We’re specialized in promoting African culture, art of fine living, entertainment and networking. We work with organizations, promoters, small businesses, independent artist, celebrities, beginners and established personalities. AfriQtalk is a market place for client referrals for the delivery of products, goods and services. We handle diverse range of PR projects, with the launching of our new platform, AfriQtalk African Treasures TV (ATAT); we are repositioning Africa in the 21st century.
MURPHY’S LAAW ENTERTAINMENT OFFICIALLY BRINGS MAMA TO THE US. MEET MAMA GEE UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL AT MISS NIGERIA FLORIDA CULTURAL PAGEANT, USA MIAMI. AFTER THE PARTY IS AN ALL WHITE AFTER PARTY. COME CELEBRATE MY AWARD BASH PARTY WITH ME, IZZY ENTERTAINMENT AND AFRIQTALK CREW IN THE HOUSE. OH LADIES DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR BEACH SWIM SUITES IT’S GOING TO BE OH MY GOSH…..CRUNKED UP! FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.
We’re specialized in promoting African culture, art of fine living, entertainment and networking. We work with organizations, promoters, small businesses, independent artist, celebrities, beginners and established personalities. AfriQtalk is a market place for client referrals for the delivery of products, goods and services. We handle diverse range of PR projects, with the launching of our new platform, AfriQtalk African Treasures TV (ATAT); we are repositioning Africa in the 21st century.
The 2nd edition of the Nigerian Promoters Association USA Entertainment Awards 2012 was held in AYVA Center, Houston, Texas, May 25-27. The event was filled with distinguished Nigerian celebrities, artists, models and ex-crowned beauties with a night of comedy and entertainment. The after party was hosted by Princess Belemzy at Face 2 Lounge, while the pre-award party was held at Zanzibar Lounge, Saturday May 26, 2012. Some of the award winners in attendance were legendary Ras Kimono, Princess Asha okojie, Chisom Orgi, Emma Agu, Kenny Kay, Bolaji Dawodu, Eva Banks and Princess Belemzy. (See full list below).
NPA Annual summit is an annual meeting of Entertainment Administrators who are members and non-members of NPA, such as; promoters, music producers, event planners, record label companies, Artiste managers, Deejays, Entertainment media personalities, film producers, fashion designers, Arts, sports e.t.c., coming together to share ideas and deliberate thoroughly on how to better improve the standard of Pan AfricanEntertainment industry particularly in the North America.
NPA ENTERTAINMENT AWARD WINNERS
1. BEST MEDIA PERSONALITY Princess Asha Okojie
2. BEST COLLABORATION Kenny Kay
3. BEST NEW ACT OF THE YEAR A Cue
4. BEST GOSPEL MUSICIAN Chisom Orji
5. INDIGENOUS ARTIST OF THE YEAR Yinka “Mr. Somebody” Quadri
6. BEST R&B ARTIST OF THE YEAR Koleurz
7. BEST DEEJAY OF THE YEAR (U.S.A) Dj Donn
8. BEST COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR Seyi Brown
9. BEST FEMALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Titi Lo’kei
10. BEST NEXT RATED ARTIST Popasay
11. BEST MALE MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Dking Rokan
12. BEST POP ARTIST OF THE YEAR Gloria Maduka
13. BEST AFRO HIPHOP ARTIST Maxpain
14. BEST MALE ACT OF THE YEAR Oshine
15. BEST RAP ARTIST OF THE YEAR Doggext
16. BEST GOSPEL INSTRUMENTALIST Kelvin Najite
17. BEST PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Adewole Lipede
18. BEST ENT. PHOTOGRAPHER Trendy Africa
19. ENT. PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Emma Agu
20. BEST MOVIE PRODUCER OF THE YEAR Evalonia Banks
21. BEST ACTOR OF THE YEAR Pascal Atuma
22. BEST ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Chisom OZ’ lee
23. BEST MOVIE DIRECTOR Oliver Mbamara
24. BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR Jj Bunny-This is Houston
25. BEST ENT. BLOG SITE OF THE YEAR Coscanino-Underdarock
26. BEST ENT. WEBSITE OF THE YEAR Emma Agu-Iktune
27. BEST MUSIC SINGLE SLV
28. BEST FEMALE MODEL OF THE YEAR Eeefy Ike
29. BEST REGGAE/DANCEHALL ACT Cola Man
30. BEST INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTALIST Bunmi Omega
31. BEST FEMALE ACT OF THE YEAR Naira
32. BEST PARTY PROMOTER OF THE YEAR Princess Belemzy
33. BEST FASHION DESIGNER Kachi Designs
34. BEST INTERNATIONAL MUSIC ACT Naeto C
35. BEST INT’L NOLLYWOOD ACT Funke Akindele
36. BEST PROMOTION COMPANY OF THE YEAR Emaginethat Entertainment
Lineo may be pretty young, but he has come a long way and anybody neck-deep into Nigerian Hip-Hop scene would definitely not find this name strange.
Adekoya Adegboyega Fondly called Elepepe Master for his somewhat successful single ‘After-party Obombo’and ‘Funky High’ which still make their fair share of rounds in Lagos’ Night clubs from Liquid Lounge in Ikeja all the way to Jay Jay Okocha’s Club 10 on the Lagos Island.
His charming looks, flamboyant accessories and electric dance steps stand him out. But it does not stop there as his brand of music is in itself revolutionary to say the least! Many of his enthusiasts believe he is slowly but surely forging a niche for himself by inventing a brand new genre of music self-branded ‘Afro Hip
This genre simply put is a mishmash of Afro beats, Funk and House! Now when you thought that was all; the above combination is fused with percussion and vocal effects! Sounds nerdy right? Well, in simple English, it’s a brand of music which intoxicates your brain, excites your ears, fires up your reflexes and electrifies your body!
Afro Hip House is sophisticated, sexy, provocative and stylish; it fuses African and European, urban and traditional, Afro-pop and Sangoma trance. It is hip, flash and proudly African. Experts agree that this new Nigerian genre spearheaded by Lineo is ideal for night clubs just like its close European cousins- Funk, Urban music and Dancehall!
Lineo- The Elepepe Master!
Because of these unique qualities and African blend, Lineo’s music tickled the Fancy of renowned America tabloid Metro which commented on one of Lineo’s performances in New York; “This is an audacious and wildly energetic fusion of the urban and traditional genres. It is an explosive night that will have the whole house on its feet and shaking their stuff… this exuberant show – part club night, part musical – is as much fun as you can have in a church hall before midnight.” – Metro Cruise Nigeria celebrates the immense creativity of the young musical genius who prides himself with being the founder of the genre of music. And he’s not stopping there! Besides largely successful tours abroad, Lineo has made impressive club tours in Lagos and uses social networks like Twitter and Facebook to pave the way for himself by inspiring social change and increased awareness to his brand of music.
LINEO and Tuface during the US tour And to wrap it up, this Online Music Marketing Genius revealed exclusively to Cruise Nigeria that he has just closed a digital distribution deal with Universal Music! And this young man doesn’t stop there; he has etched his name in the annals of history as being the first Nigerian Hip Hop Artist to perform at the New York Apollo theatre! Adding to this impressive resume, this hardworking lad has done songs with African musical Giants Tuface (Feel it in 2009) and Dagrin (Show me the money in 2010) as well as a successful US tour in 2009 alongside Olu Maintain, another US tour with Tuface in 2010 and bagging the prestigious ICON AWARD for Nigeria most promising artist in 2008.
The intimidating list of accolades goes on and on, but suffice it to say that Lineo who is currently in the United States of America performing at the Miami House Music Festival is a huge ambassador for exemplary Nigerian behaviour and artistic ingenuity in the world stage.
Below are a few of his songs which you can click to download
On the 20th of May 2012 , Monalisa Okojie alongside other celebrities around the globe,graced the red carpet at the Billboard Award at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Moalisa who wore a rose gold mini dress, topped the look with Christian Louboutin shoes and Jewelry all by her brand Nehita.The official after party was held at 1OAK. www.nehita.net
NPA Annual summit is an annual meeting of Entertainment Administrators who are members and non-members of NPA, such as; promoters, music producers, event planners, record label companies, Artiste managers, Deejays, Entertainment media personalities, film producers, fashion designers, Arts, sports e.t.c., coming together to share ideas and deliberate thoroughly on how to better improve the standard of Pan AfricanEntertainment industry particularly in the North America as a one point agenda by the year 2020. In addition, it should be categorically noted therefore, that the Nigerian promoters Association is not politically oriented and will not give room to be politically influenced by any politician or political party as the case may be.
THE NPA ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS
The NPA 2012 event is planned to be bigger and better holding in Houston Texas U.S.A., from the 25th to 27th of MAY, 2012, of the “Memorial weekend”. The NPA Entertainment Awards is an event to recognize, to celebrate and to further promote the African entertainment exponents based in the United States of America and in Diaspora.
This way more talents will be discovered because of the competition it will definitely create, while the already discovered talents will also have reason to do better to remain relevant in the industry.
