Daily Archives: February 14, 2015

Celebrating One of Our Own – Amb. Princess Asha Okojie

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After building a career in entertainment, and media for ten years, Amb. Princess Asha Okojie’s path turned into foreign direct investment consultancy when she served as Media Consultant for Nigeria Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia for the 17 Southeastern States of the United States and territory, during former President Jonathan Goodluck’s Administration where she brought cultural diplomacy as a form of international communication in facilitation of bilateral trade and investment between Africa and United States.

Amb. Princess Asha, Okojie comes from a generation of politicians, and social activists. She is the granddaughter of King Ogbidi Okojie of Uromi dynasty (1857 – February 3, 1944), who was a ruler of the Esan people in what is now Edo State in Nigeria, still remembered for his opposition to British rule. She is also, a niece of Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, the first Esan Catholic Cardinal of Nigeria, and late politician, Chief Anthony Enahoro, who in 1953 initiated the self-government motion, which eventually led to Nigerian Independence on the 1st day of October 1960.

Amb. Princess Asha wears many hats; She is the CEO, of AfriQtalk consult (Investment and Trade Facilitation Firm) and AfriQtalk Media (Branding Entertainment, Media and Corporate Event Management), Executive Producer and Director of Let Talk Africa (An Online Radio Blog and Talk Show). Founder and President of Festival of Arts and Cultural Expo, Global Leadership and HONORS, (FACE) a non profit social and cultural organization that promotes cultural diplomacy, empowerment, trade and investment  with affiliates in North America, Africa and Europe.

Under her leadership, AfriQtalk Consult provided media coverage for President Muhammadu Buhari’s first visits to the U.S, Washington, D.C. Co-hosted President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Atlanta, GA. Conducted press interviews at the Annual Export and Import Bank conference (EXIM), Washington, DC, and Oil Technology Conference (OTC), Houston, TX as well as organized corporate/group events at United Nations General Assembly, New York, entertainment consultancy for VHI, CNN, The Dr. Phil Show, and coverage of meetings/press conference at the Georgia Senate Chambers, Carter Center, and former Mayor Kasim Reed’s office of International Affairs, Atlanta, GA to mention a few.

Also, FACE Global Leadership and HONORS have partnered with selected organizations, and supported small businesses, social and cultural institutions, in the empowerment of youth and women, promotion of culture, arts, tourism development, entrepreneurship, trade and investment opportunities in Africa through philanthropic activities, conferences, forums, training, workshops and exchanges programs, such as trade/medical missions, pageantry, awards, cultural activities, music concerts, and entertainment.

As a Foreign Direct Investment Consultant, Amb. Princess Asha have consulted for private and public sectors, governmental agencies, embassies, consulates, diplomatic corps, and international communities to promote artisanship, entrepreneurship, and policies that would create investment/business opportunities for the development, and maintenance of viable primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors in Nigeria. She is also, a Life Coach and Publicist to some high profiled celebrities, artists, personalities, and public figures.

Amb. Princess Asha have interviewed public figures, and celebrities, from likes of former President Jimmy Carter, Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and Sir Emeka Offor, 2Face, Bracket, Kalu Ikeagwu, Blessing Egbe, and Olu Maintain, to house of representatives members, senators, foreign service diplomats, authors, movie producers, community leaders, ambassadors, business/community leaders, government officials, and company executives, using her Talk Show platform at times in high profiled events.

Besides being recognized as one of the emerging African leaders, media personality and international person in the African diaspora, This ex-beauty queen, and model is not a new face to the entertainment industry. She is a media icon who was among the first Africans to introduce online reality talk show channel on YouTube and Blog Talk Radio in 2009, a trend that revolutionised online freelance journalism, news and traditional media in Africa and African diaspora.

The Brand Ambassador for Imperial Bizzo is also, an activist against gender inequality, human trafficking, FGM and child marriage. Her philanthropic initiatives and work with women and youths has received both local and international recognitions. She was  nominated as the first U.S Culture Ambassador to Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs and a conferred United Nations Ambassador for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Amb. Princess Asha, have routinely exhibited the enthusiasm, vision, and dedication necessary to be considered among the best. As a result of her extraordinary efforts, she was elected into Stanford Who is Who, U.S.A, an elite organization of selected executives, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world. She’s walked on fashion runways, graced the front cover of Magazines and featured on print publications, TV, radio talk shows and ads.

She is compassionate, caring and fun-loving with high-energy. Her passion for culture, fashion and indigenous music is evident in her creativity and love for culinary arts, which made her the youngest female entrepreneur of African descent, to own the first African cuisine restaurant (Fashwill Kitchens) College Park, GA, catering to celebrities, such as former NBA Star, Akeem Olajuwon and Who’s Who in town.

