The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa is a solidarity organisation which sees dissemination of information as its most important tool in its contribution towards justice and development in and for Africa. Read more >

Watch our new film: The Norwegian Paradox - oil in Angola

 

Angola is Norway’s “biggest and most important economic partner in Africa” says the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Angolan continental shelf is the largest contributor to Statoil’s production outside Norway, and last year the company paid NOK 30 billion in taxes to the Angolan government – more than the sum total of Norwegian development aid. But what happens to all the money? Does it contribute to development and strengthen human rights? Or does it help to keep a corrupt regime in power?

We travelled to Angola to follow the money.The film is directed by Even Stormyhr.

Africa Blog Forum

Jemila Abdulai

Jemila Abdulai

Conversation: Leila Adu; Ghana’s Che Guevara With A Keyboard

Leila Adu CU by Leon Dale
Leila Adu is probably one of the best artists you are yet to hear, that is if you have not already experienced “Spooky Adu”.

With radical, poetic lyrics, godly musical knowledge, social awareness and a wealth of experience, Leila Adu is definitely one to pay attention to. She is in no way a novice, having been actively producing, composing and performing music since the early 2000s. She was also featured as MTV’s Iggy Artist of the week, and has toured and performed in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Leila was in Ghana last August, researching international trends in electronic music and hip-hop as part of her current exploits as a Doctoral Fellow at Princeton University. We had the chance to have a conversation recently and she shared many insights on music, education and some collaborative projects, which are yet to be released.

 

Circumspecte: Which piece of art, other than music, best describes you and why?

Leila Adu: I am not sure which describes me best but something that I seek is in Rothko’s paintings, or Tarkovsky’s film “Stalker.” Simplicity, spaciousness, depth. I am not sure if that describes me, is the antidote to my usual state of mind, or a bit… ( Read on! )

Africa Blog Forum

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The East African (Kenya), by Trevor Analo / 9.3.2015

What would a meaningful agenda for Human Rights Day look like?

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South African Civil Society Information Service (SACSIS), by Jane Duncan* / 9.3.2015

More war, more talks

The escalation of violence by 'Islamic State' in Libya over the past month has contributed fresh horror to an already bloody conflict. Read more >

Africa Confidential / 9.3.2015

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