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February • Issue 16

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South African Oligarchs: The Rupert Legacy Lives On The world’s second biggest luxury goods merchant, an Afrikaner billionaire, born and raised in a small town called Graaf-Reinet in South Africa.

One on One with Miss Africa Australia 2011 Sala Brindwa Inspiring the young generation to eclipse their full potential

D.R. Congo win Perth African Nations Cup A large and vocal crowd at Hartfield Park (WA) that enjoyed a fantastic and very competitive game


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IN THIS ISSUE

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To Our readers

Moments

Events Afriqan Times could not pass by in August

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Guest Lounge:

One-on-One with Miss Africa Australia 2011 – Sala Brindwa

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Yes, I Am Afro-Aussie

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Lena Kozak-Fretwell Afriqan Times Editor

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Afriqan & Distinguished

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My Africa: Egypt

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Phenomenal Woman:

As soon as everyone is back from holidays and business starts to pick up (and the heat hopefully drops down) let’s check how much you’ve achieved from your New Year’s resolution.

Gill Marcus

Thought so.

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Afrillionaires: Johann Rupert

An Afrikaner billionaire, born and raised in a small town called Graaf-Reinet in South Africa

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Fashion:

Sika Design of Ghanaian Heritage

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Entertainment

So, this issue is a reminder of how much can be done with determination and hard work, that we should never give up on our goals, no matter how difficult our journey can be at times. When you feel discouraged by a failure – look at what you can learn from it and move forward, when you exhaust your stamina – take a break, spoil yourself but get back on the horse the next day, attack the problems vigorously while keeping the big picture of successful outcome in your mind.

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” African actor, David Oyelowo, is fast earning an estimable reputation as one of the most versatile character actors of his generation

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Movies:

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

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Obsessions:

Top 6 gadgets you should put on your your wish list… and mail it to your wealthy friends and relatives . Or one of our Afrillionnaires.

Both, Australia and Africa have a lot of successful stories, which AQT’s team of researches and writers are in a hurry to share with all of those who dare to dream big and work hard.

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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: info@afriqantimes.com - News inquiries: editor@afriqantimes.com Advertising inquiries: len.fretwell@afriqantimes.com • Mobile: 0417 001 080 Editor : Lena Kozak-Fretwell - Writers: Rumbidzai Chekeche, Ernerst Nuro Guest Writers: Ireen Pedro, Davies Chibale, Mark Treacey, Samantha Ofole-Prince, Roseana Special Features by: Abigail Damoah Creative Consultant: Tamu Mnangwa Graphics: Elvin Wong Photography: Mark Treacey, Tim Leslie Subscription: www.afriqantimes.com/temp/subscribe Publishing Information: The Afriqan Times is Australian owned and operated. Afriqan Times Pty Ltd ABN: 521 386 161 09 / ACN: 138 616 109.


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Guest Lounge

One-on-One with Miss Africa Australia 2011

Sala Brindwa

First of all, congratulation on winning the Miss Africa Australia 2011, I understand it was unexpected as you were competing with other contestants with potential.

especially the young female African Australians. further expansion of the program through Australia will position this program as a leader of African community in Australia.

Q So tell us about your experience being a contestant this year? A Being at Miss Africa was overwhelming for me it changed so many things in my life. It’s also a once in life opportunity and through it I manage to meet new people and make new friends.

Q What’s your dream? And with Miss Africa Australia do you think you can get there? A My dream has been to be a role model to all young African Australians and Miss Africa Australia certainly provide me opportunity and the platform to do just that.

Q What made you decided to take part in Miss Africa Australia? A I decided to do Miss Africa because I had low self-esteems, I wasn’t confident and I wasn’t really happy with my current life style. However, through the training and support I was able to things from a different perspective also having to attend different functions and events made me confident around others.

Q What would you say to young African Australians wanting to achieve their hopes and dreams? A Go for it, don’t be scared, follow your heart, believe in your abilities of achieving great things and put hard work into it because it will pay off. We live in a country which provide us the opportunity to be what we want to be.

