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Yasuke: The African Samurai

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Japan is not a place one would usually associate with immigrants from Africa or the Caribbean. Yet in the late 16th century Japan’s most powerful warlord, Oda Nobunaga, had a black page who was not only a cultural curiosity but also served as Nobunaga’s bodyguard and was granted the prestigious rank of Samurai.

This was a time of incessant warfare as the Ashikaga Shogunate fell and Japan became a war-torn nation with each tribe vying for control of against rival warlords. During this time the key to supremacy lay in controlling the powerless Emperor in his court in Kyoto. In the mid 16th century this civil war was nearing its end with the arrival of the Europeans and their modern armaments, guns and cannons. With these new weapons Japan would be reunified by three warlords: Oda Nobunaga would begin the process; his successor Toyotomi Hideyoshi would complete unification and Tokugawa…

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Beautiful Botswana! Part one

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My first time to Botswana, and I was lucky enough to spend four days in a luxury lodge in the Okavango Delta, and two blissful nights in the Makgadikgadi Pans!


We started our journey with one night en route to Maun at the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.  It was utterly wonderful to see so many rhino safe and sound, and flourishing, when our rhinos in SA are being poached at such a devastating rate.


We spent two scorching days in Maun (think mid-40s during the day!), with sadly not a raindrop in sight.  (The drought is as severe in Bots as it is in South Africa.)  And then it was onto a very small plane and off to Pom Pom Camp in the Delta!

Botswana has been on my must-do list for years and years, so I was incredibly excited to see the spectacle of the Delta, and to do…

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Thats how i felt in secondary school

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Obiji lifts gold No 5 for Nigeria


Nigeria’s 82.50kg power-lifter, Loveline Obiji proved that wining gold could be so lovely, after she outclassed her opponents to increase Nigeria’s medal tally here at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Loveline Obiji of Nigeria reacts to the spectators following her gold medal lift in the women’s 82.50kg Powerlifting on Day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at ExCeL.

Team Nigeria’s gold spinning machine was temporarily off the mark after a bright start. But Obiji put behind all the pressure associated with the controversial loss by compatriot, Folashade Olufemiayo on Tuesday and made a spectacle at the London Excel Centre.  She heaved 145kg in her second attempt and for her, it was mission accomplished.

“After establishing that lead, I knew that the gold was mine. I told God that I wanted gold and he gave it to me. I wasn’t under any pressure because I knew who was behind me.


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