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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VanLeles, magnifies African gemstones

Vânia Leles has founded the first luxury jewellery brand using African gemstones only. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds are among the most well-known and desired precious stones. You can find African gemstones in several countries of the continent. But Anvers, Jaipur or Thailand are known to be their main trading locations. Just few African people benefit from…

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Chimamanda’s “Americanah” listed as one of 15 remarkable Women Books of the 21st Century

In recognition of the Black Women History Month, Chimamanda's book, Americanah, has been listed as one of 15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way fiction was being written and read in the 21st century. The book was listed by the New York Times Staff Book Critics among fiction books, each of which…

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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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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

The 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia. She becomes the first woman to receive the Mo Ibrahim Award for Leadership, a distinction for which she will receive over $ 5 million USD. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who served two terms as President of…

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