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With no official collection yet, no media attention, no external funding, and having started a fashion brand from scratch with a sewing machine from a single room in Taifa (a suburb of Accra-Ghana), Boadi Raymond Manu’s story of putting Africa on the map in a way which changes the narrative for the continent through sustainable fashion, would inspire you.

After completing an HND in Fashion Design & Textiles at Accra Technical University (Ghana) in 2016, Raymond went ahead to pursue his dreams even at a time when things were not rosy. From such a humble beginning, his now profitable fashion company, BOA DI Custom Tailoring which he started in 2018 has clothed hundreds of clients from different parts of this world with premium tailored outfits and has provided employment and opportunities for others.


Some of the rare things to usually come out of the fashion scene in Africa has been design excellence, attention to details and fabric quality; all of which this brand embodies. It is really encouraging to see these young brands emerging towards the global fashion scene with so much boldness and excellence which projects Africa in a better way.

For an entrepreneur like Raymond, exceeding customer expectations has been one of the hallmarks of his brand as he delivered his very first order three weeks before client’s deadline, which skyrocketed the brand afterwards. Talking about his Ghanaian dream, Raymond said, “My Ghanaian dream is not just for Ghana but Africa as a whole; I would want to see people around the world accept Africa and its people for who we are and all we represent”. This is a profound way of reinstating the narrative of young Africans breaking the rules and creating new standards.


“In the next five years, we as a brand look forward to becoming a household name. We seek to create more employment for young designers and fashion enthusiasts”, Raymond added to their intention of starting a fashion school as well.

By divine inspiration from God, looking up to the likes of Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault, and Pierre Balmain, Raymond is already on the path of great success, and has definitely been ticked by many followers as one of the original African brands to watch out for in the next coming years. With a debut collection to be released soon, he advised young entrepreneurs to stay consistent, stay focused, and to develop a positive attitude towards work.


The BOA DI brand which majorly represents bespoke outfits for men, serves clients all over the world through their delivery partner, DHL. Making an appointment with the Lead Designer is as simple as calling +233277205454 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The Covid 19 crisis has revealed an essential truth: the future of Africa is in strategic thinking and action. We will go nowhere if we don’t learn to anticipate on situations, fight them and make the most of them. In the management of the current crisis, African countries have committed one congenital sin which is the lack of solidarity. That is amazing because it’s the fundamental rule of management: the law of synergy. The law of synergy states that 1+1= 3. It means that teamwork is always more profitable than individual work.

That first mistake is the result of another congenital mistake: African rulers permanently ape the West. In that corona virus crisis, western leaders have displayed an historical selfishness. China has been abandoned to its fate. Then, when the Italian brother started to have fever and cough (first signs of Covid 19) the Uropean Union stayed of marble and the USA were content with a globally devastating withdrawal.

When one is conscious of one’s weaknesses, one must learn to come together. If the African Union, Ecowas, Cemac and all African and sub-regional organizations had mobilized, Africa would have had a better structured and more efficient response than the West because thinking always produces solutions. Now that the harm is done, what’s the solution?

Before knowing what should be done, we must understand what should have been done. A social crisis never happens all of a sudden. It is always the result of many factors which are close or far. In one word, there is before the crisis; warning signs. In this case, the epidemics in China. The contagion mode was known and the conditions for a global propagation were identified, especially air and maritime navigation. There should have been an anticipation strategy. We did nothing.  The crisis is here but still in its beginning. It will witness a period of growth, a development phase, a peak and a decline phase. Then there will be a risky post crisis period which may result in one or several health, social, political or economic crises if we don’t pay due attention to it.

The management of the crisis requires an appropriate state of mind. Scientist must work with optimism and find a cure. Populations must be realistic and follow the measures taken by governments with much discipline. Government must have a spirit of strategic pessimism. What do we mean by strategic pessimism?

Strategic pessimism consist in building the most devastating scenario and anticipating on the consequences of such a drama through appropriate preventive solutions. We must permanently keep in mind the following idea: “We risk having thousands of deaths like Italy, Spain or China. We risk having thousands of sick people to hospitalize. We are going to run out of beds in our hospitals. We are going to run out of nursing staff. We are going to run out of ambulances…” That pessimistic vision urges us to get prepared for the worst, mobilize all our financial, technical, scientific, strategic and human resources to handle the crisis in a diligent and urgent way. Strategic pessimism has the advantage of putting the pressure on leaders and keep them concentrated on the job whereas populations benefit from the outcomes of their efficient action and are, in principle, peaceful.

It’s simple, he that prepares himself to take care of 1,000 sick people whereas the epidemics has contaminated 200 thousand people elsewhere will have prepared himself to count one million sick people plus a health crisis plus an economic crisis plus a social crisis plus a political crisis. May God inspire us.

Adjon-Guy DANHO
Prospective specialist, Communication expert, Writer and Teacher.

Das leuchtend gelbe Schild an der Glastür mahnt zur Vorsicht: "S2" – Sicherheitsstufe zwei. Marylyn Addo, eine zierliche Frau mit dunklen Haaren und wachen Augen, öffnet die Tür des Genlabors. Sie ist Spezialistin für neu auftretende Infektionen am Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin in Hamburg. Labortische reihen sich hier aneinander, darauf Mikroskope und Computer zwischen Plastikbehältern, Desinfektionsmitteln und braunen Flaschen. Nur mit weißem Kittel und Latexhandschuhen darf man diesen Raum betreten. Addo deutet auf einen gläsernen Kasten, das Herzstück des Labors: eine sterile Werkbank mit Belüftungssystem. Dort will die Medizinerin schon bald das Blut ihrer Probanden auf Antikörper untersuchen. Antikörper gegen das Virus, das die Welt derzeit in Atem hält: das Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2.
dr addo2Prof. Dr. Marylyn Addo -Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf

Das Bernhard-Nocht-Institut gehört zu den europaweit führenden Einrichtungen auf dem Gebiet der Tropenmedizin. Mit ihrem Team hat Addo hier bereits Impfstoffkandidaten gegen Ebola und die Lungeninfektion Mers getestet. Bis ein Impfstoff am Ende zum Einsatz kommt, vergehen oft Jahre, manchmal Jahrzehnte. Angesichts des sich ausbreitenden Coronavirus soll der Prozess nun beschleunigt werden. Deshalb bereitet Addo schon jetzt jene Phase vor, die eigentlich am Ende eines langen Weges mit vielen Stationen steht: den Test am Menschen.

Ende 2019 meldete China der Weltgesundheitsorganisation WHO eine Häufung von Lungenentzündungen unklarer Ursache aus Wuhan. Eine Woche später identifizierten Forscher ein neuartiges Virus als Ursache: Sie nannten es 2019-nCov. Es gehört zur Gruppe der Coronaviren. Mittlerweile ist es als Sars-CoV-2 bekannt (CoV steht für Coronavirus, Sars für eine Atemwegserkrankung, die durch einen ähnlichen Erreger ausgelöst wird).

Sars-CoV-2 könnte sich von einem Lebensmittelmarkt in Wuhan aus verbreitet haben. Dort wurden auch exotische Tiere wie Reptilien verkauft. Die Lungenkrankheit, die das neue Virus auslösen kann, wird mittlerweile als Covid-19 (Englisch für Coronavirus disease; Coronaviruskrankheit) bezeichnete. Die Erkrankung ist eine sogenannte Zoonose – eine Seuche durch einen Erreger aus dem Tierreich. Teile des Virenerbguts von Sars-CoV-2 gleichen Erregern, die Fledermäuse befallen. Das neue Virus könnte über einen noch unbekannten Zwischenwirt auf Menschen übertragen worden sein.

Es ist ein Wettlauf gegen die Zeit, bei dem schon jetzt klar ist, dass Addo die erste Runde verlieren wird. Für die aktuelle Erkrankungswelle kommt der Impfstoff zu spät. Die Viren sind schneller.

