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OBIT: Winnie Mandela, South African activist and wife of South Africa’s late President, Nelson Mandela, dead at 81 – Tola Adenle

April 2, 2018

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  Winnie, fond of African wears from different parts of the continent, seemed to resemble any ethnic group whose outfit she chose. Left, in Yoruba-style wear complete with gele (headwrap)  & R. in a boubou & headwrap style fit for the outfit.   With Mandela, happier times after his release from jail. [All pictures curtesy Google Images]   Winnie […]

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Winter Olympics: Ṣeun Adigun, PhD., leads Nigeria’s improbable bobsled team in quest of glory – Tola Adenle

February 10, 2018

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The four Nigerian-Americans: the bobsledding trio and Simisade Adeagbo (Skeleton) at the Games’ Opening Ceremony [Google Images] Thirty-one “breakout stars”  from around the world for the Pyeongchang Games are featured in a TIME magazine essay referenced below. A little down the listing are the improbable stories of a couple of young ladies from the African […]

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Nigerian girl died of rare condition, not malnutrition – [Malta] Minister Michael Falzon

February 3, 2018

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  “The world will never respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect” – Mandela   The story of a “7 year-old” Nigerian girl who supposedly died of malnutrition and whose siblings were taken from the parents to care-giver caught my eyes in the Malta Independent this past week but two days later, an update [below], […]

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USA/Africa: Winter Olympics, here we come! Three Diasporan Africans will make history at 2018 Games – Tola Adenle

January 24, 2018

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  US Teenage speed skater, Maamey Biney, strutting her stuff ahead of other US competitors   While there will be a few other Africans during the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Seoul who qualified for the games, 17-year old Ghanaian-American, Maame Biney, may, perhaps, be the only possible medal contender but hei, Africa, a continent that […]

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USA: “… why are we having these people from shithole countries …” like Africa & Haiti? – Trump to Lawmakers

January 11, 2018

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  “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to African countries and Haiti. He then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met Wednesday. The comments left lawmakers taken aback, according to […]

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USA: On tap with Obiageri Amaechi, track and field’s newest throwing star – Samantha Shapiro

December 11, 2017

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     Obiageri Amaechi, Princeton  Top track Athlete, Freshman.   First-year Obiageri Amaechi joins the track and field team as one of the nation’s most coveted recruits. Her personal best discus throw (177 ft) ranks fourth amongst the Class of 2021. Amaechi is also a force to be reckoned with for shot put, where she […]

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African Schools Weigh Teaching in Local Languages – Voice of America

December 9, 2017

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Students from CEM Serigne Bassirou Mbacke school are seen in a classroom in Kaolack, Senegal, May 19, 2017. (R. Shryock/VOA)   DAKAR, SENEGAL —  Most children in sub-Saharan Africa are taught in a common colonial language instead of their mother tongue. Proponents say teaching in an international language is advantageous, but others argue that this […]

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Nigeria: Global aspirations of Bakare-Yusuf’s Cassava Republic imprint represent a significant new landmark for African literature – New York Times

November 23, 2017

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A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres – Alexandra Alter/New York Times Ms. Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, a Nigerian publisher who is expanding her imprint to the United States. Credit: Lauren Joy Fleishman for The New York  Times. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim was bracing for a backlash when he published his provocative debut novel, […]

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Ankara Styles You’ll Love

November 22, 2017

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Originally posted on The Omawumi:
ANKARA STYLES; AFRICA TO THE WORLD The year is already coming to an end! Most of us want to slay and step into 2018 in class and style. What’s more stylish than ankara? Whether you’re going to the beach, a wedding, church, or just to hang with your friends! I’ll…

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Critics pooh-pooh “too white” mixed-race Adwoah Aboah on her first British Vogue cover

November 12, 2017

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Is the new black still too white, ask critics of Vogue’s ‘washout’ cover of Adwoa Aboah? – James Gillespie, Mary O’Connor & Iram Ramzan/London Times     Adwoa Aboah at Paris fashion week and as she appears on the cover of Vogue [PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN]   The model Adwoa Aboah is known in the fashion world for her mixed-race […]

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