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Gloria Boateng -Mein steiniger Weg zum Erfolg

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Die facettenreiche Lebens- und Bildungsgeschichte der mehrfach ausgezeichneten SchlauFox-Gründungsinitiatorin Gloria Boateng. In arme Verhältnisse wird Gloria Boateng 1979 als Ama Boaduwaa in einem Dorf in Ghana geboren. Als 10-Jährige dann der Kulturschock ihres Lebens: Der Umzug 1989 nach Hamburg.

Ihre Mutter wird kurz danach abgeschoben. Der geliebte Großvater stirbt. Ohne jede familiäre Unterstützung muss sie nun allein zurechtkommen. Ihre wichtigste Stütze wird sie selbst. Dank Schulbildung und Lernen als Überlebensmotor kämpft sie sich durch alle Lebenskrisen, rassistische Angriffe inklusive. Aufstieg durch Bildung prägt ihr gesamtes Leben. Auf die Hauptschulempfehlung folgt mit eisener Disziplin Jahre später das Staatsexamen.

Zusammen mit anderen Studierenden gründet Gloria Boateng 2008 den gemeinnützigen Verein SchlauFox. Er hilft benachteiligten Kindern und Jugendlichen durch vielfältige Programme bei ihrem schwierigen Start ins Leben. Ihre Botschaft an junge Menschen lautet: Gib dich niemals auf und lerne so viel du kannst! Denn: „Was du im Kopf hast, kann dir keiner mehr nehmen.“

Die Autorin:
Gloria Boateng wurde 1979 in Ghana geboren und zog im Alter von zehn Jahren nach Hamburg, wo sie kurz darauf mehrere Jahre in einer Pflegefamilie lebte. Trotz vieler Hindernisse erreichte sie dank ihres unerschütterlichen Optimismus‘ und dem Glauben an eine bessere Zukunft ihre Ziele. Nach einer Ausbildung zur Fremdsprachenkorrespondentin und einer Begabtenförderung krönte dann das Staatsexamen ihren beschwerlichen Bildungsweg.

Mit ihrem mehrfach ausgezeichneten Verein SchlauFox e.V. gibt die Lehrerin heute die Unterstützung, für die sie selbst oft hart kämpfen musste, an andere benachteiligte Kinder weiter. Das fast 200-köpfige SchlauFox-Team engagiert sich in 6 großen Programmen und verhilft u.a. sozial benachteiligten Jugendlichen zum Schulabschluss.

Für ihr Engagement wurde sie 2011 von der Bundesregierung mit der Integrationsmedaille und 2016 mit dem Award GOLDENE BILD der FRAU ausgezeichnet. Sie war u.a. Gast in der NDR Talkshow.

Gloria Boateng ist Mutter einer 19-jährigen Tochter und ausgebildete Fitnesstrainerin und Personal Food Coach. Von ihrer Stelle als Lehrerin an einer Stadtteilschule in Hamburg ist die Autorin derzeit freigestellt – momentan ist sie selbst Pflegemutter eines kleinen Mädchens.

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Farbenfrohe Kleidungsstücke, afrikanische Muster und Stoffe gab es am Sonnabend, 7. September, im Gemeindesaal St. Michael in Göttingen. Anlass war die fünfte Auflage des Göttinger African Fashion Day. Fünf in Deutschland lebende afrikanische Modedesigner präsentierten die Neuigkeiten und Trends aus ihren Kollektionen.

Auf dem Laufsteg präsentierte das nigerianische Modelabel Fhibbs Signature klassische Schnitte in elegantem und schickem Design. Ihre Mode beschreibt die Designerin als afrozentrisch. Diese sei der modernen Frau gewidmet und verbinde afrikanische Kultur mit Kreativität.

Die senegalesischen Modedesigner Papa Design und Roubs Style zeigten eine Mischung aus alltagstauglichen und gewagten Modestücken. Kleidungen aus Zimbabwe konnten die Gäste auch bestaunen als die Modeschöpferin Jacqueline Mahaja ihre Shaina Kollektion zeigte - Glitzernd, schlicht, elegant, alles war dabei.

Festlich wurde es als die Hochzeitskleider der gebürtigen Kamerunerin Nadi-Style auf dem Laufsteg schwebten- eine besondere Mode für den schönsten Tag. Hinreißende Brautkleider, klassisch geschnitten und verziert mit afrikanischen Akzenten.

Neben der Modenschau wurden einen Live Auftritt der Band Eyala, ein Geigenduett der Geschwistern Nathan und Isis sowie eine Hair Show von der Hair Academy München angeboten.

Afrika aus einer anderen Perspektive zeigen, einen Beitrag zur Völkerannäherung, das Know-How von afrikanischen Designern fördern, das haben sich Nina Kenne und Gilles Tchagou, Gründer der Initiative Africa Can Do als Ziele gesetzt. Dass afrikanische Stoffe und Muster zur Normalität werden können, erhoffen sich die Projektinitiatoren durch den African Fashion Day Göttingen. Die Veranstaltung wird bereits zum dritten Mal in Kooperation mit der khg angeboten.

Afrika hautnah erleben, konnten die Gäste, wie der begeisterte Applaus es am Ende zeigte.

H.E. Gina Ama Blay, Ghana's Ambassador to Germany

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Speech by Her Excellency, Ama Gina Blay,  Ambassador of Ghana to the Federal Republic of Germany at AYEA in Hamburg.
It gives me great pleasure to join you this evening for this year’s African Youth Education Awards. This being my first participation, permit me to express a warm appreciation to the organisers -TopAfric- for the invitation extended to me to be the Special Guest of Honour.

I wish to further commend the organisers for their tireless efforts and resourcefulness in sustaining this laudable initiative, for the past eight years. It is worth noting that this event has grown in stature over the years and has hence assumed prominence on the calendar of the African Diaspora in Hamburg. I also recognise, with delight, the motivation the event continues to engender among the youth particularly within the African Diaspora communities to strive for greater heights and excellence in the field of education.

To this year’s award winners, I congratulate you for your hard work and outstanding accomplishments which qualified you to merit these honours. I hope you will not rest on your oars, but continue to shine and serve as role models in your communities.

