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 →
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 →
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 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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
AFRICAN IMMIGRATION to the United States refers to the group of recent immigrants to the United States who are nationals of Africa. The term African in the scope of this article refers to geographical or national origins rather than racial affiliation. Since the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, an estimated total of 0.8 to 0.9 million Africans have immigrated to the United States, accounting for roughly 3.3% of total immigration to the United States during this period.
African immigrants in the United States come from a variety of milieus and do not constitute a homogeneous group. They include people from different national, ethnic, racial, cultural and social backgrounds.
As such, African immigrants are to be distinguished from Afro-American peoples of the Americas, the latter of whom are descendants of Black Africans that came to the Americas by means of the historic Atlantic slave trade. Continue reading →
For those who have found themselves outside their homeland and are keen to seek solace within the culture they grew up with, cultural journalism is a key method of doing so. To not only read about, but also document the ongoing culture of your country of birth is a great way not only to stay wired into what’s going on back home, but also to introduce others to your culture.
ADUNAGOW magazine is one such example of cultural journalism, and strives to do the best it can to produce great content relating back to Africa and its culture, from fashion to celebrity interviews. Whether you’re in Germany working on car designs or in the UK living life in the fast lane as a Foxy Bingo champion, it’s likely you’ll be interested in keeping in touch with your roots.
But how do you actually become a cultural journalist? The answer is simple – keep your ties alive and well. Stay in contact with those you know within the country (if you’re writing from an external location), and travel back as often as you can to get some in-person journalism done, as that’s where some of your best material will come from.
You don’t need to be a professional-level writer to start with. Try starting a blog, and you might find that it becomes rather popular. The reason for this is that those with your cultural background or a similar one will find the blog and know that the information within it is interesting and relevant to their interests.
Not only that, but you’re assisting with the ongoing interest in the country itself from those who aren’t familiar at all, helping to boost tourism and income for the country and those within it. This is a great thing to do, and if you’re keen on putting your passion for writing towards a cultural goal, then do so – it’s important to celebrate the many interesting things you’ll find within the culture you hail from, and this is a professional (and potentially financially beneficial) way to do so.
The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) will begin on Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5). See the Diversity Visa Lottery Instructions webpage for more information
Diversity Visa Scammers Sending Fraudulent Emails and Letters
The U.S. Department of State, Office of Visa Services, advises the public of a notable increase in fraudulent emails and letters sent to Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) program (Visa Lottery) applicants. The scammers behind these fraudulent emails and letters are posing as the U.S. government in an attempt to extract payment from DV applicants. Review the procedures for the DV program provided below, so that you know what to expect, when to expect it, and from whom.
This is still the best way to enter the United States of America legally without any constraint; and the best part of it all: it’s free. (at least, the registration). The winners are still responsible for providing proper documentation and pay for their tickets to the U.S.A. once approved.
QUESTION TO OUR READERS: Are you a recipient of the Diversity Lottery Program? If so, how easy or how hard was it moving to the United States? Please drop us your comments below.
 A general integration rule has long shaped the making of the United States as a country. This rule of integration evokes the acceptance of new comers to the United States. They give up their former identities to embrace the American dream, only to realize that the assimilation process often causes certain social views and values to get lost in the Melting Pot. As a result, newbies incur a mobility that may or may not be in alignment with the meaning of the American dream they had in mind. On the one hand, some receive an upgrade of their ethnic and racial identity. On the other hand, others feel that they incur a downgrade as they are automatically associated to the lower rung of the American society, a place where violations of key American values by one person stereotypically default to the collective violations by all (Lamont, 2000). And so, in the attempt to right the imbalances incurred immigrants take it upon themselves to retain their initial cultural and racial identities at the risk of being disliked by concerns of disrespecting the American long-established rule of integration.
There is an exception to this observation when we consider West Indian immigrants integration experience. They intentionally reject American cultural and identity influences in order to sustain their socioeconomic well-being; and yet, they are praised by American white workers on the basis of being hard-working, self-reliant, approachable, always aspiring to move up the ladder, and most importantly “better blacks” (Waters, 2001). Does the West Indian experience bring a new meaning to the nature of the American racial system? Cross-referencing sociologists Michèle Lamont’s The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration (2000) and Mary C. Waters’ Black Identities: West Indian Immigrant Dreams and American Realities (2001), I will argue that the success of West Indian immigrants’ inclusion, despite the trespass of long-established American values in search of an upward mobility, and despite the seemingly working connection with American white workers at the apparent expense of black Americans’ biased racial relations, comes as a result of a foster heritage, an olden adjacent relationship of West Indies with the United States in the time of the British colonial power, whose rulership extended upon both the White Settlers in America and the emancipated Africans in West Indies during the colonial era.
