“Using my China experience to help Togolese Youth”

Almost eight years ago, Amedodji Atsu Joseph boarded a plane in Lomé‚ to start the gruelling 23-hour journey from the tiny west African nation of Togo to the sprawling giant of Asia. Three flights later, the then-20-year old finally touched down in Shanghai. Joseph was one of the 35,000 African students to travel to China…

Africans in China say no to naming of ‘African’ Swine Fever

This year communities across the world seemed to simultaneously get the virtual memo that naming diseases after countries, cities and ethnic groups can have dire consequences for the country (or continent) in question, its economy and those that call said country home. The World Health Organisation’s 2015 guidelines on the naming of new diseases aim…

China’s Nigerian community express solidarity with #ENDSARS

Scores of Nigerians at home and abroad have been protesting against police brutality in the country this month, drawing support and solidarity from across the world. But for those in China the impossibility of physical protest paired with their distance from home has led to frustration. How do you offer support to your homeland when…

Ghana-China Week kicks off

DUAPA Africa first started in Beijing and was founded to drive the socioeconomic transformation of Africa and the world through innovative ideas, products and services. The team took the time to tell us about upcoming activity, Ghana-China week. Find out more below. Relationships that stand the test of time deserve celebration and acknowledgement, one such…

We need to talk about racist articles on WeChat

Lazy, stupid, greedy. Promiscuous, disease-ridden, corrupt. Dishonest, lustful and irresponsible. One of the latest racist article to appear on WeChat this summer gained tens of thousands of views and likes before a targeted campaign led by members of China’s African diaspora eventually led to its removal.  The article, entitled ‘中国人在非洲谈黑人:黑人是上帝赐给人类的毒物 (A Chinese person in Africa…

Equatorial Guinea donates $721,300 to Yunnan school

A primary school in Jinping County, Yunnan Province in southwest China has received a donation of $721,300 from the Government of Equatorial Guinea to fund its renovation.⁠⁠The donation was coordinated by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has ensured that the ‘China-Equatorial Guinea Friendship Primary School’, as the school is dubbed, can provide quality…

Ex-NBA player banned from CBA for inappropriate comments on Chinese women

Ty Lawson, former North Carolina star has been banned for life from the Chinese Basketball Association after the 33-year old point guard uploaded two images to his Instagram stories featuring a lewd comment about Chinese women while in a club in China. ⁣⁣His then team, the Fujian Sturgeons in a statement made said “Lawson’s inappropriate…

A true statesman: Ambassador Edward Boateng

No man is a saint but if a man does commendable deeds, be sure to give him his dues. As a people, we are quick to criticize and condemn our leaders and blatantly refuse to acknowledge their good deeds. You don’t have to always agree with a person but look at the fruits (works) they…

Black Livity China returns – and we want to hear from you!

What. A. Year. Over the past four months, Black Livity China has consulted members of the community across the country and beyond on how we can further our mission to elevate African and Afro-diasporic voices in China (and on matters relating to China). Today, we’re extremely proud to announce the launch of our brand new platform – plus some exciting…

Jamaican Association in China: Strength to Strength in the face of COVID-19

In late January, the Jamaican Association in China began to receive their first COVID-related requests from concerned Jamaican nationals scattered across the country. “Many people wanted to know if they should make arrangements to leave the country…some were in financial need due to the unexpected circumstances…others just wanted reassurance”, explains Dr. Nicoleen Johnson, the association’s…

Class of 2020 – The year of virtual graduation

This summer’s graduates across China have had it rough – writing and defending their these during the lockdown amidst events in Guangzhou and restrictions on movement for those based on Campus. In this piece by Patience Handful Dalieh, they discuss how they managed it.⁠

Facing Neither East Nor West, But Forward: A conversation with Dr.Arikana Chihombori-Quao and Marcia Weekes

One of the central themes across the African continent and diaspora this past year and decade has been unity. From business to culture, and economics to music, we have all been consistently moving towards working together.  Take the AFCTA (The African Continental Free Trade), for example, which is accelerating intra-African trade and boosting Africa’s trading…

Mass testing of Africans in Guangdong – what to do and why

As of the 5th of April, Africans living across Guangdong province have reported either being contacted by their schools or building management to undergo testing, or having people dressed in hazmat suits appear at their doorsteps and proceed to test them. Understandably this is causing distress and panic amongst many in the community, with varying reports on…

The African continent is not the world’s laboratory: a history

On the 2nd of April, French Doctors Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht appeared on national television, with one suggesting a plan to test a new vaccine in Africa, where there are ‘no masks, no treatment, no intensive care, the same way experimental treatment for aids was done on prostitutes’. Online biographies of the Doctors describe them as follows: …

