Arts

Meet the hip hop grandpas of Nairobi

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG They’re known as Kabangu, and they’re a group of hip hop grandpas who’ve been around since the 1980s — or so it appears. This ultimate band of “true hip hop heads” allegedly double as security guards by night in Kariobangi – one of Nairobi’s informal settlements. By day, the four men are said to educate and ...

ANGELIQUE KIDJO AN AFRICAN ARTIST AND UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR

WRITTEN BY KALAHAN DENG Many of us do not know who is Angelique Kidjo, she is an African artist and Gram-my Award-Winning Musician. Universally, she is regarded as one of the most influential African artist. In 2002, she was appointed as the UNICEF GOODWILL AMBASSADOR and in five years later she founded BATONGA FOUNDATION , a non-profit organization that aims ...

Miss Universe 2015: Was it a stunt to name wrong winner?

You may not have seen Sunday night’s Miss Universe pageant to have heard about host Steve Harvey’s major gaffe in naming, then crowning, the wrong contestant as the winner. The embarrassing blunder has been making the rounds on social media for the last 18 hours, sending #MissUniverse2015 skyrocketing to the top of the list of topics trending on Twitter. Of ...

Baghdad holds Miss Iraq pageant for the first time in 43 years

When Shaima Qasim was crowned Miss Iraq this weekend, she not only triumphed over the other women in the competition but over threats against her life. The pageant was the first to be held in Baghdad in 43 years. “Iraq needed this,” pageant director Ahmed Leith said. “The situation is weak here, and we wanted to celebrate this the same ...

Another famous temple of Bel in the Syria was destroyed by IS

Satellite images have confirmed another famous temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been destroyed, according to the United Nations. The UN training and research agency (UNITAR) released images today showing before and after the explosion on 30 August at Palmyra’s ancient temple of Bel by Islamic State. The image shows almost nothing remains according to UN satellite analysts Unosat. Last ...

2000-year-old temple in Syria was blown up by ISIS

An ancient temple of Baalshamin in the Syrian city of Palmyra was blown up by Islamic State (IS) militants according to Syrian officials and activists. The blast caused devastating damage to the temple and killed a prominent Syrian archaeologist, Khaled al-Asaad while he was working at the site. The temple is Unesco-listed and believe to be nearly 2,000 years old and one of the city’s best-known buildings. It was “an immense ...

the Safecity app make Delhi safer for women

As India’s cities struggle to turn the tables on rape and sexual assault, a new app allows women to share their stories of harassment and actively address abusive behaviour in their neighbourhoods I was touched at rush hour at the busy Andheri Station. A person passing my rickshaw simply touched my breast and ran away while I sat disgusted and ...

Curzon Home Cinema to launch on Virgin Media TiVo

App will give Virgin Media customers access to independent films. Curzon has struck a deal that will bring its VOD service to TiVo in the UK. The launch of the Curzon Home Cinema app on TiVo will give Virgin Media customers access to a range of independent films at the same time they are released into UK and Ireland cinemas, ...

Rebel factions and Syria are working together to protect rich heritage sites

Despite a raging four-year civil war, rebel factions and Syrian officials are working together to protect the country’s rich heritage sites from each other’s bombs — and the Islamic State. Across the country, irreplaceable artifacts have been under siege since 2011, when fighting erupted between the Syrian government and rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad. “Archaeologists from the two ...

Belly dancer acquitted of offending Mortada Mansour

Sama El-Masry was accused of ‘offending’ Zamalek club president and lawyer Mortada Mansour An Egyptian misdemeanour court has acquitted belly dancer Sam El-Masry of “offending Zamalek club president and lawyer Mortada Mansour” following a reconciliation between them, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported. The initial verdict handed to El-Masry was six months in jail and a fine of LE10,000. El-Masry’s lawyer ...

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