 Mary C. Water’s Black Identities provides interesting insights regarding the evolution of the impact of becoming an immigrant in America. Waters argues that the immigration integration experience has dramatically changed from what it used be. Before, you became assimilated into a progressive ethnic status, and then culminated to a successful ethnic American. Today, you become assimilated into a decoupled identity, culture, and economic success. Waters adds that “[s]ome immigrants and their children do better economically by maintaining a strong ethnic identity and culture and by resisting American cultural and identity influences” (Waters, 2001:5). Although agreed by several other authors, this “remaining immigrant- or ethnic-identified” model may not be an easy or consequence-free style to acquire because there is more to it than just branding one’s colors. When put against Michèle Lamont’s The Dignity of Working Men, we see that although white workers draw weaker boundaries than those they raise against blacks (Lamont, 2000:88), the immigrants still incur some moral and racial boundaries. Lamont argues that the attenuated boundaries in this case are mainly attributed to (a) the containment of immigration policies and sector under a ‘subsystem’, which is not fairly exposed to the public (Lamont, 2000:89); and (b) to the general positive attitudes of white workers towards immigrants, which is credited to the role of immigration in the “formation of the country” (Lamont, 2000:90). The caveat in the latter reason is that new comers have to respect the long-established process. They are expected to “give up a good part of their ethnic identity as they embrace the American dream” (Lamont, 2000:90). So, let’s take, for example, the case of Mexicans with the issue of the English language. When they attempt to ‘remain immigrant or ethnic-identified’ by not learning the English language, clearly showing a breach in the integration rule, and hoping for an upward mobility, moral and racial boundaries get raised by white workers. Breaking the integration rule is viewed as a violation of American values, which means the violators can be disliked by concerns of deteriorating American values, that in turn, includes the self-discipline in following established rules. Lamont stresses that “[t]he issue of language is sensitive because it symbolizes the downfall of the American nation” (Lamont, 2000:91). Does this mean that the “remaining immigrant- or ethnic-identified” model would never work consequence-free for any immigrant group? How can immigrants who unjustly incurred a downward mobility at the point of assimilation sustain their socioeconomic status in the new world?
 Our case with West Indian immigrants makes them eligible candidates of trying the “remaining immigrant- or ethnic-identified” model for the obvious reason that when they become assimilated, they turn into not just Americans but Black Americans (Waters, 2001:5). This means a downward mobility for the West Indian immigrant who, in his/her former culture holds a more fluid racial identity. The good news with West Indian immigrants is that they do fit the “remaining immigrant- or ethnic-identified” model and they have the legacy advantage as their history adjacently connects them to the United States as foster recipients of the British cultural influence during the colonial era, and make them collectively century-long experts in racial relations. In other words, they are capable of remaining ethnic-identified without upsetting the incumbent dominant groups policing for any breach of the integration rule by new comers.
 Waters describes West Indian immigrants as having the advantage of language and skills, and most importantly better understanding of the racial relations (Waters, 2001:7). The high turn-over rate of colonial powers ruling over their islands is also another indication of their being well-versed in diversity, change management, and inter-continental service relations. When West Indians come to the U.S., they are prepared to be immigrants in a multicultural society (Waters, 2001:23). In their culture, race, and ethnicity are taken separately for one does not know of which class a black West Indian, for example, may belong to. Moreover, their classification of race is more salient and carries little emphasis than what they experience when they arrive in the United States. They have dealt with colonial powers assuming high-level roles in running their respective islands without close supervision of the imperial rule. West Indian blacks enjoyed a level of self-government and control that blacks in America never got to enjoy (Waters, 2001:26); not only are they different from African Americans in identity and culture, they are also different from European immigrants (Waters, 2001:6-7). Their unfortunate dilemma is to constantly having to make the plausible claim of differentiation due to people always defaulting to phenotypic criteria. In America, race and ethnicity are interchangeable for black Americans. It is, unfortunately, the “master status defining the person to others” (Waters, 2001:5); Hence, the need for West Indians to keep their former ethnicity to show that they are different. So, what do we say of claims by black Americans who think that West Indians are too naïve and that given time, their safe passage of inclusion in the white workers’ world will end? Let’s address the dynamics that claim West Indian immigrants are getting a “break” from white workers because they seem to exude a better performance and are ready to accept low-paying wages for what they’re actually worth, act of which may seem to portray some sort of naïveté from West Indian immigrants.
