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CELEBITY PROFILING: SUPER STAR SOLANGE YIJIKA GETS THE BLOGGER TREATMENT

Once people reach the minimun level of success and recognition you almost expect them to change. With so much attention, it can be easy...

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Friday, 22 July 2016

AID ACTIVIST IN SOUTH AFRICA DEMANDS TREATMENT FOR ALL



As the world observed Nelson Mandela International Day, thousands of civil rights activists from South Africa and across the world took to the streets of Durban, South Africa, calling for treatment for all while highlighting the disconnect between political promises to end AIDS and the realities on the ground.

ANTI-CHILD MARRIAGE ORDER PASSED INTO LAW BY GAMBIAN PARLIAMENT



 I must say I am supprise at this; specially the the fact that gambia is dominated by the muslem religion.

The Gambian Parliament has passed a law against child marriage two weeks after President Yahya Jammeh verbally prohibited the practice. Child marriage is now punishable by twenty years imprisonment.

“An adult who voluntarily enters into marriage on behalf of a child or who pushes a child into a marriage, helps, encourages or participates in the celebration of any wedding of a child, commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment not exceeding twenty years,” according to a text adopted by the National Assembly on Thursday.

The same document stated that, “an adult who learns about such a marriage proposal and willfully fails to report it commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for ten years,” AFP reports.

SENEGAL CLEARS 270 CHILD BEGGERS OFF DAKAR STREET IN 15 DAYS



Social welfare officers in Senegal say about 270 children were extracted from the streets of the capital in approximately 15 days since the commencement of efforts to rid the streets of Dakar from the menace of child beggars.

The president, Macky Sall, announced the ‘clear up’ operation during the just ended Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. According to officials, half of the kids taken between June 30 to July 15 were ‘talibes...’. Talibes are children supposed to be under the guidance of Quran teachers but are often sent out (sometimes forcibly) to beg for alms on the streets.


“I have given very firm instructions to the government to stop this unbearable image of abandoned children in the street. It’s not because they are from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds that we should leave them to say thank you in the street,” he said.

Dakar has over 1000 “daara” (Koranic schools) with 54,837 “talibes” out of which it is estimated that over 30,000 were practicing begging, according to an official survey in 2014.

Aside chilkdren who were taken whiles begging on their own, others begging in the company of their parents or guardians, were also targeted by the raids.

After the kids have been taken, they are given temporary stay in a center – with durations lasting from a few hours to several days – the children are then returned to their parents or their Koranic teachers, says Maimouna Balde, leader of the raids.

According to her, in case of recurrence, their guardians or parents will be punished. The operation, still limited to Dakar, will be conducted “as long as there are children in the street,” she said

Friday, 15 July 2016

INTERVIEW: CAMEROONIAN GORETTI ETCHU-EGBE REINVENTS THE DOOR WAY FOR FEMALE IN A MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY

Many years into a career that is seeing her emerge as the queen of the Cameroon box office, Goretti Etchu-Egbe still remembers the African woman she grew up knowing and how it has evolved over the years. Typically portrayed as weak and submissive, they now bore much resemblance to the western women — “women wielding guns,” as the helmer says, with a laugh...

With a background in directing, writing, and producing; , Goretti Etchu-Egbe brings to the Cameroon entertainment Industry a rich and varied experience. Resulting from her first blockbuster movie WOMAN? She is described as one who "seeks to raise the standard of film production in Cameroon and Africa by telling a story about women as seen through the eyes success and aspirations." According to her, she went into movies to change views around the stigmatisation plaguing the "strength of African women" in general.


Now, as Goretti Etchu-Egbe prepares for the upcoming premiere of her first movie WOMAN; in Houston Texas this 16th Jully 2016, Empower Success In Africa team cought up with the emerging queen of Cameroon box office.  In this interview, she reflected on her career as an award-winning writer, producer and director whose humility and reputation is inspiring a growing number of Cameroonian women to stake a claim in this male-dominated industry. Here is an indepth interview. Enjoy....

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

ZIMBABWE POLICE ARREST PASTOR CALLING FOR STRIKE


Police in Zimbabwe have arrested a pastor after he posted several messages on social media, calling on people to protest police brutality and some of the government’s economic measures.

Evan Mawarire was arrested Tuesday ahead of a planned two-day protest, which the clergyman has been promoting with the hashtag ‪#‎SHUTDOWNZIMBABWE‬.


Mawarire is increasingly known in the country as “This Flag Pastor”; he constantly wears a Zimbabwean flag around his neck and uses the popular “‪#‎ThisFlag‬” Twitter hashtag.

His campaign is supported by a group calling itself "Tajamuka/Isijikile" – Shona for “we have revolted.” It also is calling on Zimbabweans to strike beginning Wednesday.

