Gorée Island Senegal

The slave trade routes of the Atlantic Ocean had layovers, some of which are incredibly small and well-hidden today. Although the slave trade is a subject of shame and sadness, the architecture left behind is still worth exploring.

Gorée Island, one of the 19 districts of Dakar, is a small island on its own, but it had immense strategic importance.

 

Slave Trade

The inhabitation of Gorée Island wasn’t until the arrival of Europeans because the island didn’t have suitable conditions for living. For instance, drinking water was scarce.

The island was first discovered by the Portuguese who built a stone chapel and a cemetery.

Over time, Dutch and British forces also arrived at the island, but their presence was short-lived. At the time that slaves from the mainland Senegal were transported across the Atlantic Ocean.

The French invasion in 1677 marked the beginning of the colonial era that lasted for almost three centuries despite occasional defeats by the British forces.

 

 

The People

Gorée Island was inhabited by mixed people, the French, Africans as well as the American merchants.

In 1784, an Afro-French family built a house for the slaves to be accommodated during their stopover.

The house was later called the House of Slaves and is now a UNESCO Heritage site.

The slave trade through the island declined upon the French Revolution in 1794. Napoleon entirely abolished it in 1815. This shifted the trading towards nutrients such as peanuts.

This was when the current port was initially built. Also, some merchant families whose source of income was the slave trade decided to leave the island.

Later it  was annexed to Dakar (the capital of Senegal) by the French Colonial Government.

 

The French Colonial Government built a government teachers’ college called Ecole normale superieure William Ponty in 1913. The school operated until 1938.

Later on, many graduates of the school took part in gaining independence from France in 1960.
The island has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in September 1978.

The main historical buildings under the UNESCO protection are the Slave House, William Ponty School, the Maritime Museum, and Fort d’Estrées.

The government of Senegal is currently conducting research called Gorée Archeological Project, which aims to collect artifacts

 

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Sadio Mane Names Best Footballer 

Sadio Mane, is a skillful soccer player for the Senegal national team as midfielder for both the national team and his premier league club Liverpool, England.

Mane, born on April 10, 1992 in Sedhiou in Senegal, began his soccer profession at age 19 as an academy player for the Senegal soccer academy, then made it to his first football club in Metz which is a French football club.

He has made it to several football clubs in his football career. Some of the teams he played for includes red bull Salzburg in 2012, Southampton, 2014 to 2016 and from 2016 till today, playing for the Liverpool football club.

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He’s such a great talent who has contribute raising the banner of all the clubs he joined to some level. He led some to win trophies and won against their opponents.

In his national team, with his 68 appearances, he scored 19 goals making him the fifth champion of goal scoring and helping Senegal to secondly qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup competition.

Sadio Mane who is considered as part of the world’s best players, was crowned the best African Footballer of the Year, for the first time on Tuesday night, January 07, 2020

after winning the 2018/2016 season of Premier League Golden Boot and making it to the fifth position of the Ballon d’Or, same year including other awards.

The Senegalese soccer player, since his appearances for Liverpool, has contributed massively to their success.

He helped Liverpool to continuously reach UEFA Champions League Finals and won the trophy in 2019.

He’s the second Senegalese to be honoured the African Best Footballer.

Credit: Sadio Mane

 

Lake Retba is pink because of its high mineral content that generates a chemical reaction with the high salt content and because it has so much salt, everything on the water floats. It’s a great place to teach people to swim because you will not sink. Retba can change to a violet or mauve color after the sun goes down.

Surprisingly just a few yards from the salty lake is pure fresh water where fish and frogs happily swim around in the fresh water – not affected at all by the salty lake nearby.
There are 8 Pink Lakes in the world!

Some of the other Pink Lakes include:  Hutt Lagoon (Australia), Pink Lake (Australia), Lake Hillier (Australia), Salina de Torrevieja (Spain), Dusty Rose Lake (Canada), Masazirgol or Masazir Lake (Azerbaijan) and Quairading Pink Lake (Australia)

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Apply Today –  Transform Your Tomorrow!  The Applications For The 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Is Open

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking…. Read more about YALI here

The Fellows, are usually between the ages of 25 and 35 and is represented a diverse group of leaders from 48 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa..Read more about YALI here

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility…Read more about YALI here

Deadline: October 10, 2018 

Learn more about the Fellowship :  Apply Today –  Transform Your Tomorrow!  The Applications For The 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship Is Open

 

The Youth Is Our Future

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The Youth Is Our Future

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT: Who Will Win World Cup 2018?