 The dilemma that West Indian immigrants face is not having challenges in working with white workers. In fact, they are seen as “hard-working in implicit or even explicit contrast to American blacks who do not last long on the job,” Waters reports (Waters, 2001:138). It is normal to grow wary when facing numerous accounts of racial inequalities; nevertheless, the final report by Waters claims that “the overall ways in which West Indian blacks and American whites interact generally produce better outcomes for West Indians than black Americans. Whites expect West Indians to be ‘better blacks’; they find common ground in the West Indians’ immigrant experiences” (Waters, 2001:190). Here again, we see another confirmation that the foster heritage bestowed unto these two groups, centuries ago, by the British colonial influence brings them together and help them overcome racial clash. The claim made by these white workers shows that there is hope to further attenuate the moral and racial boundaries in America.
 Lamont reports interesting insights in the evolution and dynamics of race. She claims that the last twenty years have generated a new form of racism, which is often called “symbolic racism”, “subtle racism”, “aversive racism” or “modern racism” (Lamont, 2000:71). It simply means: X values Y as key values of X’s and Z’s world. But X believes that Z violates Y. Thus, X dislikes Z by a concern of Y values. These Y values are more universalistic and include individualism, self-reliance, work ethic, obedience, and discipline. The problem we continue to see is that the use of universalistic principles by some white workers leverage against racial groups (especially blacks) solely based on a collective gauge is a major contributor of the formation of racial inequality (Lamont, 2000: 68). The key opportunity is to stop gauging all violations as a collective perpetration. These violations should be gauged in the measure they empirically posit themselves. In the instance of dealing with West Indian immigrants, the fact that they ensure they have distanced themselves from black Americans or any other black immigrants such as African’s Nigerians or South Africans who also like them speak English, by remaining ethnic-identified gives West Indian immigrants to minimize the application of a collective judgment as done with black Americans. Removing the apparent defaulting phenotypic criteria allows white workers to adjust the size and criteria qualifications, which in turn will leave them to use moral gauge as opposed to an automatic racial gauge resulting in a much better critique of West Indian immigrants. So, instead of looking for ways to internally dissociate white workers’ intertwined views of moral and racial boundaries, perhaps following the West Indian immigrants model will help attenuate racial boundaries and allow moral boundaries to be used so that each group is fairly treated without incurring an automatic downward social mobility. Clearly, we could learn something constructive from the West Indian immigrants’ foster heritage and help improve racial relations skills of those groups in need.
- First Published as Academic Paper in Anthropology Studies: Race in the Americas (Course taught by Prof. James Herron, Harvard University) on Mar 6, 2011. Re-Edited for broad publication. Reference(s): . Lamont, Michèle. 2000. The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Immigration. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. . Waters, C. Mary. 2001. Black identities: West Indian immigrant dreams and American realities. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Clayton County Cultural Celebration 2011!
Saturday April 16, 2011 • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. LOCATION: Clayton County Performing Arts Center | 2530 Mount Zion PKWY | Jonesboro, GA
Join Queen Fifi Soumah, Miss Africa USA – Special Guest – Celebrate Culture and Diversity in Historical Clayton County, Georgia
Help to raise funds for several community non-profits and
Clayton County Alzheimer Support Center;
Clayton County 4-H Program; Clayton County Grassroots
Leadership Institute; Elite Scholars Academy Charter School;
Miss Africa USA Scholarship Pageant.
The theme for this year’s program is
“Clayton County; Above Color; Beyond Politics;
A Community United.”
The mission of the supported non-profits is to help provide services throughout the Clayton County Community. Last year we had over 1,800 guests and performers. All proceeds will go towards community based projects and events.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale March 18th and may be purchased from the non-profits listed.
CAMEROON MEDICAL MISSIONS : MARYLAND / DC LUNCHEON / MINI CONFERENCE ‘Paving the way towards better Health Care for Cameroonians in need’.
