Stella Okoli: an Amazon in the pharmaceutical industry

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Stella Okoli,MD Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Stella Okoli,MD Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited

Brief biography
Stella Chinyelu Okoli is the founder cum managing director/chief executive officer, Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. She holds B.Pharm (Hons.) from Bradford University (1969) and M.Sc. Biopharmaceutics from the University of London – Chelsea College (1971), and has over 27 years of experience as a practicing and manufacturing pharmacist.

Positions held
Stella was chairman, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria; member, Economic Summit of Nigeria; and member, Health Matters Advisory Board of Nigeria. She has been a non-executive director of Guaranty Trust Bank plc since April 22, 2010.

Stella worked in various capacities at Middlesex Hospital, London; Boots Chemists, London; and Part Davis Nigeria, now Pharma-Deko, before opening a retail outlet in 1977.

Early beginnings
Emzor started as a retailing chemist shop in January 1977 and today, the company is a force to reckon with in the pharmaceutical sector and other medical products. Emzor was integrated fully into the Nigerian market in 1984 and commenced pilot manufacturing in 1986 with the aim of producing standardised pharmaceutical and medical products. It was also to meet the need to produce drugs locally so as to help create job opportunities as well as manufacture drugs with high standards that are available and affordable to all. In June 12, 2009, Okoli’s efforts at ensuring top quality products paid off as Emzor received the NIS ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Programmes attended
She attended the Executive Management programmes of the Harvard Business School, Boston, United States for owner-managers from 1997 to 1999, the Chief Executive Management programme of the Lagos Business School, as well as IESE Barcelona. She has also attended numerous strategic management courses both in Nigeria and overseas.

Products
Emzor Paracetamol has taken over 25 percent of the palliative market in Nigeria. The company has spread its tentacles by producing over 60 varieties. They include vitamins, anti-malarials, analgesics, haematinics, anti-tussives, antibiotics, anti-helmintics, anti-histamine, antacid, and cardio-protective drugs.

Locations
Emzor Pharmaceuticals has offices in Nigeria, India, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Mali.

Branching out
Emzor now has established subsidiaries. One is Zolon Healthcare Limited, Lagos, which provides health care solutions to all. This came to be as a result of building partnerships with revered organisations. Areas of concentration in this subsidiary include Oncology, Ophthalmology, Gastroenterology, Paediatric and Geriatric Medicine, Biotechnology, Health Fairs/Seminars, Neuropsychiatry, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

There is also Emzor Hesco Limited, which was launched to provide standard hospital equipment, consumables and appliances that ease the process of diagnosis and disease detection and management.

COCES/COF
Chike Okoli Foundation (COF), a non-governmental organisation, was founded by Stella after the death of her son, Chike, who died of coronary artery disease five days after his 25th birthday.

COF has trained about 1,600 young people in science in the spirit of entrepreneurial studies.

Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (COCES) is a multi-purpose ultra-modern edifice located in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. According to Stella, “The Foundation has reached out to over five million people across Nigeria informing them of the growing dangers of cardiovascular diseases and how to make lifestyle interventions.”

In 2012, The COF in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Education organised the first edition of Grassroots Cardiovascular Health Campaign in ten selected senior secondary schools in the state.

Mentorship
Stella mentors other local manufacturers and encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to invest in the pharmaceutical industry, first, as her contribution to building a healthy nation, and second, in pursuit of Nigeria’s quest for self-sufficiency.

Stella’s catchphrase
“Healthcare should be affordable and readily available.”

Honours
Stella has received various national and international recognitions, which include Member of the Order of the Niger (MON); Fellow, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Outstanding Service Award; Rotary International 21000 and ECOWAS International Gold Award; and the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award.

In January 2012, Stella Okoli was awarded Honours for her service to enterprise and industry at the 17th ThisDay Annual Awards.

10 Elements of Good Practice in Corporate-Community Engagement — Lessons Learned from Chevron Nigeria Limited’s GMOU

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In the wake of a violent inter-ethnic crisis in 2003, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) — the third largest oil producer in Nigeria — dramatically reshaped its community engagement strategy. The new process, known as the ‘GMOU’ model, was named for the formal agreements called General Memoranda of Understanding signed between the company and clusters of communities impacted by the company’s onshore operations and government.

In one of the most challenging contexts in the world — where relationships between communities and companies have long been characterized by substantial mistrust and antagonism — the GMOU model is now succeeding where other approaches have fallen short. While still far from perfect, at its core, the GMOU model has helped transform relationships between the company and surrounding stakeholder communities, leading to better outcomes for residents and the company.

Through our involvement as process designers, facilitators, and capacity builders in this effort, the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) has identified 10 components of effective corporate stakeholder engagement that can be applied to a variety of scales and particular problem-sets.  Listed below in brief, these elements collectively speak to the importance of viewing stakeholder engagement as negotiated partnership built around the premise of shared gains, a commitment to fairness, and equitable participation in decision-making. Read the full case text here.

1) Creating a Greater Sense of Fairness in the Process: There are always substantive issues to be addressed between companies and communities.  However, equally important is the way in which both parties engage and negotiate with each other to address them. The creation and implementation of the GMOUs and regional development councils – responsible for guiding collective engagement and negotiation of community benefit agreements — gave community stakeholders a larger role in setting the terms of the conversation, and the process for interacting. This shift created a greater sense of fairness in the process. It was also a key step towards overcoming the long-standing perception of a power imbalance between the company and communities, and helped create some of the key conditions for productive interaction and problem solving.
 
2) Enabling the Community to Choose its Representatives: Often, companies choose individuals that hold more favorable views of the company, or exclude community leaders that they find difficult or confrontational.  Such approaches fail to address the full range of interests and views held by a community, and often interfere with underlying social and community dynamics, of which companies can be painfully unaware.  This can lead to unsustainable agreements, and in the worst case, contribute to underlying social conflict in a society.
 
3) Jointly Setting the Agenda: Companies should not be the only ones defining the issues for engagement and negotiation, as they often exclude issues that are of primary importance to community stakeholders. The GMOU model created a single platform for dialogue between the company and each group of communities for the vast majority of issues.  This enabled both the communities and the company to put issues on the table for dialogue and negotiation. One party may not always be able to address all issues to the satisfaction of the other party, but the issue can be raised and addressed within the limits of each party’s authority.  
 
4) Pursuing Meaningful Partnership and Shared Ownership:  Often, communities are treated as the beneficiaries of the company’s good will.  Companies, often without realizing it, continue to dictate the terms of dialogue, drive the relationships, and impose their viewpoint and interests on communities.  Under the GMOU model, CNL took significant steps to pursue meaningful partnership and shared ownership with communities.  The model invested substantial responsibility and authority for social investment decision-making in the communities themselves, while maintaining an oversight role for the company through multi-stakeholder governance structures.
 
5) Utilizing Participatory Approaches and ‘Joint Fact Finding’: In contexts of mistrust, participatory approaches to reviewing past performance, current options and constraints become critical, in order to build shared, credible information as a basis for joint decision-making. When the first generation of GMOU agreements approached expiration, CNL proposed an evaluation of the GMOU mechanism before negotiating the next generation of GMOU agreements. Rather than hiring substantive experts to conduct the evaluation, neutral facilitators were brought in to help develop and run a completely transparent process in which the parties to the GMOU designed the evaluation methodology and then jointly analyzed the data that emerged from interviews and focus groups.  As a result, the parties jointly arrived at conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of the GMOU model, laying a credible foundation for the renegotiation process.  In addition, these kinds of participatory approaches create opportunities for companies and communities to strengthen their relationships by working ‘side-by-side’.
 
6) Using Jointly Selected Professional Facilitators to Build Trust:  At the time the GMOU model was first proposed, community mistrust was so high, they rejected the model simply because CNL was proposing it, and they presumed bad faith on the part of the company. CNL has engaged professional facilitators (both local and international) to broker relationships between the company and community throughout the process.
 
7) Building a Flexible, Adaptable Model:  The GMOU was an experiment, and there were (and still are) imperfections in the design and implementation of the model.   However, the parties moved forward with the process, despite some reluctance from all sides, and created both the platform for dialogue and the processes to enable community development projects to proceed.  The model also included the ability to adapt and improve as it performed. Adaptation took place through joint stakeholder evaluation of the model, at the end of each of the first 3-year cycles.  As weaknesses were identified through the evaluations, improving upon them became a key objective of the renegotiation processes.  This investment has enabled the GMOU to learn from its performance and adapt accordingly.
 
8) Recognizing and Addressing Capacity Gaps:  On the community development side, the GMOU placed substantial responsibility on the newly created Regional Development Councils (RDCs) to be able to manage a portfolio of community development projects.  However, at their establishment, the RDCs lacked both the basic operational functionality and the development expertise required.  One of the roles of the NGOs in the GMOU structure was to provide training and assistance to the RDCs.  When it later became clear that inadequate communication with constituents threatened to undermine the GMOU model, strengthening the capacity of the RDCs became a shared objective for both CNL and the RDCs, and CNL ultimately established an additional fund to enable an NGO consortium to provide ongoing training and support to RDC leadership.
 
9) Incremental Approaches to Building Trust: Trust cannot be built overnight.  The GMOU provided opportunities for both company and communities to begin to make commitments and deliver on those commitments, to demonstrate that they could each be credible counterparts, and to build trust incrementally through that process.  This is best done through confidence-building measures in lower-stakes contexts first, rather than immediately rushing into high-stakes negotiations. The expiration of the GMOUs after 3 years was one way in which the stakes were lowered for both sides.  A time-bound agreement enabled both parties to move ahead, knowing that they would have an opportunity to re-evaluate performance of the model.
 
10) Relying on Internal Champions: Having internal champions who understand the drivers that make the model work remains essential, particularly as those with direct experience rotate to other positions within the company.Support from individuals within CNL was key to be able to address staff concerns and gain sufficient buy-in for the project to move forward. Several of the individuals supporting the GMOU process had experience with similar processes that had worked in other regions where Chevron operated. Key to maintaining support for the GMOU was the personal interest and participation of a hand-full of CNL operations managers who recognized the GMOUs’ importance in enabling the company to operate.

Throwback: ARINZE EJIOFOR – NNA ANYI BI NA ENU IGWE (1981)…{Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Dad}

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Arinze Ejiofor

Arinze Ejiofor

Highlife singer/atilogwu dancer Arinze Ejiofor, whose promising career was cut short when he perished in an auto accident in 1988. His son, Chiwetel, has gone on to a distinguished career as an actor.

“We had a conversation to finish” Eva Alordiah’s Emotional Letter To Goldie Harvey

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RIP Goldie Harvey

RIP Goldie Harvey

Eva Alordiah

Eva Alordiah

Eva Alordiah is a rapper, singer, dancer, model, makeup artist, writer and a very close friend of the late singer, Goldie Harvey. She published this emotional letter titled “My Dear Goldie!! My Few words in Many phrases” on her blog some minutes ago…

How do i begin this? It is already too difficult to talk about you using words like “Was” when i really want to say “is” and “Would have been” when my heart whispers “Would be”.
This is absolute insanity. How one minute you are here, Vibrant, Happy, excited about all the work you have mapped out for 2013..How you stayed cheering me on, telling me how you admire me..how you want to be there to help. You stoop low enough till i can hop on your back and bear my weight on your shoulders, regardless of the luggage you already have on yours.
Isn’t it ironic how everyone hated you for this and that..when all you ever wanted to do was entertain them. What’s sad? They still have something bad to say even in your absence. I am sad! You were here before me, and when i stepped my skinny legs in this wicked place to explore my music, You were one of the few out doing something different. You stood out like yolks stand out of egg whites.
How you handled this evil, self-centered, “i-have-only-bad-things-to-say” people for as long as you did is what baffles me.
You exhibited such strength, such outstanding emotional stamina that it seemed like you could do all wrong in their eyes and still stand, here, entertaining us from the bottom of your heart.

We had a conversation to finish Goldie! Remember? Now i feel like i would never be able to tell you what really happened contrary to what everyone thinks. I remember the last time i saw you, you were so mad at me for not telling you about me leaving the Label. And with good reason too! You hooked it all up didn’t you? So Goldie. Always ready to help. Sad when your friends are sad.

You said to me “Ehnnn? Eva you are not signed? Isssaalie! Are they blind? Let me talk to —- for you sharp sharp. He just got this new deal mehhnn, you must rock it oh. I won’t stop disturbing him till he signs you.”
And off you went! You took it upon yourself to make sure your friend asked me to sign with his label. And how so stupid i was not to have told you first the minute shit hit the fan…I hope the little i was able to explain to you was of any good. *sigh*
All that is gone now.
Even you are gone. Life is Crazy.

I am grateful today, that i had the pleasure of working with you Goldie boo, traveling, touring, doing shows with you. I loved you from day one! Fresh into the university and without a clue what i wanted from life, there you were on my TV screen doing what most women didn’t dare. Even i didn’t understand you at first. But i understood this one fact “You were YOU!” And it hit me right there. I finally realized what i wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be me. ME! Without a care in the world what “they” say as long as i am me. No compromise.

You didn’t just inspire and motivate me, you have kept me here.
If it wasn’t a phone call to find out if i was okay, it was a BB message to make me laugh my heart out.
My Dear Goldie, My sister, My friend…. I cannot ever answer the question why..but i know that God never works without purpose. So i am not going to ask why either.

