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October 2011 • Issue 13


Inspiring Woman

Miss World Australia, shares the impact the contest had had on her life goals, way of thinking and number of opportunities

Sport Fever Sport as a universal language: 2011 Rugby World Cup included South African and Namibian teams to the great excitement of the fans

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To Our readers Moments

Events Afriqan Times could not pass by in September

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Applause: Award Winners Guest Lounge:

African Australians speak out at the Equal Opportunity Commission.

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Yes, I Am Afro-Aussie Perth Fashion Festival:

We are proud to present the highlights of the 13th year of this highly regarded and anticipated fashion event.


Around Africa:

Accenture Australia Award

Need a reason to go on holidays? Looking for a conversation starter on the plane? Here is what we suggest

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A world of wonders

Miss World Australia, a woman of colour, shares the impact the contest had had on her life goals, way of thinking and number of opportunities

My Africa: Zimbabwe Inspiring Woman:



A look at the Global Profile of Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim. Making a fortune to provide for his family.


Sport Fever:

Rugby World Cup included South African and Namibian teams to the great excitement of the fans. Here are some thoughts on how sports conquers all.


Sport Fever Continues:

Soccer leads Eugene Dadi from Cota D’Ivore to Inrternational glory, finding a wife, a kid and a fashion label along the way.


10 Q’s to Afro-Aussies

Let’s see how much we know about Australia And what we remember about Africa


Web Spy:

We saved some space her to share the songs of your heart and dances for your soul


Nollywood News:

Top 6 movies from Nollywood we recommend you watch this month and major Australian premiers



Top 6 gadgets you should put on your your wish list… and mail it to your wealthy friends and relatives .

Lena Kozak-Fretwell Afriqan Times Editor


Guests Are Coming to Town First we have national and international guests attending a week long Perth Fashion Festival end of last month, then, at the very beginning of October, we have the world premier of Simon Wincer’s movie “The Cup” ahead of everybody else and now - CHOGM. These three different events happening so close to each other will unquestionably put Perth on the map as a city to live and to visit, to do business in and be entertained. Hosting an international event such as CHOGM always changes daily routine of those living in the host-city. Much like hosting a big party at home requires a lot of preparation and changes your life rhythm just a little bit so you can make sure everyone has fun. With CHOGM, the hardest part of the job is done for us, so you and I are only left with pleasant duties of hosting and welcoming guests to the city; be proud ambassadors of our great Australian life style, values and diverse culture.

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The Afriqan Times welcomes comments and suggestions, as well as information about errors that call for corrections. We are committed to presenting information fairly and accurately. The Afriqan Times Level 28, AMP Tower 140 St Georges Terrace Perth WA 6000 P. O . Box 445, South Perth 6951, Tel: 1300 A TIMES (1300 2 84637) Fax: +61 8 9463 6232 Feedback: - News inquiries: Advertising inquiries: • Mobile: 0417 001 080 Editor : Lena Kozak-Fretwell - Writers: Rumbidzai Chekeche, Mukuka Mayuka, Tendai Kambikambi Guest Writers: Terri Smith, Kehmuile Nolizwe Special Features by: Emmanuel K Solomon Graphics: Elvin Wong Photography: Andrea Klarin, Ben Scott, Priscilla Appiah, Professional Public Relations (PPR) Subscription: Publishing Information: The Afriqan Times is Australian owned and operated. Afriqan Times Pty Ltd ABN: 521 386 161 09 / ACN: 138 616 109. Cover: Sheron Sultan - Inspiring Woman Designer: Achea-Mpong by Suzan Mutesi Mufumbiro | Photographer: Ben Scott | Makeup & Hair: Terri Smith

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Africa Down Under




African Film Festival Sydney



Accenture Asia Pacific Oil and Gas Forum Essay Competition:

Accenture Australia Award

Olatunji Pariola won 1st place, with a cash prize of $3000! As part of his prize, he was given the opportunity to deliver a 10-minute presentation on his paper to over 70 top executive ‘heavyweights’ from the Oil and Gas industry at the forum.

