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Talents and Achievements

It is no news that African/black people love to flaunt their talents and achievements, the question is, why shouldn’t we? after all people of color have been through, we deserve a standing ovation for our talents & achievements, past and present.

Despite suffering through the horrific system of slavery, sharecropping, and the Jim Crow era, early African-Americans and Caribbeans made countless contributions to science and technology, This lineage and culture of achievement, though, emerged at least 40,000 years ago in Africa. Unfortunately, few of us are aware of these accomplishments, as the history of Africa, beyond ancient Egypt, is seldom publicized.

Sadly, the vast majority of discussions on the origins of science include only the Greeks, Romans and other whites. But in fact, most of their discoveries came thousands of years after African developments. While the remarkable black civilization in Egypt remains alluring, there were sophistication and impressive inventions throughout ancient sub-Saharan Africa as well. There are just a handful of scholars in this area. The most prolific is the late Ivan Van Sertima, an associate professor at Rutgers University. He once poignantly wrote that “the nerve of the world has been deadened for centuries to the vibrations of African genius”

News, Talents and Achievements

Tiger Woods receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Last month Tiger Woods made what was probably the greatest comeback in golf history, not too long after that, he is receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Donald Trump conferred the highest honor to be received by a civilian on Monday in front of Woods’ children, mother, girlfriend, and caddie, Joe LaCava, and the Rose Garden crowd.


Trump, who has had his time playing with the recent Masters’ champ, said the golfer was a symbol of American Excellence, drive, and devotion. He went ahead to say that Woods had been an inspiration by his personality and all that he had achieved.

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The golfer burst onto the scene in 1996 as a 20-year-old and immediately dominated the scene for over a decade. He began a slow decline due to back and leg injuries before his major downfall in 2009 resulting from an extramarital scandal. This issue led to the dissolution of the marriage and the tarnishing of his once pristine reputation.


From being number 1 in the world, he dropped to 1,199, a fact which Trump said he could never come to terms with. The golfer, however, fought through the storm till he hit the summit again last month at age 43, winning the fifteenth major title of his career, after an 11-year hiatus.

Tiger Woods, who is the fourth golfer to receive the prestigious award, expressed gratitude to all of his family, fans, and friends for being there for him and helping him through his challenging time. He is also grateful for having the opportunity to play the great game of golf again and reaching the very top.

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Talents and Achievements

The 7 richest black women 2019

Once upon a time, wealth was a thing of gender. However, these black women have shown the world that wealth has nothing to do with race or gender. They have made their mark in different sectors like business, entertainment, technology, fashion, etc.

Here is a list of the 7 richest black women in 2019 as released by Forbes.

Isabel Dos Santos

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Isabel is the daughter of the current President of Angola, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos. She is currently worth $3.5 billion. She sits as chairwoman of the biggest oil company in Angola, Sanagol. She also owns the Miami Beach Club which was founded in 1997. She made Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015.

Oprah Winfrey

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The multi-faceted television host and entrepreneur made her fortune from her television show. At some point, she was regarded as the biggest black philanthropist in the history of the United States. She is currently worth above $3 billion.

Folorunsho Alakija

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Alakija, who used to be the financial secretary of FCMB, is into oil and gas, real estate, and fashion. She is the richest woman in Nigerian history to date.

Sheila Crump Johnson

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Sheila is worth over $740 million and sits on the list as the fourth richest black woman in the world. She has stakes in the NBA, WNBA, and NHL. At the same time, she is one of the co-owners of Black Television Entertainment.

Hajia Bola Shagaya

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Her net worth stands at an estimated $630 million. She is a seasoned entrepreneur and has several real estate interests scattered around the US and Europe. She is also into photography, oil, communication, and fashion.

Ngina Kenyatta

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Ngina is the wife to the ex-president of Kenya and she sits as head of several companies in Kenya. She is currently worth an estimated $515 million. She is into agriculture, banking, real estate, and banking.

Beyonce

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Queen B is the most popular female artist across the globe. She is worth above $500 million and she owes her wealth to music, her record label (Parkwood Entertainment), modeling, endorsements, and fashion.

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Beauty, Fashion & Style, Talents and Achievements

Rashod Stanley starts fashion line in prison

Rashod Stanley is a native of Atlanta who has been behind bars since 2016 but is making waves for his fashion design skills. He is definitely making judicious use of all the free time he can get as he is honing his designing skills and gaining lots of publicity for his amazing designs.

Aspiring Fashion Designer Created A Clothing Line Out Of Prison Materials While Incarcerated

He launched his clothing line “The Trenches” while in jail even though he is billed to be released in October this year. Stanley said he had developed a love for fashion right from when he was a little child. He was incarcerated for robbery but he is already making plans to putting his life on track once he is out of jail.

He says he wants everyone to know his story so he can inspire others to actualize their goals and be the best they can be regardless of their current location or position. His followership on social media is growing at an exponential rate and he is already getting loads of patronage even while in prison.

He plans to expand his line and become one of the biggest fashion designers on the planet someday. He also intends to start a non-profit organization that will be a means of giving back to the society. Stanley looks forward to being a public speaker and a mentor to young kids later in life.

