Local democracy and empowerment (Pt 1)

first_imgDear Editor,We are once again approaching yet another Local Government Election which should democratically elect local representatives to run the affairs of their Local Authority Areas (LAAs). However, I have listened with disdain and disbelief as both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) seem to be suffering intense delusion that the People’s Progressive Party is to be blamed for the currently stymied development of these LAAs countrywide.In terms of local democracy, we have witnessed numerous instances in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) whereby there were efforts by the APNU and the AFC to fraudulently frustrate the electoral process by inserting as candidates many persons who were not backed by the people living in the respective communities such as Whim/Bloomfield and 51/Good Hope LAAs. This by itself being a fraudulent act, has more so damaged and frustrate the entire meaning and purpose of Local Government Elections and has denied the people to democratically elected representatives of their choice. Article 71(1) of our Constitution is seriously breached since it says that, ‘Local Government is a vital aspect of democracy and shall be organised so as to involve as many people as possible in the task of managing and developing the communities in which they live’.It is therefore imperative that the people so elected should be competent to manage and develop their communities and have the support of persons in their community, at least 18 of those in the case of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils. A relevant question needs to be ventilated here. If a prospective candidate cannot even find 18 persons to back him or her, can we conclude that such a candidate is ‘fit and proper’? Imagine a prospective candidate has to cheat, deceive and commit forgery just to have 18 names to back his/her candidacy! Why would political parties go against the spirit and meaning of what local democracy is all about? Voters should beware of such political parties since they have already shown their true colours so do not expect them to deliver when they get into office. We have seen this played out at the last General and Regional Elections in 2015 and its aftermath! Has Local Government Elections truly returned democracy to Guyana? The answer is NO! The entire electoral process must be deemed to be free and fair!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region Sixlast_img read more

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Disabled woman burns to death in Mon Repos fire

first_imgA fire of unknown origin has completely gutted a two-storey wooden structure at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD), on Sunday morning leaving one woman dead and several homeless.The charred remains of 57-year-old Yowani Sasenarine, who occupied the upper flat of the Lot 564 Block 8 Mon Repos, ECD home were removed after the fire was extinguished. The woman suffered from a stroke and was unable to run to safety.The top flat of the house was reportedly occupied by the now dead woman and one of her daughters, 25-year-old Caraline Sasenarine, while the bottom flat was occupied by another daughter, Karen Chung, and her husband, Joseph Pereira, along with their three children.At the scene, the woman’s son-in-law, Joseph Pereira, said he was awoken by the screams from the deceased at around 2:10h and upon checking, he saw the entire upper flat of the house engulfed in flames.He reportedly attempted to extinguish the fire and save the deceased but failed. He, nevertheless, managed to save his wife and three children who were in the lower flat. He was the last to see his mother-in-law since he made sure that she was in bed.The aftermath of the fireThe woman’s younger daughter, Caraline, told Guyana Times that she left her mother sitting in a chair watching television around 1:00h.She explained that she left home and went to a function at her brother’s residence in Better Hope, ECD, and on her way home in a taxi, she saw the flames and as she neared her street, realised it was her house.“I had my food and was waiting to come home and eat with my mother,” a tearful Caraline said, explaining that when she arrived, she noticed her sister, brother-in-law and nieces were outside, but not her mother.When she inquired, she was told by Pereira that he was not able to save her mother due to the intensity of the fire which had already spread to most parts of the top flat of the house.Caraline said she burst into tears and started screaming because she could not come to grips with the fact that her mother was burnt alive. “I don’t care about the house, but my mother was in there,” she cried.While neighbours recalled hearing the screams, most of them said by the time they ran outside, the fire had already swept through the entire house and there was no way it could have been saved.Nevertheless, they alerted the police and the fire service. However, they complained that the fire service responded too late and could not have done anything to save the house from burning.The police did state in its reports that two fire tenders were dispatched to the scene of the fire, one from the Campbellville and another from the Alberttown Fire Station.Upon their arrival, they managed to extinguish the fire but the entire structure was engulfed in flames. The charred body of Sasenarine was discovered on the southern side of the house in the living area. The fire officials have launched an investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire.In the meantime, her daughters and other family members have found temporary homes. They were not able to salvage anything and remain without clothing and food. Anyone interested in making a donation to the family is asked to contact 234-1217.last_img read more

