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The CA AWARDS Now Open For Nominations

CA award (CREATIVITY AWARD) recognises the creativity of Afro Caribbean talent globally.  The only award that celebrates and highlights Afro-Caribbean contributions in all sectors including; Sports, film, arts, enterprise, and careers.

The largest and most prestigious African award in the UK, past recipients include,  Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe (founder BUFF), Dele Momudu (publisher Ovation), Dr Alistair Soyode (founder BEN TV),Prof. Rotimi Jaiyesimi (renowned medical Doctor and lecturer ),  Akin Salami (Founder OHTV) , Pauline Long (Founder BEFFTA) and a host of others.

Elegibility:  Anyone of African or Caribbean heritage anywhere in the world with talent and making contributions in the sectors mentioned in the categories can be nominated .

Nomination: You can nominate yourself or be nominated by someone else. After nominations, the independent awards directors will go through the evidences and shortlist the finalists. Thereafter, voting commences. This year, the results are completely in the hands of the public.


Dinner: CA award 2016 will be held with a lavish 3 course dinner on;

Date: 19th of Nov, 2016

Time : 5.00pm – Arrivals, wine reception, red carpet , media and networking.

Venue: At Hilton Hotel Tower Bridge London, SE1 2BY.

Independent Award Directors – To be announced on Monday June 20, 2016.




African First Ladies Advance Maternal Health Care Goals in Africa

The Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) joined General Electric Company (GE) and Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship on June 9 to advance social entrepreneurship to improve maternal and child health outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa.

The First Ladies of Africa were introduced to the healthymagination Mother & Child program, and participated in a roundtable panel that addressed how countries can engage social enterprises to meet U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and improve health care for mothers and children.

In March, GE and Miller Center partnered to create the healthymagination Mother & Child program which trains and mentors social entrepreneurs working on maternal and child health innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. The program combines GE healthcare product expertise with Miller Center’s proven Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) methodology for accelerating social enterprises.

“We are encouraged by the potential of social entrepreneurship, and the healthymagination program in particular, to help reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Her Excellency Madam Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia. “The well-being of the mother is key to ensuring the survival of the child, because children who lose their mothers are less likely to celebrate their second birthdays. The mission and goals of this GE and Miller Center project align perfectly with the mission and goals of OAFLA.”

“The healthymagination Mother & Child program is part of a multi-year global investment by GE to improve global health outcomes, foster regional economic development and develop local human capital,” said Robert Wells, Executive Director of GE’s healthymagination commitment. “We have always tried to stay close to new thinkers and partner with companies that have innovative ideas and move fast to solve major challenges of our time. We are proud to support the development of healthcare innovations and partner with the Miller Center and OAFLA to mentor the best minds to reach this goal.”

“We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

“Miller Center has aligned our time-tested curriculum and successful track record in training, mentoring and accelerating social enterprises globally toward achieving as many of the 17 U.N. SDGs as possible—an approach we feel is the most direct path toward making a tangible difference in the lives of poor and underserved women and children in Africa and elsewhere,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Entrepreneurship. “We are delighted to partner with GE healthymagination, and to continue interaction with OAFLA, as we all work to apply social entrepreneurship to our important shared goals.”

Improving maternal and child health care in Africa, the world’s second-most populous continent, is a critical global health priority. Over 450 women in Africa die every day from pregnancy-related complications, and children in sub-Saharan Africa are more than 14 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than children in developed regions. Social entrepreneurship, with its dual focus on positive social outcomes and solid business practices, is uniquely suited to address these issues.


Social entrepreneurship is considered a crucial catalytic factor in alleviating many social and environmental ills because it provides solutions in local contexts that enrich the communities where they are located; is sustainable; invests in human capital; and delivers a replicable, business-focused model that helps organizations to scale.

Participants in the New York luncheon included: Her Excellency Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, spouse of UN Secretary General; Her Excellency, Mrs. Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia; Her Excellency, Aissata Issoufou Mahamadou, First Lady of the Republic of Niger; Her Excellency Mrs. Dominique Ouattara-Folloroux, First Lady of the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire; Deborah Elam, president of The GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer for GE; Carol Evans, founder and former CEO of Working Mother Media; Dr Stefan Peterson, Director and Chief of the Health Section, UNICEF, Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., Executive Director of Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship; Katherine Lucey, CEO and founder of Solar Sister; Jennifer Reingold, senior editor at Fortune magazine and Robert Wells, Executive Director for GE’s healthymagination commitment.

