Black in France – the full 3 part documentary

If you missed this Al-Jazeera documentary when it came out a few months ago, it is now fully available to stream on their website.

Between one and five million French citizens claim African or Caribbean heritage. These numbers are, however, estimates, as population censuses do not recognise race.

For over a century, black immigrants, though never officially identified as different, were treated as ‘others’.

Even today, of France’s 577 members of parliament, only five are black.

This three-part series tells the story of blacks in France – a long history of segregation, racism, protest, violence, culture and community building – from the turn of the 20th century until the present day.

Catch the rest of the documentary on AJE’s website:

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The Revolution in Burkina Faso

In late October, the landlocked African nation of Burkina Faso saw the end of its president’s 27-year-long reign. A popular revolution terminated Blaise Compaoré’s term after he tried to change the constitution so that he could run for a fifth consecutive term.

Cornered by an angry mob in his presidential palace, “Beau Blaise” fled the country along with his entourage as protesters torched the National Assembly and other symbols of the old regime.

Now in exile, Compaoré is rumored to be living in luxury on the Ivory Coast. In Burkina Faso, a new transitional government has emerged, led by President Michel Kafando and his prime minister, Lieutenant-Colonel Yacouba Isaac Zida.

VICE News went to the streets of Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou in the midst of the revolution to document the final hours of Compaoré’s reign.

In 1983, Thomas Sankara, known as the Che Guevara of Africa, took power in Burkina Faso. But a few years later, he was overthrown in a French-backed coup. In his place, the French installed, Blaise Compoare. Many years have passed and he is still in power. However, it seems that his days are numbered. There is a revolution happening in Burkina Faso. Protest has been stirring for weeks as President Blaise Compoare has been trying to extend his term limits. The people won’t allow it and have taken over the TV centre and Parliament. 19 people have already been killed and an army coup is brewing. A key Western ally in the region, is the government about to fall?

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How much does war cost? Economics of war in South Sudan

South Sudan is only four years old, but the world’s youngest nation tops the rank of failed states worldwide.
After decades of conflict with its neighbour Sudan, long-sought autonomy in 2011 was meant to be a dream come true, but the country has been wracked by violence ever since.

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Weekend song: P-Square and Awilo – Enemy Solo

The Most anticipated video “Enemy Solo” from Congolese legend Awilo Longomba and Africa’s superstar duo Psquare is finally here!!!!

Enemy Solo in Lingala means “Enemy Bad Smell” which simply refers to enemies of progress, or as Nigerian will call it “Bad Belle” people

I honestly haven’t heard from Awilo Longomba since Carolina and Coupe Coupe Bibamba. Good to hear he still makes good songs.

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Capitaine Thomas Sankara: the trailer for the new documentary

This documentary portrays the revolution driven by Thomas Sankara, former President of Burkina Faso.

From 1983 to 1987, Sankara fought for the political independence of the country, its debt , but also the education of young people, women’s emancipation and the eradication of corruption. This intransigent policy and the escapades of the young , beautiful and brilliant leader make the world tremble powerful and ends in 1987 , the year of his assassination .

For over 25 years , Christophe Cupelin tirelessly collecting written records , audio and audiovisual and managed through a meticulous assembly to paint a portrait of this outstanding revolutionary icon.

I have not got to see the movie yet, as the distribution is limited. But I will keep you posted as it becomes available on VOD.

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A truce with Boko Haram?

In the wake of the delayed elections, Goodluck Jonathan has been criticised recently after striking a deal with Boko Haram.

The terrorist organisation released a video to deny any truce, and launching new threats again the country.

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has come under fire after a discredited truce with Boko Haram.The deal was being described as a breakthrough, agreed between Nigeria’s government and Boko Haram.The deal was also supposed to pave the way for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls, abducted by the armed group back in April.Both prospects have since been discredited with Boko Haram making a flat denial in a video released online.Are peace talks still possible? Or is military intervention inevitable?

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How a leader can make or break a country – TED talk

Fred Swaniker, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and development expert discusses in this TED talk the importance of leadership for development.

He takes the examples of coups in Ghana, Zambia, and the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe to highlight how governance and strong institutions make the difference in developing economies.

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