Wednesday 24 May 2017
(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...
(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 Luderitz Waterfront and the 1.12 million U.S. dollars seal processing factory has ensured that the diamond town is well on its way to economic prosperity for its over 20,000 inhabitants. "Namibia is our home, we drive her growth and therefore...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(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...
(The Namibian 06/28/16)
Fashion designer Easter Leah Manasse has been making her mark for some time now, both locally and in Angola where she is based, but now she's looking to make her mark globally too. Manasse started her career under the fashion house Atelier Nadir Tati in Angola, a brand owned by Nadir Tati who has been voted as one of southern Africa's top designers by Forbes. In 2014, Manasse interned at the brand, and worked her way up to being a...
(New Era 06/28/16)
Young and ambitious Anna ‘Nelago’ Shangevi says she is more than ready to represent the country at the Miss Teen International 2016 next month in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The competition is held under the global flagship of the Prince and Princess International pageant. “For the past two months I have been training very hard. I promise to do my best to at least win something,” says Nelago, adding that winning the title will be a “dream come true”. “I believe...
(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...
(New Era 06/24/16)
The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) and South Africa’s National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Tuesday. Confirming the MoU on Facebook, NFC says it will set a path for the two countries to train film makers, do co-production, marketing as well as film distribution. The signing took place during the 37th of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) from June 16 till last Sunday. “We are certainly looking towards the long working relationship between these...
(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...
(The Namibian 05/12/16)
ZEPHYR Namibia held its second annual fashion show on Saturday, featuring garments by six upcoming Namibian designers, with Matheus Erastus getting top nods at the event. Other designers such as Christine Visser, Sean Renaldo Cloete, Happy Xamises, Maila Kalipi and Salmi Shilongo also showcased their designs at the event which featured 39 models who are also Miss Grand Namibia 2016 finalists. Erastus won the award for Best Overall Designer Collection and he will be joining the judging panel of Miss...
(BBC News Africa 04/24/16)
The influential Congolese music star Papa Wemba has died after collapsing on stage in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, media reports say. Video from the concert shows the artist, who was 66, slumped on the floor as dancers continue to perform, unaware of what is happening. French broadcaster France 24 confirmed the death, quoting his manager. On the African music scene since 1969, Papa Wemba won a world following with his soukous rock music. The Congolese band leader, whose real name was Jules Shungu Webadio, also inspired a cult movement known as the Sapeurs whose members, young men, spend huge amounts of money on designer clothes.
(The Namibian 03/17/16)
MONDAY not only marks Namibia's 26th year of independence, it will also mark one year since President Hage Geingob took office to become Namibia's third democratically elected president. To honour this milestone, Zambezi Magic (DStv Channel 160) will air the documentary 'Geingob - Man of the Hour' on Friday, 25 March at 20h30. 'Geingob - Man of the Hour' looks at the life of the President as a Namibian liberation hero. In the documentary, he takes his family back to...
(APA 03/11/16)
Namibia’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC, Air Namibia denying ethnic cleansing and salary increase for politicians are topics of interests in the Namibian press on Friday. New Era zoomed in on an explanation by International Relations and Cooperation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah about the possibility of Namibia withdrawing from the ICC. For now Namibia remains a full member of the ICC, pending certain technical requirements that must be met before it can withdraw” according to New Era, which further...
(The Namibian 02/10/16)
FACE of Namibia (FON) is rebranding its activities to benefit and empower Namibian women through their inaugural Women and Upcoming Entrepreneurs Expo. The expo, which takes place from 30 March to 2 April, is aimed at raising funds and exposing women to the available economic and employment opportunities in the country, as well as training opportunities. These benefits are expected to empower unemployed and less privileged women in Namibia, while at the same time fighting gender-based violence (GBV) and baby...

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