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A Nigerian website, BattaBox.com, released a video detailing the peculiar tattooed beauty trend.

“We help men who have black lips. We clean up their lips to make them pink lips,” says the tattoo artist in the video as he scribbles the Nicki-Minaj inspired tint to his Nigerian customer’s lips.
I don’t know about this one people. I’ve heard of permanent tattooing of various parts of the body like eyebrows, eyeliner and the likes, but your lips? Would you want your whistle blower to be permanently pink?
Women have been known to be the beauty craziness of the world but this new trend by Nigerian Men is perhaps the craziest.
Women are always flocking to the latest beauty craze to make themselves appear more beautiful. From concrete butt implants to miles and miles of sewn Indian hair, and butterfly-inspired eyelashes. There are no limits to how far women will go just to attract shallow thinking men.
Unrealistic Beauty standards set by some chauvinistic men is the reason women do it. So what is the reason behind the pink lip painting of these men? IF you have the answer please share so we might know.
Topafric

Our Leaders have failed us in so many ways than one at least during the course of the last twenty odd years. They have not put in place any LONG TERM national developmental agenda that cuts across all partisan ideologies in term of infrastructural provision and development for the country; and the needed legislation that NO GOVERNMENT SHALL DEVIATE FROM.

I have been on the motorway for some days now and all I THINK OF IS MY MOTHERLAND with despair. Simple provisions to reduce road accidents are even lacking in our motherland. In the UK there is a service station at approximately every 20-25 miles on every stretch of motorway in the UK. On most motorways, drivers are constantly reminded to take a rest at the next service station because "tiredness can cause an accident and accidents KILL innocent people!!

On two occasions these reminders compelled me to join the exit from the motorway and just take a rest in the huge car park provided for motorway users to stretch me legs. I found at least 60-80 drivers just out of their cars stretching their legs, with some just about to continue their journey as other newcomers came in.

The sad state we find ourselves in Ghana is that these leaders we have had so far, are well-travelled. Most of them had some aspects of their higher education in a developed country that prides itself of all the infrastructural development which makes life worth living. IF THEY CANNOT BE INNOVATIVE, CAN'T THEY SEE AS WELL?

We have a group of elders of the council of state, most of whom, WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT, have no admiring track record in their public lives. Not to single out anyone, but FOR INSTANCE, on what beneficial take to the highest think-tank of the state, is Ms Ama Benyiwah-Doe included to the elders council of states?

WHAT SPECIALTY IS SHE BRINGING ON THE TABLE?
WHAT IS HER LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS ON A NATIONAL FRONT TO GIVE HER THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT AS A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL OF STATE?

UNTIL WE GET A SPECIAL KIND OF LEADERS OCCUPYING THIS EXECUTIVE PRESIDENCY SEAT, WE WILL KEEP MARKING TIME AND SPINNING AROUND AIMLESSLY AS A NATION.

That is a fact!!!

Amakye Ansah-Yeboah 

Unconfirmed Information available to TopAfric.com from a reliable source indicates that, Former President of South Africa Nelson Madeba Mandela is dead.

According to an unconfirmed report to TopAfric.com from a reliable source he died this Afternoon.

Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela spent four days in Hospital on Monday after being admitted for a fourth time since December of last year, Mandela was fighting a lung infection that seems to be taking its toll on him.

It will be recall that the South African presidency releases a statement earlier stating that the 94 year old´s condition was `unchanged` adding on to an earlier statement that described Mandela`s condition was` serious but stable``

Before he became the South African president in 1994,Mandela spent 27 years in Robben Island prison, where according to information available to TopAfric.com contracted tuberculosis, it is believed that the disease permanently damage his lungs, indirectly leading to the numerous infections he has suffered since retiring from public life in 2004.

Stay tune more confirmed story soon.

Kwadwo Yeboah BREMAN –TopAfric.com

 

A UK-based Ghanaian woman with three different names, has been listed in Britain's top 10 tax dodgers. Christine Ago, also known as Khristine Frimpong and Jennifer Christine Koranteng (left), was sentenced to three years for money laundering offences in 2008.