Q Did you ever imagine that you would become the next Miss Africa Australia? And why? A To be honest, I would’ve never thought I would become the next Miss Africa because most my friends in the competition I felt had a better chance than me -they all looked amazing and being the youngest at Seventeen, but I guess the judges saw something different in me. Q Being at Miss Africa this year, what have achieved so far? A What changed in me was the way I see life now, my determination, keeping the culture alive, my self-esteem has changed and being educated gave the chance to win the completion. Q Do you think you can inspire the younger generation in the capacity of Miss Africa Australia 2011 and how? A As a Miss Africa Australia, I do believe I can inspire a lot of people to see beyond their age and limitations. Because no matter how young you are or how old are, you can achieve anything. The program inspired me a lot and I believe I can encourage others become part of this amazing program like Miss Africa Australia. Q What’s your short term and long term goals? A My Short term goal is to help young Africans and educate them on the importance of being a role model in the Australian society. My Long term is to enter university in 2013 and become a lawyer. Q Where do you see Miss Africa Australia’s vision in terms of changing and inspiring people? A Miss Africa Australia has a strong influence on the communtiy, 8  AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2011

Q What about the Miss Africa Australia team, what would say to them? A They have been amazing, they gave me confidence and I have improved a lot after Miss Africa Australia. They treat us all with respect, ensuring were well look after and not stressing as much. Thank you Sala and we wish all the best as your journey begins in the New Year and we hope your success comes with many accomplishments!


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Yes, I am Afro Aussie

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Meaning of Name: Tuesday Born/God’s Gift Ethnicity: African State of Residence: Western Australia Profession: Nurse 3 words to describe Australia: Natural, Multilingual, Amazing 3 words to describe Africa: Sophistication, Advance, Wonderful

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African & Distinguished

Roger Eaton

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African & Distinguished

African & Distinguished

Roger Eaton

South African Senior Executive, taking the lead in Australia.

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oger Eaton is one of the handfuls of expatriates who have migrated to Australia, bringing the will and drive embedded in South African culture, which has continuously catapulted them to the top of the Australian business world.

Eaton left South Africa in 1984, since his arrival he has held several executive positions, spending the majority of his time in Australia; he has also worked in the United States and New Zealand. At age 49, he now serves as the Senior Vice President & Managing Director of South Pacific Yum Restaurants International. Yum Brands, Inc., is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. In terms of systems units, it is the largest restaurant company operating in more than 117 countries and territories, with 36,000 restaurants and 1 million associates. Yum is listed as number 214 on the Fortune 500; in 2010 they generated over $11 billion in revenue. The Yum Brands Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell, are the global leaders in pizza, chicken and Mexican style food categories.

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African & Distinguished

“...one of the handfuls of expatriates who have migrated to Australia, bringing the will and drive embedded in South African culture, which has continuously catapulted them to the top of the Australian business world.” Yum is considered as a leader in international retail development, in 2010 they opened four restaurants per day outside of the United States. The Yum Culture is unique, built on energy, fun and opportunity. Their workforce is actively developed on diversity, trust and positive intentions. Yum is a place where everyone is encouraged to make a difference, regardless of their professional level. All of the above are why Eaton has been an employee at Yum for more than 12 years. Prior to taking on his present role, he spent two years as the President of KFC USA. He replaced the former president Gregg Dedrick, who made a personal decision to depart to pursue other outside business ventures. At KFC, he was responsible for their $5.3 billion domestic business, largely franchised across 5,300 restaurants. During his tenure with Yum, he has held a number of prominent positions, including Chief Operating and Development Officer, and Senior Vice President. He has worked as the Director of Finance, as well as the Managing Director for KFC New Zealand. Under the leadership of Eaton he has been responsible for 27 consecutive profitable quarters of financial growth.

