Festivals

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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Interview: Celebrated publisher Bibi Bakare-Yusuf discusses African literature

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is co-founder and publishing director of one of Africa’s leading publishing houses, Cassava Republic Press, and the co-founder of Tapestry Consulting, a boutique research and training company focused on gender, sexuality and transformational issues in Nigeria.  She has worked as a gender and research consultant in the public, private and development sectors for the BBC, UniFem, ActionAid, eShekels, …

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Ground-breaking Mozambican feature film shows in Germany, Austria

The independent Mozambican feature film REDEMPTION (original title, in Portuguese: RESGATE) premiers in Germany during the 2019 edition of FilmFest Hamburg, from September 26 to October 5. The film will be shown twice: on October 2 at 9:15pm (CinemaxX 2) and October 4 at 9pm (Metropolis). The director, Mickey Fonseca, will participate in both events. By the Mozambican production house …

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Spreading Bug of Nuremberg: Lessons to draw from Ekweremadu’s assault

Granted that prior to the experience of Ekweremadu, an Ivorian Minister suffered the same fate, albeit more violently, in Paris and that the then ailing President Muhammadu Buhari was picketed and heckled out of London and, more recently, picketed in Tokyo, the incident at Nuremberg has elicited reactions that have brought such actions to the front burner of national and international discourse on governance and responsible government with special reference to Africa.

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2Face,  Alhaji Adenekan, Don VS bag awards in Frankfurt, Germany

Pulling off the recent 2Face concert in Frankfurt would count as a major achievement of Isaac Izoya, founder and director of Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards NEGA. Rumours had been circulating that the Afrobeats legend would not show up at the Gala Night of the twin events ostensibly because he was indisposed. Even when 2Baba …

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Nigerian film premieres in Frankfurt to critical acclaim

Frankfurt am Main, the financial hub of Germany, recently hosted the annual double-packed – Nollywood Film Festival Germany NFFG and Nollywood Europe Golden Awards NEGA. The twin-events, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V., featured Nigerian film screenings, networking sessions for film makers and an awards ceremony. The two-day cultural festival was kick-started with the premiere of Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s newest …

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Oba of Benin, Gov Obaseki to grace Edo Day in Italy

Dignitaries including the Oba of Benin and Governor Godwin Obaseki expected in Rome as Edo indigenes in Italy gather to celebrate Edo Day 2019. The Edo State Cultural Association, an organization of indigenes of Edo State resident in Italy, will hold its annual Edo Day in Rome on 29 September. The festival will celebrate the culture of Edo people, including …

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“I did not disrespect Nigeria’s First Lady in my movie” – Annie Idibia speaks out in Berlin

Nollywood actress Annie Idibia has said that she did not disrespect Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, in a scene in Power of 1, a movie produced by Efe Omorogbe, CEO of Buckwyld Media Network. The wife of Afrobeats legend 2Baba Idibia said this in an interview with Afrobizgermany, when the movie was screened at the Nollywood Films Travel …

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African festivals not to miss before summer ends!

The annual season of African music and culture in Germany is slowly, slowly.. drawing to a close. Here are Festivals you don’t want to miss before the season ends: ———————————————- Afrika Tag Berlin 7 September/ Berlin, Spandau Rathaus   Africa is guest in the City Hall of Spandau and it presents cultural messages from the sunny continent. With the project …

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75 African films to be screened in Cologne

The full programme of a premier event celebrating the African cinema in Germany has been published by its organizers, FilmInitiativ Köln e.V. From 19 to 29 September, the 17th Africa Film Festival Cologne will present around 75 films from 23 African countries. About 30 international guests have been invited to discuss the topical issue “Fundamentalism and Migration”, the theme of …

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2Baba Idibia kicks off Europe tour to celebrate 20 years in show business

Since 1999 when he emerged on the scene, 2Baba Idibia (aka 2Face Idibia) has defined African hip-hop music with his unique voice and style and his popularity just keeps growing. 2Baba – ‘the daddy of Nigerian hip-hop’, who went by the stage name 2Face Idibia until July 2014, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. READ ALSO Two …

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Ndi Igbo Germany Speaks Out on the Assault on Senator Ekweremadu in Nuremberg

Below is a Press Statement released by Ndi Igbo Germany e.V. on the assault on the person of Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the Second Annual Igbo Cultural Day on Saturday, 17 August in the German city of Nuremberg. The event was organised by Ndi Igbo Germany. ………………………………………. PRESS STATEMENT NDI IGBO GERMANY APOLOGISES TO SENATOR IKE EKWEREMADU AND CALLS FOR WORLD …

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2Baba Idibia storms Frankfurt for Nollywood Europe Golden Award

The German city of Frankfurt will again host the Nollywood Film Festival Germany (NFFG) and its sister event Nollywood Europe Golden Award (NEGA) on 30-31 August. The yearly entertainment show, organized by Ehizoya Golden Entertainment e.V., features Nigerian film screenings, live music concerts and an awards night. The main attraction of NFFG/ NEGA this year is the performance of Nigerian …

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Vienna-based Beatrice Achaleke recounts encounter with Toni Morrison that changed her life

Beatrice Achaleke, founder of the International Centre for Black Women’s Perspectives and the First Black European Women’s Congress, recalls her fortuitous encounter with the African-American writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who died last week (7 August), that changed the course of her life forever! ….. “There are some people you only get the chance to meet once in your …

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Africa Youth Festival holds in Berlin

A festival for young people of African descent will take place in Berlin on Sunday, 11 August. The event, tagged Africa Youth Days, brings together people from all backgrounds, providing opportunities for networking and exchange. Organised by the registered non-profit organisation New Generation Berlin, the festival is a kick-off event of a series of activities ending with the Africa Youth …

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African literary festival in Germany set for 10th anniversary

The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany (Voices of Africa in Germany) will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims to create a market for African literature in the country, will this year be curated by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder and publishing director of Cassava Republic Press, Nigeria. The event, themed “Crossing Borders: Translate – Transpose – Communicate,” will …

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