Justina Mutale joins Advisory Board of the British Award for Africa Development

Justina Mutale, the African Woman of the Year 2012 has said she is “humbled and honoured” to be appointed to the Advisory Board of the British Award for Africa Development.The organisation encourages Africans to play a key role in Africa’s development.
The British Awards for Africa Development is a project pioneered and developed by Peace International, to highlight and recognise the achievements of talented individuals who have excelled in academia, entrepreneurial endeavours, as well as NGO’s or companies who have contributed time, finances or hard work to support the development of Africa and the African Diaspora.
Jean Bosco Kanyemesha, Executive Director of Peace International and Founder of the British Award for Africa Development, said: “Today Africa is among the world’s fastest growing economies despite the recent global downturn. Apart from Multinational investors, Africa and the Diaspora are leading in this new economic boom as they are actively taking part in entrepreneurship and investment. The Diaspora are also participating in the economic development of their adopted countries.”
The inaugural ceremony of the British Award for Africa Development will be held at the House of Lords, Westminster Houses of Parliament in London, on 4th December 2014.
Pauline Lathan, MP, said: “The British Award for African Development is a fantastic initiative and provides an opportunity for individuals and companies to be recognised and celebrated for all they have contributed to African communities both in the UK and abroad. I fully support BRAAD and I am looking forward to an enjoyable evening. I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

Justina Mutale

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Filippo ioco’sPink London 2014

LONDON: Looking forward to an interesting and fruitful meeting with Comic Relief this afternoon. Thereafter, as Special Guest at the star-studded London Launch Party for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 2014) hosted by iocoBenefits, in association with renowned UK breast cancer charity, the Pink Ribbon Foundation. Tonight at trendy London venue, Gilgamesh, Camden. Looking forward to partying with some of my team from Positive Runway: Global Catwalk to Stop the SpreadJulius Reuben, Andella Matthews, Pily Mirazi and the others. iocoBenefits brings awareness/funds to charitable organizations through bodypainting and fine art. Visit: www.iocoBenefits.com
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Mission To Spread The Message Of Love Mr. & MRS. FELPS

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Mr. & Mrs. Felps are a husband and wife duo with an eclectic sound, unlike anything out there.
It has a pure old – world feel that is enjoyable to all ages.
They call their genre, “Soulful Folk”.
Don and Imani Felps are the songwriters.
Their lyric as well as overall sound touch the heart,
awaken the mind
and strengthen the spirit.




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When you download our mobile app you will receive over 70 of our original song free. All full songs, NO PREVIEWS.
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“This track is very soothing. I like the violins. They add a very nice harmonic touch to the song. Her voice is carried very well when it echos. I think it goes along very well with the rhythm itself. I also think it would be heard during a movie maybe.”

“This song is very elegant and energetic from start to finish. I liked how the lyrics went with the intro of the song. The vocals are very good and the sound quality is awesome, making it very easy to absorb and take in as a listener. I liked how the beat and harmony really went together perfectly to make the song.”



“This song had a great start to it, immediately caught my attention from the very beginning of this song. Besides this, I think that this song could easily be played on the radio station. I do think that this song could have a lot more popularity..”
Natural Person, “The Flight” Review“Great strings! Beautiful blend of vocals. Old soul feeling with a powerful delivery as if I was right there in the studio. I picture a festival full of people singing along – I want the album! Amazing vibes!”
Natural Person, “The Flight” Review“Oh snap. The beauteous sound of the violin at he opening of the song is just masterly and stimulating. with the guitar and little chimes to it, it only enhances the tender and heart-warming effect that the melody have. Definitely a rare melody that is one of a kind. The vocal of the artist is simplistic and soft, which is befitting of the melody.”


This song is terrible and wonderful at the same time. It’s creates the impression that there is very little talent in this band and at the same time makes you realize, they really do know exactly what they are doing. It seems to me like the main point is the artistic expression.”

