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Ladies and Gentlemen, we would like to introduce one of our energetic radio presenters at Topafric Radio, nineteen year old Christian Kenou. Christian studied media at the Media school of Hamburg, Germany. He co-hosts the show called “Hot List” with Bola every Monday between 6pm – 8pm German time.

Christian is a very energetic young man with the ability to be the life of any party. He has the genuinely to effortlessly entertain you endlessly. He is like the energizer bunny; he keeps going and going and going.

He loves listening to rap music, boxing, jogging, cooking and most especially dancing.
He aspires to be a big and popular radio host with the passion to bring the best out of up and coming artists in and around Germany.

Watch out for him because the sky is the limit for this very important.

Ricky Ross (Topafric)

Mr Azo guy aka DJ Azote did his 35th birthday bash Saturday 31.08.13 at “Umdenkbar” a renowned club in Hamburg. The party was well organized, but as we all know, our black community have their own Watch ”African Time”. People started coming in at 1 o’clock.

The club atmosphere was very nice, the ambiance was also beautiful. As you know the title of the event was Afro ladies night but it turned out to be a multicultural event. There were people from Italy, Ivory Coast, Turkey, Cameroon, Togo etc…All the ladies were looking beautiful as usual.

Dj Madman also spinned  that day, he played the best and finest in Afrobeats and everyone danced and danced till mama came calling.

Azo’s Birthday bash was a success and we all had fun

Written by Christian Kenou & Ajibola Kolawole

The Diasporas is not only an integral part of the Ghanaian community, but plays a significant role in the socio-economic development of our beloved country. I think at any giving opportunity we must interact and explain government policies to our people. And I am more than delighted in doing this.

The Ghanaian Minister for Works and Labor Relationship, Hon. Nii Armah Ashitey, was in Hamburg Germany on a short private visit to participate in this year’s Homowo festival. Nevertheless took the opportunity to meet the Ghanaian Community in Hamburg.

Among the several questions he took was, if there is a reliable statistic on the labour market, the electoral challenges in Ghana. Job creation, more particularly among the university graduates, attitude to work, corruption and other matters.

He opined that it was a shared responsibility and challenge to formulate and implement policies to see how the issues of unemployment amongst the youths will be addressed as long as he heads the Ministry.

Why is it that you people remain in your five star hotels, refusing to dialogue with your people? "I must confess, everything in our country has become politics, people in higher institutions or positions are extremely careful as to what to say. If the president on official visits has time to meet his people, I think we ministers must do likewise.

On the issue of corruption, he admitted it has become a nation canker; we concur and sympathize’ every bad thing in our system. The fight is not however lost, if we could discontinue and discourage this fast spreading evil. Most often people assume, only people in higher positions are the bad nuts in our society. The driver giving the policeman bribe is as corrupt as the police officer.

The challenges are much, but we must endeavor to succeed. On the issue of the highest level of corruption at the entry ports, which affects almost all Diasporas; he insisted, the home coming Ghanaians should try to contact the appropriate institutions so as to be updated with current information.

On the issue of the electoral challenges facing the country, the learned judges are mandated by the constitution to take decisions that are in the paramount interest of Ghana.

The participants also suggested to the honorable minister to understudy the German dual system of education that has known only success all these years.  Emphasis should be on training skilled labour, like carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other trades.

He thanked the gathering for their high sense of maturity. We have only one country in the name of Ghana.

God Bless Ghana!
God Bless Germany

Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN /Desmond John Bedddy

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Africans have a serious problem of always being late and it is hindering us from moving forward. It is a cause for concern. In some cases it is fashionable to be late but definitely not a fashion to boast or brag about. Being late is the character of a lazy, un-organized and discombobulated individual.

This has fast become a part of our entire community and desperately needs to be addressed. Is it life threatening? The answer is NO. Is it a habitual problem? YES. Does it benefit us as a community? I say “Absolutely NOT”.

