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Afrikanische Mode hautnah erleben

Afrikanische Mode hautnah erleben: Am Samstag, 7. September, geht der African Fashion Day Göttingen in die sechste Runde. Highlight des Tages ist eine afrikanische Modenschau, die ab 18 Uhr im Gemeindesaal der Citykirche St. Michael, Kurze Str. (zu erreichen über Innenhof) zu sehen ist. Unkonventionelle, bunte aber auch elegante Modestücke werden auf dem Laufsteg präsentiert. Neben der Modenschau werden musikalische und künstlerische Darbietungen sowie ein Mini-Afrika-Markt angeboten. Der Eintritt ist für Besucher frei, um eine Spende wird gebeten.

Auf der Bühne stellen vier afrikanische Modeschöpfer die Neuigkeiten und Trends aus ihrer Kollektion vor. Ziel der Veranstaltung ist es, unbekannten Modedesignern eine Plattform zu bieten, wo sie ihre Kreationen bekannt machen können. Zudem sollen die Vielfalt und die Modernität des afrikanisches Kleidungsstils von heute präsentiert werden. Dass afrikanische Stoffe, Muster und Schnitte zur Normalität werden können, erhoffen sich die Projektinitiatoren.

2015 kamen zwei in Göttingen lebende Kameruner auf die Idee die Initiative Africa Can Do zu gründen. Mit dem Ziel die Kreativität und das Know-How von Afrikanern zu fördern und Afrika aus einer anderen Perspektive zu zeigen, engagieren sich die Initiatoren für Bildung und Nachhaltigkeit. Durch ihre Veranstaltungen möchten sie einen Beitrag zur Völkerannäherung und zum Abbau von Vorurteilen leisten. Die Initiative Africa Can Do in Kooperation mit der Katholischen Hochschulgemeinde (khg) bieten die afrikanische Modenschau bereits zum fünften Mal in Göttingen an.

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Desmond John Beddy

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By making a positive impact in someone’s’ life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. Positive energy is like the ripple made by the paddle of a fisherman, the ripples go as far as the end of the river even though the visibility decreases but the energy spreads. May we endeavour to make the African Youth Education Program greater by contributing generously in varied ways as individuals and institutions?  

Today, if we succeed in making the current African youth in Germany successful, they will contribute to make our sons and daughters successful tomorrow by not only being role models but also inspiration for the next generation. We either do it today or risk losing the African talents of tomorrow. Do you want to risk the professional and personal growth of the next generation of African youth in Germany?

Take a deep reflection on your past!
Let’s be reminded of whom we are and what we used to be. Many are those who feel the conditions aren't right and are waiting until situations are perfect before going to impact others. The fact is, you might not have the opportunity and privilege to serve others, and time and tide wait for no man. In the meantime, you can impact the youth and community by volunteering time, providing pro bono services, mentoring some few youth and importantly contributing financial resources in the best way possible towards the professional growth of the next generation.

Nothing comes from nothing!
The farmer must put seed in the soil but must also ensure the conditions are optimal for germination and growth of the seed for a better harvest. The African community has come a long way! The first and second generations have weathered so much stress, tension and missed varied opportunities for professional growth and same must not be the story for the current generation and their successors.

We must set goals, have a destination in mind and know where we want to be in 10, 20 and 50 years. Let’s have an agenda, and set strategies towards achieving our needs.

Let’s come together to make AYE great, let’s support one another and above all let’s choose selfless leaders who are capable of transforming our African communities across Germany. The state is not obliged to support us; it is you and I who have to help strengthen our structures, help strengthen our institutions, help strengthen our communities and above all help the next generation to be more successful. Be the positive change you want to see in the World!

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Dr. Stephania Mbianda Papdo

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Sie ist Frauenärztin, hat ein Kinderbuch nebenbei geschrieben, sitzt in mehreren Vereinen und veranstaltet, gemeinsam mit ihrem dreiköpfigen Team, seit fünf Jahren das Afro Beauty Festival. Dr. Stephania Mbianda möchte junge Schwarze Frauen empowern, sie aus ihrer Opferrolle herausholen und sie krönen, buchstäblich. Der Abschluss jedes Festivals ist die Miss Nappy Wahl. Der Begriff Nappy ist eigentlich ein Ausdruck aus dem Englischen, welches meist als negative Beschreibung gilt. Es ist ein grober Verweis auf die trockenen, groben und verworrenen Eigenschaften von afro-texturiertem Haar, obwohl sie einzigartig, magisch, natürlich schön und herrlich sind! Doch seit geraumer Zeit gibt es ein Reclaiming des Begriffs. Nappily Ever After macht den Ausdruck wieder salonfähig und der Kontext spielt eine signifikante Rolle, wie bei der Miss Nappy Wahl, die eben 4a-c Haaren eine Bühne bietet, sie feiert und zeigt, wie wunderschön sie sind.