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Dunkineely Community Notes: Brush up on skills and hobbies with wide range of local classes

first_imgBruckless/Killaghtee/Dunkineely Notes October 10thDunkineely Celtic FCLatest Underage Results: The U16s played two matches losing the first game 8 – 1 to Copany Rovers, scorer for Dunkineely was Jack Breslin. They then lost the second game 7 – 1 to Drumbar Utd, scorer for Dunkineely was Eoin Gallagher.The U14s played Donegal Town, losing 7 – 3, scorers for Dunkineely were Ryan Mc Shane [2] and Paul Walsh [1]. The U12s played Eany Celtic losing 5 – 3, scorers for Dunkineely were Aaron O’Shea [2] & Luke Gallagher [1].Naomh UltanThe club’s 25 card drive resumes for the winter months on Wednesday 5th October, in Mary Murrin’s at 9:00pm. Everybody is welcome.Bingo in clubhouse every Friday at 9:00pmClassesCrochet classes in Inver community centre commencing on Monday 3rd October 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Patch work classes commencing the 28th September in Inver Community Centre from 7:30pm- 9:30pm.Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood Fundamentals LYIT’s School of Tourism, Killybegs is running a 13 weeks from September to December 2016. Further information about the course is available by contacting Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie or (074) 9186603O’Donnell School of MusicWe are fortunate to have some excellent musicians living in our community, and we are also fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from these talented individuals. Music lessons are held in the Dunkineely Community Ltd Office building on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week from 3:30 to 9:00pm. For further information please contact (087) 9644019.Traditional MusicMcIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely has a traditional music session every Wednesday evening at 9:30pm. All musicians and singers welcome.Methodist Sunday ServicesArdara 12:00pm. Dunkineely 10:30am. Youth Events in Methodist Hall, DunkineelyAnchor Boys Fri nights 6:45 – 8:00pm (4 – 8yr olds)Boys Brigade Fri nights 8:00 – 9:30pmBadminton Mondays nights3rd-5th class 6:30- 7:306th – secondary 7:30- 8:30 Recovery from Emotional DistressGROW – (Gradually, Regaining, Our, Wellbeing) Support and a program for recovery. Weekly Meetings at Niall Mór Centre, Killybegs on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm. Also in the Day Hospital, adjacent to Donegal Hospital on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm. For further information contact Marian on (086)7856912. All are welcome.Hear 4 UIs a local listening service where any problem can be discussed, over the phone or face to face, 10:30am to 1:30pm. For more information, to make an appointment, or to chat, call 087 3488192.SITT Extended Rural TransportBus between Donegal Town and Glencolmcille, serving all towns in between; now running six days a week. For more info contact 074 9741644 or sittdispatch@gmail.com.Dunkineely Community Limited (DCL)The DCL office is open from 9:00-1:00 Monday to Thursday 9:00-12:30 Friday. Feel free to call into the office for a chat, use the internet (20c per half hour), print or photocopy documents (20c per page) or borrow a book. We also have several rooms to hire for meetings by the hour or session at very reasonable rates. Apply now while places are still availableApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Art Course, Basic Car Mechanicing/ Servicing, Calligraphy, Carpentry, Change Makers, Card making/ jewellery making, Complementary First Aid/Homeopathy, Creative Writing, Creel Making, Defibrillator, Family History, Getting the most out of your Smart