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South Africa: More Than an Oppressor's Language - Reclaiming the History of Afrikaans

[The Conversation Africa] University of Pretoria -The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? (AllAfrica)


Togo: Yobo Studios Pioneers Short-Format Series Content for Broadcast and Online

[Balancing Act] London -If you're a regular visitor to Discop Africa (the largest TV trade show in Africa), you may have noticed her. Or maybe you know 'Zem', her mini-TV series that was a hit in Africa and with the african diaspora. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: Geno - the Policy Wonk With a Knack for Music

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -As a child growing up in the United States and Liberia, Eugene Herring had a knack for music, but sometimes it came with many a spanking when he listened to songs not meant for his ears. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: All Eyes Set On Gunjur Cultural Festival Today

[The Point] All eyes are set on the 2017 Gunjur Cultural Festival today, Friday 28 to 30 Sunday April 2017, at the Gunjur Upper and Senior Secondary School. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: UCT Must Immediately Unban Artworks

[DA] The DA will today write to University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, and Chairperson of Council of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Dr Sipho Pityana, to request that the University immediately unban the 75 or so artworks that have been removed from public display or covered up in the past year. (AllAfrica)


Ghana: Finance Minister Assures Diaspora of Their Role in Ghana's Development

[Ghana Govt.] The Finance Minister, Mr Ken Ofori Atta has told the Ghanaian Diaspora that the Akufo - Addo led government is focused on having an institutional mechanism to tap their capital and knowledge for the accelerated development of the country. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Mercy Aigbe's Marriage Crashed?

[Vanguard] There are reports that Nollywood actress, Mercy Aigbe's marriage has crashed. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: Jazz Appreciation - Ella Fitzerald - the Queen of Jazz

[The Point] We started writing about jazz after finding out that there was a whole month dedicated to the understanding of jazz, called Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM). Each April, the story and history of jazz is celebrated in the U.S. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: New Release - Kangfore's 'Xel Si Kaw Xel' Mixtape

[The Point] Kangfore Marong, a hip-hop singer, is expected to release his Mixtape entitled 'Xel Si Kaw Xel', which comprises sixteen tracks, on 6 May 2017 at Alliance Franchise. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: T Smallz Returns From Abi International Reggae Festival

[The Point] Trouble Smallz, a Gambian reggae dancehall singer, has returned from performing in the Abi International Reggae Festival at the Ivorian commercial city of Abidjan on 6 through 9 April 2017. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: "Be Patient Until My New Project Comes Out", MI Appeals to Fans

[Vanguard] Award winning rapper, Jude Abaga, also known as MI, has appealed to his fans to be patient until his new project comes out. (AllAfrica)


Botswana: Blind Woman Defies Odds

[Botswana Daily News] Xhaxhaba -A 34-year-old woman of Xhaxhaba in the Okavango Delta is living prove of the old adage that "disability is not inability." (AllAfrica)


Kenya: President Extends Hand to Poll Losers As Musician Jaguar Appeals Result

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta extended a hand to Jubilee nomination losers even as the party began receiving appeals for the results around the country. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: Nollywood Liberian Star Nudges Youths to Promote Nat'l Image

[LINA] Liberian-born Nollywood star Joseph Van Vicker has enjoined Liberian youths to always go for what they want, having an open mind to promote the image of their country. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: HIV, Aids Chokes Informal Sector

[Financial Gazette] A NATIONAL Aids Council (NAC) report has revealed that HIV and Aids is wreaking havoc in the country's informal sector, a development likely to affect Zimbabwe's economic recovery due to the fact that the sector is now a predominant factor in the economy. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Traditional Affairs Commits to Ending Initiation Deaths

[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des Van Rooyen has committed to work with his department's stakeholders to bring an end to initiation deaths. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: KOT Used Jaguar's Lyrics to Respond to his 'Loss' to Maina Kamanda

[Nation] Starehe MP Maina Kamanda was on Thursday announced as the winner in the Jubilee Party primaries prompting a protest by his opponent's supporters. (AllAfrica)


