Following the success of her song ‘Rara’ which featured Ayisi, Tinuke is in with new music and a sparkle bound to get a grip on drifting listeners this week. Stream or download ‘Waiting’ across all major digital platforms.

‘Waiting’, as Tinuke titles it is a butter-smooth Afrobeat melody which has the wavering act subtly alternate between her rap and singing tendencies to add some much-needed tenor to the solo release. Like some previous releases from the ‘Rara’ crooner, ‘Waiting’ runs on Tinuke’s now coherent theme of expressing love and appreciation for the special people in our lives, but more precisely in a context of self this time around:

‘’As a dark-skinned West African woman myself, this song is really about self-love and appreciating all the things about yourself. It’s a reminder that you are unique and have every right to be loved just the way you are’’, Tinuke shared.

Tinuke’s new single ‘Waiting’ is big on self-love and worth

 

‘’How did ‘Waiting’ come together? So, I was in the studio for some work one time and I heard the beat in the backdrop. Right away I was inspired and slowly caught on with some lyrics – the same ones that made the final song, because they were based on how I was feeling at the time and my experiences from a relationship’’.

There’s a lot of heart felt in the very relaxed Kuvie production, one that doesn’t trade-off Tinuke’s frame of mind and resourcefulness for rhythm. ‘Waiting’ is a great song to wind down to.

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Congratulations to British/Ghanaian TV personality Peace Hyde! Peace has become the new West African Correspondent for Forbes Africa…. she completed her MA in Communications and Digital Media and this year her MA in Journalism….

The TV Personality and Media Entrepreneur  took to her Instagram with photo below and the following caption

Peace Hyde

”#Faithbuilders life is not all you see on social media, most will only post the perception. Real life is what you experience in the absence of an audience and I wanted to share with you that I have been going through a very difficult period of change since I decided to relocate home to Africa.

I have had so much fear, doubt, a lot of highs and lows, sometimes I thought I wouldn’t even be given Gods grace to see another day. But today I am thankful not only because he gave me the strength over the past two years to pursue my passion but he kept me focused and empowered me to complete my MA in Communications and Digital Media and this year my MA in Journalism.

God continues to show me that for as long as I have faith, work hard, trust him and embrace my journey he will make the unthinkable possible.

I have spent years feeding my goals and dreams reading this publication and I am proud to share with you #FaithbuilderFamily that I am now the West African Corespondent for @ForbesAfrica .

I thank God for his blessings upon blessings, as I continue to live out a dream, I want to encourage everyone to keep going. No matter how hard things get and remember as long as you are breathing, God is not done with you yet!…”

Well done Peace!  Because you keep acknowledging God, He will keep moving you higher and higher true God is not done with you yet!

Credit: Peace Hyde

ebola_casecountrycountMonths after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history began ravaging West African countries, a man who flew from Liberia to Dallas became the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States. Health officials stressed that they are confident they can control this situation and keep the virus from spreading in the U.S.

“We’re stopping it in its tracks in this country,” Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, declared during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. The man who is infected, who was not identified, left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in the U.S. the following day to visit family members. Health officials are working to identify everyone who may have been exposed to this man. Frieden said this covered just a “handful” of people, a group that will be watched for three weeks to see if any symptoms emerge. “The bottom line here is that I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or this case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country,” Frieden said.

“It is certainly possible that someone who had contact with this individual could develop Ebola in the coming weeks. But there is no doubt in my mind that we will stop it here.” There were more than 6,500 reported cases of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as of Tuesday, and the crisis has been blamed for more than 3,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Ebola was first identified in 1976, and the current outbreak in West Africa is considered the largest and most complex in the history of the virus, with more cases and deaths than every other outbreak combined. Until now, the only known cases of Ebola in the U.S. involved American doctors and aid workers who were infected and returned to the country for treatment. One of them, Richard Sacra, was discharged last week from a Nebraska hospital.

Days later, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda admitted an American physician who was exposed to the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. There were reports of possible Ebola patients in New York, California, New Mexico and Miami, but all of them tested negative for the virus. The unidentified person with Ebola is being treated in intensive care at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, according to Edward Goodman, the hospital’s epidemiologist. People who traveled on the same plane as this man are not in danger because he had his temperature checked before the flight and was not symptomatic at the time, Frieden said. Ebola is only contagious if the person has symptoms, and can be spread through bodily fluids or infected animals but not through the air.

“There is zero risk of transmission on the flight,” Frieden said. Still, the fact that the disease has been confirmed on American soil immediately sparked fears in the U.S., turning a public health crisis from a faraway news story to something that makes people reach for Purell and facemasks. But experts said it was impossible to imagine that Ebola, which a CDC estimate projects could infect up to half a million people by January, would remain completely outside the country’s borders. “It was inevitable once the outbreak exploded,” said Thomas Geisbert, a professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who has researched the Ebola virus for decades.

“Unless you were going to shut down to shut down airports and keep people from leaving [West Africa], it’s hard to stop somebody from getting on a plane.” But Geisbert quickly underscored how unlikely the virus is to spread in the United States. For starters, he said, officials placed the sick man in quarantine quickly in order to isolate him from potentially infecting others. In addition, health workers are already contacting and monitoring any other people he might have had contact with in recent days. Two Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics and one paramedic intern are being monitored for Ebola symptoms after transporting the patient to the hospital.

The three EMS workers will remain at home for 21 days, Dallas Fire-Rescue Lt. Joel Lavender said Tuesday night. Their ambulance was decontaminated after they transported the patient, Lavender said. “The system that was put in place worked the way it was supposed to work,” Geisbert said. That doesn’t guarantee that no one else will get infected, because the sick person could have transmitted the disease to someone else before being isolated. But that approach almost certainly ensures that the United States will quickly contain the disease.

