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Yale President Peter Salovey visits Nigeria to expand partnerships
January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
President Salovey during his previous trip to Africa in 2018 when he visited university partners in Ghana and Kenya.Photo credit Yale
President Salovey during his previous trip to Africa in 2018 when he visited university partners in Ghana and Kenya.Photo credit Yale

LAGOS, NIGERIA, January 15, 2020, -/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Peter Salovey, Yale University’s president, arrived in Nigeria this week to deliver on the promise of the Yale Africa Initiative, a long-term university wide commitment to enhance Yale’s ongoing bilateral engagement with African institutions and to bring African scholarship, research, and education at Yale into sharper focus. He will participate with the university’s collaborators in meetings, events, tours, and other activities to build and strengthen Yale’s research and educational partnerships across the continent. 
As he arrived in Lagos with a delegation of Yale faculty and staff members, Professor Salovey remarked, “In a world that is growing in complexity and becoming more interrelated, successful universities will embrace global networks and exchanges. While in Nigeria, home to the continent’s largest economy, I am looking forward to meeting with some truly extraordinary people. With this visit I hope to build on Yale’s robust relationships in Nigeria and other nations in Africa to strengthen education, research, and scholarship in the global community.”

The Yale Women’s Leadership Forum, a major program of the Yale Africa Initiative, takes place on Saturday, January 18. Professor Salovey and Ms. Emma Sky (director of Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a senior fellow of the Yale Jackson Institute) will offer welcoming remarks and participate in the forum. The event will also feature remarks from Ms. Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega, president of Spanish Council of State and president of Fundación Mujeres por África (Women for Africa Foundation).

The forum is part of a flagship program established in 2015 and sponsored by Yale in partnership with Fundación Mujeres por África and Banco Santander. It aims to amplify the effectiveness and influence of women in African governments by serving as a catalyst for open dialogue and fostering mentoring relationships between one generation of African women leaders and the next.

The forum will feature personal leadership testimonials from a panel of program alumni: Obiageli Ezekwesili (from Nigeria), Ramatoulaye Diallo (Mali), Maria Kiwanuka (Uganda), Remi Sonaiya (Nigeria), and Nana Oye Lithur (Ghana). The discussion will be moderated by Olabosipo Sawyerr-Bassey, a graduate of the Yale School of Management (Class of 2007) from Nigeria, and Stephanie Busari (journalist and editor at CNN International, based in Nigeria). A special session of the program will focus on reaffirming the commitment to and developing leadership approaches toward the achievement of the UN sustainable development goals. The forum will conclude with remarks from Ms. Obiageli Ezekwesili (Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, presidential candidate of Nigeria’s 2019 election, and former vice president for the World Bank’s Africa Region).

The Lagos Business School, along with three other schools in Africa, is a member of the Global Network for Advanced Management, a network of over 30 business schools around the world launched in 2012 by Yale and other institutions. Professor Salovey’s trip includes a visit to the Lagos campus of Pan Atlantic University where he will meet with Dr. Enase Okonedo, dean of Lagos Business School, and members of the school’s leadership team. Professor Salovey will deliver a lecture to students, faculty, and invited guests on the topic of “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership in Business.” Following his talk, Professor Salovey will participate in a question and answer session with audience members.

While in Lagos, Professor Salovey will meet with officials to finalize plans to expand the HAPPINESS Project (Health Action for Psychiatric Problems In Nigeria including Epilepsy and Substances), an ongoing Yale partnership with the government of Imo State, Nigeria. This pioneering program aims to increase access to effective, evidence-based treatments for mental and neurological disorders in underserved areas of the country, using technology and existing care infrastructure. 
The HAPPINESS project oversees the training of primary care workers in rural communities to screen for, assess, and manage these disorders in their communities. Initiated in 2018, the project is a collaboration between Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Imo State University Teaching Hospital. It is supported by the Yale Global Mental Health Program, CBM International, and the Imo State Primary Health Care Development Agency.

Yale has three alumni clubs across Africa-in Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa. During Professor Salovey’s visit, he will be participating in a networking reception with officials and members of the Yale Club of Nigeria. The event will include Dr. Haroun Adamu (Yale College Class of ’70) and Mr. Lawrence Fubara Anga (Yale College Class of ’80), the president and vice-president, respectively, of the Yale Club of Nigeria.

Early in his trip, Professor Salovey will visit Heirs Holding, a pan-African financial services institution, where he will discuss African entrepreneurship with Mr. Tony Elumelu, chairman of Heirs Holding and the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Professor Salovey will also visit Techpoint , the largest tech media agency in Africa, where he will participate in a town hall-style meeting and interactive discussion with key leaders in the Lagos technology entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Plans are underway for an exhibition in 2021 dedicated to the work of the twentieth-century Nigerian sculptor Bámgbóyè at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven; it will feature a number of works on loan from the National Museum. Professor Salovey will tour the galleries of the National Museum with Mrs. Edith Ekunke (head of museums for the National Commission for Museums and Monuments), Mrs. Omotayo Adeboye (curator at the National Museum), and Mr. James Green, assistant curator of African art at the Yale University Art Gallery. The group will discuss a planned collaborative research and conservation project, in partnership with Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, which will involve in-depth research into the works on loan along with the training of conservation staff from the National Museum both in Lagos and New Haven.

