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“This Century is Africa’s Century. Why? Because Africa will, for good or ill, play the defining role in global development. Africa’s fortunes will matter across all the trends shaping the world. I say for good or for ill because either scenario is possible. If Africa fails on these important development issues, because of our sheer size, the global impact will be catastrophic and if it succeeds the global impact will be incredible.”

 

 

 

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Romano Pisciotti ( ITALMOTOR Ltd.) 

 

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Our name is “Gift of God” gift of God that men are free to pray according to their beliefs and traditions. We are children of our fertile land, sons of the great river and the fresh salty breeze blowing on the lagoon, we are the daughters of the green hills and the silent desert: we are all sons and daughters of Greater Nigeria.
We were born of love and we came to the world with the strength of the waves and the courage of free lions in the forest.
Our desire and our right is to live and grow in peace, our youth and our ambitions are in the hands of our fathers, hands that we do not want stained with blood. Our future is the future of this country, as much as our past was the womb of our mothers and the pride of this nation.
If we want a great free Africa we can not allow the men of this wonderful land to kill themselves by tribal rivalries, religious differences or absurd claims … we will not allow it!
We ask the women and men of this country to live in peace, for their joy and our future and the future of our children and their children … until the great river flows.
Romano Pisciotti

 

 

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Contrary to what has long been believed, Africa is not a “continent without history”. Flourishing civilizations, traditions, customs handed down through stories, legends and stories have developed in many regions (West Africa, today’s Angola, and today’s Zimbabwe) since very ancient times.
The decline of these African states and civilizations is relatively recent and is linked to the European expansion in the world since the end of the 15th century.

 

 

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Having emerged millions of years ago in the environs of present day Ethiopia and Kenya, some ancient Ethiopians and Eritreans migrated into neigboring Yemen (Saba), across the Red Sea.

Legends of the area, view Queen Makeda, also known as the Queen of Sheba (Saba) and Ethiopia, as an Ancient Ethiopian. Biblical texts such as 1 Kings 10, ‘The Song of Solomon’, and, Ancient Ethiopian chronicles such as the ‘Kebra Nagast’ tend to reflect this view.

As pointed out by historians such as Stuart Munro-Hay Aksum was an African civilization.

It was one of many centers of power to emerge in the environs of ancient Ethiopia and Eritrea, and, was predominantly derived from the intellectual and material resources of ancient Africa.

 

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History of Nigeria. The history of Nigeria can be traced to prehistoric settlers (Nigerians) living in the area as early as 1100 BC. … Nigeria became a British protectorate in 1901. Colonization lasted until 1960, when an independence movement succeeded in gaining Nigeria its independence.

 

 

 

 

 

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The World Bank’s prediction

for 2018 bodes well, as 3.2% economic growth is

expected in 2018, up from 2.4% from 2017.

Indeed: six of the top ten fastest growing economies in the world are African countries. Ghana and Ethiopia are at the top of this list with 8.3% and 8.2% growth in 2018, respectively. Côte d’Ivoire (7.2%), Djibouti (7%), Senegal (6.9%) and Tanzania (6.8%) are all in the top ten, as well.

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The palm that I have in the garden is in Nigeria since it was born … and it’s been years … but that plant has not understood anything about the world that surrounds it: the palm tree grows and can give some fruit, but not it goes beyond what its nature allows it. Can we ask my palm what it has learned about this great country? Obviously nothing, despite having planted the roots in this land.

Can we ask the many expats what they know about Nigeria? Of course they know something about it, but what did they really understand about this land where they decided to take root? Very little! … In Nigeria they grow and succeed in producing some fruit that, however, does not fall very far from the fronds that produced it … as the palm reproduces and its seeds grow around it: palm is .. and palm trees will be born! No changes.
An expatriate should sow knowledge and this country needs to learn … Africa does not need to reproduce expats of the same species!

We need young Nigerians, not just strong, not just proud and curious … we need new citizens, prepared for what the world expects from this land.
New generations do not need expats-palms, but need people, rightly paid, to be teachers.

Today, the Sub Sahara needs people really prepared and really in love with this Continent; we need people able to teach the art of work and technology to accompany Nigeria on the path of growth that this country has the right to.
It is not rhetoric to say that love is needed because love is giving and it is the ability to understand and respect the customs and traditions of peoples. At the same time the Nigerians must strip themselves of all arrogance and strip bad habits, these do not lead to the civilization of respect … bad habits are not glorious traditions.

Surely the two worlds must strip themselves of the arrogance of knowing everything already: both worlds must listen or will be born coconuts only, without milk and so woody to clash at the head.

Romano Pisciotti

(maybe I do not express myself in correct English, but I hope my message is clear)

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African Traditions

 

African Tradition is expressed through many different art forms, such as music, dance, art, sculpture and beadwork.

 

Oral tradition is very important in African culture, as it insures the passage of cultural practices from one generation to another.

Listening is an equally important skill, which has been perfected by the traditional oral practices. Numerous songs and dances have been transmitted by word of mouth.

