The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa

The Norwegian Council for Africa is a solidarity organisation which sees dissemination of information as its most important tool in its contribution towards justice and development in and for Africa. Read more >

Watch our new film: The Norwegian Paradox - oil in Angola

 

Angola is Norway’s “biggest and most important economic partner in Africa” says the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Angolan continental shelf is the largest contributor to Statoil’s production outside Norway, and last year the company paid NOK 30 billion in taxes to the Angolan government – more than the sum total of Norwegian development aid. But what happens to all the money? Does it contribute to development and strengthen human rights? Or does it help to keep a corrupt regime in power?

We travelled to Angola to follow the money.The film is directed by Even Stormyhr.

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Jemila Abdulai

Jemila Abdulai

On Hair, Surrender and Growth

It’s been 5 years since I did my first big chop – in the sense of “going natural”; I had short cuts throughout high school in Ghana – I’m only just really understanding my roots, what it needs, what is a no-no, the works. The first time, I didn’t really take care of my hair (I was preoccupied with school), so I decided to go for a second big-chop in 2013 (confession: I’d never understood the natural vloggers who did a second big chop; talk about showing off – look where that got me :P). This time around, it’s been quite an enjoyable experience. More importantly, I got some pretty good insights on the process which could be applied to life. Click my ‘fro (photo) to watch the video or just go straight below for the (more)  important stuff.

 

4-up on 10-25-14 at 2.39 PM (compiled)


Surrender, trust the process. If I had decided gung-ho, no I got my hair to this point and I want to keep it that way, all of that – I would have been nurturing dead ends. I would have been nurturing hair that was dead. But by taking a step back and kind of acknowledging that this is not working out the way I’m hoping it to be, or the way that it should be working out, I basically gave myself space to do it over… ( Read on! )

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