Es ist der 1. Januar 2020, als die Medizinerin eine E-Mail in ihrem Postfach findet, die sie über ein neuartiges Virus aus Wuhan informiert. Von Hamburg aus verfolgt sie die Meldungen, hört, dass Forscher die genetische Information bereits kurz nach dem Ausbruch entschlüsselt und veröffentlicht haben. Experten, Gesundheitsbehörden und Pharmafirmen auf der ganzen Welt machen sich ans Werk. Forschungsteams beginnen mit der Entwicklung eines Impfstoffes. Mit dabei: Addo und ihre Kollegen.

Bis sie das Blut ihrer Probanden auf Antikörper gegen das Virus untersuchen kann, ist es noch ein langer Weg. Konzentriert erklärt Addo die Schritte der Impfstoffentwicklung: Zurzeit wird das Erbgut des Virus in einem Münchner Labor nachgebaut und vermehrt. Finden die Forscher einen Impfstoffkandidaten, wird dieser an Mäusen oder Affen getestet. Die Forscher prüfen, ob Antikörper das Virus hemmen und ob der Impfstoff auch vor einer Ansteckung schützt. Im positiven Fall wird er in größeren Mengen produziert.

Erst wenn dieser Schritt ohne Komplikationen verläuft, kann Addo den Impfstoff an freiwilligen Probanden testen. Addo bereitet ihr Labor bereits jetzt darauf vor, kontrolliert Geräte, bestellt Reagenzien und kurbelt das bürokratisch aufwendige und langwierige Zulassungsverfahren an: Abends, wenn ihre beiden Kinder schlafen, schreibt sie die Anträge. Addo ist nicht die Einzige, die dann noch arbeitet: "Wenn ich nachts um zwei Uhr den Antrag abschicke, bekomme ich eine Stunde später eine E-Mail zurück."

Sie muss weiter, zum nächsten Termin ins Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf. Dort leitet sie die Infektiologie. Würde das Virus nach Deutschland kommen, wäre Addo in der Hansestadt die Hauptverantwortliche für die Isolation und Behandlung der Kranken. Bevor sie losgeht, tippt sie auf einen Spruch auf ihrem Rucksack: "Work is not a place anymore".

Die Ebola-Krise war ein Einschnitt

Als Addo 2013 ihre Professur am UKE übernahm, sagte sie unter einer Bedingung zu: Neben der Arbeit im Labor will sie zwei Tage in der Woche mit Patienten verbringen.

Mitte der Neunzigerjahre, Addo studierte Medizin in Bonn und Straßburg, absolvierte sie einen Teil ihrer Ausbildung auf der HIV-Station. Der Erreger war damals kaum bekannt, die Krankheit wurde stigmatisiert. Doch Addo fühlte sich den Betroffenen verbunden, auch wegen ihrer familiären Nähe zu Afrika, wo die Krankheit besonders wütete. Ihr Vater, ebenfalls Mediziner, kommt aus Ghana, bis heute verbringt sie immer wieder Zeit in seiner Heimat und sieht, was durch Impfungen etwa gegen Polio erreicht werden kann: "Nur der Zugang zu sauberem Wasser hat global gesehen eine größere Auswirkung bei der Bekämpfung von Infektionskrankheiten." Da es in Deutschland keine Facharztausbildung für Infektiologie gibt, geht Addo 1999 ans Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, um über die Immunität gegen Viruserkrankungen, vor allem HIV, zu forschen.

Als sie fünfzehn Jahre später zurückkommt, wird 2014 auf der Sonderisolierstation des UKE der erste Ebola-Patient Deutschlands eingeliefert. Es gibt weder einen Impfstoff noch eine Therapie. Addo und ihr Team behandeln den Mann mit herkömmlichen Mitteln, geben viel Wasser, fiebersenkende Medikamente, Infusionen. Im Krankenzimmer des Mannes hängt das Foto seiner vierjährigen Tochter. Nicht zuletzt der Gedanke an das Kind habe sie bis spät in die Nacht wach gehalten, sagt Addo. Der Mann überlebt, nach 40 Tagen wird er entlassen.

Die Ebola-Krise war ein Einschnitt in der internationalen Seuchenbekämpfung. Erstmals schlossen sich Forscher aus der ganzen Welt zusammen und entwickelten in rasantem Tempo einen Impfstoff weiter. Nur wenige Monate später wird die Vakzine mit dem Namen rVSV-ZEBOV an Menschen getestet. Es ist Marylyn Addo, die die Injektionsnadel mit Flüssigkeit füllt und die Viruspartikel in den Körper des ersten freiwilligen Probanden in Hamburg schickt. Als Leiterin der sogenannten klinischen Phase beobachtet sie, wie sich das Immunsystem mit den Fremdstoffen auseinandersetzt, wie es die typischen Merkmale des Virus abspeichert und sich so wappnet für eine Begegnung mit dem echten Virus. Kurze Zeit später wird der Impfstoff gegen Ebola zugelassen – und kommt bei einem zweiten Ausbruch der tödlichen Krankheit in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo zum Einsatz, wo er weite Teile der Bevölkerung immunisiert.

Eine Erkenntnis jedoch bleibt: Die Weltgemeinschaft war nicht vorbereitet auf den Ebola-Ausbruch. Dabei war der Erreger bereits 1976 in Zaire, nahe dem Ebola-Flüsschen im Norden des Landes, entdeckt worden. Doch die Zahl der Infizierten blieb lange Zeit niedrig, die Krankheit war weit weg, niemand interessierte sich dafür. Ein Fehler, wie die Ebola-Epidemie zeigte. Als Konsequenz wurde auf dem Weltwirtschaftsforum 2017 in Davos die internationale Impfstoff-Allianz CEPI gegründet. Die Idee: Impfstoffe gegen besonders aggressive Viren sollen so weit wie möglich im Labor entwickelt werden – damit sie einsatzbereit sind, wenn eine Epidemie droht.

Einer der neuen Impfstoffe sollte gegen Mers schützen, jene Lungenkrankheit, die erstmals 2012 in Saudi-Arabien ausgebrochen war. Nachdem Forscher die Vakzine erfolgreich an Kamelen getestet hatten, kam sie auch ins Labor von Marylyn Addo. Seit vergangenem Jahr wird der Impfstoff an 24 Freiwilligen in Hamburg getestet. Bei minus 80 Grad Celsius lagern in Addos Labor die kleinen Fläschchen, auf den weißen Etiketten steht "MVA-MERS-S". Das neue Coronavirus verleiht der Flüssigkeit eine besondere Bedeutung: Denn schützt der Stoff gegen Mers, hilft er vielleicht auch gegen andere Coronaviren, vielleicht sogar gegen 2019-nCoV.
dr addo3Prof. Dr. Marylyn Addo receiving the African Community Prize from Edward Martin -TopAfric

Viren sind unberechenbar

Marylyn Addo fährt mit den Händen durch die Luft und fügt unsichtbare Teile zusammen. Ein moderner Impfstoff funktioniere wie ein Set aus Bausteinen, erklärt sie. Tritt ein neues Virus auf, wird meistens nur jene Sequenz aus seinem Erbgut isoliert, welche den Krankheitserreger so gefährlich macht. Diese wird in eine fertige "Impfstoffplattform" eingesetzt.

Im Fall von Mers nutzte das Bernhard-Nocht-Institut als Plattform ein abgeschwächtes Pockenvirus. Dieses ist für den Menschen harmlos, doch so beschaffen, dass das Immunsystem des Geimpften auf den neuen Stoff reagiert. Ist die Impfung erfolgreich, so die Hoffnung, tauscht man den Mers-Baustein gegen eine Gensequenz des neuen Coronavirus aus – und hätte einen Impfstoff gefunden.

Addo hastet in den ersten Stock des Universitätsklinikums zu einer Besprechung mit Kollegen. Auf der Weltkarte, die ein Beamer an die Wand wirft, sieht sie rote Punkte in verschiedenen Größen und die aktuellen Zahlen der Infizierten: Zehntausende in China, aber auch Fälle in Südkorea, Japan, Italien ... Addo geht schnell zur Tagesordnung über. Sie will Ruhe bewahren. Nach den ersten Nachrichten aus China war das nicht einfach. Immer mehr Menschen kamen in die Notaufnahme, die glaubten, sich infiziert zu haben. Mehr als hundert E-Mails gingen jeden Tag bei ihr ein, ihre Mailbox war voller Nachrichten.

