The news about Africa is often unbalanced with the positive news coming out of Africa lost in the usual war, famine, death narrative. Even media outlets with a good record in presenting stories from Africa, struggle to give the good news, as the BBC’s Nancy Kacungira so succinctly laments.
At africanpostmark.com we aim to redress that balance by bringing you the many inspirational developments taking place in Africa and among the African diaspora. By doing so, we hope to celebrate and commemorate, inspire, surprise and delight you with the diversity and breadth of talent, imagination and invention that has come and continues to come from Africa. Africanpostmark.com will cover stories on music, art, food, fashion. Read more
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In the 1950s and 60s arguably the greatest Jazzman, Louis Armstrong visited several African countries including Ghana and Sierra Leone. Today, 27th April as Sierra Leone celebrates its independence, we look at the great man’s visit with his family of musicians just months before Sierra Leone gained its independence. A trip marked with triumph and tragedy. Ade Daramy reports
Reporting for AfricanPostmark from the Mindelo Carnival in Cape Verde, Paula Moio falls in love with Cape Verde, again and again. An Island filled with good food, good music and beautiful, friendly people.
In Wolof, Mboka means “one family” and the 2018 Mboka Festival of Arts and Culture welcomed visitors to The Gambia to celebrate Gambian cultural heritage and the cultural heritage from the African diaspora. Actress, Writer, Lecturer and Raconteuse Anni Domingo and her family, were revived in the African sun.
A visit to the vibrant city of Lagos (Nigeria) is sure to capture your heart as AfricanPostmark’s Andrew Isabirye can testify.
The Baia das Gatas Festival is a perfect introduction to the beautiful Island of Cape Verde and runs from 11-13 August. There’s still time to book your ticket to this beautiful Island and enjoy good music, good food and meet friendly locals.
‘The Nile Project’ brings together musicians from all 11 countries (Egypt, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo) through which the great river Nile flows. The musicians combine the rich musical heritage of their homeland with a social message.
After 22 years in power in The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the 2016 Presidential elections by Adama Barrow. Jammeh initially accepted defeat but then refused to relinquish power. However, the will of the Gambian people prevailed and President Adama Barrow was inaugurated as the country’s rightful president on 18th February 2017 – a little late but a welcomed achievement. Kadija Sesay reflects on the celebrations that accompanied this peaceful and emotional event.
With their big name players deciding to stay away from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon were ranked as outsiders to win the tournament. But heart, pride and team spirit delivered a stunning victory for the indomitable lions as they were crowned well-deserved champions.
#ThisFlag a movement representing the hopes and ambitions of Zimbabweans as they demand an end to the country’s economic problems. UK-Zimbabwean Barrister, Beverley T Da Costa helps us to understand the growth and impact of the movement.
After falling in love with the beautiful Island of Cape Verde, AfricanPostmark’s Ade Daramy returns to the Island just in time to experience the Mindelo Carnival – the Creole festival full of colour, music and atmosphere.
Finding Mama Africa in Trinidad and Tobago – A Personal Journey
The International Day of the African Child has been celebrated since 1991 on 16th June. Each year a theme is chosen to commemorate the day which this year is: “Conflict and Crisis in Africa: Protecting all Children’s Rights,”. AfricanPostmark joins the world united in protecting and nurturing children.
Bringing African Fashion to Paris and the World
Special Series: Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone at 55 – a commemorative Independence Anniversary special
We wish all Sierra Leoneans a Happy 55th Independence Anniversary (27 April); and also welcome all our readers to the first of what we hope will become a regular series of publications commemorating Independence and National Days for countries across Africa, available to download as eBooks and various pdf documents and Powerpoint slides.
AfricanPostmark’s Top Ten TED Talks
AfricanPostmark’s top 10 TED Talks focusing on Africa that challenges the single story portrayal of poverty, corruption war and other negativity.
Your Hair, Naturally Yours, Naturally Beautiful!
Your hair is your crowning glory and more and more black women are rediscovering that natural is best. Five years after starting her natural hair journey, AfricanPostmark’s Mahalia Johnson gives us an insight on her journey into becoming a “naturalista”.
In our Poetry Corner, AfricanPostmark publishes a tribute from a young man when asked to describe his idea of “Beauty” – it may surprise you!
Special Series: Cape Verde
In our special series AfricanPostmark’s Ade Daramy and Isabella Lisk found there was more to this Island of Cape Verde than just sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches.
Generation Next: Cabo Verde music beyond Cesaria Evora
The next generation of young Cape Verdean artists keeping the islands music alive and keeping the world dancing.
A Cape Verdean Food Odyssey
On a recent visit to Cape Verde, AfricanPostmark’s Isabella Lisk discovered a mouthwatering variety of seafood, a mainstay of the cuisine on this enchanting Island.
The architecture of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao, Cabo Verde: a marriage of modernity and tradition
Ade Daramy, was impressed by the juxtaposition of old and new architecture on the Cape Verdean islands of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao