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charity and volunteering .

September 21, 2014

Good morning to you African queens project fun, it’s another blessed Sunday, and today on the show our discussion will focus on charity and volunteering, later on the throne room, you will be listening our one and only Theddy Ladislaus,  a 22-year-old, youth activist, policy maker and the youngest delegate in the constituent assembly of Tanzania.

She has always believed in volunteerism as the key pillar to her success and a great pave to attaining her long time vision.

She’s built on spirituality, self-success and the desire to help the community especially youths and the less privileged and make them change their mindset to see every challenge as an opportunity.

Theddy Ladislaus,

Theddy Ladislaus,

She believes in volunteerism as a core responsibility of being a human since no one has made it through life without someone else’s help. She has been a volunteer and member in YUNA, UNCTN, Maanisha! Foundation, SAVITA,CYNESA, MAGIS,ROTARACT to mention a few and a leader at Loyola High School, Vice President at Mzumbe University, CYNESA Tanzania. Hall of Fame Tanzania and most important the youngest delegate in the constituent Assembly

FASHIONISTA

September 14, 2014

This Morning on the African Queens Show we are looking at the fashion industry and in the studio with us is the very talented

Kemi Kalikawe… one of the best designers in Tanzania! and  the founder of Naledi- A school for fashion and design.

Kemi Kalikawe

Kemi Kalikawe

 

Kemi is an Interior Designer, Art Director & creative entrepreneur by profession,  cheerful, spunky, outgoing person. she has passion for anything creative and does a lot of different artistic activities .

She is deeply passionate about enabling the youth and helping young designers become more effective in their careers . she  established Naledi in 2008 as an Interior Designer studio, but being inspired by all forms of design and creativity she found fashion a natural progression from interior design and soft furnishings.

Over the past years  Kemi had the opportunity to merge her two passions by working as an Art Director in film and TV. Naledi which means “star” in Setswana is now an independent design company based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

African Queens Show – Women and Arts: Chi Temu

September 7, 2014

This Morning on the African Queens Show we are looking at women in the creative arts industry and in the studio with us we have the very talented African soul sister Miss Chi Temu!

Chi Temu

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Born in Senegal, Internationally grown, hailing from Tanzania and residing in Liverpool; Chi is a nomadic music traveller who has roots in the Soul, R&B, and old school Blues and Rock with the lyrical styling of a Neo-Soul revolutionary.

From the young age of 3 with her face glued to an MTV brimming with a plethora of talent,Chi could sense that music said what we could not and made us feel like nothing before or after it. As soon as she felt she’d learnt the basics to teach herself piano she began writing at 13. Urged on and wanting to expand her musical horizons she picked up a guitar, looking for new sounds and emotions, and has never looked back.

Currently collaborating and constantly evolving, nothing makes her happier than the energy and intimacy of a live performance swiftly followed by a dance party :). Find her on your nearest street corner busking, and bar bashing out husky power vocals or just wait till she opens her mouth, a song is bound to come out.

 

 

Mental health

August 31, 2014 2 Comments

Today we continue our discussion on Mental Health Awareness with a focus on rape, on the Throne Room this morning we have Lydia who  has an extremely powerful story about sexuality and depression Lydia is a very inspiring woman, Tanzanian born, self proclaimed social-political armchair activist,  she is a writer and Journalist among other things.

she is not only multilingual but she is also culturally sensitive, She believes in the freedom one gets from books she believes in equality amongst individuals regardless of race, sexuality or gender.

LYDIA

LYDIA

women mental health

August 24, 2014

Sitawa Wafula

Sitawa Wafula

We are exited to have Sitwa Wafula today on the African Queens Show,  Sitawa is  an over comer, she is doing great things with her life, she is a true description of a PHENOMENAL WOMAN.

She is a poet, an across the board teacher – Mathematics tutor, poetry workshops to life coaching especially for rape victims,  also a volunteer, an event’s organizer and an entrepreneur, mental health & epilepsy crusader who recently got awarded for the East Africa Philanthropy Awards . She also owns an events company, Events by Sitawa and a jewelry line O-collection.

Today Sitawa will be Discussing with us the topic Women and Mental Health, where she will share her sad but motivating, inspirational life story, her struggles with epilepsy and how she managed to over come the tragic rape experience that changed her entire life.