Mr Rodger Eaton has been accountable for coaching Chief Operating Officers for the divisional brand about the global operations best practice at Yum. He was supervised Yum’s Restaurant Excellence, Quality Assurance and Development. Since 2006 he has served on the Yum Brands Partner Council, he is considered as one of the company’s international veteran’s. Eaton is accredited as an exceptional role model who has consistently led his team through the innovation of new product developments, superior marketing, powerful operation movements, and best in class asset reconstructions. He is also an advocate of Yum culture and people development, having coached several of today’s Yum leaders. Rodger Eaton has held his current position since February 2011, he has barely scratched the potential of his opportunity, and it will only be a matter of time before he is writing new headlines of winning performances for the Yum industry.

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D.R. Congo wins PAN Cup The final of the Perth African Nations Cup saw Nigeria take on D.R. Congo at Hartfield Park on Sunday night with both teams advancing through the competition undefeated. Nigeria had come through Saturday’s semi final against South Sudan after a very tight game that was eventually decided on penalties while D.R. Congo had overcome Uganda to book their place in the final match of the three week tournament.

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here was a large and vocal crowd at Hartfield Park that enjoyed a fantastic and very competitive game. Just before half time Nigeria broke the deadlock to lead 1-0 and looked to be in control as D.R. Congo struggled to break down an organized and determined Nigerian defense. There was plenty of quality on display from both sides but it was D.R. Congo who really turned on the style in the second half. Two stunning goals saw them overtake a tiring Nigerian side before a brilliant free kick added a third and then yet another goal from open play saw a jubilant D.R. Congo win 4-1 and claim the PAN Cup.

The tournament was a great success for everyone involved and a superb exhibition of high quality football. Uganda finished third behind runners up Nigeria and champions D.R Congo while Egypt gained a special mention for having the best supporters. Football West had organised a magnificent tournament and Forrestfield United have been proud to host such a great event. With the State League night series starting soon and the 2012 season just around the corner the PAN Cup has been a brilliant introduction to what promises to be an exciting year of football right across Perth.

D.R. Congo, champions of the PAN Cup. Photo: Mark Treacey.


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My Africa: Egypt Kenya

Mummy Tomb - Alexandria, Egypt

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Capital: Cairo Region: North Africa Population: 80 million (2011 est.) Currency: Egyptian Pounds, EGP [1AUD = 5.76EGP] Language: Arabic GDP: US$508.3 billion (2011 est.) Calling code: +20 Tourist Attractions: Pyramids of Giza,Egyptian Museum, Cairo Citadel, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Djoser’s Step Pyramid, Memphis Open Air Museum, Abu Sir Necropolis, Dashur Pyramids and Maidum Pyramid

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The African Professional By: Davies Chibale

“… Do it anyway”. - extract

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hen I wrote those words, I was not being great warrior”. A person ready to take charge and WIN! sarcastic or indirectly promoting lawlessness A person who will not take “short-cuts” to succeed, or encouraging ‘foolish’ stubbornness, to but one who follows the CORRECT PROCESS! A person the contrary. In the statement “who cares? I will do who has put the UNIVERSE on notice that he or she is it anyway” I declare the FREEDOM of a person who COMING! COMING! COMING! To get and do what he or KNOWS exactly what HE or SHE wants! A person who she is on earth to do A person who is UNSTOPABLE, a has found his or her dream and declares to go for his person who has put all “doubting Thomas”, all those or her dreams, NO MATTER WHAT! In this phrase I see a “STANDING IN HIS WAY” on notices that he or she is person with a sense of direction, a person with ‘fiftyCOMING! COMING! COMING! TO LIVE THE DREAM! cent lesson persistence’. Davies Chibale is the autor of the book “Engineered A person who has decided to GO FOR IT ALL! A person for Success: How to achieve your dreams through who will NOT GIVE UP on his or her dreams! I see a the power of your mind”. person who has burnt his or her “SHIP” and “CUT ANY SOURCE OF RETREAT” as in the story of “the

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Phenomenal Woman

Gill Marcus

MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST FEMALE GOVENOR

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ill Marcus is the first woman to hold the position of the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank. She was born on the 10th August 1949 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Marcus is of Jewish heritage, her grandparents were Jewish immigrants; however, her parents are both South African. Her mother and father, Nathan and Molly Marcus, were well known activists of the anti-apartheid movement; they were both members of the South African Communist Party.

