Chimamanda Adichie Says Beyoncé’s Feminism is Not Her Type of Feminism. Read Full Story

Chimamanda Adichie Says Beyoncé’s Feminism is Not Her Type of Feminism. Read Full Story

Nigerian-born award-winning author and novelist Chimamanda Adichie believes there are different types of feminism and that one size doesn’t fit all. According to Fader Magazine, the 39-year-old, self-professed feminist and women advocate recently declared that she doesn’t think pop superstar Beyoncé is a feminist in the same way she is.

In a recent interview with Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, Adichie is careful not to call Beyoncé’s level of feminism into question, referring to Queen B’s approach to women empowerment as a different kind of feminism altogether.

On Beyoncé’s 2014 Platinum Edition album, an excerpt of Adichie’s TED talk titled “We Should All Be Feminists,” was sampled on the track “Flawless.” Adichie’s appearance on the track introduced her to a brand new audience, many of whom had previously never heard of her or her work.

“In the first place, of course Beyoncé asked permission to use my texts and I did give her permission,” Adichie told de Volkskrant. “I think she’s lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions. In addition, Beyoncé is a celebrity of the first order and with this song she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and [bought] my essay.”

But then Adichie sought to make a clarification between the two of them when she told the newspaper,

“Still, her type of feminism is not mine. It is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men. Did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 percent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.”

Adichie emphasised that she considered Beyoncé a feminist and respected her every achievement, describing her as a woman “who does her own thing.”

In a 2013 interview hosted by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Center in Harlem, New York, Adichie had decried attempts to make light of Beyonce’s brand of feminism just because the singer was comfortable with being a feminist and a sex symbol. Adiche slammed what she considered the double standard that prevented a woman of color from being smart, sassy, and pretty, stressing that “the white version of Beyoncé wouldn’t [receive] that kind of response.”


Leah Kagasa Takes Home the Miss Uganda 2016 Crown.

Leah Kagasa Takes Home the Miss Uganda 2016 Crown.

The Miss Uganda crown has a new owner: Leah Kagasa was declared the winner by a four-person panel of judges over the weekend, beating out 20 other contestants. “My life will never be the same,” the 21-year-old marketing student at Makerere University Business School told the Observer. The beauty queen, who hails from Tooro, completed her elementary education at St. Helen’s Primary School and Bweranyangi Girls School before going on to Maryhill High School for her A levels.

The pageant was held at the Kampala Serena Hotel and was sponsored by the Miss Uganda Foundation in partnership with a host of corporate sponsors including Huawei, Pemba Sport Africa, and the National Agricultural Research Organisation. In addition to her crown, Kagasa also walked away with a brand-new Huawei P9 smartphone.

Making the Cut

In order to compete for the Miss Uganda crown, contestants can’t be married or have kids, and they must be between the ages of 18 and 24. Contestants also can’t have tattoos or similar body modifications, and they must be at least 5 feet 5 inches tall with an A-level minimum qualification. In addition, organizers say a contestant is automatically disqualified if an indecent video or audio recording of themselves leaks to the public.

Miss World

Kagasa will replace outgoing Miss Uganda, Zahara Nakiyaga, and represent the country at the upcoming Miss World grand finale, which will be held on December 17th in Washington, D.C.

“Leah has everything needed at Miss World; she has the height, body, fitness and, most of all, the brains,” noted Sylvia Namutebi, a former contestant who was part of the judging panel.

Miss Uganda CEO Brenda Nanyonjo added, “We are starting training for Miss World next week and this time we want to make the finalists’ list. Our girl can compete at any level.”


Idris Elba to Produce and Star in Drama Series Set in Congo. Read Full Info

Idris Elba to Produce and Star in Drama Series Set in Congo. Read Full Info

British actor Idris Elba is set to star and produce a new television series set in the Republic of Congo. According to the Hollywood reporter, the show, which is called “Brazza,” is a Narcos-like drama set in the criminal underworld of Brazzaville, the capital of Congo. The one-hour TV series will be jointly produced as a collaboration between Elba’s Green Door Productions, Tandem Productions, and Havas Media’s Save Ferris Entertainment.

