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New York City Mayor-elect, Eric Adams visit Ghana, undergoes spiritual cleansing and traditional rites

The New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has made a historic visit to Ghana -West Africa in remembrance of the 400-year anniversary of slavery in America.

The visit forms part of the ”Year of Return” invitation to African descents in the diaspora to Ghana.

As part of the Mayor’s visit, he has undergone traditional cleansing rites performed by Akwamufie traditional council at the Chief’s palace in the Eastern Region.

The Mayor was installed as a sub-chief with stool name Barima Yaw Asamani. He was named after the late Chief and great warrior in the history of the traditional area.

The late Chief Nana Asamani, was the first black Governor of Christiansborg Castle, located in Osu, Accra, Ghana, on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea in 1693 having conquered the Danish through a trickish means and seized their keys.

The traditional council headed by the Paramount Chief Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II announced on Sunday, December 5, 2021 that “Eric Adams, the second-ever black man who will serve as Mayor of New York City beginning 1st January 2022, in a historic homecoming visit to Ghana, underwent traditional spiritual cleansing rites performed by the elders of the Bogyawe Ahenfi, Akwamufie.

Accompanied by Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Founder, President and CEO of the Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa Foundation, HACSA-USA as well as his partner Tracey Collins, the Mayor-elect was attended by carefully selected palace elders in line with COVID guidelines. He was also given a tour of the Akwamu Musuem.

The Akwamuhene Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and Akwamuhemea, Nana Afrakoma II, named him Barima Yaw Asamani, and offered their blessings to him for a successful tenure” the statement said.

CBS New York published on November 30, 2021, that, amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has travelled to Ghana in West Africa.

However the Mayor-elect, Adams says the trip carries great importance to him:

“I made a promise to myself that I would visit Ghana following the 400-year anniversary of slavery in America and the election, to show how far we have come and remembered how far we still must go. This election to me was, among other things, about resetting a negative narrative so that we can have a more just and united future. I will continue to be in contact with the transition team on our progress toward January 1, and with the mayor on pressing matters including Omicron while I’m in Ghana.

“When it comes to COVID, I have said time and time again that I will follow the science and our public health professionals as a leader—and right now travel is banned only to Southern African counties out of an abundance of caution.

“Should the federal government change their guidance on travel, I will immediately follow it. Meanwhile, New Yorkers must remain vigilant about preventing the spread of COVID, including wearing masks and getting their vaccines and booster shots.”

The mayor-elect is set to return to the USA on December 8.

Source: Ghana/ Ansah

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The Calabash : An Indispensable Fruit/Tree in African Culture BY DR. Y

The calabash tree (Le calebassier) under the African sun

Have you ever eaten out of a calabash? It seems the food has a particular taste, and that eating out of the calabash adds an extra ‘mmph‘ to the food. In the old days, and even to this day we used homemade utensils such as calabash, especially when eating fufu (yummy)… Well, I recently stumbled upon the tree from which the calabash bowl is made out of, and found the fruits hanging down from the tree. The tree is cultivated not only for its fruits but also for the utensils, and for making amazing musical instruments. I love the idea that everything is used and nothing is thrown out: from the fruit, the meat inside the fruit, and its shell. The calabashes are hollowed-out and dried and used to cook, carry water, and food. The smaller-sized ones are used as bowls to drink palm wine: the white wine made in Africa (Le Vin de Palme: Vin Blanc Made in Africa).

The calabash fruit

Calabashes are used in making the West African kora (a harp-lute), xalam/ngoni (a lute) and the goje (a traditional fiddle). They also serve as resonators underneath the balafon (West African marimba). The calabash is also used in making the shekere / shegureh (a Sierra Leonean women’s rattle) and balangi (a Sierra Leonean type of balafon) musical instruments. Sometimes, large calabashes are simply hollowed out, dried, and used as percussion instruments, especially by Fulani, Songhai, Gur-speaking and Hausa peoples. In Nigeria, the calabash has been used to meet a law requiring the wearing of a helmet on a motorcycle. In South Africa, it is commonly used as a drinking vessel and a vessel for carrying food by all people across the continent. In Ethiopia, children from the Erbore tribe wear hats made from calabashes to protect themselves from the sun.