The Marcus family, which included two sisters and a brother, left South Africa in 1969 and went into exile in the United Kingdom, during this time Gill Marcus completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree via correspondence with the University of South Africa. She also completed a degree in Industrial Psychology from a London University at the same time as running the families salad bar in Knightsbridge. Prior to her exile, she attended Barnato Park High School for Girls where she was an avid sportswoman, and particularly enjoyed horse riding and swimming. In 1970 Marcus became a member of the African National Congress (ANC); she worked for their Department of Information and Publicity, where she served as an editor for the ANC’s weekly newsletter. This led to a position as the DIP’s deputy secretary responsible for international publicity. She returned to South Africa in 1990 after the unbanning of the ANC, being one of the first ANC members to return, by which time she had spent 21 years in excile. She then established an information department for the ANC and was elected to serve on the ANC’s National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee, where she stayed until 1999; Marcus quickly became one of the prominent voices of the ANC. She was elected into parliament in 1994 and served as the first chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Finance. Under her leadership, the Committee developed a reputation for transparency, accessibility and fearlessness in the castigating of individual as well as departmental incompetence. Before the elections she was responsible for training ANC voter educators and media workers, she chaperoned Nelson Mandela to the provinces during his election campaign. Gill played a key role in media policies for the ANC in the run up to the 1994 elections.

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She was appointed as the Deputy Finance Minister in 1996, after having proved herself in the male dominated arena of finance; and in 1999 she became the Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank. Her success in her position was significant at a time when South Africa was rife with issues of gender inequality. She held this position for five years, and in 2004, become the Professor of Policitical Leadership and Gender Studies at the Gordons Institute of Business and Science. Marcus was appointed as the non executive Chairperson of the Absa Group in 2007. On the 9th November 2009, she became the ninth Governor of the South African Reserve Bank; this is the first time that this position has been held by a female. Gill Marcus has held several prominent positions; she was the chairperson for the Financial Services Board and the Standing Committee for the Revision of the Banks Act, a member of the Millennium Labor Council, the non executive director of Gold Fields Ltd, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Auditor General. Ms Marcus is currently the patron of the Pretoria Suns gardens Hospice’s and the Working on Fire Program, as well as a supporter of the Johannesburg’s Children’s Home. She is also the Chairperson of the Rhodes Scholarship Fund. In her public and political activities Gill Marcus has built a well respected reputation for her acute fastidious approach to her work and her effective and efficient abilities in administration. With a strong belief in the people of South Africa and its potential as a country, she is whole heartedly committed to the cultivation of a prosperous civil society, which protects an individual’s right to be different without leading to racial hatred or violence. She has lived a life of dignity and value both in London and in South Africa, she has devoted her adult life to the cause of democracy and justice, and her vigilance and consistency has done much to reach those goals. Gill Marcus has never been married and has no children.


Afrillionaires

Affrillionaires

South African

Oligarchs The Rupert Legacy Lives On By Abigail Damoah

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ohann Rupert, the executive president of the world’s second biggest luxury goods company is the first son of business mogul Anton Rupert. Dr Anthony Edward Rupert was an Afrikaner billionaire, born and raised in a small town called Graaf-Reinet in South Africa. He moved to Stellenbosch after dropping out of medical school due to a lack of funds, and went on to earn a Chemistry Degree from the University of Pretoria. Rupert had a sixty year career in business. His global empire began in 1941with an investment of £10 and two other investors; they began to manufacture cigarettes in his garage which later became the Rembrandt Group. He died at the age of 89 in his sleep at his home in Stellenbosch. In 2010 he was listed on the Forbes 500 worldwide wealthiest families list. Johann Rupert was raised in Stellenbosch, a town in South Africa where he attended Paul Roos Gymnasium; he then went on to study Company Law and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch. He left before completing the course to embark on a business career; however he was rewarded with an Honorary Doctorate in Economics by Stellenbosch University in 2004. Prior to becoming a part of the Rembrandt Empire he was employed by Chase Manhattan in New York; he went back to South Africa and set up the multinational branch of the Rand Merchant Bank. Since becoming a part of the family enterprise Rupert has expanded Rembrandt into foreign markets, this expansion led to the formation of

