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Sudan: Local languages in schools to promote better understanding

Sudan: Local languages in schools to promote better understanding

With effect from the 2010 academic year, mother languages will be included in southern Sudan's school curricula. Southern Sudan nationals have expressed satisfaction over the...
Jimmy Wales seeks the development of Wikipedia in African languages

Jimmy Wales seeks the development of Wikipedia in African languages

In an interview during the month of November, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, talked about the state of development of the participatory online encyclopedia in...
What is in a South African name?

What is in a South African name?

A few weeks ago, South African Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana informed her nation that she had approved the changing of twenty-eight names...
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Black African presence in Mexico: A pictorial delight

'The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present’ is an exhibition that throws a pictorial light on the history of the black...
South Africa: Vuvuzela replaces Bafana Bafana

South Africa: Vuvuzela replaces Bafana Bafana

The vuvuzela, a South African horn used by football fans, will certainly whip up a big hue and cry come the 2010 World Cup...
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Video: Ghanaian emigre returns home for good

Africa's brain drain has been a real problem. The flood of professionals leaving to seek their fortune in Europe and America has hurt the...
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The N’ko Alphabet: Literacy by and for West Africans

In October 2009, I came to Mali to learn to read. This may come as a surprise since West Africa is supposedly the world’s...
Egypt demands return of stolen artifacts from Europe and US

Egypt demands return of stolen artifacts from Europe and US

Egypt is asking European countries in possession of Egyptian artifacts, historical and cultural monuments to return the items to the country for the opening...
Mark ‘Obama’ Ndesandjo: My first impression of the President’s brother

Mark ‘Obama’ Ndesandjo: My first impression of the President’s brother

“Gosh, he’s not half as impressive as his brother!” was what I said to myself when I first tried listening to Mark Obama Ndesanjo:...
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Structuralism ‘au village’: An Obituary for Claude Lévi-Strauss

French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, one of the twentieth century’s most revered intellectuals, died October 29 at the age of 100. He is best known...
Religion (illustrative)

The Great Deception: The Myth of a Non-Homosexual Africa

During the recent Synod of African Bishops in Rome, it appears the issue of homosexuality in Africa assumed some major significance. Archbishop Robert Sarah,...
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Exorcism, Malian Style

Then came the exorcisms. Pastor Michel performed at least ten. They unfolded with great drama. Most began with women—or in one case a young...
Life as an alien

Life as an alien

I only now understand why it is that people lie about their paste, why they say they are one thing other than the thing...
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Blood Ties

My trip to Nassau, Bahamas began in Los Angeles, California, but it didn’t really begin until my layover in Fort Lauderdale Airport in Miami....
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“Whiteman” as Everyman

A 20-something from Chicago, Jack is telling us about the years he served as a relief worker in Ivory Coast. Living in the bush...
Hip-hop: From urban Black and Latino youth culture to global influence

Hip-hop: From urban Black and Latino youth culture to global influence

African-American and Latino teens with turntables and time on their hands in the 1970s invented hip-hop — a musical style born in the United...
UNESCO: How Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova out-manoeuvred Farouk Hosni of Egypt

UNESCO: How Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova out-manoeuvred Farouk Hosni of Egypt

Weak support from France? Pressure from Israel? The United States? What really caused the downfall of Farouk Hosni, the man who was widely tipped...
Unesco Elections: Controversial Egyptian Farouk Hosni set to win

Unesco Elections: Controversial Egyptian Farouk Hosni set to win

It came as a surprise to no one. The controversial Egyptian Minister of Culture jumped into the lead after votes, for both the first...
Paris: TF Gospel Special Free Monday Lessons in September

Paris: TF Gospel Special Free Monday Lessons in September

TF Gospel cordially invites all and sundry to our free September Monday evening workshop. Gospel music lessons are held at the La Maison Paroissiale...
South Africans prepare to celebrate Mandela Day, but grandson fights rumours over selling funeral rights

South Africans prepare to celebrate Mandela Day, but grandson fights rumours over selling funeral rights

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has called on his fellow countrymen to dedicate time to serving their communities as his life is celebrated...
Ethiopia: Microsoft software application soon in Amharic

Ethiopia: Microsoft software application soon in Amharic

Ethiopia Information and Communication Technology Development Agency (EICTDA); the federal government arm in charge of Information and communication technology (ICT) development at the Addis...
Arab American festival adds to US pluralistic heritage

Arab American festival adds to US pluralistic heritage

Former President Jimmy Carter once said, “We have become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different...
Virginity begins at the tip of the doctor’s scalpel

Virginity begins at the tip of the doctor’s scalpel

The majority of women who seek hymen repair in France live in constant fear that the absence of blood on the wedding night risks...
World Digital Library: All countries invited aboard

World Digital Library: All countries invited aboard

Now that the World Digital Library has been launched on the Internet, its creators want to add new partners and content from every country...
The World Digital Library includes examples of Mesoamerican codices that document the history of Mexico in pictographic language. This Huexotzinco Codex from 1531 documents part of the testimony in a legal case against representatives of the colonial government in Mexico, 10 years after the Spanish conquest in 1521

WDL: A startling Global Library for a Global Village

The World Digital Library (WDL) offers free online access to important, rare and interesting cultural treasures from around the planet. Starting April 21, a...
Nigerian Withcraft: Pastor fights deceitful counterparts

Nigerian Withcraft: Pastor fights deceitful counterparts

A Nigerian pastor has called on fellow pastors in Nigeria to stop deceiving people with the notion of witchcraft. Apostle John Okoriko, the founder...
ESSENCE Magazine’s White House Exclusive with Michelle Obama and Mother

ESSENCE Magazine’s White House Exclusive with Michelle Obama and Mother

ESSENCE's May issue celebrates Mother's Day in a special way -- with two of the most popular mothers in the world! In their first...
Nigeria: Africa’s greatest novelist Chinua Achebe returns

Nigeria: Africa’s greatest novelist Chinua Achebe returns

Africa's greatest novelist Chinua Achebe is back home to Nigeria marking his second visit to his home country in almost two decades. The literary...
The Obama effect and the African-American youth

The Obama effect and the African-American youth

Challenged by socio-economic inequality, poverty, teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, the inability to pursue formal education, drugs, crime, and imprisonment amongst other perils, the stereotypical...
Kenya, America’s new found destination

Kenya, America’s new found destination

As Kenya steps up its campaign to ride on the current wave of publicity as the heritage of the new US President Barack Obama,...