We will love to applaud African Australians who in their various endeavours are scaling the ladder of excellence. Email us at with Name Award Won, Awarding Organisation, Name of Award winner, Photo (min.500kB) From primary school to Industry awards, we welcome ALL. 8  AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2011

Guest Lounge:

African Australians speak out at the Equal Opportunity Commission by Balondemu Kiiki


anguage barriers, cultural differences in child protection, the need for a more close working relationship between Australians of African decent, the government and its peak bodies on human rights issues are some of the topics brought to a roundtable consultation held at the Equal Opportunity Commission offices in September.

The event which hosted by the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) attracted a wide variety of community leaders, government departments and so forth. The meeting was the second held in Australia to consult with the African community following the release of the AHRC’s 2010 report titled In Our Own Words about the human rights and social inclusion issues of African Australians. Equal Opportunity Commissioner Yvonne Henderson said the report showed that the African Australian community had a strong voice in both WA and

the Australia. “This AHRC report came about because of previous concerns expressed by the WA African Women’s Council in 2009 when human rights issues that affected African Australian women were identified”, she explained. Ms Henderson said she was very pleased with the level of attendance at the event. “We were ha ppy to see so many people participating and contributing to the robust discussion”, Ms Henderson added. The work of the Council has assisted the release of the AHRC report which highlights the work done by the EOC to review systemic discrimination in public sector services. The roundtable event was well attended comprising public sector officers, NGO representatives and members of the African community who split into four groups to discuss issues around the topics of child protection, legal assistance, training and employment, as well as housing and healthcare.


Yes, I am Afro Aussie

Yes, I Am Afro Aussie Your Name:

Victor Chineme Ike

Meaning of Name: Victor (Winner) | Chineme (God is a Doer) | Ike (Strength) Country of Origin: Nigeria State of Residence: Western Australia Profession: Structural Engineer 3 words to describe Australia: Lucky; Laid Back; Lovely 3 words to describe Africa: Strong; Rich; Potential

Photography: Bobby Jiang





Perth Fashion Festival

Perth Fashion Festival


erth Fashion Festival rocked Perth for the 13th time this year and brought out a wild animal in everyone. More so in the designers themselves.

Supported by the State Government through Eventscorp, the Department of Culture and the Arts and the City of Perth, PFF features some of the most iconic WA labels and designers alongside couturiers of the future. 136 designers participated in the Festival, which featured seven stand-alone designer runway shows, three new-concept Designer Capsule shows, two impressive new venues and a mix of 40 fashion forward events around the City. A total of 200 models walked in PFF 2011 events. Here are the highlights of the Festival.

Yeojin Bae


African & Distinguished



Designer Capsule Lisa Marjanovich



African & Distinguished

Perth Fashion Festival Story by Tang

Aurelio Costarella

Story by Tang

Story by Tang Celine Bridge

Magdalena Velevska

Tindale pinchandspoon

The latest collection from Vlisco named “Trésor Brillant” is amazing!

Aurelio Costarella



The World Economic Forum annually ranks over 150 countries in the world on the development of the travel and tourism in those countries. Afriqan Times looks at the African continents top performance…


Destinations: Around Africa

Top 6 Most Tourist Friendly Countries in Africa



Tunisia prioritizes travel and tourism to a level similar to that found in European countries, with high government spending on the sector, effective destinationmarketing campaigns and attendance at most major international tourism fairs. Tunisia is relatively safe from crime and violence, including terrorism. Health and hygiene also remains an area of concern, with a relatively low physician density and low concentration of hospital beds.

The Mauritian government places a very high priority on the tourism sector, with very high government spending on the tourism industry and ensuring excellent destination-marketing campaigns to attract tourists. Mauritius is ranked 3rd in the world for the country’s overall affinity for travel & tourism, with the sector representing an important part of the economy and the general attitude of the population to foreign travellers being extremely welcoming.

Where: Ethiopia, 
When: 10 – 11 September Where: Ghana 
When: September

South Africa


South Africa ranks highly for its natural resources and cultural resources based on its many World Heritage sites, its rich fauna and the many international fairs and exhibitions held in the country. South Africa also has reasonably priced hotel rooms and a favourable tax regime. Infrastructure in South Africa is also well developed.

