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Aretha Franklin Died Without A Will – Court Papers

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The late Aretha Franklin’s estate looks set to divided equally between her sons after it was revealed that she did not have a will, according to the Mirror.

Court papers obtained by TMZ, revealed that the Respect singer died “intestate” – meaning she had no will at the time of death.

As per Michigan law, the singer’s four sons, 63-year-old Clarence , 61-year-old Edward, 54-year-old Ted and 48-year-old Kecalf , will all inherit equal shares in her estate.

Clarence, who is Aretha’s oldest child, reportedly has special needs, requiring both financial and other support.

Through her career, the 20-time Grammy award winner earned an estimated $80 million (R 1.1 billion).

Aretha died on 16 August in her home in Detroit, following years of battling pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

Her funeral will be held 31 August in her hometown of Detroit.

The late singer’s publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, which will be held at Greater Grace Temple is limited to the Queen of Soul’s family and friends.

There will be a two -day public viewing of her casket prior to her funeral and her body will be entombed at a family grave-site.

Her coffin will be alongside the remains of her father, the Reverend C.L. Franklin, her brother, Cecil Franklin, and sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin.

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

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Swahili Fashion Week Showcases Hottest Designs In East Africa

The Swahili Fashion Week, the biggest fashion event in East Africa, showcased some hot new designs in Dar Es Salaam. Designers, investors, models and fans gathered to celebrate the latest clothing creations.

The four-day event was the eleventh annual Swahili Fashion Week with this year’s theme centering on the promotion of the Swahili language.

For more than a decade, the show has emphasized that fashion is an income-generating creative industry. At the same time, it promotes a “made in Africa” concept.

Many designers combined their creations with elements of the local culture and the Swahili language.

More than forty designers presented their works. The event was a platform for up and coming young designers to demonstrate their talents and ideas.

Organizers and designers say their goal is to make the event the most sought after fashion platform in Africa for the international market.

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Fashion Designers And Models Celebrate 20th International Festival Of African Fashion

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Fashion Designers And Models Celebrate 20th International Festival Of African Fashion

Artists from all over Africa gathered together last week in Dakhla, Morocco to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA), a noted biennial fashion show in Africa.

The four-day landmark event on the continent’s artistic life is considered a platform for young and aspiring designers and models. Thirty-five designers from different African countries showcased their creative ideas in front of a huge audience.

Hadya Sinno, a stylist from Lebanon, said she was very impressed by the event.

The fashion show was divided into three categories, fashion designers, accessories designers, and models.  Prizes were handed out for the best in each category. For participants, it was more than just a competition; it was also a display of talent.

Since 1998, FIMA has been a unique platform for culture exchanges in Africa as a catalyst for development, peace, and rapprochement.

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Dakar Film Festival Attracts International Attention

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Dakar Film Festival Attracts International Attention

The on-going Dakar Film Festival in Senegal has attracted a thousand participants including sixty international film professionals, and film makers from around the world to showcase their works in Africa.

During the week-long event, sixty films from 32 countries are expected to be screened. Renowned African directors will showcase some of their works, and films from India, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe will also be viewed. The Senegalese government has fully supported the event.

The annual Dakar Film Festival provides an opportunity to showcase local and international films that aim to promote cultural diversity and understanding among people of different cultural backgrounds.

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