Let me also acknowledge parents, family members, and teachers of the awardees. Your selfless support and collective efforts have contributed to what they have achieved so far. You are very much part of their success stories and you should be proud of such great achievements.

Distinguished guests,

The UN Population Fund Projections of the world population growth indicate that by the year 2050, approximately 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population and more than half of that growth will occur in Africa. In other words, Africa will account for the highest population spurt and will be home to about 1 billion youth by that time.

In that respect, building the educational capacity of the youth in Africa is key for the economic transformation of the continent because, our commitment to nurturing the expertise and skills of the youth today will determine the sustainable development of the continent tomorrow. 

It is against this background that various governments on the continent have made education the cornerstone of their development agenda. In Ghana, the Government under the leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has embarked upon a Free Senior High School Policy which took effect from September 2017. Through that initiative, the intake of Senior High Schools in Ghana for the year 2018/19 academic year shot up by 180,000. The idea is to ensure that every Ghanaian youth, irrespective of the economic status, is given the opportunity to acquire at least high school education in order to contribute positively to national development. 

Ghana is also taking technical and vocational education very seriously.  There are ongoing reforms to raise the standard of Ghana’s technical and vocational training institutions to give young people the opportunity to acquire relevant skills to make them employable. We believe this will go a long way to reduce the number of unemployed youth and hence stem the tide of illegal migration from our country.

In that regard, I wish to thank the Federal Government for its immense support which includes making Ghana one of the 11 African countries that it has a G20 Compact with.   To this end, the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this week, successfully concluded a €85 million support for 2019/20 with Ghana for assistance in economic development, agriculture and good governance.

In furtherance of Ghana government’s policy to create more job opportunities it has announced that financial clearance has been given for 145,000 jobs, while 18 new factories have been accredited under the Akufo-Addo flagship policy of 1 district, 1 factory (1D1F). These are part of the strategies to revive the Ghanaian economy to attract the youth home, and ab road to contribute their quota to the development of our country and Africa.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me use this occasion to advise parents within the African communities here in Hamburg and throughout Germany to invest more time and resources in your children’s education. I recognise the challenges you face in having to juggle between work and shouldering parental responsibilities. It is however important to appreciate that devoting more time to support your children’s education and their general welfare brings immense benefits to the family and society as a whole.

On the other hand, failing to pay attention to your children’s education and not giving them the support they require to make them productive in adult life, has unpleasant consequences for you parents in your old age.  Thank you for your kind attention and wish you all an enjoyable evening.  

Aminata Touré - GRÜNE JUGEND SH gruene-jugend-sh_de

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Das Kieler Landtagspräsidium hat ein neues Gesicht: Die Grünen-Politikerin Aminata Touré ist am Mittwoch in geheimer Abstimmung zur neuen stellvertretenden Landtagspräsidentin gewählt worden. Sie erhielt 46 von 69 gültigen Stimmen. Es gab 15 Nein-Stimmen und acht Enthaltungen. Die 26-Jährige Politikwissenschaftlerin ersetzt Rasmus Andresen (Grüne), der ins Europäische Parlament gewählt worden war. Damit ist zum ersten Mal eine junge Frau Vize-Landtagspräsidentin in Kiel - Touré ist die zweitjüngste Abgeordnete im Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landtag. Als Abgeordneter rückte Joschka Knuth nach, der zwischenzeitlich Pressesprecher im Umweltministerium war.

Vertrauensbeweis: "Voll erleichtert und voll froh"

Ministerpräsident Daniel Günther (CDU) wandte sich mit den Worten "ein schöner Tag heute" an die Familie, die die Wahl auf der Tribüne verfolgt hatte. Touré sagte nach ihrer Wahl, sie sei "voll erleichtert und voll froh" über den Vertrauensbeweis. Sie wolle in ihrer Sitzungsleitung klar sein und Debatten nicht vorschnell unterbrechen. "Meine Rolle als Vizepräsidentin werde ich unparteiisch, sehr klar und demokratisch ausführen. Als Abgeordnete werde ich weiter arbeiten, wie ich es bisher gemacht habe: die Dinge klar ansprechen und kritisieren", kündigte Touré an.

Selbstbewusst und rhetorisch sicher

Aminata Touré hatte sich auf diesen Tag gut vorbereitet: Im Vorfeld las sie die Geschäftsordnung des Landtages und traf sich mit Landtagspräsident Klaus Schlie (CDU). Die 26-Jährige hofft, dass es ihr gelingt, auch in lauten und hektischen Situationen während der Landtagsitzungen den Überblick zu behalten und gegebenenfalls für Ruhe zu sorgen. Touré bezeichnet sich selbst als Herzblutparlamentarierin. Deswegen sei es toll, dass sie das Parlament nach außen vertreten dürfe, sagte sie vor der Wahl. SPD-Fraktionschef Ralf Stegner bescheinigte ihr vor Monaten: "Sie ficht auch mal eine harte Klinge." In der kurzen Zeit hat sie sich besonders in der Flüchtlings- und Integrationspolitik einen Namen gemacht, tritt selbstbewusst und rhetorisch sicher im Parlament auf.

Touré ist in Neumünster geboren und aufgewachsen. Ihre Eltern waren 1991 aus dem westafrikanischen Mali geflüchtet. In Kiel studierte sie Politikwissenschaften und Französische Philologie an der Christian-Albrechts-Universität. Vor zwei Jahren wurde sie in den Landtag gewählt.

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H.E. Mr. Paul King Aryene; Former Ambassador of Ghana to Germany @AYEA 2011

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Article retrieved from our archives, first published in November 2011
The first ever African Youth Education and Excellent service Award was organized in Hamburg over the weekend, 29th October 2011 at the Albert-Schaefer-Saal,Adolfplatz 1, a city square located at the heart of Hamburg and the venue which was one of the prestigious auditorium usually reserved for the use of political conferences by the German elites. This old Fort is commonly known as the “Handelskammer” which is the Chamber of Commerce (of course the premises shares the same arena with Hamburg parliament house)

Most black African Community in Europe, precisely Germany is noted for their usual characteristics of merry making whenever they meet at social gatherings. On the Contrary the event over the weekend has proved such perceptions wrong as sizable number of black Africans mingled with their White German counterparts to climax the long awaited African Education award, a program aimed at promoting integration and the value for education in the society.

