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  • Paris radio station to stage show for Algerian flood victims
    21 november 2001 20:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris-based radio station, Beur FM, is organising a musical concert in the French capital Thursday as a sign of solidarity to Algerians affected by the recent floods. Full text...

  • Mauritius to honour indentured labour
    21 november 2001 13:25:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Arts and Culture minister Motee Ramdass has tabled a bill in Parliament proposing a Trust Fund Bill to honour the memory of Indian immigrants, as well as protect Aapravasi Ghat, the site where they first settled on arrival in 1834. Full text...

  • Governor hails Miss World from Nigeria
    20 november 2001 12:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Governor Peter Odili of Nigeria's south-eastern Rivers State has congratulated the newly-crowned Miss World, Nigeria's Agbani Darego, expressing the hope her victory would trigger a new enthusiasm and positive spirit of adventure among youths in the State. Full text...

  • Benin's music celebrities to launch old-timers album
    19 november 2001 15:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Volume 2 of a compilation of songs by old Benin music celebrities would be officially launched on 24 November, according the initiator of the project, Jean Luc Akplogan. Full text...

  • Reunion, a religious crossroads in November and December
    19 november 2001 14:58:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The months of November and December are particularly religious in Reunion, where the Hindu, Muslim and Catholic communities celebrate their holidays in harmony. Full text...

  • Benin hosts conference on slave descendants
    17 november 2001 18:53:00
    Porto-Novo- Benin (PANA) -- More than a hundred researchers and policy makers are expected at an international conference on the Aguda or descendants of former slaves, billed for 20-26 November in Porto-Novo, Benin. Full text...

  • Tanzania's historical wonder to regain lost glory (Feature)
    17 november 2001 14:18:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation is supporting the preservation of the famous historical town of Kilwa, 280 km south of Dar es Salaam but off the Tanzanian coast, which UNESCO declared a world heritage site in 1981. Full text...

  • Benin awards outstanding artists, journalists
    16 november 2001 16:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Four prizes worth over two million CFA F (2,666 dollars) were awarded Thursday to Benin's outstanding journalists and artists for 2001. Full text...

  • Fifth edition of Benin Golden Awards
    16 november 2001 16:01:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The fifth edition of the Benin Golden Awards (BGA), the largest awards event in the country's cultural and artistic scene, was launched Thursday in Cotonou by Culture, Crafts and Tourism Minister Amos Elegbe. Full text...

  • Sharia court sentences man to death by stabbing
    15 november 2001 12:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Sharia court in Nigeria's northern state of Katsina has sentenced a man, Sani Rodi, to death by stabbing after convicting him of murder, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Minister says rabid Afro-pessimism is on the retreat
    14 november 2001 16:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's deputy foreign minister Aziz Pahad says the rabid Afro-pessimism that prevailed a few years ago is on the retreat and positive events on the continent have proven many sceptics wrong. Full text...

  • Seven African films presented at Reunion Film Festival
    14 november 2001 15:41:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Seven films from six African countries aare among 22 selected at the Reunion Film Festival which opened on Tuesday in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts International Fashion Show in December
    13 november 2001 23:50:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An International Fashion Show featuring designers and models from Africa and outside the continent, is planned for 8 December in Cotonou, Benin, the organisers said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Fans in Reunion Island acclaim Rokia Traore
    13 november 2001 22:01:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malian singer Rokia Traore pulled thousands of fans in two concerts staged last Saturday in Mauritius and Monday in Reunion. Full text...

  • Nejmi re-elected chairman of Morrocco writers union
    12 november 2001 23:56:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Poet and novelist Hassan Nejmi was Sunday re-elected as chairman of the Morocco Union of Writers (MUW) for a second two-year mandate. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts symposium on "dialogue of civilisations"
    12 november 2001 23:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian leader Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, pleaded Monday against any attempt likely to lead to a possible "disruption of civilisations. Full text...

  • Chinese troupe on African tour
    12 november 2001 14:48:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A 20-member Chinese troupe has been entertaining the Comoran public since the weekend at the start of an African tour that will take them to Lesotho, Botswana and Seychelles. Full text...

  • EAC launches court, legislature on 30 November
    10 november 2001 16:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The East African Community (EAC) is preparing a cultural festival on 30 November to mark the official launch of its key organs -- the EA Legislative Assembly and the EA Court of Justice respectively. Full text...

  • Benin to host African Arts festival
    10 november 2001 13:03:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin will host the first African Arts and Culture Festival to be held 3-21 January 2002, the event organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Reunion Indian natives celebrate Lights festival
    10 november 2001 09:43:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Indian natives of Reunion Friday began a 10-day celebration of Dipavali festival which, according to Tamil belief, represents the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil. Full text...

  • Literature should serve peace efforts in Angola, says writer
    08 november 2001 08:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Literature should act as a vehicle of peace and cementing reconciliation between Angolans, Joao Melo, a former secretary general of the Union of Angolan Writers said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Japanese artist to stage concert in Addis Ababa
    07 november 2001 23:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia, (PANA) -- A renowned Japanese artist, Tadamitsu Saito, is to stage an extraordinary music concert, known as " Cosmic Manifesto" Saturday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • 'Talibe' situation in Benin worries World Bank
    07 november 2001 19:33:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The enrolment of at least 5,000 children in some 466 Koranic schools under the talibe (Arabic word for "student") system in Muslim dominated northern Benin is worrisome to the World Bank, which discovered the phenomenon in a recent survey. Full text...

  • Mali hosts West African broadcast media fiesta
    07 november 2001 14:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The third edition of the West African broadcast media fiesta dubbed 'Waves of Freedom Festival' opens in Bamako on Wednesday under the patronage of Malian Prime Minister Mande Sidibe, official sources confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Niger poised to promote native languages
    06 november 2001 09:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Niger government plans to introduce to the National Assembly, a bill to promote indigenous languages. Full text...

  • Moroccan woman to head UNESCO executive council
    05 november 2001 20:26:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- UNESCO's ongoing general conference in Paris on Monday elected Moroccan Ambassador Aziza Benani president of the organisation's executive council. Full text...

  • Cotonou celebrates Zolawadji's Golden Kora award
    05 november 2001 11:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Locals in Cotonou all through the weekend celebrated their compatriot's exploits after Albert Bessanvi alias Gbéssi Zolawadji clinched the Sun City Kora Award for Best African Folk music artist last Saturday in South Africa. Full text...

  • Lagos international arts fair begins
    04 november 2001 16:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first Lagos International Arts Fair has started in Nigeria's commercial capital as part of efforts to promote African culture and heritage, its organisers said. Full text...

  • Reunion commemorates 1811 Slave Rebellion
    04 november 2001 12:12:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The people of Reunion on Sunday ended a two-day commemoration of the major uprising by runaway slaves in 1811 The commemoration comprised a peace rally and demonstration for the first time in Reunion. Full text...

  • UNESCO adopts declaration on cultural diversity
    02 november 2001 23:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO's governing body, the general conference, Friday in Paris adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity which is expected to acquire as much force as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the future. Full text...

  • Playwright takes a hard look at post-colonial Africa
    02 november 2001 22:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- On the African continent, liberation is being replaced by indifference, complacency, and racist perceptions rivalling even the most backward of the pre-liberation era. Full text...

  • African music reaches 389 million television viewers
    02 november 2001 21:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 15 music categories would be recognised when Sun City hosts the 6th annual Kora All- Africa Music Awards on Saturday, and one international figure will join an illustrious group of leaders awarded for their lifetime achievements. Full text...

  • Director moves to revamp Algerian theatre
    29 october 2001 22:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Algerian national theatre (ANT) wants to revive the memory of great names of the national stage by performing their works in Algerian Arabic, director Ziani Chérif Ayad said on Sunday. Full text...

