JAMES ENE HENSHAW FOUNDATION ONE-ACT PLAYWRITING COMPETITION – DEADLINE JUNE 12TH OF JUNE

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, submissions for the JEHF ONE-Act Play-writing Competition will now be by email only – a hard copy is NOT required
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All writers are expected to email their script, a brief synopsis, and short biodata along with a contact number and address to jehfcentre@outlook.com.

The planned live readings and award ceremony for the winners in August is still under consideration. We are monitoring developments and will announce our decision in due course.

Best of luck

Mr James Henshaw

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- KINGSLEY OKOJIE – POLITICAL STRATEGIST & EQUALIITY CHAMPION



Kingsley is a political strategist, equality champion and anti-corruption campaigner. 

Kingsley was a student union representative who spent his life fighting for equality and fairness. After graduating from Accounting with a first degree, Kingsley worked in both the public and private sector. 

Kingsley went abroad to study in Finland and after he graduated he relocated to the United Kingdom. Kingsley worked in both the private and public sector in the UK.  

Kingsley also went back to the university of Sunderland where he studied MSc in Project Management where he obtained Distinction. 

Kingsley is the Co-founder, Young African Voices.

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MONIR ARIMOKU WILL BE A ZOOM GUEST SPEAKER AT PROCOVID 19 BUSINESS INITIATIVE ORGANIZED BY NIDO (EGYPT CHAPTER)

Mr Monir Arimoku will be a guest speaker at the pro-Covid 19 Business orientation and Financial Skills initiative organized by The Nigerians in Diaspora Organuization, Egypt Chapter taking place this Friday- the 22nd of May at 4.30pm Cairo time.

This is an event you cannot afford to miss

 

ABOUT MONIR

Monir Arimoku is of Nigerian and Egyptian parentage.  He is a business partner at Harleys Food ltd and has many years experience working in several business industries.

He was previously the head of business development at R Holding  (The UK and The middle east) and also has knowledge and experience in business development, project planning, real estate and various other areas
He studied civil engineering at The University College London
Monir is well traveled and has a huge passion for Life, people and places

monir

 

 

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, DR MUNA ABDI – LECTURER, RESEARCHER AND POET

Muna is a lecturer of Psychology in Education, based in the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion. She teaches and supervises dissertations on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate education courses. She is also a supervisor on the Education Doctorate programme.

Her main areas of research include ‘race’/ racism in education, diaspora identities, belonging, community engagement and youth culture. Her research utilises Critical Race, Postcolonial and Black feminist frameworks to explore racialized and gendered inequalities in education.

She has a keen interest in innovative research methodologies; namely decolonial narrative and participatory action research, with particular attention paid to the ethical challenges of doing decolonial research.

Alongside her academic post Muna works closely with local government, schools, colleges and youth services to help support work that tackles institutional racism, youth (dis)engagement, young people’s emotional health and wellbeing needs, and community engagement. Part of her external work includes being a trustee of Astrea Academy, a multi-academy schools Trust.

Muna is a member of a number of networks. Within the university she is member of the Race Staff Network and the BME staff and student forum.

External affiliations include: British Educational Research Association (BERA), the Black British Academics (BBA) and the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network (CREN).

MM

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ANNUAL DIASPORA MEDIA BROADCAST WITH HON KENNETH GBANDI, TAKES PLACE TODAY- DO NOT MISS IT

📮EXCITED: ANNUAL DIASPORA MEDIA BROADCAST (TODAY Sat: 16/05/2020): All set for the Annual Diaspora Livestream Diaspora Broadcast this Saturday 16/05/2020 as we shall be interviewing the Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE), Hon. Kenneth Gbandi as regards his stewardship.

This event also coincides with the 52nd Birthday and 7 ½ years active service for the Nigerian Diaspora.