Excellent Service Award was however, exclusively designed to be featured in the program for the recognition of individuals who delivered outstanding services to uplift the image of TopAfric Media.

It was aimed at giving further motivation to other colleagues to provide selfless and excellent services to mankind in the society.

At about 19.45 GMT, Prince Owusu Sekyere, a prize winner and a tertiary student based in London introduced Mr. Jan Pörksen (SPD); State Deputy Minister for the Office of Employment, Families and social affairs was invited to perform the opening ceremony after which Mr. Dietrich Wersich, CDU- Fraktionchef (Chairman) in the „Hamburgischen Bürgerschaft“(Parliament) was ushered in to deliver his message on the topic „Education is more than learning“

With loud applause from the audience, the master of ceremony (MC) invited His Excellency Paul King Aryene, Ghana Ambassador to Germany to deliver his key note address to the audience.

He spoke on Youth & Education and therefore emphasized on the need for the Africans in the Diaspora to take education seriously and admonished that, education is a tool for empowerment in the society and therefore continued that, "although challenges and obstacles would inevitably emerge but by perseverance and dedication one would surely achieve the required dream".

Ambassador Paul King drew audience attention to one of the quotations of Mr. Kofi Annan, a former Secretary General of United Nations. “No one is born a good citizen, No nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are process that continues to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifetime"

He assured the gathering that his diplomat colleagues would subsequently be involved in strengthening the program, not only by the virtue of their presence but they would rather support logistically and financially. Ambassador Paul King used the platform to strengthen ties by which he explained favorable educational policies and its benefits to the youth as well as the parents/Guardians. "I'm highly impressed and thankful to the event organizers for these great initiatives. I cherish the hope that, this program has come to stay" The Ghanaian Ambassador, who seemed to share the same vision of Martin Luther King however interiated.

Lawyer Iyare Imasi spoke on “The importance of education in a civilized society like Germany”. He said the most important thing today is the ability to read, write and calculate. Children need positive role models. He urged them to have German friends, so as to help them in their integration rather than watching day long African films with their parents and Guardians.

The outspoken Legal expect, Barrister at Law, Lawyer Imasi a Nigerian origin however stated that, he had worked in various establishments as he migrated to Germany. He mentioned such workplaces like, Hotel restaurants, cleaning services, casual house helps and eventually his last full stop was McDonalds Restaurant. From here, he decided to effect a change to improve his life. He lamented, "Here I am, as a practicing Lawyer" and therefore urged all Africans to emulate his efforts.

One of his numerous Clients (a Lady) sitting beside me exclaimed" These are the radical and charismatic type of Lawyers the society needs to fight for the voiceless and the vulnerable"

The highlight of the event was when Lawyer Assignon K. Akakpo, a Togolese citizen called the ten academic students forward.
AYEA 2011
The students lined up as follows: Evelyn Obonyo, Boakye Anna, Prince Owusu Sekyere, Mirjam Michel, Jeffrey Bediako Benjamite, Judith Ogiesoba, Gyamerah Jesse, Adeline Schön, and Redenius Cindy & Erinma Ojigbani.

Their certificates were therefore presented to them by H.E Paul King Aryene and Deputy Minister Jan Pörksen (SPD). This act of award presentation was not performed as a “show off” but rather to portray those recipients as role models, so that the upcoming younger generation of Africans resident in Germany and beyond may learn and emulate their ideals as academia achievers.

Most exciting sight attraction was when the TopAfric Media crew as part of the program was presented with certificates of merit. Those award recipients were as follows: Mensah Dekoprtor, Dameshie Brown,(key producers of Ewe entertaining program on TopAfric Radio)Others were, Mr. Eric Owusu (Program Director)Kwaku Agyenim Boateng(TopAfric Media paparazzi)Samuel Marfo aka Boddy(Presenter of African Safari)Tony Airhenbuwa(Program Presenter) Obaa Serwaa (Presenter of Wings of Love)and Rodney Aboagye (Drive Time Relaxation Program Presenter)

The Nigerian Ambassador Mr. Patrick Okoye joined his colleagues in handling the presentation of the excellent service award certificates.

Jeffrey Akowuah, Adeline Schön, Whitney Akowuah, Emmanuel Gyebi & Ruth Lomboto of Sanctify music entertained the crowd with dramatic musical show.

The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Desmond Beddy who was the brain behind the project did the vote of thanks. "On behalf of management of Topafric and the organizing team we would like to say a very big “Thank you” to all those valued sympathizers, participants, etc whose diverse contributions have made the program successful". He continued, "The organizers would therefore wish to acknowledge the following personalities for their remarkable assistance, Dr. Benjamin Armah of Dr. Armah Biomedical GmbH, Otto Addo (Football Trainer) HSV.

Mr. Beddy further revealed that, a couple of companies and other individuals have already pledged their supports to this Education awareness-fund, come 2012. This was a welcome news as it would relief the financial burdensome of the organizers.

Special honors and gratitude went to the state of Hamburg for the wonderful opportunity offered to achieve this great dream.
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Zum 9 Mal in Folge findet die AYEA in Hamburg statt. Die African Youth Education Awards (AYEA) zeichnen junge Menschen mit afrikanischen Wurzeln für ihre herausragenden Leistungen im Bildungsbereich aus. Durch die AYEA wollen wir Jugendliche, die ihren Bildungsweg noch vor sich haben, motivieren, nachhaltige Zukunftsperspektiven zu finden.

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Ugandans serve as guinea pigs for toxic chemical treatment peddled by a self proclaimed American pastor

“America and Europe have much stricter laws so you are not as free to treat people because it is so controlled by the FDA. That’s why I work in developing countries,” Robert Baldwin of the Global Healing Christian Mission said of his alleged healing outreach in Uganda where thousands of people including infants are being treated with toxic industrial bleach.

