Festivals

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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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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