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Spotlight: Beauty and Brains -The @AfroTechGirls


Across the globe, women remain underrepresented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is especially true in many African countries including Nigeria. In June 2014, three young women came together with a vision; a vision of a world where the number of women in the Science and Technology industry would rise and women would feel welcomed, accomplished and appreciated for their efforts and achievements. They realised that the best way to do this was by encouraging more young girls to take up STEM at secondary school and university levels and stick with it even after learning. As a result, Afro-Tech Girls was born.

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Afro-Tech Girls is an NGO set up by three female engineers to promote STEM enthusiasm in young African girls through creativity, art and innovation.

At Afro-Tech Girls, they are really passionate about encouraging more girls to embrace the STEM industries and are making it a point to do this in fun and innovative ways. Watch the founders speak in the video below:

Mission – to encourage, educate and empower African girls of secondary and university levels in the STEM fields to follow through and acheive whatever goals they set for themselves through mentorship, teamwork, creativity and innovation.

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Who runs the world? Girls!! ūüėÄ

For more info, connect with Afro-Tech Girls at  www.afrotechgirls.org and on instagram at @afrotechgirls

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Afro-Tech Girls Promoting STEM enthusiasm in young African girls

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The New Miss USA 2016 is Deshauna Barber @RealMissDCUSA

Deshauna Barber from the District Of Columbia has won the Miss USA title for 2016!

The annual pageant was held  on June 5, 2016  in Las Vegas with 52 contestants. Deshauna Barber was presented her crown by the Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma.  Miss Georgia РEmanii Davis,  and Miss Hawaii, Chelsea Hardin were named the runners up.

Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber is the commander of her unit in the U.S. Army and she uses the pageant as a platform to promote gender equality in the military. She is very proud of her achievements and being able to serve our country – heavy

 Photos via Miss USA

Congratulations Miss USA!!
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First Episode, New Webisode – Tales With Tosinger

Greetings everyone,

It’s been a minute and here is what I’ve been working on. I sing, I write, I act and I tell stories. I am a modern day griot and a cultural ambassador and my name is Tosinger.¬†ūüôā

Here’s introducing, ¬†the first vlog/webisode/series, whatever you choose to call it, edition of my weekly (on Tuesdays) ¬†folk storytelling project- TALES WITH TOSINGER,

Folk tales and fables are an educational and entertaining means of passing down¬†traditions and customs from one generation to the next. An African tradition for several generations, ¬†adults would tell tales by the¬†moonlight while teaching morals and lessons. I have chosen to gather adults and children alike around a social app, a youtube video, the¬†millennial¬†way to get the world’s attention ūüėČ

The inspiration….

Enjoy¬†Episode #001 Dawu the Lion King. ¬†DO SUBSCRIBE, like, comment and spread the word. Ese!¬†¬†( pronounced “E-shay ” — which means ‘Thank you’ in Yoruba)

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#Ghana’s @ROCKYDAWUNI Nominated for Grammy for Best Reggae Album!

GHANA’S ROCKY DAWUNI GOES FOR GRAMMY GOLD

 Cumbancha artist Rocky Dawunis latest album, Branches of the Same Tree has just been nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Reggae Album category. Dawuni, the only non-Jamaican artist in the running this year and the first Ghanaian to be nominated, is up against some of the heavyweights of modern reggae with his Billboard Top 10 album. 


Reflecting on the prestigious nomination, Dawuni says that he¬†feels, “truly honored and at the same time humbled. I‚Äôve always focused on giving my best in my work and it‚Äôs a good feeling to know that it is being appreciated. I am grateful for the recognition. Branches of the Same Tree¬†is about stressing the common roots that we all share in this human family. It inspires the listener to aspire to a place of hope. It‚Äôs about having faith in the power of compassion and oneness.”


The final ballots to determine the GRAMMY winners are due by January 15th, 2016. If you are a voting member, we encourage you to include Rocky Dawuni on your ballot. The 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards will broadcast live on CBS on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Wishing Rocky Dawuni all the best.