52-year-old Baldwin, an American based in New Jersey, poses as a pastor to effectively and extensively peddle this fraudulent treatment also known as “miracle mineral solution/supplement” or MMS as it is popularly called by about 50,000 Ugandans. MMS is, in fact, chlorine dioxide, a powerful chemical made by mixing sodium chlorite and citric acid, often used in the textile industry.

The Guardian reports that Baldwin, who imports bulk shipments of the chemical from China, has trained over a thousand Ugandan pastors on how to administer MMS to their congregation, an activity that often takes place after Sunday service. The 52-year-old gives smartphones to these committed pastors as incentives for helping him spread his ‘miracle cure’ which he claims heals different diseases including malaria, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Baldwin said he set up a church so he could distribute MMS under the radar without drawing the attention of the government or drug companies. “When you draw attention to MMS you run the risk of getting in trouble with the government or drug companies. You have to do it low key. That’s why I set it up through the church,” he told Fiona O’Leary, a campaigner against fake medicine who posed as a journalist to interview him.

MMS has been banned in several countries around the world for use as a medical treatment. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning asking people to stop consuming MMS. Consumers of MMS have turned up with really bad symptoms that can be life-threatening.

Baldwin runs his fraudulent ministry alongside a 25-year-old Briton named Sam Little. Little told the Guardian that he was using his savings to help fund the distribution of MMS in Uganda with a donation of $10,000. He has also invested $30,000 into building an orphanage for about 20 homeless Ugandan children.

Little claims MMS cured a family member of cancer and that made him travel to Africa to conduct more research. A video online shows the 25-year-old conducting a test in a village hospital in Uganda where he was on a mission to prove that malaria could be cured with chlorine dioxide within two hours. Little is also repeating the study on HIV/AIDS patients in Uganda as well.

Like Baldwin, he admitted that such field studies would not be allowed in the UK or US. However, he denied using poor Ugandans as guinea pigs. “It’s not using people as guinea pigs for trials. It’s helping them. We’ve cured loads of people not just for malaria, cancer, HIV, all sorts of things,” he said.

Both the Uganda Ministry of health and the Ugandan ministry of gender and social development, which only recently got wind of the nefarious activities conducted by Baldwin and Little, has begun an investigation into the MMS scandal as well as Little’s planned orphanage. “We are investigating these people’s activities. In the medical profession, you don’t do advertising when you heal people,” a spokesman for the ministry said with regards to Little’s video. An official also stated that they were unaware of any plans for an orphanage.

Source: Ventures Africa

The government of Ghana has reached a final agreement with Ethiopian Airlines that will see to the establishment of a new national airline in Accra, Ghana. The partnership is in line with Ghana’s increasing efforts to revamp its aviation sector, and Ethiopia’s continuous quest to expand its footprints across the continent’s aviation space.

Under the agreement, Ethiopian Airlines will send several Dash 8-400s aircraft to Accra later in 2019. However, Ghana will hold a majority stake of 51 percent in the new airline while Ethiopia will hold a minority stake of 49 percent.

The final agreement was reportedly signed on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the headquarters of Ethiopian Airlines in Addis Ababa by Minister Joseph Kofi Adda, Ghanaian Aviation Minister representing the government of Ghana and Tewolde Gebremariam, Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO. This sealed an initial Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) that was signed between the two entities in December 2018.

The collaboration, which seeks to explore the economic potentials in Ghana’s aviation sector comes nearly one decade after the state-run Ghana International Airlines ceased operations amid poor management and huge debt.

Emphasis is placed on the participation of African countries in the continent’s aviation market, where African airlines hold only about 20 percent market shares. This is mainly because countries like Ghana and Nigeria do not currently have an operational national carrier.

In recent times, however, Ghana has made significant changes at its airports which include a new terminal at Kumasi, and one at Accra’s Kotoka International Airport. There have also been some expansions and development at Take me, Wa and Ho airports.

The proposed state-owned airline in Accra is expected to operate domestic, regional, and international flights. Although, there is no disclosure yet about the name of the airline.

The deal with Ethiopia to relaunch a national airline indicates that the Ghanaian government is looking to position itself in the continent’s growing competitive aviation trend, where non-African airlines now control the highest passenger traffic.

For Ethiopia, the deal is yet another strategic move to expand its presence in the African aviation space, where it currently holds large market shares in state-owned airlines through acquisition. These include a 49 percent stake in Malawian Airlines, Malawi’s national carrier and 45 percent stake Zambia’snational airline.

Until 2004, the government of Ghana held a 60 percent stake in the then state-run airline, Ghana Airways, which subsequently relaunched as Ghana International Airways following mismanagement and huge debt amounting to $160 million. The Ghanaian government retained a 70 percent stake in the new airline, which finally ceased operating in 2010 due to poor management.

It appears that the Ghanaian government has learnt from past mistakes and is now ready for a new national carrier under a better structure. Consequently, after Ethiopia’s 49 percent controlling stake, the government of Ghana intends to retain only about 10 percent stake while the private sector will take the remaining 41 percent.

Source:Ventures Africa

 

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On the last day of Passover a lone gunman opened fire on the congregation at Chabad of Poway’s Synagogue in San Diego, USA.

The attack left three wounded, and one dead. Lori Kaye was murdered after she took a bullet for the Rabbi.

San Diego is the latest in a series of crimes committed in the name of ‘white supremacy’. It occurred just six weeks after the mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand and seven months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. And yet, there is still little talk of what white supremacy is; how it operates; and what it means for our communities.

Furthermore, white supremacy has gone transnational.

The San Diego mosque shooter, like many other white supremacy terrorists, was radicalised through online networks.

And yet, the media and politicians have been reticent to identify white supremacy as a threat. Whilst Muslims are openly viewed as a target group of radicalisation, white people are not. The gunmen are viewed as lone rangers and bad apples. But, this is problematic. We should be taking white supremacists seriously. We should be targeting them with the same level of scrutiny that has been used to deal with Islamic radicalisation. To not treat them seriously puts our communities at risk. This would mean identifying the links between what has been painted as fairly disparate attacks since 2011 – including Charlottesville, Charleston and the Murder of British MP Jo Cox, (the Guardian has created a time-line of these events).

