Tue, Sep
95 New Articles

Since 2007, anyone planning to become German has to take a test before they can apply for naturalisation, the test known as the Einbürgerungstest aims at getting foreigners gaining German citizenship, the basic information about Germany.

Recently a Kenyan lady from Bad Driburg, Josephine Symalla took part in the crash course before she could get her German passport. She shared her experience and a bit of her life story with SILKE RIETHMÜLLER.

Josephine came to Germany 7years ago from Kenya in search of greener pastures. The trained secretary could not find a job in Kenya and hoped she’d find one in Germany but her training wasn’t recognised in Germany. She has been living in Gehrden with her husband, four year old son and 9 month old daughter since 2007.

Life was tough at the beginning, she says. She couldn’t speak any German and could hardly communicate with others. She took up a language course at the VHS and passed all the exams although she had to leave earlier from the last class as she was expecting her youngest daughter.

The last minute preparations she did at home. “Taking care of a home, two young kids and learning for an exam aren’t easy”, she says, but she had decided she had to pass the exam. “The questions weren’t hard, you only find them hard if you don’t understand the language thus don’t understand what is being asked”.

Now that she finally got the German citizenship, she aims to try and bring her three children from Kenya, where she had left them. The hard working lady who works as a cleaning assistant instead of staying at home with the kids says, she enjoys being in Gehrden and feels at home there. Hopefully, she can now visit her family in Kenya who she hasn’t seen for the past 7 years since she moved to Germany.

The VHS in Bad Driburg, Brakel, Nieheim and Steinheim are now offering a crash course; daily from 22nd till 26th July from 8.15am till 12.15pm where those interested can take up the test within 7days of serious learning. The test includes 33 multi choice questions. One is considered to have passed when they get more than 17 questions correct. The test handles: Politics and Democracy; People and Society; and History and Duties.
Try Test


The 6th of July 2013 was the day the misconception in Igbozurume Hamburg and the "Ezeship" controversy was brought to the fore and laid to rest. It was the day members of union from the northern sector of Germany gathered for a general meeting to strategize on the upcoming "World Igbozurume Convention" billed to take place on the 18th of August 2013.

The meeting that took place at the victor’s dinner in Hammer brook saw the Igbozurume general secretary Germany (Ambassador Godson Nwosu) and the chairman of Igbozurume North (Mr. Chris Bernard) respectively giving detail explanation on the intention and objective of the organisation, to its teeming members.

It would be recalled that for sometime now Igbozurume Germany is engulfed in "Ezeship" controversy with different factions making counter claims. At the heart of the issue was the accusation by some group of people that a prominent and respected member of the socio-cultural organisation, Dr. Peter Godwin Onwukwe, "Ezeigbo Igbozurume" Germany failed to fulfil some financial promises which lead to disagreement with his former loyalist.

As a TopAfric Radio reporter, and by the then non- member of the organisation, I attended the meeting to get first hand information on what the organisation stands for and to access the pros and coins. Early I had the opportunity to attend another Igbozurume meeting led by Nze Afam Dike, who is the arrow head of the breakaway faction.

I was fascinated and honoured that (Igbozurume Convention) is about to take place in my backyard. At the gathering I found out what Igbozurume actually stands for.

Igbozurume was founded in Nigeria by Rtd. Colonel General Achuzia "The people’s General" and Igbo leader Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu, notably to disavow the wrong long held view that Igbo’s of South Eastern Nigeria are people without recognition for their traditional Institutions." IGBO ENWEGHI EZE" Syndrome.

In broader perspective, Igbozurume is targeted at bringing together all the Igbo speaking people within and beyond the core five Igbo states, primarily to rekindle and reclaim back the lost grounds occasioned consequently as a direct fall out of the Nigerian/Biafran war (1967-1970) that ravaged its people mainly socially and politically.

In other words, Igbozurume , though a socio-cultural organisation and  non political in structure, yet has an overt/covert political lining with propensity to solicit for Nigerian presidency of Igbo extraction come 2015. This it wants to achieve by reuniting, reconnecting and reintegrating the Igbo nation with a clear mission to fight for her rights and aspiration within the Nigerian geo-political space.

In addition, Igbozurume by its original structure recognises the importance of traditional institution as a platform to garner support for its ambition. It equally encourages within its membership the idea of "Ezeship" stool, amongst Diasporas community to further build a rallying point for the Igbo community, find world wide. By that initiative, has symmetrically disclaim the ranting slogan from "IGBO ENWEIGH EZE“ to "IGBO NWERE-EZE".

For years now, Igbozurume has firmly being established in many countries world wide with branches in 36 states in Nigeria, GHANA, US, BRITAIN, FINLAND and other countries in Asia. The introduction of Igbozurume in Germany was chiefly to re-integrate many who are not updated as to developments back home.