The World Cup is upon us once again. For every 4 years, we see it once like February 29. The greatest football showpiece in the world. Every man and his dog stops to watch, dream about it and talk about it for a whole full moon and beyond. 

Russia 2018 will be no exception. In fact, social media growth and the power of the internet mean this World Cup will be the most talked about and the most viewed football competition of all time. 

32 teams will be cheered on by over 3 billion pair of eyes over the world. There is only one winner in the end, yet no team will go in to lose. What remains to be seen is which of these teams will come up top or will fall short of expectations. 

Let’s take a look at the various Groups and their respective teams. And if you are a betting man, you will know where the smart money is. 

 

World Cup 2018 Catch Up the Dates, Matches, Groups and more.

 

GROUP A – RUSSIA vs SAUDI ARABIA (MatchDay 1)

RUSSIA: 66 on the FIFA rankings, Russia as the host nation qualified automatically. Having qualified in 10 out of the 15 qualifying campaigns, their best performance came in 1966 with a fourth placed finish. Russia will hope their home advantage will count in this year’s competition. South Africa is the only host nation to have failed to qualify from the group stage in the previous 6 tournaments. 

In Brazil 2014, Russia only managed 2pts from the group. If the 2017 Confederation Cup is anything to go by, then home advantage will count little for Russia. Russia will hope the experience of their six-time Russian title winner, Igor AkinFeev, who has over 100 caps for his country will help their course as they attempt to impress the home crowd. Forward Fedor Smolov will have the duty of banging in the goals for his country. 

 

SAUDI ARABIA: Ranked 67 and just behind Host nation Russia. Saudi Arabia have competed in 4 world cups out of the 11 qualifying campaigns. USA 94 happens to be their best one yet having qualified to the Round of 16. Since the 2006 competition, Saudi Arabia have been absent in the previous two.

Their Argentina-born coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi will be pivotal in how they can manoeuvre their way out of a seemingly difficult group. He won the 2016 Copa America with Chile.

He was a prolific forward in his playing days as a Spanish International. Saudi Arabians will hope such a man will also guide their star man Mohammed Al-Sahlawi who himself bagged 16 goals in the qualifying campaign.

He finished joint-top scorer alongside Poland’s Lewandowski and UAE’s Ahmed Khalil. Russia on the other hand will pray Al-Sahlawi forgets his goal scoring boots when they meet on June 14 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. 

UPDATE: The world stood still for about 2 hours. Every eye

paid attention to Russia; Football is finally home. Russia waited four years for a moment like this.

The opening ceremony came with pomp and pageantry. There were ostentatious display of Russian culture. The rest of the competing countries were represented in their national colours too.

The 81,000 who were lucky to be at the stadium enjoyed every aspect of the ceremony. Robbie Williams gave the world a taste of English music.

Russian President Putin and FIFA president Infantino welcomed the world to Russia with speeches that many described as befitting the occasion.

 

One could hear the shouts from the crowd through the roof and when Referee Nestor Pitana blew his whistle for the commencement of proceedings, the excitement on the faces of everyone at the Luzhniki stadium was clear to see; it’s party time.

 

For Russia, it was imperative to overcome the nerves and the pressure as earlier as possible. And it did take only 12 minutes to do that. After the Saudi Arabians failed to clear the ball completely from a corner, midfielder Golovin put in a cross again which met the diving header of Gazinskiy.

Russia became relaxed and played with much freedom. For their part, Saudi Arabia struggled to put passes together and hardly threatened the Russians. Al Sahlawi who had scored 16 goals in the qualifiers was hardly seen in the game. And when everyone thought the first half was ending in a 1-0, substitute Cheryshev who had replaced Djagoev through a hamstring injury doubled their lead in the 43rd minute.

