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An African Ambassador speaks up

"Africa is not what you see on TV," Cameroonian graduate student Jessica Foumena says (Going Places Fall 2012, pp.25-26).

'They Say' vs. 'We Say' (About Africa)

(source: 28 Too Many)

African Fashion by Moussou Ba

Moussou Ba, also called "La Mouche" ( "The Fly" in French), is a 20 year-old college young woman who wants to share her passion for fashion with the world. Originally from Mali (West Africa), Ba speaks French, English, Spanish, and Bambara. 

Why I Majored in International Journalism

This may sounds cliché but I will say it anyway. The journalism field has been my dream career path since my first year in high school. However, I suppressed the dream because I was told that the journalism profession was dangerous and financially not beneficial.
Convinced, I chose a scientific track and earned a scientific high school diploma. Even though my main subjects were Biology, Chemistry and Physics, my favorite ones remained French Literature and English.

African Fashion by Amani Ya Juu

Amani Liberia is a sewing and business-training project for women in Liberia. The project serves a two-fold purpose. First, Amani gives women the opportunity to improve skills such as purchasing, bookkeeping, quality control, management and design. Second, Amani aims to sow seeds of peace in the hearts of the women as they grow in community and faith together.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is good for Africa

Hollywood movie star Angelina Jolie has been an official 'Goodwill Ambassador' for the United Nations Humanitarian Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2001.

"No one chooses to be a refugee," UNHCR Special Envoy Jolie said in her video message on World Refugee Day 2012.

An AIDS-free generation for Africa

“Getting to zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.” This message, the current UNAIDS’ vision, is the first thing visitors read on the organization’s main webpage. For the past decades, UNAIDS, the United Nations agency responsible for HIV/AIDS epidemic has been working hard to end the worldwide spread of the incurable AIDS or Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. 

In his article “HIV/AIDS in Africa: Less Talk and More Action, ' Dr.Chinua Akukwe, a former Vice Chairman of the National Council for International Health (NCIH) in Washington, D.C. urges the international community to execute concrete actions regarding the "devastating consequences of this hydra-headed monster of a disease in Africa."

Hear Straight Up From Africans has recently introduced a 30-mn documentary 'Straight Up' available online with this simple objective: to change the way the world sees Africa. As stated on, this short documentary about Africa is not about war, poverty, and hardship but is instead speaking about the challenges and successes occurring across Africa today.

Over 100,000 Strong for Malala Yousafzai

Who is Malala Yousafzai? And why the whole world is buzzing about this 15-year old school student? On October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban on a bus on her way home and was shot in the head. Her crime? She wants to go to school. 

Hommage à la belle Afrique

AMOUR, FAMILLE, RICHESSE, INTELLIGENCE, QUIÉTUDE, UNITÉ, ESPOIR. C'est par ces mots lourds et forts d’intérêts que se définie l’AFRIQUE la Belle, la généreuse.

An African Freedom Fighter Remembered

Cameroonian journalist and freedom fighter Pius Njawé is the human symbol of the freedom of speech in his country. Imprisoned over 100 times in 30 years and sentenced in 1998 to two years in prison for reporting that Cameroon's president Paul Biya had heart trouble, the life of deceased Pius Njawé speaks for itself. 

After the liberian civil war

At Amani, Annie or Ma Annie is the production manager and keeper of Amani's keys. She distributes paychecks and work activities, keeps inventory, records hours, and teaches how to use a sewing machine on Mondays. She shares how she survived the Liberian war with her family.

Ufoma wants you to smile!

Ufomais an Nigerian philanthropist, youth motivator, and entrepreneur that will have you seeing life from a new perspective, and deliver music that is food for your soul. From the age of seven, she began singing in church crusades, and then did back ground vocals and live concert back up singing for many Nigerian artists.

La "Condoleezza Rice" Sénégalaise de France

Rama Yade, née Mame Ramatoulaye Yade est une femme politique française. Membre de l'UMP, elle  était secrétaire d'État chargée des Affaires étrangères et des Droits de l'homme de 2007 à 2009, puis secrétaire d'État chargée des Sports jusqu'en 2010. Depuis 2011, elle est vice-présidente du Parti radical.

Pososhok en Force!

Pososhok est un groupe qui mélange les sons sud-africains avec ceux du reste de l’Afrique et du monde entier. Les chansons sont en zulu et en bafia (langue camerounaise) mais aussi en français et anglais. Le spectacle est porté par la voix et la présence d’une chanteuse généreuse et énergique : Estelle Baroung Hughes.

Le groupe Pososhok est né en 1997 sur la scéne étudiante de Montpellier. Fondé par Conrad Hughes, guitariste, chanteur et auteur-compositeur originaire de Johannesburg, la formation décide de se donner un nom étrange et de se constituer une identité musicale fortement influencée par l'Afrique du Sud.

The Congolese beauty empowering African girls

Noëlla Coursaris is a model, humanitarian and philanthropist with an amazing story. An inspiration to all who meet her, Noëlla is filled with enthusiasm for life and helping others, evidenced by the charitable foundation she established to support the empowerment of girls in her home country of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An American girl cooking in a Liberian kitchen!

I have been cooking palm butter for the better part of the morning with Ma Oretha. You start with palm nuts, and after a tremendous amount of squeezing the nuts against a strainer over and over, we are left with a bowl the size of a tire filled with the stuff.

“Take time, so you don’t get burn”, says Ma Oretha, Dining Hall Manager at African Bible College University, inspecting my strokes as I stir a soupy orange liquid with a consistency like watery peanut butter.

Chinua Achebe, the revolutionary Nigerian writer

Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe is known  around the world over for having played a seminal role in the founding and development of African literature.

