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Black History Month Special : Iconic Historic Black Personalities


The month of October is known to many people as a significant month in many ways. It signifies for some the beginning of autumn, Filipino American history month, Domestic Violence awareness month, Italian American Heritage month, and Black history month. Contrary to all the controversies surrounding this month long celebration of black heritage and history, and different camps for or against its celebration, it is still a recognized month-long event.Although it seems to be getting lesser media coverage, it remains significant to those who affiliate themselves with history and achievements of black people not just in America, but worldwide – “If you know your history, you will know where you are coming from” Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley

We have decided to mention a few individuals(present and past) who we would like to recognize for their exceptional humanitarian and individual achievements  not just relevant to their race, but to mankind in general. Some of these individuals are not as popular as the others, but their efforts and achievements has outlived themselves, hence our recognition of these ICONIC HISTORIC BLACK PERSONALITIES this black history month. 

Halle Berry-The first and only African-American Actress to have ever won an Award for Best Actress in the Academy Awards, for her role in Monster`s ball 2001.

Ira Aldridge was Born New York in 1807, but emigrated to Britain. He was the first black actor to perform on a British stage. He became famous after his performance in Shakespearean play Othello in which his performance was described as an “act of genius”. The newspapers back then were not too kind to him making constant reference to his skin colour

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Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American woman to win the Academy Awards, and also won best-supporting actress for her role in the popular 1939 movie GONE WITH THE WIND. She was also a professional singer-songwriter, comedian, stage actress, radio performer, and television star; she was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America.

  

   

Sidney Poitier: Sidney Poitier was born on the 27th of February 1927.In 1963; he became the first African-American actor to win the Best actor award at the prestigious Academy Award for his role in lilies of the field.

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Transkei, South Africa. He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its discriminatory policies. In 1994, Mandela was inaugurated as the country’s first black president.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on October 7, 1931 in Klerksdorp, South Africa He is well known worldwide in his fight against racial discrimination and dedication to using religion as a powerful tool for advocating racial equality in the 80s.

                                                 

 Ken Saro-Wiwa:(10 October 1941 – 10 November 1995) An environmental activist from Ogoniland in Delta State, Nigeria who was popularly known worldwide after his public execution in 1995 for fabricated charges against him due to a “conflict of interest”, whilst staging peacful protests against the effects of oil spillage in the Niger Delta.

His popular quote was “I harbour the hope that in founding the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, in empowering the Ogoni people to fearlessly confront their history and their tormentors non violently, that in encouraging the Ogoni people to a belief in their ability to revitalise their dying society, I have started a trend which will peacefully liberate many peoples in Africa and lead eventually to political and economic reform and social justice”. We recognize his bravery, outspoken quality and struggle.

Barrack Obama: Born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Barack Obama is the 44th and first African-American president of the United States. He was a civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career. He was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2004. He was elected to the U.S. presidency in 2008. President Obama continues to enact policy changes in response to the issues of health care and economic crisis.

Mary Seacole: Was born in 1805, Kingston, Jamaica to a Scottish father and a Jamaican mother. She was well known for her part in the Crimean war were she used herbal and traditional methods learned from her mother, to treat soldiers from both sides, as well as her treatment of cholera in Panama. Her exemplary efforts and sacrifices during the war were clouded by racial prejudice hence not formally recognize for a long time. We would like to recognize Mary Jane Seacole as an iconic woman this black history month.

Olauda Equiano was born in approximately 1745 in what is now Nigeria. He recounts in his autobiography called The interesting narrative of the life of  Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa , the african  first published in 1789 where he descirbed how he was kidnapped from Africa as a child and sold into slavery. He later became an abolitionist and his account considered the originator of a slave narrative.

What are we doing to make a positive difference in the society we live in? What do we want to be remembered for?  Wherever we find ourselves, whoever we are and whatever we do, let us endeavour to  leave a positive legacy…who knows, in years to come, someone might be writing about you.

HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH 🙂

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Pick A Book Not A Knife, Shoot A Ball Not A Gun – Olumide Oyedeji Basketball Clinic Comes To South East London


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Olumide Oyedeji is an Ex- NBA basketballer, and the captain of the Nigerian National Basketball team. He has been running this basketball clinic fully self-funded for 15 years in the US, Nigeria, China, Japan, and other locations worldwide. The essence of this camp is to teach the teenagers about responsibility, discipline, team spirit and a sense of identity. This is the first time the camp has come down to the UK and the kids are excited. Afrocentricity unleashed visited the Damilola Taylor centre, Peckham in South East London yesterday to witness the opening day of the basketball camp. There were about 20 kids aged between 13 and 17 receiving instructions on basketball, learning preliminary dribbling skills, shooting skills and stretches. They seemed excited, bubbly and generally having a lot of fun. If you live around these areas, please encourage your children to attend if only for the lessons they might learn regarding being responsible in the soceity. The camp ends tomorrow in a grand style with some music artistes, and popular DJs performing at the venue. We will be posting some pictures from the day very soon.
Let’s make our societies better!

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Super Eagles of Nigeria Wins The AFCON 2013 Tournament


19 years since their last win, the Super Eagles of Nigeria finally won the much coveted African Cup of Nations trophy last night for the third time. A magnificent strike by Sunday Mba at the 40th minute gave the Super Eagles an edge which was maintained till the end of the 94 minute. The blow of the whistle signified a new era in Nigerian football as football fanatics nationally and internationally went completely buck wild. WE CONGRATULATE THE SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA ON THIS PHENOMENAL VICTORY!!!

Enjoy some captured pictures from the day! 🙂

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AFCON 2013 FINALS: THE EAGLES VS THE STALLIONS!!!


Afcon_2013Nigeria plays Burkina Faso in the finals of the African Cup of Nations which is the most prestigious football tournament in Africa (similar to UEFA European Football Championship). This tournament is a FIFA recognized tournament which is spearheaded by CAF (Confederation of African Football).AFCON was conceived in 1957 as a continental tournament and was first hosted in Khartoum, Sudan This year sees the likes of South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Mali , Tunisia , Angola , Nigeria , Algeria , Burkina Faso , Morocco , Niger , Togo , Cape Verde, Congo and Ethiopia divided into 4 different groups A to D(for detailed group stages information,see our blog via http://wp.me/p1WMk8-rP). Today`s final is between Nigeria and Burkina Faso. Check out some known facts about these two teams below:
– The Nigerian Super eagles have won this prestigious tournament twice with the first won in 1980(also as the host),and the last won in 1994.
– Burkina Faso has never been in an African Cup of Nations final

– The last time Nigeria was in the finals was in 2000 when they were beaten by Cameroon in a penalty shoot out.
– If Nigeria wins tonight`s final against Burkina Faso, their coach Stephen Keshi will be the second(after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt) African national coach to lift the trophy as a player and coach.
– Burkina Faso held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw during the group stages.
– Nigeria and Burkina Faso would be playing each other twice in one tournament

Who will be the final winner of this year`s African Cup of Nations 2013? Will it be Nigeria redeeming her football image on the world football stage or will it be Burkina Faso making a grand entrance like Zambia did last year?

THE COUNTDOWN TO THIS YEAR`S AFCON 2013 FINALS BEGINS NOW………………

African Cup of Nations 2013 South Africa – Fixtures,Updated Results, and Table



This year`s African Cup of Nations(AFCON 2013) is being held in South Africa. As part of our continued commitment towards providing you with entertainment information, we will regularly update fixtures, group tables, goals and any other relevant information regarding this tournament. Afcon_2013
***Please note that results, fixtures and group tables will be constantly updated throughout this tournament***
Enjoy 🙂

Saturday 19 January 2013

South Africa 0 v Cape Verde Islands 0
(National Stadium 18:00)

Angola 0 v Morocco 0

Sunday 20 January 2013

Ghana 2 v DR Congo 2
Agyemang-Badu 40′ Mputu 53′
Asamoah 50′ Mbokani 68′ (pen.)
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

Mali 1 v Niger 0
Keita 84′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Monday 21 January 2013

Zambia 1 v Ethiopia 1
Mbesuma 45+3′ Adane 65′
(Mbombela Stadium 17:00)

Nigeria 1 v Burkina Faso 1
Emenike 23′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:00)