The new alleged tax-dodgers have been added to the British Government’s most-wanted list but only one of the original 20 has been caught in the past year. All the 10 people listed are said to have cost the British taxpayer between £120,000 and £10 million.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) last year published the names and pictures of 20 people accused of fleeing while owing hundreds of thousands of pounds - and in many instances millions.

The appeal helped provide intelligence on 15 of the alleged offenders, no update on four and one was captured, according to HMRC.

A second man not included in the original list of 20 but later said to be on it has also been caught in the last 12 months, the department says.

HMRC has now renewed its appeals on 19 of the suspects while adding 10 new names wanted in connection with offences including VAT fraud, tax evasion and money laundering.

Chancellor George Osborne said the new list will help bring more 'tax fraudsters' to justice. But Labour insisted the most-wanted list had been a 'huge failure' with so many suspects yet to be caught. The new list includes Michael George Voudouri, who pleaded guilty at Glasgow High Court in relation to money laundering linked to VAT fraud but failed to appear for sentencing.

HMRC said the man, aged between 40 and 50, is believed to be residing in northern Cyprus and is estimated to have cost taxpayers £10 million. Anish Anand, aged between 25 and 35, is also included after failing to appear at Croydon Crown Court in April 2013 in relation to £6 million VAT and film tax credit fraud.

Anand was convicted in his absence last month and is thought to be in the UK. Another on the list is Michael 'Arthur' Fearon, aged between 18 and 25, who was charged in connection with evasion of excise duty on nearly 8.4 million Benson & Hedges cigarettes, according to HMRC.

He is also wanted by the UK Border Agency in connection with money laundering offences and also by Republic of Ireland police for driving offences. HMRC said he crossed over the border into Northern Ireland driving a Black Mercedes C200 CDI Sport.

The department estimates the Northern Irish man has cost taxpayers £2million and believes he is in the Republic of Ireland. Mr Osborne said: 'The Government has stepped up HMRC’s enforcement activities to enable them to pursue tax cheats relentlessly around the world.

'The publication of HMRC’s Most Wanted has already helped catch two people wanted for tax fraud. 'This new list will help put more tax fraudsters in the spotlight and bring them to justice.'

But shadow Treasury minister Catherine McKinnell said: 'One year on, it’s a huge failure that 18 of the 20 most wanted tax fraudsters have still not been caught.

'At a time when families are facing a cost of living crisis, it’s even more important that everyone pays their fair share of tax. The Government needs to do better.'

The two men caught since the most-wanted list first emerged are John Nugent, 53, and Anthony Judge, aged between 35 and 45.

HMRC said Nugent fraudulently claimed more than £22million in duty and VAT reclaims. The Crown Prosecution Service announced on May 31 that Nugent had been jailed for four and a half years for an £11 million fraud.

Judge was wanted for his role in arranging financial crimes totaling more than £350,000, HMRC said. He failed to appear at Canterbury Crown Court in 2003 to answer charges relating to money laundering and had not been seen since.

HMRC said Judge was caught at Heathrow Airport on July 4 while travelling on a false passport and has since pleaded guilty.

Ghanaweb

 

Some 300 African refugees currently living behind Hamburg’s Bismarck monument reportedly received €500 from the Italian government to leave for Germany. Officials are unsure what to do next, as they have no shelter and no money.

Swathes of refugees turned up in Italy after war broke out in Libya and, according to a letter from Germany’s Interior Ministry seen by Die Welt newspaper, thousands of them recently received €500 each from the Italian government to leave the country.
“Refugees were slipped the money under the advice that they would go to Germany,” the letter, addressed to refugee advisors, said. In Italy they were offered temporary accommodation, the EU funding for which has since dried up.

Around 300 of these refugees have set up home behind the Bismarck monument in Hamburg, where there is no shelter and, according to refugee rights activists Karawane, cold, wet weather has left lots of them ill.

“They have no legal right to accommodation or state support and it would be irresponsible to give them false hope,” Hamburg Social Affairs Minister Detlef Scheele, told Die Welt. “There is no alternative other than for them to go where they can work and have the legal right to reside, be it Italy or their home country” he added.

The city has offered its new residents free train tickets back to Italy, but to little success.

It seems, the newspaper said, that Italy gave many of the refugees – who despite coming from Libya are largely migrant workers from Togo, Nigeria and Ghana – a temporary pass allowing them to move freely within the Schengen zone.

