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Back issue: October 2009

Suicide claims the life of a grandmother

Princess Oriyomi Somorin
Princess Oriyomi Somorin
The African community in Dublin was thrown into a heartbreaking and mourning mood on Thursday 1st October 2009, at the tragic death of Princess Oriyomi Somorin. Unconfirmed reports say that the 41 years old mother of four took her own life at her rented apartment in Dublin city centre. Barely two months ago Somorin was granted leave to remain in Ireland.

Most African immigrants who knew the late Princess very well while living in hostel at Ballyhaunis in county Mayo and Ash Hall, near St. Stephen’s Green in Dublin, described her as a charming, easy going lady whenever she’s in a good mood. To some, the late Princess exudes an enigmatic aura, that sometimes stuns those around her. » More

Africa Centre calls for a balance on the image of Africa portrayed in Ireland

Getting the message across: Africa Also Smiles

The Africa Centre recently called for balance in the way the developing world, especially Africa, is portrayed in Ireland.

The sentiments were expressed during a joint Africa Centre – Dochas seminar focusing on the portrayal of the developing world.

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Left: 'Africa Also Smiles' - poster campaign aimed at schools

Madagascar - democracy or democrazy?

Andry Rajoelina

Evelyn Chinwe Onwuegbusi relects on the recent coup and the meaning of democracy in Africa and the wider world

Democracy implies a demonstration of support for leaders who receive their leadership mandate through the due process of a free and fair election. No nation in this world can describe its electoral process as absolutely fulfilling these criteria during elections. There is no yardstick for measuring the extent to which factors such as media campaigns and campaign promises taint the free and fair judgement of voters. » More

Irish universities work together in research for poverty reduction - Irish/African partnership

Attendees at the DCU workshop

Dublin City University hosted an Irish African Partnership workshop - attended by representatives of the universities of Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Mozambique - to identify ways in which the Irish and African universities can collaborate in harnessing knowledge for poverty reduction.

Organiser of the workship, DCU’s Professor Ronnie Munck, said that by establishing a unified platform for research development, Irish universities now have the opportunity of building an Irish/African network of excellence to cooperate in areas of research interest that would be of mutual benefit. » More

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