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25Sep

Big Question – Was The Arab Spring A Fasle Dawn? –  feature in the current edition of Arise magazine. Pleae read and add your comments. Many thanks to the various contributors and to Lara Akinnawo for your help. In order to read the full article, click on image, which will open in a new browser, […]






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24Sep

The biennial Afrovibes 2012 Festival returns for an extensive national tour of the UK, following its 2010’s inaugural debut.  More than just a show, Afrovibes offers an eclectic and thought-provoking programme of performance from South Africa, including theatre, dance, music and the spoken word.  Produced by UK Arts International,  Jan Ryan, its director believes it […]






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21Sep

A collection of verses and chants for children, Atukwei Okai has put together poetry and illustrations which reminds you of childhood stories as told by grandparents, uncles, aunties and older family members. If his aim was to take parents back in time and remind children about what it means to be a child being raised […]






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17Sep

Hisham Matar wastes no time in laying the foundation for a profoundly moving story about the loss of a loved one and the psychological impact it has on those they leave behind. “My father disappeared at the beginning of my school Christmas holiday, when I was fourteen”, says Nuri. Matar’s protagonist does not know if his father, who […]






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13Sep

The ills suffered by women during war and conflict is now a discourse that international bodies like the UN, UN Women and various women campaign groups around the globe take seriously. From the Liberia to Sierra Leone to DR Congo, some of Africa’s most recent wars, women have found themselves sandwiched between multiple warring factions […]






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12Sep

It is not hard to understand why President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stressed the need for reconciliation and reconstruction, and placed emphasis on national unity as a priority during her second tenure, when she was sworn into office for a second term earlier this year; without first understanding the complex historical context and deep divisions which […]






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10Sep

Now in its 10th year, The London African Music Festival, which has been described as an “impressively eclectic affair” returns with a diverse line-up of musical talents from the continent and the diaspora. Set to take place across multiple venues in London, the 2012 festival is gearing up to be one for the history books. […]






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8Sep

Leila Djansi is one of the new voices emerging from Africain recent years to help shape the narratives of the diverse people of the continent using the visual platform to portray its culture, values and shared experiences. An award-winning filmmaker, Djansi’s film credits include, I Sing of A Well, an ‘intriguing piece of film’ exposed […]






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1Sep

Baroness Scotland is a woman of many firsts in theUnited Kingdom’s history. her rool call of duty is so impressive that it leaves many in awe: first black female QC; one-time youngest Queens’s counsel when she was only 35; first black female government minister in Tony Blair’s Labour government in 1999; in 2007, she became […]






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