African Women’s Development Foundation Inc and Hope Floats Initiative invite you to the 3rd Cameroon Medical Missions Luncheon and Mini Conference coming up April 16th in Maryland. Please kindly RSVP by return email or Phone call. Join us and network with a great team of Professionals, business men and women, Community leaders and very dynamic movers and shakers. Continue reading →
The problem of global poverty is the greatest moral challenge of our time that contrasts with the economic growth observed around the world in the last two decades. According to the recent UNDP report, more than one billion people currently live on less than a dollar a day and suffer from malnutrition. Over eight million people die each year because of lack of access to essential resources. The World Health Program states that every six seconds a child dies of hunger. Never before have nations throughout the world experienced such a level of hunger. Africa is one of the most impoverished and least developed regions of the world and has been the most affected by poverty.
Different strategies have been proposed to address the issue of poverty. Among these proposed strategies, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is presented as a financing method that could contribute to the reduction of poverty in developing countries. For the proponents of this thesis, FDI have the potential to promote economic growth and to significantly reduce the level of poverty in underdeveloped African countries. Continue reading →
MISS WEST AFRICA’S SHIREEN BENJAMIN LAUNCHES “AFRICAN MUSIC FOR FASHION” CAMPAIGN AND AFRICAN FASHION DAY One more year of reign left for the International Beauty Queen of West Africa, Shireen Benjamin, and she has vowed to dedicate it to increasing the support of African fashion. Working along side the Miss West Africa event organisers, Shireen Benjamin has launched a campaign called “African Music for Fashion”, in the process she will also be launching ‘African Fashion Day’ (www.africanfashionday.com) which will take place on the 6th August 2011, the first Saturday of every other August.
Shireen Benjamin said she is highly impressed at the continuous growth of the African music industry, but highly appalled that despite this growth you can sit in front of your TV set watching African music for an hour and hardly see an individual wearing an African attire, neither mentioning nor promoting the names of any African designers. Instead they use their voice and musical appeal to continue promoting the same designers that neglect our shops, models, magazines and even the musicians of Africa. “African fashion from all regions of Africa is beautiful and we can’t wait for the people and media abroad to appreciate it before we become more confident with wearing it.” – Shireen Benjamin
The ‘African Music For Fashion’ campaign is targeted at African musicians, record labels and music video directors due to the fact that our musicians are increasingly becoming icons within the African continent, even encouraging MTV to organize and MTV African Music Awards. And no matter how they feel they are representing themselves as individuals, being in the lime light of popular culture, there will always be a fraction of society that are influenced by their actions and words, Africans and non Africans alike. Shireen also believes African artists that chose to wear African will actually have a bigger impact on the international community than those that struggle to imitate the the western artists style.
“People in the West, whether Africans abroad or other nations love West African music because it’s refreshing and a break to their norm, it can only help an artist if they embrace a full on African identity, otherwise their presence is no different to what we have all seen for ages, suits, half naked woman and cars is so 90s. They will be doing themselves a double favour by making an attempt to stand out and also by contribute to an industry that will help Africa grow and also probably feed them back one way or the other. I don’t believe there is any reason for them not to. We can not let our music loose control of our fashion and culture like the way hip hop did when it abandoned the urban fashion wear and the conscious elements that was once so popular” She says “Yousson Dour (Senegalese Singer) to date is one of the biggest West African artists singing at concerts worldwide and working with Wyclef Jean and he always stayed true to his fashion in videos and on stage.”
[PROFESSION] But Shireen Benjamin also states that her campaign and public speeches will not only be directed at encouraging music artists to do so, but the public in general. She says “The artist are a means to the goal, and the goal is the society, the reason why this campaign targets artists is because despite politicians and their power, musicians have always been the most influential icons of every African/black community. So the change will be a lot faster even without the artist when we ourselves embrace our culture. Models, fashion show organisers and designers in Africa can not complain about the lack of support and growth in African fashion when they hardly have have one picture of them on any networking website wearing African attire on their facebook” she continues “There are extremely talented designers such as Deola Saego, Duro Olowu, Tiffany Amber and many more who are making some of the most amazing clothes, and even for those that want something more contemporary, there are always highly talented contemporary designers like Ozwald Boateng from Ghana, Samantha Cole and others.
We are rich with creativity and we need to see these changes, we can’t be exploiting the dream by doing fashion weeks and shows, if even the organizers don’t wear it. We need to see these changes in our movies, in our music and even in our clubs. This is not a chance to point the finger, or play the blame game, even I myself have been a victim of aspiring to the western style, but this is a very important change that I am just adopting, because no one will bring this change for us, especially not Europe, and I think we should all work towards the day when you walk through the streets of Africa, even the popular cities, that we see a crowd flourishing with African attires.”