Addo klärt auf, beantwortet Fragen, verweist an den ärztlichen Bereitschaftsdienst – und beruhigt die Menschen: Das UKE sei vorbereitet, die Mitarbeiter seien geschult. Sollte Corona in Hamburg auftreten, kommen die Patienten in Isolierzimmer. Hier herrscht Unterdruck, damit die Keime nicht entweichen. Zwölf dieser Spezialzimmer gibt es auf ihrer Station, weitere zwanzig auf der Intensivstation. Sind alle Zimmer belegt, könnten weitere Gebäudeteile abgeriegelt werden.

Menschenmengen meiden und Daheim bleiben

Das neuartige Coronavirus wird durch Tröpfcheninfektion übertragen. Auch Infizierte, die sich noch gesund fühlen, sind bereits ansteckend. Deshalb gilt: Abstand halten zu anderen Menschen. Etwas mehr als ein Meter genügt; kein Händeschütteln, keine Umarmungen zur Begrüßung; große Menschenansammlungen möglichst meiden.

Wer sich schlecht fühlt, sollte zu Hause bleiben. Um seiner selbst willen und um andere zu schützen. Das gilt nicht nur für den Arbeitsplatz: Wer glaubt, er habe sich mit Corona infiziert, sollte erst in der Arztpraxis oder beim Gesundheitsamt anrufen, statt sich einfach ins volle Wartezimmer zu zwängen.

Sollte es so weit kommen, wird Addo Atemschutzmaske, Schutzkittel und Handschuhe überstreifen und wieder nur die Symptome mit den altbekannten Mitteln bekämpfen, wie anfangs bei Ebola. Schwer Erkrankte könnten auch mit experimentellen Therapien behandelt werden, mit HIV-Medikamenten wie Ritonavir oder Norvir. Oder mit Remdesivir, einem Medikament, das eigentlich gegen Ebola-Viren entwickelt wurde.

Einen Impfstoff wird es noch nicht geben, wenn der erste Patient bei ihr eingeliefert wird. Trotzdem ist die Arbeit im Labor wichtig. Addo weiß aus Erfahrung: Viren sind unberechenbar, sie können jederzeit auftreten oder nach Jahren wiederkommen. Eine Vakzine wird den Ausbruch nicht stoppen, aber sie kann helfen, die Krankheit wieder unter Kontrolle zu bekommen. Der Impfstoff-Baukasten muss vorbereitet sein
Prof. Dr. med. Marylyn M. Addo 2Prof. Dr. Marylyn Addo was awarded the African Community Prize in 2019 by TopAfric

At this moment of the Corona Pandemic, NO ONE should be left behind! - But the Lampedusa Group in Hamburg, The undocumented workers and the homeless once again remain neglected and isolated – without safe housing and shelter, without access to health care services.

For almost 7 years now, the Lampedusa tent has been not only a place of protest and selforganisation but also an important point for the assembly as well as for further information, referrals and contacts for new arrivals in Hamburg. It is a place for important political organisation for people without papers. Homeless people also regularly visited the tent.

In order for the Corona response to succeed in Hamburg, the members of Lampedusa in Hamburg, all other refugees and non-status workers in Hamburg must be protected and given immediate rights of residence and safe housing. Why is it that after 7years the right to stay still has not been granted politically.

This crisis does not affect us all equally. Refugee, undocumented and homeless communities are being excluded from response measures and so again the worst affected. This exclusion will be deadly for thousands of people and push back to the German society as a whole.

Since last week there have been measures by the Hamburg State to take down the tent completely. This is unacceptable and contradicts the agreement that the manifestation shall go on as before after the extraordinary measures. As the struggle goes on the tent must remain as a symbol of protest and resistance, because the government did not yet meet any of our legitimate demands.

We support actions taken by all levels of government that prioritize public health. However, we ask government to fight the Corona virus with an effective health plan for ALL and not again with the structural racism of segregation and exclusion. Everyone, regardless of status and origin, should have access to the necessary safe housing and medical care. Good examples can be taken from other European countries like Great Britain and France who have taken measures to provide safe housing for the homeless.

The Lampedusa Group members had been forced to flee the war in Libya, they already had their resident papers in Italy but no perspective to survive there. Due to unprecedented circumstances we came to Hamburg and established the Lampedusa social movement. We are a part of the history of Hamburg city with permanent tent protest. This tent and social history must remain.

We struggle while living on the streets of Hamburg. We are fighting now since seven years for a status and a life in dignity without any positive reaction from the side of the Senat. But we managed to mobilise a huge solidarity from civil society by raising public awareness and created an important information and social center in and outside of the tent.

The Corona pandemia should not make us forget Hanau or forget the suffering of those seeking protection at Europe's outer borders. The government should not forget those threatened by racist violence and humanitarian disaster. This is important, more than ever.

We call for the use of §23 or any other possibility to grant all members of the Lampedusa in Hamburg group a right of residence. We want to build an inclusive, just society of equality and of equal human rights for everybody. Black lives matter too! We want to ensure once and for all that the problems created by global warfare and oppression give way to sustainable solutions.

The Hamburg Goverment must take immediate measures to protect the group Lampedusa in Hamburg and other vulnerable groups during this difficult time

We call on all refugee and migrant self-organisations groups, anti-racist and anti-fashist, to support.

The tent can be attacked at anytime!

We are ready to abide by the regulations – however:



Our DEMANDS remain:

  1. IMMEDIATE Right to stay | Paragraph 23
  2. IMMEDIATE right to access health care
  3. IMMEDIATE access to SAFE housing | decentralized housing | hotels or empty properties for homeless  
  4. STOP mass accomodations
  5. STOP deportations
  6. RIGHT to work
  7. STOP Racial Profiling

We need to be to be taken seriously now and want to be addressed directly by the Hamburg government.


Ali Ahmed , mobil +49176-68125237

Baba Suleiman, mobil +49151-71541981

In diesem Moment der Corona-Pandemie darf NIEMAND zurückgelassen werden! - Aber die Lampedusa-Gruppe in Hamburg, die undokumentierten Arbeiter*innen und die Obdachlosen bleiben wieder einmal vernachlässigt und isoliert – ohne sichere Unterkünfte und Schutz, ohne gesicherten Zugang zu medizinischer Versorgung.

Seit fast 7 Jahren ist das Lampedusa-Zelt nicht nur ein Ort des Protests und der Selbstorganisation, sondern auch ein wichtiger Anlaufpunkt für Versammlungen sowie für wichtige Informationen, Empfehlungen und Kontakte für Neuankömmlinge in Hamburg. Es ist ein Ort wichtiger politischer Organisation für Menschen ohne Papiere. Auch Obdachlose besuchten das Zelt regelmäßig.

Damit die Corona-Maßnahmen in Hamburg überhaupt erfolgreich sein können, müssen die Mitglieder von Lampedusa in Hamburg sowie alle anderen Flüchtlinge und Nicht-Staatsangehörigen in Hamburg gleichwertig geschützt werden und ein sofortiges Aufenthaltsrecht mit sicherer Unterbringung erhalten.

Warum wurde das Bleiberecht dieser Menschen nach 7 Jahren politisch noch immer nicht anerkannt?

Diese Krise betrifft uns leider nicht alle gleichermaßen. Die Communities der Geflüchteten,

Undokumentierten und Obdachlosen werden von Hilfsmaßnahmen weitgehend ausgeschlossen und sind somit erneut am stärksten betroffen. Diese Ausgrenzung kann für Tausende von Menschen tödlich sein und wird natürlich auch auf die deutsche Gesellschaft als Ganzes zurückwirken.

Seit letzter Woche gibt es die Anordnung des Hamburger Staates, das Lampedusa-Zelt komplett abzubauen. Dies ist inakzeptabel und widerspricht der Vereinbarung, dass die Manifestation nach den außerordentlichen Maßnahmen wie bisher genehmigt weitergehen soll.