Egypt is a country rich in cultural heritage and excellent low prices for tourists for things like fuel, hotel rooms low ticket taxes and airport charges, ranking 2nd in the world, just behind Indonesia. Further, there is a national prioritization of the tourism sector, with the government ensuring both relatively high spending on travel and tourism and the country’s presence at major tourism fairs.

Where: Niger 
When: September

Where: South Africa, 
When: September

Morocco The Moroccan government prioritizes the development of the tourism industry in the country with its policy rules and regulations are indeed somewhat supportive of the industry, with a favorable visa regime and relative ease to set up a business in the country. Efforts have also been made to develop the T&T sector in a sustainable way, protecting the natural environment.


Gambia The Gambian government has prioritized the travel and tourism industry and has developed a tourism industry that has been shown to be sustainable environmentally. Gambia also does well in offering competitive prices to tourists and its people have a strong affinity to the sector.



My Africa: Zimbabwe Kenya

Lake Victoria, Zimbabwe


Capital: Harare Region: Southern Africa Population: 13 million (2011 est.) Currency: Zimbabwean Dollars, Z$ Language: English, Shona, Ndebele GDP: US$4.644 billion (2010 est.) Calling code: +263 Tourist Attractions: Great Zimbabwean Ruins, Borrowdale park, Tengenenge Farm, Zambezi nation park


Come and Experience Zimbabwe a World of Wonders Our Wonderful People and Culture

Rich History and Heritage

The wonderful people of Zimbabwe and their vibrant culture embed lasting and fond memories of a taste of Zimbabwe. Religion is a major attribute to the Zimbabwean culture, influencing the arts especially music and dance. Traditional diets are starch based and are accompanied by a diversity of rich and natural vegetable and meat relishes.

The Rich history of Zimbabwe is preserved in various store houses, especially museums, which are scattered all over the country. Better still; a heritage that has been preserved over centuries in over 2000 accessible rock art caves and sites can be explored to totally absorb the meaning of being Zimbabwean.

Great Zimbabwe, The Grand Medieval Palace

The Majestic Victoria Falls, Mosi – oa - Tunya

The majestic medieval “Stone City” palace; the Great Zimbabwe stands out the grandest of all extraordinary ruins of civilizations by-gone and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Great Zimbabwe ruins are the second biggest man-made stone structure in Africa after the Egyptian Pyramids.

The Majestic Victoria Falls Mosi- oa Tunya, which is arguably the most astonishing natural wonder of the “Seven Wonders of the World”, is a must visit destination for the modern tourist. Victoria Falls has been unanimously branded “The Unchallenged Adventure Capital of Africa” and has over 50 registered activities for tourist consumption both adrenalin driven and subtle , splendid and luxuriant hotels abound in the Victoria Falls, among which some have been repeatedly listed among the world’s best hotels. The grandeur and magnificence of the Victoria Falls is one of the wonders of Zimbabwe and it is complimented by six other amazing attributes only Zimbabwe can offer.

Pristine wildlife and nature The pristine nature and the abundant wildlife complete the wonderful experience of Zimbabwe. Hwange National Park is one of the leading game reserves of the world, being home to over 1000 species of mammals and over 400 bird species, Gonarezhou National Park and many others house our famous big 7; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, crocodile and the hippo.

The Mythical Kariba and Mighty Zambezi The phenomenal and Mythical Kariba, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, bears a legend of the Nyami-Nyami river God, who was said to be the protector of the lake. Maybe that is why there can never be any better sunset cruise the world over than that experienced at the Kariba Dam.

The Mystique of the Eastern Highlands The Mystique of the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe possesses some of the most intriguing landscapes the human eye can ever behold. The magnificence of the scenery compelled an explorer of the 1800 Cecil J. Rhodes to permanently settle there and daily absorb the beauty that is Zimbabwe up until his death. Rhodes’ museum, which sits on Rhodes actual residence and the exquisite world class golf resorts are just nibble of the Eastern Highlands offering.

