Wednesday, October 31, 2012

For Kids in Africa, A New Way To Learn

In the remote village of Adeiso, Ghana, when a bright child such as 14-year-old Emefa asks for something new to read, the answer is usually, “Maybe, in a few years, if the shipment arrives, there will be something.” This is typical of sub-Saharan Africa, where lack of access to books is one of the biggest limiting factors for a child’s future.

But because of new technology, this may be changing.
That’s the hope of Worldreader, a non-profit organization devoted to using Kindles to bring books—and the life-changing, power-creating ideas within them—to all in the developing world. “We are working in a part of the world where there are no books,” says Susan Moody of Worldreader. “With Kindles, you go from empty libraries and children unable to get their hands on reading material, to suddenly being able to carry a library around with them in their hand.”

Why Kindles? Susan explains: “The Kindle is a device that was made for you and me to use on the bus and at night in our beds, but it’s a device that actually meets the needs of the developing world very nicely. Kindles have become increasingly affordable, the battery-life can be as long as a month, and they are easily recharged using wind or solar energy. Since they use cell-phone networks to operate, which are already omnipresent even in the remotest parts of Africa, they don’t require new infrastructure in the schools. And the kids can read them outside, even in the brightest sunlight.”

“Best of all,” continues Susan, “one Kindle holds more than a thousand books, and new books can be downloaded in 60 seconds. That means printing costs disappear, and shipping gets reduced to nearly nothing. Suddenly it becomes feasible to imagine every child having access not only to books, but to a choice between thousands of books from all over the world.”

The situation at Adeiso Junior High, where Emefa is a student, was bleak. “They were one of the schools lucky enough to have a library, but the library had very few books, and 10 of them were The History of Utah,” says Susan. “While book drives are often meant with the best of intentions, often times the books that arrive aren't the ones that will inspire a child to read more.” Last year, when Worldreader brought Kindles to the kids at Adeiso, each one was loaded with hundreds of children’s stories and local Ghanaian folk tales, in English as well as Twi, the local language.

“The children could operate the Kindle within minutes. They are used to operating cell phones, so the gadgetry wasn’t foreign to them. Within minutes kids were downloading books and reading.”

When Emefa finished one book and asked for another, the answer was one she wasn’t expecting. “Sure! Just push this button…”

So with all their new choices, what are the kids reading? “We see that children love to read stories about things that are impacting them,” says Susan, “stories about how to care for a friend that has malaria, and other everyday problems in their lives. They are reading local books by local writers, while at the same time they are exploring ideas from around the world. They are reading Curious George, they are downloading samples from international newspapers, and they are even reading things like Jay Z’s autobiography.”

Mohamed Aminou, a teacher at Adeiso Junior High School, was one of the first to use the Kindle in his classroom. “From the very day that the children had this Kindle in their hand, you could see that they were motivated. They take it everywhere they go, and they are reading, and they have delight in what they are reading. The ability of children to read more, also to read ahead— that ability has increased. It has gone high!” Mohamed hopes that soon Kindles will arrive for all the children. “The school would be flooded with kids if that should happen.”


Worldreader has brought over 200,000 e-books to children in Ghana, Kenya, and Uganda, and their new goal is to increase that number to a million. They are working with publishers and companies like Amazon, who donated the initial Kindles, delivered the e-books using Whispercast, and has recently increased its support with additional free Kindles and free cloud computing from Amazon Web Services.

See what the kids are reading.
Learn how Whispercast delivered e-books for Worldreader.

African Leaders Urged To Invest in Jobs, Infrastructure and Protecting Development Gains

Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank.

31 Oct 2012 08:00 Africa/Lagos

African leaders urged to invest in jobs, infrastructure and protecting development gains

The title for this year's African Economic Conference will be “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty”

KIGALI, October 31, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Opening an unprecedented gathering of experts here, present and former African Heads of State urged business, community and political leaders to help turn the continent's impressive growth into economic opportunities for ordinary citizens.