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P.S. He will be in Ghana for a home coming concert

Happy ThanksGiving 2015!

Thanksgiving 2015 Tosinger

Happy ThanksGiving

Happy ThanksGiving to friends and fans in the U S of A.

Give Thanks!

This special song is¬†my way of saying “Thank You” to you all for your support and love..download ‘Merci Beaucoup’¬†from my recently launched album ‘Organically Singing’; just enter 0.00 at checkout. For a limited time only. Click HERE¬†to download

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
Brian Tracy

ThanksSinging From My Heart To Yours,

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As Featured On – Thirty Beautiful Photographs of Black Girls Slaying on National Headwrap Day

CurlHairStyles selected¬†their favorite Instagram photos from #NationalHeadWrapDay and I am honored and humbled to be one of them. ¬†That’s why it’s good to subscribe to a service like ‘Mention’¬†if you are a brand (*hint hint), I wouldn’t have known ¬†about or come across this. Thanks CurlHairStyles.com

View the beautiful selections below, all credits to instagram handles beneath the photos:

Quoting  CurlHairStyles.com:

November 20 was National Headwrap Day. A lot of people took to social media to share their flawlessly wrapped crowns. Although, how the acknowledged day came about is not quickly recognized, individuals have been celebrating the day on the web as far back as 2013.

Catch some of our favorite looks from the day beneath: 10 of 30 

Instagram: saagaleeyaa

Instagram: sagaleeyaa

Instagram: soleysentials

Instagram: soleysentials

Instagram: biancalashawn

Instagram: biancalashawn

Instagram: __lipstickncurlss__

Instagram: __lipstickncurlss__

Instagram: bleu_majik

Instagram: bleu_majik

Instagram: moe_dadiva

Instagram: moe_dadiva

Instagram: jd_winters

Instagram: jd_winters

Instagram: tosinger

Instagram: tosinger

Instagram: niaknows

Instagram: niaknows

rinnyheadwrapday

Instagram: rinnyriot

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Fashion News – #LeadingLooksLike & #LFDW2015

Loving ¬†the social campaign integrated as a marketing effort by¬†the fashion retail site ‘The Limited’ tagged ‘The New Look of Leadership’.¬†Brands are now developing ways to connect on the “real ¬†human” level with potential consumers/clients. Thanks to the new media age for making this easier and more effective.

TheLimited.com put together a selection of women from different fields, expressing a message of the perception of what  #LeadingLooksLike :

Limited.com says:

Leading is a way of approaching life‚Äďand in today’s world, there are infinite shapes it can take. It’s time the definition fit them all. So we’re calling on leaders of all types to help build a vibrant community of inspirational women. Together, we will re-create the picture of empowerment to reflect the authentic, modern leaders we see every day‚ÄĒanswering the question, “What does leading look like?” with you. And her. And us.THE POSSIBILITIES ARE UNLIMITED.

The Limited is on a mission to redefine leadership. So we’re creating a community of leaders Рcelebrating real and inspiring women who lead every day, in every way. Want to be part of it? Go online and tell them about the ways you lead in your life for a chance to be featured in their upcoming campaign.

Click Play: : Watch the Video

In other news,  my social media feed has recently been saturated with lovely & delectable designs from the just concluded Lagos Fashion & Design Week which took place towards the end of October, 2015. LFDW is a premiere fashion event which brings together media, industry, buyers and consumers to view the current collections of designers in Nigeria, West Africa.

The platform aims to cut across geographic and culture barriers and position itself as a business of fashion and design event targeted at showcasing the best of the fashion and design industry, drive the Nigerian fashion industry and ultimately uplift its profile within the economy. Lagos will play host to the fashion and exhibition led event that will feature: Runway shows featuring new season collections from the best talents in the fashion industry; exhibitions featuring fashion products and accessories, textiles, design elements, photography and art installations workshops and master classes that will facilitate knowledge transfer, information exchange and networking opportunities across board. Another attraction is Lagos itself ‚Äď a metropolitan island that features an interesting mix of people, cultures and is fast becoming the melting pot for business in Africa. Participants, designers and visitors alike can expect a diversified and interactive platform to maximize their exposure within and beyond their industry circle and open gateways for more business opportunities.