“On a great and open prairie, ridden by sunlight and its shadows, comes a guitar and a violin. And between both guitar and violin and a sort of lament comes a harmonica to infuse more of the element of despair into the work. There’s a strange harmony to the piece and I’m reminded of southern prisons and their haunts. The vocalist sings of “ghosts” and she couldn’t be more right. There’s a haunted air to the melody that never loses on you. And her voice is on the deeper end, candid and even rueful.  But, there is nothing like the violin to do the true weeping.” It’s beautiful notes resonate into the soul. And the windy harmonica too echoes into the heart and mind. “Ghosts of the mind” and “memory lanes”, it seems this song is lyrically more of a descent into the realm of autobiography. There is such an earth shattering beauty in the higher and glassier notes of the harmonica. Even when the guitar is just another average instrument, the harmonica and violin combine to form a most heavenly duet. Even in a simple country style tune, such extraordinary beauty is evoked. The singer herself doesn’t have much vocal variation in notes. But, for the role-it suffices. The tune has some interesting lyrics that I’d definitely enjoy pondering over as I listen to the honey sweet sounds of the violin. And there’s nothing like the sweet harmonica in play. Very lovely piece and truly quite touching!”

“A easy going easy listening tune that has a soothing and calming sound. The violin play adds to the melody giving it a smooth harmony. The singers voice fades in with the music. A song that is very relaxing. The recording is has a quality sound.

A track that was professionally put together.


Natural Person, “I Remember” Crowd ReviewsThis multi-layered, serene track gives a feeling of inspiration, hopefulness and tranquility. Moving along with a steady bass-line, the female vocals in this song are slow and calm, thought-provoking and emotional. Violins in the background present themselves in sorrowful beauty, as her voice reaches its peak of vocal range when the chorus comes. Heart touching and deep, this song is definitely a beauty to behold. The multiple use of instruments drives the simplicity.”

“This is a country song .Very fast you know this song is going to be about love. He is talking about her personalities and the he would do anything for her. It is very lovely song. He is also talking about her parents and how they were. This song is very heartwarming I would give it a 8.”
Natural Person, “The ballad of Sherry Jack Mckay” crowd reviews

“Smooth start with the guitar and harmonica, they go perfect together. The lyrics are sweet, and they flow right along with the music, like perfect harmony. The harmonica is my favorite instrument. I could picture the video to go along with this track. It’s put together very well, could even climb to the top. I like the artists voice too. Everything is put together so well in this track its crazy.”
“Incredible hook that have chemistry to many listeners. Allows you to have a free mind and gives you hope. Brings intelligent and not too awkward at once. Solid instrumentals. wonderful intro that brings the song out and keeps you steady in pace. Delightful to keep you going in your daily objectives as everyday you get through. Elements are level out and creative for this type of song. Peaceful and laid back as well. New to the industry. Not a one hit wonder. Cant go wrong with the song if you tried to. Its a song that can be heard on commercials.”



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Black German Heritage and Research Association (BGHRA)



Dear friends and colleagues,


 Thanks to all who have inquired about the dates and location for the 2014 Black German Convention. After three consecutive years of very successful conferences, we have decided to move this year to a semi-annual convention schedule. In keeping with this decision, we will not be hosting a convention in 2014 and will reconvene in August 2015. Like other conferences with similar meeting structures, we feel this is both the most efficient way of distributing the tremendous amount of work that our small group of organizers put into the conference, as well as a very effective way of sustaining our momentum for the future.
Our hope is that during the ‘off years’ of the conference, a space will be created for other types of less formal activities for the Black German community in the US, and we encourage those interested in such events to please be in touch with us via our email at bghrassn@gmail.com . We also welcome the interest of institutional partners who would be willing to host future conventions.
We appreciate the support each of you has given us over the past few years and we look forward to an equally vibrant conference in 2015.
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Anita Afonu: Preserving Ghana’s Cinematic Treasures

