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On friday, June 30th, 2017, The parliament in Germany voted to legalise same-sex marriage after Chancellor Angela Merkel bowed to pressure and dropped her longstanding disapproval. Africans react to the same sex marriage Law by giving their unbiased opinion.

With the passage of the bill, Germany would now join many other European countries in extending full marital rights to same-sex couples, including the right to adopt children. Such rights had only been limited to civil partnerships since 2001 without full marriage status and the ability to adopt children.

But what does such a vote mean for many young Africans in Germany whose legislations back home are still very hostile towards homosexuality? Punishment for engaging in same-sex relationships in countries like Nigeria and Uganda range from 10 years to life imprisonment.

Nigerian scholars are asked in this second episode of the L.O.L Show (Lens of Leadership) on TopAfric about their opinions on the social norm and whether or not they would advocate such legislation back home.

Watch the video below to get their opinions and reactions.

Irene, a former Miss Kenya Germany contestant, who goes by the name of Vienna Shiko Levatis on Facebook, says that "girls who swallow sperm during sexual intercourse are actually killing babies.

She wrote this statement on her facebook wall which started a huge controversial assualt of comments.

Someone disputed her claims by saying

"Not quite correct. Mainly, Spaerma consists of water and proteins dopamine, noradrenaline, tyrosine binding hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, as well as various estrogens, pheromones (odors). On the whole, nothing special, similar to a chicken egg"

Another person asked why she posed half nude while leaving this controversial statement.

She didnt or hasnt responded.

The question goes out to everyone out there. Is swallowing sperm the same as killing babies?

I’ve spoken about Earning a living during your studies in Germany when you have no scholarship or relatives. Well I stumbled upon this article from the Frankfurter Rundschau of a Kenyan student in TU Darmstadt talking about working at the Uni as a Hilfswissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (HiWi) (Academic Researcher).

Sidney Odhiambo the 22 year old Kenyan who’s studying Electrical Engineering in his 4th Semester, not only juggles between his studies and his job at the Uni but also runs the Organisation for Kenyan students in Hessen (Organisation kenianischer Studierender Hessen e.V OKSH) and when he has extra time, squeezes in basketball to the already full itinerary.
The Kenyan who speaks fluent German, came to Germany with no knowledge in German but got a chance to learn during his FSJ in Osnabrück. In 2010 he attended Studienkolleg in order to qualify for the course at TU Darmstadt and since 2011, he’s studying at the TU aiming to specialise in Microtechnology and Precision Engineering (Mikro- und Feinwerktechnik).
He works 20hrs a week as part of the Uni web team where he writes and maintains the website, posts new information for the students both online and on the Uni boards. The job also helps him get information that he shares with members of the OKSH e.V. As a HiWi he earns approximately €700 a month that he uses to pay his bills.
“I’d like to encourage other foreign students to apply for such positions”, he said during the interview.
Through his job, he not only gets to pay his bills but also gets to understand the University better, gets informed, meets new people and also understands the German systems and society better.

The party in the park which took place this past Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 was not only fantastic but phenomenal. The free event which was hosted by Oforione.com of deadline entertainment took place at the Beim Pachthof park. It was well attended. There was music, games, food, and fun at the event.

The kids had a play house set up for them to jump around. Adults had fun games, drinks and most importantly music for them to dance. Dj Bleed, Spark and Richman were spinning the ones and twos.
The stage featured the best Azonto dancers by young adults and kids. The food was delicious and tantalizing. There was never a dull moment for the crowd. The weather was just perfect.

If you missed this year’s party in the park you missed a lot, but don’t miss next year’s edition. With Oforione it is always fun fun fun.



The challenges facing the social, economic and political development and advancement of Africans in the Diaspora, particularly in Germany and the practical measures needed to address the lapses must be of concern of all. There is the urgent need to revolutionize our mind set, change our priorities, focus on education, adapt quickly to our environs, we should be determine to succeed.

Since the onset of the European financial crisis, I have read extensively on the subject, the more I do the less I understand and the more confuse I become.

Nevertheless, I have understood one major thing about modern Europe, solidarity is the key. Countries like Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece must be saved from collapsing. A fall of any of these countries would have adverse, retrogressive impact on the others.The story in the African communities all over Germany is the opposite, the black man and for that matter Africans believe they can only succeed after they have brought their brothers and sisters down.

The question we need to ask, has that ever brought the needed results, the answer is NO. We remain the only folks on this planet that think only of today, we refuse to invest into the future.

