The HIV-AIDS virus is spreading epidemically in Africa more than in any other continent. Many reasons have been given for the rapid spread and different initiatives dedicated to stop the spread have been started. One of the basic topics in connection with HIV-AIDS is educative information on sex. Due to lack of sex education, apart from the spread of the deadly virus, the rate of teenage pregnancy is also very high in Africa. A young Cameroonian woman, Christelle Ngounou, speaks about her experience as a teenage mother, sex education in Cameroon, the attitude of her community to teenage pregnancy and her personal goals.
The second and third generations of African descendents are now part of the multicultural population in Europe. The majority of them grow-up within the European culture and have only scanty knowledge about the African culture. Similar to the situation in the Americas, many would like to know more about their roots and some visit Africa regularly. Afritopic had a chat with a young lady of African descent, Peninnah Weigewwa. In a relaxed and fairly optimistic manner, Peninnah talks about herself and her career aspirations.
The Black community in Germany is growing and so is the number of highly qualified African descendants actively participating in shaping the future of the black community within and outside of Germany. One of these skilled, dynamic Africans is Adetoun Adebisi. The following portrait is the result of an interview Afritopic conducted with Adetoun.
The Information Technology sector is no more a domain reserved for men alone. This is very true particularly in the industrialized countries. In these countries, women have been working and demonstrating their expertise in various technological sectors. Comparing the industrialized nations to developing countries in Africa, the media talk of the technology/digital divide. But Africans, despite all the difficulties facing the continent, are not ready to loose the race.
The Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi created in 1870, AIDA, an opera in four acts, after accepting a request from the Egyptian Viceroy, Ismail Pascià. The opera was intended to be performed during the grandiose inauguration ceremony of the Suez Canal. The core story of the opera is about the love between a Nubian slave (Aida) and the Egyptian commandant (Radames), who was engaged to Pharaoh’s daughter (Amneris). The Opera premiered in 1871, at the Opera Theater in Cairo. Since then, various versions have been created and performed by different artists. The current interpretation as a musical by Disney’s authors including Sir Tim Rice, the prolific lyricist and the musician/composer, Sir Elton John was successful in the USA. The German translation of this musical premiered on the 5th October 2003 at the Colosseum Theater in Essen, Germany with Florence Kasumba, an African from Uganda in the lead role AIDA. Her performance has been brilliant and applauded by the media.
Some talents are discovered when they are very young but most people discover their blessed talents later as adults. Yamile started studying English, Spanish and business studies but later discovered her talent and love for fine art. Today, she is determined to achieve success as an artist. AFRITOPIC discussed with her.
I am living in Berlin, but grew up in a very small town called Bensheim, near the German Financial city, Frankfurt. I was born in Columbia to a native Columbian mother and an Afro-Columbian father. A Dutch family adopted me when I was 1 year old. I speak German, English and Dutch fluently but not Spanish.