Nigerian Club Owner Arrested for Leading Women on a Dog Leash. Read Full Story

Nigerian Club Owner Arrested for Leading Women on a Dog Leash. Read Full Story

A Nigerian nightclub owner is in custody and has sparked widespread outrage for repeatedly appearing in public leading two women by a dog leash. Buzz Nigeria reports that Mike Nwogu, popularly known as “Pretty Mike,” has incurred the wrath of many Nigerians for turning up at events with an entourage of young ladies led before him on a dog leash.

The 30-year-old co-owner of Club Uno, an upscale night club in Lagos, first caused a stir on social media late last year when he attended an event with two girls on a dog leash. The girls were wearing elaborate costumes, which included party masks.

The pictures soon surfaced online and Nigerians were not immediately sure what to make of it. Was it another publicity stunt to get the media into overdrive?

However, Pretty Mike, in an apparent disregard for moral decorum, has staged even more daring public appearances with the girls led from a leash in 2017.

Popular Nigerian entertainment blogger Linda Ikeji was one of the first people to slam Pretty Mike. In n a blog post, she wrote, “This man pays these girls peanuts just so he can put them on a leash and walk the around like a dog when he goes to events. Silly little man!”

She was followed in tow by a number of local celebrities, including Nollywood actress Georgina Onuoha who took to her social media page to lament.

“When did our society become numb to everything morally wrong and inexcusable? When did we as a nation and people descend to this level?

If there were to be a White man today on the streets of Lagos tying two Black girls or boys to a leash, I bet we [would] all cry foul and call for his execution, so why do we think this is ok? Because he is a Black man?”

The Nigerian social media community took it up from there, with users weighing in on the issue on Twitter and Facebook. Outraged commenters likened Pretty Mike to a beast as “only an animal would do that to a human being.”

Opinions were however split on the legality of Pretty Mike’s actions, with some arguing that since the the ladies involved were consenting adults, there was little to hold against him. Others choose to pillory the girls he led by the leash for giving up their personal dignity in exchange for money.

Chidi Okereke wrote on Twitter that “what Pretty Mike is doing may not be illegal, but it is disgusting on so many levels and anyone with a sense of decency would condemn it.”

Nigerian authorities have since arrested Pretty Mike and charged him with committing an offense against morality.

A statement released by the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on Wednesday explained that Pretty Mike was arrested “for dehumanizing young girls by turning them into human puppies with chains around their necks.”


Morocco To Ban the Wearing of the Burka To Fight Terrorism. Read More Info

Morocco To Ban the Wearing of the Burka To Fight Terrorism. Read More Info

Morocco has banned the wearing, sale, and importation of the burka, a traditional Islamic veil for women covering the entire face and body. The garment, which is worn as a symbol of religious and personal modesty, also hides the identity of its wearer.

According to local media, the Interior Ministry ordered the ban on Monday and announced that it would go into effect later this week. Reports added that letters announcing the ban gave businesses 48 hours to get rid of their stock.

According to Le360, a senior interior ministry official said, “We have taken the step of completely banning the import manufacture and marketing of this garment in all cities and towns of the kingdom.”

The official, who cited security concerns as the reason behind the ban, added that “bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”

The report, which remains largely unconfirmed, has been received with mixed reactions in many circles.

Morocco is not considered a hotbed for terrorism and religious motivated violence — at least not in recent times. Also, there is no research linking a ban on the wearing of the burka to a decline in terror activities. Furthermore, the majority of Moroccan women actually prefer to wear the hijab, which resembles the burka but does not cover the face.

Several European countries, including the Netherlands, Bulgaria, and Germany have in recent years also passed laws banning the wearing of the burka, or at least limiting its use in public places.

France, Morocco’s former colonizer, is known for taking an especially harsh position against the burka. In 2010, the French parliament passed a law banning the wearing of the burka in all public places and imposed a fine of about $160.

France has a significant Muslim population, many of them immigrants from its former colonies in north and west Africa. While the French ban on the burka was mostly for cultural reasons and less about security, there has been an upswing in the number of terror-related attacks across France in the years following the ban. Clearly, the numbers appear to show that a ban on the burka is not the silver bullet in the war against terrorism.