The series builds its plot around a Congolese man living in Paris who is forced to hastily return home to Brazzaville after his father dies under suspicious circumstances. Once there, he gets drawn into a bloody family feud that threatens the country’s uneasy truce.

Producers say “Brazza” will be a high-tempo drama series that explores the culture, politics, and people of Congolese society. In a press release, Elba said he was looking forward to introducing the world to a new experience on TV.

“I am so proud to be working on this African-set drama and to introduce a global audience to a world and culture that resonates so vibrantly with me,” he added.

The series, which has the potential to be a hit, boasts a cast of seasoned Hollywood professionals, including Paul Viragh, the writer of “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” as well as Studiocanal’s Rola Bauer who is in charge of executive production.

Hollywood’s Leading Man

The 44-year-old Elba was born in London, England to a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. As a child, he grew up in East Ham, where he got involved with acting while in school at Canning Town. He got his first big break on the series Bramwell and from there he went on to make many more appearances on both the small and big screen. The actor is perhaps best known in the United Kingdom for his starring role in Luther, a British crime drama series in which he plays a troubled detective.

Elba won a special place in the heart of movie goers on the African continent for his stirring role as Captain Augustine Muganza in the HBO movie “Sometimes in April,” about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Earlier this year, he delivered another stellar performance in the Netflix movie, Beast of No Nation.

Elba is a winner of several awards including the BET Award for best actor, in addition to an NAACP Image Award and Golden Globe Award for best actor in a mini-series.

In addition to acting, Elba is also a musician and an established DJ, performing in clubhouses under the nickname DJ Big Driis.


Joy for Cote d’Ivoire as Cisse wins country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Joy for Cote d’Ivoire as Cisse wins country’s first ever Olympic gold medal.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Cheick Sallah Cisse won the first ever Olympic gold medal for his country in the men’s under-80 kilograms taekwondo final, beating Great Britain’s Lutalo Muhammad with a last second a reverse turning kick.

Cote d’Ivoire’s only other previous Olympic medal was the silver won by Gabriel Tiacoh in the men’s 400m at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

The West African country then went on to claim a third medal through Ruth Gbagbi who claimed the bronze medal in the women’s under-67 kilogram class.

British number one Muhammad was left distraught by the loss, shedding tears of agony after the game.

He however promised to claim the title from the Ivorian in their next encounter.

“He’s a very game champion, I wish him all the best, and I’ll get him next time,” he said.

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Video: 24-yr-old Nigerian Software Engineer builds Artificial Intelligence robot at Sri Lankan University.

Video: 24-yr-old Nigerian Software Engineer builds Artificial Intelligence robot at Sri Lankan University.

“I’m happy to return back to Nigeria as a Cyber Security and Digital forensic Tech. If anything, that’s what Nigeria needs more. We need people who are savvy and sincere in Digital Investigation, Cyber Security and Forensic computing.”

A Nigerian Software Engineering student, Bobai Ephraim Kato, has built a functional Artificial Intelligence robot as his final year project at the International College of Business and Technology (ICBT), Sri Lanka.

Kato, a 24-year old from the Atyap tribe in Kaduna State, personally built the robot and developed the algorithm that enabled it solved the famous Rubik cube puzzle in a manner of minutes. But it was not an easy journey to success because he had to deal with an unimpressed supervisor and a lot of failures in the course of the project.

An early love for computing

I’m a self-directed learner willing to experiment with new things; with a high level of contextual and technological insight. I was a science student who loved computing and technology, I represented my school in computer competitions but I was never successful in any, and that discouraged me.

