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  • Mali: 6 young Malians for int'l language, cultural festival in Turkey
    14 april 2014 16:04:25
    Bamako, Mali ( PANA) - Six young students, four of them girls, from the "College Horizon" school, will represent Mali at the 12th International languages and cultural festival to be held in Turkey from 13 May to 15 June, according to organizers. Full text...

  • Mali: Senegalese-Malian fashion week holds 30 April-10 May in Bamako
    11 april 2014 14:09:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The sixth edition of the Senegalese-Malian fashion week will be held from 30 April to 10 May in the Malian capital, Bamako, organizers told PANA here on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Music festival ''Nuits des Solistes'' opens in Sousse on Friday
    10 april 2014 21:47:48
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The 12th international edition of the festival, "Nuits des Solistes", begins on Friday in Sousse with the participation of several artistes from Egypt, Lebanon, Iran, Brazil, Cuba, Belgium, USA, Azerbaijan, France and Tunisia. Full text...

  • Togo: Lomé to host international music festival
    08 april 2014 20:10:35
    Lomé,Togo (PANA) – The seventh edition of the international music festival dubbed "Africa Rhythms" is expected to be held from 28 April to 3 May in the Togolese capital, Lomé, sources close to organizers told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Algerian film wins award at Sousse Children and Youth Film Fest
    31 march 2014 15:34:26
    Sousse, Tunisia (PANA) - Algerian film, Le Jour d’avant, directed by Karim Moussaoui, was awarded the "Hadramout" grand prize in feature films at the International Children and Youth Film Fest of Sousse, Tunisia. Full text...

  • Senegal: Ziguinchor chief sues for peace in Casamance
    30 march 2014 18:00:11
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) - The President of the Regional Council of Ziguinchor, Southern Senegal, Lamine Sagna, on Saturday called upon the youth of Casamance to become more involved in the search for peace in the region, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Some 40,000 archeological pieces discovered in Cameroon
    29 march 2014 18:19:00
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Some 40,000 archeological remains have been discovered on the construction site of the hydroelectric dam of Lom Pangar in eastern Cameroon. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo launches 20th beauty contest
    22 march 2014 13:18:06
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The 20th edition Togo’s beauty contest was officially launched on Friday in Lome, the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • Togo: France gives Togo CFAF 5.248b to enhance high school education
    20 march 2014 13:17:35
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The French Development Agency, AFD, has approved CFAF 5.248 billion (8 million Euro) funding for Togo to repair its dilapidated high schools, official sources told PANA Thursday in Lome, the nation's capital. Full text...

  • Libya: Spanish city of Grenade hosts exhibition of Libyan artist
    19 march 2014 21:38:46
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – Libyan artist, Dr. Maatouk Abou Rawi, is holding an exhibition at the seat of the Euro-Arab Foundation for higher education in the southern Spanish city of Grenade on the theme, “Immortalizing the Arab spring victims”. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali's damaged cultural sites to be renovated with 4 billion CFAF
    19 march 2014 16:41:51
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Mali is looking for US$8 million or about 4 billion CFAF, to enable it complete the renovation of the cultural sites damaged by the "Jihadist" in the northern region of the country, PANA learnt from the Malian Culture ministry. Full text...

  • Togo: Designer to showcase 'Water' collection on 22 March
    12 march 2014 16:20:32
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Togolese designer, Desmo Design, will on 22 March showcase his collection on the theme "Water" in the capital, Lomé to highlight the importance of the precious natural resource to the world. Full text...

  • Mali: UNESCO to carry out inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mali
    11 march 2014 15:01:02
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali's Ministry of Culture and the Resident Representative of UNESCO, Eloundou Lazareont, Tuesday in Bamako, the nation's capital, launched a project aimed at taking an inventory of intangible cultural heritage in the country, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • Senegal: Maiden Ivorian craft fair holds 7-13 April in Abidjan
    04 march 2014 14:34:04
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The First Ivorian Crafts Fair (MIVA) will hold from 7 to 13 April at the Treichville’s Sports Palace, under the theme “Promotion of the innovation and excellence of African crafts products”, organizers of the event announced in Dakar, Senegal. Full text...

  • Kenya: Actress Lupita makes history, wins Oscar award
    03 march 2014 10:13:42
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan actress Lupita Amondi Nyong’o on Sunday night won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles, US, for her much-acclaimed role in the movie '12 years a slave'. Full text...

  • Congo: Dictionary to promote two languages in Congo, DRC and CAR published
    27 february 2014 17:09:07
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The International Organization of French-speaking communities (IOF) has published a trilingual dictionary in French, Lingala and Sango to develop the learning of the national languages of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). Full text...

  • Congo: Brazzaville to get US$2m Centre for Education
    17 february 2014 11:01:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A Centre for education, training and learning is to be built in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, at a cost of 935,777,435 FCFA (US$1.95 million), a government statement said Monday. Full text...