The likes of Mobutu, Eyedema, Babaginda and many other African leaders looted their citizens of anything they could lay hands on. And even in our new democratic dispensations the focus of politicians has been on how to enrich themselves at the expensive of the tax payer. If at least one of them could have built a university or a hospital and name it after him, my mind could find some rest.

I challenge Blacks and Africans in general that should whites introduce slavery again, we shall start selling one another! That is how far we can go…

A prominent German politician had this to say, “Ihr seid wach, aber unstrukturiert, verwirrt und & ohne Orientierung”. Literally meaning: the African community in Germany, referring to those in Hamburg are awake, but unstructured, confused and without direction". At first I felt insulted, but today I am in better position to examine this statement critically.Awake: We are no longer sleeping! This is impressive and encouraging; we are gradually setting foot into the media & politics, initiating education programs holding seminars’ on health. We have the likes of Elombo Bolayela (Congo) & Karamba Diaby (Senegal) and many others venturing into regional and local politicss

We also witness the birth of African Christian Council in Hamburg, getting better and stronger, becoming a cooperation partner to every project in the African society. For the first time the yearly African Youth Education Award project was initiated and successfully executed, a program focusing on the future of the African kids in Germany. We took giant steps to progress beyond the usual entertainment and cultural performances (drumming and dancing). We need to be proud of all these people and efforts.

And like any civic institution we can’t get to the top without making mistakes. However, we need to address our short comings with all urgency. That we are confused, unstructured and without direction must not remain unattended to. We need all hands to critically examine the above quotation.

Let’s be bold with the truth, call a spade a spade, learn to agree and to disagree, criticize constructively. We need to start catching up with the rest.Solidarity: The number 1 enemy of our advancement and miserable state of affairs is our lack of solidarity. For our community to see real collective progress we need to mobilize support for one another. If we begin to patronize the services of one another we can at least attain the Turkish -/Döner status in Germany. People you dine and drink with, kept asking if your business is still existing, these are people who consciously refuse any services you render and waiting to see the day you fold up. Let us learn from the Euro Crisis, for we are in the same boat.

Ironically they kept reminding you that their kids are having challenges with internship -/”Ausbildugsstelle”. Forgetting Siemens was not established overnight.

The Indians and Afghans are now controlling our Afro-shops, they supply our shops with everything from smoked fish to Guinness imported from Africa. My brother & sisters where are our senses!

We have since time immemorial attributed all our failures to racial discrimination, I have never doubted the existence of it, but I believe that should rather motivate us to excel in whatever we undertake; we have the likes of Prof. Louis Henri Seukwa (Cameroun) Dr. Aissa Halidou (Niger) Prof. Yankey (Ghana) Lawyer Imasi (Nigeria) honestly speaking we have dozens of Africans who are on top.

Racial discrimination shall remain part of humanity, just as tribalism has eaten deep into Africans.

Jesus Christ said "He that is without Sin, Cast the first Stone” if you are practicing & preaching tribalism, who are you to question racial discrimination.

Lack of creativity is another challenge facing our community; we are having so many wonderful ideas dying, it is difficult it is to invent. If one comes out with Alafia or Black History Month, we need to throw our weight behind them.

If you have similar ideas join the existing institutions or bodies to expand what they have. The attitude of organizing parallel events and arguing that Hamburg is big enough and that every African can do what he wants is a fallacy.

Thinking only of today! Let’s analyse our present actions carefully and be mindful of the consequence and implications on the community tomorrow. Unfortunately we are refusing to put measures in place that shall take care of us in the near future. Research has it that Africans remain poor because we care only of today; Europeans are what they because they invest into the future.

I still believe that for us to make any meaningful impact in this civilize and advance society we need to enter into mainstream politics. Gradually we are seeing the Hamburg Integration Council as the gateway to community politics. Sylvaina Gerlich, Kenneth Gbandi, Dr. Jean Bollo, Dr. Mohamed Khalifa and Emmanuel Asare, in their efforts to get to the top, shall commit errors. For us not to make the mistake of importing African politics of divide and rule, we need to help them by criticizing them objectively. They are setting the pace for the future generation.

The first major unforced error was between 25th – 27th May 2012, when Sylvaina & Kenneth organized African Day for the African community simultaneously there was a third African Day which took place in Hamburg –Harburg. This must never happen again. They need to come together, involve the other community leaders and the result shall be wonderful.

Another disturbing issue is the divisions! All of a sudden my good friends are all busily building clans around themselves, the question is what for? Everybody wants to be seen to be in charge, thus resulting in the countless number of events we are organizing around. Please it is not the quantity that matters but the quality of what we do.

