We love seeing African Celebs giving back to the community! ”Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done~ proverbs 19 17” 

TBT: Mercy Johnson-Okojie and husband prince odianosen okojie  invited several widows to celebrate Easter with them in Ajah, Lagos. The couple blessed them with Clothes, Food Items and Money…

In addition to the above, She has been helping less privileged people in her community.

For such act of kindness God will surely continue to bless Mercy Johnson and her family, this is even biblical…

  • Deut. 24: 19 …’It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.”

 

Luke 14:12-14  “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.

 

  • 1 Timothy 5:16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

Mercy Johnson first starred in the movie  “The Maid” in 2004.  Her outstanding performance in that movie paved the way for her in other movies such as Baby Oku in America, War in the Palace and many more..

 

She is now one of the most sought after Nollywood actress. Mercy Johnson won the Best Actress award at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2013.

Similarly, Mercy won the award with a movie titled ‘Dumebi the Dirty Girl’. By December 2013, Mercy Johnson is one of the  Googles Nollywood Celebrity. Johnson has appeared in over 100+ movies. 

We’re huge fans of Mercy Johnson! How about you? 

‘There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference in the lives of people…

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Photo credit: Mercy Johnson-Okojie

WCW: UNFPA Ambassador Stephanie Linus Addresses African Ambassadors In The DRC, Donors, Regional Director of UNFPA…

As part of her commitment to raising awareness on maternal health issues, the UNFPA Regional Ambassador for West and Central Africa Stephanie Linus visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in commemoration of the International Day to End Obstetrical Fistula.
The theme of this year’s commemoration was tagged “hope, healing and dignity for all”, and it featured several activities aimed at giving hope to girls and women around Africa.
From 23rd to 25th May, Mrs. Linus participated in a span of activities which included the screening of her award winning movie ‘DRY’, a private luncheon with African Ambassadors in the DRC and a visit to women repaired of fistula at the Biamba Marie Motombo Hospital in Kinshasa.
While speaking to the Ambassadors, Mrs. Linus requested them to work through their governments to do more for the girl child with emphasis on education, ending child marriage, ending obstetric fistula, improving access to health care.
The over 300-persons audience at the private viewing of DRY consisted of African Ambassadors in the DRC, Donors, Regional Director of UNFPA for the East and Southern Africa Region, UN heads of Agencies and Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Ministers and High Ranking Government Officials, Young parliamentarians of DRC, Representatives of International and National NGOs, Members of the Civil Society and various media representatives.
Stephanie Linus
Stephanie Linus
During her address, Mrs Linus declared that the theme of the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula “hope, healing and dignity for all” is food for thought and that it is time to act and actively seek ways to do more to change unhealthy behaviors, to improve health systems, and improve human rights for all.
“Women should not die while giving life. Girls have rights that need to be respected-education, decent jobs, chose who to marry and when to have children and how many of them. Every woman and girl has a right to be treated with respect and dignity”, she stated.
Stephanie Linus
She challenged the audience to constantly ask themselves the question – What is it that I can do more and do better?
Mrs. Linus also met young artists in the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa whom she encouraged to look around, pick up the issues that are affecting the society and pass messages to end those ills through arts, music, movie and drama.
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Stephanie Linus was named the UNFPA Regional Ambassador in March 2017 in recognition of her far reaching advocacy for the rights of girls and women.
As Regional Ambassador, Mrs. Linus will help advocate and raise awareness on maternal health issues across Africa, whilst encouraging policies and laws that protect the rights and dignity of the girl child.
Learn more about ‘Fistula’ watch Stephanie Linus’s movie ‘DRY’

 

TBT: Be Inspired: No Situation is Hopeless! Charity worker Anja Ringgren Lovén, is a true example of:

”As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”~ Audrey Hepburn

“If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.”~ Martin Kornfeld

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ~ Albert Schweitze

Anja Ringgren Lovén
This is It is from the rescue mission of Hope by Anja Ringgren Lovén in Nigeria

The little Nigerian boy in the above photo was branded ‘a witch’  and left to die. Anja took care of Hope and he is now well and attending school as per photo below

Hope, one year after
Hope, one year after Anja Ringgren Lovén rescued him

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Anja Ringgren Lovén is the Co-founder at African Childrens Aid Education And Development Foundation and Founder, Director at DINNødhjælp – deres overlevelse… Anja Ringgren Lovén and her charity works at: www.dinnoedhjaelp.dk/en

Photo credit: Anja Ringgren Lovén (Instagram)

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We are huge fans of African Celebrities who give back the their communities. Join us in wishing our Celeb of the day Cameroonian/French professional mixed martial artist Heavyweight fighter Francis Ngannou an blessed Happy Birthday! 

Francis Ngannou started working at the age of 10… He started engaging in trainings with a small club in Douala city, Cameroon at age 22.

His passion for boxing made him auctioned all that he owned to buy his sports outfits and equipment to help fulfil his vision as an internationally recognised boxer.

