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German films on Ghana, Kenya win prizes in Hollywood

The US Motion Picture Academy has honoured Johannes Preuss and Katja Benrath amid a competitive international field of student directors. Preuss’ documentary examined Ghana’s gold trade while Benrath’s focused on terrorism. German film students Johannes Preuss and Katja Benrath will each take home an Oscar medallion last Thursday as winners of the 44th Student Academy Awards, which honours and encourages …

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French-Moroccan woman elected head of UNESCO as US quits

Former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay has been chosen as the new Director-General of the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Azoulay defeated Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari after the fifth round of voting and the decision will now be put forward for approval to UNESCO’s 195 members on 10 November. If Azoulay’s election is approved, she will succeed …

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Nigerian authors in Berlin, talk about homosexuality in Africa

BY STEFANIE HIRSBRUNNER / With Germany and Malta, yet another two European countries have recently approved gay marriage. While this is an important step forward in the struggle for equality, many LGBTIQ people in other parts of the world still face severe discrimination. One state that even prosecutes gay marriage is Nigeria. Two awarded authors, Elnathan John and Jude Dibia, …

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Cologne film festival shines spotlight on land-grabbing in Africa

The number of African governments selling land to foreign investors has increased dramatically over the past decade. As the Africa Film Festival in Cologne showed, many filmmakers are now tackling the difficult subject in their work, reports Aude Gensbittel. “How can they say the land is not ours?” asks Okello O to the camera, horrified. “Our ancestors are buried here, …

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World’s largest museum of contemporary African art opens

A new museum which, according to experts, will transform the way contemporary African art, is viewed opens its doors for the first time today (22 September). The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa. The 100,000-square-foot space on the V&A waterfront comprises 80 galleries spread over nine floors, …

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African Film Festival Cologne off to a good start

The biggest festival dedicated to African filmmaking in Germany marks an important milestone from 21 September to 1 October 2017. About 80 new feature films, documentary films and short films will be presented in the presence of 20 directors as Afrika Film Festival celebrates 25 years of its existence in Cologne. Already the prologue of the Africa Film Festival has …

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World’s biggest beer festival opens in Munich

The drinking has begun as wet weather and enhanced security did not dampen the spirits of beer enthusiasts at the 184th Oktoberfest which opened in Munich on Saturday (16 September). Six million people from all over the world are expected to visit the world’s largest beer festival, which runs until 3 October. This year, visitors will be able to download …

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Ethiopia celebrates entry into New Year

Ethiopians ushered in a New Year on 11 September with bright and colourful decorations in the capital, Addis Ababa, and other cities and towns across the country. Nationals enter the year 2010 according to the Ethiopian Orthodox calendar, which is nearly seven years behind the Gregorian calendar commonly used worldwide. Locally known as Enkutatash, Amharic for gift of jewels, family …

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Nollywood comes to Frankfurt this weekend

The city of Frankfurt will again host the Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) and its sister event Nollywood Europe Golden Award (NEGA) on 8-10 September. Some of the leading lights of the Nigerian and Ghanaian film industry will grace the festival. Among these is Naida Buari, the Ghanaian diva, whose new film “Deranged” will be premiered at the festival. Other …

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International Literature Festival opens in Berlin

Around 200 authors from over 40 countries are expected to attend the Berlin International Literature Festival on 6 – 16 September to consider the current challenges facing literature. Among leading writers expected to attend the festival are India’s Arundhati Roy, France’s Yasmina Reza and the US’s Donna Leon with authors presenting new works at about 100 events, organizers said. Now …

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Kenyan superstars Sauti Sol – live in Germany

Sauti Sol, a popular Kenyan award-winning group, will perform live with their band in Berlin’s Kesselhaus on 8 September and in Cologne’s Sartory on 9 September. This is the start of their European Tour. Naming a few of their accolades to date, they won East African Artists of the Year (2016 Bingwa Awards), Best African Group at African Muzik Magazine …

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Nollywood blockbuster shines spotlight on South African tourist sites

Through an innovative partnership showcasing South Africa’s diverse tourism attractions, the South African launch of Nollywood action comedy 10 Days in Sun City recently took place at Sun City where the movie was filmed. Directed by South African-based Nigerian director Adze Ugah, the movie is the highest-earning film in Nigeria this year and topped the country’s box office for two …

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German language dictionary adds 5,000 new words

“Emoji” is now a German word, as are “Darknet” and “Tablet.” The official dictionary of the German language, the Duden, is getting an update, adding 5,000 new words taken from contemporary society. “The only thing that is constant is change.” The wise words of Greek philosopher Heraclitus also hold true in the German language, if the new Duden dictionary is …

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7 African festivals to see in Germany before the summer ends

The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany, which has been in full swing since April, is slowly nearing its close. However, there are still some outstanding festivals still to take place. Here are 7 Top Festivals, holding from now until the end of summer, promising an unforgettable experience: Afrika Karibik Festival Aschaffenburg  10 – 13 August …

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Afrika Film Festival Köln celebrates 25th anniversary

The biggest festival dedicated to African filmmaking in Germany will mark an important milestone from 21 September to 1 October 2017. About 80 new feature films, documentary films and short films will be presented in the presence of 20 directors as Afrika Film Festival celebrates 25 years of its existence in Cologne. In June 1992, the organisation FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. …

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FEATURE: Remembering Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, 20 years on

The founder of Afrobeat died on 2 August 1997. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death, The African Courier remembers Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – musician, crusader for social, economic and political justice, and Black emancipation. Our contributing editor, Robert Ajani*, discusses the life of the legend.  —————————————- The making of Fela Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, musician, Africanist, humanist and politician, …

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All Africa Music Awards 2017 receives nearly 5,000 entries

The 2017 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima) has received an overwhelming response after receiving 4,816 entries from African music artistes and music professionals at the close of the two-month entry submission process. The African Union and the International Committee of Afrima had opened the 2017 Afrima call for entries on 8 May 2017 giving an opportunity to …

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