Ghanaian filmmaker Anita Afonu is passionate about the preservation of Ghana’s cinematic history. With enthusiasm and hope, she talks about her film Perished Diamonds which relates the history of Ghanaian cinema, and the initiative to restore its hidden and lost legacy.
Anita Afonu at the 2nd African Women’s Film Forum
Anita, you are a graduate of the Ghanaian film school NAFTI. Talk about how you came to cinema and a bit about the film school and its mission.
I attended the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) from 2006 to 2010 where I pursued a programme in Film Directing with an option in documentary filmmaking. I had always wanted to be a filmmaker because to me, having the ability to tell a story and have an audience watch your film meant that you wield a lot of power and therefore can change the perceptions and idiosyncrasies of people through film.
The National Film and Television Institute was established in 1978 to train people to produce films and other audiovisual material for the government of Ghana. The school offers a four-year bachelor degree programme in all aspects of filmmaking.
I was a privileged spectators at the screening of your film Perished Diamonds, a documentary about the history of Ghanaian cinema. I was touched by your in depth research and your tremendous will to get it made. What motivated you to make the film?
I was sorting out films at the Information Services Department for my friend Jennifer Blaylock, a cinema archivist who had come to do some research on Ghanaian cinema. While working with the films, I saw how dilapidated the Information Services Department was and how the film reels had been left to go bad. I also realized that I had not seen most of these films. I thought, “Here I am, a film school graduate calling myself a filmmaker”. I thought that is was rather ironic, asking myself what had happened. Why had the film reels been left to go bad? And it broke my heart to personally discard some of the films because they had gone mouldy, in an almost soup-like state. I felt that if I could trace the origin of the problem and find a way to repair the damage, things could improve. I knew that if I made a film about these conditions people would wake up. And that’s what motivated me to make this film. Jennifer was very supportive and we put together a proposal to the Goethe Institute which funded the film.
You have also researched the history of Ghanaian cinema and cinema in Ghana that is related in the film. Give some background on Ghanaian cinema history and your process in learning about it.
Generally, cinema was used by the colonizers to instil in Africans, and Ghanaians in this case, an attitude of subservience. The films were mainly instructional materials about keeping homes clean, accepting Jesus Christ and embracing Christianity, and others along this line. The West African Film School was set up in 1948 to train people in film to essentially work as assistants to British filmmakers who were commissioned to come to Ghana to make propaganda films. When Dr. Nkrumah became president, he took a personal interest in film because he believed that the medium of film was very powerful; that it had the ability to change the mind-set of Ghanaians to accept and hold their own, and thus remove the colonial mentality that Ghanaians had held that white people were better than black people. After learning about this I spoke to veteran filmmakers and people who had worked closely with President Nkrumah, including his personal cameraman. I read a number of articles about Ghanaian cinema and watched some films that were made during that time period. However, most of the research was drawn from interviews, which are shown in the film.
I was delighted to learn that President Kwame Nkrumah was behind the creation of the Ghana Film Industry Corporation. What is the history behind this initiative?
Former President Nkrumah believed that the medium of film was a very important tool to change the mentality of the Ghanaian if he was going to make any changes as president. He believed that by showing films made by Ghanaians and shown to Ghanaians, that it would boost their self-esteem and encourage them to work for the better Ghana that he had set out. As president Dr. Nkrumah laid the groundwork for Ghanaian cinema; he brought new film equipment and an editing suite; he sent Ghanaians to London to train in filmmaking; and he established the Ghana Film Industry Corporation incorporating the Lebanese-built cinema into it. Another creation was the biggest sound stage in Africa at the time, which continues to hold this record today. Films were churned out often, increasing Ghanaians’ appetite for film. President Nkrumah had a personal studio at Flagstaff House, his office, where he made recordings that were transmitted to the Ghanaian audience. He read every script that was written, and personally made corrections to them before they were shot; he even viewed the first cut of the films before they went into final cut. In fact, he took a personal interest in film. Every activity he undertook as president was filmed and screened for the public at cinema houses; a way to show the transparency of his government. The Ghana Film Industry Corporation became the hub of filmmaking in West Africa. Even people from Nigeria came to Ghana to train as filmmakers. Nkrumah looked at the development of the Ghanaian and the African in a holistic way. He believed that filmmaking formed a big part of a country’s culture and he was determined to move Ghana and Africa to the next level of development.
The story behind the destruction of the Ghanaian film industry was very unsettling to watch and hear about, your meticulous research provided a treasure of information as some of the witnesses to the demise gave first hand accounts. How did this destruction come about?
The destruction of Ghana films occurred when the Ghana Film Industry Corporation was divested for fifteen years to the Malaysian company, GAMA Media System for the sum of 1.23 million USD. GAMA Media System, obviously interested in television and not cinema, turned the location into a TV station, which provided content from both Malaysia and Ghana. Since they needed space for their TV equipment and other items, they got rid of the film equipment, including all of Ghana’s archives. Evidently not concerned about Ghanaian heritage, these treasures were dumped outside, left to the mercy of the weather.
What was your reaction when you first learned about the damage?
