Monday, November 30, 2015

ANCIENT ADVANCED BLACK CIVILIZATIONS: King Tutankhamun's Tomb Scans Point To Hidden Chamber - Maybe Queen Nefertiti's Mummy!

November 30, 2015 - EGYPT - The name Nefertiti means, "the beautiful one has come" in Egyptian. This may actually prove prophetic. Scans of King Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings point to a secret chamber, possibly containing the remains of Queen Nefertiti.

Experts are "approximately 90 percent" sure there's a hidden chamber in Tutankhamun's tomb, Antiquities Minister Mamduh al-Damati told a news conference. They are currently trying to gather more information, using hi-tech infrared and radar technology.

The scans were prompted by a study by a prominent British archaeologist, Nicholas Reeves, which claimed Nefertiti's lost tomb may be hidden in an adjoining chamber. Tutankhamun (who died 3,000 years ago at the age of 19) may have been placed in an outer chamber of what was originally Nefertiti’s tomb, according to Reeves. Along with her husband, Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen and one of the wives of Tutankhamun's father Akhenaten, played a key political and religious role in the 14th century BC.

"Clearly it does look from the radar evidence as if the tomb continues, as I have predicted," Reeves, Senior Egyptologist with the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition, told the press conference, according to AFP.

"The radar, behind the north wall [of Tutankhamun's burial chamber] seems pretty clear. If I am right, it is a continuation -- corridor continuation -- of the tomb, which will end in another burial chamber. It does look indeed as if the tomb of Tutankhamun is a corridor tomb... and it continues beyond the decorated burial chamber," Reeves noted.

"I think it is Nefertiti and all the evidence points in that direction," he added.

Egyptian archaeologists began the search for the hidden chamber last week. The antiquities minister said the findings would be sent to Japan. It will take a Japanese expert a month to analyze the scans.

The antiquities minister and Reeves have different views on whose mummy they expect to find inside the tomb.


The statue of Nefertiti at the Neues Museum in Berlin (Photo: Reuters)

Reeves believes Tutankhamun, who died in 1324 BC after nine years on the throne, was hurriedly buried in an underground chamber, which was probably not designed for him. Another British Egyptologist, Howard Carter, discovered Tutankhamun’s remains in 1922.

Reeves theorizes that priests would have been forced to reopen Nefertiti's tomb a decade after her death, because the young pharaoh's own mausoleum had not yet been constructed.

Damati believes that such a chamber, should it be found adjoining Tutankhamun's tomb, may actually contain another of Akhenaten's wives, Kiya.

Akhenaten, who ruled for 17 years, made a name for himself by abandoning traditional Egyptian polytheism. The pharaoh temporarily converted ancient Egypt to monotheism by imposing the cult of Aton, the sun god.

Some experts point out that Nefertiti's role in the cult would have made her burial in the Valley of the Kings totally impossible.

"Nefertiti [would never have been] buried in the Valley of the Kings," Zahi Hawass, the country's former antiquities minister and expert on ancient Egypt, told AFP.

"The lady [worshipped] Aton with Akhenaten for years. The priests would never [have] allowed her to be buried in the Valley of the Kings," he stressed.

Hawass is also worried about how archaeologists can enter the hidden part of the tomb without causing damage.

Antiquities Minister Damati said that after the analysis, this would indeed be the next major challenge.

"The next step, which we will announce once we agree on it, will be accessing what's behind the wall without damaging the tomb," he said. - RT.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE: Ethiopia Rising - With Rapid Growth, Ethiopia Poised To Become A Middle Income Country By 2025!


November 29, 2015 - ETHIOPIA
-  Ethiopia has witnessed rapid economic growth, with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging 10.9% between 2004 and 2014, which is lifting the country from being the second poorest in the world in 2000 to becoming a middle income country by 2025, if it continues its current growth trajectory.

Fueled by substantial public infrastructure investment and a conducive external environment, the country’s growth has been stable, rapid and it has managed to decrease poverty substantially from 44%  in 2000 to 30% in 2011, according to the national poverty line, according to a new World Bank report, Ethiopia’s Great Run: The Growth Acceleration and How to Pace It. The report, launched today, traces the reasons behind the impressive growth and also puts forth policy suggestions on sustaining it.

“Ethiopia began to see accelerated economic progress in 1992 and it shifted to an even higher gear in 2004, pulling millions of people out of poverty and leading to improvements in other areas like improved life expectancy and reduced child and infant mortality,” said Lars Christian Moller, the World Bank Group’s lead economist for Ethiopia and the lead author of the report. “To continue the impressive run, Ethiopia needs to continue its reforms efforts to further strengthen its growth foundations.”
  • Services and agriculture have largely contributed to the growth. Initially, agriculture was the main contributor to growth but aided by a construction boom the services sector has taken over. Services contributed 5.4% to the GDP growth rate, followed by agriculture at 3.6%.
  • Ethiopia witnessed accelerated growth as service sector began to rise. The shift of workers from agriculture to service and construction contributed to a quarter of Ethiopia’s per capita growth from 2005 to 2013. It was also complemented by a marked increase in the share of working-age population, the so-called demographic dividend, which can be attributed to up to 13% of per capita growth from 2005 to 2013.
  • Rapid growth in the agriculture sector contributed significantly toward poverty alleviation. Each percent of agriculture growth reduced poverty by 0.9%. Yield growth averaged about 7% per year while the country registered a 2.7% annual increase in cultivated land.
  • Public infrastructure investment has been a key structural driver of growth. With the country enjoying a long spell of relative peace, the government has been able to prioritize capital spending over consumption within the budget. In an analysis of 124 countries over four decades, the country was among the fastest 20% in infrastructure growth in the past decade.
Three policy recommendations to sustain high growth
  1. Private investments will have a key role to sustain further growth – and in order to do so, they need to be supported through credit markets. According to six different survey instruments, access to credit is mentioned as one of the top three most binding constraints for the private sector and more binding than infrastructure concerns. Providing more credit for private companies would arguably help the Ethiopian economy. The government could institute two policy reforms – (i) To continue the existing system but to direct more credit toward private firms compared to public infrastructure projects; (ii) To gradually liberalize interest rates to better reflect the demand and supply for savings and credit.
  2. Alternative sources of financing infrastructure needs to be identified. With Ethiopia having the third largest infrastructure deficit in Africa and infrastructure being one of the most important drivers of economic growth, Ethiopia needs new mechanisms to finance infrastructure as past financing options could have an impact on other areas most notably crowding out the private sector in the debt markets. Other financing mechanisms including raising tax revenues, increasing private sector involvement, and improving public investment management can be considered.
  3. Need to tap into the growth potential of reforms. If Ethiopia can catch up with its peers in Sub-Saharan Africa in terms of financial modernization, its per capita GDP growth rate would increase by 1.9% per year. While Ethiopia has so far modernized its merchandise trade, the country could reap rewards by reforming the service sector.  In doing so, it can benefit from the lessons of other countries and tailor reforms to its own circumstances.
Moving forward, the report also proposes a series of indicators that would monitor the trade-offs that could occur while implementing the current growth strategy. This could provide early warnings to policy makers and help initiate reform efforts to sustain higher growth.


