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OUR ROOTS: Remembering Ken Saro Wiwa

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*It has been 25 years since Nigeria’s Ken Saro-Wiwa and his nine brothers in the struggle against environmental degradation due to oil exploration and exploitation, were murdered by General Sani Abacha, by hanging.

There was a swift reaction by leaders around the world bringing condemnation against despot Abacha. I had the opportunity to meet Ken Saro Wiwa a few times whenever he was in London as he visited West Africa magazine where I worked as resident cartoonist for over 10 years on Coldharbour lane in Camberwell, Southeast London.

You could not miss his black distinct smoking tobacco pipe. It was always on him if he was not using it. When he was arrested by Abacha, the worst president Nigeria has ever had (to borrow Joe Biden’s phrase which he said to Trump about Trump’s presidency during their first debate), his late son Ken Saro Wiwa Jr. would often come to West Africa, Daily Times House building to give an update of his father’s incarceration.

I still can picture his visits. How time flies. Gone but still remembered.

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]

 

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Silencing the Guns – An African Youth Project

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Press don't crack - A Cartoon by TAYO Fatunla*UNESCO, IICBA (International Institute for building capacity in Africa) and the Paris based Cartooning For Peace will host two virtual training sessions and raising awareness webinars in English and in French, on how to use cartoon art to visually send messages on the themed “Silencing The Guns” project through peace, social awareness and highlighting human rights issues and press freedom.

The purpose of the project is to create awareness among youths and youth leaders from African Universities in Nigeria, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda between the ages of 20 and 28 about building peace initiatives and possibilities through cartoons. Cartoon art will be used as a teaching and literary tool to promote a safe and stimulating environment and atmosphere for ideas and dialogues. Participants will then create their own cartoons on relevant local and social issues.

The cartoonists engaged in the two-day project are Alaa Satir (Sudan), Damien Glez (Burkina Faso), Oscar (Guinea), POV (Madagascar), TAYO (Nigeria), Willis (Tunisia) Yemi (Ethiopia) and Zapiro (South Africa). The English-speaking sessions will take place on the 24th and 27th of November and the French-speaking sessions on 17th and 18th December.

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TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla

TAYO Fatunla is an award-winning Nigerian Comic Artist, Editorial Cartoonist, Writer and Illustrator. He is one of the participants of the CARTAN Virtual cartoon exhibition marking 60 years of Nigeria. He is a graduate of the prestigious Kubert School, in New Jersey, US. and recipient of the 2018 ECBACC Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrated OUR ROOTS creation and series – Famous people in Black History – He participated in the UNESCO’s Cartooning In Africa forum held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Cartooning Global Forum in Paris, France and took part in the Afropolitan Comics virtual comics exhibition arranged by the French Institute in South Africa coinciding with its annual National Arts Festival –www.tayofatunla.com/[email protected]

 

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A Tribute to a Legend the Late President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings

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Jerry Rawlings (1947 – 2020)

*In 1994, Elizabeth, Sia, Sia, Yaba, of the Yaba TV Show had very rare one-on-one interview with the former President of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings.

Her most pressing question was about dual citizenship, “Will African-Americans who return to the Ghana” have the possibility of dual citizenship. His response was “I don’t see why dual citizenship would be denied to African-Americans who want to integrate with their roots.”

JJ Rawlings was born on June 22, 1947 in Accra, Ghana.  He was a highly respected military officer and politician who has contributed largely to the return of Ghana’s national pride which the current President echoes to the family. His first daughter remembers him as a man who live a normal and private life.  She said her father choice for the family to live outside the castle to experience a life filled with love, justice and compassion for others.

The following year, in 1995 JJ Rawlings made a visit to Los Angeles, California. There was a  dinner held for him at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills where the late superstar Michael Jackson, late Isaac Hayes, the legendary Stevie Wonder and many others came to honor him. Four years later in 1999, the former late President returned to the U.S, this time to Washington DC for the passing of the Right of Abode Law.  Seven years stood between the initial thoughts of dual citizenship and the final passing of Law in 2001.

Please see the video clip interview with JJ Rawlings here: www.yabamedia.com

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Elizabeth Sia Sia Yaba

The President who fought for justice, peace and equality also served as the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).  JJ Rawlings laid this foundation upon which others have built upon to provide the very needed human capital, investments potentials and international foreign revenues to Ghana.  During an American Returnee Celebration, President Addo of Ghana stated that “the return of the African Diasporas’ is economically pragmatic for Ghana.”

He is survived by his wife, four children, grandchildren and, especially African-Americans, who share in the Motherland inheritance.  It will continue to be written in gold the legacy he laid and the restoration of the land of Ghana and Africa as a continent. Just as President Addo, stated in his message to the response of his recent death on November 12, 2020, ” A great tree has fallen, and Ghana is poorer for this loss”. Good night JJ Rawlings.

Sia Sia’s cherished interview is just one example of bridging the gap between Africans and African-Americans.  Today, Sia-Sia continues her mission with the Yaba Radio Show on KJLH Radio 102.3 FM every Sunday at 6pm LIVE.

For additional information visit or call:

Website: www.yabamedia.com ~ 562-833-8294

https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.yaba.718

https://twitter.com/yabatvshows?lang=en

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New Google-IFC Report Estimates Africa’s Internet Economy Could be Worth $180 billion by 2025

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[LAGOS, NAIROBI, JOHANNESBURG] e-Conomy Africa 2020, a new report released today by Google and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), estimates that Africa’s Internet economy has the potential to reach 5.2% of the continent’s gross domestic product (GDP) by 2025, contributing nearly $180 billion to its economy. The projected potential contribution could reach $712 billion by 2050.

Driving this growth is a combination of increased access to faster and better quality Internet connectivity, a rapidly expanding urban population, a growing tech talent pool, a vibrant startup ecosystem, and Africa’s commitment to creating the world’s largest single market under the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Currently, Africa is home to 700,000 developers and venture capital funding for startups has increased year-on-year for the past five years, with a record $2.02 billion in equity funding raised in 2019, according to Partech Ventures Africa.

“The digital economy can and should change the course of Africa’s history. This is an opportune moment to tap into the power of the continent’s tech startups for much-needed solutions to increase access to education, healthcare, and finance, and ensure a more resilient recovery, making Africa a world leader in digital innovation and beyond,” said Stephanie von Friedeburg, Interim Managing Director, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of IFC.

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Digital startups in Africa are driving innovation in fast-growing sectors, including fintech, healthtech, media and entertainment, e-commerce, e-mobility, and e-logistics, contributing to Africa’s growing Internet gross domestic product (iGDP) — defined as the Internet’s contribution to the GDP.

“Google and IFC have created this report to highlight the role the digital startup sector is playing and other factors driving the continent’s growth, in order to showcase and support the opportunities the continent presents,” said Google Africa director Nitin Gajria.

An analysis within the report, conducted by Accenture, found that in 2020, the continent’s iGDP may contribute approximately $115 billion to Africa’s $2.554 trillion GDP (4.5% of total GDP). This is up from $99.7 billion (3.9% of total GDP) in 2019, with the potential to grow as the continent’s economies develop.

Investments in infrastructure, consumption of digital services, public and private investment, and new government policies and regulations will play an important role in supporting Africa’s digital growth. The report notes that investment in digital skills will also need to increase in order to help drive technology usage and continue to grow the continent’s talent pool.

About Google
Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

About IFC
IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.

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