I knew I was really doing well in Chemistry, Physics and Biology, so I thought I will do well if I went after a medical career. In my final year in secondary school I became the health prefect and that confirmed to me that I was going to be a doctor.

I have received awards in sports including Athletics, Basketball, and Chess and I also won the best singer for a music competition here in Sri Lanka in 2014.

Rejected by Nigerian universities

After completing my secondary school in 2009, I wrote JAMB exams twice applying for Medicine Course in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, but I never got admitted. I also tried the university’s remedial school and still wasn’t admitted. I then decided to change my choice of university and applied to the Kaduna State University (KASU) where I was granted the admission to study medicine. Unfortunately, on the day of my course registration I wasn’t allowed to register because I had not passed English in WAEC. So I moved on to the KASU remedial school.

It was during my remedial that I decided to try NIIT (National Institute of Information Technology) scholarship exams in which I emerged the second highest. The scholarship and that granted me a chance to return to computing. I then decided to leave the remedial school to register with NIIT to study software Engineering. After completing a year in NIIT my cousin decided to get me an admission in Sri Lanka Institute of Technology (SLIIT).

Going overseas and starting over

I left NIIT and travelled down to Sri Lanka. When I got to Sri Lanka in 2012, I started University all over again. I completed my first semester in SLIIT but I wasn’t happy in the school because they focused more on IT (Information Tech) while I wanted software Engineering. I then decided to leave SLIIT to Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) which was affiliated to University of Westminster UK.

So I then started university over again, I stayed in IIT for 2 years and I completed my diploma and advance diploma. My third year at IIT required that I take an internship for a year before I complete the fourth year. But I couldn’t take an internship because of my visa status which clearly stated that I’m not allowed to work, paid or unpaid job.

I then left IIT in 2014 to ICBT to complete my degree in software Engineering (2015 September 20th).

Accidental Project?

To be honest I didn’t plan to make the project this great. I didn’t know it will happen. I guess it’s safe to say that I randomly chose the idea for my final year project, it has nothing to do with my passion and future plans. Though I took a module called Artificial Intelligent System while studying in the university and that module was just so interesting, I learnt some few AI languages and I was able to do a mini project called WINE QUALITY TEST software which uses and Artificial Intelligence to determine the quality of a wine drink. This software used some data set for its prediction. I enjoyed the whole development process.

Coming to my final year project we was all asked to do a software that uses AI (artificial intelligence) for predictions and solutions; that got me worried because I barely came up with an idea. So I decide to spend time making research and I came up with something. I proposed to do a robot that solves puzzles, I wasn’t sure what puzzles as I had a lot in mind but I final choose the Rubik cube puzzle.

I then decide to make further research on what tools to use and I found out that there are many tools out there that I can use for a robotic design.

Building the Robot in the midst of disappointment

I then started developing the algorithm to solve the Rubik cube. My supervisor was never impressed with the progress all he cared about was to see a robot working. I spent most of the time researching and he thought I wasn’t going to make it happen.

I was able to create the algorithms that solves the puzzle. I created 16 different algorithms which served as set of skills for the robot. With these sets of skills, I used an artificial intelligence language called ‘R’ to develop a pattern for the robot to choose the best skills to solve the puzzle. So basically R was the AI part of my robot. It’s very easy to use. I also had a database where the new skills are saved. So the more the robot solves the cube the more intelligent it becomes.

I spent two nights building the robot and after completing the construction, I installed the software which serves as the brain into a memory card for testing.

My first 5 tests were a failure. The robot always shot a scanning error, and this was a week to my final submission. All I could do was pray. I didn’t know what to do again. I was confused and restless. I kept grinding and it finally started working. At that stage, the robot wasn’t intelligent enough and I had to train it to solve many puzzles to get more skills to save in the database.

It was very hard for me because I can’t even solve the Rubik cube myself. The robot is smarter than me in that aspect.