WATCH: Ethiopia's Growth Acceleration.



- World Bank.





AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY: 3D Printing Ready To Reshape Home Building In Africa - Technology Could Bring The Fastest, Cheapest And Greenest Construction Ever Seen!

A revolutionary 3D concrete printer can build a 2,500-square-foot home layer by layer in a single day.

November 29, 2015 - AFRICA
- Optimists tend to envision a future with perfectly automated cities, full of technology and without poverty or hunger. Most tend not to think of the path needed to create this new urban fabric, as if it will miraculously emerge like the futuristic, planned settlement of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi.

But that is not the most probable scenario for the future of cities - at least, not if we keep supporting broken models of urban planning.

Consider housing. It may sound absurd, but when conventional construction methods (concrete blocks and mortar) are used to build 100 square metres in the developing world, up to 45 per cent of raw materials are wasted. In most cities, one house can take up to three years to build, at a cost up to US$30,000.

Globally, UN-Habitat estimates that three billion people are already in need of a house, and this number is set to double over the next 15 years. So even if local governments pour more money into infrastructure, they will fail to meet people's needs before a city turns into a vast slum.

It's high time we adopted new techniques to address the pressing housing and shelter crisis. I am not only referring to slums, to post-disaster reconstruction in Haiti or Nepal or to the refugee crisis in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. I am also referring to the whole approach of urbanisation and construction: we have to entirely rethink how we build, plan and regulate. We need to build not only more, but better.

But we have the technological tools and intellect needed to tackle the challenge. 3D printing is one example. It was originally created more than 30 years ago, but is now establishing itself as a feasible marketable product and a truly scalable technology.

Printing pioneers
3D printing technology is based on additive manufacturing (making something by depositing material in layers) and digital fabrication technologies. A handful of companies and research groups around the world are experimenting with it for shelter and housing purposes.

One is WASP, an Italian research group that has created a 12-metre-tall 3D printer that can print huts using clay. Its main goal is to provide shelter in desert regions, such as North Africa, where it has printed its first structures. WASP believes in using local materials to avoid the logistical and environmental costs of transporting building materials or quarrying.

WinSun, in China, has developed a method of printing tiny houses out of pre-moulded concrete. The technology's inventor claims each unit can be built for less than US$5000 and can be printed in 15 days, ready for assembly over just three hours. The company plans to open 100 manufacturing plants in the next couple of years.

Another one is Urban3D, a Brazilian start-up, which I founded and lead. Urban3D takes a different approach. For us, being able to scale up products, both in physical size and in terms of serving thousands of people, is crucial. That is why we focus on using printing to create a cheaper, cleaner, faster and more sustainable process than traditional construction methods to build multistorey concrete buildings for urban areas.

Cost-effectiveness is an important part of the puzzle too, motivating us to look into recycled composites to make a new type of concrete. This material reduces the cost of a 3D-printed house by 30 per cent on average. As the technology evolves, we expect the process to become more than 80 per cent cheaper and at least ten times faster than mainstream prefabrication construction methods (building sections made in a factory).

Layer by layer
For now, the use of 3D printing in construction is mainly in the form of FDM (fused deposition modelling): the technique of depositing materials layer by layer, just like making a cake, and letting them dry naturally. Only concrete, mud or sand-based materials can be used for this process.

Plastic printing, for instance, which would make PVC pipes for plumbing, is not yet possible - at least not in a way that would make them cheaper than conventionally made PVC pipes.

But the promise of 3D printing is tremendous, especially considering that, every year, the technology's cost halves, while its speed and printing area doubles.

Cost, speed and the availability of materials are critical challenges to any new construction system, particularly in the developing world, where demand is higher and funds limited. Those three parameters, along with social aspects of housing provision, create a complex scenario not only technologically but also politically, economically and legally. - SciDev.



THE AGE OF OBAMA: The Rise Of The Moors And Precursors To The End Of The White Supremacy Paradigm - The Number Of African Immigrants To The United States On The Rise!


November 29, 2015 - UNITED STATES - The share of immigrants from Africa has been steadily on the rise since the 1970s, according to a new analysis of Census data from the Pew Research Center.

The Pew analysis reveals that as of 2013 African immigrants made up 4.4 percent of the immigrant population in the U.S. up from just 0.8 percent in 1970.

As Pew highlights, the foreign-born population of Africans have been nearly doubling each year over the past four decades.

In 1970 there were 80,000 African immigrants in the U.S. In 1980 there were 200,000 African immigrants, 1990 saw 364,000, 2000 had 881,000, and by 2013 the foreign-born African population in he U.S. was 1.8 million.

“When compared with other major groups who arrived in the U.S. in the past five years, Africans had the fastest growth rate from 2000 to 2013, increasing by 41% during that period,” Pew reports.


“(Africans are also a rapidly growing segment of the black immigrant population in the U.S., increasing by 137% from 2000 to 2013.)”

Pew points to the Refugee Act of 1980 as a potential source of the increased flow of African immigrants to the U.S. In 1980 less than 1 percent of refugees to the U.S were from Africa.

Currently 32 percent of refugees arriving in the U.S. are from Africa and five of the top ten countries of refugee origin were in Africa.

Another reason behind the increase, Pew highlights, is a visa program started in the 1990s intended to increase immigration from under represented nations: “the diversity visa program.”

“Foreign-born Africans come from all over the continent, but the most common countries of origin for African immigrants are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana and Kenya.

These five countries accounted for nearly half of the foreign-born African population in the U.S in 2o13,” Pew reports.

Pew reports that New York, California, Texas, Maryland and New Jersey boast the highest populations of African immigrants. - Breitbart.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

EUROPEAN RACISM: The War On Black People - Laquan McDonald Protests Shut Down Chicago's 'Magnificent Mile' As Day Of Action Spreads Across The United States!


