HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SUNDIATA KEITA OF THE MALI EMPIRE

Sundiata (Sunjata) Keita was a West African political leader who would become the founder and first ruler of the Mali Empire in medieval West Africa. He founded the empire circa 1235 CE and ruled until his death in circa 1255 CE. The Mali empire was prosperous under his rule. Sundiata was also the great uncle of the most famous of the rulers of Mali, Mansa Musa, whose well-documented and lavish pilgrimage to Mecca in Arabia made Mali the most famous African empire in the world a that time. Although Sundiata Keita is a historical figure, much of what is known about his life and reign has been worked out by historians studying the near-legendary accounts described in the Epic of Sundiata. These accounts give modern historians a fairly complete idea of Sundiata Keita’s life, but with such accounts nothing is certain.

According to legend, Sundiata Keita was born the son of Chief Nare Maghan, of the Kangaba people on the upper Niger River around the year 1210. He was disabled as a boy, but it is said that he had incredible willpower and wanted to walk like the other boys in his father’s chiefdom.  Through his sheer will, he was one day able to walk but was later driven out of his home when Soumaoro (Sumaguru) Kante killed his father and too control of the Kangaba people. After living in exile Sundiata at the age of 25, amassed an army through alliances with nearby Mandinka people and faced Soumaoro in the battle of Kirina in 1235. Legend has it that Sundiata Keita defeated Soumaoro Kante in the battle because he was a more powerful magician than Soumaoro. Historians now suggest, however, that Sundiata’s superior military strategy played the decisive role in his victory.

After winning the battle of Kirina in 1235, Sundiata quickly founded the empire of Mali that same year.  Initially the empire was set up as a sort of federation, with Sundiata ruling from his capital, Niani, but allowing trusted warlords and chieftains to rule individual provinces with relative freedom under him. This system proved successful during his reign, ushering in fir the first time political stability through much of the interior of West Africa. Part of Sundiata’s success came from being a strong military leader but also in having other strong generals under his command such as Tiramakhan Traore.  Subsequent rulers of Mali, however, beginning with Mansa Musa, consolidated and centralized power at the capital.

The Mali Empire would become the largest and most prosperous state in West Africa with much of its wealth coming from the long-distance salt and gold trade with North Africa across the Sahara.  The Empire at the height of its power would stretch fifteen hundred miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the bend south of the Niger River. Thanks to the strong foundation set by Sundiata who died in 1255, the Mali Empire became one of the most influential states in the African history.

 

SOURCE-   BLACKPAST.ORG

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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PAULETTE NARDAL (1896-1985) – ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF NEGRITUDE

Paulette Nardal was one of the founders of the Negritude intellectual movement. Nardal was born on October 12, 1896 in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, to Paul Nardal, the first black engineer in Public Works on the island, and Louise (Achille) Nardal. Paulette was the eldest of seven sisters.

After her studies in Martinique, Paulette arrived in Paris (France) in 1920 and became the first Black student from Martinique at La Sorbonne University. As a student, Paulette Nardal regularly attended Le Bal Nègre, a dancing and jazz club where black people gathered and which allowed her to remain connected to both the Black Diaspora and Africa.  At the end of her studies Paulette Nardal presented a dissertation on Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This work introduced her to the intellectual struggle of black people in the United States.

Paulette was later joined later in Paris by sisters Jane and Andrée. Jane (or Jeanne) Nardal, was the fourth among the seven sisters.  She studied Literature at La Sorbonne University, was interested in Negro Spiritual songs and contributed to its spread in Martinique. Andrée was also interested in music and was a pianist.

In 1929, the three Nardal sisters opened a Paris salon called Le Salon de Clamart. This salon was also a gathering place where black intellectuals met, networked, and reflected on black peoples’ condition which was dominated at that time by colonialism in Africa and racial discrimination in the United States and the West Indies.

Jean-Price Mars, René Maran, Marian Anderson, and Marcus Garvey were among the many black intellectuals and artists who visited the salon. The visitors also included Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Léon Gontran Damas, who are considered the founders of the Negritude movement.  Historians now however credit Le Salon de Clamart as creating the intellectual environment that produced the major ideas related to the concept of Negritude and the subsequent Negritude movement. The Nardal sisters, for example, used the salon to create the intellectual review journal La revue du monde noir (The review of the Black world). Although the review lasted only one year, Paulette became known for their articles which explored the condition of black women throughout the diaspora.

Paulette was crippled in 1941 at the beginning of World War II when the ship she was traveling on from Martinique to France was attacked by a German warship. During the war, she actively participated in the French resistance to the German occupation.  She also created another salon as well as the feminist intellectual review La femme dans la cité (The woman in the city).

In the post-World War II period Paulette Nadal was nominated in 1946 as a delegate to the United Nations where she worked in the Division of Non-Self Governing Territories. She returned to Martinique in 1948 and in the 1950s and 1960s, she supported Dr. Martin Luther King in the campaign for civil rights in the United States.  Paulette Nadal, who never married, died in Fort-de-France, Martinique on February 16, 1985. She was 88.

