Monday, 29 July 2019
Monday, 29 July 2019 15:40

The HACSA Summit 2019, 400 Years On

The HACSA Summit is the flagship international conference of The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa (HACSA), a non-profit NGO based in Accra, Ghana. The HACSA Summit 2019 will kick off at the prestigious Kempinski Hotel from 5th to 11th August, with a full week of debate, learning, commemoration, celebration, networking and heritage tours under the theme 400 Years On: Legacy, Communities, Innovation.

A successful launch of the event took place in April and was attended by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, The Honourable Barbara Oteng-Gyasi MP and other notable personalities from both public and private sector institutions. The Summit will examine the 400-year legacy of the trans-Atlantic trade in enslaved African people. It aims to link, reunite and reconcile affected communities and share examples of innovation and creative strategies to overcome its persisting negative effects. The HACSA Summit 2019 will coincide with and is endorsed by Ghana’s National ‘Year of Return’, which symbolically marks the 400th anniversary since enslaved Africans arrived in the US and invites the African Diaspora back home. The Summit is organised under the patronage of UNESCO which has a mission to preserve the history and memory of the transatlantic slave trade within the context of the UNESCO Slave Route Project.

The Heritage and Cultural Society of Africa, HACSA is a volunteer-led, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organisation and social enterprise founded by Ambassador Johanna Odonkor Svanikier, Ghana’s former Ambassador to France, Portugal, UNESCO and La Francophonie. HACSA’s mission is to highlight the importance of heritage and culture for sustainable socio-economic development and improved standards of living in Africa. Their work is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets, including promoting gender equality, job creation, economic growth and the preservation of heritage sites. HACSA believes that the continent should take advantage of its rich and diverse cultural resources in its quest for economic development. HACSA’s goals include showcasing Africa excellence in Africa and the diaspora and promoting African-made goods and services.

This event will bring together Heads of State, opinion leaders, practitioners, academics and participants from Africa and the diaspora to have open and meaningful debates about learning from the past for the future development of the continent. An impressive lineup of prominent personalities including several high profile women have confirmed to speak. These include the Vice-President of Liberia,

H.E. Jewel Howard Taylor; Ghana’s First Lady, H.E Rebecca Akufo-Addo; former President of Ghana, H.E John Agyekum Kufour, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Prof. Arthur Mutambara; Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, Ambassador Henri Lopes; Partner and MD of Goldman Sachs, Lisa Opoku; Deputy Mayor of Bordeaux, Pierre de Gaétan Njikam; E-Commerce Pioneer and CEO of, Patrick Byrne; Impact Investor & Board Member of the Africa Centre, Dana Reed.

The Summit will focus on three sub-themes - Legacy, Communities and Innovation. It will be a unique opportunity to bring people together, creating a valuable global network of Africans from the Diaspora including African-Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, Afro-Europeans and those who interested in reconnecting and and exploring Africa’s amazing potential and opportunities.

HACSA has partnered with educational, youth and diaspora organisations such as UNESCO, the University of Ghana, Oxford University Africa Society, Blue Skies College, MEST Africa and Future of Ghana. The event will provide investment, inspiration and opportunities for mentorship by luminaries across different fields and industries from around the world.

The Summit will include panels made up of descendants of the renowned enslaved African-American Venture Smith, descendants of the founder of Barclays Bank and the enslaved African families they liberated, an Innovation, Wall Street Bankers discussing the transformative potential of fin-tech in Africa, a Trade and Investment Expo, an archaeological exhibition of objects salvaged from the Marine Drive construction site by the Department of Archaeology of the University of Ghana, film screenings, a Gala dinner dance showcasing African food, fashion and music and guided tours of key heritage sites in Ghana.

