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AFRICA NOW: Georgetown U. Holds Discussion on Contemporary African Immigrants

In an attempt to close the great divide between African-Americans and their immigrant counterparts, the African Studies Program at Georgetown University attempted to foster an impactful conversation.

Presented by the University’s African Studies Program, the Dec. 13 discussion, which featured content centered around African immigrant communities, enlisted Dr. Toyin Falola, the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair Professor in the Humanities and distinguished teaching professor at the University of Texas at Austin, as their keynote speaker.

Falola, who spent months researching African immigrant communities in the United States while at the Library of Congress, said he is on a mission to document and structure stories and experiences of African intellectual and professional migrants to North America and Europe. His works include “The African Diaspora: Slavery, Migration and Globalization,” “The Power of African Cultures” and “Nationalism and African Intellectuals.”

Multiple Russian Companies Make Plans to Invest in Ghana

Enthralled by Ghana’s investment climate, multiple Russian companies have expressed interest in investing in the country’s economic sectors.

With particular focus in the country’s agriculture, finance, energy, oil and gas exploration, many Russian companies believe that there could be a lot of economic potential to expanding their operations in Ghana and other countries in the West African region, newsghana.com reported.

LLC Trade House Bashkirian Chemistry representative Arthur Khalikov said his company is interested in forging a Ghana-Russian connection, particularly in the export of sodium bicarbonate to the African country.

“So far, as there is only one producer of sodium bicarbonate in Africa (Egypt), we think that our product is also interesting for local users,” Khalikov reportedly said. “We are going to look for local partners in Ghana.”

Acclaimed Painter Rips South African President in Drawings

Controversial and provocative graphic artist Ayanda Mabulu continues to push political buttons with his latest artwork.

Mabulu’s latest drawing of South African President Jacob Zuma showcases the country’s leader with his private parts hanging out of his pants, being dragged away in a recycling trolley.

Mabulu, who is also known for another controversial painting of Zuma, “The Spear,” said his latest painting shows that Zuma belongs in a rubbish bin and that  he has failed his country.

“In the painting, he is being dragged in a rubbish trolley to be thrown in the rubbish dump by a man who recycles rubbish in the city,” Mabulu said. “So if I had power, I would have done that. This man has lost his manhood, his conscious and he is someone who doesn’t even have culture. He has lost his dignity.”

Mabulu’s paintings are currently on exhibit at Maboneng in Johannesburg, South Africa, and focus mainly on the state of the country.

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