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Komla Dumor: BBC World TV Star

Komla2LONDON, January 20, 2014 (BBC) -- BBC TV presenter Komla Dumor has died suddenly at his home in London at the age of 41, it has been announced. Ghana-born Dumor was a presenter for BBC World News and its Focus on Africa programme. One of Ghana's best-known journalists, he joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

Read more... Monday, 20 January 2014 17:17
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Nigeria: Ambassador Assam E. Assam - Talking Sports More Than Diplomacy

he_assam2By Onochie Anibeze

MOSCOW, Russia, December 20, 2013 (Vanguard) -- Chief Assam E. Assam is Nigeria's Ambassador to the Russian Federation and Belarus. Seasoned diplomats carry themselves with candour. They portray dignity in their functions. There's so much diplomacy in the way they talk and in their actions too.

Read more... Friday, 20 December 2013 17:18
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Mandela: Final and Long Walk to Freedom

iNelManBy Christopher Torchia

QUNU, South Africa, December 15, (Associated Press) — Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in the African ground he loved after a funeral ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and fly-overs by military aircraft as well as a eulogy by a traditional leader wearing an animal skin.

Read more... Monday, 16 December 2013 17:05
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Putin Calls Nelson Mandela 'Greatest Humanist of Our Time'

iEmbMandelaMOSCOW, December 11, 2013 (TMT) -- President Vladimir Putin has visited the South African Embassy in Moscow to write a message in the book of condolences dedicate to Nelson Mandela, who died last week.


Putin called Mandela the greatest humanist of the last two centuries and said his policy of promoting racial equality should be held up as an example for future generations to follow, Itar-Tass reported.

Read more... Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:19
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OBITUARY: World's Most Beloved Statesman

iNelManBy Christopher Torchia and Marcus Eliason

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 06, 2013 (Associated Press) - Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died. He was 95.

Read more... Friday, 06 December 2013 16:10
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In Ghana, Funerals Have Become Big Business

GhaAirBy Pauline Bax

ACCRA, Ghana, November 28, 2013 (Bloomberg) -- Benjamin Aidoo has brought his dancing pallbearers to more than 200 funerals in Ghana, easing loved ones to their final resting places to the strains of everything from reggae to gospel music. “Customers say, ‘Papa loved dancing when he was alive, let him dance one more time,’” says 27-year-old Aidoo, who charges as much as 800 cedis ($387) a ceremony. “This is a new business where we dance the coffin to the grave instead of marching solemnly,” he says. Aidoo founded his business in 2010 and is now having to turn customers away.

Read more... Thursday, 28 November 2013 09:30

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