharan Africa's key economies, a rise driven by both foreign satellite networks and television stations on the continent. This growth has delivered up local shows such as Kenya's comedic "Real Househelps...
(APA 10/05/16)
The reaction of a Member of Parliament to the Gambia's female presidential aspirant, Dr. Isatou Touray’s 'abusive words' directed at the ruling APRC party, the ratification of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) by the National Assembly were the top stories in Gambian newspapers on Wednesday. The Daily Observer zoomed on the reaction of Seedy Njie, nominated Member of Parliament to a statement made by the first female presidential aspirant during an inter-party dialogue convened by the African Union pre-election...
(APA 10/04/16)
The implementation of visa restrictions to officials of the Gambian Government and their families by the United States Embassy in Banjul, the Minister of Youth Sports, Alieu K Jammeh's call for Gambian youths to pursue national unity dominate the headlines of Gambian newspapers on Tuesday. The Point newspaper reports on its lead page that effective from October 3, 2016, the United States Embassy in Banjul has stopped issuing visas to Gambian government officials, others associated with the government and their...
(APA 09/28/16)
The move by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to replace lost and damaged voters cards for eligible Gambian voters and the one-day visit of Guinea Bissau's leader were the headline stories in Gambian newspapers on Wednesday. The Point newspaper reported that the Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has revived the call for replacement of voters’ cards from people who have problems with their cards. The report quoted a press release issued by IEC on Tuesday noting that in a bid...
(AFP (eng) 09/23/16)
A century after the project was conceived in the throes of racial segregation, and a few months before the first black US president leaves office, the African American Museum in Washington opens Saturday. Here are key facts about the first national museum devoted entirely to showcasing African Americans' life, history and culture. - 1915: A project 101 years old The effort to open, in the US capital, a museum dedicated to the history of the black community "began more than...
(The East African 09/10/16)
The Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is seeking to raise $200 million from partners over the next two years to fund the continent's audiovisual and cinema sector. The funds will be used to establish centres of excellence in the five regions - East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa -- and the locations will be decided by the African Council of Ministers of Culture. The money will be used to improve the quality and quantity...
(Voice of America 07/04/16)
To the beat of African drums, a few dozen people gathered at Dallas City Hall Friday to officially kick off the three-day African Film Festival. The event showcases films made by Africans, as well as a few made by non-Africans about issues important to different regions of the continent. City officials hailed the new festival as an expression of the increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in Texas’ second-largest city. Regina Hill Onyeibe, the Africa Liaison for the City of Dallas...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/28/16)
Africa's largest provider of pay-television services Naspers (NPNJn.J) has kept prices on the continent unchanged to halt a decline in subscriber numbers, its chief executive said on Monday. Naspers, the biggest listed firm on the continent, which sells access to popular American series and blockbuster movies in 50 countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean via its Multichoice unit, reported an 18 percent rise in full-year profit on Friday, but flagged pay-TV as a drag on its performance. Weaker currencies...
(AFP (eng) 05/14/16)
On a choice spot overlooking Washington's most stately monuments, a new museum swathed in bronze will showcase the tragedy and triumph of black America. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, 100 years in the making and now almost ready, will fill a gaping void: until now the city had no grand-scale museum dedicated solely to this chapter of US history. Slave cabins, a blacks-only train car from the segregation era and exhibits on the Reverend Martin Luther...

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