Robin Walker, the London-based author of When We Ruled: The Ancient and Medieval History of Black Civilisations a more than 700-page book that documents thousands of years of African achievement, has scheduled a Mid-Atlantic book tour for Nov.17- 22..
The tour, during which Wright will make scheduled appearances in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., is sponsored by Black Classic Press, which is based in Baltimore. Founded in 1978, It is one of the oldest independently owned black publishing companies in the country.
When We Ruled has been printed in two volumes.
Meshack Asare has been named winner of the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature.
Asare, a native of Ghana, who lives in Degenfield, Germany, is the first African to win the $25,000 prize.
The Neustadt Prize, which is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today, is awarded every other year. He won the award on Oct. 24 for ” Kwajo and the Brassman’s Secret,” first published in 1981.
Asare’s other books include “Sosu’s Call,” “Chipo and the Bird on the Hill,” “The Magic Goat,” and “Cat: In Search of a Friend.”
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.
Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said.
“Dr. Salia was extremely critical when he arrived here, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we weren’t able to save him,” said Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit.
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Tanzanian young entrepreneur and politician, Mr Mohamed Dewji, has again been named in the list of Africa’s wealthiest businessmen by Ventures Africa for 2014, an African business magazine and news service.
Mr Dewji, Member of Parliament (MP) for Singida Urban on CCM ticket, is the only Tanzanian in the list which is regarded as the most comprehensive compilation of the continent’s wealthiest individuals.
He occupies the 24th position among 55 wealthiest businessmen in Africa and he and Igho Sanomi of Nigeria remain the continent’s youngest billionaires. They are both 39 years old.
The young Tanzanian billionaire is the third generation of a family of successful Tanzanian entrepreneurs. Over the past decade, as CEO he has grown his family’s business from a national trading house to a multi-billion-dollar, multinational conglomerate, generating a $2-billion fortune for himself in the process.
Nigeria’s Mr Aliko Dangote, who is the founder of Africa’s largest industrial conglomerate, Dangote Group, remains the continent’s richest man.
His net worth has grown to $25.7 billion in 2014, a 21 per cent rise from his $20.2 billion valuation in 2013. According to the report, Nigeria, South Africa and Egypt are homes to most billionaires.
Nigeria leads the pack with 23, while South Africa and Egypt have both produced eight billionaires. In total, twelve African countries are represented on the list.
The most prevalent industries in which African billionaires operate are: Construction, financial services, oil and gas, manufacturing and real estate.
Ms Folorunsho Alakija of Nigeria is the richest black woman in the world, worth $7.3 billion. She is followed by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, at $3.5 billion.
The parents of Michael Brown addressed members of the United Nations on Tuesday on a mission to bring further international awareness to the shooting death of their unarmed 18-year-old son by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.
Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. traveled to Geneva, Switzerland as part of a delegation of human rights advocates and spoke before a U.N. Committee against Torture. They made a statement against police brutality and voiced their concerns over the latest ongoing events in Ferguson.
“We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” McSpadden told CNN. “We need answers and we need action. And we have to bring it to the U.N. so they can expose it to the rest of the world, what’s going on in small town Ferguson.”
Family and community members are bracing for the decision of a grand jury that will determine whether Wilson, 28, will be indicted on charges for the death of Brown. The results of their deliberations are expected to be announced this week.
However, Brown’s parents say Wilson got away with murder and called for his immediate arrest in their testimony before members of the committee.
But while local residents are stocking up on guns and ammunition in anticipation of any potential protests, McSpadden made a plea for peace asking residents and community members to pause, plan and prepare in response to the grand jury decision.
“We don’t want anyone acting irrational or acting before thinking,” McFadden said. “Because it wouldn’t be serving us any purpose, it wouldn’t be doing us any good. We’re trying to get a message across.”
Brown’s parents relayed this message to members of the U.N. committee and urged them to bring an end to racially-biased policing tactics and the practice of racial-profiling by officers in Ferguson.
Along with these recommendations, Brown and McSpadden requested a nationwide investigation examining “systematic police brutality and harassment in black and brown communities, and youth in particular. Methodology and findings of this investigation must be made publicly available,” they said according to CNN.
Brown’s death is one of the latest incidents in a string of shootings of unarmed black teenagers and his parents are not the only ones who have shared their loss before the U.N.
The parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, two slain unarmed 17-year-old boys from Florida, also shared their concerns on race and discrimination at a convention earlier this year in Switzerland. They testified before the U.N.’s Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, which strives to uphold human and civil rights standards around the world.
“I … wanted the committee to know that [Trayvon] was killed by a person [who] is of non-African-American descent and that the person was 28 years old so that they can understand that this was a 17-year-old child, by U.S. standards, against a 28-year-old adult male, and that Trayvon was considered a threat only because of the color of his skin,” Sybrina Fulton told the committee in August, discussing the death of her son who was killed by former neighborhood watch guard George Zimmerman.
