Akon Lighting Africa

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Akon Lighting Africa

Renown Senegalese-American musician, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam (producer, entrepreneur & actor) founded the Akon Lighting Africa initiative with an aim of bringing electricity to African households that don’t have it. For this project, the musical artist together with his partners Thione Niang (entrepreneur & political strategist) and Samba Bathily (Global African Entrepreneur) launched the Solektra Solar academy in Bamako, capital of Mali. The announcement was made at the second United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum in New York in 2015, in support of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

The Akon Lighting Africa project was as a result of a conversation between Akon and Niang. At an event where Akon was invited by Niang to speak, the two spoke about what they could do “ to rewrite the story of Africa” said Niang. They later teamed up with Bathily who is knowledgeable in the area of clean energy through his company Solektra Int. The group managed to create a business model through which they raised up to 1 billion dollars in credit lines from their networks to finance the project.

Currently, the project has reached more than 300 million lives, that is more than 1 million households in more than 14 African countries such as Mali, Niger, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Benin. It has also creating more than 5000 jobs both directly and indirectly. Through both public and Private partnerships, they have managed to provide more than 1000 solar micro generators (replacing those that use fossil fuel), 100,000 solar street lights, solar lights and pocket size solar gadgets that charge tablets and phones. The African communities have been able to afford these through subsidies by African Governments together with payment structures that ease burdens on the national budgets.

In a short time, the projects has accomplished what many Charitable organizations put together have not reached in several years.

Although the project is profit-making for its directors, it is a sustainable and an affordable source of clean energy to every many African households and businesses. Therefore it is a Win-Win for all the involved parties.

Africans come home

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Africans come home

The Government of the Republic of Ghana has declared the “YEAR OF RETURN” inviting the African-American and Caribbean people to Ghana. This is meant to celebrate the resilience of African people.

In a ceremony organized by the Ghana Tourism Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Office of Diasporan Affairs at the Office of the President, H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the Republic of Ghana formally launched the activities of the program to mark 400 years since the first Africans were forcefully taken as slaves to present day United States of America at the United States National Press Club in Washington DC, USA. In attendance were the cream of the African community like members of the United States Congress, NGOs, Business Community and others.

From the days of its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana has been known for encouraging the return of persons of African descent to help with the continent’s development, therefore it’s not surprising that the government of Ghana is sponsoring an unprecedented “Year of Return” in 2019, during which people of African descent in North America are invited to visit Ghana.

Earlier on in 2000, Ghana passed the ‘Right of Abode’ law, which allows people of African descent the right to stay in Ghana indefinitely. Furthermore they set up a Diaspora Affairs Bureau under the foreign affairs ministry to provide a sustainable link between the Ghanaian diaspora and various government agencies to achieve development and investment goals.

The success of this program will greatly impact the development of the African economies therefore other African countries should borrow a leaf from Ghana’s program.

Invest in Africa

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How to support Africa and become wealthy at the same time

Most countries in Africa are developing countries. This means that their economies are still growing and they still have a lot to do to raise the standards of living. This makes Africa a very fertile area for investors who are interested in increasing their market share as well as their wealth. Through investing in Africa, one gets to grow in terms of their revenue, as the economy continues to grow. In addition, investing in Africa contributes to the growth of the continent’s economy, which means improving the living standards of Africans. This is referred to as impact entrepreneurship, where investors invest with the aim of making an impact on the people they will be working with.

Among the areas in which businesses can be established in Africa is technology, which is a crucial driver of economic growth. As industrialization continues to grow in the continent, the need for advanced technology to drive the industries is immense. Secondly, affordable housing is another area where most African Countries are still struggling. Investing in the construction, selling or letting decent, affordable housing can present immense growth in Africa.

The sake of automobiles on the continent is also an area that has potential for immense growth. Automobiles will facilitate growth in the countries in different fonts, including production and supply of materials, goods, and services. Exporting the produce from the continents can also be another area of growth, as most African countries have to produce to export for further processing.  Africa presents immense opportunities for growth and establishment regarding business.

East African Community Free Trade Agreement

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East African Community Free Trade Agreement

The free trade agreement between the East African countries is among one of the first regional integration endeavors by governments to attempt and grow their economies while bringing the people of the Nations together. The customs union was developed in 2005 and suggest that the East African Community partners have accepted to establish a zero duty imposed on goods or somewhat free trade among each other. This means that products from Kenya can be exported to other East African nations such as Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi without the payment of customs.

