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Gerald Asamoah talks about racism in German school

Gerald Asamoah was a star on Germany's national football team. Now he works with young people at the Rosa Parks School in Germany to promote tolerance and understanding, so that xenophobia and violence don't take root.

 Students in discussion with Gerald Asamoah (c) Rosa Parks Schule

He'd been there just a little while ago, that big-name football player, Gerald Asamoah. The students at the Rosa Parks comprehensive school in the western German city of Herten had been waiting, expectantly, for him. He doesn't often have time to visit, but when he does, he spends his time with the kids.

Gerald Asamoah: 'We're all the same!'

"He's really approachable for the students and sets a great tone with them," said Stephanie Brzoza, a teacher at the school who serves as the contact for the school project. "When he comes here and speaks to the students, they love him."

This time, he even sang with them - a birthday medley for Rosa Parks, the US civil rights activist whose name the school bears. The visits with young people are something Gerald Asamoah enjoys. "It's really nice. You see how engaged the young people are with you. They're ready to learn from you to accept where you're coming from," said Asamoah in an interview with DW about the project.

What connects Asamoah to the Rosa Parks School

   

Exterior of Rosa Parks Schule (c) DW/G.Reucher

From the outside, the Rosa Parks School doesn't look all that inviting: a large building from the 1970s made of gray cement has been done up with a few wall murals and yellow window frames.

Yet before you even cross the threshold at the school's entrance, you know what they stand for. On one side of the entry foyer is an emblem stating that this is a school "without racism," and which stands "for courage." Above the entrance is the maxim: "Without courage and inspiration, dreams will die - the dream of freedom and peace."

Gerald Asamoah is one of three supporters of the program fighting against discrimination of every kind at the Rosa Parks School. He is regularly engaged in the project.

Murat Turcan, a student in the 11th grade can remember how the students had gotten prepared for the football star's first visit to the school four years ago. "We were fascinated by his visit, when he 

described how he was cursed and insulted. He showed us that you can accomplish anything, no matter your skin color if you push through. He didn't allow them get him down."

At the time, the class had bet against their teacher, Stephanie Brzoza, saying that a star like Asamoah would never come to a school like theirs to speak about his experiences with racism. But the children lost the bet.

"We were so nervous on the day that Asamoah came," said Murat. "I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think about it."

Courage against xenophobia

Three students from the school (c)DW/G.Reucher

Sarah Ates, Johannes Cronauer and Florian Thielemann are active in the school without racism project

The former student who served as a class liaison, Florian Thielemann, worked hard to have the Rosa Parks School officially named a "school without racism." That's the motor that drove the movement to get Gerald Asamoah engaged in the project. "Asamoah stands for tolerance and is against racism. That's in our best interests." With letters and good reasons, the students won Asamoah over. "We have a school with a large percentage of immigrant students. It's imperative to act courageously."

The city of Herten, with its 62,000 inhabitants, lies in the middle of Germany's western Ruhr region. Around 14 percent of the population has a history of migration. The unemployment rate lies around 12 percent. That's reflected in the school, where around 50 to 60 percent of the students are from a cultural background that is not immediately German.

'School without racism - school with courage'

"School without racism - school with courage" is a Europe-wide project for tolerance and education that is supported by the European Union. Schools which would like to hold the title have to fulfill specific requirements.

"The students are required to not tolerate racist acts and instead lead the way against such actions," said the school's principal, Thomas Aehlig.

 Students and teachers in front of a picture of Rosa Parks (c) DW/G.Reucher

Students and teachers have worked hard together on a variety of projects

At least 70 percent of all students and those who are employed at the school have to sign a statement saying that they want to actively work against racism and discrimination. Beyond that, they need to have individuals who act as a sort-of mentor, adopting the school and creating a project on the topic of "school without racism," each year.

"That's not just a title or a label that's been attached to our school. It's important to me that we also display that during our lessons," said Aehlig.

Gerald Asamoah was quickly won over. "I liked the idea a lot and really stand behind it," said the footballer, who in the meantime has gone on to support five schools across Germany in the project. "Adults can't change much, their mind is already made up, even if I try to speak to that person. But with young people, you can really talk to them and make it clear: We are all the same. The children are our future."

