Why being an African artist is so important today

African art is having a vogue moment. People are very interested in it, but there’s still a sense of Africa and African art as something of an exotic “other” that sits on the periphery and not really at the center of dialogues and debate. However, it’s more important than ever to assert the position ofContinue reading “Why being an African artist is so important today”

Is The Building Of The Gibe III Dam In Ethiopia Helping Or Hindering Development?

The building of the $1.8 billion dam, the Gilgel Gibe III dam, in Ethiopia, began in 2006 and has since become an international point of contention. The government has branded this development project as setting the people in the Lower Omo Valley of Ethiopia on the path to development and modernity. However, it has been reported thatContinue reading “Is The Building Of The Gibe III Dam In Ethiopia Helping Or Hindering Development?”

Ethiopia needs a new rallying point instead of recycling its painful past

Ethiopia has survived several dark epochs in its long history. One of them is known as Zemene Mesafint – the era of princes. This period, between the mid-18th and mid-19th century, got its name from the Bible because it mimics the biblical “period of judges” in Israel’s history. Joshua, who guided Israel in the last and criticalContinue reading “Ethiopia needs a new rallying point instead of recycling its painful past”

Uganda gets a sporting chance to promote tourism globally

Uganda tourism supports Uganda Cranes at Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in Egypt This week a team from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities (MTWA) and the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) are in Egypt – this year’s host of the Africa Cup of Nations – to promote and market Destination Uganda alongside the UgandaContinue reading “Uganda gets a sporting chance to promote tourism globally”

UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator

Britain’s cultural institutions are more open than ever before to black British culture and the artists behind it, according to the curator of a landmark exhibition that charts 50 years of black creativity in the UK. Zak Ové, an artist and the curator of Get Up, Stand Up Now – which opens at Somerset House in LondonContinue reading “UK galleries have embraced black artists, says exhibition curator”

‘Birth of Afrobeat’

Review by The Minister of Information JR In September 2017, the Chicago Afrobeat Project released their fourth studio album, “What Goes Up,” featuring Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen. During their time together, Allen would recount his role in creating the Afrobeat genre. “Birth of Afrobeat” is a seven-minute short that was directed by Opiyo Okeyo, andContinue reading “‘Birth of Afrobeat’”

Event celebrates Ethiopian culture, food

Emebet Alemu, City of Hillsboro welcome all for food, film and fun on June 9 at The Walters. After moving to the Portland metro area in 2009, Emebet Alemu found herself searching for more culturally expressive events in the community. When she noticed little to no representation and celebration of her own home country ofContinue reading “Event celebrates Ethiopian culture, food”

Why Western museums should return African artifacts

A large number of artifacts held in Western museums and libraries are known to have been appropriated over the ages through conquest and colonialism. The looting of African objects anthropologists, curators and private collectors took place in war as well as in peaceful times. It was justified as an act of benevolence; as saving dyingContinue reading “Why Western museums should return African artifacts”

2019 Ramadan: How long are Muslims in Africa fasting?

Majority of Muslims across the world commenced Ramadan 2019 on May 6 except for Mali who commenced a day earlier having reported the sighting of the moon. The Ramadan crescent is the first sign of knowing the month has started. It must be looked out for on 29th Sha’ban – the month before Ramadan. InContinue reading “2019 Ramadan: How long are Muslims in Africa fasting?”

Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion Is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination

The knockout pavilion, which includes work by John Akomfrah and Ibrahim Mahama, appears to be part of a bigger plan. Throughout the Arsenale, the medieval dockyard complex that houses a number of national pavilions for the Venice Biennale, a common refrain can be heard echoing through the corridors: Which way to the Ghana Pavilion? TheContinue reading “Ghana’s Buzzed-About Venice Biennale Pavilion Is a Clear First Step in the Country’s Bid to Become a Global Art Destination”