Sometimes it is referred to as “African Time” but I will label it a disease and name it “Africans Always Late Syndrome” (AALS).

This disease runs widely through the African community. Do I hear a guilty laugh? Are you one of those that fall in the 90% group diagnosed with this syndrome?

Think about it …

How many times did you wake up at 6am (giving yourself an extra hour) to get ready for work and did not leave your house until 7:55am despite the fact that you have to be at work at 8am?

How many times did you ever have the pleasure of seeing the bride and groom actually arrive on time to their own wedding ceremony?

How many times did you ever make it on time to your doctor’s appointment?

How many times did you tell a friend or date that you were on your way when you know damn well that you still needed to hit the shower?

How many times have you shown up for party two or more hours later than the time it was scheduled to begin?

How many flights have you missed and convinced yourself it was traffic when you know you could have planned better?

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. This is not to you Africans who are almost always on time but I can bet that your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend or wife, brother or sister should be reading this article. Yes, I mean the one who runs late to almost every event.

AALS (African Always Late Syndrome) poses a potential problem in our African community and hinders our growth in a society where time is money.

Imagine not being chosen for a lead position at your job because you are always 2 minutes late for work. You think people don’t notice? They do.

Imagine always coming late to church. You think it’s cool to make a grand entrance? Not in the eyes of the Almighty God!

You just might be late for your own salvation and miss your opportunity into the Promised Land.

Imagine arriving late on your first date with a friend or someone of interest. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

How about that job interview? Being late could easily ruin your chances.

What we owe each other is respect

We cannot keep expecting that everyone else will be late to a function. No matter how you see it, it is a bad habit. We need to reflect within ourselves in order to fix this problem of time and lateness and not dwell on the fact that Africans are always late so it’s acceptable, because it is not.

I don’t know about you, but I hate waiting on people so I don’t make them wait on me. This is about respecting someone else’s time.

If you say you will meet someone at 3pm, be there at 3pm. If you show up at 3:30pm, then you show no respect for the other person’s time.
They could have been doing something else other than waiting for you.

In a worst case scenario, if you try your best to be punctual and circumstances simply don’t permit you to be on time, then call the waiting party and be honest as to where you are as well as when you think you might arrive. That is showing respect.

It is time we realize that little things such as AALS (Africans Always Late Syndrome) can lead to bigger issues that might not be solvable. I will like to challenge all of you reading my point of view to go to your next event on time. Do not be late.

I’m sure many other people will like to learn about your on-time experience so drop a comment below

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The management of TopAfric Radio today played host to organisers of Miss Culture Africa Germany at Wansbeker Chaussee, Hamburg -Germany. The organisers of the Miss Cultural Africa, -MCA, used the visit to solicit the cooperation of the African Community and other race ahead of the grand finale of the pageant slated for Friday the 2nd of August 2013.

Also they appear on the popular program AFRICA LSITEN which is hosted by Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN:
Receiving the organisers of Miss Cultural Africa Germany beauty pageant, the Programs Director Tony Airhenbuwa commended the initiative of the pageant to partner with the Station, he expressed delight over the nature of the beauty pageant said the caliber of the beauty queens who will be participating in the pageant, shows that the event is of International standard and will portray the rich African culture.


TopAfric is known for quality programs and events aimed at improving the society, hence the need to partner for the success of the Miss Cultural Africa Beauty Pageant Germany.

Organizers of Miss Culture Africa Pageant thanked the management of TopAfric Radio for the audience.
Also the organizers of Miss Cultural Africa pointed grey areas of the beauty pageant said is a non-bikini pageant aimed at celebrating beauties with brain and discourages indecent dressing amongst African students and to Show the rich cultures Africa have to the rest of the world.

They pointed out that the visit was a guided tour of TopAfric Radio digital transmitting facilities and to annouce to the world of the upcoming Event which will be Held in Germany, Le Royale Eventsaal Hermann-Buck Weg.

