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The party in the park which took place this past Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 was not only fantastic but phenomenal. The free event which was hosted by Oforione.com of deadline entertainment took place at the Beim Pachthof park. It was well attended. There was music, games, food, and fun at the event.

The kids had a play house set up for them to jump around. Adults had fun games, drinks and most importantly music for them to dance. Dj Bleed, Spark and Richman were spinning the ones and twos.
The stage featured the best Azonto dancers by young adults and kids. The food was delicious and tantalizing. There was never a dull moment for the crowd. The weather was just perfect.

If you missed this year’s party in the park you missed a lot, but don’t miss next year’s edition. With Oforione it is always fun fun fun.

Topafric

 

The Face of Africa Germany is currently searching for contestants from all over Germany. Only single Women between the ages of 18 – 26 who have never been married or have no kids are encouraged to apply. You must be of African origin or descent to apply(eigther both parents or one parent must be of African origin) and you must be living or residing in Germany. Contestants must be enrolled in school, be a graduate or currently pursuing a career.


The pageant show, which will be held in Berlin, is all about celebrating the beauty of the Modern African Woman. It will be set to promote African Culture, Tourism, Beauty and Lifestyle in Germany. The pageant show will be the first of its kind . It will attract big fashion companies, personalities, and big media houses.


Aim of the pageant is to find an amazing Queen who can represent Africa in the international Modeling & Fashion World. She will also serve as an Ambassador for the Afro-Germans so as to empower and encourage the youths to educate themselves.


Topafric independently counted 78 contestants from 21 countries who have applied. More are encouraged to apply as there will be an audition to select girls that will represent individual countries. There are 61 countries in Africa. These number includes the surronding islands. And the organizers are looking for girls from all 61 countries. Below is the list of contestants currently enrolled. We shall continue to update you on all new applications. Simply check this article periodically for more updates.


Visit FOA facebook site and get instructions on how to enroll (Click here)and (Click here to like our Page)

Below is a list of girls who have applied and have been accepted by the organizers. These girls will be attending the audition which will be in Berlin (Date will be annouced by the organizers)  !!!You too can be on this list by simply applying (Click here) and dont forget to like our Facebook page(Click here) for more updates

Ana Bela ( Angola)
Clarisse (Congo)
Edith (Kenya)
Eunice (Kenya)
Grace (Namibia)
Jacqueline (Cape Verde)
Joyce (Kenya)
Klasik (Ghana)
Lilian (Kenya)
Madina (Cote d`Iviore)
Meryem (Morocco)

Mushiya (Congo)
Ndey (Guinea Conakry)
Neneh (Gambia)
Ruta (Eritrea)
Sukaina-Cecilia (Gambia)
Teresia (Kenya)
Wairimu(Kenya)
Abigail (Ghana)
Adiam (Eritrea)
Alexis (Ghana)

Amanda (Rwanda)
Änni (Ghana)
Annick (Benin)
Bijou (Guinea Conakry)
Bonzenga(Congo)
Brawra (Kenya)
Brenda (Kenya)
Brenda (Kenya)
Caroline (Zambia)
Catherine(Kenya)


Christelle (Congo)
Cindy (Gambia)
Claudia(Ghana)
Cynthia (Nigeria)
Donna (Ghana)
Esther (Ghana)
Esther (Ghana)
Fatouma(Cote d´ivore)
Francheska (Congo)
Grace (Angola)


Harriet (Cameroun)
Harriet (Ghana)
Hawa(Sierra Leone)
Helena (Angola)
Isabel (Angola)
Jennifer (Ghana)
Jocelyne (Ivory Coast)
Julie(Egypt)
Kadija (Guinea Conakry )
Killy (Ghana)


Leo (Togo)
Leslyn (Ghana)
Linda (Angola)
Lori(Ghana)
Marta(Eritrea)
Mary (Congo)
Maureen (Kenya)
Mavis (Ghana)
Mercy(Kenya)
Mical (Eritrea)

Leo (Togo)
Leslyn (Ghana)
Linda (Angola)
Lori(Ghana)
Marta(Eritrea)
Mary (Congo)
Maureen (Kenya)
Mavis (Ghana)
Mercy(Kenya)
Mical (Eritrea

