Joannie Bewa joannieJoannie BEWA is currently working as a general practitioner in a community health center in her country BENIN. She holds many leadership positions in BENIN and is well known at global level. She is the co-founder and the Executive director of Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA), created after the President OBAMA Young African leaders forum. In 2010, she also initiated “Red-Ribbon Campaign”, which was a campaign to educate the population about HIV AIDS issues. In the first six months following the campaign, she led a training program on sexual and reproductive health, reaching to various Beninese communities, including sex workers. 10 000 Youth were reached at national level. In 2012, she designed a project called “Women’s Empowerment Campaign” which was funded through the First Lady Michelle Obama program for Young African Women Leaders. The “Women’s Empowerment Campaign” was implemented through capacities building and mentoring sessions for 2,500 girls and 400 young women entrepreneurs. Her activism was recognized by US Government who selected her in 2012 for the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program under the President OBAMA Young African Leader program. Recently, she is appointed as the first female president of the US Ambassador’s Youth Council in Benin.

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Global News: From a humanitarian perspective, Prince supported Rebuild the Dream, ”a mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.” Some of the causes he supported included   AIDS & HIV, Cancer, Hunger, Education, Children,Health…It is believed he donated millions of dollars to the need anonymously!

Even as the world  mourns and celebrate the life of Prince our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.  Rest In Peace Prince Rogers Nelson. June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

The Superstar and Fashion Icon, popularly known as Prince passed away at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota at age 57. It is believed he was set to release a book about his life for next year. few weeks ago, Prince’ plane had to  make an emergency landing because he came down with flu, which he recovered from… Even though the Billboard Icon is dead his memory will forever live!

What’s your favourite Prince song and why? We love…Raspberry Beret, Purple Rain, Diamonds and Pearls, I Would Die 4 U, Controversy, Let’s Go Crazy and more…

Below are few messages from President Obama & Michelle Obama and other celebs

”Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.

“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.”The WhiteHouse  (FACEBOOK)

”He Changed The World!! A True Visionary. What a loss. I’m Devastated. This is Not A Love Song.” Madonna

”RIP to @prince…a true artist in every sense of the word. Gone way too soon.” Quincy Jones

”I can’t believe it, I’m in total shock. So many wonderful memories, I will miss him.” Lionel Richie

”Numb. Stunned. This can’t be real.” Justin Timberlake

During a press conference  on April 04, 2016,  Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson of  said that with regards to the cause of death of music icon Prince “We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide,”

As big fans of Prince is heart breaking to find out that his great icon who made so many people happy and was loved so much by the world died all alone at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

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Photo credit: Prince.rogers.nelson Instagram

 

History Maker! President Obama arrives in Cuba, he has become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in 88 years.  The last sitting president to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States he arrived on a battleship in 1928.

President Obama landed at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport aboard Air Force One and was accompanied by  First Lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha ….

President Obama tweeted on arrival…¿Que bolá Cuba? Meaning  ‘What’s up Cuba?’

He will be meeting President Raul Castro later…

We will keep you updated!

 

onPresident Obama’s Indonesian Look-Alike Ilham Anas bears a striking resemblance. Can you tell which one is the real President Obama…

Indonesian photographer Ilham Anas  is a celebrity in Jakarta because  of his resemblance to the new US President, Barack Obama. 

Ilham has appeared  talk shows as well as doing advertisement as Mr Obama, he says he is always mistaken for President Obama.

Ilham Anas says he will make good use of all the blessings that come his way because of  striking resemblance to the new US President, Barack Obama. 

“I see my resemblance to Obama as a blessing. I used to look at the mirror and I had a negative perception of myself.” Ilham Anas 

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@POTUS  President Obama has arrived in Kenya.. He’s the first sitting US president to visit the Kenya…. From his father’s homeland Kenya, President Obama he will be going to Ethiopia…

President Obama in Kenya at with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta‬ at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport below….Obama and PresidentUhuruKenyatta Presiden Obama and PresidentUhuruKenyatta

US President Barack Obama will become the first sitting American President to visit Kenya, come July. He will attend the first Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in sub-Saharan Africa between July 24 and 26 in Nairobi and will, according to the US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec, also hold bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“His visit will build on the success of the August 2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit and will continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security,” Godec explained.

The announcement of President Obama’s visit to Kenya, the home country of his father Barack Obama Snr, has elicited mixed reactions with some holding the opinion that it’s long overdue while others see it as testament to Kenya’s strategic importance.

“His visit is welcome because it will show the world that Kenya is safe,” Edwin Ndwiga told Capital FM News.

It is yet unclear how long Obama will be in the country and whether he will visit with his grandmother Sarah Obama.

It will not be Obama’s first visit to Kenya as he first came to Kenya before joining Harvard to study law; a visit on which his first best-selling book ‘Dreams From My Father’ is based.

He returned as the Illinois Senator in 2006 together with his family and again visited his father’s home town and mother in Siaya.

A visit by President Obama also comes at a time when President Kenyatta’s government has called on the US and European nations to withdraw travel advisories against Kenya given the improved security situation.

The US has been supporting Kenya’s military interventions against Somali’s Al Shabaab and has executed drone attacks which have taken out members of its leadership….

Credit:  Olive Burrows Nairobi

 

Today, President Obama released a message to the people of Nigerian ahead of the presidential elections on 28 March 2015.

Hello. Today, I want to speak directly to you – the people of Nigeria.

Nigeria is a great nation and you can be proud of the progress you’ve made. Together, you won your independence, emerged from military rule and strengthened democratic institutions. You’ve strived to overcome division and to turn Nigeria’s diversity into a source of strength. You’ve worked hard to improve the lives of your families and to build the largest economy in Africa.
Now you have a historic opportunity to help write the next chapter of Nigeria’s progress, by voting in the upcoming elections. For elections to be credible, they must be free, fair and peaceful. All Nigerians must be able to cast their votes without intimidation or fear.

So I call on all leaders and candidates to make it clear to their supporters that violence has no place in democratic elections  and that they will not incite, support or engage in any kind of violence,  before, during or after the votes are counted. I call on all Nigerians to peacefully express your views and to reject the voices of those who call for violence. And when elections are free and fair, it is the responsibility of all citizens to help keep the peace, no matter who wins.

Successful elections and democratic progress will help Nigeria meet the urgent challenges you face today. Boko Haram, a brutal terrorist group that kills innocent men, women and children,  must be stopped. Hundreds of kidnapped children deserve to be returned to their families. Nigerians who have been forced to flee deserve to return to their homes. Boko Haram wants to destroy Nigeria and all that you have worked to build. By casting your ballot, you can help secure your nation’s progress.

I’m told that there is a saying in your country “to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done.” Today, I urge all Nigerians  from all religions, all ethnic groups, and all regions , to come together and keep Nigeria one. And in this task of advancing the security, prosperity and human rights of all Nigerians, you will continue to have a friend and partner in the United States of America.

 

Credit: White House