Zimbabwe is amazingly endowed with natural beauty and possesses a great depth and diversity of cultural, history and heritage. This uniquecocktail of tourism activities naturally qualifies Zimbabwe as the 8th wonder of the world. Visit Zimbabwe and experience the best the world has to offer. Zimbabwe A World of Wonders Tourism House, 55 Samora Machel Avenue, PO Box CY 286 Causeway, Harare Fax: +263 4 758826/28 Email: or marketing

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Inspiring Woman

My Journey of representing woman of colour in Australia - Miss World Australia 2011 finalist By Terri Smith

InspIrING Woman

A Woman of Colour. Miss World - Australia



Phenomenal Woman

“Miss World Australia is about discovering you: who you are, where you are going, what you want in life.”



heron Sultan is a 23 years old of South African and Mozambican heritage based in Sydney Australia. She is the eldest of a family of 5 and a part time student graduate in tourism management and currently studying Human Resources just out of interest. She is also a trained model and actress.

“Coming to Australia has opened great opportunities for me and my family”, she said and describe herself would be multitasked, persistent, professional, ambitious, compassionate and always keen to learn. She believes life is beautiful; it is up to us how we create our doings in it. “We are responsible for whatever actions and decisions we take. Life is about appreciating, growth, faith, strong, positive getting rid of negative people in your life and moving forward”, she added. Afriqan Times caught up with Sheron for a chat AQT: What is your personal mission statement? The term opportunity is the key to our living. My values and beliefs guide me. Advise other mankind to embrace other cultures and not fear differences in people. AQT: … and your personal vision statement? Apart from being a successful business woman, I visualize myself being a philanthropist or a positive motivational speaker raising awareness about matters close not only to my heart but also to everyone in my community such as poverty, bullying, abuse, education, standing up for your rights and self acceptance.

AQT: Tell us about Miss World Australia finalist 2011 I am proud to represent all women of colour in Australia. I was chosen to be a Miss World Australia finalist. While thousands of young ladies entered, only 27 were chosen to partake in the 4 day competition in Melbourne - a lifetime experience to be proud of as a woman. I entered Miss World Australia because I qualified to represent Australia, to share my vision about life and values, to learn and to challenge myself. The beauty pageant was amazing, meeting other women of different backgrounds and memorizing their names; act, scanning around at your competitors (giggles) curios what`s going to happen. But I was blessed to be there that’s all. I was there to enjoy myself, to experience a dream I always had in mind since I could speak, but mostly to learn. I had a goal for those four days in Melbourne and I achieved more then I aimed for. AQT: What was it like? Twenty seven beautiful queens arrived at the Melbourne airport, surrounded by media, welcoming me us all with our luggage. Camera flashes side by side. Now, that was amazing. We were all escorted to Kyral Castle in Ballarat, Melbourne for our first challenge swim suit photo shoot, then had to rest for a couple of hours to get ready for our cocktail party hosted by the beautiful Bollywood actress and also Australian presenter Tania Zaetta. Day 2 started with a 6am call for Fitness challenge. Now, this was full on crawling on mud but challenging. I thought I was fit but during that fitness challenge…. ohhh…that was pretty hard. We were then escorted to CQ Hotel in Melbourne city an hour away from the Castle for our next training. Etiquette & deportment. Loved it. This training changed my life. Being trained by the amazing woman Ms Susie Wilson owner of VAMP, training ministers, coaching Miss World Australia, this training was, still is and always will be the highlight of Miss World Australia for me. Etiquette and deportment is about manners, posture, elegance, embracing yourself as a woman the way you speak, the way you walk, the way you sit and the way you present yourself. This very elegant woman inspired me by her views and who she is as a person.