 

The second half never got to 3rd gear. It was played in a relaxed atmosphere from the Russians. It was not until the 71st minute when substitute Dzyuba gave the home crowd another goal to cheer about. He had only been on the pitch less than 2 minutes when when he headed home from another Golovin cross to make the score line 3-0.

 

President Putin did not hide his excitement when Cameras caught him in the stands. The Saudi Prince in attendance equally showed his frustrations with FIFA president trying his bit to stay neutral.

 

When the fourth official showed 3 minutes of added time, and people already leaving the stadium, Cheryshev produced some magic from his left foot, curling the ball to the left top corner. Keeper had no chance saving that. A lot can happen even in just 90 seconds of football. And with the last kick of the game, Golovin who had put in a man of the match performance, made the score line more and more emphatic with a terrific free kick outside the 18yard box.

 

Referee blew his whistle soon after, ending the game Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia. He will be happy there were no contentious decisions for him to call

FOOTBALL DIGEST BY  DF SCOLARI

Kicking a football is something every man did when he was a kid. From playing at the background to playing at school. And before I am accused of being sexist, women play football too.
Over the years, we became accustomed to household names like Jay Jay Okocha, Abedi Pele, George Oppong Weah, Mark Fish, Adjoa Bayor, Tony Yeboah, Sunday Oliseh, Didier Drogba, Ronaldinho, Bebeto, Ronaldo, Paul Gascoigne, Roberto Bagio, just to mention but a few.

On football digest, we will be taking you on a journey of suspense, passion, enthusiasm and a never ending breaking news around the globe. We will not stop this journey until you read that corruption in football was just a fallacy; big up the Ghana Football Association, we see you ! We will not stop this journey until the bones are rotten.

We will cover every inch of the grass from community football to the most popular leagues in the world. Every goal will be celebrated and every foul will be punished.

We will serve football, eat football and digest football.

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GROUP A – EGYPT | URUGUAY 

EGYPT: The second team in Africa to qualify, beating previous competing country Ghana to the only spot in Group E. Ranked 46 in the world and having played in the finals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Egypt will be hoping to be the African country to go further in the competition. 

For a football nation whose first participation in the World Cup came as early as 1934, one would have thought they would have been in many competitions thereafter. It took Egypt 56 years to be involved in another World Cup; Italia 90’. Judging by how long Egypt stayed in the wilderness, 2018 should be one to be savoured. They may have to wait another long time before their next one. 

The whole of Egypt will hope Mohammed Salah can bring his form to the competition. But for his shoulder injury sustained in the UCL final defeat to Real Madrid, there would have been a genuine hope that Mo Salah will be the one to carry the over 95 million Egyptians on his shoulders. He’s undoubtedly their talisman, scoring 71% of their qualifying goals plus scoring in every one of their third-round victories. 

 

URUGUAY: Two-time champions of the World Cup and the highest ranked in Group A at 14. They have played in 12 out of the 16 qualifying campaigns they have been involved in. Uruguay with their vast experience in world cups will hope that will count in their favour this year too. They are the favourites in Group A and with a striker like Suarez who’s their all-time leading goal scorer and also having starred at South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, they are most likely to advance further in the competition. And with a coach like Oscar Washington Tabarez, Uruguay have got nothing to fear. El Maestro as he’s affectionately called is an attack-minded coach with astute tactics and fatherly approach to his players. 

 

Prediction: 1. Uruguay 2. Russia 3. Egypt 4. Saudi Arabia 

GROUP B – PORTUGAL | SPAIN | MOROCCO | IR IRAN 

 

PORTUGAL: 4th on the FIFA rankings, Portugal have only recently lived to their billing of being one of the power houses of world football. They are the current EURO champions after beating the favourites France in the 2016 finals. Fernando Santos, the coach and their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who needs no introduction when it comes to goal scoring, will be the key protagonists for Portugal. Portugal have only been to 6 out of the 20 qualifying campaigns they have been involved in. A percentage of just 30% which merely reflects their status on the world stage. Their best achievement came in the 1966 World Cup where they finished third. They come into the competition having finished 3rd in last year’s confederation cup. Portugal will hope they can go all the way to the finals if their key man delivers the goals and the moments that matter. 