The quality of leaders we badly need is those who shall help unite our poor community. I am afraid this attitude of you are either for me or against me is not what we want at this level of our development in Germany. How can you represent a group of people, at the same time quarrelling with them? You have every right to disagree but not waging war!  We want leaders to unite us not to strengthen the division. The Hamburg Integration Council should be a Blessing not a Curse.

The major political parties should not use the political immaturity of our brothers and sisters to manipulate them; one might argue we do not have the numbers to be of any importance, I am sorry that is wrong! Study the demographical development of Germany carefully.

The Churches:
The African Christian Council, under the leadership of Pastor Ossai Okeke and Apostle Bona Sriboe are on the right path. There is however the need for our churches to step up their social responsibilities. NordKirche Weltweit, is supporting financially to motivate the African kid to attain higher education, whilst the very churches these children attend look unconcern. This is not acceptable.

The Mosques:
It is my uttermost wish that my Muslim brothers can imitate their Christian brothers, by forming a formidable union. It shall then be very easy for the German Institutions to reach them, so shall we? They must also be seen taking up more social responsibilities.

Besides encouraging Africans to enter into politics, the community needs vibrant media houses that shall be neutral, critical & objective to the needs of the community.

By far this is one of the most challenging aspects of our advancement as Diaspora’s. We do not see how Germans can help develop a platform that could be critical to their relationship with minorities, whilst we see a community that is not prepared to have a medium that could attempt to serve as check and balance on them.

Embassies & Consulates:
The relationship between most embassies and consulate and their people is not anything one can write home of. The problem can largely be attributed to lack of communication and weak national unions that could bridge the two. We therefore challenge the embassies to constantly educate -/inform their people and frequently interact with them.

The Afrika Tag -/African Day need to be transformed, the embassies would have to meet their citizens and more especially involve the youth in such programs.

Let us start the re-structuring process today, let us re-define our wants, and let us define what we want to be in 20 years. I entreat all Diasporas to take stuck of their minds set, re define their priorities, put education high on the agenda, develop interest in politics, live a stress free life and most importantly have solidarity to one another. 

Rome was not built in a day, but there should be a desire to build Rome.

God Bless Germany!
God Bless Africa!
Desmond John Beddy

The Face of Africa Germany is currently searching for contestants from all over Germany. Only single Women between the ages of 18 – 26 who have never been married or have no kids are encouraged to apply. You must be of African origin or descent to apply(eigther both parents or one parent must be of African origin) and you must be living or residing in Germany. Contestants must be enrolled in school, be a graduate or currently pursuing a career.

The pageant show, which will be held in Berlin, is all about celebrating the beauty of the Modern African Woman. It will be set to promote African Culture, Tourism, Beauty and Lifestyle in Germany. The pageant show will be the first of its kind . It will attract big fashion companies, personalities, and big media houses.

Aim of the pageant is to find an amazing Queen who can represent Africa in the international Modeling & Fashion World. She will also serve as an Ambassador for the Afro-Germans so as to empower and encourage the youths to educate themselves.

Topafric independently counted 78 contestants from 21 countries who have applied. More are encouraged to apply as there will be an audition to select girls that will represent individual countries. There are 61 countries in Africa. These number includes the surronding islands. And the organizers are looking for girls from all 61 countries. Below is the list of contestants currently enrolled. We shall continue to update you on all new applications. Simply check this article periodically for more updates.

Visit FOA facebook site and get instructions on how to enroll (Click here)and (Click here to like our Page)

Below is a list of girls who have applied and have been accepted by the organizers. These girls will be attending the audition which will be in Berlin (Date will be annouced by the organizers)  !!!You too can be on this list by simply applying (Click here) and dont forget to like our Facebook page(Click here) for more updates

Ana Bela ( Angola)
Clarisse (Congo)
Edith (Kenya)
Eunice (Kenya)
Grace (Namibia)
Jacqueline (Cape Verde)
Joyce (Kenya)
Klasik (Ghana)
Lilian (Kenya)
Madina (Cote d`Iviore)
Meryem (Morocco)

Mushiya (Congo)
Ndey (Guinea Conakry)
Neneh (Gambia)
Ruta (Eritrea)
Sukaina-Cecilia (Gambia)
Teresia (Kenya)
Abigail (Ghana)
Adiam (Eritrea)
Alexis (Ghana)

Amanda (Rwanda)
Änni (Ghana)
Annick (Benin)
Bijou (Guinea Conakry)
Brawra (Kenya)
Brenda (Kenya)
Brenda (Kenya)
Caroline (Zambia)

