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PRESS RELEASE: AFRICA PROSPERITY SUMMIT 2015

May 11, 2015

11 May 2015

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International Speakers Gather in Tanzania for the
2015 Africa Prosperity Summit in May

 

DAR ES SALAAM—Speakers from across Africa and around the world will meet on the 20th and 21st May in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit, hosted by the Legatum Institute.

The Institute is an international think tank whose mission is to spread prosperity around the world through revitalising capitalism and promoting stable democracies.

The two-day Summit at the Hyatt Regency Hotel will be a unique opportunity for those directly involved in driving Africa’s prosperity to share their success stories, challenges, and advice. The distinguished list of speakers and delegates covers a diverse cross-section of backgrounds and expertise including business and political leaders, academia, policy-makers and NGOs who are working on the ground in many African nations.

Instead of focusing on aid and poverty, themes that often dominate conferences on the future of Africa, the Summit will discuss ways in which African leaders—in the public and private sectors as well as civil society—can encourage African citizens to become the future entrepreneurs and prosperity creators that the Continent needs.

January Makamba, Deputy Minister of Communication Media and Technology, will attend the Summit, which will feature discussions on data, business values, innovation, and human security. All of these themes will emphasise how citizens from all backgrounds can achieve their full potential.

Oby Ezekwesili, Co-Founder of Transparency International, advocate for the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and former World Bank Vice President, will deliver the keynote speech on African prosperity. The Summit will focus on female entrepreneurship, with some of Africa’s most prominent and successful female entrepreneurs, including Marieme Jamme, CEO, SpotOne Global Solutions, and Susan Mashibe, Owner and Executive Director, VIA Aviation taking part.

The conference is built on the findings of the Legatum Institute’s 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, which found that by supporting education quality, female entrepreneurship, and the rising middle class, African countries could avoid a future where inequality and chronic poverty persist in the midst of wealth and prosperity.

The report compared the prosperity levels of 38 African countries by examining eight indicators including economic and social factors and found that:

  • Botswana, South Africa and Morocco were the three most prosperous countries in Africa
  • Central African Republic, Chad and Congo were the three least prosperous countries in Africa

Sian Hansen, Executive Director of the Legatum Institute, said:

“The 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit is a unique opportunity to bring together leading thinkers, NGO, world institutions and government officials to share new thinking on how to drive prosperity and promote wellbeing across the continent.”

ENDS

 

Note to Editors

  1. The 2014 Africa Prosperity Report is available here.
  2. Further information about the Africa Prosperity Summit available here.

Media Enquiries

For more information about the 2015 Africa Prosperity Summit please contact:

Gloria Mangi

+255 753 651 356/+254 728 657 299

gmangi@africanqueensproject.com

Andrew Mahiga

+255 689 548 484

amahiga@maanisha.co.tz

About the Legatum Institute

The Legatum Institute is an international think tank and educational charity focused on promoting prosperity. We do this by researching our core themes of revitalising capitalism and democracy. The Legatum Prosperity Index™, our signature publication, ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and wellbeing. For more information please go to http://www.li.com and http://www.prosperity.com.

MILEAD Fellows’ Statement on Recent Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

April 22, 2015

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For Immediate Release ~ Dakar- Senegal, April 22, 2015

« And above all, my body as well as my soul, beware of assuming the sterile attitude of a spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of miseries is not a proscenium, a man screaming is not a dancing bear… »

Aimé Césaire, Cahier d’un Retour au Pays Natal                                   

« Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity and those determined to dismantle it; those who strive to build a protective wall around it, and those who wish to pull it down; those who seek to mould it and those committed to breaking it up; those who aim to open our eyes, to make us see the light and look to tomorrow…. And those who wish to lull us into closing our eyes. »

