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‘It’s not just about my experience and my sympathy, it is about the community who needs a voice at the local assembly, we must therefore do everything necessary to be part of the political dispensation’.

Irene was a guest on the Effiya Ephya Show in the studios of Radio TopAfric. The interview was about the upcoming European and Hamburg district elections ‘Bezirksversammlungswahl’. The elections are taking place on Sunday, 26 May 2019.

Born and bred in Hamburg-Billstedt, Irene Appiah is a mother and works with the Hamburg Ministry of Education ‘Schulbehörde’. The seasonal politician is a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and is of African heritage, born in 1976 to Ghanaian parents.

She is contesting the Hamburg-Mitte local assembly elections and is seeking the assistance and support of the community to make it.

Question: Who can vote?

Irene:

Persons who are 16 years and above.

Persons who are registered in Hamburg-Mitte for at least six months. 

Persons who hold an EU and/or German passport. 

Question: Do you have what it takes to represent your people?

Irene: 
Yes, long before I entered into politics, I have been a community activist, representing my people, helping with complex bureaucratic issues. My background as a solicitor has been very useful. Besides it is no longer about me, but about us. We have the numbers and must therefore use it to our advantage.

If we are able to mobilise our people well, we can make it. I will then be in a better position to help create educational opportunities for children of African heritage, help establish extra classes, continue with the African Community Centre, which we have already started. Remember most of our people are facing accommodation problems; we can help address this properly.

Question: How can one vote for you?

Irene:
The postal voting system ‘Brierfwahl’ is the most ideal and comfortable way of voting, all eligible voters have been sent voting documents. Those who have not received them could apply at their various district assemblies ‘Bezirksamt – Wahldienstelle’. In my case Bezirksamt Hamburg-Mitte.

The documents include two voting sheets
1. Pink sheet, you can locate my name (Irene Appiah) on position six. Please, cross all five positions in front of my name.
2. Yellow sheet, my name (Appiah Irene) is placed at position 10, cross all five boxes for me. I will appreciate it most if people could take advantage of the postal voting.

Question: What should one do on the actual poll date?

Irene:
On Sunday, the polling stations are open from 8.00 am till 18.00. Eligible voters are encouraged to go and cast their votes. As stated earlier, residents of Hamburg-Mitte, which comprises of the following townships:

Billbrook, Billstedt, Borgfelde, Finkenwerder, HafenCity, Hamburg-Altstadt, Hamm, Hammerbrook, Horn, Kleiner Grasbrook, Neustadt, Neuwerk, Rothenburgsort, St. Georg, St. Pauli, Steinwerder, Veddel, Waltershof and Wilhelmsburg, can vote for me.

In addition, those in Billstedt can also use the pink sheet to vote for me.

Question: What message do you have for your people?

Irene:
I have been serving and representing the interests of the African community and will continue to do so. We have the numbers; we have the people and the competence to be relevant in Germany. Let’s be politically active and participate in taking decisions that concern us. If we refuse and fail to exercise our voting rights, others will decide for us.

I am confident we won’t allow this opportunity to escape us, go and vote, and vote for me.

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The District Court of the Hague has issued an interim ruling in favour of four Ogoni widows in their case with Royal Dutch Shell. The court ruled that it does have jurisdiction over the case and that such a case should not be time-barred. It also ruled that Shell should hand over some confidential internal documents to the plaintiffs’ lawyers and that they would have the opportunity to examine witnesses.

In 2017, Esther Kiobel, Victoria Bera, Blessing Eawo and Charity Levula, four widows of the nine executed Ogoni activists filed a civil lawsuit against Shell in a court at The Hague accusing the corporation of complicity in the unlawful arrest, detention, and execution of their husbands by the Nigerian military government, the violation of their integrity and their right to a fair trial while seeking compensation and an apology.

In November 1995, nine men, the most prominent of them being Ken Saro-Wiwa, were unfairly arrested, tried and killed by the Abacha military junta. Although these men denied the charges against them and insisted on their innocence, the nine of them were killed on murder charges of four chiefs who opposed the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP. Their execution sparked a global outcry leading to Nigeria’s suspension from the Commonwealth of Nations until Abacha’s death.

It holds widely that Shell was complicit in the trial and execution of the innocent activists believed to have been killed for their stance in pursuit of the rights of the Ogoni people. The activists were protesting oil pollution, the unfair distribution of oil wealth and the lack of development in Ogoniland, where Shell was extracting oil in the 1950s. But Shell has continuously denied any involvement in the executions, branding the allegations as “false and without merit”.

According to Amnesty International, Shell had evidence that the Nigerian government was responding to the Ogoniland protests with abuse, but continued to dialogue with the government without expressing concern over the fate of the activists. A move that was more or less an endorsement of the government’s actions.

“This decision marks a vital step towards justice for Esther and the other plaintiffs. It also sets an important precedent for other victims around the world who are seeking to hold powerful corporations to account, and who struggle to access justice,” said Mark Dummett, Head of Business and Human Rights, Amnesty International. Dummet praised and commended the women’s courage and persistence in the pursuance of justice.

Speaking to The Guardian in a telephone interview, Kiobel said that her fight for justice is as much about her ravaged community as it is a personal one. “Shell collaborated with my government to kill its people because of oil in Ogoniland,” she said. As each day goes, our people keep dying in numbers, dying of cancer, dying of air pollution, the water – and they haven’t done anything concerning the pollution up till today,” she said.

An indigene of Bodo Ogoniland tries to separate the crude oil from water in a boat with a stick at the Bodo waterways polluted by oil spills attributed to Shell equipment failure. Credit Pius Utomi Ekpei

An indigene of Bodo, Ogoniland, tries to separate the crude oil from water in a boat with a stick at the Bodo waterways polluted by oil spills attributed to Shell equipment failure. Credit – Pius Utomi Ekpei

Shell has faced lawsuits in different countries in connection with the Ogoni executions but has managed to dodge accountability for over two decades. The oil corporation only agreed to a $15.5 million out-of-court settlement to the families of the victims in 2009, saying that the payment was a gesture for peace and not a concession of guilt. “Today’s ruling will have great significance for people everywhere who have been harmed by the greed and recklessness of global corporations,” said Mark Dummett. Shell might now face questioning in a court of law about what they knew and their complicity in the events that took place in Ogoni in 1995.