Coming back to save Nigeria

My focus now is on Forensic computing, Cyber Security and Digital Investigation. This is the path I will love to follow for my career and education. I’m happy to return back to Nigeria as a Cyber Security and Digital forensic Tech. If anything, that’s what Nigeria needs more. We need people who are savvy and sincere in Digital Investigation, Cyber Security and Forensic computing. The world today is bent on technology, the corruption in the world today is bent on it too.

I don’t get how a country will say they can’t locate the terrorist living in the country, and I don’t get how a country will say they don’t know the sponsors on this terrorist group. They make calls, they send emails, they use the internet for many reasons, they upload videos etc. Just one amongst this list is enough to get whoever is responsible. We only need savvy and honest people to do this.

Many Nigerians have useful skills, but money determines how, where and what we use it for. My heart is to return home. To be honest I don’t have a dream of staying in a foreign country. I must tell you something I hate the fact that my current status in my life is being a foreigner. I hate the feeling that I’m not in my own country.

So I’m on a fast track back to Nigeria. Many tell me that there isn’t opportunity in Nigeria. That’s very true but I will deal with it.

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Meet the Nigerian-African doctor who is building the largest medical research hub in Africa.

Meet the Nigerian-African doctor who is building the largest medical research hub in Africa.

In the past few weeks, an image of a skyscraper located in a rural community in Anambra state called Umuchukwu, in Orumba south local government area, has gone viral. This 15-storey building, which is about 80 percent nearly done, is being built solely by Dr. Godwin Maduka, a billionaire Nigerian-American doctor based in the United States of America.

The edifice, which is expected to be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities in medical science, will be the first of its kind in Africa. It will also be used to assist students in clinical training and provide resource materials for lecturers and researchers. According to the Sun newspaper, when the building is done it will also serve as the temporary site for the Anambra state University, College of Medicine.

Meet Dr. Godwin Maduka, the man behind the edifice which is to become Africa’s first medical research hub:

Dr. Godwin Maduka, 56, hails from Umuchukwu (formerly Nkerechi) in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1984 from Rust College. He gained his Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1988. Dr. Godwin Maduka earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1993 from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he also completed an internship. Dr. Godwin Maduka completed his residency and post-graduate training at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
He is the Owner/CEO and Medical Director of the Las Vegas Pain Institute & Medical Center, the largest pain treatment center in Nevada.
Dr. Godwin Maduka’s specialties include chronic and acute pain management, anesthesiology, and interventional pain management.
He is also a Clinical Faculty Supervisor of Pain Management/Anesthesiology at Touro University Nevada’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology in 1998 and fulfills the role of Medical Doctor for the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Godwin Maduka is a member of the Nevada State Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Pharmacists Association, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
He is a philanthropist and has transformed Umuchukwu Community in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state to a modern city. He built over 100 houses for widows and poor in Umuchukwu town. He also built both primary and secondary schools, a medical Centre, a Police Station, churches, community and Civic Centre, village hall, Igwe’s palace, State High Court in his community among others.
“I am living the American dream and I’m doing all I can through philanthropy to help the people where I came from live a better life. It is so small that most everybody there is either related by blood or marriage,” Dr. Godwin Maduka told Las Vegas review Journal at his Henderson branch office.

According Clark County records, Maduka bought seven residential properties in Nevada for more than $7 million and spent nearly $4 million on the two buildings that house the Las Vegas Pain Institute, where he employs 80 people.

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Made In Africa: Three Cars Designed And Manufactured In Africa.

Made In Africa: Three Cars Designed And Manufactured In Africa.

According to the World Bank, Sub-Saharan Africa is projected to remain one of the fastest growing regions in the world. While Africa’s economy is soaring past most regions with an annual growth of about 5% due mainly to increased agriculture production, infrastructure investment including transportation, ports and energy as well as buoyant services led by tourism, telecommunications and financial services, the continent’s middle class is expected to swell to approximately 300 million people.

