china-africaGrowing relations between Africa and China have led to an influx of Chinese migrants in Africa and a growing number of Africans moving to China. Africans come to China not as desperate refugees, but out of choice, and more plan on staying. One of those who has made a home there is Cameroonian Francis Tchiégué, who came to China 10 years ago.

“You know when you have something that you really love, you do not do that for money. But you really like it, then you can happen to really get deep inside. It is personal. It is like love,” said Tchiégué.

Tchiégué sits in a fast-food restaurant in the center of Beijing, brimming with enthusiasm.

“I was really fascinated by all this. You know, for a little kid, five, six years old, when you could see guys flying, kicking, jumping through buildings, high buildings, doing all the things,” he said.

Childhood fascination

Tchiégué recounted that he became interested in China as a child in Cameroon. With his father, he used to watch movies starring Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. His father practiced the Chinese martial art of Kung Fu, and Francis started dreaming of going to China.

“I wish I would go to China to see how those people live. I am sure that all Chinese people will do practice Kung Fu,” he said. “All of them can jump, all of them can do these things that Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee do, those. So I was thinking, ‘Well, I am dreaming to go and try and study this.”‘

Decades later, he is in China, and has become a master, but not of Kung Fu.

Tchiégué, now 39 years old, became a master of Mandarin. He frequently sings Beijing Opera or performs tongue twisters on Chinese state TV.

In 2009, the Chinese government named him special ambassador for the Sino-African exchange in arts. If he is not traveling around the globe with the Chinese language institute, Hanban, he works as a translator for African embassies in Beijing.

When he came to China 10 years ago as a math student on a Chinese government scholarship, he did not speak a word of Mandarin. He learned by recording himself and memorizing Chinese radio newscasts by heart.

His enthusiasm for the language and the country has convinced him to stay. Today, he lives with his Russian wife and three kids in Beijing.

Growing trend

Tchiégué is emblematic of the current wave of Africans moving to China. Most Africans used to return home after their studies or doing business in China, now a growing number of them want to stay.

Academics say Africans find life easier in China than the first wave, which struggled with discrimination and a foreign culture they found hard to adopt.

Stella Matsinhe, from Mozambique, came to China to study development at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She has graduated and goes to language school to perfect her Mandarin. She wants to find a top-job in China and believes the odds are good.

“You know there is a lot of brain drain, right, and we were always told that we should never forget where we come from, right,” she said. “Our parents, our teachers, our leaders, they always told us. It is something you hear from a very small age in a lot of African countries, ‘Do not forget where you come from.”‘

But Matsinhe is concerned. She said she has heard stories of people like herself who were educated at universities abroad, but upon returning to Africa found themselves stuck and isolated because colleagues without the same opportunities did not want them to succeed.

Matsinhe said she likes China and she feels it is a place where she can develop her full potential.

“Ideally, I have always wanted to stay in Africa. That is where I have always wanted to settle. But if that is not possible right now, China is looking like a really good option,” she said.

At a time when opportunities for a better life still seem to loom abroad, many Africans find China has become a new ground to fulfill their dreams.

 Source: voa

Ezekiel Nana “Ziggy” Ansah is a Ghanaian-born American football player currently signed to the Detroit Lions of the National Football Association (NFL) on a 5-year rookie contract. He was the 5th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL draft pick. Ansah played football for Brigham Young University and played a very active role on the team during his senior year.Ziggy” Ansah Ziggy” Ansah Ziggy” Ansah Ziggy” Ansah

Born  May 29, in Ghana, Ansah spent most of his teen years in the country and mostly played soccer and  pick up basketball in high school. He attended the Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School (PRESEC), Legon where he studied business. During his high school years, he met missionaries of The Church Of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints from the United States, he was baptized a member of the church at age 18. The missionary kept in touch with Ansah after returning to the United States and suggested that if Ansah was interested in sports especially basketball at the time, then he should come to Brigham Yong University and  try out for the basketball team.