Salima-Sarah (Congo)
Sara(Angola)
Sonia (Congo)
Stella (Kenya)
Sylvie (Congo Brazzaville)


Tracy (Ghana)
Vanessa (Ghana)
Vanessa (Congo)
Vivian(Kenya)
Vivianne(Kenya)
Vivien(Kenya)

Some know her as Divaaliishh Maame Ajoa Owusu, while others may know her as Miss Nancy Chantal. No matter what you call her, she is always the life of the party. She was a contestant in the 2011 Face of Africa Germany Beauty Pageant Show. Although she didn’t win the crown, she most definitely won the show. She walked the stage with her head held up high and won the hearts of the crowd that attended the show. She was also on the popular German T.V show called "The Big Looser". 

Well, Miss Nancy Chantal is turning twenty one on the 14th of September, 2013. Once again she will be entertaining friends, family and fans to her elegant birthday party. It promises to be off da hook. It will no doubt fall in the "Party of the Year" category.

It will be held at the Farmsen Volkshochschule located @ Berner Heerweg 183, in Hamburg, Germany. Everybody is encouraged to dress elegantly.
Three hearty cheers to Miss Nancy from Topafric radio. We wish you many more.

Russia will expel four German diplomats in a tit-for-tat response to Berlin ordering four Russian agents to leave Germany over the poisoning of an ex-spy in Britain, the German foreign minister said on Friday
"This decision by Moscow is not a surprise," said German foreign minister Heiko Maas in a statement. Germany joined the US and other EU nations in expelling Russian envoys to show support for Britain which has blamed Russia for the nerve agent attack on its soil.
The Russian foreign ministry on Friday afternoon summoned the heads of missions from 23 countries -- almost all of them European Union member states -- to tell them that some of their diplomats had to leave.
   
The diplomats from France, Canada, Germany, Australia and other countries were earlier seen arriving at the Russian foreign ministry in flagged official cars.
   
France, Germany and Poland each said that Russia was expelling four of their diplomats. Among the other countries that had similarly been told to pull their envoys were the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.
Thirteen Ukrainian diplomats should also leave Russia.
   
The moves came in retaliation for the coordinated expulsion of Russian diplomats by Britain and its allies over a nerve agent attack against former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.
   
"This is certainly not a surprise," Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok said through a spokeswoman, referring to Moscow's expulsion of two of the country's diplomats.
   
Blok called upon Russia to cooperate with the ongoing investigation into the attack by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
   
The Russian foreign ministry also gave Britain a month to cut the number of diplomatic staff in Russia to the same number Russia has in Britain.
   
In Britain, the government called the latest developments "regrettable" but remained adamant that Russia was in the wrong.
   
"This doesn't change the facts of the matter: the attempted assassination of two people on British soil, for which there is no alternative conclusion other than that the Russian State was culpable," a spokeswoman for Britain's Foreign Office said.
Russia also said it reserved the right to respond to the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats by Belgium, Hungary, Georgia and Montenegro.
   
In the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin presided over a meeting of the country's Security Council which discussed the most recent retaliatory steps against Britain and its allies.
   
The Kremlin insisted it was not Russia that had started the diplomatic war with the West.
   
"Russia did not unleash any diplomatic war," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Russia never initiated any exchange of sanctions."
   
On Thursday, Moscow had announced that it would expel 60 US diplomats and close the US consulate in Saint Petersburg after the expulsion of its own diplomats and the closure of one of its US consulates.
   
In all, more than 150 Russian diplomats have been ordered out of the US, EU members, NATO countries and other nations which are accusing Russia of being involved in the Skripal poisoning.
   
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow would respond with "tit-for-tat" measures, but they might "not only" be symmetrical.
'Get out of here'
On the streets in Saint Petersburg, passersby said they welcomed the decision to shut down the US consulate general in the city.
   
"This is great news," said Viktor Glushko, 60. "It is about time. Relations will not get worse because they were never good and we will get by without them."
   