The calabash all dried up… almost ready to be made into a bowl

For the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Soccer City stadium which hosted the tournament in Johannesburg was made in the shape of a calabash on a cooking fire.

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FNB Stadium also known as Soccer City Stadium or The Calabash in Johannesburg, South Africa
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UNESCO supports Third International Conference on African Cultures

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa officially opened the third International Conference on African Cultures (ICAC) at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe on 24 November calling for the restitution and repatriation of African artifacts that were expropriated from Africa during the colonial era.

“Within the purviews of the rights-based discourse, Africa and its people continue to unreservedly pronounce that ‘cultural rights are human and people’s rights too.’ In light of this, Africa must reunite with that which belongs to it.” — President Mnangagwa

The Conference, which ran under the theme, “Africa Speaks: Confronting Restitution and Repatriation of Artefacts, Human Remains, Objects and Archives from African Countries” explored issues of restitution, return and repatriation of African cultural property held outside the continent through presentations, exhibitions and panel discussions. UNESCO supported the participation of experts and heritage professionals from Africa and the Diaspora in the Conference.

Within the purviews of the rights-based discourse, Africa and its people continue to unreservedly pronounce that ‘cultural rights are human and people’s rights too’

During the opening ceremony, the President challenged the academia, heritage experts, and institutions to pursue “Chimurenga Chepfungwa/liberation of the mind” informed by African cultural belief systems and identity. Highlighting the importance of the Conference, he indicated that it is through such Pan African forums that African thought and vast body of knowledge are deployed to accelerate sustainable heritage-based development and proffer concrete actions towards the promotion of African renaissance.

In her opening remarks, Ms Angela Martins, Head of the Culture Division at the Africa Union highlighted the importance of the African Union model law on the Protection of Cultural Property and Heritage, which aims at guiding member states in developing and strengthening their legal frameworks. She also noted the work that the African Union is undertaking on the restitution and repatriation of culture property, including the drafting of a position paper on restitution and a framework for action on the return of illicitly trafficked culture property. The Conference contributed to the African Union Agenda 2063, particularly to its Aspiration 5 “an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics”.

“We believe that the outcomes of the conference will strengthen the capacities of members states to implement various international frameworks, including the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the UNIDROIT 1995 Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.” — Ms Angela Martins

During the panel discussion on “Dealing with Legal issues: Benchmarking UNESCO 1970 Convention and subsequent legal pieces”, the Head of the Culture Unit at the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Mr Francisco Gomez Duran, recalled the role of UNESCO in supporting countries in the fight against the illicit trafficking of African cultural property and the efforts of the Organization to promote its return and restitution. He also highlighted that supporting African Member States in the fight against the illicit trafficking of cultural property within the framework of the UNESCO 1970 Convention and facilitating the return and restitution of cultural property in the framework of the Intergovernmental Committee for Return and Restitution have been identified by UNESCO as one of the pillars of Flagship Programme 3 of the Organization’s Operational Strategy for Priority Africa 2022-2029.

UNESCO’s work on the protection of cultural heritage and the return of stolen or illegally exported cultural property contributes to the achievement of SDG 16, and in particular target 4, which addresses the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime.

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South Africa tourism industry thrown into chaos as US, UK imposes travel ban

The travel ban imposed on South Africa announced by the United Kingdom and other countries are throwing the tourism industry into chaos.

The United States and Australia have also joined the list of countries banning traveling from southern Africa.

Despite the seriousness of the situation, many still feel that the travel ban is unnecessary. Africanews reports

For the tourism industry in South Africa, representing around 3% of GDP, the new travel ban represents a big problem, particularly at a time when the recovery is struggling to gain traction.