November 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Hundreds of protesters blocked store entrances and shut down traffic in Chicago at the start of the holiday shopping season on the third day of action against police brutality. Similar solidarity events have been held elsewhere across the country.

The largest demonstration was in Chicago, marking the third day of action after City Hall released a dash cam video showing the fatal shooting of black teenager, Laquan McDonald, shot by police 16 times on October 20, 2014.

Black Friday has swiftly become a day when the coalition of Black Lives Matter, the Revolutionary Communist Party, Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH group and grassroots black activists have taken and held ten blocks of a high-end retail district on the busiest shopping day of the year.

It took over a year for the Chicago police department and state prosecutors to investigate McDonald’s death and over a year for the city’s prosecutor to indict the police officer involved, and charge him with first degree murder.

Protesters stopped traffic throughout the day to express their anger at McDonald’s death and the mishandling of the investigation. They chanted: “People getting shot while you shop!” and “13 months! 16 shots!”Protesters argued that “Black Lives Matter, Not Black Friday” and demanded the resignation of Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and the state’s attorney Anita Alvarez.

Chicago police blocked off roads to accommodate the march down Michigan Avenue, while other officers formed a barrier between protesters and helped shoppers get through store doors.

But entrances were blocked at the Disney Store, Apple Store, Nike, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus, among others.

Dozens of Apple employees in red shirts stood in the store and watched through its windows as protesters linked arms to block anyone from entering, according to Associated Press.

Companion protests took place in numerous locations across the country.


WATCH: Chicago protests plunge city's political establishment into complete turmoil.




Seattle

Seattle police were well staffed and prepared to handle "Black Lives Matter" protesters on Friday, especially during the tree lighting ceremony in Westlake Center. Some 700 people turned up for the event with four people eventually arrested in Seattle marches.

Protesters disrupted traffic in the area throughout the afternoon and Seattle Department of Transportation reported traffic issues downtown, especially on 4th and 5th Avenues headed towards Westlake. Drivers were told to expect delays.The protesters were initially peaceful as they moved through Westlake, calling for police accountability and chanting "black lives matter, not Black Friday." However, later, police said they had arrested at least three people – one for trying to break a window.

Protesters chanted “Block Black Friday” in front of Seattle’s Westlake Center mall.Seattle police in riot gear blocked Black Lives Matter protesters from entering Westlake Mall and Pacifica Place.

However, protesters broke through a police barricade Friday evening and joined the crowd gathered for the tree lighting ceremony in outside Westlake Center. The protesters were chanting, “If we don't get no justice then we will shut it down.”

Protesters staged a sit in outside Seattle’s Westlake Center, while police blocked the entrance to the mall.

Police in riot gear barred entrances to stores and the mall's doors.

One officer suffered a dislocated shoulder and needed medical attention after protesters interfered with an arrest at Pacific Place.

Portland

A crowd of 70 grew to over 300 for a Black Lives Matter march and rally in Portland, Oregon, according to the Oregonian.

Organizers read out the names of people who have died as a result of police brutality.As the march proceeded, protesters chanted “Ho Ho Ho those racist cops have got to go!”

The march blocked 7th Avenue, went down Martin Luther King Avenue, rallied in Hollady Park and then took over the Lloyd Center Mall.They moved freely and peacefully chanting “Black Lives Matter!’

Emeryville, California

A small group of indigenous protesters joined Black Lives Matter activists and blocked traffic in Emeryville in solidarity with Black Lives Matter protests. One of many protests under the hashtag #NotOneDime campaign marking the day as a nationwide economic boycott focused on racial justice. - RT.



INSIDE AFRICA: Monumental BRICS Investments In The Motherland - Russia Signs Deal To Build Egypt's First Nuclear Plant And China Set To Open First Military Outpost In Djibouti!



November 28, 2015 - AFRICA -  Russia signed two agreements on Thursday to finance and build Egypt’s first nuclear power plant, in a ceremony attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. China, according to a top US general, has signed a deal to establish its first military base in Africa. It would underscore Beijing's growing global ambitions and raise the stakes for both cooperation and competition.

Russia Signs Deal To Build Egypt’s First Nuclear Plant

Sergei Kirienko, director general of Russian atomic energy agency Rosatom, said the agreement is for the construction and operation of four 1,200 MW reactors, making the country “a regional leader in technology.”

Sisi said that, under the second deal, Russia grant a 35-year loan to the North African country, the Arab world’s most populous. He did not say how much the loan will amount to or what its terms are.



Sisi announced the project in February during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, when a memorandum of understanding was signed.

The plant is to be built in Dabaa on the Mediterranean coast in the northwest of the country.

Egypt laid the foundation for the facility during the regime of president Hosni Mubarak, ousted in January 2011, but work was halted due to disputes with local residents. - African Globe.


China set to open first military outpost in Africa

The head of the US Africa Command, General David Rodriguez, told defense reporters recently that China had signed a ten-year contract to set up its first military base in the African nation of Djibouti, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

"They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa," Rodriguez said according to the report. He added that China would use the installation as a logistics hub "to extend their reach."



Rodriguez made the remarks at an event with the Defense Writers Group in Washington last Friday, but did not specify the date the contract was signed, Kristina Wong, who reported the original story told DW via email.

Military base would make sense
Asked about the base in a press conference today, a spokesman for the Chinese defense ministry only reiterated that China needed to improve the supply of its vessels there and was in negotiations with Djibouti about a supply base.

China experts approached by DW find Rodriguez' remarks credible.

"It is a realistic report," Frans-Paul van der Putten, a senior scholar focusing on China's rise as a global power at Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, said via email. "A logistical support facility for Chinese naval activities in the Gulf of Aden seems likely, given China's counter piracy operation there."

"I think it is credible," said Moritz Rudolf, a specialist on Chinese foreign policy at the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies. "It would make sense for China to open up that military base."

The move would end long-running speculation about a possible Chinese hub in Djibouti which had intensified since May when Djibouti's president Ismail Omar Guelleh confirmed that his country was negotiating with China about building a naval base there. A visit by the chief of China's People's Liberation Army general staff with Guelleh two weeks ago to talk about military relations between both countries could be seen as a further indicator that negotiations were progressing, said Rudolf.