Was ist die Miss Nappy Germany?
Miss Nappy Germany ist die Wahl von dem Mädchen mit den schönsten krausen Haaren Deutschlands. Es geht darum krause Haare, die seit langer Zeit in der Schwarzen Community versteckt und verändert werden, eine Bühne zu bieten damit sie als wunderschöne, normale und begehrenswerte Haare anerkannt werden.

Was ist das Afro Beauty Festival?
Es ist eine Veranstaltung die seit fünf Jahren natürliche Afrohaare, Kunst und den Afro-Lifestyle in Deutschland promotet. Wir wollen dadurch eine Szene zum Empowerment von Schwarze/PoCs (- Jugendliche) in Deutschland aus/aufbauen. Im vergangenen Jahr hatten wir das Thema: “Out of your Comfort Zone”, wo wir fast 150 BesucherInnen hatten. In diesem Jahr fand die Veranstaltung am 20.07.2019 statt, zum Thema “Become the best Version of yourself”. Die Veranstaltung hatte drei Hauptsäulen: Die Podiumsdiskussion zum Thema des Jahres, die Afro-Buchmesse, wo Autoren vorgestellt wurden, und die Workshops zu Themen wie Haarpflege, Make-Up, Empowerment, Finanzen und Literatur. Als selbstfinanzierende Organisation verfügen wir über begrenzte Mittel und sind stolz jedes Jahr die Veranstaltung zu organisieren. Am Abend findet die Miss Nappy Wahl mit der After Show Party statt.

Warum habt ihr diese Plattform ins Leben gerufen?
Wir wollten eine inspirierende Szene für Schwarze Jugendliche sein und Role-Models vorstellen, um die Jugend zu motivieren und neue Träume zu schenken. Wir wollten auch der Jugend in Deutschland ermöglichen, sich frei künstlerisch ausdrücken zu können und dies im Einklang mit ihren Afro-Wurzeln.

Wie läuft die Wahl genau ab?
Die erste Runde läuft auf Facebook ab, wo aus den Bewerberinnen die Finalistinnen gewählt werden. Es ist ein wichtiger Schritt, der zu 40% in die Entscheidung einfließt. Sinn von der Vorrunde ist es, allen zu ermöglichen daran teilzunehmen sowie das Bild von der schönen Afrofrau mit normalen krausen Haaren zu verbreiten. Nach zwei Wochen folgt das Finale in Köln, wo ein Jury anhand von Fragen rund um das Selbstbewusstsein, die Motivation, die Haarpflege, die Vision erfragt und entscheidet, wer das Zeug zu Miss Nappy Germany hat.

Wie häufig findet das Festival und die Wahl statt?
Die Veranstaltung findet noch einmal jährlich in Köln statt. Nach mehrmaliger Anfragen haben wir vor, Zwischen-Events ab 2020 in Städten wie Berlin, Saarbrücken und Hamburg zu veranstalten.

Wer ist die diesjährige Gewinnerin?
Diesjährige Gewinnerin heisst Rose Kamande, eine 29-jährige Studentin aus Köln. Sie trägt Locks und hat die Jury durch Ihre Leidenschaft für Ihre natürlichen Haare überzeugt.

Warum ist es wichtig solch eine Plattform zu haben?
Diese Plattform ist für unsere Jugendlichen sehr wichtig: in der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung, um die richtigen Ziele zu setzen, Ausdauer und Fleiß und bei deren Zielverwirklichung . Sie gewinnen an Selbstliebe und Selbstbewusstsein als Minderheit in einer manchmal sehr hostilen Gesellschaft. Es bietet einen „Networking“ Tag, wo sie sich mit Mitmenschen, Mentoren oder einfach Peers austauschen können.