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame, inaugurating the country's first African Economic Conference (, said, “In Rwanda, we understand that politics and economics go hand in hand and we have made a conscious and deliberate choice of inclusive development based on our political reality. By and large, they have produced positive results. Growth has been consistent and poverty levels considerably reduced by 12 per cent from 56.9 per cent to 44 per cent in five years.”

Organized each year by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) ( and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the title for this year's African Economic Conference will be “Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty”.

Africa has weathered the economic crisis and achieved considerable advances in the area of poverty reduction and human development. However, the region is still home to high levels of poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality in political voice and access to resources.

“Over the first decade of this century, with the exception of 2008, Africa experienced exceptional economic performance and growth in GDP per capita,” said Helen Clark, the UNDP Administrator. “But there is a way to go in many countries to translate that growth into higher human development. Deliberate policy measures and targeted investments are needed to make growth not just fast, but also inclusive and sustainable.”

Participants on the opening day said that the key issue for the continent was to shift from commodity-based to innovative, diversified economies at a time when foreign direct investment, aid and remittances were drying up.

Donald Kaberuka, the President of the African Development Bank, underscored the need for long-term solutions. He suggested that Africa's growth should include doing research on solutions on how African countries could internally finance their development, and learning from what has gone wrong globally to redesign their policies.

Africa must invest in quality education in order to stop children from inheriting poverty from generation to generation, said Kaberuka.

“This is how you stop children from inheriting living conditions of debt, and once you do that you have stopped the transmission of poverty,” he told an opening session.

“Inclusive development must include equity, equality, popular participation not only in politics but also in the economy itself and then of course there must be transparency, and all those things that make the governed believe and have confidence in those who govern them,” added the Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Participants at the conference also said that protecting communities from food and fuel price volatility, climate change and political instability required putting in place bold measures for social protection, including insurance, credit and employment schemes.

The African Economic Conference is organized as a series of open thematic debates, combined with sessions that review policy research from across the continent. The conference provides a uniquely open forum for political leaders, academics and emerging talent from the continent to discuss solutions to Africa's pressing development issues.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the African Development Bank.

The full event programme is available at: http://

About the African Economic Conference ( The main objective of the Conference is to provide a platform for experts on Africa, both within and outside the continent, to reflect and discussnew directions for growth policy on the continent in order to determine the best approaches to attain the Millennium Development Goals, achieve the objectives of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), and accelerate Africa's sustainable development. For more information:

Media contacts:

United Nations Development Programme: Nausicaa Habimana Kantengwa: Cell: +250 (0) 783 010 571

African Development Bank: Magatte Wade, +216.98.343.734

Economic Commission for Africa: Yinka Adeyemi, +251 911 201798

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President Paul Kagame.

31 Oct 2012 09:48 Africa/Lagos

Kagame opens African Economic Conference, calls for models that respond to local needs

ADDIS ABABA, October 31, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Rwandese leader, President Paul Kagame today in Kigali opened the 7th African Economic Conference, calling it an opportunity for leading African economists to look beyond purely economic factors for solutions to Africa's developmental problems.

Convened by the Economic Commission for Africa, (ECA), the African Development Bank, (AFDB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the three-day conference is focusing on the theme Inclusive and Sustainable Development in an Age of Economic Uncertainty, according to ECA's Information and Communication Service.

He said that analysts might point to issues of governance and lack of sufficient transformational leaders but “the real problem is that our economists must be ready to come up with new ideas for economic models that meet the needs of African people”.

President Kagame made a joke of Africa's persistent economic woes despite the huge number of economist that the continent counts, saying “I think African economist have become politicians”.

“To be fair, if the economic progress of our countries were to depend only on sound economic planning, I think we would have made tremendous progress in Africa”, he said.

Frequently speaking off prepared notes, he made a hardly veil attempt to address the issue of recent sanctions imposed by some countries on Rwanda for its perceived role in the political instability that has bedeviled the Democratic Republic of Congo for over a decade.