Hefty investments
Building its own military base in Djibouti would only be the next logical step for Beijing which already has established deep ties in Djibouti and Eastern Africa in recent years. In Djibouti alone, a small nation of some 800,000 people with geostrategic importance due to its location on the Gulf of Aden, Beijing has already invested close to $10 billion in infrastructure projects - six times the gross domestic product of the country, noted Rudolf.


Until now China has conducted its anti-piracy operations in the area from Djibouti's port. By setting up its own base Beijing would gain flexibility and independence, and in the long-run save money since a permanent base is cheaper than leasing space in other facilities.

First overseas base
The significance of China's move to establish a permanent military foothold in Africa is hard to overestimate, said van der Putten:

"This would be China's first overseas military base ever apart from its presence in UN peacekeeping missions."

"This is substantial," added Rudolf. "China is becoming a more important player in the world, but in particular in Eastern Africa. So having a base in Djibouti is of significant and strategic value." - All Africa.



BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: Wellington Jighere - Nigerian Man Emerges World Scrabble Champion!

Wellington Jighere.  Photo: https://www.facebook.com/wellington.jighere/

November 28, 2015 - NIGERiA
- Nigeria’s Wellington Jighere made the nation proud when he won the 2015 World Scrabble Championship held in Perth, Australia. Already, President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Jighere for the well-deserved victory. Undoubtedly, Jighere’s achievement is a great honour to Nigeria and Africa. We should all celebrate him.

The 32-year-old Jighere, the first African to win the global title de­feated Englishman, Lewis Mack­ay, in the final. The victory, which came with a $10,000 cash prize, is likely to increase the number of slots for Nigerian contestants at the next championship. Currently, Nigeria has six slots only.

The first edition of the World Scrabble Championship was held in London in 1991. Since that maiden debut, no African has ever won the title or even played in the final un­til the emergence of the victorious Nigeria’s Jighere.

But the victory did not come to Jighere without hard work. Apart from contending with his oppo­nents, the Nigerian contingent ar­rived Perth a day before the event because of visa delays.

Despite the odds, the Nigerian won the World title at his third at­tempt. Before the Perth edition, Jighere finished third in Mumbai in 2007 and 11th two years later in Malaysia. Over 120 participants featured in the Perth event and Nigeria’s Wellington Jighere fin­ished first in a 31-match marathon which spanned four days before he emerged victorious in the final by winning the first four games in a best seven series.

African countries have partici­pated in the championship since inception as Kenya, South Africa and Ghana featured in the maiden edition in 1991. Since then, nine African countries have participat­ed in the championship which was hosted every two years since 1991 and annually since 2013.





We join millions of other Nige­rians to congratulate Wellington Jighere on his great feat at the World Scrabble Championship. His triumph is the celebration of the indomitable Nigerian spirit that makes its nationals to excel in any endeavour of their choice. There is no doubt that Nigerians have po­tentials for greatness. The signifi­cance of Jighere’s achievement is that we can be world champions in any field if we put our energy and resources to better use. His is a demonstration that hard work pays.

We enjoin Jighere to strive high­er and never to rest on his oars. In fact, the sky is indeed the limit to whatever he wants to achieve. Ni­gerian youths should emulate the intellectual and fighting spirit ex­hibited by Jighere. Like Jighere, they too, can become world cham­pions not only in scrabble but in other fields of their choice. This is only possible if they work hard.

The Nigerian Scrabble Federa­tion deserves commendation for ensuring that our contingent got to the venue of the event despite the visa and other hiccups encoun­tered.

The game should be encouraged in the country. Apart from in­creasing the players’ word power, it inculcates logical thinking in them as well. In view of its inher­ent intellectual and social ben­efits, we advise that the game be introduced in all levels of our edu­cation system beginning with pri­mary schools. We believe that if our nationals are given the need­ed training and encouragement, Nigerians and indeed Africans can catch up with the rest of the world in all fields of human endeavour.

Therefore, let our leaders wake up from their deep slumber and provide the necessary environ­ment and conditions that will en­able our nationals to achieve their dreams and bring more honours to the fatherland as Jighere has done.

We call on President Buhari to honour and reward Jighere for his heroic feat. That is one of the ways the government can en­courage other youths and indeed other Nigerians to toe his exem­plary path. He should also honour and reward other members of the team and their handlers for their contribution to the victory. - The Sun.




HIS-STORY: Europe Whitewashes Ancient History - "Gods Of Egypt" Director, Studio Apologize For Mostly White Cast, Says "We Failed To Live Up To Our Own Standards"!



November 28, 2015 - HOLLYWOOD
- Alex Proyas and Lionsgate address controversy that’s flared up over film starring Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as ancient Egyptian characters

Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate, the studio behind “Gods of Egypt,” have come out and apologized after the film’s casting prompted online outcries.

The fantasy epic came under fire after placing white actors like Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the roles of gods and mortals who set off on an adventure in ancient Egypt.

“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse,” Proyas said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. “I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”


WATCH: Gods of Egypt Official Trailer #1.




The studio itself came out with even stronger words in its own apology.

“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize,” the company said. “Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.​​”

“Gods of Egypt” is not the first film to attract criticism over casting white actors in roles that would seem to call for more diverse selections.

Ridley Scott‘s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” came under similar fire when it was released late last year, and his “The Martian” this year was also criticized for casting a white actress in the role of a character who was Korean-American in the book on which the movie is based.

Joe Wright‘s “Pan” was also criticized when he cast Rooney Mara to play the role of Tiger Lily, a Native American.

While Scott and Wright have each been made to answer for their decisions, neither had come out with a full-throated apology the way Proyas and Lionsgate has.

Forbes.com first broke the news of the studio’s apology.

“Gods of Egypt” will be released on Feb. 26, 2016. - The Wrap.




BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: Ethiopia Rising - Genzebe Dibaba Crowned 2015 IAAF World Athlete Of The Year!

Genzebe Dibaba in 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Photo: Augustas Didžgalvis/Wikipedia

November 28, 2015 - ETHIOPIA
- Genzebe Dibaba of Ethiopia was named female IAAF World Athlete of the Year for 2015 on Thursday (November 26).

The US's Ashton Eaton was voted male World Athlete. Both set world records during 2015, Genzebe in the 1500m, and Eaton in the decathlon.

Genzebe after setting a world indoor 5000m record of 14:18.86, was then unbeaten in her five 1500m races during the summer.


WATCH: Genzebe Dibaba wins Women's 5000m IAAF Diamond League Athletics - Oslo 2015.




Firstly, she ran an African record of 3:54.11 in Barcelona, the fastest time in the world for almost 12 years, and then topped that with a stunning world record of 3:50.07 in Monaco to beat a mark that had been on the books since 1993.

