The Never Forget Series (Nelson Mandela)

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 | by:

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Hi everyone, I’m doing a short series titled “Never Forget” that highlights interesting facts about important African Personalities. Today’s post is about Nelson Mandela. Below are 7 interesting facts about the man who led South Africa to freedom:

FACT 1:

Mandela’s birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela.  “Rolihlahla” which loosely translates as “troublemaker” in the Xhosa language, but strictly translated, the word means “pulling the branch of a tree.” He was given the first name ‘Nelson’ by a teacher in grade school.

FACT 2:

Mandela was no stranger to trouble. He was expelled from the University of Fort Hare after joining a student protest. He later completed his degree through Unisa and later got a law degree from Wits University.

FACT 3:

Mandela suffered the losses of two close family members while imprisoned. His mother died in 1968 and his eldest son, Thembi, died the following year. Mandela wasn’t permitted to pay his respects at their funerals.

FACT 4:

Mandela reportedly received at least three offers to be set free from prison. However, he declined each time because he was offered his freedom on the condition that he reject his earlier activism in some way.

FACT 5:

He was on the U.S. terror watch list: Mandela wasn’t removed from the U.S. terror watch list until 2008 — at age 89. He and other members of the African National Congress were placed on it because of their militant fight against apartheid.

FACT 6:

He had a cameo in a Spike Lee film: He had a big part in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic “Malcolm X.” At the very end of the movie, he plays a teacher reciting Malcolm X’s famous speech to a room full of Soweto school kids. But the pacifist Mandela wouldn’t say “by any means necessary.” So Lee cut back to footage of Malcolm X to close out the film.

FACT 7:

He married a first lady. Before tying the knot with Mandela on his 80th birthday, Graca Machel was married to Mozambique President Samora Machel. Her marriage to Mandela after her husband’s death means she has been the first lady of two nations.

Thank you so much for reading. Any suggestions on who I should do next? Send me a message on twitter.

Benjamin J. Obeng

@1realbenjamin


Nigeria’s quintuplets gifted with 3-bedroom house in Abuja

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 | by:

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Parents of quintuplets born in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja last month have been presented a three bedroom bungalow house.

Head of the Civil Service of the federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, presented documents and the key to the three bedroom bungalow promised the father of the quintuplets, Imudia Uduehi.

Oyo-Ita, represented by Yemi Adelakun, Permanent Secretary (Common Services office) in the head of civil service of the federation, handed the items over to Mr Uduehi

Receiving the documents, Uduehi, said: “from the moment the Head of Service visited us in the hospital, everything changed for us”.

The female quintuplets were delivered through a cesarian section at the National Hospital in Nigeria’s capital.

Credit: Africanews.com


Nigeria’s Vice President Defends His Nation’s Pride In Jollof War

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 | by:

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His assertion over the weekend was in reaction to Information Minister Lai Mohammed’s internationally televised assumption that Senegal makes the best Jollof rice.

Lai Mohammed’s words were described as treasonous by Nigerians on social media who attacked him for betraying them in a decade-old battle with Ghana over who has the best Jollof rice.

“We all know that Nigerian Jollof rice is the best! We beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down,” Vice President Yemi Osibanjo came to the rescue of Mohammed who was believed to have misunderstood the question.

Osibanjo went further to spearhead the Nigerian pride by citing the country’s achievements worldwide including the recent victory of British-Nigerian boxer and heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.

“We have everything, and our people are doing incredibly innovative things. For example, we are at the moment developing the most sophisticated animation technology in Africa.

“Our music and entertainment industry is the fastest growing in the world. Nigerians have won every prize in literature, from the Noble prize to the Pulitzer.

“Only last year, a Nigerian girl won a gold medal at the Olympics, Morolake Akinosun. Last Saturday, a Nigerian boxer won the world heavyweight title. Anthony Oluwafemi Joshua won the WBA becoming the boxing champion of the world.

“Last year Oluyinka Olutoye, a Nigerian surgeon successfully took out a baby from her mother’s womb, operated on the womb, and put the baby back in, and the baby was carried full term and was born naturally — a feat previously unheard of.

“And of course, nobody is as funny as Nigerians, whether profession or amateur. We even have a member of the national assembly who recently launched a CD; Aje kun iya ni o je. Who hasn’t heard of Aje kun iya ni o je.

“We are the most innovative entrepreneurs. The other day someone showed me a text; the young man had invited him to a book launch titled: Seven Steps to Becoming a Professional Whistleblower,” he said at a church event on the theme: Nigeria Recovering from Economic Recession.

 

What is Jollof rice?

Jollof rice is a common dish in West Africa that derived its name from the Wolof people of Senegal, hence its undebatable Senegalese origin.

Among the countries that consume this dish are Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, Cameroon, Mali and Ghana.

However, two countries – Ghana and Nigeria – have adopted the dish as not only a cultural delicacy, but a subject of contention as to who prepares it best.