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Compagnie Financiere Richemont; he became the managing director in 1988. Rupert was assigned the position of Vice Chairman of the Rembrandt Group in 1989. In 1990 he was elected as the business leader of the year by “Die Burger” newspaper. He also founded the Vendome Luxury Group SA. He became the Rembrandt Groups chairman in 1991; in 1992 the World Economic Forum in Switzerland voted him one of the 200 “Global Leaders of Tomorrow” Rupert has a number of other interests, including cricket, rugby and golf. He supervises The Rupert & Rothschild and the Ormarins, two of the most well known wine estates in South Africa, taken over by himself after the death of his brother in 2001. He also owns one of the most aristocratic golf clubs in the country. Anton Rupert was the co-founder and president of the WWF, one of the world’s largest independent conservation organisations, dedicated to eliminating the degeneration of the earth’s natural resources. The Rupert family provided South Africa with a 20,000 hectare reserve providing a school to educate ecotourism guides of the future.


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Fashion


African Fashion... Sika Designs

Africa continues to emerge as the new hotbed for fashion. With international designers and fashion brands seeking opportunities for collaboration and business ventures.. UK-based designer Phyllis Taylor of Sika Designs will be launching the Bow Boutique in Accra this weekend. The boutique will be the exclusive retailer of Sika in Ghana.

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he Afro-Australian Music and Movie The event featured various talents Awards (AAMMA) show was held on from tribal masquerade to dancing and Saturday the 10th of December at music perfomances. D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E’s the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. It was it’s performance stood out the most for 3rd year running and the event featured me and also the contemporary peace guest African movie stars such as John perfomed by Lucky was very tasteful. Dumelo, Desmont Elliot, Pascal Atuma The music perfomers combat for the record night also and were nicknamed “Red Tails” because of the udiences grooved to his energetic portrayal of blues man and the international musician Awilo included Easy P, Flimpee and Bless apaint applied on the tail section of their P-51 distinctive crimson Muddy Waters in “Who Do You Love,” sympathized with his Longomba. Mercy Johnson could not million. Awilo perfomed the closing song, Mustang planes. Joseph Asagai in the television drama “A Raisin makedilemma it due toasunforseen circumstances. Karolina. Guests had the opportunity in the Sun” and applauded his character’s demise in “Rise of the “Having some of the actual Tuskegee Airmen while we shot to mingle with the guest stars at the Planet of the Apes.” the film was very helpful for us. It was a constant reminder of the The night kicked off with the introduction Afterparty. David Oyelowo, is fast earning an estimable fact that this wasn’t just any old acting gig,” adds the actor. “There of theBritish guestactor, starsand a warm welcome reputation as one of the most versatile character actors of was a very steep learning curve of the technology involved and to everyone .23 Awards in total were The highlight of the evening for me was his generation. In a decade, he has marked the screen playing in shooting various planes sequences. They were very fit military presented that night and among the meeting one of my favourite actors from memorable characters, and was the first black actor to play an had a certain shape to them, and had to be able to fit into winners were: my days of addiction men, to African moviesEnglish king for the Royal Shakespeare Company. those planes. So there was not only the physical, but the historical Desmond Elliot, and yes i did take a The star of the George Lucas produced vehicle “Red Tails,” a research also. We had quite an extensive period of training for the Best hip hop artist- Easy P photo with him for facebook.