To say that I was shocked to see and hear about this is an understatement. I couldn’t eat properly for days. I was emotionally troubled about this. And I think that was what kept me going to make the film. There were certain times during the film production when I was burning out, but whenever the thought of those films came to my mind, it gave me more strength to keep pushing forward to complete the project.
Of course to imagine that Ghana’s cultural heritage was sold to another country, Malaysia, and partially destroyed is shocking. Your passion to restore these films and to document the story is truly heartfelt. Talk about the story behind this arrangement with Britain and what attempts are being made to have these “perished diamonds” returned.
Luckily for me, or better still for Ghanaian filmmakers and Ghana, a number of the films are being stored in laboratories in England. This occurred because at the time when these films were made, Ghana did not have a colour-editing machine so they had to be sent to England to be edited. The negatives were stored there and have remained there since. All of the black and white films have been destroyed. The government of Ghana pays a yearly rent to the labs to check and keep the films in pristine conditions. During the making of the film, I found it difficult to get archival material that I felt should be available to me to use as a filmmaker and researcher. I figured that if these films could be digitized and the digital copies brought here to Ghana, it would make it easy for people like me to be able to have access. I also felt that being a Ghanaian filmmaker that I had every right to access those films without any difficulties. However, because they are being stored in England, accessing them is almost impossible.  Since Ghana did not have the facilities to store the celluloid films, I thought it would be better if digital copies of these films were brought to Ghana so that researchers and fellow filmmakers could access them. Hence, I started an initiative to digitize these films. 
Yes, during the Action Plan Breakout Group Sessions at the 2nd African Women’s Film Forum held in Accra in September 2013, you proposed an initiative to preserve and digitize the films produced during the Kwame Nkrumah era. What are your plans and the campaign in search of funding?
My intention is to have the colour materials sent to London to be digitized, and have those digital copies that are stored in London brought here to Ghana so that filmmakers and people doing research may access it. In addition, it is a revenue-making venture for the government since fees will be charged for those who want to use it. Moreover, I have been in talks with Rev. Dr. Hesse, the personal cameraman of Dr. Nkrumah, who went to London to identify over 200 films that were recently discovered in the Ghana High Commission vault. He shot the majority of the films and is familiar with all of them. For now, my goal is to be able to start with about fifty of the most important films that the Reverend can identify. Those films will be cleaned, catalogued and stored. With regards to funding, I will be meeting Prof. Ampofo, the director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana who will advise on funding.
And your future plans, films, scripts?
I am currently working on a short piece. At the moment I am still writing, I want to do a film on African teenage girls. I want to be an inspiration for other young girls who are coming up. I realize that a lot of girls or young women are confused about what they want out of life. The media is heavily influencing their choices. There is plenty of talk about women being empowered but I personally do not see it. All I see is a bunch of elite women who are angry and complain bitterly about the glass ceiling. A lot of young girls are not being encouraged and that is what I want to do. I run a small production house called Roaming Akuba Films. We make commissioned films, consult for foreign film crews and provide other general services with regards to filmmaking.
Unfortunately, my website was hacked some weeks ago and I am unable to retrieve all that I lost. Hence, I am currently working on creating a new website. 
Conversation with Anita Afonu and Beti Ellerson, November 2013
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The survey is conducted in the framework of the research “Highly skilled women migration from SSA to Europe. Beyond the economic point of view” that intend to analyze the highly skilled women migrations flows from Sub – Saharan Africa to Europe in order to explore the present scenario as well as the migration strategies and the social remittances connected to these flows.

The questionnaire will take to you at max 10 minutes and your participation is important for the success of the survey.

As I anticipated the research counts of 2 moments of interview: one is the questionnaire and the other is a short semi structured online interview. It is not necessary to participate to both moment of the research, but it will be important to me your participation also to the semi structured interview.
As you can imagine more respondents we have and better it is, so if you know other women that belongs form one Sub-Saharan Country and live in one EU Country and are highly skilled (at least bachelor degree) please feel free to share the link to them.

I would like to inform you that the questionnaire is anonymous.

If you are interested to take part also to the semi structured interview and for any further questions please contact me through:
Email: camilla.spadavecchia@gmail.com
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Skype: Camilla Unige

Best regards

Camilla Spadavecchia

PhD Candidate
Universitá degli Studi di Genova
c.so Andrea Podestá 2

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Dambisa Moyo accepts the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Dambisa Moyo is an international economist who writes on the macroeconomy and global affairs. She is the author of 3 New York Times bestsellers

Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa;

How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead, and

Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and what it Means for the World.

Speaking at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Dambisa Moyo accepts the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is named after the Nobel Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Friedrich von Hayek (Oct 16, 2013).

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