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Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:59pm On Apr 10

Absolutely but sadly the list gives CNN a very bad name and it makes them lose credibility for being a world-savvy channel.

you have a good point but CNN is controlled by America, most of the time BBC and aljazerra beat CNN when it comes to being world savy channel.

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TV/Movies / Re: Lupita Nyongo's Oscar Win To Boost Kenya’s Fledgling Entertainment Industry by anonymous6(f): 10:53pm On Apr 10


it means co-sign, That mean I agree with you
Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:52pm On Apr 10

Exactly, I just feel that there is no #1. No matter how much I love Africna food and culture (all of Africa, not just the West African region and the Sahel), the entire world has great food. That's why the top ten list that CNN did can go and rot. Makes me never want to watch their channel ever again.

so true, lol, thats why when I saw the list and CNN did I was surprised. I have tasted food from many cultures not put in the top ten list that beat some in that top ten list that I have tasted. There is some biasity in that list though

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Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:47pm On Apr 10

I agree, but still I would personally reassess the entire list until I have been to every 196 country in the world.

True, and how many people in this world have done that; it's possible but few would take the time to do that without being paid to do it however that is the only way a person can be non biased and do a honest top ten.

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Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:43pm On Apr 10
onila: they forgot Jamaica undecided

Jamaica food is great

I would have put Jamaica in my Top Ten they are number 1 as far as I am concerned when it comes to Caribbean cuisine
Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:41pm On Apr 10

A lot of countries were ignored. To me in all honesty, every country has their good and bad food. There really is no #1. I would have to go to EVERY country in the world, but still after that I would have a tough time choosing because every country is capable of very good food.

Exactly, and that's why CNN's top ten is flawed. For me for example I would take out America, Greece and etc out of the list and put something else

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Culture / Re: Are You African If You Are Born Outside Of Africa? by anonymous6(f): 10:39pm On Apr 10
If your parents are African like from a country(born and breed) in Africa then they are African by default but it's up to the parents to raise those kids in the culture to keep the cultural connection with their homeland, some african parents train their children with their culture and make sure their kids marry with in the culture and connect with their homeland; while other parents do the polar opposite and their kids become eventually lose their trace

When it comes to non-african blacks like Caribbeans and african americans, they are african by ancestry and that's where it ends, they have their own culture's now which is uniquely for them
Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:32pm On Apr 10
Nazcoj: What of Nigeria?

I know, The whole of Africa was ignored but this was CNN's top ten
Culture / Re: Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:30pm On Apr 10
Fulaman198: Best is opinionated. This looks like some Eurocentric type ratings.

Thank you, a few I think deserve to be in the top ten but I felt Africa, the Caribbean and the middle east were ignored. When they put the United states I laughed.
Culture / Which Country Has The Best Food? - CNN by anonymous6(f): 10:16pm On Apr 10
1. Italy

Italian food has enslaved tastebuds around the globe for centuries, with its zesty tomato sauces, those clever things they do with wheat flour and desserts that are basically vehicles for cream.

It's all so simple. Get some noodles, get some olive oil, get some garlic, maybe a tomato or a slice of bacon. Bam, you have a party on a plate.

And it is all so easy to cook and eat. From the cheesy risottos to the crisp fried meats, Italian cuisine is a compendium of crowd-pleasing comfort food.

Many people have welcomed it into their homes, especially novice cooks. Therein lies the real genius -- Italian food has become everyman's food.


Ragu alla bolognese (spaghetti bolognaise) -- the world's go-to "can't decide what to have" food.

Pizza -- mind-bogglingly simple yet satisfying dish. Staple diet of bachelors and college students.

Italian-style salami -- second only to cigarettes as a source of addiction.

Coffee -- cappuccino is for breakfast? Forget it. We want it all day and all night.


Buffalo mozzarella -- those balls of spongy, off-white, subtly flavored cheeses of water buffalo milk. The flavor's so subtle you have to imagine it.

2. China

The people who greet each other with "Have you eaten yet?" are arguably the most food-obsessed in the world.

Food has been a form of escapism for the Chinese throughout its tumultuous history.

The Chinese entrepreneurial spirit and appreciation for the finer points of frugality -- the folks are cheap, crafty and food-crazed -- results in one of the bravest tribes of eaters in the world.

But the Chinese don't just cook and sell anything, they also make it taste great.

