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Why Africa Must #EndChildMarriage Now

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African Union to Hold Memorial Service for late President Nelson Mandela

Addis Ababa, 6th December 2013 –The African Union Commission has the honour to inform Africans worldwide and friends of Africa that following the passing on of former President Nelson Mandela of the Republic of South Africa on Thursday 5th December 2013, a memorial service will be held at 17:00 hours on Sunday 8th December 2013, in the plenary hall at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A book of condolence has been opened at the AU Headquarters for the AU Commission staff to pay homage to this Great Son of Africa. Flags at the AU Headquarters and regional offices will also be flying at half-mast for three days as the AU celebrates this Great African Hero. Nelson-Mandela’s-Top-Five-Contributions-to-Humanity The Deputy Chairperson of the Commission, H.E Erastus Mwencha, addressed the Press on 6th December 2013 at 11:00 hours and delivered a Statement on behalf of the Chairperson, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who is currently attending the Elysée Summit in France. A detailed program of the memorial service will be distributed subsequently. For more information visit the AU website: www.au.int   JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND AND COVER THE EVENT

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Issues!

 

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An Ideal Gift For Mama on Mother’s Day!

I was gift hunting for Mum when my bosom buddy Nana Akua notified me on something really worth giving- In times like these many people struggle with what to get Mama 🙂 I know you still wondering what to get Mum. Look no further because Nana Akua has just the right item for you- beautifully framed messages that comes in different sizes and way too cool frames.

One of the Many Designs available!

One of the Many Designs available!

Kindly Contact Nana Akua on 0275840998, She can design one for you for any occasion- tell her you spotted this post for a whooping 40% discount on your purchase- put and keep a smile on Mama’s face. Happy Mother’s Day in Advance… Cheers!!!

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!

 

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Vivian Onano: The Power of Educating a Girl

“The other day I was watching a documentary from Half the Sky Movement about the girls from Kibera School for girls and I could not stop radiating beams of joys. Seeing young girls so confident with themselves as they received an education sent me back down memory lane. Growing up in Kisumu, Kenya, life was difficult, but that did not hinder me from pursuing my goal of achieving an education.

My two brothers and I were raised by a single mum who did not have a stable source of income at the time. We depended primarily on my mother’s parents — my grandparents — for support. Yet, despite the huddles, my mother made sure that I went to school. In my rural community, very few girls had the opportunity to see the gate of a school, in some cases because they were married off at a very early age and became mothers without the skills and education necessary to support their families.

I took my schooling very seriously because I knew I was enjoying a rare opportunity acknowledging vividly where I had come from. I was awarded a full scholarship to one of the best high schools in Kenya — the Starehe Girls’ — for the whole four years. Being at Starehe Girls’ was a dream come true and the opportunity came when I needed it most since my family did not have the money to send me to high school. I made the best out of the opportunity — studying hard while also taking part in community work. I was inspired to do so by my former high school director, who told us at every assembly, “To whom much is given; much is required.” I am not sure if every student took these words to heart, but it resonated so much with my life experiences; I had been blessed with so many generous men and women who had invested in my education.

I knew that I could be of help to my community in Kisumu by sharing my experiences and working with the many children who yearned for education. I started off by helping my friends and neighbors with their homework on a volunteer basis, and it was priceless. I was so happy to see their grades improve and the girls I mentored became more confident in themselves. I was so satisfied with the experience that I kept looking for more opportunities to give back.

Soon after, I got an opportunity with Mama Maria clinics — an organization that provides healthcare to underserved communities — helping teach their staff members computer skills and I knew this was an opportunity of a lifetime. I moved away from home to the community where Mama Maria is located, and by the end of the two months that I was there everyone knew the basics of using a computer, including how to start and shut it down and how to type and enter data. I knew I was impacting lives because most people in the community did not have these computer skills, and it would help them earn a better living.

The power of giving is very strong and it has always been part of my DNA. My hero has always been my grandmother. She would always go the extra mile to help people in my community even though we did not even have enough for ourselves. It’s my opinion that when you do good without expecting anything in return you attract a lot of good from the world.

Last summer, I visited Northern Kenya with Sustainable Development For All — an organization that uses innovative approaches to increase access to education for marginalized children from pastoralist communities who are denied a chance to attend school during the day because of cultural barriers — where bright children, especially girls are required to herd livestock and perform other household chores during the day while their peers are in school. I was shocked to see young girls braving darkness, just for an opportunity to attend school through special night classes, offered by SDfA-Kenya, in conjunction with a local community partner. I tried to relate the challenges they faced to my own childhood, but they had even more challenges. By the end of that summer, I felt more energized to support girls’ education as I realized that so many marginalized girls could be where I am today if only they were given the support and opportunity.

