Books: Yasuke the first Samurai of African origin, a story told by Serge Bilé

Ivorian journalist and writer Serge Bilé published a few months ago "Yasuke, the black samurai". This is the exciting adventure of a slave torn from his native Africa, who then became the first foreigner to join the prestigious Japanese warrior elite. Who is Yasuke ? He is a man from the Makua community of present-day…

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Esther Mahlangu, the Matriarch of Contemporary Ndebele Art, Receives Honorary Doctorate

Internationally acclaimed Esther Nikwambi Mahlangu will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg for "her legacy as a cultural entrepreneur, skillfully negotiating local and global worlds, and as an educator. 82 years old Esther Mahlangu is a South African artist from the Ndebele nation. She is known for her contemporary paintings that reference…

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Theater: “The Rise & Fall of an African Hero”, a play written and directed by Ricky Dujany

Through his play The rise & fall of an African hero, Ricky Dujany helps rediscover the life and death of Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso (1983 -1987). The play inspired by Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar", is taking place at the Cockpit Theatre in London. Sankara brought considerable changes to mentality of his country, refused foreign aid (under…

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With “Kissoro Tribal Game” Teddy Kossoko wants to promote African history and cultures

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, the young Central African entrepreneur Teddy Kossoko launched "Kissoro Tribal Game", a video game that aims to promote African history and cultures. Teddy Kossoko created "Kissoro Tribal Game", inspired by the traditional Central African board game called Kissoro, one of the oldest games in the world, equivalent of chess, or…

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Jaha Mapenzi from Gambia, nominated for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

Jaha has fought against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize. She was nominated for the award by Jette Christenssen, a Norwegian politician, at the launch of the film ‘Jaha’s Promise’ in 2017. Christenssen said “ Her case is incredibly important not only for what’s happening in Gambia, but the…

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Birthright AFRICA: connecting People of the African Diaspora to Their Heritage

Birthright AFRICA is on a mission to reconnect Africa and the diaspora. The same way Taglit-Birthright offers trips to Israel for young American Jews, the Birthright AFRICA, In partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), offers a program for people of the African diaspora. How the journey began In 2005, Walla Elsheikh, former banker, who grew…

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