Every year, there are different projects on the subject of racism and courage at the Rosa Parks School. In one of them, the students created an "anti-racism bus" in Herten. This year, a class of students comprised of recently arrived refugees will be brought into the project.

"We're going to create a large poster with the class of refugees," said student head Sarah Ates. "We want to create a sign that we stand for tolerance and with it, show that refugees are welcome here."

Rosa Parks as a role model

 A pink bus stop with a mural (c) Rosa Parks Schule

A bus stop at the Rosa Parks School pays tribute to its namesake

For his educational work on the subject of racism, former student Florian Thielmann has received the school's Rosa Parks Prize, awarded annually on February 4, the birthday of the civil rights activist.

Parks is best known for being arrested after refusing to move to the back of a city bus in 1955, when the segregation of black and white people still took place in the US.

"The prize serves not only as a symbol against racism, it also shows civic courage and engagement through projects that nurture cooperation," said religion teacher Renate Tellgmann. In 2005, Tellgmann worked with her students to have the name of the school changed to the Rosa Parks School. "As a result of the name, students are made aware of the connections across time, such as the discriminatory laws from the Nazi era or the apartheid in South Africa."

At the moment, Trump has been a big topic of discussion. "And of course, the refugees who are here. One of our higher-level students uses the free lessons she has to teach German to the refugee students."

Racism still prevalent in many heads

Jessica Nsanda next to a self-portrait (c)Renate Tellgmann

Jessica Nsanda takes issue with people underestimating her because of her appearance

Of course, racism and discrimination still exists at the Rosa Parks School, said Tellgmann. But there are always students who are willing to step in. Outside of school, it's something else. Jessica Nsanda, for example, recently had her hair touched while riding in the tram. And when a woman saw her mobile telephone, the woman said to the person next to her. "They come to Germany and give their money away for mobiles," Jessica told a small group of students who'd gathered. She shrugged. "What am I supposed to do? That's the image people have of us."

"People are always touching my hair. I hate it. That's why I always kept my hair short," said Johannes Cronauer, a former student who was active in the "anti-racism bus" project.

 The Anti-Racism Bus (c) Rosa Parks Schule

social worker Martin Schwirske reinforces the students in their activism, coordinating the school's working group, "school without racism." He's proud of the students' projects. Of course, one cannot just rest on his laurels and decide that the "school without racism" seal is enough. The subject is one that must be confronted repeatedly in various projects and that message needs to be promoted to the outside, he said. For him, it's clear, "A school without racism is not a condition, it's an objective."

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Gay Marriage Now Legal in Germany

On Friday morning the German parliament voted to legalize gay marriage, after a large majority of lawmakers voted for the draft law. Chancellor Angela Merkel voted against the bill.

In total 393 MPs voted for and 226 voted against.

The law was pushed through by the left-wing parties in the Bundestag. But at least 70 MPs from Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU party union voted for the bill. Merkel herself told reporters on Friday after the debate that she had voted against the bill.

Volker Beck, Green Party MP and one of the most prominent gay parliamentarians, said “this really is a great victory, because it inches us towards a harmonious society.”

With tears in his eyes, Beck told broadcaster Phoenix that “there had almost been a crisis of democracy”, referring to the fact that same-sex marriage legislation took years to come to a vote despite polls showing that a majority of Germans supported it.

Germany currently allows so-called civil unions, which were legalised in 2001 under a green-left government. They grant homosexual couples equal rights in many areas such as tax and inheritance rules, but do not allow joint adoptions.

The German legal code was now changed to say "marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex", meaning same-sex couples will gain equal rights on adoption, as well as tax and inheritance.

The law has already been approved by the upper house and should come into effect by the end of the year.

"To me, marriage as defined in the German basic law means the marriage between husband and wife, and that is why I vote against the law today," Merkel said shortly after the vote.

But she did say that her thinking had changed on the question of child adoption by same-sex couples, which she long opposed, labelling her past comments on it "unsatisfactory".

"Since then I have thought a lot about the matter of child welfare and have now... come to the conviction that same-sex couples should be able to jointly adopt children," she said.

The election-year bill was pushed by Merkel's leftist rivals who pounced on a U-turn she made on Monday - a manoeuvre that left many of her conservative lawmakers fuming.