Source: Ventures-Africa

Report says race issues must be dealt with strategically and should not be an ‘add on’

Narrowing the “degree gap” between black, Asian and minority ethnic students and their white peers requires a cultural change among British universities and their leaders, according to a report.

The National Union of Students and the Universities UK group calls, in a joint report, for vice-chancellors and principals to show “strong leadership” to close the gap and ensure that their campuses encourage racially diverse workforces and student bodies.

The report concluded: “A change in culture is needed alongside a clear institutional message that issues of race will be dealt with as part of wider, strategic, organisational practice, not as an ‘add on’.”

A university in UK is to ask its nearly 140 members to sign up to an online pledge to work with students and use the report’s recommendations within their institutions, with progress to be evaluated in 2020.

Despite the rapid increase in the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students in the past decade, 71% of Asian students and just 57% of black students gained an upper second or first in their undergraduate degree, compared with 81% of white students. Black students were estimated to be one and a half times more likely to drop out than white or Asian students.

Valerie Amos, the director of Soas, University of London and one of the report’s authors, said universities would be “failing a generation of students if we don’t act now to reduce the BAME attainment gap”.

She added: “It is important that universities act and are transparent in their approach so black, Asian and minority ethnic students are given the best chance of success. Inaction is not an option.”

One of the report’s key recommendations is that BAME students would benefit from a racially diverse campus environment.

“University leadership teams are not representative of the student body and some curriculums do not reflect minority groups’ experiences,” the report concluded. “A greater focus is needed from universities, working with their students, on ensuring that BAME students have a good sense of belonging at their university, and on understanding how a poor sense of belonging might be contributing to low levels of engagement and progression to postgraduate study.”

The report noted that in 2017 BAME people made up 16% of all academic staff – a higher rate than in the UK population – but just 10% of professors. Of all professors, just 0.6% were black.

Amna Atteeq, the president of the University of Aston’s student union who participated in discussions forming the report, said it was important for universities to look further afield for BAME role models if they were not on staff.

She said: “Role models should be staff who can inspire students to achieve their best, but role models can also be graduates or people who are successful in a particular field, like engineering, who can help students overcome the unconscious bias in what types of careers they follow.”

But, she added, to close the attainment gap universities “need to have black and minority ethnic staff and students around the table.”

Chris Millward of the Office for Students (OfS), the higher education regulator in England, said universities should urgently act on the report’s recommendations.

He said: “We know that stubborn gaps in attainment between certain ethnic groups are stopping some students from fulfilling their true potential. In particular, black students are much less likely to complete their studies, secure a first or upper second-class degree, or find graduate-level employment than their white peers. This is not right, and it must change.”

The OfS has set a target for the sector to eliminate the gap in degree outcomes between white and black students by 2024-25.

Source: theguardian.com

 

On Monday 25th March, 2019, Radio TopAfric released an online nomination form for people in the diaspora to nominate The Top 50 African Entrepreneurs in Germany. This is an official ranking by the radio station which is highly committed to inspire, inform and entertain listeners across the globe with quality content.

This ranking will be conducted in the highest form of fairness and credibility by the able selection committee who will be introduced subsequently. On the 30th of May, 2019 the nominations will close for the ranking to be released, weeks after thorough checks and confirmations.

The selection criteria are as follows:
An African entrepreneur who runs his own business or project in Germany.
An African entrepreneur whose business/project shows a lot of promise and impacts lives.
An African entrepreneur who is able to show proof of giving back to the African continent would be
an added advantage
Suitable Entrepreneurs can also nominate themselves and nominations are done by clicking the
following link: http://bit.ly/TOP50AEG
Who gets named in the Top 50 African Entrepreneurs in Germany list?
Fingers crossed!

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Hamburg: »Sicherheitskräfte« prügeln Kameruner vor Krankenhaus ins Koma. Ein Gespräch mit Oloruntoyin Manly-Spain

Seit vergangenem Sonntag liegt ein Patient aus Kamerun auf der Intensivstation des Universitätsklinikums Eppendorf in Hamburg nach einem Übergriff im Koma. Was ist passiert?

Mehrere Patienten des Krankenhauses beschreiben den Vorfall übereinstimmend (Augenzeugenberichte wurden auf Facebook und Twitter veröffentlicht, jW). Demzufolge sollen Security-Mitarbeiter Herrn Tonou-Mbobda vor der Tür des Klinikums solange am Boden fixiert und getreten haben, bis er bewusstlos wurde. Die Augenzeugen beschreiben, dass er sich geweigert habe, ihm verschriebene Medikamente zu nehmen. Dazu muss man wissen, dass Tonou-Mbobda sich freiwillig auf der offenen Station der Psychiatrie befand. Als er diese verließ, um frische Luft zu schnappen, seien Pfleger und Securities gekommen, heißt es weiter. Letztere hätten ihn zu Boden geworfen und getreten. Schließlich sei er auf die Intensivstation gebracht worden. Dort liegt er in einem induzierten Koma. Verwandte wurden vom medizinischen Personal informiert, dass sein Zustand weiterhin kritisch sei und die Überlebenschancen sehr begrenzt seien.

Welche Konsequenzen müssen aus Ihrer Sicht nun folgen?

Wir als Vertreter der Black Community in Hamburg fordern eine lückenlose Aufklärung des Falls. Neben den verfassungsmäßigen Rechten auf Selbstbestimmung und körperliche Unversehrtheit ist gesetzlich definiert, dass eine Zwangsbehandlung oder Fixierung gegen den ausdrücklichen Willen des Betroffenen nur mit richterlicher Anordnung geschehen darf. Sicherheitsleute dürfen Patienten ohne eine ­solche überhaupt nicht anfassen. Es darf nicht sein, dass Menschen in einer Institution, in der sie Schutz suchen, Gewalt ausgesetzt sind.

