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From festivals in Florida to touring Dracula’s digs in Romania, we round up the best destinations to visit this October. As summer abandons Europe again this October, eke out the last of the rays and raves in Ibiza, where nightclubs will be going out with a bang for the winter break. When the party finally stops head to the island’s north.

On Africa’s economies and peace, Achebe colloquium calls for good governance, indigenous investments

The Colloquium urges governments in Africa and bold private initiatives to work to grow additional, dedicated indigenous investment and entrepreneurial groups rather than depend largely on foreign aid. To paraphrase one of the keynote speakers, foreign aid is morphine; what is really needed in Africa is a dedicated and thorough operation to remove debilitating poverty that robs the people of their dignity and makes them vulnerable to the manipulation of corrupt, self-serving, and divisive leaders and warlords.

Africa’s new sets of complex challenges dissected at Achebe 2012 Colloquium

In effect, governments like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, to name a few, are faced with the daunting task of securing a democratic state, foreign to their current political DNA developed from decades of dictatorship. The Central and Eastern regions are undergoing an incredible time of turmoil and instability; to add, South Sudan, as recent as July 9th 2011, celebrated its new national identity and independence from Sudan. West Africa is yet to find an answer to the evolving proliferation and sophistication of terrorism. Africa’s Southern Region still wrestles with matters of race, politics, economic problems, AIDS, housing scarcity and peace building.

Fashola on Achebe’s Biafra explosive book, live at Achebe colloquium. By Chido Nwangwu

Gov. Fashola, standing at the podium almost 15 feet away from Achebe, told the galaxy of African, American, European and Asian scholars, researchers, students, activists and business executives that the heat generated by the book almost made him look for a reason to avoid the event rescheduled for him from the 2011 colloquium, almost 300 days ago.

Ojukwu’s will, Bianca and fight over property.

Keen watchers of the Ikemba Nnewi, after his 1989 publication of “Because I am Involved,” must have noted his marital evolution. His life as a married man can be divided into two phases: pre- and post-Bianca. The post-Bianca phase was arguably the most stable and balanced, either because he had become wiser with age or because love for his young beautiful bride tempered the exuberance that defined his previous adventures. Whatever it was, we saw Ikemba for the first time consciously making attempts to earn a living, and to become a more responsible husband and doting father. He was ably supported and encouraged along this path by the lady that he worshipped and adored. Bianca, as daughter of another aristocrat, easily blended into the role of business partner, gaining access to political contacts, from the south east to the north-central regions, to represent her husband and provide for their young children.

Ghana buries its late President John Atta Mills; millions mourn

Among those who viewed the body as it lay under a glass case before the service were Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as well as the leaders of Benin and neighbouring Togo. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who wrapped up an African tour on Friday, also attended the funeral. "He was like a brother to me. I will surely miss him," Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe told journalists. Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi, also the current African Union chairman, described Mills as "passionate about peace in Africa and in the region".

CLASSmagazine: ANOC-USA seeks to promote Igbo language and civilization, says Chief Jones Okeke

ANOC-USA membership consists of people from (six states) Abia, Anambra, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States. Our members are titled men from Igbo speaking states of Nigeria. The titles include Nze, Ozo, Chiefs and Ogbuefi.

USAfrica: Anambra Women in USA meet in New Orleans for Breast Cancer fundraiser on...

USAfrica: Anambra Women USA meet in New Orleans for Breast Cancer fundraiser on Oct 29; interview with Dr. Mrs. Anthonia Uche Umeh. Special to CLASSmagazine, USAfricaonline.com ,PhotoWorks.TV and the USAfrica-powered e-groups of  IgboEvents, AnambraPolitics, Nigeria360 and UNNalumni As a part of the USAfrica...

Michael Jackson’s “Immortal” album coming November 21

Michael Jackson's "Immortal" album coming November 21 Special to USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine, Houston The world's greatest, late entertainer and pop music superstar will have his genius delivered posthumously, for the second time, to millions of his...

Bob Marley: 30 Years after death, his legacy and legend still strong

Bob Marley: 30 Years after his death, legacy and legend still strong. By Winston "Stone" Ford Special to USAfricaonline.com ,  CLASS magazine and The Black Business Journal Houston, Texas. This commentary first appeared in TheRoot.com On May 11, 1981, the...

TRAGEDY: Nigeria’s soccer star Adefemi killed in car crash

Nigeria's soccer star Adefemi killed in car crash Special to USAfricaonline.com Nigeria international soccer star, Olubayo Adefemi, has died in a car crash while on holiday to get married, Greek police and health authorities have revealed....
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