Many at times governmental institutions in Nigeria has fend ignorance of our intellectual/organisation ability to partake in a schemes mapped out for Nigerians in Diaspora, who are mostly labelled as car and spare parts dealers, thus potentially limiting our chances of making positive contributions to our dear country Nigeria.

Since the return of democracy to Nigeria 1999, Governments, both state and national has recognised and recommended people in Diaspora for elective and appointment position without due consultation to Nigerian living in Germany.

Igbozurume by and large are disposed to make in-roads for German/Igbo community to be part of the relevant Diaspora community to reckon with, in Nigerian socio-political culture.
These and many more are some of the advantages the Igbozurume Germany stands to benefit, should we solidly and formidable put up a strong organisation in place the way our Diasporas counterparts in US and Britain are doing.

That includes electing the "Eze" throne as required by Igbozurume structure worldwide, irrespective of who becomes the beneficiary.

At this point having captured my mind on the true meaning and the intent of Igbozurume structure world wide, let me say the "Igbozurume World Convention" coming up soon would be a litmus test to all Igbo’s living in Germany whether we like it or not.

The important of this convention carry a burden that requires no rebellion or ifeajuna mentality. So, if we the marginalized Igbo’s think we are on the right track in restoring the lost grounds as all agreed, then there would be no need to divide Igbozurume in
Germany in many factions.

This is the time to show some sense of ONYE AGHALA-NWANNE YA slogan in us. To whom honour is due lets give to him. If one of us has merited/crowned the Ezeship as the structures in principle advises, let us stop at nothing to crown/recognise that person hence the new slogan "IGBO-NWERE EZE"

Ezeship is not a taboo,and will never be; its numerous advantage are hinged on homage, relevancy, govt recongnition/patronage, ralying point and unity of purpose.

Igbozurume ! Igbozurume !! Igbozurume!!! Onyeaghala nwanne ! Onyeaghala-nwanne !!

Umuibe Ndewo

Adams, Kennedy Chidi


Places where German deficiency is felt the most are the Ausländerbehörde (aliens authority for residence permits' applications) and the Einwohnermeldeamt (local residents' registration office). Kassel is still not as international as Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Hamburg

How did you end up where you currently live in Germany?
I come from Mianwali - Punjab in Pakistan, the same town from which the famous cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan comes from. I came to Kassel for my Masters in Electrical Communication Engineering in October 2008. After completing my studies in 2010, I was hired by the University of Kassel as a Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter or research assistant, also in the field of Communication Engineering, whereby I am also doing my PhD.

What do you like to do for fun in the city?
I love taking a stroll in the historical Karlsaue Park, on the western bank of the river Fulda, that contains the Orangerie palace (built by Landgrave Charles between 1654 and 1730).

Is it a friendly city for foreigners?
The University of Kassel has more than 20,000 students, more than 10 percent of whom come from over 120 countries. Since there is a large number of foreign students, the city and its inhabitants have become accustomed to them, and hence Kassel has become a friendly city for foreigners.

Do you need to speak German there?
Yes, you do. Basic German is needed for most day-to-day tasks. English is not much of a problem at the University though. Places where German deficiency is felt the most are the Ausländerbehörde (aliens authority for residence permits' applications) and the Einwohnermeldeamt (local residents' registration office). Kassel is still not as international as Munich, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf or Hamburg.

What should a visitor not miss in your town?
A visit to the Bergspark Wilhelmshöhe, now a UNESCO heritage site, is a must. The monumental water displays, begun by Landgrave Carl in 1689, are a treat to watch and so is the lighting of the park at night on the first Saturday of each summer month. A climb up to or down from the Herkules monument gives great views of the city of Kassel and its surroundings.

What is your favourite spot/activity there?
A walk on the bank of river Fulda on the border of the Karlsaue Park. An occasional hike up the Herkules monument in the Bergspark Wilhelmshöhe is something I enjoy too.

Tell us something about your German hometown that only a local would know.
A view of the city centre atop the Galeria Kaufhof building at the Friedrichsplatz is something only locals know. I got to know of it after four years only through a local who gave us a short guided tour through the city centre

How much longer do you plan on living in Germany?
My PhD will probably take another two years, after which I plan on post-doctoral research. I see myself here for at least another three years or so.

Have you had difficulties in Kassel?
Not at all. The existence of an international community here made it easy to settle down. Since the masters program I was enrolled in is an iternational one, we had international tutors to help us out during our first days in Kassel. In terms of daily life, Kassel is a small city, and as such does not have the usual hustle and bustle of a very large city, the long commuting times, the many transfers on public transport etc. Life here in the very green Kassel is peaceful!

Source: The local

Now the family of the 12yr old girl can breathe easily as at 6pm Thursday evening, Page returned back home.

The father of the twelve year olds had reported her missing on Tuesday. She had left the house Sunday night from their apartment (Görlitzer Hof (Mittelfeld) and had not returned. The student wanted to stay with a friend of hers.