In Africa, Morocco may be seen to be following a precedent set by Nigeria. In 2015, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Muslim, proposed a ban on the wearing of the hijab for security reasons. Buhari cited instances where male suicide bombers belonging to the Islamist terror group Boko Haram carried their attacks while dressed as women wearing the hijab.

“Banning hijab is not an option but if these attacks continue, hijab has to be banned,” Buhari explained.

While the move was welcomed by many Nigerians as a necessary step towards tackling the Boko Haram crisis, others were quick to caution that it amounted to a government encroachment on the rights of the citizens, even as it walks the tightrope between securing the state and respecting an individual’s right to religious and personal freedom.

Many human rights groups have also expressed fears that government incursion into matters of personal preference, such as the decision to or not to wear a burka, could result in a slow descent into a dreaded totalitarian or big brother state.

If Moroccan authorities confirm the burka ban, the country would become the first Arab nation to ban the wearing of the burka in public.


7 African Presidents Some People Say Should Step Down in 2017. (Must See)

7 African Presidents Some People Say Should Step Down in 2017. (Must See)

Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo, 74 years old

Time in Office: 43 years

Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo has been at the helm of affairs in Equatorial Guinea since he seized power in a 1979 coup. Despite the vast natural resources (crude oil and timber) at his disposal, Obiang’s 47 years in power has been marked by a declining quality of life among Equatorial Guineans, with the majority of his countrymen living below the poverty line.

Still, Obiang has maintained his hold on power by the use of state-sponsored violence to silence the opposition, rampant corruption, and an overall poor economic performance. Even as he positions his controversial son, Teodorin Obiang Nguema, to succeed him as president, he is one leader who needs to step aside in 2017.

Robert Mugabe, 92 years old

Time in Office: 29 years

At 92, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is the oldest “elected” head of government in the world. Mugabe and his ZANU PF party have ruled Zimbabwe since 1987.
Initially revered in his country and around the continent for his role in pushing out the British colonial government, but some people say Mugabe has now overstayed his welcome and squandered most of the goodwill he enjoyed from the majority of Zimbabweans.

Jose Eduardo Santos, 74 years old

Time in Office: 42 years

Like Theodore Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, President Jose Eduardo Santos has led Angola since 1979, presiding over an immensely oil-rich state. Angola is one of Africa’s biggest exporters of crude oil, second only to Nigeria. However, the effect of all those petrodollars has been lost on the average Angolan as more than 50 percent of the population continues to subsist on less than $2 a day.

Much of that oil wealth has instead gone directly to President Dos Santos, his family, and closest aides. His daughter, Isabel dos Santos, is Africa’s richest woman with an estimated worth of $3 billion. Her business interests include telecoms, banking, media, energy, and retail.

Last year, Santos announced plans to step down from office come 2018; yet, he has spent recent months inserting his children in to key government positions. In June, he shocked many when he sacked the entire board of state-owned oil company Sanongol and appointed his daughter Isabel as the new CEO.

Omar al-Bashir, 72 years old

Time in Office: 28 years

Sudan’s strongman leader Omar al-Bashir seized power in his country after a 1989 coup that kicked out then-Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi. By 1993, al-Bashir stepped down from his military position and appointed himself as president. Since then, al-Bashir has continued to hold on to power in Sudan despite overseeing some of the darkest periods in the country’s history.

In the ’90s, the country suffered one of its worst inflation periods, when its official currency, the Sudanese pound, lost nearly 90 percent of its value. In addition, the brutal 2nd Sudanese civil war of 1983 to 2005 was fought mostly under his watch. The war led to the creation of South Sudan in 2011. Also under his watch, the Darfur war occurred; it is largely regarded as one of the greatest humanitarian crises in modern times.

In 2009, al-Bashir, 72, became the first sitting president to be indicted by the International Criminal Court. He was charged with war crimes, including rape and genocide, during the crises in the Darfur region.

A Wikileaks revelation estimates that Omar al-Bashir is worth almost $9 billion. Meanwhile, 44.8 percent of the Sudanese population live under the poverty line. In 2015, al-Bashir won a Sudanese presidential election riddled with irregularities and the intimidation of the opposition with 94 percent of votes cast.