Im weiteren Verlauf unseres Kampfes muss das Zelt als mahnendes Symbol des Protests und des Widerstands stehen bleiben, da die Hamburger Regierung bisher noch keiner unserer legitimen Forderungen nachgekommen ist.

Wir unterstützen Maßnahmen aller Regierungsebenen, die der öffentlichen Gesundheit Vorrang einräumen. Wir fordern die Regierung jedoch auf, das Corona-Virus mit einem wirksamen Gesundheitsplan für ALLE zu bekämpfen und nicht wieder mit dem strukturellen Rassismus der Segregation und Ausgrenzung. JEDE*R, unabhängig von Status und Herkunft, sollte Zugang zu den notwendigen sicheren Wohnungen und medizinischer Versorgung haben. Gute Beispiele können aus anderen europäischen Ländern wie Großbritannien und Frankreich angeführt werden, die Maßnahmen ergriffen haben, um allen Obdachlosen eine sichere Unterkunft zu bieten.

Die Mitglieder der Lampedusa-Gruppe waren gezwungen, vor dem Krieg in Libyen zu fliehen, sie hatten bereits ihre Aufenthaltspapiere in Italien, aber keine Perspektive, dort zu überleben. Aufgrund dieser beispiellosen Umstände kamen wir nach Hamburg und gründeten die soziale Bewegung von Lampedusa. Wir sind ein Teil der Geschichte der Stadt Hamburg mit dem permanenten Zeltprotest. Diese Zelt- und soziale Geschichte MUSS bleiben.

Wir kämpfen, während wir auf den Straßen Hamburgs leben. Wir kämpfen jetzt schon seit SIEBEN

Jahren für einen Status und ein Leben in Würde, ohne dass es von Seiten des Senats irgendeine positive Reaktion gegeben hätte. Trotzdem ist es uns gelungen, eine große Solidarität der Zivilgesellschaft durch die Sensibilisierung der Öffentlichkeit zu mobilisieren und ein wichtiges Informations- und Sozialzentrum im und außerhalb des Zeltes zu schaffen.

Die Corona-Pandemie sollte uns Hanau nicht vergessen lassen und auch nicht das Leid derer, die an den Außengrenzen Europas Schutz suchen. Die Regierung sollte diejenigen nicht vergessen, die von rassistischer Gewalt und humanitärer Katastrophe bedroht sind. Das ist heute wichtiger denn je.

Wir fordern die Anwendung von § 23 oder einer anderen Möglichkeit, allen Mitgliedern der Gruppe

Lampedusa in Hamburg ein Aufenthaltsrecht zu gewähren. Wir wollen eine inklusive und gerechte Gesellschaft der Gleichheit und der gleichen Menschenrechte für alle aufbauen. Schwarze Leben zählen auch! Wir wollen ein für allemal sicherstellen, dass die durch globale Kriegspolitik und Unterdrückung entstandenen Probleme endlich nachhaltig gelöst werden können.

Die Hamburger Regierung muss unverzüglich Maßnahmen ergreifen, um die Gruppe Lampedusa in Hamburg und andere gefährdete Gruppen in dieser schwierigen Zeit zu schützen!

Wir rufen alle Flüchtlings- und Migrant*innenenselbstorganisationen sowie antirassistische und antifaschistische Gruppen zur Unterstützung auf!

Das Zelt kann jederzeit angegriffen werden!

Wir sind bereit, uns an die Vorschriften zu halten – jedoch:



Unsere FORDERUNGEN bleiben bestehen:

  1. Unverzügliches Bleiberecht | Paragraph 23
  2. SOFORTIGES Recht auf Zugang zur Gesundheitsversorgung
  3. SOFORTIGER Zugang zu sicherem Wohnraum | dezentralisierten Wohnungen | Hotels oder leerstehenden Grundstücken für Obdachlose
  4. STOP-Massenunterkünfte
  5. STOP-Abschiebungen
  6. RECHT zu arbeiten
  7. STOP Racial Profiling

Wir müssen jetzt ernst genommen werden und wollen von der Hamburger Regierung direkt angesprochen werden.


Ali Ahmed , mobil +49176-68125237

Baba Suleiman, mobil +49151-71541981

Germany has plenty of hospital beds in its intensive care units. What it doesn't have is enough personnel. As the number of people with COVID-19 increases, the stakes of this shortfall could get a lot higher. Normally, an empty hospital bed means there were no patients who needed it. But in German intensive care units, beds often go unused because there aren't enough nurses or caregivers.

"In many intensive care units, normal operation is no longer possible due to staff shortages, so many intensive care beds must be made off-limits," Uwe Janssens, the chief physician at the Clinic for Internal Medicine and Internal Intensive Care at the St. Antonius Hospital in the western Germany city of Eschweiler, said along with other doctors in the German medical trade publication, Deutsches Ärzteblatt.

According to a survey, in 2017, 76 percent of intensive care units had to repeatedly block off beds. The problem is still a daily occurrence today. Patients are turned away and can only hope to find an intensive care bed somewhere else.

These days, with infections of Sars-CoV-2 on the rise, the notion of denying people a hospital bed is inconceivable. The biggest concern at the moment is whether, if the epidemic continues to spread, there will be enough places with respiratory equipment to treat patients with the new lung disease COVID-19. Although the Berlin-based virologist Christian Drosten demanded in the German daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that "more intensive care beds urgently be made available," it could very well be that such ambitions fail because the beds are unusable.
Germany has 25,000 intensive care beds with artificial ventilators at 1,160 hospitals.

Generally speaking, "in the field of intensive care medicine, the number of personnel is decisive, and it is the biggest issue when it comes to expanding capacities," says Gerald Gass, the president of the German Hospital Federation.

"We do, in fact, have enough hospital beds in Germany. But we have a persistent problem, and this hasn't only been the case since the outbreak of the coronavirus: We have too few intensive care staff for all of the beds," adds Janssens, who is also the president of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine.

A European Leader

Germany has the highest density of hospital beds in the European Union. At the same time, it currently has a shortfall of 17,000 nursing positions. Of its 497,000 beds, 28,000 are intensive care beds. Here, too, Germany is by far the per-capital leader in Europe. In recent years, many hospitals have added more intensive care beds because they are more lucrative than ordinary beds. Old, terminally ill people are sometimes treated with machine ventilation even though it doesn't do much for their health; artificial ventilation earns a hospital more money.

"Out of hand, pointless treatments for patients with very bad prognoses" is one reason why nurses and caregivers are often disillusioned and no longer enjoy working in intensive care units, Janssens and his colleagues told the Deutsches Ärzteblatt. A high workload, inadequate pay and low appreciation for caregivers have caused many staffers to leave German intensive care units.

However, if the public health crisis due to the new coronavirus advances, the record number of intensive care beds could prove to be a blessing. Hospitals could postpone non-emergency surgeries like hip replacements. That way, the number of available intensive care beds could be increased by 30 to 60 percent, Janssens estimates.

"With a very high number of COVID-19 patients, operations and procedures that are not urgent will inevitably have to be cancelled," says Susanne Johna, the chairwoman of the Marburger Bund medical association. "In one fell swoop, this would give us more personnel flexibility in our hospitals. Such a recommendation, however, requires a coordinated, regional approach. Here, the respective state health authorities are required to make appropriate recommendations."

Missing Revenue

Until then, hospitals will be reluctant to cancel non-emergency surgeries. That's because they would have to keep paying doctors and nursing staff, while at the same time missing out on revenue from such operations.

"If we cut back on non-emergency surgeries for a month or two, we would suffer huge losses. Hospitals would run into financial difficulties," Janssens says. "I'm missing clear instructions from the responsible authorities as to if and when we should free up intensive care capacities." Only then would losses be covered by insurance.

At the St. Antonius Hospital in Eschweiler, hip replacements will be carried out until further notice, though the situation will be reassessed several times a day. Meanwhile, a complete ban on visitors has been imposed. Two employees of the hospital have tested positive for the coronavirus and are currently quarantined at home. Three patients with the lung disease COVID-19 are in intensive care. On Thursday, a patient was scheduled to be transferred from another hospital in Heinsberg.

