Wednesday, July 30, 2008

FestAfrica - Baltimore, MD

Bmore has so much more to offer than what we on HBO's "The Wire", they also have the Aquarium and FestAfrica :)

For more information click here

AfriFest - Twin Cities, MN

For those in the Minnesota area, here is a fun-filled event in your neck of the woods

For more information click here

The Africa Convention - Hollywood, CA

...yeap, you read it correctly.
Event Highlights
# Empowerment & Economic Development Symposium
# Pan-African Couture Show
# Prayer Breakfasts
# Royal African Banquet
# African Film Festival
# African Fete
# Red Carpet Event
This seems to be a very interesting event.

For more information click here

Monday, July 28, 2008

Liberia's New Lap of Luxury


...RLJ Kendeja Resorts & Villas will be an $8 million, 85-room, four-star resort on the Atlantic coast of northern Africa, near the capital of Liberia. Whatever images the world might have of an impoverished country that is still trying to recover from 13 years of civil war, Johnson wants this project to provide a new one.

"There is no hotel in West Africa like this," he says, sitting straight-backed on the edge of the bed in a crisp blue suit. "This will be a Class-A beachfront property, with great views from the bar and restaurant out to the ocean. This really is going to be something."

For the full article click here

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Africa Rising: 3rd Annual THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival in Washington, DC

Superb event coming up this Friday

Renowned performance artists Jay-Z and John Legend will headline a star-studded lineup from the
world of music when THISDAY, Africa's leading daily newspaper and multi-media resource presents
the Africa Rising Festival.

"Africa Rising" was first launched in 2006 under the direction of THISDAY's Editor-in-Chief,
Nduka Obaigbena. Its mission is not only to reflect the culture and positive attributes of
Africa's social, political, and economic progress, but also to reach out to the continent's
diverse population as well as the Diaspora and international communities.

The show will also feature a major fashion element, as creations by such legendary international
designers as Deola Sagoe, Chris Aire and Momo are showcased by top models Tyson Beckford, Alek Wek, Liya Kebede, and more.

For more information click here

Redskins Rookie Travels to Liberia To Help Global Charity

Say what you may about the Washington Dedskins...I mean Redskins but at least...


Malcolm Kelly, former standout receiver at the University of Oklahoma and 2nd Round draft pick of the Washington Redskins, will lead a group of private citizens to the African Nation of Liberia, from July 5th through the 10th on behalf of the global charity, Mercy Ships. The "Vision Trip" is designed to shed light on the medical relief effort Mercy Ships is providing for the people of Liberia, as they continue to improve their health and well-being standards within the country.
During the weeklong trip, the group will visit with staff on the Mercy Ships' flagship, Africa Mercy, the world's largest non-governmental hospital ship, which is docked in the port city of Monrovia - the capitol of Liberia. The group will view surgeries in one of Africa Mercy's six state-of-the-art surgical suites, and tour parts of the country, now recovering from more than a decade of civil war. Malcolm will also meet with Liberian officials and hold an international press conference before leaving Liberia.

To read the full story click here

Friday, July 25, 2008

Comfort is eliminated from SYTYCD :-(

Yeah...I know we watch too much TV.

Anyway, So You Think You Can Dance eliminated the Nigerian, Comfort, last night, sadly. She had a good run.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Black in America

This is a very interesting report by CNN.

For more details and show time listings click here

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mauritius - Another Hidden Gem

Mauritius (pronounced: IPA: /məˈrɪʃəs/; French: Île Maurice /il mɔ'ʁis/; Mauritian Creole: Maurice), officially the Republic of Mauritius, French: République de Maurice, is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km (125 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the northeast

National Flag

Population: Estimated 1.3 Million

I'm really considering have a field trip to these exotic spots. Anyone else interested? :)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Let's Westernize some African Stuff

Let's start with the game of "Ayo", a Yoruba game from Nigeria...

and let's convert it to this

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Z$100billion note

WTF?!?! 100,000,000,000 Note

Zimbabwe is to introduce a bank-note worth Z$100bn in response to rampant inflation - but the note will barely cover the cost of a loaf of bread.

For the full story click here

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Mandela!!!

To a man that needs no introduction...Happy Birthday Mandela.

Can he be described in just one word? perhaps "iconic"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Can Large Amounts of Money Help an African Village?

If the rich world poured huge amounts of money into villages across Africa, would it make a difference?

