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Ramses II Moves to Brand New Museum Home Near Pyramids

by KRISTEN ROMEY The colossal 3,200-year-old statue of Ramses II was moved from its home for the last 50 years in downtown Cairo to a newly built museum near the Great Pyramids. In 21st-century Egypt, the pharaohs still travel in style. A marching band and mounted military guard were on hand Thursday to escort an enormous statue of Ramses II on its fourth […]

South African Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela Dies at Age 78

“An immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large.” -South African President Jacob Zuma Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African,” has died aged 78. In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer.” Masekela gained global […]

Thanks But No Thanks: Used Clothes Dilemma

by MELISSA BANIGAN Importing on average over $150 million worth of used clothes and shoes from primarily the United States and Europe, several East African nations are starting to push back. With at least 70% of donated garments finding their way to Africa, now Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and other nations are considering curtailing or even outright banning such imports, in a […]

New book probes the life of a King and a Culture

by Ben ALEXANDER Anyone who read Kofi Ayim’s comprehensive work The Akan of Ghana, released in 2015, might have concluded from the enormity of the work that he had said all there was to say about the Akan of Ghana. However, the New Jersey-based scholar, who is himself an Akan, is back with a new volume that […]

Six Ghanaians perish in Bronx inferno

Six Ghanaians lost their lives in a freak fire accident in the Bronx, on December 28, 2017. They were among thirteen people who died in the inferno when a 3-year old boy who was playing with the burners of a gas range ignited a fire. According to New York City Fire Department officials, in an apparent panic or attempt to […]

Let’s Preserve the Ecosystem – Professor Asare Opoku

by Kofi Ayim Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, a retired college professor, has pleaded as a matter of urgency for Ghanaians and Africans to protect and preserve their natural habitats. He decried the consistent and gradual depletion of hitherto fallow natural habitats bequeathed to contemporary Ghanaians by their ancestors. In an interview with Amandla, the former […]

Prepare for Loved Ones – Funeral Director Advises

by Kofi Ayim A funeral home owner has advised the African community in the U.S. to face reality and prepare for their loved ones when death comes knocking. Mr. Clarence Wright of Clarence B. Wright Funeral Home in Irvington, New Jersey pointed out in an interview with Amandla that, because land is a finite quantity, ground burial would be a thing of the […]

Ghanaians in New York City abhor funerals – survey says

by Kofi Ayim Most Ghanaians in New York are not enthused about the importation and practice of traditional funeral rites from Ghana to New York City. A survey conducted by Amansan Radio of New York, after elaborate panel discussions on the theme “Should Ghanaians Observe Strict Traditional Funeral Rites Abroad?” on the program Yɛn Mre […]

Let’s Question Written History -Elizabeth Ohene

by Dr. E. Obiri Addo African historians and academics have been challenged to take writing and re-writing about Africa seriously because what they write today will be the “history of tomorrow.” Ms. Elizabeth Ohene, a former Minister of State of Ghana and veteran journalist offered this challenge in a keynote address at the Second Biennial […]

Don’t abandon your culture – Professor James Small

by Kofi Ayim Ghanaians have been admonished to not abandon their culture for someone else’s. Professor James Small gave this advice at the 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance Celebrations of Akyem Association of New Jersey on September 23 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Newark Airport. Speaking on the theme “Divine Cultures of Africa: Is it Worth […]