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Miss Cameroon USA 2014

NORA NDEMAZIA CROWNED MISS CAMEROON USA 2014

Photos courtesy of Miss Cameroon USA – Lady Kate (SELMO PHOTOS)

April 5, 2014 – 23 Yrs Old Nora Ndemazia was crowned Miss Cameroon USA on April 5 2015 at the Hampton Conference Center with hundreds of Cameroonians and Friends of Cameroon witnessing the spectacular event.  Nora Ndemazia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Richard and Helen Fualefock.  She grew up in Buea, South West Province and is a graduate of Seat of Wisdom College in the South West of Cameroon where she graduated in 2009.  She moved to the United States of America for further Education and settled in New York where she is a full time Law Student at City University New York (CUNY).   Continue reading

5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund Money

How to spend your Tax Money

IF YOU’RE EXPECTING a tax refund this year, you need a good plan for your money. Always remember that the government isn’t sending you a bonus check – it’s money that should have been yours all along. In fact if you’re receiving a huge refund, you’re probably having too much withheld. Be sure to revisit your W-4 form and adjust your federal income tax withholding allowances.
Getting a refund check somtimes feel like winning the lotterry – a very small loterry. Just like lottery winners, it’s easy to get caught up on all the things you will want to have right away, and before you know it, you’ve already spent more than your expected refund – in your mind. Don’t get caught treating your refund check any differently than you’d treat your weekly or monthly paycheck.
Give the money a purpose. By the way, don’t just let it sit in your checking account because before you know it, it will all be gone through your routine expenses such as entertainment, bills, shopping, and much more. Before you know it, you’ll have nothing to show for the refund. Continue reading

Happy International Women’s Day

WOMEN-DAY

ADUNAGOW Magazine celebrates all women around the globe today as part of the 2014 International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.

For more information on Women’s day, visit the International Women’s Day website.

Overcoming PayCheck to Paycheck Living

Personal_FinancePaycheck-to-paycheck (P2P) living is very stressful and hard to overcome. It happens when you are regularly waiting for your next paycheck before you make any basic financial decision such as paying your bills or buying groceries for your household. It’s a way of life that many people in America have come to accept as a norm, but it shouldn’t be so. It’s an issue in our society and everyone must learn how to overcome this since it affects not just your finance, but your whole life.

If you’re living paycheck to paycheck and can’t seem to find a way out of debt, here’s an article just for you with advice on how to break the cycle and live a happier financial life.

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2014 Winter Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics – Africa Participation

The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially called the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, is underway in Sochi, Russia. it will be running until the 23 February 2014. The event (including the 2014 Winter Paralympics) is being organized by the Sochi Organizing Committee (SOC). Sochi was selected as the host city in July 2007. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR in 1991.

The following are African countries participating at this Winter 2014 Olympics (3 in total): Continue reading

MLK Jr. Day

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As I woke up this morning, getting ready to start the week with my daily routine, I realized that this day would not have been the same without the sacrifice and leadership of one man that I came to know later in my adulthood life.

As a naturalized African American (originally from the Congo Democratic in Central Africa), I realized that this wonderful day (along with many others to come) could not have been possible if a certain group of people stood up for my future, knowing for sure that they might not get a taste of it as they confront unthinkable injustice and ideology rooted in the American society. Continue reading

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AFRICA DAY: May 25

Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. In 1991, the OAU established the African Economic Community, and in 2002 the OAU established its own successor, the African Union. However, the name and date of Africa Day has been retained as a celebration of African unity.

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Soweto Comedy Festival

Soweto International Comedy Festival (3 – 4 May)

The annual Soweto International Comedy Festival is coming to the Soweto Theater on 3 and 4 May 2013.

This time around Premium Comedy is bringing us international comedy heavyweights, Griff of Def Comedy Jams (USA), Magic  Man (Canada), Martin Davis (UK) and George Kuda (Zimbabwe) will be headlining the shows. We’ve rounded up some of the funniest minds abroad to tickle our funny bones with their witty and controversial jokes. Continue reading

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WHAT IS THE STORY BOOK OF YOUR LIFE?

“And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne; and books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works” – The Book of Revelations 20:12

What would you do if you knew that your life story is being written into a book? What would you do or say differently? Yes, everyone’s life is a story based on your actions. It will be put up into the book of books. What story are you telling? How will it start and end? If people were to read it what will they say about your story?