I am going through a lot right now, this is one of those times we would have had a BB conversation and you would have put my worrying mind at ease. But then i think about it, like you always noted, “I haven’t even scraped the surface of what you have”.
All the times you cried and carried the pain in your heart like an artery, all the times you thought about giving it all up and let your tears flood up your pillows like rain…They didn’t see that. Yet the little they saw they hated. They mocked. Their shallow minds could not comprehend it. 95% of these are the same who have turned around now in your passing to offer words of kindness that you longed for while you were here. Haha !isn’t it amazing how they suddenly see how creative your videos were? Nwannem! Odikwa very strong tin!

Hmmmm….

You are gone now my love, as much as it kills me to type that out, i have to face it. If you are sitting on the right side of God our father, please beg him and intercede on my behalf while i Pray. As i go through the sort of things that you did, as i struggle to become somebody my parents are proud of, as i face this wicked place and its wicked people all by myself, as I say Goodbye to Friends who have become Foes overnight, as i stand in the midst of people who hate me for no reason and take it upon themselves like a day job to bring me down..Intercede on my behalf dear Goldie. May the Lord answer my prayers…the same sort you prayed while you were here.

Thank you for letting me into your world even for a short time. What great blessing it is to have known the real you. The soft, kind-hearted, always-ready-for-a-good-laugh beautiful girl that you were..
I’m too sad.
Rest in Peace my friend..in the beautiful wonders of everlasting eternity where no one judges you.

Love always,
Eva

African novels to look out for this year, 2013

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This year is looking good for African writing. We should expect new discoveries and fresh voices to emerge from the continent as there are still stories yet to be told whilst those who have already proven themselves will likely wax stronger. This is who we expect to rock:

Noviolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

Noviolet Bulawayo

Noviolet Bulawayo

We Need New Names is the lovely title of the forthcoming debut novel by Noviolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Tshele). Noviolet won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2011 for her story Hitting Budapest.

According to Libyan author Hisham Matar, who was one of the Caine Prize Judges: “The language of Hitting Budapest crackles. Here we encounter Darling, Bastard, Chipo, Godknows, Stina and Sbho, a gang reminiscent of Clockwork Orange. But these are children, poor and violated and hungry. This is a story with moral power and weight, it has the artistry to refrain from moral commentary. NoViolet Bulawayo is a writer who takes delight in language. Noviolet’s works are intensely lyrical and moving, while engaging with real social issues. She is a 2012-2014 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. We Need New Names comes out in May.

Teju Cole (Nigeria)

Teju Cole

Teju Cole

Writer, art historian, street photographer, Teju Cole (his real name is Obayemi Babajide Adetokunbo Onafuwa) was born in the United States to Nigerian parents, raised in Nigeria, and moved back to the US at the age of 17. His first book, a novella, Everyday is for the Thief, was published in Nigeria in 2007 by Cassava Republic. Cole has earned flattering comparisons to literary heavyweights like JM Coetzee, WG Sebald and Henry James for his second book, Open City (Faber 2011), a novel described as “finely written” and “free-flowing form with no plot, narrated by a scholarly solitary walker”.

Teju Cole is also well known for the compact stories he crafts on his Twitter account called Small Fates. These Tweet-sized narratives are based on odd stories drawn from small news items in newspapers. Last year Cole was included in the panel of judges for the inaugural twitter fiction festival “a virtual storytelling celebration” featuring “creative experiments in storytelling from authors around the world”. I have a hunch that he will spring up surprises in 2013 and delve into greater adventures in the world of arts.

Lauren Beukes (South Africa)

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes

Shining Girls is a novel much raved about from Lauren Beukes, one of the finest genre writers in the continent. Her first novel was Moxyland but her major break came with Zoo City, a hardboiled thriller set in a re-imagined Johannesburg. Zoo City won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award, the 2010 Kitschies Red Tentacle for best novel and was short-listed for several other prizes and the film rights have been sold.

In 2011, HarperCollins brokered a six-figure sum deal at the Frankfurt Book fair for Shining Girls and plans to publish it in May this year. In Shining Girls, The Time Traveler’s Wife meets The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in this story of a time-traveling serial killer who is impossible to trace, until one of his victims survives.

Taiye Selasi (Ghana)

Taiye Selasi

Taiye Selasi

Selasi met Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison at Oxford in 2005. She was introduced by Morrison’s niece, the producer of a play she had written as a graduate student. Morrison invited Selasi to her home when they returned to the States. Morrison subsequently encouraged Selasie to pen her first story The Sex Lives of African Girls which was published in Granta magazine in 2011 in its feminism issue and appeared in Best American Short Stories 2012.

In 2010 Ann Godoff at Penguin Press bought Selasi’s unfinished novel and Ghana Must Go is now set to be published in 15 countries in 2013. The novel opens with a scene of a father who is about to die and traces the saga of his disintegrating family back to Africa. Ghana Must Go is widely tipped as one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year.

Victor Ehikhamenor (Nigeria)

Victor Ehikhamenor

Victor Ehikhamenor

Excuse me, Ehikhamenor’s newly released collection of essays, is a book of wit and humour. What began as a weekly column of the same title, while he served as Nigeria’s NEXT Newspaper’s first creative director, evolved into a book of satirical proportions. These funny pieces draw heavily on the experiences of everyday life in Nigeria as well as from the lives of Nigerians abroad.

Victor graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, USA and has won awards for his works including the 2008 Leon Forest Scholar Fiction Award and a Breadloaf Scholarship.

Alain Mabanckou (Congo)

Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou

Franco-Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou is among the best known and most successful writers in the French language and one of the best known African writers in France. Sometimes referred to as Africa’s Samuel Beckett, Mabanckou was selected by Vanity Fair as one of the continent’s greatest living writers.

His works include Black Bazaar, Memoirs of a Porcupine, African Psycho and Broken Glass and his style has been described as colloquial and highly entertaining. He is also prolific, Mabanckou’s latest offering Tomorrow I Will be Twenty Years Old is set to be published in May this year. Drawn from his own childhood experiences the book recounts the story of ten year old Michel living in Pointe Noire, Congo in the 1970s.

Sarah Lotz (South Africa)

Sarah Lotz

Sarah Lotz

Lotz is an award-winning author and scriptwriter who has published three novels Tooth and Nailed, Exhibit A and Pompidou Posse. Sarah writes urban horror novels under the name SL Grey with author Louis Greenberg and a Young Adult zombie series with her daughter, Savannah, under the name Lily Herne. Lotz recently accepted a pre-emptive six-figure offer from UK publishers Hodder and Stoughton for her novel The Three and another book.

Igoni Barrett (Nigeria)

Igoni Barrett

Igoni Barrett

Igoni Barrett, one of the finest writers around, was the winner of the BBC World Service short story competition for 2005. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled From Caves of Rotten Teeth, was first published in 2005 and re-issued in 2008. Known for the raw energy of his prose and characters that feel alive on the page, Barrett’s new collection of stories Love Is Power, Or Something Like That is due to be published in the UK, US and Nigeria in June. I encourage you to put it on your list of must-reads for 2013.

Mehul Gohil (Kenya)

Mehul Gohil

Mehul Gohil

Mehul Gohil is a writer born and living in Nairobi, Kenya. He won the Kenya I Live In short story competition organised in 2010 by Kwani Trust for his short story Farah Aideed Goes To Gulf War. He has previously been published in Kwani 06. Those hungry for his first book hopefully won’t have to wait long.

Rachel Zadok (South Africa)

Rachel Zadok

Rachel Zadok

In 2005 Rachel was nominated for the Whitbread First Novel Award for her novel Gem Squash Tokoloshe, which was also a finalist in the UK TV presenters’ Richard and Judy How to Get Published competition. The book is a story of the dissolution of a marriage seen through the eyes of an innocent child in rural South Africa. Gem Squash Tokoloshe was widely seen as marking the arrival of a young writer to be reckoned with.

This year Rachel’s second book Sister Sister (Kwela Books) is being released in South Africa in April. It is the story of the gregarious bright Thuli and her stuttering, introverted twin Sindi. In childhood they are inseparable outcasts but the arrival of an uncle they never knew they had sets into motion a course of events that will destroy their relationship and, eventually, their lives. You might want to read this one with the lights on if I know anything about Rachel’s ability to write stories that crawl along your spine.

Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria)

Cover of Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

Cover of Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor

Okorafor is the author of Who Fears Death, The Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker and has won many awards for her works. Her collection of short stories KabuKabu, will officially be released October 2013.

Beatrice Lamwaka (Uganda)

Beatrice Lamwaka

Beatrice Lamwaka

Short-listed for the Caine prize in 2011 for her story Butterfly Dreams, Lamwaka is the General Secretary of the Uganda Women Writers Association. She was a finalist for the 2009 SA PEN/Studzinski Literary Award and was a fellow of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation/African Institute of South Africa Young Scholars programme that year. Lamwaka is currently working on her first novel and a compilation of her short stories.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Celebrated novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie returns with a new novel Americanah. The title comes from the word Nigerians use for those who have left the country for the US and become “Americanised” – a borderline insult. With three books to her name and a clutch of literary prizes, Chimamanda is one of the most beloved and critically lauded writers working today. Americanah comes out in May.

54 Ways to say “I Love You”; in Africa

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I Love You

I Love You

It’s the month of love!
Forget roses.

We’ve got 54 unique ways to show your love–one for each country within Africa.
And if you want to learn how to say “I love you” in 54 African languages, start practicing with our language list!

Algeria: Read a love poem written in French, one of the languages of Algeria

Angola: Give a back massage with palm oil, sourced in Angola

Benin: Listen to a bedtime story sung by Angelique Kidjo from Benin, a Grammy-Award winner

Botswana: Buy a piece of jewelry—maybe a ring?—with diamonds mined in Botswana

Botswana

Botswana

Burkina Faso: Serve a gluten-free sorghum beer, brewed in Burkina Faso

Burundi: Bake heart shaped cookies with sugar exported from Burundi

Cameroon: Make a ceramic heart-shaped dish, with the clay found in the highlands in Cameroon

Cape Verde: Drink Portuguese-style wine, made in the vineyards of Cape Verde

Central African Republic: Make a rich, vanilla-flavored tapioca pudding for dessert, made from cassava imported from Central African Republic

Chad: Listen to a love ballad played on a kinde, a harp from Chad

Comoros: Delight in a triple-thick vanilla milkshake, flavored with natural vanilla imported from the Comoros

Congo-Brazzaville: Learn to paint at the Poto Poto School of Painters in Brazzaville, Congo

Congo-Kinshasa: Watch the film When We Were Kings, about Mohammad Ali’s famous match against George Foreman in Kinshasa, known at the time as the famed “Rumble in the Jungle”

Cote d’Ivoire: Buy a gold mask to hang on the wall, from extensive collections crafted in Cote d’Ivoire

Djibouti: Get a hand-woven wool rug from Djibouti to keep your feet warm

Egypt: Purchase tickets to the Cairo International Film Festival

Equatorial Guinea: Drink a cup of osang tea, grown organically in Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea: Read My Father’s Daughter by Hannah Pool, a heartwarming book about an Eritrean girl adopted by a British family

Eritrea

Eritrea

Ethiopia: Wake up to the smell of coffee, made with beans sourced from Ethiopia

Gabon: Obtain a stone sculpture of a woman’s face, items for which Gabon’s artisans are famous

Gambia: Take a bird watching trip for two around MacCarthy Island, an ornithologically rich part of The Gambia.

