Saturday, 9 September 2017

US Country Music Singers Don Williams And Troy Gentry Are Dead

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US country music singer Don Williams - who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style - has died aged 78 after a short illness.

Williams began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. His songs such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Williams was known as the gentle giant of country music.
Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday in a helicopter crash.

Williams' other hits included You're My Best Friend, I Believe in You and Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The news of the death of 50-year-old Troy Gentry has shocked country music fans and artists.

"It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey," a statement of the band's website said.
The helicopter's pilot also died in the incident, but the reasons for the crash remain unclear.

Meet Fena Gitu; Kenya Most Sought After Female Artist + Talks About Music Career

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Fena Gitu is one of the most sought-after Kenyan femcees this year. In a recent chat with Pulse, she admits that she did not reach where she is out of the blues, having been in the industry for almost a decade now.

With the growth of her brand as an artiste, she has been recognised by other brands, being chosen as a brand ambassador and influencer
Winning this year for me has been a little bit of both luck and planning. I have been in the industry for a while, I took some time out to figure my next moves then things started falling in place. It was gradual as well as intentional growth,” she tells Pulse.

In 2008, she won a singing competition, the Fête de la Musique at Alliance Française, Nairobi. This marked the starting of her career. The urban soul singer and rapper was influenced by the songs she mostly listened to growing up fusing them up to come up with her unique style of urban soul.
Fena Performs With Nigerian Act Olamide at Coke Studio Africa Season 2

Starting out in 2009 when she recorded her first song Donk then later did Fenamenal Woman which broke her into the industry.

Click Here To Read Her Full Interview On KTN Kenya

The Biggest Evacuation In US History: Over 5.6Million People Ordered To Evacuate Florida

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The devastating Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in southern Florida by early Sunday morning as Miami is expected to bear the brunt of Irma, a Category 4 storm, which is clocking 160mph winds or stronger.

An estimated 5.6million people have been ordered to evacuate Florida and Georgia ahead of the deadly storm. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said residents under evacuation in southern coastal areas need to leave by midnight. Since the evacuation orders were issued, there has been extremely heavy traffic on all northbound highways.
 
The storm has the potential to do $125billion worth of damage when it strikes Miami - and possibly much more. Irma has caused devastation in the Caribbean, killing at least 24, leveling entire islands and destroying homes
Extensive damage has been reported on Barbuda and St Martin, with over 90 per cent of buildings wrecked.

The storm is currently battering Cuba as the outer bands of the storm reached south Florida on Friday night.

-Dailymail

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

African Star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Best FIFA Men's Player 24-Man Shortlist

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The world football body (FIFA) has unveiled a 24-man shortlist on Thursday for the ‘Best FIFA Men’s Player’ ahead of the annual gala that will take place on the 23rd of October in London.

The List which features Aubameyang, the winner of CAF's African Footballer of the Year award in 2015 while becoming the first Gabonese player to win the award.  In December 2016, he was named by The Guardian as the eighth-best footballer in the world.

He is the son of former Gabonese captain Pierre Aubameyang.

Many Foreign Starsas usual make the list with likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Harry Kane been among those on the list alongside the regulars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Real Madrid striker, Cristiano Ronaldo took home the last prize after his 2015/16 season for club and country and remains the favourite for this year’s trophy after La Liga and Champions League honours in 2016/17

Checkout the full list below..
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB – Borussia Dortmund)
Leonardo Bonucci (ITA – Juventus/AC Milan)
Gianluigi Buffon (ITA – Juventus)
Daniel Carvajal (ESP – Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR – Real Madrid)
Paulo Dybala (ARG – Juventus)
Antoine Griezmann (FRA – Atletico Madrid)
Eden Hazard (BEL – Chelsea)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE – Manchester United)
Andres Iniesta (ESP – Barcelona)
Harry Kane (ENG – Tottenham Hotspur)
N’Golo Kante (FRA – Chelsea)
Toni Kroos (GER – Real Madrid)
Robert Lewandowski (POL – Bayern Munich)
Marcelo (BRA – Real Madrid)
Lionel Messi (ARG – Barcelona)
Luka Modric (CRO – Real Madrid)
Keylor Navas (COS – Real Madrid)
Manuel Neuer (GER – Bayern Munich)
Neymar (BRA – Barcelona/PSG)
Sergio Ramos (ESP – Real Madrid)
Alexis Sanchez (CHI – Arsenal)
Luis Suarez (URU – Barcelona)
Arturo Vidal (CHI – Bayern Munich)

#SaveTheChildren:73,000 Kenya Children At Risk Of Dying Due To Malnutrition

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Children pose for a photo in Marsabit, one of the most severe drought regions in Kenya.
Almost 73,000 children in Kenya are severely malnourished and at risk of dying from hunger because of a severe drought, a group of aid organizations said Monday.
The worst-affected area was the north-western region of Turkana South, where 12 % of children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute malnutrition, according to nutrition assessments conducted by county health departments in cooperation with the United Nations children's fund Unicef, Save the Children and various other international aid groups.