Handelt es sich um einen Einzelfall?

Nein. Wir sind entsetzt darüber, dass es immer wieder Berichte über Gewalt gegen Menschen mit schweren psychischen Erkrankungen in Psychiatrien gibt. Unsere Black Community sieht in dem jetzigen Vorfall nur die Spitze des Eisbergs von rassistischen Übergriffen, die wir alle alltäglich erleben, auch in Krankenhäusern. Er ist Ausdruck eines strukturellen Rassismus, der in Strafverfolgungsbehörden und anderen Institutionen, aber auch in der Gesellschaft insgesamt zu beobachten ist. Gewalttätige Begegnungen finden viel zu oft statt und spiegeln die rassistische Wahrnehmung wider, Schwarze seien aggressiv, weswegen man ihnen wiederum mit Gewalt begegnen müsse, unabhängig von äußeren Umständen oder persönlichen Situationen.

Verlangt nach Antworten und Konsequenzen: Oloruntoyin Manly Spain

Gibt es einen Ausweg aus dieser Lage?

Im konkreten Fall muss das Universitätsklinikum gegenüber den Patienten und der Gesellschaft Rechenschaft ablegen. Wir erwarten, dass in der medizinischen Ausbildung eine Auseinandersetzung mit Rassismus und der Kolonialgeschichte stattfindet. Es wäre zudem gut, wenn in Krankenhäusern mehr »People of African Descent« arbeiten und im Alltagsbetrieb nicht repressive, gewaltfreie Methoden angewandt werden würden. Im allgemeinen verstärken Leugnen und das Versäumnis, sich mit strukturellem Rassismus zu beschäftigen, die Situation. Ein besonderes Problem ist, dass Migranten immer wieder gezwungen sind, sich und ihre Erfahrungen zu verteidigen. Häufig wird in Frage gestellt, dass Angriffe auf sie überhaupt rassistisch motiviert waren.

Was erhoffen Sie sich als Reaktion auf den jetzigen Vorfall?

Wenn man Fälle wie Achidi John, Yaya Jabi, Amad A. und Oury Jalloh betrachtet, bei denen die Wahrheit manipuliert wurde, dann können Zweifel aufkommen. Dieser Vorfall ist für die Öffentlichkeit vor allem aufgrund des Muts der Patienten, sich zu äußern, sichtbar geworden. Sie haben sofort die Polizei gerufen und eine Beschwerde eingereicht. Das ist ein Beispiel gelebter Solidarität. Genau diesen Mut brauchen wir, um Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit durchsetzen zu können. Ich hoffe, dass Menschen sich daran ein Beispiel nehmen und der Familie und Tonou-Mbobda zu Gerechtigkeit verhelfen.

 Source: JungeWelt

 

TONOU-MBOBDA.

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Am 21.04.2019 kam es im UKE zu einem gewalttätigen Übergriff durch drei Security-Kräfte gegen den Patienten Tonou-Mbobda aus Kamerun, in dessen Rahmen ihm auch gegen seinen Willen eine Spritze injiziert worden ist.
Der Betroffene musste im Anschluss eine Stunde lang reanimiert werden, es kam zwischenzeitlich zum Herzstillstand, und er lag seit der Reanimation in einem künstlichen Koma und ist am heutigen Freitag nach Feststellung des Hirntodes verstorben.
 
Der ursächliche Vorfall trug sich am Vormittag des 21.04.2019 in der Psychiatrie (Gebäude W37) des UKE zu. Am Morgen wollte er nach freiwilligem Aufsuchen der psychiatrischen Tagesklinik die ihm verordneten Medikamente nicht einnehmen und begab sich (laut behandelnder Ärztin) aus dem Gebäude heraus.
 
Laut Augenzeugen saß er dann draußen auf einer Bank und entspannte sich. Er hatte kein aggressives Verhalten gezeigt, als ihn die Sicherheitsdienst-Mitarbeiter anpackten und zu Boden warfen. Weiter berichten sie, dass er mit Knien traktiert und getreten wurde, bis er das Bewusstsein verlor und dann noch eine Spritze verabreicht bekam. Außerdem wurde er am Boden fixiert und gewürgt. Er beklagte sich keine Luft zu bekommen.
Patient_innen hatten aufgrund der Schwere der Tat und der Bedrohungslage die Polizei verständigt, auch das LKA erschien vor Ort. Das Gebäude wurde kurzfristig abgesperrt. Ein Arzt versuchte für ca. 20 Min direkt vor dem Gebäude erfolglos ihn wiederzubeleben, bevor Herr Tonou-Mbobda in einem Krankenwagen – in dem die Reanimation fortgesetzt wurde – in die Notfall-Intensivstation des UKE verbracht wurde.
Die drei „Sicherheitskräfte“ liefen den ganzen Tag über weiter frei durch das Gebäude, wodurch sich Patient_innen bedroht fühlten. Diese Tat hätte jede_n von uns als Schwarze Menschen treffen können, denn solche Situationen finden viel zu oft statt und spiegeln die rassistische und menschenverachtende Wahrnehmung gegenüber Schwarzen Menschen als „aggressiv“, „gewalttätig“ und somit generell verdächtig wider, denen unabhängig von äußeren Umständen oder persönlichen Situationen eher mit tödlicher Gewalt als mit Mitgefühl begegnet wird.
Wir fordern ein Ende der rassistischen Praktiken des UKE und der entsprechenden Straflosigkeit für die Täter*innen. Strukturelle Gewalt gegen Schwarze Menschen widerspricht den grundlegenden Werten und dem Respekt unserer Grund-und Menschenrechte.
 
Diese Gewalt findet auch im UKE statt: Wir erinnern an Bruder Achidi John, der im Dezember 2001 durch eine Ärztin des UKE zu Tode gefoltert wurde. Hierbei wurde ihm gewaltsam ein Brechmittel durch eine Sonde eingeflößt. Bis heute wurde kein verantwortliche Person dafür zur Rechenschaft gezogen.
Über dies findet im UKE die rassistische Altersfeststellungspraxis statt, die minderjährige Geflüchtete unter Generalverdacht stellt und häufig zur Verweigerung ihrer besonderen Schutzrechte führt.
Herr Tonou-Mbobda wandte sich freiwillig an den offenen Bereich der Psychiatrie-Klinik und hätte dementsprechend auch jederzeit die Klinik wieder verlassen können. Es ist erlaubt und normal, dass Patienten auf dem Gelände ausgehen.
 