Shireen Benjamins “African Music for Fashion” will be posted on all the Miss West Africa websites. She intends to use her international popularity and give back to Africa. Shireen who is currently the first African titled beauty queen to be featured twice in OK magazine, put together a shoot right before leaving to Atlanta for the Beffta USA using African fabrics to inspire and encourage the belief that there is African attire for all occassions. The shoot had onboard international reknowned fashion photographer Phil Antony, designs from Scissorhands Couture, Jessique Designs and was styled by MiNC Models and make up by Mutsumi. So far she has gained support from designers and fashion organizations such as Shadders (Ghanaian Fashion Website), Eki Orleans (UK fashion Brand), EMUA Fashions (Canadaian fashion brand), AdeBayo Jones (celebrity fashion designer from Nigeria), MiNC Models (UK fashion company, Da Viva fabrics (leading textile company) celebrities and musicians such as Asamoah Gyan (African’s number 1 striker), K-man (leading Sierra Leonean artists), FiveFive (celebrity artists from Ghana), and will also be working with various organizations on the first attempt to increase public awareness and make the first African Fashion Day on the 6th of August 2011 an international success with a world wide impact. Shireen who will also be in Nigeria in December, also said she is looking forward to meeting her successor in December 2011 when the next Miss West Africa, now Miss West Africa International, will take place.
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Sudan, Africa’s largest country, is in the final run-up to a critical referendum on independence for the oil-rich south in January 9, 2011 that seems certain to split the war-scarred state. For many, there is a fear that the split between the North and South could birth a new religion conflict between the two sides: the north, dominated by Arab Muslims, and the south, predominantly Christians.
The Great divorce is scheduled for this January 9, 2011, as part of the peace agreement that was signed in 2005 to end the two decades civil war in which an estimated 2 million people lost their lives. Sudaneses all around the globe ended their registration last month with an estimated 3 million people registered and ready to cast their votes. Despites all the tension generated by the current regime in Khartoum led by President Omar al-Bashir, it appears that Sudaneses are ready to vote for the split of the largest Africa’s country.
The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, which has run the south since the 2005 pact was signed, declared at the weekend it wouldn’t accept a delay “even for a single day.”
Battle for the Oil
Some three-quarters of Sudan’s oil production of 500,000 barrels a day come from the south. Oil accounts for 98 percent of the South’s budget source. Under the 2005 pact, this revenue is shared between the two sides but that could stop if the south secedes.
The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to ensure that the referendum takes place on January 9 as scheduled, without any unnecessary delays from the Khartoum’s regime. To entice a peacfulsplit, the United States are offering to remove Sudan from the State Department’s list of sponsors of terrorism as early as mid year 2011 if president Omar al-Bashir allows the highly charged referendum to go ahead without interference. Sudan landed on the black list in 1993 when it allowed itself to be a safe heaven for Osama Bin Laden. The United States incentive packages contains more than just the removal from the black list, but also other profitable activities such as debt relief, ending of sanctions and normalization of relations.
The Voss Foundation has sponsored a well, built by Solutions for Africa, which is a vital part of the GMF school. Thanks to Voss, there is no need for girls to walk for hours to get fresh water, allowing them more time for education and increasing their safety.
How can you help?
We are beginning the construction, why not contribute by purchasing some bricks
10 DOLLARS FOR 20 BRICKS!
Be a part of the construction process by contributing to the school’s development. Brick by brick, we will achieve our goal with your help.
20 bricks = $10
40 bricks = $20
60 bricks = $30
A CASUAL FRIDAY FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Levy Ray Shoup (LRS) employees set aside their ties and suits on June 11th to support GMF, raising $590.
Thank you LRS! Please click here to read the story on GMF in their newsletter.
MISSION MADE POSSIBLE BY POSITIVITY
On his last visit to RDC, Yamandou battled with bureaucracy and mosquitoes to galvanise the construction of the school in Kalebuka. He smiled through meetings with donors and diplomats, he embraced the people of the village who offered their labor, and he negotiated costs with construction companies and contractors.
This school is not just about education. It is about a holistic approach to poverty alleviation, complete with solutions to health and hygiene, as well as income generation and employability skills.
We are teaching the people of the village to make bricks for use in the upcoming construction. We are in the final push of building phase one of this school. Please help us get the children into the classrooms by donating what you can so that we can create a space where they can begin their journey towards empowerment.
Thanks to all of you, the GMF dream is able to stay alive!