Ngugi wa Thiong’ó

In the last week of March 2015, a wave of events – described as xenophobic by some, and afrophobic by others – swept across South Africa, manifesting as an ugly reminder of a cruel past that most had hitherto believed buried, given the rise and growth of the rainbow nation. It is true that history often repeats itself, sometimes painfully. We recall that in 2008, similar events occurred, targeting African migrants living in South Africa, with tragic and horrific outcomes. Sixty-seven (67) innocent souls were lost, their precious lives never to be regained. This history, with its horror, is being repeated and this is no coincidence. It is consequent to the actions of men eminently respected in South Africa, such as Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and Edward Zuma – son of South African President who, with full knowledge of the consequences, made calls to send African ‘foreigners’ in South Africa back to their countries. The narratives of these recent hate-filled and violent days have been largely documented and denounced by our South African Fellows, particularly Kim Harrisberg, through an article [1] and a petition [2] with an urgent call to address communities affected by xenophobia, Sebabatso Manoeli through her initiative« South Africans 4 Africa [3]», and Simamkele Dlakavu through her initiative “Sakha Ingomso Lethu (we are building our tomorrow).”

These hate-speeches, by wielders of influence in the mould of King Goodwill Zwelithini and public figures such as Edward Zuma were followed by cruel acts against African immigrants in South Africa. Most of the seven (7) victims of these attacks are yet to be identified, but horrifying images of their murders have been circulated to express the inexpressible and display these inhumane acts to the world.

History, however, will remember the names of Zimbabwean Mhofu, Ethiopian Tescma, and Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole, brutally executed while the world watched.[4]

This “witch hunt” is entirely unworthy of South Africa – a nation for whose liberation many have fallen… and many would do again if the need arose. A nation that offered us the eighth wonder of the world: Nelson Mandela, our Madiba, whose elegy we still continue to sing.

Following these summary executions and lynching of Africans by fellow Africans, we the MILEAD Fellows of the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa, chosen to contribute to the transformation and development of the African continent through over 40 of our respective countries from all regions of the continent, strongly condemn these acts of xenophobic and afrophobic violence.

We, raise our voices through this statement, to equally express our solidarity with the families of the victims, and are very much sensitive to the conditions of fear under which other African migrants are currently living in South Africa.

We, the signatories to this statement, demand that the South African government takes the necessary and urgent actions, including punitive actions, against the instigators of these criminal acts of violence, which have claimed seven (7) lives and led to countless injuries as well as displacement of immigrants. We demand that the South African government protects ALL African citizens and their properties on South African soil.

We, in solidarity with our sister, Kim Harrisberg and all other South African MILEAD Fellows, ask that Mr. Malusi Gigaba, South African Minister of Home Affairs, takes the necessary action against those who incited this violence. We ask that in addition to retracting their statements and publicly condemning this afrophobic violence, these instigators should face criminal sanctions commensurate with the tragic results of their statements.

We encourage you to join us in signing this petition started by Kim Harrisberg on Change.org: http://www.change.org/p/south-african-leadership-mr-malusi-gigaba-urgently-address-communities-affected-by-xenophobia

As young Africans, we demand that our respective governments and the African Union demand immediate cessation of violence and provide assistance to their citizens based in South Africa. We equally call for the protection of all other Non-African minorities. We also ask for support, from the African Union, for all action leading to better national dialogue in South Africa, encouraging debates on South Africa’s immigration laws adopted in 2014, and promoting a more effective African integration system among its 54 member States. We hope that these measures will aid in preventing the treatment of Africans as outcasts, especially on African soil.

We, as a network of over 175 young African leaders and representing our communities from 44 African countries, encourage all Africans across the continent to keep the spirit of our Pan-African unity and solidarity alive. We strongly encourage our brothers and sisters across Africa to resist and reject any reprisal attacks or hate language against South Africans in our various countries.

 

About MILEAD Fellows: The MILEAD Fellows Network is a growing and dynamic Pan-African network of young African women leaders. With over 175 exceptional young leaders representing 44 countries, MILEAD Fellows share a commitment to shape the future of Africa and they form a growing powerful pan-African community that will dramatically impact the future of the continent.

