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b-sama:

A critical look into Mozambique’s past: Licínio Azevedo’s Virgin Margarida

In Frelimo’s (Mozambique’s party in power since independence) official story of its liberation struggle and its socialist project after independence, many aspects get silenced. One among these are the re-education centers to “purify” the “compromised” that had not yet adhered to the values of the “new man” that Frelimo intended to create. Alleged criminals, traitors, reactionaries, sex workers, alcoholics, vagrants, and religious fanatics were sent to camps in the countryside for an extended period of time, often without trial. The 20th New York African Film Festival at the Lincoln Center is featuring a film about Frelimo’s re-education centers, “Virgin Margarida” made by Licínio Azevedo (screening today at at 3:30 pm and on Monday, April 8, 8:30 pm). Licínio Azevedo is a veteran film maker, originally from Brazil, but has lived in Mozambique for a long time. We held a short Q&A, below, but first the trailer

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thefemaletyrant:

I think it is completely ridiculous that a certain country has cancelled scholarships rewarded to Nigerian (and West African) students because of Ebola. These government owned schools have actually said that West African students should not resume, that their scholarship has been deferred till next year.

Meanwhile what happens to an European student who visited West Africa recently? I love how this Ebola situation is bringing out these kinds of attitudes.

To whom it may concern 

I would love to express my great disappointment and anger at the way I was treated as a passenger and previous customer.

After undertaking a 12 hour flight from New York to Abu Dhabi on route to Johannesburg. ( EY100 / 01 jul 2014) i gracefully awaited my onward flight to Johannesburg via Seychelles ( HM87 and HM061 respectively). Due to the various technicalities that occurred on the night of 03 July the flight was delayed bringing us to the conception of my grievances.

As far as I am concerned the treatment received by all passengers of the above mentioned flight was and always will be well below par and definitely considered horrendous for a well established carrier as yours, especially when one takes into consideration it occurred at your national/based airport.

The first of my grievances was the way we were ushered back into the terminal without proper communication or feed back. (We were simply given transit tickets and told to wait around the dining area. To be honest I could not have expected much else at the time) however, after an hour without word or relayed information be it via audio announcement or bulletin screen, I along with all the other anxious passengers took it upon ourselves to approach and enquire at your information desk.

On a personal note I was well aware that I had a separate ticket that was to take me from Johannesburg to Windhoek , that your airline was not liable for. (SA078 03 July 1740) Upon meeting your representative I stressed out my urgency and was initially pleased at his enthusiasm to assist me. However, after standing at his counter for what seemed like an hour whilst in earnest was probably 30minutes my patience wore out and I expressed my anger, informing the aforementioned person that I am unhappy with his inability to give me feed back. With my voice raised, along with other disheartened customers of the same flight a colleague of his stepped in (his superior I believe). To cut a long story short I was told not to worry and was made to believe SAA and Etihad work in alliance and a connecting flight will be arranged for me once I land in Seychelles. (Not being in the airlines industry I took him for his word. I will however state I am not too naive to believe a stranger crumbling under the pressures dozens of disgruntled clients who did not all remain as cordial and polite as I was, this being said I asked if there were no SAA representatives at the airport to which i was told one was called for however had not appeared nor was presented to me all this while.

Upon arrival in Seychelles I was glad to see that my plight was relayed and their efforts to arrangement me a connecting flight was reassuring, however in the end they too said they were unable to reach SAA and an Etihad representative will be there to assist on landing in Johannesburg. 

In Johannesburg I personally had to hunt down the representative whom then, along with a handful of other passengers booked us into an over night room. Here again my worry arose and I stressed out to the lady that I had been assured in Abu Dhabi and yet have no assured flight to Windhoek. She on that note took down my name and number and said she would have it done within the hour and contact me, fortunately I too took down her number (+27 83 440 3287) unfortunately she never did get back to me,minor was I unable to reach her through out the night. 

Not wanting to be stranded in South Africa without money or ability to contact relatives for help I took it upon myself to camp outside the offices of SAA. (I believe I need not mention the strain stress and fatigue after having departed from New  York on 1 jul). A little after 4am the offices opened and upon enquiry I was told no contact from any Etihad representative was made to them concerning me. More so I felt a fool as they told they were opened well into midnight and should simply have presented myself to them then. A penalty fee of South African rand (R2400) was presented to me to catch the next flight. Having no means of paying that amount I stressed that Etihad had assured me, whilst they insisted no arrangements were made and was my personal responsibility as I had bought two separate tickets and thus should take it up with Etihad. 