 

SPAIN: Ranked 10th, Spain has an impressive showing at the World cup with 14 qualifications out of the 18 qualifying campaigns they have been involved in. They were champions as recently as 2010 in South Africa.

The experience and leadership of Sergio Ramos will be significant to how Spain conduct themselves. He will be leading from the back. Having won the UCL finals as a captain with Real Madrid, he will be more motivated to do same with the National side. Undoubtedly, the game between Spain and Portugal will be a group decider. The people of Sochi will be happy to witness such a match at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on June 15. 

 

MOROCCO: it’s been 20 years since Morocco last showed up at the World Cup. Their best performance was in the 1986 competition. They qualified ahead of Côte d’Ivoire in a nail biting final game which they won 2-0 in November last year. Morocco will be relying on the experience of coach Herve Renard and Captain Medhi Benatia. 

 

IR IRAN: The third team to book their place at the 2018 World Cup after Russia and Brazil. Iran have never got out of the group stage in all their previous 4 showings. A statistic which is more likely to remain in this year’s competition too. Iran will be relying heavily on coach Carlos Queiroz and star man Sardar Azmoun. They may be the surprise package in Group B. 

 

Prediction: 1. Portugal. 2. Spain. 3. IR Iran. 4. Morocco 

 

 

GROUP C – FRANCE | AUSTRALIA | PERU | DENMARK 

 

FRANCE: Ranked 7th and a former champion at the 1998 World Cup 20 years ago, France will hope their current group of players can replicate the achievements of Zidane, Henry and their current coach Didier Deschamps. Having played in 14 out of the 17 qualifying campaigns, they come to Russia as an experienced country in world cups. 

Star man Antoine Griezmann will be out to make his mark on another major competition, having been top scorer and player of the tournament at UEFA EURO 2016. He provided four goals and four assists for France in the Russia 2018 qualifiers.

 

AUSTRALIA: The least Ranked team in Group C at 36. Australia have only played in 4 previous competitions out of the 14 qualifying campaigns. They come to Russia with the experience of their coach Bert Van Marwijk who took the Netherlands to the 2010 finals. It will be a surprise if Australia are able to navigate their way out of Group C. The experience of Tim Cahill will be significant. He netted 11 goals on the road to Russia, including several trademark headers. Scorer of one of the most spectacular goals of 

Brazil 2014, Cahill could become one of the few players to score at four World Cups. Only Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose have previously notched a goal in four different editions of the World Cup.

 

PERU: 11th on the FIFA rankings, Peru haven’t featured in the World Cup since 1982, more than a generation ago. Their best outings came in 1970 and 1978 where they reached the quarter finals. Star man Jefferson Farfan was not born when Peru last played in the World Cup. The 33year old proved himself to be as important as ever to the Peruvian cause during Russia 2018 qualifying. 

 

DENMARK: 12th in the world. Denmark have also been to 4 world cups with their very recent appearance in South Africa 2010. Their best performance was in France 1998 where they reached the quarter finals. Having failed to qualify for the 2016 EUROs, Denmark replaced their longest serving coach Morten Olsen with Age Hareide. Denmark will be counting on their talisman Christian Eriksen. The Tottenham midfielder was pivotal in their qualification. Only Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo could better the midfielder’s remarkable goal haul of 11 in Europe’s Russia 2018 preliminaries. 

 

Prediction: 1. France 2. Peru. 3. Denmark. 4. Australia 

 

 

GROUP D – ARGENTINA | ICELAND | CROATIA | NIGERIA

 

ARGENTINA: 5th in the world and runners-up in Brazil 2014, Argentina will hope to go a step further and clinch the world cup for the third time in their history. The last time they won it was 32 years ago. And with that huge experience under their belt, they will hope Coach Jorge Sampaoli can lead them to glory. Argentina have arguably the best player of all time; Messi. He has won a record 5 times as FIFA’s best player of the year. And will be making his fourth World Cup appearance in Russia 2018. 

 

ICELAND: They are making the World Cup for the very first time after 13 qualifying campaigns. It is safe to say they are minnows when it comes to the World Cup. They are currently ranked number 22 in the world. Iceland were giant killers in the 2016 EUROs beating England in the Round of 16. With a former dentist Hallgrimsson as their coach, Iceland will definitely get their teeth stuck into events at the World Cup. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who’s been his country’s best player for the last five years will lead the smallest nation at the World Cup.

