Guinea Ends Transmission of Ebola Virus

Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease in Guinea tested negative for the second time. The country now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

Saa Sabas Temessadouno holds a certificate showing he was cured of Ebola (file photo). “ It’s my certificate I’m most proud of” Saa Sabas Temessadouno, who fell ill in April last year, after accompanying a sick elder to the health clinic. He spent more than three weeks in an Ebola treatment unit after testing positive for the virus. “This certificate proves I have been cured of Ebola,” he said. “It shows I am no longer contagious. When people see it, they believe it.” A few months after his release from the treatment centre, the former agronomist helped found the Association for People Affected by and Cured of Ebola in Gueckedou to help other survivors reintegrate into their communities. “There was so much stigma for a while,” Temessadouno said. “We couldn’t find work. Our families shunned us. Now we work to educate people so that survivors are welcomed home, not sent away. It has been very successful.”

PRESS RELEASE

Geneva — Today the World Health Organization (WHO) declares the end of Ebola virus transmission in the Republic of Guinea.

Forty-two days have passed since the last person confirmed to have Ebola virus disease tested negative for the second time. Guinea now enters a 90-day period of heightened surveillance to ensure that any new cases are identified quickly before they can spread to other people.

Yoruba Festival

A Yoruba Festival Tradition Continues: 50 Incredible Photos Celebrating The River Goddess Oshun

Photos by Ife Martins

Held every year in a sacred forest on the outskirts of the southern Nigerian city of Osogbo, the Osun-Osogbo Festival is a two-week-long celebration of the Yoruba river goddess Oshun. The festival, which begins with a traditional cleansing of the town (Iwopopo) and ends in a procession of the people to the Osun-Osogbo sacred grove, attracts attendees from all over the globe.

Among those in attendance this year were Adebayo Adegbembo of the Lagos-based startup Genii Games Limited, and Nigerian street photographer Ife Martins. Together, they set out to document the festival’s worshippers, spectators and tourists alike. “Our objective was inspired by the need to communicate its essence to ordinary people whose interpretation of African traditional festivals and people associated with them is something diabolic and fearful,” Adegbembo told Okayafrica. They began their coverage on Isese Day, a day set aside for traditional worshippers to parade and showcase their faith to the public, and continued the following day during the festival’s grand finale, in which they joined the crowd at the Ataoja Palace in Osogbo waiting for the emergence of the Arugba (votary maid).

Adegbembo elaborated on the festival’s significance in an email to Okayafrica:

“Year after year, the festival receives significant attention from the media to actual worshippers, tourists and spectators. My dad covered the same festival in the early nineties and spoke of a low turnout dominated by local indigenes. However, the festival has since grown to international status in recent years, a possible effect of Susanne Wenger’s works and recognition of the Osun-Osogbo grove as a UNESCO heritage site in 2005. Today, the festival enjoys tremendous support from the government and private sponsors also jostle to liven the annual celebration.

For all that’s said about the declining fate of our indigenous cultures, the Osun-Osogbo Festival gives hope. Its continuous embrace centuries on by the people – old, young, far and wide, worshippers and spectators alike – is further testament to its significance.”

Take a look at the 2015 Osun-Osogbo Festival photographed by Ife Martins in the gallery above. For more, read Adegbembo’s full festival coverage here.

Adebayo Adegbembo is the founder and lead programmer at Genii Games Limited, a Nigerian start-up focused on the development of interactive mobile apps, videos and games around African cultural elements for kids. Follow him on Twitter at@technobayo

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2ND Annual US/African Cultural Expo & Business Matchmaking VENDOR BOOTHS AVAILABLE

2ND ANNUAL US – AFRICAN CULTURAL EXPO AND BUSINESS MATCHMAKING DAYS WILL BE NOVEMBER 19TH-21ST

SAVE THE DATES!
– 2nd Annual US – African Cultural Expo and Business Matchmaking Days  November 21, 2015
http://www.aftv5.com/usafricabusinessmatchmaking/
“Us-Africa Cultural Expo And Business Matchmaking”
To be Held in Austin, TX on November 21, 2015
At The Asian Resource Center
8401 Cameroon Road Austin Texas 78753