To help with the expenses of his online store a GoFundMe has been set up. Checkout more of his designs here.

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Ethiopian Prime Minister adds another peace prize to his cabinet

Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, has received the 2019 Edition Laureate of the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize. This he got because of his initiative at bridging a peaceful agreement between Eritrea and his country. Both countries have had some bad blood between them for a long time.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, pronounced him the winner of the award at the Global Conference of Press World Freedom 2019. The conference started on Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 42-year-old Prime Minister was selected for the award because of his efforts in consolidating democracy and social cohesion in his country.

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The Felix Houphouet-Boigny Prize was established in 1989 as a tribute to President Felix for his action for World Peace. This award honors live persons, active institutions (private/public) who have made laudable contributions to maintaining and safeguarding peace in line with the United Nations Charter and UNESCO’s Constitution.

After his election into office last year, Abiy Ahmed had promised to ensure good governance and fight against the corruption that has eaten deep into the country’s economy. He also proposed to work on ethnic conflicts that have displaced above 2 million people in the country since 2017.

In his quest to fulfill his promises he met with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea and they agreed to peace-restoring diplomatic relations that have been non-existent for almost 20 years. He has also made efforts to reconcile with a lot of rebel groups in the country. Abiy Ahmed was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People 2019 list.

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Talents and Achievements

Waste into wealth, meet the Kenyan turning bones to jewelry

Disposing of waste can be a challenge in most cases this is why it is important to always find a way to recycle. A young man from Kenya, Jack Nyawanga, understood this at an early age and saw an opportunity that could make him the leading handcraft producer in his country.

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He lived in Kibera, Nairobi where people dumped most of their refuse on the streets. Most of this refuse was made up of bones and leftovers and children just played around them, which is very unhealthy. Jack thought of the best way to rid the streets of the smelly bones and produce something useful from them. That thought birthed the idea which has become “Victorious Craft Group” a company registered under the Ministry of Gender and Social Services in Kenya.

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The company is focused on producing handcraft from these bones, the bones are refined into beautiful jewelry. Other products include salad spoons, bowls, hair clips, teaspoons, etc.

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To make something good of the bones, they are first of all collected, cleaned, and dried. After this, they are cut into the required shape and then smoothed using grinding machines. Holes are then drilled in them and they are painted using melted candle wax before undergoing coloring, removal of wax, polishing, and assembling. All of these are the predefined steps which lead to the products being ready for the market.

More than 89 people have been trained by the Group since its establishment in 2006. Most of these people are from Kibera and now run their own businesses, similar to what the Victorious Craft Group does. Currently, the group has a staff strength of 20 individuals and possesses more improved tools and machinery than when it first started.

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Entertainment, Talents and Achievements

Celebrating John Singleton’s legacy with his top movies

A lot of tribute has been pouring out for the trailblazer Hollywood director, producer, and screenwriter. John Singleton passed away at the Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles on Monday, April 29, 201, after been in the intensive care unit of the hospital from suffering a stroke earlier on April 17. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family and close friends. The family thanked the doctors at Cedars-Sinai hospital and also thanked fans, friends, and colleagues for the love and support in a statement released by Deadline. The statement reads thus

“We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want to thank all of John’s favorite fans, friends, and colleagues for all the love and support they showed him during this difficult times”

He became prominent in the ’90s as a unique and fast-rising African-American director after his 1991 debut with ‘Boyz n the Hood’. The movie was greatly criticized and praised. As a young man born in Los Angeles on January 6, 1968, he was the youngest and first black man at that time to be a Movie director.

The movie was set in Crenshaw, Los Angeles and follows the life of 3 young black men dealing with various issues ranging from violence, life crisis, racism to relationship crisis. The movie shows the kind of things that happens in a black community.

This movie earned him 2 academy award nominations, one for Best Original Screenplay and best director. If you love classical movies you must have seen some of his movies, if you have not, make sure to check out John Singleton’s movies. Here is our recommendation for the top 5.

Poetic Justice (1993)

Higher Learning (1995)

Baby Boy

Shaft (2000)

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

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5 famous people from Sierra Leone you should know

Sierra Leone clocked 58 years of gaining independence on April 27. The country used to be a British Colony and after a period of struggle and advocating, it gained independence. We join the Sierra Leoneans to celebrate their independence by bringing you some famous people you didn’t know were from the country.

Idris Elba

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The British actor, DJ, and musician was born in East London to a Sierra Leonean father and Ghanaian mother. He moved to America to find fame and has starred in several A-list movies including Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Wire, and in the newest Fast and Furious movie yet to hit the screen. He has been nominated for many awards and has won a couple. Film lovers have even predicted that he would succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Michaela DePrince

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The American ballet dancer is only 24-years-old but she has achieved a great feat as one of the few black classical ballerinas on the planet. She had lost her parents as a child and had to grow up in a shelter with 26 other children. She was diagnosed with vitiligo which made adults tease her calling her “the devil’s child.” Looking at where she is today and what she has achieved it tells us the only limitations we have are in our minds.