The same would apply if any of the countries in the EAC wanted to trade with another in the same region (East Africa Community, 2017). In addition to this, the governments of the EAC countries have come up with an agreement to allow the citizens to conduct business freely within the East African border provided that they travel with their national identities. Such developments in Africa have brought about an economic boom in the respective nations as people have been in a position to trade freely, travel more and explore new business opportunities thus making something for themselves in the greater society. Considering that the people of East Africa have the Swahili language in common, trade is much simpler, and people can integrate and form close ties with such measures in place. With regional cooperation, the different countries of the East African Community can grow together economic wise at a fast rate when united rather than when operating as single entities. Africa has therefore shown the potential of coming together for a better tomorrow.

The Father of the Internet

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The Father of the Internet

Nigerian-born school dropout, Phillip Emeagwali, is not one you would think of when asked about the internet. The African math-genius, inspired by the honey comb structure, was able to invent the world’s first super computer performing 3.1 billion calculations per second.

Despite Phillip’s unique abilities, the fourteen-year old’s poor family could no longer further his studies. A few years later, he manged to attain a general education certificate through a scholarship at the University of London, degrees from George Washington University and University of Maryland. During his PhD, Phillip focused his research on ways to use supercomputers in detecting oil reservoirs. Using a so called Connection machine he found abandoned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory designed to run more than 65,000  interconnected microprocessors, the genius was not only  able to accurately figure out the quantity of oil in the simulated reservoir, but also use the machine to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second by 1989. This meant that he was able to program each microprocessor to connect with 6 others close it at the same time.

Having little as a child didn’t stop him from changing the oil industry and more importantly, the first virtual world wide web in the 1980s. This earned him the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers’ Gordon Bell Prize in 1989 followed more than 100 others. He was also declared by former President Bill Clinton as One of the greatest minds of the information era.

Currently, Phillip lives with his wife & son (Dale & Ijeoma Emeagwali) in Washington, USA.

Mobile Money in Africa

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Africa leading in mobile money transfer and mobile banking

Africa has been declared as the world’s leader in mobile money innovations. These technological innovations have become an essential aspect of Africa’s financial services landscape. In the past decade, mobile network operators have taken the lead in mobile money services. One example of such corporations that have become leading giants in offering mobile money transfer and banking solution is Safaricom from Kenya. The organization launched ‘Mpesa’ which means ‘Mobile-Money’ in 2007 and ten years later, the service has proven to be of great benefit to the people of Kenya as well as other African countries.

Through Mpesa, a person can send money to another individual at any part of Kenya via a text message. Also, the service could be used as a bank as people are in a position to save money as well as borrow small loans for personal use or even for capital in the establishment of a business. Since the introduction of the service in Kenya, it has created billions of dollars worth of business and brought many people from the poverty line into the middle class. With such innovations as well as others occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, it is clear that the continent has risen and is focused on developing and creating a better story to overcome the stereotype that  exists in the West about Africa. The economies of Kenya and other African countries where the mobile banking and money transfer services are offered have grown significantly since the innovation provides other solutions such as people being able to buy and sell goods through the platform as well as pay bills through their mobile phones quickly and conveniently.  

Dr. Helena Ndume

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Dr. Helena Ndume – The African Eyesight rescuer 

Next in our series of the influential Africans to date is Dr. Helena Ndume. Also called Ndaipovanu which means Am Better Off. The Namibian born is a renowned Ophthalmologist and Humanitarian for she has done more than 35,000 successful eye surgeries at no cost.

Dr Helena was born in Namibia during the dark period of Apartheid which forced her to flee to war zone Angola, making her continue to Zambia. Keeping in mind that all happened at tender age, she built personally the facilities that is Hospitals, Schools even the Baracks where she lived. After completing secondary school, she the University of Leipzig, Germany where she studied Medicine. She returned to Namibia after independence on medical internship. Later returned to Germany at the University of Saarland where she specialized in ophthalmology.

Dr Helena is the present-day Head of Ophthalmology at the Windhoek Central Hospital. She was the first to receive the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. She also received an award from Her Royal Highness the Oukwanyama Queen Martha Mwadinomho of Namibia for her humanitarian work, and this just adds to the other accolades she has received both locally and internationally. To many of her patients, she is referred to as “Namibia’s miracle doctor.”

The Miracle Doctor has only one child, but has also helped to raise several other children since she strongly believes that family as the most important unit of society and that all children need a family.