“So this is hugely important for Cape Town. There are tens of thousands of families that rely on the tourism industry. And the whole day I’ve been flooded with messages from tour operators saying “we had a full December booked with tours for the first time”, small hotel owners and BnB owners saying everyone’s canceled. It’s just really, really bad news”, laments Geordin Hill-Lewis, Mayor of Cape Town.

The World Health Organization cautioned against imposing travel restrictions, saying it would take weeks to understand the implications of the newly discovered strain.

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Culture & Tourism: US returns stolen artifacts to Mali

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, repatriated a trove of stolen artifacts to the Republic of Mali on Nov. 22. The artifacts were transferred from HSI to Ambassador Issa Konfourou, permanent representative of Mali to the United Nations.

Among the repatriated artifacts were six large funerary urns (circa 900-1700 A.D.); a comb-impressed red slip double cup vessel (circa 800-1500 A.D.); a high-necked polychrome pot (circa 1100-1400 A.D.); and 913 ground and flax stones and axe heads from the Neolithic Period.

Following the repatriation, HSI Houston Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson discussed why it is important to return cultural antiquities to their country of origin.

“A nation’s cultural property and antiquities define who they are as a people,” he explained. “No one has the right to loot or destroy that heritage and history. HSI will continue to work with our partners around the globe to aggressively target anyone who pilfers the priceless cultural treasures of a nation and work tirelessly to return them to their people for future generations to enjoy.”

The artifacts first came to HSI’s attention in March 2009, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) contacted HSI Houston to let them know that they had encountered a suspicious container at the Port of Houston. The container, which originated from Mali, claimed to be carrying replica cultural items. Upon further inspection, the items appeared to be authentic and were covered in blood and fecal matter, which sent red flags to HSI and CBP officials for possible antiquities smuggling.

To investigate the matter further, HSI Houston brought in Dr. Susan McIntosh, a Rice University professor and one of the world’s foremost experts on west African cultural antiquities. McIntosh conducted a thorough examination of the artifacts and issued an official report in June 2009, which concluded that the items were stolen cultural antiquities from the Republic of Mali.

A nation’s cultural property and antiquities define who they are as a people

Based on the results of the report, HSI Houston seized the artifacts June 26, 2009, and initiated the forfeiture process. On July 27, 2011, the funerary urns, red slip double cup vessel, and ground and flaxed stones and axe heads were administratively forfeited; on July 12, 2012, the high-necked polychrome pot was administratively forfeited.

Since that time, a period of civil unrest and economic strain on Mali has prevented the artifacts from being returned to their rightful home. However, in June 2020, the U.S. Department of State stepped in to provide a grant to Mali’s National Directorate of Cultural Patrimonyto fund the repatriation and future exhibition of the objects, which made their return possible. The exhibition will form part of a nationwide outreach campaign for protecting and preserving Mali’s archaeological sites.

“We are proud to work with our colleagues at Homeland Security Investigations to return these important objects to the people of Mali,” said Acting Assistant Secretary Matthew Lussenhop, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. “The United States and Mali have worked together for more than 20 years to reduce the illicit trafficking of Malian archaeological objects and to support sustainable protection of heritage sites and collections.”

The United States and Mali are both signatories to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Since 1997, the United States has had a bi-lateral agreement with Mali (Ratified in 2007) governing the protection of cultural property. As a result, any attempts to import designated cultural property originating from Mali into the U.S. will result in their seizure as directed under the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA), 19 U.S.C. 2600-2613.

Despite increasingly aggressive enforcement efforts to prevent the theft of cultural heritage and other antiquities, the illicit movement of such items across international borders continues to challenge global law enforcement efforts to reduce the trafficking of such property. Trafficking in antiquities is estimated to be a multi-billion-dollar transnational criminal enterprise.

