Saturday, October 13, 2012

Bronze for the Black Maidens of Ghana at the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup

When Fatima Alhassan was booked with a yellow card for the second time in the 32nd minute of the first half, the Ghanians became one Black Maiden short.

Priscilla Okyere of Ghana (2nd L) celebrates her goal with her team mates during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 3/4 Place Playoff Match between Ghana and Germany at the Tofig Bahramov Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Steve Bardens - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
In spite of that, they played with the power of 11 and shortly after their loss of one player, they scored their only winning goal against Germany, in the 38th minute thanks to Priscilla Okyere.

The Black Maidens are now bronze medallists of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, Azerbaijan 2012.

Well done Black Maidens!!! Africa is proud of you!!!

Friday, October 12, 2012


Tonight, two of Nigeria's biggest hiphop acts will headline the finale of the Hennessy Artistry Club Tour, at the Octopus Reloaded in Lagos.

Rising acts, Rayce and Ms Jaie will join the iconic rappers to deliver another historic Hennessy Artistry party.

On September 28th, M.I and Naeto C treated fans to an epic performance at Deuces, Lagos, and anticipation levels are on the high for tonight's entertainment.

Since the beginning of this year’s project, Hennessy Artistry has taken over the entertainment industry; proving again, why it is the biggest music platform in Nigeria – a country whose music industry is regarded as the most vibrant in Africa.

Since Hennessy Artistry was first unveiled in Nigeria in 2007, Hennessy Cognac has maintained its position as Nigeria’s, and the world’s leading cognac brand. The platform has since evolved from a cocktail-mixing contest between renowned bartenders, to a DJ battle, and is now an important
platform for experimental collaborations between multi-talented artistes.

Naeto C and M.I (photo: Reze Bonna)
Past headliners include Ice Prince, Nneka, Sir Shina Peters, Banky W, Eldee, Tiwa Savage, Jesse Jagz, Bez, Mo’Cheddah among others.

 PANA Television will bring you more pictures from the event. Stay logged on.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A play for 3rd place

Maybe it was nervousness, or panic, or  just the way it was meant to be, but the Black Maidens of Ghana lost to France on Tuesday, October 9th by two goals to nothing at the semifinal match of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan.

France controlled the game for the most part, and it got even tougher for Ghana, after attacker Jane Ayieyam was booked with a yellow card for the second time.

Kadidiatou Diani of France battles with Rasheda Abdul Rahman of Ghana (
The Ghanians will meet Germany on the 13th of October where they will be playing for third place.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Two African countries stood a chance...and then there was one

Dejection for Sarah Nnodim and Oluchi Ofoegbu of Nigeria during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Quater-Final match between Nigeria and France at 8KM Stadium on October 4, 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Jamie McDonald - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
It was a VERY tough match - the only match to make it to a penalty shoot-out so far in the tournament. Nigeria's Flamingoes made their exit from the U-17 Women's World Cup after a 3:5 loss to France.

Celebration for Ghana's Black Maidens (

In the other quarter, though Japan had more possession of the game, the Black Maidens of Ghana made it to the semifinals after their 1:0 victory, thanks to Sherifatu Sumaila's goal in the 53rd minute.

Ghana will now face Nigeria's conquerors, France. Does anyone see revenge in sight?

Monday, October 1, 2012

What Do Flamingoes and Black Maidens Have In Common?

....A place in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

Yetunde Adeboyejo of Nigeria celebrates the third goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group A match between Columbia and Nigeria(photo:
Nigeria nailed it with a 3:0 victory over Colombia, courtesy Halimatu Ayinde's two goals in the 32' and 75', and an own goal from Diane Duarte in the 80th minute.

Colombia's Coach, Felipe Taborda, had this to say about Nigeria's Flamingoes: "...Nigeria are a very fast and dynamic team and we knew it wouldn’t be easy..."

Though Nigeria and Canada had a tie of 7 points in Group A, Nigeria headed the group by virtue of their superior goal aggregate of 15.

Nigeria will meet France on the 4th of October.

In Group D, The Black Maidens of Ghana slammed a 2:0 victory over China PR, courtesy Jane Ayieyam. Ghana placed second in their group with a total of 6 points behind the Germans.

Jane Ayieyam of Ghana celebrates her goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 Group D match (photo:
Ghana will play against Japan on the 5th of October.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hi 5 for The Black Maidens of Ghana at the U-17 FIFA Women's World Cup

The Black Maidens of Ghana enjoyed a 5:0 victory over Uruguay today at the Bavil Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan.

amila Badell of Uruguay and Ivy Kolli of Ghana challenge for the ball during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 group D match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Bayil Stadium (
This win places them at the top of Group D, and they have every chance of making it to the quarterfinals.The Black Maidens will face China on the 30th of September.

Africa gives her own dose of whipping at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Aminat Yakubu of Nigeria scores her side's fourth goal during the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Group A match between Azerbaijan and Nigeria at Lankaran Stadium on September 25, 2012 (
Looks like 11 is the new winning number at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup , as Nigeria slammed host country Azerbaijan with an 11:0 victory yesterday, placing them at the top of Group A.