He shed light on Rwanda's progress and explained those achievements in the areas of women empowerment, information, communication and technology, food sufficiency and good governance as the fruit of deliberate planning, careful implementation and shared ownership of all programmes by the people of Rwanda.

Before the President, Ms Helen Clark and Dr. Donald Kaberuka, respectively UNDP Administrator and President of the African Development Bank had welcomed participants with encouraging words for action-oriented outcomes that could be used to transform current growth figures on Africa into concrete improvements on the livelihood of peoples of the region.

“In an era when economic volatility seem to have become the norm, achieving inclusive growth is a big challenge”, she said.

She called for greater and sustained transformational leadership, targeted actions to generate policy solutions that can drive growth economic growth in Africa.

Dr. Kaberuka argued that inclusive growth is both possible and indeed, a good investment for Africa but insisted on the need for its leaders to believe in the future of this continent.

Contending that for real development to occur, Africa must chart its course, the AfDB boss revealed that Africa, as a continent actually has more money than India, but questioned why it continues to seek assistance from the Asian country.

After today's opening session, participants moved straight into two plenary sessions on Inclusive and sustainable development in an age of economic uncertainty and leadership for inclusive development.

In the first session, Jeff Koinange of the Nairobi-based KTV moderated a panel discussion between Mr. Kaberuka and Ms Clark.

During the second session two former leaders, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Prime Minister Joachim Rafael Branco of Sao Tome and Principe shared their personal experiences on leadership for inclusive development.

Source: Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The World’s Largest Dairy Farm Project Managed by Afimilk is Up and Running

The World’s Largest Dairy Farm Project Managed by Afimilk is Up and Running

AFIKIM, Israel, October 30, 2012 ,PRNewswire/ — Under the direction of afimilk, the largest, most comprehensive dairy farm project in the world has entered its third year, and is operating in five of 12 farms with 23,000 cattle.

The project, located in Vietnam, was planned and constructed by on-site afimilk experts. These experienced personnel brought to Vietnam their expertise in farm and dairy management, feed production, water treatment, waste water management and veterinary services.

In recent years, Vietnamese milk consumption has increased by 5-7% annually, and the country has a shortage of some 650,000 tons of milk a year. Aimed to supply 50% of the Vietnamese milk market, the ambitious project is guided by the vision that every child in Vietnam will drink a glass of milk a day. Now turning out 200 tons a day, the mega-dairy plans to supply more than 300,000 tons yearly by 2015.

Today, the dairies have a total of 11,000 milking cows and 12,000 heifers. Some 4,000 more heifers will be imported from New Zealand during the next six months.

“Milk is an essential need for the human development of Vietnam, and the TH Milk project will bring wide benefits in this effort,” says Ms. Thai Huong, general director of North Asia Bank and chair of TH Milk, which is financing the project.“You must complete your strategic thinking before developing a project like this quickly. However, the critical factor in the success of this project has been the Israeli experts guiding the Vietnamese.”

Ultimately, the enormous dairy will be locally-run. afimilk personnel will gradually phase out, and will transfer complete control of the dairy to local teams. Already, at the conclusion of phase one, milking parlors and management software are managed by the local teams.

In addition to producing much-needed milk for Vietnam, this complex serves as a showcase, demonstrating afimilk’s proficiency to international visitors interested in similar size projects.
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afimilk provides dairy producers the technology and the knowledge to profitably produce high quality milk. Committed to meeting all needs of the modern dairy farm, afimilk seeks to enhance such crucial areas as fertility, health, feed, herd planning, milk quality and farm management. A technological pioneer, afimilk was the first to introduce an electronic milk meter in 1979, a pedometer for monitoring cows’ health in 1984, a dairy farm management system in 1993, and an online milk analyzer in 2008.

afimilk systems are at work in more than 50 countries on five continents. Kibbutz Afikim and Fortissimo Capital, Israel’s leading private equity firm, are the two shareholders in afimilk.