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film inspired by the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen (the first black film and that involved just getting very, very fit.” military aviators in the United States armed forces), Oyelowo plays In addition, training flights were also taken on actual P-51s by Best Rap Artist- Miracle Two particular performances featured a war veteran called Joe ‘Lightning’ Little. the cast at the Planes of Fame in Chino, CA. a young lady in shorts, shaking her ass “I was passionate about this guy from day one,” shares “It was the most exhilarating experience of my life in terms of the Best music Video- Love mathematics on stage. i do not believe that kind of the actor, who for several months had to inhabit the physically speed and the acrobatics that these things are able to perform,” by Mike Champion perfomance was appropriate for the demanding role of his character. “What I loved about him is that he Oyelowo continues, “I didn’t know there were black fighting pilots occasion. exuded the confidence and invincibility that you feel when you are in the Second World War, and it was great to be part of getting that There was laughter in the air and the a young man. There’s something about that feeling of immortality story to a broader audience.” atmosphere was relaxing. The organisers Though some things may not have that you have when you are in your early 20s, that gets eroded “For me, this project was driven by the writing, and the fact made a wise decision by choosing Pascal gone the way they were intended, It’s as you get older. For me, Lighting was the embodiment of it. That that there is so much research available, plus it’s full of drama, Atuma to be the MC of the night. Given the thought behind the event that was why I really fought for that role, because I felt that he was the intrigue and interest, which are always made more exciting by the that the MC can either make or break an matters. Besides, there is always room absolute representation of what the real Tuskegee Airmen stood fact that it actually happened,” he adds. event, Pascal made this one through his for improvement. Everybody loves to for.” For the actor, whose batch of new films includes the Ava great sense of humour. If there is one feel appreciated and the organisers did Oyelowo’s character and that of his cast members, who DuVernay directed project “Middle of Nowhere” and “One Shot” thing i learnt about him is the fact that that by recognising the many talents include Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker and Neyo are composites of with Tom Cruise, filming “Red Tails” was certainly a memorable he loves saying the phrase ‘It’s not easy’. out there in the real life heroes, who were awarded the opportunity to fight for the experience. Allied forces during the second World War. “We have a shortage of opportunities to work together as “It was a huge accomplishment, as they went on to be part of black actors, so it’s nice to be in a film where our energy can the desegregation of the military in the Southern parts of America, bounce off each other, and not feel like we are all having to fight which led into the civil rights movement,” continues Oyelowo. for the same small slice of the cake. To have a film in which we can The history of these Tuskegee Airmen began when 13 cadets all shine together, that isn’t just being made for the niche market were selected to participate in an experiment at the Tuskegee that is the African American community is great.” Institute in Alabama, which was aimed at training “colored Red Tails releases in theaters January 20 personnel” to become combat pilots for service in the Army Air Corps. Flying escort for heavy bombers, they earned an impressive By Samantha Ofole-Prince 30  AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE | SEPTEMBER 2011


A Disciple’s Story

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By Ireen Pedro

being born again. Kirk Franklin’s song “Let It Go” sparked something within me. I listened to that song on repeat for days then it dawned on me that I should share my experiences of life, and through that it gave birth to my first ever song “Hope On The Other Side”. That is how i started making music. The response from that song alone motivated me to continue. This is his story: My performing ability is what I like about what I do. I did not wake up one day and decided to persue my I always want to do different things so I can constantly music career, it took years of growing in the faith.Growing evolve and give people memorable performances.I also up, the topic of love was something foreing to me, in turn, like composing music behind the scenes, whether it God was foreign to me. As I grew up, I felt more and more is for myself or others but there is something about alone in life so I put my emotions into poetry and I found getting something from the piano and turning it into a comfort in that. One thing I wasn’t comfortable with was masterpiece. getting my emotion on paper and transferring it into a There are so many things I want to do at this point. stage performance so I avoided anything performance The first milestone is to release my debut album that wise for a long time – that was until I ventured into I have been working on for years.Other than that I am professional wrestling. For 7 years at various venues, in working on a merchandise line called “Breaking Theology front of thousands of people collectively, the confidence Wear” and that will cover clothes and accessories. At grew and from there I felt like I was at the point where I this point though it is mainly music and ministry, and could try and bless people. hopefully I can be at a point where I can study at Bible I had reached the point after being born again College. that I wanted to create something special with what I As much as I would like to have a comfortable living do. Gospel music became part of who I am today after doing what I do, it is not the primary reason why I do ministry. I’d rather have the name of Jesus in households than my own and I pray we reach that place. n an environment where rap gospel music is not too popular, Rodney Oheneba Ahenkan is a true testimony of faith in action. Most people know him by his stage name: [D]edicated [I]n [S]erving [C]hrist [I]n [P]reparation of [L]iving [E]ternally-D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.