Ghana: Serve authentic Ghanaian dark chocolate, the birthplace of the cocoa bean

Guinea: Take a stroll down the streets of Conakry at sunset

Conakry; Guinea

Conakry; Guinea

Guinea-Bissau: Pound away on a dried calabash, or gourd, which is used to make music in Guinea-Bissau

Kenya: Try purple tea sourced from Kenya, a country considered by connoisseurs to be among the best tea producers in the world

Lesotho: Travel to the Oxbow, one of the only places in Africa to go skiing

Liberia: Sing the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s Liberian Girl: “You know that you came and you changed my world”

Libya: Enjoy bazeen, an unsweetened cake made with barley flour and usually served with tomatoes and eggs

Madagascar: Purchase a blue sapphire gem, extracted from the sapphire mines of Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar

Malawi: Find a nyau mask, still used by the Chewa people for initiations and important events

Mali: Plan a romantic dinner with a desert view in Timbuktu

Mauritania: Hand make soft bed linens from the ultra soft tie-dyed cotton fabric from free-trade cooperatives in Mauritania

Mauritius: Have your hotel arrange a white linen and china dinner for two on the beach at sunset

Mauritius

Mauritius

Morocco: Buy a token of love in one of Morocco’s many souks

Mozambique: Experiment with a marimba, a type of xylophone native to the country

Namibia: Express your inner child by sandboarding down the sand dunes

Niger: Wrap yourself and your lover with a traditional hand-woven wedding blanket in colorful patterns

Nigeria: Listen to the soulful rhythm of Zombie, one of Fela Kuti’s most acclaimed albums

Rwanda: Perform the Intore, the most famous, traditional Rwandan dance for your loved one in private

Sao Tome and Principe: Savor Corallo Chocolate, voted by some to be amongst the world’s best organic chocolate

Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe

Senegal: Give your valentine a sand painting, made from Senegalese volcanic sand, beach sand, and dune sand

Seychelles: Visit the white, sandy beaches on the island of Mahe, while indulging in the French-African creole culture

Sierra Leone: Drink Star Beer, produced by the national brewer, Sierra Leone Breweries

Somalia: Read Crossbones by Nuruddin Farrah, a novel about a family returning to Somalia 

South Africa: Uncork a rich, red Merlot from the Cape winelands, and give your lover a bouquet of protea flowers, the national flower of South Africa

Sudan: Read the poem The Trees Have Passed, by formerly imprisoned poet Mahjoub Sharif

South Sudan: Take a rafting expedition along the White Nile river and get a glimpse of wildlife along the untraveled section of the Nile

Swaziland: Light your bedroom with the gentle and romantic glow from Swazi candles

Tanzania: Indulge in a konyagi, an indigenous, gin-like beverage

Togo: Hang a zota painting (which is made with scorched wood and smoke) made by Paul Ahyi, the designer of Togo’s flag

Togo

Togo

Tunisia: Visit a hammam, a traditional Tunisian public steam bath

Uganda: Take a romantic safari in one of Uganda’s many safari parks

Zambia: Wrap your gift in a tonga basket, which are woven by Tonga women, renowned for their weaving abilities

Zimbabwe: Propose to your loved one at Victoria Falls with a platinum engagement ring, with platinum exported from Zimbabwe.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Sister, Randi, Gets Book Deal

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Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg

It’s called “Dot Complicated,” get it?
Randi Zuckerberg, the social media executive and entrepreneur who left her CEO brother Mark’s Facebook in 2011, has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins.
Dot Complicated, the same name as her newsletter, will be a memoir that includes her thoughts on the digital age, covering her years as Facebook’s marketing director to 2011, when she became a mother.
The second book will be a children’s story. We hope she can dish a little on Mark as well.

Hillary’s Farewell Speech: Read the Transcript

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Clinton speaking on Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

Clinton speaking on Thursday. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty)

On the day before she retires as secretary of state, Clinton spoke to the Council on Foreign Relations about her tenure. Read her remarks here:

“Thank you, Richard, for that introduction and for everything you’ve done to lead this very valuable institution.  I also want to thank the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and all my friends and colleagues and other interested citizens who are here today, because you respect the Council, you understand the important work that it does, and you are committed to ensuring that we chart a path to the future that is in the best interests not only of the United States, but of the world.
 
As Richard said, tomorrow is my last day as Secretary of State.  And though it is hard to predict what any day in this job will bring, I know that tomorrow, my heart will be very full.  Serving with the men and women of the State Department and USAID has been a singular honor.  And Secretary Kerry will find there is no more extraordinary group of people working anywhere in the world.  So these last days have been bittersweet for me, but this opportunity that I have here before you gives me some time to reflect on the distance that we’ve traveled, and to take stock of what we’ve done and what is left to do.
 
I think it’s important, as Richard alluded in his opening comments, what we faced in January of 2009:  Two wars, an economy in freefall, traditional alliances fraying, our diplomatic standing damaged, and around the world, people questioning America’s commitment to core values and our ability to maintain our global leadership.  That was my inbox on day one as your Secretary of State. 

Today, the world remains a dangerous and complicated place, and of course, we still face many difficult challenges. But a lot has changed in the last four years. Under President Obama’s leadership, we’ve ended the war in Iraq, begun a transition in Afghanistan, and brought Usama bin Ladin to justice. We have also revitalized American diplomacy and strengthened our alliances. And while our economic recovery is not yet complete, we are heading in the right direction. In short, America today is stronger at home and more respected in the world. And our global leadership is on firmer footing than many predicted.

To understand what we have been trying to do these last four years, it’s helpful to start with some history.

Last year, I was honored to deliver the Forrestal Lecture at the Naval Academy, named for our first Secretary of Defense after World War II. In 1946, James Forrestal noted in his diary that the Soviets believed that the post-war world should be shaped by a handful of major powers acting alone. But, he went on, “The American point of view is that all nations professing a desire for peace and democracy should participate.”

And what ended up happening in the years since is something in between. The United States and our allies succeeded in constructing a broad international architecture of institutions and alliances – chiefly the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, and NATO – that protected our interests, defended universal values, and benefitted peoples and nations around the world. Yet it is undeniable that a handful of major powers did end up controlling those institutions, setting norms, and shaping international affairs.

Now, two decades after the end of the Cold War, we face a different world. More countries than ever have a voice in global debates. We see more paths to power opening up as nations gain influence through the strength of their economies rather than their militaries. And political and technological changes are empowering non-state actors, like activists, corporations, and terrorist networks.

At the same time, we face challenges, from financial contagion to climate change to human and wildlife trafficking, that spill across borders and defy unilateral solutions. As President Obama has said, the old postwar architecture is crumbling under the weight of new threats. So the geometry of global power has become more distributed and diffuse as the challenges we face have become more complex and crosscutting.

So the question we ask ourselves every day is: What does this mean for America? And then we go on to say: How can we advance our own interests and also uphold a just, rules-based international order, a system that does provide clear rules of the road for everything from intellectual property rights to freedom of navigation to fair labor standards?

Simply put, we have to be smart about how we use our power. Not because we have less of it – indeed, the might of our military, the size of our economy, the influence of our diplomacy, and the creative energy of our people remain unrivaled. No, it’s because as the world has changed, so too have the levers of power that can most effectively shape international affairs.

I’ve come to think of it like this: Truman and Acheson were building the Parthenon with classical geometry and clear lines. The pillars were a handful of big institutions and alliances dominated by major powers. And that structure delivered unprecedented peace and prosperity. But time takes its toll, even on the greatest edifice. 

And we do need a new architecture for this new world; more Frank Gehry than formal Greek. (Laughter.) Think of it. Now, some of his work at first might appear haphazard, but in fact, it’s highly intentional and sophisticated. Where once a few strong columns could hold up the weight of the world, today we need a dynamic mix of materials and structures.

Now, of course, American military and economic strength will remain the foundation of our global leadership. As we saw from the intervention to stop a massacre in Libya to the raid that brought bin Ladin to justice, there will always be times when it is necessary and just to use force. America’s ability to project power all over the globe remains essential. And I’m very proud of the partnerships that the State Department has formed with the Pentagon, first with Bob Gates and Mike Mullen and then with Leon Panetta and Marty Dempsey. 

By the same token, America’s traditional allies and friends in Europe and East Asia remain invaluable partners on nearly everything we do. And we have spent considerable energy strengthening those bonds over the past four years.

And, I would be quick to add, the UN, the IMF, the World Bank, and NATO are also still essential. But all of our institutions and our relationships need to be modernized and complemented by new institutions, relationships, and partnerships that are tailored for new challenges and modeled to the needs of a variable landscape, like how we elevated the G-20 during the financial crisis, or created the Climate and Clean Air Coalition out of the State Department to fight short-lived pollutants like black carbon, or worked with partners like Turkey, where the two of us stood up the first Global Counterterrorism Forum.

We’re also working more than ever with invigorated regional organizations. Consider the African Union in Somalia and the Arab League in Libya, even sub-regional groups like the Lower Mekong Initiative that we created to help reintegrate Burma into its neighborhood and try to work across national boundaries on issues like whether dams should or should not be built.

We’re also, of course, thinking about old-fashioned shoe-leather diplomacy in a new way. I have found it, and I’ve said this before, highly ironic that in today’s world, when we can be anywhere virtually, more than ever, people want us to actually show up. But while a Secretary of State in an earlier era might have been able to focus on a small number of influential capitals, shuttling between the major powers, today we, by necessity, must take a broader view.

And people say to me all the time, “I look at your travel schedule; why Togo?” Well, no Secretary of State had ever been to Togo. But Togo happens to hold a rotating seat on the UN Security Council. Going there, making the personal investment has a strategic purpose. 

And it’s not just where we engage, but with whom. You can’t build a set of durable partnerships in the 21st century with governments alone. The opinions of people now matter as to how their governments work with us, whether it’s democratic or authoritarian. So in virtually every country I have visited, I’ve held town halls and reached out directly to citizens, civil society organizations, women’s groups, business communities, and so many others. They have valuable insights and contributions to make. And increasingly, they are driving economic and political change, especially in democracies. 

The State Department now has Twitter feeds in 11 languages. And just this Tuesday, I participated in a global town hall and took questions from people on every continent, including, for the first time, Antarctica.

So the point is: We have to be strategic about all the levers of global power and look for the new levers that could not have been possible or had not even been invented a decade ago. We need to widen the aperture of our engagement, and let me offer a few examples of how we’re doing this.

First, technology. You can’t be a 21st century leader without 21st century tools, not when people organize pro-democracy protests with Twitter and while terrorists spread their hateful ideology online. That’s why I have championed what we call 21st century statecraft.

We’ve launched an interagency Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications at State. Experts, tech-savvy specialists from across our government fluent in Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Somali, use social media to expose al-Qaida’s contradictions and abuses, including its continuing brutal attacks on Muslim civilians.

We’re leading the effort also to defend internet freedom so it remains a free, open, and reliable platform for everyone. We’re helping human rights activists in oppressive internet environments get online and communicate more safely. Because the country that built the internet ought to be leading the fight to protect it from those who would censor it or use it as a tool of control. 

Second, our nonproliferation agenda. Negotiating the New START Treaty with Russia was an example of traditional diplomacy at its best. Then working it through the Congress was an example of traditional bipartisan support at its best. But we also have been working with partners around the world to create a new institution, the Nuclear Security Summit, to keep dangerous materials out of the hands of terrorists. We conducted intensive diplomacy with major powers to impose crippling sanctions against Iran and North Korea. But to enforce those sanctions, we also enlisted banks, insurance companies, and high-tech international financial institutions. And today, Iran’s oil tankers sit idle, and its currency has taken a massive hit. 

Now, this brings me to a third lever: economics. Everyone knows how important that is. But not long ago, it was thought that business drove markets and governments drove geopolitics. Well, those two, if they ever were separate, have certainly converged.

So creating jobs at home is now part of the portfolio of diplomats abroad. They are arguing for common economic rules of the road, especially in Asia, so we can make trade a race to the top, not a scramble to the bottom. We are prioritizing economics in our engagement in every region, like in Latin America, where, as you know, we ratified free trade agreements with Colombia and Panama. 

And we’re also using economic tools to address strategic challenges, for example, in Afghanistan, because along with the security transition and the political transition, we are supporting an economic transition that boosts the private sector and increases regional economic integration. It’s a vision of transit and trade connections we call the New Silk Road. 

A related lever of power is development. And we are helping developing countries grow their economies not just through traditional assistance, but also through greater trade and investment, partnerships with the private sector, better governance, and more participation from women. We think this is an investment in our own economic future. And I love saying this, because people are always quite surprised to hear it: Seven of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa. Other countries are doing everything they can to help their companies win contracts and invest in emerging markets. Other countries still are engaged in a very clear and relentless economic diplomacy. We should too, and increasingly, we are. 

And make no mistake: There is a crucial strategic dimension to this development work as well. Weak states represent some of our most significant threats. We have an interest in strengthening them and building more capable partners that can tackle their own security problems at home and in their neighborhoods, and economics will always play a role in that. 

Next, think about energy and climate change. Managing the world’s energy supplies in a way that minimizes conflict and supports economic growth while protecting the future of our planet is one of the greatest challenges of our time. 

So we’re using both high-level international diplomacy and grassroots partnerships to curb carbon emissions and other causes of climate change. We’ve created a new bureau at the State Department focused on energy diplomacy as well as new partnerships like the U.S.-EU Energy Council. We’ve worked intensively with the Iraqis to support their energy sector, because it is critical not only to their economy, their stability as well. And we’ve significantly intensified our efforts to resolve energy disputes from the South China Sea to the eastern Mediterranean to keep the world’s energy markets stable. Now this has been helped quite significantly by the increase in our own domestic production. It’s no accident that as Iranian oil has gone offline because of our sanctions, other sources have come online, so Iran cannot benefit from increased prices. 

Then there’s human rights and our support for democracy and the rule of law, levers of power and values we cannot afford to ignore. In the last century, the United States led the world in recognizing that universal rights exist and that governments are obligated to protect them. Now we have placed ourselves at the frontlines of today’s emerging battles, like the fight to defend the human rights of the LGBT communities around the world and religious minorities wherever and whoever they are. But it’s not a coincidence that virtually every country that threatens regional and global peace is a place where human rights are in peril or the rule of law is weak. 

More specifically, places where women and girls are treated as second-class, marginal human beings. Just ask young Malala from Pakistan. Ask the women of northern Mali who live in fear and can no longer go to school. Ask the women of the Eastern Congo who endure rape as a weapon of war.

And that is the final lever that I want to highlight briefly. Because the jury is in, the evidence is absolutely indisputable: If women and girls everywhere were treated as equal to men in rights, dignity, and opportunity, we would see political and economic progress everywhere. So this is not only a moral issue, which, of course, it is. It is an economic issue and a security issue, and it is the unfinished business of the 21st century. It therefore must be central to U.S. foreign policy. 