In Beijing, she won all her 1500m races comfortably and taking a 5000m bronze medal as well.

Genzebe said that "After being a finalist and narrowly missing out on this award one year ago, I am very proud to be recognized by the fans and experts of our sport."

She said: "It feels so good to be the World Athlete of the Year." An exceptionally well deserved honor, and many congratulations. - Government of Ethiopia.




Wednesday, November 25, 2015

AFRICAN MANUFACTURING: Zimbabwe To Start Design And Produce Its Own Cars - For Export To Other African Countries!

Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the president of El Badaoui Group Mr. Georges El Badaoui in Harare yesterday.
Photo by Beauty Muchakazi.

November 25, 2015 - ZIMBABWE
- Zimbabwe will soon design and manufacture its own car model which it envisages to export to other African countries and has since engaged an Italian firm to spearhead the project.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Harare yesterday between the Government and the Italian firm El Badaoui Group on the cooperation to come up with the car model.

El Badaoui Group president Mr Georges El Badaoui, who is also the Zimbabwean Honorary Consulate General in Milan, has since visited Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries to assess the infrastructure in place.

The design and manufacture of the car model is in line with the Government’s stance of value addition and beneficiation, which is expected to turn the country into a regional giant of exporting finished products.

President Mugabe has been at the forefront of calling for value addition and beneficiation, especially of minerals, and has since sold the idea to the African continent as the chairperson of the African Union.

During his tenure as Sadc chairperson between August 2014 and August this year, the President turned the region’s focus on value addition and beneficiation, which became part of the theme of the regional body’s last two summits.

Addressing a Press conference after the signing of the MoU, Industry and Commerce Minister Mike Bimha said his ministry was submitting the MoU through the relevant processes.

“One of the areas of co-operation with Mr El Badaoui’s company is the establishment of an entity to spearhead the design and manufacture of a Zimbabwean-made car with potential for export throughout Africa,” he said.

“Mr El Badaoui visited Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries to assess the infrastructure currently in place. We are still working on the logistics of where the plant will be located and which institutions will be involved. Our thrust was to first come up with a framework, a process we have already done.

“This will get the ball rolling. We are looking at which institutions will be involved in creating this prototype. It is expected that the implementation of the MoU will assist in the rejuvenation of the manufacturing sector as well as expand the range of exported products to the region and beyond.”

Minister Bimha said further areas of cooperation with the El Badaoui Group included the establishment of an innovation company to undertake research and analysis of the country’s natural resources.

The resources would be processed into final products ready for export.

Plans are also afoot to establish a food outlet to prepare food for exhibition at the Milan Expo.

Burgers made from Zimbabwean crocodile meat, zebra burger and baobab fruit juice attracted a lot of attention at the just-ended Milan Expo where people queued to buy them.

Minister Bimha said the establishment of the innovation company will enhance the analysis of the country’s raw materials with the aim of value addition and beneficiation.

He said institutions of higher learning will spearhead the establishment of the entities and their operations.

“These three areas discussed were just less than one percent of opportunities to be realised in future cooperation according to Mr El Badaoui, ” said Minister Bimha.

“Zimbabwe successfully participated at the just-ended Expo Milan 2015 with a number of positive outcomes which included the production of innovative value added products.

Raw materials taken to Milan including herbs like makoni, zumbani and resurrection were developed into high quality alcoholic beverages.

Mr El Badaoui said Zimbabwe Is endowed with natural resources which can be exploited at a low cost.

Asked how much his company was going to invest in Zimbabwe, Mr El Badaoui said he was mostly interested in innovation than in figures.

“We will make a huge investment, but first we must focus on innovation,” he said. “We must first see what can be done before talking about figures. Of cause, we will channel funds into the country.

“Zimbabwe is endowed with a lot of natural resources. What is needed is the right idea to process them at a low cost.” - Herald.


AFRICAN INGENUITY: Nigerians Are Building Fireproof, Bulletproof, And Eco-Friendly Homes - With Plastic Bottles And Mud!

Credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC
November 25, 2015 - NIGERIA -  These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof, and can withstand earthquakes. They also maintain a comfortable temperature, produce zero carbon emissions, and are powered by solar and methane gas from recycled waste.

Plastic is everywhere. 
In fact, the environment is so riddled with it, researchers predict that 99% of all birds on this planet will have plastic in their gut by the year 2050.

It is not enough to persuade people to use less, plastic needs to be repurposed and reused to be kept out of landfills. Despite informative infographics, emotional statistics, and recycling programs, many nations – especially the United States – continue to toss plastics into landfills without much care.

This unfortunate reality has spurred many to get creative with the discarded byproducts of society. Some have used plastic waste to construct marvelous sculptures and raise awarene

As phys.org reports, the housing crisis has become so bad in Nigeria, nearly 16 million units are required to address the shortage. Because crafting traditional homes would be far too expensive for most, locals adopted the idea put forth by two NGOs and are now building plastic bottle homes.

The solution not only cuts costs for building a house, it is beneficial for the environment.

Founded by Kaduna-based NGO Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE), with help from London-based NGO Africa Community Trust, the project is solving two problems at once by addressing the homelessness issue and helping the environment. Not only will there be less plastic in landfills, the house is designed to produce zero carbon emissions.


Credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

Credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

Credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC

Credit: Andreas Froese/ECOTEC



In addition, it is completely powered by solar panels and methane gas from recycled human and animal waste.
To create a two-bedroom bottle house, workers fill plastic bottles with sand and then hold them together using mud and cement. This forms a solid wall that is stronger than cinder blocks.

That’s not all: 
These colorful homes are bulletproof, fireproof and can withstand earthquakes. They can also hold a comfortable temperature year round.

The buildings can be built to three stories, but no higher, due to the weight of the sand-filled bottles. And, of course, the magnificent diversity of recycled bottles give each house a unique and bright look.

A two-bedroom house requires 14,000 bottles to complete. To put this into perspective, Nigeria throws away three million bottles every day. Clearly, there are plenty of bottles which can be repurposed to build every individual in their own abode.
At least Nigeria isn’t as wasteful as the United States, which discards 130 million bottles per day.

That’s 47 billion bottles every year – nearly 80% of which end up in the landfill. 

If the United States were to save these bottles and repurpose them into houses like folks in Nigeria are doing, 9,257 houses could be builtper day. That is nearly 3.4 million houses a year, reports Off Grid World. With 3.5 million people living on the streets in the U.S., is this the solution needed to remedy the homelessness crisis? - True Activist.





