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  • Ethiopia to repair four of nine world heritages

    ETHIOPIA, 2017/10/17 Ethiopia said it is going to repair four of the nine world heritage this year, according to the Authority for Conservation of Cultural Heritage.The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Obelisk of Axum, Fasil Ghibi, and Tiya Prehistoric Sites are the heritages that are going to be renovated staring from this year, Hailu Zeledke, Director of Heritage Conservation at the Authority told journalists on Saturday. These heritages have been vulnerable to some level of damage due to old age and seasonal variation. According to director, the maintenance work for the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, which consist 11 medieval monolithic cave churches; and the Axum obelisk, the ruins of the ancient city of Aksum, will be started this year.
  • Malawi: Awilo Longomba Headlines Malawi Sand Music Festival

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/09/11 The organizers of the Sand Music Festival- Impact Events- have unveiled Congolese music legend Awilo Longombaas one of this year's festival international headliners. The festival returns this year from 27th to 29th October at Livingstonia Beach in Salima district.
  • Africa: Crafting an African Victory for the World

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 On May 25, 1963, Africans gathered in Addis Ababa to create the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor to today’s African Union. It stood tall in the minds of Africans who decided to unite for a common cause. It demonstrated our ability to set aside differences in order to make the world a better place. Presently, on 1 July 2017, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia will stand at the helm of the the World Health Organisation with the ambition to reform, transform and make world health and agile partner of economic transformation for the world.
  • How Tanzania Helped Soften Unesco Resolution in Favour of Israel

    ISRAEL, 2016/11/02 Tanzania was instrumental in helping the Israel to thwart the harsher Unesco resolution that sought to deny the Jewish national any historical ties to the Temple Mount. Unesco's World Heritage Committee (WHC) last Wednesday approved a resolution on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem, inclunding the Temple Mount. The resolution was part of Unesco's sustained efforts to try to reaffirm Jerusalem's placement on the inventory of endangered World Heritage Sites. But the sensitivities brought about by the contested status of East Jerusalem have always complicated matters.
  • Kenya's first Mr and Miss Albinism crowned

    KENYA, 2016/10/30 Young persons living with albinism in Kenya on Friday participated in the initial Mister and Miss Albinism in the capital Nairobi to demystify their condition. The Kenyan Albinism Society organised the pageant to celebrate ten years of its existence and to show the beauty in persons living with albinism inclunding to do away with stigma associated with the medical condition.
  • Long isolated, Africa’s Jewish ‘islands’ bridged by photographer’s lens

    JAPAN, 2016/07/25 The synagogues of emerging Jewish communities in Africa are often modest affairs at the end of bumpy dirt roads, communities which feel a historical or spiritual connection to Judaism, but are struggling to practice fully in their isolated conclaves. Judaism has always had a presence in North Africa, and later, in South Africa. But among this vast continent, dozens of new Jewish communities are beginning to reach out to the wider Jewish world. Some, like Ghana, believe they are historical descendants of Jewish traders in the Sahara. Others, in Uganda and Kenya, have felt a spiritual pull to Judaism. Photographer Jono David, 50, has attempted to capture intimate moments of small, emerging Jewish communities across Africa in 30 different nations and territories. An exhibition of some of those photos, The Children of Abraham and Sarah, is presently featured at Beit HaTfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People, through December. It is part of an installation that as well includes Nina Pereg’s two videos, filmed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, showing preparations to flip the holy site from a mosque to a synagogue and vice versa, during the two days each year at the same time as the whole complex is open to either Jews or Muslims.
  • Marrakech Biennale – The convergence point of art in Africa

    CASABLANCA, 2016/03/20 The event, first held in 2005, has this year drawn artists from the Arab world, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Culture Ministers from Sweden and Seychelles meet at Umea

    SWEDEN, 2014/02/03 Minister Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, the Minister responsible for Culture and Sports from Sweden, and Minister Alain St.Ange, the Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture from the Seychelles, used the opportunity of the events marking Umea as the Culture Capital of Europe for them to meet and exchange ideas on the development of culture. Minister St.Ange of the Seychelles used the opportunity of the conference to brief the Minister from Sweden on his discussions with regards to having a Sami indigenous group from Sweden fly the Swedish Flag and the Sami flag at the coming April carnival in the Seychelles. He explained that discussions were underway with the Swedish Arts Council to try and make this presentation a reality.
  • Uganda: The 2013 Uganda Film Festival As It Was

    UGANDA, 2013/09/10 Uganda: The 2013 Uganda Film Festival As It Was Monday The Uganda film festival was launched at the Serena Hotel and was set to go on for the whole week. The launch had the Minister of Data and National Guidance, Mary Karoro Okurut, as the guest of honor and celebrated local actor, Abbey Mukiibi, as the emcee (MC) of the night. The biggest highlight and the only entertainer at that was Myko Ouma, who showed his magic had magic.
  • 5 Reasons Nairobi Is Such An Incredible City!

    KENYA, 2013/01/15 Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. It’s an African city of extreme contrasts, a place where the modern and traditional mix, the rich and poor coexist, and where one can be stuck in a noisy traffic jam one moment and tucked away in a peaceful neighborhood the next. The diversity of Nairobi, and the multitude of attractions it offers, makes it such an incredible city to visit!