There is a clear pattern, white supremacists see the Other (Jews, Muslims, black people) as an existential threat to the white race. Yet, little solidarity is promoted in the mainstream between these communities. In a time where identifying as Jewish can be so negatively scrutinised because of Israel’s politics, the Left (and by extension anti-racist solidarity networks) do have a hard time seeing anti-semitism.

It is not just disappointing that there is little understanding of anti-semitism, but as we can now see this is also dangerous. To keep our communities safe we need to take the threat that white supremacist fanatics pose seriously. And we need to create stronger networks of solidarity by resisting mainstream media that does a good job of polarising the communities affected by racism.

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Uganda will be selling marijuana to North America and Europe later this year in deals worth $160 million. This comes after the government reached agreements to export the product for medicinal purposes.

Presently, there are orders for the psychoactive drug from at least 20,000 pharmacies in Canada and Germany, a Director at Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd in Uganda, which is in partnership with Israeli firm Together Pharma Ltd, Benjamin Cadet said.

“We signed annual supply contracts with pharmacies in Canada to a tune of $100m and €58m for Germany… the current contracts run for 10 years but along the way, we shall expand to satisfy future demand,” Cadet revealed.

This is not the first time Uganda will be exporting cannabis products. Another external market for Kampala’s raw cannabis flower is South Africa, where the National Analytical Forensic Services made an order worth $10,000 in 2017, according to the Daily Monitor.

A controversial drug with health benefits

Although it is often abused, Marijuana has great potential for healthcare and is used to relieve pain that comes with several illnesses like cancer.

Cadet explained that “People are using morphine, the main component of opium as an analgesic for cancer pain. Opium is an Opioid and more addictive and with side effects yet Cannabinol (CBD) from medical marijuana is the best option for such patients.”  

Despite having scientists and technology to explore the many benefits of medical marijuana, there are no regulations in place to allow cannabis drugs manufactured for domestic consumption in Uganda. Thus, cancer patients in the country are forced to use CBD illegally.

The subject of using medical marijuana has been a quite controversial one in the East African nation, with supporting and opposing parties airing their respective views. Recently, a five-member sub-committee from the Cabinet met to discuss the dangers and benefits of the drug.

More so, there have been applications for licenses to Ugandan Ministry of Health from 14 companies, to get approval for cultivating, extracting and exporting of the cannabis plant for medical purposes.

Proponents of its use hinge their argument on the fact that its chemicals are used to treat a number of different health conditions – appetite loss, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, eating disorders, among others. While Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni has openly denounced its use, referring to the drug as “satanic.”

Source: Ventures Africa

Rwanda Genocide – The Israeli Connection | Veterans Today | Military Foreign Affairs Policy Journal for Clandestine Services

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Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias.

“Teganya’s trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime.”

Last week a jury in Boston Federal Court convicted Rwandan asylum seeker Jean Leonard Teganya of fraud and perjury for lying on his immigration papers about his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. In other words, yet another racist, chauvinist, Western court convicted yet another African of participating in mass violence that the US and its Western allies engineeredin order to expand their imperial influence in East and Central Africa at the expense of France. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 

In July 1994, Teganya crossed from Rwanda into Congo with millions of other Rwandans, mostly Hutus, who were fleeing the advancing Tutsi army led by General Paul Kagame. Teganya later used a false Zimbabwean passport to enter Canada, where he reunited with his Rwandan girlfriend, married, started a family, and applied for political asylum. Canada repeatedly denied him asylum on the grounds that he had committed crimes during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which he in turn denied. Fearing for his life if deported to Rwanda, he went into hiding in Canada, then illegally crossed the Canadian border into the State of Maine to apply for US political asylum in 2014. His trial became a de facto trial for genocide crime because the prosecution had to prove that he was guilty of that to prove that he had lied on his asylum application.

“There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital.”

In 1994, Teganya was a third-year medical student at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. He testified that when the understaffed hospital was overwhelmed by wounded patients, he volunteered cleaning wounds and administering intravenous fluids in the emergency room. Former teachers and fellow students from both Rwanda and the Rwandan diaspora came to confirm his story and testify to his character, while prosecution witnesses from Rwanda accused him of rape and murder. 

The jurors’ verdict was based wholly on their conclusions about the credibility of witnesses. There is no hard evidence of what happened inside Butare Hospital after General Paul Kagame and his army assassinated the Hutu presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi, then launched their final military offensive to seize power in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. One former medical student and witness for the defense testified that in the ensuing chaos, violence, and social collapse, he and his friends at the university in Butare protected themselves by staying close to one another and concentrating on how they might eat from one day to the next. He said that trucks and jeeps full of soldiers or civilian militias would drive by from time to time, but that he and his friends could never be sure who they were or where they were going.

US broke its promise not to penalize refugees for illegal entry 

The United States and Canada are both signatories to the 1967  Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees , by which they promised not to impose penalties for illegal entry on refugees coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened. The Protocol expanded the rights guaranteed by the 1951  Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees to refugees fleeing because of events that occurred after 1951:

Article 31
REFUGEES UNLAWFULLY IN THE COUNTRY OF REFUGE

“1. The Contracting States shall not impose penalties, on account of their illegal entry or presence, on refugees who, coming directly from a territory where their life or freedom was threatened in the sense of Article 1, enter or are present in their territory without authorization, provided they present themselves without delay to the authorities, and show good cause for their illegal entry or presence.

“2. The Contracting States shall not apply to the movements of such refugees restrictions other than those which are necessary and such restrictions shall only be applied until their status in the country is regularized or they obtain admission into another country. The Contracting States shall allow such refugees a reasonable period and all the necessary facilities to obtain admission into another country.”

Nevertheless, the prosecution built much of its case on the fact that Teganya had entered Canada on a false document and then crossed into the United States illegally. They even asked the defendant on the witness stand why he walked into Congo, which was then Zaire, without a visa, even though he was fleeing Kagame’s army with millions of other refugees. This was all meant to evidence that Teganya was not an honest man, that he had already lied and broken the law to enter Canada and the US, and that it was therefore reasonable to believe that he had lied to gain refugee status.