Isias Afwerki, 70 years old

Time in Office: 23 years

Isias Afwerki became Eritrea’s president following its independence from Ethiopia in 1993. Afwerki rose to prominence as a leader of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, leading the EPLF to victory in its war of independence from Ethiopia.

In the years since independence, though, Afwerki became increasingly tyrannical and his extremely repressive leadership style has been compared to the regime in North Korea. In addition, his government has consistently ranked at the very bottom of the Reporters Without Borders index of press freedom.

Amnesty International estimates that Afwerki may have imprisoned as many as 10,000 political prisoners. Torture, imprisonments, and forced disappearances are a standard feature of his government.

The youths of Eritrea, many of whom are fleeing the country in droves and traveling across the Mediterranean in overcrowded vessels to escape his repressive regime, surely can’t wait to see Afwerki out of office.

Paul Biya, 83 years old

Time in Office: 35 Years

Despite having no military background, President Paul Biya of Cameroon consistently ranks as one of the worst dictators in the world. Biya is a career politician who previously held several leadership positions under former President Ahmadou Ahidjo. In 1982, Ahidjo resigned from office and installed Biya as a chosen successor. Relations between the two, however, quickly deteriorated and Ahidjo fled in to exile.

In 1984, Biya foiled a military coup against his government. In the aftermath, he solidified his hold on power. President Biya regularly makes elaborate pretensions of conducting democratic elections, but in practice, Cameroon remains under his tyrannical grip.

Under Cameroon’s constitution, Biya has sweeping executive and legislative powers. In 2008, he forced a constitutional amendment that removed presidential term limits and made him eligible to seek re-election indefinitely.

At 83 years old, Biya rarely makes public appearances in Cameroon, choosing instead to spend as much as three months straight holidaying in exclusive European resorts at the expense of his fellow countrymen.

He is also Africa’s highest paid head of government with an annual salary of nearly $500,000 — more than 229 times that of the average Cameroonian. He surely needs to save his countrymen all that money.

Time in Office: 8 years

Life-long politician and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart, Jacob Zuma became South Africa’s third post-Apartheid president when he was elected by parliament in 2009. Zuma had previously served as a deputy under President Thabo Mbeki, and like most frontline ANC leaders, Zuma suffered imprisonment, exile, and human right’s abuses under the former Apartheid government of South Africa.

Zuma’s time in office, however, has been mired by several controversies. Allegations of fraud and financial misconduct are never far away from him. On assumption of office, he refused to declare his assets and other financial interests as required by the constitution.

It must also be said that Zuma has a well-documented history of general impropriety and financial misconduct. Earlier in 2005, during his time as vice president, Zuma was charged with the rape of a woman who considered him a father figure.

Indeed, he did not manage to see out his tenure as vice president as he was summarily dismissed from office following an indictment over charges of corruption and abuse of office.

More recently, Zuma has been embroiled in a corruption scandal over the use of public funds for the renovation of his private residence.

Zuma’s leadership has served to undermine the credibility of the ruling ANC, and the party lost ground for the first time in the last municipal elections, securing only 54 percent of the total votes cast.Jacob Zuma, 74 years old


Why President Mugabe Free Zimbabwe’s Female Inmates?

Why President Mugabe Free Zimbabwe’s Female Inmates?

For most of Zimbabwe’s female inmates, Monday was a happy day following the decision by President Robert Mugabe to pardon all of the nation’s female prisoners except those on death row or who are serving life sentences.
The announcement was made through a government notice on Monday requiring all female prisons in Zimbabwe to release close to 2,000 inmates.

“A full remission of remaining imprisonment is, hereby, granted to all female prisoners regardless of offences committed, save for those sentenced to life imprisonment and to death,” part of the notice read.

According to the Herald, Mugabe’s amnesty has left some female prisons in Zimbabwe literary empty. The newspaper claims that a prominent women’s prison in Harare was left with only two inmates who are serving a life sentence.

As for male inmates, Mugabe’s pardon also freed 200 male inmates, including all juveniles, those who have served two-thirds of their jail term, those over the age of 60, the terminally ill and all convicts serving in open prison.