China is the place to go to get food shock a dozen times a day. "You can eat that?" will become the intrepid food traveler's daily refrain.

China's regional cuisines are so varied it's hard to believe they're from the same nation.

It's not a food culture you can easily summarize, except to say you'll invariably want seconds.


Sweet and sour pork -- a guilty pleasure that has taken on different forms.

Dim sum -- a grand tradition from Hong Kong to New York.

Roast suckling pig and Peking duck -- wonders of different styles of ovens adopted by Chinese chefs.

Xiaolongbao -- incredible soup-filled surprises. How do they get that dumpling skin to hold all that hot broth?


Shark's fin soup -- rallying for Chinese restaurants to ban the dish has been a pet issue of green campaigners in recent years.

3. France

If you're one of those people who doesn't like to eat because "there's more to life than food" -- visit Paris.

It's a city notorious for its curmudgeonly denizens, but they all believe in the importance of good food.

Two-hour lunch breaks for three-course meals are de rigeur.

Entire two-week vacations are centered on exploring combinations of wines and cheeses around the country.

Down-to-earth cooking will surprise those who thought of the French as the world's food snobs (it is the birthplace of the Michelin Guide after all).

Cassoulet, pot au feu, steak frites are revelatory when had in the right bistro.


Escargot -- credit the French for turning slimey, garden-dwelling pests into a delicacy. Massive respect for making them taste amazing too.

Macarons -- like unicorn food. In fact anything from a patisserie in France seems to have been conjured out of sugar, fairy dust and the dinner wishes of little girls.

Baguette -- the first and last thing that you'll want to eat in France. The first bite is transformational; the last will be full of longing.


Foie gras -- it tastes like 10,000 ducks roasted in butter then reduced to a velvet pudding, but some animal advocates decry the cruelty of force-feeding fowl to fatten their livers.

4. Spain

Viva Espana, that country whose hedonistic food culture we all secretly wish was our own.

All that bar-hopping and tapas-eating, the minimal working, the 9 p.m. dinners, the endless porron challenges -- this is a culture based on, around and sometimes even inside food.

The Spaniards gourmandize the way they flamenco dance, with unbridled passion. They munch on snacks throughout the day with intervals of big meals.

From the fruits of the Mediterranean Sea to the spoils of the Pyrenees, from the saffron and cumin notes of the Moors to the insane molecular experiments of Ferran Adria, Spanish food is timeless yet avant garde.


Jamón ibérico -- a whole cured ham hock usually carved by clamping it down in a wooden stand like some medieval ritual.

Churros -- the world's best version of sweet fried dough.


Gazpacho -- it's refreshing and all, but it's basically liquid salad

5. Japan

Japanese apply the same precision to their food as they do to their engineering.

This is the place that spawned tyrannical sushi masters and ramen bullies who make their staff and customers tremble with a glare.

You can get a lavish multi-course kaiseki meal that presents the seasons in a spread of visual and culinary poetry. Or grab a seat at a revolving sushi conveyor for a solo feast.

Or pick up something random and previously unknown in your gastronomic lexicon from the refrigerated shelves of a convenience store.

It's impossible to eat badly in Japan.


Miso soup -- showcases some of the fundamental flavors of Japanese food, simple and wholesome.

Sushi and sashimi -- who knew that raw fish on rice could become so popular?

Tempura -- the perfection of deep-frying. Never greasy, the batter is thin and light like a crisp tissue.


Fugu -- is anything really that delicious that it's worth risking your life to eat? The poisonous blowfish recently killed diners in Egypt, but is becoming more available in Japan.

6. India

When a cuisine uses spices in such abundance that the meat and vegetables seem like an afterthought, you know you're dealing with cooks dedicated to flavor.

There are no rules for spice usage as long as it results in something delicious. The same spice can add zest to savory and sweet dishes, or can sometimes be eaten on its own -- fennel seed is enjoyed as a breath-freshening digestive aid at the end of meals.

And any country that manages to make vegetarian food taste consistently great certainly deserves some kind of Nobel prize.

The regional varieties are vast. There's Goa's seafood, there's the wazwan of Kashmir and there's the coconutty richness of Kerala.


Dal -- India has managed to make boiled lentils exciting.