Right after our training we had our etiquette and deportment challenge dinner at Riva St Kilda restaurant with Ashleigh Francis Miss World Australia 2010, Tania Zaetta and Susie Wilson. Day 3. Fifteen ladies were chosen to do swimsuit runway during the charity lunch held in CQ Function centre Melbourne. This was a private event invites only donating for charity organized by Variety Children’s Charity. Day 4. The Crowning Gala in CQ hall Melbourne. Miss World Australia was a life time experience, not only I learnt so much but also met potential business candidates that want to work with me in the future such as Variety Children’s Charity has offered me to present Miss World Australia at their events and Ms Susi Wilson wants us to work on something together. It was a great networking opportunity for me. It wasn’t about winning for me. The fact that I was part of it was a success in itself. It takes courage and dignity to take this step. I highly recommend all young ladies to take this opportunity; there is nothing to lose but to gain. It is a challenge, a road to discover your qualities about yourself, what you are capable of, what you may need to fix about yourself, it is an amazing experience. Do not take this step with a mind set of winning the crown, because you will be disappointed, take this step with a clean slate just wanting to learn and I guarantee you will learn so much about yourself, you will walk out that place shoulders back, head high , positive thinking, straight back ,so confident, clear vision and so happy. Miss World Australia is about discovering you: who you are, where you are going, what you want in life. AQT: What now? After this amazing experience, not only I will continue with my modelling but I will also focus to work with Variety Children’s Charity helping during their events and also working on a project with Ms Susie Wilson. Continue with my studies.




Dr. Mohamed (Mo) Ibrahim mobile communications expert By Abigail Damoah


r. Mohamed (Mo) Ibrahim is a global expert in mobile communications with a distinguished academic and business career.

As Technical Director with BT’s Cellnet, he launched the first cellular service in UK in 1985.

In 1989, Dr. Mo Ibrahim founded Mobile Systems International (MSI), a technology consultancy and software business. The company was sold in 2000 for $900million. Mo founded Celtel in 1998 to build and operate mobile networks in Africa. Celtel became one of Africa’s most successful companies with operations in 16 countries. The company was sold to MTC Kuwait in 2005 for $3.4billion. Dr. Mo Ibrahim holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt, a MSc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bradford and a PhD in Mobile Communications from the University of Birmingham.


He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and an Honorary Fellowship Award from the London Business School. He also received the Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the GSM Association in 2007 and the Economists Innovation Award 2007 for Social & Economic Innovation. Established in 2004, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African initiative to recognize achievement in African leadership and stimulate debate on good governance across sub-Saharan Africa and the world. The Foundation publishes the Ibrahim Index of African Governance in collaboration with the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Foundation also established the annual African Leadership Award, as the largest prize in the world. Dr. Mo Ibrahim is also the Founding Chairman of Satya Capital Ltd, an investment company focused on opportunities in Africa.

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Sport Fever

Rugby equals

unity for

African’s By Abigail Damoah


“When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion.” It’s an ancient Ethiopian Proverb, telling us that unity builds strength. The presence of South Africa and Namibia at the Rugby world cup exemplifies this. Africans white and black stood shoulder to shoulder, and cheered for their respective teams in harmony. A conglomeration of colors bustled up and down the field, working together in an attempt to deliver their team to victory. It was an exuberant spectacle as players such as Butch James and Bryan Habana shimmied alongside each other in unison throughout the match. opportunity to associate with others whose cultural heritage or historical differences may never have enabled us.


mere 20 years ago this would not have been possible. Tarnished by its countries dark history; and permeated with the same venom that fuelled apartheid, South Africa’s sporting heritage forbade multiracial teams. For decades South African sports teams were for the discriminative preserve of white men. Non white players were relegated to the ‘coloured leagues.’ Whites rejected any form of racial meritocracy, and employed commonly held racial mythology as justification.

Namibia, also a victim of South African Apartheid; with sport limited to the white elite and organized along ethnic and racial lines, combined with a number of discriminatory laws disbarring different races from competing together. Africa has come a long way since such ideologies, and the 2011 Rugby World Cup kicked off with not a hint of racism in sight, making it an opportune occasion to acknowledge the fact that sport assists in creating social cohesion, bringing diverse cultures together in a commemoration of healthy competition, and to eradicate the disdain responsible for the division of countries and communities in the social and political realms. Diametrically opposed values of cooperation and fair play, fundamental to sports such as rugby, can assist in combating intolerance, fear and xenophobia. The World Cup is possibly the most powerful expression of Rugby’s capability to unite millions of people from all corners of the globe in a joyous and common pursuit. Indeed, each of us will have a favourite team we would like to win, however we should also remember that the world cup affords us the