Neben den verfassungsmäßigen Rechten auf Selbstbestimmung und körperliche Unversehrtheit, welche u. a. eben auch die „Freie Wahlentscheidung zur Behandlung einer Krankheit“ beinhalten, besteht auch die höchstrichterliche Rechtsprechung, dass eine Zwangsbehandlung gegen den ausdrücklichen Willen des Betreffenden als letztes Mittel grundsätzlich nur mit einem richterlichen Beschluss möglich ist. Eine Zwangsbehandlung, die derartig gewaltvoll ist, ist davon allerdings keineswegs gedeckt!
Die beteiligten Ärzt_innen wussten direkt nach der Tat von der Lebensgefahr und den geringen Überlebenschancen des Herrn Tonou-Mbobdas. Sie stellten dennoch bewusst keine Mühen an, die Familie zu kontaktieren, da sich aus ihrer Sicht die „Situation erstmal beruhigen sollte“. Erst durch das Engagement der Black Community wurden Familien-Angehörige benachrichtigt, die seitdem auch permanent vor Ort sind.
Ein derart gleichgültiges Verhalten gegenüber einem Patienten und seinen Angehörigen kann nur als menschenverachtend eingeordnet werden.
Wir fragen uns und die Verantwortlichen am UKE:
– Wie kann es sein, dass derart gewaltbereite Sicherheitskräfte, die von Patient*innen als „grundsätzlich eskalativ“ beschrieben werden, in einer so hochsensiblen Umgebung nach Belieben Gewalt ausüben können?
– Wie kann es sein, dass am helllichten Tage, psychisch belastete Menschen Opfer und Zeug*innen einer derartigen Straftat werden?
– Wie kann es sein, dass die Patient*innen selbst auch noch die Polizei verständigen müssen, weil sich das verantwortliche Krankenhauspersonal nach Einschätzung der Zeug*innen „komplizenhaft“ verhält?
– Wie kann es sein, dass sich Zeug*innen Repression und Einschüchterungsversuchen ausgesetzt sehen, wenn sie sich für ihre Mitmenschen und für Gerechtigkeit einsetzen?
Die Umstände und Verantwortlichkeiten, die zum Tod von Herrn Tonou-Mbobda geführt haben, müssen rückhaltlos aufgeklärt werden:
• Wir fordern eine umfassende, öffentliche und zeitnahe Stellungnahme des UKE zu dem gewalttätigen und letztlich tödlichen Übergriff sowie eine umfassende rechtsmedizinische Aufklärung der Todesursachen.
• Wir fordern eine sofortige Suspendierung der gewalttätigen „Sicherheitskräfte“.
und interne wie gerichtliche Ermittlungen gegen sie
• Wir fordern, dass auch die an der tödlichen Körperverletzung beteiligten Ärzt*innen und Pfleger*innen zur Verantwortung gezogen werden, sowie politischen Verntwortliche.
• Wir fordern ein Ende jeder entmenschlichenden und menschenverachtenden Praxis gegenüber allen Menschen und Patient*innen im UKE.
• Wir fordern die Polizei und Justiz auf, das Verbrechen vollständig und umfänglich aufzuklären. Insbesondere rassistische Motive müssen dringend untersucht werden.
Zeug*innen, die im offenen Bereich der Psychiatrie des UKE auf unterschiedlichen Stationen untergebracht sind, berichteten, dass sie von der Polizei als Zeug_innen nicht ernst genommen worden sind. Jeder Versuch die Wahrheit kundzutun, wurde im Krankenhaus selbst mit Einschüchterungsversuchen und Androhungen von Verweisen aus der Klinik oder Verabreichung von beruhigenden Medikamenten beantwortet.
 
• Wir fordern ein Ende der Stigmatisierung und Erniedrigung psychisch erkrankter und traumatisierter Menschen.
• Wir fordern eine psychologische Versorgung und die Aufarbeitung der traumatischen Erlebnisse der Augenzeugen sowie ein Ende der Repressionen und Einschüchterungen gegen sie.
 
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Derzeit arbeiten Vertreterinnen der Black Community am weiteren Vorgehen.
Wir fordern auch die Medien, die breitere Gesellschaft und Öffentlichkeit auf, sich zu solidarisieren. Dieser Vorfall darf weder verschwiegen, noch sollen Unwahrheiten oder ein stigmatisierendes Bild über den Toten verbreitet werden. Wir verurteilen die Tat aufs Schärfste und fordern Respekt und Gerechtigkeit für Herrn Tonou-Mbobda.
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For White People Who Compare Black Lives Matter to White Supremacy theroot.com

Opinion

On the last day of Passover a lone gunman opened fire on the congregation at Chabad of Poway’s Synagogue in San Diego, USA.

The attack left three wounded, and one dead. Lori Kaye was murdered after she took a bullet for the Rabbi.

San Diego is the latest in a series of crimes committed in the name of ‘white supremacy’. It occurred just six weeks after the mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand and seven months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. And yet, there is still little talk of what white supremacy is; how it operates; and what it means for our communities.

Furthermore, white supremacy has gone transnational.

The San Diego mosque shooter, like many other white supremacy terrorists, was radicalised through online networks.

And yet, the media and politicians have been reticent to identify white supremacy as a threat. Whilst Muslims are openly viewed as a target group of radicalisation, white people are not. The gunmen are viewed as lone rangers and bad apples. But, this is problematic. We should be taking white supremacists seriously. We should be targeting them with the same level of scrutiny that has been used to deal with Islamic radicalisation. To not treat them seriously puts our communities at risk. This would mean identifying the links between what has been painted as fairly disparate attacks since 2011 – including Charlottesville, Charleston and the Murder of British MP Jo Cox, (the Guardian has created a time-line of these events).