With fear, anger, disappointment and hunger I immediately tracked down the Etihad office in O R tambo international, to my frustration they only opened at 6 so I spent an anxious hour awaiting their opening only to be told point blank nothing can be done to assist me, not even the use of their phone which they told me only makes national calls.

As to how  I eventually managed to get home, I say no more than Alhamdulilah and may allah bless all the strangers and friends who came to my assistance in this month of Ramadan.

The second and final grievance was the inhumane treatment received upon re-boarding the delayed flight. After boarding the shuttle we reached the plain which in essence was not ready to receive us, locked in the shuttle outside the plain nothing was communicated to us after 30minutes and anger and frustration fairing amongst passengers of the shuttle the drive himself got inpatient and shuttled us back to the terminal. (not the smoothest ride I’ve taken) however, upon reaching the terminal we remained locked in, and rowdier passengers had began banging on the windows trying to attract the attention of the officials who clearly in sight informed the driver to not release us, after another 30minutes we were driven back to the plane where we were finally released and allowed to board, only to spend another hour in the runway due to congested air traffic thus our flight grounded.

Folly on my account led to me not noting any names of those who assisted, attempted to assist and mislead me during the entire experience.

In conclusion thank you for the great service I had priorly associated with your airlines. However, it is a service I am no longer inclined to ever make use of and will surely be advising against.
Yours truly,

A disgruntled and lost client

Martin Mohamed Koroma

To whom it may concern

I would love to express my great disappointment and anger at the way I was treated as a passenger and previous customer.

After undertaking a 12 hour flight from New York to Abu Dhabi on route to Johannesburg. ( EY100 / 01 jul 2014) i gracefully awaited my onward flight to Johannesburg via Seychelles ( HM87 and HM061 respectively). Due to the various technicalities that occurred on the night of 03 July the flight was delayed bringing us to the conception of my grievances.

As far as I am concerned the treatment received by all passengers of the above mentioned flight was and always will be well below par and definitely considered horrendous for a well established carrier as yours, especially when one takes into consideration it occurred at your national/based airport.

The first of my grievances was the way we were ushered back into the terminal without proper communication or feed back. (We were simply given transit tickets and told to wait around the dining area. To be honest I could not have expected much else at the time) however, after an hour without word or relayed information be it via audio announcement or bulletin screen, I along with all the other anxious passengers took it upon ourselves to approach and enquire at your information desk.

On a personal note I was well aware that I had a separate ticket that was to take me from Johannesburg to Windhoek , that your airline was not liable for. (SA078 03 July 1740) Upon meeting your representative I stressed out my urgency and was initially pleased at his enthusiasm to assist me. However, after standing at his counter for what seemed like an hour whilst in earnest was probably 30minutes my patience wore out and I expressed my anger, informing the aforementioned person that I am unhappy with his inability to give me feed back. With my voice raised, along with other disheartened customers of the same flight a colleague of his stepped in (his superior I believe). To cut a long story short I was told not to worry and was made to believe SAA and Etihad work in alliance and a connecting flight will be arranged for me once I land in Seychelles. (Not being in the airlines industry I took him for his word. I will however state I am not too naive to believe a stranger crumbling under the pressures dozens of disgruntled clients who did not all remain as cordial and polite as I was, this being said I asked if there were no SAA representatives at the airport to which i was told one was called for however had not appeared nor was presented to me all this while.

Upon arrival in Seychelles I was glad to see that my plight was relayed and their efforts to arrangement me a connecting flight was reassuring, however in the end they too said they were unable to reach SAA and an Etihad representative will be there to assist on landing in Johannesburg.

In Johannesburg I personally had to hunt down the representative whom then, along with a handful of other passengers booked us into an over night room. Here again my worry arose and I stressed out to the lady that I had been assured in Abu Dhabi and yet have no assured flight to Windhoek. She on that note took down my name and number and said she would have it done within the hour and contact me, fortunately I too took down her number (+27 83 440 3287) unfortunately she never did get back to me,minor was I unable to reach her through out the night.

Not wanting to be stranded in South Africa without money or ability to contact relatives for help I took it upon myself to camp outside the offices of SAA. (I believe I need not mention the strain stress and fatigue after having departed from New York on 1 jul). A little after 4am the offices opened and upon enquiry I was told no contact from any Etihad representative was made to them concerning me. More so I felt a fool as they told they were opened well into midnight and should simply have presented myself to them then. A penalty fee of South African rand (R2400) was presented to me to catch the next flight. Having no means of paying that amount I stressed that Etihad had assured me, whilst they insisted no arrangements were made and was my personal responsibility as I had bought two separate tickets and thus should take it up with Etihad.