HSI, through its 80 offices in 53 countries, works closely with foreign governments to conduct joint investigations and is committed to pursuing a strategy to combat transnational organized crime related to the illicit trafficking of cultural artifacts by targeting high-priority organizations and strengthening international law enforcement partnerships. Since 2007, these partnerships have helped HSI repatriate more than 15,000 objects to over 40 countries and institutions.

Members of the public who have information about the illicit distribution of cultural property, as well as the illegal trafficking of artwork, are urged to call the toll-free tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or to complete the online tip form.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

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Kenya, South Africa Sign MOU on Bilateral Cooperation, Trade Relations

President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Cyril Ramaphosa witnessed the signing of the agreements shortly after they led their delegations in bilateral talks at Union Buildings in Pretoria, the official seat of the South African Government.

The eight agreements included MoU’s in transport, health, diplomatic consultations, and training as well as tourism and migration.

Others were a Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) as well as MoU’s on Government Printing Works and the return of nationals refused entry and illegal entrants.

Addressing the press after the signing ceremony, President Kenyatta said the Kenya-South Africa diplomatic relationship of close to 30 years had come of age.

“In addition to strong bilateral relations which span a wide range of areas, Kenya and South Africa are close partners at the regional and global stage,” said President Kenyatta, on the second day of his three-day State Visit to the Southern Africa country.

President Kenyatta, once again, reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to work with South Africa in driving the aspirations of the people of the two countries through the promotion of the African agenda.

“…you will agree with me that it is only by working together that we can achieve the desired outcomes for closer bilateral cooperation and strategic partnerships. We have definitely made good strides. However, there is scope to even do better,” President Kenyatta said.

In addition to strong bilateral relations which span a wide range of areas, Kenya and South Africa are close partners at the regional and global stage

At the same time, President Kenyatta commended President Ramaphosa for his exemplary leadership during his tenure as chairman of the African Union last year.

“The Africa Bureau that you led, and which I was delighted to be a part of, established the Africa Joint Continental Strategy for COVID-19 which continues to guide our successful response to the pandemic to date,” President Kenyatta said.

The Kenyan leader further thanked his South African counterpart for the support that enabled Kenya to join the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for the period 2021 to 2022.

On his part, President Ramaphosa said President Kenyatta’s State Visit has provided an opportunity to take stock of the current state of bilateral relations and explore new areas of mutual interest and benefit for the people of the two countries.

Saying South Africa owes a debt of gratitude to the people of Kenya for the unwavering support during the struggle for its freedom, President Ramaphosa emphasized the need to elevate the two countries’ ties to a strategic partnership.

“President Kenyatta and I have reaffirmed the strategic importance of bilateral relations between our two countries and reiterated our desire to elevate the nature of the relationship, which would include the conclusion of a Strategic Partnership Agreement,” the South African President said.

Earlier, President Kenyatta was formally received by his host President Ramaphosa in an elaborate state reception that included a 21-gun salute, a military ceremony reserved for Heads of State and Government.

Thereafter, President Kenyatta was invited to inspect a guard of honour mounted by a detachment of the South African military before he proceeded for one-on-one talks with President Ramaphosa.

President Kenyatta was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Betty Maina (Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise Development), Najib Balala (Tourism and Wildlife), Mutahi Kagwe (Health), and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, and Housing) as well as Kenya’s High Commissioner to South Africa Catherine Muigai Mwangi.

Other senior Government officials in the President’s delegation included State House Chief of Staff Nzioka Waita, Housing, and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga, and Deputy State House Comptroller George Kariuki.

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France set to return colonial looted artwork to Benin

Benin’s President Patrice Talon signed an agreement on Tuesday to take back from France 26 artworks seized from the former French colony in the 19th century and said he hoped it would pave the way for more cultural treasures to be handed back.