Additionally, the World Bank projects private consumption in the region to remain strong in 2015-17; particularly with the continent’s burgeoning middle class looking to splurge on new passenger vehicles and for most, their first such purchase.

Last year, Africa was projected to see sales of new 2 million cars with major auto players such as Toyota, Tata Motors and General Motors looking at the continent for growth opportunities. According to Zawya, there are approximately 21.6 million passenger vehicles operating in Africa; making the continent’s nearly 1.2 billion population a very attractive prospect for global automobile manufacturers to penetrate.

Not to be left out of the lucrative market, African entrepreneurs are now entering the automobile industry; designing and developing vehicles specifically geared for the local market and local consumers but with global aspirations.

Below are three African automobile manufacturing companies that are developing “made in Africa” vehicles that look the most promising for the African consumer market;

Kiira Motors Corporation, Uganda

Originally developed by students from Uganda’s Makerere University for a project headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the sedan hybrid electric vehicle called the Kiira EV SMACK was designed for the region, local terrain and consumers’ ability to afford the car. The five-seater sedan is powered by a rechargeable battery and also has an internal combustion engine-based generator which charges the battery. The first commercial vehicle from this line is expected to rollout in 2018

Kantanka Automobile Company, Ghana

The Ghanaian based automobile company founded by Apostle Safo Kantanka, assembles its passenger vehicles (mainly SUVs and pickup trucks) at the company’s manufacturing plant located in Gomoa Mpota in the central region of Ghana. The automobile company has reportedly pushed back commercial release of its models pending approval from the Ghana Standards Authority.

The commercial success of these “made in Africa for Africans” cars will depend on the uptake by African consumers.

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A South African Builds Himself a Homemade Super Car, Says Helicopter is Next. Sky is the limit.

A South African Builds Himself a Homemade Super Car, Says Helicopter is Next. Sky is the limit.

The 2-litre engine, which was stripped off a BMW he bought specifically for its engine and gearbox, has a maximum speed of 250km/h. The front lights are from an Audi TT coupé he owned.

The electronic system is connected to his cellphone. He can start the engine remotely. It also automatically starts its engine when the battery is running low.

The sports car runs on 18-inch tyres and is fitted with a computer screen and airbags.

The red two-seater monster powered by a BMW 318is engine had never left Ngobeni’s village until last week, and it caused him a few headaches.

Ngobeni, 41, had hired a tow truck to transport the car last week to a police station in Venda to have its chassis number engraved and registered – to kickstart the process of certifying the car with the traffic department and the National Regulatory of Compulsory Specification (NRCS).

The driver of the truck was so impressed with Ngobeni’s beast that he took pictures and posted them on Facebook. The post was shared more than 5000 times on the social network.

“Within an hour of those pictures going online I received several calls from strangers including journalists who asked for interviews, but I turned them down because the car was not finished yet,” he said from his lavish home.

“I didn’t want to draw unnecessary attention. As an African, I know some people might get jealous and use ‘things’ to prevent this car from being completed.”

Ngobeni, a married father of three and employed as an municipal electrical technician in Mpumalanga, has already spent more than R200000 to realise his childhood dream. He started assembling the car in 2013.

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Video: Uganda Manufactures First Solar-powered Bus in Africa.

Video: Uganda Manufactures First Solar-powered Bus in Africa.

Kiira Motors Corporation is set to launch the first solar-powered bus ‘Kayoola’ in Africa in the corporation’s vision to spearhead the automotive industry in Uganda.

‘Kayoola’ can be loosely translated as ‘mass carrier’.

The Kayoola bus is uniquely designed to be powered by solar energy to make it environmental friendly.

It relies on 2 power banks (lithium-ion batteries) which power an electric motor that is coupled to a 2-speed pneumatic shift transmission.

The 2 power banks operate in automatic alternation to enable real time mobile battery recharging while the other is in use.