About the Organisation of First Ladies of Africa Against HIV/AIDS

The Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) is an organization established by African First Ladies in 2002 as a collective voice for Africa’s most vulnerable people including women and children infected and affected by HIV and AIDS. OAFLA has since expanded its mission to work broadly for the health and empowerment of women, children and adolescents in Africa, including the improvement of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services thereby supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About GE and its healthymagination Commitment

GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more people. Through its healthymagination efforts, GE continuously develops and invests in innovations that deliver high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the world. For more information about the GE healthymagination commitment, visit

About Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Founded in 1997, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is one of three Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. Miller Center accelerates global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. Its strategic focus is on poverty eradication through its three areas of work: The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), Impact Capital, and Education and Action Research. To learn more about the Center or any of its social entrepreneurship programs,

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News: Talking Openly About Women and Gender in Africa

Gender is a complex issue to navigate. Simply put, women and men should neither be limited nor defined by gender.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gender – about women, to be more precise.

Next week, at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), the world will gather to review the progress made since 189 countries unanimously adopted the Beijing Platform for Action 20 years ago – widely regarded as a defining moment for gender equality.  The Beijing+20 gathering will commence in New York a day after International Women’s Day.

gender_equalityMy thoughts are driven not only by those events, they’re also driven by experience as well as wider discussions in science and development.

Like anyone who reflects on women’s place in society, it only takes a look at news headlines to see evidence of violence against women and girls, violations of rights to education and health, and even less obvious issues such as their contributions in productive sectors such as agriculture being overlooked.

That many discriminatory laws remain in place, according to a recent report, despite the Beijing declaration, shows one structural barrier to equality.

From the perspective of science, debate tends to centre on barriers to women’s full participation and advancement in scientific fields.

These barriers often start at an early age, with social norms and misconceptions about gender-specific abilities. But they often persist through to advanced career stages, with overt or nuanced disadvantages including the lack of family-friendly employment policies.

Yet over the years, I’ve often felt uneasy about how these issues might apply to my own life and career.

The risk of focusing on gender

There are those who believe passionately in the gender equality agenda and others who may see it as only one of many important issues in science and development. Similarly, some scientists and science journalists may believe there is too much emphasis on barriers along gender lines, while others may have experienced obstacles or stereotypes first hand.

I’ve slowly come closer to identifying my unease. It is a worry that looking at people or activities through a gender lens risks unduly focusing on gender above everything else that makes up that individual or action.

Defining ourselves and others in terms of gender has a strange way of reinforcing the stereotypes we are trying to dispel. And that risks creating something akin to a parallel track that is specific to women but separate from the world in which they demand, and should have, a stronger presence.

Simply put, being a woman, or a man, or of any other gender identity, is part of who we are, but we are made up of much more. Take any female or male researcher profiled on SciDev.Net’s pages. Does their gender have an overwhelming influence on their work?

Changing mind-sets

This is, of course, one side of the coin, one to do with individuals. On a collective or social level, the picture looks different.

Without a doubt, how individuals and societies perceive women, their capabilities and their roles affect women’s lives and their rights.

This applies to participation in both science and development. Gender equality and empowerment initiatives by the UN and others are crucial for raising awareness, changing mind-sets and promoting change that will put men and women on an equal footing.

Gender mainstreaming is part of our strategy at SciDev.Net. Guest blogger Henrietta Miers regularly offers incisive commentary on the gender implications of – or indeed omissions in – science and development news headlines. Other analysis blogs have tackled issues around gender that go beyond women: about LGBTI persecution or sexual violence against men.

To return to women: in 2011, a collection of articles explored barriers to women’s participation in science. More recently, a data visualisation piece explored the proportion of female researchers in countries around the world, and interviews have highlighted women’s personal stories and routes into academic institutions.