  • Morocco: Music festival to honour Mandela
    12 february 2014 09:15:58
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The 20th Fes festival of music, to be held 13 - 21 June in Morocco's spiritual city of Fes, will pay tribute to global icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away last year aged 95, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Guinea: Head of UNESCO Regional office visits Guinea
    11 february 2014 20:44:56
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The Director of the UN Cultural Organization (UNESCO) multisectoral regional Office in Abuja, Nigeria, Mrs Hassana Alidou, is paying a five-day visit to Guinea as part of a three-nation tour that will also take her to Benin and Togo to see the operations of the Commission in those countries. Full text...

  • Guinea: Senior UNESCO official to visit Guinea
    07 february 2014 22:12:34
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The head of the UNESCO regional multisectoral Office in Abuja (Nigeria), Hassane Alidou, will from 9 to 13 February pay a working visit to Conakry, sources from the Guinean national commission for the UN specialized institution said on Friday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Workshop on protection of al-Amadi cultural heritage begins Monday
    26 january 2014 19:18:25
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - A workshop on how to protect the al-Amadi cultural heritage begins Monday in Mattmata, southern Tunisia, with Tunisian and international experts involved in cultural heritage protection participating, PANA learnt Sunday from informed sources. Full text...

  • Congo: Deficit of 14,000 teachers recorded in 2013-2014
    25 january 2014 11:15:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo Brazzaville has a deficit of 14,000 teachers for the 2013-2014 school year, the primary and secondary education and literacy ministry said here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 3rd festival of Ancient Cities starts
    14 january 2014 18:39:32
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The third edition of the festival of Ancient Cities of Mauritania (FVAM) got off to a huge start Tuesday with hundreds of European tourists, particularly French, already here to savour the international event in the ancient city of Oualata, more than 1,300 km away. Full text...

  • Mauritania: 4th edition of Mauritania's Ancient Cities Festival opens on 13 January
    08 january 2014 19:52:21
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The 4th edition of Mauritania's Ancient Cities Festival will take place from 13-16 January in the southeastern city of Oualata, about 1,300 km from Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Book Fair on Tunisian revolution opens
    08 january 2014 15:20:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – A book fair, with special focus on the third anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, opened Tuesday at the Ibn Khaldoun cultural complex in Tunis, PANA reported, quoting organizers. Full text...

  • US: Book on anti-graft war puts Nigerian scholar, journo in global spotlight
    04 january 2014 10:31:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Nigerian scholar, author and journalist Wale Adebanwi's book on the country's anti-graft war has been named among the 'Best Books of 2013 on Africa' by Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on US foreign policy and global affairs, PANA reported from here Saturday. Full text...

  • Mali to host 'Peace Festival' next month
    30 december 2013 19:45:59
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali will host the first Peace Festival dubbed "Konna Arts and Culture Festival" from 17-19 January aimed at promoting peace and local tourism as well as enhancing cultural exchanges between West African countries. Full text...

  • Niger River Festival scheduled for 4-9 February, 2014
    23 december 2013 17:39:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The 10th edition of the Niger River Festival is due to be held from 4 to 9 February, 2014, in Segou, 240 kms from Bamako, the capital, PANA learnt here Sunday from organizers. Full text...

  • How Madiba influenced the arts
    15 december 2013 09:09:08
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - There could hardly be any other contemporary icon from the arts to politics that every author, sculptor, film producer or musician wants to do something about than Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who died aged 95 on 5 Dec. in the leafy Houghton suburb of Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Remains of late Congolese singer for repatriation from Brussels Saturday
    05 december 2013 12:36:57
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The body of the Congolese world-renowned singer Rochereau Tabu Ley will be repatriated to the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, according to the funeral programme issued by his family in Brussels. Full text...

  • 8th International Creole Festival opens in Mauritius
    01 december 2013 14:24:29
    Grand Baie, Mauritius (PANA) - The 8th International Creole Festival opened Saturday at the international conference centre, Grand Baie, northern Mauritius, with Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam saying education is the key to success and an answer to exclusion. Full text...

  • UN report: Creative economies boost growth, social, cultural development
    14 november 2013 20:18:40
    New York, US (PANA) – A UN report says in addition to economic benefits, the creative economy, which includes audiovisual products, design, new media, performing arts, publishing and visual arts, also contributes significantly to inclusive social development, dialogue and understanding between people. Full text...

  • Qualifying tests for foreign studies suspended in Nigeria
    10 november 2013 10:48:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two key tests for admission into some foreign universities have been suspended indefinitely in Nigeria by the administrators of the tests due to ''security concerns'', PANA reported Sunday Full text...

