CULTURE & SOCIETY

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar to perform in Berlin

Nigerian Afrobeats superstar Young Jonn will perform live in Germany’s captial city of Berlin on Saturday, 8 June 2024. The Afro-pop producer, performer and composer, whose real name is John Saviours Udomboso, is one of the most recognisable names in the Nigerian musical scene. Young Jonn gained popularity with classic songs like “Mafo” by Naira Marley, “ShakitiBobo” and “Story for …

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Berlin-based writer wins prestigious literary prize in Cameroon

Dr Priscillia M. Manjoh, a Berlin-based author, has been bestowed with “The Mount Cameroon Literary Grand Prize 2023”. The Cameroon-born novelist impressed the jury with her novel Angri leading to her being chosen among the 40 nominees for the prestigious award. The national prize, under the patronage of the Association of Cameroonian Poets and Writers, was launched in 2022 and …

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The 10 most popular European cities on TikTok

New data has revealed the most ‘TikTokable’ European cities, with Berlin and Hamburg making the top ten.  Using data sourced from Statista, marketing experts at Upbeat Agency analysed the number of views each European city had received on TikTok.  Barcelona is the most popular European city on TikTok, with 106.1 billion views. The cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s most popular tourist …

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Former Nigerian ambassador to Germany gives account of his stewardship

The book Confidence in Diplomacy – Defending Nigeria at Home and Abroad is an account of the author’s nearly 30 years of service in Nigerian diplomacy. It’s a journey that began in 1982 when Alhaji Abdul Rimdap joined the foreign affairs ministry and ended in 2010 when he retired while serving the country as ambassador to Germany. His distinguished international …

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Two new Mokoomba remixes by Jacknife Lee out

Two new Mokoomba remixes by Jacknife Lee were released on 29 March 2024 by Outhere Records Since the release of Mokoomba‘s record ‘Tusona: tracings in the sand‘ last fall a lot has happend for Zimbabwe’s most successful musical export. The album’s first single ‘Nzara hapana‘ won them a golden record at home for song of the year at ZBC (Zimbabwean …

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Don’t miss these African Festivals in Germany this year!

The annual summer season of African music and culture, featuring live concerts and parading the crème de la crème of artistes from the continent and the Diaspora, in Germany enters into full swing in May. From May to November, African festivals take place across Germany. From the southwestern city of Emmendingen (near Freiburg) to the federal capital and cultural metropolis …

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Film about returned African artifacts wins top prize at Berlinale

Mati Diop’s documentary Dahomey secured the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, on Sunday. The film tackles the themes of colonialism and the return of looted African artifacts to the continent. The 41-year-old Senegalese-French director’s one-hour documentary follows the 26 priceless artifacts on their 2021 journey from Paris to Benin, where they were originally …

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Nigerian named Curator for the international literature festival in Germany

Starting in 2024, the international literature festival berlin will collaborate with a Curator in Residence. He or she will be responsible for events and invitations and will work together with the festival director and the team to develop a guiding theme for the ilb. Additionally, they will be present in Berlin during the festival. An internationally composed selection committee has …

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Nollywood Festival Germany congratulates Husseini, Nuhu on appointment

Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) has congratulated its two ambassadors – Dr Shaibu Husseini and star actor Ali Nuhu – who were recently appointed by the Nigerian government as Director General, National Film and Video Censors Board, and Managing Director, Nigeria Film Corporation respectively. In a congratulatory statement signed by the founder and director of the Festival, Isaac Izoya, the …

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Lupita Nyong’o named jury president of Berlinale

Kenyan actor, filmmaker and bestselling author Lupita Nyong’o will head the jury at the 2024 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which begins on 15 February. “We are excited to announce the president of the International Jury at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival: Lupita Nyong’o!” the Berlinale management announced on Monday. “Lupita Nyong’o embodies what we appreciate in cinema: versatility …

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Berlin prize for publisher focused on African writing

InterKontinental Verlag has been honoured with the 2023 Berlin Publishing Award (Berliner Verlagspreis). The publishing company is a subsidiary of InterKontinental, the Berlin-based literary agency and association for the promotion of African and Afro-diasporic literature. The Berlin Publishing Prize 2023 was presented to InterKontinental Verlag as well as two others, Edition Tiamat and Lukas Verlag, on 5 November during a …

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Vienna’s Adire Festival receives royal support in Nigeria

Adire Carnival, the Nigerian Cultural Festival that holds annually in the Austrian capital city of Vienna, has received an important endorsement from one of the most influential traditonal leaders in Africa. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ọjájá II), the Ooni of Ife, has expressed his support for the Carnival, organised by the Egbe Omo Oduduwa Austria. He was speaking in his …

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An Afro-Brazilian legend was live in Berlin!

Our Editor-in-Chief, Femi Awoniyi, was at the live concert of the Afro-Brazilian legend Mateus Aleluia last week and he narrates what he describes as an unforgettable experience Mateus Aleluia gave a live concert during the week in Berlin. Accompanied by a percussionist, the Afro-Brazilian musician appeared with his daughter Fabiana on piano. It was such a lean lineup, but the …

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Berlin festival presents latest award-winning films from Africa and more

Once again, a selection of current feature, documentary and short films by African filmmakers will be screened in the German capital city. The occasion is the annual festival ‘Afrikamera – Latest Cinema from Africa’, holding from 14–19 November with the theme Urban Africa – Urban Movies: Future & Utopias. True to its theme, Afrikamera 2023 presents a selection of futuristic …

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Germany: Nigeria to showcase its rich cultures in Frankfurt

Africa’s most populous nation will display its diverse cultures in Frankfurt on 5 August in the German city of Frankfurt am Main. The 2nd Nigerian-German Cultural Carnival Frankfurt (NGCCF), according to a spokesman of the organisers, promises to be a major event in the financial city. “This year’s will be bigger, merrier as last year’s, with many activities taking place,” …

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Germany: Yemi Alade, Orchestra Baobab, Agoo perform at music festival

The 23rd edition of the African Music Festival takes place from 4 – 6 August 2023 at the Schlossplatz in the south-western German town of Emmendingen. Under the motto “Tribute to Mama Africa”, Afrikaba Kulturkreis e.V. has once again put together an exciting festival programme. The various African-origin musical styles and cultures, including salsa, reggae and Afro world, will be …

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Cologne Festival showcases enduring spirit of African filmmaking

From 14 to 24 September 2023, the Afrika Film Festival Köln (AFFK) will celebrate its 20th edition with about 85 historical and contemporary films from 20 African countries and the worldwide diaspora. The patron of this year’s festival is the Senegalese director Dyana Gaye, who will give an insight into the TIGRITUDES programme, a film series exploring the challenges and …

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