The NPA event is designed to create networking platform where attendees with various ideas will meet and share great ideas among each other. To also preserve African cultural heritage. An Entertainment platform to exhibit and promote various works to both locals and Africans in the United States of America, thus broadening networking beyond boarders business wise and defining new markets for creative arts and Entertainment business.
– Open more entertainment business opportunity to business owners in Africa that are out for partnership with investors in the United States of America.
– A platform to show case African talents and multi cultural diversity to the world at large.
NPA ENTERTAINMENT AWARD CATEGORIES 7 NOMINEES 2012
BEST COLLABORATION WITH VOCALS
Mr. Flint ft Edrino- Bami Jo Baby
A cue ft Oxygen2- Moti Moje
in Houston , TX T-Money ft Tekkno – Waka Waka Girl
Bez Idakula Africa’s John Legend is set to take America by storm with his style of music. He’s one artist that sure knows how to promote and brand himself. The name Bez is steadily becoming a household name in the U.S entertainment industry. He recently, kicked off a U.S tour by showcasing in places such as SOBs in New York, The Apple Store, in Soho. He will be featured as a guest on Society HAE, live radio broadcast on May 22nd, 2012, ending his tour May 23rd at the Shrine in Harlem, New York.
He was also the first African artiste to premiere a music video on BET International’s “106 & Park” for his hit single “That Stupid Song”. When I first heard his songs of love, vocal prowess and saw his masterful guitar playing, it reminded me of John Legend. This charismatic young man with his five man band plays intimate acoustic. Bez has opened up for international acts like Tuface, Mike Aremu, South African based Judith Sephuma Asa, Angie Stone, Yolanda Brown, Nneka, and M.I.
The video ‘More You’ single is one of my favorite. Bez is a young rising singer, songwriter and guitarist from Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Born on November 10, 1983, Bez makes alternative soul, a combination of soul, jazz and R&B music.He was educated at Loyola Jesuit College in Abuja and Covenant University, where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Information Technology. Bez is an amazing performer and a talented young man.
“Africa‘s polygamous President Jacob Zuma married for the sixth time on Friday, taking his long-time girlfriend Bongi Ngema as his newest bride and fourth current wife in a private ceremony at his rural home. Ngema, an activist and former information technology worker, is well known in South Africaand has already accompanied the president on foreign visits. The ceremony raised few eyebrows in a country where polygamy is legal and an integral part of Zuma’s Zulu culture. The two had a traditional Zulu wedding and “the bride and groom later participated in the traditional competitive celebratory dance,” the presidency said in a statement. Zuma has 21 children, including a seven-year-old son with Ngema. The president is also married to Sizakele Zuma, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma and Tobeka Madiba-Zuma. They all attended the ceremony. His marriage to Home Affairs MinisterNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma ended in divorce. Another wife Kate Mantsho-Zuma committed suicide in 2000. There is no official position of First Lady in South Africa. The presidency said none of the wives had a constitutional role or received any state funds. ” –Reuters
Montana was not what Robert Agbede had in mind. A Nigerian native, Agbede long wanted to move to America, and in January 1976, he got that chance. He excelled in science and math at a private American high school outside his hometown of Lagos, and universities offered scholarships: Stanford, Penn State and the Colorado School of Mines, among others. Agbede chose Montana Tech in Butte because the school would let him start at once.
“I wanted to leave so bad,” said Agbede, whose father died when Agbede was 8, leaving him to head the household that included his mother and three younger brothers. “I had been taking care of my family. It was time to leave and enjoy myself.” When he arrived in Montana, Agbede stared at the bleak, frozen landscape and wondered if he’d made a mistake.
“I had black platform shoes, a two-piece suit, bell bottoms. I grew a big afro. That was the era of ‘Shaft,’ and I learned how to walk like ‘Super Fly,’ ” Agbede recalled. “But I didn’t even have a coat. Of all the places I could have picked… .” Better days awaited him.
Agbede today heads Chester Engineers Inc., headquartered in Moon. On March 31, the National Society of Black Engineers will present him with its 2012 Golden Torch Award for Entrepreneur of the Year. The society said Chester Engineers is the largest black-owned environmental and engineering design company in the United States and the largest water and wastewater treatment plant design and management company in Western Pennsylvania.
“Every so often, I ask myself, ‘Why me?’ ” Agbede said. His unlikely rise strikes longtime friend Glenn Mahone, senior partner at the Downtown law firm Reed Smith, as mythical. In any good story, Mahone said, the hero comes from nothing. He embarks on an arduous quest, ends up in a strange, foreboding land and overcomes the odds through sheer determination.
“For a black guy from Lagos, looking like Shaft, to end up in Butte, Montana — I mean, Butte, Montana! — and eventually buy Chester Engineers? That takes courage, and it takes confidence,” Mahone said. Agbede spent six months in Butte before his uncle, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, convinced him to transfer.
“They said ‘Pittsburgh is the smoky city,’ but it was heaven to me,” Agbede said. “I loved it. My reference line was Butte. I said, let me get out of Butte, and I just left. I had an AMC Pacer, one of the worst cars ever, and I just left it there. In Pittsburgh, the cup was half full.”
In 1979, he graduated from Pitt with an engineering degree and entered the doctoral program while working for the research arm of the National Coal Council. Through most of the 1980s, he worked as an engineer with Babcock Co., and in 1987, his life changed, he said.
U.S. Steel called, seeking help with reducing dust from the longwall mining machine at its coal mine in Alabama, he said. The Mine Safety and Health Administration threatened to close the mine if U.S. Steel couldn’t fix the problem.
“They asked how much I would charge to help,” Agbede said. “I didn’t know; I said $1,000 because that number sounded nice to me. They agreed, and I came down for the weekend.” In a Birmingham hotel room, Agbede could not sleep that night.
“I left the television on, and there was Jimmy Swaggart,” Agbede said. “He was on one knee, he was crying and saying, ‘Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ Well, I got down on my knees, too, and I prayed: ‘Lord, don’t use all your energy on Jimmy because I need your help, too!’ ”
Underground the next morning, he quickly determined how to fix the dust problem, he said. Agbede designed a device he called a scrubber, which uses water sprayers to remove dust. He patented the design, one of several patent notices framed in the Chester Engineers offices.
“We walked out of the mine, we were wearing coveralls and gear, everyone was celebrating, and I was walking like Rambo,” Agbede said. Two days later, U.S. Steel asked for a proposal to work on seven other problematic mines, Agbede said. He was unsure whether he wanted to start his own business.
“I never prayed that hard in my life,” he said. “I called them and said, ‘I need an advance’ — I was trying to make them tell me no. They said, ‘How much?’ and I said $17,500. They said, ‘OK, go pick it up at Ross Street.’ I went to pick up the check, and that’s how I got started.”
He bought gear, rented an office in Monroeville and started Advance Technology Services Inc. The company grew steadily, and in 2003, Agbede bought Chester Engineers from U.S. Filter Co. Chester was founded in Pittsburgh’s North Side in 1910. Today, Chester Engineers has offices throughout the country and does projects around the world. Agbede spent 225 days on the road last year.
He won’t release financial numbers, for competitive reasons. He wouldn’t even say how many people he employs. He is more forthcoming about his efforts to help students. Agbede has not forgotten his roots. He established the Robert O. Agbede Scholarship at Pitt to help black students pursuing engineering degrees and has given more than $3 million in other endowments.
His desire to give back is one reason former WQED President George Miles Jr. took a position as chairman of Chester Engineer’s board of directors when he and his wife planned to retire to Florida. Miles knows little about engineering, both men acknowledge, but Agbede wanted him as a mentor and moral compass.
“A lot of people work and make a lot of money, and then later on, they realize that their lives made no difference at all,” Miles said. “I’m about trying to make a difference. So is Bob. This company, if we’re successful, we’re going to make some money. But we’re also going to make a difference. … Bob takes that seriously.”
I want to say a big thank you to Antonio Ocampo for disregarding his bid for the presidency of the world bank. This leaves the contest between Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and president Obama‘s nominee, Jim Yong Kim. I wish Oprah could read this and tell me how she feels as an accomplished woman who wept the day the day Obama became president of the United states.
This is not about Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, it is about change for the better, change because it demonstrates openness and transparency, change because it is the right thing to do , change because the US ought to allow for an election to the most important institution in the world, the World Bank to be based on merit and set a remarkable example, change because she is the only non-American female who is qualified and Jim Young‘s experience pales before hers.!!
I do not mean his paper qualification, I mean his experience. EXPERIENCE is what the World Bank needs. The developed world seemed more ready to dump ideas and Aids on Africa rather than make Africa a worthy partner in global governance. This has got to come to a screeching halt because the more developed countries we have in the world, the better for World Bank.
I say to the Europe and and those countries that want to blindly follow president Obama , and especially the US to wake up and have rethink. Please do not set a precedent that you cannot defend before generations born and yet unborn.