Dr Helena has touched many lives and continues to do so.

African Queens

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African Queens – The Power Leaders

The new cabinet in Ethiopia is representative of the change in politics, plus more women in power. However, the intelligence and strength of women in Africa has been known for many centuries. One of the most famous African queens is Cleopatra. She became famous through her marriage to Julius Cesar, one of the most powerful man in history. That she survived many intrigues and herself ruled one of the largest kingdoms (Egypt) at that time is not familiar to many.  We therefore dealt in this article with 5 other strong queens in African history whose power was so great that many great male colleagues could only dream of it.

 

Candance – Empress of Ethiopia (332 BC)

In the year 332 BC. even Alexander the Great was allowed to get to know the strength of Candance, the empress of Ethopia. In order not to be defeated by a woman, King Alexander withdrew when it became clear to him that this attempt at conquest was doomed to failure.

 

Amina – Queen of Zaria 15th century

In Nigeria in the 15th century Amina, Queen of Zaria, lived up to her reputation as one of the greatest warriors in the Zazzau Kingdom. She not only ruled for 34 years, but fought with her soldiers at the front to ensure the safety of the merchants of the Hausa people.

 

Makeda – Queen of Sheba (960 BC)

In the Bible she is described as the epitome of strength and beauty when she met King Solomon. In 960 BC, Makeda was able to amaze many kingdoms during her tenure by leading her previously small kingdom to one of the largest kingdoms in the world. This was the reason why King Solomon was interested in a commercial relationship and invited her to Israel.

 

Nefertiti – Queen of Ancient Kemet (1292 BC)

Nefertiti became known as the queen who ended the war between the different layers of Kemet. To make this possible, she married Pharaoh Ramses II, who belonged to the lower class of Egypt at that time. Since she contributed to the stabilization among the population, songs and coins were dedicated to her.

 

Yaa Asantewa – Leader of the Ashanti Kingdom (1292 B.C. to 1225 B.C.)

Through her fearless struggle against British colonisation, she was able to make a name for herself in Africa as a strong ruler. Through her infamous address to the army leadership, she was able to ensure that the soldiers continued to fight against the British for the freedom of their king. Historically, she was the last woman to wage a major war against colonisation.

Bobi Wine

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“People Power, Our Power – The fight against causes of refugeeism?”

People from Africa or those who follow ugandans politics may have heard this slogan in the recent couple of months. Those words are taken from the campaign slogan of a member of the opposition in Uganda’s parliament who is representing Kyadondo East – Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, also known as the famous singer and artist Bobi Wine.

Activism and political statements on the side of celebrities is a growing modern subject area. Celebrities are the centre of attraction of today’s society. They rule social media, become involved in philanthropy and exert their influence by being role models in the society. More and more celebrities use their voice beyond the traditional domain of entertainment.

Bobi had his breakthrough as an artist in the East African music scene in the early 2000s, with songs such as “sunda” feat Ziggy D. His trademark is to produce meaningful music with a conscious message – or as he calls it: “Edutainment”. As the “Ghetto President” that he calls himself, he is determined to help and encourage people to take action and to help improve their wellbeing.  As he is now one of the best earning artists in East Africa, he is leading by example, by using his platform to do so.

As celebrities invite admiration and are generally credited with more capacities than regular people, they can provide a common point of reference without the institutional barriers. For in our era, celebrities increasingly conquer through activism and charity initiatives, institutional positions of power. So focusing on the celebrity, the good intention gets a high media coverage.

Bobi and his wife Barbie (Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi) represent with their four children a strong African family that is loved by the people. Besides being supportive of her husband’s goals, Barbie is the founder of the NGO “Caring Hearts Uganda”, focusing on empowering the youth. Together they appeared on the cover of the Kenyan prestige magazine “parents” and in their own reality show “The Ghetto President Reality Show” in which they talk about raising their children to be as humble as possible.

Their voice is being heard through celebrity journalism, by which they are displayed and introduced to the public as well as their personal social media platforms. This way of making their lives available for the society, represents the notion of a vicious circle; consequently to the vicious circle, we shape our own tools (the celebrity) which are then shaping us. This leads from the thought that ‘the medium is the message’ [McLuhan] to the assumption that communicating the information through celebrities gains more attention.

In recent years, a great number of celebrities have taken well-recognised places in world politics. In order to draw attention to his cause, Bobi Wine decided to enrol for studies in leadership and to join politics in 2017, under his Government name Robert Kyagulanyi, to fight for Ugandans democracy.