The 26 artworks were taken in 1892 from Benin’s Palaces of Abomey – today a UNESCO World Heritage site – and have been on display in a museum in Paris, alongside thousands of other artefacts taken from Africa during colonial rule according to Reuters

They will now be handed back, but they are only some of the 5,000 works whose return Benin is seeking.

“You’ll agree with me that the restitution of 26 artworks we are celebrating today is only a step in the ambitious process of equity and of restitution of … heritage extorted from the territory of the Benin kingdom by France,” Talon said, speaking to French President Emmanuel Macron after a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace.

The handover marks a milestone in the years-long fight by African countries to recover works taken by Western explorers and colonisers, at a time when numerous European institutions are grappling with the cultural legacies of colonialism.

The Quai Branly Museum in Paris alone holds some 70,000 African objects.

The process of handing back the artworks that France had taken from the Palaces of Abomey was first promised by Macron in 2017.
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Tourism: Digital revolution will innovate the entire hotel industry

Barrows, the provider of hotel investment and advisory services for hotels in the Middle East and Africa is preparing for a new digital revolution in making the hotel industry smarter.

Anyone who thinks we are already there with digitization in the hospitality industry could not be further wrong. Service and Hospitality will innovate enormously in the years to come through numerous sleek technological applications and making buildings intelligent.

By providing the hotel buildings with intelligent applications aimed at high-quality guest service during the construction phase, the use of smart technology in the workplace becomes a natural result.

This concerns, for example, digital check-in and check-out and accelerated streamlining of payment processes while the hotel guest is inconvenienced as little as possible or would have to wait a long time.

Service and Hospitality will innovate enormously in the years to come through numerous sleek technological applications and making buildings intelligent

Fully automating the daily room check can save a lot of time and money, while the hotel room is always fully equipped with a full minibar, clean linen and a fully disinfected bathroom and toilet. All of these things can be fully automated and reduce costs for management, says Chairman Erwin Jager of Barrows Hotel Enterprises.

Logically, where people work, mistakes are been made. With the use of automation and smart technology, this is prevented while customer satisfaction increases. It is true that human hands are needed to change the beds, but the supply and control can be fully automated in such a way that every hotel room receives the right attention day in, day out. Why still work with customer-unfriendly water boilers, while there are already wonderful solutions for this that benefit customer-friendliness. I never understand the way some hotel operators are running their hotels. Always look true the eyes of the guest and create the best possible experience while staying in your hotel, says Erwin Jager of Barrows.

With the use of new smart next-gen technology, hotel management is much better able to optimize the attention for the customer. Consider, for example, the integration of sustainable eco-green energy technology that always allows the building to be air-conditioned in the most sustainable way, doors that can be opened with a smartphone instead of the annoying cards that are very customer-unfriendly and unhygienic.

The coming decades will be very interesting for the hotel industry. High End next Gen applications will be developed in particular from the Tech industry to serve building and management in such a way that the hotel guest will automatically get all the attention and therefore get the ultimate experience when staying in a hotel.

Hotel guests should not experience any form of nuisance and that is exactly what we stand for at Barrows. We do not settle for less, but add value and optimize the daily business process in the hotel chain.

Hospitality means serving people. That is a conscious choice for people who work in the hospitality industry, every day again. We are serving and we are proud on and good at it.

Barrows Hotel Enterprises internationally manages over 10,000 hotel rooms in more than 10 countries. The company started in 2008 as a real estate investor in the residential market in Dubai. Since 2012, Barrows has changed its strategy and the company is fully focused on the fast-growing hotel industry in the Middle East. Since 2020 Barrows is active in the African Continent.

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Queen Moremi Ajasoro Cultural and Leadership Pageant 2021 set to kick off in Ile-Ife.

All is set for the annual Queen Moremi Ajasoro Cultural and Leadership Pageant 2021, activation of the House Of Oduduwa Foundation under its Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative.