Christelle (Congo)
Cindy (Gambia)
Cynthia (Nigeria)
Donna (Ghana)
Esther (Ghana)
Esther (Ghana)
Fatouma(Cote d´ivore)
Francheska (Congo)
Grace (Angola)

Harriet (Cameroun)
Harriet (Ghana)
Hawa(Sierra Leone)
Helena (Angola)
Isabel (Angola)
Jennifer (Ghana)
Jocelyne (Ivory Coast)
Kadija (Guinea Conakry )
Killy (Ghana)

Leo (Togo)
Leslyn (Ghana)
Linda (Angola)
Mary (Congo)
Maureen (Kenya)
Mavis (Ghana)
Mical (Eritrea)

Leo (Togo)
Leslyn (Ghana)
Linda (Angola)
Mary (Congo)
Maureen (Kenya)
Mavis (Ghana)
Mical (Eritrea

Salima-Sarah (Congo)
Sonia (Congo)
Stella (Kenya)
Sylvie (Congo Brazzaville)

Tracy (Ghana)
Vanessa (Ghana)
Vanessa (Congo)

Two German pairs paddled to Olympic glory within an hour of each other on the Dorney Lake on Thursday, which meant that Germany leapfrogged France in the medals table to take 6th place.

Germany's Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela won the 1,000-metre canoe sprint title, while Franziska Weber and Tina Dietze won the women's kayak 500-metre sprint gold with two furious final sprints. Kretschmer and Kuschela pulled past the leading Azerbaijani boat in the final stretch to take the top prize, Der Spiegel magazine reported. "It was like in a trance," Kuschela said after the race. "When I looked across I realized they didn't have any more, and we gave it everything."

Silver and bronze were taken by the Belarus and Russia pairs, who finished nearly three seconds later. German cheers rang out across the water again an hour later, when Weber and Dietze stormed home half a second ahead of the Hungarian pair.

"It's unbelievable," gushed Weber. "We've never done anything like this before; I've got no idea where that came from." Unlike their male team-mates, the two women dominated their race from the beginning.

But the men of course said their slower start had been all part of their plan. "We used to make the mistake of starting the race very aggressively, which tired us out before the end," Kuschela had already said on his home club's website in Potsdam.

"Now we start with a long stroke at the beginning, and let the other pull a bit more at first," he said. "After five strokes we've got our rhythm and try and work our way to the front."

There was disappointment though for pink-haired star high-jumper Ariane Friedrich, who failed to make the final at the Olympic Stadium. Friedrich failed to jump the 1.96 metres she needed to progress.

Questions are now bound to be raised about her selection, since the unfit star had failed to reach the German Olympic Federation's qualification height of 1.95 metres all season.

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Some know her as Divaaliishh Maame Ajoa Owusu, while others may know her as Miss Nancy Chantal. No matter what you call her, she is always the life of the party. She was a contestant in the 2011 Face of Africa Germany Beauty Pageant Show. Although she didn’t win the crown, she most definitely won the show. She walked the stage with her head held up high and won the hearts of the crowd that attended the show. She was also on the popular German T.V show called "The Big Looser". 

Well, Miss Nancy Chantal is turning twenty one on the 14th of September, 2013. Once again she will be entertaining friends, family and fans to her elegant birthday party. It promises to be off da hook. It will no doubt fall in the "Party of the Year" category.

It will be held at the Farmsen Volkshochschule located @ Berner Heerweg 183, in Hamburg, Germany. Everybody is encouraged to dress elegantly.
Three hearty cheers to Miss Nancy from Topafric radio. We wish you many more.

The Setting; Hamburg. The Story; Touching.  The Crew; Young, Dynamic and Multi National. It was quite interesting talking to these guys because they were so full of energy and life and most of all, they are so hopeful that this is going to take them to places. The group of five youngsters led by the Bradley Iyamu a.k.a Young CRhyme a Hamburg based artist. After a short round of introductions, the show kicked off proper.

QUESTION: Bradley I know you as a musician; a singer, rapper and songwriter, how did you come about the idea of the?

BRADLEY: I’ve always wanted to do a movie because I actually did my first movie some years ago. It was a short movie sponsored by Hennessy.

QUESTION: This is the first ever black movie in Germany, we know how difficult it is for singers and actors of coloured to breakthrough here, how did you manage it?

BRADLEY: Well, it wasn’t easy but I was adamant about what I want to do and once I set my mind on it, I just do it. I talked to some guys with whom I worked once for sponsorship and they were keen and that´s how it all came to be.

Question: Have you guys acted before or this is your first time?