Dosa -- a pancake filled with anything from cheese to spicy vegetables, perfect for lunch or dinner.

Chai -- not everyone likes coffee and not everyone likes plain tea, but it's hard to resist chai.


Balti chicken -- an invention for the British palate, should probably have died out with colonialism.

7. Greece

Traveling and eating in Greece feels like a glossy magazine spread come to life, but without the Photoshopping.

Like the blue seas and white buildings, the kalamata olives, feta cheese, the colorful salads and roast meats are all postcard perfect by default.

The secret? Lashings of glistening olive oil. Gift of Gods, olive oil is arguably Greece's greatest export, influencing the way people around the world think about food and nutritional health.

Eating in Greece is also a way of consuming history. A bite of dolma or a slurp of lentil soup gives a small taste of life in ancient Greece, when they were invented.


Olive oil -- drizzled on other food, or soaked up by bread, is almost as varied as wine in its flavors.

Spanakopita -- makes spinach palatable with its feta cheese mixture and flaky pastry cover.

Gyros -- late-night drunk eating wouldn't be the same without the pita bread sandwich of roast meat and tzatziki.


Lachanorizo -- basically cabbage and onion cooked to death then mixed with rice. Filling, but one-dimensional.

8. Thailand

Flip through a Thai cook book and you'll be hard pressed to find an ingredient list that doesn't run a page long.

The combination of so many herbs and spices in each dish produces complex flavors that somehow come together like orchestral music.

Thais fit spicy, sour, salty, sweet, chewy, crunchy and slippery into one dish. With influences from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and a royal culinary tradition, Thai cuisine is the best of many worlds.

The best part about eating Thai food in Thailand though is the hospitality. Sun, beach, service with a smile and a plastic bag full of som tam -- that's the good life.


Tom yam kung -- a rave party for the mouth. The floral notes of lemongrass, the earthy galangal, freshness of kaffir lime leaves and the heat of the chilies.

Massaman curry -- a Thai curry with Islamic roots. Topped our list of the world's 50 most delicious foods.

Som tam -- the popular green papaya salad is sour, extra spicy, sweet and salty. It's the best of Thai tastes.


Pla som -- a fermented fish eaten uncooked is popular in Lawa, Thailand and reported to be responsible for bile duct cancer.

9. Mexico

If you were only allowed to eat one type of food for the rest of your life, it would be smart to make it Mexican.

The cuisine of the Mesoamerican country has a little bit of everything -- you'll never get bored.

Amongst the enchiladas and the tacos and the helados and the quesadillas you'll find the zestiness of Greek salads and the richness of an Indian curry; the heat of Thai food and the use-your-hands snackiness of tapas.

It is also central station for nutritional superfoods. All that avocado, tomato, lime and garlic with beans and chocolates and chilies to boot, is rich with antioxidants and good healthful things.

It doesn't taste healthy though. It tastes like a fiesta in your mouth.


Mole -- ancient sauce made of chili peppers, spices, chocolate and magic incantations.

Tacos al pastor -- the spit-roast pork taco, a blend of the pre- and post-Colombian.

Tamales -- an ancient Mayan food of masa cooked in a leaf wrapping.


Tostadas -- basically the same as a taco or burrito but served in a crispy fried tortilla which breaks into pieces as soon as you bite into it. Impossible to eat.

10. United States

No one ever says "let's go out and get some American food tonight." And yet we eat it all the time.

This may be because most of the popular American foods originate in some other country. The pizza slice is Italian. Fries are Belgium or Dutch. Hamburgers and frankfurters? Likely German.

But in the kitchens of the United States, they have been improved and added to, to become global icons for food lovers everywhere.

Don't neglect the homegrown dishes either.

There's the traditional stuff like clam chowder, key lime pie and Cobb salad, and most importantly the locavore movement of modern American food started by Alice Waters.

This promotion of eco awareness in food culture is carried on today by Michelle Obama.


Cheeseburger -- a perfect example of making good things greater.

Chocolate chip cookie -- the world would be a little less habitable without this Americana classic.


All overly processed foods such as Twinkies, Hostess cakes and KFC
Culture / Re: What Are The Top 5 Black Cultural Foods/Cuisines To You? by anonymous6(f): 10:03pm On Apr 10
TV/Movies / Re: Lupita Nyongo's Oscar Win To Boost Kenya’s Fledgling Entertainment Industry by anonymous6(f): 9:57pm On Apr 10
Jayboy124: Obama became president, same thing was said.