One of the first things I did as Secretary was to elevate the Office of Global Women’s Issues under the first Ambassador-at-Large, Melanne Verveer. And I’m very pleased that yesterday, the President signed a memorandum making that office permanent. 

In the past four years, we’ve made – (applause) – thank you. In the past four years, we’ve made a major push at the United Nations to integrate women in peace and security-building worldwide, and we’ve seen successes in places like Liberia. We’ve urged leaders in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya to recognize women as equal citizens with important contributions to make. We are supporting women entrepreneurs around the world who are creating jobs and driving growth. 

So technology, development, human rights, women. Now, I know that a lot of pundits hear that list and they say: Isn’t that all a bit soft? What about the hard stuff? Well, that is a false choice. We need both, and no one should think otherwise.

I will be the first to stand up and proclaim loudly and clearly that America’s military might is and must remain the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. I will also make very clear, as I have done over the last years, that our diplomatic power, the ability to convene, our moral suasion is effective because the United States can back up our words with action. We will ensure freedom of navigation in all the world’s seas. We will relentlessly go after al-Qaida, its affiliates, and its wannabes. We will do what is necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

There are limits to what soft power on its own can achieve. And there are limits to what hard power on its own can achieve. That’s why, from day one, I’ve been talking about smart power. And when you look at our approach to two regions undergoing sweeping shifts, you can see how this works in practice. 

First, America’s expanding engagement in the Asia Pacific. Now, much attention has been focused on our military moves in the region. And certainly, adapting our force posture is a key element of our comprehensive strategy. But so is strengthening our alliances through new economic and security arrangements. We’ve sent Marines to Darwin, but we’ve also ratified the Korea Free Trade Agreement. We responded to the triple disaster in Japan through our governments, through our businesses, through our not-for-profits, and reminded the entire region of the irreplaceable role America plays.

First and foremost, this so-called pivot has been about creative diplomacy: 

Like signing a little-noted treaty of amity and cooperation with ASEAN that opened the door to permanent representation and ultimately elevated a forum for engaging on high-stakes issues like the South China Sea. We’ve encouraged India’s “Look East” policy as a way to weave another big democracy into the fabric of the Asia Pacific. We’ve used trade negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership to find common ground with a former adversary in Vietnam. And the list goes on. Our effort has encompassed all the levers of powers and more that I’ve both discussed and that we have utilized.

And you can ask yourself: How could we approach an issue as thorny and dangerous as territorial disputes in the South China Sea without a deep understanding of energy politics, subtle multilateral diplomacy, smart economic statecraft, and a firm adherence to universal norms?

Or think about Burma. Supporting the historic opening there took a blend of economic, diplomatic, and political tools. The country’s leaders wanted the benefits of rejoining the global economy. They wanted to more fully participate in the region’s multilateral institutions and to no longer be an international pariah. So we needed to engage with them on many fronts to make that happen, pressing for the release of political prisoners and additional reforms while also boosting investment and upgrading our diplomatic relations.

Then there’s China. Navigating this relationship is uniquely consequential, because how we deal with one another will define so much of our common future. It is also uniquely complex, because – as I have said on many occasions, and as I have had very high-level Chinese leaders quote back to me – we are trying to write a new answer to the age-old question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet.

To make this work, we really do have to be able to use every lever at our disposal all the time. So we expanded our high-level engagement through the Strategic & Economic Dialogue to cover both traditional strategic issues like North Korea and maritime security, and also emerging challenges like climate change, cyber security, intellectual property concerns, as well as human rights. 

Now, this approach was put to the test last May when we had to keep a summit meeting of the dialogue on track while also addressing a crisis over the fate of a blind human rights dissident who had sought refuge in our American Embassy. Not so long ago, such an incident might very well have scuttled the talks. But we have though intense effort, confidence building, we have built enough breadth and resilience into the relationship to be able to defend our values and promote our interests at the same time.

We passed that test, but there will be others. The Pacific is big enough for all of us, and we will continue to welcome China’s rise – if it chooses to play a constructive role in the region. For both of us, the future of this relationship depends on our ability to engage across all these issues at once.
That’s true as well for another complicated and important region: the Middle East and North Africa. 

I’ve talked at length recently about our strategy in this region, including in speeches at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Saban Forum, and in my recent testimony before Congress. So let me just say this.

There has been progress: American soldiers have come home from Iraq. People are electing their leaders for the first time in generations, or ever, in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. The United States and our partners built a broad coalition to stop Qadhafi from massacring his people. And a ceasefire is holding in Gaza. All good things. But not nearly enough. 

Ongoing turmoil in Egypt and Libya point to the difficulties of unifying fractured countries and building credible democratic institutions. The impasse between Israel and the Palestinians shows little sign of easing. In Syria, the Assad regime continues to slaughter its people and incite inter-communal conflict. Iran is pursuing its nuclear ambitions and sponsoring violent extremists across the globe. And we continue to face real terrorist threats from Yemen and North Africa. 

So I will not stand here and pretend that the United States has all the solutions to these problems. We do not. But we are clear about the future we seek for the region and its peoples. We want to see a region at peace with itself and the world – where people live in dignity, not dictatorships, where entrepreneurship thrives, not extremism. And there is no doubt that getting to that future will be difficult and will require every single tool in our toolkit.

Because you can’t have true peace in the Middle East without addressing both the active conflicts and the underlying causes. You can’t have true justice unless the rights of all citizens are respected, including women and minorities. You can’t have the prosperity or opportunity that should be available unless there’s a vibrant private sector and good governance.

And of this I’m sure: you can’t have true stability and security unless leaders start leading; unless countries start opening their economies and societies, not shutting off the internet or undermining democracy; investing in their people’s creativity, not fomenting their rage; building schools, not burning them. There is no dignity in that and there is no future in it either.

Now, there is no question that everything I’ve discussed and all that I left off this set of remarks adds up to a very big challenge that requires America to adapt to these new realities of global power and influence in order to maintain our leadership. But this is also an enormous opportunity. The United States is uniquely positioned in this changing landscape.

The things that make us who we are as a nation – our openness and innovation, our diversity, our devotion to human rights and democracy – are beautifully matched to the demands of this era and this interdependent world. So as we look to the next four years and beyond, we have to keep pushing forward on this agenda, consolidate our engagement in the Asia Pacific without taking our eyes off the Middle East and North Africa; keep working to curb the spread of deadly weapons, especially in Iran and North Korea; effectively manage the end of our combat mission in Afghanistan without losing focus on al-Qaida and its affiliates; pursue a far-ranging economic agenda that sweeps from Asia to Latin America to Europe. 

And keep looking for the next Burmas. They’re not yet at a position where we can all applaud, but which has begun a process of opening. Capitalize on our domestic energy renewal and intensify our efforts on climate change, and then take on emerging issues like cyber security, not just across the government but across our society.

You know why we have to do all of this? Because we are the indispensable nation. We are the force for progress, prosperity and peace. And because we have to get it right for ourselves. Leadership is not a birthright. It has to be earned by each new generation. The reservoirs of goodwill we built around the world during the 20th century will not last forever. In fact, in some places, they are already dangerously depleted. New generations of young people do not remember GIs liberating their countries or Americans saving millions of lives from hunger and disease. We need to introduce ourselves to them anew, and one of the ways we do that is by looking at and focusing on and working on those issues that matter most to their lives and futures.

So because the United States is still the only country that has the reach and resolve to rally disparate nations and peoples together to solve problems on a global scale, we cannot shirk that responsibility. Our ability to convene and connect is unparalleled, and so is our ability to act alone whenever necessary.

So when I say we are truly the indispensible nation, it’s not meant as a boast or an empty slogan. It’s a recognition of our role and our responsibilities. That’s why all the declinists are dead wrong. (Laughter.) It’s why the United States must and will continue to lead in this century even as we lead in new ways. And we know leadership has its costs. We know it comes with risks and can require great sacrifice. We’ve seen that painfully again in recent months. But leadership is also an honor, one that Chris Stevens and his colleagues in Benghazi embodied. And we must always strive to be worthy of that honor.

That sacred charge has been my north star every day that I’ve served as Secretary of State. And it’s been an enormous privilege to lead to the men and women of the State Department and USAID, nearly 70,000 serving here in Washington and in more than 270 posts around the world. They get up and go to work every day, often in frustrating, difficult, and dangerous circumstances, because they believe, as we believe, that the United States is the most extraordinary force for peace and progress the world has ever known.

And so today, after four years in this job, traveling nearly a million miles and visiting 112 countries, my faith in our nation is even stronger, and my confidence in our future is as well. I know what it’s like when that blue and white airplane emblazoned with the words “United States of America” touches down in some far-off capital and I get to feel the great honor and responsibility it is to represent the world’s indispensable nation. I’m confident that my successor and his successors and all who serve in the position that I’ve been so privileged to hold will continue to lead in this century just as we did in the last – smartly, tirelessly, courageously – to make the world more peaceful, more safe, more prosperous, more free. And for that, I am very grateful.

Thank you. (Applause.)

Mr. Footballer, Osi Umenyiora, Nigerian Engaged to Former Miss Universe, Leila Lopes, Angolan

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Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes

Osi Umenyiora and Leila Lopes

Congratulations galore are pouring in for NY Giants Osi Umenyiora and former Miss Universe Leila Lopes, who tweeted their engagement from Europe.  The newly engaged couple spent this week in Europe with friends and family (his brother Okwi and his wife) visiting such sights as Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo and posted photos from Twitter and instagram. The couple are both African. He’s Nigerian and she’s Angolan!

Gynecologist Found Dead in Suspected Suicide after ‘Secretly Taking Pictures and Videos of his Patients’

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Dr. Nikita Levy

Dr. Nikita Levy

A gynecologist who was recently fired for secretly filming his female patients was found dead in his Maryland home after committing suicide.

Dr Nikita Levy, who worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for two decades up until last week, is suspected of covertly taking pictures and shooting videos of his exposed patients.

Levy was found dead by police who arrived at his Towson home at 7am on Monday morning in a suspected suicide. They would not reveal his cause of death except to say that neither a gun or knife was used.

The 54-year-old doctor had not been charged with any crime, but his lawyer confirmed that he was representing Levy at the time of his death.

Levy had worked as a doctor at the prestigious school’s East Baltimore Medical Center in their gynecology and obstetrics department.

His trove of patients received a letter last week notifying them that he would no longer be working at the practice, but many are infuriated by the fact that a key piece of information was left out.

The letter did not mention anything about the allegations against him, leaving out the fact that a co-worker discovered that the doctor was using personal recording devices to capture his patients in their most vulnerable moments.

Source: Mailonline, UK

When Kim Kardashian came to Lagos and “419ed the 419ers” by Jeremy Weate

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Kim Kardashian arrives lagos, Nigeria for Darey's Love Like A Movie Concert

Kim Kardashian arrives lagos, Nigeria for Darey’s Love Like A Movie Concert

Eko Hotel, Victoria Island: the scene of so many expensive misdemeanours in the past, did its best not to disappoint. Kim Kardashian (pictured sailing into the salubrious Murtala Muhammed International Airport) was billed to “co-host” an event with R’n’B crooner Darey Art-Alade in honour of “Love..Like a Movie”. In other words, it was a “Vals” thing. Lagos being familiar to the metallurgy of snobbery, this involved platinum ticket holders being invited to an exclusive pre-dinner event with her K-ness. Pseudo-ogas lower down the corporate food chain only got to see the show.
I was just over a thousand miles away from the action in Freetown, watching my Twitter timeline cascade with commentary as the evening unfolded. Tweets purred with pleasure at the acrobatics segment, and at the godly qualities of Waje’s voice. There was a sense that in production values and packaging, Lagos had outblinged itself.
And then Ms Kardashian appeared, said, “hey Naija” and vamoosed. The rumour was that she’d been paid 500,000 Benjamins for the honour of mixing with the petro-class. She arrived on Saturday evening (on Air France), and left within twenty-four hours (someone Instagrammed her back at MMIA). Prole class tickets were apparently N100,000 ($640), although quite a few got in gratis on the guest list.
The Lagos elite blows money at puffery, while most of Nigeria suffers. It’s the same as it ever was. I recall Carlos Moore railing against the Gowon era on his trip to Nigeria a couple of years ago – how Lagosians were partying while bodies were lying unburied in the street. Gowon was famous at the time for saying that the problem in Nigeria was not money, but how to spend it.
Reflecting a little on the unfolding disappointment in Lagos, I couldn’t help but think that the narrow slice of KK the audience were granted reflects a cargo cult/import economy/colo-mentality, that dresses its shame in dandified arrogance. Last year, Hugh Masekela played the Motor Boat club. I was lucky to be there (I think I paid 15,000 naira for the privilege). People chatted noisily throughout. The great jazzman could hardly hide his disgust.
There’s something Dubai-esque about the children of the Islands. Pampered lives told in British public school brogues. Bubbles of air-conditioned comfort, which we might think of these days as “Lekki blindness”. Fela is long since dead, but his words rework themselves in the present with ease.
As the disgruntled tweets flowed out on my timeline, I thought of Special K, comfy in her jimjams, the plane rising gradually above the Atlantic, safe from all Lagos harm, smiling to herself that she’d actually 419’d the 419ers. And I went to bed with one final thought: oil turns all who touch it completely insane.