One jury member told the Boston Globe that he voted to convict primarily because the defendant had used a fake African passport to enter Canada and because he said on the stand that he would do anything not to go back to Rwanda with its current government. 

A priori assumption that only Hutus committed genocide

None of the premises about what actually happened in Rwanda in 1994 were questioned during the trial. As at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda, the court’s a priori assumptions were that Hutu extremists massacred Tutsis from April to July in 1994—which did happen. However, they also assumed that only Hutus had committed crimes, and therefore only Hutus should be prosecuted. 

Sticking to the particulars of what happened at Butare Hospital in the course of a week, the defense did not introduce the body of evidence that the Tutsi army also committed genocide against Hutu people. 

This is not to say that Teganye’s federal public defender erred by sticking to the particulars of the case. Murder is against the law regardless of its political context, so the defense had little choice but to argue the particulars as evidenced by witness testimony. However, Western propaganda about the Rwandan Genocide has been so triumphant that a Rwandan Hutu on trial in the West faces inevitable jury bias. In “Enduring Lies, Rwanda in the Propaganda System 20 Years Later ,” Edward S. Herman and David Peterson wrote that: 

“According to the widely accepted history of the 1994 ‘Rwandan genocide,’ there existed a plan or conspiracy among members of Rwanda’s Hutu majority to exterminate the country’s minority Tutsi population. This plan, the story goes, was hatched some time prior to the April 6, 1994 assassination of Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana, who died when his Falcon 50 jet was shot-down as it approached the airport of the capital city of Kigali. The killers allegedly responsible for this crime were ‘Hutu Power’ extremists in positions of authority at the time. Although Habyarimana was Hutu, the story continues, he was also more moderate and accommodative toward the Tutsi than ‘Hutu Power’ extremists could tolerate; they were therefore forced to physically eliminate him in order to carry out their plan to exterminate the Tutsi. The mass killings of Tutsi and ‘moderate Hutu’ swiftly followed over the next 100 days, with perhaps 800,000 or as many as 1.1 million deaths. The ‘Rwandan genocide’ came to an end only when the armed forces of Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front drove the ‘génocidaires’ from power, and liberated the country.

 “We refer to the above-version of the events that transpired in Rwanda 1994 as the standard model of the Rwandan genocide. And we note, up front, that we believe that this model is a complex of interwoven lies which, when examined closely, unravels in toto. 

“This model is a complex of interwoven lies.”

“Nevertheless, its Truth has been entered into the establishment history books and promulgated within the field of genocide studies, in documentaries, in the official history at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and even proclaimed from on-high by the UN Security Council in April 2014.

 “The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power, with the crucial assistance of a related cadre of intellectual enforcers. The favorite weapons of these enforcers are reciting the institutionalized untruths as gospel while portraying critics of the standard model as ‘genocide deniers,’ dark figures who lurk at the same moral level as child molesters, to be condemned and even outlawed. But we will show that this is not only crude name-calling, it also deflects attention away from those figures who bear the greatest responsibility for the bulk of the killings in Rwanda 1994, and for the even larger-scale killings in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo thereafter.”

Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Source:Black Agenda Report

Oranto Petroleum Limited, in partnership with South Sudan’s Ministry of Petroleum, is set to fund an educational program in the country. The program is geared at improving the educational sector and overall socio-economic development in the war-torn African nation.

The program involves the provision of quality training for 25 teachers and 60,000 children across 30 villages in the Eastern Lakes state and would last for a period of 5 years.

“For South Sudan to reach its true place in Africa, we have to invest in education and great students are the result of great teachers and it is, therefore, essential to empower and support teaching professionals throughout this country,” Minister of Petroleum of the Republic of South Sudan, Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth said.

The educational program organized by Oranto may be targeted at refugees returning to the country, in a bid to support and pave way for more economic advancement and considerable impact for individuals and local communities.

South Sudan has been faced with severe economic challenges including economic instability and poor infrastructure. The country’s educational system for children has deteriorated greatly as a result of conflict and other forms of emergencies, the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) revealed.

Since the outbreak of the deadly civil war in 2013, it has experienced a massive migration of over two million citizens to neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Uganda and the Central African Republic (CAR). Recently, some of the refugees have returned after a peace deal was signed between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his ex-deputy, Riek Machar.

“I am thankful to Oranto Petroleum and implore on other oil companies in the country to do the same”, the Minister added.

In line with Oranto’s policy of significantly engaging local human and material resources in all its activities in South Sudan while promoting the development of social infrastructure, the company also plans to fund the construction of two primary schools in two villages.

Oranto Petroleum Limited is one of Nigeria’s privately owned and managed oil companies. It is involved in oil production and exploration, with over 22 oil and gas license in 12 countries.

 

Source:Ventures Africa

A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

Four years ago a publication was made Ghanaians living in Hamburg, Germany demanding answers from authorities about the rampant death of their countrymen. Years have passed but the toll of such deaths has neither ceased nor decreased. It is clear that death is inevitable but the frequency and circumstance is what is worrying.

It is upon this back drop that a discussion on that topic was held on the health show hosted by Effya on TopAfric radio and was covered by the NDR Das. This could be a huge step to drawing the attention of the right authorities to come to the aid of the Ghanaian community.

Within the public sphere the theory such as doctors intentionally killing their victims is purported to be one of the causes of such deaths.

During the radio discussion the following factors were enumerated to be possibly contributing to such premature death; Irresponsible self medication, unhealthy and sedentary life styles, physical inactivity, under utilisation of the health care system, religious and cultural beliefs and practices, ignorance and lack of information, double and quadruple jobs to cater for families and acquisitions of properties back home, genetics, environment etc. 

Recommendations to counteracting the problem will be to negate the above enumerated possible causes.

 As public Health scientists we see the issue as public health emergency which threatens the human security within the Ghanaian community in Hamburg. An anecdotal evidence of the issue at stake could be true but not enough deal with the problem.

To a achieve the desired result, a holistic approach is needed hence an urgent need for scientific research that encompasses needs assessments , data collection, analysis  and findings to draw and implement a comprehensive public health intervention which is participatory and culturally tailored to mitigate the problem.

