ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, BENJAMIN OKON NYONG – YOUTH AND CULTURE AMBASSADOR

Benjamin Okon Nyong holds a degree of Bachelor of Art in Linguistics and Communication Studies, Calabar, he has special interest in Efik Phonology and Morphology, with several unpublished works to his credit. He is a two time awardee of the Obong of Calabar Scholarship foundation for study and researches in the Efik Language.

Ben, is passionate about youth mentorship and leadership. He has trained Secondary school students on English Phonetics in his community and mentors young undergraduate on how to apply their theoretical Linguistic knowledge on solving community related problems, three of whom received award of excellence by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria.

He heads a team of young language activists in Calabar who are working towards the preservation of Cross River state culture by documenting Proverbs of its communities. Currently, they are working on the documentation of 10,000 Efik proverbs. He volunteers for the Education Committee of the Efik Leadership Foundation and was part of the team that reviewed the text “The Efik Language” by F.X Una. He has contributed to several Efik texts for secondary schools.

An area of his research interest also covers basic phonological analysis of selected languages in Cross River State. He is also interested in Nigerian Sign Language and works with Save the Deaf and Endangered Language Initiative (S-Deli) http://www.s-deli.org as the head of Research and Outreaches, Bauchi state Nigeria.

Currently, he is serving his Country, Nigeria under the compulsory NYSC scheme at the State Data Unit/ICT department of The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) Bauchi.

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AFRICAN LIVING LEGEND TAKES PLACE IN GERMANY, THIS SATURDAY THE 22ND, DO NOT MISS IT

Mary Summer, Voice of Germany RTL TV to Host the 2nd Edition of (Night of the African Living Legend Award & Recognition): Date: 22.09.2018, Venue: Ringhotel Loew’s Merkur Nürnberg, Time: 18.00

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ASSEMBLYWOMAN, ALICIA HYNDMAN PRESENTS 2ND ANNUAL HEALTHY HARVEST IN NEW YORK

t almost time for my 2nd Annual Healthy Harvest Festival! Bring the whole family out next Saturday as we celebrate the coming of fall with food, fun, and games. I hope to see you there!

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IMPACTFUL WOMEN AWARD & LECTURE ON BREAST CANCER, TAKING PLACE IN ACCRA, GHANA

*CALL FOR NOMINATIONS*

*HONOURING OUR WOMEN*

Sometimes in Africa, women are relegated to the background without always appreciating their effort in building an effective society. Some believe that they are only meant for the kitchen or bedroom meanwhile more women are becoming bread winners of homes and leaders in Business /Corporate world.

The *IMPACTFUL WOMEN AWARD 2018* with the theme *CELEBRATING CREATIVITY AND HARDWORK OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN* would be recognizing and rewarding the positive efforts of few women that have been of great impact in our society.

On the sidelines would be a *LECTURE ON BREAST CANCER* where professionals would enlighten Guests on prevention and essence of taking good care of their breast to avoid cancer or other related diseases. Questions would be asked and answers received . I remember losing one of my most cherished Aunty to Breast cancer. That loss is still painful.

All this is part of our vision of thinking more of what we can do for country than what our country would do for us and recognizing the positive efforts of some women now that they are still alive.

If you know any woman anywhere in the world that merits this humble recognition, kindly send in their details and profile so we can recognize them.

Date – Friday 12th October, 2018
Venue – Event Auditorium, UDS Guest House beside Police Headquarters, Accra-Ghana
Time – 6pm.

For Sponsorship, Nominations and Enquiries – Barry +233541293499, Nana Ama +233 24 280 1334, Ms Favour +2349064433634(Nigeria)
Email – impactfulwomenawards@gmail.com

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OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT, HOW IT ALL STARTED FROM THE GIFT OF A SPLIT SECOND

OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATIONS AT THE UK HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT, HOW IT ALL STARTED FROM THE GIFT OF A SPLIT SECOND

One of the most fascinating revelations in Life is that it can sometimes take just a split second for great breakthroughs to unfold.
There have been periods at different stages in my life where all it took was a smile, a firm handshake or a reassuring statement to attract a new moment that eventually developed into a success story.

My journey of organizing The Black History Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament started from one of those funny split seconds that I will never forget.
I will never forget the very first time I met MP Alok Sharma, I had been invited to The UK House of Parliament by a friend of mine, Cecily Mugo from Kenya, who was launching one of her books at an inspirational women empowerment event and at the time, I was a Radio presenter and producer for an African Inspirational talk show in Reading called AFRICA4U,

I had only been a Radio presenter for two years and I was attracting a strong following of new audiences from African communities in Europe and around the world.
My first ever award was “NIGERIAN RADIO PRESENTER OF THE YEAR IN EUROPE” awarded at the time by NEA (NIGERIAN EUROPEAN AWARDS).
I had been really looking forward to Cecilys book launch as I had not caught up with her for ages; I also imagined it would be a perfect opportunity to conduct some audio interviews at Parliament
Cecily had a natural gift for organizing inspirational events and as expected, there was a good turn out on the day and some amazing speakers. .
It was my very first time at The Uk house of Parliament, it was an overwhelming feeling and I wondered to myself, would I ever get the opportunity to organise an event here one day.
My thoughts were interrupted by a composed gentleman who gracefully approached the podium, there was something profound and reassuring about this gentleman and aS he began to speak, I found out why.
MP Alok Sharma held the microphone firmly, his eyes were filled with a passion that was warm and profound.
He spoke about how important IT was for communities to work together and gave examples of how many migrants were making a difference to communities in The UK every day, And then he said something that immediately caught my attention, I remember those words till this day “If you ever have any ideas that you want to share with me, I am here to help, so please approach me directly”

As he finished his speech, he commended Cecily for putting a great event together and then began to leave the room, I quickly began to follow him, I simply had no ideas in my head at the time, but something just told me “Tony – stop this man and talk to him”

I was also expecting he would be approached by a crowd of people after the speech, but to my surprise, I was the only one.