As a result of such interactions, we are all enlightened. Our familiar zeal for Rugby strengthens the cord of community pride, makes our shared desire for greatness unequivocal, and directs our competitive instincts. Despite South Africa playing a pivotal role in the construction of the Rugby World Cup competition; the Springboks however, only made their first appearance in 1995 when the newly transformed democratic South Africa hosted the tournament. They were exempt from competing in 1987 and 1991 as a result of South Africa’s Anti Apartheid sporting boycotts. Here, we witnessed a similar display of solidarity when Springboks took Cup. Nelson Mandela wearing the number 6 shirt of team Captain Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner when they both embraced in an unconstrained expression of racial rapprochement, which touched the hearts of millions. One solitary instant, and 400 years of bitter colonial hardship suddenly disappeared. With all of its shortcomings, sport is a mirror of society; and ANC leaders had long identified it as a critical tool in the evolution of a multicultural South Africa. The scars of Apartheid run deep, but Namibia and South Africa, during the 2011 Rugby World Cup was a reflection of Africa today, a vision of a multicultural society where all work together as one for the greater good of our nation. The cultural diversity of Africa is nothing new; it is home to Black, White and Asian alike. We have come a long way since the ills of Apartheid and colonialism, and today Africa has become a beacon of peaceful coexistence, tolerance and mutual respect amongst people from different racial backgrounds. As the second largest continent in the world Africa is blessed with a multitude of natural resources, seascapes, breathtaking exotic land and an opulent cultural heritage whose magnificence is undisputable; however, Africa is also known as the world’s poorest continent, and the birthplace of millions of perishing children living without the promise of seeing the splendour of a new dawn. There is a lot of work to do, and unity is the key, without it there would be no hope, as the saying goes “United we stand, divided we fall.” When it comes to revolutionising Africa color should not be a barrier. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life in prison for his part in attempting to dismantle apartheid; he will never be able to claim those years back, but what he did do was open the gates to social inclusion. His heart must smile at the sight of blacks and whites uniting together under the umbrella of sport, it’s what he fought for and others died for, it signifies that his affliction will never be vain. OCTOBER 2011 | AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE  29




t’s not an easy task to balance a career of a professional footballer with all the travel it requires, a family man and a fashion line designer, but Eugene Dadi ‘s got it all worked out. Perth Glory’s top scorer, with his own fashion label, he travelled the world, lived in different cultures and has nothing to regret about. This life style is something a simple boy from Africa didn’t envisage… By L. Kozak-Fretwell

AQT: How did you get into sport? Why football (soccer)? It came naturally. African born, football in early years was the sport every kid was playing on the streets. I remember money was tight and we used to rumple and wrap newspapers in a shape of a ball. That was our football, cans were our posts and this is how we used to play football in the streets. We were removing those cans each time a car was coming. It was fun! AQT: Is there any other sport you tried yourself in and were you any good? When I came to Paris I played tennis when I saw Yannick Noah. The guy was unique! The way he played was spectacular, all about entertainment. He has the charisma with his dreads and loved by everyone. My hair style of nearly 20 years comes from him. I wanted

AQT: What impact did your two successful years with Perth Glory FC have on your career? What stands out the most from that period? Perth Glory was the reason I came to Australia. The time I spent with the Club was really enjoyable. I had a chance to meet great people, the fans have been there for me and their support is what probably helped me to succeed. I’ve been top scorer and I currently own the title. The impact it had on me was that it showed me I haven’t finished playing yet; that I need to keep going even if I am a ‘dinosaur’ for football. I am enjoying it still.

AQT: Why kids today should choose football (soccer) (as opposed to AFL or cricket)? Well, I won’t advise any kid to choose this sport over that one. They will choose what they like and feel comfortable with.

AQT: Based on your extensive travel, how is Australia different to the rest of the world? What was the major cultural change you’ve experienced? I’ve always settled in well everywhere I go and Australia was no different. Australia is a beautiful country. Locals are relaxed, too

AQT: Eugene, please fill in the gaps My teammates call me who’s your Daddy to my face and Eug behind my back.