Nearly 40,000 pregnant and nursing women across the East African nation are malnourished - a 20-per-cent increase from last year - according to the assessment.
"The drought has left tens of thousands of children and families ... in a life-threatening situation," said Save the Children interim country director Francis Woods.
"Families in some of the hardest-hit areas have been pushed to the brink with the loss of their livestock, which they depend on for their livelihood, food and milk," Woods added.
"Many of them are now barely surviving on just a meal a day. Many mothers can no longer breastfeed their babies because they are too starved to produce enough milk," said Woods.
Kenya's food security has deteriorated since the end of 2016 due to a severe drought affecting half of the country's 47 counties, according to the UN.
Survey reveals that nearly 40,000 pregnant and nursing women across Kenya are malnourished— a 20% increase from last year—leaving their and their children’s lives hanging in the balance.
According to UNICEF more than 1 million children are affected by severe drought in Kenya. UNICEF said more than 100,000 children under 5 are in need of treatment for severe malnutrition while another 174,000 children are out of school as a direct result of the drought. 

Tourism: What To Know About The Iconic African Tree "Baobab Tree" #MakeBaobabFamous

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The majestic baobab tree is an icon of the African continent and lies at the heart of many traditional African remedies and folklore

The tree who is often reffered to as "African Icon Tree of Life" grows in 32 African countries. They can live for up to 5,000 years, reach up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference. Baobab trees can provide shelter, food and water for animals and humans, which is why many savannah communities have made their homes near Baobab trees.

The Baobab trees draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region of Madagascar. It has been a center of local conservation efforts, and was granted temporary protected status in July 2007 by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forests, the first step toward making it Madagascar's first . (Wikipedia)
Baobab trees, up to 800 years old, known locally as renala (Malagasy for "mother of the forest"), are a legacy of the dense tropical forests that once thrived on Madagascar. The trees did not originally tower in isolation over the sere landscape of scrub but stood in dense forest. Over the years, as the country's population grew, the forests were cleared for agriculture, leaving only the baobab trees, which the locals preserved as much in respect as for their value as a food source and building material.

The Healthy And Economic Benefits To Mankind.
Out of the few people that know of the tree, not of them know that it has a fruit - and even less know that this fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
In fact, every part of the baobab tree is valuable - the bark can be turned into rope and clothing, the seeds can be used to make cosmetic oils, the leaves are edible, the trunks can store water and the fruit pulp is extraordinarily rich in nutrients. Women in Africa have turned to the baobab fruit as a natural source of health and beauty for centuries.

Baobab powder is an extremely rich source of vitamin C. It is almost 50% fibre and has the highest antioxidant content of any fruit. The benefits of baobab include:

Energy release
Immune function
Digestive health
Healthy, younger-looking skin

Baobab trees grow in some of the driest, remotest and poorest parts of rural Africa. There is no such thing as a baobab plantation; every tree is community or family owned and wild-harvested.
An estimated 10 million households can provide baobab from the existing crop, that is so abundant it mainly goes to waste. National Geographic estimate that a global demand for baobab could be worth a billion dollars to rural Africa every year.

According to Aduna, 95% of world population have never heard of it. So in support with them, i think a mission to change this must be embarked on as African heritage must be appraised. The mission is to create demand for under-utilised natural products from small producers in rural Africa - starting with baobab.
A campaign to #MakeBaobabFamous and turn the inspiring possibility of baobab for rural Africa into a reality.

- Aduna.com

Monday, 21 August 2017

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari Backs In Country + Set To Resume Office

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari had a short briefing with Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at his home office after VP returned from NBA conference in Lagos. The president who has been away from his country for 103 days for medical treatment at UK Hospital recently returned and gave his speech which was prerecorded at his home office as advised medically.
Photo Credit: Sahara Reporters

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Africans Shines At The IAAF World Championships In London + List Of Honours

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Athletes from the African continent together won 28 medals at the IAAF World Championships which ended August 13 in London, putting Africa just behind the USA at 30 medals... Kenya (11 medals) and South Africa (6 medals) came in second and third place overall, with Ethiopia in 7th with 5 medals, just a nudge behind the host country UK. Congratulations to all.

Congratulations to the African team for representing us in a great way! I wish African governments can invest more in sports and lead Africa to the top.



My Thought,
When you compare what big wealthy countries like the US, UK, China, and Germany spend on their athletes, it is truly remarkable what Africa is achieving.
At the last IAAF tournament Kenya was actually the top country in medals, even ahead of the USA.
Well, i think once African governments, and entrepreneurs (like myself) begin to really invest in sport you are going to see total dominance from Team Africa.