 

CROATIA: They come to Russia ranked 20 in the world and with their best performance coming in the 1998 World Cup where they finished third. The match between Croatia and Iceland could determine who finishes second in Group D with Argentina being the clear favourites. The Croatians have the better head to head having won 4 of the 6 times they have faced each other. 

Croatia will be relying on star man Luka Modric; three-time UEFA Champions League winner to pull the strings at Russia 2018.

 

NIGERIA: The least ranked team in Group D at 48, Nigeria will be hoping that will count for nothing in their quest to qualify out of the group. They will rely on the experience of their coach Gernot Rohr and their midfielder and captain Mikel Obi to at least advance to the Round of 16. Something they have done in three out of their five World Cup appearances. Nigeria and Argentina have been paired in the group stage 4 times. The Super Eagles have failed to claim a point off The Argentines. 

 

Predictions: 1. Argentina 2. Croatia 3. Iceland. 4. Nigeria 

 

 

GROUP E – BRAZIL | SWITZERLAND | COSTA RICA | SERBIA 

 

BRAZIL: Currently ranked number 2 in the world, Brazil are the most experienced country when it comes to the World Cup. They have won the competition for a record five times. They are the only country to have played in all of the previous World Cup competitions. They were remarkable in their qualifying campaign to Russia being the first team to qualify outside the Host nation. Brazil will be hoping to bury their 7-1 humiliation at the hands of Germany at the semi-finals in the last competition on home soil. Star man Neymar is A FIFA Confederations Cup winner and Olympic gold medallist, and he’s set to make his second appearance at a World Cup. 

 

SWITZERLAND: They are the 6th best team according to FIFA Rankings. Played in 10 of their 19 qualifying campaigns, Switzerland will be hoping to go further than their quarter final achievements in the 1934, 1938 and 1954 world cups. Switzerland’s player of the year for 2017, Granit Xhaka will be a key man in Vladimir Petkovic’s side. The Arsenal midfielder was superb at Brazil 2014 and will be outto make an impact on another World Cup. 

 

COSTA RICA: 23rd on the footballing ladder, Costa Rica will be hoping they can reach another quarter final and even beyond just as they did in Brazil 2014. Captain Bryan Ruiz will have a huge role to play in guiding Costa Rica out of the group which will prove difficult by all account. 

 

SERBIA: They are the least ranked in Group E at 34. Serbia have nothing to lose and will be playing with no pressure; not much is expected of them in this World Cup. Serbians may disagree and will hope Captain Branislav Ivanovic and his troupe put up a show worthy of some recognition. 

 

Prediction: 1. Brazil. 2. Switzerland. 3. Costa Rica. 4. Serbia. 

 

 

GROUP F – GERMANY | MEXICO | SWEDEN | KOREA REPUBLIC 

 

GERMANY: The defending champions and current world number one, Germany will be looking to win the competition again this year. They also won the 2017 confederation cup in Russia. They have made the finals a record 8 times in their history and won it 4 times. Every team in the competition will fear meeting Germany. With an already World Cup winning coach, Joachim Low knows all it takes to win at the biggest stage of world football. Toni Kroos who is no stranger to big games and big trophies will lead the Germans from the middle of the park and hope for another success like 4 years ago in Brazil. 

 

MEXICO: Currently ranked number 15, Mexico have qualified for all the 15 qualifying campaigns they have been involved in with their best achievements coming in the 1970 and 1986 world cups as quarter finalists. Mexico’s all-time leading goal scorer, Javier Hernandez will be leading the front line once again in Russia 2018. 

 

SWEDEN: They missed out in the previous two world cups after appearing in the 2006 World Cup. Currently ranked 24th, Sweden reached the finals in the 1958 World Cup. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s retirement means Marcus Berg will take centre stage for Sweden in Russia 2018. He scored eight times in the qualifiers. 

 

KOREA REPUBLIC: They are the least ranked in Group F at 57. How Korea will be able to get out of this group remains to be seen. 2002 still remains their best outing ever in a World Cup after finishing fourth that year. Korea will rely on Swansea City’s Ki Sung-Yueng to make his experience count in this year’s competition. 