August 17, 2014

today morning (10am – 12PM local time) on the African Queens Show we are discussing women in business, the independent women, entrepreneurs.  And on the throne room we have none other than the Charming, smart, loyal…very loving,caring and God Fearing Mama Nyama choma festival herself,  Miss Carol Ndossi. She opens up her heart about her journey and how Nyama Choma Festival started!

Carol Ndosi

Carol Ndosi

Carol Ndosi has years of Media experience, she is  the owner and CEO of the Nyama Choma Festival an event in Dar es salaam that is a brand, fully patented, It is the one and only event that offers a unique experience every three months in Dar es Salaam. Did we mention she is a multi skilled person, a researcher, events manager and runs her own single mother foundation (CSMF).

August 10, 2014

Today  morning (10am – 12PM local time) on the African Queens Show we are talking about African women in entertainment And later on Throne Room we got a special edition as you will be listening in to some great interviews from African women who are changing the game for the entertainment industry, women such as lupita Nyongo, Genevieve Nnjai, Chimmanda Adieche, and Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Lupita Nyongo

Lupita Nyongo

Lupita Nyongo

 

Actress, film and music video director of dual Kenyan and Mexican citizenship. After graduating from Hampshire College with a bachelor’s degree in film and theater studies, Nyong’o worked as a production assistant on several Hollywood films. In 2008 she made her acting debut with the short film East River and subsequently starred in the Kenyan television series  Shuga (2009). Also in 2009, she wrote, produced and directed the documentary film in my genes.

 

 

 

 

 

Genevieve Nnjai,

Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji

 

Nigerian actress and singer. In 2005 she won the African Movie Academy Award for best actress in leading role.

2008 saw Nnaji launching a clothing line, “St. Genevieve”, which donates its proceeds to charity, she has received several awards and nominations for her work, including the Best Actress of the year award at the 2001 City People Awards.

 

 

Chimmanda Adieche,

Chimmanda Adieche,

Chimmanda Adieche,

Nigerian writer, She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African Literature.

Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998. She was shortlisted in 2002 for the Caine Prize for her short story “You in America”.

In 2003, her story “That Harmattan Morning” was selected as joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry prize for “The American Embassy”. She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award) and a 2007 Beyond Margins Award for her novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prizefor Best First Book (2005).

 

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

Yvonne chaka Chaka.

South African singer, Dubbed the “Princess of Africa”, Chaka Chaka has been at the forefront of South African popular music for 20 years. Songs like “I’m Burning Up”, “thank you mister dj”, “I Cry for Freedom”, “Makoti”, “Motherland” and the ever-popular “Umqombothi” (“African Beer”) ensured Yvonne’s stardom.

The song “Umqombothi” was featured in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Hotel Rwanda.

 

*TANZANIA* – Vanessa Mdee: The Artist

August 7, 2014 1 Comment

A Word From “African Queens Project” Founder:

Since I started doing the African Queens Show at Choice FM (http://africanqueensproject.com/show) I have had the pleasure of running into Vanessa a.k.a V Money  and catch up on whats going on in our worlds and she is so down to earth it is sometimes easy to forget all she has accomplished and continues to accomplish. 

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BACKGROUND:

Vanessa Hau Mdee  also referred to as Vee Money, is a Tanzanian recording artist, songwriter, youth activist, TV and radio host. Mdee is popularly known for being the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ. She later rose to prominence as a radio and TV host, hosting Epic Bongo Star Search and Dume Challenge for ITV Tanzania before signing to B’Hits Music Group in late 2012. After joining B’Hits Music Group, Mdee collaborated with Tanzanian rapper A.Y. on a record ‘’Money’’ and Ommy Dimples, a Bongo Flava artist on a record Me and You that was later voted Song of the Year during the 2013 Kilimanjaro Music Awards. She received an even bigger buzz with the release of her first solo single “Closer”, which in its first week was downloaded over 30,000 times, a feat achieved by no other Tanzanian artist. “Closer” remained on the charts for over 13 weeks.Vanessa has had the chance to interview many artists, such as K’Naan, Kelly Rowland, French Montana, Trey Songs,Mac Miller, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Miguel, Donald, Nazizi, Xtatic, Stella Mwangi, Camp Mulla, Tay Grin, Teargas, Dr. Sid and many more African and international acts.