Gambia got floored again by 6 goals, in their match against USA and currently occupy the last position in their group.

Ghana will be taking on Uruguay today.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Take a Hit from African-Inspired Fashion

 This Week's PANA TV African Fashion Fix features amazing designs from Haitian-Italian designer, Stella Jean's Spring/Summer 2013 collection and  Nigerian designer, Duro Olowu's Spring 2013 collection.

Duro Olowu

Duro Olowu

Stella Jean

Stella Jean

Stella Jean

Stella Jean

Stella Jean

Stella Jean
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Monday, September 24, 2012

A Whipping, A Draw, and A Loss at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 started on the 22nd of September. The first set of matches saw Africa receive a whipping, a draw and a loss.
Korea DPR gave Gambia a big whipping by 11 goals to nothing in their Group B opening match on Saturday. In spite of their huge loss, Korea DPR coach, Hwang Yong Bong still had this to say about the Gambian team: “Gambia is not a weak side at all and some of their players did quite well, but the first match is always tense”.
Gambian Team(
Gambia will face USA on Tuesday, and hopefully they will be able to raise their bar and step up their game.
Chidima Edeji of Nigeria battles with Ashley Lawrence of Canada(
Nigeria and Canada thrashed it out to end in a 1:1 draw in the Group A match, giving Nigeria only one point. Nigeria will meet hosts, Azerbaijan tomorrow afternoon.
Wasila Diwuru-Soale (C) of Ghana is tackled by Theresa Panfil (L) of Germany (
Ghana on the other hand encountered a 1:2 loss to European champions, Germany, in Group D; but it was no easy win as German coach admitted that, “it was a very, very close game. Both teams had a chance to win.”

Ghana will hope to up their points in their match against Uruguay on Wednesday.

Stay logged on to for more updates.

Monday, September 3, 2012

51 Medals for Africa and still counting at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

It has been a stellar, world-record-breaking outing for African athletes at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Only halfway through the competition, and Africa has a total of 50 medals with South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria leading the medal counts. Kenya has two medals, while Namibia has one medal. For Nigeria, all her medals have come from the Powerlifting Tournament.

Africa’s medal count is expected to rise as more Athletics action continues today.

See below the detailed breakdown of medals won so far.

Algeria: 1 Silver 6 Bronze
Mohamed Berrahal Men’s 100m - T51: Bronze
Lahouari Bahlaz Men’s Club Throw – F31/32/51: Bronze
Kamel Kardjena Men’s Javelin Throw – F33/34: Bronze
Mounia Gasmi Women’s Club Throw – F31/32/51: Silver
Mouloud Noura Men’s -60kg Judo: Bronze
Sid Ali Lamri Men’s -66kg Judo: Bronze
Zoubida Bouazoug Women’s +70kg: Bronze

Egypt: 2 Gold 1 Silver 5 Bronze
Metawa Abouelkhir Men's Discus Throw F57/58: Bronze
Taha Abdelmagid Men's Powerlifting - 48kg: Bronze
Sherif Othman Men’s Powerlifting – 56kg: Gold
Shaaban Ibrahim Men’s Powerlifting – 67.50kg: Bronze
Mohamed Elelfat Men’s Powerlifting – 75kg: Silver
Fatma Omar Women’s Powerlifting – 56kg: Gold
Amal Mahmoud Women’s Powerlifting – 60kg: Bronze
Sameh Saleh Table Tennis Men’s Singles Class 4: Bronze

Mohamed Amguoun Men’s 400m – T13: Bronze
Amin Chentouf El Men’s 5000m – T12: Gold
Najat El Garraa Women’s Discus Throw – F40: Gold

Johanna Benson Women’s 100m –T37: Silver

Henry Kirwa Men’s 5000m – T12: Bronze
Samuel Mushai Kimani - T - 11: Gold

Nigeria: 4 Gold 5 Silver 1 Bronze
Yakubu Adesokan Men's Powerlifting -48kg: Gold 
Ikechukwu Obichukwu Men's Powerlifting - 52kg: Silver
Anthony Ulonnam - 56kg: Silver
Ifeanyi Nnajiofor - 60kg: Silver
Ivory Nwokorie Women's Powerlifting - 44kg: Gold
Esther Oyema - 48kg: Gold
Joy Onaolapo - 52kg: Gold
Lucy Ejike - 56kg Silver
Victoria Nneji- 67.50kg: Bronze
Folashade Oluwafemiayo – 75kg: Silver

South Africa: 2 Gold 5 Silver 5 Bronze
Charles Bouwer Men's 50m Freestyle -S13: Gold;
Men's 100m Freestyle - S13: Silver
Men’s 100m Backstroke – S13: Silver
Jonathan Ntutu Men's 100m - T13: Bronze
Teboho Mokgalagadi Men's 100m - T35: Silver
Dyan Buis Men's 100m - T38: Silver
Oscar Pistorius Men’s 200m – T44: Silver
Union Sekailwe Men’s 400m – T38: Bronze
Anrune Liebenberg Women's 200m - T46: Bronze
Hendri Herbst Men's 100m Freestyle S – 11: Bronze
Achmat Hassiem Men's 100m Butterfly S-10: Bronze
Natalie du Toit Women's 100m Butterfly S – 9: Gold