Malawi: Miss Malawi to Be Crowned Tonight - 14 Beauty Queens to Contest

[Nyasa Times] The Miss Malawi grand finale is slated this Friday, April 28 at Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc) Banquet Hall in Lilongwe where contestants are expected to strut it out in different categories, including intellectual excellence. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: A Tour of the Iconic Graffiti in Salt River, Cape Town

[GroundUp] Designer and graffiti artist Quasiem Gamiet has lived in Salt River for more than 20 years. Gamiet has been spray painting murals and other artwork across Cape Town for the past ten years. Earlier this month, Gamiet took GroundUp on a guided tour of some of Salt River's iconic graffiti spots and talks about it's impact on the neighbourhood. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Economic Recovery Imperatives

[Zimbabwe Independent] Professor Erik Reinert in his book titled How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor argued it will only be when an economy adopts strategies to deliberately industrialise through manufacturing that it can begin to achieve increasing marginal returns to create employment and sustainable higher incomes. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Weekend Guide - Timeless Concert

[Observer] This evening, Limit X will be coming together for one last concert at Kampala Serena hotel. (AllAfrica)


Malawi: King James Phiri in Double Album Launch This Year

[Nyasa Times] Two years down the line after Gospel artist King James Phiri released his album Mukumane ndi Moyo Wanga which was a darling to many, he is back in the studios, now working on two albums. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: African Drums Festival - When Ogun Reawakens Interest in Drums, Dance

[Vanguard] For three days last week, rare talent and creativity were on marathon display as the African Drums Festival took centre stage at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The event, hosted by the state government, as part of efforts to reawaken interest in the black world's culture through drums and dance, attracted cultural troupes and a drum ensemble, as well as artistes, from different parts of Nigeria and the African continent. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: 'Ndafunga Dande' Exhibition Opens At National Gallery

[The Herald] The National Gallery of Zimbabwe presents Zimbabwean artist, Shepherd Ndudzo, in an all-encompassing one man exhibition: "Ndafunga Dande: Yearning for Home", which interrogates Diaspora narratives and explores the idea of home and home away from home. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Mafikizolo Raring to Go

[The Herald] South African music group Mafikizolo arrived in the country yesterday for their show set for Harare International Conference Centre tonight. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Jive Zimbabwe's Online Store Now Popular With Musicians

[New Zimbabwe] Music piracy in Zimbabwe, like in any other country, remains the biggest challenge faced by players in the industry with artists and recording companies losing hundreds of thousands of dollars through the practice, which has proved difficult for authorities deal with. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: New Censors Board Chief Pays Homage to Film Marketers, Veterans, Others

[Leadership] As part of his familiarisation agenda with stakeholders in the film industry, newly appointed executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Mr. Adedayo Thomas, has embarked on a tour of the South-West, particularly Lagos, the entertainment hub of Nigeria, where he held personal meetings with veterans like Chief Eddie Ugboma, Igwe Gabriel Okoye, aka Gabosky, and Mr. Mahmood Ali-Balogun among others. (AllAfrica)


Zambia: Diamond Platnumz Courts L/Stone Music Lovers

[Times of Zambia] Diamond Platnumz will headline tomorrow's Mosi Day of Thunder in Livingstone. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Film Festivals Join Forces

[New Zimbabwe] Two of Zimbabwe's main film festivals, have joined forces and will this year host a joint festival, as part of efforts to grow the sector. (AllAfrica)


Malawi: Mizu Band Storms Lilongwe - Spices Up Miss Malawi

[Nyasa Times] For the Lilongwe fans, finally the joy has arrived. Mizu Band one of the best live performing bands in the country is storming the capital city, an opportunity for music enthusiasts to experiencing the best out of the music grouping. (AllAfrica)


Cameroon: So Bookul Calls for a Decentralization of Francophone Literature

[Camer.be] Some may rather speak of the urgency of "decolonizing" African literature- the French-speaking one, because on the English-speaking side things have considerably evolved. It still seems unthinkable that a book published in Africa be included in the final list of a great Parisian literary prize. Meanwhile, as we have seen, Chigozie Obioma's book "The Fishermen", published by a Nigerian publisher, ended up in the shortlist of the London's Man Booker Prize 2015. (AllAfrica)


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