Was ist das Ziel?
Ziel ist es eine selbstbewusste schwarze Minderheit in Deutschland aufzubauen, die sich nicht mehr ständig mit Rassismus auseinandersetzen muss oder in der Opfer-Rolle auf Hilfe wartet, sondern die sich selbst entwickelt und etabliert. Noch wichtiger sollen unsere Schwarzen Kinder stolz aufwachsen, in dem Wissen dass sie alles werden können, wovon sie träumen.

Was hat es mit eurem Slogan “Be the best version of yourself!” genau auf sich?
Für mich bedeutet es in jeder Situation das Beste zu geben. Dafür muss man lernen, sich zu kennen, zu lieben, und zu vertrauen. Es ist ein Prozess, den man bewusst durchmacht. Es ist das Lächeln, dass man hat kurz vorm Schlafen gehen, sobald man weiss, dass der Tag gut gelaufen ist sowie das Lächeln am nächsten Tag, wo man sich auf neue Herausforderungen vorbereitet. Es heisst nicht perfekt sein, es bedeutet aus seinen Fähigkeiten das Beste zu machen und seine Schwächen im Griff zu haben.

Konntest du eine Veränderung durch die Events in der Community entdecken?
Ich kann nicht über die gesamte Community berichten, aber ich habe immer Gespräche auf den Events oder Nachrichten von Leuten, die sich bedanken und mir erzählen, welche Schritte sie nach der Veranstaltung gewagt haben. Diese positiven Feedbacks sind für mich der Grund weiterzumachen.

Kurz zu dir: Was machst du beruflich? Woher kommst du?
Ich komme aus Kamerun, beruflich bin ich Frauenärztin. Nebenbei bin ich die Geschäftsführerin von Afro O Natural, und Vorstandsmitglied in Vereinen. Ich habe ein Kinderbuch geschrieben, nähe, koche gerne, und bin Creative Director von der Afro-Hairshow, wo ich die Models selbst mit afrikanischen Frisuren schmücke.

Wer organisiert alles bei der Miss Nappy Germany und Afro Beauty Festival mit?
Wir sind ein 3 köpfiges-Team, die Mitglieder vom Roots and Wings eV Verein sind. Jeder hat einen Bereich: Finanzen, Logistik, aber ich bin die Impulsgebende und die „Entwerferin“. Ich suche noch MitgestalterInnen.

Welche Menschen finden einen Platz in der Miss Nappy Germany?
Das Afro Beauty Festival ist offen für alle BürgerInnen: Jede*r kann aus den Workshops lernen, was kaufen und sich inspirieren lassen. Zur Miss Nappy Germany hingegen können nur die Kandidatinnen mit krausem Haar kommen.

Und zum Schluss: Was steht an? Auf was können wir uns noch freuen?
Aufgrund der Nachfrage arbeiten wir an Coaching-Events, wo gezielt gefragte Themen mit Experten bearbeitet werden und wo auch TeilnehmerInnen persönlich gecoacht werden. Ferner, wie oben erwähnt, wollen wir in 2-3 Städten das Mini-Afro-Beauty Festival nächstes Jahr veranstalten, damit jede*r die Chance hat die einzigartige Stimmung kennenlernen. Wir sind offen für Kollaborationen und ich werde auf weitere Veranstaltungen Motivational-Speeches geben.

By Ciani-Sophia Hoeder
Original source: https://rosa-mag.de/was-ist-miss-nappy-germany

When I heard some people write or say it’s shameful that an Igbo leader (Senator) was accosted in the manner Chief Ike Ekweremmadu was humiliated in Germany by disenchanted IPOB members in Germany I laugh loud and louder. 

I’m sure those making such comments seems not to understand the meaning of ANGER and SHAME or how and where such words should be applied. Yes any public fracas or disorder can cause embarrassment or Shame(ful) but certainly dependable on the situations that lead to what causes the embarrassment. Something leads to something if two persons causes embarrassment by their actions the blame and shame usually ends up going to the offender; in principles.

To further explain it, Shame as it applies to the episodes in Nuremberg Germany with the harassment of the in-sensitive Senator Ike Ekweremmadu who adorned on "One Big Nigeria" attire to mock the families and relatives of those Fulani herdsmen killed in Enugwu his home state, in the name of Iriji New yam festival is Shameful at worst.