The out dated practice of having an American only lead the World Bank and a European lead the IMF is absolute nonsense and has no place in today’s fast paced world anymore. The day Obama became President meant that the Americans saw this: change has come and an American who happens to be white must not occupy the WHITE HOUSE, an African American whose father is from Kenyan is qualified to do so. We see his vision and we are ready to follow him.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has an unmistakable grain of sociopolitical and economical authenticity. An Igbo woman from Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Ukwu. Okonjo-Iweala was educated at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude with an A.B. in 1977, and earned her Ph.D. in regional economic development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981.
Prior to her ministerial career in Nigeria, Okonjo-Iweala left her position as vice-president and corporate secretary of the World Bank Group to join President Obasanjo‘s cabinet as Finance Minister on 15 July 2003, determined to make developing countries play remarkable roles in decisions that affect them instead of being silent observers.
Although some controversy surrounded Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as Finance Minister, she left that administration at the end of August 2006. On October 4, 2007, World Bank President Robert Zoellick appointed her to the post of Managing Director, effective December 1, 2007.
In 2011, Okonjo-Iweala was reappointed as Minister of Finance with the expanded portfolio of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy by President Goodluck Jonathan. She took a lot of heat, more-so than any other government official for the unpopular fuel subsidy removal policy by the Nigerian government which led to Occupy Nigeria protests in January 2012.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala left a record of debt-forgiveness, -the only finance minister to have done so. The then senator Obama was very skeptical at the suggestion of debt-forgiveness from the Paris club. She buttressed her opinion with remarkable points and persuasive arguments. The whole was convinced.
This is a woman who poverty motivated to be all she could be; her gender notwithstanding. Obama knows about determination and going for what you believe in, his wife, Mitchell knows that too. I really think president Obama should uphold the American values among which decisions based on merit is one.
CHANGE was the key word President Obama campaigned with. Well, it is time to show that you are ready to change the way the informal agreement which sees an American as the president of the World Bank and a European as the president of the IMF.
This decision has operated since 1940s. Things have changed since then and we all know it. America has block votes in the world bank and America will prove that she is not afraid to say: ‘when the time for change has come, we must bow to it’ This is what your children will be proud of president Obama, this is what your wife as an accomplished woman will be proud of – You stood up to be counted when it mattered the most.
Real power is the ability to retrace your step when no would have been easier. Indeed, it is time that a woman, who is also, a naturalized U.S citizen, an African with a proven track record on international problem-solving skills and happens to be a woman becomes the president of the world bank.
How will you and Mitchell feel if Sasha one day qualified for a position but was told that the position has been informally agreed to be occupied by non-Americans and men? We are talking about her effectively shedding more light on the problems in developing countries.
I believe that she will encourage direct investments, help remove infrastructural problems by enabling funding into infrastructure and above all the electricity problem that has bedeviled Nigeria for so long-popularly referred to as POWER. It is time that Africa as a continent rises.
Nigeria has done so much in terms of securing peace in Africa. We are still faced with challenges even just now. Some international interest groups definitely benefit from the problems of most developing countries. Why can’t we be great as a continent?
Why can’t we be in a position to do business on equal and mutually benefiting terms with the rest of the world? Why must we be notorious for poverty, disease, hunger and underdevelopment? Women have the numerical strength but lack the corresponding positions of higher responsibilities like the men? Men and women are co-partners in governance.
An only woman who is highly qualified in the person of Dr. Ngozi Okojo-Iweala deserves to be the next president of the World Bank.
THE NOLLYWOOD CINEMA SERIES KICKS OFF IN AMERICA WITH THE PREMIERE OF BLESSING EGBE’S ‘TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA ON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012.
Two Brides and a Baby is a must see movie. I really loved the way that this movie was brillantly done by Blessing Egbe, the cast were fantastic. I love how Blessing was able to bring emotional nuance to her role in the movie.
Following the huge success of Nollywood films in cinemas across Africa and the UK, Movie lovers in the US, Canada and Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American Cinemas courtesy of SnapFlix Incorporated, a distributor of African media content in the USA. The new brand, the ‘Nollywood Cinema Series’ is an ongoing showcase of new breed, top quality Nollywood movies (being referred to as the “New Nollywood”) in Cinemas across major cities in the Americas. The initial lineup of cities for the series include Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, DC/Maryland, Toronto and Kingston, Jamaica.
The series took off in style with a red carpet premiere event of the widely acclaimed, award-winning drama ‘TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Hill Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ is a beautifully crafted romantic comedy drama starring Stella Damasus, Kalu Ikeagwu, Keira Hewatch, O.C Ukeje, Chelsea Eze, Okey Uzoeshi and Blessing Egbe. It is written and produced by model/actress/producer Blessing Egbe and directed by the famous Nollywood director, Teco Benson.
The movie has received rave reviews and has to date received a total 16 nominations from ‘The Best of Nollywood Awards’ 2011, Abuja Film Festival 2011 and AMAA 2012. ‘TWO BRIDES AND A BABY’ also bagged 5 awards at the Best of Nollywood Awards in 2011, including awards for Best Director, Achievement in Sound, New Female Act, Best Screenplay and Movie of the year. The main cast and crew were in attendance and also at an exclusive after party at Cream Ultra Lounge (home of The African Experience) located at 3249 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30329. More details at www.snapflix.net.
SnapFlix also launches its brand new website WWW.SNAPFLIX.NET. The new website will provide information about Nollywood Cinema Series theater locations in each city, film schedules, show times and box office information for current and future showings of movies from the Nollywood Cinema Series. Visitors to www.snapflix.net will find the new site informative. Site visitors can watch trailers of current and upcoming films, get movie details, share and interact with friends on upcoming films using Facebook and Twitter, buy tickets for upcoming movie premiers and screenings, and get information about Snapflix and the Nollywood Cinema Series.
SnapFlix founders, Deji Eniojukan and Jide Akanbi say “This is a grand landmark for Nollywood and the beginning of a new revolution of film in African Entertainment Industry. We are meeting the entertainment needs of Africans and lovers of Africa in the diaspora, a need for a cinematic presence of Nollywood movies in North America. Launching a structured distribution of Nollywood films to American cinemas is filling a major gap in the industry, this is also key to ensuring the producers and content owners are able to recover quality returns thereby encouraging investment in the Nollywood Industry based on the performance of these quality films in American cinemas.
It’s a big breakthrough and it’s been a long journey, but we are excited about the future of Nollywood and we’re glad to be part of it”. Producer of TWO BRIDES AND A BABY; Blessing Egbe says “There is a proverb that goes ‘when one door closes, another opens’. I am excited that a new door has opened for Nollywood films in the US via Snapflix distribution. These are a new crop of distributors with good intent for content owners. They have unlocked the strong doors of some US theaters and I hope that thousands of Nollywood fans and supporters will walk through these doors to enjoy the selected movies showing in these theaters.
Producers will no longer face the problem of selling their content to some persons who take advantage of the laxity in mainstream distribution in the diaspora. I am happy for the innovation and look forward to the launch. I am even happier that my film is the one that will launch the series, Glory be to God!”
ABOUT SNAPFLIX/ THE NOLLYWOOD CINEMA SERIES
SnapFlix is a distributor of African and Caribbean media based in Atlanta, GA. A media and entertainment company with operations in USA and Africa, we distribute movies via multiple channels including theaters, online rentals and sales, wholesale to retail outlets, and streaming rights sales to legitimate online streaming companies for African and Caribbean content. SnapFlix is the media and entertainment subsidiary of Sinet Technologies Inc. (www.sinettechnologies.com), a global technology and media conglomerate with operations in US,Canada, Caribbean and Africa.
Snapflix’s operation encompasses film/music distribution, motion picture production, motion picture financing, and talent management. As organizers of the Nollywood Cinema Series, SnapFlix brings the new breed of high quality Nollywood/African movies to movie theaters in North America. Visit www.snapflix.net for more information. Fans can also stay updated via social media by following @snapflix on Twitter and by liking the Fan page at www.facebook.com/nollywoodcimenaseries.
SnapFlix Inc – Bringing the world to a big screen near you.
WORLD AUDIENCE PROMOTIONS- PRESENTS SEUN KUTI, LIVE IN ATL WED. APR. 4, 8PM By popular demand, Atlanta welcomes Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 to Atlanta – April 4th, 8pm Concert. 1099 euclid ave, little 5 points. Don’t miss it. It is going to be HOT!!! Like Father like Son.
A NEW & TRAILBLAZING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATION EMERGES AS MAJOR FORCE IN THE MARKET PLACE!
A NEW & TRAILBLAZING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATION EMERGES AS MAJOR FORCE IN THE MARKET PLACE!
Advancing & Challenging Women To DARE To
Achieve Their “impossible” in Uncertain Times!
IF YOU CAN ENVISION IT, BELIEVE IT, YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!
GREENBELT, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 16, 2012- Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi).
INAUGURAL PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION
MARTIN’S CROSSWINDS; SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2012; 10am-4pm!
WETATi was founded to Advance and Challenge women to DARE to achieve their “impossible” – whatever it is that they once thought and/or were told was “impossible” in life.
WETATi is a very unique and empowered women community membership based organization, whose mission it is to help two million women globally achieve their ‘impossible’ within two years, regardless of their geographical or socio-economic background or status. As our Founder would say, “if you know how, and have the right support system and community to effectuate it, the “impossible” can be achieved.” WETATI’s proven program is predicated mainly upon five major areas: (1) Wellness (2) Career (3) Relationship (4) Spirituality and (5) Life Balance.