Gay and lesbian groups cheered the push for marriage equality in Germany.

"It's a real recognition, so it warms the heart," said French engineer Christophe Tetu, 46, who lives in Berlin with his partner Timo Strobel, 51.

"We're thinking about having a party, getting married and using our new rights to protect our relationship," he told AFP.

Strobel said he too was "overjoyed" the couple would be able to show family and friends "that we are committed to each other, that we will stay together and we will spend our lives together".

On social media, there was an outpouring of joy from supporters of the bill who could scarcely believe the speed with which it was put on the agenda and then passed through the Bundestag.

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Amidst African community outrage, police in Munich have launched investigations into an incident in which two security guards were filmed forcefully removing a man from a metro train.

The man, said to be a 48-year-old Nigerian, was reportedly removed from the train at Leuchtenbergring station in Munich, Germany. He appeared to have no valid ticket as the inspectors came up to him during the check. They then asked him to show an ID card and pay a €60 fine, according to the reporter Natalija Miletic who filmed the incident. The man, however, only had €9 in cash, which he reportedly needed for food. The inspectors collected the €9, saying he still owed the rest.

Video footage show the man resisting efforts by Deutsche Bahn guards to eject him from the S-Bahn train.

As the man grips on to handrails inside the carriage, with many commuters looking on, one guard keeps him in a headlock while the other attempts to loosen his grip on the rails and lift up his legs.

The man is not violent towards the guards and does not say anything. At one point he yells out in pain.

Once dragged off the train the commuter was held down on the platform, with pressure applied to the back of his head.

Miletic objected to the way the man was handled, accusing the Deutsche Bahn personnel of being “racist”. The reporter is heard in the video saying: “This is absolutely not okay what you’re doing. The guy didn’t do anything to you guys. You should be ashamed of yourself.

“This is racist what you’re doing. Why are you doing this? It’s because he’s black.”

The man also says: “Tell me what I did?”

Local media report that a complaint of grievous bodily harm has been lodged with the police.

Both Deutsche Bahn and the police are investigating the incident, calling for witnesses to come forward.

Deutsche Bahn told German media it was “concerned” about the incident and “regretted” the violence seen in the video.

The company says the two guards involved in the incident are currently not doing any control duty.

Meanwhile, members of the African community have been expressing their outrage over the incident with many commentators describing the incident as an indication of the racist abuse which Black people experience in their dealings with some law-enforcement agents.

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German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, has revealed that 13,000 Nigerians are currently seeking asylum in Germany. The reasons they gave for their applications, according to the ambassador, range from insecurity arising from Boko Haram insurgency to political persecution in Nigeria.

Ambassador Schlagheck however hinted that his country was not convinced that there is political persecution in Nigeria at the moment.

He said: “There are 13,000 asylum applications in Germany. We are legally required to know if the person (applying) has been persecuted for political reasons.

“Think of Nigeria the way you want but there is no political persecution here. The likelihood that most of these absurd applications will be rejected is almost 90 to 99 percent.”

Ambassador Schlagheck made the revelations on Wednesday in Abuja when the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora led by its chairman, Hon. Rita Orji, visited the German embassy on oversight functions.

Noting the cordial relationship that had existed between Nigeria and Germany over the years, Schlagheck said that Germany’s visa processes were not cumbersome for people with genuine economic and educational intentions.

“For people wishing to study in Germany, it is not difficult to get a visa. It is easier than you think. It requires filing the details or you can just go to our website,” he advised. He also stated that there were Nigerians in Germany “who were willing to return”, because “the pastures are not green”.

Dr Ralf Sanftenberg, a top German official, had during a visit to the Nigerian presidency in Abuja on 7 February revealed that there were more than 12,000 Nigerian asylum-seekers in his country and the overwhelming majority of them had practically no chances of being successful with their claims.

Sanftenberg, who is Global Head of programme, Migration and Development at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, revealed that between then and the end of next year, Germany intends to deport more than 12,000 Nigerians.