Bobi Wines revolutionary song “situka” (eng.: stand up)

“When the going gets tough, the tough must get going, especially when leaders become misleaders and mentors become tormentors. When freedom of expression becomes a target of suppression, opposition becomes our position!”

It was P. David Marshall who identified the inextricable connection celebrities and politics share. This link appears to be even stronger in the present time than ever before, with the main evidence being former reality TV Star Donald Trump, now the president of the United States of America.

Adebayo Ogunlesi

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Ogunlesi an African who bought 3 airports in Europe

When a list of most influential personalities is rolled out, oftentimes very few Africans make it to the list. We decided to rollout a series detailing some of the most influential Africans to date. The personalities in this series may be new faces to you but be sure that they have made a huge impact

First on our list is a Nigerian mogul Adebayo Ogunlesi who bought 3 international Airports in a space of just 6 years.

Mr. Adebayo, also known as Bayo, is a Nigerian born lawyer and investment Banker. He acquired a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University of England where he immerged among the best. He also attended the prestigious Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School. He has served in various spheres some of which include Executive Chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) before which he was Head of Investment Banking and Chief Client Officer for the same firm, Head of Global Power, Utilities and Project Finance in the early 1990’s. Before all that also served Law Clerk at the United States Supreme Court. He is also on Board of Dean’s Advisors, Harvard Business School, Board of Directors of Partnership for New York City Fund, in 2012 was appointed as the Independent Lead Director of Goldman Sachs, that is just a few of Mr. Adebayo’s Affiliations.

Mr. Adebayo acquired the airport through his firm Global Infrastructure Partners where he has been the Managing Partner from 2006. He acquired London City Airport in 2006, London Gatwick Airport in 2009 and in 2012 he acquired Edinburgh Airport all of which are all located in the United Kingdom. He transformed the airports to fit the dynamic travel needs of the 21st Century with a world class customer Experience that is more destinations, reduction in flight delays, easier check-ins and improved security.

The outstanding Mr. Adebayo is also well accomplished in the marriage sphere as he is happily married to Dr Amelia Ogunlesi, a well-established businesswoman and philanthropist, educated in the UK and based in New York where she lives together with husband and their two sons.

 

Stick with us as we continue to bring you the Africans who have made a mark on the world scene.

Yacouba Sawadogo

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Alternative Nobel Prize for an African farmer

Through the invention of Yacouba Sawadogo, in Burkina Fasso an almost 40-hectare forest was created on formerly barren and deserted land instead of a desert landscape. This success is based on experimenting with traditional pits to retain soil, water and biomass (“zaï” in the national language).

Over the years, Sawadogo has continuously developed the technology, increased crop yields and successfully planted trees. It was important for Sawadogo to share his knowledge and receive thousands of visitors from the region and beyond. By organizing training for the farmers, tens of thousands of hectares of degraded land in Burkina Faso and Niger were made productive again.

In the school that Sawadogo attended, there was often not enough food for the students. As the smallest and youngest he was the one who mostly had to abstain. Sawadogo used the resources and his traditional knowledge to develop one of the most important inventions of the last centuries

Kofi Annan - An African Hero of the Present

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Kofi Annan – An African Hero of the Present

Kofi Annan, who passed away in August 2018 at the age of 80, was born in Kumasi, Ghana. Described by some as the “Rock Star of International Diplomacy” was the only black United Nations Secretary General and one of the two Africans.

Born and raised in family of chiefs in the Fante tribe of Ghana. Growing up, he studied the elite Mfantsipim Boarding School and later graduated in Economics at the Kumasi College of Science and Technology. He furthered his studies in economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota in the United States and later to Geneva Switzerland.

Before becoming the UN Secretary General, an office he held for 2 terms (1997 – 2006), he had been serving in the United Nations rising from lower ranks. It should be noted that he was one of the few insiders that were awarded the top job of the ­Organisation. From 1962, he worked for World Health Organisation, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, among other various bodies of the UN before taking on the top job.

The Ghanaian Diplomat was also known for his honesty and made it clear in his leadership that the individual was put at the centre of all doings of the United Nation activities. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001. He was also known for being at the forefront of several peacekeeping missions and launched one of the biggest initiatives on Corporate Social Responsibility.

Kofi Annan was also the founder and chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation which he run with the major aim of overcoming threats to peace, development and human rights.

