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Frankfurt-based Nigerian author wins award

“Chikwe – Es Bleibt Ein Traum” (Chikwe – A Forlorn Dream), a book about a Nigerian migrant’s tragic odyssey, has been awarded the Immigration Book Fair Book Prize 2017.The author of the book is Beatrice Onyele (76), a retired nurse based in Frankfurt who has been living in Germany since 1966. She wrote the book in German language.“The jury agreed …

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BBC Hausa celebrates 60th anniversary

The BBC Hausa Service will be celebrating its 60th anniversary next week. Various events, recognising the history and success of the service, have been lined up for its Diamond Jubilee in London and Nigeria.BBC Hausa is part of the BBC World Service and reaches 23.3 million people on a weekly basis. It broadcasts to Hausa-speaking audiences, providing radio, online and TV …

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Anti-colonial film gets rave reviews at Fespaco 2017

A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent’s top cinema festival Wednesday in Ougadougou, 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 …

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Nomination opens for Nollywood Film Festival Germany

The city of Frankfurt will again host the Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) and its sister event Nollywood Europe Golden Award (NEGA) this year, director Isaac Izoya has announced.The yearly event, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V., features Nollywood (Nigerian) film screenings, an award ceremony and networking opportunities for filmmakers.Nomination for Nigerian films to be screened at this year’s festival, …

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Pan-African Film Festival opens in Ouagadougou

 The 25th edition of the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) opened on Saturday, 25 February in the capital city of Burkina Faso.The theme of this year’s festival is “Training in Cinema and Audiovisual Trades”.Fespaco is one of the biggest film events on the African continent and it brings together African and international professionals and festival-goers from all …

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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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