After graduating from high school in Ghana in  June 2007, Ansah applied to and was accepted by Brigham Young University and was awarded an academic scholarship in 2008.Ansah tried out for the varsity basketball team but was cut from both the 2008 and 2009 teams. Unable to make the team, Ansah tried out for the track team with some success but was talked into trying out for the BYU Cougars football team. He made the team and played for the Cougars from 2010-2012.

Being new to the game, Ansah had to be instructed in  the most basic rules and techniques even having difficulty putting on his sporting gear. His sophomore  and junior years saw him getting little action on the team but during his senior year, an injury to one of the players on the team, gave Ansah more playing time on the field. Over the final nine games of the 2012 season (Ansah’s senior year), Ansah was third on the team in tackles, second in sacks and first in tackles for loss.

Ezekiel Ansah has come a long way from a teenage kid with professional basketball aspirations to a man who is set to dominate the defensive end in the National Football League. one things for sure, he has really made his home country proud.

We are very proud of you Ansah!

Meriam Ibrahim . Meriam Ibrahim MERIAM. meriamMeriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag had been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam but was acquitted after international pressure on the court in Khartoum.

The family flew first into the city of Philadelphia, where she was welcomed by the mayor as a “world freedom fighter” and presented with a model of the Liberty Bell, a symbol of US independence.

The 26-year-old, her two infant children and her US-citizen husband Daniel Wani later continued on to New Hampshire, where Mr Wani has family.

After leaving Sudan the family had spent eight days in Rome, where Ms Ishag said she “learned how to live again”.

The White House last week said it was delighted at Ms Ishag’s release and looked forward to welcoming her to the United States.

Daniel Wani, her husband, briefly thanked New Hampshire’s Sudanese community on his family’s behalf and said he appreciated the outpouring of support.

“I can’t describe the feeling,” said Wani. “We are so tired. The ordeal is over.”

Ibrahim, 27, smiled and waved to the crowd of about three dozen supporters, but she did not speak publicly, the Reuters news agency reported.

Ibrahim had been sentenced to death over charges of apostasy, the abandonment of a religion. Her father was Muslim, and her mother was an Orthodox Christian.

She married Wani, a Christian from southern Sudan, in 2011. By law, children must follow their fathers’ religions.

Sudan initially blocked Ibrahim from leaving the country despite its highest court overturning her death sentence in June.

The family took refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum.

There are about 500 Sudanese living in Manchester, a city of 110,000 residents north of Boston, the AP news agency reported.

Wani, who previously lived in New Hampshire, had been granted US citizenship when he fled to the country as a child to escape civil war, but he later returned and was a citizen of South Sudan.

AsGyanGyan backAl Ain fans thronged the Dubai airport on Monday morning to welcome their talisman Asamoah Gyan, GHANASoccernet.com can exclusively report.  Tens of the fans wore Al Ain scarfs and shirts and greeted the player in the airport and presented him an elegant bouquet of roses.

He arrived to the airport at 6:00 am.

The Ghana captain delayed his arrival at the club after a holiday trip with friends at the beach resort turned sour.

Gyan’s close pal and musician friend Theophilus Tagoe, popularly known as Castro, was involved in a jet ski accident leading to his disappearance.

As a result, he missed his club’s two-week training camp in Italy which ended with a 2-1 friendly victory against English League One side Barnsley on Saturday.

The 28-year-old will meet up with the rest of the squad, who returned to theMiddle East on Saturday from their Montecatini Terme base.

Gyan is expected to feature in friendlies with Al Kuwait SC on Wednesday and Saudi’s Al Nasr on Friday.

Al Ain depart for another European tour in Austria on 31 July.

He scored two goals at the 2014 World Cup finals and became Africa’s all-time top scorer with six goals.

Source: ghanasoccernet.com

Alexandria LeeMeet Alexandria Lee, founder of the Anew School.  Anew provides unprecedented academic and socio-emotional training to African-American boys who have been labeled “at-risk.” It transforms the bottom 5 percent of students in Tennessee into the top 25 percent in the state after five years through a seamless middle-to-high school. It takes seventh and eighth graders to Ghana for a two- year immersive experience heavy in STEM, collaborative hands-on instruction, and strong identity- and confidence-building lessons. Students return to its Tennessee-based boarding school facility for high school, transformed into experienced global citizens, with ignited passions for education and the leadership skills to create lasting change in their Tennessee communities and the world.

