WHAT’S NEW IN AFRICA?

Posted on August 8, 2010

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Education is a  key to success

African Children and Education

Education is a key to success and one of the most important key fact in Africa. I  believe education will bring a lots of positivity into african life and will help the African economy to growth.

It is so amazing to see how  African are now fighting to bring literacy to the continent.

The world leaders promised to get every child with education by 2015.

65 million children are out of school and 774 Million adult can’t read or write.

The African community has been fighting really hard to improve the literacy in Africa, they are so many great african  organization doing wonderful work by providing children with education and building school to ensure that the future generation will access to better education.


President Obama pledge to help African Leaders

Washington — President Obama told young African leaders at the start of a three-day conference that as they work to build strong economies with jobs and opportunity, the United States will work with them, promoting the trade and investment on which growth depends.
“No one should have to pay a bribe to get a job or get government to provide basic services,” Obama told delegates to the first President’s Forum with Young African Leaders, which is meeting in Washington August 3–5. “As part of our new development strategy, we’re emphasizing transparency, accountability and a strong civil society — the kinds of reform that can help unleash transformational change.”
“It will be up to you — young people full of talent and imagination — to build the Africa for the next 50 years,” the president said.
Obama convened the conference with approximately 115 young leaders from a cross section of African life to examine how they see Africa’s future over the next half century and to help craft innovative solutions to regional challenges. Working with American counterparts and U.S. government officials, the delegates are sharing their insights on key conference themes of youth empowerment, good governance and economic opportunity.

The conference is being held at the White House and State Department as well as at locations in the Washington area with American business leaders and nongovernmental organizations. Delegates came from 46 countries and represent an array of political, economic, cultural and social arenas in their African homes.
A key event in the conference was a town hall meeting between the delegates and Obama in the East Room of the White House August 3. Obama spoke for about 10 minutes from prepared remarks, but told the delegates that “I don’t want to do all the talking. I want to hear from you.”

“You are the heirs of the independence generation that we celebrate this year. Because of their sacrifice, you were born in independent African states,” Obama said.
In Africa this year, 17 sub-Saharan nations are celebrating 50 years of independence, and since the early 1990s, democracy has made significant strides on the continent. Recently, democratic elections have been held in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius and Ghana, which illustrates the importance that Africans are placing in democracy and good governance.
“Just as the achievements of the last 50 years inspire you, the work you do today will inspire Africans for generations,” Obama told the delegates.

Asked about the disruptive power of corruption found in many African societies, Obama told delegates that while the problem is not unique to Africa, good governance is at the center of economic development on the continent, and there has to be a clear sense of the rule of law for growth and opportunity to flourish. It is one reason, he said, why the United States stresses the values of good governance to African leaders.

A young woman asked what commitment Obama could offer to the people of Somalia, a nation that has been torn apart by conflict for nearly two decades and struggles daily to maintain some degree of order. The president said that Somalia has the support of the American people, even through all it has suffered. “We desperately want Somalia to succeed,” he said.
But extremists have made a home in Somalia, the president said, because they believe it is a failed state. There is concern in Africa and in the region that continued instability there could have a destabilizing impact across the region, but the resolution of that strife will not happen soon, he said.

When challenged on how much support the United States is offering Africans in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, which has posed a significant health challenge across the continent, Obama said funding has been increased during his administration, and that it is now included in a broader program attacking worldwide diseases. He said that former President George W. Bush, during his administration, initiated the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which vastly improved health care support for Africans dealing with the highly infectious disease.

That health program is being expanded under Obama’s broader Global Health Initiative. It does not stop at AIDS treatment, he said. It includes building a public health structure that also attacks transmission of the disease. One significant aspect of curbing transmission rates is empowerment programs for women, he added. Where women are empowered, researchers say, HIV transmission rates decline over time.
Another aspect of the Global Health Initiative, Obama said, is to improve public understanding of the nature of HIV/AIDS, how it is transmitted and what is needed to curb its spread.

Meet The most powerful African Designer Ozwald Boateng and Nana Boateng from Ghana West Africa

Ozwald Boateng

Nana Boateng

Designers Ozwald Boateng & Nana Boateng: Coincidence, not Cousins

designer, Ozwald Boateng.
Above; upcoming menswear designer, Nana Boateng.

I just got word from Tim Quale, the PR representative for Savile Row, London-based menswear designer Ozwald Boateng and his company, Bespoke Couture, Ltd., that contrary to popular belief there is no familial connection between Mr. Boateng and upcoming Ghanian designer Nana Boateng.

Mr. Quale has stated in an email to Au Courant that, “The two designers are not related and have never actually met each other. I am not sure how the information originated, but I can confirm there is no relation between the two designers.”

If you recall, I posted a feature on both designers sometime ago, including the info that the two were cousins; I corroborated that tidbit with various reputable online/personal sources before publishing. Just do a random search on the web for ‘Ozwald & Nana Boateng’ and you’ll get numerous sites – some dodgy, others more professional – that list the two menswear designers as ‘first-cousins.’ A tad strange, no?

So I felt duly compelled to give an update on this.

Furthermore, the question of the origin of the ‘relation tale’ popped into mind. Maybe some folks just assumed the two designers were related because of their common surnames. Maybe it was just a long-standing PR snafu that was never straightened out until now; you know what they say about untruths. After sometime, it becomes more and more believable.

Or maybe, one designer played up the common surname or went along with the misinformation, in order to benefit from a career boost through association with the other designer. Maybe. Maybe not. In any regard, it’s nice to have that matter cleared up. So there you go!

PS. Many thanks to Tim Quale on behalf of Ozwald Boateng/Bespoke Couture Ltd. for contacting me and straightening this out!

LMN Harris

NB Images courtesy The Satorialist and Bond Mag

This Article is from ZIMBIO

West Africa Next Top Model

Supermodel Oluchi Helms West Africa’s Next Top Model

Tyra Bank’s creation, America’s Next Top Model comes to Africa with supermodel Oluchi taking the helm.  The show will feature 16 contestants from different

West African countries. The series and format of the Next Top Model will be identical to the original format that is seen in the U.S. but the contestants will be West Africans. The first season of West Africa’s Next Top Model “WAFNTM” will have 13 Episodes produced for television with 16 total contestants. Each episode of WAFNTM will cover events throughout the week real time and will be edited to 1 Hour Television airing.

Events will feature a fashion challenge, photo shoots or commercials. All contestants will be judged based on their performance at the challenge and criticism will be shared by the panel led by Supermodel Oluchi. One contestant will be eliminated per episode (though there will be cases of a double elimination or no elimination) by consensus of the judging panel led by Supermodel Oluchi.

This Article is from Palavahut


 

 

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