Phone, Interior Design, Introduction to Computers, Make-up Artistry, More computer skills for beginners, Nature Talks (geology, botany, birds, seashore), Night-time Photography, On-line shopping/banking/EBay/PayPal/Internet Security, Photoshop, Pilates, Upcycling and Yoga.To confirm your place email: Dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com. Phone: 074 97 37678 or get us on our Facebook page Dunkineely community LTD. (Courses will only run if we have enough numbers )Complementary First Aid/HomeopathyCommencing Tuesday November 1st 2016 for five weeks, if interested please contact by email : dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com or phone : 074 97 37678 for more info.Bluestack Ramblers’ Walking CalendarOn the 16th October Danny McNamee will lead a 5 hour strenuous walk on Croaghnirwore and Croaghnageer. Meeting at 10.00 am at the Tourist Office, Donegal Town. For more information ring 087 2562706.On the 30th October the Ciulciagh-Belturbet Walking Group will be leading a 2.5- 3.0 hour moderate walk in the Ciulciagh- Belturbet area. Meeting at 10.00am in the Post Office Car Park, Belturbet. For more information ring 087 2861482 .On the 6th November Brian Boyle & Kathleen Friel will lead a 4/5hour moderate walk on the Aghlas. Meeting at 10.00am at the GAA Field, Fintown. For more information ring 087 9777554On the 27 November Paddy Meehan will lead a 3 hour easy walk on Clogher Hill. Meeting at 10.00 am. at the Tourist Office, Donegal Town.For more information ring 086 6014386Going on a sun holiday?Print your boarding pass with us in the DCL office.Certificate in Marine Tourism and Seafood FundamentalsLYIT’s School of Tourism, Killybegs is running a 13 weeks from September to December 2016. Further information about the course is available by contacting Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie or (074) 9186603.A Joint Conference between Dassatt and JPIC of Irish Ofm provinceVenue: Franciscan Friary 4 Merchants Quay Dublin 8 Date: Saturday 29th October Registration: 9:30Am – 1:30Pm Included: Refreshments & Lunch Fees: 20 Euro + Concessions Contacts Giorgia Fioravanti Email : giorgia16@dassatt.com Mobile No: 0858300810Local CalendarIf you have anything you would like to add to the Dunkineely local calendar which can be found on the dunkineely website please email dunkineelycommunity@gmail.com. And provide us with as much info as possible.Eire SignWe are looking for volunteers to help with restoring the St John’s Point EIRE sign and Identification Number to its original state. A few hours of your time would go a long, long way.We will be continuing the work on (Wednesday 5th October) from 5:30pm onwards.Please bring something to kneel on and a small trowel (all the heavy work has been done)If you are interested, please call Michael on 0872770408DCL LibraryDunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) has a small library of over 1000 books. We have books ranging from children’s literature to teenage fiction (The Fault in Our Stars), biographies to classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), from horror to comedy, Booker-Prize to thrillers, health to hobbies, etc. Borrowing costs 20c per book.If you have anything you would like to add the Bruckless / Killaghtee / Dunkineely Community notes, please call the Dunkineely Community Ltd office in the Old Methodist Manse, Dunkineely; or phone 074 9737678; or email us at dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comDunkineely Community Notes: Brush up on skills and hobbies with wide range of local classes was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: Dunkineely Community NewsDunkineely Celtic FCNaomh Ultanlast_img read more