Catch up with ministry at www.4gvndisciplemusic.com or www.facebook.com/disciple314.

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o By the Fire Side - Story

A story by: Roseanna

The Monkey & The Tortoise There once was a Monkey and a Tortoise who were great friends. The tortoise had no money so he asked the monkey to lend him some and the monkey agreed. When the time came for the tortoise to give back the money, he always would say “I will have the money tomorrow�. But when tomorrow came, the tortoise kept saying that he would have the money tomorrow. The monkey decided to visit the tortoise at his house, when the tortoise saw the monkey coming, he laid down and asked a child to start grinding the finger millet on his back. So the child pretended as if it was grinding the finger millet on the tortoise back, which looked like a normal grinding stone. The monkey asked the child where the tortoise was, and the child replied that he did not know. When the monkey got so frustrated when he heard this, that he picked up the grinding stone and

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threw it at a tree and left. The tortoise fell out of the tree and went home. The next day the monkey and the tortoise met up again and the monkey told the tortoise that he was at his house yesterday looking for him so that he could get his money back. But when he found out that the tortoise was not at home, he was so angry that he had picked up the grinding stone and thrown it at the tree. The tortoise then told the monkey that he had placed the money underneath the grinding stone. If you want your money, you will have to find me that grinding stone. The monkey looked and looked but could not find the grinding stone. That is why now the monkeys live in the trees; they are looking for the grinding stone with the money to bring back to the clever tortoise.


Movies

THE SILENCES OF THE PALACE 2:35 | THRILLER | M (E) | 4.2/5 stars Director – Moufida Tlatli Synopsis: The Silences of the Palace received multiple awards at international film festivals from Cannes to Toronto. It is the story of a Khedija, a servant in the Kings Palace in French controlled Tunisia, and her daughter Alia. Set against the backdrop of the end of French colonial rule, Alia returns to the palace where she and her mother worked for years. She confronts the memories of her mother being forced to perform sexual favors for her master and the misery that it caused. A must see for those interested in Arabic film.

The Gods Must Be Crazy 1:50 | COMEDY | M (E) | 5/5 stars Director – Jamie Uys Synopsis: The Gods Must Be Crazy is one of the most original and charming comedies to come from Africa. It weaves together two different stories about cultural miscommunication. The first is the infamous tale of Xi, a bushman from southern Africa, played by N!xau a real life Namibian bush farmer who was named Namibia’s most famous actor. Upon discovering a coke bottle that had been dropped from a plane, he takes it back to his village where it is treated as a gift from the gods. A riot from beginning to end!

New in Cinemas

A Few Best Men 1:36 | COMEDY | R STARS:
Olivia Newton-John, Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall Director – Stephan Elliott Synopsis: When English lad David (Xavier Samuel) announces he is getting married to an Australian, his hapless mates give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘for better or worse’! The chaos-filled wedding day tests their new marriage, challenges David’s relationships with his three best men, and risks turning what should be the best day of their lives into the worst.

Underworld Awakening 1:48 | THRILLER | PG-13 STARS:
Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Stephen Rea Director – Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein Synopsis: Kate Beckinsale, star of the first two films, returns in her lead role as the vampire warrioress Selene, who escapes imprisonment to find herself in a world where humans have discovered the existence of both Vampire and Lycan clans, and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both immortal species.

