NELSON MANDELA DIES AT 95: ANTI-APARTHEID LEADER AND ICON OF SOUTH AFRICA

(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. Mandela was 95. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIA’S SUPER EAGLES TEAM WINS AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS

The curtain came down on the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday evening when Nigeria and Burkina Faso dueled to decide the champion team of Africa. After 94 minutes of action, the Super Eagles had secured their third Afcon title by a 1-0 margin. Vuvuzelas blared and… [Continue Reading]

PEGGIELENE BARTELS: FIRST FEMALE KING OF OTUAM, GHANA

When Peggielene Bartels went to bed on a summer night in 2008, she was an ordinary administrative assistant living in a modest one-bedroom condo just outside Washington D.C. But a few hours later, when a persistent ringing phone woke her up in the dead of the August night, the 55-year-old found out she was much… [Continue Reading]

NGO OKAFOR IN THE 40 UNDER 40 FOR APPLAUSE AFRICA MAGAZINE

On the evening of December 8, 2012 approximately 300 people gathered in New York City for the African Diaspora Awards (ADA) at the SVA Theater to celebrate excellence. The star studded event was hosted by actress Ebbe Bassey from Nigeria and South African radio personality Sduduzo Ka-Mbili, with highlight performances by Les Nubians and Nigerian… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIA’S SUPER EAGLES FOOTBALL TEAM LINEUP FOR NATIONS CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria) Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria) Midfielders:… [Continue Reading]

OLYMPICS: WHY AFRICAN ATHLETES FELL BY THE WAYSIDE

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN) — Two weeks ago I visited the Africa Village at London’s Kensington Gardens, to appear on a radio show being broadcast from there. After the interview, I lingered, wandering around the national stands, savoring the Nigerian hip-hop that blared from the speakers. I stood in line to receive an inscription — carefully… [Continue Reading]

OSCAR PISTORIUS APOLOGIZES AFTER LOSING 200M PARALYMPIC RACE TO BRAZIL

South African “Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius has apologized for the timing of his complaints about the length of his rivals’ prosthetic limbs after his shock loss in the 200-meter sprint at the Paralympic Games in London. Minutes after losing the race to 20-year-old Brazilian runner Alan Fonteles Cardaso Oliveira on Sunday, Pistorius accused the gold… [Continue Reading]

DEATH TOLL UP TO 30 AS POLICE FIRES ON STRIKING MINERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Police opened fire to disperse thousands of machete-wielding workers taking part in a strike at a South African mine, killing more than 30, authorities said Friday. South African police said more than 30 people died in the attack Thursday. The National Union of Mineworkers gave the number at 36. The violence erupted when police shot… [Continue Reading]

GRAPHIC: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE GUN DOWN STRIKING MINERS AFTER EXPLOSION

Rising tensions at a South African platinum mine exploded Thursday in grisly violence as police opened fire on striking miners. Blood-stained bodies lay strewn about a field in a police response reminiscent of the ugly days of apartheid. Police have not released a death toll, but a South African Press Association reporter counted 18 corpses…. [Continue Reading]

EBOLA VIRUS OUTBREAK KILLS 14 IN UGANDA

Teams in Uganda are trying to track down anyone who came into contact with patients infected with the Ebola virus, which has killed at least 14 people there this month, authorities said Monday. “This is very, very important, to trace every contact and to watch them for an incubation period of 21 days,” World Health… [Continue Reading]

AFRICAN CONSUMERS CONTINUE TO BE UNDERESTIMATED BY WESTERN FIRMS

Western companies operating in Africa have long underestimated the continent’s consumers, according to a top executive in one of the world’s biggest consumer goods groups. Frank Braeken, executive vice president of Unilever in Africa, said that for a long time multinationals have thought of the vast continent as a “monolithic” market, failing to address its… [Continue Reading]

VIDEO: AMERICAN STUDENT MAULED BY CHIMPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

This is a story of another human being forgetting that pound-for-pound, we are one of the weakest species of mammals on earth. The American student in this story was nearly mauled to death by Chimpanzees in South Africa. The University of Texas student, Andrew Oberly, was doing research for his master’s degree when he was… [Continue Reading]

A FUTURE FOR UGANDAS AIDS ORPHANS

Visiting his former village in rural Uganda, Jackson Kaguri was the epitome of a success story. He had escaped poverty, earned a college degree and moved to America, where he studied at an Ivy League school and planned to put a down payment on a house in Indiana. He’d often come back to Uganda, passing… [Continue Reading]

WE MUST LEARN TOLERANCE: TRANSGENDER PAGEANT WINNER KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA

A 23 year old South African man who won a Miss Gay pageant last year has been killed. Thapelo Makutle (pictured above), known as Queen Bling, was found in his room with his throat slit last week Saturday. His friend told police that Thapelo had argued with two heterosexual men the previous day about his… [Continue Reading]

WHY WRESTLING IS BOOMING IN SENEGAL

Dakar, Senegal (CNN) — In most of Africa, football reigns supreme among sports, but in Senegal wrestling challenges it for popularity. It provides entertainment and exercise, and offers young men dreams of fame and fortune. Wrestling’s popularity in Senegal makes it big business. For the sport’s superstars the rewards can be huge, with the biggest… [Continue Reading]

CHINUA ACHEBE, #1 ON FORBES LIST OF MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES IN AFRICAN

It’s official. Smart people still matter in the celebrity world!!! With all the negative news circulating all over the world about Nigeria, I’m happy to see that one of our smartest men is still holding it down on the international stage, in a positive way. 1. Chinua Achebe, 80, Nigerian, Novelist The father of African literature authored… [Continue Reading]

