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Graça Machel Scholarships For Postgraduate Study in South Africa in 2015

Canon Collins Trust invites applications for the Graça Machel scholarships for women, for postgraduate study in South Africa in 2015. Funding will be provided for up to a maximum of one year for Honours, two years for Masters and three years for PhD. Continued funding will depend on satisfactory progress and academic reports. The scholarship covers full tuition fees, a stipend towards living costs, and a travel allowance. To apply for a scholarship under this programme you must be: Female A national of and normally resident in one of the SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius,...

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Ama Ata Aidoo: African greatest living female writer

“Ghana’s greatest living female writer, Ama Ata Aidoo headlines London’s biggest celebration of African Literature – 11 – 13 July 2014″. Africa Writes 2014 will bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers, critics and experts for an exciting three-day programme, including book launches, readings, talks, panel discussions, performances, children and young people’s workshops, family activities, and an international book fair.  Professor Ama Ata Aidoo, née Christina Ama Aidoo is a Ghanaian author, poet, playwright and academic, she  is also a former Minister of Education in the Ghana government. We are very proud of you...

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LeBron James, wife Savannah Brinson expecting a baby girl,

Pat Riley says LeBron James‘ home team is growing. The Miami Heat president revealed Thursday that the four-time NBA MVP and his wife, Savannah, are expecting for a third time, their latest addition to be a girl. There is no word yet on when the baby is arriving. James and his wife already have two sons. Riley dropped the nugget during his season-ending meeting with reporters on Thursday, saying, “Savannah now is going to have a little baby girl to join her in the fight against the two boys and LeBron, which she needs.” James and his wife were married last summer....

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New Wave of African Writers With an Internationalist Bent

More than a decade ago, when the young Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was struggling to get her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” published, an agent told her that things would be easier “if only you were Indian,” because Indian writers were in vogue. Another suggested changing the setting from Nigeria to America. Ms. Adichie didn’t take this as commentary on her work, she said, but on the timidity of the publishing world when it came to unknown writers and unfamiliar cultures, especially African ones. These days she wouldn’t receive that kind of advice. Black literary writers with African roots (though some grew up elsewhere), mostly young cosmopolitans who write in English, are making a splash in the book world, especially in the United States. They are on best-seller lists, garner high profile reviews and win major awards, in America and in Britain. Ms. Adichie, 36, the author of “Americanah,” which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction this year, is a prominent member of an expanding group that includes Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Taiye Selasi, among others. Source:...

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Thato Kgatlhanye: Solar powered schoolbags

Meet  21 year old Thato Kgatlhanye from South Africa, At the age of 18, Thato Kgatlhanye and two friends set up Rethaka, a company that aims to combine business with social good. Rethaka’s first business venture is an environmentally-friendly innovation called Repurpose Schoolbags. The schoolbags are beautifully manufactured from recycled plastic shopping bags with built-in solar technology that charges during the day and transforms into a light for schoolchildren to study after dark in homes without electricity. They are also designed with reflective material to increase child visibility and pedestrian safety for children walking to and from...

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