Nevertheless, of the hospital's 24 intensive care beds, three are empty. This isn't because of a lack of personnel, but in order to be prepared for a scenario that hopefully will not come to pass.

Rwandan President -Paul Kagame

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Does Africa have the need to continuously borrow Money for her today’s survival while creating debt-burden the next generations? The simplest answer that can be given is “it depends”, -but on what?

In conventional economic theories, we are told that when a government prints money, it exposes itself to inflation because there will be more money in the system to chase fewer goods, causing the money to lose its value.
However, if we can think beyond these theories, and accept the fact that these theories were developed by humans; individuals with brain capacities same as ours and we also have the capacity to device alternative models to solve our own problems, then, we can start to ask questions like: How can there be fewer goods in the system if the money printed is used as an incentive for innovation and production rather than serving as an object for demanding goods and services?; what is the central duty of a sovereign government when it prints paper and calls it money? What are the fundamental differences between monies printed into an economy and those borrowed into the same economy?

Questions of these kinds can help us probe deeper to understand the system that controls us better.

To a very large extent, when a government borrows money, it shows the lack of ability and understanding of that government to an effective management of the economy. Unfortunately, the idea of going to another sovereign country to borrow paper (fiat money) instead of using our sovereign status to print money and manage this printed money to support our developmental projects and programs has become the normal and easy way for almost all African countries since attaining independence status.
Why should someone print paper and hand it over to you as money and let you pay back not with the same paper (paper as used here means what one has the right to print, in this case, if America prints dollar for us to support our economy, we should be able to print our own currencies to pay back after our economy has become stronger and not to pay back with dollar which we do not have the right to print and as such, it becomes a value for us), instead, we are required to pay back these paper loans  in values, resources, and efforts? I know it is not as simple as I am putting it in this piece, but the truth it is that, it is also not as impossible as they make it looks to us.

Before going further, it is important to point out that in an extreme distressed circumstance, a country may borrow money in a 1 or 2 cases (this happened to continental Europe, wherein, after the Second World War when America has to print and loan out money to Europe under the Marshall Plan to help them recover from the total breakdown). However, it is so not normal for a sovereign nation to resort to borrowing of paper money as a way of life. In fact, no one has borrowed her way into freedom or development.

At this stage, I want to point out, first and foremost that every sovereign state, no matter how small it may be, has the right and authority to print and manage its own money.

Second, I want to state categorically that the act of printing money does NOT result in inflation (that concept is a hoax at least). Rather, it is the mode of management of the printed money that causes inflation or deflation.

For example, if the government of Ghana (inset here the name of any African country of your choice) realises that a region/state needs a road and it estimates the cost of constructing the road to be 50 Billion Ghana Cedis (inset here the currency of your selected African country). If the government goes on to print 50 Billion Ghana Cedis for the purpose of this project, and then calls on a Chinese or an European construction agency to construct this road on a condition that 20% of the capital cost is giving to the government or the political party in power as a kick-back, the following is what will happen:

1. The Chinese or the European company will demand that the payment is made in Chinese Yuan or European Euro. This means, the government of Ghana has to place the local currency it has printed on the international financial market to demand for Yuan or Euro. When this happens, there will be more Cedi (than it should be) on the market and if there are not equally more customers on the market demanding for Cedi, then this automatically reduce the value or relevance of Cedi, hence drastic or continuous exchange rate depreciation of the Cedi.

2. Once, the company pays the 20% of the capital cost to the government or party in power, it immunes itself of any system of control that is meant to regulate and manage the economy of the said African countries. In this case, the foreign construction company will construct a road with a quality far below what the money it has received should normally construct, it will under-pay local labour if it ever employs one, and it will invade taxes and all other statutory payments. The compositions of these negative actions will weaken the economic management regime of the said country.

Additionally, it is important to consider that the 20% (paid in kickback) which has gone in the hands of the ruling gangs as a mere paper because they have received that without working, or exchanging any value for it. The effect from this is no different from the damage the economy will suffer when a criminal sits in his or her room and print counterfeit and release them in the economy. Yet this money will be cheerful release in our economy through unproductive and abusive channels such as paying for sex of, and rent for ‘slay queens’ and ‘fuck boys’; sponsoring of political hooliganism to destroy lives and properties in our countries; and embarking on expensive holiday trips abroad and showing  offs at public gathering and events.

In the end of all the above scenarios, what will happen is that Ghana has used it sovereign status to print 50 billion in cash/paper but that 50 billion paper has not been properly managed to translate into /create actual wealth in equivalence of 50 billion. This, among many other negative economic consequences will result in inflation (more money in the system chasing fewer goods) because the focus of the money printed was to serve as object for demand rather than being an incentive to induce production and innovation. It will also result in exchange rate depreciation and damaging of the country’s economic sovereign worth because no one can trust a system managing by ineffective heads.

On the other hand, if the government prints 50 billion of the local currency for the purpose of constructing a road and this government ensures that the capacity of local construction companies are strengthened to execute the project, it will have no need to put such huge amount of the local currency on the global financial market for foreign exchange (because local companies are paid in local currency) to damage the exchange rate value of the local currency. Ethiopia has been able to developed strong local Construction, Banking, and Telecommunication system to champion the country’s development internally. Other African countries can learn from the Ethiopian system.

In the event that 50 Billion is printed to embark on road construction, all that the governments has to do to avoid inflation is to internally manage this printed money to ensure that:

  1. It is fairly and widely distributed
  2. It translates into multiples of actual values and wealth in the economy

Why is Fair and Widely Distribution of Printed Money Important?

First of all, every member of a society has some potential(s) or value in them which when is encouraged and tapped, will contribute to national development. However, this value cannot just be tapped unless regimes of rewards and recognition are instituted as a modality of exchange for these inherent values in the citizens.

After printing money, the government has a management duty to ensure that the money does not get concentrated in the hands of a few people; rather it must be wisely and widely distributed with an objective to use it as a bait to attract and uncover hidden potentials in citizens for national development.

How can this be done?

Whereas the main objectives of businesses owners will be to maximize profit, the government who has a duty to provide social good must at all times aim at maximizing quality and ensure that standards are strictly adhered to. When this is done, contractors are expected to spend the money received fairly on ‘all’ sectors of the economy to ensure widely and fairly distribution of the money.

For example, by insisting on quality and adherence to standards, the construction of a single road can lead to: increase demand for general logistics; available capital for trading and operations of the banking sector; higher employment and welfare for citizens; and capital returns for government to embark on other project generated through efficient and transparent tax system and many other benefits to the economy.

When the printed money is efficiently managed to inject the above benefits in the economy, the beneficiaries, will subsequently use and reuse the money/the benefits to create multiples of values (far higher than the original value of 50 billion) in the economy, thereby, promoting steady and long-term development of the country.

Will Printing of Money rather than Borrowing be an Easy thing to do by any African Country?

Certainly not, no single African country will find it easy to adopt this strategy; it even seems impossible because, lending to keeping Africa and her future in debt is a big business that helps those who want to keep Africans in an unending slavery use in controlling both the labour and human capital, and natural resources on the continent. By this any country/leader that makes such an attempt will face strong sabotage, sanction, and likely power instability from the controllers of the system.

Nonetheless, Africa will certainly win, when all or most African countries come together in unity and make this a continental policy. Without, doing this in unity, we must consider it that we are ready to bring our next generation into a new mode of slavery.

My name is Kwadwo Agyei Yeboah and I love Africa. You can always connect with me on Facebook to talk about Africa.