The organization provides an accessible, affordable, innovative and supportive community of services and resources for those women who DARE to dream and achieve their “impossible.”
The inaugural presentation and celebration will take place in Greenbelt, MD at Martin’s Crosswinds, Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10am- 4pm. The event program will consist of a distinguished and iconic KEYNOTE SPEAKER in the MUSIC INDUSTRY, honorable guest speakers, empowering and life changing workshops, live entertainment, awards, full course gourmet luncheon, selected vendors, fashion show featuring the WETATi Clothing line, and the newly released WETATi theme song (dubbed WETATiPower) and much more!
Is there anyone left in our land like Ojukwu? Is there anyone in the STATE OF THE RISING SUN who can uphold the values of our Clan like IKEMBA? In the giant of Africa, who amongst our present leaders will attest to the test of times like EZEIGBO GBURUGBURU, holding on tenaciously to morality and uprightness to the very end; refusing to compromise for immediate crumbs from corruption and power drunkenness? The irked vacuums the Troy and our IKEMBA sleeps! Is there anyone left?
In the Biafra uprising he never came to bow, he came to conquer! Jolted and willing, recruiting combatant ready and available army of the people, hoisting the flag with the RISING SUN reinvigorated all and sundry, the anthem inspiring and re-engineering hurting hearts, consoled by an ebullient orator. The perception by any that your love for Nigeria is monetarily induced may provoke a reawakening to revolt against the land again and again. Is there anyone left? Questions in quests of honest answers as DIM will give. Is there anyone left?
He refused to be the dumpy in the history books of past glory. What does it matter anyway, there is nothing to lose or gain; the land is desiccated, lacking men with character and purpose like IKEMBA. Have we lost it all to a glorious misadventure to nationhood? Is our blood and sweat garnishing the GIANT OF AFRICA without any meritorious appreciations? Will our commitment and loyalties be ridiculed with borrowed robes of ignominy? Is there anyone left?
My mother was only six years old when IKEMBA made public his escapes as we lost patriots and loved ones to the cold hands of death caused by neighbors of yesteryear. There was a river flowing eastwards, a river of the blood of Ndi-Igbo, flowing towards the sustenance of Nigeria. And a cry from that river emanated in our hearts the picture of a wailing child whose glorious dreams are punctured in the womb of a pregnant mother; both slaughtered in the land they are told is their fathers. That cry so loud it came, evacuating sleep and peace! Is there anyone left?
Where did we go wrong? CHUKWUEMEKA arose to the demands of that cry, brandishing his gallantry and skills, the peoples General chanted for the STATE OF THE RISING SUN where Igbo’s rightly belong. EZEIGBO GBURUGBURU called for the STATE OF BIAFRA immediately and we went to war! Is there anyone left?
At least down there in Biafra we would not have been hounded by our acclaimed Neighbors; life would not be snuffed out of defenseless people; women and children by senseless blood thirsty demons in the name of tribalism. Is there anyone left?
Arise and shine you proud citizens of the State of the Rising Sun! Our love for Nigeria was rewarded with hatred by our Neighbors. We have moved to every part of this country Nigeria and developed everywhere without fear or Favor, yet, none of our supposed brothers and sisters or their children can proudly say they have any meaningful investment across the Niger Bridge. Some of our sons and daughters may have desecrated the land, but home is always sweet-home. Is there anyone left?
As IKEMBA sleeps, the elders of our clan must be reminded that these seven important needs of mankind shall keeps us awake; RELIGION, EDUCATION, MONEY, HEALTHCARE, FOOD, INFORMATION AND PROTECTION. Adieu! Adieu!! ODIMEGWU adieu!!!
Do you know someone that might be in an abusive relationship? If so, tell them to walk away, and seek help because love don’t hurt. There are two types of domestic abuse, mental and physical abuse, which can result to low self esteem or control. Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, women experience about 4.8 million intimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes every year. Less than 20 percent of battered women sought medical treatment following an injury.
Are men and women equal? Take a listen to this video
Taking on violence against women in Africa By Mary Kimani
The incident was not unusual in Africa. In December 1998 a Kenyan police officer, Felix Nthiwa Munayo, got home late and demanded meat for his dinner. There was none in the house. Enraged, he beat his wife, Betty Kavata. Paralyzed and brain-damaged, Ms. Kavata died five months later, on her 28th birthday.
But unlike many such cases, Ms. Kavata’s death did not pass in silence. The Kenyan media covered the story extensively. Images of the fatally injured woman and news of her death generated nationwide debate on domestic violence. There followed five years of protests, demonstrations and lobbying by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as by outraged men and parliamentarians. Finally, the government passed a family protection bill criminalizing wife-beating and other forms of domestic violence.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), violence affects millions of women in Africa. In a 2005 study on women’s health and domestic violence, the WHO found that 50 per cent of women in Tanzania and 71 per cent of women in Ethiopia’s rural areas reported beatings or other forms of violence by husbands or other intimate partners.
In South Africa, reports Amnesty International, about one woman is killed by her husband or boyfriend every six hours. In Zimbabwe, six out of 10 murder cases tried in the Harare High Court in 1998 were related to domestic violence. In Kenya, the attorney general’s office reported in 2003 that domestic violence accounted for 47 per cent of all homicides.
Domestic violence is a global problem. In Europe, estimates the WHO, violence in the home is the primary cause of injury and death for women aged 16–44, more lethal than road accidents or cancer. Indeed, “violence against women,” said then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1999, “knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. It is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation.” And, he added, it is “perhaps the most pervasive.”
Violence against women goes beyond beatings. It includes forced marriage, dowry-related violence, marital rape, sexual harassment, intimidation at work and in educational institutions, forced pregnancy, forced abortion, forced sterilization, trafficking and forced prostitution.
Such practices cause trauma, injuries and death. Female genital cutting, for example, is a common cultural practice in parts of Africa. Yet it can cause “bleeding and infection, urinary incontinence, difficulties with childbirth and even death,” reports the WHO. The organization estimates that 130 million girls have undergone the procedure globally and 2 million are at risk each year, despite international agreements banning the practice.
Sexual violence is another problem. A local organization in Zaria, Nigeria, found that 16 per cent of patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were girls under the age of five, a sign of sexual assault. In the single year 1990, the Genito-Urinary Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, treated more than 900 girls under 12 for STDs. Such assaults, observes a WHO publication, put “African women and girls at higher risk of sexually transmitted diseases [including HIV/AIDS] than men and boys.”
Rooted in culture
Abusers of women tend to view violence as the only way to solve family conflicts, according to a 1999 study on violence against women by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health near Baltimore, US. Perpetrators typically have a history of violent behavior, grew up in violent homes and often abuse alcohol and drugs.
However, violence against women, the Johns Hopkins study points out, goes beyond the brutalization of women by individuals. The prevalence of the phenomenon, “cuts across social and economic situations, and is deeply embedded in cultures around the world — so much so that millions of women consider it a way of life.”
In a report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2000, the agency noted that in interviews in Africa and Asia, “the right of a husband to beat or physically intimidate his wife” came out as “a deeply held conviction.” Even societies where women appear to enjoy better status “condone or at least tolerate a certain amount of violence against women.”
Such cultural norms put women in subservient positions in relation to their husbands and other males. That inferior status makes women “undervalued, disrespected and prone to violence by their male counterparts,” observed a 2003 report by the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the former UN special rapporteur on violence against women, agreed, noting that discriminatory norms, combined with economic and social inequalities, “serve to keep women subservient and perpetuate violence by men against them.”
Focusing specifically on Africa, Ms. Heidi Hudson found in a 2006 study by the South African Institute of Security Studies that “the subservient status of women, particularly rural women, in many African countries is deeply rooted in tradition.”
This is true to such an extent, Ms. Hudson added, that women can be perceived as objects or property, a view reflected especially clearly in practices such as wife inheritance and dowry payments.
Here are some ways to help a friend who is being abused:
Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted.
Let your friend know you’re concerned about her safety. Be honest. Tell her about times when you were worried about her.
Help her see that what she’s going through is not right. Let her know you want to help.
Be supportive. Listen to your friend. Keep in mind that it may be very hard for her to talk about the abuse. Tell her that she is not alone, and that people want to help.
Offer specific help. You might say you are willing to just listen, to help her with childcare, or to provide transportation, for example.
Don’t place shame, blame, or guilt on your friend. Don’t say, “You just need to leave.” Instead, say something like, “I get scared thinking about what might happen to you.” Tell her you understand that her situation is very difficult.
Help her make a safety plan. Safety planning includes picking a place to go and packing important items.
Encourage your friend to talk to someone who can help. Offer to help her find a local domestic violence agency.
Offer to go with her to the agency, the police, or court.
If your friend decides to stay, continue to be supportive. Your friend may decide to stay in the relationship, or she may leave and then go back many times. It may be hard for you to understand, but people stay in abusive relationships for many reasons. Be supportive, no matter what your friend decides to do.