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Africa

Learning About Africa

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Africa

Africa

AFRICA is full of talented individuals. No matter where we are in the world, there is an African man or woman doing great things. This is what makes my job (if you call it really a job) so enjoyable all the time. As an editor for a magazine that focuses on showcasing Africans positive contribution to the world, it’s such a pleasure meeting and talking to these great individuals that I get the privilege to call “brothers” or “sisters.”
It’s not a racial thing, to be proud of where you come from. We live in a world where Africa and Africans are thought to be at the bottom of the development curve, considered by many the last human group to still get into the evolution bandwagon. Yet, when you look at the history behind the development of the Northern Hemisphere civilizations, you will find the contribution of someone coming from the mother land.

So, are we to blame the Western civilizations for our currently stereotyped identity? Or, are we really what people think we are? Obviously, in every stereotype, there is a little bit of facts involved. As I always say: [quote]A stereotype is truthful information that has passed through many interpreters, dissected into many pieces and then re-packaged to make sense to the current designated listener.[/quote]
But today I would like to remind everyone that Africa is not what you see on your local TV programming; it’s more than that. Africa is not what you hear from your local leaders, law makers, and entertainers; it’s just a message lost in translation.

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The only way to learn the real truth about Africa is to go to Africa. This is truth to any other part of the world as well. Never take someone else story (including myself) as the true picture; you need to “see”, “feel”, “hear”, “taste”, “immerse” your own self into what you’re seeking.
That’s why I recommend you to expand your horizon; if you want to know about Africa, you need to go to Africa. If you can’t go to Africa, you need to hang out with people that are from Africa, keeping in mind that until you actually get to Africa, even Africans in the Diaspora will be translators to what you’re seeking (at least, better translators).

ADUNAGOW magazine was created to be that medium for you. We bring you news, interviews, stories, and much more from Africans in the Diaspora so that you can see there are more to Africa and Africans than what you see on your regular TV programs. Our ultimate goal is to create enough interest in your heart so that you can break away from the stereotype and seek more by ultimately visiting Africa by yourself and enjoy its hidden treasure found on its culture, its people and its landscape.
Thank you for your continuous support and patronage to ADUNAGOW Magazine. Now go ahead and enjoy this issue.
Thank you,

Eric Adunagow
Executive Editor


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AUDNAGOW Magazine

Celebrating with Rev. Jesse Jackson

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To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the nonprofit organization LE HESED in collaboration with a couple of local organizations hosted an impressive event with Reverend Jesse Jackson as the guest speaker. The event was held on Sunday March 18th, 2012 at the Birmingham Palace in Brussels, the capital of Europe. The Reverend Jesse Jackson was accompanied by the director for International Affairs of Rainbow Push, Mr. James Gomez.
Nearly a thousand people from all races and different parts of Belgium and Europe assembled to condemn various forms of discrimination in Europe, Africa and around the world. The event directed by the outstanding presence of the Reverend Joseph Kasongo Bondo, a member of LE HESED’s board of directors, was marked by three crucial phases.
First, a dozen Afro-European gospel groups successively delivered exceptional presentations of different styles that lead the audience into a remarkable experience of communion. The performing groups were: Corps du Christ, Les Héritiers, Sister Bénédicte, Sister Sandra Mbuyi, EMJY, Brother Djino Lukala, Source du Salut, Brother René Lokwa, Les Chérubins, By Faith Choir, NJL Choir and Anne Marie Abia.
During the first part of the event, one after another, leaders from Europe and Africa raised prayers on the podium against the devastating effect of discrimination worldwide. Dr. Siméon Kubulana Matendu, Pastor Richard Onebamoi, Pastor Luke Henrist and Pastor Marcel Kabisekela took turn to pray for peace and justice in Europe, Africa and throughout the rest of the world.
The second part of the evening was marked by speeches of the Deputy Mayor of the Brussels parliament, Mr. Bertin Mampaka and Reverend Jesse Jackson. Mr. Bertin Mampaka paid a tribute to Reverend Jesse Jackson, a comrade of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and delivered a captivating testimony. He noted that Rev. Jackson is a true inspiration for him and many of our contemporaries. Indeed, Mr. Mampaka stated that despite Reverend Jesse Jackson’s age, he never gets tired of traveling in different continents to firmly denounce discrimination and promote peace.



MAR/APR 2012 Issue

ADUNAGOW Magazine: MAR/APR 2012 Issue

MAR/APR 2012 Issue of ADUNAGOW Magazine. Exclusive interview with Recording artist NAIRA. Also in this issue, the new South Africa’s Afro-Soul Queen Lira’s bio, and coverage of the upcoming Africa Movie Academy Awards 2012. Much more inside!