Mr Isaa Musasizi, the CEO Kiira Motors Corporation told journalists during the test drive at Namboole stadium on Sunday that Kayoola was built at an estimate of Shs 500m.

With a seating capacity of 35 passengers, the bus has a power capacity of 150KW (204HP) Peak and solar power of 1320W.

The solar panels on the roof harvest energy to run the bus on a range of 80kms (approximately 8 hours of nonstop movement).

“Uganda is privileged to be among the 13 countries in the whole world that are situated along the equator. We decided to take advantage of this strategic position to improve transport technology,” he said.

Mr Musasizi stressed the fact that most of the bus features are locally sourced and were assembled by a team of about 100 Ugandans.

These did the wielding, spraying, wiring among others.

“The body is typically our Roofings material and was worked on by hand. Also, the battery banks which are stainless steel were also fabricated from here. Uganda possesses polished skills to deliver automotives today.”

Transport challenges

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri who officiated at Sunday’s test drive said ‘Kayoola’ will go a long way in addressing Uganda’s mass transportation problem.

“We have buses all over the world but Ugandans must be proud to be championing a technology that represents clean energy,” said the Minister who birthed the idea of manufacturing Uganda’s first electronic car Kiira EV while still a Professor at Makerere University.

He said the innovation has raised the regional standard, adding; “The Kayoola sets a green precedence and inspiration trend for technological future in urban mobility for East and Central Africa.”

President Museveni is set to officially launch the Kayoola solar bus on February 16 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Kiira Motors project is an industrial development intervention fully funded by Government of Uganda. It is aimed at establishing vehicle manufacturing capabilities in Uganda for Pickups, SUVs, Sedans, Light and Medium duty trucks and Buses.


Meet 24-yr-old Oyama Matomela, A South African Pilot Who Is breaking Female Stereotypes!

Meet 24-yr-old Oyama Matomela, A South African Pilot Who Is breaking Female Stereotypes!

Port Elizabeth-born Matomela is the embodiment of hard work and dedication.

By the time she turned 19, she had obtained her private and commercial pilot licenses ­– a feat she managed to accomplish in just 20 months.

Matomela says her passion for aviation started from a young age, when she was lured by the sound of turbo engines.

“My aunt would take me and my cousins to the airport on a Sunday to watch planes taking off. It was a ritual we did almost every week that was started by my grandfather who also had a love for planes and had done the same with my aunt and her siblings,” she told DESTINY.

She knew she wanted to be a pilot after job-shadowing at the renowned 43 Air School in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, while she was still attending high school at the Collegiate Girls School. “What was important for me was to see where it all starts,” she says.

A diligent student and an athlete, Matomela became the first woman to be awarded a Department of Roads & Transport bursary to complete her pilot training at the 43 Air School.

As one of four women in her aviation training class and the only black student, she says pursuing a career in aviation – a male-dominated industry – hasn’t always been the easiest journey, but she’s never let the obstacles get in her way.

“There are certain stereotypes people have of women. To beat them, you have to work a whole lot harder than the guys. But I feel that in life in general, you have to be willing to work hard at anything you do to achieve success,” she says.

Describing her first solo flight in the cockpit, she says, she felt overwhelmed and exhilarated at the same time and that feeling remains to this day.

In 2013, she moved to Joburg to become a flight instructor at Superior Pilot Services at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, where she trained cadet pilots for a year before she was invited to interview for a Junior First Officer position at South African Express.

After undergoing training to fly the airline’s Bombardier Dash Q400, she now flies domestically around SA, as well to Gaborone, Botswana and Windhoek, Namibia, and has over 800 hours flight time in her log book.

Her plans include moving on to bigger airlines like SAA, where she hopes to receive training on larger aircraft and eventually take command of other international flights. She also aspires to become a training captain.

Her advice to young girls considering a career in aviation is to join the Southern African Women in Aviation & Aerospace Facebook group for support and to seek answers to any questions you may have regarding the industry.

source: destinyconnect