The Yale Africa Initiative is a commitment announced by Professor Salovey in his inaugural remarks in 2013 to foster new directions in research on Africa and to identify new partnerships and deepen current ones, all while transforming the educational experiences and career opportunities of students at Yale and in Africa. Through the Yale Africa Initiative, Yale continues to leverage the power of partnerships and global networks across the continent to create new knowledge in science, public health, business, and other disciplines and to improve lives around the globe.

*Source AMA

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DORALEH CONTAINER TERMINAL (DCT) :A fair compensation in accordance with international law is the only possible outcome
January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

DJIBOUTI, Republic of Djibouti, January 16, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- On 14 January 2020, DP World announced in a press release that, on 10 January 2020, a sole arbitrator appointed by the London Court of International Arbitration issued a new arbitral award in DP World’s dispute with the Republic of Djibouti concerning the termination on 22 February 2018 of the Concession Agreement for the container terminal of Doraleh.
This ruling comes as no surprise. It is merely the outcome of the iniquitous provisions of the concession, which could force a sovereign State to set aside and disregard its own national law, in order to revive a concession that was terminated on the grounds of the higher interest of the Djiboutian nation, and for the exclusive benefit of a foreign-owned company.

Under no circumstances can the Republic of Djibouti accept such a ruling, which was handed down in an arbitration in which it did not take part and which flouts the rules of international law. These rules allow a sovereign State to terminate any contract for reasons of higher national interest subject to the payment of fair compensation.

In this dispute, the Republic of Djibouti reasserts the position it has expressed consistently since February 2018.

  • The termination of the Concession Agreement for the Doraleh Container Terminal, awarded in 2006 to DCT (Doraleh Container Terminal), a joint venture between the Djibouti International Port Authority and DP World, was decided in the context of a legal framework that had previously been adopted by the Djiboutian parliament on 8 November 2017.
  • DP World’s operation of the terminal had proved to be contrary to the fundamental interests of the nation. Its continuation would have seriously harmed Djibouti’s economic and social priorities by placing unacceptable restrictions on its development policy and giving a foreign-owned company total control over one of its most strategic infrastructure.The Doraleh container terminal had not been operated to its full potential by DCT in order, obviously, to protect DP World’s operations in Dubai. Since the concession ended, the port’s activity has increased by 30%.
  • Despite several attempts to renegotiate the concession, initiated by the government in accordance with Djiboutian law, DP World persistently refused to consider the government’s legitimate demands to redress an inherently asymmetrical relationship in order to allow its citizens to enjoy the benefits of the efficient operation of the terminal.
  • Rather than comply with Djiboutian law and accept the Government’s proposals (at both the contract renegotiation and post-termination compensation stages), the DP World group preferred to initiate a full-scale judicial and media battle against the Republic of Djibouti and its partners.
  • To this end, DP World had no qualms about using DCT, of which it is only a minority shareholder, to serve its own interests and to disrespect, unscrupulously, the decisions handed down by the Djiboutian courts in strict compliance with the adversarial principle. These courts appointed a provisional administrator in place of DCT’s corporate bodies and annulled the resolution of the Board of Directors which, under pressure applied by DP World, authorised DCT to initiate the arbitration procedure whose decisions today have been obtained on the basis of the DP World’ unilateral actions.
  • In any case, the concession contract has been terminated, a public enterprise specifically created for this purpose now manages this infrastructure and there can obviously be no question of imposing any contracting party on a sovereign State, especially in order to operate its strategic infrastructure.
  • As the Republic of Djibouti has consistently indicated since the termination of the concession, the only possible outcome is allocation of fair compensation in accordance with international law. The State of Djibouti remains, as it has done so from the outset of this process, willing to negotiate the terms of a mutually satisfactory solution, but cannot accept arbitrary “convictions” that disregard the interests of the country and so-called “independent” expertise that can in no way serve as a financial “basis” for an agreement between the parties.

*Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of the Presidency of the Republic of Djibouti.

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Public-Private Collaboration commits to Accelerate Access to Health Services in Africa, reaching 1.7 Million People
January 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
Healthcare companies and philanthropies to fund training of thousands of community health workers as part of larger initiative led by Last Mile Health and Living Goods to advance universal health coverage
BASEL, Switzerland, January 16, 2020/ — Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.com), Lilly (Lilly.com), Novartis (Novartis.com), Pfizer (Pfizer.com), GSK (GSK.com) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) have joined forces with Last Mile Health (LastMileHealth.org) and Living Goods (LivingGoods.org) to increase access to community-based primary healthcare for nearly 1.7 million people in up to six African countries, as part of their shared commitment to accelerate universal health coverage. The Health Worker Training Initiative is a three-year investment, generously matched by The Audacious Project, and totals USD $18 million.