Music and Poetry in African Traditions

Naturally, singing is very important to the African society because the melody and rhythm follow the intonation of the song text. The songs are often sung in call-and-response form.

In West Africa, a griot is a praise singer or poet who possesses a repository of oral tradition passed down from generation to generation. They must know the traditional songs and must also be able to improvise songs about current events and chance incidents.

Music is a form of communication and it plays a functional role in African society. Songs accompany marriage, birth, rites of passage, hunting and even political activities. Music is often used in different African cultures to ward off evil spirits and to pay respects to good spirits, the dead and ancestors.

Although the musical styles and instruments vary from region to region, there are some common forms of musical expression. The most significant instrument in African music is the African drum. It expresses the mood of the people and evokes emotion. The beat of the African drum is the “heartbeat of the community” and its rhythm is what holds the dancers together.

 

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Dance is an integral part of the African culture, and it utilizes symbolic gestures, masks, costumes, body painting and props to communicate. The dance movements can be simple or complex with intricate actions including fast rotation, ripples of the body and contraction and release. Dance is used to express emotion, whether joyful or sorrowful and it is not limited to just the dancers. Often spectators will be encouraged to join in.

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Romano Pisciotti

Industrial & Business Management Expert

 

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After an important experience as naval officer

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I worked on behalf of important international companies in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Italy

 

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and Nigeria with full responsibility, in a managerial position.

 

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I have travelled a lot, especially in the countries of North Africa and in the Sub-Saharan regions

I have actively participated at the business start-up of new operating units both in Italy and abroad.

I have been fully involved in the restructuring of companies and the regeneration of business activities. In my different experiences, I was able to lead multi- ethnic work teams even in stressful environments.

I have lived for five years in Nigeria where I have had significant experiences as General Manager.

 

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My current activities still bind me to Africa, in Lagos.

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I have never neglected the professional upgrading by following courses at qualified universities.

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Red skies of Africa:
enchanted sunsets
as a prelude
to hunting nights
among the stars.
Songs of passion
from peoples who,
in the darkness,
watch over their dead.
Silent warriors
seek the pride lost
in the eddies of oil
and in the hatred
between brothers.
The great rivers
drag shame to the sea,
but they can not
wash consciences.

Romano Pisciotti

 

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President of Ghana Statement

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“It’s a country with huge potential,” Hafez Ghanem said in an interview. Zimbabwe “can easily become an upper middle-income country in a very short time. Depending on the type of programs, five to ten years. Zimbabwe has some of the most educated people on our continent, so we have human capital and we have natural resources.”

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Africa, the Business Deal of the Century

 

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The continent includes 54 countries that have a very different economic trend. In 2016, the gross national income per capita ranged from 280 dollars in Burundi to almost 15,500 in the Seychelles.

 

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Among the countries with the worst economic results are those torn by wars and conflicts, such as South Sudan. But the continent also boasts some of the fastest growing world economies: Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Senegal. In addition, around 30 middle-income countries are part of the continent, whose middle class – estimated at around 300 million people – is booming.
A study by McKinsey & Company shows that the rate of return on foreign investment is higher in Africa than in any other developing country. Yet only a small part of the world’s flows of foreign direct investment are destined to flow into Africa.
One of the main reasons is the perception that the business environment in Africa is not very dynamic. However, reality is not like that. Despite a generally weak level of tax collection, Africa generates revenues and other tax revenues of 500 billion a year – more than ten times the foreign aid that the continent receives annually.
Even so, the continent spends over $ 300 billion a year to import goods that could produce domestically at low cost and remain competitive if its industrialization strategies focus on promoting industries with competitive advantage.
Creating a financial framework to channel savings from the global North into the global South, with its profitable investment opportunities, would be an advantage for everyone, from African countries in need of financing, to private investors looking for opportunities, up to advanced economies in search of new sources of export demand. The solution would be to focus on the most competitive and labor-intensive African industries, supporting them not only with money, but also through institutions such as development banks, industrial parks and agencies that provide certification and quality infrastructures.
With the help of appropriate policies, industrialization in Africa would help to increase productivity, also by stimulating technological progress and innovation, while creating more qualified jobs in the formal sector and increasing average income and domestic consumption. Furthermore, it would promote links between the agricultural and service sectors, rural and urban economies, and between consumers, intermediaries and capital goods industries. Finally, by making manufacturing export prices less volatile and subject to long-term deterioration than primary commodity prices, industrialization would help countries to flee their dependence on raw materials exports.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (Unido) estimates that the increase in the GDP share of the manufacturing sector in Africa and the less developed countries could lead to a total positive investment shock of about $ 485 billion, and an increase in household consumption of about $ 1.4 trillion.
Africa, therefore, is a bit like a hen with golden eggs waiting, and shrewd investors will soon realize it.

(Célestin Monga is a Cameroonian economist, born in 1960. He holds positions in the banking sector and then as a university teacher.
Dr. Celestin Monga is the Bank’s Chief Economist and Vice President, Economic Governance and Knowledge Management.)