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  • Please tell us more about yourself:

Well, I am a young Tanzanian woman, born in Arusha, raised in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Arusha. Studied Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. Then in 2007 won MTV VJ’s search making me the first Tanzanian personality on the network. Thereafter started my career on radio on 102.5 Choice FM’s The Hitlist. My passion for music drove me to pursue a career in music which I had always wanted to do. Through music I have been able to express myself musically which has liberated me tremendously.

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  • Why did you pick the career path that you did? 

I didn’t want to die wondering, so I chose the path that felt most organic to me.

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  • Who and what are some of your influences? 

I’m influenced by powerful women, the likes of Miriam Makeba, Lauryn Hill, Lady Jay Dee, Brenda Fassie ( just to mention a few )

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  • Do you wish you could have done things differently if given the chance? Please explain.

Not at all, if anything I’d have loved to have started earlier, but I believe in God’s timing and everything that happened prior to commencement were building blocks

  • What and who inspires and motivates you?

I think I’m motivated by the mere fact that I’m alive and able. I’m a LIFER!

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  • What do you count as your greatest achievement?

I’m yet to achieve that, in fact I still have quite a few things to tick off my list.

  • What are some struggles you faced in your life that came about because of your gender?

I refuse to look at struggles from that perspective, simply because WOMEN are the most powerful creation and God’s greatest gift to humanity. It is that school of thought that has made me roll with the punches and address them as just speed humps on this road to success. A dear friend once said to me “when you are chosen, you are chosen” PERIOD!

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  • How have you overcome these struggles and/or insecurities?

I overcome them through prayer!

  • How important is family especially in light of your career and professional life?

Family is my backbone, I literally have ONLY family on my team. I keep my circle small and very tight-knit.

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  •  Do you believe it is important to share your story with other women?

Absolutely!!!! Our stories are our testimonies of God’s work in our lives. We must inspire through these testimonies before we expire.

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  • In your experience, what do you think are some prevalent issues women face in everyday life? Professionally?

As I said women need to know their own strength first before they can build, one big issue I notice with women are issues based on confidence and security. Once you discover who you are, you are not easily shaken and words like cattiness, jealousy and maliciousness can never exist in your vocabulary. Everyday life challenges involve women having to prove that they are actually NOT inferior.

 

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  •  What do you think needs to be done to address these issues?

More conversations and forums like these need to happen. Also conversations amongst ourselves, we are in a time where people have forgotten how to express themselves and have normal conversations and technological advancements don’t make it any easier ( the blessing and the curse that is social media ).

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  •  What would you tell another young woman who wants to go down the same path that you have chosen?

HONE THE CRAFT, BE YOURSELF ( EVERYONE ELSE IS TAKEN ), PRAY HARD and REACH FOR THE STARS.

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  • What do you do to give back to your community?

I created an awareness blog called dynamites mission which was created to have conversations amongst young people about HIV and AIDS. I also work with the GAVI Alliance that is an organization that deals with the administering of vaccinations at affordable prices in the developing world.

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  • If you could tell young women 1 thing, what would it be?

You are POWERFUL, Dare to be you. If not NOW, when? If not you? Who? And I love you, God bless you

August 3, 2014

Today on the African Queens Project Show, we’ll be discussing about the modeling industry, and on the Throne Room with us is the beautiful Miss East Africa 2012  Jocelyne Maro, who is also a business Economics graduate of Kaale University who  will be  speaking to us  about her experience, her  ups and downs and what  she had faced through out her journey in the industry.

Jocelyne Diana Maro

Jocelyne Diana Maro

“Inspire to Aspire” with Rutendo Denise Mutsamirwa on African Queens Show

July 20, 2014

RuTendo DeNise

We are pleased to announce that Rutendo from Zimbabwe will be joining us every week on the show sharing  her inspirational spoken word and message on the show on the segment known as Inspire to Aspire!