There is a clear pattern, white supremacists see the Other (Jews, Muslims, black people) as an existential threat to the white race. Yet, little solidarity is promoted in the mainstream between these communities. In a time where identifying as Jewish can be so negatively scrutinised because of Israel’s politics, the Left (and by extension anti-racist solidarity networks) do have a hard time seeing anti-semitism.

It is not just disappointing that there is little understanding of anti-semitism, but as we can now see this is also dangerous. To keep our communities safe we need to take the threat that white supremacist fanatics pose seriously. And we need to create stronger networks of solidarity by resisting mainstream media that does a good job of polarising the communities affected by racism.

Source: SOAS

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Uganda will be selling marijuana to North America and Europe later this year in deals worth $160 million. This comes after the government reached agreements to export the product for medicinal purposes.

Presently, there are orders for the psychoactive drug from at least 20,000 pharmacies in Canada and Germany, a Director at Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd in Uganda, which is in partnership with Israeli firm Together Pharma Ltd, Benjamin Cadet said.

“We signed annual supply contracts with pharmacies in Canada to a tune of $100m and €58m for Germany… the current contracts run for 10 years but along the way, we shall expand to satisfy future demand,” Cadet revealed.

This is not the first time Uganda will be exporting cannabis products. Another external market for Kampala’s raw cannabis flower is South Africa, where the National Analytical Forensic Services made an order worth $10,000 in 2017, according to the Daily Monitor.

A controversial drug with health benefits

Although it is often abused, Marijuana has great potential for healthcare and is used to relieve pain that comes with several illnesses like cancer.

Cadet explained that “People are using morphine, the main component of opium as an analgesic for cancer pain. Opium is an Opioid and more addictive and with side effects yet Cannabinol (CBD) from medical marijuana is the best option for such patients.”  

Despite having scientists and technology to explore the many benefits of medical marijuana, there are no regulations in place to allow cannabis drugs manufactured for domestic consumption in Uganda. Thus, cancer patients in the country are forced to use CBD illegally.

The subject of using medical marijuana has been a quite controversial one in the East African nation, with supporting and opposing parties airing their respective views. Recently, a five-member sub-committee from the Cabinet met to discuss the dangers and benefits of the drug.

More so, there have been applications for licenses to Ugandan Ministry of Health from 14 companies, to get approval for cultivating, extracting and exporting of the cannabis plant for medical purposes.

Proponents of its use hinge their argument on the fact that its chemicals are used to treat a number of different health conditions – appetite loss, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders, among others. While Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni has openly denounced its use, referring to the drug as “satanic.”

Source: Ventures Africa

Rwanda Genocide – The Israeli Connection | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

Opinion

Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias.

“Teganya’s trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime.”

Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, Western court convicted yet another African of participating in mass violence that the US and its Western allies engineeredin order to expand their imperial influence in East and Central Africa at the expense of France. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

In July 1994, Teganya crossed from Rwanda into Congo with millions of other Rwandans, mostly Hutus, who were fleeing the advancing Tutsi army led by General Paul Kagame. Teganya later used a false Zimbabwean passport to enter Canada, where he reunited with his Rwandan girlfriend, married, started a family, and applied for political asylum. Canada repeatedly denied him asylum on the grounds that he had committed crimes during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which he in turn denied. Fearing for his life if deported to Rwanda, he went into hiding in Canada, then illegally crossed the Canadian border into the State of Maine to apply for US political asylum in 2014. His trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime because the prosecution had to prove that he was guilty of that to prove that he had lied on his asylum application.

“There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital.”

In 1994, Teganya was a third-year medical student at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. He testified that when the understaffed hospital was overwhelmed by wounded patients, he volunteered cleaning wounds and administering intravenous fluids in the emergency room. Former teachers and fellow students from both Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora came to confirm his story and testify to his character, while prosecution witnesses from Rwanda accused him of rape and murder. 

The jurors’ verdict was based wholly on their conclusions about the credibility of witnesses. There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital after General Paul Kagame and his army assassinated the Hutu presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi, then launched their final military offensive to seize power in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. One former medical student and witness for the defense testified that in the ensuing chaos, violence, and social collapse, he and his friends at the university in Butare protected themselves by staying close to one another and concentrating on how they might eat from one day to the next. He said that trucks and jeeps full of soldiers or civilian militias would drive by from time to time, but that he and his friends could never be sure who they were or where they were going.

US broke its promise not to penalize refugees for illegal entry 

The United States and Canada are both signatories to the 1967  Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees , by which they promised not to impose penalties for illegal entry on refugees coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened. The Protocol expanded the rights guaranteed by the 1951  Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees to refugees fleeing because of events that occurred after 1951:

Article 31
REFUGEES UNLAWFULLY IN THE COUNTRY OF REFUGE

“1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities, and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

“2. The Contracting States shall not apply to the movements of such refugees restrictions other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until their status in the country is regularized or they obtain admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.”

Nevertheless, the prosecution built much of its case on the fact that Teganya had entered Canada on a false document and then crossed into the United States illegally. They even asked the defendant on the witness stand why he walked into Congo, which was then Zaire, without a visa, even though he was fleeing Kagame’s army with millions of other refugees. This was all meant to evidence that Teganya was not an honest man, that he had already lied and broken the law to enter Canada and the US, and that it was therefore reasonable to believe that he had lied to gain refugee status.

One jury member told the Boston Globe that he voted to convict primarily because the defendant had used a fake African passport to enter Canada and because he said on the stand that he would do anything not to go back to Rwanda with its current government. 

A priori assumption that only Hutus committed genocide

None of the premises about what actually happened in Rwanda in 1994 were questioned during the trial. As at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, the court’s a priori assumptions were that Hutu extremists massacred Tutsis from April to July in 1994—which did happen. However, they also assumed that only Hutus had committed crimes, and therefore only Hutus should be prosecuted. 

Sticking to the particulars of what happened at Butare Hospital in the course of a week, the defense did not introduce the body of evidence that the Tutsi army also committed genocide against Hutu people. 

