TimeLine Layout

April, 2017

  • 18 April

    African and German Christians to come together in Speyer

    A Christian revival event, bringing African Christians and their German brethrens together, will take place in the south-western town of Speyer on 1 May. The one-day gathering, christened Arise Africa, is to inspire Christians to rededicate themselves to the teaching of Jesus Christ and take up the task of spreading His word in Germany. “Arise Africa calls on Africans to …

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  • 16 April

    The 12 best African film festivals in Europe

    When Sembene Ousmane, the late grandfather of the African moving picture, described cinema as evening classes, he couldn’t have envisaged how many schools would emerge throughout Europe. Today, several European nations host more than one African film festival or major cultural event, reflecting Europe’s growing curiosity in an alternative, authentic view of Africa, while capturing Africa’s desire for self-expression.Many of …

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  • 15 April

    Being Black in Germany still a multi-front struggle

    A particular excerpt of the DW documentary "Afro.Germany" went viral: the touching testimony of one of the oldest Afro-Germans born in Berlin. Here's what can be learned from social media users' hundreds of reactions.

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  • 15 April

    Cameroonian appointed head of Economic Commission on Africa

    Cameroonian economist and banking executive Vera Songwe has been appointed the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission on Africa (ECA). Dr Songwe beat more than 70 candidates to clinch the post which was held by Dr Carlos Lopes of Guinea Bissau who stepped down from the organisation in September last year. ECA is one of the United Nation’s five …

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  • 15 April

    “This is not how I wanted to arrive in Europe”

    New film narrates the journey of a Cameroonian migrant from his home country through Morocco, by sea to Spain and finally Germany. The film, which premiers on 21 April in Berlin, shows vividly the ordeal of young Africans, fleeing war and poverty, in search of peace and hope. And how the lucky ones who reach their chosen destinations realise that the …

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  • 14 April

    Full Report: IOM on how the slave markets in Libya operate

    The staff of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger and Libya have documented shocking events on North African migrant routes, which they have described as ‘slave markets’ tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya. Operations Officers with IOM’s office in Niger, reported on the rescue of a Senegalese migrant (referred to as SC to protect his …

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  • 14 April

    Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite drought – report

    East Africa’s economy has continued to grow despite the adverse effects of drought being felt across the region according to ICAEW’s (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report. In Economic Insight: Africa Q1 2017 launched on 13 April, the accountancy and finance body points out that authorities from various East African nations have attempted to mitigate …

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  • 14 April

    Gambian minister, UN deputy chief win ‘African Woman of the Year’ awards

    Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Gambia’s Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, has won the top award of the New African Woman of Year. The fearless Gambian human rights and democracy activist took New African Woman magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Award at a glitzy ceremony, which held in Dakar on Wednesday. Mrs Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in unifying the …

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  • 14 April

    Ghanaian-Born Edward Enninful named first male editor of British Vogue magazine

    The globally acclaimed fashion magazine, British Vogue, has a new editor, its first Black editor in more than 100 years of its existence. 45-year-old Edward Kobina Enninful was announed during the week as the 11th editor of Vogue, its first male editor. Enninful as editor of Vogue is notably the first Black editor of a mainstream UK fashion magazine. He succeeds …

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  • 14 April

    Nigeria’s Abuja Airport reopens next week, says government spokesman

    The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja will be reopened next week after a six-week closure to allow for repair works on the runway. The head of the federal government’s digital communications team, Tolu Ogunlesi, confirmed that major works on the runway had been completed as at 12 April. The decision to close the airport was largely due to the …

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