Nigerian nationals have the highest rejection rate of asylum applications made by Africans in Europe, according to a 2016 report of the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

Kola Tella with NAN report

The G20 summit of 20 leading world economies begins on Friday in Hamburg. Anti-capitalist demonstrators have already gathered in the city, and not all have peaceful intentions, police warn.

The first warning signs that there would be trouble ahead at the G20 came on Sunday evening, when police broke up an unauthorized protest camp. In the resulting fracas, protesters threw paint balloons at officers and police responded with pepper spray. Demonstrators claim that several people were injured.

On Tuesday night, there was more trouble as police used water cannon and pepper spray to break up several demonstrations across the city.

But these disputes are likely to just be the initial skirmishes before the battle lines are fully drawn. On Thursday the potentially violent "Welcome to Hell" protest is being held. Organizers have warned that activists will seek to block access to the summit venue and, as usual, "reserve for themselves the option of militant resistance" against police.

Critics have asked why Hamburg was chosen as the venue for the summit, which along with the smaller G7 is often the focus of anti-capitalist ire.

Hamburg, like Berlin, is known for having a resilient far-left scene. The choice of location in Hamburg is also a potential spark to the dry gun powder. The G20 venue is right next to the Sternschanze district, the Hamburg neighbourhood most synonymous with the left-wing squatter movement,

According to Hamburg police figures released in the build-up to the summit, 1,090 left-wing extremists live in Germany’s second largest city, 620 of whom are considered potentially violent.

Police are expecting up to 8,000 potentially violent extremists at the event. City authorities have said demonstrators are plotting “the biggest black bloc of all time”, referring to the anarchist-associated movement that often sparks riots at major demonstrations.

In response to the threat of violence, Hamburg has banned rallies from the inner city and along access roads to the airport, forcing marchers into harbourside areas of St Pauli and Altona, away from the G20.

A report by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) released on Monday showed that the radical left scene in Germany in growing to a size never previously witnessed. The internal intelligence agency categorizes 28,500 people as being part of the radical left, an increase of seven percent in a year.

If protests do turn violent, it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that a left-wing demo has spiralled out of control in recent German history.

When the G8 summit was held at Heiligendamm in 2007, black bloc activists turned on police and left over 400 of them injured. A NATO summit held in Baden-Württemberg and France was also accompanied by violence in 2009, with rioters setting fire to buildings, rubbish bins and attacking private property.

In 2015, at a demonstration against the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, police were partially overwhelmed by the scale of the violence. As many as 130 officers were injured and much of the city centre was choked by smoke as rioters set light to vehicles and rubbish bins.

Islamist threat

It isn’t just the far left who are represented in large numbers in Hamburg. City police claim there are 330 far-right extremists in the city and 640 Salafists, 310 of whom are considered potentially dangerous.

The BfV say that nationwide, both of these groups have grown in size and affinity for violence over the last 12 months.

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“We need to assume that more terror attacks by lone wolves or terror commandos could happen in Germany,” Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said on Monday.

The city says that it won't be taking any chances at the G20, with soldiers, the navy and the air force supporting the police in securing the city. Authorities say they must protect leaders, some 10,000 delegates and almost 5,000 media workers from both the threat of a terrorist attack and violent street protests.

I am the daughter of the well-known Nigerian human rights activist Comrade Oladipo Ola-Oni. My family originated from Ibadan, Nigeria, and I have been living in Germany since 1992.

In Nigeria I was motivated by the way my best friend spoke the German language. It fascinated me. I developed so much affection for it that my dad applied for me to attend a higher education institution here.  I later came to Germany to study German language and social sciences.

Fortunately, I had a student visa. This made it easier for me to move around to discover things.

When things moved on, I worked for Delta Airlines.  But after a while I became a social worker at the Rathaus Berlin-Charlottenburg. I later worked at the Bavaria old people’s home, also in Berlin-Charlottenburg. But I stopped the job after getting married. I wanted enough time for my kids.

However, I later joined the theatre group Shakunle and performed the lead role in Atinuke-the Beauty Queen of Oyo Empire. Owing to its success, we performed in most theatres in Berlin. I was really inspired by this and also discovered my talent for educational choreography and stories.

So I wrote my own script, Tears of Blood. This is a play that was chosen and acted for the Black History Month 2008 at Kulturwerkstatt in Berlin. It depicts the horrible pain women had to go through to be circumcised and our aim was to protest against this practice.