For those asking why the attack on the Senator who supposing his house is ablaze while he's out chasing rat. Who has failed at genuine effort to put it out the fire should take the shame and not those whose actions were nothing but a protest to register their discontent directly to the concerned.
I understand some of us given the way we were brought up to think in Nigeria hardly thought of politicians as people bearing any responsibility to citizenry hence our primitive docility and upside down thinking. We are not used to holding politicians to account so we tend to narrow or bend our contributions towards that faulty lines of thought process which is what Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB is fighting to correct.

Assuming Ike Ekweremmadu were to be a Whiteman the insult would be enough to resign and concentrate to fixing the problem that lead to his assault but an African wouldn’t do it simple because he has no shame. Now you get my right? To the civilised mind IPOB did fine on that civil responsibility to hold a public servant to account for failing the people he represent, egg throwing happens often in western and other civilised world.
Even in Igbo culture and tradition the man who failed to deliver on his responsibility to his kindred (umunne)' are collectively disgraced and humiliated that's part of what being a Republican in nature means.

Next time when someone says to you its a shame and embarrassment on what happened to the Fulani servant Senator in Nuremberg Please ask him or her to whom is the shame to the senator or the people protesting for their rights. However its a Big Shame for one to lose his honour in public and worst to the people he claims to be representing yet no Will to change direction or course.
Victors to the people! All hail Biafra.

KC Adams
IPOB Member /Biafra Land Supporter

Speech by His Excellency, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar Ambassador of Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Germany at AYEA in Hamburg.
Please permit me to start by expressing my profound appreciation to TopAfric e.V., the organizers of the 8th African Youth Education Awards for finding me worthy to be the Guest Speaker on this auspicious occasion of the eighth anniversary of the African Youth Education. It gives me great joy to stand here today and deliver the speech on this very important theme: ‘’Education for Youth Empowerment and Nation Building’’.
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I wish to point out from the onset that the need for quality education that would prepare and empower the youths for nation building and development is a desire being pursued by all nations of the world, the African continent inclusive. On a competitive level though, many would argue that African countries and the continent as a whole are lagging behind in the highly competitive world in providing qualitative education for its teeming youth. The Youths from other continents of the world, especially the Western world and recently China and other Asian countries have registered significant improvements in the education and capacity building of its youths. The same cannot be said of a larger number of the African countries, leaving a deficit that has to, of necessity be addressed if the African Youth is to be empowered educationally for the crucial development of the continent.  It is in the light of this that I think the theme is rather too broad and would crave your indulgence to permit me to make a slight amendment to the topic to read: ‘’Education for African Youth Empowerment and Nation Building’’. I believe this will enable us to focus our attention on Africa in this very topical issue that you have aptly identified as the theme of your 8th Anniversary.
ayea 2018 2 7In preparing for this paper, I perused the website of TopAfric and the stated raison d’ etre for creating the Africa Youth Education Awards, and the set goals/objectives simply set the tone for our discussion this evening. Please permit me to amply quote the reason here: ‘’Young migrants of African origin in Germany have low educational levels. A relatively large proportion of these kids rarely achieve the A level -/Abitur qualification. Moreover a large proportion of them end up dropping out completely and this is quite disturbing.

Another major problem is the lack of incentives to motivate these kids to pursue higher academic goals. It must however be noted that motivation is crucial for success in the educational system. It has not been possible for the German school system to compensate for these deficiencies in schools where children of African descend attend.

African Youth Education Awards is here to fill in that motivational gap. It is a platform where we encourage the Kids to stay in school by awarding them and also introducing them to mentors who also educate them on why they should stay in school.’’
Mah Tenin Doumbouya Nigeria MabassadorI will also quote here the set goals or objectives: ‘’The goal of the project is to raise the educational and professional achievements of the youths of African origin by empowerment approach.

This would also intensify the campaign and create awareness on the significance of education for the social and professional integration in Germany.

The goal of the project is therefore to motivate the kids in Germany to study hard, but also to expose them and their parents to role models in the society through a network system.’’