Totsi won Oscar for best foriegn language film, same thing was said.

When Sophie Okenedo was nominated for an Oscar, same story.

Even when Ije came out, we had Oscar dreams.

One single not-too-significant moment doesn't change an industry.

c/s 100%
Violent Crimes / Re: Child Bride Kills Husband And His Friends With Poisoned Meal by anonymous6(f): 6:10pm On Apr 10
I'm not saying what she did is right but this is what happens when men feel it's right to marry by force and to top it get a teenage girl.
Ethnic/Racial Politics / Re: S*xual Racism: German Po*n Actress Fired For Having S*x With Black Man by anonymous6(f): 9:36pm On Apr 09
Lmao, Both her and the Neo-Nazi party she represents are i-diots
Celebrities / Re: Who Are The Top 5 Most Beautiful Yoruba Actresses To You? by anonymous6(f): 7:37pm On Apr 09
Biola Eyin

Fashion / Lupita Nyong'o Is The New Face Of Lancome by anonymous6(f): 7:28pm On Apr 09
The French cosmetic and skincare company announced the exciting news Friday morning that the 31-year-old will be its new brand ambassador and star in ads launching this September

It was only a matter of time before a major beauty brand snapped up the stunning Academy Award winning-actress -- her makeup moments are just as stunning as her red carpet style. She is already one of the stars of Miu Miu's spring/summer 2014 campaign and we're sure there are more fabulous partnerships to come.

“What appealed to me about Lancôme is that they’re not dictating what beauty is,” Lupita told WWD. She went on to express her goals for the partnership, saying "hopefully it’s a symbiotic relationship — that I benefit from being associated with them, and they benefit from being associated with me, as well. And for the consumer at large, I think Lancôme has a range of products for every woman, and I think having me will expand people’s understanding of, hopefully, what Lancôme stands for, who Lancôme is for."

While Lupita is the fourth Academy Award winning actress -- among Kate Winslet, Julia Roberts and Penelope Cruz -- to ink a deal with the French cosmetics and skincare company, the Kenyan beauty is Lancôme's first-ever black ambassador.

Françoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancôme International, said the company's decision to tap Lupita was because she is "talented and committed, true to her African beauty, and showing a great curiosity and open-mindedness in her career choices."


Celebrities / Re: Who Are The Top 5 Most Beautiful Yoruba Actresses To You? by anonymous6(f): 5:04pm On Apr 09
dave P: Where are the black beauties.all i see are bleaches skins except for doris simeon and omotola.damilola was very dark before,same goes for funke adesiyan.
A pity d light skin is a requirement by yoruba producers.

Fathia Balogun, Bukky Wright, Mosun Filani when they first came out were always light skinned like the shade of Will Smith but I have heard despite the fact that they are light skinned Bukky and fathia have bleached their skin, which I think is true to a extent. Mosun Filani is all natural, her skin color has been consistent since she started acting. Mercy Aigbe, Bisi Komolafe and Damilola Adegbite are the same color they were when the came out, they are neither dark skinned or light skinned based on the movies I have seen them, their shade is a in between. Biodun and Funke Adesiyan I don't know to much about because I haven't followed them from the beginning of their career's in Yoruba movies, so I don't know about the bleaching claim. Lastly I think Toyin Aimakun and Bisi Ibidapo bleach their skin, it's been obvious with them over the years but I haven't finished putting actresses up, so stay tuned for more actresses. The ones I put up are are some of the top and well known in the Yoruba Nollywood film industry.
Celebrities / Re: Who Are The Top 5 Most Beautiful Yoruba Actresses To You? by anonymous6(f): 4:48pm On Apr 09
Olufunkegrace: I tink 1 goes for Omotola and mercy aigbe they are beautiful indeed

yeah both are pretty, Omotola is my favorite actress
Celebrities / Re: EN: Chiwetel Ejiofor To Act 'fela' In Afrobeat Legend's Biopic by anonymous6(f): 4:47pm On Apr 09

No right thinking actor would live the glam of hollywood for nollywood. . . abi u dey craze?

it's all about the money
TV/Movies / Nollywood Springs Surprise In GDP Rebasing, Leaps To N9trn by anonymous6(f): 4:43pm On Apr 09
A major surprise that would be thrown up when the rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP) numbers are finally released on Sunday is how Nigeria’s Nollywood industry, now captured under “Motion pictures, sound recording and music production,” has made a huge leap to about N9trillion in size.