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Oil & Gas Health and Safety Performance Indicators Report

DALLAS, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ISN has published an Oil & Gas Health and Safety Performance Indicators Report for the year 2011. The comprehensive report provides a compilation of key health and safety performance indicators, including Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR), Days Away, Restricted or Transferred Rate (DART) and Fatality Rate information.
Data from about 20,000 contracting companies representing more than five billion work hours of activity in the U.S. Upstream (Exploration and Production), Midstream (Pipelines) and Downstream (Refining) industries is included in the report.  The data presented is aggregated by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes as well as by ISN Work Types for an added level of granularity in the benchmarking information.

"The main purpose of this report is to provide contractors, suppliers and Owners/Operators industry specific health and safety performance data useful for benchmarking their organization's performance," said Dag Yemenu, ISN Director of Data Analysis and Reporting. "The level of detail, coupled with the richness of the data used, makes the ISN report a relevant and unique source of benchmarking information for the industry." 

"Accurate benchmarking is a critical piece for driving performance improvement within organizations and the industry in general," said Joseph Eastin, President of ISN. "We hope that the publication will provide valuable information to enable continual health and safety performance improvement efforts in the workplace." 
Visit "Health & Safety Performance Indicators" to request your copy of the full benchmarking report.

About ISNISN provides an online contractor management database, ISNetworld, which is designed to meet internal and governmental record keeping and compliance requirements. ISN collects health and safety, procurement, quality and regulatory information for more than 44,000 contractors and 265 Owner Clients. ISN's subject matter experts review and verify this information to assess the accuracy, relevance and timeliness of the data. Connecting Owner Clients with safe, reliable and sustainable contractors and suppliers around the globe allows these organizations to use ISN as an integral part of their management systems. For more information, visit

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Growing Role for Africa in the “Golden Age of Gas” - Report

30 Oct 2012 06:16 Africa/Lagos

Growing role for Africa in the “Golden Age of Gas” - Report

Opportunities will extend in most areas to the smaller, local E&P players as well, most often in partnerships with larger, more-experienced players

JOHANNESBURG, October 30, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- With open access and attractive leasing terms, Africa's oil and natural gas resources continue to attract a broad spectrum of investors, according to a new report from Ernst & Young ( Natural gas in Africa – The frontiers of the Golden Age launched at Africa Oil & Gas Week.


Elias Pungong, Ernst & Young's Oil & Gas Leader for Africa says, “Natural gas development holds tremendous opportunity for Africa. It can be a primary driver of economic growth and broader social development, as well as a major spur for local employment growth and infrastructure development.”

The big future for African gas lies in the East of Africa

The report spotlights Africa's rapidly evolving natural gas sector, and while Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt and Libya are identified as holding significant reserves, the production of gas is considerably lower in these countries. More recently, the sector's growth has been concentrated in West Africa, with the huge associated gas resources that accompanied the deepwater oil boom, led by Nigeria and Angola. While the West African gas growth will continue as flaring is reduced and local gas infrastructure is developed, the big future for African gas lies in the East of Africa with the massive offshore gas discoveries in East Africa, particularly in Mozambique and Tanzania.

Pungong comments: “While the risk rankings overall in Africa are quite high, for many countries the “risk trend” is improving, Most importantly though, the opportunities for Africa in this sector are enormous and the challenges and risks can be addressed and mitigated.”

Africa's gas reserves will be more than just headline opportunities for the national oil companies (NOCs), the deep-pocketed oil and gas majors, their big international exploration and production (E&P) counterparts as well as well-known African oil and gas specialists.

Opportunities for local supplies abound

The ramp-up in E&P activity brings opportunity for the oilfield services (OFS) segment, but again, not just for the big international OFS players, but also for local and regional companies that can contribute to the supply chains and to the associated upstream support infrastructure. The broader infrastructure build-out could also include massive export facilities, as in the case of liquefied natural gas (LNG), but also smaller projects such as pipelines and gas distribution networks to support local/regional domestic gas demand.

