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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim: Northern Nigeria’s ‘literary provocateur’

In his first novel “Season of Crimson Blossoms” Abubakar Adam Ibrahim speaks openly about female sexuality, broaching a taboo subject in conservative northern Nigeria. Gwendolin Hilse reports.“Because they were alone in the house and she had always wanted to do it and couldn’t contain herself, she groaned out loud. With his tongue, he had set free something deep inside her. With …

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Berlin’s international film festival opens, features African networking platform for the first time

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale – kicks off on 9 February in the German capital city.The Berlinale is one of the biggest international film festivals alongside the Cannes and Toronto film festivals.Up to 400 films are shown every year, mostly international or European premieres, and the festival, the world’s second largest audiovisual event, sells more than 300,000 …

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Africa fashion designers change marketing strategies in the face of economic crisis

Designers in Africa have seen their business suffer as a result of the economic crisis which has hit the continent. Many in different countries want to make fashion count as a burgeoning investment market and are looking at agencies to help them achieve their goal, as in Angola.“It’s time for those in the government to try and revive the industry, …

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You want to keep your New Year resolutions? You should read “Between You and Your Purpose”!

Lucidly written, its precepts are very inspiring, writes Femi Awoniyi in his review of Germany-based Achille Nguemnang’s motivational book. Divided into short chapters and focused on particular themes, the book Between You and Your Purpose contains wisdom keys to overcome the hurdles between you and your goal – be it career, personal, whatever goal you have set for yourself.Being a …

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French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani wins France’s top literary prize

Moroccan-born Leila Slimani has won France’s top literary prize, the Goncourt, with a novel guaranteed to “scare the wits out of parents”.The chilling tale of a “perfect” nanny who murders the two children she is looking after, “Chanson douce” (roughly translated as “Sweet Song”) is based on the real-life story of a Dominican child-minder shortly to stand trial for the …

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Cologne Film Festival showcases African talent

The film industry in Africa is blossoming as more original stories emerge from the continent. If the packed theaters in Cologne are any indication, then the African film industry is on the rise. “Nollywood” in Nigeria has revolutionalized African storytelling through film and has inspired other countries to come up with their own industries such as “Riverwood” in Kenya and …

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Africa!Days 2016: MoneyGram celebrates Nigeria, Cameroon, Morocco in Germany

The global money transfer company MoneyGram has announced its Africa!Days programme for 2016. While the programme last year focussed on football competitions in the African community, this time the event will also feature music, dance and the arts, said Peter Leis, spokesman of za:media, the communication agency organising the event on behalf of MoneyGram. In Hamburg, MoneyGram will partner the …

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Images from Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam 2016

The fashion industry event, Africa Fashion Week Amsterdam (AFWA), took place on 25-27 August at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Emerging fashion designers from 24 countries took part in the three-day event, celebrating African and African-inspired fashion, art and cultural heritage.AFWA is an event for designers and brands to showcase upcoming collections to press, media, stylists, buyers, fashion trailblazers …

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Public voting for All Africa Music Awards nominees commences online

Public voting for the nominees in the different categories of the third edition of All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) opened on 12 September and will end 5 November on the voting platform domiciled on www.afrima.org.The nomination categories of the awards, which will take place on 4-6 November 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria, include different music genres, as well as coveted categories of ‘Artiste …

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Cologne festival spotlights African women’s filmmaking exploits | 15-25 September

The 14th Afrika Film Festival in Cologne, the biggest of its kind in Germany, will present 83 films from 25 African countries and play host to 30 international filmmakers on 15-25 September. The theme of the biennial event this year is “Sisters in African Cinema” giving an insight into the current filmmaking exploits of women in 13 African countries and …

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