The Anew School is the result of Alex’s experiences in education. She was born to unmarried parents, and raised by her single mother while her father struggled with addiction. As one of few African-American children in her school system, she was placed in remedial classes, told that her dreams were unrealistic, and that she would probably not graduate from high school. She had her first intervening teacher in high school, who challenged her academically, taught her about African and African-American history and literature, and developed her socially and emotionally. The work her teacher did was elevated by her first experience on the continent of Africa. It filled voids in her that she never knew she had, gave her a strong sense of identity and bolstered her blooming self-confidence. She went on to graduate from Spelman College and Harvard Law School, and vowed that she would transform the lives of children, like herself, who have infinite potential, but have been tracked for failure. The Anew School is her story, and it ends in success.

‘Anew is in Ghana because it’s a safe, beautiful country where our students will learn that their lineage does not begin in slave chains, despite what most African-Americans have been taught’.

Source: echoinggreen

Keep up the amazing work Alex!

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in the village of Mvezo, Transkei, 96 years ago today on 18 July 1918.

Nelson Mandela personifies struggle. He lead the fight against apartheid with extraordinary vigour and resilience after spending nearly three decades of his life behind bars. He sacrificed his private life and his youth for his people, and remains South Africa’s best known and loved hero.

Mandela held numerous positions in the ANC: ANCYL secretary (1948); ANCYL president (1950); ANC Transvaal president (1952); deputy national president (1952) and ANC president (1991).

His father, Henry Mgadla Mandela, was chief councillor to Thembuland’s acting paramount chief David Dalindyebo. When his father died, Mandela became the chief’s ward and was groomed for the chieftainship.

Mandela matriculated at Healdtown Methodist Boarding School and then started a BA degree at Fort Hare. As an SRC member he participated in a student strike and was expelled, along with the late Oliver Tambo, in 1940. He completed his degree by correspondence from Johannesburg, did articles of clerkship and enrolled for an LLB at the University of the Witwatersrand.

In 1944 he helped found the ANC Youth League, whose Programme of Action was adopted by the ANC in 1949.

Mandela was elected national volunteer-in-chief of the 1952 Defiance Campaign. He travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatory legislation.

He was given a suspended sentence for his part in the campaign. Shortly afterwards a banning order confined him to Johannesburg for six months. During this period he formulated the “M Plan”, in terms of which ANC branches were broken down into underground cells.

By 1952 Mandela and Tambo had opened the first black legal firm in the country, and Mandela was both Transvaal president of the ANC and deputy national president.

A petition by the Transvaal Law Society to strike Mandela off the roll of attorneys was refused by the Supreme Court.

In the ‘fifties, after being forced through constant bannings to resign officially from the ANC, Mandela analysed the Bantustan policy as a political swindle. He predicted mass removals, political persecutions and police terror.

For the second half of the ‘fifties, he was one of the accused in the Treason Trial. With Duma Nokwe, he conducted the defence.

When the ANC was banned after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, he was detained until 1961 when he went underground to lead a campaign for a new national convention.

Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), the military wing of the ANC, was born the same year. Under his leadership it launched a campaign of sabotage against government and economic installations.

In 1962 Mandela left the country for military training in Algeria and to arrange training for other MK members.

On his return he was arrested for leaving the country illegally and for incitement to strike. He conducted his own defence. He was convicted and jailed for five years in November 1962. While serving his sentence, he was charged, in the Rivonia trial, with sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment.

A decade before being imprisoned, Mandela had spoken out against the introduction of Bantu Education, recommending that community activists “make every home, every shack or rickety structure a centre of learning”.

Robben Island, where he was imprisoned, became a centre for learning, and Mandela was a central figure in the organised political education classes.

In prison Mandela never compromised his political principles and was always a source of strength for the other prisoners.

During the ‘seventies he refused the offer of a remission of sentence if he recognised Transkei and settled there.