On air were: Ariking Omini, Lilian Kunu, PhilCollins Kwaku Agbedanu, Twelve Stones, DJ Ruffy.
Artist who will be there to perform are Nana Acheampong, Kelly Handsome, Ogene Nze; Culture Music of Africa and Shidodo.

Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN
TopAfric.com

 

The mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Schulz said that the African asylum seekers have no future and perspective in Hamburg.

Now Pastor Sieghard Wilm (47) from St Pauli church, who has granted about 70 men Asylum in his church, took to his own initiative and started making a St Pauli ID cards for the Asylum seekers. The ID cards are supposed to function as an alternative to a passport.

One of the asylum seekers, with the cards told NDR “one day, six of us were at St Pauli and the police controlled us, but when we showed them our St Pauli cards they left us alone”. One can say that the cards are indeed effective, but Hamburg’s police spokesman said “the pseudo-identity cards are of no relevance to the police, and they can never replace a passport”.  So the question now is who is fooling who?  

Can’t Asylum Seekers be treated as normal human beings and with some dignity?

We from TopAfric say that no HUMAN BEING is Illegal!

Written by Kolawole Ajibola

Seeing Tomorrow Today is the Key to Success! The African Youth Education Award Project is a youth developmental initiative designed to promote innovative and positive changes in the African communities in Germany. “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today” And if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Fact:
Young immigrants of African origin in Germany have low educational level. A relatively large proportion of these kids rarely achieve the A level -/Abitur, besides a large proportion of them end up at junior secondary school or drop out completely. This is quite disturbing.

Another major problem is the lack of incentive to these kids. It must however be noted that motivation is crucial for success in the educational system, It has not been possible for the German school system to compensate for these deficiencies in school children of African descent.

Children from African homes have significantly little or no motivation to learn as compared to children of German origin. One of the reasons is the lack of role a models in the African communities. The consequences are, among others, the lack of integration and participation in society.

Goal:
The aim of the project is to raise the educational and professional achievements of young African origin by empowerment approach. The awareness of students of African origin on the importance and significance of education for their social and professional integration in Germany.

In the nutshell the project is to motivate African kids in Germany to study and constantly bring them into contact with role models in the society.

Eligible for Awards:
Africans who have successfully completed a vocation -/ trade in Germany

All first year university students in Germany with African background

Students can still register at http://www.topafric.com /AYE AWARDS.

Venue:
The 2nd African Youth Education Award is taking place in Hamburg at the Albert-Schäfer-Saal, “IHK” Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg. The date is Saturday 19 of October 2013; the program begins at 18.00 – 22.00

Organizers are grateful to the following institutions and people for their relentless assistance:

Ghana Embassy Berlin, Nordkirche Weltwiet, Dr. Armah Biomedicals GmbH, UMT (Universal Money Transfer), ASA ROYAL Hotels, Balimaya Ton Hamburg, Ghana Consulate Hamburg, His Kingdom United & Imasi Chambers of Kiel.

Patrons:
Patrons to the project are Ghana’s Ambassador to Germany H.E. Mr. Paul King Aryene, Dr. Benjamin Armah, (Director of Dr. Armah Biomedicals), Gerald Asamoah (Footballer) and Otto Addo (HSV; Trainer), Dr. Hans-Joachim Tesmer & Honorary consul Dieter Härthe –Senegal, Honorary consul Stephan Bührich (Ghana).