At this juncture ladies and gentlemen, let me make reference to some statistics. According to the 2012 African Economic Outlook report prepared by experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others, it is estimated that 200 million Africans are between 15 and 24 years old. This number is expected to double by 2045. It is also estimated that with ten (10) million young graduates entering the workforce each year, Africa’s labour force will surpass both India’s and China’s by 2040, yet Africa only creates two million jobs a year.
Mubarik Wienhold Falko DrossmannYou will agree with me that these statistics are staggering with attendant challenges but also, offer opportunities if well managed. African leaders have two options. The first is to address the challenge of unemployment due to low quality education with its attendant consequences such as the illegal migration of young Africans to Europe and other places. However, the second option will be to leverage on the opportunities that this huge number of graduates offer. And that is, the adoption of policies and strategies that provide these graduates with appropriate and up to date quality of education that would ultimately lead to continent-wide socio-economic development and transformation.

At this point, we will attempt to proffer a number of actions that could be taken by African leaders to prepare these large numbers of graduates to contribute to the growth and development of the continent.

Improved Education

There is the need to improve on the approach and curriculum of education that can produce innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers who can articulate programmes and solutions that are tailor-made to Africa’s needs for economic transformation rather than the treadmill paradigm that churns out millions of graduates annually. This is even more so with the fast emerging new spheres of ‘’smart’’ knowledge of digitization and artificial intelligence;

Entrepreneurial Training

In tandem to the above, the educational curriculum needs to be redefined in a way that prepares the African youth for entrepreneurial activities and gears them for self-employment.

Sustainable jobs

While improvement in the African continent’s education systems as pointed out above is crucial, another vital component to resolve the challenge of youth unemployment is the creation of sustainable jobs. Africa needs to create more jobs. This will require the expansion of the continent’s manufacturing capacity that would lead to industrialization and the creation of jobs. Manufacturing is the largest employer and Africa has comparative advantage in agriculture and textiles, the largest employers of labour. Achieving this requires vision, strategic planning, and focused implementation;
IMG 1950Committed Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Goal 4 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) prescribes for nations to, by the year 2030: ‘’Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.’’ The committed incorporation and sustained implementation of the SDGs and its targets by African governments into its national strategies, policies and processes will go a long way in kick-starting the drive for qualitative educational empowerment and nation building and development by the African youth by 2030. It is instructive to point out that the year 2030 is only slightly more than a decade from now and therefore denotes the need for verve and urgency by African leaders and governments.

Distinguish ladies and gentlemen, having taken a general view of just a few of the challenges and opportunities facing the African Youth in the pursuit of education to engender nation building and development, I would like to briefly commend the organizers - TopAfric e.V. for identifying the challenges of the Young migrants of African origin in Germany namely, low educational levels and lack of incentives to motivate them to pursue higher academic goals.

It is in the light of these identified challenges that the organisers of this very auspicious event of the Africa Youth Education have set laudable objectives/goals which would ultimately address the challenges of poor or low educational capabilities that hinder the academic and/or professional mobility of the African migrant in Germany. This presupposes that all Awardees this evening have contributed in one way or the other in redressing these challenges. I therefore, congratulate you all and implore you to remain steadfast in your efforts towards achieving these laudable objectives.
ayea 2018 6409As I conclude, I must highlight that in as much as a lot of the calls for the improvement and updating of the education standards of the African youth for empowerment and nation building/development goes to the leaders and policy implementers, much is also desired from all citizenry of the African continent as the struggle is a collective one requiring the participation of all as exemplified by the organisers of this event. This will amongst other things, curb or minimize the illegal migration of young Africans out of the continent, which is partly the reason for this gathering today.

It is incumbent on all of us to let our youths back home to unequivocally understand that Europe is not desirous of poorly educated or unskilled aspirational migrants from low and middle income African countries that they do not consider to be dangerous. Interestingly, the European Union (EU) countries policies are geared towards clear distinctions between refugees eligible for asylum and aspirational migrants in search of better paying jobs and opportunities.

We need to bring jobs to the African youth back home instead of bringing African youths to jobs over here!      

Once again, I thank you for the invitation and thank you for listening.

Dr. Bernard Rodger Tetteh Doku

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It is with great personal sadness and much sorrow that I inform our readers that Ghanaians in Germany have lost a great leader. Dr. Bernard Rodger Tetteh Doku, the retired medical practitioner died on Saturday, 17th August 2019 whilst on a short visit to the United States of America.
Dr. Bernard Tetteh DokuDr. Doku died at the age of 77 years, was one of the perfect elderly men I have come across. We have known each other over a decade, the relationship was that of a father and son. He was a man of high intellect, fair and peace loving. 
Dr. Doku hails from Ada-Foah in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, and attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast from 1958 to 1964. He worked as medical practioner, from 1980 till 2007 when he retired.