Harnessing the synergy of cross-industry collaboration is key to advancing universal health coverage. Living Goods and Last Mile Health have pioneered the community health worker model and are continually exploring novel approaches to training and retaining community health workers. By teaming up with Johnson & Johnson, Lilly, Novartis, Pfizer, GSK and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, precious resources and acumen can be maximized. All are united by the belief that community health workers play a catalytic role, and all share a commitment towards advancing universal health coverage.

Leveraging the unique expertise of each organization will drive tech innovation and deepen impact. In addition to financial contributions, industry partners will contribute disease-specific expertise and experience in the discovery and development of new tools, which will supplement the community health worker models pioneered by Last Mile Health and Living Goods, in partnership with government.

Investing in community health workers produces some of the best returns in health. Community health workers can yield a 10:1 return on investment, due to a healthier population, increased employment, and lower odds of health crises. In addition, community health workers can help primary healthcare systems serve the majority of a population’s health needs, which means community health workers are one of the most efficient and effective ways to achieve universal health coverage. This partnership is a response to the growing call to action globally to advance universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goal 3.

“Focused investment in community health workers can accelerate progress to make universal health coverage a reality,” said Dave Ricks, chairman and CEO of Lilly and president of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations. “Public-private collaboration is critical to help governments lower barriers to quality care and innovative medicines that save and improve people’s lives.”

“Community health workers are the critical frontline to sustainably impact the health of communities in resource poor settings,” said Vas Narasimhan, CEO of Novartis.  “Novartis is committed to strengthening healthcare systems and is proud to be part of this coalition to use digital technologies to reimagine the future of community health delivery.”

The three-year investment will cover three areas:Supporting the training and deployment of 2,500 digitally-enabled community health workers, reaching nearly 1.7 million people by 2022. Community health workers will be trained and deployed in Liberia, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and up to two additional countries.Supporting Last Mile Health’s Community Health Academy, which is an open source, digital learning platform for community health workers and health systems leaders used worldwide. Training curricula for community health workers initially focuses on diarrheal diseases, family planning, malaria and pneumonia, with further modules expected to address non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension.Contributing expertise and personnel to Living Goods’ new Kenya Performance Lab to develop mobile-based tech innovations that will improve community health worker productivity, strengthen supply chains and better identify obstacles to coverage. The Lab will leverage the knowledge and assets of partners in areas including data science, behavior change, performance management, analytics and technical health expertise. Innovations would be introduced in Kenya and then scaled to other countries within the broader initiative.Together, these pieces of the investment aim to scale up access to life-saving primary healthcare while building stronger, tech-enabled community health programs for the future.

“Well-trained community health workers play an integral role in providing quality care in low-resource settings,” said Andrin Oswald, Co-chair of the CEO Roundtable Executive Council and Director of Life Sciences Partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “The Gates Foundation is committed to working with partners across sectors to achieve universal health coverage, which is necessary to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and reducing the burden of diseases that disproportionately affect pregnant women and young children. We thank the companies involved in this initiative for their efforts to increase data-driven solutions to train and deploy effective community health workers.”

“This partnership will play a critical role in helping to scale and empower the world’s most promising health resource—community health workers—so that they can thrive and effectively save lives,” said Dr. Jane Aceng, Uganda’s Minister of Health. “Ensuring community health workers have the right training, digital technology, medical equipment and supervision is critical for ensuring they can help transform health outcomes, no matter where people live.”

Each of the six investors will contribute USD $1.5 million total over the next three years. This funding will be matched by the Audacious Project through an existing USD $50 million matching commitment to scale community health workers in Africa, resulting in an USD $18 million total investment.

This investment will also support the sustainability of community health worker programs. Living Goods and Last Mile Health partner with governments to deploy digitally-empowered community health workers. Not only will this partnership support community health workers to reach more patients, but the curricula and tools developed through the investment will support improved community health worker performance for years to come.

“We are inspired that healthcare companies are taking collective action to strengthen community health systems in the public sector across sub-Saharan Africa to advance universal health coverage,” said Liz Jarman, CEO of Living Goods, and Dr. Raj Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health. “This partnership is much more than a financial commitment; it joins a growing movement of philanthropists, companies, and governments that have committed to scale digitally-empowered community health workers and build stronger primary healthcare systems across Africa to ultimately save more lives.”

To learn more about the community health movement and efforts to advance universal health coverage in partnership with governments, watch this video (http://bit.ly/30sBwEg) produced by Freethink.

https://youtu.be/SXN76-EZnsM

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GatesFoundation.org) works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

About GSK:
GSK (GSK.com) is a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer. For further information please visit www.GSK.com/about-us.

About Johnson & Johnson:
At Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.com), we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities, and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based health care company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity.

About Last Mile Health:
Last Mile Health (www.LastMileHealth.org) partners with governments to design, scale, strengthen, and sustain high-quality community health systems, which empower teams of community and frontline health workers to bring life-saving primary healthcare to the world’s most remote communities. To learn more, visit
LastMileHealth.org.

About Lilly:
Lilly (Lilly.com) is a global health care leader that unites caring with discovery to create medicines that make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at Lilly.com and lilly.com/newsroom.