The following dignities have been present to grace the occasion:

H.E Paul King Aryene, Ghana Ambassodor to Germany
Ambassador Patrick Okoye , Nigeria Embassy Germany
Ex. Senator Dietrich Wersich (CDU)
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Benjamin Armah (Patron)
Staatsrat (Deputy Minister)  Jan Pörksen, (SPD) Behörde für Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration; (Ministry of Education Hamburg)
Jürgen Klimke, (CDU) Bundestag Abgeordnete Berlin -MP
Elombo Bolayela (SPD) Abgeordnete Bremen MP
Honarary consul Stephan Bührich (Ghana)
Honarary consul Dr. Jens Peter Breitengroß (Kenia) &
Vice President, IHK (Chambers of Commerce) Hamburg
Honorar y consul, Bettina Rhensius-Krohn (Mali)
Minister George De Souza, Ghana Embassy Berlin
Minister Sitwala Mapenzi, Namibia Embassy Berlin
Minister Connie R. Nuwagaba, Uganda Embassy Berlin
Minister Maloto Alidah Mpeta, Lesotho Embasssy Berlin
Huy-Tam Van, (CDU) Abgeordnete –Hamburg -MP
Linda Asamoah, wife of football star Gerald Asamoah
Dr. de Lorent Behörde für Bildung Hamburg – Director Ministry of Education Hamburg
Mrs Corinna Nienstedt “Handelskammer Hamburg” Chamber of Commerce.

Organizers:
Mr. Desmond John Beddy (IT Specialist)

Mr. Iyare Allan Imasi (Lawyer)

Mrs. Fofana Ba Hawa (Systems Engineer)

Mr. Assignon Akakpo (Corporate Jurist)

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In recent years Educational researchers have made it clear, that Educational opportunities are related to Origin or Race in which one belongs to. A typical example is Joshua Lupemba, whose mother is from Ghana and his father from Congo.

He and his sister were raised by his mother alone. He said his mother did the best she could but, she couldn´t help him concerning his education because she wasn´t that much educated herself. He said even before he was 10 his teachers have written him off, they told him he was good in sports and not in Maths.

Lupemba´s story is common among the immigrants community not only here in Germany but all over the world. The children are often not given a chance to prove their ability and this later leads to frustration. For example the kids stop attending classes or become rebellious against their teachers. This leads to kids dropping out of school for no reason.

 It is also the responsibility of parents to serve as Role models for their children. A Role model is an individual who is looked up to and revered by someone else. A role model is someone who other individuals aspire to be like, either in the present or in the future.
The presence of a role model especially a father figure is very important for the upbringing of a child. A child needs someone to look up to for counseling and guidance

 Parents are in constant search for a livelihood but in the search they forget the most important thing, which are their children. I know of a 6yr old girl who hardly sees her mother, because her mum has several jobs. When there is nobody to monitor them, they start moving with the wrong set of people and involve in activities such as taking drugs, spending the whole day on the internet and in the worst case end up in jail.

We can put some blame on the German educational system for not giving our children enough chances and opportunities, but if we as parents are there for our kids to comfort them in difficult times, they will surely make it. Our children are our future; we should make them our priority and every other thing will come after. Am using this opportunity to beg the dads out there: please be there for your children, they need you to guide and protect them. And last but not least they need you as a mentor and as a role model.

Compiled by Ajibola Kolawole

  

 

It will be recalled that last week TopAfric.com carried a story on it website asking whether Former President Nelson Mandela is dead?
Fresh confirmed information available to this website indicates that Nelson Mandela is unresponsive and his immediate family is now discussing whether to withdraw treatment, it has been claimed.

Nelson Mandela who is 94-year-old has been in hospital for two weeks battling a recurring lung infection, but previous statements from current South African government have indicated that Mr Mandela’s health is improving. According to our source, Mr Mandela’s liver and kidney functions are down to less than 50 per cent and he has not opened his eyes for days. Also our information is that he had two procedures, one to repair a bleeding ulcer and another to insert a tube into his body, TopAfric.com had learnt from our source.

This information indicates that Mr Mandela’s situation is much more much more serious than has been reported by South African authorities.
Former President Nelson Mandela, who turns 95 next month, is being treated at a Pretoria hospital for a recurring lung infection.
According to CBS News, Mr Mandela went into cardiac arrest the night he was taken to Pretoria Hospital and had to be resuscitated. As Mr Mandela was driven to the hospital the ambulance suffered an engine failure and was forced to wait for over 40 minutes for a replacement.