Last November, in collaboration with the organisation GenderInSITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), we hosted workshops for editorial staff on understanding social gender dynamics in science reporting. The Practical Guide we publish this week, on reporting science through a gender lens, began with conversations during those workshops.

Beyond definition and limits

The problem is that arguments for gender perspectives on science or development are sometimes understood as arguments for gender as a defining feature of anyone’s contribution. But being a woman or a man does not define us – and crucially, neither should it limit us.

The aim is equal opportunities, equal rights and equal power – and more to the point, it is about being open to diversity that enriches any task, any conversation, any society.

This brings me to two of the reasons why gender is a complex issue to navigate.

The first is confusion over the individual and collective aspects of how we understand gender. For example, inequalities and injustices for women in many societies are undeniable; covert messages, patriarchal systems and entrenched beliefs have a disempowering effect, often in subtle ways, discouraging women and girls from participating fully in society.

But it would be a mistake, and part of the very definition of discrimination, to use collective characteristics as a way to understand an individual woman – and vice versa, to use an individual woman’s experience to understand the collective.

Scepticism about gender barriers in science might come from women who haven’t experienced them or who have achieved success regardless. Neither case offers an argument against what might be a reality for the majority.

The second reason is that each person has a different perception of gender in their life and wider society, even as that might change over time.

For all of us, things like upbringing, social environment, education and experiences influence perceptions and attitudes. Similarly, each society is at a different place, historically and relative to each other, in the value it places on women and the structural barriers to women’s participation.

We are not all on the same page – and this only serves to reinforce the need for open conversations about women, gender and equality in the workplace and in societies.

For many parts of the world, getting there is a long road and will take changes in policies, laws and systems that reinforce entrenched inequalities.

But even though we may all be on a journey, there should be no question as to the destination: a world that values diversity, where men and women share the same space with equal opportunities, rights and power, neither limited nor defined by their gender.

Written by Anita Makri is opinion and special features editor at SciDev.Net. @anita_makri


[1] Beijing declaration and platform for action (UN Women, 1995)

[2] Liz Ford Governments too slow to scrap laws biased against women, report says (The Guardian, 14 February 2015)

Chroniques de Léo – La liberté d’expression est morte ? Vive la liberté…

L’attentat, n’ayant pas peur des mots, contre le journal satirique Charlie Hebdo a suscité de vifs débats et réactions, notamment sur les réseaux sociaux. La teneur de certains propos et de certaines discussions m’apoussé à réagir sur un point: peut-on rire de tout ?


Lire certaines personnes insinuer, que ces journalistes ont mérité leur sort en réalisant et publiant leurs caricatures du prophète Mohammed,interpelle vraiment sur la nature humaine. Une caricature, même de Dieu, mérite t-elle un assassinat aussi lâche? Pour eux oui et c’est glaçant, pour ne pas dire dégoutant…

Alors pour répondre à ces gens haineux, je dis oui on peut rire de tout, y compris de religion ! Je comprends que certains musulmans aient été choqués par ces dessins, tout comme des catholiques l’ont été quand le journal a publié des satires sur Dieu et/ou le pape. Néanmoins cela méritait-il le carnage de ce matin ? Accepte t-on de vivre dans un monde dans lequel on tue à cause de caricatures ? Je crois en Dieu mais cela ne m’empêche pas de prendre ces dessins avec du recul. Ils ne remettent en rien ma foi, ni mon amour pour lui et ne représentent rien d’autre qu’un moyen d’expression. Certes on peut les juger maladroits, offensants, mais ils sont le symboles que la liberté d’expression existe encore, ne vous en déplaise.

Le Dieu que nous prions, pour certains, quelque soit notre religion, et qui nous apprend l’amour et le pardon, ne peut cautionnercette tuerie. Au même titre qu’il ne tolère aucun acte macabre commis en son nom. A ces terroristes qui tuent en son nom, je leur disde revoir leurs copies car ils ne prient pas le bon Dieu. Ils sont dans un pseudo délire religieux auquel ils associent Dieu pour légitimer leurs actions. Ils se fourvoient et n’ont rien compris à l’Islam car il est écrit dans le Coran : « Ne tuez pas la personne humaine, car Allah l’a déclarée sacrée ». Alors dites moi messieurs les terroristes, quel est donc ce Coran que vous avez lu et qui vous a apprend que tuer des journalistes et autres innocents est un acte de bravoure et de salut ?


