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March 20, 2013 at 10:32am
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2013 African Movie Academy Awards Nominations →

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AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short Film

1. Dead River - Tim Huebschle: Namibia

2. Elegy For A Revolutionary - Paul van Zyl: South Africa

3. Yellow Fever -  Ngendo Mukii: Kenya

4. Kwaku Ananse - Akosua Adoma Owusu: Ghana

5. Nhamo - Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein : Zimbabwe

6. Big Daddy - Chris Ihidero : Nigeria

7. Release - Sofia de Fay: South Africa

8. Burnt Forest - Zippy Kimundu : Kenya

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Documentary

1. Fuelling Poverty : Nigeria

2. Gun To Tape : Kenya

3. Swimming The Zambezi : South Africa

4. Give Me Back My Home : Kenya

5. The African Cypher Fly On The Wall: South Africa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Feature

1. Against The Grain : United States

2. Between Friends: Trinidad / Tobago

3. Stones In The Sun : Haiti / United States

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Diaspora Documentary

1. Fan Do Brasil : Brazil / Guatamela

2. My Thiero Boys : United States

3. Red, White, Black And Blue : United States

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Animation

1. Tageni’s Dol : Namibia

2. Adventure Of Zambezia : South Africa

3. Mission Impossible : Nigeria

4. Oba : Nigeria

5. Lion Of Judah : South Africa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film By An African Abroad

1. Turning Point : United States / Nigeria

2. Assasins Practice : United Kingdom / Nigeria

3. Last Flight To Abuja: United Kingdom / Nigeria

4. Bianca : United States / Nigeria

5. Woolwich Boys : United Kingdom / Nigeria

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Production Design

1. Virgin Magarida

2. Elelwani

3. The Twin Sword

4. The Contract

5. Blood And Henna

6. Okoro The Prince

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Costume Design

1. Twin Sword

2. Elelwani

3. Virgin Magarida

4. Blood And Henna

5. The Meeting

6. Cobweb

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Make:up

1. The Meeting

2. Twin Sword

3. Elelwani

4. Ninah’s Dowry

5. Okoro The Prince

6. Uhlanga, The Mark

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Soundtrack

1. Journey To Self

2. Okoro The Prince

3. The Last Fishing Boat

4. Hoodrush

5. Nairobi Half Life

6. The Twin Sword

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Visual Effects

1. Okoro The Prince

2. The Twin Sword

3. Elelwani

4. Last Flight To Abuja

5. Uhlanga, The Mark

6. Awakening

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Sound

1. Last Flight To Abuja

2. Streets Of Calabar

3. Hereos And Zereos

4. Zama Zama

5. Virgin Magarida

6. Nairobi Half Life

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Cinematography

1. Virgin Magarida

2. Nairobi Half Life

3. Uhlanga, The Mark

4. Swirl In Bamako

5. The Twin Sword

6. Elelwani

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Editing

1. Last Flight To Abuja

2. The Contract

3. Elelwani

4. Nairobi Half Life

5. Uhlanga The Mark

6. Hereos And Zereos

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Lightning

1. Zama Zama

2. The Flower Girl

3. Moi Zaphira

4. Elelwani

5. Uhlanga The Mark

AMAA 2013 Prize For Achievement In Screenplay

1. The Contract

2. Ninah’s Dowry

3. Hereos And Zereos

4. Alan Poza

5. Blood And Henna

6. Zama Zama

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Nigerian Film

1. Blood And Henna

2. Hereos And Zereos

3. The Meeting
4. Confusion Na Wa

5. The Twin Sword

6. Kokomma

7. Okoro The Prince

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film In An African Language

1. Moi Zaphira : Burkina Faso

2. Elelwani : South Africa

3. The Last Fishing Boat : Malawi

4. Nairobi Half Life : Kenya

5. Blood And Henna : Nigeria

6. Sherifa : Togo

7. Kokomma: Nigeria

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Child Actor

1. Cobweb

2. The Ugandan

3. Imbabazi, The Pardon

4. Ninah’s Dowry

5. Swirl In Bamako

6. Salimatu Traore (moi Zaphira)

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Promising Actor

1. Belinda Effah : Kokomma

2. Sumela Maculuva : Virgin Magarida

3. Joseph Wairimu : Nairobi Half Life

4. Shonelo Mbutho : Ulanga The Mark

5. Karoumwi Olakunle : The Twin Sword

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Supporting Role

1. Gabriel Afolayan : Hoodrush

2. Ali Nuhu : Blood And Henna

3. Olwenya Maina : Nairobi Half Life

4. Alfred Atungu : Twin Sword

5. Ikponmwosa Gold : Confusion Na Wa

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Supporting Role

1. Hermelinda Cimela : Virgin Magarida

2. Patience Ozokwo : Turning Point

3. Linda Ejiofor : The Meeting

4. Crista Eka : Ninah’s Dowry

5. Foluke Daramola : Cobweb

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role

1. Oc Ukeje : Alan Poza

