Funke Akindele

 

 

 

Nollywood actress and movie producer Funke akindele is a year older today. Join us in wishing this talented lady  a Happy Birthday!

 

Funke Akindele is the international mega star based in Nigeria. Funke studied Mass Communication,(OND) and a Graduate of Law from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.

 

She started Acting in 1997, had her first major acting role as a teenager “Bisi”, undergoing sex education in a television series called “I need to know” which was sponsored by United Nations.

Funke Akindele’s   movie ‘JENIFA’  shot her to international mega-stardom and has not looked back since that time.

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She has proved why she is the hottest actress in Nigeria right now with the release of her new mega blockbuster album titled OMO GHETTO.  

Funke Akindele is also a gifted Producer and Director with major award winning movies to her credit including ‘Taiwo Taiwo’, ‘Apaadi’, ‘Jenifa’, ‘Maku’, ‘Agbefo’ and ‘Ekuro

The popular actres has starred in over 100 major films over a 10 year period,

Have a an amazing day Funke! Keep entertaining us! 

What is your favourite Funke Akindele movie? 

Photo credit: Funke Akindele 

 

Clarion-Chukwurah

Nollywood star Clarion Chukwurah turns a year older!.

 

The talented actress is  recognized as a United Nations peace ambassador for her charity work across Africa.

 

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Clarion Chukwurah was born on 24 July 1964. The Nollywood Veteran began acting in 1980 and came into limelight in 1984 in a then popular Television Soap Opera titled “Mirror in the sun”.

She has since been involved in over 100 English and Yoruba Movies.

Clarion Chukwurah

She created the Clarion Chukwurah Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), designed to support the less privileged in the society which has positively touched the lives of several less-privileged homes in Nigeria.

Keep up the good work Clarion!

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Join us in wishing Clarion a very Happy Birthday and God’s blessing on her life always!

 

Photo Credit: Clarion Chukwurah 

Congratulations! Lawyer, Producer and Nollywood Veteran Kenneth Okonkwo, has been appointed as the United Nations World Peace Ambassador.KennethOkonkwo

 

According to Nollywood reports,  the World Peace President Ambassador Per Stasfen was the one who gave Kenneth Okonkwo  his  certificate on the day he was appointed the United Nations World Peace Ambassador.

This is not Mr. Okonkwo’s first ambassadorial role, he was formerly an Ambassador for National Open University,

He Keep up the good work!

Credit: Kenneth Okonkwo

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Justina MutaleCongratulations! Justina Mutale, the Founder & CEO of POSITIVE RUNWAY has been appointed International Ambassador for the Global Officials of Dignity (G.O.D.) Awards, which takes place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The  aim is to bridge the gap in power and influence to the peace and welfare of the human race, with patronage from the upper echelons of Royalty, Diplomacy, Business, Education, Arts and Philanthropy including Dr Kenneth Kaunda, first President of Zambia and the Dalai Lama as Keynote Speakers.

Justina Mutale, who is an Emeritus Honorees of the G.O.D. Awards  said “I am deeply humbled to receive this prestigious appointment. As a humanitarian, I strongly believe that the human race needs to create a genuine global human family that has shared responsibilities, shared benefits and shared values”.

For more on this amazing lady click here.

Previous recipients of the G.O.D. Awards including members of some of the world’s ancient Empires, Kingdoms and Royal Dynasties who are involved in humanitarian work across the globe.

Well done! Such an inspiration!

Credit: justinamutale.com

 

APP_secretariatThe Africa Progress Panel (APP) consists of ten distinguished individuals who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel laureate, chairs the Panel and is closely involved in its day-to-day work.

The respected experience and prominence of Panel members, in the public and private sector, gives them a formidable capability to access a wide cross-section of society including at the highest levels in Africa and across the globe. As a result, the Panel functions in a unique policy space with the ability to target decision-making audiences, including African and other world leaders, heads of state, leaders of industry, plus a broad range of stakeholders at the global, regional, and national levels.

The Panel facilitates coalition building to leverage and broker knowledge, and convene decision-makers to influence policy and create change for Africa. The Panel has extensive networks of policy analysts across Africa. By bringing together experts with a focus on Africa, the Panel contributes to generating evidence-based policies. More about APP here.

Overview

The Office Assistant/Executive Assistant to the Executive Director is responsible for providing a range of administrative services. S/He is expected to be an experienced administrative professional who is dependable and highly organized.  S/he will be able to maintain high standards of professionalism, efficiency, personal communication, discretion and good judgment. Working in a multi-cultural environment, s/he will handle a wide range of issues and will work under tight deadlines. 