En 2012, Cabu disait dans une interview : « il y a des risques et nous les prenons » et il en a payé le prix fort.


Notre liberté d’expression vaut cher et il est de notre devoir de nous battre pour elle. On peut ne pas aimer Charlie Hebdo et affirmer que ce journal doit exister ! Que contre les caricatures de Mohammed, Jésus, Moïse et Dieu, il existe d’autres réponses que l’assassinat brutal de 12 personnes.

On dit que notre liberté s’arrête là ou commence celle des autres. La liberté des journalistes de Charlie Hebdo est de dessiner ceux et ce qu’ils veulent. Ma liberté, votre liberté c’est d’aimer ou pas leurs caricatures. Seulement il est de mon devoir, de votre devoir, de permettre à tous les Charlie Hebdo du monde d’exercer cette liberté sans avoir à y laisser leur vie, car il en va de la nôtre…

A toutes ces personnes qui, derrière leurs écrans d’ordinateurs et autres, se plaisent à salir la mémoire de Cabu, Wolinski et des autres, en insinuant qu’ils ont eu ce qu’ils méritaient, je dis honte à vous ! Si vous avez le droit de tenir des propos pareils, c’est parce que eux et d’autres se sont battus et se battent pour votre liberté d’expression. J’aurai tellement aimé vous voir tenir les mêmes propos si vous habitiez des pays dans lesquels, de liberté justement vous n’en auriez aucune.

Alors NON, je ne suis pas Charlie. Non pas parce que je ne soutiens pas le mouvement, mais parce que je sais je n’aurai pas eu leur courage. Je leur dis merci pour cela et j’espère que là haut, ils continueront à faire rire Jésus, Mohammed, Moïse, etc.

Charb, Cabu, Tignous, Wolinski, Honoré, Mustapha, Bernard, Michel, Franck, Ahmed, Frédéric et Elsa.


Article de Léonora Henry.

Oscar Pistorius Tailored Evidence – Nel

Pretoria — Murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius tailored his version of what happened the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp because he was concerned of the implications, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Thursday.

“The accused did not present as someone striving to give a truthful version, but… someone who was tailoring a version and was more concerned with the implications of his answers,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel said.

“The accused was more concerned about ‘defending for his life’ than entrusting the court with a truthful account of his conduct on that fateful morning.”

Nel said the lies told had a snowball effect, but that not all “untruths” were important.

During the trial Pistorius said he was “fighting for his life” when Nel cross-examined him.

Nel said Pistorius admitted that his evidence consisted of what he could remember and a reconstruction of the events. He said this should sound warning lights.

“The accused should give a version of what happened,” Nel said.

“This is an indication of the nature of the accused… He had to adapt his version. This is a significant implication of the accused’s deceitfulness.”

Nel said the court should reject Pistorius’s version because he used phrases like “my memory is not very good at the moment” and “I do not have an independent recollection”.

“The accused created a version that simply revealed his mendacity and deceitfulness,” Nel argued during his closing arguments.

“It is our respectful submission that tailoring of evidence must have a domino effect.”

If one piece of the mosaic was moved, the rest would also be moved to keep the picture intact.

Nel referred to the placement of a duvet and fans that arose during the trial.

He said Pistorius had tailored a version to explain why the duvet was not in a certain position.

Pistorius had said he could not run on his stumps and therefore he did not run away. But he could run between bedroom and bathroom.

Pistorius is charged with Steenkamp’s murder on Valentine’s Day last year. He shot her through the locked door of his toilet at his Pretoria home.

Pistorius has denied guilt, saying he thought she was an intruder about to open the door and attack him. The State contends he shot her during an argument.

Pistorius is also charged with three contraventions of the Firearms Control Act, one of illegal possession of ammunition and two of discharging a firearm in public. He has pleaded not guilty to these charges as well.


Devereaux Morkel.