I am the founder of the Afro Tan Edutainment group. It is a group that unites Black women and girls and we gather once a week to dance.

Generally, Germany is a country that provides the best opportunity so long as one can integrate into the system and speak the language. So far, I have enjoyed my stay in Germany because I have been able to implement my ideas as soon as I have been inspired to do so.

My general advice to most Africans is to aim higher than doing mostly odd jobs. They should try to learn the language and aspire to a better standard of living. They should try to visit tourist attractions with their kids. They need to plan and save to travel once a year round Europe with the family. This can help their state of mind.

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On friday, June 30th, 2017, The parliament in Germany voted to legalise same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel bowed to pressure and dropped her longstanding disapproval. Africans react to the same sex marriage Law by giving their unbiased opinion.


With the passage of the bill, Germany would now join many other European countries in extending full marital rights to same-sex couples, including the right to adopt children. Such rights had only been limited to civil partnerships since 2001 without full marriage status and the ability to adopt children.

But what does such a vote mean for many young Africans in Germany whose legislations back home are still very hostile towards homosexuality? Punishment for engaging in same-sex relationships in countries like Nigeria and Uganda range from 10 years to life imprisonment.

Nigerian scholars are asked in this second episode of the L.O.L Show (Lens of Leadership) on TopAfric about their opinions on the social norm and whether or not they would advocate such legislation back home.


Watch the video below to get their opinions and reactions.

Irene, a former Miss Kenya Germany contestant, who goes by the name of Vienna Shiko Levatis on Facebook, says that "girls who swallow sperm during sexual intercourse are actually killing babies.

She wrote this statement on her facebook wall which started a huge controversial assualt of comments.

Someone disputed her claims by saying

"Not quite correct. Mainly, Spaerma consists of water and proteins dopamine, noradrenaline, tyrosine binding hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, as well as various estrogens, pheromones (odors). On the whole, nothing special, similar to a chicken egg"

Another person asked why she posed half nude while leaving this controversial statement.

She didnt or hasnt responded.

The question goes out to everyone out there. Is swallowing sperm the same as killing babies?

The KidsRadio project aims at strengthening the self-confidence of children and young adults.  It is designed to offer the participants a platform where they can learn how to be radio presenters. It is a way to help them decide early on what they wish to pursue in life.

The ultimate goal is for one or two extraordinary talented kids to have their own radio program at Radio TopAfric. The program is design for kids and young adults between the ages of 10 -21, who want to run a radio program and become stars of tomorrow. It will also teach them how to blog as well.

The workshop which will run for 3 months and will accommodate about 10 participants. Workshop training will take place only on the weekends. The workshop will only last for 90 minutes each Saturday. From 3pm – 4.30pm 

Module 1: Research & Interview:
A: We teach them how to research topics and personalities via the internet prior to hosting an interview or prior to doing a live show on radio.
B: We also teach them how to find topics of interest.
C: We teach them how to work in groups and also how to ask the right questions? 

Module 2: Promo & Equipment
A: We teach them how to promote themselves through social media
B: We teach them how to handle the Microphone and equipment

Module 3: Record live show & Blog
A: We teach them how to record a live radio show
B: We teach them what needs to be done after ending a live radio show and also how to post a recorded show on a blog site as well as how to blog.

Cooperation partner:
Our co-operation partner is LUKULULE e.V. They will provide a network of young artists and professional artists that will be helping TopAfric and participants. For example, a play coach will work with our participants so that the participants will be strengthened for a live online show.

The participant will be glad to be part of this one time experience, after the course, all participants will receive a certificate from TopAfric. The workshop is led by Jesse Georgy, a journalist from NDR, who has experience in team leadership at the Lukukule e.V.