Critics Infuriated

Monday’s announcement and the mass release that followed have aroused mixed reactions among Zimbabweans, with some critics arguing that the country is likely to see a drastic surge in crime.

“It’s either we have no money to continue feeding the inmates or we’re trying to create space for the next political prisoners for the coming elections,” a disgruntled Zimbabwean commented on a post published by News Day.

“What kind of logic is this? A murderer be either female or male is a murderer and should not receive pardon. You cannot have blanket amnesty like that,” another enraged Zimbabwean wrote.

Zimbabwe’s National Prosecuting Authority has also criticized the move, saying the pardon of nearly all female prisoners was a slap in the face of justice.

“We work hard to ensure that criminals are sent to prison and rehabilitated, justice is served when one serves their time and pays their dues to society,” an anonymous source was quoted by AllAfrica.

Reasons behind the Presidential Pardon

According to Reuters, President Mugabe’s decision to give amnesty to 2,000 inmates was informed by the increasing food shortage in the country, as most Zimbabwean prisons are struggling to feed inmates.

In a 2013 report, the US Embassy in Harare said scores of inmates in Zimbabwe have died from nutrition-related complications, largely induced by food shortages and other natural causes.

In March 2015, five prisoners were reportedly shot dead by police during a protest in a Zimbabwean prison over a food shortage. However, police said the five were shot while trying to break out of prison.

The Herald reports that the presidential pardon on 2,000 inmates will help to decongest the nation’s already crowded and cash-strapped prisons.


Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven. Must Read

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven. Must Read

"I could make many, many things with that,” said Sam Kodo, looking at a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.

Where most people see only a phone, 23-year-old Kodo sees a combination of components that can be taken apart and used to make a PC, or a robot that plays football.

But then again, he is not like most people. Kodo was just seven when he started building his first robot that could both circumvent obstacles and interact with people. Born and raised in Togo, his father was a physics lecturer at the University of Lomé and Kodo would enjoy many hours in the library studying formulas and equations. It was here that he just fell in love with electronics. It didn’t take long for his parents to realise he had a talent, and both did their best to support his passion. Without access to many new parts required to build some of the things he wanted, both helped him find components he could re-use from broken-down appliances, such as old TVs.

He recalls how his mother would give him money to buy toys as a child just so he could take them apart and build his own inventions. “I want to take the opportunity to thank my mom,” he told How we made it in Africa.

“Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried. There are a lot of people who have ideas but never try. Even if you fail, you are already one step better off in life than those who don’t even try,” said Sam Kodo.

“And I was also very fortunate to have my dad help me find the right parts I needed. And then I was also able to go to libraries and just educate myself.”

By the age of 15, Kodo’s robots could recognise faces and objects, speak, execute orders and even play football. And it wasn’t long before he created his first smartphone and PC.

Low-cost computers for Africa

Today Kodo is the founder of Infinite Loop, a company that locally produces low-cost personal computers for students. His miniature computers, called the Lifebook PC, are small enough to fit into a pocket, and they have to be plugged into TVs or mobile phones to turn them into a functional internet-enabled desktop PC. They are sold for a fraction of the price of other PCs in the market (under US$90) and cost around half the amount to produce.

Kodo’s work has caught the attention of international media, and last year he was named one of 12 finalists of the Anzisha Prize, an award for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.

His inspiration for creating his own PCs came from a need he identified at university. “When I went to university I realised there was a serious lack of tools to do my homework and university studies. So I decided to make my own computer so that it could help me work properly.”

This soon caught the attention of other students with similar interests. “I was fortunate enough to team up with others who had the same talent, and we created the company that is now called Infinite Loop.”

The start-up employs six people and has sold around 50 computers in Togo, which Kodo said is still their first version. “We plan to create many versions, and have many other projects for Africa too.”

Teams are everything

Kodo looks up to the likes of technology pioneers Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, and makes use of some of the lessons they have learnt in their careers. For starters, he acknowledges that there is more to building a business empire than being able to produce something innovative or being a computer whizz.

“Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg might not have particularly been good businessmen or good administrators or even good at marketing, but what they did was they surrounded themselves with people who have the competencies and skills to turn their [innovations and computer skills] into a company,” he noted.

Kodo’s business partner has been his friend since childhood, and has studied commerce. He explained they have complementary skills, which they use to make joint business decisions. “When you choose a business partner, choose someone who complements you – not someone with the same skills – and someone who can add value to the business,” is his advice.

‘Be curious, do not fear failure’

According to Kodo, technology – such as mobile phones or PCs – has the ability to solve some key problems on the continent. Above all he wants his PCs to be affordable so everyone can benefit from them.

“With the computer I’ve created it’s important to remember there was a purpose behind this type of computer. It’s accessible and not expensive. Pretty much any student who’d like to purchase a computer like this can do so.”

He advises other African entrepreneurs to “be curious, enquire, learn, and always be original” in whatever they do. He added it will also be easier for them to succeed if they love what they do, and they should not let the fear of failure prevent them from starting.

“Just think about it. If you fail, at least you have tried. There are a lot of people who have ideas but never try,” Kodo commented.

“Even if you fail, you are already one step better off in life than those who don’t even try.”

By Musah Idriss

This Beautiful Burundian Female Scientist Hopes to Eradicate Tuberculosis. Read Full Story

This Beautiful Burundian Female Scientist Hopes to Eradicate Tuberculosis. Read Full Story

Burundian scientist Mireille Kamariza has teamed up with other top chemists to find a simpler and more effective diagnostic method for tuberculosis (TB). With the help of her mentor and chemistry teacher, Saloua Saidane, the 27-year-old discovered a potential breakthrough in the fight against TB, an infectious disease that is estimated to affect 10 million people annually across the world.

Kamariza hopes her invention will help detect the bacteria that causes TB more effectively, according to NPR.

Not My Career

Kamariza, who is currently working on her Ph.D., says she never dreamed of becoming a scientist because she wasn’t exposed to science while growing up in Burundi.

“Science was something that Europeans and Americans did. It was for other people – not for me.”

Growing up in a country ravaged by a deadly civil war, Kamariza, like most of her peers, had a hard time getting a good education, but she managed to attend a government-run Catholic school, before moving to the U.S. at the age of 17 to join her two brothers who lived in a small studio apartment in San Diego. They all worked various odd jobs to pay the bills.

While attending San Diego Mesa College, Kamariza met Sadiane, a fellow French-speaking African from Tunisia who introduced her to science.

“She really pushed me and kept motivating me and telling me I should aim high. Whatever she told me, I did,” Kamariza said.

She later joined the University of California, where she spent her summer holidays conducting biology research after earning a diversity scholarship from the National Institutes of Health.

The young grad student then joined Stanford University Chemist Carolyn Bertozzi’s lab, where, together with other students, she embarked on a mission to discover a quicker way to diagnose TB.

The Breakthrough

The team soon discovered a new test that is able to recognize a microbe known as trehalose, which is exclusively found in bacteria that cause TB.

This test uses special substances that cause TB bacteria cells to glow green, making it easy for medical researchers to spot them under a microscope.

Compared to the current TB tests, Kamariza’s method has proved to be less laborious and more effective.

Kamariza and her team now hope to come up with a simple and quicker method of diagnosing the disease so that they can eliminate the six weeks that patients have to wait to get results under the current procedure.

She says that eradicating tuberculosis is a personal calling for her because she witnessed many of her villagers, including her close relative back in Burundi, die from the disease.


Agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar wins $25,000 2016 Anzisha grand prize for African youth entrepreneurship. Read More

Agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar wins $25,000 2016 Anzisha grand prize for African youth entrepreneurship. Read More

African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation are pleased to announce Heritiaina Randriamananatahina, 22 year-old agriculture entrepreneur from Madagascar, as this year’s winner of the $25,000 Grand Prize in the sixth annual edition of Africa’s premier award for youth entrepreneurship. Heritiaina is the founder of Fiombonana, an agro-processing enterprise that manufactures dairy products and confectioneries using only Malagasy raw materials, employing farmers and providing local job opportunities. Heritiaina was selected from a competitive pool of diverse entrepreneurs from all over Africa. For the first time ever, Anzisha Prize is pleased to award one of the top prizes to a finalist from Madagascar, creating a truly pan-African network of entrepreneurs who represent Africa’s best youth entrepreneurs.