This is not to say that Teganye’s federal public defender erred by sticking to the particulars of the case. Murder is against the law regardless of its political context, so the defense had little choice but to argue the particulars as evidenced by witness testimony. However, Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias. In “Enduring Lies, Rwanda in the Propaganda System 20 Years Later ,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson wrote that: 

“According to the widely accepted history of the 1994 ‘Rwandan genocide,’ there existed a plan or conspiracy among members of Rwanda’s Hutu majority to exterminate the country’s minority Tutsi population. This plan, the story goes, was hatched some time prior to the April 6, 1994 assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died when his Falcon 50 jet was shot-down as it approached the airport of the capital city of Kigali. The killers allegedly responsible for this crime were ‘Hutu Power’ extremists in positions of authority at the time. Although Habyarimana was Hutu, the story continues, he was also more moderate and accommodative toward the Tutsi than ‘Hutu Power’ extremists could tolerate; they were therefore forced to physically eliminate him in order to carry out their plan to exterminate the Tutsi. The mass killings of Tutsi and ‘moderate Hutu’ swiftly followed over the next 100 days, with perhaps 800,000 or as many as 1.1 million deaths. The ‘Rwandan genocide’ came to an end only when the armed forces of Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front drove the ‘génocidaires’ from power, and liberated the country.

 “We refer to the above-version of the events that transpired in Rwanda 1994 as the standard model of the Rwandan genocide. And we note, up front, that we believe that this model is a complex of interwoven lies which, when examined closely, unravels in toto. 

“This model is a complex of interwoven lies.”

“Nevertheless, its Truth has been entered into the establishment history books and promulgated within the field of genocide studies, in documentaries, in the official history at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and even proclaimed from on-high by the UN Security Council in April 2014.

 “The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power, with the crucial assistance of a related cadre of intellectual enforcers. The favorite weapons of these enforcers are reciting the institutionalized untruths as gospel while portraying critics of the standard model as ‘genocide deniers,’ dark figures who lurk at the same moral level as child molesters, to be condemned and even outlawed. But we will show that this is not only crude name-calling, it also deflects attention away from those figures who bear the greatest responsibility for the bulk of the killings in Rwanda 1994, and for the even larger-scale killings in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo thereafter.”

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source:Black Agenda Report

Oranto Petroleum Limited, in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, is set to fund an educational program in the country. The program is geared at improving the educational sector and overall socio-economic development in the war-torn African nation.

The program involves the provision of quality training for 25 teachers and 60,000 children across 30 villages in the Eastern Lakes state and would last for a period of 5 years.

“For South Sudan to reach its true place in Africa, we have to invest in education and great students are the result of great teachers and it is, therefore, essential to empower and support teaching professionals throughout this country,” Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.

The educational program organized by Oranto may be targeted at refugees returning to the country, in a bid to support and pave way for more economic advancement and considerable impact for individuals and local communities.

South Sudan has been faced with severe economic challenges including economic instability and poor infrastructure. The country’s educational system for children has deteriorated greatly as a result of conflict and other forms of emergencies, the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Since the outbreak of the deadly civil war in 2013, it has experienced a massive migration of over two million citizens to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR). Recently, some of the refugees have returned after a peace deal was signed between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

“I am thankful to Oranto Petroleum and implore on other oil companies in the country to do the same”, the Minister added.

In line with Oranto’s policy of significantly engaging local human and material resources in all its activities in South Sudan while promoting the development of social infrastructure, the company also plans to fund the construction of two primary schools in two villages.

Oranto Petroleum Limited is one of Nigeria’s privately owned and managed oil companies. It is involved in oil production and exploration, with over 22 oil and gas license in 12 countries.

 

Source:Ventures Africa

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Here is my thinking and a challenge to all Zambians. We have a very tiny economy and we spend a great deal of our time fighting over a pint of salt when we could be mining the ocean. I reside in Ontario, Canada’s largest province. Ontario is only a province in Canada – but it’s by far richer than Zambia, a nation-state. Consider, for example, Ontario has a population of about 15 million people. But it boasts of a GDP of over US$660 billion. Ontario’s main industries include: Manufacturing, Hydro (electricity), Film & Media, Tech, Telecommunications, Steel, Agriculture. The average annual income for Ontario is about US$45,000.

Ontario compares favourably, even at par with Switzerland, which has a population of about 9 million people. Switzerland’s GDP is over US$685 billion. Switzerland’s main industries include: Pharma, Finance and Tennis. And, on average, an individual earns about US$61,000 per year in Switzerland.

Zambia, on the other hand, has a population of about 16 million people, statistically the same as Ontario’s. But Zambia’s GDP is very small, at about US$26 billion. Zambia’s major industries include: Copper mining and processing, construction, emerald mining, beverages, food, textiles, chemicals, fertilizer and horticulture. The highest paid Zambian may earn about US$66,000 per year.

What does these numbers say? First, that Zambia is under-utilizing its resources (human, raw, capital, and so on) and underdeveloped its potential. However, Zambia has room to grow – in fact – at the moment Zambia is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. But it remains, relatively, a very small economy, more like a province of some small country in Europe. Second, there is need to change the focus. Focus, has generally, been on arguing about the small resources in circulation (mostly centred around copper mining) rather than growing the pie. There is urgent need to increase GDP, expand industries, and make copper mining subsidiary to agriculture, for example. And third and last, compared to Switzerland (which has tennis and finance at the core of its economy and yet is far richer than Zambia), Zambia has potential to develop its existing industries, invest in and develop new others, and become a prosperous country.

Zambia can become a higher-income earner. This is not simply intellectual pandering; there are steps that can be taken to achieve an Upper-Income Economic status. I have proposed a 30-10-60 Theory in earlier writings.

The gist of the 30-10-60 economic model is that, within the next 50 years, Zambia should attain to an affluent middle-class characterized by, “being able to enjoy an acceptable standard of living and being happy (happiness will mean having a life expectancy of 76 years and above; enjoying and having access to a stable and working social support system; freedom from corruption; being able to give to others; and ability to bring in an income that meets all the basic needs and have surplus for saving for the future).”