Encourage your friend to do things outside of the relationship. It’s important for her to see friends and family.
If your friend decides to leave, continue to offer support. Even though the relationship was abusive, she may feel sad and lonely once it is over. She also may need help getting services from agencies or community groups.
Keep in mind that you can’t “rescue” your friend. She has to be the one to decide it’s time to get help. Support her no matter what her decision.
Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.
16 Celebrities Who Support The Cause to End Violence Against Women.
Kudos to Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the founder of Trinity House Ministries, Lagos, Nigeria who was recently appointed as member of the Petroleum Revenue Special Task Force to probe oil earnings. The new committee is designed to enhance probity and accountability in operations of the Petroleum Industry in charge with the following terms of reference:
To work with consultants and experts to determine and verify all petroleum upstream and downstream revenues (taxes, royalties, etc.) due and payable to the Federal Government of Nigeria;
To take all necessary steps to collect all debts due and owing; to obtain agreements and enforce payment terms by all oil industry operators;
To design a cross debt matrix between all Agencies and Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources;
To develop an automated platform to enable effective tracking, monitoring, and online validation of income and debt drivers of all Parastatals and Agencies in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources;
To work with world-class consultants to integrate systems and technology across the production chain to determine and monitor crude oil production and exports, ensuring at all times, the integrity of payments to the Federal Government of Nigeria; and,
To submit monthly reports for ministerial review and further action.”
Observers believe the appointment of Ribadu is to buy credibility for Allison-Madueke and also tie the hands of EFCC from doing any serious work. It is also believed that the latest move may be to counter whatever is going to be the outcome of the house of reps committee which appeared more determined to expose all the culprits involved in the scam going on in the petroleum ministry headed by Allison-Madueke.
Pastor Ituah, worked as Associate Pastor of Freedom Hall, (later renamed Hope Hall) as well as the City of David Parishes of R.C.C.G. He’s been involved in international missions, helping to pioneer several Redeemed Christian Church of God parishes abroad and happily married to Ibidun Ighodalo.
I believe pastor Ituah will not only do his job diligently, but will bring about transformational change for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians. His thoughtfulness, discipline, simplicity and work ethics motivated me, especially, growing up as a teenager with an absent father in my life.
Actor Van Vicker has been nominated to receive a special award, the African Channel Creative Award, at the 20th edition of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) scheduled to come off at a Night of Tribute on Friday, February 10 at the Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Los Angeles, California.
Van is listed among seven others who organizers say have impacted immensely on their fields and contributed diversely to the development of stage, television and film production among blacks.
In a citation, organizers of the awards described Van Vicker as “one of Africa’s hottest movie stars, he’s one of the most sought-after Nollywood actors. The award-winning actor has appeared in more than 100 movies, including Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark, Royal War, Broken Tears, Return of Beyonce and Princess Tyra. He’s been nominated twice for an African Movie Academy Award.”
Among the eight special awardees, the Pan African Film Festival will honor award-winning actress Loretta Devine with its highest honor for this year, Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on stage, television and film.
The six other recipients include, Meagan Good – Beah Richards Rising Star Actress Award, David Oyelowo – Canada Lee Rising Star Actor Award, Mr. Leon Garr – Community Treasure Award, Jewel Thais-Williams – Community Service Award, Jimmy Jean-Louis – The Africa Channel Diasporan Award, Eric Kabera and the Rwanda Cinema Centre – The Africa Channel Visionary Award.
One of Van’s movies, Paparazzi: Eye in the Dark will be screened on Saturday, February 11 during the festival.
PAFF was founded in 1992 by award-winning actor Danny Glover, Emmy Award-winning actress, Ja’Net DuBois and executive director, Ayuko Babu, an international legal, cultural and political consultant who specializes in African Affairs.
PAFF is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion of ethnic and racial respect and tolerance through the exhibit of films, art and creative expression. The goal of PAFF is to present and showcase the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the “Blackexperience”.
PAFF holds the belief that film and art can lead to better understanding and foster communication between peoples of diverse cultures, races, and lifestyles, while at the same time, serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.
This year’s festival selected a total of 160 films, representing 30 countries, 91 feature length films (narrative and documentaries) and 67 short films.
The festival will hand out prizes for Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Narrative Feature, and Best First Feature Film, as well as audience favorite awards at the close of the festival. Kudos to Van Vicker.
Jay Ghartey also known as Kweku Gyasi Ghartey is a Ghanaian–American music producer, singer, and songwriter based in New York City. Jay was born in the United States. He moved to Accra, Ghana at the age of 9 where he spent 5 years. While in Ghana his grandmother, a famous West African singer taught him the importance of singing with sincerity and from the soul he studied music with his grandmother, an established musician. He began performing at the age of 10, originally as a rapper. He formed a group called Chief G and the Tribe, which included current stars like Kwaku T and Abeiku. He returned to the United States at the age of 14 to finish high school in Brooklyn, NY, and later attended college in Boston.
He has since settled in NYC to pursue his musical career with his business partner and brother, Joe Ghartey. He recently described his album as smoothly transitioning between R&B, Hip Hop, Highlife, Hiplife and Pop. Jay writes, arranges and produces almost all of his own music with his brother and business partner Joe. His first album, a 12 track titled Shining Gold, was released in December 2009 in Ghana. He has noted his reason for releasing the album in Ghana as, “He is inspired by Ghanaian music, especially those of Kojo Antwi and George Darko, and he wanted to use his music to attract US attention to Ghana music.”
The video for Jay Ghartey’s first single, “My Lady” was nominated for 3 awards and won the award for, Best Male Video” at the 2010 Ghana Music Video Awards. Jay was also nominated for 5 awards at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards and won the award for “Best Video”. In November 2011 Jay was nominated for 5 Ghana music Video Awards. Jay music is available at music stores in Ghana, and online on itunes and most major digital retailers. He lives in both Ghana and New York.
Thoughts of you keepssurfing on my mind
As moonlight shines into the sea
My heart beats a million times with thoughts of you
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind
And the sea waves lurk memories of you
For I am thankful for everyday that we have
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind Indeed love has preserved it’s own
Nesting you close to the left artery of my heart
Nesting me close to the right artery of your heart
For our hearts beat as one
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind
Through the storm and raging sea
Unconditional love kept us afloat
And friendship built on trust brought us closer
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind
Your reasoning and not judgment is the bedrock of our love
Your passion defines your strength
And your caring nature echos in your voice
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind
Your geniality blows away wind of doubts
Your love forever binding in your solemn promise to me
Comforting is your sense of humor and love for nature
Thoughts of you keeps surfing on my mind
Embedded in the radiant of your love
Sustained by truth, you have unearth the hidden treasures of my heart
LOVE is all that there is
The movie is about one of the biggest scams pulled off by foreigners in the US. Starring Van Vicker, John Dumelo and Divine Shaw.The movie is about a boy named Chidi, who hails from Enugu in Eastern Nigeria. He is an intelligent young man with a bright future. At the tender age of 14, Chidi loses both of his parents in a ghastly car accident, leaving him to be raised by his sister, Chinyere, who is only 19 years old.
In trying to overcome the devastating death of their parents and make ends meet, Chinyere lands a job as an account manager in a bank. With her income, she is able to raise Chidi and pay his tuition up to the university level, where he graduates with a degree in Engineering. While at the university, Chidi opts to join the RISERS, the most feared fraternity on campus. At this juncture, Chidi’s life begins to spin out of control, landing him into all kinds of scams and escapades.
These scams subsequently get him to America where his delinquent behaviors continue after he realizes that he has to quit college due to money shortage. Given the aforementioned circumstances, Chidi turns to a life of crime where he hustles credit cards, stolen goods, and subsequently “Black Money”.
In the dialectics of the enigma ; man.
Of the various classifications of him
There emerges two genres of man.
They cut across educational lines They are oblivious to wealth and poverty
Or even religious biases
In simple terms, it is a dichotomy of human dignity.
Those who have the consciousness of being “human”
And those who do not.
Those who see themselves as smart creatures
And those who know they are part of creative force.
Those like animal creatures i.e. animal instinctive.
Who’s only instinct and drive is survival. At all costs.
Survival of their animal nature .
Nothing else matters. Nothing else.
Everything is justified in this pursuit
Owing to their feral origins .
A lot like rudimentary organic life forms.
Whom the term ‘Principles’ have to be invented for.
From eclectic reasoning we discover
That man has a dual nature. An animalistic character
And a companion divine nature.
From whence comes Inspiration and intuition.
Anything lacking of the divine attribute
Is simply sub-human .
On the other hand you have
Those who are able to perceive
From a divine perspective
Their whole dual nature.
They don’t have to grovel for base survival They are able to strike a balance in the cosmos
Not just in the flight from want
They are constantly aware
Of the finer pursuits.
Much unlike animals ,
Members of the base specie
Products of inchoate evolution .
They exhibit no limit to their appetites.
They are forever ravenous.
