Thursday, August 31, 2006
Je vous dits que nous sommes graww..(we are the shiznitt..lol)
Welcome in the ICE World of Miss Sandra Berete,(senegalo/guadoulep') princess who
owns her own ice empire "Ode Saint Lys" since 1998.
After an internship (stage) at the prestigious studio
Bernon-Gomez, she decided to be bold and go there where people don't expect us.
What I found interesting in the things that she said, is that AFRICAN WOMEN who have
the buying power don't buy from her even though she sells great quality gems...
Come on people support a sista..nak:) (for those who can..lol)
For more info:
DJEE LE MELANGE SENEGAL/GUADELOUPE EST CHAUD AUSSI:)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
So finally Im gonna rep' for Guinea through the clothing brand of Ibrahima Doukoure, Guinean citizen who created his company here in NY.
And if you are gonna be in the area, saturday, September 9th they have a fashion show.
Here comes the info:
DJAA LA GUINEE EST DANS LE CHAUD AUSSI:)
Tres bien...I had never heard of her before...but loved her story
Apparently she's one the most respected celebrities in SA ..she has her own talk show
"a la Oprah"where she interviews prominent African figures on the Africa channel .
She's an entrepreuner, a writter, she was the first African model for the soap lux..
This woman is amazing , she's the founder of an investment firm ;
Pamodzi Investment Holding Ltd.
She's also the President of South Africa Tourism....
Mmm I smell trouble Oprah ..lol
DJEE...SOUTH AFRICA EST DANS LE CHAUD MEME:)
Maria is a Proud is a proud citizen of the island of Cap Verde , she shared her life between Dakar,
Mauritania and now the US.
As Cesaria Evora's god-daughter she hopes to become the new generation ambassador of
Her music is a mix of African sound latin,& island rythm
For those who are not in the known..here are her remaining concert dates:
Nov 30 - Dec 3, 2006
Kalalu FestivalSt. Lucia
WHITE'S of Westport66 State Road Westport, MA 02790Time: 6:00PM to 12:00AMDinner: 7:00PMShow time: Following DinnerEvent Presented by: Armando de Pina
For information contact 617-592-9693 or 508-823-5598
Aug. 8 - Sept. 19
For more info:
CAP VERT EST DANS LE CHAUD:)
The more I learn..the more I'm amazed people..:)
Anywhoo Camerounaise de son etat civil Nji Claudine Pomboura opened her own
ArtGallery in Cannes France with main objective to promote African Art in sculpture,
Being that it's in Cannes which is an important city in the world of art (movie festival) she was
able to gain a bit of exposure.
Her wish is for "La Gallerie Koussam" to become a reference in the world of African Art.
Of course her first expo was accentuated on Cameroonese Artist
(hey charite bien ordonne commence tjrs par soi meme ..right:)
I think sky's the limit boo...keep doin what u do:)
If you wanna learn more here's her webbie: (by the way ..webbie is a word that I created.lol)
CAMEROUN EST CHAUD:)
Anywhoo I'm so mad ...my gal Amie only told 'bout her the same day that she was performing in NY,
anywhoo couldn't anyways..lol
But that's besides the point , anywhoo she was born in Lusaka Zambia..moved to England,
grew up loving gospel, zambian music and made of her passion her job.
If you love miss India Arie, Jaguar Wright..the neo soul vibe..u will be captivated by her
sweet and chocalaty voice..
Here's her myspace page:
ZAMBIA EST DANS LE CHAUD:)
that's what I'm talking 'bout
I'm so prouudd of us African women..not giving ourselves limits..trying mew ventures..proving
that if we put all our efforts into things ..and believe that we can do anything..we are usually
able to prove people wrong ( si on s'y met on y arrive toujours my people )
Marguerite Abouet repping for Ivory Coast is 1 of those Renaissance African women
who had a great idea and turned into something real..inspired by young women in her former
neighberhood of Abidjan...she decided to create a bd (cartoon) ....w/the help of a friend cartoonist
She won the FIRST PRIZE AT THE ANGOULEME FESTIVAL 2006
Anywoo I believe that the book is availabe on Amazon...
COTE D'IVOIRE EST CHAUD:) (IVORY COAST)
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Ladies ...ladies brace yourselves...cos we found a real Gentleman in this 1..
I'm calling the youngest chef in American History 2 have ever received 2 , 3***ratings from
the New York Times.
