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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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African makes history as first elected member of Cologne’s City Council

  On Sunday 13 September, millions voters went to the polls in towns and cities across North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, to vote for Lord Mayors, Mayors, Councillors and the Integration Councils. Many candidates of African origin participated at the elections. Results are now coming in. Dr John Emeka Akude, a Nigerian-born political scientist, was elected member of the …

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Why we must demand justice for William Tonou-Mbobda, by Dr Herzberger-Fofana

A rally was held in memory of William Tonou-Mbobda* on 30 August in Hamburg, Germany. Organised by the Black Community’s Coalition for Justice & Self-Defence, the event was to demand for justice for the deceased Cameroonian who died following a scuffle with the security personnel of an Hamburg hospital where he was being treated. Here's the speech of Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Member of the European Parliament and Co-President of the EU Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup, that was delivered at the rally

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Germany: Immigrants elect Integration Councils in North Rhine-Westphalia

On 13 September, elections for Lord Mayors, Mayors, Councillors and the Integration Councils will be held in towns and cities across the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Integration Councils are for many people with a migration background the only opportunity for political participation through elections. Many Africans are vying for seats on the Integration Councils (Integrationsrat), the only …

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König Bansah’s son appointed chief executive of Red Cross welfare organisation

Carlo Bansah, the son of König Cephas Bansah, has assumed office as the managing director of DRK Vorderpfalz gGmbH. DRK (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) is the synonym of the German Red Cross and Vorderpfalz is a region in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.   The IT specialist who also studied business management, aged 40, took over the management of the welfare service …

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Explainer│What happens if you come to Europe with a tourist visa and claim asylum?

The Dublin Regulation is the European law that determines where an asylum seeker’s claim is processed. But does it cover everyone, even those with a tourist visa? We asked Petra Baeyens from the European Legal Network on Asylum for answers. Marion MacGregor reports Under the Dublin system, the first country of entry into the EU is generally responsible for examining …

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Germany: New laws and regulations in September 2020

Numerous legal changes enter into force in Germany in September.  For example, the corona children’s bonus will be paid out, compulsory masks on trains will be more strictly controlled and the new training year starts while lottery players have to dig deeper into their pockets. An overview of all new legal changes in September 2020: ——- Payment of Corona children’s …

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Germany: AfricanTide mobilises Africans for NRW elections

On 13 September, elections for Lord Mayors, Mayors, Councillors and the Integration Councils will be held in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. AfricanTide Union e.V. is calling on members of the African community to participate in the elections. “Your opinion counts, because it is about you, your family and our community!” the organisation said in a public message …

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Berlin to rename Mohrenstrasse after African philosopher

In what could be described as a major victory for the Black community’s long struggle for the renaming of streets bearing names derogatory or disrespectful of Africans in the federal capital, the District Assembly (Bezirksversammlung) of Berlin-Mitte has approved the name change of the Mohrenstrasse (Moor Street). On Thursday evening, the assembly decided to rename Mohrenstrasse. In the future, the …

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Ghana’s president praised for aiding evacuation of stranded Europe-based Ghanaians

A Germany-based Ghanaian association has expressed its gratitude to the government of President Nana Akufo-Addo for the successful evacuation of Europe-based Ghanaians who were stranded in Ghana. Over 1705 persons, according to a statement issued by Ghanaian Community in Diaspora, have arrived safely in their respective countries in Europe whiles 85 stranded Ghanaians in Germany were also flown back to …

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Covid-19: Entering Germany from ‘high-risk’ countries – What you should know

Since Saturday, 8 August, mandatory testing applies to those entering the country from coronavirus high-risk countries and regions. Here’s how it functions: —– To whom does the mandatory test apply? In principle, every person who has been in a high-risk area in the last 14 days before entering the Federal Republic of Germany must be tested for the coronavirus. This …

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Travellers entering Germany must undergo mandatory coronavirus test — or pay €25,000

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn has decided to make corona testing mandatory for people entering Germany. It will apply to all travellers entering Germany from high-risk areas from Saturday, 8 August. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s centre for disease control, lists the countries that are classified as high-risk areas on its website. The list of high-risk areas currently …

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