I caught up with him in the corridors and introduced myself as a Radio presenter for an African inspirational talk show in Reading, it felt easy to talk with him and since I had not come up with any ideas, I simply asked him if he would like to come on my radio show as a guest.
He then asked me to send him an email so that we could slot in a convenient date
When I got home that evening, I sent MP Sharma an email and he got back to me a couple of days later to say that he would be happy to come on my radio show on the 21st of July 2013
I had only been a Radio presenter for two years and I had built a listening audience from scratch with a following in very many countries, little did I know at the time that these were the early days of my brand.
I was inspired to become a Radio presenter when I got to meet the late Jamaican Radio legend- Derrick Kirk Anthony who took Lagos by storm whilst working at Smooth FM in Lagos, Mr Anthony previously worked for Choice FM in London.

I was looking forward to my Radio show with MP Alok Sharma, I had already interviewed many famous Africans in The UK, Each evening I would ponder on thoughts and ideas to share with MP Alok, my mind was always racing, and it never stopped.
And then one day, it came to me while at work, I thought to myself, what it would take to organise A Black History Event at The UK House of Parliament.

As each day passed by, I kept on thinking of the idea of A Black History month celebrations at The UK House of Parliament, already I had interviewed Black historians, famous community leaders and inspirational achievers on my show and began to imagine how the House of Parliament would be a great platform for community achievers, historians and the youth to network, share knowledge and become empowered by inspirational game changers of society.
On the 21st of July 2013, MP Sharma was a guest on my radio show in Reading and coincidentally, my sister and her husband were visiting from the states at the time and so they also came to the radio studio in Reading and met MP Sharma and we all took pictures together.

I interviewed MP Sharma for an hour on local politics, community cohesion, the importance of nation building and many other community matters.
My sister and her husband listened to the live interview from the reception in the studio, it was a memorable day.
As MP Alok was about to leave the studio, I popped the question that had plagued my mind for days
“Alok” I said, I would like to organize A Black History month event at The up House of Parliament because I believe that with the brand I have created on my radio show, it will surely go places.
He fell quiet, and starred at me for a few moments, give me a few days to think about it he said and we left it at that.
A few days later, I received an email from MP Alok saying that he was happy to sponsor a room space for a black History Month event in parliament for Wednesday the 30th of October 2013
And that was how it all started.
Sometimes a split second is all it takes for great moments to unfold.
Sometimes all it might take is being in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it take a smile, a firm handshake, a statement or doing or saying something out of the ordinary.

But at all times, we always need to persevere, work hard, go the extra mile and express our purpose through our actions.

Have you been trying so hard to get the ideal job of your dreams? Well keep trying – it just takes a split second

Are you worried that you are getting older and you still have not found your soul mate, well, it is never too late -keep trying – it just takes a split second

Is business slow and things not going as well as you wished- stay positive,adapt new strategies and audience keep trying – it just takes a split second

Do you sometimes feel as if you have come to the end of the road? STAND UP, BE PASSIONATE AND PERSEVERE keep trying – it just takes a split second

It still surprises many people when I tell them that my journey has been filled with many challenges, failures and moments of doubt, good things do not come easy, but the art of passion and a thirst for life flows naturally
I am still on a journey, trying to make the most of split seconds as the gift of each day unfolds and my prayer is that we all make the most of split seconds that lie before our very eyes , find our purpose and let the world hear our story

sharma

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LYDIA TETT OLET, CEO OF KENYA IN THE PARK, WINS ANOTHER AWARD IN MOROCCO

 

 

And so it was!!!! I brought it home; a massive thanks to all the people who believes in me; greatest thank you to LOANI organisers and a massive thank you to Caroline MakakaCarol for the initiative of starting this programme.

My best part in Morocco was when we visited the charity, l sure saw and learned a lot.

And as usual!!! I will always stand with my country Kenya.
Long live Africa/ Kenya.

IT CAN ONLY BE GOD
#itcanonlybeGod
#charities
#Loaniawards

 

THANK YOU MESSAGE BY LYDIA

LYD

 

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ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, ABIODUN FAKEMI – WRITER, TEACHER & SPORTS DIRECTOR

Abiodun Fakemi has a Master’s degree from the University of Lagos. For his two degrees, he read English Literature. He is a writer, a teacher and a sport director. He has passion for writing and especially poetry which he chose with much delight since his undergraduate days at the Lagos State University. He publishes his works on the internet like is personal blog and facebook page.

Abiodun is politically inclined as he participated in school politics and his experience culminates to inform his interest in political poetry, influenced much by Niyi Osundare’s poetic prowess and passion, which he uses to lampoon the ills in our societies. Are Poets’ Words Enough? was composed to express his angst and frustration about the political sphere in this nation, Nigeria.

http://fasliteraryworld.blogspot.com/

abiodun4fas@gmail.com

+2348185638581

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