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Trayvon Martin

Unarmed Florida Teen Shot by neighborhood Watcher

Trayvon Martin

There is an Outrage over the killing of an unarmed Florida teen in the United States, which has brough supporters planning on having more protests Wednesday and a petition demanding the shooter to be arrested (almost 1 million signatures already collected).

Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on February 26 while walking to the house of his father’s fiancée in Sanford after a trip to a convenience store where he bought some tea and candy during the ALL Stars basketball game break time.

George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch leader, said he killed the teen in self defense. this is the part that no one understand how a neighborhood watcher was allowed to carry a weapon during his routine check to the point of even using it. There has been nearly 750,000 collected signed on a petition on Change.org demanding Zimmerman’s arrest, making it one of the website’s largest campaigns.

“A black person in a hoodie isn’t automatically suspicious. Let’s put an end to racial profiling,” the protest page said. This case has stirred a lot of racial controversies and awaken an issue that many of us tend to think of as “extinct.”

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Racism, believe it or not, is still an issue in the United States. it’s concealed, but not dead.

No one can explain the fact that Zimmerman has not been arrested or charged in the killing of the young black unarmed teenager. A police report has described him as a white male, but his family says he is Hispanic. In the end, there has been a killing of an innocent child that needs to be lawfully resolved, no matter the race of the murderer or the victim.

Zimmerman — who was patrolling the neighborhood — saw the teen walking home after buying candy and a drink at a convenience store on February 26. He called 911 and reported what he described at that moment a suspicious person. A few moments later, several neighbors called the emergency number to report a commotion outside.

Listening to the released tape, Zimmerman could have used a racial slur during the 911 call released this week and appeared to be intoxicated. The Sanford police however did not confirm, but then again, they did not arrest him neither.

While some neighbors were still on the phone with the emergency dispatchers, cries for help followed by a single gunshot sounded in the background.

“The time that we heard the whining and then the gunshot, we did not hear any wrestling, no punching, no fighting, nothing to make it sound like there was a fight,” said Mary Cutcher, one of the callers. Cutcher told CNN’s “AC360″ on Tuesday night that Zimmerman was confused after the shooting.

“He’d pace and go back to the body and just like — I don’t know if he was kind of ‘Oh, my God, what did I do? what happened?’” she said.

The reason this case is bringing heat on Sanford Police is because it takes no Police Degree nor badge to see what had happened that day; the gunning of an innocent young black man. Yet, the murderer has not been put into custody.

Trayvon’s family said they believe race was a factor in his death, fueling an outcry in the racially mixed community 16 miles northeast of Orlando. At the same time, Zimmerman’s family has denied race played a role, saying he has many minority relatives and friends. (Personal comment: SINCE WHEN HAVING MINORITY RELATIVES AN EXCUSE OF COMMITTING MURDER? Sorry, but had to vent off a little).

Let’s take a break for a while and remove the “Race Card” out of the table: He needs to go to jail for shooting an unarmed boy during a neighborhood patrol watch while carrying a loaded gun. What’s so hard about this case? Why has he been allowed to walk away from this?  I have yet to see an explanation on this one.

The shooting has renewed a debate over a controversial state law: Florida’s deadly force law, also called “stand your ground,” allows people to meet “force with force” if they believe they or someone else is in danger of being seriously harmed by an assailant, but exactly what happened in the moments leading up to Trayvon’s death remains unclear.

Zimmerman’s father said his son never followed or confronted the teen, but 911 recordings tell a different story.

The voice of the people needs to be heard and this case needs to remind everyone the danger associated with letting people walking around with Guns on the street like “Rambo,” forgetting that even with the right to carry a gun, there comes also the responsibility to know when to use it; and killing an unarmed teenage boy (black, white, asian, hispanic, doesn’t matter) is not a wise decision.


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Facts about Malaria

Ten Facts about Malaria

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Facts about Malaria

No.1 KILLER IN AFRICA
About 3.3 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable. Malaria is especially a serious problem in Africa, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease. An African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. And every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. This fact file presents the extent and effects of malaria and how it can be prevented and controlled.

Fact 1

Malaria is a disease which can be transmitted to people of all ages. It is caused by parasites of the species plasmodium that are spread from person to person through the bites of infected mosquitoes. If not treated promptly
with effective medicines, malaria can often be fatal.