EUROPEAN RACISM: "They Left Him Dead" - Protests Erupt After Video Shows Chicago Cop Shooting Black Teenager Laquan McDonald 16 TIMES!


November 25, 2015 - ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES
- Arrests have been made after several hundred people hit the Chicago streets Tuesday night to protest over police dashcam video showing the disturbing fatal shooting death of African-American teen Laquan McDonald.

The city of Chicago has been preparing for protests in advance of the video’s release, which was ordered by a judge to happen no later than Wednesday.

The dashcam video captured a white police officer, Jason Van Dyke, 37, opening fire on McDonald, striking him 16 times and killing him.

A group of about 75 demonstrators had gathered peacefully during a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

“I understand people will be upset and want to protest when they see this video,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Mayor Emanuel cited the McDonald family, “They have asked for calm, and for those who do protest to do so peacefully.”

“It is fine to be passionate, but it is essential to remain peaceful,” Emanuel added.


At least 3 protesters taken into custody following release of video http://trib.in/1I9y85F 

Protesters line up, arm in arm, at the corner of East Balbo and Michigan Avenue in Chicago.


Protesters circled the intersection at Roosevelt and Halsted after the official release, chanting protests of “16 shots! 16 shots!” and “they left him dead.”

Demonstrators were angry that it took a year for police and prosecutors to file charges against Van Dyke.Chicago police officers and state police walked alongside the protesters, who remained peaceful.

However, clashes did happen with bike police as activists chanted, “The whole world is watching, the whole world is watching!”


WATCH: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE - Chicago police release dashcam footage of officer's shooting of Laquan McDonald.




Two protesters were arrested and taken into custody, and one officer was injured, according to ABC Chicago.Later reports said three protesters had been arrested.

A municipal bus driver also tooted the horn in support of protestersAbout 30 to 40 people later met inside an art gallery on Halsted Street.

The group told NBC Chicago they had gathered to reflect on the video and discuss their emotions upon seeing it.


WATCH: Dashcam footage shows Chicago cop shooting black teen 16 times.




As more people joined the group, they later marched to Roosevelt Road, about one block away, chanting, "Is this a joke?

They think it's a joke!"A group of several hundred people linked arms to block an intersection. At least two cars stuck in the middle, with police trying to get them out.Protesters chanted "Yeah, we're going to be all right!"

Three activists were arrested during Tuesday night’s demonstrations. Lawyers told The Guardian they would be released Wednesday afternoon but declined to make a further statement about what charges they might face. - RT.





INSIDE AFRICA: Finance Minister Says 2015 Is Rwanda's Year Of Good Performance - Country Grew Relatively By 7.3 Percent!

Rwanda's Kagame says his country drew lessorns from its tragic history and inspired to be where it is today. PHOTO: Wikipedia

November 25, 2015 - RWANDA
- Rwanda Finance Minister is optimistic about the country’s prospects going forward and says in retrospect the country will see 2015 as a year of good performance.

Finance and Economic Planning Minister, Claver Gatete, says the country had expected to grow by 6.5 percent but given the results of the first two quarter, Rwanda had relatively grown by 7.3 percent.

“Our projections show us that we will be growing by seven percent by the end of the year. This is good news for us as we work on going back to our high growth rate of eight percent,” Gatete added.

He also said the country was seeing growth in the services sector which had grown significantly (the sector contributes 47 percent of GDP) together with agriculture that currently contributes 33 percent to the GDP.

“Manufacturing is coming up at a very high rate together with construction. Domestic consumption has also been a key driver of the growth improving by 20.6 percent; this means consumption is becoming a big factor,” he said.

“In agriculture, we are concentrating on export crops such as coffee, tea (has grown more than 40 percent by the end of September), flowers and vegetables.”

The positive outlook painted by the Finance Minister confirms sentiments expressed by the country’s President Paul Kagame when he addressed the third Africa Global Business Forum recently held in Dubai.

“Rwanda drew lessorns from its tragic history and inspired to be where it is today,” Kagame said.

“We thought we could make the required difference for ourselves. It’s all possible, if Rwanda can come from where it has come from and to where it is now and make the tremendous it has made every country can do the same,” he added.

“Other countries in similar situation can achieve that, it is nothing specific to Rwanda, this demonstrate what is possible if country’s people deal with their unique challenges.” - CNBC Africa.




EUROPEAN RACISM: Justice For Jamar Clark - Protests In Minneapolis Continue After Shooting Of 5 Black Lives Matter Demonstrators, Police Hold 3 Suspects!


November 25, 2015 - MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES
- Marking their 10th day outside the Minneapolis 4th Precinct Police Station on Tuesday, activists said their “occupation” would last until demands regarding the Jamar Clark police shooting death were met, despite Clark family pleas to halt the protest.

Activists saw their cause strengthened a day after gunfire injured at least five protesters. Police arrested two suspected shooters Tuesday. One was determined not to be involved while the other, a 23-year-old white man, remained in custody. Later, two new suspects turned themselves in at about 2:30 p.m., both white males, one 26 and the other 21 years of age, as reported by KSTP.

Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are handling the case, and more suspects may still be at large.The shooting didn’t quell support for the protests, guided by #Justice4Jamar and #4thPrecinctShutdown on social media, as activists counted roughly 1,000 others among them in the Black Lives Matter-led encampment and march from police headquarters to City Hall.

"Out of imminent concern for the safety of the occupiers, we must get the occupation of the 4th precinct ended and onto the next step,” brother of Jamal Clark, Eddie Sutton, said in the Clark family’s statement following the shootings.

But the next step for many was to join the march, and with strong support in forms of donated food, there was no stopping the planned action.The march took a pause at Nicollet Mall where speeches were held, including one from an 11-year-old boy named Taye, who recounted his experience the previous night getting “maced right here by police officers.”Protesters marched back to the 4th Precinct with music and food in the air.Back at the 4th Precinct, as the temperature dropped into the low 40’s (Fahrenheit), people found ways to stay warm.


WATCH: Black Lives Matter protests continue in Minneapolis after 5 members shot at rally.




Jamar Clark, the deceased 24-year-old whose November 14 police shooting death sparked the demonstrations, was reportedly interfering with paramedics called out to a birthday party for Clark’s girlfriend at the time of the incident. Responding police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze reportedly believed Clark had assaulted his girlfriend. Though no details have been officially provided, witnesses say Clark, who was unarmed, was shot while handcuffed. The US Department of Justice has an open civil rights investigation into the matter.

