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US: Giant Sequioa, “The General Sherman”, stood for 3,000 years but it’s now gone! – Tola Adenle

January 11, 2017

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Above are some typical views of The General Sherman and his neighborhood during the touristic summer season. Tourists at the “General Sherman”    Source of above pictures:  http://www.monumentaltrees.com/en/trees/giantsequoia/biggest_tree_in_the_world/   BEFORE THE FALL OF THE “GENERAL SHERMAN” An 1899 tourist group enjoys the pleasure of a respite under the Cabin Tree: Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/09/us/pioneer-cabin-tree-sequoia.html TWO DAYS BEFORE THE […]

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Duro Olowu’s Guide to London Is All You Need for Fashion Week Men’s – vogue.com/Marjon Carlos

January 7, 2017

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London, once again, is on the brink of massive change. Be it political (see: Brexit) or sartorial (London Fashion Week Men’s is poised to kick off tomorrow), the city is headed for a sizable cultural upheaval. But for Nigerian-born designer Duro Olowu, a resident of London for the past 25 years, the cobbled streets are […]

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What do I wish for in the New Year? – Tola Adenle

January 1, 2017

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Originally posted on emotanafricana.com:
Dear Friends, It’s a new year already and while many the world over wonder where the time went, a sign that things were better than okay for such people, there are millions and millions around the world, especially where near-civil wars, hegemonic domination and other forms of oppression make days…

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Obit: Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood megastar of 1950s “Singing in the Rain”, dies one day after daughter, Carrie Fisher’s death – Tola Adenle

December 29, 2016

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News are coming out tonight of star of the big screen and one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses, Debbie Reynolds is dead. Ms. Reynold’s first child, a big Hollywood star in her own right – 60-year old Carrie Fisher, Debbie’s daughter from her marriage to Eddie Fisher, American singer – passed on yesterday, December 28 at […]

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A Yoruba Carol to wish readers a merry Xmas, & a “… Let peace begin with me …” challenge to all this holiday season – Tola Adenle

December 25, 2016

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A rousing rendition of Rosephanye Powell’s Ògó ni fún Olúwa is posted here from YouTube for the enjoyment not only of Christians who, I’m sure, would easily get pulled in and sing/clap along before the music ends but the joyous rendition should brighten listeners up. It takes Yoruba-speaking Music (or simple Singing Classes) students at secondary […]

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In Sacred Grove in Nigeria, Worship and Connection – Adolphus Opara

December 19, 2016

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TRAVEL:  Heritage site in southwest Nigeria – by Adolphus Opara for The New York Times The ritual drummers preceded her as she strode down the broad steps toward the Osun shrine, carefully balancing on her head a calabash filled with kola nuts, palm oil and other offerings to the Yoruba gods. She was not used to […]

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This [Trump] is how it goes with authoritarians: Erdoğan, Putin, the Ayatollahs … Amanpour challenges fellow journalists to re-commit to fact- based reporting – CNN

November 27, 2016

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“I believe in being truthful, not neutral. And I believe we must stop banalizing the truth …”   This week CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, received the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. It is awarded at the International Press Freedom Awards for “extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause […]

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Is Nigeria’s Brazilian heritage under threat? – Aljazeera/Chris Stein

November 23, 2016

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  Established by former slaves, residents of the Brazilian quarter of Lagos face a battle against the bulldozers. Lagos, Nigeria – Though he grew up in one of Africa’s largest English-speaking cities, Alexander De Souza remembers a childhood when Portuguese was spoken in the streets, Brazilian dishes were served in the kitchen and friends and […]

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No, But Really, All the Nigerian It Girls Are Wearing Lisa Folawiyo – Marjon Carlos/vogue.com

October 31, 2016

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In its new thrust, VOGUE continues to reflect its “international” moniker with its wider coverage of African stories, including – and especially – African designers . To be more specific, Nigeria has gotten quite a lot of attention lately, with Chimamanda’s Ted Talk’s feminism phrase showing on catwalk during the recent New York Fashion Show […]

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Nigeria’s Anikẹ́ Agbajé-Williams, Africa’s 1st woman presenter on Africa’s 1st television station, WNTV/WNBS, clocks 80 – Tola Adenle

October 31, 2016

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  Anike Agbaje-Williams acknowledging one of many awards celebrating her illustrious & pioneering career   [Google Images]   Exactly fifty-seven years ago today – October 31, 1959, Nigeria’s Western Region under the premiership of Obafemi Awolowo, scored another first that goes beyond Nigerian shores. In Awo’s usual visionary way, he saw ahead not only what help […]

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