The hospital stay is his fourth since December and there is a growing realization among South Africa's 53 million people that they will one day have to say goodbye to the father of the 'Rainbow Nation' that Mandela tried to forge from the ashes of apartheid.
More inside stories coming soon from Pretorial hospital about South Africa and the world Hero Nelson Mandela.
Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN / TopAfric.com

The Hamburg "Bündnis gegen Rechts" (alliance against the right wing) called out for a loud protest against the NPD election in the Central Station, which starts at 12 o clock today, opposite the Kunsthalle. They asked people to overtone the Nazi- Slogans, with whistles, vuvuzelas, drums, cooking pots, etc.

Reason for this noise demonstration is the primitive campaigning Style of the NPD party. They have been campaigning repeatedly for weeks with negative propagandas against foreigners. Their propaganda includes words like "stop the asylum flood", "spend your money on grandma, instead of the Sinti and Roma" and many more hatered propagandas against foreigners.

What Mayor Olaf Scholz (55, SPD), said last year, also applies for today and the future: "Hamburg stands against the right wing, and all are welcome to show: That we are many - and we're the good ones.

So everyone grab your cooking pots, vuvuzelas, and whistles and let’s make noise against the Nazis!!!

Compiled by Kolawole Ajibola

A panel of judges Monday sentenced former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to seven years in prison for abusing power and having sex with an underage prostitute.
Judges also barred the flamboyant former prime minister from holding public office. The high-profile case centered on an exotic dancer nicknamed "Ruby the heart-stealer."


Berlusconi's attorney told reporters he plans to appeal the conviction. He said he was not surprised by the verdict, because the former prime minister had not gotten a fair trial. "What happened today is very serious," defense attorney Nicolo Ghedini said, arguing that judges had not appropriately considered court proceedings.


Prosecutors had argued that Berlusconi had sex 13 times with underage dancer Karima el Mahroug and abused his position when he intervened in May 2010 to get her released from jail, where she was being held on charges of theft.
Berlusconi, 76, has denied the charges and others against him.
"It is absurd to suggest I have paid for a rapport with a woman. It is something I have never done, not even once in my life. It is something I find degrading to my dignity," he has said.


El Mahroug has said that she never had sex with Berlusconi and that she lied to him about her age, telling him she was 24.
The underage sex trial verdict is the latest in a string of legal troubles the former prime minister has faced.
Last month, an Italian appeals court in Milan upheld a four-year prison sentence for Berlusconi, who was convicted of tax evasion by a lower court last October.


In that sentence, he was barred from public office for five years.
Berlusconi, who served on and off as prime minister between 1994 and 2011, is arguably one of the most colorful and controversial figures in the lively history of Italian politics. For years, he has been entangled in fraud, corruption and sex scandals that have often reached Italian courts.


In a 389-page document presented to a court in 2011, prosecutors alleged Berlusconi paid el Mahroug and scores of other young women for taking part in "bunga bunga parties" at his private residence.
Using what they say are phone interceptions of the young women as evidence, prosecutors said the women performed stripteases and erotic actions in exchange for money and gifts. Berlusconi says the parties were normal dinner gatherings where no one misbehaved.
Berlusconi denied the charges and accused prosecutors of conspiring against him in a left-wing plot. "Communism never changes in Italy. There are still people who use the penal code as a weapon in their ideological battles," he said last year.
Undaunted, Berlusconi has not only launched an appeal, but in December made two significant announcements: his engagement to 27-year-old Francesca Pascale, and then, his political comeback.


In Italy's February elections, the three-time prime minister appealed to Italian voters by denouncing the unpopular austerity policies of technocrat Mario Monti.
For all his critics, Berlusconi won almost 30% of the vote in February and remains an influential figure in Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government.

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