Analysts had said the movie segment made about N1.72 trillion in 2013.

‘Motion pictures, sound recording and music production’ is one of the 13 new activities that have been included in the computation framework. Others are entertainment, research, patents and copyrights etc. The number of economic activities reported in the rebased GDP computation framework was increased to 46 as against to 33 in the previous series.

A source closely monitoring the rebasing exercise told BusinessDay yesterday that the huge leap shows how the entire entertainment sector had been hugely underrated over the years.

The sector was earlier classified within an item -”other services” that barely contributes N5 billion to annual GDP.

He said the share has risen sharply from what was considered insignificant under services, to become the first five.

“What surprises me the most, is the ‘Motions pictures, sound recording and music production’, which jumped to N9 trillion, which is a huge amount. I didn’t expect that kind of jump. Initially it was under ‘other services’ where items that are too small are captured during GDP computation,” the source said.

The exponential growth of Nollywood has been attributed to enhanced production and content quality of Nigerian films, stemming from growing professionalism, and analysts said the industry made an average of N1.72 trillion in 2013.

In the last five years, the industry has been growing in terms of quality, and has been rated the third most valuable movie industry in the world, behind Hollywood and Bollywood. The development has also impacted on returns.

Just as it has ranked third globally in terms of quality of production, it has grossed revenues that placed it third in the world.

Robert Orya, managing director, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), said last year, Nollywood ranked third globally in revenue. According to him, the revenue the film industry has generated in the last three years was between $300 million and $800 million.

“The global film and entertainment industry generated about $90.6 billion revenue in 2010,” Orya explained, saying “the revenue increased to $102.7 billion in 2012. Most of these revenue streams are from theatrical distribution. North America contributed the largest market share of about 40 percent. Europe, Middle East and Africa accounted for 24 percent, Latin America 20 percent, and Asia Pacific made only 3 percent contribution.”

Victor Okhai, film maker, says a new crop of film makers began to bring professionalism into the industry in the past few years.

The rebased DGP numbers would also expose Nigeria’s huge untapped tax base, especially in the non- oil sector that is hardly paid attention to. The source projects that the total rebased GDP size could stay around N51 trillion.

He explained that crude is just about N10 trillion or 20 percent of this N51 trillion GDP, meaning that if the government could just put more effort at tax collection systems from the remaining N41 trillion in non-oil, it will not be dependent on oil for income, which is a key benefit of diversification.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) generated N4.8 trillion tax revenue in 2013, some 17.18 percent below its N5.80 trillion target.

The Service projects N4.21 trillion collection for 2014, made up of N1. 789 trillion expected from petroleum profit tax; N1.03 trillion for companies income tax with N96 billion for Company Income Taxes.

The Service also projects a collection of N861bn from Value Added Tax; N10.21bn from capital gains tax; N8.46bn as income from duties, while education tax, personal income tax and technology levy are expected to contribute N156bn, N59bn and N10.6bn respectively.

“If you are able to tax that N51 trillion, your tax is 10 to 20 percent, so just from the N40 trillion or thereabout, you can get at least N8 trillion additional revenue to government outside the oil sector,” the source explained.

The source explained that the benefit of GDP is not accruing to government revenue and there is need to find a way of doubling and tripling non oil revenue tapping into taxes.

Meanwhile, the source disclosed that in the rebased GDP, Agriculture output increased because a new frame was used in the computation.

He said mechanised farming, even though they those practising it are small in number, is growing much faster than the subsistence farming, which however still has the larger share in terms of output.

Crude, petroleum and natural gas also increased because there is now data on gas that has been incorporated.

The GDP for textiles decreased slightly because there was a slight decrease in GDP for two years- in 2010 and 2011 when it dipped, before coming up in 2011 and 2012.

Nigeria’s current base year is 1990, but a new base year of 2010 has been selected for the rebasing exercise. It is expected that by 2016, the GDP will be rebased again, using 2015 as base year.

This is the first time Nigeria’s GDP estimates will be rebased in almost a quarter century. The last exercise was done in 1990.

