African artists, youth unite in pledge for peace

A pledge to end all forms of violence and set in motion a grassroots civil society campaign to promote peace was launched today by a coalition of community activists, artists, victims of war, academics, business leaders and African youth. Emmanuel Jal, a spokesperson for the coalition and a prominent peace campaigner, said: “We are losing […]

New Pan African collaboration starts

A bold and exciting Pan African collaboration gets underway at the upcoming South African Book Fair which takes place as a virtual event from September 11 to 13. The initiative aims to create a collaborative and co-ordinated approach towards increasing the promotion of local, African-owned and -controlled book production industries as well as the exchange […]

Sweden: African film festival in October

The annual CinemAfrica film festival held in Sweden will be a wholly online affair to be staged in October. CinemAfrica film festival 2020 is a new and exciting concept, which is due to Covid-1. The organizers, Sweden-based CinemAfrica, will also collaborate with the online streaming platform Festivalscope to keep the film festival going through on […]

Book review: a scholar, activist and adventurer

By Nvasekie N. Konneh To write a memoir is a brave act. It simply means to bare your soul to the world. To lay it all out there about you, your family and friends, some of your inner most secrets. If you decide to write a memoir, you will be confronted with question as which part […]

TV: Dehkontee Artists’ peace lectures start next month

The Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc. (DATI) “Kukatonon Peace Project” debuts on local TV channels in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) and on other worldwide cyber and social media channels on Monday, May 4 from 3-4 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The “Kukatonon Peace Project” is a cultural, historical, and educational lecture series that focuses on the peacebuilding […]

Kidjo wins Grammy for Best World Music Album

Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Celia at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month. This marks her fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall.  During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their contributions to world music, […]

Book review: Mystic poet in search of meanings

Reviewed by Nvasekie N. Konneh Poets are inspired and motivated by events, people and places or sometimes by imaginary ideas or thoughts. Some of these could be heroes of political struggle, religions, history, natural phenomenon or the aesthetic values of things around us. The sky, ocean, deep forest, gardens and the list may go on endlessly, […]

Akuko: using colorful socks to tell personal stories

Using socks to tell personal stories. This is not something you will hear on a normal day. But this indeed is something that Arinze Prosper Emegoakor is doing in Sweden with his Akuko brand. “In Sweden, we show our socks,” notes the Nigerian. Born in eastern Nigeria,  Emegoakor has lived half of his life outside of […]

UK-based group holds concert to help Liberian kids

Music for Liberia, a United Kingdom (UK)-based organization, will hold its annual charity concert on November 2 in London at the Farm Street Church for the benefit of Liberian children.  Proceeds from this concert will benefit the children at Mother Blessing’s Home in Mount Barclay, outside Monrovia, the Liberian capital. “The concert is a celebration of music […]

Street Festival in Linköping this weekend

The Skäggestorp Street Festival, a culture and street festival, will be held this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) in Linköping, Sweden. The event is filled with music, dance, poetry, storytelling, among other activities and will be staged in the Skäggestorp neighborhood.   The organizers note in a Facebook post that the festival serves as a meeting place […]