The Ghana Community in Hamburg is to conduct an election to elect new executive members of the Ghana Union. The election is schedule to take place on Saturday, the 9th of September 2017. From 17.00 – 20.00
The event is taking place at the First Foundation, Mexico Ring 19, 22297 Hamburg (City Nord)

The following Ghana Union Executive positions are to be contested for:
1. President
2. Vice President
3. General Secretary???
4. Vice General Secretary
5. Financial Secretary
6. Youth Organizer
7. Organizing Secretary
8. Women Organizer

Responsibilities:

  • To support the social and economic welfare of Ghanaians in Hamburg
  • To provide leadership and direction for economic growth
  • To stimulate the spirit of patriotism amongst Ghanaians living in Hamburg
  • To encourage networking amongst Ghanaian institutions home and abroad
  • To represent and serve as a mouth piece of the Ghana Community

The Union of Ghanaian Associations in Germany (UGAG) e.V. has through Mr. William Nketia (President) confirmed their participation. They will be in to observe the elections.

Hamburg has the largest number of Ghanaians in Germany, a free and fair election is paramount to all

God Bless Ghana
God Bless GermanyContact:
Desmond John Beddy -/Electoral Chairman

Tel: 017632140550
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Following the recent tragic occurrence in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, TopAfric as a media house has decided to fulfill it's social responsibility with the help and support of the African community. We therefore wish to humbly bring to the notice of the whole African community, the TopAfric intiative "SUPPORT THE SURVIVORS OF SIERRA LEONE MUDSLIDE".

This initiative is intended to gather items that will be of immense help to over 3000 people that displaced and left destitute after the disaster-struck in Sierra Leone.

Sources however have it that,  the country is likely to experience the same tragic incident that happened on the 8th of August 2017 in the capital. Currently, residence living in buildings constructed on the "Mountain Side" are being propelled to relocate to avoid any of such tragic incident that claimed over 400 lives, leaving others missing. 

One will say, the survivors are very lucky. But really, what did someone who lost 28 members of her family survive for if they will live the rest of their lives, suffering?

What would a survivor who has lost his/her home and everything they ever worked for in their lifetime, live on?

How will a country whose economy is not buoyant enough to cater for all survivors?

However sad or heart-rendering it might sound, there is a way out, if only the African community will sympathise and donate anything they can to make a difference.

TopAfric is therefore appealing to churches, groups and the African community in the various suburbs of Germany to bring in old or new shoes, clothes and blankets. Toiletteries  and donations in the form of money no matter how small will also be accepted. The donations will then be tendered in to the Embassy of Sierra Leone in Berlin to be transported to Sierra Leone.

 Items can however be brought to our offices at Wandsbeker Chausee 15, 22089  Hamburg, Germany.

Individuals can also contact us via email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0049 (0) 40 88307599 , 0049 17632140550  or 0049 15234016895 between the hours of 10:00 and 6pm. 

To love is to give and in giving,younreceive a blessing.

Effiya 

Friday, August 25th, 2017 was the first day of the Alafia Festival in Hamburg, Germany.  Alafia which means "Peace be on to you" in Yoruba language, lives upto its meaning when you see hundreds of people come together and peacefully mingle with one another.

The weather was wonderful, the music was entertaining and offcourse the food & drinks were fantastic as people flooded to Altona district of Hamburg to join in the African Festival which happens every year around this period.

Day two looks very promising as well.  Check it out if you are in Hamburg.

Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
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Hamburger Sparkasse (HASPA) a prominent bank situated in Hamburg, Germany, donated the sum of 2.000 € (Two thousand euros) to IMIC e.V on the 14th of November 2013.

The donation from Haspa was given to Mrs. Sylvaina Gerlich, Chairlady of IMIC, by Mr. Andreas Meyer during an award ceremony at the Walddörfer sports club. Mrs. Bettina Behrens, leader of the branch located at Bramfelder chaussee 493 was also present.

This donation originated from the lottery-savings Sparkasse customers. Customers can win up to 50.000€ with a 1,00€ input every month. The lottery costs five euros and four euros gets saved from there. 25cents is donated to a good non-profit organizations such as Brakula, Freiwilligenboerse, and IMIC.

With 2,5million euros collected, over 100 non-profit organizations in Hamburg benefit from this lottery system every year. Each organization is recommended by a Haspa branch.

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The number of qualified professionals in Germany from countries such as India and China is on the rise, according to a media report published on Tuesday. The Rheinische Post (RP) states in its report that about one in four specialists (22.8 percent) who come to Germany with the EU Blue Card are from India, followed by people from China, Russia, Ukraine and Syria.