See what Mediatakeout wrote about Kim Kardashian’s visit to Nigeria

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Darey Art Alade and KimK

Darey Art Alade and KimK

Media Takeout one of the biggest urban websites in the world wrote.. ..WHAT THE FREAK?????? Kim Kardashian Is Paid $500K . . . To Make An APPEARANCE In Nigeria!!! (Pics)

“There is a minor SCANDAL going on in the African nation of Nigeria. You see, Kim Kardashian was paid $500K for a 45 minute appearance in a Lagos club. Nigerians were asked to pay $640 (US dollars) to party with Kim, and take a pic with her.
The average Nigerian earns a little more than $2 per day.”

Lol..there you have it.In other news,Darey has gone international. Isn’t that the whole idea ? Success if you ask me…

Nigerian Writer: Who is Chika Unigwe?

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Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe

Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children.
She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, having completed a thesis entitled “In the shadow of Ala. Igbo women writing as an act of righting” in 2004.

Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story “Borrowed Smile”, a Commonwealth Short Story Award for “Weathered Smiles” and a Flemish literary prize for “De Smaak van Sneeuw”, her first short story written in Dutch. “The Secret”, another of her short pieces, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing.

Chika Unigwe’s stories have been broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, and other Commonwealth Radio Stations.

Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch by Meulenhoff / Manteau in September 2005; it is the first book of fiction written by a Flemish author of African origin. The story, set in Turnhout, explores themes such as grief, illness and loneliness, subjects already touched upon in Unigwe’s earlier work. By featuring a central character who shares the novelist’s Afro-European background, the narrative also exposes some shortcomings of Belgian society, like its pervasive unwelcoming atmosphere and the superficiality of many of its inhabitants.

Chika Unigwe has recently published her second novel, On Black Sisters’ Street (first released in Dutch under the title Fata Morgana), a tale of choices and displacement set against the backdrop of the Antwerp prostitution scene.

Chika won the prestigous 2012 NLNG Prize for Literature for her novel On Black Sisters’ Street and has been longlisted for the 2012 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. Wowza!!!

© 2006-2009 Chika Unigwe Website

Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of forbidden romance {…In a nation that bans Valentine’s Day, love still finds a way}

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Saudi Arabia's religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine's Day

Saudi Arabia’s religious police have banned red roses ahead of Valentine’s Day

The shop clerk was reluctant to discuss the matter, but finally relented. They are not taking orders over the phone these days, he said. And customers who come in personally are advised that when they pick up their contraband purchase, it will be discreetly wrapped — in a black garbage bag.

The forbidden item? Red roses.

Valentine’s Day may be in the air, but it is mostly unseen in Saudi Arabia, where religious conservatives regard it as a pagan Western holiday alien to Muslim culture.

Enforcing this belief falls to the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, whose agents are highly visible this week inspecting gift shops and florists for banned goods. That includes anything red, as well as hearts, cupids and teddy bears with tags that say “I love you.”

Anticipating unannounced visits from the mutawwa, as the moral police are known, most Riyadh retailers already have removed Valentine-related items from their shelves, stashing them in storage rooms or warehouses.

“I don’t have anything” that mentions love, said one shop owner who declined to be named. “It’s just too much trouble … People fall in love all year long, so there’s a market for this. But it’s just around Valentine’s Day that they don’t want people to celebrate.”

Faisal Abadoyo, a gift shop manager, said that the mutawwa remove “anything they want” from the shelves. “Maybe if you remove red colors, they will say pink colors are not allowed. Last year it happened to us, we removed all red (flowers) and they said the pinks also are not allowed.”

Abadoyo, who is Muslim, said he does not understand the ban. “There is no problem about love. You can love anybody. You love your Mama, your Daddy, your family … not only on Feb. 14, but all year long, you can love.”

The campaign against Valentine’s Day is an inconvenience for his many non-Muslim customers, Abadoyo added. “All kinds of people, all kind of religions, we have as customers here, Europeans, people from Asia, India, Africa.”

Despite the best efforts of commercial marketing, only a small, Westernized slice of the Saudi population is aware of Valentine’s Day. But the Saudi education department, a bastion of religious ultraconservatism, is taking no chances.

This week, it launched a “preventative” campaign to remind students of the need to steer clear of the holiday, local papers reported. Pupils were reminded of the fatwa or religious ruling from Saudi Islamic scholars declaring that Muslims only have two holidays a year, the religious feast days of Eid al Adha and Eid al Fitr.

All other holidays are “heresies,” and Muslims should not celebrate or “demonstrate the least joy” during them, the ruling states. “Celebrating Valentine’s Day,” it adds, “is a violation of God’s laws.”

Many Saudis endorse the religious police, regarding them as principled Muslims seeking to hold back the infiltration of non-Islamic practices in the kingdom. A smaller segment of Saudi society feels differently, resenting them for imposing a puritanical lifestyle on others.

Last week, agents of the commission raided several Riyadh shops selling abayas, the loose-fitting black robes women are required to wear in the kingdom. They confiscated all abayas trimmed with decorations, such as sequins, according to Eman F. Al Nafjan, who reported the raid on her blog.

In one store, an agent “went through all the racks and grabbed anything that looked ‘worldy’ and decorative and stuffed them all in his bags,” Nafjan wrote after interviewing the shop’s clerk. The mutawwa’s vigilance against Valentine’s Day forces sweethearts to resort to all sorts of stratagems. Shop owners report that many people purchased gifts weeks ago, knowing they would be scarce later on.

Elaborate Valentine arrangements assembled from ribbons and artificial flowers in one shop were being stored out of sight in a large cardboard box, shown only to those who discreetly inquired.

One young Saudi woman reported that a friend, whom she describes as “generally a prude,” is “scheming to buy her significant other a gift” (without her parents knowledge of course).

“If someone like her is doing this,” the woman added in an e-mail, “then I can only imagine what others are planning.”

A young professional who wanted to be known only by his nickname, “Orange Head,” said he has no girlfriend right now, but that if he did, “I will buy some red roses for her, and sure I will tell her that it’s a special gift. Maybe it’s cheap but it means big things, between me and you.”

“Orange Head,” who is 25, added that he planned to attend a Valentine’s party, featuring music by an amateur Def Metal band, to be held at a friend’s week-end house on the desert outskirts of Riyadh.

Gatherings of boys and girls together listening to live music could bring a raid from the mutawwa, especially on Valentine’s Day.

“We said it’s a special party,” said “Orange Head,” “because on this day they circle every single place in Riyadh and capture people.”

But he plans to show up at the party, he said, even if it means living dangerously.

“I want to see people having fun.” Awwww!

Love helps Nigerian couple cope with HIV

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Kate and Emmanuel Musa find they enjoy each other's company. The two are HIV positive

Kate and Emmanuel Musa find they enjoy each other’s company. The two are HIV positive

ABUJA, Nigeria — Dusk is time for relaxation in Nigeria. The heat of the day ebbs away and, as the sunset bathes dusty streets and shacks in an orange glow, people walk along the streets, greet one another and stop to chat, or sit on benches to watch others pass by.

Emmanuel and Kate Musa often take early evening strolls around their neighborhood on the outskirts of Abuja. They come home to have dinner together with their brood of four children.

At around seven o’clock their youngest daughter, who is 9 years old, says “Daddy it’s time,” and, as usual, she hands him his medicine box. Emmanuel swallows the anti-retroviral pills with a gulp of water. So does his wife.

Emmanuel is HIV positive and his wife became infected. Rather than allowing the disease to tear apart their marriage through angry recriminations and accusations, the Musas have stayed together. The love between the two is palpable and it has sustained their marriage and family. 

Nigeria has the world’s second-largest population infected with HIV with an estimated 2.6 million people with the virus. But the battle to stop the spread of the disease is finding success: in 2001 the prevalence rate was 5.8 percent; today it has fallen to 3.6 percent.

Emmanuel, 49, discovered he was HIV positive in 1996. He was lying sick in a hospital bed when he overheard one of the nurses say, “That man has AIDS, he is going to die.”

“Initially I felt that my life was over,” says Emmanuel, recalling that moment 13 years ago. But Kate encouraged him to accept counseling and he learned how to live with HIV and to take the pills that keep him alive.

Three years later while pregnant with their youngest daughter and undergoing a pre-natal  check-up, Kate found out that she, too, was HIV positive. She went through the same counseling and treatment that Emmanuel had experienced.

Sitting together on a wooden bench in the yard of their little house, the smiling couple are a picture of togetherness and mutual support.

It was not always this way. Emmanuel used to be a soldier, posted all over the country. He was also a wayward husband.

“I know I was a bit promiscuous,” he says. “I was around Port Harcourt [in the far south] but I cannot say exactly how I contracted it. The thing is most of us leave home and families, and are gone for months or years.”

While away temptation is strong and soldiers have money in a poor country. They — along with prostitutes, truck drivers and youngsters who have just left school — are the most vulnerable to infection.

Experts say the key to preventing the spread of HIV is changing people’s behavior, which is where Emmanuel comes in. He has become a ‘peer educator’ who talks with other men like himself, ex-soldiers and guys his age. He shows them how to avoid contracting HIV. His message is to abstain from extra-marital sex, or if you can’t do that then use condoms and be faithful to one sexual partner. If the men are already infected he counsels them on how to live positively with the virus.

Emmanuel has found that being HIV positive has had a surprising effect on him.

“Being positive made me have a rethink. I decided I had to change my lifestyle. I had to correct my marriage. It has made me more of a family man,” he says. He enjoys spending time with their children, and he is pleased they all healthy and HIV negative.

It is likely that Kate was infected by her wayward husband but she does not blame him.

“We are closer than before,” she says.

Sitting next to her, Emmanuel says happily, “I never knew what I was missing not being close to my wife.

The Next Frontier: Technology companies have their eye on Africa. IBM leads the way!

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MAMADOU NDIAYE grew up in Senegal. His parents were “not poor, but not rich”. He was fascinated by mathematics, which he studied at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar and then taught for several years in Côte d’Ivoire, saving to pursue his dream of studying in America.

He went to New York, where he worked at Staples, an office-supplies chain, to finance his masters in statistics at Columbia University. A customer, impressed by Mr Ndiaye’s sales advice, suggested that the Senegalese apply for a job with his own employer, IBM. That was 15 years ago. Now Mr Ndiaye is back home, as manager of the office Big Blue opened in Dakar last May.

The office in Senegal is just one sign that IBM believes Africa will bring in billions. It is no newcomer: it sold its first gear there to South Africa’s railways in 1911 and a mainframe computer to Ghana’s central statistics bureau in 1964. Lately it has been paying special attention to the continent.

In July 2011 it won a ten-year, $1.5 billion contract to provide Bharti Airtel, an Indian mobile-phone company, with information-technology services in 16 African countries. Since mid-2011 it has set up shop in Angola, Mauritius and Tanzania, as well as Senegal. In all, it boasts a presence in more than 20 of Africa’s 54 countries. Last August it opened a research lab in Nairobi, one of only 12 in the world. And between February 5th and 7th Ginni Rometty, its chief executive, and all who report directly to her met dozens of African customers, actual and prospective, in Johannesburg and the Kenyan capital. It was, Mrs Rometty said, the first time the whole top brass had assembled outside New York since she became the boss just over a year ago.

Big Blue may be ahead, but it is not alone. Last month Eric Schmidt, Google’s chairman, spent a week in sub-Saharan cities. He enthused about Nairobi, which, he wrote, “has emerged as a serious tech hub and may become the African leader.” Orange, a French mobile operator, and Baidu, China’s answer to Google, recently introduced a jointly branded smartphone browser in Africa and the Middle East. Orange also sponsored this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, a football tournament, in South Africa. (Nigeria won it, beating Burkina Faso in the final on February 10th.)

This month Microsoft, which has offices in 14 African countries, unveiled a smartphone to be sold in several African markets. It is made by China’s Huawei and uses Microsoft’s new operating system.

Africa’s chief attraction is that it has been growing while richer regions have stalled . Its demographic prospects are promising, too. As America, Europe and China age, Africa can expect a bulge of workers in their productive prime. Though skills are in short supply, they are becoming more abundant. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the consulting firm’s research unit, in 2002 only 32% of Africans had secondary or tertiary education, but by 2020, 48% will have.

Technology companies say they are keen to serve smaller businesses too. Microsoft has announced a programme called SME4Afrika, which is intended to bring 1m small and medium-sized enterprises online. Mr de Sousa points out that technology can also draw informal businesses into the formal economy. The ability to use software, computing power and storage online “as a service”, paying only for what you need and only when you need it, may put the cost of information technology within the budget of many small African businesses. “The person who invented the cloud did it for Africa,” says Mr Ndiaye of IBM in Senegal.

Mr Kelly makes a bolder claim, linking Africa’s emergence to that of “big data”. IBM’s answer to how the world can cope with the rising torrent of exabytes is “cognitive computing”. Instead of being given detailed instructions, cognitive computers are fed masses of data and use statistical analysis to answer complex questions.

Africa has plenty of problems. Computing power can help Africans solve them.

Lovers’ hearts beat in sync, study says

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When modern-day crooner Trey Songz sings, “Cause girl, my heart beats for you,” in his romantic ballad, “Flatline,” his lyrics could be telling a tale that’s as much physiological as it is emotional, according to a University of California, Davis, study that found lovers’ hearts indeed beat for each other, or at least at the same rate.