FIVE POLITICAL PARTIES BOYCOTT BURUNDI PEACE TALKS

Representatives of five parties that participated in Burundi's general election boycotted a second round of peace talks in the northern Tanzanian city of Arusha on Tuesday.

Burundi has been mired in crisis that has killed more than 450 people since President Pierre Nkurunziza pursued and won a third term last year. Opponents said his move violated the constitution and a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005.


Dialogue in Bujumbura last year between the government and opponents failed to bridge differences, and talks mediated by Uganda earlier this year also swiftly stalled.

The five parties were unhappy over the decision of the mediator, former Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, to invite Burundians accused of human rights violations and involvement in an attempted coup against Nkurunzinza in May 2015.

The five parties, FNL, FROLINA, PIEBU ABANYESHAKA, RADEBU and FRODEBU are concerned by the inclusion of Pacifique Nininahazwe of FOCODE party, Armel Ningoyere from ACT party in Burundi and Minani Jean in the dialogue.

"We are very surprised by their inclusion in the dialogue after all the humanitarian crisis they caused in Burundi," Jean Didier Mutabazi, RADEBU's president, told reporters at the venue of the talks. "We don't see the point of continuing with the dialogue."

MALNUTRITION AND FAMINE-LIKE CONDITIONS EXIST IN NIGERIA'S BORNO STATE


U.N. humanitarian workers report finding severe acute malnutrition and famine-like conditions in Nigeria's Borno state, where Boko Haram terrorists are making it even harder to grow crops.
A report this week from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said the Borno refugee camps are in hard-to-reach areas where fighting makes it difficult to provide aid.
OCHA said 275,000 people are living in 15 camps.
Nigeria declared a food-and-nutrition emergency in Borno last month, prompting the U.N. to send $13 million in emergency aid.
Unpredictable rainfall and poor environmental conditions along with the Boko Haram insurgency have created a state of what the U.N. calls food insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin, which includes parts of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
The fight against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria has gone on since 2009. More than 20,000 people have been killed, and 2.7 million have been forced to flee from the militant group

BREAKING NEWS: FORMER BURUNDIAN MINISTER HAFSA MOSSI MURDERED IN BUJUMBURA


The former Burundian minister and close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza, Hafsa Mossi was killed on Wednesday in the capital Bujumbura.

The Public Information Officer of the Burundi National Police, Pierre Nkurikiye disclosed this information via his Twitter account saying that she was killed at 10:30 am local time (8:30 am GMT).


He added that she was killed by two criminals in a vehicle at Gihosha, which is in the east of Bujumbura.

Burundi’s president Pierre Nkurunziza has reacted to the news of her killing calling it a despicable and cowardly act.

“This is a huge loss for Burundi, her family and the EAC,” Nkurunziza added in his post on Twitter.

Honourable Hafsa Mossi was the Minister of Regional Integration and East African Community Affairs in Nkurunziza’s 2010 government.

She is the current elected member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) representing Burundi. The EALA is the legislative organ of the East African Community.

WOMAN the movie will be premiering very soon at Houston Texas




Hey Guys good evening, it is no news the movie WOMAN will be premiering very soon at Houston Texas. The count down has begin and producer Goretti Etchu-Egbe is keeping busy with numerous interviews from lead bloggers, radio and TV stations in the USA. In just 20mins she will be on African Fiesta 53 and the
Line-up is as folloows: Ivan Namme (Journalist/actor/Entrepreneur), Goretti Etchu-Egbe (Film producer/actress), Clementine Mofor (Public speaker/filmmaker), Tafor Ateh (Drama specialist/actor/varsity lecturer), Sweetie Pie (Super Model/entertainment promoter), etc…Join them in 20 mins at t www.apex1radio.com

Monday, 11 July 2016

LATE NEWS: YOUNG GHANAIAN LANDS ROLES IN SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING



Young Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah, who starred in the ‘Beast of No Nation’ film has earned a new role in upcoming American superhero film ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is billed as the second reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise. The film expected to be released in July 2017 would be the sixteenth film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

With his new role, Attah joins Hollywood stars like Robert Downey Jr, Laura Harrier, Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya and Tony Revolori.

In Beast of No Nation, Attah worked with the likes of Idris Elba and director Cary Joji Fukunaga, as a child soldier.

Directed by Jon Watts and from the stables of Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, Spider-man: Homecoming will be Attah’s first major role since the Netflix film (Beast of No Nation)

Abraham won Best Lead Actor Award in the Independent Spirits as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice.

Reports indicate that Attah is separately attached to play one of the leads in Christian Loubek’s upcoming feature film, Buffalo, which Anonymous Content is producing.

His handlers had sparked controversy back in Ghana after they intimated that the youngster was not going to star in any local movies as was widely expected after his breakthrough in ‘Beast of No Nations.’
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