He's also the proud co-owner of one of the fanciest restos of Manhattan
He worked very hard to get 2 this level of success..and suffered his share of tragedies...
When he was younger, back in Ethiopia his parents died of turbecolosis....he then went to
Scandinavia where he learned the art of cooking...moved to Ny and the rest is history.
I wanted to feature him on my blog cos he's 1 of the most succesful black chefs in America
and also he just wrote a culinary book on the
Art of African cooking..represent..represent!!
And check this out , he also is donating some of the profit to the UNICEF
Petit bi daffa graw (this boy is off the hoock)
ETHIOPIA IS DEF'IN THE HIYZZY :)
Miss Senaya is mostly popular in Quebec where she won the Singer of the Year Award @ the
Granby International Song Festival in 2003.
Senaya is a beautiful metisse ; her dad is senegalese and her mother hails from
the heavenly French Caraibes...
She shared most of her time during her university yearss between Dakar, Venezuala,
France Puerto Rico...
Her sound is a mix, of cuban influence, pop, rock, r&b....good stuff people
Her last album is called "Garde la Tete Haute" (Keep your head up..)
good message right?!
Anywhoo here's her webbie:
(u can check out her videos as well)
I found this really good artice in AM Afrique Magazine about the fact that we as African Consumer
don't invest much in our own writters..or publishers..
We tend to read foreign litterature ..I have to agree on that statement and say that I'm 1 of
those people..being that i live abroad I guess it's much easier to find American or European
Anywhoo..I think there's a need for better marketting .. a need to maybe repackage the
books, or have them adverstised a bit more eiter at schools, coffee shops, tv, movies...
whatever..there's def' a need for it...What y'all think?
Je pense qu'il faudrai peut etre faire 1 meilleure campagne /marketing sur les auteurs Africains
contemporains..de maniere a inciter la jeunesse a lire un peu plus...
Ivory Coast talent is not only limited to dancing , or playing soccer, design
There are also excellent and interesting writters such as Tanella Boni a professor of
philosophy in Abidjan.
She writtes poems, short stories, children stories (poemes, des nouvelles,
In this book "Les Negres n'iront jamais au Paradis"
(Black People will never enter Paradise),
she talks about the conflict between the western world and the forgotten continent
of Africa (le conflit entre l'Est et l'Ouest)
I'm not quite sure if the book has been translated in English yet..but would be interesting to
Karima repping for her native country MOROCCO (MAROC) has been chosen to be the face of the cyber heroine Lara Croft .
Thus is a huge compliment since the last person to play the character on screen was
Angelina Jolie, it doesn't get better hun..:)
She will be promoting the game all throughout the year..in Europe, America..
Even though she grew up for the most part in England and considers herself
a London chick.....history will remenber her as a North African chick regardless...:)
Monday, August 28, 2006
In honor of the playoff for the CAN 2008 which will take place in Ghana...
'Sharing a few pictures of the "eyecandies"
(btw brackets.it doesn't necessarily reflect my taste .lol)
Samedi 2 septembre:
Groupe 6: Kenya - Erythrée
Not bad pour 1 togolais
Dimanche 3 septembre:
Groupe 1: Gabon - Madagascar
exempt: Côte d'Ivoire
Groupe 2: Mauritanie - Botswana
Egypte - Burundi
Groupe 3: Ouganda - Lesotho
Nigeria - Niger
Groupe 4: Ile Maurice - Tunisie
Soudan - Seychelles
Groupe 5: Rwanda - Cameroun
Guinée Equatoriale - Liberia La Drogbacite
Groupe 6: Swaziland - Angola
Groupe 7: Sénégal - Mozambique
Tanzanie - Burkina Faso
Groupe 8: Gambie - Cap Vert
Guinée - Algérie
Groupe 9: Sierra Leone - Mali
Togo - Bénin
Groupe 10: Ethiopie - Libye
RD Congo - Namibie
Groupe 11: Afrique du Sud - Congo
Tchad - Zambie
Groupe 12: Maroc - Malawi
Going on a different direction this time...
Let me introduce to the talent of Angele Essamba, une photographe camerounaise of
She's influenced of course by her African origins , and it seems like the theme of "black skin" is
crucial to her craft; like a celebration of who we are @ the core.
If you are interested to see her exbitions and of course if you are in the area, here are the remaining dates:
*ICBIE (Institute for Basilian, Italian and European Culture)
Salvador de Bahia, Brasil
For more info:
I haven't been to the first edition of this African Market Expo...but it could be interesting for
people looking to do business in Africa or to actually network (very ...very important right:)
It will take place between September 6th and September10th in Harlem New York.