In addition to the Clark family, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton called for the protests to cease over safety precautions. He called the November 23 shooting a “cowardly, criminal act.” Black Lives Matter media representative Miski Noor called the shooting an act of terrorism, and the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis Facebook page called the shooters “white supremacists.” - RT.





Monday, November 23, 2015

EUROPEAN VAMPIRISM: The War On Black People - Kenyan Doctos Find Anti- Fertility Agent In United Nations' Tetanus Vaccine!

Credit: over-blog-kiwi.com

November 23, 2015 - KENYA
- The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

While the government claims the tetanus vaccine is perfectly safe, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association disagrees.

According to LifeSiteNews
, a Catholic organization, the Association had six different samples of the vaccine from various locations around Kenya tested in an independent laboratory in South Africa.

What they found is disturbing:
All six samples tested positive for the HCG antigen which is commonly used in anti-fertility vaccines. The HCG antigen was found in tetanus vaccines targeted to young girls and women of childbearing age.

Said Dr. Ngare, a spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association:
“This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”
Dr. Ngare listed a number of concerns to do with the mass tetanus vaccination program in Kenya that caused Catholic doctors to become suspicious:
Dr. Ngare told LifeSiteNews that several things alerted doctors in the Church’s far-flung medical system of 54 hospitals, 83 health centres, and 17 medical and nursing schools to the possibility the anti-tetanus campaign was secretly an anti-fertility campaign.

Why, they ask does it involve an unprecedented five shots (or “jabs” as they are known, in Kenya) over more than two years and why is it applied only to women of childbearing years, and why is it being conducted without the usual fanfare of government publicity?


“Usually we give a series three shots over two to three years, we give it anyone who comes into the clinic with an open wound, men, women or children.”
said Dr. Ngare.

But it is the five vaccination regime that is most alarming. “The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992.” (
Source.)
It is important to note that there is no financial incentive for the Kenyan government to participate in the vaccination programs, for UNICEF and WHO distribute the vaccines for free.
“When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries,” reports HealthImpactNews. 
When disasters happen in poorer countries, UNICEF one of the first relief organizations to begin mass vaccination programs.

Interestingly, there was no tetanus outbreak in Kenya – yet. The only perceived “threat” of tetanus was due to local flood conditions.

Like flu shot vaccines, there is a lot of debate on the necessity and safety of vaccinations. The findings by the Kenyan doctors, however, is certainly worth considering. - True Activist.





BLACK AWAKENING: Brazil Is Finally Coming To Terms With Race - National Day Of Black Consciousness Celebrates The Beauty Of Afro-Brazilians!


November 23, 2015 - BRAZIL
- Today is the National Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil, an important holiday in a country notorious for its problems with race.

Brazil is South America’s largest country, and has the largest black population outside of Africa. And yet, black people in Brazil experience numerous harsh realities that their white counterparts don't, with darker-skinned Brazilians routinely experiencing poverty and discrimination on a much larger scale.





Brazil has had a history of avoiding important conversations about race in spite of its diversity, but on the National Day of Zumbi and Black Consciousness, black Brazilians have the opportunity to celebrate their black identities and the late Zumbi dos Palmares, one of the country's most famous black military leaders, who fought against European settlers in the independent settlement of Quilombo.

Thus, November 20 is a day of remembrance and celebration, and different regions observe the holiday with marches, parades, and demonstrations. And it seems that the holiday is vital now more than ever.

On November 7, Brazil held its first ever Natural Hair Empowerment March, where thousands of black Brazilian women in the city of Salvador proudly wore their natural hair to celebrate their black identity.




The march came in the wake of Afro-Brazilian actress Taís Araújo receiving racist comments on her Facebook after posting a photo of herself wearing her hair in its curly, natural state.In terms of the treatment of black people in Brazil, the country has a long way to go.




But events like National Day Of Black Consciousness and the Natural Hair Empowerment March are, at the very least, giving hope to Afro-Brazilians. - Huffington Post.



BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: "Straight Outta Compton" Makes Hollywood History - As The Highest-Grossing Movie From A Black Director Ever!

F Gary Gray's biopic Straight Outta Compton is the highest-grossing film directed by an African-American director (Universal)

November 23, 2015 - HOLLYWOOD
- Straight Outta Compton has made Hollywood history, becoming the highest-grossing film helmed by an African-American director.

Since its release in August, the film has accumulated a box-office total of almost $200m (£130m) worldwide, after having the fifth highest opening of August releases and three consecutively impressive weekends when it came to ticket sales alone.

The biopic directed by F Gary Gray tells the story of the career and eventual break-up of hip hop group NWA.

The film beat the previous title holder, Scary Movie, which was directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans in 2000.

The horror spoof grossed $157m domestically, quite a way behind the $199.9m that makes up Straight Outta Compton's current takings.

On the back of the success of the NWA film, Gray has jumped aboard the Fast And Furious franchise and is ready to direct the next instalment, Furious 8, which is due for release on 14 April 2017.

Its predecessor, Furious 7, marked Universal's first film to break the $1bn barrier and with the expectation that the sequel is likely to do just as well, Gray may find himself hitting another milestone in a couple of years.

The fact that Gray's biopic has reached the accolade seems more than appropriate given his steady rise to becoming one of the most successful African-American directors as well as his influence over his peers in the industry.

His first picture Friday, starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, was released in 1995 to critical acclaim and was swiftly followed by hits including The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Be Cool and most recently Law Abiding Citizen.

He has also directed many music videos throughout his career, for the likes of Cypress Hill, Ice Cube and R Kelly. And it does not look like Gray wants to slow down any time soon, as just a few months ago, he was reportedly in negotiations to helm Marvel Studios' upcoming movie Black Panther. - IBT.



Saturday, November 21, 2015

AFRICAN WEALTH: Africa's 50 Richest 2015 - South African Tycoons Overtake Nigerians Amid Economic Weakness!

Aliko Dangote of Nigeria retains his spot as number one richest African for the fifth year in a row. 

November 21, 2015 - AFRICA
- After several years of steady growth in Africa, some sectors of the economy hit a wall. Lower prices for oil and other commodities led to a smaller number of African billionaires than a year ago on Forbes new list of Africa’s 50 Richest – 23 billionaires this year, down from 28.