At the end of 2016, 97,865 Indians were living in Germany, according to the Central Register of Foreigners (AZR). This figure was drastically lower nearly a decade ago; the number of Indians in Germany was only 42,495 in 2007.

READ ALSO: The five most common challenges Indians face in Germany

Since the EU Blue Card - a residence permit issued by an EU member state to professionals from non-EU/EEA countries - was introduced in 2013, the number of cards issued as work permits in Germany to people from various countries has steadily been on the increase.

In the first half of 2017 alone 11,023 cards were issued across the Bundesrepublik, RP reports, referencing data from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF).

In 2016, this figure was 17,362 - an significant increase from a total of 11,290 cards handed out in 2013.

In order to be issued with a card, a person needs to fill two prerequisites: possession of a university degree and evidence of a binding job offer with an annual salary of at least €49,600. In the fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, medicine or engineering, one’s salary must be at least €38,888.

The card is initially valid for up to four years, but this can be extended. After 33 months of working in Germany, holders of an EU Blue Card can be granted a permanent settlement permit. Though this can be reduced to just 21 months with a B1 German language certificate.

 

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

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The weekend of April 12th - 14th 2013, African Day was celebrated in a sub division called Hohenhorst, (a suburb in Hamburg, Germany) There were lots of activities for both parents and kids.  Among the activities was soccer competition for kids, art drawing, cooking and sale of artifacts.

The soccer game featured a mini-African cup competition which all the kids participated in and enormously enjoyed.  It showed them team spirit and everybody who played was a winner. A Hip Hop dance crew also performed during the half time soccer game. Deyon Martins further energized the crowd with his Afro-Pop music.  The kids were dancing and celebrating to his wonderful tunes.

The end of the Friday show featured a viewing of an African movie called No Time To Die.  Everybody who attended watched the film. The Saturday program started with a fashion show which featured clothes from different regions of Africa. The presenter, Elizabeth Boateng, described the clothes being displayed

Then there were opening speeches from actress, Dayan Kodu, and Irene Appiah, from the Board of Education in Hamburg.  After which was a short film called Uwe & Uwe. The Saturday show also featured West African drumming, Kora guitar playing by Saliou and the group Djante Bi. They presented spectacular dance choreograph/ music from Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea. The Djante Bi group consists of four drummers and six dancers from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, Togo, Ghana and Germany.  The audience was elated

 During the musical break, there was African food, Jewellery display, and snacks. 

The end of Saturday show saw DJ Arthur performing different beats such as Azonto, Highlife, Reggae and Afro beats.   Over all it was a wonderful and successful show.  The organizers deserve two thumbs up.

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London will celebrate the biggest and most spectacular ‘African Beauty Pageant’ show this year. ‘MISS FACE OF AFRICA EU 2013’, heralds the “BIGGEST” African cultural event this DECADE, will be buzzing with the:
→ Feistiest Looks
→ A Runway full of Attitude
→ Amazing Hair & Character
→ An ignited stage of Talent
→ Fashion and Headline Performances
With a long list of recognisable faces all across the globe in Music, Comedy and Dance, to captivate our audience and raise an awareness of world poverty, but the most important of all, ‘FACE OF AFRICA EU’ aims to command a place in the hearts and minds of the audience and communities, about the significance of “How a few coins to Charity, is a mighty achievement to Poverty”—Tuesday October 15th 2013 indigO2 at The O2, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX Tube: North Greenwich Doors open at 17.00 Gmt.

This entertaining event will showcase the hottest Afro trends, designers and bring together inspiration and innovation under one roof, meeting the needs of even the most discerning audience. Miss Face of Africa platform conveys nothing less than a seductive stage of cultural magnificence, which complements the relationship between body & garment by combining a seductive outlook on beauty & culture. This is a remarkable events that will bring together organizations from various sectors including governmental, non-governmental, private, international and bilateral organizations under one roof with highly competitive and professional advantages; thereby serving as the platform for an open and wide-ranging media/beauty opportunities. With quality candidates, face-to-face interviews, and first-rate facilities of networking possibilities, just a few of the benefits that will be offered at the event. This will be a stunning occasion to experience.

