Rosie Awori

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Esi Edugyan a second time winner with Washington Black

Ghanaian–Canadian writer wins the $100,000 Soctiabank Giller Prize By Rosie Awori Ghanaian –Canadian writer, Esi Edugyan won the $100,000 Soctiabank Giller Prize for her novel, Washington Black. This is her second time clenching the prize, in 2011 her novel, Half-Blood, also won. This makes Edugyan the third author to win the Giller Prize twice. Washington Black traces the life of  11-year-old, George Washington “Wash” Black who is born into slavery on Faith Plantation in Barbados. The cruel Erasmus Wilde owns the plantation and Wash is watched over by Big Kit, a spiritual woman who longs for her life before her …

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Viola Desmond

Rosie Awori The long awaited $10 dollar bill with the face of Civil rights activist, Viola Desmond is finally in circulation.  Desmond becomes the first black person – and the first civilian (non royal) on a regularly circulating Canadian bill. The new bill, features a vertical portrait of Desmond and a map of Halifax’s historic north end, where she grew up. The unveiling first came earlier in the year on International Women’s day in Halifax by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. “Her legal challenge galvanized the black community in Halifax’s north end and paved …

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African Roundup Nov 22, 2018

    FRANCE CONSIDERS RETURNING AFRICAN ART and Artifacts White museum curator: “ The work isn’t for sale” Killmonger: “How do you think your ancestors got these? Do you think they paid a fair price? Or did they take it… like they took everything else? For those who remember Marvel’s blockbuster film, Black Panther the villain Killmonger had a poignant exchange with a white museum curator, which alluded to the reality of Africa’s past. Ancient African artifacts that were pilfered and sent abroad. In what may seem to be a bid to right the past, French President, Emmanuel Macron has …

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BTW Calling On Young Artists

Gloria Mitchell-Aleong and Victor Philips award can lead to bigger things   Rosie Awori   The Black Theatre Workshop is issuing a call for nominees for their Young and Emerging Artist Awards, which will be presented at the Annual Visions Celebration Gala on February 2, 2019. The financial incentives include the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award and the Victor Philips Award the latter was named in honor of the Described as the father of Black theatre in Montreal, Phillips dedicated three decades to the promotion of the art form in the city, and was one of the founders of the Negro Theatre Guild. …

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From Mogadishu to U.S Congress

The United States mid term elections was  characterized by a number of  trailblazing campaigns spearheaded by several  women shattering the glass-ceilings. Somali born refugee Ilhan Omar, is a part of  group of women who have broken barriers this election. She is now one of the first Somali-American Muslim women elected to Congress in Minnesota’s 5th  Congressional District on Tuesday November 6. The journey was not easy for Omar who spent the last four years as a legislator, a seat she had to fight a Titanic battle to get. Her previous campaign was marred by claims of bigotry and polygamy, claims …

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African Round up Oct 25, 2018

    Kanye In Uganda Self professed, Trump lover and Grammy award winning musician, Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian were in Uganda from the15th October till the 19th of October. The actual goal of their mission was not fully known but while in the country they held discussions with president, Yoweri Museveni. At the end of the meeting Mr. West gifted the President with a pair of the latest “Yeezy sneakers” from his collection. In a Facebook post, his office revealed that Museveni had given West, who changed his name to Ye last month, the Ugandan name Kanyesigye, …

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BLACK TALENT ON DISPLAY IN CHOIR BOY

      ROSIE AWORI   The showcase of talent currently on display at the Centaur production of Choir Boy represents a proud moment for Canada’s Black theatre professionals. And audiences are being treated to a remarkable display and it’s evidence enough that, the call for diversity on stage and screen in Canada has long been a valid one. Choir Boy written by acclaimed African-American Tarell Alvin McCraney, whose credits include a string of prestigious awards such as the Whiting Award and Steinberg Playwright Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award as well as the London’s Evening Standard Award …

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African Roundup October 11, 2018

RWANDA Louise Mushikiwabo emerges as favorite for SG of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidature for the post of Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the unifying body of French-speaking countries, has received a great push following Canada’s decision to support her. Canada had previously backed the incumbent, Michaëlle Jean, who was the first woman to hold the role. She was Mushikiwabo’s only rival for the position, but her term has been marred with scandals of financial mismanagement. At present only Jean’s native country of Haiti is supporting her. Mushikiwabo has served as Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister since …

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The Sound of the Beast Comes to life at MAI

Rosie Awori Best known as Belladonna the Blest, Donna-Michelle St. Bernard has made her mark in the theatre circuit as an emcee, playwright, administrator and agitator. St. Bernard is a Torontonian from Grenada by way of Bequila, St. Vincent. Her thespian repertoire include acts staged all over the world, such as, They Say He Fell, A Man A Fish, Cake, The House You Build, Salome’s Clothes, and Gas Girls. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Governor General’s award, Siminovitch Prize, KM Hunter Award, Herman Voaden Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award. This fall she brings …

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Caribbean News

Caribbean News Sept 27,2018

Barbados Barbados celebrates teacher Avisene Carrington as she marks her 100th birthday Rosie AWORI Barbados’ newest centenarian is, Avisene Carrington. On Saturday, September 15, the country’s governor general, Dame Sandra Mason together with other politicians, family and friends congregated at her home in The Pine in St. Michaels  to celebrate her hundredth year of existence in style. Mrs. Carrington has spent 74 out of her hundred years as an  educator. “Teaching is my life. I left St Michael’s School in July and started teaching in September of 1937, and I later founded my own school, Merrivale preparatory school where I …

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