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POLE-AXED! DRIVER DEMOLISHES LAMP-POST AFTER LETTERKENNY SMASH

first_imgThis is the scene last night after a lamp-post was brought tumbling to the ground in the heart of Letterkenny.The accident happened on the link Road close to McDonalds Fast Food outlet. It appears that a car smashed straight into the post.It is still unclear if anybody was hurt during the smash.The area was sealed off and the lamp-post is expected to be removed later today.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comhttp://www.derryjournal.com/news/local/rivermedia_in_oceangate_probe_1_2120821POLE-AXED! DRIVER DEMOLISHES LAMP-POST AFTER LETTERKENNY SMASH was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Holiday Calendar

first_imgTOY DRIVES: The Los Angeles Police Department is accepting new, unwrapped toys and books for needy children at any of its 19 stations. Chief William Bratton suggested that book donors inscribe an inspirational message on the inside front cover, wishing the child a happy and prosperous New Year. Penny Lane, a North Hills-based social serivces agency, is seeking gifts for the 1,500 abused and troubled children it serves in the San Fernando and Antelope valleys. A toy drive and gift-wrapping party will be held, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Penny Lane, 15314 Rayen St. For information or wish lists, call (818) 332-8260 or email jrshimizu@pennylane.org. The Automobile Club of Southern California will accept donations of cash and unwrapped toys through Dec. 31 to benefit the Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles. For information on how to donate, call (818) 997-6230. Beckford Elementary is having a “Toys For Tots” toy drive, 8 a.m., 19130 Tulsa St., in Northridge. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association is having a holiday toy drive, 9 a.m-5 p.m., at Goodway Printing, 15121 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. FOOD DRIVES: Westside Food Bank will accept donations of canned food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica. Call (310) 828-6016, Ext. 18. FOOD Share, a food bank that serves Ventura County, is accepting tax-deductible contributions. Mail to 4156 Southbank Road, Oxnard, CA 93036-1002. Call (805) 983-7100, Ext. 116, or see www.foodshare.com. Yarno Chiropractic Health Care Clinic is sponsoring a food drive for the Valley Food Bank throughout December and January. Donations may be dropped off Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 12626 Riverside Dr., North Hollywood. For informaton call (818) 980-0200. Send information on your holiday food or toy drive to: Holiday Calendar, Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91367; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Killer gets 15 years to life

first_imgKimberlie Romo’s mother stood before a judge on Friday and asked how a man convicted of killing her daughter could do such a brutal thing. All Kimberlie did was love him. On Friday, Orlando Trejo, Romo’s 21-year-old boyfriend, was sentenced to 15 years to life for the 2004 killing in which her body was stuffed into a suitcase. Jurors found Trejo guilty of second-degree murder on Nov. 22. Pomona Superior Judge George Genesta denied Defense Attorney Robert Schwartz’s request to grant a new trial. Schwartz said jurors were not given the option to find Trejo not guilty due to a psychotic mental illness. Experts testified during Trejo’s 12-day trial that he was paranoid, delusional and thought Romo wanted to hurt him. Romo’s family addressed the court prior to the sentencing. ‘What this man did was cowardly, she was a tiny girl that could not defend herself. Please show no leniency when you punish this monster,’ James Romo, the victim’s brother, said to the court. ‘She was precious, beautiful and she only spoke highly of him. She was going to be somebody and do good things with her life.’ Romo died of asphyxiation on Nov. 9, 2004. Her 100-pound body was found tucked into a suitcase inside the Trejo family’s El Monte home where she lived, authorities said. ‘My daughter only loved him, she only talked good about him and she would have never hurt him,’ Norma Romo said. ‘But I am glad that Kimberlie can now rest in peace.’ Trejo has spent 402 days in jail. Schwartz said Trejo will probably be up for parole in 10-15 years and plans to appeal the conviction. Romo’s family remembers her as a young woman who had a promising life ahead of her. Angelica Estrella, Romo’s cousin, said the young woman’s independence made Trejo feel insecure and jealous. Although what happened between Romo and Trejo in the hours and minutes leading up to the murder is unknown, Norma Romo said the only thing she lives with every day is the fact that her daughter is never coming home. ‘(Kimberlie) is in my heart all the time,’ she said. ‘I miss her more today than I ever have and I still can’t believe I will never have a chance to see her again.’ nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL INVITED TO WITNESS A SAFE VIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S SOLAR ECLIPSE

first_imgDonegal people are being invited to view next week’s solar eclipse through professional equipment which will not harm their eyesight.A solar eclipseThe country is to be temporarily plunged into darkness on Friday the 20th by a near-total solar eclipse.Over 90% of the sun will be obscured during the astronomical event. The total phase of the eclipse, where the moon blocks the entire disc of the sun, will only be viewable in Svalbard, Norway and the Faroe Islands, but the partial eclipse will affect the rest of Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa.And it is due to begin at around 8.24am Irish time that morning and the totality, or maximum point of the eclipse, will hit at around 9.29am.It will look as if the moon has taken a bite out of the sun as the lunar body will cast its penumbra, or light outer shadow, on Earth. The event should then end around 10.37am.Seeing the eclipse with the naked eye or even with binoculars, telescopes or other viewing aids can cause retinal burn and could lead to blindness. The safest way to view it is with a pinhole projector The Donegal branch of Astronomy Ireland will have special telescopes to view the eclipse at the front door of the Letterkenny Institute of Technology. DONEGAL INVITED TO WITNESS A SAFE VIEW OF NEXT WEEK’S SOLAR ECLIPSE was last modified: March 14th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalsolar eclipselast_img read more