I am thankful to everybody who ever invested in my education because without it I would not be where I am today. I am currently a junior student at Carthage College studying Business Administration, Biology and Economics. I am also involved with different organizations advocating for women and girls empowerment through education and healthcare for women and children. All this has been possible because of my education. As Sheryl WuDunn says, “When you educate a girl, there is a triple effect that goes beyond what you would get from a normal investment… When you educate a girl, you educate a village.” ”

Follow Vivian Onano on Twitter: www.twitter.com/vivianonano

SOURCE: HuffingtonPost

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Ghanabakwamena Zone!, Issues!

 

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Ghana Seizes 1 million faulty Condoms Imported from China

“Ghana facing ‘major public health issue’ after condoms supplied to health service found to contain                   holes and burst easily”

Condomize - Be Safe.

Condomize – Be Safe.

Ghana is facing a “major public health issue” after condoms supplied to the country’s health service were found to contain holes and burst easily. More than 1m “Be Safe” condoms have been impounded by the country’s food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

“When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease,” said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement at the FDA.

But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. “We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out,” said Amedzro.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

“This is a huge, huge problem,” said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana. “There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous.”

The companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

“This is a major public health issue because of the implications,” said Amedzro. “People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern.”

SOURCE: TheGuardian.co.uk

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Issues!

 

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#Blogcamp13 set for March 23

The 2013 social media event, the Blogcamp, designed to bring together for the second time bloggers and social media enthusiasts from across the country, will come off at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT on Saturday, 23 March. Launching Blogcamp 2013 on Twitter, Chair of BloggingGhana Kajsa Hallberg-Adu said this year’s event is dubbed “Content is King” to reflect and demonstrate how local content is important to the development of Ghana. A Coordinator of the Blogcamp 2013, Edward Amartey-Tagoe, said BloggingGhana has observed the decrease in the upload of local content although more Ghanaians have migrated onto social media platforms. “We have however realized that, there is a shift towards the use of these tools more for communication than for the provision of content online”.

Amartey-Tagoe said this observation informed the BlogCamp team to choose the theme. “Ghana must be represented by Ghana and people who have direct interaction with the country. We want to reverse the trend where one googles Ghanaian terms only to land on a blog written by an individual, who perhaps has never lived in the country,” he adds. CEO of Hatua solutions, a software solutions company in Ghana, Nehemiah Attigah, agrees with him . “We don’t create anymore and there’s the need to change that trend. We must push our own stories.” Speaking about why BloggingGhana is organising a BlogCamp, Amartey-Tagoe indicated that “The organisation [BloggingGhana] through these workshops realised there was much interest in Blogging and social media”. There was a need to fill that gap to connect Ghanaians who shared the interest. According to Tagoe, the first Blogcamp, which was organised on 5 May 2012, had more than 450 attendees, filling up the auditorium beyond its capacity. He says the organisation has resolved to make it an annual event.

photo credit: http://kajsaha.com

photo credit: http://kajsaha.com

The Blogcamp will witness for the first time a Blogging and Social Media Awards to recognise Ghana’s content creators and build more awareness about the positive uses and benefits of blogging. Nominations for the various categories include Best Technology Blog, Best Citizen Journalism and News Blog, Best Creative, Literary, Short Story and Poetry Blog, Best Activist Blog; Best Photo Blog, Best Organisational Blog, Best Original Content, Best Business & Commerce Blog; Personality with the Best Social Media Presence, Organisation with the Best Social Media Presence, and Best Showbiz and Entertainment Blog. Following from the Blog and Social Media Awards, the Blogcamp team has scheduled exciting campaigns and online engagements, which are expected to allow many Ghanaians online to participate in the lead up to the event day on 23rd March. Blogcamp 2013 is sponsored by Tigo Ghana, Google Ghana, US Embassy, Voltic Ghana, Born Again, A Thousand Words, Nii Odzenma Nfoningraphy, Ganyobi.com Africa.com, Dust Magazine, Citi FM, and the Be Bold Show. According to Mrs. Hallberg-Adu, “the first ever Blog Awards in Ghana are to inspire more folks to create local content.” She added that “online people in Ghana have a responsibility to create”. BloggingGhana is a membership based association for Ghanaian bloggers and social media enthusiasts, both in and outside of Ghana who write about the country.”

Source: JoyFM

 
 

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