An effective artist passionate about the development of collaborative art, skills development and #STEM in Africa, Rutendo is a humble recipient of the following awards and listings;

  1. One of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons(TOYP) of Zimbabwe award by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Zimbabwe. JCI is a global network of young active citizens between ages 18 and 40, committed to create positive change in their communities. A partner of the United Nations, AISEEC, Junior Achievers among others, JCI exists in more than 5,000 communities in more than 120 countries worldwide, with a membership of more than 200,000. The organization has been in Zimbabwe since 1967.
  2. Listed one of the 30 Young Zimbabweans under 30 to watch – isthisafrica.com 2012.
  3. Voted Twimbo of the year – Zimbabweans on Twitter (#Twimbo) 2012.
  4. Service award for Media Liaison – Monash University (RSA) 2011.
  5. Most Influential Student – Monash University (RSA) 2010.

Rutendo Denise Mutsamwira is a Zimbabwean writer and poet. As a performance poet, Rutendo has performed at Zimbabwe Fashion Week, Harare International Festival of the Arts, and became the first Zimbabwean artist to be invited to perform at the prestigious African Fashion Awards hosted by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in 2012.

Collaboratively, Rutendo has worked and collaborated with Tanzanian/ Zimbabwean House music producer and Dj John “Reverb 7” Mahalu, Tanzanian photographer Rosiah Marie as well as Mother Africa Percussionist Theresa Muteta. She is currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe working as a 4 Afrika Initiative Intern for Microsoft. In her free time she likes to cook, walk barefoot in the rain and listen to music. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram/SoundCloud : @RuTendoDeNise.

 

Janet Mbene on the African Queens Show

July 20, 2014

This morning on the show we are discussing about “Women in Leadership” and on the Throne Room we have none other than magnificent, Superwoman Hon: Janet Mbene Deputy Minister of Finance . 

Janet Mbene embodies the aphorism: Never give up! She truly is an African Queen and a woman much respected by her peers and those who strive to be like her.

Her children are a testament to the kind of woman she is, as she has raised a phenomenal group of kids who are making waves in this country and beyond. She is now currently the Deputy Minister of finance for the Tanzanian government and also makes the time to speak, advice and mentor young people on their different journeys. It is my honor to call her an African Queen.

Hon: Janet Mbene

Hon: Janet Mbene

AFRICAN QUEENS SHOW: Domestic Violence

July 13, 2014

This morning on the African queens show, we are focusing on “Domestic Violence” and we are graced by the presence of the most reputable and known psychologist from Tanzania Sadaka Gandi, but most of  us call her Aunty Sadaka,

She is a social educator, a child and youth psychologist. Sadaka holds an MA degree in Applied Social Psychology from the Tanzania University of Dar-es-Salaam and it is her concern to improve the quality of support being given to those seeking assistance.

She runs her own office for psycho-therapeutic counseling where she counsels patients with all kind of problems.

Apart from being a psychologist, Sadaka is also the co-founder and a main person in charge of the Tanzania House of Talents (THT), a talent pool for music, dance, theater and media production, from which many nationally successful artists resulted,  at THT she provides  support for youth with problems, common problems include, depression, behavioral disorders and drug abuse.

Aunt Sadaka

Aunt Sadaka

AFRICAN QUEENS SHOW: Women In Education

July 6, 2014

This morning on the African queens show, we are focusing on “Women in Education”  For the first time on the throne room we are going to have some poetic spoken word from two astounding poets: Malcolm London and Suli Breaks.

Malcolm London

Malcolm London

Malcolm London

He is a Young spoken-word poet; London has been called the “Gil Scott-Heron of this generation. His feisty, passionate performances take on the issues of the day, including the Chicago education system in which he grew up.

In 2011, Malcolm London won the Louder than a Bomb youth poetry slam in his native Chicago, The poet, performer and activist has performed on stages throughout his home city as well as across the United States.

As a member of the Young Adult Council of the prestigious Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, London brings vim and vigor to his energetic performances tackling tough contemporary issues head-on.

Deeply interested in working on ways to improve the national education system, London regularly visits schools to work with current students on writing workshops and performances.

Quotes from Malcolm London

“I hear education systems are failing, but I believe they’re succeeding at what they’re built to do — to train you, to keep you on track, to track down an American dream that has failed so many of us all.”

 

Suli Breaks

Suli Breaks

Suli Breaks

Suli Breaks is an accomplished spoken word poet who has achieved so much with his poetry since starting his mission on the mainstream circuit in 2009. He has captivated wide-ranging audiences using his poetic gift to educate young people about London culture and the constant issues that we all face,

Being funny and enlightening on poetic analogies, Suli Breaks never limits himself to doing things in the conventional way – he is always looking at different ways to communicate to and enrich his audience. He uses his poetry to bridge gaps in the multicultural society we live in today.

