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Hello hello! Happy August!
The end of July absorbed all my MP and cast some enfeebling spells and armor breaks that I had to deal with aka back to back deadlines. But now it’s August. My birth month! A special time for sure.
So it’s time to get back to my daily shares of drawings, dances, and creative itches.
One of my goals is to do more traditional works, especially with Illuxcon on the horizon. So here is a quick sketch exploring what my eidolons/espers/summons of my dream RPG would be.
This is loosely based on Oya, goddess of wind/tornados/rivers/the Oya River.
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August Agboola Browne, or August Agbola O’Brown (1895-1976), Nigerian pioneer of Jazz Music and a member of the Polish resistance movement during World War 2

August Agboola Browne is, unknown to most, probably the first West African to record a Jazz album, which was released in Poland in 1928.

This landmark has its origins in the story of a man who was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1895 and who, it is said, stowed away on a ship and travelled to Poland in 1922. He eked out a basic living as a labourer in the Warsaw docks, until the mid-1920’s. By that time, he began to frequent the various cafes and night-spots of 1920’s Warsaw, which had quite a vibrant entertainment scene at the time, with jazz and burlesque clubs, providing a modern adjunct to its old world cultural charm. Warsaw was in fact described as ‘the Paris of the north’ for these reasons.

Browne taught himself to play the drums and shortly after became one of Warsaw’s most popular jazz drummers. He went on to record an album in 1928, making him the first Nigerian to achieve this, and arguably the first West African. Browne gained fame playing as part of a quartet in Warsaw’s famous Ziemańska club, where his imposing height (6 feet plus), good looks and African origins set him apart.

He married a Polish woman named Zofia in 1927, and they had two kids, Ryszard and Aleksandra in 1928 and 1929 respectively. The marriage was not without drama. A notable incident happened in 1931, when Browne left home after an argument with his wife, and stayed away, playing gigs for a few days. His wife not to be outdone, placed a missing persons ad in the Warsaw newspapers, to which poor Browne had to respond a few days later, sheepishly explaining that he had merely been out earning a living and pleading with his wife not to wash their dirty linen in public. This incident aside, Browne was widely acknowledged by friends and neighbours as a courteous, well-mannered gentleman, who was much loved and respected by most who knew him.

His life was to change radically, when the Second World War started in 1939. Poland was one of the first targets of the Nazi war machine and, as was to be expected, a major exodus of its dwellers - especially its small African minority, who rather wisely decided not to test Hitler’s tolerance. Warsaw was thus emptied of its African population, except one - August Agboola Browne.

Browne joined the Polish underground resistance movement and participated in the futile defence of Warsaw, where he was sighted by witnesses, fighting in the defence of the Ochota district alongside other members of the resistance. After the fall of Warsaw, Browne went virtually underground, but was on a number of occasions seen around Warsaw, distributing newsheets of the Polish resistance. To underscore the quantum of courage involved in this would be beyond the realm of a short online article, suffice to say that if he had been caught by the Nazis, his fate would not have been pleasant.

This was not to be the end of his activities in this war. In the Polish uprising of 1944, in which the resistance came out from the underground, Browne fought actively as part of the Polish Battalion led by Major Aleksander Marciński. This was confirmed by a resistance veteran Jan Radecki, who saw him at the headquarters of the “Iwo” Battalion in the Śródmieście Południowe district. The uprising lasted 63 days, till October 1944, of which Browne was an active participant.

After the war, Browne submitted his claims to the new communist-controlled Polish government for recognition of his war-time service, which was to be fully verified and he was accorded his full honours as a hero of the Polish resistance [see: Society of Fighters for Freedom and Democracy, in Polish: Związek Bojowników o Wolność i Demokrację]. In 1949 he was employed as a Cultural Officer in the Department of Culture and Art of the City of Warsaw. However, just as hundreds of thousands of Polish citizens disappointed and scared of the new communist rule, he eventually decided to escape the new closed and colourless society, so much different from its interwar vibrancy. He moved to England in 1958, where he lived till his death in 1976.

Text by Ed Keazor for Music in Africa [with a few corrected informations, regarding e.g. the battalion he fought in during the Uprising]. Images via Warsaw Uprising Museum and Afryka.org.

For more informations about the Warsaw Uprising check the post: 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

Nigeria’s Damola Roberts Wins Gold In 100m Swimming At Special Olympics World Games.

Nigerian swimmer Damola Roberts has done it again! He just won an Olympic Gold Medal in 100m Swimming for Nigeria at the Special Olympics World Games happening in LA. Nigeria also won Silver in Men and Silver in Women Swimming. Congrats to all of them!


Nigeria Marks 1 Year With No New Polio Cases


LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) – Once stigmatized as the world’s polio epicenter, Nigeria on Friday celebrates its first year with no reported case of the crippling disease, having overcome obstacles ranging from Islamic extremists who assassinated vaccinators to rumors the vaccine was a plot to sterilize Muslims.

Just 20 years ago this West African nation was recording 1,000 polio cases a year - the highest in the world. The last recorded case of a child paralyzed by the wild polio virus endemic in Nigeria’s impoverished and mainly Muslim north was on July 24, 2014.

“We are celebrating the first time ever that Nigeria has gone without a case of polio, but with caution,” Dr. Tunji Funsho, chairman of Rotary International’s polio campaign in Nigeria, told The Associated Press.

If there are no new cases and laboratory tests remain negative in the next few weeks, the World Health Organization will take Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, said Oliver Rosenbauer of the U.N. agency’s polio unit.

Nigeria is the last African country on that list.

The two remaining countries are Pakistan, which recorded 28 new cases this year, and Afghanistan, with five, said Rosenbauer. It’s a 99 percent reduction since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative began in 1988, when one of the world’s most feared diseases was endemic in 125 countries and was paralyzing nearly 1,000 children every day.

Polio shows up unsuspiciously as a fever and cold, followed quickly by acute paralysis as the virus destroys nerve cells. The disease mainly affects children under 5. The virus invades the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine, then is spread through the feces. It is highly contagious with infected but asymptomatic carriers able to spread it silently and swiftly.

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Church in Athens, GA, to Help Provide Electricity for Orphanage in Nigeria

Church in Athens, GA, to Help Provide Electricity for Orphanage in Nigeria

A three-story structure under construction at the school in Eku, Nigeria. It’s not complete yet. The solar powered generator is designed to help power this facility when it is complete. Although Nigeria is plentiful with energy — having joined OPEC for its bounty of petroleum — its inhabitants aren’t gifted with the pleasure of reliable electricity. (more…)

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Hey guys, I got news:

So, my brother, a family friend and I are starting a line of bucket hats. But the thing is, we’re only using Nigerian fabrics and they’ll be produced in Nigeria, plus, some of our profits will be donated so certain Nigerian charities (We’re still deciding which). Anyway, after finding a tailor and choosing the fabrics, they’re finally being produced! We’re gonna do some marketing, set up a website and start shipping all over as soon as possible! This whole movement is about incorporating Nigerian culture into western culture and helping all the Nigerians we can. Just wanted to let you guys know, stay tuned, and hit me up if you think you’re gonna want one😏.

Nigeria Celebrates One Year Without Polio Case
Health officials in Nigeria are celebrating an impressive milestone: The country has gone one year without a single case of polio. The world is now one step closer to making polio the second human infectious disease – after smallpox – to be eradicated with an effective vaccination campaign.

Today in Good World News: Hooray!