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To make it big in Africa, a business must succeed in Nigeria, the continent’s largest market.

Africa’s testing ground

To make it big in Africa, a business must succeed in Nigeria, the continent’s largest market. No one said it would be easy

Aug 23rd 2014 | LAGOS |The Economist

nigeria-1IN 2001 MTN, a fledgling telecoms company from South Africa, paid $285m for one of four mobile licences sold at auction by the government of Nigeria. Observers thought its board was bonkers. Nigeria had spent most of the previous four decades under military rule. The country was rich in oil reserves but otherwise desperately poor. Its infrastructure was crumbling. The state phone company had taken a century to amass a few hundred thousand customers from a population of 120m. The business climate was scarcely stable.  Continue reading

5 Reasons Jamaican Culture Is the Most Popular Per Capita

5 Reasons Jamaican Culture Is the Most Popular Per Capita

Prince Harry race Usain Bolt in a short sprint

Jamaican Patois becoming the youth language of choice in larger countries

In some parts of England and Toronto Canada, a dialect heavy with Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean inflections is being spoken by a significant portion of the youth population. British linguists are calling it “multicultural youth English,” or MYE.

Jamaican Creole, or JamC , what the academics are now calling the patois native to Jamaica, has become the dialect employed not just by the children of Jamaican immigrants, but also by second-generation West Indians of other national origins (i.e. of Trinidadian, Grenadian, Guyanese, etc. parentage) and simultaneously by Black youth of various African heritage. For British-born, urban Black people, JamC became a code used as a marker of Black identity with sociolinguistic functions similar to African-American vernacular English in the United States.

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United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Guyanese Online News
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Tangerine Clarke

United Nations Pageant seeks inner beauty to promote tourism, goodwill and cultural style.

Pageants typically focus on external beauty, glitz and glamour.  However, the United Nations Pageant hosted in Kingston, Jamaica seeks goodwill ambassadors.

The United Nations Pageant is an international event, dedicated to identifying and showcasing the best tourism and ambassadors of humanity. Contestants are scored on inner beauty or how they relate with others, and show support towards community service. Contestants from Africa, South America, India, the United States and the Caribbean converged from July 1st through the 6th, 2014. This was an opportunity for comradery, community service and cultural expression.

Leon Williams, the United Nations Pageant president, explained “Unknown to the contestants, we had judges socialize and mingle with them during the early days of the pageant.  The judges were revealed later on day three of the pageant and participated in activities with the contestants throughout the week. This provided opportunity to know each contestant personably. During this part of the process, a person can excel at the finals –but not get along with others; and this will hinder their chance to win. This opportunity offers more than a pageant title.  The winners become ambassadors who foster goodwill and help those less fortunate. Retrospectively, we also look at contributions each contestant has offered in their home community. Humanitarianism is a strong indicator of good character.
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The danger of a single story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

Obama’s Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

Obama’s Complete Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

 Dec 10, 2013 – President Barack Obama’s full speech at memorial service today for Nelson Mandela.

Coolies – How Britain re-invented slavery – videos

Coolies – How Britain re-invented slavery – videos

This story tells you how England recruited people from India under “contract”  to replace the African labour in agriculture after slavery was abolished in 1834.  It is believed that these Indians were tricked into leaving India to go places like  Guyana, Fiji & Africa, to work as “Indentured Labourers”.

In this documentary one man is looking for any sign of his great grand father who came to Guyana. Another man also looks for his roots in Fiji.  Indians had to deal with SOME of the same living conditions and cruelty that the Africans, and others, endured earlier under slavery,  before 1834

In this case, however, unlike under African based slavery, there was a time limit for their labour, even though it was harsh at times.  They were free after their five year “contract” to renew their contract, or return to India or accept land in lieu of their passage home as was the case in in British Guiana (Guyana).

In British Guiana, After slavery was abolished the Africans got their “freedom” but no land or compensation for over 200 years labour by them and their ancestors.  They had to work and save to buy abandoned estates to form their first villages like Victoria, Beterverwagting and Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara.

In  Guyana’s 2002 Census, people claiming to be East Indian made up 43.45% of the population of 751,233. ( see Census Reports here)

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