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SO excited for the new tees by Allen&Fifth!! Ese Aigbogun (not pictured)is the creative genius behind the shirts’ designs and I highly recommend you visit the store to see the rest of them from past seasons.
"Allen & Fifth represents two distinct cultures, Lagos (Allen Avenue) and New York (Fifth Avenue), both fast paced cities with so much life and energy to tap from. My tees are designed to strike a chord of nostalgia and curiosity but more importantly, to enlighten people about what Africa and Africans have to offer."
I have quite a few of her old designs and I simply love the t-shirts because of their simplistic fit and feel. You’d be surprised by how hard it is to buy a t-shit with a brilliant design and durability with none of those annoying three-quarters sleeves and equally annoying 8-shape fit found in the women’s section. Here’s to some awesome clothes that can be worn comfortably by all.
WOMEN’S MONTH ICONIC PHOTOGRAPH: Ken Geiger and William Snyder’s Pulitzer Prize award-winning photograph of the 1992 Summer Olympics Nigerian women’s 4x100m relay team as they react to the scoreboard announcing their bronze medal victory.
Beatrice Utondu, Faith Idehen, Mary Onyali and Christy Opara Thompson won the only bronze medal for Nigeria at the Olympics, with Nigeria taking home a total of four medals from the tournament - all the others being silver.
As the world keeps Madiba in their thoughts and prayers, wishing him well as he battles with his health, South African newspaper the Mail & Guardian have published a catalog of 13 iconic images in the public life of anti-Apartheid freedom fighter and former South African president Nelson Mandela.
These are 10 of those 13 images, the rest, along with the full captions, can be seen at the M&G website.
Click photos for short captions.
Last night, Wendy Davis solidified herself as a hero of women across America when she attempted a 13-hour filibuster that would kill a controversial Texan abortion bill.
In accordance with Texas rules, Davis was required to speak continuously (and on-topic), forbidden to lean against something for support, or take a break to visit the bathroom or eat.
With just two hours left in the senate’s special session—and eleven hours of speaking—Davis’ filibuster was brought to an end after three warnings by Lt. Governer David Dewhurst. However, after considerable stalling by Democrats, and almost continuous applause from supporters in the senate galley, the vote was not completed by the midnight deadline, thus accomplishing the initial objective of Davis’ action.
Here are some leadership lessons to take away from Davis’s big stand:
- You can pull yourself up by your bootstraps.
- Don’t be swayed. By anything.
- Stand up for what you believe in, and don’t back down.
[Image: Eric Gay | AP images]
Nigerian billionaire Sir. Emeka Offor, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian oil and gas firm, Chrome Group, has donated an additional $1 million to a Rotary International polio eradication program, PolioPlus, following an initial $250,000 gesture.
According to Vanguard, Offor made the announcement on Sunday at the ongoing 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal.
“…polio should have no place in our world. Therefore, today I am giving an additional $1 million to PolioPlus,” he said.
Definitely need more of this philanthropic culture to happen in Africa. Also just came across this article on an education and scholarship initiative undertaken by him and his foundation:
Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, SEOF, has said any undergraduate on its scholarship who obtains a first class degree in his or her discipline would be presented with a brand new car.
“The founder of SEOF, Sir Emeka Offor has promised that any of the students that graduate with a first class degree would take home a brand new car of 2.0 series and automatic employment will be sourced for the beneficiary, irrespective of the state, town or local government of origin”.
African competitiveness will not be determined solely from growing output, but also from the efficiency and sustainability of the engines producing that output. Pure consumption driven by a sudden availability of credit and the by-products of globalisation is probably not sufficient to drive the African economic miracle.
A middle class that lacks a shared social consciousness cannot rebuild the political and economic institutions required to make growth transformational. The lack of attitudinal solidarity and the internal contradictions (to mock a Marxian allusion) within the African middle class means that it is unlikely to play the role that the middle class has played elsewhere in exactly the same way. It will not be the ‘all-purpose’ motif so beloved of consultants, or derided by their critics, but instead an important if also anguished study in how African countries can modernise their societies while still recognising the actual ways indigenous capital is being created in contemporary times.
Which is not at all to say that the middle class in Africa will not grow in size, or that it will not have a positive impact on society, but rather to say that: economic factoids are useless in understanding the true opportunities represented by the fractured and problematic notions of the middle class in Africa.
One needs to savour the complexity of the fractals, the tension, the depth of the unclear and still evolving in order for one to draw the right inferences and lessons for Africans whose destiny is in play here.
So very true.
Applications for the 2013 Spark* Changemaker Program are now open.
Spark* Changemakers engage with Spark* throughout 2013/2014, but the live-in Accelerator Summit is near Nairobi from the 1st to the 6th of September 2013.
Application Deadline: 21st of July 2013.
Program Dates: 2nd – 6th of September 2013.
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