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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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10 Best African Festivals to end the Summer

The annual summer season of African music and culture in Germany has been in full swing since April. Here are 10 Top Festivals, holding from now until the end of summer, promising an unforgettable experience:   Afrika-Orient Kulturfestival Bonn  28 – 30 July / Bonn, Bottlerplatz & Friedensplatz In addition to live performances by high-calibre musicians, story-tellers and dancers and …

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Yoruba Cultural Festival Germany holds in Munich on Saturday

All roads lead to the southern German city of Munich on Saturday, 22 July for the Yoruba Cultural Festival 2017. Guests from Nigeria and across Europe are expected at the one-day event which will feature several activities, including cultural performances, an exhibition and a discussion forum. The occasion, which will be chaired by the Acting Head of Mission of the …

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Eritrea’s capital, two other sites in Africa added to World Heritage List

UNESCO has added the capital city of Eritrea, Asmara, and two other cultural sites in Angola and South Africa to its prestigious World Heritage List.  The UN cultural organization describes Asmara, located 200m above sea level, as a “Modernist City of Africa”. The capital of Eritrea developed from the 1890’s onwards as a military outpost for the Italian colonial power. …

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Germany-based Nigerian artists stage exhibition in Lagos

Six leading and emerging artists with strong roots in Germany and Nigeria presented to the public ‘Wandelust,’ an exhibition of 40 paintings, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works, in Lagos on Monday (10 July). Chidi Kwubiri, Junkman of Africa, Emeka Udemba, Numero Unoma, Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko, and Jimmy Nwanne showcased works exploring the ‘why’ behind cross cultural, cross border, mental and …

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Young artists steal show at Würzburg Africa Festival

The annual Africa Festival in Würzburg, Germany, offers many musical highlights from the African continent. This year, young artists from Senegal and Cape Verde were the main attractions. The 4-day event, the largest festival of African culture in Europe, took place on 25-28 May. Each year, the organizers of the Würzburg Africa Festival search for exciting African musicians. In almost …

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Facebook founder praises Nigerian woman leading huge online community

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has been talking about the impact online communities are making around the world. He is due to address the global tech giant’s inaugural Facebook Communities Summit to be held in Chicago next month. Ahead of the summit, he has been meeting people who have helped build meaningful Facebook communities. One of such people is Lola Omolola, …

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Kenyans in Germany to showcase culture in Frankfurt

Kenyan Cultural Day 2017 will be celebrated with an array of activities in the commercial German city of Frankfurt on 10 June. Organised by the cultural association Rafikis am Main with the aim of preserving and promoting the rich Kenyan cultural heritage, the event also seeks to discover and nurture talents, ideas or projects from Kenyans living in Germany. Highlights of …

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Nigerian Femi Kuti finally breaks world’s saxophone record after two attempts

After a second try, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti successfully broke a saxophone world record for playing a single note for over 51 minutes. He used a circular breathing method to sustain the note for 51 minutes 35 seconds last Sunday which he gladly posted on his Twitter page. “Done. proven. #circular breathing tonight at the Shrine 51 mins 35secs 83mili …

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Benin monarch demands return of artefacts from Britain

The priceless artworks were seized by the British during a punitive expedition by its forces in 1897. The military action led by Admiral Harry Rawson was in response to the defeat by the Bini people of a previous British-led invasion force, which had left all but two men dead. Rawson’s troops captured, burned, and looted Benin City, bringing to an end the West African Kingdom of Benin. As a result, much of the country's art, including the Benin Bronzes, were looted and relocated to Britain.

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Afro-Pfingsten Music Festival kicks off in Winterthur on 29 May!

The Swiss town of Winterthur will once again play hosts to artists from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean and provide a unique theatre for the meeting of Africa and its Diaspora. Afro-Pfingsten World Music Festival in Winterthur is back this year! The biggest African cultural jamboree in Switzerland, which was missing on the calendar last year, is staging a come-back …

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Forbes publishes list of richest African artists

Forbes Africa has released its list of Richest African musicians. The list was put together using factors such as endorsement value, popularity, show rates, sales, awards, YouTube views, appearance in newspapers, investment, social media presence, influence and others. The top 10 are; AKON, SENEGALESE-AMERICAN Akon has over 35 million albums sold worldwide. He has won numerous awards including five Grammy Award …

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