The results would indicate that the structure of the Nigerian economy has changed significantly, leading to a decline in the share of agricultural sector and a rise in the share of services.

The economic activity with the most notable changes, according to the source is wholesale and retail trade, which changed significantly between the old and new GDP series.

On what the numbers say of the Nigerian economy, our source noted that the Nigerian economy is more diversified than has been thought, though not as much impressive, because the top five still constitutes about 70 percent.

He said the results of the rebasing show the slow transformation of the Nigerian economy.

“The economy is vibrant, inspite of the challenges. It shows that if we pay attention to the numbers properly and on time, we will resolve a lot of our problems.

“The numbers tell us that Nigerians are extremely enterprising. It shows that despite our challenges, Nigerians are very resourceful.

“You can imagine if government can now harness the full potential of the country by solving some of these problems, how big the economy can be.It shows also where the country’s strength lies, where we should deploy our limited resources, to get comparative and competitive advantage.”
TV/Movies / Re: Lupita Nyongo's Oscar Win To Boost Kenya’s Fledgling Entertainment Industry by anonymous6(f): 4:39pm On Apr 09
sholay2011: Much ado about an Oscar win... grin

well I feel the oscar win was for Lupita and Hollywood not for african film industries in Africa

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Ethnic/Racial Politics / Re: Nigeria In a Race To Meet 2015 Rice Production Target by anonymous6(f): 4:38pm On Apr 09
tpiia: nigeria has been mass producing rice since the 80s.

its strange the country seems to be stuck constantly recycling everything they do and never moving beyond any particular point.

if the country is not self sufficient by now then something is wrong.

they phased out imported rice long ago and boosted local production. What happened?

well you have some pints Nigeria should have been in that level years ago but I didn't know imported rice has already been phased out, something happened some where though however for them to make this news this must be a permanent move for the Nigerian government
TV/Movies / Lupita Nyongo's Oscar Win To Boost Kenya’s Fledgling Entertainment Industry by anonymous6(f): 8:53pm On Apr 08
NAIROBI, Mar 5 2014 (IPS) - Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar victory for her supporting performance in the critically acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” has raised hopes of a much-needed boost to Kenya’s fledgling entertainment industry.
Nyongo’s global success, cemented by her Academy Award win on Mar. 2, has proved that, “Just like medicine or teaching, entertainment can be a serious career choice particularly for the many unemployed and talented youths in the country,” says Nairobi-based market analyst Danson Mwangangi.

But that new attitude to the arts is only just developing.

From Nairobi to Hollywood

Many Kenyan theatre aficionados like local playwright Peter Nderi remember 31-year-old Nyong’o as Juliet in Shakespeare’s classic play performed at the Phoenix Players here in Nairobi. “She was only 14 years old but even then, she showed great promise as an actor,” Nderi tells IPS.

But Nyong’o’s success, he says, has not been overnight. Hollywood’s newest it-girl paid her dues working as part of production crews for various films, including “The Constant Gardener”, “where she ran errands, including fetching the cast coffee,” says Nderi.

He also points to Nyong’o’s 2007 feature-length documentary “In My Genes”, which explores the challenges people with albanism face as a minority group in Kenya and which Nyong’o wrote, directed and produced.

She later starred in the MTV Africa sex-ed drama series “Shuga”, produced in partnership with the U.S. government’s anti-AIDS initiative PEPFAR and MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation.

Born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, Nyong’o was raised in Kenya where she honed her acting skills on the local theatre circuit before attending Yale School of Drama, one of the United States’ most renowned acting programmes.

The new frontier

For Kenya, which is seeing some 40 percent of its workforce unemployed – 70 percent of those being people below the age of 35 – victories like Nyong’o’s are a happy note in the effort to develop a vibrant entertainment sector that could lift the economy.

“It is the new frontier for job creation,” Mwangangi tells IPS, adding that the government, through the Kenya Film Commission, has set an objective to generate 10 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) from the entertainment industry, incuding all creative and cultural activities.

Recent World Bank statistics show 800,000 job seekers competing for just 50,000 jobs annually, making the governmet’s efforts appear a welcome initiative for many young poeple.

But the entertainment industry is not for the faint-hearted, local performers say, whose experiences highlight that the country still has a long way to come before it sees cultural activities as a valid profession.