In a press statement signed by Director, Media and Public Affair, Comrade Moses Olafare and made available to newsmen. It reads: The QMA Pageant is annually held coinciding with the last stages of the annual Edi (Moremi) Festival with its medley of cultural activities which was kick-started with an exciting but rigorous two-day audition of about one hundred beautiful and culture compliant Maidens from across the country the multipurpose hall inside the Ile Oodua Palace of The Ooni of Ife in Ile Ife.

Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II

The audition was superintended by veteran Nollywood actors like Peter Fatomilola, Yemi Solade, Jaye Kuti, Yinka Salau, and a host of others whose physical appearance and motivational contributions added panache and glamour to the auditioning through which the contestants were greatly inspired and galvanized to their creative best and good behavioural limits.

The Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II gave the auditioning session a touch of royal splendor by serenading the actor judges, local organising committee, and crew members to a royal dinner at the end of the session at the Palace Banquet Hall.

Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, who doubles as the Moremi Global Ambassador and the LOC Chairperson during the dinner praised the Ooni for his fatherly support all times over the years and also gave kudos to the actors and her dynamic team for a job well done. Princess Ademiluyi assured that this 2021 edition would surpass the earlier ones in content and delivery.

According to Ademiluyi, the best thirty-five will emerge from the initial one hundred participants and these successful 35 contestants will proceed to the prestigious Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Hub also owned by the African foremost king for a two-week boot camp expected to eventually dovetail into the grand finale of 15 finalists in December 2021.

The Queen Moremi Ajasoro Pageant, an annual event was designed to commemorate the EDI/Moremi Annual Festival at Ile-Ife. It was first held in 2016 from when it has successfully held except the last year 2020 due to the challenges of the Covid 19 pandemic.





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FESPACO 2021: One of Africa’s Biggest Film Festival is back!

The African film festival, FESPACO, is back this year after the pandemic, the lockdowns of the past year and a half, and an 8-months delay (the biennial event was originally scheduled for February 27 – March 6, but had to be postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic). It is back in Ouagadougou amidst the health situation and also the security issues that have surfaced in the Sahel region, and particularly in Burkina Faso, in the past few years.

The Festival Panafricain du cinema et de la television de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) is the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, which happens to be the largest African film festival. It is held biennially in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. First established in 1969, and boasting some of Africa’s greatest writers and filmmakers (like Ousmane Sembene), the FESPACO offers a chance for African filmmakers and professionals to showcase their work, exchange ideas, and meet other filmmakers, and sponsors.

This year’s FESPACO started on October 16th and will end on October 23rd. It promises to be great with filmmakers from around the continent coming to Ouagadougou to celebrate African cinema. After over a year of confinement, with life and particularly travel almost coming to a grinding stop, the festival promises to bring some much-needed entertainment and joy.

Golden Stallion of Yennenga
The Golden Stallion of Yennenga

Over 200 films made by Africans and mainly produced in Africa have been selected for the week-long event. The official selection will see 17 feature-length films compete for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Stallion of Yennenga.

Among them is Burkinabe Boubacar Diallo’s comedy Les Trois Lascars (The Three Lascars), Chadian Mahamat Saleh Haroun with Lingui, les liens sacrés (Lingui, the sacred links), Congolese Dieudo Hamadi with documentary En route pour le milliard (On the road for the billion), Ivorian Philippe Lacôte with his much appreciated La nuit des rois (The night of the kings), Senegalese Aissa Maiga with Marcher sur l’eau (Walking on water), Algerian Hassane Mezine with Fanon hier, aujourd’hui (Fanon yesterday, today), Tunisian Leyla Bouziz with Une histoire d’amour et de desir (a story of love and desire), Cameroonian Narcisse Wandji with Bendskins (Moto-taxis), Namibian  Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret with The White Line, Tanzanian Ekwa Msangi with Farewell Amor, …  It will be impossible to list here all that the festival has to offer, but know that it is quite extensive and everybody will have its fill. Enjoy FESPACO 2021!!!


Written by DR.Y

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