About Living Goods:
Living Goods (LivingGoods.org) is a nonprofit that saves lives at scale by supporting digitally empowered community health workers who deliver care on call – making it easy for families in need to get the care they need. Beginning its operations in Uganda in 2007 and expanding into Kenya in 2015, Living Goods works with governments and partners to ensure community health workers have access to the digital technology, medical treatments, supervision and compensation to cost-effectively deliver high quality, impactful health services. At the end of 2019, Living Goods was supporting more than 10,000 CHWs to deliver care to more than 7 million people.  Learn more at www.LivingGoods.org.

About Novartis:
Novartis (Novartis.com) is reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. As a leading global medicines company, we use innovative science and digital technologies to create transformative treatments in areas of great medical need. In our quest to find new medicines, we consistently rank among the world’s top companies investing in research and development. Novartis products reach more than 750 million people globally and we are finding innovative ways to expand access to our latest treatments. About 109,000 people of more than 140 nationalities work at Novartis around the world. Find out more at
www.Novartis.com.

About Pfizer Inc.: Breakthroughs that change patients’ lives:
At Pfizer (Pfizer.com), we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products, including innovative medicines and vaccines. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world’s premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, we have worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. We routinely post information that may be important to investors on our website at www.pfizer.com. In addition, to learn more, please visit us on www.pfizer.com and follow us on Twitter at @Pfizer (http://bit.ly/38ab7hl) and @Pfizer_News (http://bit.ly/2FXjdO8), LinkedIn (http://bit.ly/30BsDZv), YouTube (http://bit.ly/3akO19R
and like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Pfizer (http://bit.ly/2FVBxYg).
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Novartis, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Last Mile Health, Lilly, Living Goods, Pfizer Inc
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Official: AFCON 2021 reverts to January/February
January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Boris Esono Nwenfor

AFCON 2021 will be played in the month of January and not June like in 2019
AFCON 2021 will be played in the month of January and not June like in 2019

The 2021 edition of the Africa cup of Nations will revert to its former slot of January and February, according to the country’s Federation.

The Cameroon Football, Federation, FECAFOOT revealed this Wednesday, January 15, 2020, that the competition will be played from January 9 to February 6, 2021, on the request of the country due to weather concerns.

This decision comes as the President of CAF Ahmad has been on an official working visit to the country since Monday, January 13.

The tournament was earlier on moved from its January/February slot to a June/July slot for the 2019 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON in Egypt to avoid clashing with the European football season.

For years before the shifting of the dates of the competition, European clubs had been battling with African Federations as some of the clubs keys players leave for the AFCON, at a time when most of the clubs are battling for survival or to maintain their lead at the table.

What this decision means now is that the battle is set to resume next football season in Europe. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, and others will be subject to represent their countries during the AFCON, a decision that may not sit well with most of their club coaches.

The players will be expected to miss some six matches of the Premier League during to their participation in the AFCON.

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Living The Dream Life: Africa’s Next Top Model Bello Frasher On His Journey to the top and 2020 vision
January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

The Cameroon born Bello Frasher has taken the fashion world by storm

Impossible it is to walk downtown Washington DC, Paris, Canberra or some exotic destination in Europe and not catch billboards or posters adorned with Bello Frasher, a superb model who might just be the next big thing the fashion industry is bracing for.

The Cameroon-born international sensation has over the years groomed himself and is now taking the Fashion industry by storm.

A brand influencer with distinction, catalog model, brand ambassador and face of CONNAISSEUR PARIS,Bello Frasher squeezed time off his hectic schedule to talk about his career and plans for 2020  with Pan African Visions.

Why modelling and the fashion business?

My love for fashion started from childhood. I have always love to look good and I always stood out among my friends. I will wear something and my friends will want to  know where I got it from hence that’s how I developed a passion for modeling and luckily for me, the camera loves me

What have your experiences been so far, may we know some of your challenges, success stories and deceptions?

Modeling is a very challenging field that I will say to get into you must be passionate about it. Especially being a male model, sometimes you got to change around strangers in an open space. Though things are getting better now, its still a very discriminatory field. As an African or black in New York trying to break into the fashion world which is predominantly white, I faced a lot of challenges ranging from my color & even my sexual orientation. But the fashion industry opens doors to a lot of fun opportunities, I get to travel around the world and mingle with high profile personalities. 

You are the face of CONNAISSEUR PARIS , can you shed light on this fashion label and the nature of your collaboration?

CONNAISSEUR PARIS is a European men fashion brand that started about six years ago with our head office in Paris and branches in several states in America. As the global face, I represent the brand in and out of the States. I’m the poster boy you will see on billboard ads in Paris & other locations and even on the website. I speak on behalf of the brand & host fashion shows to showcase our products. 

Why CONNAISSEUR PARIS when with the reputation you’ve built top players in the industry are after your business?

What most people don’t know is I did not start my fashion career with CONNAISSEUR Paris before Joining the team, I used to work for H&M as well as a catalog model for their summer look book and with top man. 

Bello Fraher is the brand Ambassador and face of the famed fashion label CONNAISSEUR PARIS

I choose CONNAISSEUR Paris because they were not just offering me a job but they were bringing me on board as part of the team. Beside the brand is true to itself by always putting the customer first and providing them with the best quality & high fashionable Italian fabrics at an affordable price

How challenging was it for you to get a breakthrough in this line of business here in the West coming all the way from Africa?