KOSY AKILO, 6 YEAR OLD KIDNAPPED NIGERIAN GIRL RESCUED USING TRACKING DEVICE

Nigeria and Africa cannot be called the dark continent any longer. Kosy Akilo, the kidnapped 6 year old girl who has been in hearts and minds of many Nigerians has been found. The rescue of six years kidnapped Kosy Akilo was made possible by a new kidnapping tracking device which is currently being tested by the… [Continue Reading]

CHILDREN’S DAY IN NIGERIA: THE FIGHT CONTINUES

As Nigerian children celebrate 2012 Children’s Day on Sunday, it is sad to note that over 40 per cent of them will celebrate on the street; without access to basic education as economic and socio-cultural factors keep over 10.1 million of the 35.6 million children aged between six and 14, out of schools. According to… [Continue Reading]

PUT DOWN THE CHIPS AND PIZZA, PICK UP A VEGETABLE. SECRETS TO LOSING WEIGHT!

Is losing weight challenging?  YES!!! But then, anything in life that is worth attaining takes hard work and dedication. I’m a big believer in tough love. That is how I was raised. It works. Losing weight does not have to be difficult. It does not have to hard. Losing weight is a lot like mathematics; it’s… [Continue Reading]

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF JAY-Z SAYING THAT GAY MARRIAGE FOES ARE LIKE RACISTS

In an interview with CNN, Jay-Z says opposition to gay marriage is like discrimination against black people. The rapper says he fully supports President Obama’s decision to back marriage equality. Watch the video here: By  Ngo Okafor The most downloaded black male model Nigerian American black male model photo gallery and blog www.getingo.com 

WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES

Sometimes I lay in bed at night thinking about my future and where I would like my life to go. All this hustle and bustle, everyday. What does it all mean? Am I doing what I was put on earth to do? What is my mission in this world? Will I be a good father?… [Continue Reading]

ALIKO DANGOTE LEADS THE WAY…GIVING 16 BILLION NAIRA TO CHARITY IN A YEAR

I’m very happy to say that things are changing quickly in Africa with regards to charity and social responsibility. When I make it public that I started a charity to build fitness facilities in Nigeria, to empower the youth, many people strongly said that it wouldn’t work. “They would frustrate you just as they have… [Continue Reading]

LIVE FROM BBA 2012 STUDIO – NIGERIAN GOLDIE LEADS ON BBA FACEBOOK COMMENTS

The image on the left is an inside look at the rehearsal, currently going on at the official venue of the Big Brother Africa 2012 which will premieres this evening.The performers are seen here rehearsing their songs. We also saw artists going through their sound check routines for Africa’s biggest reality show. Meanwhile the battle is already on full blast, even before the… [Continue Reading]

BIG BROTHER AFRICA 2012 STARTS TODAY…EXCLUSIVE PICS…WHO’S HOSTING…WHO’S PERFORMING

The stage is set for a 91 day journey in which attitude, friendship and emotions will be put to the test. The glamorous opening of Big Brother Africa 7 tagged “The Stargame” will grace DSTV Channel 198 today, May 6, 2012. Fans are in a state of frenzy to meet housemates from fourteen African countries from which… [Continue Reading]

CHETAHS MAUL WOMAN AT A GAME RESERVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Let me start off by saying that I do not wish this on anyone, but I don’t understand people that tempt fate in this manner. This post is another example of the fact that no matter how much a wild cat is trained and ‘domesticated’, it is extremely difficult to completely get rid of their dangerous… [Continue Reading]

BREAKING NEWS..BOMB KILLS 50 PEOPLE IN YOBE TODAY

Bad things happen everywhere, everyday. People die in America. People die in Nigeria. Nobody shows images of dead Americans on the internet. Why are media outlets so quick to show images of dead Africans? Does that mean that we are not human being I’m so sick and tired of seeing dead bodies of my brothers… [Continue Reading]

LINDA IKEJI, #1 BLOGGER IN NIGERIA POSTS NGO’S FOOTAGE ON HER BLOG

I would like to send a big…big…biiiiiig thank you to Linda Ikeji for supporting the Champion Spirit project by posting the ‘Three Rounds’ Nigeria footage on her blog. Support like this is what we need to make this dream a reality. For those of you who don’t know, Linda Ikeji is the #1 blogger in… [Continue Reading]

MY FIGHT MATTERS, DOES YOURS?

Nobody is perfect. I strive to get there someday. I know that if I strive for perfection, I’ll get very close to greatness. I’ve learned that by putting one foot in front of the other and working hard consistently, I’ll be able to make my dreams come true. Everyday, I fight to become a better… [Continue Reading]

NEW VIDEO OF NGO’S VISIT TO NIGERIA

Finally, after going through about 25 hours of tape, my editor and I were able to cut a video which tells the story of my trip to Nigeria. I hope you like it. Before I get to the video, I wanted to share a very powerful powerful poem which my good friend, Mathew Townsend sent to… [Continue Reading]

BLACK WOMEN, CHEMICAL RELAXERS AND FIBROIDS

A story has been spreading like wild fire on the web the connection between chemical relaxers and uterine fibroids in black wome. This story struck me personally because my mother had fibroids and went through ‘THE’ surgery. Upon further research, the true culprit in the spreading of this story is the lack of research by… [Continue Reading]