Core Tasks

Under the overall supervision of the Executive Director, the Office Assistant /Executive Assistant will be responsible for performing the following duties:

– Manage the Executive Director’s schedule and agenda, including fixing appointments, travel and accommodation arrangements, maintaining an electronic calendar and handling expense claims
– Maintain the office environment; filter and channel incoming calls, correspondence and emails
– Maintain office filing and storage systems for electronic and paper documents
– Establish and maintain an electronic database of contacts, correspondence and documentation
– Prepare mailing lists and labels for newsletters, Annual Report, special events and as otherwise required
– Provide logistical support with the organization and preparation of meetings, working lunches, teleconferences and any other events.  Prepares meeting room, attendance list, meeting documents, and orders and prepares refreshments
– Organize travel and accommodation arrangements for Panel members, their staff, and other invitees
– Perform special projects such as direct mail campaigns, assisting with the production of Annual Report, newsletters, and other publications
– Perform any other related work and other ad hoc tasks as directed

Skills and Competencies required

– Good oral and written communication skills

– Ability to establish priorities, multi-task and manage workload
– Self-starter who can work independently
– Fluent English; Fluency in French is a major advantage
– A minimum of 3/5 years of relevant work experience in an office setting required
– Computer literate with good IT skills including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and other commonly used software. (Knowledge of SharePoint would be a plus)
– Good organizational skills and record keeping (attention to detail is critical)
– Cheerful presence and people skills
– Experience of living and working in Africa an advantage
– Ability to follow directions
– Compensation is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Remuneration is subject to Swiss social charges and taxable under Swiss/Geneva law. Only candidates with a valid work permit for Switzerland will be considered.

To apply:

All applicants must submit:

– a one page cover letter
– a CV
– the names and contact details of three referees to HR@africaprogresspanel.org.

The closing date for all applications is 7 January 2015, 0900 am Central European Time.

Source: APP

 US Threatens Aid Cuts to SomaliaThe United States is threatening to cut aid to Somalia if the bickering president and prime minister don’t solve their differences.

The Current problem erupted after the president, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud rejected a reshuffle of the cabinet by prime minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed late October of this year.

The US has made it clear to boycott the upcoming international conference on Somalia in Denmark scheduled next week, according to a US top official Jamed P. McAnulty as confirmed by a Somali official who spoke with anonymity.

The US pays bulk of the budget of the Federal Government of Somalia and the African peacekeepers (AMISOM) in the country shoring it up as the Somali federal goverment fights the AlQaeda-linked islamists of AlShabaab.

The United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day WHOThe United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19 each year. The day honors all humanitarians who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty.

The day aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.

 What Do People Do?

World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to humanitarians worldwide, as well as to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. The day aims to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work, and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.

Many communities and organizations try to increase the importance of humanitarians by distributing publicity and information material. Additionally, some try to speak to the press to help spread these key messages of World Humanitarian Day, while other groups organize public events worldwide that feature humanitarian work.

For the year 2010 and beyond, it is anticipated that World Humanitarian Day will focus on particular humanitarian themes to help increase public awareness.

Public Life

World Humanitarian Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

Humanitarians provide life-saving assistance to millions of people worldwide. They place their own lives at risk to help others in conflict zones and areas of natural hazards. More than 700 humanitarian workers have died or experienced the most dangerous situations while trying to help those in need. Humanitarians provide support for different world challenges such as hunger, gender-based violence, refugees and displaced people, help for children, as well as clean water and access to sanitation.

World Humanitarian Day was established by the General Assembly of the UN in December 2008 and was first observed in August 2009. The date of August 19 is the anniversary date of the 2003 Canal Hotel bombing in Baghdad where twenty-two people lost their lives including, the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello.

The total number of people affected by natural disasters has risen over the past decade, and about 211 million people are directly affected each year. Women and children are especially affected because of their ongoing struggles with poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor health and environmental decline. There are new and difficult challenges that arise each year that will require more flexible funding and adaptable humanitarian work. The increasing economic crisis and global challenges such as poverty, global health problems, increase prices and the rising number of people on the move, increases the need for humanitarians each year.

Symbols

World Humanitarian Day does not have a logo because the day does not “belong” to the UN or any other agency or organization.  The media documents support the day by capturing images that show people helping others that are in need of assistance.

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