Emilio Ferrer, a UC Davis psychology professor who has conducted a series of studies on couples in romantic relationships, found that couples connected to monitors measuring heart rates and respiration get their heart rate in sync, and they breathe in and out at the same intervals.

To collect the data, the researchers conducted a series of exercises, sitting 32 heterosexual couples a few feet away from each other in a quiet, calm room. The couples did not speak or touch.

“We’ve seen a lot of research that one person in a relationship can experience what the other person is experiencing emotionally, but this study shows they also share experiences at a physiological level,” Ferrer said.

The couples, in one of the exercises, were asked to sit across from each other and mimic each other, but still not speak, and researchers collected very similar results.

The researchers also mixed up the data from the couples. When the two individuals were not from the same couple, their hearts did not show synchrony, nor did their breathing closely match.

Additionally, both partners showed similar patterns of heart rate and respiration, but women tended to adjust theirs to their partners more. This was true not only for physiological but for day-to-day emotional experiences as well.

“In other words, we found that women adjust in relationship to their partners,” said Jonathan Helm, a UC Davis psychology doctoral student and primary author of the study. “Her heart rate is linked to her partner’s. I think it means women have a strong link to their partners—perhaps more empathy.”

The research was published in two recent papers by the American Psychological Association, available at:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21910541 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23107993 .
Provided by UC Davis

Keshi dedicates Cup to local coaches who have been shown lack of respect by sports administrators and fans

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Speaking after the Eagles defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final of the tournament last night, Keshi said that he was fulfilled that his dream of putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians had come true with the team’s success in South Africa.

“It is mainly for my nation. My dream was to make Nigerians happy. We are not there yet. This is a work in progress but I want to dedicate this to all Nigerian coaches, who have been praying for this. In Africa, they give you a job today and want you to win the World Cup the next day. This cannot work. You have to give local coaches a chance”, said Keshi, who was not done with his indictment of football administrators, who he said were not patient enough with local coaches.

“To succeed, we need time and I thank God that all the years of waiting have finally ended. Our people do not know how to give you time to get your programme through. These things take time but people seem not to care about it. But I thank God for seeing us through”, said the former Togo and Mali coach, who hailed his players for their great play and uncommon discipline.

“There is a lot of potentials in this team. I needed to push them and they responded. They were great as a team”, said Keshi.

On what was going on in his mind with five minutes left to play, Keshi said that “many things were going on in my mind. I wanted us to score another goal but knew that if we did not score that they were not going to score because of the way my boys were playing. I knew it was possible because of what were playing”.

Keshi said that before the team arrived South Africa that he told skipper Joseph Yobo that the Eagles were going to win the Cup but the former Everton defender did not believe.

“I am an optimistic person. Even if the world is falling apart, I still believe. I told my players that we were coming here to win because I had faith. The hard work was also there and that made it very easy for us to go for the Cup”.

FIVE (5) Eagles make the 2013 AFCON XI

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Goal king Emmanuel Emenike led four other Nigeria stars in the official team of the 2013 AFCON picked by the CAF technical group.

The other Super Eagles stars on the tournament XI are Chelsea stars Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Efe Ambrose.

The other players in this team include Burkina Faso central defender Bakary Kone, Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan, Cape Verde skipper Fernando Neves.

Rennes and Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa was picked as the MVP of the 2013 AFCON.

Emenike, who missed the AFCON final due to a hamstring injury, was joint top scorer with Mubarak Wakaso of Ghana after both players scored four goals each.

Nigeria will represent Africa at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil from June 15 to July 1.

They are drawn against world champions Spain, Tahiti and Uruguay in the first round of the dress rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup also in Brazil.

ALL THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES: Super Eagles Are The Champions Of Africa

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses

Chelsea winger Victor Moses

Mikel tackles Kabore of B/Faso

Mikel tackles Kabore of B/Faso

Revelation of the tournament, Sunday Mba jubilates after scoring the all important winning goal

Revelation of the tournament, Sunday Mba jubilates after scoring the all important winning goal

Nigeria's coach Keshi becomes only the second person to win AFCON as a player and then a coach

Nigeria’s coach Keshi becomes only the second person to win AFCON as a player and then a coach

Joseph Yobo and Victor Moses

Joseph Yobo and Victor Moses

we are the champions

we are the champions

The Eagles thank God for the sweet victory

The Eagles thank God for the sweet victory

Man of the tournament, Emenike flaunts his personal award and the AFCON trophy

Man of the tournament, Emenike flaunts his personal award and the AFCON trophy

A disappointed BANCE

A disappointed BANCE

Sunday Mba celebrates his goal

Sunday Mba celebrates his goal

Beautiful fireworks to end the 2013 AFCON

Beautiful fireworks to end the 2013 AFCON

We are the new KINGS of AFRICA

We are the new KINGS of AFRICA

Nigeria ended a 19-year wait for another Africa Cup of Nations title by defeating Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final at the National Stadium in Soweto on Sunday night.

Locally-based youngster Sunday Mba scored the only goal of the game five minutes before half time, and he will go down in Super Eagles folklore regardless of what he does in the rest of his career.
All the pictures and beautiful moments captured im the pictures above. Enjoy!

19 Years After: Eagles, King Of Africa!

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria ended a 19-year wait to regain the African Nations Cup after a stunning goal from home-based midfielder Sunday Mba gave them a deserved 1 0 win over the Stallions of  Burkina Faso in the cup final at Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South africa, yesterday.

It was only the third time that both countries have met in the 56-year competition with Nigeria beating the then Upper Volta 4-2 in 1978 and Burkina Faso snatching a stoppage time 1-1 draw in a Nelspruit group game last month.

This victory, watched by 90,000 fans in the stadium and millions of others across the world, makes Stephen Keshi the second African to win the trophy both as a player and a coach after the Egyptian legend, Mahmoud El Gohary.

Nigeria were forced into a late pre-match change when striker and four-goal hero and leading scorer, Emmanuel Emenike, was ruled out by a hamstring injury sustained in the semi-final match against Mali and experienced Ikechukwu Uche took his place.

Match winner Mba, 24, struck after 40 minutes when the ball bounced off a defender and into his path as he advanced on goal. Mba flicked it over defender Mohamed Koffi then reacted quickest to score with his other foot low into the corner of goalkeeper Daouda Diakite’s net in a move that showed sheer grit and determination. It was an opportunist goal by Mba and his second of the tournament, having struck a superb match winner in the 2-1 quarter-final win over pre-tournament title favourites, Ivory Coast. It was another sheer individual goal when he ran with the ball all the way from the centre circle, side-stepped Ivorian defenders and struck a shot that nestled at the top left corner of the post.

Mba’s goal in the final match gave the Super Eagles a deserved 1-0 half time lead that followed a predictable script with Nigeria dominating possession and creating scoring chances while the Burkinabe relied largely on counter-attacks.

The early second half exchanges mirrored the first period, with the Nigerian team pressing for a second goal. That left the opponents fielding a lone striker in Aristide Bance who was hardly given a yard of space to aim at goal. In fact, the Burkinabes had only one shot on target all night. But for poor finishing by Super Eagles strikers, the Stallions would have conceded more goals.

Diakite did well to push away a hard, low Ideye cross-cum-shot and Moses should have done better in a two-on-one situation that favoured the Eagles only to timidly surrender possession with the Burkinabe goal in sight.

Underdogs Burkina Faso, in the final for the first time, seemed over-awed by the occasion until the last 20 minutes when they threw everything forward in search of an equaliser. But Nigeria, with John Obi Mikel superb in midfield and Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo and Elderson Echiejile dominant at the back, always held the upper hand. Echiejile later copped an injury and was replaced by Juwon Oshinawa.

It was a third African title for Nigeria and her first since Keshi captained the country to victory in 1994.

In the post-match conference, Keshi said he was happy to bring joy to the homes of his 160 million countrymen. He also indicated that the team was not yet the finished article.

“Winning the tournament is mainly for my nation,” he said. “I am happy to make Nigerians happy once again. We are not there yet; we are still rebuilding the team.”

For team captain Joseph Yobo, winning the cup was a fitting end to his international career, declaring that this was his last appearance at the Nations Cup.

Among the rewards for Nigeria are a $1.5 million cash prize and a place at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, where they will face world and European champions Spain, Oceania champions Tahiti and South American champions Uruguay.

Archbishop Of Canterbury Visits Emir Of Kano In London

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Justin Welby on Sunday in London condemned the attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, describing it as “disgraceful’’ and “atrocious,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

Welby said this when he paid a sympathy visit to the royal father, who was flown to London following the attack in Kano by unknown gunmen.

The gunmen had attacked the emir’s convoy along Zoo road, near Sahad Stores, last month, killing his driver, his orderly and a traditional guard who tried to protect him.

The emir’s two sons who were also in his convoy, were injured.

But speaking during his visit to the royal father, the Archbishop said, “I am here to bring my condolences on the disgraceful and atrocious attack on His Royal Highness.

And on the loss of some of his staff, which is something that is a great shame and I rejoice that His Royal Highness himself was unharmed in the attack.

“I pray for you and all those in Nigeria who carry out the work of peace, reconciliation and seek to bring Nigeria to the place where it is supposed to be in strength and prosperity against the terrorists,” Welby said.

Responding, Bayero expressed has appreciation for the visit and congratulated Welby on his appointment.

The emir, who spoke in Hausa through the Chiroman Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Bayero, commended the role of the Anglican Communion in promoting peace and unity in Nigeria.

The Archbishop was received by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, and the Turakin Kano, Alhaji Nasir Bayero.

Kemi Olunloyo writes again

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Kemi Olunloyo with Kanye West

Kemi Olunloyo with Kanye West

”Nigerians, why are yáll so WEAK to think my acct has been hacked when u see a shocking status. Don’t u have people that KEEP it REAL in Nigeria?,” she posted when people reacted to her post on the ‘Yorubas’.

Now read what she wrote on her Facebook page below;

1. Igbos are the wisest Nigerians. If they were all deported to Imo/Anambra/Enugu, the Economy of Ibadan will collapse!

2. Anyone WORSHIPING with Adeboye and Oyedepo are in a C.U.LT. they are all risking DEATH like Jim Jones congregation.

3. Yorubas treat Hausas terrible. They are not ur sooya slaves!

4. Good Morning, its 9.15am in the City of Angels. (Real Angels)
Stop messaging me about an AGENT of the DEVIL!
F**k Adeboye

5. One of my children was raped by a govt official at age 4. It was covered up. It has eaten me up inside for years and I am now on the phone with his US Senator while Im (sic) here. I want justice for my son.

6. Why are most of my FB fans in Ng MEN? Could it be the women are jealous and intimidated?

7. Madam Governor Lifestyle: YES I carry Guns around Ibadan. There are 5 of them and I owned them legally in the USA.

8. Madam Governor Lifestyle: NIGERIAN WOMEN, you irresponsible bitches that feel that I should have stayed in an abusive relationship at 26 need to know that domestic violence should not be tolerated in Nigeria.

9. Nigerian Muslim women, I know I rippped yáll last month and u gave me 1500 comments and failed to go burn the streets down. I’m one of you. Remember keep those HIJABS clean. I have had to cover my nose smelling ppl’s heads while waiting at the bus stop. Also it is absolutely NOT necessary to rinse your vagina during an abolition. Hands, legs and head ONLY.

My statuses are designed to read the Nigerian mind and mentality. I want to fix this country and being a politician is not the only way to do it.

10. I once proposed to AKON in Canada. He loves Nigerian women.

I don’t want to act poor, die poor – Natty of New Masquerede

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Natty

Natty

He cut a pathetic picture; helplessness was written all over him.

It was hard to imagine that someone who had gained national popularity on the rested New Masquerade series and home videos could be cut down by illness, poverty and neglect.

That is the story of Mr. Romanus Uchenna Amuta aka Natty.

It was a tough job getting him to speak, as a stroke had left him with slurred speech and sluggish movements. Sitting before the reporter was a shadow of the crafty and witty character, which he cut as Natty.

“If government does not come to help me now, then I will die very soon,” were the few words he let out with great effort.

Interestingly, Natty is one of the few surviving cast of the once celebrated New Masquerade,.

The comedy show didn’t just disappear from the tube gradually, it took some of its stars along.

Cast such as James Iroha (Giringory Akabuogu), Christy Essien-Igbokwe (Apena), Claude Eke (Jegede Shokoya) have died, while Davis Offor (Clarus) is currently blind.

In Natty’s case, stroke caught up with him in 2006, and left him bedridden. When he miraculously managed to regain his steps in 2010, he could only manage to limp, as the right side of his body had gone numb.

Currently, he doesn’t just limp or manage to walk and move with only the left side of his body, he is almost a vegetable. Reason: he is slowly losing his memory of past events, old friends and his surroundings.

As he struggled in slurred and un-coordinated speech to narrate the story of his life as a stroke patient, Natty told Saturday People that he had become tired of life and needed urgent medical attention.

He laments that though he is just in his 60s, he is already looking like a 90-year-old due to the partial paralysis that has confined him within the walls of his “old three bedroom flat” on 7, Umuchi Nwoko Street, Off One Day Road, in Agbani Road, Enugu, Enugu State.