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Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (http://amzn.to/2wKIHc7)

On that faithful Saturday, I was the barbecue master for the youth party and had no choice than to listen to their kind of music. I usually listen to lyrics of the legend Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, I Jah Man and many others, yes strictly roots reggae. So papa why are you listening to Shatte Wale’s “AYOO”, asked the little kids. You always condemn and label this music as noise. The truth is that I have never taken the time to listen or play it.

The music was played repeatedly, honestly I had no choice than to pay attention and sing along. While the kids were moved by the rhythm, I was touched by the message. The controversial musician started by saying something is about to happen to Ghana. “They are killing our future and nobody cares to say something” AYOO!!! Ghana is dipping into anarchy and nobody cares. “AYOO” literally translated from the EWE language “He who refuses to do the right thing today pays the price tomorrow”.

The controversial musician continued by saying anytime he voices out they say he is a bad boy. We see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil and feel no evil, provided they can fill their stomach. The country is sitting on a time bomb.

Ghanaians have mortgaged their country to the Chinese, their soldiers are guiding and protecting Chinese owned mining fields. Trust me the worst culprits are post independent graduates, their appetite for quick wealth is unquenchable and unimaginable.  

Youth-Unemployment
Unemployment state in the country is undesirable, there are no strategic plans in place to address the issue neither do we have any meaningful data in place to begin with. The education system is not helping either, we continue producing white color seeking graduates year after year. Technical and vocational institutions have been relegated to the background, while we setup new universities every year. You should be lucky to know someone who knows you, to fix you somewhere. Good grades matter less, connections matter most.

Yes, the universities are big businesses, unfortunately not tailored to suit the needs of the country nor the job markets. My American friend will say“discombobulated”.

But then why not produce high in demand graduates for export. When care is not taken a day will come when these young frustrated talents will take the law into their own hands. Shatte Wale kept saying people are afraid to voice out their opinion for fear of intimidation and isolation, but that day is coming when we shall say “AYOO”

Security
The country’s deteriorating security challenges is another unattended issue, armed robbery is the other of the day, the rich have built huge security fences along their homes, lacking fresh air and suffocating in their barricade homes. The gangsters no longer bother jumping the walls, they wait outside for them. The country is close to becoming lawless, rural folks having the guts to kill security officers all in search of survival. If care is not taken a time will come when people will be snatched from moving cars. A starving man is an angry man. The question one may ask is the society gradually deteriorating into anarchy?

Food-Security
One may say in the abundance of plenty, the visionless is wanting, almost every farming land in Ghana can be cultivated all year, nevertheless the people have to import onions and tomatoes from neighboring countries . Soon they will start importing not only rice but plantain and cassava from China. Food production has been on the decline for decades and it seems there are no measures in place to curve the situation. Meanwhile Ghanaians have Farmers Day which goes with a National Holiday, Shatte Wale may ask “What are they celebrating”

Galamsey
Galamsey has been part of Ghanaian system for decades, why has it become that topical today? Yes it is destroying the water bodies, farming lands are not only been destroyed but infected with chemicals thus making harvested crops poisonous. The rural dwellers were long into Galamsey, but the impact was not that devastating until the “Accra Pen and Paper” gentlemen with their multinationals pals decided to have their fair share. They always want it big and if possible all for themselves. They came in with heavy equipment’s. What took the local boys to a century, it took them days to destroy.

The question is how long shall we be led by our stomach… we don’t care what happens to the unborn. Nobody cares about the bad roads, all we care about is driving fancy cars on them, nobody cares about bad health system, we are more concerned about affording it outside the country, nobody cares how you become rich, all we care about is having our share of the money. We have lost it all, no cultural lineage.

Until we accept we are engulfed in greed, and that we sinking very fast, we will not be able to save ourselves from this grave. Shatte Wale will continue to sing loud “AYOO” Have we become a people without direction? What legacy are we leaving for the unborn, create, loot and share? We have ceased to speak our mind, be constructive and objective citizens.

Leadership
We have ourselves to blame, we have succeeded installing Followers as Leaders, and then turn around to question their inability. People who need to be directed are in charge and steering affairs and leading us no where and nobody cares. AYOO!

Desmond John Beddy -/TopAfric Media Network

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