Personally, I am not too familiar with AFL and cricket. I don’t know how exciting that is to play those sports. Although, I hope my little man won’t choose cricket! He’s already a Liverpool fan, which is too hard to cope with since I am a Chelsea and Arsenal fan!

Before every match I always go for a walk in the morning

Eugene Dadi: from Cote to be just like him. My tennis career was good but my desire to be a footballer was stronger. AQT: What is the hardest part about being a professional football player? It has never been hard for me. I’ve been doing my best for the past 20 years and never complained. I guess now, after such a long time it’s a little bit hard to party the night before the game. AQT: You left professional football in early 90’s. Who or what made you come back? When my dad passed away, I wanted to leave professional football and I did stop for a while but I came back because it’s probably what my dad would want me to do. 30

relaxed. I am still amazed to see people barefoot and people in pyjamas in the supermarket. AQT: How often do you go back to Cote d’Ivore? If there was one thing you could change about football back home, what would that be? Unfortunately, not that often. I left Cote d’Ivoire in early years of my life for France. I have my entire family living in Europe since the country was politically and economically troubled.

There are a lot of Africans who are dreaming of having the opportunity I had. Especially young footballers. For those young Africans, if I could change something, it would be to give them the opportunity to learn, to be well educated and to play football in a well structured environment. To give them the chance my dad gave me. AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2011

The worst punishment my coach came up with was a suspension from training for 3 days and it was for warming up during a game without being told to do so. When I say I’m from Cote d’Ivore, people usually say “Really? Thought you were French.”

d’Ivore to international glory




10 Q’s to Afro-Aussies CHOGM


1. In which Australian City will the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (referred to as CHOGM) meeting be held 2011?

1. How many African countries have qualified for this years (2011) Rugby Worldcup?

A. Perth B. Sydney C. Melbourne

A. 4 B. 7 C. 2

2. How often is CHOGM meetings held?

2. Who is the skipper of the Australian Rugby team?

A. Every year B. Every second year C. Every third year

A. Rocky Elsom B. James Horwill C. Will Genia

3. How many countries are members of CHOGM?

3. Who did Australia play against in their first game this year?

A. 37 B. 46 C. 54

A. Russia B. Ireland C. Italy

4. What city was hosting the 2009 CHOGM meeting?

4. How many points will be awarded to each team in a pool match game if there is a draw?

A. London B. Uganda C. Port of Spain

A. 2 B. 1 C. 3

5. What is the theme of this years meeting?

A. “Partnering for a More Equitable and Sustainable Future” B. “Building National Resilience, Building Global Resilience” C. “Transforming Societies to achieve Political, Economic and Human Development”

Answers: 1 A, 2 B, 3 C, 4 C, 5 B

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5. What year was the first Rugby Worldcup tournament organised?

A. 1973 B. 1995 C. 1987

Answers: 1 C, 2 B, 3 C, 4 A, 5. C

Movies Nollywood

VIVA RIVA 2:05 | THRILLER & ROMANCE | M (E) | 4.5/5 stars STARS:
Patsha Bay Mukana, Manie Malone, Hoji Fortuna Director – Djo Tunda wa Munga Synopsis: Multiple Award winning movie at the African Movie Academy Awards and 2011 MTV Movie Awards - Best African Film, ‘Viva Riva’ is The breathless story of the rise and fall of Riva, a Congolese smuggler who makes a fortune overnight and is hunted down in Kinshasa. Riva with wads of cash and all out for a good time is soon entranced by the beautiful nightclub siren Nora into the mix comes Riva’s Angolan crime lord ex-boss...

Sinking Sands 1:50 | ROMANCE | M (E) | 4.5/5 stars STARS:
Jimmy Jean Louis, Ama K Abebrese, Chris Attoh Director – Tonita Perry Synopsis: A story of a couple in a seemingly fairytale relationship that spirals into one of abuse when the man get disfigured in a domestic accident at the hands of the woman - a revealing and heart pulsating movie which will keep on the edge of your seat. The project is intended to create awareness on the continuous existence of abuse among today’s households. It is an effort to show a side of defense that is proactive.

