Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • South African Rand

The European Union Debt Crisis: Lessons for Africa

As we have seen over the past few years, the 2008 financial crisis in the U.S led to an economic crisis within the E.U. In December 2008, E.U. leaders met and agreed on a €200 billion stimulus plan to help boost European growth following the global financial crisis, but clearly [...]

  • Kebab Marrakech Street Food, Morocco, Africa

Video Spotlight: Marrakech Street Food

Discover the magic of street food in Marrakech: couscous, bisteeya, mechoui, freshly baked bread, and countless spices. This video spotlight by the Travel Word brings you mouth-watering culinary delights from the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains that will surely make your mouth water! Keen to prepare some Moroccan cuisine [...]

The African Day Parade in NYC: Celebrating the Diaspora

The annual African Day Parade in Harlem, New York was a dance and music feast, a celebration in true African style. From South Africa to Ghana, more than 30 African countries were represented by the hundreds who paraded down Malcolm X Boulevard in honor of their African cultural heritages.Founded six [...]

Safari Corner: The Top 10 Types of Safaris

SAFARI! The word conjures romantic images of 19th-century explorers, Ernest Hemingway’s Kilimanjaro, the bush, big game, and Ralph Lauren clothing! But safari simply means “journey” in Swahili. A safari might be an overland exploration in a four-wheel-drive vehicle or a water expedition on the River Nile. Whether you’re a photo [...]

A U.N. Wishlist: The Diaspora Speaks

September 18th marked the official opening of the 67th session of the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly (GA). In the coming weeks, leaders of the international organization’s 193 member states will convene at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, among them the leaders of 50 African countries. Three of these [...]

Back Home: Dancing from NYC Back to Guinea

This is Part III of a three-part series that chronicles the experiences of Bangaly Traore, a young boy in Guinea who came to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer and teacher with the Rebecca Davis Dance Company (RDDC). In Part I, Bangaly (nicknamed “Sergey”) [...]

  • Leymah Gbowee

A Local Girl with a Global Platform: Leymah Gbowee and Sri Lanka

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee calls herself “a local girl with a global platform.” Leymah is not only an inspiration to women in Liberia; she is a role model for women around the world. Her leadership was clearly demonstrated last month in Sri Lanka, where she met women’s groups [...]

  • A Turkana Poem-Kenya

The Cradle: A Poem From Turkana

Netsanet Tesfay, a U.S. lawyer currently living in Kenya, composed this poem after a recent trip to the Turkana region of Kenya; the most famous landmark of the area is Lake Turkana. Sweat trickles down making a slow foray into rachis territory converging in the middle of my spine before [...]

OAN: Promoting the Nigerian Brand in the U.S.

The Organization for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned Nigerians to address the needs of Nigerians living in the United States. OAN was established with the bold mission to promote and advance the cultural, civil, social, and economic welfare of Nigerians in [...]

African Fashion to Polity: A Conversation with ARISE Editor Helen Jennings

If you follow Africa’s growing influence on global style, you’ll likely encounter one to two degrees of separation to Helen Jennings. As an author and editor of ARISE Magazine—the African lifestyles glossy founded by Nigerian publisher Nduka Obaigbena—her presence has become synonymous with African fashion. ARISE has become a regular [...]

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