Miezi michache tu imebakia kabla ya kipute cha Kombe La Dunia La Soka 2014 kuanza nchini Brazil. Ratiba inaonyesha kwamba fainali hizo zitapigwa kuanzia tarehe 12 June mpaka tarehe 13 Julai 2014.
Muda mfupi uliopita, Shirikisho La Soka Ulimwenguni, FIFA, wametangaza makundi ya kipute hicho ambacho kama fainali zilizopita, kinatarajiwa kuwa na mvuto wa aina yake hususani kutokana na ukweli kwamba wenyeji wa mashindano hayo, Brazil, watakuwa na kazi ya ziada kuhakikisha kwamba kombe linabakia nchini mwao. Hii ni mara ya pili kwa Brazil kuwa wenyeji wa mashindano hayo baada ya mwaka 1950 ambapo Brazil walitolewa nishai na Uruguay kwa kichapo cha goli 2-1 katika mchezo wa fainali.
Spain watakwenda Brazil wakiwa mabingwa watetezi baada ya kuwafunga Netherlands kwa jumla ya goli 1-0 katika fainali mwaka 2010 katika mashindano ambayo kwa mara ya kwanza yalifanyikia barani Afrika nchini Afrika Kusini. Bara la Afrika litawakilishwa na timu 5 ambazo ni Algeria, Nigeria,Ghana,Ivory Coast na Cameroon.
Kutoka katika mpangilio huu, kundi lipi unadhani litaitwa Kundi La Kifo? Je,Africa tutatoka?
Hii hapa orodha kamili ya jinsi makundi yalivyopangwa
Leo hii dunia nzima inaomboleza kifo cha Nelson Mandela “Madiba”.Mandela ambaye alizaliwa tarehe 18 Julai mwaka 1918 huko Mvezo, Afrika Kusini amefariki akiwa na miaka 95.
Tangazo la kifo cha Mandela lilitolewa rasmi jana usiku [kwa saa za Afrika Kusini] na Rais wa nchi hiyo, Jacob Zuma akisema;
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss, His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion and his humanity earned him their love”
Since the sudden death of one of Fast And Furious actor, Paul Walker, lots of people have mourned in different ways and form. We didn’t see anything else that could be written over the death of Paul and his friend in that tragic car accident. We stayed mute on the story pretty much.
But here is the official released video from the Fast and Furious franchise as a tribute to Paul Walker that we thought you need to see.
Yesterday Forbes Magazine named her among the 20 Young Power Women in Africa, and it surely seems that it is Lupita Nyong’o's time to shine. This Kenyan actress is currently enjoying success since her performance in 12 Years Of A Slave a movie that is signalled to be among contenders for the golden structure soon.
She appears in DuJour Magazine cover for their December issue. You can see more images and information here.
It has now been 16 years since the world [yes the world] said goodbye to Princess Diana who died in Paris, France in one of the most tragic accidents involving the chase with the paparazzi. But everything Diana didn’t die with her. She is still remembered in many means and ways. If it is her engagement ring being passed on to her daughter-in-law, Kate or an auction of some of her belonging etc, the world still goes crazy about it.
Recently it was her one of her “favorite” dresses that caused a newsworthy sensation. It was been auctioned at the Kerry Taylor Auction House in London. It turns out that Diana has geared up this dress in about three major occassions including the premier of James Bond’s The Living Daylights movie in 1987. It is the same dress that she wore when she visited the Germany Embassy a year before.
Now here is the moral of the story…after auction debates and price tagging games, the dress was sold for a total $ 166,963.It was sold to a museum somewhere in this world…
Apart from all the setbacks that the African continent has and continues to experience, there are some who dares to try to keep it floating. These are men and women who are using whatever strength and skills available to make the continent become a better place for current and future generations.
The forbes magazine has released the list of 20 women that it considers to be “Young Power Women”. In the list there is a Tanzanian. That is Ms Angellah Kariuki, 37, is a Special seat Member of Tanzania’s Parliament and the country’s Deputy Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
The validity and relevance of these Transparency International reports is questionable… of course. However, as we question and look for escarpment routes, we have to sit down and admit few things[ that is if we are seriously seeking a stepping stone]. Corruption is still a major obstacle for our growth and development. Many factors contributes to our slow motioned approach towards war against corruption. Let’s not dig deeper today.
According to the recently released report from Transparency International, Tanzania is even more corrupt compared to last year.Tanzania has dropped nine places in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index – from 102 last year to 111 this year. The country scored 33 out of 100 in the organisation’s 2013 index released yesterday, two per cent down from last year.
The index ranks 177 countries by perceived levels of public sector corruption and draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of businesspeople.
Botswana maintained its global position at number 30, making it the least corrupt in Africa. Rwanda climbed from 50 last year to 49 this year. At 111, Tanzania is the second least corrupt country after Rwanda. It is followed by Kenya at 136, Uganda 140 and Burundi 157.
Additional notes from The Citizen.
There is much to be looked after Jay-Z. There is music, an icon wife Beyonce, businessman and fatherhood. However for someone who wants to look at Jay-Z’s life from a different angle[Like I do] I like to remind myself that he is one good example of coming from almost nothing to becoming who he is today. It is a struggle and a gesture of keep fighting and keep moving. God has different plans than ours.
Today he is celebrating 44th birthday. Happy Birthday…And guess what…he goes vegan as he posted on his blog Life and Times…
“On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” Jay Z wrote, citing a theory of psychology that it takes someone 21 days to form or break a habit. “This all began a few months back when a good friend and vegan challenged me to embrace a ‘plant-based breakfast’ everyday. It was surprisingly easier on me than I thought.”
About two days ago I was chatting with one of the truest human beings/brothers I know, Brian Haule. Whenever Brian and I chat or talk, two things are certainly to lead our topics; music and life. Him and I come a long way. From the days we used to sit kijiweni in Upanga and count cars to the days we hustled together for education in Uganda.
In our lately conversation we discussed about the whereabouts of some of the old school bongo fleva stars. I remember we mentioned people like OCG[ Remember him with Kazeze?]. Then we wondered where O-Ten is [the dude from Morogoro and East Coast-Upanga]. I am sure if we had gone on and on with our talk, we could have reached Tanga and certainly Wagosi wa Kaya would have been mentioned alongside Joni Woka.
Little did I, or did we know that Joni Woka was cooking something new. What made him stand out from the crowd is his unique style[he goes like a drunk muthe...fu.%%$$ who would say anything]. It was nice creativity then and I believe it still resonates today. His new track is titled Mkora. Ras Lion is featured in this one. Listen Up…and ask yourself…aren’t you a Mkora?Lol