Paris: Secret documents leaked on the fiasco in Burkina Faso expose troubling information on the undercover activities of the American Multi-Billionaire Bill Gates in the small African nation and across the region. Intelicor veterans in Paris express unease as the Burkinabe government led by Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba resigned

A leading Intelicor veteran thinks that the reason why President Roch Marc Christian Kabore demanded the resignation of the Prime Minister is related to the matter of the proposed release of genetically modified (GMO) mosquitoes in Burkina Faso under the sponsorship of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The story began in January 2018, when Bill Gates pledged USD $45 million to the health initiative in Burkina Faso. Some felt that the funds were a decoy to cover bribery to top government officials for allowing the program to release the GMO mosquitoes in Burkina Faso. The GMO mosquitoes were programmed at Imperial College London under a grant from Bill Gates to sterilize natural mosquitoes and humans across the African continent over time

The terrifying news of the secret project for Human Sterilization of Africans with GMO mosquitoes alarmed African leaders, who quickly came down hard on President Kabore forcing him to act. Similar teams are working in Mali and Uganda. The homing endonuclease gene (HEG) that sterilizes the female mosquitoes also could be passed through saliva to humans during bites and the human in turn could pass it on through sexual intercourse to another human, in a cascade that could have the entire Black Continent exterminated before anything could be done about it.  This is why 170 Global Groups called for Moratorium on the release of these new genetic extinction technology at the UN Convention

The GMO mosquitoes were moved into Burkina Faso from UK illegally under EU regulations

Ànd fresh evidence from trials in Cayman Islands, Panama and Brazil show that the Oxitec’s GM mosquitoes failed to reduce the female mosquitoes  population

It goes to reinforce what critics have always said, that it is not about the mosquitoes but about making people sterile.

Investigations revealed that, of the $45 million dollars pledged by Bill Gates, $10 million dollars were earmarked for family planning

In the secret deal, the Minister of Health of Burkina Faso Professor Nicolas Meda  appointed the wife of the Prime Minister Anne Thieba as ambassador for family planning

And so she has authority over the funds. However, some say that “it is to keep it within the family”, that raised the smoking gun prompting in-depth investigation by President Kabore and could have exposed the comprising evidence against Prime Minister Thieba. The Intelicor veteran said “in all cases, we see a pattern, that Bill Gates uses monetary bribes disguised as philanthropic donations to compromise African leaders, to take actions with devastating consequences for their nations”.  

The HIDDEN AGENDA is usually not fully understood by the African leaders the source continues. According to a business consultant who has been involved in tracking Bill Gates’ investments in biotechnology, the main focus for Bill Gates is to have the controlling shares in the biotechnology companies for food production sold in Africa as GMO crops. With partners such as Monsanto (now under the German company Bayer with a troubled Nazi past

Bill Gates will control the food security and polity of Africa and could at any moment exterminate the Black Africans in the Continent as his partners did in Vietnam and Auschwitz with agent Orange and Chlorine Gas. Bill Gates used pseudo-names Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al-Shabab (formaerly unknown local Islamic groups with tens of followers) in Kenya to bring Black Africa’s fastest growing populations to a standstill. Boko Haram, Al-Shabab and ISIS are all funded by Bill Gates and were trained by Blackwater

The Western governments are culprits in the crime, until the coming of Donald Trump the U.S. was the main sponsor in partnership with Bill Gates! Bill Gates owns the majority shares in Monsanto/Bayer

For example, Bill Gates’ acquisition of Ginkgo a $1 billion USD biotech company in Boston MA that prints DNA for GMO crops will give him control over the food security in Africa, should the continent go GMO. Africans would not out of free-will give up their natural crops for GMOs except if they are forced to do so. An agronomist Anaïs Étienne says Africans would be left without choice because all the fields are being cleared by Boko Harma fighters and their farmers driven out to displaced people camps and would be given GMO crops to plant during rehabilitation through NGOs and UN organisations supported by the Gates Foundations.

Ismail Kadir, a real estate agent in Maiduguri, Nigeria says “all my foreign clients operating NGOs are taking rents for 5 to 10 years and I ask them what would they be doing here in ten years, if they do not think that the insurgency would last that long”. Bill Gates is operating a special type of business philanthropy, whereby the aim is to create the problem of insurgency and offer the solution with GMO crops which will guarantee him as the main supplier of seeds and hence food, then grow it into a business worth $1 trillion USD by 2030

On the other hand, Claudia McAnthony a reproductive health expert on sabbatical in an elite laboratory in Paris says “making Africans sterile would mean their women would go for invitro-fertilization (IVF) to seek for help to conceive, but their ovarian eggs would be poached for embryonic stem cell research as young Africans are killed for experiments in European and American laboratories of companies seeking to clone human organs for sale, a business worth over $30 trillion USD by 2030”.

Nigeria and Kenya supply most of the ovarian eggs used in embryonic stem cell research in Europe and America, only to leave the donors die slowing in Africa from kidney failure, liver failure, cancers and infections. It is convenient for Bill Gates to hire for the crimes against humanity, people posing as Islamists paid in US dollars through proxies and blame it on Islamic fundamentalists. Bill Gates shows up frequently for photo-ops on Polio with African leaders and leaves donations to feed the corrupt practices in the continent. The Polio program has been a very big cover for Bill Gates as the good man from America, while he uses it to facilitate clandestine operations including administering sterilizing agents

And using the vehicles marked as vaccination team to convey Boko Haram fighters beyond military checkpoints. The process began since 2009 in the food growing region of Northeast Nigeria.

The mercenaries hired first from Liberia

Sierra-Leone, and later from Libya, Chad, Niger, by Blackwater/Academie/Xe owned by Bill Gates and Monsanto/Bayer

Fighters are paired $10,000 a month as Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria ( ) by Bill Gates. The Boko Haram attacks will intensify as the elections in Nigeria draws near as it is now clear Bill Gates is supporting the opposition leader Atiku Abubakar who he could convince to allow GMO crops in Nigeria. In a recent visit to the U.S facilitated by Bill Gates, at a time there is a government shutdown it is clear Atiku Abubakar was not welcome anywhere within the US government and US Congress, but for a publicity stunt, and an opportunity to seal up the deal with Bill Gates in person.  Atiku Abubakar has been barred from the U.S. pending US Congressional investigation on corrupt practices by him and his family in the United States from Nigeria

Many experts expect Bill Gates to sponsor dramatic Boko Haram attacks aimed at embarrassing the government of President Buhari of Nigeria and to help the opposition

Some think that Bill Gates using his Boko Haram mercenaries have planned attacks with aim of assassinations of top officials to demonstrate to Nigerians that their government is weak on security. The government of Burkina Faso has been in partnership with the US government under the Obama administration and Bill Gates, and provided its territory for U.S. military bases for training of the top mercenaries for Boko Haram to fight in Nigeria.

Some have suggested that, Bill Gates and George Soros financed the coup in Burkina Faso in 2015 to maintain these military bases for sponsorship of the insurgency in Nigeria and for destabilization of the entire West African region

The Bill Gates sponsored Jihadists have now turned against the Burkinabe government as relations soured because of pressure from African leaders  ( ). There is growing dissatisfaction among African leaders with actions of Bill Gates on the African Continent. Even more distressful is the connivance with leaders of Western Countries like France, Germany and Britain, who have collaborated in the destabilization of Africa.

The growing popularity of China is a direct reflection of the feeling of unease in African capitals that the entire Western countries have gone rouge. According to Laurent Kosic, a political analyst in Paris, who has lived for over a decade in Africa, said “ this is typical of Africa, they would rather avoid you than pick a fight, but what they need now is a total ban of genetically modified organisms across the continent”. “The effort by Bill Gates to sterilize the entire black people of Africa with GMO foods and GMO mosquitoes all fits well with UNFPA targets to depopulate the continent and provide a means for perpetual colonialism” – he added.

The watch is on as President Kabore names Christophe Dabire as the new prime minister, but the last is yet to be heard from the events unravelling in Burkina Faso.

Source: Sussy Vozniak, reporter for Intelicor Press, Vienna

Pastor Gives Members Dettol and Jik Bleach

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Ugandans serve as guinea pigs for toxic chemical treatment peddled by a self proclaimed American pastor

“America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. That’s why I work in developing countries,” Robert Baldwin of the Global Healing Christian Mission said of his alleged healing outreach in Uganda where thousands of people including infants are being treated with toxic industrial bleach.

52-year-old Baldwin, an American based in New Jersey, poses as a pastor to effectively and extensively peddle this fraudulent treatment also known as “miracle mineral solution/supplement” or MMS as it is popularly called by about 50,000 Ugandans. MMS is, in fact, chlorine dioxide, a powerful chemical made by mixing sodium chlorite and citric acid, often used in the textile industry.