 

SOURCE-  BLACKPAST.ORG

 

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THE BEST OF EDO AWARDS 2019 TAKES PLACE IN OCTOBER

Calvin Coolidge, former United State president and lawyer once said that no person was ever honoured for what he received, rather honour has been the reward for what one gave out to the society. This, no doubt is a statement of fact and true reflection of hard work, consistency, commitment and dedication to service.

On behalf of Walkfront African Network, initiator of the Best of Edo Awards and the 2019 organizing team, we are pleased to announce the commencement of the planning for 2019 edition of BEST OF EDO AWARDS with a theme: To Inspire.

The event which was introduced in 2018 with about 15 award categories drawn from various sector of the economy was design to recognize successful and hard working industry achievers who have done well in their various feild of work.

Over time the achievements of our people have gone unnoticed and unrewarded. Although these people excelled in their chosen fields of endeavors, many of them were not recognized, none celebrated in their life time at least not at home among their people.

Now BOEA (Best of Edo Award) is saying, NEVER AGAIN! We want to celebrate the Best of our people by recognizing their exploits and achievements before their Obituaries. As the popular yet less mentioned saying puts it, Give people their flowers whilst they are living and can appreciate it and not at their funerals, BOEA wants to tell them, thank you for showing the way to the possibilities that are out there as long as one is diligent and excellent in their work.

We are using this medium to call in for nominations of edo sons and daughters home and in the diaspora in the following categories; Entertainment, Business, Health, Politics, Religion, Academia, Banking & Finance, Arts & Culture, Telecommunication, Transport, Sports, Music, Media, Legal, Movie, Comedy, NGO, Security, Hospitality, Oil & gas.

Send name, current location and a brief profile of nominee/ organisation to walkfrontafrica@gmail.com. All nominations should be forwarded to walkfrontafrica@gmail.com from May 30th, 2019 till June 30th, 2019.

All nominations and final selected individuals for the 2019 edition of BOEA will be uploaded on the Best of Edo Award official website.

The awards in their categories will be conferred on well-deserved recipients (Home and in Diaspora) in a grand style event proposed to hold in October, 2019.

We are using this medium also to call for SPONSORSHP/PARTNERSHIP. You can sell your goods and services from anywhere around the world to a very wide market through our event. Contact us now.

For further information, observations, suggestions and of course sponsorship support please kindly reach the organizer on
Tel: +234 – 8151452642
Email: walkfrontafrica@gmail.com
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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK , 17 YEAR OLD JOHN ONYEANWUSI – SINGER & SONGWRITER

Aspiring music star and DJ john onyeanwusi popularly known as johnel was born on the 1st of may 2002 in Lagos,Nigeria. he started his primary education at mylod private school after which he proceeded to the prestigious Nigerian navy secondary school Abeokuta Ogun state,for his secondary school education, where he graduated in 2018.

The singer & songwriter started his music career at the tender age of 12 while creating music he has released hit tracks such as HOPR & coco which is presently bursting the Nigerian melodic air waves .You can follow him on the various social media platforms :Instagram @neljohnel SoundCloud : johnel ..twitter : @shizzyww.

 

His tracks ijo (dance) & London girl are due for release next week & next month respectively

JOHN

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KENYA IN THE PARK TAKES PLACE IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS, DO NOT MISS IT

This will be the 5th annual year of Kenya in the Park (Kenya and Friends in the Park) is an event bringing together Kenyans in the UK and those who love Kenya together to enjoy a day of activities, music, food and keynote speakers. Come celebrate with us as we help us it give it character and style.

Please book early to facilitate better crowd control and safety for all.

Date And Time

Sat, 27 Jul 2019, 11:00 –

Sun, 28 Jul 2019, 22:00 BST

 

Location

Plaistow Park

Plaistow Park, Greengate

London

KENYA

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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WHATS UP NAIJA RADIO SHOW ON AFRICAN HERITAGE RADIO STATION HAMBURG ?

Tony Airhenbuwa aka TONY AIR, producer and presenter of WHATS UP NAIJA on African Heritage Radio in Germany every thursday from 20:00 CET.
It’s all about Entertainment and giving out lattest news around the world and granting interview to artists, politicians etc, I have been broadcasting for the past 10yrs and the programme have been a blessing with various Awards from different countries around the world and I will be honoured again in Edo state Nigeria at the Best of Edo Awards this year October in Benin City.
Tony Airhenbuwa

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THE SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA DEMOLISH SOUTH AFRICA AT THE AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

After knocking Egypt, the hosts and favourites, out in the round of 16, South Africa’s Africa Cup of Nations was brought to an end thanks to a late Troost-Ekong goal despite battling back to level matter in the second half.

Nigeria took the lead through Samuel Chukwueze in the first half and looked the better team but a second half header from Zungu sent Bafana Bafana level. The goal was looked at by VAR, new to the competition since the start of the quarter-final, but the referee say it was fair.

With the game looking destined to go to extra-time, Troost-Ekong poked a corner home at the back post after goalkeeper, Williams, came out and missed with a haymaker to punch clear.

Nigeria are the second side in the semi-final after Senegal beat Benin earlier in the day.

 

Source   en.as.com

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