New in Cinemas

Rowan Atkinson, Dominic West and Daniel Kaluuya Director – Oliver Parker Synopsis: Rowan Atkinson returns to the role of the accidental secret agent who doesn’t know fear or danger in the comedy spy-thriller Johnny English Reborn. In his latest adventure, the most unlikely intelligence officer in Her Majesty’s Secret Service must stop a group of international assassins before they eliminate a world leader and cause global chaos.

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell Director – Glenn Ficarra Synopsis: Sad-sack divorcée Cal Weaver finds his second wind in life after meeting a handsome young ladies’ man that teaches him how to become a master of the modern dating scene. Cal had a great house and a stable job when his wife, Emily left him to be with another man. 
When Emily announces that she’s filing for divorce he finds himself awkwardly thrust into the dating scene...

Coming Soon

The Ides of March 1:41 | DRAMA | R STARS:
Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale and Amanda Bearse Director – George Clooney Synopsis: Wood star in the political thriller based on Beau Willimon’s awardwinning play. See the movie trailer, photos and movie poster for ‘The Ides of March’. The film follows a young press spokesman (Gosling) who falls prey to backroom politics, the treacherous manipulations of veteran operatives and the seduction of a young intern (Wood).

Blackthorn 1:48 | WESTERN | R STARS:
Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega and Stephen Rea Director – Mateo Gil Synopsis: It’s been said that Butch and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In “Blackthorn,” Cassidy survived, and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the US and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. OCTOBER 2011 | AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE  33

o Obsessions Entertainment

Fisker Surf

Kindle Fire

The electric-powered revolution continues with the Fisker Surf. Surf is a five-door affair, offering plenty of room for passengers and luggage, a range of 50 miles operating solely on the 175kW generator, a 0-60 mph time of just 5.9 seconds (7.9 in electric-only mode), a top speed of 125 mph, 22 inch Circuit Blade wheels, bright orange Brembo brakes. Just think of it as a Chevy Volt with an added dose of class.

The Kindle Fire ($200) is Amazon’s answer to If you’re more excited to see Ronaldo than Romo the iPad, featuring a one-handable 14.6 ounce this season, then you’ve probably been looking design and a 7-inch color touchscreen that’s forward to this one. FIFA Soccer 12 is the latest chemically-strengthened. It’s based around a version of the only soccer game that matters, and cloud-accelerated Silk web browser, and features adds new features like the Player Impact Engine, free storage in the Amazon Cloud and a dual-core new Precision Dribbling, Tactical Defending, and processor. It has access to over 100,000 movies smarter CPU players thanks to something called and TV shows, over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon Pro Player Intelligence. The EA Sports Football Club, MP3, over 1,000,000 Kindle books, and offers “a live service connecting players to the real-world compatibility with popular Android apps and games. game,” is also part of the new package. It ships on November 15.

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Belkin Chef Stand

Ghost Pepper Bumps

Sure, you don’t have any real need for a Bluetoothcontrolled baseball-sized robot, but that doesn’t mean you won’t want one. Sphero is exactly that: a remote-controlled ball that you command with your iOS or Android device. It integrates with apps, like Sphero Golf, sports a host of built-in LEDs to glow in virtually any color you can think of, and also happens to be the ultimate cat/dog tormenting toy. Expect to see one rolling your way this fall.

iPads can be super-handy in the kitchen, but do you really want to be touching your tablet with greasy, meaty mitts? We thought not. The Belkin Chef Stand takes care of the problem by holding your iPad in a chrome-finished stand and providing you with a dedicated stylus that just happens to have magnetic properties so you can turn your iPad 2 on and off without ever touching it ummm, stylustips.

Add a serious dose of spice to your food wherever you are with some Ghost Pepper Bumps ($12). Inside this innocuous-looking travel tin lies 10 grams of freshly crushed dried Ghost Pepper chillies - the world’s hottest - ready for you to drop on top of sauces, soups, pizza, your buddy’s latte, and anything else you want to take from tasty to tragically hot.

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