If you want more info , please go to :
I'm telling you we as African women in general are trully talented...
Je vous presente Miss Tina Atiemo...Ghana represent :)
She's an African designer who uses african material and designs and adds a bit of western
touch to make the clothe trully funky...
Love it...Love It!!
For more info
Friday, August 25, 2006
US Senator Barack Obama who's been in his father's homecountry Kenya since last thursday,
received the Royal treatment.
You know how we do as African people,...really proud of our people who are successsful and
allows to shine w/them.
Anywhoo if you wanna read more 'bout it:
Today is the 5th anniversary of the death of Aaliyah
We were all touched by her life, her grace, her simplicity , sensuality and elegance.
Let's all think of her a bit today....mostly remenber that life is not guaranteed to anyone.
Today you are here......
............Tomorow you are gone
Et oui today il y'a 57 ans de cela...notre bien aime Mr. Salif Keita was born.
On lui souhaite plein de bonheur ...longue vie sur cette terre and plenty more success..
For those of you who are not in the known , his last cd "M'bemba" marked his emotional return to his country's recording studio ;
This is his first time in 35 years to record a whole album in Bamako, Mali.
As usual it's a great folk/accoustic piece that invites everyone to move their feet.
Check it out , if you haven't yet:)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
One thing that I know is that Nigerians don't play...ils ne s'amusent meme pas:)
They are so advanced and modern...use technologies..or new ideas...
Very Innovative of peole (gotta give props when it's due)
So ladies .. I found this webby about this Chef who makes genius cakes while keeping our African motifs and designs!!
Here's his webby:
I guess we were really reppin @ The fall Haute Couture 2006 shows
The beautiful Lydia Kebede etait aussi de la partie @ several shows..
She's also the face of Ann Taylor's fall campaign.
Go on sista w/your beautiful self:)
Reknown and well..well... respected dancer of Senegalese & French origins, Germaine Acogny is a pioneer in the African dance industry.
After having had a great career as an International dancer , she decided to return to Senegal where she opened in 1995 a center for the traditional African Performing Art in the beautiful village of Toubab Dialaw.
Every year hundreds of students from every where in the world come to perfect their craft and to learn from the best....
In my opinion, this is a fabulous initiative ...it's great to be able to tap into your talent and to make it a way to live.
Upcoming Tour Dates of Jant Bi:
Mi Août – Septembre – Octobre 2006 :Dates et Durée exacte à définir Création « Opéra du Sahel » à Bamako
Le 4 Novembre 2006 :Première « Opéra Sahel » à Bamako
Novembre – Décembre 2006 :Tournée Africaine « Opéra Sahel » à confirmer Suivi directement du voyage à Amsterdam
13 Décembre :Première « Opéra Sahel » à Amsterdam Option 14 et 15 autres représentations
Fin Décembre – mi Janvier 2007 :Répétition « Waxtaan »
LET'S DANCE SHALL WE:)
Beatrice Kampala had the magnificent idea after talking to a "model" friend who always had fabulous extensions..to actually make it her business to sell 100% natural weaves..
She started selling her extensions in her home country Gabon , then in Senegal (of course cos u know how we women of West Africa like 2 look fabulous), South Africa..
and now she has a show room in Paris @ (34 avenue des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris)
According to her , a decent budget for good hair..is @ least 150$.
(Y'all wanna look fly right...:)
Well I say support a sista ...why not heyyy:)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Bono never ceases to amaze me in his dedication towards helping our continent..:)
The "One Campaign"is a non profit movement geared toward helping raise awareness towards poverty in Africa as well as the spread of Aids.
I was suprised to learn that they didn't accept donations but are trying to get Americans more active into writting to their government or buying merchandise such as
(wristbands and shirts..ect...)
Really cool and hip...w/signatories cool as A.Keys, Jamie Fox, Will Smith,
Penelope C..ect..real cool initiative.
Good news for the Somalian Activist and Dutch politician..!!
She's worldy known for her criticism of certain aspects of Islam (don't know how i feel about that yet... cos I don't know yet exactly what she's criticising ) ..
Anywhoo she was facing trouble in the Netherlands for pubicaly admitting that she made some false statements to get her Dutch nationality...
After a long period of tension w/the government ... Ayaan was finally granted her citizenship...
Wanna know more about her life?!!: