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Undefeated Nigerian Superstar – Gifted Cole


Gifted Cole Chiori, is an undefeated professional boxer based in the United States- originally from Nigeria. Gifted is a welterweight fighter, with a current record of 11-0. He has fought professionally In Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and the United States.

His last bout, was internationally televised by Super Sports from Accra, Ghana, and was attended by President John Mahama, and over 25,000 spectators. The fight was stopped in the 6th round, as his opponent could not continue.

Gifted won the official Intercontinental WBF Title by way of knockout on November 9, 2013, against German opponent Tom Reiche. The self- promoted event in Atlanta, was graced by thousands of his Nigerian supporters and dignitaries from all over the United States. He has earned the respect and admiration of fans all around the world, and continues to entertain them with his unique style of fighting. Chiori was also honored by the Minister of Works Honorable Arc Mike Onolememen at the prestigious ‘Face Award USA’ for Sports Athlete of the Year in Atlanta, GA, and has many U.S. based Nigerian fans who greatly support his efforts.

Gifted is currently training to fight his next opponent this July in Australia and plans to promote several more fights before the end of the year in the United States, and possibly in Nigeria. He sees the potential for the growth of boxing as a major source of entertainment, and has his eyes set on bringing boxing back to Nigeria in a big way. His campaign to ‘Bring Vegas to Nigeria’, will require stakeholders that share in his vision to make Nigeria a desirable location to breed and promote elite professional boxing.

Gifted is proud to continuously provide guidance for less fortunate youth through his charity work in Nigeria. He has single- handedly funded and promoted boxing clinics and tournaments for at risk youth, and does his part to provide them with the necessary equipment and facilities to sharpen their skills in boxing. Many of the participants are being groomed by Chiori’s team for a career in boxing, with hopes of bringing them to train and fight in America in the form of an exchange program. Chiori is looking forward to partner with anyone who shares in his vision, and welcomes all support.

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Celebrating One of Our Own – Amb. Princess Asha Okojie

Amb Princess Asha Okojie hails from a long line of political and social leaders. She is the descendant of the Esan monarch King Ogbidi Okojie of the Uromi dynasty (1857–February 3, 1944), who is still renowned for his resistance to British control in what is now Edo State, Nigeria. She is also the niece of late statesman Chief Anthony Enahoro, who began the self-government movement in 1953 that initiated Nigeria’s independence on October 1, 1960, and Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, the first Esan Catholic Cardinal of Nigeria.

Amb Princess Asha Okojie, known as “Africa’s Oprah Winfrey,” plays several roles. She is a business and health consultant in the area of management, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, HR and human development, including legal, and regulatory policies, CEO of AfriQtalk LLC, a PR, branding, consulting, event management, multimedia services, and trade facilitation company with a reputation for strategic alliances, co-branding, marketing, sponsorship partnerships, executive management and leadership training in public and private sectors.

She is the Founder of FACE (Festival of Arts, Culture & Expo) Honors and Global Leadership initiatives, a cultural organization that creates awareness of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to service and humanity in Africa and African diaspora, President and CEO, African Legislatives and Executive Forum, a platform for state legislators, executives and private sector leaders to network, exchange ideas for effective public policy and good governance.

Under her leadership, AfriQtalk handled media and communications consulting for the Nigeria consulate in Atlanta, Georgia when Geoffrey Teneilabe served as the former ambassador and consul general for the 17 states and territories in the Southeast, in 2013, co-hosted President Obama’s Young African Leaders Summit (YALI), in Atlanta, Georgia, 2014. Collaborated with the African Business Round Table and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN to host the UN Security Conference in New York, where former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo made the keynote speech, in addition to covering President Muhammadu Buhari’s first trip to Washington, D.C., in 2015.

Amb Princess Asha Okojie has consistently demonstrated the drive, vision, and commitment necessary to be recognized as one of the best. She was one of the first female media figures in the African diaspora to transform traditional television news and entertainment through online blog radio and YouTube talk show channel, spreading awareness of the African vibrant cultures, entertainment, music, ideological diversity, and entrepreneurial ingenuity of Africa while collaborating with cultural organizations to promote African artists in African communities in the U.S. She is a visionary leader who thinks creatively and unconventionally.

Amb. Princess Asha Okojie has provided support for numerous local events in the United States, among which are hosted by the Georgia Senate Chambers, Carter Center, former Mayor Kasim Reed’s office of international affairs, Houston’s Oil Technology Conference (OTC), Washington, DC’s Annual Export and Import Bank Conference (EXIM), and many other high-profile organizations have benefited from her high-profile media coverage. Included in this are media advice for CNN, The Dr. Phil Show, VHI, and other media sources.

She is regarded as one of Africa’s up-and-coming leaders in the diaspora who has consistently demonstrated the drive, vision, and commitment necessary to be recognized as one of the best. She was elected into Stanford Who is Who, U.S.A, an organization of exclusive group of chosen executives, professionals, and businesspeople around the globe, as a result of her remarkable achievements.

She has worked with a few select organizations and international communities in promoting African arts, entertainment, and culture to encourage policies for the return of stolen artifacts and revitalization of heritage sites in Africa. She was nominated as the 2018 cultural ambassador for the United States by the Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture, Tourism, and Diaspora Affairs to advance cultural understanding between Edo State and the U.S.

Her humanitarian work, activisms against female genital mutilation, gender inequality and child marriage, including charitable efforts and engagement with women and youth have been recognized both locally and internationally where she frequently gives back her time assisting the poor, needy, disadvantaged and those who are less fortunate. In 2017 she was conferred UN Ambassador for her philanthropic activities and humanitarian work with women, children and youths in Africa.

Amb. Princess Asha Okojie was the first and youngest African woman entrepreneur to own and operate the first African cuisine restaurant (Fashwill Kitchens) in Miami, Florida. Later, the eatery relocated to College Park, Georgia, where it catered to prominent African athletes including former NBA player Hakeem Olajuwon. According to Amb Princess Asha “Family values and faith in God creates the energy that keeps her humbled and motivated”.

Her captivating blogs have been cited as academic references in the U.S. Her remarkable efforts in promoting African culture, entrepreneurship, and entertainment through her Talk Show platform has won numerous accolades and honors. She has supported research into traditional alternative treatments for sickle cell disease in Africa through her philanthropic initiatives. In her free time, she enjoys mentoring young women and girls, creating motivational quotes, photojournalism, and doing some travel.

She holds an B.S. in Health Information Management, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Co-chairman of THINKWEST Initiative (TWI), Nigeria, a board member of the International Forum for Sickle-Celled in the Diaspora (INFORSID), a member of the Women Empowerment Network (WOENET), a member of the Nigerian advisory committee, a stakeholder member of the former Nigerian Diaspora Diagnostic & Trauma Foundation (NDDTF), and a member of the National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialists (NAMAS) a member of American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) U.S.A, Member, and American society for industrial security, U.S.A.

Stuck By Cupid’s Arrow


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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Silvy De Bie Bridging the Cultural Gap


AfriQtalk Welcomes! Silvy De Bie, Belgian Music Billboard top 10, pop dance recording artist to Atlanta. The Belgian singer is best known for being the vocalist for the dance band Sylver. With them she eleased five studio albums and 20 singles. Between 1990 and 1994 she also released over 10 singles with band “Silvy Melody”.

Silvy became a Flanders child star when she was nine years old. She sung Ben, a song of Michael Jackson, in the Flemish showbizz TV Show De Kinderacademie (child academy). This show was not a contest, it was just an entertainment program where children between 4 and 12 years could perform an act (sing act, dance act, telling a little fairy tail or poem,…) Silvy’s performance was so good, an independent recording studio gave her a contract. Under the name “Silvy Melody” she recorded some songs (including a Dutch version of Ben) as solo-artist and also some numbers together with other famous Belgian singers. Many of her songs were in top 10 charts. Her career as child star stopped abruptly in 1994 due to Belgian law. She did too many activities, performances, and broke the law regarding child labour which is forbidden in Belgium.

In 2000 Silvy became the female vocalist for the dance band Liquid feat., later in 2001 the band’s name was changed into Sylver. Alongside the successes with Sylver, she started also solo.

In 2001 she worked with MNC, with him she covered the Eurythmics song Sweet Dreams. She also worked with the dance formation Milk Inc. (she is friends with Singer Linda Mertens). In 2004 the Track I Don’t Care came out, the single reached the Belgian Top Ten. In 2007 the Single Time alongside with 4 Clubbers in Belgium, she composed and wrote the song “Lovesong” from the Crossroads album.

In my conversation with Silvy, I find her to be somewhat adventurous and intellectually engaging. Do you see yourself working with Artiste from Africa? I asked, she replied! “I am ready to collaborate with artiste of different genre” including artist from Africa. Now that’s what I call bridging the cultural gap.


Women Empowered To Achieve The Impossible




Advancing & Challenging Women To DARE To

 Achieve Their “impossible” in Uncertain Times!


GREENBELT, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 16, 2012- Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi).



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!

For more information please visit www.wetati.com. Like us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/WETATi/182968878463187  Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Wetati

Contact:  Margaret Dureke

Office:  301-326-6468

margaret@wetati.com or

brenda@wetati.com (404-550-1684)

Immediate Press Release – AfriQtalk Entertainment Presents: Snippet of “Lovin Her” by William Blaze

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.

Follow William at www.twitter.com/williamtblaze

Share Your Thoughts of the Day – Opportunity

~ Vincent Brown Sr.


With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run

The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create.
It’s store of true wealth is still meager
It’s needs are incessant and great

It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance–why there’s nothing but chance!

For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned

Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The best work hasn’t been done.

US Court Upholds Facebook Settlement

The Winklevosses say Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for a social network site


A US appeals court has ruled that twin brothers who say the idea for Facebook was stolen from them by Mark Zuckerberg cannot back out of a settlement deal they made with the website, reports the BBC.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss had asked in January to re-open a $65m (£42m) legal settlement signed in 2008.

The twins say Zuckerberg stole their idea after he was hired by them to code their ConnectU site in 2003.

The court said it saw no reason to re-open their case against Facebook.

Facebook has rejected the brothers’ claims.

“The Winklevosses are not the first parties bested by a competitor who then seek to gain through litigation what they were unable to achieve in the marketplace,” three Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges said in the ruling.

“At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached,” the judges said.

The Winklevosses have argued that Zuckerberg, who attended Harvard with them, took the code for their social networking website and launched Facebook with it in 2004.

Facebook agreed to a 2008 settlement to end “rancorous litigation” but did not admit Zuckerberg had taken the twins’ idea.

The Winklevosses received $20m in cash and $45m worth of stock valued at $36 per share in the deal.

“For whatever reason, they now want to back out… Like the district court, we see no basis for allowing them to do so,” the judges said, referring to the settlement deal.

The legal team representing the Winklevosses has not yet commented on Monday’s ruling.

Zuckerberg has always maintained that Facebook was his creation.

The lawsuit over Facebook was dramatised in the film The Social Network, which was nominated for best picture at the Oscars.

Today Facebook is the world’s biggest social network with more than 500m users, and Zuckerberg is one of the world’s youngest billionaires.