The higher you climb up the fashion ladder be it as a model, designer or fashion brand it becomes more difficult because the industry is almost completely white. So, imagine 

being a black-own fashion brand competing with some of the big fashion brands. They couldn’t have it and they tried everything to kick us out of business because they were scared of the high value of our products and its affordable price. Who won’t want to pay less for a high-quality suit! 

In terms of remuneration, how lucrative has the modelling business been for you and is Bello Frasher comfortable telling us what income bracket he is on or what it takes to get his services?

I will tell others not to go into modeling for money. It has to be a passion and of course your passion will always bring you money if you channel it properly. It’s a passion for me, I love what I do. So, I will say it’s very lucrative if you are passionate it and it makes you happy. I can’t put a price to happiness and if anyone requires my service, hit my PR team up and you will find out that I’m very affordable.

As challenging as it it is,the fashion industry opens doors to a lot of fun opportunities around the world, says Bello Frasher

You’ve inspired a lot of young people who some of whom are looking to emulate your path, what advise do you have for them, any tips for success?

Not everyone tends to discover their true potential or what they are passionate about. To the young ones out there, if you truly know what you are passionate about, don’t give up. Believe in yourself even if people around you say you can’t make. Be consistent & hard working and that passion of yours be it modeling or whatever will take you places.

Modeling requires staying fit and in shape, what is your own recipe for that?

Hahaha my recipe for staying fit is knowing your body well. I’m a pescatarian meaning I don’t eat meat. I don’t drink alcohol; I eat very healthy and I drink a gallon of water a day. You see! I didn’t talk about workout because it’s the last on my list. So, the secret of staying fit is what goes into your body then you can work out to torn the physique.  

Exposure from your career certainly earns you lots of female admirers, how you cope with attention from female fans…

Hahaha who no like Better thing! Honestly this exposure and the fame has tamed me. I get a lot of attention especially private messages but I don’t get carry away by that. I have been handling it well with no pressure lol,

You are also into acting and a budding TV sensation. Should we expect any movies from you to hit the big screens soon?

My acting career is still very young but I’m grateful for the opportunities and the path fashion has open for me. I’m currently in negotiation  with some movie directors in Nigeria  in Nigeria and I’m working with the director of Fatal Attraction for a role on his show on TVone.

The hard working and multi talented Bello Frasher is slowly but steadily making a foray into the movie industry

What other plans does Bello Frasher have for 2020 and his career, in what ways do you think you can improve and any other big dreams you will like to achieve?

I entered this 2020 with some big paid ads’ partnership. I will be doing a lot of paid collaboration with big lifestyle this year and I’m excited. I’m starting for this 2020 with a personal project to give back to less privileged kids, orphans and internally displaced people from the English party of Cameroon. I will be in Cameroon in March for this initiative called #bfgives2020 and I have a gofundme to raise $5,000 for this project.

I will be doing a media tour in Cameroon during this time. My desire is to work with big brands in Cameroon like MTN, Guinness, Camtel, orange and the rest. You will be seeing me a lot on the cover of fashion magazines this year. So many goals and dream to achieve this year and I’m excited because I see a clear path to success.

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Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations discusses Cameroon’s simmering Anglophone crisis with US Dept of State, push for more action
January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Amos Fofung

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, an international non-governmental organization which seeks to facilitate dialogue and negotiation towards ending the war in Cameroons Anglophone regions have met with top officials from the United States Department of State in Washington DC.

Their request, urgent action be taken to put and end the human rights violations brought about by the armed conflict in Cameroon’s North West and South West regions formerly British Southern Cameroons.

Meeting this week first with the Bureau of African Affairs, then the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operation at the US Department of State, the executive committee of the organization painted a picture of the current state of affairs in Southern Cameroons and the need to act sooner than later.

Expressing satisfaction with the engagements of US government and actions taken to advanced the respect of human rights and push for genuine dialogue, the committee emphasized more has to be done.

“The urgent need for a more active USG leadership in bringing an end to the armed conflict and stop the humanitarian disaster,” a press statement from the organization reads about the meeting adding; “We also discussed the proposed international conference aimed at seeking a permanent negotiated solution that addresses the root causes of the conflict.”

The group has for weeks now embarked on an enlarged consultative process in view of organizing an international conference on Southern Cameroons. The confab its organizers hold, will hold under the theme: “Defining a Pathway for Our Future” and shall focus strategically two points; Engaging all segments and professionals of Anglophone Southern Cameroons, and establishing the majority view in support for a permanent negotiated solution, and; Developing a detailed framework for a robust post-conflict reconstruction. 

*Read full statement here.

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Embryo Transfer facility set to be established in Kenya
January 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Samuel Ouma|@journalist_27

Livestock Principal Secretary (PS) Harry Kimutai .Photo Standard Newspaper
Livestock Principal Secretary (PS) Harry Kimutai .Photo Standard Newspaper

Kenyan government announced on Tuesday, January 14 that it will put in place the Embryo Transfer Technology to improve breeds.