2. Bimbo Manuel : Hereos And Zereos

3. Lindani Nkosi : Zama Zama

4. Justus Esiri : Assasins Practice

5. Hlomla Dandala : The Contract

6. Femi Jacobs : The Meeting

7. Amurin Wumnembom : Ninah’s Dowry

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role

1. Yvonne Okoro : The Contract

2. Florence Masebe : Elelwani

3. Mariam Ouedraogo : Moi Zaphira

4. Rita Dominic : The Meeting

5. Mbutung Seikeh : Ninah’s Diary

6. Flora Suya : Last Fishing Boat

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director

1. Kenneth Gyang : Confusion Na Wah

2. Shemu Joyah : Last Fishing Boat

3. Shirley Frimpong Manso: Contract

4. Niji Akanni : Hereos And Zeroes

5. David Kitounga : Nairobi Half Life

6. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli : Elelwani

AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film

1. Nairobi Half Life : Kenya

2. Ninah’s Dowry : Cameroon

3. Last Fishing Boat : Malawi

4. Virgin Margarida : Mozambique

5. Elelwani : South Africa

6. Last Flight To Abuja : Nigeria

7. Confusion Na Wa : Nigeria

March 18, 2013 at 11:23am
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SABMiller’s cassava beer set to boost agriculture in Ghana →

dynamicafrica:

SABMiller has launched a cassava beer in Ghana, the global brewing giant said on Thursday, and this will bolster its strategy of wooing low-income home-brew drinkers in African markets.

It also builds on the success of the world’s first commercially made cassava beer‚ Impala‚ which SABMiller unveiled in Mozambique 18 months ago.

Producers of alcoholic beverages stand to benefit from the growing consumer market in Africa as more people on the continent move out of poverty, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

“We see strong growth potential in the African market as more people move from home-brewed beer and spirits to commercially produced alcohol,” Knut Slatten, an analyst at Moody’s, said in a report released in May last year.

The beer will be brewed by SABMiller’s local subsidiary Accra Brewery under the brand name Eagle. The launch of Eagle will provide an opportunity to turn locally grown cassava into a cash crop‚ for farmers to generate income.

Much of the cassava in Ghana is grown by subsistence farmers and there is an estimated 40% surplus each year, partly because there is little opportunity for farmers to sell it in commercial markets.

Drought-resistant cassava, a starch-rich root vegetable, grows widely across Africa but degrades almost immediately after it is harvested. This‚ together with its high water content‚ makes it unsuitable for transport over long distances.

Absa Investments analyst Chris Gilmour said: “Up until recently, the limiting factor with cassava, which is the most widely grown crop in the whole of Africa, has been that it goes off within about 24 hours. SABMiller has the technology that allows for the harvesting and the subsequent treatment of the cassava pretty much on site.

“Eagle is aimed at attracting low-income consumers away from illicit alcohol. This is a virtuous circle: smallholder cassava farmers have a guaranteed market for their crop‚ which is then used to make consistently high quality‚ affordable beer for consumers; and the government realises increased revenues as people trade up into formal‚ taxable alcohol consumption‚” SABMiller Africa MD Mark Bowman said.

Eagle will be sold in 375ml bottles at a price point equal to 70% of mainstream lager. This is made possible by a reduced excise rate agreed with the Ghanaian government in recognition of the use of locally sourced commodities and the long-term contribution that Eagle is expected to make to agricultural and economic development in the country.

“In Africa, the big competition at the very low end of the market is from rather toxic home-brews that don’t have any kind of regulation. In Africa you have to go for a very cheap beer and cassava fits the bill, it makes an awful lot of sense.

“Over time it will start gaining traction. It is a high-quality, affordable beer,” Mr Gilmour said.

Dont do it! Keep brewing at home and no more cassava

10:54am
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African Union ‘deserves more respect’ →

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THE African Union (AU) is not adequately acknowledged and needs to be regarded highly by Africans and the global community if it is to be effective in its objectives.

This is according to academics from universities around the world who gathered at the University of South Africa (Unisa) in Pretoria on Thursday to commemorate 50 years since the establishment of the now disbanded Organisation of African Unity (OAU), as well as 140 years of Unisa.

Since being formally established about a decade ago, the AU has been criticised for not doing enough to resolve conflict on the continent or to promote economic and social development. Parts of the continent are reeling from recent conflict, including strife in South Sudan, Mali and Democratic Republic of Congo.