Ishmael Beah

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The author and activist became famous for writing his own memoir which he titled “Long Way Gone.” In this memoir which he released in 2007, he spoke about the death of his parents and siblings to the civil war in Sierra Leone. He was adopted at some point to become a child soldier and was taken by the UNICEF two years later. He was taken to a rehabilitation home located in Freetown.

Franklyn Ajaye

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The actor and stand-up comedian was born 69 years ago in Brooklyn, New York to a Sierra Leonean father and an American mother. He was raised in Los Angeles and dropped out of law school so he could practice stand-up comedy. He was one of the most popular acts in the 1970s and he has acted in several movies. He bagged two Emmy nominations for his work on Politically Incorrect and In Living Color.

Nzinga Christine Blake

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The actress of Sierra Leonean and American origin used to be a host on Current TV. He has worked on several projects on television. Her father used to be the Minister of Information in her home country, Sierra Leone. She has also worked on several youth empowerment programs in Africa especially those focusing on fashion, entertainment, and the arts.

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Meet the Cameroonian Chef Christian Abegan

Africa has produced numerous chefs who have been true to their profession and displayed a high level of professionalism, one of them is Chef Abegan.

The Cameroonian chef, Christian Abegan, was meant to be a lawyer but somehow ended up being a chef. He graduated from the famous culinary school in France, the Le Cordon Bleu. Before he became an Afro-Caribbean cuisine consultant he had worked with several hotels in Africa.

Afterward, he opened his own restaurant, which he called “Chez Abegan” in Cameroon. He also opened a branch called “Le Palanka” located in the French capital, Paris. In 2009 he won the “trophy of excellence for Afro-Caribbean cuisines.” At the time he was the first African to win the award. The next year he won the “grand diploma award” from the Institute of French gastronomy.

One of his major aims is to make African cuisine popular and export it to the rest of the world. Check out some of his famous recipes below.

Chicken “DG” (Banana Chicken)

 

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Ravitoto with pork and coconut cream

 

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Gaou

 

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Abgeli Klanklo

 

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Fermented manioc (cassava) bread

 

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Jamaican doctor claims he has the solution to world hunger

Jamaican doctor, Delroy Brown, is a good father who wouldn’t want to see his kids go to school without having the most important meal of the day. This is why he most times served his own original concoctions made from some of nature’s purest ingredients. They were void of artificial additives and preservatives obtainable in regular breakfast cereals.

According to him, he was taught by his mother to make his own food so he knew he had what it took to beat what was on the market.

A couple of years ago, the Jamaican doctor resident in Brooklyn, started researching into different healthy options focusing on 32 ingredients you would classify as vegan-pleasing. Some of them include moringa, cassava, spelt, lima beans, chia, etc. The result was Dr. Brown’s Green Hill Super Meal, an energy-boosting flour substitute.

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Dr. Brown with his original Super Meal

He then tweaked his sunrise menu selections to create a new feel in his pancakes, bread, and waffles. His children loved them and so did his church members, then the rest of the community. Now the Jamaican doctor wants the rest of the world to taste his food.

He has begun marketing his Super Meal to the rest of the world. The meal can be mixed with milk in places where water is a bit scarce. He has already spread the word fast, speaking to the dignitaries at the last October session of General Assembly of the UN and representatives of the World Food Programme (WFP). He still has plans to speak to UNICEF.

Dr. Brown believes his formula could be the solution to world hunger, especially in areas plagued by natural disasters and conflict. He is currently contributing 1 pound of Super  Meal for every 10 pounds sold as part of his efforts to eradicate hunger.

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Meet the founder of Ethiopia’s first orphanage, Abebech Gobena

The name Abebech Gobena will definitely strike some chords in the heart of Ethiopians. Ethiopia faced what most term to be its worst famine in 1980, thousands died of hunger and thirst. This period saw a devout Christian woman, who was on her way for a pilgrimage in the North-Eastern part of the country go against all odds to begin the oldest orphanage in Ethiopia.

As she traveled, she came across a dead woman with her baby lying in her arms, almost dead as well. Instead of letting the baby be carried away with her mother by the chauffeurs transporting the dead, she picked up the child and took her home to Addis Ababa.

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In just over a year, her whole life had been transformed as she had taken home a total of 21 children. Adding to this she traveled to the countryside with the aim of solving the water problem killing thousands. On her way back she came home with another child, she picked from the arms of her dead father. At this point her family thought she was going crazy, it was so bad her husband gave her the option of picking between the children and her family.

This was not the first time Gobena would show her resilience. As an eleven-year-old girl, she was meant to be married off according to Ethiopian tradition. She ran away from home instead to settle in Addis Ababa. She began working on basic education, got a job, and soon remarried.

Her foundation, AGOHELMA, has done more than just raise children in orphanages, it has provided HIV/AIDS sensitization and prevention activities, formal and informal education, women empowerment, etc. Over 150 orphans are being cared for at the orphanage and more than 1.5 million people have benefited in one way or another from what Gobena has done over the years.

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