“The main problem is that many people have not fully appreciated that entertainment is a job just like any other and they are not willing to pay to watch a performance,” says Paschal Kilei, a struggling actor with a talent group called ‘Talent Tappers’ in Mombasa County in Kenya’s Coast Province some 482 km from the capital Nairobi.

As a result, Kilei and his colleagues have been left to perform for free in the hope that, with time, people will begin to appreciate their work and pay to watch them perform.

The Talent Tappers do “magnate theatre”, in Kilei’s words, consisting of random performances in market places, bus stations, “Basically anywhere where there are a large number of people going about their business.”

And while their acts are well received, it hasn’t brought them any money yet.

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Kilei is not alone. Asia Majimbo, another Mombasa-based actor, says that even for established performers the pay is not enough to fully depend on their craft.

“TV actors who earn about 250 dollars per episode are actually the envy of many,” says Majimbo. “In a month, about four episodes will air, or even less. And an actor may not even appear in all the episodes unless they are the main characters.”

Nderi highlights a lack of formal training as another factor impairing the industry.

“Many actors-slash-actresses in the country take on acting as a hobby, so they do not fully invest in it by trying to get some training in it, which affects the quality of their work.”

While not every Kenyan performer has access to a Yale drama eduction to set themselves apart like Nyong’o, Kenyan actors need not be discouraged, says Mwangangi.

The government’s keenness to boost the economy through enterntainment has already resulted in a mandate for the Kenya Film Commission to establish a film school in the country, he says, while Kenya’s 47 counties have all been encouraged to promote the entertainment industry as an avenue for job creation.

Steady growth

In building the industry, Kenya has a big brother on the continent to learn from, according to Mwangangi. “Nollywood, which is Nigeria’s film industry produces about 50 movies per week — much more than what Hollywood produces… second only to India’s Bollywood,” he says.

Both Nigeria and Kenya are particularly poised to reap the benefits from their expanding middle class, acording to the analyst, with Kenya’s middle-bracket income earners having doubled to 6.5 million in the last decade, according to the African Development Bank.

Although Kenya’s film industry still lags behind Nigeria’s, it has been growing steadily in the last seven years, according to Kenya’s Film Commission, which boasts an 85-percent growth in the number of film establishments and an increase of over 45 percent of people involved in the industry.

“The Samaritans”, a comedy series centered around the absurdities of a dysfunctional NGO in Kenya, is a recent example of a Kenyan production garnering international attention, with clips and reviews making its rounds on top news sites and social media.

Hussein Kurji, producer of “The Samaritans”, tells IPS that he was looking for something “innovative.” And he’s seeing his efforts pay off.

“The show has received over 150,000 hits in the last 14 days across Vimeo and YouTube and 90,000 hits for the show’s trailer on YouTube alone.”

Kurji and Nyong’o exemplify the ability for Kenyan entertainers to excel in spite of challenges posed by a still-nascent industry.

They also embody a creative spirit that Kenya hopes to tap to attract people to the fledgling sector, perhaps best summed up in Nyong’o’s parting words at the Oscars: “…No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.”
Celebrities / Re: EN: Chiwetel Ejiofor To Act 'fela' In Afrobeat Legend's Biopic by anonymous6(f): 7:20pm On Apr 08
Negation: Hmmm... It could work. Him or Mr AAA (Mr Eko would have to lose mad weight though).

True but perfer a fresh new face
Foreign Affairs / Nigerian GDP Jumps 89% As Economists Add In Telecoms, Nollywood by anonymous6(f): 7:12pm On Apr 08
Nigeria is now the largest economy in Africa after economists adjusted the way they calculate GDP. Though the change is helpful to understand how the Nigerian economy is structured, it doesn’t changed much on the ground. Poverty and corruption are still major problems for the country’s 170 million citizens.

As of Sunday, Nigeria’s gross domestic product for 2013 was revised up 89 percent to 80.3 trillion naira, or about $490 billion, according to a statement from Yemi Kale, head of the country’s National Bureau of Statistics. This puts South Africa’s 2013 GDP of $343 billion.

“Rebasing does not change what was already there; it’s just about measuring better and more accurately,” he told reporters. “It does not mean that within 24 hours something miraculous has happened and we are better or worse off,” he added.