South Africa has played a key role in addressing some of these conflicts and looking at resolutions, some of which have been brokered at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Molefi Asante, professor of African American studies at Temple University in the US, said the OAU had been a progressive body that succeeded in liberating African people, but it did not bring about unity on the continent.

Prof Adebayo Olukoshi, director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, said the AU, and agreements reached by the organisation, had to be respected by African leaders and by those elsewhere in the world.

“We have a problem where leaders meet in Addis and sign agreements in one regard, only to go to Washington or to Europe, and sign another deal that contradicts the one they agreed on in Addis. This is problematic,” Prof Olukoshi said.

He also said the AU needed to be financially independent as it had become too “donor-ised”, with 98% of its programme budget coming from donors.

Prof Peter Lawrence, of Keele University in the UK, said Africa needed more intra-continental trade and economic independence.

Prof Ebrahim Sall, of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, in Senegal, said problems such as France intervening in the Mali conflict faster than African countries could react had to be addressed. France sent troops to Mali in January to help oust Islamist rebels.

“I never thought I would see a South African president tell the world that it allowed France to take forces to Mali,” prominent academic Prof Barney Pityana said.

Prof Chris Landsberg, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, said there were well-run institutions on the continent, but they were not regarded as highly as those in the West.

“Before the 2007 Kenya elections, the African Peer Review Mechanism warned of violence during the elections,” he said. “It also warned of xenophobia in South Africa before those horrific events in 2008. But no one acted. If it was the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund that warned of this, I am sure we would have seen prompt action from Africa’s leaders.”

10:51am
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TODAY’S CLASSIC TUNE: Youssou N’Dour - Birima

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5:35am
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Turning my obstacles into stepping stones →

blessed be and thank you Sooooooo x7mil much for sharing 

5:28am
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12:05am
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Las Robertas.  Latina punk band from San Jose, Costa Rica.  You can take a listen to their awesome music here. 

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Las Robertas.  Latina punk band from San Jose, Costa Rica.  You can take a listen to their awesome music here

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12:00am
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My hope is my blood. It sustains me and is the very substance that keeps me together,moving me forward and waking me up. When my hope is low so is my physical and mental health making me vulnerable to depression,infections and viruses. Being optimistic is no picnic.

Oh the complications of life. Without them I would never experience my full spectrum of senses,emotions,actions and thoughts.

March 17, 2013 at 11:00pm
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10:59pm
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after spending so many months alone…lonliness has left my home but visits when im most vulnerable

Ive learned that no friend is no better or no worse

10:36pm
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From our senior editor Trent Gilliss:

“A poet is the ‘Amen’ before the utterance of prayer.” ~Dominique Ashaheed from Denver, Colorado
What a magnificent, strong figure, and a lyrical voice to boot. I only wish I could’ve made it to the Women of the World Poetry Slam finals this past week!
(Big thanks to City Pages for the layout.)

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From our senior editor Trent Gilliss:

“A poet is the ‘Amen’ before the utterance of prayer.”
~Dominique Ashaheed from Denver, Colorado

What a magnificent, strong figure, and a lyrical voice to boot. I only wish I could’ve made it to the Women of the World Poetry Slam finals this past week!

(Big thanks to City Pages for the layout.)

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8 awesome Black women in political media. Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry, Goldie Taylor, Tamron Hall, Anthea Butler, Donna Brazile, Zerlina Maxwell, and Joy Reid. They’re smart, educated, accomplished, and insightful. Some have previous media experience and writing/publishing experience as well as activist work. I appreciate their voices, whether their particular views on a topic matches mine or not—their voices are important.

Gwen Ifill, Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall have their own shows; Washington Week, The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and NewsNation, respectively. Donna Brazile is a CNN commentator and political strategist/analyst. Goldie Taylor frequents MSNBC shows for cultural criticism and political commentary. Anthea Butler is a frequent political analyst guest on The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and Joy Reid frequents MSNBC shows and was recently on an episode of Meet The Press.

name the LatiNegra!

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9:43pm
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Some day ill get that person or person(s) that i want to spend all my extra time with and that time can be spent in mostly silence and itll be nothing but the ordinary cause we get lost in ourselves and in one another simultaneously. Being together isnt a duty but neither a choice….cant help but be drawn together and when no one talks its as if theyve been gone for too long and a warm smile will do the trick saying ‘im right here and im smiling on you…will you return the sunshine?’

Im fucking rambling and lonely

9:30pm
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Beautiful



Come be beautiful next to me

keimi:

Beautiful

Come be beautiful next to me

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