Embryo Transfer involves placing embryo into the uterus of a female with the intention of establishing a pregnancy. It is useful where a species is needed to produce young ones annually.

Livestock Principal Secretary (PS) Harry Kimutai revealed the new development in Kisumu during a public participation meeting on the draft Livestock Bill 2018. The PS said that they have received a grant from Polish government to construct the facility which will be equipped with state art of technology.

According to Mr. Harry the technology will assist in production of high quality breeds to enhance livestock production and make the sector a key player in the economy. He added that it will make the livestock products from the country competitive globally.

“We have already worked on the concept and we are just waiting for the National Treasury to allocate funds so that we implement the project. We have also received a grant from the Polish government who have been supporting us to develop the sector,” said the PS.

He noted the Kenya is doing well in livestock production compared to her neighbouring countries mentioning two semen production centres in the country. He went ahead and mentioned zebu breeds and other improved breeds which the East African country boasts of. He further divulged that farmers have been given free hand to import new breed to add to the existing ones.

To promote the sector, Harry reiterated that the government will set up Special Economic Zones (SEZ) targeting livestock production.

Livestock Bill 2018 proposes measures which will boost livestock production should it sail through in Parliament. It will be tabled when the House resumes its operations following festive holiday.

Some of the proposals are creation of a Livestock Marketing Board to help market livestock products locally and on the international market, the establishment of the Kenya School for Animal Sciences, which shall combine all the existing training institutions within the livestock industry and formation of a regulatory board for inputs, animal feeds and products quality like honey and other animal products that have had no regulators before.

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A Tale of Courage, Resilience & Hope For Justice in Wendy Bangura’s “Tears, Trials, and Triumphs”
January 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Ajong Mbapndah L

With roles in successful  movies like Entrapped, Blood Brothers, Koming from Africa, Twisted Brain, Royal Dilemma 2, Diary of a serial Killer, Njidika in America, Busted Life, Greedy Realtor, and Ekei among many others, Award winning actress Wendy Bangura  has carved a niche for herself on the International and African film scene. From her native Sierra Leone to stardom in the USA, it has been an agonizing tale of heart-breaking experiences, courage, and resilience for the sultry actress chronicled in  her book titled “Tears, Trials, and Triumphs.”

According to Wendy Bangura, the book is a true-life story of the unexpected tragedy that struck her family during the calamitous civil war of the 90s in Sierra Leone. In the book, Wendy Bangura shares the tears, and tribulations she went through and how prayers, great determination, hope and big dreams ultimately led her to triumph in the face of all odds.

Wendy’s triumph is a reminder to always have faith, believe in divine providence, have hope, work hard and even the worse adversity would be overcome

While she talks a lot about the divine provision of God, Wendy Bangura dedicates her triumph to the memory of her late father Captain Hancil Bangura, a man she considers as her hero. The man described in the book as noble, hardworking, generous, patriotic, and a most loving husband to his wife and kids was summarily executed on 29 December 1992. Captain Bangura, Quartermaster of the Sierra Leone Army was executed alongside 29 other individuals without a trial or any due process.

Accustomed to living a stress-free life with all the pecks from her doting father, Wendy’s world came crashing. She gives graphic details of family activities on the day of the incident up to the point where a group of soldiers came and took her father to the military headquarters for a meeting. A meeting he never came back from.

Initial efforts by the family to get answers yielded no fruits, no one had answers for anything. To make matters worse, her family was not only placed under house arrest, but everything was also carted away by the power drunk soldiers. Vehicles were seized, property confiscated, and bank accounts frozen.

Wendy Bangura dedicates her triumph to the memory of her late father Captain Hancil Bangura, a man she considers as her hero

For the young girl that Wendy Bangura was, the experience was traumatizing. A good Samaritan working in the military learnt of additional plans by the military government to further hurt the family and facilitated their escape.

Later in the book, Bangura says several sources eventually fingered a certain Sergeant Musa of the NPRC regime as the brain behind the killing of her father and other Northerners in the army as a way of trying to restore Southern (Mende) rule. The book details the reign of terror of the NPRC and its eventual collapse.

From 1992 when tragedy struck to 1997 when the family had the opportunity to move to the USA thanks to the Diversity Visa Lottery program, Wendy Bangura sheds light on the challenges faced by her family to survive. While  Bangura again gives top credit to divine providence for the survival of her family under the miserable conditions which stood in stack contrast to the princely life they had when her father was alive, a number of benefactors are equally acknowledged for been there for them.

While Wendy and her family may have braved the ordeal, their hope for some form of justice remains largely unfulfilled. In January 2013, a delegation of families of victims of the December 1992 massacre led by Julius Bombay Kamara Jr son of the Former Inspector General of Police James Bombay Kamara tabled their case before then President Ernest Bai Koroma.