The reddish one-pot dish is prepared with rice and tomoato sauce with alternative ingredients that slightly vary by country.

Common ingredients: Tomatoes, pepper, onions, vegetable oil, salt, curry, garlic, ginger, rice and meat, fish or eggs.

 

Credit: Africanews.com


AFWNigeria Pulls Record Breaking Model Casting Call (@AfricaFWNigeria)

Posted on: May 2nd, 2017 | by:

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The Model casting call for the Africa Fashion Week Nigeria 2017, would go down in history as one of the biggest of its kind in sub-saharan Africa. As early as 8 am on Friday 27 April, hundreds of aspiring models for the AFWN had already gathered in groups with their agents. It was a massive turnout which provoked discussions among those present at the Women Society Skill Centre, Lekki, venue of the casting.

Sola Olabisi, a fashion photographer, who attended the shows last year, said he was not surprised that the turnout of models jostling for Africa Fashion Week Nigeria platform is record breaking because the organizers have a way of putting up remarkable shows while promoting Africa fashion to the rest of the world.The models want identify with the growth and reputation of the brand.

AFWN casting team had on board, multiple award winning model talent scout and makeup artist, Bayo Hasstrup, AFWN Chief Operating Officer, Aiki Odiawa, Eke EKE Group Merchandising Officer Daviva, Mr Jide Adedeji the head stylist, Mr Zuby Enoma AFWN hair director and Mr Barrectt Akpokabayen the official photographer. The team went through rigorous session after session before final selection of 70 models.

The model casting is part of build up towards the AFWN 2017 that will come up between June 3 & 4 at the National Arts Theatre, Lagos. The organizers had two iconic shows in April as pre-events shows. The first one took place at the National Theater, while the second one was at the Tinubu Square, Lagos. The iconic shows held at historic veues, as a way of blending the creativity of designers with the richness of our cultural heritage of Lagos.

The Founder of Africa Fashion Week, Ronke Ademiluyi said she was overwhelmed by the large turn of models who aspire to join the fashion week every year. “The platform keeps growing every year with remarkable shows. We are not going to relent.That is why government and multinationals should support us. AFWN is more than entertainment. We add economic value to African designers on our platform with our creativity every year.”

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For info on becoming a showcasing designer at AFWNigeria 2017: info@africafashionweeknigeria.com

 


New World Heavy Weight Champion Credits Pounded Yam and Eba as the Secret to His Success (@anthonyfjoshua)

Posted on: May 1st, 2017 | by:

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On Saturday, 29th April 2017, Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua (AJ) made history before a sold out Wembley crowd when he beat Wladimir Klitchko to add the  WBA world heavy weight title to his trophy cabinet.

Both fighters gave an enthralling performance that took the fight all the way  to the 11th round and left the crowd in rapturous cheers.

At 41, Klitchko gave this fight everything and in round 6 gave the predominantly British crowd a scare when his calculated punches took Anthony to the canvas for the first time in his career.

All was made right when in the 11th round a brutal uppercut connected with Klitchko’s jaw stunning the former heavyweight champion and causing him to slump to the mat. He got up two more times before  referee David Fields called the bout  giving Joshua the victory.

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Joshua, whose mom is Nigerian, made waves in his motherland as many praised his victory. He has not turned a blind eye to this and has promised to provide some form of aid to Nigeria  as a way to give back.

In an Interview at the The Laureus World Sports Awards, when quizzed about what his secret to winning was, he cheekily laughed  and said, “that’s the pounded yam, eba, egusi. That’s the secret of the success”

Well Nigerians take a bow, your food just produced an iconic world champion.

 

By Benjamin J. Obeng

@1realbenjamin

 


Three Africans listed among Fortune magazine’s top 50 world leaders

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 | by:

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Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ugandan LGBT advocate Frank Mugisha have been named among the 50 World’s Greatest Leaders published by Fortune magazine.

Chairman, Econet Wireless Group Strive Masiyiwa led the trio from Africa by ranking 33 for his energetic and well-rounded philanthropy making an impact in Africa, the magazine noted.

Masiyiwa has been lauded for supporting orphans, funding scholarships, and fighting hunger, poverty, and Ebola.

Novelist and Essayist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was ranked 42 for her powerful voice in challenging her audiences to think differently and more expansively about Africa, identity, race, and gender.

Adichie is considered a feminist icon and a fearless political and cultural critic.

Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda Frank Mugisha ranked 44 for speaking out against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which mandated life in prison for LGBT Ugandans, and led the campaign that eventually led to the bill’s invalidation by the courts.

37-year-old Mugisha came out at age 14 and he leads the LGBT community to face open hostilities.

The three are in the list with other great world leaders including the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and American basketball star LeBron James.

The Senior Editor of the magazine, Geoff Colvin explained that they were selected for excelling at leadership by acknowledging reality and offering hope, bringing followers physically together and building bridges.