It’s an event to know the truth about Diaspora matters…….
(Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free) John 8:32

Time: 14:00 CET /13:00 Abuja
Medium: (https://www.facebook.com/AfricanHeritageMagazine/) & all African Heritage traditional & Social Media Network
Themes:
1: Covid-19 & Diaspora responses
2: My views on NIDOE-NIDCOM Relationship and Diaspora Participation
3: Diaspora Voting Right & Political Participation for Homeland Development
4: Media campaign of calumny and misinformation against my persons,other NIDO leaders and NIDOE: Facts & Fictions
5: My thoughts on NIDOE in Covid-Period
Send your questions to the anchor persons. No question is off limit

 

kk

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BARBADOS-LIBERIA CONNECTION WITH GERALD BARCLAY & NATASHA BYNOE

Our connection to Africa is not only through the forced migrations of millions of Africans to the Americas. But the diaspora’s  determination of over 300 Barbadians that re-connected with Africa years before the U.N.I.A. Movement of repatriation. This interview is with the descendant of a small boy who sold nuts and other items in Bridgetown, Barbados. Then grew up to become Liberia’s 15th President – Arthur Barclay.
This interview is about the many Barbadian families who migrated to Liberia for a better life, other than Barbados in 1865. And the contribution of Barbadian culture to the Liberian landscape.
Natasha Bynoe
Chief Executive Officer 
The African Diaspora Institute of Cultural Exchange and Historical Research, Inc.
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“CONVID LOCKDOWN” WRITTEN BY EULINDA ANTONETTE CLARKE- AKALANNE

©COVD19 Lockdown

By Eulinda Antonette Clarke-Akalanne

Monday 27th April 2020

 

On 16th March (2020) I started isolating,

to protect myself from Coronavirus cross infection.

This unprecedented lock down opened doors for me all around.

Some of these I’ll relate but others I’ll unfold on another date.

I’m busier now than I’ve been before, doing things I’ve not done of yore.

Every day after ablution I meditate, then follow the daily routine I create

I exercise and deep breathe too,

Tai Chi practice, I regularly do.

Daily I walk 1000 steps or more,

circling around from my front door to my back door

or I’ll go up and downstairs 35 times, while singing musical rhymes

I’ve scanned my address book and diary, and using social media successfully,

networked with friends and family, while reaching out to those who’re lonely.

I’ve invented culinary delights, like orange peel tea & green-banana skin bites.

The weather has been fairly good, so I’m enjoying things in my ‘hood’,

I see the difference between a wasp and a bee

and listen to birds singing in the nearby tree.

My creative juices have been stimulated

and lots more poems I’ve created.

I’ve written a short autobiography, for the magazine, ‘People in Harmony’.

Three on-line courses I’ve completed and Mindfulness I have repeated.

I’ve learnt to compress a massive file, and change Microsoft word to a PDF file.

My piano key board I’ve rediscovered for years it laid undisturbed.

I’ve now started once more to play, a little tune each day

I’ve discovered who cares about me,

these are my son, William and his family,

and Mandy, Ruth, Vesna and Valerie,

who religiously do my shopping for me.

Others bring joy and show kindness to me, by demonstrating their loyalty.

There’s Nagina my ‘adopted’ daughter who has the most wonderful nature

she shines with a beautiful aura.

I adhere to six feet distancing and remain in social isolation.

I don’t touch my grandchildren physically,

but bed-time stories I tell them electronically.

I sing and dance with on line training, and Mr. Motivator exercising

My perceptions are more aware and I smell and breathe fresher air

With a sip of honeyed lemon tea, the melodious pigeon coos I hear.

The rays of the sun are warm on my skin, as the vitamin “D” in my pelt sinks in.

The sky is clearer now at night and I see myriads of   stars shining bright.

Numerous clouds are visible during the day

Some whose names I can barely say.

There’s cumulus billowing by

Or nimbostratus darkening the sky,

Life’s not too bad for me, in this shutdown society.

END

This work is protected by copyright.  No part of this work may be copied, stored, transmitted or distributed without my expressed prior written approval.

 

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