African Voices Podcast: Episode 9!

    • Top news stories from Chicago and the African continent.
    • An exclusive interview  with Ahmed Hajir (owner) &AbderElouadrhiri (manager) of Marrakech restaurent in Chicago .
  • Advice Box: U.S. Education system
  • Africans in Chicago interview with Amira Kefi
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Morroccan music

African News:

Tunisia- Curfews in Tunisia after overnight riots:
The Tunisian government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in eight areas of the country, including the capital, after rioting blamed on ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims left dozens of police officers injured.

The wave of violence on Monday night mostly targeted courts and other state buildings. Police in the capital Tunis fired tear gas to disperse protesters who torched a local courthouse and attacked several police stations.

Protesters blocked streets and set tyres alight in the working class Ettadamen and Sidi Hussein districts, hurling petrol bombs at police in some of the worst confrontations the city has seen since last year’s revolution.

Africa: Israel begins African Migrant Manhunt for swift deportation:
Ramallah — Israeli officials have begun forcibly rounding up immigrants from South Sudan and the Côte d’Ivoire in order to start deporting them on Sunday.

The Israeli Population and Migration Authority stated yesterday that a total of 213 people had been arrested between Sunday and Tuesday, with 105 of the arrests affecting immigrants from South Sudan.
Many were detained following raids on their homes, but eyewitnesses in the southern town of Eilat told reporters that they had seen officials stopping African pedestrians in the street and demanding to see their IDs.

Branded “Operation Returning Home,” officials stated that for one week they will offer 1,000 euros and the cost of their airline ticket for each adult who agrees to leave Israel with any children they may have.
Those who refuse will be interned in a detention centre in the Negev desert until they can be forcibly deported

Nigeria: Nigeria suspends air company, as management flees:
The Nigerian government has withdrawn the license of Dana Air as speculation is rife that the aircraft which crashed in Lagos, killing all passengers on board and residents on the ground, was not mechanically fit to fly.

Lagos — The Federal Government, yesterday, grounded Dana Airline following last Sunday’s crash of its Lagos-bound aircraft at Iju-Ishaga area killing all the 154 passengers and crew on board as well as 16 others on ground when it landed on a two-storey building.

Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Mr Joe Obi who confirmed the withdrawal of the airline’s operational licence said it was “suspended for safety operational reasons”. This is to allow authorities carry out a thorough investigation into its operations as well as the circumstances that led to Sunday’s plane crash.

Kenya: Kenya Minister among helicopter crash victims
Deaths of internal security minister George Saitoti and five others welcomed by al-Shabab as a “droplet of justice

Kenya’s minister for internal security, who once served as the country’s vice president, and his deputy are among six people who died when a police helicopter crashed near the capital Nairobi, according to Kenyan officials.

Minister George Saitoti and his deputy, Orwa Ojode, were killed in the crash, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said on Sunday.

Two pilots and two bodyguards were also killed, officials said.

Saitoti, 66, was a candidate in next year’s presidential election and a key figure driving his country’s fight against al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Shabab fighters in neighbouring Somalia.

Following news of his death, al-Shabab released a message on its Twitter account, saying: “[Al-Shabab] welcomes the death of the evil minister upon whose authorisation thousands of Muslims suffered both in Somalia and in Kenya.

African Sports:

After impressive wins in the first leg matches the Ivory Coast, defending African Champions Nigeria, and South Africa look to confirm who will join the hosts at this year’s Women’s Championship.

Kenya: Rushida smashes US record
Nairobi, Kenya — He promised an American all-comers record before the race and David Rudisha went ahead to not only destroy the previous standard but also crushed any ambitions his Olympics rivals harbour at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York.

Upcoming Events:

1. (Film Screening)
Les Oubliés de l’Histoire / The Forgotten
By Hassan Benjoullan
When: Thursday, June 14, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Where: 54 W. Chicago Avenue
Admission $7 with a glass of French wine

2. UAO Film Screening – La Noire
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: 3:30-6pm
Venue: IIT Tower Building, Floor 6
10 West 35th Street
Chicago IL, 60616
Free Parking available

Saturday, June 16 @ 6pm
Screening followed by a discussion with a South African Consulate representative and a reception. Sponsored by the South African Consulate – Chicago

4. UAO Citizenship workshop

Saturday, June 23, 2012, 9:00-12:00pm

Truman College, Chicago, IL

6. Chicago World Refugee Day 2012

Saturday, June 23rd at 12:00-4:00pm
Soccer Fields at Foster Beach
5200 N. Lakeshore Drive

Picnic, Soccer Tournament and Games!
*Please bring a meal to share!

Advice Box:
Education: African women tell their stories about the Education system in the US.

Zom, Cameroon, Central Africa



  • 2 pounds stew beef, cut into small cubes
  • water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 pounds spinach, washed and chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper



1.    Trim fat and gristle from the beef and cut into 2.5 cm chunks.  Put the beef in saucepan with a little salt and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, covered, and simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours until the meat is just tender (it will cook later in recipe). The time will vary depending on the cut of meat and the size of the pieces. Remove the meat and keep the liquid.

2.    Using a large pan, heat the oil and soften the onion. Add the meat pieces and cook for two minutes.

3.    Take 2 cups of the reserved beef broth. Add water if necessary, then pour this in pan with onion and meat. Add spinach, tomatoes, tomato paste, peanut butter, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil and then cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring regularly. Serve with brown rice.

Marrakesh with Ahmed Hajir and Abder Elouadrhiri

Africans in Chicago Interview with: Amira Kefi

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