 

Prediction: 1. Germany. 2. Mexico. 3. Sweden. 4. Korea Republic 

 

 

GROUP G – BELGIUM | PANAMA | TUNISIA | ENGLAND

 

BELGIUM: 3rd on the FIFA rankings, Belgium are a team with some talented and gifted players who can do damage to any team on any given day. Favourites to top Group G and Eden Hazard with his speed and skills will be providing all the tools needed to unlock their opponents. Lukaku is the trusted man to bang in the goals. 

 

PANAMA: They are in the World Cup for the very first time in their history. Ranked at 55, not much is known of Panama in terms of World Cup football. With over a century of appearances for Panama, the well-travelled Blas Perez offers valuable experience to Panama. The forward has appeared in four World Cup qualifying campaigns, scoring 11 goals over that period.

 

TUNISIA: Ranked 21st in the world, Tunisia have failed to qualify out of the group stage in all their Previous four involvements at the World Cup. Russia 2018 will be no different for Tunisia and not much is expected of them from their home fans. 

 

ENGLAND: A former world champion and ranked 12th in the world, England have not made the finals since 1966. They have continuously been perennial underachievers. The youthful nature of the current crop of players will mean England could play with more freedom and less pressure in Russia 2018. Captain Harry Kane will be leading The Three Lions from the front. 

 

Prediction: 1. Belgium 2. England. 3. Tunisia. 4 Panama 

 

 

GROUP H – POLAND | SENEGAL | COLUMBIA | JAPAN

 

POLAND: They are currently ranked 8th. Poland have played in 7 world cups with their best performances coming in the 1974 and 1982 world cups where they finished 3rd on both occasions. They have one of the best strikers in the world. Robert Lewandowski is his country’s all-time leading scorer. He was the top scorer in Europe’s 2018 World Cup qualifiers with 16 goals. 

 

SENEGAL: Ranked 27th, Senegal have only appeared in the World Cup once in 2002. They reached the quarter finals in that year at the first attempt. It’s been 16years and they will hope to do better or match their previous achievement. Sadio Mane is understandably their major asset. The people of Senegal will be hoping he can bring his club form unto the world stage. 

 

COLUMBIA: 16th in the world. Columbia were impressive in Brazil 2014 by reaching the quarter finals. They will be counting on Falcao and golden boot winner at Brazil 2014 James Rodriquez to deliver the goods for them. 

 

JAPAN: They are the least ranked team in Group H at 61. Maya Yoshida has been one of the cornerstones of Japan’s team over two FIFA World Cup campaigns. Captain of Japan’s 2012 Olympic Games team, the Southampton-based Yoshida is a handy asset at set-pieces, contributing his fair share of goals. 

 

Prediction: 1. Poland. 2. Senegal. 3. Columbia. 4. Japan 

Akon2Akonakon (1)Celebs who give back: Akon, a Senegalese-American R&B/hip hop superstar has seen firsthand that Africa has had little help to try to remedy its electrical situation. Akon spent much of his childhood in Senegal, and he noticed that nothing has really changed that much since his childhood regarding the power electricity in Senegal and other  African Countries.

Best known for his hits “Smack That” and “I Wanna Love You” and other numerous awards icon. Akon has turned his attention to the development of the electrical grid in Africa working alongside Give1Project and ADS Global Corporation SA.

Akon is in partnership with Give1Project and ADS Global Corporation SA, has initiated the project “Akon Lighting Africa Project” tour which aims to bring electricity to one (1) million households in Africa by the end of 2016. The lack of electricity is currently a major problem in Africa. The Senegalese-American singer is believed to have secured $1 billion in a Chinese credit line towards his Akon Lighting Africa project.

A significant number of households in rural areas and even urban cities do not have access to electricity. The new project is termed “Akon Lighting Africa, Akon and team are working together to see that steady electric supply is sustained in Africa. Consequently, he has kicked off the project by beginning with his home country Senegal. Keep up the good work!

More about AKON here

Credit: Akon/ Akon Lighting Africa Keep up the good work!