The associated development or expansion of a domestic gas demand sector could also bring substantial commercial opportunities in the power generation, industrial and even transportation sectors. Indeed, many of the gas flaring reduction efforts are tied to domestic gas use projects.

Pungong concludes, “African governments and regional NGOs will of course have critical roles to play – first and foremost, developing a meaningful and practical master gas development plan, one that addresses the upstream tax and licensing models, as well as the necessary infrastructure issues and investments, and local training and job creation issues. Collaboration and partnerships with the IOCs, both big and small, will likewise be critical.”

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Omotosho's Man On Ground for Colours of the Nile Film Festival

Akin Omotosho.

Nigerian-born South African actor and director Akin Omotosho's thriller Man On Ground is one of the major highlights of the Best of the Fest category at the inaugural Colours of the Nile International Film Festival (CNIFF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 7-11 November 2012, introducing the best of African cinema to African audiences. The festival will screen 58 titles, all of which will be African, East African or Ethiopian premieres.
The Colours of the Nile International Film Festival is organized by Blue Nile Film and Television Academy and the Ethiopian Filmmakers Association.

The Best of the Fest selection will showcase critically acclaimed films dealing with Africa.

Films in competition come from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia.

London broker Ade's investigations into his missing brother's whereabouts lead him to the townships of Johannesburg. When xenophobic riots erupt he is obliged to take refuge at his brother's boss's office-where he discovers a terrible secret.

Jozifest - Best Film
Africa Movie Academy Awards - Special Jury Award

-Toronto International Film Festival 2011
-Berlin International Film Festival 2012
-Africa International Film Festival 2011
-Dubai International Film Festival 2011

Hakeem Kae-Kazim as Ade
Fabian Adeoye Lojede as Femi
Fana Mokoena as Timothi

“We’re very proud of our lineup,” says CNIFF president Abraham Haile Biru, a two-time Best Cinematographer winner at FESPACO for Darrat (Dry Season) and Abouna (Our Father). “The titles show that a new wave of modern African cinema is coming of age; they present a new vision of the continent and its creativity.”

Biru is the founder and manager of Blue Nile Film and Television Academy, a pioneering training institute in Addis Ababa that is organizing the festival with The Ethiopian Filmmakers Association.

“We’ve got an exciting line-up,” says artistic director Alla Verlotsky, a Ukrainian-born, USA-based scholar and distributor of international cinema. “These films are daring, sophisticated, truly artistic, deeply honest and internationally accessible.”

CNIFF has three competitive selections, dedicated to features, documentaries and short films by African directors and/or produced by African countries in the last two years. 11 prizes will be awarded, including The Great Nile Award for Best Feature Film Director.

The members of the jury are New York City-based documentary filmmaker Henry Corra; French film director and screenwriter Karim Dridi; Ethiopian director Solomon Bekele Weya; and South African producer Letebele Masemola-Jones.

Alla says, “In the past African cinema gave us gems that belong not only to the African film treasury, but the film treasury of the world. One of the first restored projects of Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation was Touki Bouki by the great Djibril Diop Mambéty. Today, a conversation on film culture is impossible without mentioning the symbolism of Souleymane Cissé’s Yeelen, the poetic realism of Sarah Moldoror’s Sambizanga, and the expressionism of Ousmane Sembene’s Moolaadé. But as our line-up shows, African cinema of today is on the way to establishing a new identity, embracing digital technologies and urban culture, often living in multiple geographical locations, existing in a global context and thinking with universal references.”

Alain Gomis is the 2012 filmmaker in focus, with his film Tey, a co-production between Senegal and France, as the opening night film. American slam poet Saul Williams stars as Satche, a man who knows he’ll die in the next 24 hours. After its world premiere in competition at Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter called Tey “an unusually serene, non-Western meditation on the inevitability of death… laced with surprising moments of lightness amid the melancholy tenderness.”