Fact 2
About 3.3 billion people – half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria. Every year, this leads to about 250 million malaria cases and nearly one million deaths. People living in the poorest countries are the most vulnerable.

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Fact 3
One in five (20%) of all childhood deaths in Africa are due to malaria. It is estimated that an African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year. Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa.

Fact 4
Early diagnosis and prompt treatment are two basic elements of malaria control. Early and effective treatment of malaria can shorten the duration of the infection and prevent further complications including the great majority of deaths. Access to disease management should be seen not only as a component of malaria control but a fundamental right of all populations at risk.

Fact 5
Inappropriate use of antimalarial drugs in the past century contributed to widespread resistance in the malaria parasite to drugs such as chloroquine, leading to rising rates of sickness and death. Over the past decade, a new group of antimalarials – known as artemisinin-based combination therapies –
has brought new hope in the fight against malaria.

Fact 6
The main objective of malaria vector control is to significantly reduce the rate and number of cases of both parasite infection and clinical malaria. This is achieved by controlling the malaria-bearing mosquito and thereby reducing or interrupting transmission.

Fact 7
Long-lasting insecticidal nets can be used to provide protection to risk groups, especially young children and pregnant women in high transmission areas. This provides personal protection. The nets can also protect communities when coverage is high enough (more than 80% of people in a target community sleeping inside them). The nets are effective for a number of years (3 to 5 years, depending on models and conditions of use).

Fact 8
Indoor residual spraying is the most effective means of rapidly reducing mosquito density. Its full potential is obtained when at least 80 % of premises with malaria vectors are sprayed. Indoor spraying is effective for
3 to 6 months, depending on the insecticide used and the type of surface on which it is sprayed. (DDT is effective for longer periods, up to 12 months in some cases).

Fact 9
Pregnant women are at high risk not only of dying from the complications of severe malaria, but also spontaneous abortion, premature delivery or stillbirth. Malaria is also a cause of severe maternal anaemia and is responsible for about one third of preventable low birth weight babies. It
contributes to the deaths of an estimated 10 000 pregnant women and up to
200 000 infants each year in Africa alone.

Fact 10
Malaria causes an average loss of 1.3% of annual economic growth in countries with intense transmission. It traps families and communities in a downward spiral of poverty, disproportionately affecting marginalized and poor people who cannot afford treatment or who have limited access to health care. Malaria has lifelong effects through increased poverty and impaired learning. It cuts attendance at schools and workplaces. However, it is preventable and curable.

Diagnosis of malaria
Prompt and accurate parasitological confirmation of malaria diagnosis is part of effective disease management and will strengthen malaria surveillance.
The two recommended methods to support the clinical management of malaria are optic microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests based on lateral flow immunochromatography.

Malaria treatment
Once a diagnosis of malaria is established, the patient should be treated early with a safe and effective antimalarial medicine. Effective treatment should be started within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, to avoid progression to severe malaria which is associated with a high case fatality rate.Antimalarial drug efficacy and drug resistance Antimalarial drug resistance hinders malaria control and is therefore a major public health problem. Tracking of evolving antimalarial drug efficacy patterns is essential for proper management of clinical cases and to determine thresholds for revising national malaria treatment policies. An example: battling malaria drug resistance along the Thai-Cambodian border

Quality of antimalarial medicines
Observing stringent quality standards for antimalarial medicines is crucial in order to ensure that safe and effective products are consistently made available for widespread use. Poor quality medicines and drug related adverse effects not only affect the health and lives of patients, they also damage the credibility of health care programmers and waste scarce resources.

Home management of malaria (HMM)
The HMM strategy aims to improve access to malaria diagnosis and treatment near the home.Prompt, effective, appropriate treatment key
It is vital that treatment starts within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, to prevent progression to severe malaria or death. A strong health system would provide for reliable diagnosis as the basis for optimal treatment.
However, in most malaria-endemic areas, access to curative and diagnostic services is limited. The HMM strategy recognizes the importance of and seeks to improve the effectiveness of self-medication practices.

Financing and procurement
Pricing and affordability of artemisinin-based antimalarial medicines are important elements to increase access to quality, safe and effective
antimalarial medicines.

High risk groups
Some population groups are at considerably higher risk of contracting malaria and suffering from, or dying of it, than others. They include pregnant women, patients with HIV/AIDS, non-immune travelers, and in high transmission areas children under five years of age. They warrant particular measures for prevention of malaria and to mitigate this risk, taking into consideration their specific circumstances and the tools and strategies available.


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