This year, Anzisha Prize celebrates increased representation of winners from francophone countries. The first runner-up was environmental entrepreneur Yaye Souadou Fall, 21, from Senegal (who will receive $15,000) while agricultural entrepreneur N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier, 19, from Côte d’Ivoire was the second runner-up (and will receive $12,500).

The presence of two agriculture entrepreneurs in the top three is emblematic of the important role agriculture plays in Africa’s economies. Agriculture represented the sector with the largest share of applicants for the prize this year. The Agriculture Sector Prize was also claimed by N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier who demonstrated the potential for agriculture to create jobs for youth.

As the Grand Prize-winner, Heritiaina impressed a pan-African panel of judges with his venture response to a real need within his community, effective business model, job-creation potential, scalability, and demonstrated leadership potential. Fiombonana has enjoyed significant success to date including sizeable growth as Fiombonana produces 800 kg of cheese a week, with potential for rapid and low cost expansion due to innovations such as reverse-engineering machinery for food processing. “I am so excited to win the Anzisha Prize for 2016, even though I had to drop out of school when I was in grade six. My hard work in my business is paying off. I appreciate the training I have already received so far. Now that I have won, I will invest in my own education and grow my business,” says Heritiaina.

The first runner up for the prize, Yaye Souadou from Senegal and founder of E-cover, is also the first Senegalese entrepreneur ever in the top three in the history of Anzisha Prize. The core need the venture meets is to repurpose the many discarded tyres that are available in her home city, Dakar, into multi-purpose tiles for paving playgrounds, pavements, roads, and other surfaces. Yaye believes that youth can be agents of change to solve the problems that Africa faces and can drive pursuit of opportunities for economic growth. Her win will enable her to build the production capacity that her venture desperately needs in order to meet customer demand.

Chadian Political Hero Lives Modestly in the Bronx Despite Helping Topple a Dictator. Read More

Chadian Political Hero Lives Modestly in the Bronx Despite Helping Topple a Dictator. Read More

Although he is considered a celebrity by those who know the leading role he played in bringing down the former President of Chad, Hissene Habre (one of Africa’s most lethal dictators), Souleymane Guengueng now lives in a three bedroom apartment in a public housing complex in New York City. Guengueng was among the hundreds of people imprisoned and tortured in Chad during the authoritarian reign of President Habre. He would remain in prison for two and a half years.

After his release, Guengueng started recording testimonies of victims and relatives of the people who had died in the hands of President Habre. His evidence was crucial in the prosecution of Habre, who was sentenced to life in prison in May 2016.

“It was like an out-of-body experience for me. Habre is in prison now,” the 67-year-old Guengueng told the New York Times.


Despite his incessant determination to seek justice for hundreds of fellow Chadians and winning several human rights awards, Guengueng now lives a private simple life in a public housing complex in the Bronx, New York.

While in America receiving treatment for an injured retina, the father of seven started receiving threats from the supporters of President Habre, forcing him to move his wife and children to America through the help of his lawyer, Reed Brody.

Once his contract at Human Rights Watch ended, Guengueng had to work as a night watchman, which soon ended after he fell and broke his leg.

Before long, his oldest daughter, who was supporting the family with a restaurant job, fell sick and died. Guengueng’s wife also had a hard time adjusting to the unfamiliar lifestyle in America, including the drastic change in temperature.

The family had to move into a homeless shelter after they were unable to raise a monthly house rent of $2,000 for their tiny rental in Queens. But after many days of searching for government-subsidized housing, Guengueng managed to move his family from the shelter to their current three bedroom apartment in the Bronx.

“He is a hero. He’s done so much to change history. Yet his day-to-day life is one of hardships and heartbreaks,” his lawyer said.

Guengueng will be appearing in court later this week in an appeal case filed by former President Habre.