 

For more information, contact Moremi Initiative: Tel: +233 242 901222 (GHANA); +1 510 648 1021 (USA)

F: www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica E: partners@moremiinitiative.org W: www.moremiinitiative.org

 

[1] http://bitly.com/1svDpKX

[2] http://goo.gl/g8Vynn

[3] http://on.fb.me/1Fc9Jce

[4] His execution was televised !

2015 Tanzania Women Achievement Awards

March 8, 2015

 

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Yesterday, founder and executive director of African Queens project, Gloria Mangi, attended the Tanzania Women Achievement Awards that took place at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

TWA is a non-governmental, voluntary and independent women empowerment umbrella established in 2009. The main goal of TWA is to consolidate women’s roles and capabilities in the Tanzanian community through enhancing their social, political, economic and cultural participation.

TWAA pays tribute to the most exceptional and achieving women in the country who have not only achieved success in their own respective fields but who have made a significant difference in their communities and society as a whole. All Tanzanians are considered for the Awards provided they are based within the geographical boundaries of the country.

The Awards provide a wonderful opportunity to recognize and applaud women who are helping to reshape Tanzania for the better. The ceremony will take place on the International Women’s Day (8th March 2013) and is not only an inspirational occasion but also the best and most enjoyable networking events in the annual calendar. The schedule allows time to make new contacts as well as a chance to enjoy a series of presentations, which inspire, motivate and celebrate female success.

The award is followed by a mentorship program that  engages young emerging women leaders from different regions across the country paired with women executives in business and politics as mentors for one month. The young mentees are empowered with needed tools to develop their leadership skills so as to help them instill a positive change in their communities.

The Winners of 2015 are:

Arts and Culture – Professor Penina Mlama

Social Welfare – Mary Gitanho

Health – Mpendwa Chihimba

Education – Nahida Esmail

Profession – Dr Winiester Anderson

Business – Devota Likokola

Science and Technology – Sharmilla Bhatt

Sports – Angel Eaton

Young Achiever – Jennifer Shigoli

Public – Inspector of Police Prisca Komba

Information and Communication – Blandina Sembu

Woman of the year – Prisca Komba

Lifetime Achievement Award – Debora Mwenda

Mim Suleiman, 1 Billion Rising and Miss Doreen Bateyunga on the African Queens Show

February 8, 2015

We are both excited and humbled that the phenomenal Mim Suleiman will be gracing our studios this morning along with her film crew! Vocalist, Songwriter, Performer, Composer, Musician, Arranger, Producer, Workshop facilitator Mim Suleiman has been described as Mama Africa of the modern Era.

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We will also be having representatives from the 1 billion rising movement to talk about the local campaign happening in Dar es Salaam. Here is a little bit more information about the campaign: ” 1 in 3 women across the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. Every February, we rise – in hundreds of countries across the world – to show our local communities and the world what one billion looks like and shine a light on the rampant impunity and injustice that survivors most often face. We rise through dance to express joy and community and and celebrate the fact that we have not been defeated by this violence. We rise to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable.

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We will also be having an up and coming artist who is believed to be the next big act coming from Tanzania, Miss Doreen Bateyunga.

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All this happening from 10AM – 12PM this morning. Tune in on 102. 5 Choice FM or listen in online on: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/choicefm

WOMEN AND THE CONSTITUTION

December 7, 2014

Today on the African Queens show we will be discussing about women and the constitution, as usual gracing the throne room, will be none other than the superwoman herself Mrs, Benadetha Mkandya. She is an independent lawyer also works with TWLA  and not forgetting her contribution to the Gender Forum Coalition, she will discuss with us a lot regarding to the constitution as she is a lawyer we will Know a lot about the rights of women and many more, keep listening, send in your questions, views, comments and requests.