Reclaiming the narrative: Samantha Sibanda’s Pride of Africa

“Around the time I started there was so much fear, I remember. Most Africans weren’t prepared to say and show who they were with pride…All that is changing now.” – Dr. Samantha Sibanda   For the past 6 years, Zimbabwean businesswoman, event organiser and proud single mother of two Samantha Sibanda has made it her mission to redefine the narrative around Africanness in China and beyond. Through…

Life on Lockdown: ‘Teachers need to share bad experiences’ – Andre

The Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy on anyone… But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus most in our thoughts. Andre Roberts, Hungry English CEO, Beijing “My message to anyone struggling…

From Ebola to N-Coronavirus, “this too shall pass”

The desolation that comes with novel diseases appears to be stoic of one’s surroundings. This is a case of my experience in two different environments affected by two various conditions, respectively, at different points in time. I am from Liberia, a country of about 4.73 million people located on the West Coast of Africa. Like…

A Students’ Peek into Coronavirus Safety at Chinese Universities

Foreign students from different universities across China are showing a good base mutual understanding, cooperation and sending messages of support to China and Wuhan in particular by being creative, using talent and composure to be part of the battle against Coronavirus. I conducted a mini-research project to find out about the arrangement taken by local…

Life on Lockdown: ‘customers are immensely supportive’, Robert

The Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy on anyone… But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus most in our thoughts. Robert Joseph, Ghana, Guangzhou My message to China and everyone affected…

Life on Lockdown: Shared Sistahood

The Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy on anyone… But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus most in our thoughts. Kristie Baiden, Ghana, Beijing My message to China and everyone affected…

SchoolBiz Forums: EdTech that brings students together

Students, teachers and universities alike are looking towards digital solutions to solve some of the pressing demands on education in developing countries. This is where e-learning comes in as a trusted tool for life-long learning. With Chinese universities still on lockdown due to Coronavirus there has been an uptake in web and WeChat based classes. Growing…

Life on Lockdown: Online Int. Business Corner for Entrepreneurs

The Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy on anyone… But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus most in our thoughts. Rice I. Kajila, DR Congo, Wuhan My message to China and…

Africa’s first confirmed case of Coronavirus

News that offers little comfort to Africans at home and abroad – the first case of Coronavirus on the continent has been confirmed. On 14 February, Egypt became the first African country to report a confirmed case of Coronavirus. A spokesperson for the Health Ministry, Khaled Megahed, said that tests were run on someone suspected…

Will There Soon Be A ‘New Dawn’ for Wuhan?

The Coronavirus Chronicles The dormitory apartments hosting over a thousand international students at Wuhan University (WuDa) are all but empty now. Most students have now gone back to their various home countries – evacuated by their governments…if they can manage to get past the quarantine measures. The governments of India, Korea, Mauritius, Morocco, France, U.S.A.…

Creating a table of her own: Deatra Branston’s Creative Start

From being type-casted to being shut out of high-profile roles, Black actors and actresses across the world from Lupita to Octavia Spencer, have spoken up about their struggles in the film industry. While some have forged ahead and demanded a seat at the proverbial table, others have instead chosen to create a table of their…

Full Recovery: Cameroonian student leaves hospital

Editor’s Note: Posted with the permission of the student On the 10th of February, it was announced that our brother, who had taken ill with Coronavirus, has made a full recovery. The Cameroonian student has praised the support of hospital staff who nursed him back to good health.Below are some pictures submitted by his loved…

Les frères togolais, courageux face au coronavirus

Traduite par Ibrahim  La ville de Changzhou, situé dans la province du Jiangsu (Chine centrale et orientale), est le lieu où Badou et Chris, deux ressortissants togolais qui ont vécu sur ce territoire là pendant trois ans, terminent une autre journée en aidant un hôpital local dans la lutte contre le coronavirus. Black Livity China…

Meet The Togolese brothers standing brave in the face of Coronavirus

Changzhou city, in Jiangsu Province in Eastern-Central China, is where Badou and Chris, two Togolese nationals who have called the prefecture-level city home for three years, are finishing another day assisting a local hospital in the fight against Coronavirus. Black Livity China spoke to the pair to thank them for their hard work, find out…

Life on Lockdown: ‘Using my art to spread positivity’ – LaVana

The Coronavirus lockdown isn’t easy on anyone…But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus most in our thoughts. LaVana Colebrooke, The Bahamas, Wuhan ​ ​‘My message to China and everyone affected…

Life on Lockdown: ‘I’m staying creative’, says PhD student Obai

The lockdown isn’t easy on anyone…But in this series, we take a look at the positive ways in which some across the community are spending their time on lockdown. Let’s continue to keep those affected by the Coronavirus in our thoughts. Obai, Sierra Leone, Nanjing ‘Being on lockdown has definitely positively impacted my creativity’ Doctoral…