This pass granted them three months stay somewhere in the Schengen areas of the EU, but many have already been in Germany longer and, according to the letter, those who have not do not appear to be making plans to leave.

Karawane are reportedly looking into whether charges can be filed against Hamburg city for bodily harm through neglect or failure to offer help.

Outside of the bureaucratic world, Hamburg’s churches and charities have been gathering tents for them, as well as offering basic healthcare and advice sessions.

The Local/jcw

The evil that people perpetrate on others is just unbelievable. A woman was getting off the bus in East London, when an unknown attacker dressed in all black approached her and poured acid on her face.

The 20yr old victim, Naomi Oni, said she didn’t see who the attacker was and doesn’t know why someone would pour acid on her.

She received burns to her face, eyes, ears, lips, and tongue.  When she saw her injuries, she said she didn’t want to live any more.  But after going thru so much operations and getting some of her features back, she is now determined to live.

She is a survivor and she says her attacker failed.  May God bless and her and grant her a speedy recovery.  The attacker is still at large. Any information about the attack should be reported to the East London Police

Moving to a different country is an exciting yet daunting process. Make sure you jump through all the right hoops in Germany by following these tips.

  1. Get a visa if you need one

Citizens of the EU, the EEA and Switzerland

If you come from the EU, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or Switzerland, you do not need to have a visa to live and work in Germany. You are not required to have a short stay visa for stays of under three months, and you do not need a residence permit for stays exceeding three months.

Citizens of third countries

If you come from a third country (a country outside the EU, EEA and Switzerland), you need to apply for a visa before you arrive in Germany. But people from certain third countries are exempt from this step if they are staying for up to three months within a six-month period - like the United States, Canada and Australia. Check whether you are exempt here.

There are two main types of visa for citizens of third countries. The first is the short stay Schengen Visa which is issued to people intending to stay for less than three months. The second is the longer stay residence permit which is given to people who plan to stay for more than three months.

SEE ALSO: How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)

Both types should be applied for at your home country's German embassy before you come to Germany. The application fee is currently set at €60.

To obtain a short stay Schengen visa, you must meet all of the following four requirements. Firstly, the purpose of the trip must be “plausible and comprehensible”. Secondly, you must be able to finance your living and travel costs from your own income. Thirdly, you must be prepared to leave the Schengen area before the visa expires. Lastly, you must provide evidence of travel health insurance which is valid for the whole Schengen area and has a minimum coverage of €30,000.

To obtain a longer stay residence permit, you will need to show proof of your ability to finance your living. You must also fulfil one of the following six requirements: If you would like to get training in Germany, if you would like to work in Germany, if you are entitled to stay in Germany for humanitarian or political reasons, if you are immigrating to Germany for family reasons, if you are a foreign national or formerly German and would like to return to Germany, or if you have a permanent residence permit in another EU member state, you could be eligible for this type of visa.

It takes a few months to process the application for a longer stay residence permit, so make sure you apply early so that your permit arrives on time.

MUST READ: The easiest visas to get as an American in Germany

  1. Find some accommodation

If you want to get a permit to stay long-term as someone from a third country, you'll need a place to live and you'll need to be registered at that address. Sites like wg-gesucht.de, immobilienscout24.de, and immowelt.de are helpful for finding a WG (a shared flat) or a flat to yourself. If you would like to rent a flat which is already furnished, make sure you include the term "möbliert" in your search. 

When you send off applications for flats, you will generally need to provide a copy of your passport, proof of your salary (i.e. three payslips), and a maybe even letter from your previous landlord/landlady to confirm that you don't owe any money to him/her. Be prepared to send off something like 40 emails to different landlords and receive numerous rejections in response until you are successful.

Make sure you know what you're paying for. “Kaltmiete” is the basic rent which does not include water, electricity, heating or rubbish collection, whereas “Warmmiete” is all-inclusive. There are often several “Nebenkosten” (additional costs). Also, you are normally required to pay a “Kaution” (deposit) to the value of two or three months' worth of rent.