Until his untimely death was a board member of “Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene - Nordkirche weltweit“, a senior member of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Hamburg. He is also an advisory member of the Ghana Union in Hamburg. He was my special advisor, I have contacted him on several occasion for advice.

Nevertheless there was one advice I wasn’t able to heed to before he departed. “Desmond, I don’t like it, when you sit at the back at events, I don’t like it, and you don’t belong there!

Doc! As I usually called him was socially correct, always ready to encourage and empower others to be better than himself. He was one of the first people I contacted when I had the idea of writing a book on “The history of Ghanaians in Germany”.

Great men don’t die!...
He did not only motivate me to undertake such a project but was ready to contribute. 
An abstract from the interview with the late Dr. Doku.

Q: How would you compare the health sector in Hamburg and that of Accra?
Dr. Doku: You compare based on standards; Accra with Abidjan or Abuja in West Africa. Hamburg is on the level of European standards where the health sector is well planned and equipped with well-maintained machinery and highly trained personnel, who show concern and responsibility for each individual human life they care for. There is accountability for every life lost. My fervent prayer is that the health sector in Ghana is not totally reduced to the level of “prayer camps”, where there is no diagnosis on the death certificates, “because God gave and God has taken.”

Q: Have you ever helped your folks in Germany in any way?
Dr. Doku: Yes, I believe I have helped in many ways but I cannot judge whether my people in Germany appreciate it. But I know that even the contribution to a “dream project” such as this book, helps. Taking part in health symposiums in Hamburg to raise the awareness of my people about healthy living for prolonged life is very dear to my heart.

Unfortunately my learned friend and mentor will not live to read our book!...

He was married to Madam Esther Addo, the mother of Otto Addo who is currently a Talente-Trainer with Borussia Dortmund.

“Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console”

May his soul rest in peace!

Desmond John Beddy

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 theroot.com

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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

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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

Rwanda Genocide – The Israeli Connection | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

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Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias.

“Teganya’s trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime.”

Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, Western court convicted yet another African of participating in mass violence that the US and its Western allies engineeredin order to expand their imperial influence in East and Central Africa at the expense of France. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

In July 1994, Teganya crossed from Rwanda into Congo with millions of other Rwandans, mostly Hutus, who were fleeing the advancing Tutsi army led by General Paul Kagame. Teganya later used a false Zimbabwean passport to enter Canada, where he reunited with his Rwandan girlfriend, married, started a family, and applied for political asylum. Canada repeatedly denied him asylum on the grounds that he had committed crimes during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which he in turn denied. Fearing for his life if deported to Rwanda, he went into hiding in Canada, then illegally crossed the Canadian border into the State of Maine to apply for US political asylum in 2014. His trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime because the prosecution had to prove that he was guilty of that to prove that he had lied on his asylum application.

“There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital.”

In 1994, Teganya was a third-year medical student at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. He testified that when the understaffed hospital was overwhelmed by wounded patients, he volunteered cleaning wounds and administering intravenous fluids in the emergency room. Former teachers and fellow students from both Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora came to confirm his story and testify to his character, while prosecution witnesses from Rwanda accused him of rape and murder. 

The jurors’ verdict was based wholly on their conclusions about the credibility of witnesses. There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital after General Paul Kagame and his army assassinated the Hutu presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi, then launched their final military offensive to seize power in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. One former medical student and witness for the defense testified that in the ensuing chaos, violence, and social collapse, he and his friends at the university in Butare protected themselves by staying close to one another and concentrating on how they might eat from one day to the next. He said that trucks and jeeps full of soldiers or civilian militias would drive by from time to time, but that he and his friends could never be sure who they were or where they were going.

US broke its promise not to penalize refugees for illegal entry 

The United States and Canada are both signatories to the 1967  Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees , by which they promised not to impose penalties for illegal entry on refugees coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened. The Protocol expanded the rights guaranteed by the 1951  Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees to refugees fleeing because of events that occurred after 1951:

Article 31
REFUGEES UNLAWFULLY IN THE COUNTRY OF REFUGE

“1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities, and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

“2. The Contracting States shall not apply to the movements of such refugees restrictions other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until their status in the country is regularized or they obtain admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.”