He is also known for his famous quotes like “The World is not ours to keep. We hold it in trust for future generations.”

Kofi Annan was married to Nane Annan a renowned lawyer and painter from Sweden, who is also known for her strong support of the United Nations. The late Kofi Annan and Nane had three children together.

THE RICHEST MAN OF ALL TIME

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THE RICHEST MAN OF ALL TIME

Mansa Musa is not a name that comes to mind when your asked to list the world’s richest person. You will be surprised to know that the richest man of all time was African. Mansa Musa I was the king of Mali during the 13th Century after his predecessor Abu-Bakr II for whom he served as deputy. His reign flourished due to the abundancy of natural resources in his territory mainly comprised of gold. His empire spanned several territories, including current-day Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Mauritania, in addition to Mali.

 Mansa Musa’s actual wealth is nearly impossible (incomprehensible) to quantify although it was estimated at a total of about 400 Billion dollars, which by the way was more than that of Today’s Top 5 richest people put together. Though it should be known that his actual wealth is incomprehensible. Mansa was also a dedicated Muslim and reported to have built several mosques during his time. Mansa also performed his pilgrimage to Mecca via Cairo, where it is reported that he gave out a lot of gold to a point that the market price for gold in Cairo at that time dropped and it took them 12 years to recover from the inflation. This is what exposed his wealth to the outside world. This can make you think Mansa Musa was the real-life King T’Challa (Black Panther) of fictitious Wakanda.

He was also a known Military leader as he was able to conquer many villages including Timbuktu which he annexed on his way from Mecca. Of course, Mansa Musa, just like any other leader, had ambitions and made himself several enemies during his reign, this explains why his son Maghan I who succeeded him was unable to sustain his fortune for long as it was wasted on wars with the enemies that came with his father’s death.

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ICH BIN DU

The talented director and musical actress Janet Kyeyune and Singin Bash, probably one of the best German R’n’b singers, have delivered a wonderful show “ICH BIN DU”. Together with the young actresses and actors, they managed to put together a play in a very short time.

The show “ICH BIN DU” is based on a story about Daniel from a Christian immigrant family from Germany who is seeking asylum in Nigeria. From this piece, rehearsed in only 4 days, many lessons could be learned, such as respect for each other, teamwork regardless of background, dangers of segregation and bullying among the younger generation. As the proverb “NO MAN IS TO ISLAND” says, we all need each other.

The result of such behaviour can affect the future of the young for the rest of their lives. It is the responsibility of everyone, young and old, black and white, and above all parents, to ensure that children can grow up in a tolerant world.

African Inventions Part I

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African Inventions Part I

Inventions are services that are necessary to solve problems or achieve goals. In many parts of the world, the achievements of many, especially male, inventors with a Western background are known. We are therefore looking in several parts at what inventions and achievements have been made by men and women with African roots or from Africa.

One of the oldest objects necessary for mathematics is the Lebombo bone. This bone was discovered in the Lebombo Mountains of Swaziland and is about 35000 years old. Already more than 35000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians in Africa wrote textbooks on mathematics, in which multiplication and division, as well as calculation of the area and volume of geometric forms is described. Africa is already known for the important role of women, so it is not surprising that according to “The Universal Book of Mathematics” African women were probably the first mathematicians.

Africa already used treatments in modern medicine many centuries ago, one of the earliest and best-known operations was performed in Egypt around 2750 BC. Other procedures already carried out in Africa included vaccination, autopsy, brain surgery, bone fracture treatment, skin transplants, filling of tooth gaps, anesthesia and the “caesarean section” mentioned in a previous article, which has already been perfected by an African population in Uganda, but also many other medically necessary interventions.

Kilwa the beautiful City in old Africa

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Kilwa the beautiful City in old Africa

Present day City of Kilwa in Tanzania is one you would mention among the world class cities. It should be noted that, according to history, the city came into existence as early as the 9th century. Around 1331 AD the city of Kilwa, Tanzania was considered a world class city. Ibn Battouta, a great traveller, wrote that it was the “principal city on the coast the greater part of whose inhabitants are Zanj of very black complexion. As he made a stop at here he described Kilwa as one of the most beautiful and well-constructed, elegantly built cities in the world. It was the most important trading centre on the entire East African coast as it controlled much of the Indian Ocean trade with the continent’s harbour.