Her devotion to God, love for nature and family keeps her going. In her spare time, she enjoys writing inspirational quotes, photojournalism, modeling, traveling, and mentoring young women and girls. A sickle cell advocate, who is committed to finding alternative traditional medicine for sickle cell disease through research and education.

She holds a B.A in Performing Arts, and B.S in Healthcare Administration & Management. An Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Information Management, Nigeria, Board Member of THINK=>WEST Initiative (TWI), Nigeria, and The International Forum for Sickle-Celled in the Diaspora (INFORSID), Germany, Advisory Committee Member of Women Empowerment Network (WOENET), Nigeria, Stakeholder Member of the Nigerian Diaspora Diagnostic & Trauma Foundation (NDDTF), USA, Member of National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialist,  (NAMAS), American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) U.S.A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuck By Cupid’s Arrow

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Love at first sight may be attributed to Cupid love. The name Cupid itself was derived from the Latin word “Cupido,” meaning love, passion, desires, yearnings, wanting or longing. Cupid is the most famous of Valentine symbols and everybody knows that boy armed with bow and arrows, and piercing hearts . He is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman’s he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.

Sounds like a Mythological tale?

Well, Cupid just happens to be a part of one of the great love stories from Classical Mythology. Cupid, the Roman God of love was the son of Venus the Roman Goddess of love and Mercury, the Roman messenger God. He is believed to carry two types of bows in his quiver. The ones made of gold represent true love whereas the ones with lead tips stood for wanton lust. This makes him the God of both romantic as well as erotic love. Cupid is generally believed to have ignited romance in unsuspecting hearts. But the result of his actions didn’t bring pleasure at all instances. He is also known to have struck love between odd couples and then enjoyed watching them work out the situation. However, Cupid himself gets trapped in the game of mismatches which is evident with his love story, and just who is this great lover that he pricked with his love arrow?

There was a beautiful princess named Psyche means “butterfly” and also means “soul”. In many ways, what Psyche goes through is symbolic of the path of each woman’s soul in life. Psyche was so adored by the people that they began to forget about Venus. Venus grew so jealous of this that she sent her son Cupid on a mission to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest man alive. But upon seeing Psyche, Cupid was so overcome by her beauty that he dropped his arrow on his foot and fell passionately in love with her. He visited Psyche every night and the couple became lovers. There was one condition, however, that Psyche was not allowed to see Cupid. She was forbidden to look upon him.

One night, Psyche’s curiosity overpowered her so she took a peek at Cupid as he slept. But he soon awoke to catch Psyche looking at him and he left her because he feared his mother’s wrath should she discover their affair. Psyche spent years searching the world for Cupid with a broken heart until finally Jupiter granted her immortality so that she could remain with Cupid forever. The couple eventually had a daughter, Voluptas (Pleasure) and Nyx (Night) and they lived happily in their castle. Despite the antiquity of Cupid – God of love and beauty, he is still known by human beings as one that ignites love and passion in mortals. He has become synonymous with Valentine’s day and is commonly represented as shooting arrows at hearts of individuals.

Ironically, the origin of Valentine’s Day comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr, Saint Valentine a Roman who was killed for his faith on February 14, 269 A.D. He had refused to worship pagan gods, and some stories say he was a priest who would marry young lovers in secret because they did not have parental permission. Prior to his death, Valentine continued to minister in prison by witnessing to his prison guards. One of the guards was a good man who had adopted a blind girl. He asked Valentine if his God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his whole family, 46 people, believed in Jesus and were baptized. When the Emperor heard about this he was furious that Valentine was still making converts even in prison, so he sentenced Valentine to death.

Also, Valentine is associated with love because he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer, and would pass notes to her. The tradition of sending love notes grows out of a letter written by St. Valentine to his jailer’s daughter on the eve of his execution. The young Christian wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” The first valentine was really a Christian witness. On the contrary, instead of us remembering the content of the original Valentine’s card which was a message of unconditional devotion to Christ, we participate in a custom of sending cards to people we love. In Italy, St Valentine’s Day became the traditional day to be engaged. Young Romans would spend Valentine’s day gathered together in gardens to listen to romantic poetry and music. Also, around the world, Valentine’s day is celebrated, I’m sure you’ll notice all of the hearts, the flowers, the chocolates, the plush toys, the greeting cards, the special lingerie, and the romantic getaway packages being advertised and offered in the stores.

Statistics shows that people find true love when they least expect it. Have you ever experienced a warm passion? Feelings of contentment that is unexplainable? unconditional love? not lust or imaginary desires, I’m talking about agape love. If so, there is a 100% chance that you’ve being stuck by Cupid’s arrow, the ones made of gold, which represent true love. Some may call it, finding their soul mates. Whatever it may be, It’s an experience that one out of a million people may encounter, once in their life time . Facts or fiction? You decide.

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