Published in Travel & Tourism
Before “Great”- as if by a universal decision- was dropped as a prefix of “Great Britain,” that country carried its nose in the air all over the place like a supercilious camel. It strutted with the aplomb of a peacock, believing in its invincibility in the comity of nations. This was depicted in, Invasion 1897, a 2014 Nigerian movie produced and directed by Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen, which re-enacted the historical overthrow of Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi.
Trouble started when two men among the British-led party under Acting Consul General James Philips were ambushed and killed by some Benin soldiers. To punish the “natives”, the Benin Expedition of 1897 was raised under Admiral Sir Harry Rawson. It was a battle that gave no quarter! They ravaged the kingdom and sent the Oba to exile. After the conquest, the British soldiers sang with gusto:
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves!
Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
Apart from this song, Britain was regarded as “The Empire on which the sun never sets”. This is because the British Empire was so vast that at any one time there was daylight in one of the territories like New England (now, the United States), India, Australia, Nigeria, Ghana, Canada, Papua New Guinea and others…That was what gave the cigar-smoking, face contorting but charismatic Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill, to say in 1942, : “We mean to hold our own. I have not become the king’s first minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.”
At a point, the Roman empire carried itself with such arrogance before it started suffering disintegration from its Byzantine end. Rome regarded countries around it as nose-picking and anus- scratching primitive people. Thus, it waved off nations like the Huns, Franks, Vandals, Saxons, and Visigoths (Goths), Germania, Britannia, Gaul, Spanniads, Phoenicians, North Africans as Barbarians. As recorded in “The fall of Rome is an example of the domino effect. The domino effect comes from the idea of placing dominoes on their sides, one next to another, and then intentionally knocking the first one in the line over into its neighboring domino. This creates a chain reaction and all of the dominoes fall down, one after another. For the fall of Rome, it was the Huns invading from the east that caused the domino effect, they invaded (pushed into) the Goths, who then invaded (pushed into) the Roman Empire.”
Like the invasion of Rome by the Barbarians, something is happening in Britain. A Nigerian commentator put it this way: “Rule Britannia! The sun never set on the British empire. The chickens have come home to roost! Is this what Trump is trying to preempt? I’ m afraid it is too late – with almost a century of bloody interference in other countries internal affairs.” Beyond the liquidation of the empire by way of independence to the colonial territories in the past, there is a revolution happening inside the belly of the empire right now. The country is run by immigrants who are in charge of four most strategic offices of government: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is the grandson of Osman Ali Kemal (Turkish); First Minister and Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab is the son of Peter Raab (Czech Jewish); Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid is the son of Abdul Ghani-Javid (Pakistani); and Home Secretary, Priti Patel is the daughter of Sushil Patel (Indian).
First, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the grandson of Osman Ali Kemal, Ottoman Turkish, (1867 – 6 November 1922). He was a journalist, newspaper editor, poet and a politician of liberal signature, who, according to some historians, was for some three months Minister of the Interior in the government of Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire.
Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lineage traces back to the Ottoman Interior Minister, Ali Kemal.
Kemal’s father, Haci Ahmet Riza Efendi, was, as historians were quoted in Wikipedia, an Ottoman Turk from the village of Kalfat in Çankiri, whilst his mother was a Circassian, reputedly of slave origin. Kemal was a journalist who traveled widely and took his holidays in other countries. On one of several visits to Switzerland, he met and fell in love with an Anglo-Swiss girl, Winifred Brun, the daughter of Frank Brun by his marriage to Margaret Johnson. They were married in Paddington, London, Middlesex, on 11 September 1903.
Published in World
The Advocates for Rights Leaders Association (ARLA), also known as ‘Believers in Politics’ (BIP), has urged Christians to participate actively in Politics in Nigeria.
Mr Segun Okeowo, National President of the group, who spoke with newsmen during the association’s national conference tagged: “When the Righteous Rule” held in Ilorin on Sunday, said Christians should not see politics as dirty and forbidden.
Okeowo said that righteousness was essential to achieving the country of our dreams.
“When the righteous rule the people rejoice. What we need in this nation is righteousness, which means doing things the right way.
“Nigeria is not poor, nothing is wrong with us except leadership. Once we get leadership right everything in Nigeria will be sorted out.
“So, there is a lot we as Christians can offer in terms of righteousness and good leadership in Nigeria.
“A lot of young people are not politically educated. The understanding of most young people in Nigeria is “chop I chop”.
“That is not what Awolowo, Azikwe and Sardauna stood for, we cannot survive in the nation with the kind of young generation we have.
“If our young people going into politics have “what is on ground” attitude, then Nigeria is doomed”, he said.
“The understanding of many Christians is that when you go into politics, you have joined the devils.
“I have met a lot of politicians, who may not necessarily be Christians but they hold integrity in high esteem”, he said.
Published in World

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said its plan was to put restrictions on sale of forex for the importation of milk from the Nigerian foreign exchange market, rather than placing a ban on the importation of milk.

The apex bank while reacting to news that it planned a ban on the importation of milk, said it lacked such powers, but putting a restriction of forex on the importation would promote local production of milk in the country.

The CBN Director, Corporate Communication Department, Isaac Okorafor, said this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, some interests, who feel hurt by the planned policy to boost local production of milk are misleading the public on social media by misrepresenting the case for investments in local milk production.

He said, “Our focus remains ensuring forex savings, job creation and investments in the local production of milk.

“For over 60 years, Nigerian children and indeed adults have been made to be heavily dependent on milk import.

“The national food security implications of this can easily be imagined, particularly, when it is technically and commercially possible to breed the cows that produce milk in Nigeria.

“About three years ago, we began a policy to encourage backward integration to conserve foreign exchange and create jobs for our people.

“Included in this policy package was the introduction of the highly successful policy, which restricted sale of forex from the Nigerian foreign exchange market for the importation of some 43 items goods that could be produced in Nigeria.

