CULTURE & SOCIETY

How an African refugee became a star chef in Germany

Anteneh Defabachew came to Germany as a refugee from Ethiopia. Today, he has become a star cook, working for one of the prestigeous hotels in Germany. His autobiography of how he overcame his humble beginnings to achieving fame in Germany was launched recently in Nuremberg. Here’s a report of the event by Netsi Berhane Anteneh Defabachew displays his book/Photo: Anteneh …

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Afrikamera 2022: Film festival spotlights African diaspora life

From 8–13 November, ‘Afrikamera – Latest Cinema from Africa’ presents, among others, a selection of current feature, documentary and short films dealing with issues of migration and life in the African diaspora. Among the films to be screened at the film festival, which has been holding in Berlin since 2008, is Fati’s Choice of the Ghanaian filmmaker Fatimah Dadzie. It …

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Book: Who are you, if you are not YOU? (Series)

Introduction:Living authentically is the most significant value we can add to our lives. It is akin to celebrating Christmas, or any of your other favourite holidays, every day, complete with a one-of-a-kind, lovingly wrapped present.But authenticity takes courage: the courage to be unapologetically YOU. The 12 Tips in Who are you, if you are not YOU? (If you are an …

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Fashion: Nigerian brand sets standards for Africa

Lagos-based Africana Couture with the opening of its new classy outlet in Abidjan has made a significant statement of intent of taking the lead in the propagation of African fashion on a global scale The merry sound of clinking glasses, hearty laughter and afrobeats music permeated the cool September evening at Rue Marconi Zone 4, a posh business district in …

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Wode Maya & Co: How YouTubers are transforming Africa’s image

Wode Maya, Ghana’s first YouTuber to hit over a million subscribers, is leading the vlogging crusade for a better African image and he’s making a fortune to boot /Photo: © Wode Maya Africa is more than poor and starving, the vloggers are saying. And they show a reality far away from the stereotype. Stunning holiday spots, beautiful housing estates, entrepreneurs …

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Potsdam celebrates Africa as Festival marks 11th anniversary!

With a wide-ranging programme including live concerts, dance performances, a fashion show, a bazaar and a street procession, Afrika Festival Potsdam/Brandenburg holds on 9-10 September in Potsdam. Taking place at its traditional venue, at the popular Luisenplatz in the city centre, the festival will feature performances by, among other artists, Tomi Taiwo, Afropean Vibration, Prince Aladeogo, Asamoah, Miss Fee, Wandera …

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Facebook, Instagram spotlight 10 leading content creators in Africa

Meta, the company that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, among other products and services, has announced the launch of ‘Creators of Tomorrow‘, a new campaign  that celebrates emerging talents from around the world who are inspiring a new movement of creative content online. The campaign spotlights creators in Sub-Saharan Africa from East Africa, Southern Africa and Francophone Africa. The selected …

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Germany: Céphas Bansah crowned Golden Winemaker with glamour

His Royal Highness Céphas Kosi Olatidoye Bansah was recently crowned the Golden Winemaker 2022 in the city of Bad Dürkheim, the heartland of the wine-producing region of southwest Germany. The 74-year-old Ghanaian, who is the Togbe Ngoryifia of the Hohoe Gbi Traditional Area, Volta Region, was bestowed with the prestigious honour at a festive reception in the large council hall …

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First Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival holds in Frankfurt

An event organised by the Nigerian diplomatic mission in Germany to celebrate the culture of Africa’s most populous country takes place on Saturday, 10 September in Frankfurt am Main. The Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival 2022 will showcase the country’s diverse cultural heritage and promote Nigeria as a place to visit and do business to Germans. The theme of the Carnival, which …

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Remembering Stephen Osita Osadebe, 15 years on

Our contributing editor, Frank Stenner, pays tribute to one of Nigeria’s musical giants, Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe, fifteen years after his demise —–      “In my life and my creations,       I have tried to follow my destiny       which is my music.       That is my journey.       I live with the gift of God.”       [from Osita Osadebe: “Ana Masi Ife Uwa” (“Sound Time” 2001)] Chief …

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Nigerian cultural festival holds in Germany on Saturday

An event celebrating the culture of Africa’s most populous country will hold in the German city of Potsdam on Saturday, 13 August. Organised for the first time by Deutsche und Immigranten e.V., ‘WAZOBIA Nigerian Day 2022’ will feature, among others, music and dance performances, a fashion show, culinary specialities of Nigeria, an exhibition of products from Nigeria and a children’s …

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Italians advise on how African countries can recover stolen cultural property

BonelliErede, a leading international law firm, and Italia Africa Business Week (IABW), a commercial and business forum whose goal is to facilitate sharing economic, commercial and financial knowledge between Africa and Italy, recently held a webinar on the restitution of cultural property to African states. It was the latest in a series of webinars organised by BonelliErede and focused on: …

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Remembering Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, 25 years on

The founder of Afrobeat died on 2 August 1997. On the occasion of the 25th 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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