In recent months, Nigerian economists and statisticians have been doing extensive research and calculations to determine the best way to assess the country’s GDP. They had to add 13 new industries, and change the weights of various sectors. Most countries go through this process every five years or so, but Nigeria hasn’t done it since 1990, years before developments like a boom in telecoms and the Nollywood film industry. This means economists can better analyze the country’s markets.

Under the previous system, the Nigerian oil sector was weighted at 32 percent of the GDP, but it now accounts for just 15 percent. Agriculture also fell from 24 percent to 22 percent.

“On the face of it, this is a very positive development, as it suggests that Nigeria is far less reliant on its struggling hydrocarbons sector than initially thought,” wrote Shilan Shah, Africa Economist at Capital Economics, in a note this morning.

He wrote that it is an important development but won’t change much for the average Nigerian.

“Of course, it is important to note that all of this is an accounting exercise, and it doesn’t change anything on the ground for Nigeria,” he wrote, adding, “There is still a clear need to tackle corruption and continue implementing structural reform.”

The new data means that Nigeria’s growth rate was 12.7 percent between 2012 and 2013, one of the fastest in the world. Though it has been growing by about 6 percent annually, many Nigerians still live on less than a dollar a day.

Despite being the largest economy on the continent, they’re still only 26th worldwide, and place 121st in terms of income per capita, with $2,688 per citizen. In South Africa, this rate was hovering around $7,500 last year.

“Inequality has been rising,” said Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to reporters.

The most recent NBS poverty survey shows that 61 percent of Nigerians were living on less than a dollar a day in 2010, up from 54 percent six years earlier.

“We have to work on building a social safety net to take care of those at the bottom of the ladder,” she said.
Celebrities / Re: Lupita Nyong'o Has A Boyfriend! Oscar Winner Secretly Dating Rapper K'naan by anonymous6(f): 2:16pm On Apr 08
Aiirforce1: Don't tell us what we already knw @op


you may know but I have read post that have said otherwise, so speak for yourself
Celebrities / Re: Despite Kanye’s Pleas, Hollywood Shuts Out Kim Kardashian. by anonymous6(f): 1:52pm On Apr 08
I applaud Hollywood on what they did, its a fact she is not a Hollywood elite at all just a reality star who did a Compromizing Video
Celebrities / Lupita Nyong'o Has A Boyfriend! Oscar Winner Secretly Dating Rapper K'naan by anonymous6(f): 1:47pm On Apr 08
Sorry Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o is definitely taken! A source tells Us Weekly that the Kenya-raised actress, 31, has been dating Somali-born rapper K'Naan since September.

The New York-based couple has bonded over their similar interests.

"She loves his humanitarianism," says a pal of the "Wavin' Flag" singer, 36. "They'd both passionate about African issues."

K'Naan has two sons with pharmacy tech ex-wife Deqa Warsame. And the rapper's pal notes that Nyong'o and K'Naan are taking things slow.

"She hasn't met his kids," the friend reveals.

Fresh off her Oscar win for her role in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o is definitely Hollywood's new It Girl. After fellow Oscar winner Jared Leto called her his "future ex wife" during his Independent Spirit Awards acceptance speech, rumors of romance between the two blossomed.

"When I read these rumors, they're so detailed that even I start to question whether they're true or not," Nyong'o joked on The Ellen Show last month.
Culture / Re: What Is The History Of The Awori People In Lagos? by anonymous6(f): 1:43pm On Apr 08
alj harem:

Are you minding the mo.ron

lol, it is just irritating sometimes

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Ethnic/Racial Politics / Re: Nigeria In a Race To Meet 2015 Rice Production Target by anonymous6(f): 11:14pm On Apr 07

I'm just glad that Nigeria has reached that level that they will produce their own rice which will save money then importing rice from international companies outside Nigeria and losing money.
Culture / Re: What Is The History Of The Awori People In Lagos? by anonymous6(f): 8:02pm On Apr 07
olowo200: Are they part of Benin and itsekiri people that conquered Lagos or are they also descedant of oduduwa but there language don't sound Yoruba to me.

they are part of the Yoruba tribe(oduduwa), duh
Culture / Re: How An African Woman’s Curvy Body Sent Her To An Early Grave: by anonymous6(f): 7:54pm On Apr 07
yeah I heard of this ladies story very sad

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