He says poverty has further worsened his case, as he can’t afford to eat good food, buy drugs or receive medical attention.

He cannot even afford good clothes or the good things of life, he says, adding that virtually all the property in his residence was acquired in the 1970s and changing them has become a mission impossible.

“Even the best clothes in my wardrobe were bought in 1984 when I made some reasonable money working with Daily Times Newspaper as an Advert Representative in Enugu. Since then, to buy even pant na war,” he stated.

At a point during the interview with our correspondent, Natty began to cry.

“Will I be poor in New Masquerade and still be poor in real life, and even now that I’m about to die?” he wondered, with tears dropping from his eyes.

He struggled to add, “I’m … … so, so, so, so poor that I could not even cure the stroke when it was just starting. Now that it (the stroke) is even worse, there is no money to even enjoy myself, even if na small enjoyment before I quench like my mama wey die a long time ago.”

Natty’s recurring comments about being poor would definitely take not a few Nigerians down memory lane to how he (Natty) came into limelight starring as a true representation of the ‘poverty class’ of the Nigerian society in the New Masquerade series, which was aired on the Nigeria Television Authority for many years.

What attempt has he made to overcome poverty and stroke, even now that he is supposedly in his twilight years on earth?

“I have reached out to my friends, but it appears they have abandoned me to die.

“For my people (his relatives), they have tried, but they can’t kill themselves. My children have also done their best for me,” he stated.

He, however, says that the major source of his worry is that he has been left to his fate despite several overtures to government officials and political appointees through notable personalities in Enugu State.

He said, “I believe that if government comes to help me my problems will be over. But the more they delay in coming, the more my body dies, and soon the entire Natty will just die and leave you people.

“If they (government) can send me to any of the best hospitals in the world, I will surely get better and bounce back to life.”

Alternatively, Natty is calling on the Enugu State Government to give him land and money.

“They should give me land. I need a land and money from government. I need money; plenty money,” he pleaded.

On what he would do with the land and money, Natty says, “I will invest in the land or sell it so that I can treat myself or at least take care of myself instead of this poverty.”

For the money, he says, “They should give me plenty money, enough to take me out of this country for treatment.”

Natty is married to Mrs. Cordelia Amuta, a primary school teacher and they have two male and four female children.

They are all living in different places.

He hails from Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State and his children are all grown-ups. Unknown to many, he has a 12-year-old son from another woman whose identity is not known.

Natty’s wife, Cordelia, was not at home on the two occasions Saturday People visited his residence, as she was said to have gone to work. But on the second visit to his residence, the little boy, Okechukwu, was at home and had a lot to reveal.

According to him, his mother hails from Ogugu in Awgu Local Government Area of the state and he is the product of the affair his father (Natty) had with her in 2000.

On his experience with his sick father, Okechukwu, a student of Army Children School 1, Enugu, says he feels pain that he is not experiencing the care of a father.

He said, “Any time my friends in school tell me about what their fathers did or bought for them, I usually feel like killing myself because my father is not only sick, he doesn’t have the money to shower me with that kind of love also.

“Sometimes, I stay in my room and cry. My stepmother has been very good to me, but then I have always wanted to enjoy the tender touch and care of my father.

“He would have loved to do that but he is sick. The things he would have loved to get for me, he can’t because there is no money. My father is dying and I am appealing to people, Nigerians and the people in government to come and help my father.”

Okechukwu added, “My mother is in her village in Awgu, so I don’t get to see her all the time. That is why I really need my father to be alive and healthy for me.”

One of the surviving members of the New Masquerade cast is Chief Chika Okpala, aka ‘Zebrudaya’. Zebrudaya, who was the lead cast of the series, was approached for comments on Natty’s state and he said, “It is really unfortunate that Nigerian actors have been left to die. I don’t know why calamity has chosen to befall the film industry, especially the cast of the New Masquerade that is almost wiped out.”

Shaking his head, the comic actor added, “If Natty dies without the government coming to his aid, it will be so bad. But I know that death is a necessary end that must come when it will and so we will not run away from death.

“We don’t know how we came into this world and we don’t know what we signed with God when we were coming.

“All we know is that we came into this world, we met each other and we propagated the show and the show worked. So anywhere God plucks one off, so be it.

“I will keep praying for Natty and we hope something good will come, and early, before it might become late.” PUNCH

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Prophet T.B. Joshua

This is a special message for all fans of TB Joshua Ministries. Prophet T.B. Joshua returned from the mountain after three days of prayer.

He prayed for everyone reading this; “Your case will not escape the anointing of God in 2013. You will be fully blessed in 2013. Success will be your middle name…”
To claim it simply type”Amen”! Amen!!!

Nigerian- SouthAfrican based barber nabbed with N50m cocaine

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A Nigerian, based in South Africa, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA with 6.100kg substance suspected to be cocaine ,at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The 45-year-old suspect identified as Ozoh Hycenth Chukwuemeka, was apprehended during the outward clearance of passengers on board Arik Air to South Africa.

Explaining how Ozoh, a father of one, was arrested, the agency’s Airport Commander, Hamza Umar, told Vanguard that the substance was concealed in a false compartment in his luggage.

When a search was conducted at the baggage checking desk at the departure hall, the substance was discovered to be cocaine,which street value was estimated at N50 million.

However, upon interrogation, the suspect, who claimed to have been living in South Africa for 10 years as a barber, admitted that the luggage was his. But he claimed the sustenance was given to him by a friend .

“A friend of mine in South Africa asked me to bring a bag containing chemicals from Nigeria to South Africa for $3,000. When I asked him if it was drug, he said it was just chemicals.

He paid for my return ticket. I never knew it was cocaine. I am only struggling to take care of myself with my barbing business back in South Africa.

If I had known that things will turn out this way, I would have rejected the proposal,” said the Anambra state-born suspect.

But his explanation, according to NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, was unacceptable, saying that ignorance was not an excuse in law.

He added that the suspect would be charged for unlawful exportation of cocaine at the end of investigation. VANGAURD

KANO: 10 Polio Workers Shot Dead

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10 polio vaccination staff were shot dead on Friday morning at two locations in Kano state.

The first incident happened around 9am at a clinic called Shargalle at Filin Cashew in Unguwar Uku when gunmen in a tricycle appeared and opened fire on the vaccination officers, killing two workers and wounding four others, hospital sources have confirmed.

Earlier reports had said four of the workers were killed in the attack Eight other women were gunned down when another set of tricycle-riding gunmen attacked another clinic at Wuro Pagga along the Western By-pass as they were about to head out for the day’s exercise.

This is the first time health workers have been targeted in any attack and are coming on the heels of a proposed visit by the Inspector-General of Police to the Police College at Wudil later today. -Daily Trust

Nations Cup Final: Eagles Will Win, Says T.B. Joshua

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T B Joshua (left)

T B Joshua (left)

The General Overseer of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, says Nigeria’s Super Eagles would defeat Burkina Faso in Sunday’s final of the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

T.B. Joshua, who warned Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi to avoid conceding a late minute goal in their AFCON Group C opener against the Burkinabe, told P.M.NEWS that Nigeria’s case in the Nations Cup final this year is like the biblical Jacob who wrestled with God, saying that “on Sunday we’ll tell God unless He gives us our heart’s desire we’ll not let Him go.

“The cloud is darker over Nigeria’s Super Eagles, but with God we’ll scale through. If it were not to be the final, anything could have happened. The first match we played with Burkina Faso, it was just by the grace of God that it ended in a draw.

“On Sunday, our opponents will play defensively because they will be looking out for penalty shootout at the end of the game. They will also play through three of their strikers upfront; one of them very tall and huge player and two others.

“What I’m seeing I don’t want to say it because it would be too frightening, but I want to assure that we’ll scale through the challenge on Sunday.”
Super Eagles train ahead of the AFCON final match against Burkina Faso on Sunday.-PHOTO…-AFP. Inset is Prophet T.B. Joshua

Super Eagles train ahead of the AFCON final match against Burkina Faso on Sunday.-PHOTO…-AFP. Inset is Prophet T.B. Joshua

The prophet who established a football club, My People FC to groom young players, however, warned the Eagles not to allow Burkina Faso to score first in the final, saying that “if this happened the Burkinabe would fall back to defend the goal, which will be very dangerous for our team. I still repeat that no matter the situation, we’ll scale through.

“The Burkina Faso that we played in the group stage will not be the same team we’ll play on Sunday, even though some of their players are out of the squad due to injuries. They are still a team. But I hope for celebration.”

Joshua said as the giant of Africa, Nigeria last won the Nations Cup 13 years ago, which was too long ago for a great football nation like Nigeria.

“I think God should give us this cup to make the youths of this country happy. Winning this cup at this time of religious intolerance and violence will calm down the youths. I want to appeal to all Nigerians to pray for Eagles’ victory. I would have told you the scoreline but I would rather delay it till Sunday morning in order not psychologically distract the players and their coaches and not to demoralise the losing team.”

Prophet Joshua concluded that he would not want Keshi and his team to come to his church to celebrate their victory after the match because he is not the only one praying for the Eagles to win.

“My voice may be the one louder among the men of God in the country but this doesn’t mean that the team should come to my church to celebrate. I would rather prefer that they celebrate their victory with all Nigerians,” he said.

God is angry’ with Northern Nigeria- Asari Dokubo

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Asari Dokubo

Asari Dokubo

Ex-Niger Delta militant, Dokubo Asari, has blamed northern elites for the Boko Haram insurgency and ‘backwardness’ of the region.

In an exclusive interview with Rariya Newspaper, Mr. Asari said northerners should pray for forgiveness because they are facing the wrath of God.
“For how many years the ruling oligarchy of the north has been encouraging oppression? The people of the north are poor, they did not benefit from the years of criminal, immoral ravaging of the lands of Ogonis, Ijaws, Urhobos, Itsekiris and others. The people are watching. They are going to Dubai, London and everywhere to buy house. They are sending their children abroad. They forgot God. They forgot that there are so many children roaming the street. All these things, one day a Daniel will come to judgement. And that is it, it has come to judgement, and the people are confronting them,” he said.
“What is happening in the north is the north creates a monster, and the monster is consuming them. God is angry with the north. Let them cry to Allah for forgiveness.”

Mr. Asari said it would be difficult for a Northerner to win the 2015 presidential election as the fear of Boko Haram will prevent people in the region from coming out to vote on election day.

An Ijaw sovereign state
Mr. Asari who traced the struggle of the people of the Niger Delta to the Battle of Akasa between the British and the people of Nimbe Brass, said he is not interested in resource control for the people of the Niger Delta but for an independent Ijaw State.
“For me as an individual, I’m not involved in resources control. I believe first in what Kwame Nkrumah said: ‘‘seek ye first the political kingdom, and all other things will be added to you.’’ What I believe in is an independence of my people.
“Yes, my position is quite different from what others are fighting for. My position is an independent nation. It is an undeniable right of our people to fight for the independence of our country, which has not been extinguished because we signed a protracted treaty with Britain. We did not surrender our sovereignty to Britain to be colonised. So as far as those treaties are the 1914 amalgamation of Nigeria is illegal, null and void. So also the declaration of independence in 1960 and also the declaration of Nigeria in 1966 as a republic are also illegal,” he said.

I only care about Ijaws
The former militant who only recently criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for running an inept government said he only cares about the Ijaw people and by relation, the Igbo and other ethnic groups of the Niger Delta.
“I have always said that, I’m fighting for the independence of my people, the Ijaw people. I don’t have any feeling than the feeling of an Ijaw man. That is the truth. And the feelings of the wellbeing of Niger Delta and Igbo people, because I share blood with Igbo. I’m an Ijaw, an Igbo and a Niger Deltan. I don’t have any feeling with any other people.”
He said he has not ceased his fight for a sovereign Ijaw State but is only on “sabbatical” as it is inappropriate to fight with one’s brother (a reference to Mr. Jonathan who is from the Ijaw ethnic group as well).
He also claimed that he was not part of the amnesty deal the federal government signed with the Niger Delta militants, saying “I will not use my hand to trade away my freedom.”

Dialogue with Boko Haram
Mr. Asari, who claimed he spent time in prison with some leaders of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram,  said the only way out of the insurgency is through dialogue.
“From the very beginning I was one of those people who asked the government to dialogue with them. I was in prison with some of them. I was with Mohammed Ashafa at Kuje prison; I was in SSS underground prison with Mohammed Isa, Hussain and Yusuf, Murtada and others. Late Mohammed Yusuf left SSS underground prison few days before I was put in there. Dialogue is the only solution. As far as I’m concerned, both government and Boko Haram cannot win this war. The bloodshed should be stopped. It will not remove anything from the part of government of President Jonathan to dialogue with this people,” he said.

King Peggielene Bartels: The American Secretary who became King

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King Peggielene Bartels

King Peggielene Bartels

When Peggielene Bartels went to bed on a summer night in 2008, she was an ordinary administrative assistant living in a modest one-bedroom condo just outside Washington D.C.

But a few hours later, when a persistent ringing phone woke her up in the dead of the August night, the 55-year-old found out she was much more than simply a secretary.

At the other end of the line was Bartels’s cousin, from Otuam, a small fishing village on the coast of Ghana. Excited and humble, he congratulated her on being the new king of Otuam.