They easily can consume even their own
In a mad display of frenzy.Because of them
We hear of the depletion of the Earth’s resources
The world is peopled by both types
Though in varying proportions
And by some tragic twist
The country Nigeria is teeming with;
Albeit infested with
A lopsided proportion
Of these vapid creatures.
A situation that gives rise to strange phenomena With deprecating consequences.
Such as the culture of profligacy.
Where people pillage and plunder ,
Whatever resource or asset they may find .
Much like pack mice, Forever foraging and pilfering .
The popular dictum has it that
There is some good in everyone.
Of Nigeria, I would say
Rather sarcastically that
There is some bad in every one.
You also hear of four-one-nine
The hoodwink fraud.
Ritual murders etc.
Rulers clinging on to power
When they don’t know,
Even the meaning of leadership. All these and other varied forms
Of inordinate greed avarice and ambition .
Our only recourse, then is, We have to hold out the banner
Of that which makes ‘Man” We don’t have to begin anew
The moyen of evolution.
It is a quest, just for the dignity of man
Just to realize what being human is all about.
Many have argued the case for and against the removal of oil subsidy. Nigeria is a country with many bright minds, intellects and a diverse culture. It’s not so much of what divides us, but that which unites us can find common ground ~Princess Asha.
Corruption, Greed and Power, an unseemly parasites that corrode our country. Conspiracy theory? Think again! Oversize government, security concerns, lack of good infrastructures and wasteful spending has crippled the economy, while unemployment is the underlying cause of juvenile and adult delinquencies. The question then becomes, who is to blame? Well, there is enough to go around, ultimately “The Buck Stops Here“! Nigerians should engage in a constructive dialogue and say no to corruption.
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Akon, tweeted online “In Nigeria with my brothers about to take over Africa with @2faceidibia and @wizkidayo Big up to Psquare”. Okay! What does this mean? They join international artistes; Brick and Lace, T-Pain and Lady Gaga in the Konvict Muzik family as representatives of his record label Konvict Muzik in Africa. Kudos to my brother Akon, doing big things in Africa! Oshey.
Genevieve Nnaji CEO of St. Genevieve Clothing & Monalisa Okojie CEO of Nehita Jewelry.
It’s refreshing to see women in the spotlight. A couple of weeks ago, an event was put together by TW Magazine celebrating the ” Matriarchs & Protégés” of the Phoenix Gala to honor great Nigerian women who have made tremendous contributions to shaping our society in Lagos, Nigeria. A champagne brunch was held at Medici in Lagos hosted by Veuve Clicquot. In attendance was our very own Monalisa Okojie of Nehita Jewelry, Los Angeles, California, Genevieve Nnaji , Joke Silva,Bella Niaja, including other celebrities from academia to entrepreneurship and artist. Kudos to you Monalisa and women of excellence all over the world.
Below are some pictures taken at the Champagne Brunch, exclusively brought to you by AfriQtalk.
Leroy Bamidele Fagbemi, “aka” Mr. Flint” is an American based Nigerian entertainer, born to the Fagbemi family of Lagos. He is also, an advocate for people with disability for a good reason. Leroy Bamidele Fagbemi, sustained a spinal cord injury from a road accident, late 90’s in the United States (USA), which confined him to the wheel chair, not giving up his dreams, he returned to his first love, music.
As a successful hip hop artist, Mr. Flint is back with good news for the physically challenged, his foundation “Second Chance in Life” is an organization that is all about helping people with disabilities to discover their passion and help them achieve their dreams in whatever career they want to pursue. Fagbemi’s new video “You think my life is easy” shows a young man, who deals with everyday challenges but not deterred.
In my conversation with Mr. flint, he expressed his frustration with celebrities, artist and governments in Africa for not doing enough to bring awareness about disability, especially in Nigeria, where people with disability are often discriminated against or seen as liabilities. ” Handicaps are humans beings, they do what normal people do, but the difference is that they can’t walk”.
As for any his future projects, Mr. Flint’s goal is to see that the Nigerian Government gets involve in disability awareness campaigns and foundations, provide adequate rehabilitation facilities and infrastructures to ensure that people with any form of disability live a normal life, learn life coping skills and are accepted by society.
He emphasized, how such programs has helped him to become independent. However, Leroy Bamidele Fagbemi, believes that appealing to corporate organizations and Nigerians in the diaspora is key to supporting his pet projects in Nigeria. For more information, contact Mr Flint at http://facebook.com/lfagbemiskinnyjoe
According to The World Bank, 20% of people with disabilities make up the poorest of the poor, which translates to approximately 260 million people with disabilities living in absolute poverty. The unprecedented level of poverty among this group and the associated hunger leads to Malnutrition, which in turn can result in a number of disabilities, such as stunting, blindness, and diabetes. Also, hunger is a driving force, which push disabled persons into street begging. Generally speaking, disabled people are seen as ‘good for nothing’ and they suffer severe psychological problems in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that about 500 million people live with disability worldwide, with about 75% living in the developing countries (Mickailakis, 1997; Lang and Upah, 2008). In Nigeria, WHO estimates put the number of people with disability at 19 million or approximately 20% of the country’s population (Lang and Upah, 2008).
There are no credible and robust statistics in Nigeria about most things, including disability. There is therefore a big knowledge gap that needs to be bridged.The Nigerian government supported the UN standard rules on the equalization of opportunities for people with disability. There was also a decree promulgated in 1993 to enhance the social and societal position of people with disability.
Nigerians living with disability are no better off when compared with others living in other parts of the developing world, in terms of the challenges they face — they are poor, marginalized and excluded (The Guardian, April 12, 2009; Lang and Upah, 2008).
Despite the declaration of full participation in the disability agenda of the United Nations by the Nigerian government, Nigerians with disabilities are still faced with these challenges (The Guardian, April 12, 2009; Michailakis, 1997). A recent review of disability issues in Nigeria identified many factors why the disability agenda continues to suffer.
Notable among them were: the absence of disability discrimination laws, lack of social protection, poor understanding of disability issues by the public, and poor access to rehabilitation services. The report recommended, among others, the collection of robust and reliable data, and advocacy for the passage of the disability bill into law (Lang and Upal, 2008).
AfriQtalk, first announced back in May, 2011 that Nehita Jewelry was set to go global with plans to launch in fine boutiques and specialist stores worldwide. That’s right! On 9th of October, 2011, CEO of Nehita Jewelry, Monalisa Okojie, once again showcased her luxurious collection of some of the finest handpicked exotic stones, golds and conflict free diamonds at the Clear Essence California Spa and Wellness Center in Ikoyi, Lagos. Guest were entertained with a fashion collections by Derin of Fablane and music performances by Haykm of Serengeti music.
Monalisa has a strong commitment to support ethical causes through donating a generous portion of Nehita profits to charities such as the International Center of Education and Youth Development. She also personally ensures the ethical sources of materials and conflict free diamonds. Monalisa puts artistry into every piece of her gems.
Janelia McNair Sanya is the daughter of an American father and Nigerian mother, a Nigerian singer who was born in Houston and raised in Nigeria. Janelia brings a unique vibe to her mix of Adult Contemporary music. Her musical influences include; Sade, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti & Barbra Streisand. Janelia have performed at numerous clubs, colleges, concert series, theatres and festivals including Artscape, Marylands’s biggest arts & music festival. She’s performed opening act for artist such as Kindred Family Soul, Raheem DeVaughn, and many more.
Janelia sometimes address socio-economic problems through her music. She’s played at Africa Malaria Day concert in Washington, DC to help raise funds for malaria treatment and prevention in Africa. Janelia’s “Love Song in Yoruba have been well received by fans across the globe, her video is set to air on BET International, and other African network stations such as AIT, Sound City, LTV, MITV, TV Continental, Music Africa and other Nigerian stations. Janelia performed at the F.A.C.E List Awards in New York on March 26th, 2011 where Africans committed to excellence were honored. Her music is for the grown & sexy. You go girl!
Also the number of eligible countries change from year to year. According to Deputy Assistant Secretary for services David Donahue, there are a few changes to the program this year, South Sudan and Poland will participate in the 2013 program, while Bangladesh no longer qualifies and will therefore not participate this year because of high rates of immigration to the U.S.
The online registration period for the 2013 Diversity Visa Program (DV-2013) began on Tuesday, October 4, at noon, eastern daylight time and will conclude on Saturday, November 5, at noon, according to the department’s website. There is no charge to complete the Electronic Diversity Visa Entry Form, as usual fraudulent websites are posing as official U.S. government sites.
Some companies, even Law firms are posing as the U.S. government and asking for money to complete DV entry forms. Any e-mail requesting an applicant pay a fee up front is fraudulent. The entire process will be done electronically, from registration to the interview scheduling process. It is very important that you keep and save your confirmation, or registration number. If you are selected, the website will also be where you should go to find information on the date, location, and time of your visa interview.
You will need to complete the immigrant visa application, submit required documents and forms, pay required fees, complete a medical examination, and be interviewed by a consular officer at the U.S. embassy or consulate to demonstrate you qualify for a diversity visa. While those who file for adjustment of status in the United States will receive separate instructions on how to mail DV fees to a U.S. bank. Any omissions on the application, particularly names of dependents, may result in disqualification of the applicant.