Caster Semenya Wins The 800m At The IAAF World Championship 2017 Almau Ayana Wins the 10,000m At The IAAF World Championship 2017 Helen Obiri Wins The 5000m At IAAF World Championship 2017 #Lets get behind #TeamAfrica! #XclusiveAfrica


Gold Winners
Male:
1. Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa) - 400m Track
2. Elijah Manangori (Kenya) - 1500m Track
3. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) - 5000m Track
4. Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) - Marathon
5. Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya) - 3000 Steeplechase

Women

1. Caster Semenya (South Africa) - 800m
2. Faith Kipyegon (Kenya) - 1500m
3. Helen Obiri (Kenya) - 5000m
4. Almay Ayama (Ethiopia) - 10,000m

Field
1. Luvo Manyonga (South Africa) - Long Jump

Silver Winners
Male
1. Wayde Van Niekerk (South Africa) - 200m Track
2. Timothy Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 1500m
3. Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) - 10,000m
4. Tamirat Tola (Ethiopia) - Marathon
5. Soufiane Bakali (Morocco) - 3000 Steeplechase

Women
1. Marie Josee Talou (Ivory Coast) - 100m
2. Marie Josee Talou (Ivory Coast) - 200m
3. Almau Ayama (Ethiopia) - 5000m
4. Tirunesh Dibaba (Kenya)- 10,000
5. Edna Kiplegat ( Kenya) - Marathon

Bronze Winners
Male
1. Kipyegon Bett ( Kenya) - 800m
2. Paul Tanun (Kenya) - 10,000m
3. Alphonce Simby (Tanzania) - Marathon

Women
1. Caster Semenya (South Africa) - 1500m
2. Agnes Jebet Tirop ( Kenya) - 10,000m
3. Hyvin Jepkemoi (Kenya) - 3000 Steeplechase

Field
1. Rushwahl Samani ( South Africa) - Long Jump


Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Americans Protest Due To Trump's Response To Fatal White Nationalist Rally.

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Thousands of protesters crowded the streets around Trump Tower. The protest follows a series of rallies across New York City and the country due to President Donald Trump's response to the fatal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, violence - on many sides," Trump said in Bedminster, New Jersey, in brief remarks before signing legislation extending a programme allowing veterans to receive private health care.
"We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history - together."

Even as Trump called on the nation to unite, many faulted the president - and his reference to "many sides" - for not strongly coming out against the type of far-right groups that supported his campaign and organised the weekend's events.

 
According to Reuters report, The Charlottesville police chief said a driver was in custody after a 32-year-old woman died and 19 sustained injuries ranging from minor to life-threatening when a car hit counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville. A further 15 injuries were reported in connection with the protests, police said. Two state police troopers died when their helicopter crashed nearby.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

African Icon: Read About William Kamkwamba “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”

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You’ve probably never heard of William Kamkwamba, but his life story is one you should know. William dropped out of school in rural Malawi when he was 14 because his family couldn’t afford to pay his fees. He then sat at home for 6 years.

One day, he found a book in the local library describing how a windmill generates electricity. Using only the pictures in the book, William figured out how to build his own windmill using scrap metal, pipes, wooden planks and an old bicycle dynamo he found in the village. People thought he had lost his mind--what on earth was he doing collecting all those scraps ?

But guess what, he managed to generate electricity from his windmill! Before you knew it, everyone in the village was coming to his house to charge their cellphones and radios, and he became the hero who transformed the lives of his fellow villagers.

Inspired by his story, He was admitted into the first ever class of African Leadership Academy 10 years ago. He could hardly speak English and was several years behind his classmates, even though he was much older. Our team at ALA helped him catch up and gain admission to an Ivy League university in the USA (Dartmouth). He’s since gone on to become a global phenomenon. He published a book (“The Boy who Harnessed the Wind”) which became an Amazon bestseller, gave a Ted Talk, and has appeared on The Daily Show, CNN and Good Morning America. He’s transformed his entire village by building a school that has over 400 students, and has brought clean drinking water and electricity to several hundred people in the village.

William  has taught a great lesson and here are 3 key lessons  you should always come back to :

1.__Use what you have until you get what you need
William is today seen as an engineering genius, but he didn’t always have what he needed to make the things he wanted to make. He didn’t have a fancy laboratory or even electricity. But he used what he had around him- scrap metal, to achieve his goal. If you want to be a photographer but can’t yet afford a camera, maybe start by taking photos with your phone. The most important thing is not the materials or equipment you have, but to practice your craft and hone your skills. The fancy labs, equipment, laptops, cameras etc will come later. 

2.__Take criticism to your head and not to your heart
Some people in William’s village  looked at him collecting scraps and thought he had gone crazy. If you have big dreams, many people will criticize you and be skeptical about whether your ideas will succeed. That’s ok---remember that if you’re doing something people have not seen before, they may not understand your vision or see what you see. Listen to criticism if it’s constructive, but avoid being discouraged by pure negativity. People will come around when they start to see the results of your work. 

3.__Innovation is right where you are if you pay attention
Look around you and observe your environment very carefully. What problems do you see? What can be improved? Many times, the things that improve our lives (what many people call innovations)  come from making simple observations and designing a solution that addresses the challenges you see. So don’t wait for others to solve the problems in your society. Use your creativity to think of solutions. You never know what exciting innovations lie in your head until you try.

What problems do you see around you? What simple things that you may take for granted can you can use to build a solution? What’s your version of William’s windmill and how will you build it?


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