In the ‘eighties he again rejected PW Botha’s offer of freedom if he renounced violence.

It is significant that shortly after his release on Sunday 11 February 1990, Mandela and his delegation agreed to the suspension of armed struggle.

Mandela has been awarded honorary degrees from more than 50 international universities and is chancellor of the University of the North.

He was inaugurated as the first democratically elected State President of South Africa on 10 May 1994 – June 1999

Nelson Mandela retired from Public life in June 1999. He died on 5 December 2013 at his home in Houghton,

Credit: Nelson Mandela

Richard Branson.. Richard Branson RichardRichardThe Enterprise Challenge” was a competition by Virgin Atlantic Airways in partnership with the British Council and Zenith bank in Nigeria.  The  aim was to target Nigerian students interested studying in the UK, as well as Nigerian students with a potential of doing so.  It was an online competition seeking to give young entrepreneurial minds the opportunity to present their innovative ideas with the possibility of winning a mentoring meeting with Richard Branson amongst other mind blowing prizes.  The competition proved very popular with almost 2,000 applications received in the first week. Two winners were selected – one based in Nigeria and one Nigerian already studying in London.  The winners went through some stages of task in order to win the competition, including a short article about their entrepreneurial aspirations, a business plan in video format and a pitch to a panel of judges from Virgin Atlantic and the British Council Nigeria.  At the end of an 8hrs presentation, two candidates emerged winners of the 5weeks competition.  The prizes won includes, an opportunity to meet Sir Richard Branson in London, a fully-funded scholarship to attend an entrepreneurship foundation course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in Joburg South Africa, a grant  from Zenith Bank in Nigeria to further develop their proposed business idea and 2 economy class return tickets to the United Kingdom  Eseoghene Ise Odiete, a 24 year old Creative Director, Hesey Designs and Nasir Abdulquadi, a 24 year old Postgraduate Student (MSc Creative Technology) Middlesex University, London had the privilege of meeting with Richard Branson in London on the 1st of July.  Congratulations to ESE and Nasir and we wish them all the best in their careers.

Congrats!

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half a yellow. half a yellowOne of the most-awaited films of this year in Nigeria “Half of a Yellow Sun” has been finally approved by the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB).  The board had delayed the release of the movie since April, citing current security situation in Nigeria and claiming the movie, which is based on a novel of same name on the Nigerian civil war, could incite violence.

The movie, whose novel was written by Chimamanda Adichie, was classified 18 and above by the censor’s board.  The movie tells a story of Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic.

LufthansaGhanaian passengers can now travel on Lufthansa’s Accra-Frankfurt route five days a week; except Mondays and Tuesdays as the airline added another flight for the purpose of giving passengers more travelling options

The airline’s flight departs Accra at 20:50 local time –first flight to leave Accra to Europe each evening—and arrives at Frankfurt at 05:20 local time the following morning with one-ward connectivity to hundreds of destinations.

The return flight departs Frankfurt at 14:35 local time, arrives Accra at 19:00local time –first flight to arrive into Accra from Europe.

Lufthansa introduced a three-compartment wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft on the Accra- Frankfurt route in March. The new refurbished aircraft has eight seats in first class; 48 seats in business class and 165 seats in Economy cabin.

Passengers in first class cabin get to enjoy lie- flat beds, aisle partition that ensures privacy, excellent ambience, and delicious cuisine. It offers a convenient storage area for each passenger. The entertainment system on board offers different genre of music and movies to suit every taste. Passengers are also welcomed to their seats with a lovely red rose.

Business class cabin offers passengers full-flat seats and nicely designed seating arrangement that offers enough arm rest area for all passengers. Passengers are also able to enjoy adjustable large monitor to suite their sleeping or seating posture. Passengers are also treated to delicious cuisine that Lufthansa has been known for over the years.

Economy passengers on Lufthansa get to enjoy more leg room on the new Lufthansa A330. The seats are also very comfortable.

The menu on offer from Accra includes Ghanaian dishes such as Kelewele, Jollof rice, red red, and grilled chicken. One of these is available in all cabins.

Source Business World Ghana