Posts tagged africa
Posts tagged africa
Imprisoned three times by the Nigerian government, Chris Abani turned his experience into poems that Harold Pinter called “the most naked, harrowing expression of prison life and political torture imaginable.” His novels include GraceLand (2004) and The Virgin of Flames (2007).
Many aspects of African design — in architecture, art, even hair braiding — are based on perfect fractal patterns.
“The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking.”
"The idea that intelligence is linked to English pronunciation is a legacy from colonial thinking," said Delalorm Semabia, 25, a Ghanaian blogger. "People used to think that if you speak like the British then you are as intelligent as the British. But now we are waking up to the fact that we have great people here who have never stepped outside the borders."
"The best example of Ghanaian English on the international scene is [former UN secretary general] Kofi Annan’s clear diction," said Ghanaian columnist Kofi Amenyo. "The man maintains the Ghanaian features in his pronunciation and yet succeeds in being easily understood by the peoples of the world."
For Ghana’s younger generation, though, the move towards Ghanaian English is less about elder statesmen, and more about music and technology.
"In the 90s many local artists wanted to sound like Usher or Jay-Z, but now they are taking local names and branding themselves locally," said Semabia. "Little by little, people are embracing the use of our own languages – for example, now we can Google in Akan.
"For us, English is our language – we want to break away from the old strictures, to personalise it, mix it with our local languages, and have fun with it. The whole point of language is that it’s supposed to be flexible and it’s meant to be fun."
English: Aussie, Cockney, Southern USA, Jersey, Pidgin…….all sound good to me. Language is an absolute joy just like the myriad of human culture is sometimes the only reason for living…
One of the best talks that will forever leave a mark on how i see people. Often, our opinions of other people are already preempted by “prejudices” planted by the walls we built around ourselves. It’s hard to battle these stereotypes. Even Chimamanda is pointing out here that that’s ok —- but —- we should Try not to Overlook the Other “stuff”. The media continously reports on Wars, Disasters, Poverty that represent countries such as were i come from, and truth be told, because they were sensationalized — our countries were heard, HOWEVER we are still individuals, the “pack” may not represent all of us well, hence it would really make this world more amazing if we just see people for who they are — that there’s more than one story to all of us and in the end you might find we have more in common than you think.Hannah Tiu
Long before Kony 2012 became an Internet sensation, the film’s director, Jason Russell, was a hit with the Religious Right and the broader evangelical community. Russell, the founder of Invisible Children, has been lavished with praise on Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network and on stage at Jerry Falwell’s university. Additionally, as Bruce Wilson has explored, Invisible Children has received substantial funding from extremely conservative Christian groups and foundations.
The San Diego NBC affiliate is reporting that Jason Russell, a founder of Invisible Children and narrator of the viral video, Kony 2012, has been detained for a string bizarre behavior that includes public masturbation and vandalizing cars in Pacific Beach, Calif.:
Police described Russell as “in his underwear.” He allegedly took off his underwear at one point, but it was back on by the time officers arrived, said police.
Several people attempted to calm him down and when officers arrived police said he was cooperative.
"He was no problem for the police department however, during the evaluation we learned that we probably needed to take care of him," said an SDPD spokesperson. "We determined that medical treatment was a better course of action than arrest."
Russell was taken to a medical center after the incident.
Bible Humping Honkies to the Rescue.