The Kentucky Consular Center will provide application information either by mail (for DV-2011 selectees) or online through the Entrant Status Check on the E-DV website www.dvlottery.state.gov (for DV-2012 selectees). After you receive instructions, you will need to demonstrate you are eligible to receive a visa by qualifying based on education, work, and other requirements. The law and regulations require that every DV entrant must have at least:
A high school education or its equivalent; or
Two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation requiring at least two years’ training or experience.
It is important to understand that as soon as you confirm that you have been successful in the process, you should pursue the immigrant visa immediately because it must be completed by the deadline of September 30, 2013. If the deadline is missed, so will the opportunity to immigrate. Also be aware that typically more than 55,000 winners are selected, but only 50,000 visas may be issued, so there is a rush to complete the process. It is a first come, first served basis.
For more than 25 years, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been a time to reaffirm our commitment to fighting breast cancer and to remind ourselves of the importance of prevention and early detection. Breast cancer remains one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers among American women and despite remarkable advances in treatment and prevention, it remains the second leading cause of cancer death. This year alone, it is estimated that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease.
Regular mammography screening can help lower breast cancer mortality by finding breast cancer early, when the chance of successful treatment is best. If 90 percent of women 40 and older received breast cancer screening, 3,700 lives would be saved each year. Costs, even moderate co-pays, deter many patients from receiving these important screenings. Under the Affordable Care Act, women’s preventive health care – such as mammograms and screenings for cervical cancer – is covered with no co-pays or other out-of-pocket costs.
In addition to regular mammography screening, there are steps that women can take that may help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. Women should talk with their doctor about their personal risk for breast cancer, when to start having mammograms, and how often to have them. Women should also try to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and reduce their intake of alcohol. If a woman is found to be at increased risk of breast cancer because of her medical history or a known high-risk gene mutation, she should talk with her doctor to decide what her best options are to reduce breast cancer risk might be. With the release of new Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines, a well-woman visit is available to women to have an opportunity to discuss her health care needs with her medical provider—at no additional cost to her.
The Affordable Care Act is also helping women who are going or have gone through costly breast cancer treatment. Beginning in 2014, it will be illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against anyone with a pre-existing condition. In the past, insurance companies could deny coverage to women due to pre-existing conditions such as breast cancer, and if coverage was attained, insurance companies set lifetime and annual limits on what the companies would spend for benefits. We have done away with lifetime limits, offering women the peace of mind that their health insurance will be available when women need it most. We are also phasing out the use of annual dollar limits over the next three years until 2014 when the Affordable Care Act bans them for most plans.
These changes are making real differences in the lives of American women and families. Prevention, coupled with continued research, will help save more lives and improve the quality of life for all of us touched by breast cancer.
As part of a plan to reduce the federal budget by more than $3 trillion over 10 years, President Obama has proposed $320 billion in cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Most of the savings ($248 billion) would come by slowing the projected growth of Medicare in the coming decade, according to the White House. The remaining $72 billion would be shaved from Medicaid and other health programs.
Details of the plan include:
Pharmaceutical companies would be required to lower their rates to some beneficiaries. The change would allow the federal government to receive the same brand name and generic rebates for low-income Medicare patients as are provided to Medicaid beneficiaries. This proposal accounts for the single biggest savings for Medicare, an estimated $135 billion over 10 years starting in 2013.
New beneficiaries would be required to pay higher deductibles. The current, inflation-adjusted deductible ($162/year) would increase by $25 in 2017, 2019, and 2021.
Medicare premiums would increase by approximately 30 percent for new beneficiaries who buy private insurance to help fill gaps in Medicare. The protection afforded by Medigap policies “gives individuals less incentive to consider the costs of health care and thus raises Medicare costs,” according to the White House.
Starting in 2017, some new beneficiaries would be required to make co-payments for home health care, which is now exempt from such charges. The co-payment would be $100 per episode (defined as a series of five or more home health visits not preceded by a stay in a hospital or a skilled nursing home).
Higher-income Medicare beneficiaries would pay higher premiums for Medicare Part B and Medicare prescription drug plans.
Medicare payments to nursing homes, home health agencies, and rehabilitation hospitals would be reduced. Medicare payments to nursing homes with large numbers of hospitalized patients (because the patients did not receive appropriate care in the nursing home) would be reduced even further.
Doctors would have to seek approval from Medicare for the most expensive imaging services.
A revised formula for calculating Medicaid payments to states would save a projected $15 billion over 10 years (but would shift those costs to the states).
Over the next decade, $3.5 billion would be cut from a prevention and public health fund created by the 2010 health care law.
Medicare would cut payments to hospitals and other providers for bad debts that result when beneficiaries fail to pay deductibles and co-payments.
The President’s proposed savings would represent less than 3 percent of what the government expects to spend on Medicare and Medicaid in the next 10 years, but nevertheless generated protest from many quarters. The drug companies, through the industry group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), lashed out against what it called “price controls” for the Medicare prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D).
Senior groups also denounced the plan. “AARP reiterates its strong opposition to any proposals that would raise costs or cut the hard-earned Medicare benefits that millions of seniors depend upon every day for their health and retirement security,” said Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP.
“The cuts to the Medicaid program in the president’s proposal … shifts the burden to states and ultimately onto the shoulders of seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families who depend on the program as their lifeline,” said Ron Pollack, executive director of the consumer advocacy group Families USA.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) also criticized the Obama proposal, saying that reduced Medicaid and Medicare provider rates would lead to 200,000 job cuts by 2012 for hospitals and businesses they support. Rich Umbdenstock, AHA president and CEO, called the president’s plan, “The wrong prescription to create a healthier America and sustain job growth in a sector of the economy that is actually adding jobs.”
Medicare and Medicaid insure more than 100 million people, and account for nearly a quarter of federal spending.
Check out this video on Youtube of Kola a.k.a Gbedumaster during rehearsals, performing the original Afrobeat sounds of his native country, Nigeria with some of his extraordinary energetic dancers and Orchestral band, brought to you exclusively by AfriQtalk. Enjoy.
On April 6, 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Nigerian Secretary to the Government of the Federation Yayale Ahmed signed the U.S.-Nigeria Bi-national Commission in Washington, D.C. That Agreement created four thematic working groups intended to meet periodically to enhance bilateral cooperation on four key areas:
According to U.S. department of State, an estimated one million Nigerians and Nigerian Americans live, study, and work in the United States, still the democratic and economic progress in Nigeria is challenged by poor governance, entrenched corruption, internal conflict, ineffective service delivery, and pervasive poverty. While there has been notable progress in macroeconomic policy reform over the past few years, these reforms have yet to bring measurable improvements to the lives of the people.
U.S. – Nigeria Bilateral Relations! What does it mean? The U.S department of State selected ten newly elected Federal House of Representatives to take part in a three-week International Visitor leader Exchange Program entitled “Democracy and Good Governance” from September 6-23, 2011. The member of the Nigerian National Assembly explored the U.S. political process, learned about Good governance,Transparency, integrity and accountability in government and business.
To promote bilateral relations, the U.S is addressing these challenges by engaging civil society and government partners to battle corruption; increase professionalism of the military and law enforcement agencies; strengthen health and education systems to deliver quality services; growing the non-oil economy; and improving the environment for regional and international trade.
Community colleges across the country will receive about $500-million in federal grants beginning on Monday, the first of four payments in a $2-billion plan announced last year that is intended to improve career-development programs and train an ailing work force.
More than 200 community colleges applied for the grants, which range from about $2.7-million to $25-million, but only 49 have been chosen to receive the money so far, officials from the U.S. Departments of Labor and of Education said in announcing the awards. Community colleges in 15 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico did not receive grants, but will work with the federal departments to develop programs that are eligible—each will receive about $2.7-million. The winning colleges will be able to buy equipment, hire staff members, and develop job-training curricula.
“Today, we’re making a strategic investment in our work force,” Hilda L. Solis, the secretary of labor, said during a conference call with reporters. “Right now, there are high-growth industries in this country that can’t find skilled labor to fill open positions. We need to train our workers to fill them. Community colleges understand the needs of local employers.”
Each community college to receive a grant will team up with at least one business, an employer with job openings, in developing the curriculum.
Honolulu Community College received the largest grant, $24.6-million, for its “Just in TIME (Teaching Innovation in Math and English)” developmental-training program. The program aims to reduce the high percentage of students enrolled in remedial mathematics and English courses, according to the Labor Departments.
Tidewater Community College, an institution in Virginia representing all 23 of the state’s community colleges, received $24.1-million to go forward with seven strategies, including using new technology tools, providing improved retention services, and redesigning its developmental-education program.
Community colleges in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington State each received $20-million for career-development programs, including a Spokane Community College program that has worked with aerospace companies and aircraft makers to create goals for the curriculum. The Community College of Pennsylvania is focusing on laid-off workers who are having trouble regaining past wage levels; the community college is leading a 14-member consortium to standardize and customize courses for the volatile marketplace.