For the past 5 years, LFDW has remained dedicated to the growth and promotion of creatives in the industry by nurturing, fine tuning, rewarding their skills and providing them with a solid platform for achieving their goals.
This vision is primarily centered on providing on-going support to designers via mentor ship, education and capacity building as well as opportunities to present their work before an audience that facilitates commerce.

And as is my custom with fashion weeks, here’s my 7 favorite designer selections from the¬†showcases at the Heineken LFDW2015. All photos are via LFDW ¬†(Follow at¬†@LFDW_NG)¬†Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

NKWO

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The use of a denim pant as gele is such an eclectic idea. I love the unusual and this is such a welcoming one, something I would do. Brilliant!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

LANRE DA SILVA AJAYI

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The headpiece, the flow of the fabric!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

MAI ATAFO

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The mustard color, the styling..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The work of an artist friend Laolu Senbanjo was incorporated in this fabric design. Kudos!

SUNNY ROSE

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The simplicity, the flow, the vibrancy, the fabric texture combos.

REVAMP O

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)

The bohemian look :), the vintage feel, the nudes..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna)

ONALAJA

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The girliness, the playfulness, the cuteness..

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

Last, but not least

ORENTE AYABA

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

The Art, the artsy backdrop..this is not just fashion, this is art on canvas.. very eclectic!

Photo Credits: Kola Oshalusi (Insigna).

These are my personal preferences and in no way serve as an endorsement out of the about 25 designers who showcased at the event, check out the other designers to see their work.

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Nigeria at 55!

Today marks¬†55 years of when Nigeria¬†broke free from colonial rule. We may not be there yet but we are on our way. Even Google cannot resist celebrating Africa’s most populous nation and has this to say:

Via Google —A country of enormous diversity where over 500 languages are spoken, Nigeria is home to Africa‚Äôs largest population and a dizzying array of ancient cultural traditions. Drawing inspiration from the Nigerian coat of arms, today‚Äôs Doodle features the mighty Niger and Benue rivers that wind across the country‚Äôs fertile plains before merging and flowing into the Atlantic. Symbolic of resoluteness and strength, an eagle cuts across a vast Nigerian sky at the center of today‚Äôs logo, which Doodler Robinson Wood has washed in the colors of the Nigerian flag.

Nigeria National Day 2015
@googleafrica, tweeted: “Here’s wishing Africa’s most populous nation a happy 55th Independence day. Keep soaring Nigeria!

 

Nigeria Independence Day 2014

Further celebrating the giant of Africa, Google Africa Team, changed the header photo on its Twitter handle to showcase Nigeria‚Äôs Africanness with six young women adorned in colourful Nigerian traditional headgear ‚Äėgele.‚Äô

And here is my rendition¬†of loyalty to my home country, Nigeria’s National Anthem as performed on Periscope

 

As a diasporan, I echo the words of Yetunde Shorters, the Afropolitan Chef:
“Happy Nigerian Independence. 55 years ago Nigeria got her liberation from the British Empire. I commend our journey, let’s remember that we still have a long way to go. Take pride in our culture as we evolve to a new generation. As a second generation Nigerian American, my perspective is influenced by nations, our collective history: including, Nigerian slaves brought to the world, their successes and challenges and my experience. This much I know, whether I like it or not, every time I step out of my personal space, I am clear that I represent a people and I hold that representation to high esteem. I look forward to doing my part to inspire and empower my people Nigerian and American. Let’s remember that freedom has to be taken. It is never given. Cheers”

Nigeria Independence Day 2013

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THREE 2015 MOVIES TO WATCH OUT FOR — #Africa

This blog brings you the best and latest of African talent and art; on the continent and in the diaspora. Here are 3 movie finds that would be worth checking out-

thE CeO

Synopsis: TransWire Communications is a global phone network with major operation in Nigeria. The CEO, an expatriate, has retired hence the Global Chairman has decided to send five nominees amongst his most senior level staff across Africa on a Leadership course in order to determine which one to appoint as the new CEO of Nigeria.