The negative impacts of the continuous premature death of Ghanaians cannot be overemphasised. It affects the families and society at large as well as the economy here in Germany and Ghana. For this reason we would like to call on stakeholders to support the worthy course by funding such project. We are looking up to the Ghana Embassy, German Health ministry and other such interested institutions to heed to this call so as to ensure that such premature deaths would be a thing of the past through the implementation of public health interventions.
Ghanaians dying premature in Hamburg!!!

Aileen Ashe (Public Health scientist and language and culture mediator)
Ursula D’Almeida (pharmacist and  Public Health Scientist)

There is hardly anything that contributes to a better mood or offers more fun than one of the most beautiful pastimes in the world. But the importance of a healthy and regular sex life really is often underestimated.

Here are eight good reasons why you should not neglect your sex life. Because this is what happens to your body when you stop having sex:
Why a healthy sex life not only ensures a good mood

1. You get sick more often

If you don’t have sex for a long time, your immune system becomes significantly weaker. Germs then have an easier job of spreading in your body and you can catch a cold or get the flu more easily. So, just by having more sex, you can help keep your herbal remedy teas in the closet!

2. Your stress levels increase

Sex is a great way to reduce your stress levels. Regular sex reduces the amount of stress hormones and makes you feel more relaxed in everyday life. Without this important balance, you could become a ticking time bomb!

3. It’s harder for you to get aroused

It’s hard to believe, but true: If you don’t regularly “practice,” it’s difficult for a lot of people to become aroused. Men can experience problems having erections and it can be harder for women to have an orgasm. So, you have to stay on top of things to make sure the “switch” always remains on.

4. Your dreams change
Some people suddenly notice that they have strange dreams when their sex life is suffering. It can mean that you unexpectedly start dreaming about sex or have orgasms in your sleep.

5. Over time you lose your desire to have sex

If your body notices that you’re having a prolonged dry spell in the sexual sense, the production of sex hormones reduces. You feel less like having sex if you have been abstinent for a while. In addition, your libido will eventually feel different. And this is all due to the fact that your sex hormones are slowly vanishing.

6. You’ll feel more distance between your partner and yourself

When a couple in a relationship only rarely sleep together, their interpersonal distance becomes greater. You may start to have feelings of uncertainty related to your partner and other people will seem more attractive to you.

7. It lowers your feeling of self-worth

It is not surprising that a person’s self-worth is harmed, if that individual does not regularly feel desired. But a lack of sex has been proven to affect a person’s well-being, leading to sadness or depression when sex is absent from their lives. Studies have shown that having sex regularly helps fight depression. It can sometimes even work as well as antidepressants.

8. Your risk of cancer increases

For men, the risk of prostate cancer increases when they don’t have sex for a longer period of time. So it’s not a bad idea for men to “flush out” the pipes. Because then the risk is significantly reduced.

Well, if all this isn’t motivation enough, then I don’t know what is! For all these reasons, it would be almost irresponsible not to make love more regularly, don’t you think?!

Source: hefty.com

This article was first published in 2014! 
The rate at which Ghanaians are dying prematurely in Hamburg -Germany is alarming and it is time authorities begin to ask questions and provide answers. Life expectancy has improved tremendously in Germany over the years.

In 2012 the life expectancy in Germany increased to about 81.00 years. That for women was at 83.30 years and for men 78.60 years. If statistics available to TopAfric is correct, the Ghana community buried over 30 people 2014, burried 46 people in 2016. As at Nov 2018, more than 30 Ghanaians have been burried. The average age was just around 45 years.                                                                   

The irony is that Ghanaians are dying more than all other Black -/Africans in Hamburg put together. Yes the wages of life is death, but when Ghanaians find themselves in a country with better health infrastructures then they should live longer.

Ghanaians in Hamburg are definitely doing something wrong because even in Ghana, where the rate of avoidable death (drinking and driving, bad roads, no road signs, poor medication, bribery at hospitals or unavailability of medical care) is high the folks are living longer.

Life expectancy in Ghana as at 2012 is about 61 years, so why this high rate of death in Germany.Why the community awaits the results from the authorities to guide the people as to what is wrong and what can be done better. The following unscientific assumptions are making the air waves.

There is this weird speculation that the “Alster River” dislikes this black clothing’s of Ghanaians, the people are therefore disregarding the gods of the river. “The gods are not to blame”.

Ghanaians in Hamburg love burials and funerals above everything; they are seen every week organizing funerals of relatives that have passed away far in Ghana. First the “One Week” and then the “Funerals”.

What you love most is what shall kill you!
There are times the cemetery worker asked if a prominent person or a star is dead. One jokingly said this is a confirmation of the high rate of unemployment amongst the Ghana community.

It would be in the interest of the community to discourage all imported funerals and mobilize the people only when one of the inhabitants dies in Hamburg. The traumatic lifestyle; high divorce rate,  inability to cope with the structured German routine, the bureaucracy, the bad eating habits –eating heavy “fufu” at mid nights, disregard for good health, could be a contributing factor...

Husbands and wives building separate mansions through their menial job, to impress family members back home. Unfortunately 90% do not even sleep in these homes before the lucky ones join the colleagues at “Hamburg -Friedhof Ohlsdorf (Kapelle 10) “the biggest cemetery in the World.

One insanity is changing trains and busses on weekends from funerals and parties to another, sadly incorrectly dressed during the winter season. It is time the Ghana Union and opinion leaders stamp their authority, coordinate all social activities, ban one week funerals and imported funerals.

Whilst we all undertake weekly sporting activities, we encourage the Ghana Embassy in Berlin and the Ghana Union in Hamburg to seek from the German authorities the causes of these premature deaths and make public the findings, -names anonymous.

With all things being equal Ghanaians in Germany can live to be 81 years.

God Bless Ghana! 
God Bless Germany
Desmond John Beddy

Obesity is a growing problem within the African/Black community in Germany and Europe at Large.
With foods such as Fufu, Rice, Yam, Plantains as the staple unit, it makes it easy for Africans to gain weight so easily.

Akoto Degross was an obese individual who lived in Hamburg, Germany for a while where he was attending University and it was during this period that he decided to make a drastic change in his obese life by loosing half his body weight.

