BLACKFROKIDS: help us to build up a primary school in Guinea-Bissau

We are fundraising to help vulnerable children in Guinea-Bissau to get a better education by providing a community school with the best possible conditions.

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When a child doesn’t have access to a school, it impacts every facet of their life – from worldviews to life expectancy to likelihood of violence and prevalence of disease. A school is a spark which begins to shape it all.

We believe that every child has the right to have access to education and no child should be forced to study outside, or in a dangerous environment. With access to a good education, children can escape poverty.

Many children have to choose between getting an education and being safe. Without classrooms, they are forced to study under trees, in all weather. They are exposed to the elements, distracted, and unable to learn and when it rains they have to cancel the lessons and mostly they get cold and wet.


The project Nobalur aims to support and promote Guinea-Bissau in every sector, we’ve been helping many vulnerable people in the country since 2017 by using our influence online and in the society.

In partnership with BLACKFROKIDS, a project that aims to to help vulnerable children in Africa and represents diversity and equality through fashion and events, we are using our cartoon Super Hero KENDO BODHI – The Light of Africa, to guide the kids to a better future.

I remember the first time when I came to my motherland in 2017, when I saw the daily life condition of many people I realised I should do something to change it.

My mum lives in Antula, a place located in Bissau, when I came back in 2019 I have seen children going to school under a big tree, sitting down on wooden chairs, they usually call it “The chair school”, it was right opposite our house.


I was astonished with the situation, and sad because they were my neighbours, my cousin who contributes to the school as a teacher, have been working with me for the last years on the project Nobalur, we always wanted to build up a school, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a place yet and didn’t have the capital to do it.

So I’ve spoken with my cousin about doing something for the children at the “chair school” but the condition were miserable, and we knew that before we could donate a pencil or a notebook we were sure we needed to have a safe place to begin with.

So we did what we could at the moment, in Collaboration with the members on the school we built up the little place to try to protect them from the rain and the sun until we had the chance to get more money.

Shared the CEO Pucurutcha Stella.

In 2020/21, 200 children benefited from the school, unfortunatly some of them gave up before the year ends, due to the lack of condition.

Actually we divided the space into 4 rooms, 6 teachers and lessons are given in the morning and in the afternoon.

Unfortunately there is no desks, boards. There’s no cantine neither bathroom for the kids, which turns difficult when they need to use the toilet, most of them goes home and leave the lesson.

We’re planing not just to build up the school, but to administrate the school and guarantee that we can support them in their progress in the future.

With only £30 you can pay a year fee for each child to attend the school, but we are certain that we firstly need to get them a safe environment to work in.

White man sentenced to 22 years for murder of Black actor in Portugal

LISBON (Reuters) – A Portuguese court on Monday sentenced a white man who shot dead a Black actor in a busy street last year to more than two decades behind bars in a case that put racism and the country’s colonial past in the spotlight.

Bruno Cande, 39 and of Guinean origin, was shot several times by white Portuguese man Evaristo Marinho, 77, at Avenida de Moscavide, about 10 km (six miles) from Lisbon’s city centre, in July 2020.

Marinho was convicted of racially motivated murder and will spend 22 years and nine months in prison, the court ruled.

A soldier during the war in Portugal’s former colony Angola, Marinho racially abused Cande before shooting him, telling him, among other things, to “go back to your country”.

Soon after the killing, hundreds of anti-racism protesters took over one of Lisbon’s main squares to demand justice – for Cande and for all other victims of racism.

“Bruno Cande lost his life and left his family and friends,” Portuguese lawmaker Joacine Katar Moreira wrote on Twitter. “This murder hit us all – 22 years is the minimum to alleviate the pain and anger we feel.”

Europe’s top human rights body, the Council of Europe, said Portugal must do more to confront its colonial past and role in the transatlantic slave trade in order to help fight racism and discrimination in the country today.

Complaints of racial discrimination increased 50% to 655 in 2020 but the figure is likely to be far below the actual rate of racist incidents, Secretary of State for Equality Rosa Monteiro said in March.

Recent racially-motivated crimes include a KKK-style torchlight rally and e-mailed threats to Black lawmakers, including to Katar Moreira.

In a separate report, the Council of Europe said there are numerous serious accusations of racist violence by Portuguese police.

(Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Source: Swiss Inf

Allocation of professional card to journalists in Guinea-Bissau

The correspondence of the newspaper Expresso in Bissau, and one of the most respected Guinean journalists Fernando Jorge admitted that the attribution of the portfolio to journalists in Guinea-Bissau, will allow a sanitation in the country’s Social Communication sector.

“With the attribution of the professional card there will be a sanitation in our class, because it is not enough to read a statement and consider yourself a journalist. In this plan, I think that it depends on us and the team that is in front of this institution, the documents that they will demand and the evidence to assign the wallet is not just paying a fee or photography “explained Fernando Jorge.