Life on Lockdown: African students turn to Music to escape Coronavirus hysteria

‘I usually turn to music in difficult times because as we all know; music is a universal language’. Ghanaian International Trade and Economics student Kekeli Semeh-Nyadi is better known in his city of Xuzhou as rapper Major Key, a name he says he chose in honour of one of his favourite artists, DJ Khaled. After…

Coronavirus in Africa: An Update

The suspected cases of Coronavirus in Côte D’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Kenya have been confirmed as false alarms after tests. The results for the suspected case in Kenya were the last to be reported, having been released just an hour ago. The delay in identifying these cases is thought to be due to samples being sent…

Kobe Bryant : A China legacy

Kobe Bryant’s untimely death has rocked the entire world since news broke on 26th of February that the helicopter he’d been travelling in, alongside daughter Gianna and seven others crashed in Calabasas. While friends and fans of the star leave tributes across his native USA, tens of millions of fans on social media platform Weibo have…

Coronavirus cases suspected in 3 African countries – what we know so far

Why Ethiopia Holds the key to Africa’s fight against Coronavirus The recent outbreak of the coronavirus which has claimed 106 lives in China and hospitalised nearly 5000 people worldwide has put the world on edge. Although the majority of these cases are in China, as fears of more contamination spreads and hysteria builds,  many countries…

African, Caribbean nations respond to Coronavirus outbreak

News of the Wuhan Coronavirus has rocked China as some 500 cases have been announced with a further 17 dead across the country.  Believed to have spread from Wuhan in central China, which is now on lockdown, the confirmation that Coronavirus can in fact spread between humans has led to heightened fears globally as millions of Chinese people and foreign nationals…

Wuhan organisation celebrates writers across China

‘Wuhan, different every day’ – a slogan many who have lived, studied or travelled in Wuhan will be familiar with. And now, one community organization is contributing to the changing face of the Central province with their author and book community. Elevare mentors international students in China, through talent building for greater achievements in life.…

Black Wall Street in China encourages Real Estate Investment

Being Black in China comes with countless challenges. For some, money management is one of the biggest. There are multiple moving parts to consider when it comes to revenue streams, expenses and investment options. Luckily China is home to Black Wall Street, a group dedicated to encouraging our community to invest and take our collective…

Rwanda leads the way in Digital era of Africa-China relations

The 31st of October 2018 may well go down in history for ushering in a new, exciting digital aspect to Africa-China international trade. The date marks the launch of the Alibaba-led Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) project in Africa. Rwanda was the first African nation to join the initiative by entering into a partnership agreement with Alibaba Group, followed…

Embracing natural hair with Wonder’Fro

Natural hair and its maintenance is of great importance to Black women and men alike all over the world. With each passing moment, realization dawns, and another believes, and returns natural. This ever-growing community is one that Nana Aba Kwenua Pobee, founder and creative director of Wonder’Fro, a rapidly growing China-based haircare brand is proud…

African students wow at top Beijing University

Cultural festivals, parades and International days – anyone who’s studied in China will be used to the numerous events held by the International Students Office on campus to encourage exchange amongst the countless nationalities on campus. Normally these events are pretty standard – but this year, Beijing Normal University’s African Students Union decided to do it big. Black Livity China…

Meet the model-turned-photographer showcasing Black Beauty in China

Jvisse is a Congolese model and photographer currently based in Guangzhou. Having come to China just 4 years ago, the creative has made a name for himself across the country and beyond! Read on to find out more about his work and why he’s on a mission to put Black beauty on display! Can you tell…

Black Student Scholarship’s First-Ever Winner Declared

Back in August Black Livity China shared news of the creation of Zuula Scholarship, a programme created by a member of the community aiming to support students of the Black diaspora in China. After receiving hundreds of applications and a difficult decision-making process, it was ultimately decided that Augustina Adzo Bansah, aged 27, originally from…

Ntare Rushatsi – The Lion and The Sheep

From award shows to online platforms such as Netflix, African cinema has been making strides over the last few years, and the world of African animation is no different! On Saturday the 7th of December, the Burundian Students Association of Beijing and Black Livity China invite you to celebrate this success with NIFLOOF’s Motion Pictures,…

Scholarship launches for Black Students in China

Studying away from home comes with a variety of changes and challenges. It’s a life altering period where you meet new cultures and have to adapt to new standards. The first-ever Zuula scholarship, a collaboration between China-based Black-owned business Deco Drive and popular Beijing-based Ugandan artist James Sserwadda, aims to support the efforts of one…