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“People often view African fashion as a trend that comes in waves and it’s so much more than that,  there’s a diversity of talent here that defies all expectations.”

 

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The agitators and spies are
children of the same snake,
their weapons and their victims
are young people
with strong hearts
but still weak souls.
Young lions,
may your fathers teach you
respect for life,
ideas and values.
Hoping you, all of you,
feeling like children
of a single mother:
the Great Nigeria.

Romano Pisciotti

 

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Young boys have a spirit of fire, like young lions; unfortunately many take advantage of their enthusiasm and their lack of experience to throw them into apparently glorious battles, but which mask precise interests for a few. Young people become weapons and sacrificial victims for causes that the boys do not understand well. The hope is that young people listen to their fathers before throwing themselves into desperate adventures and fathers have in their hearts the good of the whole country.
I do not want to be confused: I’m not doing politics, I’m just warning young people to think while listening to hate propaganda against anyone.

R.P.

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A new report by the Global Infrastructure Hub identifies 10 African countries in need of an extra $1 trillion in infrastructure spending to meet sustainable development goals set by the United Nations for 2040.
The amount is nearly double the $1.4 trillion they are expected to invest in projects like roads, railways and other crucial infrastructure during that period.

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Iveco: back in the Kenyan market, agreement with Gmc

 

Iveco intends to return to the Kenyan market for commercial vehicles where, up until the 1990s, it held a position of leadership. During a press conference in Nairobi, Fabio De Serafini, business director for Africa and the Middle East of the Iveco group, announced the commercial agreement signed with the Kenyan company Global Motors Center (Gmc). Hussein Abadi, managing director of Gmc, illustrated the investment plan which envisages the creation of four assembly lines at the Mombasa plant where the Iveco Eurocargo, Daily Van, Trakker Tipper and Trakker Prime Mover. The establishment will employ around 600 people. The opening of an Iveco single-brand showroom in Nairobi will also be inaugurated in September 2017. The industrial and commercial investments will be accompanied by the creation of workshops and service centers with qualified personnel. The entire investment approved by Gmc, which is supported by that of Iveco in terms of training, transfer of know-how, commercial assistance and marketing, amounts to about 20 million euros and is one of the most relevant and structured recently realized in the sector of automotive in Kenya.

 

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Iveco: retour sur le marché kenyan, accord avec Gmc

Iveco a l’intention de revenir sur le marché kenyan pour les véhicules utilitaires où, jusqu’aux années 1990, elle a occupé une position de leader. Lors d’une conférence de presse à Nairobi Fabio De Serafini, directeur commercial pour l’Afrique et le Moyen-Orient du groupe Iveco, il a annoncé l’accord commercial signé avec la société kenyane Global Center Motors (GMC). Hussein Abadi, directeur général de GMC, a présenté le plan d’investissement qui prévoit la création de quatre lignes d’assemblage à l’usine de Mombasa où ils seront mis en œuvre, à partir Juillet prochain, la gamme Eurocargo Iveco, Daily Van, Benne et Trakker Trakker Prime Mover. L’établissement emploiera environ 600 personnes. Il est également prévu d’ouvrir une salle d’exposition phare Iveco à Nairobi qui sera “ouvert en Septembre 2017. Les investissements industriels et commerciaux seront associés en créant des usines et des centres de services avec un personnel qualifié. L’investissement total approuvé par GMC, qui est accompagnée de celle d’Iveco en termes de formation, de savoir-faire, le soutien des ventes et du marketing, est élevé à environ 20 millions d’euros et est l’un des plus pertinents et structurés récemment dans le domaine de l’automobile au Kenya.

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Zimbabwe enters a new era, but struggles to escape its past

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South Africa

The regions corresponding to present-day South Africa were inhabited by populations now almost completely disappeared: the Bushmen and the Hottentots (the latter were decimated by smallpox in 1713). Between the 16th and 17th centuries the Bantu groups of both the and the herero reached the area of ​​the South-West African and the current Botswana. In the second half of the seventeenth century the sothos settled in the northern areas of the current South African republic. Beginning in the 18th century, the xhosa , originally from Mozambique, and the Zulus began to set up their own organization and set up an army. The latter took its name after creating a state structure to the work of Shaka, the legendary leader who led the Zulu between 1820 and 1828. The Swazi Finally, after having settled in Zululand, in the second half of the eighteenth century they moved in area corresponding to the current Swaziland.

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Six Business Requirements Startups Need To Consider in Nigeria.

 

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North African countries will bid for a joint world cup hosting of the 2030 football world cup tournament.

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The Algerian government confirmed this recently stating that the potential joint bid for the mundial is being discussed between itself, Morocco and Tunisia.
The announcement came after Morocco said it would pursue a sixth bid for the World Cup after King Mohammed VI instructed officials in the North African country to focus on the 2030 edition of the national team football tournament.

 

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