Habre, who ruled Chad from 1982 to 1990 before getting ousted in a coup, is accused of ordering the torture and killing of tens of thousands of people, many who he considered political opponents.


Entrepreneur Uses Lingerie To Encourage African Women To Love Their Skin Color.

Entrepreneur Uses Lingerie To Encourage African Women To Love Their Skin Color.

for many years, a lot of Black women have felt intimidated to wear swimming lingerie for fear of exposing their dark skin. It is for this reason that 47-year-old Sadia Sisay, a Black British fashion designer and entrepreneur, has decided to create a special type of lingerie that encourages Black women and other women of color to embrace their skin tone and body shape.

With her new brand, beingU, Sisay hopes to make women of color feel treasured and beautiful by wearing beautiful underwear designed with their body in mind. In a statement sent to Face2Face Africa, Sadia insists that making women feel visible is at the core of her brand.

“I’ve spent over 30 years searching for gorgeous underwear to suit my skin tone and body shape and this is the first range that addresses these things,” she explained.

She added that a recent survey conducted by beingU revealed that a staggering 80 percent of women interviewed in the U.S. and U.K. said they always encounter problems when looking for lingerie that matches their skin tone.

Dignity for Women

Sisay’s main motivation is the idea that women should always feel valued in everything they do.

She reveals that the idea to design lingerie that matches a woman’s skin tone was born out of watching her daughter grow into a young lady in an environment where her skin tone is often underrepresented.

With the new undergarment, Sisay hopes that her 21-year-old daughter will grow up in a world that celebrates women of all shapes, shades and sizes.

Her brand, which will be officially launched in February 2017, consists of three types of lingerie, namely; Kobicha (a shiny mesh collection with a three-piece bra and a high-waist brief), Yendi (a molded bra with padded straps and perfectly-positioned boy shorts), and Rosa (a lightly-lined bra with a deep V neckline and a high-waist thong).

Strong-Willed Entrepreneur

Sisay was born in Sierra Leone and relocated to the United Kingdom when she was 16. She trained as a cancer nurse and then worked in the pharmaceutical industry until 2008 when she decided to quit and start her own business.

She first tried to launch the brand in 2011 but soon decided to put it on hold due to some personal challenges.

That same year, she won two prestigious awards for the startup concept including the Precious Business of the Year Award and the Precious Entrepreneur of the Year Award.


Nigeria’s Yemi Alade Receives Official Invite to the 2017 Grammy Awards

Nigeria’s Yemi Alade Receives Official Invite to the 2017 Grammy Awards

Organizers of the Grammy Awards have extended an official invitation to Nigerian afro-pop music diva Yemi Alade for the 2017 show in February.

Alade, the African new school music sensation enjoyed phenomenal career success in 2016, dropping multiple hits that dominated the contemporary music scene across Africa.

She capped off her incredible year by posting a picture of an invitation to attend the 2017 Grammy Awards on her Facebook.

The photo which she captioned “Just Got Mail” displayed the official Grammy invite and an accompanying envelope:

The invitation is a first for Alade, who hit the limelight in Nigeria after winning a reality talent show in 2009. Alade is not on the list of nominees for this year’s Grammy’s and it is unclear as to what capacity she will be attending the awards, but it is definitely a recognition of Alade’s talent and achievements during the past few years.

In 2016, the singles “Want You” and “Gucci Ferragamo” off her sophomore album titled Mama Africa, went on to become massive hits on the continent, earning her a string of award wins and nominations.

At the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, Alade set a new record by becoming the first artist to win the award for Best Female Artist for tge second year in a row. She was also nominated for Best International Act at the 2016 BET Awards, which she lost to South Africa’s Black Coffee. Alade also made the shortlist for the 2016 MOBO Awards in addition to several other nominations including the WatsUp TV Africa Music Awards.

The 27-year-old Alade is a UN Ambassador for Peace and a graduate of the University of Lagos. In recent times, she has been hit with criticism over the lack of depth and creativity in her lyrics, which have been described as amateurish and repetitive. Putting up a picture of her Grammy Awards invite on social media was perhaps her way of replying to her critics.

The 2017 Grammy Awards will be the 59th edition of the show. The ceremony is scheduled for February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.