According to the journalist, the attribution of the professional portfolio does not depend solely on the selection or screening that the portfolio commission is doing, but also depends on the economic health of the media companies.

It also warns of the need for serious investment in the country’s media companies, thus mitigating the level of precariousness to which professionals in the area are subject.
Maria da Conceição oravora former journalist for Radio Difusão Nacional also joined this initiative. Showing satisfaction with this approval of the draft law of the Professional Portfolio Law for journalists.

“It is to say that the journalistic class of Guinea-Bissau is to be congratulated, that instrument related to the attribution of the professional portfolio to journalists comes to fill a gap that existed in the media sector. at our disposal “, explained Maria Conceição Evora.
He also recalled that there were decades of struggle to approve this document, which will define who is actually a journalist in the country, after issuing the professional card.

The professional card of journalist, according to Conceição Évora is a document valid throughout the national and international territory, exclusive to journalists who are graduated or with professional registration.

This document can be used as a credential for exercising the profession in some places. Another advantage is that the professional can prove his activity in case of questions.
Indira Correia Baldé, a correspondent for RTP-Africa, considered it a victory for the media in Guyana, promises that by December the process of attributing the portfolio will begin through an independent commission with journalists.

He also appealed to media professionals about the responsibility of complying with the laws and continuing to work in Portugal in Guinea-Bissau.

Cacheu Cuntum | new film by Welket Bungué portrays the slavish past

In his new project, he shows the Cacheu region and its colonial past linked to the slave trade.

The city of Cacheu, located on the banks of the Chaceu River, was in the past an important warehouse for the disposal of enslaved people.

These were captured and taken to various places on the west coast of Africa to be sold. In his new project, director Welket Bungué intends to show the world the place with a landmark of a historic past.

“I was in Guinea-Bissau between May and June 2019 and I was filming with a mobile phone the different places I went passed. And that is why it resulted in a collection of scattered images, in some way”

Welker says.”My trip to Cacheu was fundamental because at the same time I filmed the landscapes, I also recorded the meeting I had with the guide for the Memorial for Slavery and the Black Traffic”. A year after the visit to Cacheu, he decided to produce the documentary film and also show some popular towns in Guinea-Bissau — thus recovering colonial history.

“At that time, all slaves leaving Guinea-Bissau passed through Cape Verde and were then sent to Maranhão in Brazil. At the time, Brazil developed sugar cane production, hence the objective of taking slaves there.” Adds Welket.

The Cacheu fort, by the sea is one of the strategic places that transports visitors to the period marked by the Portuguese colonial presence.

Highlighting the figure of Honório Pereira Barreto, former Portuguese slave trader. In the film, the director also tries to rescue the “historical sovereignty” of Guinea-Bissau, and the memories of the places where he passed. In addition to the need to preserve the past, it also intends to make known a new Guinea-Bissau.

He also says that “in this film, the objective is to show that Guinea-Bissau is still undergoing a process of profound transformation that everyone knows”.

According to director Welket, the film is legends of in Portuguese and English and with strong possibilities to be selected for international festivals due to the anthropological and historical themes it addresses.

Meanwhile, another film by the director “Bustagate”, premiered on Thursday (11/19) in Portugal, at Festival Caminhos.Welket Bungé was distinguished on Thursday (11/19) as the best actor at the Stockholm Film Festival.

The award is a recognition for his performance in the film “Berlin Alexanderplatz”, by director Burhan Qurbani. The film was also voted for the best movie award in the official competition.

Written by: Cristina Lopes Da Fonseca


BENFICA Bissau hired two players for the women’s team

Forward Flemato Sanó and Leonarda Cá are the new signings of the female team of the Eagles of Bissau for the 2020-2021 season.

Athletes signed a one-year contract with the club led by Wilson Pereira Batista. They never played the championship organized by the FFGB but they played in their sectors.
Female Sanó known as “Neymar” is from the sector of Caine, region of Tombali, while Leonarda Cá came from the team from the island dis Bijagós. The footballers were introduced at the club’s headquarters in Bissau, and were discovered by the Prospecting and Player Assessment team at the Bissau club.

Leonarda Cá thanked the direction of the club for the opportunity to reach the squad said that it is a dream that was contracted as eagles player.

On the other hand, Flemato Sanó told reporters that Benfica is a great club, champion in title and promises surprises for Benfica fans.
The Club Manager, after the presentation of the two new signings, revealed that one of the priorities of the club management is betting on the female team, as recommended by FIFA.

“FIFA is betting on the development of women’s football and the club must follow this dynamic. The women’s team will be almost equated to the men’s team, because both are senior teams from Benfica and we cannot make a difference between both.” Said Wilson Pereira.
The female team of Sport Bissau e Benfica started to compete officially 4 years ago in the national championship and in the 2018-2019 season it was crowned champion.
Last season women’s teams
did not compete due to the pandemic of the new corona virus.

Source : O Democrata

Written By: Cristina Fonseca