  • Govt supports Benin's representative to Sun City
    29 october 2001 11:22:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's representative in the 2001 Kora Awards to be held in Sun City, South Africa, singer Albert Bessanvi alias Gbessi Zolawadji, has received a government grant of 700 million CFA francs (over 900 thousand US dollars). Full text...

  • African artists exhibit works in Cotonou
    28 october 2001 19:41:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Three African visual artists from Benin, Togo and DR Congo are exhibiting some 50 works in Cotonou, Benin. Full text...

  • Ivorian artists get umbrella organisation
    26 october 2001 14:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A National Federation of Arts and Culture (FNAAC) has been established in Cote d'Ivoire to promote cultural, artistic, social and economic development, the initiators said in Abidjan. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts 8th Miss ECOWAS contest in December
    24 october 2001 14:31:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 8th Miss ECOWAS beauty contest takes place in Bamako 22 December, Yabobu Victor, chairman of the Organising Committee, has announced in the Malian capital. Full text...

  • Assy Kiwa represents Benin in 'Ma Africa2001' contest
    23 october 2001 14:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Female singer Assy Kiwa will represent Benin at the "Ma Africa 2001" contest scheduled to begin on Monday in South Africa, sources close to her manager said. Full text...

  • Africa central in dialogue among cultures
    23 october 2001 13:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese Education Moustapha Sourang Monday stressed what he said was the important contribution Africa could bring the dialogue among cultures and civilisations at a time when acts of terror threaten global peace. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host HIV/AIDS awareness concert
    20 october 2001 13:51:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Top African musicians would on 8 December stage a concert in Ouagadougou, the proceeds of which would be used to in the fight against HIV/AIDS, sources said. Full text...

  • African film and broadcasting week underway
    18 october 2001 22:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The African film and broadcasting kicked off Wednesday at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou, Benin ahead of the African film and broadcasting day. Full text...

  • Malian musician to perform in Windhoek
    18 october 2001 22:42:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Rokia Traore, the young musical sensation from Mali, is to perform in Namibia 31 October at the National Theatre of Namibia (NTN) as part of her tour of Southern African and the Indian Ocean regions. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe warns against UNESCO's budgetary shortfalls
    18 october 2001 22:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At the 31st UNESCO general conference underway in Paris, Zimbabwe's minister of Education, Sports and Culture, A. Full text...

  • British museum returns stolen Sudanese statue
    18 october 2001 18:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The British Museum in London has returned a stolen ancient statue to Sudan after a Sudanese man smuggled it to the museum for sale, Sudan National TV reported. Full text...

  • King Midodaho Kpassenoumedje becomes head of Voodoo in Benin
    17 october 2001 10:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- King Midodaho Kpassenoumedje of Ouidah in Benin has been elected chairman of the National Community of the Voodoo Cults at the end of an extraordinary congress, reliable sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius, China sign cultural co-operation agreement
    16 october 2001 20:51:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius and China have signed an agreement for cultural co-operation covering 2001-2003. Full text...

  • Two Benin writers at Bordeaux book fair
    16 october 2001 20:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Florent Couao Zotti and Ken Bugul are representing Benin at an international book fair in Bordeaux, France, officials at the French Cultural Centre in Cotonou confirmed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sun City to Host Kora Awards
    16 october 2001 15:49:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Sun City celebrates its African essence by hosting Kora Awards for music of African origin, which is expected to reach 389 million television viewers worldwide. Full text...

  • Chirac says cultural diversity enriches humanity
    15 october 2001 23:56:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac said Monday that cultural diversity enriches humanity and could provide a suitable response to globalisation. Full text...

  • Milan fair opens office in Tunis
    12 october 2001 11:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The renowned European exhibition centre, Fiera Milano, has opened an office in Tunis to serve as a relay point for export Tunisian, Egyptian and Maghreb companies seeking deals and partnerships with Europe. Full text...

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