Because of his childhood experience of knowing how difficult it is for some children in Cameroon he decided to help make their dreams a reality

There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back and making a difference in the lives of people

Aspiring to provide the opportunity to fight for good and open doors his community,  Francis Ngannou founded a Charity Organisation ‘Francis Ngannou Foundation’ to help the underprivileged children in Cameroon.

Francis Ngannou Foundation – Batié Cameroon 🇨🇲

The MMA gym is one of the project serving the main purpose of the foundation through training. The gym was regarded as the first well-built facility with all the necessary sports equipment in Cameroon.

The provision of quality facilities has helped a lot of youth in Cameroon to follow their dreams of combat sports through holistic coaching and experience

 Be it in a form of money or time, one of the most important and precious things anyone can do is to give back

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He decided to channel the course more into sports because he believes sports has a huge impact on people’s outlook- and outcome like he experienced.

Therefore, providing similar opportunity he embraced in his trying days seeking to achieve his dreams for the young adult in Cameroon sounded the best.

God loves a cheerful giver

He’s done a phenomenal job through his foundation and has helped with the discovery of skills by teaching the fundamental lessons of sportsmanship.

The foundation looks forward to expand trainings in sports like Judo, Boxing, Karate, MMA, and Kickboxing.

For more information on Francis Ngannou Foundation Visit

Join African Celebs in wishing Francis Ngannou Bon Anniversaire! 🎁 

Photo Credit: Francis Ngannou 

TBT: Inspirational Stories: Ghanaian Actor and Entrepreneur has donated over ”140 math sets to the final year JHS students of the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian School, East Legon.

As part of supporting the education sector in Ghana, he believes the gives will handy for The BECE (The Basic Education Certificate Examination) that starts next.

He hopes the gift will inspire the students to learn hard and some out with flying colours. 

 

Giving back is one of the most important and valuable things anyone can do for their community. We love seeing African Celebs giving back to the community! 

”Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.” ― Ben Carson.

 

John Dumelo took to his social media handles with photos and the above video

 

 

Video Credit: John Dumelo

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WCM: Meet Ange Kagame, the only daughter of the current president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame. She is widely known for her causes and charity work.

The stunning and gorgeous Philanthropist is positively impacting her country.

Ange kagame and father Paul Kagame
Ange kagame and father Paul Kagame

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She is a strong advocate for empowering women, a strong advocate of education and eradication of poverty as well emphasising disease immunization campaigns.

Ange Kagame was born in 1993 in Brussels and completed her education abroad away from the public eye. She went to Wellesley, Massachusetts to study political science with a minor in African studies.

Her first public appearance was in 2014 when she accompanied her father to the White House for a dinner hosted by Former President Barack Obama.

She currently continues her master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University, while working for several causes that focus on women’s empowerment, education, mass vaccination campaigns and poverty.

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She is a patron of various charitable organisations and women empowerment, disease immunization campaigns, education and eradication of poverty are things she loves taking part in.

Ange Kagame practicing her basket weaving skills, with the amazing women over at the Rwanda Women's Opportunity Center in Kayonza
Ange Kagame practicing her basket weaving skills, with the amazing women over at the Rwanda Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza

Ange Kagame’s mother, Jeannette Kagame the first lady of Rwanda is also very passionate about charity work. Some of her charities includes Imbuto Foundation, OALFA (Organization of African first Ladies against HIV/AIDS), PACFA (Protection and Care of Families against HIV/AIDS) 

Ange Kagame and mother, Jeannette kagame who is also very passionate about charity work
Ange Kagame & mother, Jeannette kagame who is also very passionate about charity work

In addition to her local dialect and English Ange Kagame speaks fluent French as well. 

Learn more, Follow President Paul Kagame on Facebook

Sorry guys, she’s taken! Ange Kagame got married to Bertrand Ndengeyingoma last year

 

Photo credit: Ange Kagame fan page//Ange Kagame/Twitter

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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

TBT: Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Nollywood Superstar, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur Stephanie Linus Is Currently In Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking in Partnership with Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontières)

 

Human Trafficking

In the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians trying to migrate to Europe via Libya.

Actress and Producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise her voice against such human rights violations.

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Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

This timely intervention is in partnership with the world-renowned international medical humanitarian organisation “Doctors Without Borders” (MSF).

Over the next few days, Mrs Linus will visit the rescue ship “Aquarius” to witness their activities and operations.

Later she will have meetings with some of these vulnerable women;  participate in rehabilitation exercises for the rescued women, media parleys and stakeholder meetings with the aim of alleviating their sufferings and preventing more girls and women from falling prey.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Doctors Without Borders is one of the most impactful humanitarian organisation that rescues thousands of people who faced hazardous conditions trying to enter Europe through the sea yearly. In 2017, the Aquarius (a rescue ship)  has rescued 15,078 people.

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking
Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

 

Stephanie Linus Arrives Italy To Advocate Against Human Trafficking

Mrs Linus has been at the forefront of advocacy over sensitive issues that affect the rights of women and girls.Stephanie Linus has done this through several channels such as her advocacy movie DRY, her role as UNFPA Ambassador; her charity organisation Extended Hands Foundation and many more.