“Arising from the success of the restriction policy, we approached some milk importers, like we did for rice, tomato and starch and asked them to take advantage of CBN’s low-interest loans to begin local milk production instead of relying endlessly on milk imports.

“Today, although there have been some successful attempts at producing milk locally, the vast majority of the importers still treat this national aspiration with imperial contempt,” he explained.

The spokesperson said for the avoidance of doubt, milk importation was not banned as the apex bank had no such power.

He added that CBN would only restrict sale of forex for the importation of milk from the Nigerian foreign exchange market.

“We wish to reiterate that we remain ready and able to provide the needed finance to enable investors who genuinely want to engage in milk production.

“The ongoing resort to blackmail and undue politicisation through the use of social media attacks can only serve to strengthen our resolve to wean our country from the clutches of powerful and highly influential traders and dealers.

“Especially those who have kept the masses of our people hostage to foreign consumption and condemned our youths to perpetual unemployment.

“We call on Nigerians to enlist in this vanguard to take our economy back from vested interests, make our country a productive economy and create jobs for our teeming youths,” he said.

Published in Bank & Finance
Monday, 29 July 2019 08:24

What egg does for libido and fertility

An animal scientist and Managing Director of Rostal Resources Limited, Mr. Taiwo Adeoye, has revealed the capacity of eggs to enhance libido and fertility of man.
Mr. Adeoye, who is also the President of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), said in a recent interview with News men in Lagos that, unknown to Nigerians who shy away from consuming eggs, it is good for everybody, both the old and young.
According to him, the abysmal rate of consumption of eggs, especially in some parts of the country, is due to past misinformation and pervasive ignorance among Nigerians.
He, however, commended the Northerners as the only people in the country who explore the benefits of eggs by consuming it on daily basis.
Taiwo Adeoye, President of Animal Science Association of Nigeria.
“This one many of us are not able to explain. The Northerners consume more eggs than the southerners. Our brothers in the north eat more eggs than the southerners.
“You will see a typical Hausa man take egg with tea. They call it ‘mai tea’ and you see a lot of people coming to them with bread. They eat it with egg.
“Two weeks to every fasting period, you see a lot of movement of eggs because they use it for the Sahur. In Sahur, they will use egg with noodles or bread. Before the advent of noodles, it was bread and tea.
“Now in that route of the north we have the neighbouring countries, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Cameroon. Bulk of our eggs go there. I was talking to somebody recently that without exaggerating 50% of eggs produced across Nigeria go to the neighbouring countries and the North.” Nigerians don’t eat eggs”, he declared.
Explaining further, he said “the problem is just the myth and belief that cholesterol in egg is not good for man. Research has overturned that.
“Let me talk more about it. I’ve been collecting facts, research works since 1989 and I have stock of those papers about cholesterol in the egg. Cholesterol in the egg is good cholesterol.
“Our brain, our body require some amount of cholesterol. Now today even the people that are deceiving us, the people that were saying that egg is not good, they are the ones that are telling us now that it is good. Chicken is good.
“Go and google it, you will see it everywhere now. The benefits of egg are enormous. I have kept telling people, after I got that revelation, that egg is life and I have explained it times without number that everybody has egg in his or her system. Men produce eggs in sperm, women produce eggs in ovum. Every living thing produces egg. Egg is life.
“So when it is like that, you discover that everything about live is contained in the egg for transmission of life to the next generation. God has made it so important that everything about life is contained there. That is while egg has all the nutrients that a man will need to grow well.
“A typical American would eat egg in many forms. What is the quantity of egg that we are eating? Like I said, our culture, our exposure. Someone will prefer a bottle of beer to an egg that will benefit his system.
“Egg is cheaper than ponmo. Yet, rather than eat rice with egg, our people would prefer ponmo”, he lamented.
On the effect of eggs on libido, he said, “egg has been found to produce testosterone which is the sex drive of a man. When you are talking of a man libido, some people will be drinking ‘agbo’ (i.e local herbs mixed with alcohol), they will call it ‘opa eyin’ which is damaging liver. Go to all those mechanic village now, in the evening you see those ladies, putting everything together as concoction and nobody is bothering about what will be the implication of all those things.
“Sorry, don’t let people get me wrong, I believe in herbal products. I’ve told you I grew up in farming community. I know some of those things that we can combine, one, two items that worked, even for me. For instance, I know one cure for dysentery. Take just half a cup of raw pap, it will go. For malaria, just two items of which there is no any incantation.
“So, I believe in herbal products in moderation of it. But, our people overdo certain things. And these are areas that our people must look at. Whereas, look at the sex drive of a man and egg. There are lots of health benefits of egg today which everybody must be aware of.”
According to him, egg is also a perfect option for shedding weight.
“Those, especially ladies, who want to slim, should make egg part of their menu. I mentioned it at a forum that a classmate of mine, a lady, was sick recently. She had deficiency of vitamin B12 and that nearly took her life. She became so weak that she could not walk. Doctors recommended 6 eggs per day for her. Come and see her now within a short time, she came back to life. I have told her any time we are going to promote egg, I want her to come with those pictures.
“So, we have many benefits of egg. Vitamin B12 has enormous benefits to the body. You don’t need to be a scientist or a nutritionist to find out those facts. So egg is very good.” He concluded.
Published in Agriculture

Matshela Energy, which is fronted by South Africa’s power utility Eskom’s former chief executive officer, Engineer Matshela Koko, will invest US$250 million into a solar power plant in Gwanda, with project works set to begin next month.