For some, sending financial aid to Africa is simply seen as a waste that will go into the hands of corrupt officials and dictators. But for the economist Jeffrey Sachs, the argument that aid has poured into the world's poorest continent for decades without much result is a false one - he says that there has simply not been enough.

In speeches, articles and his 2005 book "The End of Poverty", Sachs has been saying for years that massive outside aid investment is needed to lift Africans out of their vicious cycle of poverty - but he says it will work. And he has convinced a lot of people. Pop star Bono cites him as a mentor and his ideas inspired in part the Live 8 concerts of 2005 and have helped boost Africa aid funding.

Click here to read more

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Korto, Liberian, is on Project Runway this season.

I think she's talented! Project Runway Africa, this season. Hope she wins :-)
Originally from Liberia, Korto moved to Canada to attend fashion school. After school, she moved outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, where she now resides with her husband and daughter. Drawing from her African roots, Korto infuses tribal details into her classic designs. She is inspired by rich fabrics and textures and says her designs are intended for real, full-figured women. In her spare time, Korto works as a freelance fashion photographer, dances in an African dance troupe and does African hair braiding and makeup. She says her family considers her to be fun and easygoing.

Random Photos

These are pictures from a fashion show a few months back

For more photos click here.


Monday, July 14, 2008

The Gold Coast is Back

Ghana spends $1.4m on gold medals

The Ghanaian government spent more than $1.4m (£704,000) buying 515 gold medals from a company based in the Channel Islands, officials have confirmed.

Almost half the medals were given out last week to prominent citizens at a colourful national awards ceremony.

The government says the rest will be presented over the next four years.

The medals are intended to reward outstanding contributions to Ghana. But critics say the money would have been better spent alleviating poverty.

Click here for the full story.

There is a bit of an uproar about this. Is it warranted?

Cover of the New Yorker


What do you make of the cover of this highly reputable publication?

Somebody is gonna be cutting somebody's nuts over this :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Organic This, Organic That

This organic craze na serious business O! As soon as a company places the organic label on a product the price goes up 25% or least, so it seems.

I even came across a company that sells organic baby food. What?! Whetin happen to good ol' "breastses"

Well, there was a conference that included a fashion show for organic cotton. Whetin' be organic cotton sef?

Article: Fashion Show Promotes Ugandan Organic Cotton

The conference, organized by the Africa Cotton and Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) in collaboration with the Organic Exchange and the local Ugandan cotton industry, provided a major opportunity to market and promote “Brand Africa” organic products to the world, and to develop strategies aimed at increasing Africa’s competitiveness in this sector. This self-funded industry event had the support of 12 major sponsors coming mostly from the regional supply chain.

For the full article click here

Monday, July 07, 2008

Dey Don Take Light Again - A Thing of the Past ?!

Back in the day, the common line was NEPA don take light O! Till today, parts of Lagos, Nigeria go months without any electric power. According to poll, Nigeria supplies other African nations with electricity. Isn't that an irony...well, one of the nations they supply, Niger, is now "outsourcing" abi na "offshoring" to China.

BBC Article: Niger signs power deal with China

The government in Niger has signed an agreement for China to help improve the country's power supplies.

China will transfer several electrical power units to Niger under the agreement, officials said.

The deal comes as Niger's cities have been experiencing power outages, partly due to problems in supply from Nigeria.

Click here to read the full story.

Nothing for nothing sha...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

Happy July 4 Weekend for those in yankee!


All we need now is for the dollar to go to the gym and get strong and get gas prices under control.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Like my father and my father's father, I want a lot of children

It's no secret African men love to that we have data to that shows the fertility rate of our women, population explosion WATCH OUT!

Click on the picture below to see the chart.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Zimbabwe: People [trying] to vote.

“i just wanted to finish the process which was started. i don’t want to say who i voted for. i just wanted ink on my finger.” –Judith, 65

A fearful day in zimbabwe. new york times photo essay of partially obscured portraits of voters in zimbabwe with statements of why they voted.

via nytimes via africa.visual media via tosin

25th Annual Ethiopian Soccer Tournament

Some of the many festivities for this upcoming 3-Day weekend...

For more information log on to

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Music Project

We're currently in search of great African musicians for a project this fall and next spring. If you know of any up and coming artist we should know about, please give us a shout.

(Photo via Tosin, via Flickr.)