Black Girl Blues: How we cope with mental health in China

Black girls and women talk about our health all the time – the latest trends on exercise and nutrition are popular topics of conversation. When the need arises, we also talk about physical illnesses with relative comfort. If a loved one falls sick, we know the right words and actions that will provide comfort and…

The Bahamian Diaspora extends a helping hand

When Hurricane Dorian hit The Bahamas last month, Bahamians and friends of The Bahamas across China came together to build awareness and support for their loved ones and friends who ‘d sadly been affected – some 60+ lives were lost and there was an estimated 7 Billion dollars worth of damage.  Take a look as…

Ohemaa’s World brings royalty to China

Ohemaa, taken from the Akan language spoken in Ghana, means ‘Queen’. ‘Royalty, along with simplicity and elegance are at the core of what we strive to represent as a brand’, says Esther, founder of China-based fashion brand Ohemaa’s World. Already a staple in fashion-savvy circles across China, Ohemaa’s World first begun in March 2017, when Esther combined her keen eye…

An Era of Firsts: Five African Countries Compete at the Basketball World Cup in China

From football to athletics to basketball and to boxing, sport has long held an important role amongst young Africans. For many, sport has been a ticket to mobility, affording them opportunities to travel and represent teams – both national and otherwise – across the world. While figures aren’t available to indicate how widespread a phenomenon…

Building bridges across China, one ‘Bear’ at a Time

Creativity. Community. Ubuntu. Three things that define South African streetwear brand-on-a-mission, CHEFOBEAR. Started in 2018 by Vickus Nel and Nii-Odartey Mills and based in Shenzhen and Harbin, the brand has been making strides in China and beyond in the fashion and lifestyle industries – and now the ambitious pair are ready to take their brand…

A taste of ‘El Caribe’ comes to Shanghai

Food is at the heart of most cultures, and across the African diaspora, this is no different. Caribbean cuisine has been growing in popularity worldwide over the last decade or so, largely due to the numbers of Caribbean people travelling overseas and bringing the flavours of home with them. While cities such as Beijing have…

Directory launches for people of African descent across China!

*This article was originally shared on the WeChat Platform AfriqueMonAfrique in celebration of Africa Day 2019 – to find out more and follow them, visit their listing on Andinet Directory here* Africa Day has come around once more, a time when we celebrate the motherland, and in the spirit of Sankofa, remember where we came…

Seven Days of Andinet: 7 Seconds with Tianmi Bakery

Day 4 of Seven Days of Andinet kicks off with the cookery Queen behind Tianmi Bakery! You might also recognise her from some of Black China’s favourite events too! In honour of Andinet Directory™ and the amazing creators it lists, Black Livity China took 7 seconds to interview Tianmi Bakery’s Olivia Nadine. Why did you start your brand? I started…

Seven Days of Andinet: 7 seconds with Ohemaa’s World

Seven Days of Andinet is well underway and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon! Keeping up the positive vibes, we’re celebrating yet another talented woman in our community!  She goes by the name of Esther, but most people simply know her as Ohemaa! In this short interview, Black Livity China gets to…

Seven Days of Andinet: 7 Seconds with Nuobelle

In celebration of Andinet Directory™, China’s directory for all things black and the awesome talent listed in it, Black Livity China has been partnering with some awesome brands for a series of giveaways!! Today’s giveaways are hosted by Nuobelle, a beauty brand which focuses on black hair and skin, creating products which are all-natural for all…

Seven Days of Andinet: 7 Seconds with Popstyles By AB

Seven Days of Andinet kicks off today the 12th of April, in celebration of Andinet Directory™, China’s directory for all things black, and the amazing organisations, groups, businesses and skilled individuals that form part of it! Ahead of our FIRST of SEVEN big giveaways, we’re introducing the week’s first giveaway host: Popstyles By AB! _____ Popstyles by AB was originally founded by Grenadian entrepreneur Amanda Buckmire back on April 19th 2016. Starting as a…

From Bed-Stuy to Beijing: Unapologetically Black in China

When a black female Educator and now Ambassador-At-Large with UN special Consultative Status for NGO’s (ECOSOC) from New York City writes a book, in particular one with a title as unique as ‘From Bed-Stuy to Beijing: Unapologetically Black in China’, people notice. News of Her Excellency (H.E.) Dr. Cheroll Dossett’s novel has spread from black…

Home Sweet Home: Black Businesses and Community Growth

Home Sweet Home. One of the most touching definitions of it tells us that “home is a place where you are understood without explanation or judgment.” With this definition in mind, most foreigners in China will have felt homesick at somepoint whilst living here, exacerbated by being misunderstood due to language or culture, if not…