An increasing number of women, mainly from Nigeria, are being trafficked to Europe for sexual exploitation.

According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), there has been an almost 600% increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by Sea since 2014.

Many of these women were kidnapped against their will or lured with the promise of greener pastures. 

TBT: Be inspired: A professor from Université de Bouaké in Ivory Coast’s photo has gone viral as ‘Hero Of The Week’.

Being a professor he knows the importance of education and wanted to help a young determined mum concentrate on her exams, he helped his student by carrying her baby on his back so she can write her exams… Now that’s a real man!

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Ivory Coast University Professor

The prof’s act of kindness reminds us the following: Leadership is about helping other people to succeed –

 ‘A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.’

‘Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and grace’.

Also below is the main Tweet from the User @adewryght  and others about the Hero Of The Week

 

Credit:  Twitter user @adewryght

 

 

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Giving back, be it in a form of money or time, is one of the most important and precious things anyone can do. We love seeing our celebrities taking time out of their busy schedules to help the needy.

June Sarpong is quite possibly one of the most recognized faces of British television. Interestingly, it is hard to recognize and pick any of her work as the stand-out, because she enriched her 20 year-long career with a wide spectrum of work and achievements on screen and behind the screen. Let’s take a brief look at some of those.

She was born in Newham, London in May 1977. Her parents are of Ghanaian descent and her brother is Sam Sarpong, the British actor and model.

She went to secondary school at Connaught School for Girls and graduated from Sir George Monoux College.

Photo Credit: June Sarpong

Before appearing on TV, her first media-related job was on the radio station Kiss 100 in 1999 and 2000. Then, she presented the MTV Dance Floor Chart for the UK and Ireland. She also appeared in ITV’s comedy show called Lily Savage’s Blanketly Blank in 2001.

Her breakthrough was as an interviewer on Channel 4’s daytime strand called T4. She interviewed many important political figures including Tony Blair.

She worked for Channel 4 for nine years. Another program where she worked as an interviewer was called Conspiracy Theory on TruTV, where she made controversial episodes about natural disasters such as the 2004 Tsunami.

Then, she went on to present other shows such as the game show Your Face or Mine, the urban talk-show Dirty Laundry and a dating show filmed in Mexico called Playing It Straight.

She also made appearances on BBC’s show such as Have I Got News for You and Question Time. These shows were much more serious than her previous involvements.

As a panelist, she appeared alongside other English media figures in a panel called Loose Women where she was one of the female presenters to interview female celebrities and address the issues of gender equality and women empowerment.

She was a guest panelist in 2014; however, she became a regular in 2015 and appeared in a total of 46 episodes. Currently, she is a panelist on Sky News’ weekly debate show “The Pledge”.

2016 was a year of grief for Sarpong as her brother Sam Sarpong, famous British actor and musician, committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, California.

Besides her busy schedule on tv, she took part in both profitable and non-profit organizations. Behind the scenes, she is running her own production company called Lipgloss Productions. Furthermore, she is currently the director on the board of a non-profit organization called the Lunchbox Fund. The organization provides daily meal and aid to the township schools of Soweto, South Africa.

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Another organization she is involved with is called Make Poverty History which raises awareness on poverty and works with government bodies for certain policy changes.

 

Photo Credit: June Sarpong

 

As an ambassador of the movement, she traveled to Ghana to give talks and to make a teaser for the campaign. She also expressed her concerns about Brexit and joined the board of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign.

It is admirable that she even wrote two books apart from the busy schedule full of TV works and charity events. Her first book, The Power of Women, was published in 1999. The book discusses the definition of feminism, bringing clarity to the common misconceptions about it.

Her second book called Diversify was published 8 years later. In the book, she addresses issues stemming from racial discrimination and social classes, emphasizing their impact on individuals and their willpower.

Photo Credit: June Sarpong 

Ghanaian professional footballer Asamoah Gyan will be in Hohoe from 29th to 31st May, as part of ‘social intervention program of a major water system for free water for St Francis Training College’.

Asamoah Gyan Foundation’s latest venture is in honour of Asamoah Gyan’s late mother. His mother was a student at St Francis Training College.

We love seeing Celebrities giving back to the community! Be it in a form of money or time, is one of the most important and precious things anyone can do!

To show appreciation for Gyan’s contributions ”The people of Gbui traditional council appreciate this and Asamoah Gyan’s outstanding leadership and exemplary contribution to Ghana’s socio-economic development and have decided to honor him by enstooling him as a Chief during a three-day celebration in Hohoe from 29th May, 2019.”

If you happen to be in Hohoe and want to attend then check out the program below that Gyan posted on social media handles

 

This is not the first time Asamoh Gyan has sorted water issues in communities, few years ago, The Asamoah Gyan Foundation commissioned Water Pump House project in Wenchi….
”Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done~ proverbs 19 17′

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Photo Credit: Asamoah Gyan