Tunisia: 2 Gold 4 Silver 2 Bronze
Farhat Mohamed Chida Men’s 400m –T38: Gold
Abderrahim Zhiou Men’s 5000m – T12: Silver
Mohamed Charmi Men’s 1500m –T37: Bronze
Mohamed Charmi Men’s 800m – T37: Silver
Nada Bahi Women’s 100m – T37: Bronze
Maroua Ibrahmi Women’s Club Throw –F31/32/51: Gold
Somaya Bousaid Women’s 400m – T13: Silver
Raoua Tlili Women’s Discus Throw – F40: Silver

Monday, August 13, 2012

..And all good things come to an end as Africa shines at London 2012 Closing Ceremony

Thus ends two weeks of victory and defeat; tears and laughter; pleasure and pain. The London 2012 Olympics came to end yesterday night with a total music mania fiesta, and fashion, featuring the best of British contemporary music, and a performance from popular British all-girl group, Spice Girls. After a very long time, it was really great to see them together again. Super models, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss strut their stuff on the Isles of the Union Jack.

The Olympic Stadium witnessed a total transformation from a track and field venue to a sphere of pure entertainment, as athletes entertained and were entertained. There was happiness and joy in the air, with or without medals. For those who didn't win medals, the single chance to have been able to participate in the Olympics was an achievement in itself. Some improved on their personal bests, some their seasonal bests, but one thing was certain - everyone was glad to be going home.

Africa had her moment of pride, as the Ugandan national anthem was played at the closing ceremony. Three Africans,  gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, silver medalist Abel Kirui of Kenya, and bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich of Kenya stood tall and proud on the podium to receive their medals. As is the Olympic tradition, the Victory ceremony of the Men's Marathon, takes place at the closing ceremony.

Some of Africa's proud moments

Africa had an historic day as  Alaaeldin Abouuelkasseem of Egypt won the silver medal in the Men's Individual Foil and Africa's first medal ever in the Fencing Tournament.

For countries like Gabon, the 2012 Olympic Games would always serve as a landmark achievement as they won their first ever Olympic medal. Anthony Obame won the silver medal in the Men's +80kg category of the Taekwondo Tournament.

The total medal count for Africa was 34 with10 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze. Kenya has the highest number of medals with 11, followed by Ethiopia 7, and South Africa 6. Tunisia had three medals,  Egypt had 2, while Morocco, Uganda, Algeria, and Botswana had one each.

So it's on to Rio for 2016.

Let the preparations begin!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

31 Medals and maybe 2 more?

 It was a great night for Gabon, as the country got her first ever Olympic medal through Anthony Obame in the Men's +80kg category of the Taekwondo tournament.

Twice world champion, Dada Modibo Keita lost out for a bronze medal due to an injury that didn't allow him compete in the bronze medal match.

As the London 2012 Olympic Games come to an end today, Africa's last chances to increase her medal count lie in the Men's Marathon and the Women's Modern Pentathlon where Aya Medany of Egypt is Africa's only representative.

Sadly the Africa Village which was closed a few days ago, was never reopened.

At present, Africa has a total of 31medals comprising: 9 Gold medals, 11 Silver and 11 Bronze, a drop from our medal count at Beijing, which was 40.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Africa claims top positions in the Men's 800m and Women's 5000m.

David Rudisha of Kenya and his new world record
Now whoever said 13 was an unlucky number? The thirteenth day of the Olympics saw Africa claiming all three medals in the Men’s 800m. As was anticipated, the gold went to David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya, who also set a new world record; the silver to Nijel Amos of Botswana and the bronze, Timothy Kitum, also of Kenya.

Africa also got a bronze medal in the Women’s Kayak Single (K1) 500m from South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley.

In the Men’s 68kg event of the Taekwondo Tournament, David Boui of the Central African Republic put a really good fight to get to the Repechage contest, but lost to Nikpah Rohullah of Afghanistan.
Annabel Laure Ali of Senegal also lost out in the Repechage 2nd Round of the Women’s 72kg Freestyle of the Wrestling Tournament.

Unfortunately the Africa Village still remains closed and with only one day left to the end of the Olympics, it is really a sad way to end such a great initiative. Visitors were seen turning back after they met the gates locked.

Day 14 saw another All-Africa line up, as the top 6 positions in the Women’s 5000m went to Ethiopia and Kenya, with Meseret Defar taking the gold, Vivian Jekpemoi Cheruiyot taking the silver and fellow Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba taking the bronze.

In the Women’s Taekwondo 67kg category, Ruth Gbagbi made it to the Repechage contest before losing to Helena Fromm of Germany.

Also in the Men’s 55kg Freestyle Wrestling Tournament, Ibrahim Farag Abdelhakim Mohamed also made it to Round 1 of the Repechage contest before losing to Radosiav Marinov Velikov of Bulgaria.