In Massachusetts, Quinsigamond Community College will lead a group of colleges that aims to engage business and political leaders to change the training system for jobs that require more than a high-school diploma but less than a four-year degree, including adding entrepreneurship training.
In Minnesota, Northland Community and Technical College will receive $4.8-million to create a new associate-degree program aimed at increasing statewide demand for workers to manage images coming from unmanned aircraft systems.
In the recession-battered Rust Belt, a region known for its manufacturing and construction, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (where a faculty strike began last Friday) will get $19.6-million to work with community colleges in Illinois, Texas, and other states to educate low-skilled laid-off employees to work in the health-care industry.
Nevada, the state with the highest unemployment rate, was among the states that did not have a qualifying program. Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming also did not receive any grants but are expected to get funds in the coming months.
Like Fela on Broadway, Kola Gbedumaster will be performing the original afrobeat sound with his extraordinary energetic dancers in celebration of life and freedom bringing about cultural appreciation on Nigerian Independence day celebration, Saturday, October 1 at 6:00pm – October 2 at 1:00am. This vibrant concert displays African culture at it’s best, featuring special guest Artist Kenny Ninghtingale, Eme Awa , Kalakuta Mozak and Award winner MC DJ Chilliout.
His music genre is Afro beat with a mixture of Calypso beat, High-life and Afro smooth jazz. Kola and his 15 piece Afro jazz Ensemble, which includes female dancers, have performed all over the globe, He also have a six piece group for smaller Engagements. Kola is no doubt a world-class musician who has evolved new sounds and combined elements of pure artistry in his lyrics and arrangement. Kola’s unparalleled creativity in his music makes him one of the greatest musicians of this generation.
Admission Fee: $20.00 at The Atrium Box Office. Don’t miss it. Come feel the difference!
The exchange program is to promote democracy building around the world. Take a listen to my interview with Hon. Adamu Enuto, Benue State, Hon. Udo Oluchi Ibeji, Abia State and Hon. Hassan Saleh, Benue State about the political atmosphere in Nigeria and change you can believe in!
Abuja, officially Abuja Municipal Area Council or AMAC, is the capital city of Nigeria. It is located in the centre of Nigeria in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Abuja is a planned city, as it was mainly built in the 1980s and officially became Nigeria’s capital on 12 December 1991, replacing the role of the previous capital Lagos. As of the 2006 census, the Federal Capital Territory has a population of 778,567.
In light of the ethnic and religious divisions of Nigeria, plans had been devised since Nigeria’s independence to have its capital in a location deemed neutral to all parties. The location was eventually designated in the centre of the country in the early 1970s as it signified neutrality and national unity. Another impetus for Abuja came because of Lagos’s population boom, that made that city overcrowded and conditions squalid. The logic used was similar to Brazil building its capital Brasília. Construction broke ground and was dedicated in the late 1970s, but due to economic and political instability, the city in its initial stages was not complete until the late 1980s.
The master plan for Abuja and the Federal Capital Territory was developed by IPA (International Planning Associates), a consortium made up of three American firms: PRC Corporation; Wallace, McHarg, Roberts and Todd; and, Archisystems, which was a division of the Hughes Organization. The master plan for Abuja defined the general shape and major design elements of the city, however a refinement of this design was accomplished by Kenzo Tange, a renowned Japanese architect, along with his team of city planners at Kenzo Tange and Urtec company.
Most countries moved their embassies to Abuja and maintain their larger former embassies as consulates in the commercial capital, Lagos. In addition to a major governmental centre, Abuja is the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States or ECOWAS. It also has the regional headquarters of OPEC. Abuja and the FCT have experienced a huge population growth; it has been reported that some areas around Abuja have been growing at 20 – 30%.
Alex Nosa Ihama, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Exhortation Institute of Life and Business Skills. He is a Life Coach who is full of contagious passion and remarkably disciplined. Alex is a man of integrity, selfless attitude towards helping others, inspiring and energetic, a motivating speaker and at times captivating.
Since his teenage years, Life Coach Alex Nosa Ihama has always being the go-to person for advice, encouragement, motivation and inspiration, which was an overwhelming responsibility that made him decide, at a very young age, to constantly pursue knowledge, wisdom and understanding through traveling, books, researches, seminars, coaching and mentorship. In the forefront of everything he does is the personal growth and wellbeing of others, how to help people improve their lives and businesses.
Alex, he has personally coached hundreds of people worldwide and tens of thousands more through his website. This is in addition to his countless motivating and inspirational articles and newsletters that are now received in over 70 countries. Alex strongly believes that the key to success, which he defines as contentment, is in the hands of each individual regardless of his or her situation and circumstance. This is the fundamental statement upon which he founded the three organizations.
Besides facilitating a number of workshops, seminars, training and coaching programs in Canada, Alex receives invitations from businesses, organizations, educational institutions and churches in Europe, Africa, North America and South America to deliver keynotes and facilitate seminars and workshops on Personal Effectiveness, Ultimate Leadership, Relationship Management, Team Building, Conflict Resolution, Family Enrichment (Marriage and Parenting), Career Advancement, Profitable Growth, and Customer Service Excellence.
The members are participating in a three-week International Visitor leader Exchange Program entitled “Democracy and Good Governance,” September 6-23, 2011. They will explore the U.S. political process, in addition to the principles of transparency and accountability in government and business.
On Thursday, September 8, 2011, the group of eight newly-elected members from the Nigerian National Assembly had one-on-one exchanges with two U.S. Representatives and a U.S. Senator, Congressman Donald Payne (D-NJ) who gave them a good piece of advice: “always remember you are in office to serve the people, not to serve yourself.” While Representative Price (D-NC) elaborated on good governance stating the importance of capacity building and security in Nigeria.
Congressman Price, also emphasised the value of parliamentarian exchanges to promote democracy building around the world. In addition, the group were impressed by Senator Coons (D-DE) enthusiasm to support the political process and promote bilateral relations between the U.S and Nigeria. Kudos to democracy!
I was born without a manual, but I knew what my God given instincts were, so I cried when I was hungry, smiled when I was happy, and slept because I felt secure. Now that I am older, I have learned what my God given choices are, to Love, Provide and Respect.
Will Tawo Okojie (Born October 29, 1993), better known by his stage name William Blaze, is the next big sensational teen, who knows one or two things about being an entrepreneur. Born in Miami, Florida, William is a an American born Nigerian. He lived his early years in Africa, loves the food and culture. Having had a taste of both world, William can identify musically with the African and American culture. His musical influences are Eminem, Michael Jackson, New Edition, J.Cole and Drake. He is the co-executive founder of I Teenz, a brand that entertains and caters to global youth culture. Williams is also, a song writer, upcoming actor and a hip hop artist. William is a high school senior, and loves to travel. If he is not working or at school he is behind the camera. William Blaze’s debut single”Lovin Her” is set to be released on September 16, 2011.
On September 11 2001, evil birth compassion and nations came together. As we remember the victims of 911, let’s not forget others who may have met similar fate around the world. This poem is dedicated to victims of 911.
The research compared the internationalization of higher education in 11 of the largest and most active countries in this area. It examined national performance in three categories: openness; access and equity; and quality assurance and degree recognition.
The British Council used the results of the survey to draw up a “Global Gauge” of the countries’ support for international education. When the results of all three categories were combined, Germany came out on top.
Germany has long been one of the most important destination countries for international students, with nearly 250,000 students from abroad studying in Germany each year—over 10 percent of the total student population.
Support for home and foreign students
One of the reasons Germany scores particularly high is because its policies focus as much on supporting and encouraging domestic students and academics to spend time studying or working abroad as on attracting students and academics from other countries.
The German government aims to have half of all home students spending at least one semester abroad during studies. A “Go out! studieren weltweit” (“Go out! studying around the world”) campaign was launched in 2006 by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to support this goal. This was followed by “Go east!” to encourage German students to study in East and Central Europe.
DAAD also sponsors over 55,000 individuals a year with competitive scholarships for Germans studying or doing research abroad, or international students and researchers coming to Germany.
Germany rates well for carefully monitoring and accrediting the offshore programs of its universities, having attractive visa rules that allow international students and graduates to work during their studies and after graduation, and for maintaining a dedicated body representing its universities abroad, GATE Germany, housed at DAAD.
Countries such as Australia and the UK scored well in the openness and “quality assurance” and “recognition” categories, but fell down significantly in the “access and equity” category. They demonstrated limited support to encourage home students and academics to experience higher education abroad, and provided relatively few financial incentives for international students.
Changes ahead for international education
The “Global Gauge” is an attempted snapshot of a rapidly changing global higher education landscape.
The increasing popularity of joint and dual degree programs, the introduction of English-taught courses and degree programs in many non-English speaking countries, as well as the Bologna Process to standardize degree programs across more than 40 European countries, have opened up new opportunities for students to study abroad.
While the US receives by far the most international students, and has five times more overseas branch campuses than any other country, it is losing market share to the UK, Australia, and China.
In Australia, international students represent almost 20 percent of the total student population. Smaller countries not included in the “Global Gauge”, such as Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria, Ireland, and Belgium, also have a high proportion of internationals in their student populations.
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