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Ivory Coast 2 v Togo 1
Y. Touré 8′
Gervinho 88′ J. Ayité 45+2′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Tunisia 1 v Algeria 0
Msakni 90+1′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 20:00)

Wednesday 23 January 2013

South Africa 2 v Angola 0
Sangweni 30′
Majoro 62′
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 17:00)

Morocco 1 v Cape Verde Islands 1

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:00)

Thursday 24 January 2013

Ghana 1 v Mali 0
Mubarak 38′ (pen.)
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

Niger 0 v DR Congo 0
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Friday 25 January 2013

Zambia 1 v Nigeria 1

Mweene 85′ (pen.) Emenike 57′
(Mbombela Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 4 v Ethiopia 0
Al. Traoré 34′, 74′
D. Koné 79′
Pitroipa 90+5′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:00)

Saturday 26 January 2013

Ivory Coast 3 v Tunisia 0
Gervinho 21′
Toure 87′
Konan 90′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Algeria 0 v Togo 2
Adebayor 31′
Wome 90+3′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 20:00)

Sunday 27 January 2013

Morocco 2 v South Africa 2
El Adoua 10′ Mahlangu 71′
Hafidi 82′ !! Sangweni 86′
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:00)

Cape Verde Islands 2 v Angola 1
F. Varela 81′ Nando 33′
Heldon 90+1
(Nelson Mandela Bay 19:00)

Monday 28 January 2013
Niger 0 v Ghana 3
Gyan 6′
Atsu 23′
Boye 49′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 19:00)

DR Congo 1 v Mali 1
Mbokani 3′ (pen.) Mah. Samassa 15′

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 19:00)

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Burkina Faso 0 v Zambia 0
(Mbombela Stadium 19:00)

Ethiopia 0 v Nigeria 2
Moses 79′ (pen.), 90′ (pen.)
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:00)

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Algeria 0 v Ivory Coast 2
Adebayor 31′
Wome 90+3′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 19:00)

Togo 1 v Tunisia 1
Gakpé 13′ Mouelhi 30′ (pen.)

(Mbombela Stadium 19:00)

Saturday 02 February 2013

Ghana 2 v Cape Verde 0
Wakoso 54′(pen), 90+5′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 17:00)

South Africa 1 v Mali 1(added extra time)
Rabtie 31′ Keita 58′
Penalties
Tshabalala 1 Diabate 1
Furman 0 Tamboura 0
Mahlangu 0 Traore 0
Majoro 0 Ma 1

(Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:30)

Sunday 03 February 2013

Ivory Coast 1 v Nigeria 2
Tiote 50′ Emenike 50′
Mba 78′
(Royal Bafokeng Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 1 v Togo 0(added extra time)
Pitroipa 105′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:30)

Wednesday 06 February 2013
Mali 0 v Nigeria 4
Echejile 25
Ideye 30
Sissoko (o.g)44
Musa 60
(Moses Mabhida Stadium 17:00)

Burkina Faso 1 v Ghana 1
Bancé 60′ Mubarak 13′ (pen.)
Penalties
B. Koné Vorsah
H. Traoré
Paul Koulibaly Atsu
Bance Afful
Clottey
Agyemang-Badu

Mah. Samassa 21′
(Mbombela Stadium 20:30)

Saturday 09 February 2013
Mali 3 v Ghana 1
Mah. Samassa 21′ Asamoah 82′
Keita 8′
S. Diarra 90+4′
(Nelson Mandela Bay 20:00)

Sunday 10 February 2013
Nigeria v Burkina Faso
(National Stadium 20:00)

GROUP A
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
South Africa 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
Cape Verde 1 2 0 3 2 1 5
Morocco 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Angola 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1

GROUP B

Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ghana 2 1 0 6 2 4 7
Mali 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
Congo DR 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Niger 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1

GROUP C
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Burkina Faso 1 2 0 5 1 4 5
Zambia 1 2 0 4 2 2 5
Nigeria 0 3 0 2 2 0 3
Ethiopia 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1

GROUP D
Team W D L GF GA GD Pts
Côte d’Ivoire 2 1 0 7 3 4 7
Togo 1 1 1 4 3 1 4
Tunisia 1 1 1 2 4 -2 4
Algeria 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1