The deadliest Ebola outbreak in history is centered in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, though there is a separate outbreak in Congo. Unlike in West Africa, where the affected countries have fragile or barely existent health care systems, where people are being turned away from treatment centers, where family members are caring directly with those sick and dying from Ebola, the U.S. is far more equipped to isolate anyone with the virus and provide the highest level of care.

For months, the CDC has been conducting briefings for hospitals and clinicians about the proper protocol for diagnosing patients suspected of having the virus, as well as the kinds of infection control measures to manage hospitalized patients known or suspected of having the disease. Many procedures involve the same types of infection control that major hospitals are already supposed to have in place.

Early recognition is a critical element of infection control. Symptoms include fever greater than 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea and contact within 21 days before onset of symptoms with the blood or other bodily fluids or human remains of someone known or suspected of having the disease or travel to an area where transmission is active.

The CDC also has scheduled more training for U.S. workers who either plan on volunteering in West Africa or want to be prepared in the event that cases surface at their own hospitals. President Obama spoke with Frieden on Tuesday afternoon regarding the way the patient is being isolated and the efforts to scour the man’s contacts to seek out any potential other cases, the White House said. Frieden said during the news conference that the man who is infected did not develop symptoms until about four days after arriving in the country.

This man sought medical treatment on Friday, two days after symptoms developed, but was evaluated and released. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday before being placed into isolation. Frieden, who would not say if the man was a U.S. citizen, said the man is not believed to have been working as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak.

Source: washingtonpost

camerooncafOn Saturday the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the 2019 hosts, plus the hosts for the 2021 and 2023 competitions, as the hosts for the next tournament in 2017 has yet to be announced due to the unrest continuing in Libya which was originally awarded the tournament. A decision on that will be made in 2015.

Cameroon have only hosted the tournament once before, way back in 1972, and the first African nation to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Africa’s best teams will do battle in January 2015, as the tournament which is held every two years will take place in Morocco in four months time. With Cameroon getting the 2019 tournament, the Ivory Coast will hold the event in 2021 and Guinea in 2023.

After announcing the host countries for those three tournaments, the CAF also confirmed that it was extending a ban on games in the Ebola-affected West African nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia until further notice.

 

Bestman-Games-Unveils-Nigeria-The first ever West African Commemorative Country edition of Monopoly was unveiled on Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 in Nigeria. The edition showcases some of the nation’s most famous heritage sites – from Olumo rock in Abeokuta to the Wikki Warm Spring in Yankari National Park. Nimi Akinkugbe, CEO of Bestman Games explained, “This special Nigeria centenary edition, speaks eloquently and visually to our diversity and uniqueness as a nation as it illuminates the numerous and precious heritage sites and iconic locations across our vast country”.

The Monopoly board game showcases some of the nation’s most famous heritage sites like the Olumo rock towering over the ancient city of Abeokuta and the picturesque Wikki Warm Spring in Yankari National Park while the box lid and its brochure inside captures the wide array of attractions, cultural events and the rich history that is Nigerian.

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to nature conservation and sustainable development in Nigeria, was also featured on the board game.

This iconic edition offers more than just the thrill of playing the Monopoly game. In its “Opportunity” and “Chance” cards are strong social messages that seek to educate players about Nigeria’s environmental laws, promote personal financial literacy, travel and tourism. Another unique feature of this edition is the inclusion by Hasbro of a special playing token in form of a football boot. The boot was included to acknowledge and celebrate the country’s common love for football and to honor Nigeria’s outstanding National teams – the Eagles, the Falcons and the Flamingoes – that have proved themselves over the years. 

Credit: Nigeria News

ChrisNBA Star Chris Bosh will be in Ghana from today July 10 – 14 the 2014 the Sprite Basketball Clinic scheduled to take place in Accra and Cape Coast.

Miami Heat star Chris Bosh  will visit Ghana for the first time on Thursday July 10 for the second edition of the Sprite Ball Clinic in the West African country.

Bosh, together with his wife and his team as well as key actors of NBA Africa will spend four days in the country where they will interact with promising basketball youngsters and impact his rich vein of knowledge on the players.

He will be the special guest of the American ambassador on Friday morning before he attends a scheduled press conference later in the day.

The visit of the NBA star has been hugely highlighted in the local media with expectations hitting roof top.

Ghana stands to reap massive promotional benefit from his visit and could serve as a springboard to catapult the sport into becoming the second most preferred sport in Ghana.

Basketball has been on the ascendency over the last couple of years and the visit of one of the finest basketball players in the country epitomizes the level of interest shown by the NBA.

The former Toronto Raptors ace will take the locals through several basketball drills at the Aviation Social Centre in Accra and the Adisadel College in Cape Coast on Friday July 11 and 12 respectively.

 

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Don Felder, a wealthy African American businessman, has paid to build and equip schools in rural areas of Ghana.  He’s given some students scholarships to attend those schools and funded water and other projects throughout the West African country. Much of that work has gone unnoticed by the general public, but his generosity has had a significant impact on the lives of those he’s helped.  There’s Mary Sassa, a tall, soft-spoken woman, who’s about to complete a Master’s degree in human resources next July. Sassa, 28, grew up in the remote town of Obodan, where getting a high school diploma was an unusual accomplishment for a girl, let alone an advanced degree. “I’ve not seen any girl who has achieved where I am now. None have graduated from college,” Sassa said. “Some of them are willing to climb higher, but the money is a problem.” Read more here.