Under the canopy of the 29 Memorial Foundation for Justice and Development. The group indicated that the families had suffered for so long and it was time  to serve justice by atleast seeking to get the truth of what actually happened. From the book, we learn that President Koroma attributed inaction to the politicization of the issue. He assured the families that he understood their emotions and sorrow and pledged to do all in his second term to address the issues ……

Despite the palpable pain and sorrow manifested by Wendy Bangura in the book, one can see in her the proud and patriotic flare she probably inherited from Captain Hancil Bangura. For those who know nothing about Sierra Leone, the book gives 101 lessons on the rich history and culture of that West African country. From the people to its own tales of slavery, colonial legacy, and checkered political history, Bangura gives the reader a good feel of the history of her country.

Intended or not, Wendy Bangura equally gives the reader a reason to be curious about visiting Sierra Leone. From its healthy cuisine, the unparalleled beauty of its women, spectacular beaches, great view of the Atlantic Ocean, Bangura’s description of Sierra Leone is one of a country that lovers of tourism must add to their list. The depiction of Sierra Leonians as Killers in the movie Blood Diamond is wrong says Bangura.

“It is hard to see my people scorned by the world when the majority of us are peaceful, fun-loving, and God-fearing people,’ she writes.

The multi talented Wendy Bangura does is not only a famed actress but a talented producer as well.

Wendy Bangura who has equally produced successful movies like The Unforgettable Words ends the 142-page book with pictures of her family and some of her works. The book is easy to read. Been the fiercely ambitious and goal getter that Wendy Bangura is, one would not be surprised if someday the book is adapted to film.

As Sierra Leone continues its march forward from the chaotic past with despicable acts from the civil war, Bangura’s book is a reminder that nothing should ever be taken for granted. It is a call for introspection on values that should guide a modern society, a society where tribalism has no place, a society which recognizes and encourages hard work, one where people are not sentenced and killed without trial and one where justice delayed is justice denied. Wendy’s triumph   is a reminder to always have faith, believe in divine providence, have hope, work hard and even the worse adversity would be overcome.

Tears, Trials, and Triumphs,” is available on Amazon , and other online book distribution networks.For information on how to get autographed copies from the author, contact bwendy2012@gmail.com

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Looking to Africa’s Future: The Promise of Transnational Ties
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Peter Salovey, President of Yale University

NEW HAVEN, USA, January 13, 2020,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- Nearly seven years ago, when I became president of Yale University, five of the top twelve-and eleven of the top twenty-of the world’s fastest growing economies were in Africa, even as the continent faced serious challenges. Amid discussions of sobering events and hopes for the future, Yale took a stand for the promise of education, scholarship, and research-a promise that is particularly significant across Africa, home to a vibrant and growing population of young people. That year, in 2013, I launched the Yale Africa Initiative as a way to create new partnerships between Yale and institutions on the continent. 

Africa’s economic development remains impressive, but even more spectacular is the growth and promise of its youth. The youth population is expected to increase by 522 million across Africa in the next three decades, while it is estimated to decline by 220 million in the rest of the world. By 2050, one third of people around the globe aged zero to twenty-four will be on the continent. These young people will grow up to be many of the world’s leaders and innovators-meaning we all have an interest in Africa’s future.

As a university professor, I am focused on higher education-though primary and secondary education are, of course, vital. Higher education is essential to economic growth, and it also brings a broad range of benefits, including the potential to advance gender equality, improve health, strengthen institutions, and enhance the creativity and skills of those who serve society. 

Collaborative research and teaching that bridge national borders and cultures can further amplify the positive effects of universities. Through student and faculty exchanges, each university can engage with diverse viewpoints and experiences, improving scholarship and education. In this enriching environment, students learn to contribute to an increasingly interconnected world. They gain the education needed to become skilled workers, but, more importantly, they also prepare to become business owners, employers, and entrepreneurs; to create new knowledge; and to transform their communities, their nations, and the world. For example, graduates of the Yale Law School sit on some of the highest courts around the world. These scholars and practitioners are taking the wisdom and knowledge they have gained through their international education to transform the landscape of jurisprudence across Africa and elsewhere.

Earlier this year, I learned about the accomplishments of Adebayo Alonge, a graduate of the Yale School of Management and Lagos Business School, members of the Global Network for Advanced Management. Adebayo won the grand prize in the Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, a renowned international startup competition, for RxScanner, a company he founded to detect fake drugs. His company is currently operating in Canada, China, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, and Nigeria, and he has plans to expand further. Adebayo’s story is just one example of how studying in the United States and Nigeria can help power innovation and entrepreneurship.

Like many global universities, Yale has already forged partnerships with educational and research institutions in Africa. Makerere University, Uganda’s largest institution of higher education, and Yale University collaborate on research, including investigations of treatments for noncommunicable diseases, patient empowerment, and women’s health. In the short term, scholars from Makerere and Yale mutually benefit from exposure to different clinical settings that widen their perspectives, knowledge, and skills. In the long term, these joint efforts will increase clinical capacity, improve medical access, and enhance public health.

As more nations retreat from the world and look inward, universities must step up and fill this void, providing transformative educational opportunities for students and fostering innovative discoveries that improve lives. There is more to do: we need to continue to create partnerships and transnational ties, building on the tremendous promise of young people around the globe. As we approach 2050, the future looks like Africa-full of energy, determination, innovation, and resilience.