BENADETHA MKANDYA

BENADETHA MKANDYA

SEXTORTION

November 30, 2014

Today on the African queens show, we are discussing about sextortion / gender violence, and on the throne room we have a representative from the police gender desk and a representative from Legal aid, who will be explaining to us all about legal frame work in regards to sextortion and gender based violence, how one can seek legal help and how justice for victims can be achieved, stay tuned send us your tweets, questions and comments on twitter and on facebook.

SEXTORTION AND LAW

November 23, 2014

Good morning to you African Queens Fans, it’s another Sunday and as usual we have an interesting topic for you, “Sextortion”  basing on the legal aspects this time. And on the throne room with us today is Miss Elizabeth Mkwizu all the way from TAWJA, she will be explaining to you all about sextortion. stay tuned for any comments, questions and most importantly for the knowledge.

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Elizabeth Mkwizu

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SEXTORTION

November 16, 2014

Today on the show we have Philomena Modu gracing the throne room, and she will be discussing with us all about sextortion.

Philomena works with the Women Fund Tanzania, and has a lot of  knowledge on issues regarding women, she will explain to us what sextortion is all about and much more.

Public Relations and Personal Branding

October 26, 2014

Today on the African Queens show, we will be discussing Public relations and personal branding, as usual today we have a special guest for you gracing the throne room, it’s the multi-talented PR officer Tanya Mulamula from Studio Red Public Relations.

Tanya Mulamula

Tanya Mulamula

Tanya is passionate and greatly involved in issues connected to women empowerment and early childhood education, she is the founder and Managing Director of Studio Red Public Relations, and  with her skills and passion Tanya  has managed to take on an active role in her grandfather’s charity titled the MwalimuNovatiRutageruka Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to provide pre-elementary education to young boys and girls in Bukoba.

It’s a man’s world (women in entertainment)

October 12, 2014

This morning on the African Queens show, we will be discussing about women in the entertainment industry again it’s a man’s world, and on the throne room we have a special guest for you Ms. Karoline Klaire Mees, a professional  photographer, designer and art director at AIM group company. She will be in the studio sharing her experience as a female Photographer and her life as female entertainer.

Karoline Klaire Mees

Karoline Klaire Mees

It’s a man’s world

October 5, 2014

This  morning  on the African Queens Show we are talking about  “a man’s world” and how women have managed to break through that world, doing things that are believed to exist only in a man’s world, i’m talking about female pilots, engineers, business women, politicians and many more, and  on the show we have a beautiful soul Ms. Alana Dunbar who will be discussing the topic with your host on the throne room.

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Alana

Alana Dunbar is a Canadian Creative Project Manager at Archipelago, a Communications, Events and Design company in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Alana has loved and studied Africa for as long as she can remember. Studying Africa, Gender and Literature in Canada, Alana traveled to Dar es salaam for research and exchange and then returned to work after falling in love with Tanzania. Alana has been working primarily with Marie Stopes Tanzania consulting on the Chagua Maisha – The Good Life campaign, promoting family planning and female youth empowerment!

women and law

September 28, 2014

Good morning to you African Queens Fan,  it’s yet another day a blessed Sunday and on the show this time we will be discussing about women and law, as usual we bring you guests from all places, and today we have been honored by the presence of this inspirational, beautiful soul on the Throne room,  Margareth Maganga.

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Margareth Maganga

she is a young tenacious lawyer at Clyde & Co Tanzania. Author of A Journey through Darkness, an autobiography narrating her traumatic experience of suddenly going blind at the tender age of 19. Founder of Margareth Maganga Hope for the Blind, a registered Trust set up to help visually impaired and partially sighted children gain access to education and enhance their self reliance. Winner of the 2013 Tanzania Young Professionals Award, SAGE Category for her inspiring work in the community.

Margareth completed her primary and secondary schooling in Nairobi, Kenya and pursued her Law degree at the University of Leeds, UK where she graduated with Honors. She went onto to pursue her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Training-the Bar- at the Law School of Tanzania.She is a young, determined lady whose ambition is to join the ranks of the powerful and influential women in Tanzania and abroad.

 

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.

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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.

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