 

Credit: africanews.com


Noel Clarke and Ruth Negga Set To Be Top Names At The 12th Screen Nation Film & TV Awards 2017- Press Release

Posted on: April 25th, 2017 | by:

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Here Are Ten African Proverbs to Consider Today

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 | by:

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Proverbs are an essential part of African culture. They are passed on from one generation to another and are used to rebuke, admonish or praise. Here are ten proverbs to ponder on today:

1.When a mighty tree falls, the birds are scattered into the bush
Meaning: When a great leader dies without a successor, his people are left directionless.

2. A common snake which a man sees all alone may become a python in his eyes
Meaning: One person’s account is not enough to judge a matter

3. A boy who persists in asking what killed his father before he has enough strength to avenge, may be asking for his father’s fate
Meaning: Only fight battles you are prepared for

4.  No matter how long a log stays in water, it does not become a crocodile
Meaning: you cannot fake who you really are

5.  If a child washes his hand he can dine with kings
Meaning: A distinguished person gains the respect of elders

6. All lizards lay flat thus no one knows the one that is suffering from stomach ache
Meaning: People’s intentions are hidden beneath their appearance so be careful

7. He who does not know the road to a stream should be guided by pieces of broken clay pot
Meaning: Let the experience of others serve as a guide for you

8. When a mother goat eats its jaw, the kid will always watch and learn
Meaning: Be careful how you behave around your kids, they are quietly learning.

9. What an elder saw while sitting, a youth could not see it standing
Meaning: Elders are more wise than young people hence their advice must be seriously considered.

10. A chick that will grow into a rooster can be spotted the very day it hatches
Meaning: There is a sign to how a situation will go by looking critically at its early stages.

Hope you enjoyed these proverbs. Do feel free to make use of them and please suggest more if you can. Thanks for reading.

by Benjamin J. Obeng

@1realbenjamin


One Africa Music Fest is coming to Wembley, London @oneafrica_musicfest

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 | by:

 

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LONDON CITY!!, we are about to shut you down!
Upfront & Personal Global Management Consultants proudly presents One Africa Music Fest London, UK. One Africa Music Fest is coming to London for the first time ever on Saturday, 13th May 2017.

This event will take place at The SSE, London, UK.
Guests will fill THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY to see live performances from Africa’s biggest musical stars.
The first list of confirmed artists – performing on the 13th of May 2017 are Africa’s Energetic Duo, Pop Sensation P-Square, East Africa’s biggest female Afro-pop artist Victoria Kimani, the prince of highlife aka the slow winding – sexy ladies’ man Flavour N’abania, famed “Gongo – Aso” crooner 9ice, Nigeria’s very own ‘Beast from the East’ Phyno. and Nigeria’s Queen of pop music Tiwa Savage

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This unforgettable night will be hosted by Africa’s King of R&B, Banky W!
Tickets will go on sale Friday, 20th January 2017 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased by calling +44 844 815 0815 or online at ssearena.co.uk or axs.com. Tickets are also available in person at the SSE Arena Wembley.

This night is one you won’t want to miss!
Instagram/Twitter: @oneafrica_musicfest
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Email: bookings@upgmc.com
Website: www.weareoneafrica.com


Meet The Ghanaian Fashion Power Player Who’s Just Made History (@Edward_Enninful)

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 | by:

 

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Meet 45-year-old Edward Kobina Enninful, a Ghanaian-born British-based fashion stylist who has recently made history by becoming the first male, first black, and first Ghanaian editor for British Vogue.

He took over from Alexandra Shulman who is the longest serving editor of British Vogue, having run the publication since 1992.

The chairman and chief executive of Condé Nast International, Jonathan Newhouse, announced Enninful’s appointment on April 10th, calling him “an influential figure in the communities of fashion, Hollywood and music which shape the cultural zeitgeist”, adding that “by virtue of his talent and experience, Edward is supremely prepared to assume the responsibility of British Vogue.”

At a very young age, the brilliant stylist moved to the UK where he got his big break at 16 when he was spotted on a train by fashion stylist, Simon Foxton. As a kid, he lived in Ladbroke Grove, London, where his mother worked as a seamstress. It was her use of bright patterned fabric in the clothing she made that helped inspire his style.

He earned a degree at Goldsmiths, University of London while simultaneously handling a career in fashion. This move paid off at the young age of 18 when he was appointed fashion director at i-D Magazine. The appointment made him the youngest ever fashion director for an international magazine. He has consulted for many fashion brands over the years, some of which include Christian Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry, and Giorgio Armani.

Many within the industry see his appointment as a step in the right direction and are confident in his ability to bring an exciting new creative aesthetic to the magazine. His predecessor  had this to say about him, “Every Vogue editor arrives with their own range of talents and experience and Edward is very known, respected and liked within the fashion industry.” She then went on to pledge her cooperation in helping him smoothly transition into his new role.

By Benjamin J. Obeng
@1realbenjamin