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Historian wants UNESCO to consider Moroccan ceramic skills as intangible cultural heritage

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A historian and curator at a national museum in Morocco, Said Chemsi said the Moroccan government hopes to submit an application to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to consider the ceramic skills of the city Safi as an intangible cultural heritage at some point in the future.

Safi was the site of Operation Blackstone, one of the landing sites for Operation Torch during the Second World War. The beautiful city of Safi is in western Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean in the capital of Asfi Province.

“…contributes to the marketing of ceramic products internationally. That prompted the Ministry of Culture to prepare a file in order to classify the ceramic skills of Safi as an intangible heritage on the UNESCO list,” says Chemsi.

A potter based in the city, known for its colourful ceramics, Mohamed Sentil Rbati has said the geology around the city gives it an edge advantage and access to plenty of raw materials.

Rbati was quoted in a report on africannews.com that “the clay of the city of Safi is famous worldwide thanks to the raw materials that we have here, and this makes it an easy material to knead, and when we work on it, it is very flexible, and this material is available in the city of Safi and it is easy to obtain.”

Rbati has worked as a potter since 1972, in a small workshop where his grandparents worked for nine generations. Many artisans like Rbati shun modern techniques and technology in favour of traditional methods.

“We, as potters in Safi, are proud because we still adhere to the traditional and simple ways of working and this method we inherited from our ancestors, and despite the fact that we are in the era of technology, but people always encourage these traditional ways of working, whether in the matter of kneading clay or mixing colours,” Rbati said.

Although the city has chemical (phosphate-based) and food-processing industries located nearby to the south, it is best known for its pottery.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the governorate of Marrakesh-Safi signed an agreement in 2018 that was designed to improve the business climate and bolster the competitiveness of local enterprises, part of an effort to create jobs and drive economic growth in the region.

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Ghana’s Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomes first-ever cruise liner SH Vega

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The Ghanaian tourism industry got a big boost when the legendary Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first ever cruise liner, the SH Vega, a 280-capacity passenger vessel with a total of 115 persons, comprising 106 passengers and nine crew members.

The CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Àkwasi Agyeman, who recieved the vessel, said
nationalities of the tourists aboard the cruise vessel included Australia, Austria, China, France, Germany, Greece, Russia, and Nigeria among others.

Agyeman who spoke with journalists on the historic visit, said the visitors were given the opportunity to explore the Elmina castle and township, the Batik making centre at global mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape Coast castle.

“It’s another win and boost for Ghana’s tourism industry when the Elmina Fishing Harbour welcomed its first-ever cruise liner, the SH Vega on Thursday, April 18,” Agyeman said.

“Ghana continues to fare well as a favourite destination of cruise passengers worldwide with Tema and Takoradi being the traditional Ports of call.

“The tourists toured Elmina castle and its township, the Batik making Centre at Global Mamas in Elmina, the Kakum National Park and the Cape coast castle amidst traditional drumming and some dance lessons.

“The vessel, SH Vega, dropped its anchor in the Elmina waters, about 8.8 cables away from the port’s main breakwater. It then lowered its Zodiac (inflatable boats) into the water before carefully disembarking the 115 passengers and crew members into the zodiac in safe batches.

“The vessel had previously sailed to some ports including Angola, Benin, Congo, Gabon, Togo and São Tomé.

“This game-changing moment for the cruise liner business in Ghana showcases our limitless possibilities and the excellent potential for the tourism industry in the Central Region and Ghana.

“We stand proud of this historic moment,” Agyeman stated.

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Wife of Zambian music star Yo Maps sues businessman over alleged cyberbullying

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The wife of Zambian music sensation, Elton Mulenga, popularly known as Yo Maps, Kidist Kifle, has sued a Lusaka-based businessman over alleged cyberbullying and hate speech.

Kifle, who is a socialite in her own right, filed the case at the Lusaka Magistrates Court against the businessman, Elias Musyani, alleging that he had referred to her as a prostitute, and threatened to rape her.

In the lawsuit filed on her behalf by her lawyers, Nsapato & Co. Advocates, Kifle also alleged that Musyani had threatened to abduct their infant daughter in one of his Facebook postings.

The suit notes that Musyani is facing four counts of harassment utilizing electronic means contrary to Section 69 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act, 2021.

He is also charged with hate speech contrary to Section 65 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes, 2021.

An affidavit accompanying the lawsuit allege that Musyani, “between March 1 and April 16, by using electronic communications through his Facebook page in his name, intentionally intimidated, harassed or caused emotional distress to Kidist.”

The affidavit signed by the complainant lamented that the accused, in one of his Facebook postings, alleged that she was promiscuous and unfit to be a wife.

Part of the affidavit said:

“That I am aware that the accused has on several dates between March 1 and April 15, 2024, posted several social media posts on his Facebook using his personal account under his name, Elias Musyani, to the effect I am a prostitute, an evil step-mum.

“He has gone as far as threatening rape on me and abduction of my infant daughter.”

She added that the accused in one of his posts threatened her husband, Yo Maps and insulted her mother, actions which she said constituted cyber bullying and hate speech.

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