  • Unveiling Malawi’s child literary prodigy; writing her way to the future (By Raphael Tenthani, PANA Correspondent)
    02 november 2013 13:32:53
    Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - She’s is only 19 but she has just published a book. OK, several years ago Nigerian magical realist writer Ben Okri wrote his first book at 17 but what made Malawian Priscilla Takondwa Semphere delve into serious literature is instructive of how serious is her crusade to a literary future. Full text...

  • UNESCO approves emergency funds to evaluate Mali’s intangible heritage
    28 october 2013 22:16:33
    New York, US (PANA) – New York, US (PANA) – A UN committee has approved an emergency assistance package of US$307,307 for a two-year project to evaluate the state of intangible heritage throughout Mali, beginning with the northern regions that suffered the most from recent armed conflict and occupation. Full text...

  • Togolese filmmaker Blaise Kilizou Abalo dies
    24 october 2013 11:58:13
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese filmmaker Blaise Abalo Kilizou has died at the age of 66 years, PANA learned from official sources on Wednesday in Lome. Full text...

  • Brazzaville is first African city to be designated UNESCO Creative Centre
    22 october 2013 07:14:28
    New York, US (PANA) - Brazzaville, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Congo, has become the first city to be designed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a member of its network of "creative hubs" promoting socio-economic and cultural development worldwide through creative industries. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores damage to Timbuktu mosque
    30 september 2013 16:07:36
    New York, US (PANA) – The UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, has deplored the suicide attack that took place on Saturday in Timbuktu, Mali, which led to the killing of two persons and injury to several others as well as caused substantial damage to a mosque Full text...

  • UNICEF to back Congo’s efforts in schooling the poor
    25 september 2013 12:58:11
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The new representative of UNICEF for western and central Africa, Mr. Manuel Fontaine, has reaffirmed the UN agency’s determination to support Congo’s efforts to provide education for its poor. Full text...

  • UNESCO mission confirms Egypt’s Mallawi museum ransacked
    18 september 2013 22:58:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has confirmed that nearly all the collections of the Mallawi National Museum in Minya, Upper Egypt, have been looted following the August unrest in the North African country. Full text...

  • Brazil, Congo sign pact on scientific, educational cooperation
    16 september 2013 10:51:46
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A Congolese university and its Brazilian counterpart have signed an agreement aimed at fostering scientific and educational cooperation between the two institutions, PANA reported from here Monday. Full text...

  • 19-year-old student wins Miss Togo 2013
    01 september 2013 16:56:23
    Lome, Togo (PANA) – Nineteen-year-old Emefa Edwige Segbe, a first-year student in Communications, was Saturday crowned Miss Togo for the year 2013, PANA reported here. Full text...

  • Malian artist Salif Kéïta cancels Jerusalem concert
    27 august 2013 22:11:54
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malian musician Salif Kéïta has cancelled his participation in a concert on Friday in Jerusalem, Israel, following threats from a pro-Palestinian group advocating the boycott of Israel, Malian private newspaper “Le Républicain’’ reported on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO urges more efforts to raise awareness about history of slave trade
    23 august 2013 17:14:08
    New York, US (PANA) - Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising jn the Western hemisphere, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said on Friday that telling the story of the slave trade was a crucial way to pay tribute to the freedom fighters and honour their contributions to the affirmation of human rights. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief deplores damage to cultural heritage sites in Egypt
    19 august 2013 22:37:49
    New York, US (PANA) – The Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ms. Irina Bokova on Monday expressed grave concern for Egypt’s cultural heritage following reports that a national museum in the city of Minya had been looted and that several monuments of religious importance in Fayoum and the capital, Cairo, had been destroyed. Full text...

  • Eid-El-Fitri: Jonathan reaffirms commitment to national transformation
    07 august 2013 19:30:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians that his administration would continue to work tirelessly to build on the firm foundations for sustainable national development which it has already established in key areas such as public infrastructure, power supply, roads, transportation, aviation, agriculture, education, healthcare, youth employment and electoral reform. Full text...

  • Japan donates 342 tons of food to Congo for pry school pupils
    25 july 2013 12:49:57
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Japan has donated 342 tons of food to Congo to feed primary school pupils in the Plateaux (centre), Cuvette (north), as well as Pool and Lékoumou (south) regions, the Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Literacy announced in a statement here Thursday. Full text...

  • Rwandan voted beauty queen of 2013 music festival
    18 july 2013 13:03:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda’s Aurole Mutesi Kayibanda has been voted the beauty queen of the ongoing Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM) in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville. Full text...

  • UNESCO to help train 3,000 teachers in Congo
    15 july 2013 16:28:32
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO Executive Director Irina Bokova has launched a project aimed at training 3,000 teachers in Congo to mitigate the staff shortage in the country's education sector. Full text...

  • UNESCO pledges support for African artists
    14 july 2013 14:48:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova on Saturday in Brazzaville reaffirmed her organisation's willingness to support African artists. Full text...

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