Nevertheless, the prosecution built much of its case on the fact that Teganya had entered Canada on a false document and then crossed into the United States illegally. They even asked the defendant on the witness stand why he walked into Congo, which was then Zaire, without a visa, even though he was fleeing Kagame’s army with millions of other refugees. This was all meant to evidence that Teganya was not an honest man, that he had already lied and broken the law to enter Canada and the US, and that it was therefore reasonable to believe that he had lied to gain refugee status.

One jury member told the Boston Globe that he voted to convict primarily because the defendant had used a fake African passport to enter Canada and because he said on the stand that he would do anything not to go back to Rwanda with its current government. 

A priori assumption that only Hutus committed genocide

None of the premises about what actually happened in Rwanda in 1994 were questioned during the trial. As at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, the court’s a priori assumptions were that Hutu extremists massacred Tutsis from April to July in 1994—which did happen. However, they also assumed that only Hutus had committed crimes, and therefore only Hutus should be prosecuted. 

Sticking to the particulars of what happened at Butare Hospital in the course of a week, the defense did not introduce the body of evidence that the Tutsi army also committed genocide against Hutu people. 

This is not to say that Teganye’s federal public defender erred by sticking to the particulars of the case. Murder is against the law regardless of its political context, so the defense had little choice but to argue the particulars as evidenced by witness testimony. However, Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias. In “Enduring Lies, Rwanda in the Propaganda System 20 Years Later ,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson wrote that: 

“According to the widely accepted history of the 1994 ‘Rwandan genocide,’ there existed a plan or conspiracy among members of Rwanda’s Hutu majority to exterminate the country’s minority Tutsi population. This plan, the story goes, was hatched some time prior to the April 6, 1994 assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died when his Falcon 50 jet was shot-down as it approached the airport of the capital city of Kigali. The killers allegedly responsible for this crime were ‘Hutu Power’ extremists in positions of authority at the time. Although Habyarimana was Hutu, the story continues, he was also more moderate and accommodative toward the Tutsi than ‘Hutu Power’ extremists could tolerate; they were therefore forced to physically eliminate him in order to carry out their plan to exterminate the Tutsi. The mass killings of Tutsi and ‘moderate Hutu’ swiftly followed over the next 100 days, with perhaps 800,000 or as many as 1.1 million deaths. The ‘Rwandan genocide’ came to an end only when the armed forces of Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front drove the ‘génocidaires’ from power, and liberated the country.

 “We refer to the above-version of the events that transpired in Rwanda 1994 as the standard model of the Rwandan genocide. And we note, up front, that we believe that this model is a complex of interwoven lies which, when examined closely, unravels in toto. 

“This model is a complex of interwoven lies.”

“Nevertheless, its Truth has been entered into the establishment history books and promulgated within the field of genocide studies, in documentaries, in the official history at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and even proclaimed from on-high by the UN Security Council in April 2014.

 “The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power, with the crucial assistance of a related cadre of intellectual enforcers. The favorite weapons of these enforcers are reciting the institutionalized untruths as gospel while portraying critics of the standard model as ‘genocide deniers,’ dark figures who lurk at the same moral level as child molesters, to be condemned and even outlawed. But we will show that this is not only crude name-calling, it also deflects attention away from those figures who bear the greatest responsibility for the bulk of the killings in Rwanda 1994, and for the even larger-scale killings in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo thereafter.”

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source:Black Agenda Report

Oranto Petroleum Limited, in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, is set to fund an educational program in the country. The program is geared at improving the educational sector and overall socio-economic development in the war-torn African nation.

The program involves the provision of quality training for 25 teachers and 60,000 children across 30 villages in the Eastern Lakes state and would last for a period of 5 years.

“For South Sudan to reach its true place in Africa, we have to invest in education and great students are the result of great teachers and it is, therefore, essential to empower and support teaching professionals throughout this country,” Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.

The educational program organized by Oranto may be targeted at refugees returning to the country, in a bid to support and pave way for more economic advancement and considerable impact for individuals and local communities.

South Sudan has been faced with severe economic challenges including economic instability and poor infrastructure. The country’s educational system for children has deteriorated greatly as a result of conflict and other forms of emergencies, the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Since the outbreak of the deadly civil war in 2013, it has experienced a massive migration of over two million citizens to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR). Recently, some of the refugees have returned after a peace deal was signed between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

“I am thankful to Oranto Petroleum and implore on other oil companies in the country to do the same”, the Minister added.

In line with Oranto’s policy of significantly engaging local human and material resources in all its activities in South Sudan while promoting the development of social infrastructure, the company also plans to fund the construction of two primary schools in two villages.

Oranto Petroleum Limited is one of Nigeria’s privately owned and managed oil companies. It is involved in oil production and exploration, with over 22 oil and gas license in 12 countries.

 

Source:Ventures Africa

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?!

Source: hefty.com

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 (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

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


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

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

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

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

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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."

A small ten year old Kenyan-German girl in Duisburg is dancing her way to become a European Dance Champion. At her age, Tracy Gathoni has mastered the art of hip hop street dance and is collecting trophies to prove it.
Tracy made her debut in competitive dance in 2012 at the United Dance Organization (UDO) championships in Glasgow-Scotland, and she has never looked back.
After that competition, Tracy’s mother saw her potential and enrolled her in dance classes in Duisburg with renowned trainer, Martina Böhm from TopDance. A course Tracy now attends once a week.
Daughter to a Kenyan lady, Diana Rose Wambui, Tracy has two brothers: 5-year-old Myles and 3-year-old Tyler. The boys have also taken a keen interest in dancing. In fact, Myles recently shared a stage with his sister at the UDO 2016 championships in Gladbeck, coming in at first place. “I had thought that the boys would be more interested in soccer and other sports, but apparently, they are taking after their sister”, Diana Rose says.
The dotting mother of three says that each child has an individual inborn talent that can be nurtured through encouragement and she is determined to support her daughter through it all.
Diana Rose works hard to ensure her daughter gets what she needs for the competitions. She says she would do whatever possible to ensure that her daughter attains her fullest potential in this sport she loves.
Her love for dance and diligence in practice has seen the 10 year-old-girl amass trophies from her spectacular performance. Most of the dances are solo, but she also in a duo with her 11-year-old best friend Aliyah Werner. Some of which are made carved into history on their Facebook page Tracy und Aliyah
Although she loves dancing she confesses to getting nervous before getting on stage. “Sometimes I have no routine at the start of the dance, but once the music begins playing, I gain my ground and dance away”, she explains. She is probably the youngest self-taught upcoming super dance star.
Her prowess on the dance floor has seen her gather about 30 trophies all won in the 1st position. In 2014 and 2015, she performed a solo at the world championships held in Scotland. She has also graced Das SuperTalent a renowned German talent show on RTL. Recently, a video of her performance at the European United Dance Organization-Germany went viral on YouTube.
Through her dancing Tracy has become a household name in NRW and specifically in Duisburg where she lives. The city Mayor (Bürgemeister) knows her personally and invites her to perform at various events.
And before you think dancing is all she does, Tracy recently joined Gymnasium from primary school. Gymnasium only takes the top cream and usually prepares children for an academic profession. The cheeky girl with a beautiful smile on her face says she has a timetable clearly making time for her books and dancing.
Unlike kids her age who would be excited about the fame and limelight, Tracy says she doesn’t flaunt it when she’s in school and rarely tells them what she does over the weekend. She reasons that dancing is her hobby and she would like it separate that from school.
Unlike her schoolmates who might not have an idea who she is in her other life, her brothers have not been spared from seeing her shine and they both believe she’s a star. “They believe Tracy is a star in dancing and no one can convince them otherwise”, Diana Rose beams.
One would have thought that Diana Rose would be applauded for her dedication to make her daughter a dance star, but she has received some backlash with some people accusing her of only focusing on Tracy while she has three children. But to her defence Diana Rose says that the boys are on the track of choosing what activities they love but as soon as they set their sights on something, she’ll be there supporting them. In the meantime, they enjoy emulating their sister, learning new moves and dance styles.
Diana Rose regrets that most Kenyan parents in Germany are so engrossed in work and the daily hustle and do not have time for their children.
“It is important to know what capabilities your child is displaying and support them to achieve their goals” she advices.
Surprisingly, Tracy is not convinced she will end up as a professional dancer, since her last trip to the Museum of Archaeology has convinced her that she would make a great archaeologist.

Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

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