Rosie Awori

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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 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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African Roundup Sept 27, 2018

South Africa Statue Honoring Freedom Fighter Unveiled at the United Nations A statute honoring South Africa’s first Black president and anti-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was unveiled on September 25, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The 1.8 metre sculpture of Mandela is the first-ever human statue to be housed in the United Nations. The Republic of South Africa donated the statue in commemoration of the 100th year of Mandela’s birth. “Nelson Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations – peace, forgiveness, compassion and human dignity,” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said at the unveiling. The UN …

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Kenyan superstar Eliud Kipchoge Breaks World Record

Rosie Awori Kenyan superstar Eliud Kipchoge established his dominance by smashing the world record by a minute and 18 seconds at Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 16.He finished the race with a time of 2hr 01 minutes 39 seconds obliterating the world record set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014. “I lack words to describe this day,” Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes. His only opponent during the 42.1 kilometer race was the clock and this time he beat it. Keino not only shattered the world …

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Africa Roundup Sept 13, 2018

Africa China’s Overture towards Africa The heads of African countries with the exception of E-swatini converged in Beijing on September 3, to attend the 2018 Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). At the summit, President Xi Jinping pledged that China would give financial assistance to the African continent to the tune of $60 billion (US). The finances, according to Mr. Jinping, would comprise of  $15bn of grants, interest free and concessional loans, plus another $20bn of new credit lines; furthermore, $10bn would be provided as special fund for development financing, while, $5bn would similarly be advanced for financing …

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NDG Youth shot. Family needs help

Rosie AWORI Media are reporting that the family of Nicholas Gibbs, a 23-year-old Black Montrealer who was shot on August 21 in NDG is calling on Montrealers to assist in raising funds to help with his funeral and other expenses. A family friend has started a GoFundMe campaign in order to help the family meet the funeral expenses. The goal of the campaign is $15,000, which will also aid the widow, and her children move to another house, as she no longer feels comfortable living within the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce location where Gibbs was shot. According to those reports the police were …

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African Roundup Aug 30, 2018

SOUTH AFRICA SOUTH AFRICA REACTS TO DONALD TRUMP’S TWEET An order by American President Donald Trump to U.S. officials to “study the South Africa land and farm seizures” due to “large-scale killing of white farmers,” has drawn an angry reaction in a country where race and land ownership remain part of her contentious legacy. His tweet was inspired by a segment of Fox News on Wednesday 22nd August when host Tucker Carlson alleged that the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa, was seizing land from South African citizens who were the wrong skin color and termed this act as immoral. South …

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MARIJUANA becomes legal IN QUEBEC

Rosie AWORI After years of deliberations, on October 17, marijuana will be legal in Canada. And as with other Canadian provinces, Quebec will have some jurisdictional powers over its sales and distribution, and has adopted a number of strict guidelines on how cannabis can be consumed and sold in the province. The mandate to handle both sales and distribution has been handed over to the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ), under an independent subsidiary branch called the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), which plans to operate about 20 cannabis outlets across the province. Here’s what you need to know …

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