Coming to Cinemas

ONE FOR THE Money 1:46 | ACTION & COMEDY STARS:
Katherine Heigl, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata Director – Julie Anne Robinson Synopsis: Stephanie Plum, an unemployed lingerie buyer, applies for a filing job with her cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman. Vinnie’s assistant, Connie, tells her the job is taken, but suggests she start apprehending some clients who have skipped out on their bonds, starting with Joe Morelli. He is wanted for murder one. Stephanie is in financial trouble, and wants to take the job, as she will get a percentage of the $10,000 bail bond, so she blackmails Vinnie...

Contraband 1:49 | ACTION & CRIME | R STARS:
Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi and Kate Beckinsale Director – Baltasar Kormákur Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg leads the cast of ‘Contraband,’ a white-knuckle actionthriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked hard to leave behind and the family he’ll do anything to protect. Set in New Orleans, the film explores the cutthroat underground world of international smuggling--full of desperate criminals and corrupt officials, high-stakes and big payoffs--where loyalty rarely exists and death is one wrong turn away.. FEBRUARY | AFRIQAN TIMES MAGAZINE  33


o Obsessions Entertainment

JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE STEALTH

DELONGHI KMIX COLLECTION

SENNHEISER RS 220 WIRELESS HEADSET

With a name like that, you might expect this SUV to be all black. And though that’s not really the name — in fact, it doesn’t even have a name yet — you’d certainly be right. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Stealth drags the company’s Laredo X package into the shadows with a black paint job, black grille surround, black headlamp bezels, a black liftgate light-bar, 20-inch glossy black aluminum wheels, and a black interior boasting heated seats, a 9-speaker sound system, rear-view camera and park assist system, keyless entry and start, and over 50 safety and security features.

Fans of colorful kitchen appliances, fear not: the Delonghi kMix Collection ($100-$300) has you covered. Available in a variety of colors — including black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange, magenta, and the ever-popular un-color stainless steel — the collection includes a toaster, tea kettle, 5- or 10-cup coffee maker, and an espresso maker, each of which features a durable die-cast aluminum exterior, high-quality components, and a simple, elegant, and perfectly-matching design.

Think wireless headphones can’t deliver the same sound as your beloved studio cans? Think again. Based on the company’s revered HD 600 series, these Sennheiser RS 220 Wireless Headphones ($600) use an uncompressed digital signal sent over a 2.4 GHz connection to maintain fidelity up to 300 feet away, while analog, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs in the included transmitter and recharging dock ensure that no matter the source, the RS 220s will play nice.



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MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER CHRONOVOYAGER UTC WATCH If you travel so much that you literally can’t remember what time zone you’re in, perhaps it’s time to just ditch the concept altogether and start using UTC to keep track of the hours. The Montblanc TimeWalker ChronoVoyager UTC Watch ($TBA) will allow you to do so in style, with a Swiss automatic movement, a columnwheel chronograph with UTC time, a 43mm stainless steel case, and a titanium grey bezel.



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LEVEL 10 M MOUSE

Ikelite Waterproof Camera Housings

BMW’s cars are generally pretty elegant, so we’ll forgive you if you fail to see the car maker’s influence on the Level 10 M Mouse ($TBA). The latest result of the collaboration between Thermaltake and BMW’s Designworks USA, the M Mouse is designed to go great with the Level 10 PC Case, and sports a highly breathable design, a wired connection to eliminate lag, side A, B and trigger buttons, and an overall look that should be far more attractive to hardcore gamers than owners of 5-series sedans.

With modern-day DSLRs capable of fantastic stills and Hollywood-worthy video capture, it’s more tempting than ever to take them everywhere - including underwater. If you’re planning on testing your rig’s sea legs, you’re going to need one of these Ikelite Waterproof Camera Housings ($250 and up). Available for everything from point-and-shoots to semi-pro models, they’ll keep your rig usable and dry down to 200 feet.

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