Source: lusakatimes.com

‘Where are you from?’

I hear this more often than I hear my own name, and my response often depends on who’s asking; I can turn my ethnicity… heritage… into an icebreaker and ask the other person to have a guess, if they get the right answer I’ll give them £100. They never guess correctly, which I’m always relieved about – I can’t afford to keep giving away £100! Or I can weaponise it, pushing the other person into feeling self-conscious about whatever stereotype or bias they might be exposing in trying to guess. Finally, I can lie, which I often do when I feel uncomfortable, or unsafe, or just exhausted.

I’ll say, ‘London, mate’, and stick to that even when the response is, ‘Okay but where are you from from?’

And without fail, the response if I chose to reveal my half-Brazilian, half-Montenegrin heritage is always an impressed ‘woah!’, a moment I recognise, because I do it too, but a moment worth unpacking nonetheless. Call it what you want; biracial, mixed-ethnicity, mixed-race, ‘ethnic’, the idea that people who are a blend of races, ethnicities or nationalities are somehow more fascinating, or more ‘trendy’ is pretty problematic. Here’s a little break down of what is going through my mind when the entire conversation descends into a discussion about where I come from:

First of all, I am neither an imported fruit nor a mystical creature in a zoo, so comments about how rare or ‘exotic’ I am, and how new and exciting that is for everyone, implicitly suggests that I’m too different to belong. I understand that it is an unusual mixture to you, but to me it’s all I have ever known, it is natural and familiar and yet still something I have to condense into soundbites because here I am, explaining it to a stranger for the fifth time this week.

I may have foreign parents (is what I say when I mispronounce words like ‘radiator’ or reveal that I don’t know what Paddington Bear is), but I was born and educated in London and so bombarding me with questions about the political, socio-economic history of Brazil and Montenegro is going to make me feel like I don’t know enough about the political, socio-economic history of Brazil and Montenegro. Would you ask me this if I stuck to my ‘London’ answer? Probably not.

Loaded compliments that are solely based on my ethnicity make me feel uncomfortable, even if you don’t intend them to. Saying that I’m more interesting or more attractive based on something I have absolutely no control over is just an empty compliment – and if it wasn’t tinged with racism (and it usually is) – I probably wouldn’t care. But telling me that I must be an amazing dancer, or ‘fiery in the bedroom’, or must be used to wearing bikinis is bizarre and repulsive, and you should know better.

In all honesty, those comments are not that exhausting to deal with. There are plenty of people who are mixed, just like I am, but who have to deal with a lot more racism. I’m fortunate to pass as ‘white enough’, as I have been informed, so even though some casual racism might be thrown my way, my colour of my skin hasn’t often made me into a target the way it can for many others.

The hardest part of navigating my complex identity is that I myself, do not know exactly how to answer the ‘where are you from’ question. Truthfully, I am unsure. Debates about my ‘genuine’ identity, about the number of passports I have, or should have, about how many languages I can speak and about how much general knowledge I should have are not debates I agreed to when answering the question. Nor is my identity something you are entitled to ‘test’ me on. Here’s what I’d love to talk about, when I am asked about my background:

It is strange to be born in one country but have connections to two, very different countries. It is strange grow up in a household where all three languages are spoken, but English dominates out of practicality, so that the older I get the more I lose what once came to me so easily. And it is stranger still to grow up with a blend of three cultures that make the United Kingdom seem both so familiar yet so foreign at the same time, a feeling that is reinforced when someone insists on determining my origins even after I’ve already given them my answer. It is hard to grow up with family stretched between two different continents; I have missed birthdays, weddings and funerals. I go back often and still feel like an outsider, I read the news and listen to music in an effort to prove to other people (and myself) that I am authentically who I say I am.

These are things I’d much rather discuss with you, stranger or not, instead of struggling to answer what exact year Brazil’s military dictatorship ended, or explain that, yes, I do speak Montenegrin but I never learnt to read or write in it so I am nowhere near fluent. Please stop questioning me. Perhaps start listening instead?

Source:SOAS UK

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

Four years ago a publication was made Ghanaians living in Hamburg, Germany demanding answers from authorities about the rampant death of their countrymen. Years have passed but the toll of such deaths has neither ceased nor decreased. It is clear that death is inevitable but the frequency and circumstance is what is worrying.

It is upon this back drop that a discussion on that topic was held on the health show hosted by Effya on TopAfric radio and was covered by the NDR Das. This could be a huge step to drawing the attention of the right authorities to come to the aid of the Ghanaian community.

Within the public sphere the theory such as doctors intentionally killing their victims is purported to be one of the causes of such deaths.

During the radio discussion the following factors were enumerated to be possibly contributing to such premature death; Irresponsible self medication, unhealthy and sedentary life styles, physical inactivity, under utilisation of the health care system, religious and cultural beliefs and practices, ignorance and lack of information, double and quadruple jobs to cater for families and acquisitions of properties back home, genetics, environment etc. 

Recommendations to counteracting the problem will be to negate the above enumerated possible causes.

 As public Health scientists we see the issue as public health emergency which threatens the human security within the Ghanaian community in Hamburg. An anecdotal evidence of the issue at stake could be true but not enough deal with the problem.

To a achieve the desired result, a holistic approach is needed hence an urgent need for scientific research that encompasses needs assessments , data collection, analysis  and findings to draw and implement a comprehensive public health intervention which is participatory and culturally tailored to mitigate the problem.

The negative impacts of the continuous premature death of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. It affects the families and society at large as well as the economy here in Germany and Ghana. For this reason we would like to call on stakeholders to support the worthy course by funding such project. We are looking up to the Ghana Embassy, German Health ministry and other such interested institutions to heed to this call so as to ensure that such premature deaths would be a thing of the past through the implementation of public health interventions.
Ghanaians dying premature in Hamburg!!!

Aileen Ashe (Public Health scientist and language and culture mediator)
Ursula D’Almeida (pharmacist and  Public Health Scientist)

There is hardly anything that contributes to a better mood or offers more fun than one of the most beautiful pastimes in the world. But the importance of a healthy and regular sex life really is often underestimated.