Sirleaf Declares Emergency Over Ebola in Liberia

In continuation of the Ebola fight in Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has declared a State of Emergency, effective Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

The President’s latest pronouncement is in addition to several measures already announced here, including closure of borders as well as formation of a National Taskforce chaired by her to contain the Ebola Virus Disease, which has killed nearly 300 persons, including doctors, nurses, and government official and ordinary citizens.

The government has also announced an initial contribution of US$500 million towards the Ebola eradication campaign. Article 86 (a) of the Constitution of Liberia gives the President the power to make such declaration in the face of danger over the State.

Article 86 (a) sates: “The President may, in consultation with the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, proclaim and declare and the existence of a state of emergency in the Republic or any part thereof.

Acting pursuant thereto, the President may suspend or affect certain rights, freedoms and guarantees contained in this Constitution and exercise such other emergency powers as may be necessary and appropriate to take care of the emergency, subject, however, to the limitations contained in this Chapter.”

The second paragraph of the article 86 (b) says a state of emergency may be declared only where there is a threat or outbreak of war or where there is civil unrest affecting the existence, security or well-being of the Republic amounting to a clear and present danger. President Sirleaf had described the Ebola outbreak in the country as a national health crisis that demands the attention of the government and the entire Republic.


– The New Dawn

La communauté internationale salue la mise en place d’un nouveau parlement

La France, les États-Unis, l’Italie, l’Allemagne et le Royaume Uni ont félicité les membres de la nouvelle chambre des députés libyenne à l’occasion des travaux de leur réunion tenue le 4 août à Tobrouk, dans l’est du pays, et de l’élection dans la soirée du président du parlement issu des élections du 25 juin.

Cette session constitue une avancée importante sur la voie qui permettra de relancer la transition démocratique dans ce pays et de rétablir la légalité et l’ordre public.

« Nous saluons la détermination du peuple libyen à faire en sorte que la gouvernance démocratique et la primauté du droit constituent le fondement de l’avenir de son pays, comme l’ont montré la tenue récente des élections législatives et leur succès. Nous nous félicitons des efforts menés par l’Assemblée constituante et encourageons cette dernière à poursuivre ses travaux en vue d’élaborer un texte qui consacrera et protégera les droits de tous les Libyens », indique un communiqué conjoint.

« La communauté internationale se tient fermement aux côtés du peuple libyen, soutient les institutions démocratiquement élues de ce pays et continuera à être un partenaire de la Libye jusqu’à ce que les espoirs et les aspirations du peuple libyen se réalisent », ajoute le texte.

Par ailleurs, ils ont condamné fermement la persistance des violences dans ce pays, notamment à Tripoli et à Benghazi, qui met en péril la poursuite d’une transition pacifique et affecte gravement la vie du peuple libyen. Sur ce, ils ont appellé toutes les parties à adopter un cessez-le-feu immédiat, à engager un dialogue politique pacifique avec le soutien des Nations unies et à reconnaître l’autorité des représentants élus du peuple libyen afin d’édifier « un pays prospère et stable pour tous les Libyens ».

Rappelons que les élus islamistes et leurs alliés de la ville de Misrata ont boycotté la cérémonie de Tobrouk, la qualifiant d’anticonstitutionnelle. Ils estiment que c’était au président du Congrès général national (le Parlement sortant, dominé par les islamistes), Nouri Abou Sahmein, de convoquer cette réunion.

Lors d’une rencontre à la Maison Blanche, Susan Rice, conseillère à la sécurité nationale du président Barack Obama, et le Premier ministre libyen Abdallah al-Theni ont souligné l’importance d’un cessez-le-feu immédiat dans la capitale. Ils ont appelé « tous les partenaires » de la Libye à « user de leur influence vis-à-vis des différentes factions libyennes pour mettre fin aux combats dès que possible ».

Depuis la chute du régime de Mouammar Kadhafi en 2011, les autorités ne parviennent pas à contrôler les dizaines de groupes armés composés d’ex-rebelles qui font la loi en l’absence d’une armée et d’une police bien structurées et entraînées.

Désormais, les espoirs se portent vers le nouveau Parlement, qui aura pour lourde charge de rétablir l’ordre et l’autorité de l’État.


Yvette Reine Nzaba