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Investigation launched after man’s car set alight

first_imgA man in Ballybofey was frightened from his sleep when his car was set on fire last weekend.The incident occurred in Sessiagh View estate at around 11am on Saturday morning.The man was woken by the sound of an engine running outside, he then heard loud bangs and realised that his car had been set alight. It is believed that the suspect made a getaway in a dark saloon style car. An investigation has been launched by Gardaí, who are appealing especially to residents of the estate to come forward if they saw or heard anything in relation to this incident.Taxi drivers who may have been in the general area are also being asked to check their dash cam for suspicious activity.Gardaí can be contacted on 074/9167100 or on the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111.   Investigation launched after man’s car set alight was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nigerian artist wins prestigious South African art prize

first_imgPeju Alatise is the 2017 winner of the FNB Art Prize. The Nigerian mixed-medium artist explores strong African narratives with a focus on the experiences of contemporary African women.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)CD AndersonAlatise’s various early paintings, later sculptures and current installations will be the showcase exhibit at the tenth annual FNB Joburg Art Fair, to be held in Sandton from 8-10 September 2017.The fair, one of South Africa’s leading art events, will feature more than 60 exhibitions across five categories, including traditional and modern art. Artists and cultural organisations from 11 countries, including the United States, will be part of the event.Alatise’s work was nominated for the award by Johannesburg’s Red Door Gallery. Gallery founder Bola Asiru felt that her work best communicated both the African and female experience. “Peju’s work is filled with strong societal narratives on the realities of life in Africa,” Asiru said.Born in 1975 in Lagos, Nigeria, Alatise studied architecture before being inspired by the jarring and honest visual art of fellow Nigerian artist David Dale. She later trained with Dale, as well as worked with traditional artisans around Africa, learning to incorporate materials such as beads, cloth and natural resins into her increasingly ambitious works.Alatise has exhibited around the world, including at the Smithsonian Institute of African Art in the US and the Venice Biennale in Italy, one of the world’s longest running and most respected art events. Her earlier paintings and more recent multimedia pieces are also in a number of private collections as well as permanent exhibits around the world.“It’s time for [her] message to be taken to the rest of Africa and there is no better platform for this than the FNB Joburg Art Fair,” Asiru said.“[The Biennale is the] highest level of exhibiting an artist can be honoured with,” Alatise told CNN earlier this year. “It is the Olympics of the arts.” The particular work exhibited in Venice, titled Flying Girls, is an eight-sculpture installation of winged girls in mid-flight, representing “a strong societal narrative on the realities faced by women in Africa”. The piece will on show at the Joburg Art Fair.Peju Alatise’s mixed-medium installation Flying Girls was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in June 2017. (Image: Peju Alatise)Announcing her win on its website, the Art Fair describes Alatise’s work as “installations using materials such as cloth, beads, wood, cement and resin. Addressing several social, political and gender-related issues as her primary subject matter, her works have also captured the joys and pain of womanhood as experienced in modern-life-African traditions, with all their consequences. Her subject matter has evolved with her continued experiences, moving her focus from advocating the equal rights of women to broader political and philosophical issues.”Speaking about Alatise’s winning contribution to the Joburg Art Fair, jury member Pulane Kingston from Webber Wentzel Attorneys said the judges were unanimous. “The quality of all shortlisted candidate proposals was high this year, but… Peju Alatise’s proposal… stood out. The innovative, universal social relevance and poignancy in the themes underpinning her work were some of the deciding factors in tipping the scales in her favour.“The body of her work over the years has been varied and compositionally strong and we think that it palpably reflects the intense vibrancy of the African continent. We have no doubt that the integrity of the overall body of her work will propel her career meaningfully.”As sponsor of the award and the event, Aneesa Razack, CEO of FNB Share Investing, said Alatise’s work was a fine representation of the bank’s commitment to art in Africa. “We recognise that artistic expression involves creativity and imagination, which we know to be key drivers of innovation… the social and political commentary of Alatise’s work embodies so much of what we hope to find in the recipient of the prize.”Read an indepth interview with Peju Alatise by Aljazeera here. For more information about the Joburg Art Fair, visit the website here. View more of Peju Alatise’s work on her personal website here. Source: All Africa, FNB, Joburg Art FairWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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