He had tried numerous times to loose weight but not until he lost his mother did he buckle up and strictly jump into loosing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

In the video below, he discusses different reasons why Africans in the diaspora are over weight. He explained what they are doing wrong and how they can change and live better and healthier lives.

He also stated that the obesity epidemic is primarily rampant among the African Women in the diaspora.

He is an author and certified weight loss expert and runs a program called fat2fitghana (http://fat2fitghana.com/) which helps alot of people loose weight and live a healthier life style.

He has also written 2 books on how to loose weight.


1. 7 Simple steps to losing weight (http://amzn.to/2xcz8Wr)
2. Change what you eat Change how you look 
..Click this link to read it (http://amzn.to/2wKIHc7)

Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs. A United Nations food agency is pushing a new kind of diet for a hungry world. It ranks high in nutritional value and gets good grades for protecting the environment: edible insects.

The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilised food for people, livestock and pets. A new report says two billion people worldwide already supplement their diets with insects. Insects are high in protein and minerals, need far less feed per kilo of mass than cattle do and produce far less greenhouse gas per kilo than pigs.

While most edible insects are gathered in forests, the UN says mechanisation can boost insect-farming production. Currently most insect farming serves niche markets such as China.

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A new discovery could explain why obese people are more likely to develop cancer, scientists say. A type of cell the body uses to destroy cancerous tissue gets clogged by fat and stops working, the team, from Trinity College Dublin, found.

Obesity is the biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, Cancer Research UK says.  And more than one in 20 cancer cases - about 22,800 cases each year in the UK - are caused by excess body weight.  Experts already suspected fat sent signals to the body that could both damage cells, leading to cancer, and increase the number of them.

Now, the Trinity scientists have been able to show, in Nature Immunology journal, how the body's cancer-fighting cells get clogged by fat. And they hope to be able to find drug treatments that could restore these "natural killer" cells' fighting abilities.

'Lose some weight'

Prof Lydia Lynch said: "A compound that can block the fat uptake by natural killer cells might help.  "We tried it in the lab and found it allowed them to kill again.

"But arguably a better way would be to lose some weight - because that is healthier for you anyway." Dr Leo Carlin, from the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, said: "Although we know that obesity increases the risk of 13 different types of cancer, we still don't fully understand the mechanisms underlying the link.

"This study reveals how fat molecules prevent immune cells from properly positioning their tumour-killing machinery, and provides new avenues to investigate treatments. "A lot of research focuses on how tumours grow in order to find metabolic targets to stop them, so this is a reminder that we should consider the metabolism of immune cells too."

A small ten year old Kenyan-German girl in Duisburg is dancing her way to become a European Dance Champion. At her age, Tracy Gathoni has mastered the art of hip hop street dance and is collecting trophies to prove it.
Tracy made her debut in competitive dance in 2012 at the United Dance Organization (UDO) championships in Glasgow-Scotland, and she has never looked back.
After that competition, Tracy’s mother saw her potential and enrolled her in dance classes in Duisburg with renowned trainer, Martina Böhm from TopDance. A course Tracy now attends once a week.
Daughter to a Kenyan lady, Diana Rose Wambui, Tracy has two brothers: 5-year-old Myles and 3-year-old Tyler. The boys have also taken a keen interest in dancing. In fact, Myles recently shared a stage with his sister at the UDO 2016 championships in Gladbeck, coming in at first place. “I had thought that the boys would be more interested in soccer and other sports, but apparently, they are taking after their sister”, Diana Rose says.
The dotting mother of three says that each child has an individual inborn talent that can be nurtured through encouragement and she is determined to support her daughter through it all.
Diana Rose works hard to ensure her daughter gets what she needs for the competitions. She says she would do whatever possible to ensure that her daughter attains her fullest potential in this sport she loves.
Her love for dance and diligence in practice has seen the 10 year-old-girl amass trophies from her spectacular performance. Most of the dances are solo, but she also in a duo with her 11-year-old best friend Aliyah Werner. Some of which are made carved into history on their Facebook page Tracy und Aliyah
Although she loves dancing she confesses to getting nervous before getting on stage. “Sometimes I have no routine at the start of the dance, but once the music begins playing, I gain my ground and dance away”, she explains. She is probably the youngest self-taught upcoming super dance star.
Her prowess on the dance floor has seen her gather about 30 trophies all won in the 1st position. In 2014 and 2015, she performed a solo at the world championships held in Scotland. She has also graced Das SuperTalent a renowned German talent show on RTL. Recently, a video of her performance at the European United Dance Organization-Germany went viral on YouTube.
Through her dancing Tracy has become a household name in NRW and specifically in Duisburg where she lives. The city Mayor (Bürgemeister) knows her personally and invites her to perform at various events.
And before you think dancing is all she does, Tracy recently joined Gymnasium from primary school. Gymnasium only takes the top cream and usually prepares children for an academic profession. The cheeky girl with a beautiful smile on her face says she has a timetable clearly making time for her books and dancing.
Unlike kids her age who would be excited about the fame and limelight, Tracy says she doesn’t flaunt it when she’s in school and rarely tells them what she does over the weekend. She reasons that dancing is her hobby and she would like it separate that from school.
Unlike her schoolmates who might not have an idea who she is in her other life, her brothers have not been spared from seeing her shine and they both believe she’s a star. “They believe Tracy is a star in dancing and no one can convince them otherwise”, Diana Rose beams.
One would have thought that Diana Rose would be applauded for her dedication to make her daughter a dance star, but she has received some backlash with some people accusing her of only focusing on Tracy while she has three children. But to her defence Diana Rose says that the boys are on the track of choosing what activities they love but as soon as they set their sights on something, she’ll be there supporting them. In the meantime, they enjoy emulating their sister, learning new moves and dance styles.
Diana Rose regrets that most Kenyan parents in Germany are so engrossed in work and the daily hustle and do not have time for their children.
“It is important to know what capabilities your child is displaying and support them to achieve their goals” she advices.
Surprisingly, Tracy is not convinced she will end up as a professional dancer, since her last trip to the Museum of Archaeology has convinced her that she would make a great archaeologist.

Source: http://mkenyaujerumani.de/

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