Here are eight good reasons why you should not neglect your sex life. Because this is what happens to your body when you stop having sex:
Why a healthy sex life not only ensures a good mood

1. You get sick more often

If you don’t have sex for a long time, your immune system becomes significantly weaker. Germs then have an easier job of spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu more easily. So, just by having more sex, you can help keep your herbal remedy teas in the closet!

2. Your stress levels increase

Sex is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Regular sex reduces the amount of stress hormones and makes you feel more relaxed in everyday life. Without this important balance, you could become a ticking time bomb!

3. It’s harder for you to get aroused

It’s hard to believe, but true: If you don’t regularly “practice,” it’s difficult for a lot of people to become aroused. Men can experience problems having erections and it can be harder for women to have an orgasm. So, you have to stay on top of things to make sure the “switch” always remains on.

4. Your dreams change
Some people suddenly notice that they have strange dreams when their sex life is suffering. It can mean that you unexpectedly start dreaming about sex or have orgasms in your sleep.

5. Over time you lose your desire to have sex

If your body notices that you’re having a prolonged dry spell in the sexual sense, the production of sex hormones reduces. You feel less like having sex if you have been abstinent for a while. In addition, your libido will eventually feel different. And this is all due to the fact that your sex hormones are slowly vanishing.

6. You’ll feel more distance between your partner and yourself

When a couple in a relationship only rarely sleep together, their interpersonal distance becomes greater. You may start to have feelings of uncertainty related to your partner and other people will seem more attractive to you.

7. It lowers your feeling of self-worth

It is not surprising that a person’s self-worth is harmed, if that individual does not regularly feel desired. But a lack of sex has been proven to affect a person’s well-being, leading to sadness or depression when sex is absent from their lives. Studies have shown that having sex regularly helps fight depression. It can sometimes even work as well as antidepressants.

8. Your risk of cancer increases

For men, the risk of prostate cancer increases when they don’t have sex for a longer period of time. So it’s not a bad idea for men to “flush out” the pipes. Because then the risk is significantly reduced.

Well, if all this isn’t motivation enough, then I don’t know what is! For all these reasons, it would be almost irresponsible not to make love more regularly, don’t you think?!

Source: hefty.com

This article was first published in 2014! 
The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 30 people 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at Nov 2018, more than 30 Ghanaians have been burried. The average age was just around 45 years.                                                                   

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.

Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!
There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg. The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (http://amzn.to/2wKIHc7)

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

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A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

A small ten year old Kenyan-German girl in Duisburg is dancing her way to become a European Dance Champion. At her age, Tracy Gathoni has mastered the art of hip hop street dance and is collecting trophies to prove it.
Tracy made her debut in competitive dance in 2012 at the United Dance Organization (UDO) championships in Glasgow-Scotland, and she has never looked back.
After that competition, Tracy’s mother saw her potential and enrolled her in dance classes in Duisburg with renowned trainer, Martina Böhm from TopDance. A course Tracy now attends once a week.
Daughter to a Kenyan lady, Diana Rose Wambui, Tracy has two brothers: 5-year-old Myles and 3-year-old Tyler. The boys have also taken a keen interest in dancing. In fact, Myles recently shared a stage with his sister at the UDO 2016 championships in Gladbeck, coming in at first place. “I had thought that the boys would be more interested in soccer and other sports, but apparently, they are taking after their sister”, Diana Rose says.
The dotting mother of three says that each child has an individual inborn talent that can be nurtured through encouragement and she is determined to support her daughter through it all.
Diana Rose works hard to ensure her daughter gets what she needs for the competitions. She says she would do whatever possible to ensure that her daughter attains her fullest potential in this sport she loves.
Her love for dance and diligence in practice has seen the 10 year-old-girl amass trophies from her spectacular performance. Most of the dances are solo, but she also in a duo with her 11-year-old best friend Aliyah Werner. Some of which are made carved into history on their Facebook page Tracy und Aliyah
Although she loves dancing she confesses to getting nervous before getting on stage. “Sometimes I have no routine at the start of the dance, but once the music begins playing, I gain my ground and dance away”, she explains. She is probably the youngest self-taught upcoming super dance star.
Her prowess on the dance floor has seen her gather about 30 trophies all won in the 1st position. In 2014 and 2015, she performed a solo at the world championships held in Scotland. She has also graced Das SuperTalent a renowned German talent show on RTL. Recently, a video of her performance at the European United Dance Organization-Germany went viral on YouTube.
Through her dancing Tracy has become a household name in NRW and specifically in Duisburg where she lives. The city Mayor (Bürgemeister) knows her personally and invites her to perform at various events.
And before you think dancing is all she does, Tracy recently joined Gymnasium from primary school. Gymnasium only takes the top cream and usually prepares children for an academic profession. The cheeky girl with a beautiful smile on her face says she has a timetable clearly making time for her books and dancing.
Unlike kids her age who would be excited about the fame and limelight, Tracy says she doesn’t flaunt it when she’s in school and rarely tells them what she does over the weekend. She reasons that dancing is her hobby and she would like it separate that from school.
Unlike her schoolmates who might not have an idea who she is in her other life, her brothers have not been spared from seeing her shine and they both believe she’s a star. “They believe Tracy is a star in dancing and no one can convince them otherwise”, Diana Rose beams.
One would have thought that Diana Rose would be applauded for her dedication to make her daughter a dance star, but she has received some backlash with some people accusing her of only focusing on Tracy while she has three children. But to her defence Diana Rose says that the boys are on the track of choosing what activities they love but as soon as they set their sights on something, she’ll be there supporting them. In the meantime, they enjoy emulating their sister, learning new moves and dance styles.
Diana Rose regrets that most Kenyan parents in Germany are so engrossed in work and the daily hustle and do not have time for their children.
“It is important to know what capabilities your child is displaying and support them to achieve their goals” she advices.
Surprisingly, Tracy is not convinced she will end up as a professional dancer, since her last trip to the Museum of Archaeology has convinced her that she would make a great archaeologist.

Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

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