As a group, the continent’s wealthiest 50 are worth $95.6 billion, a decline of $15 billion from a year ago. Aliko Dangote of Nigeria retains his spot as number one richest African for the fifth year in a row, but his $16.7 billion net worth is nearly $5 billion lower than a year ago, a result of a drop in the stock price at his Dangote Cement and a weaker Nigerian currency.

For full list of Africa’s 50 Richest, see here.

Number two on the list is Nicky Oppenheimer, whose estimated $6.6 billion fortune stems from the stake he inherited in diamond miner and marketer DeBeers. In 2012, Oppenheimer sold the DeBeers stake to mining giant Anglo American for $5.1 billion in cash. He moves up the ranks from the number three spot in 2014.

South Africans made the best showing on the Africa’s richest list this year, occupying 16 spots, up from 11 last year. Nigerians had a smaller representation, with 10 members of the list, down from 13. Eight members hail from Morocco, 7 from Egypt, 3 from Tanzania and 3 from Kenya. There was one each from Algeria, Angola and Uganda.

The one newcomer on the list this year is Kenya’s Narendra Raval, with a net worth estimated at $400 million. A former assistant priest at a Swaminarayan temple – a Hindu sect –Raval was expelled from the sect when he married a Kenyan. He then got a job in the steelmaking business and later started Devki Group, which makes cement, reinforcement bars, and barbed wire.

There are once again two women list members: Isabel dos Santos of Angola and Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria. Dos Santos, the eldest daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, sparked four members of the European Parliament to request an investigation in October into her investments in Portugal following a purchase in Dos Santos made in May 2015 of a roughly $200 million stake in Portuguese equipment supplier Efacec Power Solutions. The members of Parliament point to what appears to be the use of Angolan government funds for the purchase. A spokesperson for Dos Santos did not reply to a request for comment.

The oldest African tycoon on the list is Miloud Chaabi of Morocco, age 86. His Ynna Holding develops real estate, operates hotels and supermarkets, and is the majority owner of SNEP, a chemical manufacturer in Morocco. The youngest is Mohammed Dewji of Tanzania, age 40. Dewji is CEO of METL, a Tanzanian conglomerate his father founded in the 1970s. It is active in textile manufacturing, flour milling, beverages and edible oils.

Seven members of the 2014 list dropped off, including mining mogul Desmond Sacco of South Africa and telecom tycoon Strive Masiyiwa of Zimbabwe (read more about the dropoffs here). Six previous list members returned to the list after dropping off, including South Africans Michiel Le Roux, CEO of Capitec Bank, and Raymond Ackerman, founder of retailer Pick N Pay Holdings (read more about the returneeshere). The minimum net worth required to make the list this year was $330 million, down from $510 million a year ago.

METHODOLOGY


Our list tracks the wealth of African citizens who reside on the continent, thus excluding Sudanese-born billionaire Mo Ibrahim, who is a U.K. citizen, and billionaire London resident Mohamed Al-Fayed, an Egyptian citizen. We calculated net worths using stock prices and currency exchange rates from the close of business on Friday, November 13. To value privately-held businesses, we couple estimates of revenues or profits with prevailing price-to-sales or price-to-earnings ratios for similar public companies.

We have purposely excluded dispersed family fortunes such as the Chandaria family of Kenya and the Madhvanis of Uganda, because the wealth is believed to be held by dozens of family members. We do include wealth belonging to a member’s immediate relatives if the wealth can be traced to one living individual; in that case, you’ll see “& family” on our list as an indication. - CNBC Africa.




AFRICAN VOICES: "African Of The Year" 2015 Award - Benin Man Hailed For His "Extraordinary" Humanitarian Work!

Gregoire Ahongbonon cited for humanitarian work in Cote d'Ivoire, Benin and Togo rescuing mentally ill people
November 21, 2015 - AFRICA -  'African of the year award is an initiative of DAILY TRUST, Nigeria's leading newspaper. The annual award is for Ordinary Africans who have distinguished themselves in their various walks of life and/or do charity projects in their immediate communities that are of positive impact to the people.

Announcing the winner of the prestigious award in Accra, Ghana yesterday, the chair of the selection committee, former Tanzanian Prime Minister, Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, described the awardee as an unsung African, who has committed himself to alleviating the suffering of the underprivileged in the society.

A national of the Republic of Benin, Gregoire Ahongbonon, who emerged as the winner of the 2015 Daily Trust African of the Year for his humanitarian work to the indigent in parts of Africa.

"After a thorough process of screening and discussion among committee members, we are pleased to announce that the 2015 African of the Year is Gregoire Ahongbonon, a national of the Republic of Benin, who is doing extra-ordinary work in caring for under-privileged people with mental disabilities," Dr. Salim said.

Ahongbonon's St. Camille Association mission, which is based in Cote d'Ivoire, offers care, support and help to the mentality ill and also assists in their reintegration into the society.

His extensive humanitarian work covers Cote d'Ivoire, Benin and Togo and is committed to "rescuing mentally ill people, some of whom have been put in chains by their families. He is the only recourse for hundreds of people with mental disabilities," the chair of the selection committee said.

Ahongbonon, who was born in 1953 to a farming family in a remote village in Benin Republic and migrated to Côte d'Ivoire, will be presented in Abuja on January 13 and will receive the prize of USD 50,000 being given by United Bank for Africa, which has sponsored all past awards.

The Chairman/CEO of the Daily Trust Newspapers, Mr. Kabiru Yusuf, said the award was designed to recognize Africans, who were working tirelessly to ameliorate the problems of the underprivileged.

Yusuf said the cash award would help to promote the sustainability of his humanitarian work.

The winner of the seventh award was selected by the newly inaugurated committee of the prestigious Daily Trust African of the Year award. The members were drawn from the five sub-regional blocks of Africa include Ambassador Mona Omar (North Africa), Mr. Pascal Kambale (Central Africa), Prof. Sylvia Tamale (East Africa), Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba (West Africa) and Ms. Gwen Lister (Southern Africa).

Previous winners of the award are Dr. Denis Mukwege (Congolese surgeon, 2008), Late Dr. Tajudeen Abdulraheem (Nigerian activist, 2009) and Dr. Danny Jordaan (South African football administrator, 2010), Mrs. Salifou Fatimata Bazeye (Nigerien jurist, 2011), Thabo Mbeki (former South African president, 2012) and Donald Kaberuka (former AfDB president, 2013). The 2014 edition did not hold because the selection board couldn't meet as a result of Ebola outbreak. - Daily Trust.



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