Popular Nigerian filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan, on Thursday in a press conference unveiled the full details of his next movie, The CEO. The film showcases a cross-selection of African & international cast and crew members with diverse talents and backgrounds.

The cast includes Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, entertainer and activist from Benin, Angélique Kidjo; Haitan actor and model Jimmy Jean-Louis, best known for his role as The Haitan on the NBC television series Heroes;  actor and founder of the New Nigeria Cinema movement, Wale Ojo; French-Ivorian actress and model, Aurelie Eliam; South African actor and presenter, Nicolaos Panagiotopoulos; Nigerian actress, Kemi Lala Akindoju; Moroccan star, Fatym Layachi; Kenyan actor Peter King, and Nigerian actress, Hilda Dokubo among others.

 

Synopsis – The CEO tells the story of TransWire Communications, a global phone network with major operation in Nigeria. The CEO, an expatriate, has retired; hence the Global Chairman has decided to send five nominees among his most senior-level staff across Africa on a leadership course in order to determine which one to appoint as the new CEO of Nigeria. The process that started relatively smoothly suddenly climaxed in a game of an intriguing death.

(Trailer not yet released) To stay updated, follow on Facebook here or follow the hashtag #theceomovie on social media

FifTy

'FIFTY': Official Trailer - In Cinemas from 18th December 2015

Hot off its selection for the 2015 BFI London Film Festival, EbonyLife Films today released the official trailer for its highly acclaimed feature film, Fifty. The movie stars Ireti Doyle, Dakore Egbuson-Akande, Omoni Oboli and Nse Ikpe-Etim.

Directed by Biyi Bandele and executively produced by Mo Abudu, FIFTY, captures a few pivotal days in the lives of four Nigerian women at the pinnacle of their careers. Tola, Elizabeth, Maria and Kate are forced at midlife to take inventory of their personal lives, while juggling careers and family against the sprawling backdrops of the upper middle-class neighbourhoods of Lagos.

The trailer is a sneak peek into this tender but unflinching exploration of love and lust, power and rivalry, life and loss in twenty-first century Lagos. The four lead characters, six-inch heels, partying hard and loving strong, with courage and fortitude, navigate life’s unending curveballs.

Fifty will premiere in a special grand Lagos ceremony on the 13th of December 2015 at The Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos and will be released in cinemas nationwide on the 18th of December 2015.

In the meantime, for more information, visit the website: www.fiftythemovie.com  or follow on Twitter: @Fiftythemovie; Instagram: @fiftythemovie or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FiftyTheMovie

beAsTs of No NaTioN

The powerful new film starring Idris Elba recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival. Beasts of No Nation, A Netflix Original Film.

Synopsis – When civil war tears his family apart, a young West African boy is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transform into a child soldier. Available in select theaters and on Netflix October 16.

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (‚ÄúTrue Detective,‚ÄĚ Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (‚ÄúLuther,‚ÄĚ Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Beasts of No Nation will debut Friday, October 16, 2015, the same day in Landmark theatres in the U.S. and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world‚Äôs leading Internet TV network is available.

Beasts of No Nation is based on the highly-acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

The film is produced by Amy Kaufman and Cary Fukunaga (who previously worked together on Sin Nombre), Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers for Participant Media; Donna Gigliotti is executive producer for Levantine Films; Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall are executive producers for New Balloon; and Bill Benenson, Laura Bickford and Todd Courtney are also executive producers.

