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Germany: New laws, regulations in July 2022

At the beginning of the second half of the year, new laws, regulations and other changes that should make life easier for people living in Germany enter into force. Here are the changes in July to know about —- Minimum wage rises already in JulyOn 1 January 2022, the minimum wage in Germany increased from €9.60 to €9.82 and it …

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Aminata Touré makes history as Germany’s first Black minister

The Green politician Aminata Touré was sworn into office on Wednesday as a Minister in Schleswig-Holstein. The event, which took place in Kiel, is an historic one as Ms Touré thus became the first minister of African origin in Germany. Was für eine Ehre. Ab heute bin ich Ministerin für Soziales, Jugend, Familie, Senioren, Integration und Gleichstellung in Schleswig-Holstein. Ich …

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Nigeria, Germany to sign agreement for return of Benin bronzes in Berlin

An agreement between the governments of Germany and Nigeria on the return of the Benin artefacts in German museums to Nigeria will be signed on Friday in Berlin. The historic signing of the ‘Joint Declaration on the Return of the Benin Bronzes and Bilateral Museum Cooperation between Germany and Nigeria’ is the culmination of years of agitation for the return …

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German state wants to introduce tuition fees for foreign students

Bavaria, one of Germany’s 16 federal states, wants to introduce tuition fees for students from non-EU countries. The state’s government has submitted a bill to the state’s parliament that will open up the possibility for universities to charge third country nationals. Generally, education in tertiary institutions is tuition free except in two states, where international students from non-EU countries could …

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Nigeria’s Adire festival returns with a bang in Vienna

Dayo Olomu, a London-based human capital development and business transformation strategist, writes on this year’s festival celebrating Nigeria’s adire cloth in the Austrian capital Vienna —– After a two-year break, the Adire Carnival returned with a bang to the Austrian capital city of Vienna on Saturday 25 June 2022. The festival celebrates Adire (Yoruba for tie and dye) textile is …

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German fellowship for sub-Sahara African journalists opens

Broadcast journalists residing in a Sub-Sahara African country can participate in a fellowship being offered Germany’s leading organisation for international media development. DW Akademie is accepting applications for its Constructive Journalism Fellowship. The program brings together media professionals who want to learn more about constructive storytelling and connect with like-minded colleagues. The fellowship includes online trainings that will be held …

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Lufthansa cancels thousands of summer flights

Lufthansa has cancelled more than 2,000 flights planned for the summer in a desperate attempt to avoid travel chaos due to bottlenecks at airports caused by staff shortages. In addition to the 900 cancellations in July, the airline will take a further 2,200 of a total of around 80,000 flights out of the system at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs …

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Experiencing Angélique Kidjo live in Dortmund

Our contributing editor, Tina Adomako, narrates her impressions of a prestigious concert featuring multiple award-winner Angélique Kidjo when she performed, accompanied by a full symphony orchestra, to a sold-out house in the western German city of Dortmund on Wednesday — I rush through the busy Brückstraße, where Dortmund shows itself in all its diversity, and arrive just in time at …

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Germany to make multiple citizenship possible for all — Chancellor Scholz

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced that he wanted to end all restrictions to multiple nationality in the country’s citizenship law. Speaking at an event to mark the tenth anniversary of the scholarship and mentoring programme GEH DEINEN WEG (Go your way) of the Deutschlandstiftung Integration (German Foundation for Integration) in Berlin on Monday, he said 50 per cent of naturalisations …

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Sunday Oliseh appointed new head coach of German Club

Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Sunday Oliseh, has been appointed new head coach of German club Sav Straelen. The North Rhine-Westphalia-based side plays in the ‘Regionalliga West’ league. Speaking on Monday, the club’s president Hermann Tecklenburg, the 47-year-old former Nigeria international has already signed a one-year contract to handle the side and will start work this week. Oliseh started …

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The 3 winners of AfricaTech 2022 named

PARIS, France, 22 June 2022 -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- As part of its international outreach, and for the first time this year, VivaTech organised the AfricaTech Awards, in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. This pan-African initiative aimed at recognising and supporting the most innovative startups on the continent rewarded three high-potential …

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Black people ride bicycle against racism in Berlin

A bicycle demonstration to fight for better representation and recognition of the existence of Black people as a relevant part of German society will take place on 26 June in Berlin. Along Berlin’s main landmarks, the organisers Zewdi wants to mobilize the Black community together for a bicycle demonstration to create visibility of people of African descent in public spaces …

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Award-Winning Chigozie Obioma to Host Masterclass on Creative Writing 

African Media Agency today (22 June) announced its creative writing masterclass hosted in partnership with Chigozie Obioma as part of AMA Academy. The partnership aims to upskill journalists on fiction storytelling.  AMA Academy is a free-to-use pan-African online learning platform dedicated to upskilling journalists and media personnel across the continent. The first cohort boasts 200 journalists and has hosted three …

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SAP graduates paving way to Africa’s digital future

NAIROBI, Kenya, 21st June 2022 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Graduates of the SAP Young Professionals Program are adding valuable digital skills capacity to African enterprises across the continent. According to Cathy Smith, MD SAP Africa, since the launch of the program in 2012, the support provided by graduates brings critical digital skills to African businesses to help drive greater digitalisation and …

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How Black People in Europe Began to Organise

An international conference sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Initiative of Black People in Germany brings together activists and scholars in Berlin By Femi Awoniyi* People of African descent have historically been part of European societies. Indeed, their roots on the continent date back centuries, even if this fact is barely acknowledged in modern history books. “Black Europe: …

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