”Slavery is theft – theft of a life, theft of work, theft of any property or produce, theft even of the children a slave might have borne” ~ Kevin Bales

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

Slave Trade In Libya 2017: Migrant Slave Markets In Libya..

It is hard to believe that Slave Trade still in 2017!  Migrant are being sold in a Slave Markets In Libya, North Africa. Many migrants from Cameroon, Senegal, Gambia, Zambia, Sudan, Ghana and Nigeria have been using using Libya as their gateway to Europe.

With the help of greedy human traffickers the migrants travel illegally through the desert all in an attempt to reach Italy, France, UK via Libya.

According to Nikki Laoye an ambassador for NCFRMI, most of the migrants are

”…thrown into jail for illegal entry or falling into the hands of wrong people and being sold into slavery/prostitution…
A total of 3,480 young Nigerians, mostly girls, were returned from Libya in the last 10 months, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI) has confirmed.

The NCRMI South-West Zonal Director, Mrs Magret Ukegbu confirms, that the returnees were received from Feb. 1 to Nov. 6.

Ukegbu said that the commission had been working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant organisations in receiving the returnees.  Nikki Laoye

 Racism At Its Peak! 2017, yet Race Discrimination SEEMS TO BE AT ITS PEAK. Is a shame one can be discriminated against because they  belong to a certain racial group…All we can say LORD HAVE MERCY!

We’re praying for their safe return back to their countries of origin.

Bertin NahumMeet Sénégal born Bertin Nahum, CEO of Medtech and the creator of ROSA, a robot that helps surgeons performs brain surgery. This invention, used in hospital around the world, made him the 4TH most revolutionary high-tech entrepreneurs in the world; after Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and James Cameron! He is also the CEO of Medtech, a French company which specialize in robotic surgical assistant…

“At the end of my studies, I took part in the design of software capable of detecting brain injuries automatically using scanners. This feeling of usefulness gave me the desire to dedicate my career to patients, but on the technician side, through the creation of robots that could assist surgeons with their operations’ Bertin Nahum Continue here

Bravo Bertin, Nous Sommes Très Fiers De Toi !

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Ghana’s striker, Asamoah Gyan striked late to give Ghana’s side of victory over Algeria. Gyan struck a dramatic stoppage-timer winner as Ghana kickstarted their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 Group C victory against Algeria in Mongomo on Friday, 22nd January,2015.

Asamoah Gyan

 

The striker who missed the opening 2-1 defeat by Senegal due to a mild bout of malaria was brought into the starting line-up by coach Avram Grant for a a must win encounter against the Algerians and also snatched all three points in the second minute of injury time.

His goal lit up the face of Ghanaian s and allowed Ghana to move level with Algeria and Senegal on 3 points in the group. In the closing stages of the game, both sides made changes in an effort to find a breakthrough, with time running out, Grant frantically yelled out instructions from the touchline and Mubarak Wakaso belted a hopeful ball up field and Gyan produced a moment of magic to delight his team mates and Ghanaian…More about Gyan here.

african superrich people London Wealthy African buyers are spending almost £4million on London property every week as they look to snap up exclusive investments in the UK, it has emerged.

A mixture of traditional reasons combined with increased terrorism and the outbreak of Ebola is said to be behind the dramatic influx of African money to the capital.

Around 80 per cent spend between £15million to £25million on a residential property, with ten per cent spending more than £30million.

If they are not buying, they are renting luxury homes for up to £15,000-per-week and staying for between six weeks and three months per year.

Super-rich African oligarchs are taking their vast resources and investing them in the safe haven of London property – with more than £600million spent in the capital in the past three years and £4million spent in the city every week. They favour the likes of One Hyde Park.

While African buyers only account for 1.5 per of transactions in the ‘ultra prime’ London market, they make up five per cent of sales by value – up from two per cent. This is by typically spending between £15million and £25million on each home.

The recent Ebola epidemic and continued terrorism from groups such as Boko Haram has resulted in an increase in buyers in recent months.

Beauchamp Estates, which sells some of London’s most expensive homes, today released a report on African buyers in the capital.

The upmarket estate agency said the buyers are coming from six countries – Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon and Senegal.

Nigerians are the biggest spenders, with wealthy nationals forking out £250million on London homes in the last three years…

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