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Nigerians Flying High and Taking the Space – @freeman_osonuga & @Kimbersfly

Introducing to some and presenting to others two Nigerians that are reaching for the heights, literally.

fReeMaN OsoNugA

Freeman Osonuga is one of Africa’s leading voices on poverty alleviation, advocacy and care for people with disabilities, orphans and the less privileged. Freeman is a One Young World Ambassador, one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Persons In Nigeria, and Founder and Executive Director of Heal The World Foundation Nigeria.¬†In ¬†2014, at the Peak of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, he worked as a volunteer and worked with the African Union team of Ebola responders for 6 months in Sierra Leone.

Freeman Osonuga @freeman_osonuga On My Way To Space| @WiredUK Innovation Fellow | Associate Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society @theRCSlondon | Ambassador @OneYoungWorld | Founder @htwfnigeria |

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Freeman, a Medicine and Surgery graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo University, has been selected (through the Rising Star programme, which launched at the One Young World Summit 2014 in Dublin) to embark on a once in a lifetime flight to space and also offered a three year management contract. The programme invites both One Young World Ambassadors and outstanding members of the public aged 18-35 to be nominated to take on the trip of a lifetime.
If selected for the program, he will be the first Nigerian and First
black African to fly to space!
Osonuga is a 2015 WIRED Innovation Fellow. He will be speaking live on the London stage at the WIRED 2015 conference in October.
View Freeman’s profile here on the¬†Kruger Cowne website¬†and watch video below.

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Kimberly Anyadike is a young pilot who learned to fly from an after school program focused on helping at-risk youth realize dreams — Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum in Compton, CA.

Kimberly photo via Getty Images

Inspired by the Tuskeegee Airmen, then 15-year-old (now 21) US based Kimberly Anyadike of Nigerian descent flew a single-engine Cessna cross-country from her hometown of Compton, Calif., to Newport News, Va. Anyadike is said to be the youngest female pilot to complete the journey, which took 13 days.

‚ÄúI set a record flying the plane in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen! The plane is named after Tuskegee Airman, Levi Thornhill, and I was accompanied by Major Thornhill during the trip. I am now the youngest African American female to pilot a flight across the country. After the flight, I was ready for my close-up. It took a lot of courage for me to speak in front of an audience!‚ÄĚ – Seventeen.com

Born in Los Angeles in 1994, Kimberly Anyadike never remembers a time in her fifteen years she wasn‚Äôt interested in flying. Her passion for aviation began with a 20-minute demo flight at Tomorrow‚Äôs Aeronautical Museum, a flight school and youth mentoring center in Compton, CA. Kimberly washed airplanes and did other tasks to earn ‚Äúmuseum dollars‚ÄĚ that she traded in for flight lessons. Among the mentors available to kids in the program are several Tuskegee Airmen, who Kimberly has been immensely inspired by.

Exposed to a wide range of activities, Kim was a junior lifeguard at Venice Beach for five years, where she also learned how to surf. She attended the Lula Washington Dance Academy, taking ballet, hip-hop and tap dance classes. Kimberly is a youth member at her church where she learned how to read music, and is now learning how to play piano, violin and guitar.

Most recently she has completed college courses at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, the Saturday Science Academy at Charles Drew University and is taking a range of art courses at the Plaza De La Raza. She volunteers to feed the homeless in downtown Los Angeles and is very active in her church, while maintaining her G.P.A Kimberly’s career goal is to become a cardio-vascular surgeon with a pilot’s license. Like her FB page here

Kimberly Anyadike (born c.‚ÄČ1994) is known as the first Nigerian American teen to fly across the United States. Her Dad is from Nigeria, and Anyadike means (Eye of a Warrior). She flew from Compton, California to Newport News, Virginia in 2009. It took her 13 days to complete the flight The miles flown were 2,342. The plane used was a Cessna C-172. She was accompanied by safety pilot Ronnell Norman, a certified commercial pilot and Major Levi H. Thornhill, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot who at age 87, is a member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II.

Anyadike is from Compton, California. She paid for her flight lesson by working many regular jobs around the compton airport — via wiki

 

Wishing these two “reach for the skies” trailblazers all the best!

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