*Source AMA. The author is President of Yale University

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Equatorial Guinea: Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima kicks off Year of Investment with Several Meetings and Agreements in Abu Dhabi
January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments
The delegation of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) held several bilateral meetings and discussions with heads of national oil companies

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, January 13, 2020/ — H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, officially kicked off the country’s Year of Investment initiative during the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi.

The delegation of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons (MMH) held several bilateral meetings and discussions with heads of national oil companies such as PetroVietnam, ministerial counterparts of the Ministry of Energy of the UAE H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei and the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of Mauritania, and private stakeholders.

The talks focused on investment discussions around key projects Equatorial Guinea is executing under the Year of Investment, including mining and energy infrastructure such as refineries, gas-to-power and storage tanks.

The Minister also addressed US investors concerns over the business environment in the country, and took a stand on climate change, joining concerns over the need to address current climate change realities while continuing to develop Africa’s resources for the benefits of its people.

“We had a very conclusive visit to Abu Dhabi, the Year of Investment is starting very strong with several agreements signed on exploration, refining infrastructure and local content development,” declared H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima. “People look up to Equatorial Guinea as a strong emerging hub in the West and Central Africa, and this year will see the execution of several landmark projects positioning us as a true African energy leader and creating jobs for our citizens.”

Several agreements were signed, including an MoU on the EG Refinery, which will have a capacity of 20,000 to 30,000 bopd and will see Equatorial Guinea become a refiner and producer of petroleum products.

In order to boost domestic capacity building, the MMH also signed an MoU with Duscaff Scaffolding, Apex Industries S.A and the Institute of Technology of Equatorial Guinea to establish an Engineering Academy and training company to promote vocational training and quality education for Equatoguinean citizens.

*African Energy Chamber


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Africa’s leading Energy Law Group, announces new Managing Director, Zion Adeoye
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Zion will be based at our Johannesburg headquarters and takes up post with immediate effect

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 13, 2020/ — Zion Adeoye has been named Managing Director of Centurion Law Group (www.CenturionLG.com). Adeoye, an oil and gas specialist with a focus on energy law and finance has played a significant role at the firm in the last few years as key advisor on over 25 oil and gas investments, in 12 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also played key roles in the reform of oil and gas legislation across Africa, from the various efforts at amending the Petroleum Act and related legislations in Nigeria, to the development of local content regulations in South Sudan.

“Centurion has seen formidable increase in energy deals on the African continent – owing to our growing clientele and incredibly talented team,” says NJ Ayuk, CEO, Centurion Law Group. “Zion has exemplified and ‘role-modelled’ the very finest of the attributes to which we aspire to as lawyers and, as colleagues. I believe his thoughtful, disciplined but down to earth style is going to serve him and the firm well.” added Mr Ayuk

Zion has relentlessly been involved in major transactions that have shaped Centurion Law Group, resulting in his leadership and experience naturally carving out this new role as our CEO, Mr Ayuk focuses his energies on influencing the continent’s energy sector and takes on a more strategic role at the firm.

“It is an honour to be trusted with bolstering the firm’s efforts as we continue to advise on some of Africa’s biggest oil and gas deals, ensuring that Energy agreements of our generation translate into policies which will ensure real growth opportunities for years to come,” says Zion Adeoye, newly appointed Managing Director, Centurion Law Group. “This new decade and beyond will be definitive for the continent and it is our passion to make sure that Africa’s local private sector takes its rightful place at the forefront of Africa’s economic development.” added Mr Adeoye

Zion will be based at our Johannesburg headquarters and takes up post with immediate effect.

Zion holds an LLB from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a BL from the Nigerian Law School. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Association of Independent Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and is currently undertaking an MBA in International Oil and Gas Management at the University of Dundee, Scotland. He was recently awarded an ESQ 40 under 40 Lawyer award at the Nigerian Rising Stars Award, for shaping the future of the legal profession in Nigeria and on the continent. 

*African Energy Chamber
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African Energy Chamber encouraged by Kosmos Energy on Recent Appointment of New West Africa Regional Director
January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

African Energy Chamber demands more action from International Oil Companies (IOC’s) and Governments on empowering women in Oil and Gas

Khady Dior Ndiaye

DAKAR, Senegal, January 13, 2020/ — The African Energy Chamber (EnergyChamber.org) is encouraged by Kosmos Energy’s appointment of Senegalese national Khady Dior Ndiaye as Vice President and Regional Director for West Africa.

The appointment is a very positive step towards promoting women in leadership positions in the oil sector and recognising the extremely talented energy leaders emerging out of West Africa.

“The appointment of Khady Dior Ndiaye is a brilliant move and in line with our belief that women can and should lead,” declared Nj Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber and author of Billions At Play. “The oil industry cannot be the last bastion of male domination. Congratulations to Kosmos Energy on showing the way for others in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Mozambique, Nigeria, Angola or South Africa to follow!”

Khady Dior Ndiaye has demonstrated her leadership skills working for Citibank in Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. She will lead Kosmos Energy’s operations in the region at very important times for the company and for Senegal who expects to be producing first oil and gas within two years. The African Energy Chamber wishes her all the best in her new role and assures her of all its support to lead the region towards greater prosperity.

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