The Guardian reports that Baldwin, who imports bulk shipments of the chemical from China, has trained over a thousand Ugandan pastors on how to administer MMS to their congregation, an activity that often takes place after Sunday service. The 52-year-old gives smartphones to these committed pastors as incentives for helping him spread his ‘miracle cure’ which he claims heals different diseases including malaria, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Baldwin said he set up a church so he could distribute MMS under the radar without drawing the attention of the government or drug companies. “When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church,” he told Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner against fake medicine who posed as a journalist to interview him.

MMS has been banned in several countries around the world for use as a medical treatment. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning asking people to stop consuming MMS. Consumers of MMS have turned up with really bad symptoms that can be life-threatening.

Baldwin runs his fraudulent ministry alongside a 25-year-old Briton named Sam Little. Little told the Guardian that he was using his savings to help fund the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a donation of $10,000. He has also invested $30,000 into building an orphanage for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.

Little claims MMS cured a family member of cancer and that made him travel to Africa to conduct more research. A video online shows the 25-year-old conducting a test in a village hospital in Uganda where he was on a mission to prove that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Little is also repeating the study on HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda as well.

Like Baldwin, he admitted that such field studies would not be allowed in the UK or US. However, he denied using poor Ugandans as guinea pigs. “It’s not using people as guinea pigs for trials. It’s helping them. We’ve cured loads of people not just for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things,” he said.

Both the Uganda Ministry of health and the Ugandan ministry of gender and social development, which only recently got wind of the nefarious activities conducted by Baldwin and Little, has begun an investigation into the MMS scandal as well as Little’s planned orphanage. “We are investigating these people’s activities. In the medical profession, you don’t do advertising when you heal people,” a spokesman for the ministry said with regards to Little’s video. An official also stated that they were unaware of any plans for an orphanage.

Source: Ventures Africa

The government of Ghana has reached a final agreement with Ethiopian Airlines that will see to the establishment of a new national airline in Accra, Ghana. The partnership is in line with Ghana’s increasing efforts to revamp its aviation sector, and Ethiopia’s continuous quest to expand its footprints across the continent’s aviation space.

Under the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will send several Dash 8-400s aircraft to Accra later in 2019. However, Ghana will hold a majority stake of 51 percent in the new airline while Ethiopia will hold a minority stake of 49 percent.

The final agreement was reportedly signed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa by Minister Joseph Kofi Adda, Ghanaian Aviation Minister representing the government of Ghana and Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. This sealed an initial Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) that was signed between the two entities in December 2018.

The collaboration, which seeks to explore the economic potentials in Ghana’s aviation sector comes nearly one decade after the state-run Ghana International Airlines ceased operations amid poor management and huge debt.

Emphasis is placed on the participation of African countries in the continent’s aviation market, where African airlines hold only about 20 percent market shares. This is mainly because countries like Ghana and Nigeria do not currently have an operational national carrier.

In recent times, however, Ghana has made significant changes at its airports which include a new terminal at Kumasi, and one at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport. There have also been some expansions and development at Take me, Wa and Ho airports.

The proposed state-owned airline in Accra is expected to operate domestic, regional, and international flights. Although, there is no disclosure yet about the name of the airline.

The deal with Ethiopia to relaunch a national airline indicates that the Ghanaian government is looking to position itself in the continent’s growing competitive aviation trend, where non-African airlines now control the highest passenger traffic.

For Ethiopia, the deal is yet another strategic move to expand its presence in the African aviation space, where it currently holds large market shares in state-owned airlines through acquisition. These include a 49 percent stake in Malawian Airlines, Malawi’s national carrier and 45 percent stake Zambia’snational airline.

Until 2004, the government of Ghana held a 60 percent stake in the then state-run airline, Ghana Airways, which subsequently relaunched as Ghana International Airways following mismanagement and huge debt amounting to $160 million. The Ghanaian government retained a 70 percent stake in the new airline, which finally ceased operating in 2010 due to poor management.

It appears that the Ghanaian government has learnt from past mistakes and is now ready for a new national carrier under a better structure. Consequently, after Ethiopia’s 49 percent controlling stake, the government of Ghana intends to retain only about 10 percent stake while the private sector will take the remaining 41 percent.

Source:Ventures Africa


For White People Who Compare Black Lives Matter to White Supremacy


On the last day of Passover a lone gunman opened fire on the congregation at Chabad of Poway’s Synagogue in San Diego, USA.

The attack left three wounded, and one dead. Lori Kaye was murdered after she took a bullet for the Rabbi.

San Diego is the latest in a series of crimes committed in the name of ‘white supremacy’. It occurred just six weeks after the mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand and seven months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. And yet, there is still little talk of what white supremacy is; how it operates; and what it means for our communities.

Furthermore, white supremacy has gone transnational.

The San Diego mosque shooter, like many other white supremacy terrorists, was radicalised through online networks.

And yet, the media and politicians have been reticent to identify white supremacy as a threat. Whilst Muslims are openly viewed as a target group of radicalisation, white people are not. The gunmen are viewed as lone rangers and bad apples. But, this is problematic. We should be taking white supremacists seriously. We should be targeting them with the same level of scrutiny that has been used to deal with Islamic radicalisation. To not treat them seriously puts our communities at risk. This would mean identifying the links between what has been painted as fairly disparate attacks since 2011 – including Charlottesville, Charleston and the Murder of British MP Jo Cox, (the Guardian has created a time-line of these events).

There is a clear pattern, white supremacists see the Other (Jews, Muslims, black people) as an existential threat to the white race. Yet, little solidarity is promoted in the mainstream between these communities. In a time where identifying as Jewish can be so negatively scrutinised because of Israel’s politics, the Left (and by extension anti-racist solidarity networks) do have a hard time seeing anti-semitism.

It is not just disappointing that there is little understanding of anti-semitism, but as we can now see this is also dangerous. To keep our communities safe we need to take the threat that white supremacist fanatics pose seriously. And we need to create stronger networks of solidarity by resisting mainstream media that does a good job of polarising the communities affected by racism.

Source: SOAS

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Uganda will be selling marijuana to North America and Europe later this year in deals worth $160 million. This comes after the government reached agreements to export the product for medicinal purposes.

Presently, there are orders for the psychoactive drug from at least 20,000 pharmacies in Canada and Germany, a Director at Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd in Uganda, which is in partnership with Israeli firm Together Pharma Ltd, Benjamin Cadet said.

“We signed annual supply contracts with pharmacies in Canada to a tune of $100m and €58m for Germany… the current contracts run for 10 years but along the way, we shall expand to satisfy future demand,” Cadet revealed.

This is not the first time Uganda will be exporting cannabis products. Another external market for Kampala’s raw cannabis flower is South Africa, where the National Analytical Forensic Services made an order worth $10,000 in 2017, according to the Daily Monitor.

A controversial drug with health benefits

Although it is often abused, Marijuana has great potential for healthcare and is used to relieve pain that comes with several illnesses like cancer.

Cadet explained that “People are using morphine, the main component of opium as an analgesic for cancer pain. Opium is an Opioid and more addictive and with side effects yet Cannabinol (CBD) from medical marijuana is the best option for such patients.”  

Despite having scientists and technology to explore the many benefits of medical marijuana, there are no regulations in place to allow cannabis drugs manufactured for domestic consumption in Uganda. Thus, cancer patients in the country are forced to use CBD illegally.

The subject of using medical marijuana has been a quite controversial one in the East African nation, with supporting and opposing parties airing their respective views. Recently, a five-member sub-committee from the Cabinet met to discuss the dangers and benefits of the drug.

More so, there have been applications for licenses to Ugandan Ministry of Health from 14 companies, to get approval for cultivating, extracting and exporting of the cannabis plant for medical purposes.

Proponents of its use hinge their argument on the fact that its chemicals are used to treat a number of different health conditions – appetite loss, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders, among others. While Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni has openly denounced its use, referring to the drug as “satanic.”

