Various combs from Nigeria
Edo or Otua?
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Cambridge
It’s not often you hear voices questioning the existence of God in Africa. But African Humanists - atheists, secularists and sceptics - gather next week in Ghana, one of the world’s most religious countries, to look at ways to promote an African “Enlightenment”. BBC Newsday’s Akwasi Sarpong spoke to Nigerian humanist campaigner Leo Igwe.
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Whether in army uniform or camouflage, traditional western attire (aka a suit) or draped in various Ghanaian nwentoma (kente) - depending on the occasion, of course, former Ghanaian president Jerry John Rawlings is dapper personified.
There’s just something about the way Rawlings carries himself that gives him the aura of a natural born leader, at least as far as photographs are concerned.
Perhaps it’s because he narrowly escaped death or help form the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) that conducted a ‘housecleaning exercise’ that aimed to retrieve large sums of stolen government money and stabilize inflation.
Either way, to deny that this man is consistently sartorially dashing (and handsome, might I add) would be a more than serious lie. I’m not saying his two-term presidency was perfect, I’m just saying that his style is.
the secret to life is if you’re not a Mami Wata, make yourself one
— Mom (via chisomu-xvi)
As Ghana is experiencing a new gold rush, widespread corruption is allowing illegal mining to flourish.
Al Jazeera chronicles this growing issue as part of their ‘Africa Investigates’ series.
TODAY’S CLASSIC TUNE: Baaba Maal - Naange Afrik
For those of you, like myself, who can’t get enough of Maal’s infectuous sounds, watch a full concert of the Senegalese singer and guitarist performing songs spanning his 20+ years as a musician live as part of the Guardian’s series A Room for London – Artangel’s boat installation perched on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s south bank.
The film, Ganda’s second, centers around the conflict that arises in a Nigerian village when polygamous traditions and individual relationships are put to the test as a result of illicit desires.
For this film, Ganda was awarded the Grand Prize at the 1972 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, making the it the first official winner of that festival.
PETRAS Lescinskas, who was arrested during the Lithuania-Nigeria match, has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated offence.
The Lithuanian man who gave a Nazi salute during an Olympic basketball match has become the first person to be convicted of a racially aggravated offence at the Games and fined £2,500.
He was told that his behaviour and that of other Lithuanian fans was “despicable”.
Lescinskas, 36, an accountant from Lithuania, was arrested on Tuesday at the Olympic basketball arena during the Lithuania-Nigeria match. S
Stratford magistrates court was told that he and other Lithuanian supporters had been behaving in such a loud and aggressive manner that other spectators moved away from them. There were “monkey-style noises when Nigerian players had the ball”, the court heard.
Becky Owen, prosecuting, told the court. “He was seen to make a Nazi salute,” while placing his fingers across his lips. Lescinskas, a married man who had come to London for the Games, told police after his arrest that it was common practice in his country to celebrate in that way and it was something he has been doing for some time, the court was told.
He pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act. He said, through his lawyer, that he was “deeply embarrassed” and “deeply remorseful” about what he had done.
Fining him £2,500 plus £85 costs, district judge Sonia Sims told him: “This type of conduct tarnishes the whole ethos of the Games.” She said that his Nazi salute had been an insult to all those who had lost their lives in the Holocaust and his behaviour was “despicable.”
She said she did not accept that what he had done was acceptable in Lithuania. He was told that he would serve 28 days in prison if he failed to pay the fine.
Undercover police were at the basketball arena after complaints about the behaviour of Lithuanian fans in their previous match against Argentina on Sunday.
First-time Olympic qualifiers Nigeria played current defending champions the USA last night, in what resulted in a record-shattering match.
The West African team suffered a crushing 156-73 defeat, their second loss this week after losing to Lithuania.
During the match the USA’s Andre Igoudala hit a three-point shot with 4:27 left in the game to make it 139-68, surpassing the previous record of 138 scored by Brazil against Egypt in 1988.