The company was awarded the licence to set up the power plant by the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) on July 17.

It is envisaged that the project, which will produce 100 megawatts, will become the single largest solar venture in the country and will create up to 1000 jobs.

The solar plant dovetails with the country’s renewed push to promote clean energy sources that are meant to protect the environment and reduce attendant consequences such as climate change.

Engineer Koko told The Sunday Mail that the project can be expected to feed into the national grid within the next 12 months.

“The board of Zera approved the issuance of the electricity generation licence to Matshela Energy for Phase 1. Total approximate investment for licensed generation facility: US$250 million.

“The project will create approximately 1 000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction and operation phases,” he said in e-mailed responses.

Eng Koko said he had assembled a “competent team” of energy experts and investors from different parts of the world to embark on the project.

He said the team will be in Harare next month to begin works.

“Our partners will be on site in August to complete the detailed design for the power plant. We believe our team is competent and second to none and will deliver the project without fail.”

“We anticipate first power 12 months from September 2019. Matshela Energy is fully funding the project through a robust financial structure and is expecting no upfront payment from the people of Zimbabwe.

The only expectation is for the Government of Zimbabwe to honour the power purchase agreement that has been signed.”

Engineer Koko said the company will not receive advance payment from the Government, but will use its own resources instead.

He insisted that despite being linked to corruption allegations at the South African power utility, he had a traceable track record of integrity.

“I have had a very successful career at Eskom spanning over 25 years. I have not been charged or found guilty of any corrupt activities and have no pending criminal charges against him. Mr (Wicknell) Chivayo was paid by the Government of Zimbabwe to build a 100 MW solar PV plant. The Government of Zimbabwe, through Zesa, took the risk for the project (and) Chivayo was paid to execute. However, Matshela Energy carries all the financial construction risk for its project and the Government of Zimbabwe takes no risk in this regard.”

New technology

The solar project, Eng Koko said, will also consist of an advanced battery energy storage system.

He said because renewable energy does not always coincide with electricity demand, surplus power will be directed towards research and imparting skills to university students.

“Matshela Energy has resolved to ringfence US$100 000 per annum for 20 years to put towards research and innovation in the field of advanced energy storage and renewable energy generation. This will be done in partnership with a local university. The university will be selected in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Power Development.”

In a notice published last week, Zera said Matshela Energy’s licence would be valid for 25 years.

“The generation licence is hereby granted to Matshela Energy Private Limited in terms of Section 42 of the Electricity Act to own, operate and maintain the 100 MW solar plant called the Matshela Energy-Gwanda Timber Farm Solar Plant at Gwanda Timber Farm, Gwanda, Matabelaland North province for the purpose of generation and supply of electricity.

“Subject to the Electricity Act and the terms and conditions of the licence, the licensee may supply electricity to any transmission, distribution or supply licensee who purchases electricity for resale and with the approval of the authority to any one or more consumers,” Zera said.


Source: Sunday Mail Zimbabwe

Published in Engineering

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, will go on sale from September in selected markets after the launch was delayed by screen problems earlier this year, the company said.

Samsung is hoping its highly anticipated foldable phone will revive flagging smartphone sales but its rollout has been hampered by defects in samples reported in April, when it was originally due to hit the U.S. market.

The delays cost the South Korean tech giant sales that could have provided a decent bump in revenue during the slow summer season.

Samsung said in a statement it had made improvements to the nearly $2,000 phone and was conducting final tests. Changes included strengthening hinges which early reviewers had found to be problematic.

Analysts said headlines about glitches with sample Folds would dampen consumer excitement around the launch.

“Consumer confidence in Galaxy Fold has significantly deteriorated. If Samsung manages to sell 300,000 devices this year, that can be a decent performance given the delay,” said Kim Young-woo, an analyst at SK Securities.

Samsung said earlier that it planned to make at least 1 million Fold handsets in the first year, versus the total 300 million phones it produces annually on average.

The world’s top smartphone maker has hailed the folding design as the future in a segment that has seen few surprises since Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) groundbreaking iPhone was released in 2007.

Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X, which is expected to go on sale in September.

Samsung is still in talks with mobile carriers around the world to decide on details of the Fold’s sale, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

Published in Telecoms
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