With fear, anger, disappointment and hunger I immediately tracked down the Etihad office in O R tambo international, to my frustration they only opened at 6 so I spent an anxious hour awaiting their opening only to be told point blank nothing can be done to assist me, not even the use of their phone which they told me only makes national calls.

As to how I eventually managed to get home, I say no more than Alhamdulilah and may allah bless all the strangers and friends who came to my assistance in this month of Ramadan.

The second and final grievance was the inhumane treatment received upon re-boarding the delayed flight. After boarding the shuttle we reached the plain which in essence was not ready to receive us, locked in the shuttle outside the plain nothing was communicated to us after 30minutes and anger and frustration fairing amongst passengers of the shuttle the drive himself got inpatient and shuttled us back to the terminal. (not the smoothest ride I’ve taken) however, upon reaching the terminal we remained locked in, and rowdier passengers had began banging on the windows trying to attract the attention of the officials who clearly in sight informed the driver to not release us, after another 30minutes we were driven back to the plane where we were finally released and allowed to board, only to spend another hour in the runway due to congested air traffic thus our flight grounded.

Folly on my account led to me not noting any names of those who assisted, attempted to assist and mislead me during the entire experience.

In conclusion thank you for the great service I had priorly associated with your airlines. However, it is a service I am no longer inclined to ever make use of and will surely be advising against.

Yours truly,

A disgruntled and lost client

Martin Mohamed Koroma

africanartagenda

africanartagenda:

Eria Sane Nsubuga

Country: Uganda

Style: Expressionist/ Semi-Abstract

Medium:

Fun Fact:

Quote:

Well, I think people should do what they want to do – what they really want to do. What has happened in Uganda is that we feel helpless, we are afraid. You censor yourself. Self-censorship – that’s the first thing. Second thing – if you don’t censor yourself then the galleries will censor you, because they also need money and they can’t risk being hunted down or something. Most Galleries often want to show everything apart from the real issues and for me that’s frustrating. The artists here are afraid, so they use a lot of symbolic in their work. I used to do that as well, but in the end I thought that it wasn’t direct enough, which was finally confirmed to me recently. A lot of my work is getting more direct, because I talk about some personalities in the paintings.

Paintings

1. Arrogance

2. Christ at Golgotha

3. Taxi moment (Life in public transportation)

4.

5.

6.The Modern Bride (of Chucky)

7. Mind of His Own

More at http://artwasane.blogspot.com/

nigerianostalgia
Does the white man understand our custom about land?” “How can he when he does not even speak our tongue? But he says that our customs are bad; and our own brothers who have taken up his religion also say that our customs are bad. How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (via nigerianostalgia)
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thefemaletyrant:

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theijeoma:

In Yoruba land, when a person is born at a certain age, that person is tattooed. Now, i am just scratching the surface of a deep rich history so pardon me. This beautiful woman i met in Osun State allowed me take pictures of her tattoos that were given to her years ago. A young soul who was trying to translate what she was saying to me asked asked her the meaning of her tattoo she didn’t say. Maybe she doesn’t want me to know or maybe it is something you cannot properly let someone else translate. I respect that silence. At that moment, i wish i had listened to my grandfather and learned more Yoruba when i had the chance. She blessed me as i left and although i didn’t buy Agidi or Agege bread, i decided to reward her for spending sometime with a curious young confused talkative woman. || Ijeoma.

 

Taken by || Ijeoma.

I wish we still got those tattoos tbh, tattooing is fast dying in Yorubaland these days you only ever see them on older people. I can recognise some of the motifs on her tattoos…but I’ll respect her silence too :D

Reminds me that I took photos of my grandma’s tattoos the last time I was in our hometown.

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yagazieemezi:

Meet Your Photographer: Lawrence Agyei

"Every portrait is an opportunity to connect more deeply with the person you are shooting. I truly enjoy shooting portraits because the possibilities are so endless. The range of human emotion is there just waiting to be captured and I love how even the same emotions can look different depending on the person or surroundings." - Lawrence

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eastafriqueen:

Eritrean Women’s important role in the War for Independence:

Eritrean Women fought in the war for Independence from Ethiopia, helping to continuously elevate their status in society as time progressed. 30% of the EPLF* army was comprised of Female soldiers. Women played a vital role in winning Eritrea’s independence on the battlefield, but also in the community, as health care providers, educators, army assistants and of course as nurturing grandmothers, mothers, aunts, cousins and sisters to their families. Eritrean women continue to be held in high regard and respected in today’s society in their many different positions in society. They do all of this while continuing to nurture and pave the way for their children, grandchildren and future generations.

* - EPLF = Eritrean People’s liberation Front, the 2nd of 2 Eritrean Liberation Front’s.

Images from: HAREP site.