“I said, ‘listen, it’s 4 o’clock in the morning in the U.S., I am very tired, let me sleep,'” remembers Bartels. “I thought he was trying to really play games with me.”

But this was no time for games.

The previous king of Otuam, who was Bartels’s uncle, had just died. The village elders, who remembered Bartels from the times she’d visited with her mother, had decided to anoint her as their new ruler.

After the initial shock, Bartels decided to accept the kingship. Over the course of a few days, she went from being plain old Peggielene Bartels, who had worked for nearly three decades at the Ghanaian Embassy in the United States, to becoming King Peggy — the first female king of Otuam, reigning over approximately 7,000 people.

“It never ever occurred to me [that I’d be Otuam’s king],” says Bartels, who’s been living in the United States since her early 20s. “I realized that on this earth, we all have a calling. We have to be ready to accept it because helping my people has really helped me a lot to know that I can really touch their lives,” she adds. “I would have really regretted it if I hadn’t really accept this calling.”

Although she still works at the Ghanaian Embassy, Bartels uses all her holiday every year to spend a month in Otuam.

‘It’s a boy!’ — Monkey midwife delivers baby

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Species: Rhinopithecus bieti
Habitat: Evergreen forests in an isolated mountainous area of south-west China

Humans aren’t built for giving birth. Babies’ heads are big to accommodate their big brains, but the mother’s hips are small because they walk upright. As a result, birth takes hours and is extremely painful – and midwives almost always help out.

Other animals may find birth difficult, particularly if the babies have been gestating for a long time and have grown large. Nevertheless, most mammals have it easier than humans. Monkeys give birth in less than ten minutes.

So it is a surprise that female black snub-nosed monkeys may be assisted by “midwives” when they give birth. This behaviour has only been seen once in this species, but it suggests that it’s not just human mothers that need help giving birth.

Black snub-nosed monkeys live in societies called bands, which can be over 400 strong. Each is divided into smaller groups of around 10 monkeys. Most groups contain one male and several females plus offspring, but there are also all-male groups.

Wen Xiao of Dali University in Yunnan, China, and colleagues have been observing black snub-nosed monkeys in the province for years, but had never seen one give birth: the monkeys normally deliver at night. Then on 18 March last year, they got lucky.

Rhododendron birth

A female monkey gave birth to her first infant within fifteen minutes late one morning. While sitting in a rhododendron tree, she began twisting her body and calling faintly. After 10 minutes she started screaming, and then another female climbed up the tree. She was an experienced mother, and sat beside the labouring female while the crown of the infant’s head appeared. Once the head was fully exposed, the “midwife” pulled the baby out with both hands and ripped open the birth membranes.

Within a minute, the mother had reclaimed the infant from the midwife, severed the umbilical cord, and begun eating the placenta. A few minutes later, the midwife went back down to the forest floor to forage.

“This is a fairly rare observation,” says Sarah Turner of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, who was not involved in the Yunnan study. She says female monkeys often pull their babies out themselves, and the midwife may have adapted this behaviour. “It’s hard to know what’s going on in her head,” says Turner, but it seems she was genuinely helping.

That could be because female black snub-nosed monkeys tend to stay in the group they were born in. As a result, the females in a group are likely to be closely related and to have strong social bonds. Animals often help their relatives because doing so preserves their own genes, a phenomenon called kin selection.

The juvenile females in the group watched the birth closely, and may have picked up a few tips. Turner says many primates remain with their groups while giving birth, giving juveniles a chance to learn.

Survival aid

In a human childbirth, having help on hand can be vitally important should things go wrong, Wen notes. “The assistance means the infant has a better chance of surviving,” he says. There could be a similar benefit for monkeys aided by a midwife.

But primates, with the exception of humans, rarely help each other give birth. In one case, a male cottontop tamarin was seen pulling at his infant’s shoulders until they emerged. Another report claims that a female capped langur was groomed by other females during birth, perhaps in an attempt to ease her distress.

While primates generally give birth unassisted, other creatures get more help. In possibly the cutest observation in all of natural history, male Djungarian hamsters regularly assist with deliveries, pulling infants out with their front paws and incisors.

Sausage Roll: Man Bites Another Man’s Penis In Lagos

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Ouch! My Thing...

Ouch! My Thing…

A 52-year old man, Abayomi Mayuku  allegedly bit another man’s penis during a fight over alleged suspicion of sleeping with his wife.

Mayuku reportedly went to  Olusesan Robinson’s house at 255,  Railway Line, Ilupeju and inflicted injury on his penis with human bite.

This happened  at about 8.00pm after the  match between Nigeria and Ivory Coast in the ongoing Nations Cup in South Africa.

According to an eye witness, Mayuku left his home and came to Robinson’s house and alleged that he was told Robinson was dating his wife and warned him to desist from that.

Robinson, whose wife is heavily pregnant, denied and tried to explain to him that he was married and responsible man.

This angered Mayuku who immediately engaged Robinson in a scuffle.  During the fight, he grabbed Robinson’s penis and bit it and as well as his neck.

Robinson suffered injuries and he is being treated in a hospital .

When P.M.NEWS visited Robinson’s house, his landlord confirmed the incident and explained that he heard the commotion but he didn’t come out because he was not feeling fine on that day.

The matter was reported at Olosan Police Station in Mushin and Mayuku was arrested and charged to court.

He is now facing a one count charge of assault, occasioning  harm.

He pleaded not guilty and the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. F.O. Abegunde  granted him bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

He was, however, remanded in prison custody at Kirikiri pending when he will perfect his bail.

The matter was adjourned till 27 Febuary, 2013.

2013 Africa Cup of Nations: 5 Top Soccer Players to Watch

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Emmanuel Emenike

Emmanuel Emenike

Seydou Keita

Seydou Keita

Jonathan Pitroipa

Jonathan Pitroipa

Mubarak Wakaso

Mubarak Wakaso

Alain Traore

Alain Traore

As the 29th Africa Cup of Nations takes place, showcasing the best in African football, From Mali to Ghana to Nigeria to Cape Verde—and several other countries as well—here’s a list of top players to watch this year, whose talents prove they are a force to be reckoned with:

1. Emmanuel Emenike:
Helping lead his team to the finals for the first time in 13 years after Wednesday’s win against Mali, Emenike proves to be one of Nigeria’s strongest players. Thus far he’s scored 4 goals in the competition, proving to be a beast on the field and a leading scorer at AFCON.

2. Seydou Keita:
Considered one of Mali’s biggest contenders on the field, Keita, who’s on his sixth appearance at AFCON, is a true veteran in the game. Despite not being able to help his team pull through against Nigeria, Keita has 70 caps for Mali under his belt.

3. Jonathan Pitroipa:
Scoring the winning goal against Togo last Sunday that led his team to the semi-finals, Pitroipa is showing why teams should respect he and his fellow Burkina Faso teammates. Having already appeared at AFCON twice, and with 2 goals thus far in the competition, it’s no wonder Burkina Faso is fighting to get the penalty that Pitroipa received in Wednesday’s game against Ghana overturned so that he can play in the upcoming Johannesburg final against Nigeria. 

4. Mubarak Wakaso:
In a match-up against Cape Verde, Wakaso led Ghana to a victory and into the semi-finals, having scored two goals in one game. Scoring his fourth goal in his teams lost against Burkina Faso, Wakaso has joined the list of top scorers for the 2013 AFCON. 

5. Alain Traore:
Although injury has led Alain Traore to pull out of the competition, the talents of this Burkina Faso player can’t be overlooked. Holding 3 goals under his belt during his time in the 2013 AFCON, Burkina Faso coach Paul Put told Yahoo! News, “For us, we were very happy with his goal scoring performance because without his goals, I think we wouldn’t be here.”

Michelle Obama to Attend 15-Year-Old Hadiya Pendleton’s Funeral

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Michelle Obama & Hadiya Pendleton

Michelle Obama & Hadiya Pendleton

First Lady Michelle Obama will be attending the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year -old Chicago teen who was shot in the back during a rainstorm, on Saturday. She will be joined by White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Pendleton performed at the Presidential Inauguration a little over a week from the day that she was killed on January 29th. Pendleton’s death has brought Chicago’s already high homicide rate to the forefront of media attention and highlighted the issues of gun violence throughout the U.S.

May Her Gentle Soul Rest in Perfect Peace, Amen!

And the War between Ghana & Nigeria on Twitter rages on

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The Nigerians are known to have a bad mouth, its like a gift, remember how much they insulted their president till he earned the title/reputation for the ‘most cursed president’ ever? And well the Ghanians have stood up to that wake up call, ‘they are not taking prisoners.

SEE THE BATTLE AS IT RAGES FRESH… live stream

@SantosTHEBOSS: The Average GHANAIAN has an EMPTY brain, the FEW times they THINK, their thoughts ECHO””

PsycohManiac
#DidYouKnow Bleaching creams neva sold in Ghana
Le_Tiny
PERFECT/YOURS RT @Krom_Ha_Nsem: Rate this mumu brain ====>> RT @sexy_lewinsky: DANGOTE CAN BUY GHANA.
Nidsumkiss
Ghanaians don’t mind us, we jealous cuz we know dat if life was a country it would b ghana……..cuz “Life is not fair”!”
RT @RAMADAN9JA: Ghanians say there are no bomb and terrorist in ghana,dey forgot the only reason is cause the terrorist cant see their target! Black asses!
RT @cleoslick: Nigerians are fools. Suffering and smiling. Ghana is a better country
RT @cleoslick: Nigerians are fools. Suffering and smiling. Ghana is a better country
RT @Ghana_Bwouy: SO when will the #Nigerians be in GHANA to FOOOOL for us at the 1014 laughs ?
RT @nonsookereke: If u paid in dollars to school in ghana and u are on twitter dissing ghanaians, don’t u think ur father is a bastard?
RT @MrBentil: it’s not ‘vrs’ its complete bullying from naija. We r nt evn fighting back “@Ag_barbie: Nigeria vs ghana dark times mehn,dark times
“@jideemmy: Is there any difference btw ghanians and burnt offering????
RT @kpeskyboi: Ghana here, Ghana there, Ghana everywhere. Ghana all over my TL now its getting DARK “
“@Sammy_Olu: KIWI BLACK POLISH , MAKING FACES GLOW IN GHANA SINCE 1902
@TytbonesCEO: Shit “@duyiOMOibadan: Ghana is peaceful cos dey don’t see each oda..
“@MissPsychoBrat: OURberry RT @Bigjohnnykings: Pls what’s BLACKberry called in Ghana??””
RT @botos_watcher: A Ghana man wld neva name his child friday
RT @SuzerainVII: NIGERIA the Heart of Africa,GHANA her Armpit

F_M0NEY @ DM FAV RT
RT @_gboyegarr: RT @jolfad: RT @cornFEWSd: RT @Adesanya777: India- Bollywood, America- Hollywood, Nigeria- Nollywood, Ghana- Firewood”

RT @doraayobami: Remember when they tot they found crude oil in Ghana,, nah.. It was only a group of Ghanians swimming in a pond

“Crying”@cjay_sleek: The dark knight couldn’t rise in Ghana,he just had to blend in…#Ghanians pele.”

: Lmao”@bisola_spencer: BB curve 2 and 3 will never sell in ghana….no flash!!!””

‘@cobimensah
RT @3y3As3mOo: #Letter2Naija upgrade your Universities. We don’t want anymore “refugee-students” in our universities. They’ve invaded Ghana.

@itsYaBoiStiiZ
#Ghanians are called “Black Stars of Ghana”…buh is there really a black star? Oh Okay! They are stars, buh jst too dark 2 be seen innit?

“@Anne_akamz
RT @RAMADAN9JA: Ghanians are saying their economy is doing better than ours,DANGOTE will wake up,buy the whole ghana and turn it to coal production plant!

“@Lhan_Rey
RT”@iam_jewelsosa: Who Is John Dumelo, Nadia Buari, Yvonne Nelson Without Nollywood? They Came Into Limelight When They Left Ghana 4 Nigeria.

“@PerKINsON
Brainless RT @Oluwastanley: If Ghana records the number of death as some countries, they would have discovered crude oil long before now.

“@tkeemson
((( A AVERAGE))) “@iPopAlomo: FooooooooL @RIPfaceboook A average Nigerian man will be considered an ant in Ghana”

@Ukashmoney
RT @duyiOMOibadan: Ghana is peaceful cos dey don’t see each oda…

@shadrackmuyiwa
RT @demmyoracle: Ghanians are saying their economy is doing better than ours,DANGOTE will wake up,buy the whole ghana and turn it to coal production plant!

Originally posted on Inspirational Geek:

The Porsche 911.  A classic.  The “quintessential sports car”.

Instantly recognisable and instantly appreciated by drivers and non-drivers alike, by designers and non-designers as much for it’s aesthetic quality as the technical specification it boasts.  A testament to all of the designers and engineers that have been involved over the seven generations of 911 that in 2013 the car turns 50 years old.

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A great example of iteration in design, tweaking and refining the 911 model as materials and technologies improve, as well as keeping up with fashion and motoring style across five decades.  The collection has spawned a seemingly infinite number of variations of the Turbo, GT2, GT3, S, RS, SC (and more) if you look into it!

the 911 reconciles apparent contradictions such as sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality

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Porsche are celebrating with a variety of events throughout the…

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