To commemorate 50 years of Alger’s independence, CNIFF will host a special screening of A Trip to Algiers/Voyage a Alger, co-presented with Cinematheque Afrique.

CNIFF will also feature four non-competitive selections:

*The Best of the Fest selection will showcase critically acclaimed films dealing with Africa, like Kim Nguyen’s Berlin and Tribeca winner, Rebelle (War Witch); Mahamet-Saleh Haroun’s Cannes winner, A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie); Mika Kaurismaki’s Miriam Makeba documentary, Mama Africa; Caroline Kamya’s multi-award-winning Imani; Akin Omotoso’s Nigerian/South Africa co-production about xenophobia, Man on Ground; and Wanuri Kahui’s science fiction short, Pumzi.

*A showcase of Ethiopian cinema, curated by Abebe Beyene of The Ethiopian Filmmakers Association;

*A homage to Senegalese cinema, co-presented with Cinematheque Afrique;

*African documentaries from Al Jazeera English;

*Location Africa, a selection of African stories set in Africa, told by non-African directors.

CNIFF is made possible with the generous support of partners The Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival; Addis Ababa Tourism Bureau; Seagull Films; and Institut Francais, as well as sponsors European Union; French Embassy; East Africa Audiovisual; Alliance Francaise; Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa; EUNIC; Egypt Air; Italian Cultural Institution; FBC; and NISCO.

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The eight films in the feature film competition are:

Burn It Up Djassa/Le Djassa a Pris Feu (Ivory Coast),
Burn It Up Djassa, which screened in the Discovery section of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, is a journey into the ghettos of Abidjan just before the country’s civil war.

TIFF programmer Rasha Saiti called it “a raw, noir-tinged urban legend set to the cadence of slam poetry and the beat of street dance,” adding that it “signals the arrival of an exciting new artistic movement from Africa's Ivory Coast.”
Sadly debut director Lonesome Solo lost everything in the Ivorian civil war, which broke out just months afterfilming, and has been missing since earlier this year when he disappeared while travelling overland across West Africa to Europe.
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Fragrance of a Lemon/Lomi Sheta (Ethiopia)
World premiere:   Details to be announced. 

Grey Matter / Matière Grise (Rwanda)
Kivu Ruhorahoza’s debut film is the first feature directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland. A self-referential film about filmmaking, Grey Matter won Best Actor for Ramadhan Bizimana and a Special Jury Mention for Best New Narrative Director at Tribeca 2011 “for its audacious and experimental approach.”
As the Tribeca jury said, “This film speaks of recent horrors and genocide with great originality. We wanted to give a special commendation to this filmmaker for his courage and vision.” 
Watch and embed the trailer at

On the Edge/Sur la Planche (Morocco)
Winner of seven international awards, On The Edge is the story of two factory workers flirting with crime in Tangiers. It’s the debut film from Moroccan writer/director Leila Kilani.
The Guardian said the film “should appeal to audiences everywhere, with bags of energy, a team of explosive young actresses and a poetic hold-up… suffused by the Arab spring.”
Watch and embed the trailer at
Otelo Burning (South Africa)
Directed by Sara Blecher, Otelo Burning was the most nominated film at the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards, where it won Best Cinematography (Lance Gewer) and Best Child Actor (Tsephang Mohlomi). 
Telling the story of a group of township teenagers who discover the joy of surfing, Otelo Burning was also named Best Film at The Cape Winelands Film Festival and won the Audience Award at CineramaBC in Brazil.
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Restless City (Congo / USA)
The story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City was an official selection at Sundance, Dubai and BFI London film festivals.
Variety called it “extraordinarily beautiful,” while The Hollywood Reporter said it was “stunning… an intense twist on the American dream.” 
Watch and embed the trailer at

The Repentant / El Taaib (Algeria)
The Repentant tells the story of an Islamic terrorist who takes advantage of a national amnesty to return to society. The winner of Label Europa Cinemas at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, it’s the latest film by multi-award-winning Algerian writer/director Merzak Allouache (Bab El-Oued City).