Another man shouted: "Get out of here!" as he passed by the US consulate where staff were seen loading plastic sacks into vehicles Friday.
   
In Washington, the State Department said Thursday there was no justification for the Russian move and that the United States "reserves the right to respond".
   
"It's clear from the list provided to us that the Russian Federation is not interested in a dialogue on issues that matter to our two countries," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said of the expelled diplomats.
   
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Russia's expulsion of US diplomats marked a "further deterioration" in relations.
Yulia 'improving rapidly'
The hospital where Skripal and his daughter are being treated said Thursday that Yulia, 33, was "improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition", while 66-year-old Sergei remained in a critical but stable condition.
   
Britain has said it is "highly likely" that Russia was responsible for the attack using the Novichok nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, but Russia has angrily denied any involvement.
   
Russia said 58 diplomats from the US embassy in Moscow and two from the consulate in the Urals city of Yekaterinburg have to leave Russia by next Thursday.
The US consulate general in Saint Petersburg will have to be vacated by Saturday.
   
Moscow warned that it could take further measures in response if Washington "continued hostile actions" against the Russian embassy and consulates.
   
After the poisoning, Britain reacted by announcing it would expel 23 Russian diplomats, suspend high-level diplomatic contact with Moscow and not send any members of the royal family to the 2018 football World Cup hosted by Russia.
   
Russia then responded by closing a British consulate in Saint Petersburg and the British Council educational and cultural organisation.
Source: Thelocal.com

He is only eight but this trendy kid is already a step ahead of most of us in the style stakes – with a £20,000 designer wardrobe. Little Zak is covered from head to toe in top brands, including D&G, Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and Prada.

The only child owns more than 200 pairs of shoes and even his swimming trunks are Armani. Yesterday his mum Vicky Antonia, 31, said: “I know it must sound like I am spoiling him, but I just want him to look his best. "What is wrong with making your son look good?.”

Glamour model Vicky, who is separated from Zak’s businessman dad, has so far spent £5,000 on her son’s shoes, £10,000 on clothes and another £5,000 on accessories.

Most parents spend around £11,000 on children’s clothing up to the age of 21, a recent LV poll found, but by the time Zak is an adult, Vicky will have spent more than £50,000 on him.

Her family have begged her to cut down on her spending, but Vicky, of Epping, Essex, believes it all stems from almost losing Zak when he was a baby. He was born at 27 weeks and spent two months in intensive care with bacterial meningitis. She said: “He is my wonder child and I don’t think it is a bad thing to want to treat your son.”

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Christians the world over celebrate Easter from today until Monday. Our writer MUTHENDE NDUUCU revisits the questions and different theories of the virgin birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ Let us travel back in time, 20 centuries ago and land in Palestine. It is around noon, one Friday in March, year AD 30.

A young man of about 33 years has just been frog-marched by Roman soldiers and followed by a crowd at the outskirts of Jerusalem city at a place called Golgotha. He is bleeding from many whips that have been administered by the soldiers. His head is also bleeding from a crown of thorns. He is extremely exhausted from carrying a heavy wooden cross and appears genuinely sad.

This man comes from a humble background. His mother is a peasant woman, and father, a carpenter. He was born of virgin birth and has no formal education. He has been teaching now for three years. But his teachings have been condemned by the authorities and so a few hours ago he was betrayed by one of his trusted friends, denied by another, deserted by several, arrested and subjected to two kangaroo courts.

Soon, this man will be nailed on the cross and placed between two thieves. Soldiers will mock him, spear him and divide up his clothes by casting lots. Then life will ebb out of him and thereafter his body placed in a borrowed grave. But on the third day the tomb will be empty. This will remain the most important extra-judicial killing in history. The man is Jesus Christ, son of Joseph.

The Greatest Figure on Earth

Fast forward to our times. Today, 2,000 years later, Jesus is the most influential figure and teacher of all times. The Christian religion which he founded has 2.2 billion followers. In a comment on "what was the most important year in human history?" Adrian Wooldridge wrote in The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine in 2009:

"You don't have to be a believer to recognise that Jesus' birth was the most important event in human history. Jesus inspired the world's most popular religion and plays an important role in both Judaism and Islam (population 1.65 billion and 18 million respectively). But he also shaped all subsequent secular history..."