Source: Ventures Africa



CEO of Livenat SAS, Dr. France Aimée Gaïl, in an interview on Radio TopAfric’s health show, encouraged the use of natural-based cosmetic products because it has proven to be a much healthier option.

Dr. France Aimée Gaïl graduated from the University of Orléans with a PH.D. in Organic Chemistry and has expertise in the Pharmaceutical field as well as product development. Her experience as a chemist has driven her to develop healthy products for all hair types.

The company’s brand, DEVANCE COSMETIQUES based in France, has since 2013 produced the best natural based cosmetic products, she says.

DEVANCE COSMETIQUES has products for all hair types, namely; shampoos, conditioners, hair oil, to mention a few.

 In response to a question from a listener, Dr. France Aimée reiterated that people experiencing alopecia, a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss, can use DEVANCE COSMESTIQUES natural based oil to restore hair mostly if the condition is not genetically transmitted.


Natural based cosmetics are cosmetics made from raw materials sourced from nature, such as plants and minerals, and a renewable natural source.

People who live in Hamburg can access the hair products at the Modern Hair Creation Salon, Lübecker Straße 82, 22087 Hamburg.

Alternatively, one can visit or place your order on

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

Four years ago a publication was made Ghanaians living in Hamburg, Germany demanding answers from authorities about the rampant death of their countrymen. Years have passed but the toll of such deaths has neither ceased nor decreased. It is clear that death is inevitable but the frequency and circumstance is what is worrying.

It is upon this back drop that a discussion on that topic was held on the health show hosted by Effya on TopAfric radio and was covered by the NDR Das. This could be a huge step to drawing the attention of the right authorities to come to the aid of the Ghanaian community.

Within the public sphere the theory such as doctors intentionally killing their victims is purported to be one of the causes of such deaths.

During the radio discussion the following factors were enumerated to be possibly contributing to such premature death; Irresponsible self medication, unhealthy and sedentary life styles, physical inactivity, under utilisation of the health care system, religious and cultural beliefs and practices, ignorance and lack of information, double and quadruple jobs to cater for families and acquisitions of properties back home, genetics, environment etc. 

Recommendations to counteracting the problem will be to negate the above enumerated possible causes.

 As public Health scientists we see the issue as public health emergency which threatens the human security within the Ghanaian community in Hamburg. An anecdotal evidence of the issue at stake could be true but not enough deal with the problem.

To a achieve the desired result, a holistic approach is needed hence an urgent need for scientific research that encompasses needs assessments , data collection, analysis  and findings to draw and implement a comprehensive public health intervention which is participatory and culturally tailored to mitigate the problem.

The negative impacts of the continuous premature death of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. It affects the families and society at large as well as the economy here in Germany and Ghana. For this reason we would like to call on stakeholders to support the worthy course by funding such project. We are looking up to the Ghana Embassy, German Health ministry and other such interested institutions to heed to this call so as to ensure that such premature deaths would be a thing of the past through the implementation of public health interventions.
Ghanaians dying premature in Hamburg!!!

Aileen Ashe (Public Health scientist and language and culture mediator)
Ursula D’Almeida (pharmacist and  Public Health Scientist)

There is hardly anything that contributes to a better mood or offers more fun than one of the most beautiful pastimes in the world. But the importance of a healthy and regular sex life really is often underestimated.

Here are eight good reasons why you should not neglect your sex life. Because this is what happens to your body when you stop having sex:
Why a healthy sex life not only ensures a good mood

1. You get sick more often

If you don’t have sex for a long time, your immune system becomes significantly weaker. Germs then have an easier job of spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu more easily. So, just by having more sex, you can help keep your herbal remedy teas in the closet!

2. Your stress levels increase

Sex is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Regular sex reduces the amount of stress hormones and makes you feel more relaxed in everyday life. Without this important balance, you could become a ticking time bomb!

3. It’s harder for you to get aroused

It’s hard to believe, but true: If you don’t regularly “practice,” it’s difficult for a lot of people to become aroused. Men can experience problems having erections and it can be harder for women to have an orgasm. So, you have to stay on top of things to make sure the “switch” always remains on.

4. Your dreams change
Some people suddenly notice that they have strange dreams when their sex life is suffering. It can mean that you unexpectedly start dreaming about sex or have orgasms in your sleep.

5. Over time you lose your desire to have sex

If your body notices that you’re having a prolonged dry spell in the sexual sense, the production of sex hormones reduces. You feel less like having sex if you have been abstinent for a while. In addition, your libido will eventually feel different. And this is all due to the fact that your sex hormones are slowly vanishing.

6. You’ll feel more distance between your partner and yourself

When a couple in a relationship only rarely sleep together, their interpersonal distance becomes greater. You may start to have feelings of uncertainty related to your partner and other people will seem more attractive to you.

7. It lowers your feeling of self-worth

It is not surprising that a person’s self-worth is harmed, if that individual does not regularly feel desired. But a lack of sex has been proven to affect a person’s well-being, leading to sadness or depression when sex is absent from their lives. Studies have shown that having sex regularly helps fight depression. It can sometimes even work as well as antidepressants.

8. Your risk of cancer increases

For men, the risk of prostate cancer increases when they don’t have sex for a longer period of time. So it’s not a bad idea for men to “flush out” the pipes. Because then the risk is significantly reduced.

Well, if all this isn’t motivation enough, then I don’t know what is! For all these reasons, it would be almost irresponsible not to make love more regularly, don’t you think?!


This article was first published in 2014! 
The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 30 people 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at Nov 2018, more than 30 Ghanaians have been burried. The average age was just around 45 years.                                                                   

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.

Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!
There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg. The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

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 ( 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 (
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (

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CEO of Livenat SAS, Dr. France Aimée Gaïl, in an interview on Radio TopAfric’s health show, encouraged the use of natural-based cosmetic products because it has proven to be a much healthier option.

Dr. France Aimée Gaïl graduated from the University of Orléans with a PH.D. in Organic Chemistry and has expertise in the Pharmaceutical field as well as product development. Her experience as a chemist has driven her to develop healthy products for all hair types.

The company’s brand, DEVANCE COSMETIQUES based in France, has since 2013 produced the best natural based cosmetic products, she says.

DEVANCE COSMETIQUES has products for all hair types, namely; shampoos, conditioners, hair oil, to mention a few.

 In response to a question from a listener, Dr. France Aimée reiterated that people experiencing alopecia, a common autoimmune disorder that often results in unpredictable hair loss, can use DEVANCE COSMESTIQUES natural based oil to restore hair mostly if the condition is not genetically transmitted.


Natural based cosmetics are cosmetics made from raw materials sourced from nature, such as plants and minerals, and a renewable natural source.

People who live in Hamburg can access the hair products at the Modern Hair Creation Salon, Lübecker Straße 82, 22087 Hamburg.

Alternatively, one can visit or place your order on

The Creative Arts Industry in any country is the powerhouse that provides the avenues to telling compelling stories through diverse arts and connecting cultures through a shared experience.

Contrary to the challenges the Ghanaian Movie Industry is facing, quite a few remarkable stories or films written and directed by Ghanaian Talents seem to breaking boundaries and gaining international recognition.

‘Keteke’, a highly touted Ghanaian drama movie which was released in 2017, has been nominated for the NDR Young talent Award 201 in Hamburg, Germany.

The film was directed by Peter Sedufia, a graduate of NAFTI (National Film and Television Institute) in Ghana and produced by Laurene Manaa Abdullah.

The storyline of ‘KETEKE’ which translates as ’TRAIN’ in the Akan language, focuses on the rail service system which was the only means of transportation back in the 80’s and how a heavily expecting couple who preferred to have their first child in their village, found themselves in the middle of nowhere after missing the train.

How will a heavily pregnant woman and husband survive in the middle of nowhere? Who can help in the middle of nowhere? What will happen if they get no help? Most importantly, what will happen to the unborn baby?

If you are as curious as I am, meet the director and also get the opportunity to watch ’KETEKE’ on the following dates;

Sunday, 29.09 - 17:00  at CinemaxX 2

Tuesday, 01.10 – 17:00 at CinemaxX 8