PRINCE: Yes I acted the role of Simba in The Lion King. The musical in Hamburg. Steve: No I have not before. This is my first said Robert and Bortey too.

QUESTION: How does it feel like to be on set?

STEVE: Initially it wasn’t easy. I was nervous but as time went on, I relaxed and it came easily.

QUESTION: Can you tell us a bit about the movie?

PRINCE: Hakeem’s friends mistakenly broke the present his father bought for his mother and they have 24 hours to replace it so they went into the streets of Hamburg in search of money to buy a new present for Hakeem’s mom and in the course of doing so, they got themselves involved with some bad guys who loaned them money that they had to pay back in 24 hours and since there was no other way to make the money other than do some dirty deals which took them on an adventurous journey.

QUESTION: In the course of shooting, did you meet real bad guys? The ones you wouldn`t want to be acquainted with on a good day?

Everyone laughed…

BORTEY: Though the movie was shot in the parts of Hamburg referred to as the ghetto because that’s where a lot of shady activities take place, we didn’t get to meet any bad guy, moreover the area is not as people tend to make it seem. QUESTION: This could be a gateway to stardom for all of you, have you dealt with the question what if that happens and how you’re going to cope with it because things might not be the same again?

PRINCE: Well, that would be a dream come true BORTEY: We would be happy because it’s all of wish to make it in the movies someday

QUESTION: Why the name THUG, why not any other name?

BRADLEY: Because I love hustling. I’m a real hustler. Starting from when I was growing up, I’ve always kind of hustled.

QUESTION: You studied Marketing at Hamburg University and you sing and now you’re into movie making, are you planning to do that fulltime or it’s just for a while?

BRADLEY: Well, actually I’m into a lot of things. I’m a businessman. Currently I’m setting up a beauty shop with some friends and that will be opened in three months time. And of course after this, I´m already planning the next movie.

QUESTION: And what’s it going to be like, do you have one ready or you’re still thinking of writing one?

BRADLEY: I don’t wanna say too much, but let me just say the end of this movie will be open and that might mean a part 2.

QUESTION: Do you guys have anything to say to youngsters like you out there?

PRINCE: Keep the dream alive and continue struggling till you breakthrough and I want to use this opportunity to thank Bradley for this golden opportunity.

STEVE: Life in Germany is not so easy, especially for people of coloured but just persevere and you will win.

BORTEY: No pain, no gain. Keep at it and you’ll get there

Lilian: Presenter of “ Lets Talk” on Topafric.com

On June 14th 2013, I was privileged to have been invited to “Gymnasium Rahlstedt’s“ (Rahlstedt Highschool) end of year graduation ceremony . What made it special was that many of our kids, African kids were among the students that successfully passed, and with luck would be gaining admission into the various renowned universities across Germany.

The parents were extremely happy; “yes we are delighted seeing our kids excelling academically” said a jubilant mother.  At this juncture I would want to congratulate all students for this achievement, not forgetting parents and teachers for their respective roles.

We can only remain relevant in this knowledge base country, by transforming and making our community more qualitative and effective.  We have to see education as serious business; it is the key to success and influence in any civilized institution.  

My appeal to parents is that, it does not end here; they have to continue to support and monitor their kids through their university education. Also they must not encourage their children to run to the United Kingdom. And to policy makers I urge them to put more mechanisms in place to make it easy and possible for the kids to attain the best. 

Opening ceremony and handing over of certificates was done by Mrs. Wiegandt and Mr. Niedenzu. Mr. Walter spoke on behalf of the parents, whereas Jessica Pohl and Phillip Libitowsky did a wonderful speech on behalf of the students.

The star of the day was the intelligent queen who got the 1.1 note, the best in the school.

I am confident, we would be welcoming all of them to this year's 3rd African Youth Education Award, schedule to take place on the 19th of October 2013, at IHK -Hamburg, Albert-Schäfer-Saal, Adolphsplatz 1, 20457 Hamburg.

God Bless Africa! God Bless Germany

Desmond John Beddy

On the 15th of October, 2013, a Ghanaian man died in a bakery in Hamburg, Germany while he was using the goods elevator. The elevator had a height of 80cm (2feet 60inches) and is normally used for light goods such as pots, pans, and dishes.

The police found out, that the man wanted to use the elevator to go from the ground floor to the basement. While he tried that he got stuck in the elevator and died. The fire service was able to open the elevator after 30 minutes and recover the body of the 51 year old man.

The exact reason for his death is still uncertain. Condolences go out to the immediate family of the deceased.

Source: Bild.de /Topafric

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