Virgin Margarita / Virgem Margarida (Mozambique)
In this feature film inspired by true stories, veteran documentary filmmaker Licinio Azevedo focuses on the post-independence Mozambiquan re-education camps that aimed to develop the proper revolutionary spirit in sex workers. 
TIFF programmer Rasha Saiti called it an “evocative exposé of a little-known chapter in the contemporary history of Mozambique” and a “dramatic and inspiring elegy to the insurgent spirit of women across nations, histories and cultures.”
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Monday, October 29, 2012

Nigerian Youths Are Too Lazy To Read And Degenerating Intellectually

Nigerian youths.

When Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, a former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises and also the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja said Nigerian youths are too lazy to read and reflect, many of them attacked him. But heaven knows that he is only saying the truth.

Majority of Nigerian youths are indeed too lazy to read and prefer to waste hours of quality time on chatting and gossiping on their smart phones and on social network sites costing them millions of naira daily and making the ISPs and GSM telecom operators richer by billions. But they hardly spend money on buying books to read, except the compulsory text books and handouts they have to study to pass their compulsory examinations for the qualifications they need to secure their preferred occupations and professions just to earn subsistence income and pay some bills. Such basic lifestyle has not done much for their intellectual development and in fact contributes little to the GDP and GNP of Nigeria, because they spend their incomes mostly on imported consumables that only make Nigeria to lose trillions of dollars on imported foods and goods and not on creative and productive economies of nation building.

The absence of an active reading culture has made majority of Nigerian youths to degenerate intellectually and lose the essential values and virtues of human dignity, integrity and nobility. That is why there is a prevalent state of social decadence among the majority of Nigerian youths who have made themselves underachievers and unemployable where skilled labour is required, that is why majority of them are jobless and lacking the intellectual capabilities to be creative and productive, except rushing into get-rich quick schemes and scams online and offline. And even thousands of those who claim to be artistes in the entertainment industry of movies and music are not skilled and have only become mediocre actors and actresses; mediocre hip hop artistes and dancers who don't even know how to dance or sing as shown in their bad music videos and music CDs making more noise than sense.

The tragedies of our intellectually indolent youths are seen on the street as they engage in various crimes and malpractices creating more social, economic and political problems worsening the Nigerian crisis.
The boys and girls with below average IQs behave like dullards and idiots and the best activities they are engaged in are addictions to following foreign soccer leagues and championships and indulging in rampant promiscuous sexual practices increasing the sero-prevalence rates of STDs and HIV/AIDs to make Nigeria the third worst affected country in the world.
See the fact sheet on HIV Infection in Nigeria and Youths Vulnerability on

The sooner Nigerian youths start reading and reading good books, the better, safer, richer and wiser they would be in their occupations and professions for the nation building of a New Nigeria in the leadership of Africa among the comity of nations.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima


Saturday, October 27, 2012

On Racism in America

Photo Credit: Jamaicans.

Well, white folks still treat black folks better than Arabs.
Arabs don't like blacks at all and they have massacred many black Sudanese in Darfur.
America is still better than Europe, Asia, Middle East, Australia and North Africa.
Will white Britons elect a Black Prime Minister or let any of the royal Princesses wed a black man?
White Americans have accepted more Blacks than other races.
All White Americans cannot love Blacks till the end of the world.
As all Muslims cannot love all Christians till Judgement Day.
We cannot please everybody.

We all bleed red blood and our brains and hearts have the same color.

Racism is caused by ignorance and insecurity.
The most enlightened people are not racists and will never be racists.
But intellectually immature and insecure people will remain narrow-minded.

We blacks have done more collateral damages to ourselves than our White colonial rulers. The Nigerian civil war claimed over a million lives, Rwandan genocide claimed over 800, 000 lives, the Darfur genocide has claimed over 400, 000 lives and the war in Congo is claiming thousands of lives before our very eyes.