Where the girl was, the police could not say. The girl herself stated that she had been at a friend's. The missing person report had caused a great concern in the social networks. The missing report article was shared over Hundreds of times on Facebook within an hour.

We wish to thank all our readers who responded expeditiously to our request to post the article and help find the girl.


Germany has over the years not only deepened the dual system of educational, develops academic leaders in higher education but understands the importance of producing more skilled labor. The Association responsible for the Building Industry (Bauindustrieverband) in Hamburg and Schleswig Holstein currently organize a graduation ceremony for 140 students.

The graduates passed out with flying colors in building construction, street construction, and sewerage construction. The event took place at the Ausbildungszentrum (Training Center) in Ahrensbök. The celebration took place before 550 invited guests.

In his opening address, Mr Rainer Bock, assistant director of the IHK -(Chambers of Commerce) Kiel, though full of praise for the students, was not very satisfied about the number of girls enrolling into the construction schools. This is only about 0.7%. More measures must therefore be put in place to attract more females into this viable sector.

Both Mr. Hans-Joachim Dockweiler, a community leader and Mr. Frank Schlemmer, chairman of the donors union to the school, challenge the graduates to be dedicated and hard working, in this area of the economy, there is enough vacancy for all.

 Mr. Hans-Werner Blöcker deputy chairman of "BAUINDUSTRIEVERBAND HAMBURG-SCHLESWIG- HOLSTEIN e.V." said they shall do all it takes to increase intake and put the necessary measures in place to provide quality training for those who wish to pursue construction education.

The following students excel in their respective field, Jelwin Stasiak (Rendsburg), Tobias Hübner and Kevin Ziemann, both from Elmshorn were best the students in street construction, Jan Philipp Westermann (Lübeck) concrete construction and Sarah Uhrhammer from Niebüll was honoured for her social competence.

Mrs. Sylvaina Gerlich, chairlady of Imic e.V and member of the Hamburg “Ingrationsbeirat” was of the view that, the African community needs to intensify awareness campaign on education. That of the 140 students only one was an African (Kodjo Kevin Amoussou-Doh)

As much as we needed to intensify the awareness higher education, we must not lose oversight of the fact that the middle class is relevant in implementing the designs coming out of the offices.

Literally translated from German to English by Desmond John Beddy

Pressereferentin Janine Hammler
Bauindustrieverband Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein e. V.,
Telefon: 040 468656-12
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Since last Sunday, twelve year old Page E. from Hannover has been missing. Page E. left the apartments (Görlitzer Hof (Mittelfeld)) in the evening and never returned. The student wanted to stay with a friend.

Just last Monday the twelve year old was chatting with a friend on Facebook. Page is 1.62 meters tall (5feet 3inches), dark-skinned, slim and has short curly hair, sometimes she wears a wig. Anybody with information as to the whereabouts of Page, should please report to the Hannover south police station. The telephone number is (05 11) 1 09 36 20


Translated from the German site haz.de

German President Joachim Gauck said on Friday he had been so deeply troubled by the NSA spying revelations that he had wondered whether it was still safe to send emails and talk openly on the phone.

“I never thought that the fear that secure communication was no longer possible could ever arise in Germany again,” he told the paper. But he said this was exactly what had happened in the past weeks.

“The scandal has really troubled me,” President Gauck told the Passauer Neue Presse regional newspaper on Friday. "To be honest with you, I've also thought about whether I can still talk on the phone or send an email openly at all,” he said.

The state had a duty to protect citizens from the threat of terrorism, which Gauck conceded means sometimes limiting their freedom in order to keep them safe. But this must always be done with respect for the right to private communication guaranteed in Germany's constitution, he said.

“It's very clear that it must always be kept in proportion,” he told the paper. “What is proportional when and why should be dealt with very carefully.”“The fear that our telephone calls or emails will be intercepted and stored by foreign secret services limits our feeling of being free,” he added.

It was up to Germany, he said, where strict data protection and privacy rules developed as a bullwark against the abuses of the Stasi and Gestapo secret services, to pass on these lessons to the rest of the world. “It could be that the Americans and the Germans have different perceptions of data protection.

But we Germans have had to live through abuse of state power with secret services twice in our history,” said Gauck, who himself came to prominence as an anti-communist civil rights activist in East Germany.

“That's why we're particularly sensitive on this issue, and that's something our American friends, among others, are going to have to put up with.”

The president also subtly sent a message of support to fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, whose revelations over the past weeks had brought the scandal to light."Whoever brings [information] to the public and acts on grounds of conscience deserves respect," he said.

In a further rare intervention into politics, Gauck demanded Angela Merkel's government enter into binding agreements with Germany's allies to secure these freedoms.“We have to make sure that even our allies' secret services respect the boundaries we find necessary here,” said the president. A binding international agreement - if that was what was needed - “should be created urgently to safeguard civil rights,” he added.The Local/jlb

More Articles ...