Africa is all over Solange's new music video

Solange's new video was filmed in Capetown, South Africa. Throughout the video, viewers may notice Congo's candies also knows as "Sapeurs."

'We Found Love' - Lindsey Stirling [Video]

YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling is perhaps the first – and only – artist in the world to blend classical violin, modern dance, and…The Legend of Zelda?!

Wangari Maathai forever

One year ago today, Professor Wangari Maathai passed away. She has been a source of inspiration to many. May her memory live forever.  Please visit  for more information about this environmentalist icon.

Wangari Maathai pour toujours

Il y a un déja, Professeur Wangari Maathai a quitté ce monde. Elle a été une source d'inspiration pour beaucoup. Que sa mémoire vive pour toujours. Pour plus d'information sur cette icone de l'environnement, bien visiter le site

Irma, the new musical Cameroonian star

Irma, the young singer-songwriter from Cameroon is nominated at the MTV Europe Music Awards in the section "Best French Artist."

After the MTV Video Music Awards ceremony who took place last September at the Staple Center of Los Angeles, the MTV Europe Music Awards will take place in Franckfurt in Germany this November 2012.

Irma, la nouvelle étoile musicale du Cameroun

La chanteuse d’origine camerounaise Irma est nominée aux MTV Europe Music Awards dans la catégorie « Meilleur Artiste Français ».

Après les MTV Vidéo Music Awards qui se sont tenus le 06 septembre dernier au Staple Center de Los Angeles, la cérémonie des MTV Europe Music Awards aura lieu dans la ville de Francfort en Allemagne en  Novembre 2012.

Somali humanitarian "Mama" Hawa wins 2012 Nansen Refugee Award

Hawa Aden Mohamedwon the United Nations refugee agency's Nansen Refugee Award on Tuesday for her work in helping thousands of Somali women and girls, many of them rape victims, start new lives in their battered homeland. For more information, click here.

Global Voices wins highway Africa award

Global Voices Africa wins the Highway Africa Award - Best African ICT Blog Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa editor Ndesanjo Macha accepts the award in South Africa on behalf of the entire team. Pictured here with runner up in same category Dorothee Danedjo from Cameroon.

Africa is rising

In 2009, Oxford and Harvard graduate and New York Times bestseller Dr. Dambisa Moyo was named by Time Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World." In 2010, the Republic of South Africa was the very first African country to host the FIFA World Cup.

Somalia elects a new President

Somali lawmakers have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country's new president. The new president is 56 years old, a lifelong civil society activist. The largely unknown candidate became a strong contender for the presidency after receiving support from lawmakers who were not content with the incumbent administration. The new president is the leader of the Peace and Development Party which he founded last year.
(Source: VOA News)

Our image of Africa is hopelessly obsolete

According to Ian Birrell from The Observer, the huge advances the continent has made in recent years have yet to be acknowledged by the west. The continent is on the edge of economic takeoff similar to those seen so dramatically in China and India. For all the problems that still exist, a recent survey found investors in Africa are overwhelmingly positive, while those not there are unfailingly negative. These anachronistic attitudes reflect the west's myopic view, but we cannot afford to cling on to them in a world changing so fast. It is time to recognise the emergence of the new Africa. To continue reading this article, click here.

Theo Sowa on how we need the voices of African women

In her TEDxChange talk, Theo Sowa talks about African voices and representation in conversations of international health and poverty issues. Theo argues that if we truly want to see progress in Africa and across borders, we need to invite the millions of African women who are leading change to the table--not just the few notable African women leaders who are asked time and again.

Dambisa Moyo: Why Aid to Africa is not working

At the Jepson Leadership Forum economist Dr. Dambisa Moyo, named one of Time magazine's most influential people in the world for 2009, discusses her book Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. She confronts what she sees as one of the greatest myths of our time and argues that foreign aid to Africa be phased out and replaced with innovative ways to finance development and encourage fair trade. Nov. 16, 2009

Ten female millionaires to watch in Africa

Wendy Appelbaum (picture) from South Africa is the richest woman in Africa according to Forbes.Making money in Africa is not anymore a man's business! Click here to read more about an article on "The Ten Female Millionaires To Watch In Africa" by Forbes contributor Mfonobong Nsehe.

Magic Mboma Jubilee in May 2012

Former Cameroon international Patrick Mboma will celebrate his fantastic career from May 24 to 26 in Yaounde, in the presence of football legend Pele, former Liberia international George Weah and retired French player Lilian Thuram at the three-day event.

Hommage à Noël Ekwabi

Les membres d’Ark Jammers honorent la mémoire de l’artiste lors d’une conférence de presse à Yaoundé. Pour les membres d’Ark Jammers, Noël Ekwabi était tout simplement leur « Papa Noël ». Ce surnom lui a été attribué parce qu’il était né un 25 décembre.

Nelson Mandela on the net

Personal archives of the Nelson Mandela are now available on the net, thanks to the Nelson Mandela Center of Memory and Google. The website, up since March 27, 2012, offers information about the legend's early life, his  prison years, his presidential years, his retirement, and his books.  The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project  aims to locate, document, digitise, and provide access to materials related to Nelson Mandela. To have access to the website, please click here.

Anyango, the Japanese singer who sings in an African language

Anyango is the world's first female nyatiti player. The nyatiti is a traditional instrument of Luo tribe in Kenya. The harp-like instrument has traditionally been played only by men in the tribe. "Anyango" means "girl born in the morning" in Dholuo. Her third Album, "Teï molo", will be released this autumn. The mix of the bikutsi rhythm and the nyatiti rhythm will give birth to a new legend in World Music.

Joyce Banda is Malawi's new leader

"I want to sincerely thank Malawians and all people living in Malawi for the respect of the law shown by the peaceful transition of the presidency."( Joyce Banda, Malawi's New Leader and Second Woman President in Africa)


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