Festivals

Toni Tuklan – Deserving global honour for a man of many parts

The Germany-based music artist, cultural ambassador, development activist and sports enthusiast Uche Sunday Alphonsus Ojiodu-Ambrose (popularly known by his artist name Toni Tuklan) is a man of many parts. His resumé is indeed formidable: Toni’s group of companies comprises Cleantone Records GmbH (music label), Tuklan GbR (music production company) and Tuklan Sports UG (sports management company). Moreover, the serial entrepreneur …

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Cologne: Cinematic offer from Africa in the era of Covid-19

Things are different this year for well-known reasons. With the AFRIKA FILM TAGE (AFRICA FILM EVENTS), FilmInitiativ e.V. presents a stripped-down version of the traditional African Film Festival Cologne, a sort of cinematic offer from Africa and its Diaspora in the era of Covid-19. From 17 to 24 September, the organisation presents a programme tailored to corona safety guidelines and …

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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across Germany in historic show of solidarity

Tens of thousands of people joined Black Lives Matter protests across Germany on Saturday despite coronavirus containment measures that discourage such large gatherings. Even though many wore masks, but social distancing rules were impossible to observe as protesters rally across 26 towns and cities in Germany to protest racial discrimination and police brutality. The passion of participants about racism was …

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Celebrating The African Network of Germany – TANG at 7!

Seven is a special number. It’s said that 7 is the number of completeness and perfection (both physical and spiritual). It is therefore an important occasion when an organisation clocks that figure. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Organisation for African Unity, eighty representatives of African-German organisations, representing the 54 African countries, came together in Berlin on 24-25 May …

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Special Report: Black People in The Netherlands

Furaha Kensmil explains why she feels like a foreigner in both Suriname, where she was born, and the Netherlands, where she has lived most of her life. Furaha delves into the complexities of the identity of the people of African descent in the Netherlands, which prides itself as a colour-blind nation. I find it difficult to call myself Dutch. The …

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Santrofi out with debut album “Alewa”

Fresh, powerful highlife band Santrofi from Ghana first appeared at festivals around Europe in the summer of 2019, from Roskilde to Sines and WOMAD. They also stunned their audience at WOMEX 2019 in Finland. Their long-awaited debut album ‘Alewa‘ is finally out now on Outhere records (available on all formats: LP/CD/digital). The album brings a new wave of fresh highlife …

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Teaching Chinua Achebe to German high school students

School teacher Christine List writes on her experience taking her pupils to the African past in a literature class. The high school students read Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart for the project. List narrates her pupils’ mixed impressions of the literary voyage It had been four weeks since the students have been studying Africa in their geography project. During the …

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Music legend Manu Dibango dies of coronavirus in Paris

Afro-jazz legend Manu Dibango is dead. The family of the Cameroonian singer and saxophonist announced his death at 86 of the new coronavirus on his Facebook page on Tuesday (24 March). “It is with deep sadness that we announce to you the loss of Manu Dibango, our Papy Groove,” a statement on his official Facebook page read. Dibango’s agent Thierry …

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Netflix is now in Nigeria. What does it mean for Nollywood?

Netflix has announced its official presence in Nigeria. The streaming giant announced the arrival of Netflix Naija with a new Twitter account on Tuesday, 26 February. An analysis of the likely impact of the development on the Nigerian film industry by News Agency of Nigeria. Netflix has been wooing Nollywood stylishly for a while now; from streaming Nollywood movies from …

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National body of Ghanaian associations in Germany chooses new leaders

 The Union of Ghanaian Associations in Germany (UGAG) elected a new National Executive Committee at its recent bi-annual conference held in Kassel. The conference, attended by representatives of local Ghanaian associations from all over Germany, chose the following 7-member National Executive Committee officials: Mr. Akwasi Opoku Edusei – President; Mr. Alexander Okai Anane – Vice-president; Mr. Aaron Hooper – General Secretary; Mr. Paul …

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Bob Marley: Family, Island Records announce year-long 75th birthday commemoration programme

Bob Marley, who is considered one of the world’s greatest artists of all time, would have been 75 years old on 6 February. His family and recording company have released a year-long commemoration programme, MARLEY75, featuring special releases, live performances and new music videos plus rare and unreleased material from the Marley family vaults and private collection. The Marley family, …

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Edo Commissioner visits Nigerian Ambassador in Germany on Benin Artworks, Migration

Edo State Commissioner of Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, recently paid a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, HE Alhaji Maitama Tuggar, in his office in Berlin. Mr Osaigbovo was accompanied on the visit by Barrister Efosa Ogieriakhi, president of Edo in Diaspora Worldwide, Mr Austin Imade, Director of Edo Cultural Festival Germany, and several other …

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‘Keteke’ opens Afrikamera 2019 to rave review in Berlin

A Ghanaian comedy film set the tone for this year’s Afrikamera, the festival that showcases current feature and documentary films from Africa in Berlin. Keteke, the debut production of Peter Kofi Sedufia, kicked the 5-day festival off on Thursday (7 November). The film, a witty look-back at the inadequate transport infrastructure of the early 1980s Ghana, was well received by …

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Berlin film festival presents Lusophone Africa, opens with Ghanaian comedy

‘AFRIKAMERA – Latest Cinema from Africa’ presents, from 7 – 11 November in Berlin, a selection of current feature and documentary films from Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. The festival presents the latest productions by filmmakers from Lusophone Africa dealing not only with history but also issues such as gender, religion or urbanity and reflect cultural, social and political developments. In …

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Elida Almeida‘s spectacular grand festival finale performance in Düsseldorf

One of the highlights of this year’s düsseldorf festival! which counted a record 22,000 visitors was definitely the final concert featuring Elida Almeida. The Cape Verdean singer and her four-man band brought the house down with their mix of morna, funaná, coladeira and Afro-Latin sounds, reports Tina Adomako. In 2015, Elida Almeida won the prestigious Prix Découvertes RFI. This is …

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