His venture The University of Suli Breaks is there to teach deep lessons and enhance people’s lives by inspiring minds. As their motto says “Your mind is your campus, learn to educate yourself before you look for someone else to do it for you”. He wants to enlighten his generation and give them a well-rounded view of life through his poetry.

#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: MILEAD FELLOWS TAKE A STAND

May 12, 2014

MILEAD FELLOWS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH NIGERIA

 

Some of the MILEAD fellows standing in solidarity with our sisters in Nigeria

Some of the MILEAD fellows standing in solidarity with our sisters in Nigeria

It’s been three weeks since the extremist militant group ‘Boko Haram’ left millions wondering about the fate of over 200 girls abducted at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. It’s been three weeks since mothers of the abducted girls began to weep—and they are still weeping. These girls have dreams, dreams that will make our world a better place. We cannot afford to remain idle as the system that has threated their dreams remains—a system that denies girls their right to safety, quality education, self-worth and dignity.

The kidnapping of the Chibok girls fondly known to the world as “our girls” has raised several questions. How has Boko Haram existed with relative impunity for the past several years? Do we lack Security intelligence and forces in Africa? Is there a phone number that could have been set up for those who surely suspected the girls’ whereabouts to call? Why is the African Union (AU) mute? Why are individual leaders in Africa silent? Until Nigerians all over the world began an online campaign, most people did not even know the girls were missing.

Terrorism knows no boundaries—let us not forget that an unchecked militant group like Boko Haram poses a threat to each one of us and merits swift action. A collective force has finally been deployed, but it took three weeks for this to happen. Such delays are unacceptable given the likelihood that these girls are being repeatedly harmed. Their suffering is on our collective conscience. And now that a force is, we hope, on its way to recovering our girls, there is still more to be done:

  • Education is a basic right as well a vital part of a country’s development. For months prior to the kidnapping, thousands of students in certain northern Nigerian states had been kept at home due to Boko Haram’s attacks on schools. This situation may remain even when the girls come home. Boko Haram must be completely defeated and the northern states restored to state of peace and security.
  • We wish for our girls to come back immediately, but we acknowledge that we have already waited too long. It may be that some of them come back traumatized, having survived rape and possibly been infected with HIV. The immediate response to the kidnapping was grossly lacking, but there is time to prepare the necessary resources to be available to the girls as soon as they return.

As MILEAD Fellows, from across the continent and the Diaspora, we are hurting together with our sisters, we are in pain, we are angry, and we are frustrated. We raise our collective voice for justice. We are committed to sharing our skills and lending support for their return.

As MILEAD Fellows, we will embrace and celebrate their return; we will stand in solidarity on the rebuilding process and in responding to their issues.

MILEAD Fellows of the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa stand in solidarity with NIGERIA and call on leadership to act now with appropriate and practical measures for a safe world and for every girl and every boy to access quality education. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLSNOW #MILEAD FELLOWS

Some of our MILEAD FELLOWS featured; SelamawitAdugna (Ethiopia), Hikmat Baba Dua (Ghana), Lusungu Kalanga (Malawi), HadeyeMaiga (Mali), Maletsabisa Molapo (Lesotho), Dorothy Pasipanodya (Zimbabwe), Samfee Doe (Liberia), Aisha Keita (Gambia), Amina Abdirashid Dubow (Kenya), Chisenga Muyoyoya (Zambia), Amanda Chembezi (Botswana), Aissa Laouan (Niger) and Kondi Chabvuta (Malawi).

About the MILEAD Fellows

The MILEAD Fellows represent some of Africa’s most extra-ordinary young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of their communities and Africa as a whole. The Fellows represent over 38 African countries and the Diaspora and constitute a truly pan-African network and diversity- with multi–disciplinary academic, professional and social backgrounds. From poverty to women’s economic empowerment, environmental justice and political participation, this new generation of African women leaders are at the frontlines of the struggle for change- providing the bold, visionary and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on the global stage. The Fellows are selected through a highly competitive selection process and criteria that includes their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

About Moremi Initiative

Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents–leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problem of leadership imbalances. www.moremiinitiative.org or www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica

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