How many blacks are in college compared to jail?
Law Professor Michelle Alexander made headlines with her statement that more Blacks reside “in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began. ”
Only education can set us free from every discrimination by race, class or creed.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima


Racism in America.

The World Entrepreneurship Forum Announces Winners of its 2012 Awards

From left to right : Jean-Luc Decornoy, Forum's co-president and CEO KPMG SA France, Gérard Collomb, Senator-Mayor, Lyon city, and Mo Ibrahim, founder of Celtel & the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

From left to right : Melissa Kushner, Founder "Goods for good", Tony Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga, Aude de Thuin, founder of the Women's forum and "Osons la France"

LYON, France, October 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Originating from four continents and symbolizing with their success stories the very sense of entrepreneurship, the “Entrepreneurs for the World 2012” Awardees were revealed yesterday at the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s prestigious annual gala ceremony.

One of the leading bodies of its kind, the World Entrepreneurship Forum aims to foster sustainable development which combines both social justice and economic growth. This year’s event attracted over 200 participants from 59 countries – business and social entrepreneurs as well as policy makers, experts and academics.
The Forum made awards, in recognition of their achievements in their particular fields, to five individuals in the following categories:

Entrepreneur – Mo Ibrahim : Anglo-Sudanese
Founder of the African telecommunications giant, Celtel, Mo Ibrahim has now set out to improve the day to day lives of over 700 million Africans by encouraging best practice in political leadership and governance across the continent. His first step has been to set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which manages an index ranking the quality of governance in all 53 African countries and a prize awarded to democratically elected former Heads of State who have delivered security, health, education, rights, rule of law and economic development to their constituents.

Social Entrepreneur – Tony Meloto: Phillipino
The founder of Gawad Kalinga, a template for enabling volunteers to build integrated, holistic and, perhaps most importantly, sustainable communities in slum areas across the developing world. Initially focused on the Philippines, Gawad Kalinga now works with over 2000 communities across its original home, Indonesia, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea and has attracted interest as far afield as Latin America and South Africa. Believing that poverty is as much about the loss of human dignity as about scarcity of resources, it seeks to bridge the gap between rich and poor, government and the private sector.

Women Entrepreneur – Aude de Thuin: French
Initially trained as a psychologist, Aude is the founder of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. An annual event which now embraces over 1,200 delegates the Women’s Forum is designed to promote the representation of women in all areas of society and greater gender parity in all seats of power. The Women’s Forum has been recognised by the Financial Times as one of the most influential of its kind in the world. In 2011, having built its international reputation, she resigned from the Women’s Forum to found “Osons la France”, conceived to encourage society to resist the current economic gloom and “dare to believe in France”.

Policy maker – Irina Bokova: Bulgarian
The first woman to hold the post of Director General of UNESCO. A former Bulgarian minister for foreign affairs, her contribution to her country’s development has been recognised by The New York Times, which described her as playing an active role in Bulgaria’s transformation to become a European Union member. She plays a key role at UNESCO in transforming education to develop global citizenship.

Young Entrepreneur – Melissa Kushner: American
The founder of goods for good which helps local communities in Africa to care for more than 67,000 orphans by providing them with the surplus goods of the developed world – so far over 100 tons of children’s clothes, school equipment, toys and other supplies. Goods for good also helps to build businesses with community centres which provide vulnerable children with real opportunities to live successful, self-sufficient lives.

About the World Entrepreneurship Forum

Founded by EMLYON Business School, KPMG France, Singaporean institutions Action Community for Entrepreneurship and Nanyang Technological University, Grand Lyon and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Lyon, and Zhejiang University in China; the World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first global think-tank dedicated to entrepreneurs, creators of wealth and social justice.

Since 2008, 350 members from 76 countries have met to tackle our world’s most pressing issues with entrepreneurial solutions.
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