Fulton’s testimony to the U.N. was supported by Ron Davis, the father of Jordan Davis — a black teenager from Florida who was shot to death in an altercation over loud music. The shooter, Michael Dunn, a white 47-year-old software engineer, was eventually found guilty and charged with three counts of second-degree attempted murder.
“My son, 17-year-old Jordan Davis… was killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, for no other reason other than the color of his skin and also that he was playing loud music,” Davis said.
Meanwhile, McFadden and Brown Sr. join the parents of Martin and Davis in battling the loss of their relatives while remaining strong in their mission to fight for justice.
“It’s a situation where I’m surprised we haven’t even lost our mind yet over this,” Brown’s father told CNN. “But we’re being strong. Hopefully, justice will prevail.”
By BABA AHMED of the Associated Press via Huff Post World Post
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian authorities on Wednesday reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be linked to the nation’s only other known case, an alarming setback as the country tries to limit the epidemic ravaging other West African countries.
Health officials began monitoring dozens of hospital employees and family members and also searched this capital city of about 2 million for those who helped prepare the body of a victim for burial before it was known how highly contagious the corpse was.
The announcement came just a day after Malian health authorities said there had been no other reported cases — let alone deaths — since a 2-year-old girl who had traveled to Mali from Guinea succumbed to the virus in late October.
A nurse working at a clinic in the capital died Tuesday, and tests later showed she had Ebola, Communications Minister Mahamadou Camara said Wednesday. A patient the nurse had treated died on Monday and was later confirmed to have had the disease as well.
The patient — an imam who lived in a small community near Guinea’s border with Mali — came to the Clinique Pasteur on Oct. 25 late at night. The man, 70, was so ill he could not speak or give information about his symptoms, according to the head of the clinic.
“His family did not give us all the information that would have led us to suspect Ebola,” Dramane Maiga told The Associated Press.
The man was being treated for renal insufficiency at the Bamako hospital, officials said. The condition can result from kidney disease but is also a symptom of late-stage Ebola, when vital organs begin to shut down.
The nurse was hospitalized on Saturday and hospital officials did not alert the health ministry until Monday morning. Health officials did not arrive at the clinic until 6 p.m. and by the time the test results came back on Tuesday, the 25-year-old nurse was already dead, said Maiga.
The new Ebola cases come just as public health officials started to think Mali had avoided the worst. The cases are stark reminders that the disease is hard to track and the entire West Africa region remains vulnerable as long as there are cases anywhere.
“For the moment we have 30 people under observation at Clinique Pasteur — including 16 patients — along with 45 family members,” said Ousmane Doumbia, secretary-general for the Malian health ministry.
Nearly 5,000 people have died this year in the region from the virus, which first erupted in Guinea, on Mali’s border.
Mali’s first case initially caused alarm because officials said the toddler was bleeding from her nose as she traveled with relatives by public transport from Guinea to Mali. Ebola is transmitted through the bodily fluids of people who are showing symptoms, which include bleeding, vomiting and diarrhea.
About 50 other people who had possible contact with the girl remain under observation in Kayes, 375 miles (600 kilometers) from Bamako. They will be released from quarantine on Nov. 16 if they don’t show symptoms.
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ABUJA, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan announced on Tuesday that he would seek a second term in a February 2015 presidential election in Africa’s biggest economy and top oil producer.
“After seeking the face of God, and in the quiet of my family … I have accepted to present myself,” Jonathan told a crowd of hundreds of cheering supporters at a rally in Abuja. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)
By JONATHAN PAYE-LAYLEH of AP via Huff Post World Post
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The United States Monday opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia.
The new clinic opened in Tubmanburg, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital, Monrovia. The number of people with Ebola appears to declining in the capital, Monrovia, but more cases are popping up in other areas of the West African country, according to the World Health Organization.
Liberia has lost more than 2,700 people to the deadly virus, spread by direct contact with bodily fluids.
The U.S. has authorized the Pentagon to deploy up to 4,000 service members to West Africa to build the 100-bed units and bring supplies into the country; the U.S. is also helping to train medical workers and burial teams.
The virus has taken a heavy toll on health care workers, sickening more than 500 in the hardest-hit countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Some 4,500 health workers are still needed, according to WHO. The U.S. has already opened a field hospital dedicated to treating infected health workers; the center that opened Monday is the first of several that will treat ordinary Liberians.
The U.S. intervention in Liberia is “the largest ever U.S. response to a global health crisis,” said USAID Disaster Response Team leader Bill Berger.
In neighboring Senegal, the government on Monday said it will gradually re-open borders with Ebola-affected countries, as recommended by the West African regional body ECOWAS. Senegal, which shares a border with Guinea, had closed land borders and air space in August. Senegalese President Macky Sall said the country will continue to screen passengers from affected countries.
In Sierra Leone, the attorney general on Monday justified the Nov. 4 detention of a local radio journalist, saying he made remarks that could “incite public hatred, disaffection and instability.” The official said journalist David Tam Baryoh “made disparaging and inflammatory statements that in no way would aid the collective efforts we are making as a nation in the fight against” Ebola.
Associated Press reporters Clarence Roy-Macaulay in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and Babacar Dione in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.