"Two thousand years after his birth..... a third of the world population calls themselves Christians. It is such a momentous event that it makes other contenders for the most important year look feeble by comparison."

In the book, Jesus the Great Debate, Grant R. Jeffrey quotes Henry G. Bosch writing on how enormous the influence of Jesus on the course of western history, philosophy, theology and society:

"Socrates taught for 40 years, Plato for 50, Aristotle for 40 and Jesus for only three. Yet the influence of Christ's three-year ministry infinitely transcends the impact left by the combined 150 years of teaching from these men who were among the greatest philosophers of all antiquity. Every sphere of human greatness has been enriched by this humble carpenter of Nazareth."

Though the Intelligent Life Washington bureau chief Wooldridge was talking about the birth date, it is however the death and resurrection of Jesus that has been more remarkable. In The Case for Christ, a Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence of Jesus Christ, Lee Strobel notes Gary Habermas:

"The resurrection was undoubtedly the central proclamation of the early church from the very beginning. The earliest Christians didn't just endorse Jesus' teachings; they were convinced they had seen him alive after his crucifixion. That's what changed their lives and started the church."

"Even the more skeptical historians agree that for primitive Christianity... the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was a real event in history, the very foundation of faith and not a mythical idea arising out of the creative imagination of believers."

The book also quotes another scholar, JP Moreland: "It is the ongoing encounter with the resurrected Christ that happens all over the world, in every culture, to people from all kinds of backgrounds and personalities - well educated and not, rich and poor, thinkers and fearless, men and women... that is the greatness of the resurrection event."

Indeed, to Christians the world over, the brief that Jesus died and rose again three days later is at the central part, the very heart of their faith. Without resurrection, the faith would be meaningless, futile, and empty as Apostle Paul said. According to the Bible, the death on the cross and resurrection completed God's work of redemption and reconciliation which was prophesied by many prophets in the Old Testament including Isaiah more than 700 years before Jesus walked on earth.

The American singer Patricia Smith seems to have captured this picture well: "Who was Jesus out to get? The thieves and the whores. He was looking to get the lowest of the low; he was looking to help the lepers to pray for themselves. They didn't need to go to these fancy Scribes and Pharisees, and, like, bring a lamb or a gold shekel and say, "will you say a prayer for me? "He was saying if you want to talk to God, you can talk for free: mention my name - You're in."

But why would a man with such a sacred and noble mission for humanity just three years into his ministry be condemned to death? His were multiple charges: forbidding taxes to be paid to Caesar; claiming to be King of Jews, wanting to destroy the temple; calling himself the Son of God and subversion.

And in this short span he had made enemies such that one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, would betray Him.

Peter, another disciple denied Him three times. After going through two mockery of trials - by the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish Council, and Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor - people demanded that Barabas, a murderer be released but Jesus be crucified.

The whole drama, from his arrest to death was so brutal, violent and frightening to make today's human rights activists demonstrate in the streets.

Yet this man was not a criminal. He performed great miracles that included healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons. He preached the good news using the most inspiring parables. What was wrong with the people of Palestine then? Or did they consider Jesus a demon-possessed and mad monk like the Russian Grigori Rasputin?

As some say, probably the whole scenario was an "act of God" as Jesus himself had predicted that "He would suffer many things, be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, killed and rise again after three days."

And perhaps this pre-determined drama was the reason there came the greatest person since creation, irrespective that most of his followers still betray and deny his teachings even today.

Of the seven billion world population, a third are his followers. Islam - the second largest religion on earth - though does not believe in His divinity or God as a Trinity. It recognises him as a great prophet, mentioning him (Isa) 29 times in the holy Quran.

Christianity continues to be a prime mover in most social-economic-political activities in the world. Many books have already been written about the life and times of Jesus and more than 40 films made.

Even so, there are many, especially scholars whom Jesus would today call "doubting Thomases," whose research have come up with many questions and different theories of the virgin birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ. And therein lies the greatest mystery of this person.

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