Ethiopia, a historic land with its own unique wildlife.

In Ethiopia, unlike its neighbouring African countries, the Big Five completely different. In the traditional safari countries of Africa, like South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, the big five are elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos, and cape buffalos. A lot of safari participants are also enamoured with giraffes and hippos when they go on these safaris. This is not the case in Ethiopia, home of some of the most dramatic and beautiful vistas in Africa. In Ethiopia, the “big five” are the Ethiopian wolf, gelada baboon, walia ibex, mountain nyala, and Menelik’s bushbucks. Ethiopia…

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Summit in Kigali aims to boost women’s entrepreneurship

In Kigali, the African Development Bank has kicked off its World Summit on Gender with appeals to improve women’s access to financial resources they need to grow businesses and boost development. And with that, they received an endorsement from AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina. “When women borrow, they always pay back. And 80 percent of them manage to settle their debts each time without any problem,” he said in a welcome address. “Where is the risk? The problem is the rigidity of banks and prejudices. We have to get out of…

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João Marques: It’s Time to Negotiate for a Better Future for Africa’s Energy Industry

By enhancing production and streamlining resource management, African countries can finally have the capital to invest in industrialization and in the diversification of their economies By João Marques* João Marques If you go to Amazon.com to purchase NJ Ayuk’s most recent book “Billions at Play: The Future of African Oil and Doing Deals”, which you absolutely should do, you will notice that besides his previous book, “Big Barrels: African Oil and Gas and the Quest for Success”, which I had the pleasure to co-author, most of the oil-related books suggested…

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The mysterious history and meanings of African tribal lip plates and why women wear them

In recent times, one African engulfed in the sociological debate, and sometimes philosophical too, over what may be considered beautiful, is Lupita Nyong’o. The Kenyan actress has been on record in the last five or so years, speaking and writing about what she feels are the ills of a world in which Eurocentric beauty standards are thought as objective. All of her arguments seem impassioned, coming from a place of first-hand experience. As a black African woman in Hollywood, Nyong’o is uniquely qualified for a topic that has become an…

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MONUSCO appeals for calm after fresh Beni attacks

The United Nations mission in Democratic Republic of Congo has appealed for “calm and responsibility” in the city of Beni, where protesters attacked its facilities after eight people died Sunday night in yet another armed rebel attack on civilians. Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN’s MONUSCO mission, said she “understood the anger and frustration of the population,” but stressed that attacks against MONUSCO, and local authorities such as the mayor’s office, by affected communities weakens the Congolese military response to rebel groups. Damage to the UN facility, where offices…

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‘LOVE & HIP HOP: HOLLYWOOD’ ALUM MILAN CHRISTOPHER CREATES FIRST GAY BLACK MALE SUPERHERO FILM

Rapper and actor Milan Christopher, best known for his music and being the first same-gender-loving man to appear in a relationship on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (Season Two), has released Ragneron: The Guardian of the Crystal this week on the all-new MctvStreamingNetwork.com. Based on his comic book of the same name, Milan plays Chris Smith, a mere […] source: https://www.ebony.com/entertainment/love-hip-hop-hollywood-alum-milan-christopher-creates-first-gay-black-male-superhero-film/

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‘People Are Dying in Front of You’: Nollywood Actress Juliet Ibrahim Details Her Life as a Refugee

Nollywood actress Juliet Ibrahim seemed to have experienced more hardship before she reached adulthood than many do their whole lives. The 33-year-old lived through three civil wars, was molested as a child and encountered frequent rejection in the film industry because of how she spoke, she said. “My life has been one hell of a rollercoaster ride,” Ibrahim penned in the introduction to her new autobiography, “A Toast To Life.” Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim is telling the story of her journey from fleeing conflict areas as a child to becoming…

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An exceptional dance for African women

African dance serves several purposes in communities. Some dances serve to impart knowledge and traditions in a community, some help define a person’s role within society and others are just for celebratory moments. Whichever the purpose may be, traditional dance is tied to culture and beliefs. Moribayassa is a joyful dance for women who have overcome great difficulties in life. The dance is popular among the Malinke people of West Africa. It is also practised in other African countries such as Mali, Guinea and others. The dance started as a…

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