MUST READ: 6 things to know about renting in Germany

  1. Register your residence (“Anmeldung”)

Within two weeks of arriving in Germany, everyone needs to register their residence here. This can be done at the registry office (the "Bürgeramt", the “Einwohnermeldeamt”, or the “Kreisverwaltungsreferat” if you're in Munich). Busy offices will require you to make an appointment as they get booked up very quickly. If you drop in without making an appointment, be prepared to wait a while. At quieter offices, you may be able to just walk in and get an appointment there and then.

Make sure you take your ID, passport and rental contract with you. In Berlin, new regulations state that you will also need to provide a document from your landlord to confirm that you have moved in. This document needs to contain the name and address of the landlord, the date that you moved in, and your name. At the registry office, you will be required to fill in a form and confirm your identity in person.

At the end of the registration process, you will be issued with a registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). Keep this safe - you will need it as your proof of address when you open a bank account, for example.

  1. Get an EU Blue Card if you're eligible

The EU Blue Card is a residence permit issued by an EU member state to professionals from non-EU/EEA countries which will provide better access to the job market in Germany. There are two prerequisites to being issued with a card. Firstly, you need a university degree, and secondly you must show evidence of a binding job offer with a salary of at least €49,600 per year. (In the fields of mathematics, IT, natural sciences, medicine or engineering, your 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.

  1. Open a bank account

Two of the most basic account types are the "Girokonto" (basic current account) and the "Sparbuchkonto" (savings account). To open a bank account, you will need to provide a form of ID (for example your passport) and also your registration certificate (the “Anmeldebestätigung”). You will be required to confirm your identity in person.

The most widely used German banks are Sparkasse, Kommerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Volksbank and Postbank. Banks which only offer an online service and do not have physical branches are Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) and Comdirect.

  1. Set up your phone

Make sure you call your phone provider before you get to Germany to activate roaming and check the charges for using your phone here. Using roaming can get pricey, so it may be cheaper to buy a prepaid SIM card once you get here. Vodafone, Lebara, T-Mobile, E-Plus and 02 are the some of the largest providers in Germany.

Source: Thelocal.com

 

 

German police have failed to find a large mobile crane, which was stolen in Stuttgart and has since been spotted at two points hundreds of kilometres further north. How is it possible to escape the attentions of the police while driving a 48-tonne red crane through Germany? While this might sound like an impossible task, some thieves have managed it.

They stole the huge vehicle from a Stuttgart construction yard on Sunday evening and have since driven it hundreds of kilometres without being caught. One sighting which has since been confirmed was on a state road near Herzberg in the Harz region in Lower Saxony.

Indicating that the thieves are driving in loops to throw police off the trail, a sighting also happened in Erfurt, southeast of the Harz region on Thursday. Police are assessing the credibility of the sighting. While the Harz region is roughly 450 kilometres northeast of Stuttgart, Erfurt is roughly 110 kilometres southeast of the Harz mountains.

In the meantime police forces across Europe have been alerted to the missing crane. The machine’s owner, Rainer Schmid, explained on Thursday that it is not too hard to drive it. "Whoever can drive a truck can also drive a crane," he said. Schmid has offered a reward of €5,000 to anyone who has information that leads to the crane being found. The vehicle has a value of around €200,000.

"There has been a lot of reaction," he said, adding that even biker clubs had gotten in touch wanting to help out. If it comes to a car chase, it should be over fairly quickly - the crane has a maximum speed of 55 km/h. And its fuel tank also only takes it 350 kilometres, meaning the unusual vehicle should have come to the attention of the staff at least one gas station.

 

In all around the german cities there are only poster about the new federal election.4 years ago the german population has voted angela merkel for a second time. It's now time for another federal eletion.
German politicains and newspapers are doing their best to spark voter interest in the country's upcoming federal election,but no amount of scandal, however legitimate, appears to be enough. 
Voters are more intereted in discussing about the weather,family, food and drink.The studies from the FAZ(frankfurter allgemein Zeitung) have proofed that only 39 percent  are aware about politics.The eletion is on the 22 of September 2013.Opinion polls continue to indicate that a clear win by either the CDU+CSU/FDP coalition or the SPD/Greens coalition.The last 4 years have more positive results than negative. Most of the party are making already their cormecial everywhere. Is angela merkel still going to win this election again? Who's going to be the next?

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

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

Topafric

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