On an island of the coast of Tanzania about 300km South of Dar es Salam lies the above-mentioned city. Its control of the gold trade together with great monarchies like the Monomotapa kingdom of Zimbabwe was the source of its great wealth. The city also managed to make its own currency. The ruins of this great city of glittering wealth include coral stone buildings majestic mosques, a well-preserved Omani fortress, graves, and of course the leftovers of a Great Palace that was built, during that time.

The Yoruba in Cuba

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The Yoruba in Cuba

About 80% of the Cuban population originates in Africa, many of them from the Yoruba people. During colonization, they had to live their highly developed culture and religion in secret. Today, however, the influences of the Yoruba in Cuba are very pronounced.
The influence is most evident in the Santería religion, which is a fusion of the Yoruba religion and Catholicism.
The Santería originated in the very time of slavery under the compulsion to accept Catholicism. However, the Yoruba recognized in the Catholic holy counterparts to their Orishas, a kind of divine being, and could thus preserve their religion and culture under this guise. In the course of time, the Santería has established itself as an independent religion from this mixed form, which enjoys ever greater popularity.
The Santería is a symbol of the will of the enslaved Africans not to let themselves be deprived of their roots despite the most adverse circumstances and to strive to reconcile their traditions with the prevailing culture.

Africa - The source of knowledge

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Africa – The source of knowledge

What do Pythagoras, Thales and many others have in common? Not only did they belong to the greatest mathematicians / philosophers in the western world, they all lived and studied in Africa for some time. At that time it was not uncommon for Western scholars to study in Africa.

The University of Timbuktu, which was not only the first university in Africa but also the first university in the world, already had about 25,000 enrolled students in the twelfth century AD.

Dr. R.W. Felkin, an English physician and missionary, discovered in 1879 on his journey through Africa a tribe in Uganda that had already mastered surgical techniques such as the C-section in perfection. Felkin was able to witness a caesarean section examination with natural means. While at that time there were still major complications in Western countries with a Caesarean section, African doctors worked successfully with simple methods. Before an operation, for example, a banana liquor was used for disinfection and instead of suturing the incision, the uterus was massaged, which caused the abdominal wound to contract. Like many researchers, mathematicians and philosophers before him, he brought his knowledge acquired in Africa to the West, from which many people still benefit today.

Afro-Cuban culture - Part 1

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Lively, tumbled rhythms, colourfully patterned fabrics and plantains as a favourite dish: you can feel the cultural influence of Africa on the Caribbean island with all your senses.

The reason for this is a past marked by colonisation and slavery. After the indigenous population of Cuba had been almost completely wiped out by the colonization of Spain, hundreds of thousands of slaves were imported from Africa whose descendants make up a large part of today’s population.

While African traditions and religions had to be lived in secret in times of colonisation, African elements are now an integral part of life and art in Cuba. Therefore, Afro-Cuban culture is often spoken of. This term illustrates the now inseparable fusion of cultures.

A closer look also reveals that African traditions not only have a passive influence on Cuba, but are actively lived, preserved and passed on: For example, in the “green” medicine spread there, which is based on the knowledge of former slaves, or in the “Santería”, the Afro-Cuban religious community, which originated from a mixture of Catholicism and the religion of the Yoruba, a people settled in parts of Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and Benin.

Afro-Cuban people are a role model that shows that you can maintain your own culture and traditions and still – or for this very reason – be part of the society in which you can live and help shape and enrich it. A forthcoming article will therefore shed more light on the influence of the Yoruba on Cuba.

Info about the Black Panther (movie)

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Info about the Black Panther (movie)

Although Hollywood uses Africa’s beauty to make films and ARD and ZDF also produce German films in South Africa’s dreamlike setting, Africa hardly plays a role internationally when it comes to cinema. For this very reason, the enthusiasm for the new cinema hit “Black Panther” in Africa is very great. It is also celebrated in many African countries as a proud response to Trump’s “Shithole”.

The science fiction action film produced by Marvel Studios is about a nation in Africa that is cut off from the outside world but technologically advanced. With the Black Panther, the first black superhero in the US comic mainstream, a pop cultural identification figure was to be created for the black readership.

According to Lupita Nyong´o, which plays in the film Nakia, the film also depicts the powerful women of Africa that would still exist today if the continent had not been enslaved.

To demonstrate their pride in the beauty of African cultures, many visitors came to the film in their traditional clothes in African countries. The title character is also elegantly dressed – typically African – and speaks English with coloration of the South African Xhosa dialect. The message of the film is: THE FUTURE IS BLACK.

Click Afric wishes you a lot of fun with the film!