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Head of State with the Longest Name..
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 22 September, 2015 02:26:13 PM, in the Category PEOPLE.Total Views 1251.

-    Hery Rajaonarimampianina was born November 6 (1958) to a modest family. He lived in Sabotsy Namehana, neighbourhood of Antananarivo, Madagascar. In 1982, Rajaonarimampianina obtained a MBA. Then, he moved to Canada to complete his training in finance, receiving a postgraduate diploma (DEA) in accounting science in 1986. He obtained the Canadian Diploma of Accounting from the Certified General Accountant’s Association (C.G.A) in 1991.

-    In 1991, he went back to Madagascar and worked as an accountant. He also became the studies director of the National Institute for Business Administration and Accounting Science (INSCAE) in Antananarivo (Madagascar) and teacher assistant at the Antananarivo University.

-   He has been the C.E.O of Air Madagascar since 2009.

Meet the new owner of the GATWICK AIRPORT in London.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 22 September, 2015 12:33:44 PM, in the Category PEOPLE.Total Views 1874.

-    Adebayo Ogunlesi was born to prof and Mrs T.O Ogunlesi of Shagamu Ogun State in the year 1953. His father is the first Nigerian professor of Medicine in Nigeria.

-    He attended the prestigious Kings College Lagos, and went on to receive his B.A with a first class honours from Oxford university and with other accolades from the Harvard law school and His  M.B.A from Harvard Business school.

-    He was a lecturer in Harvard and Yale school, he is the chairman of global infrastructure partners (GIM) an independent investment fund based in New York City with worldwide stakes on infrastructure assets and he is the new owner of the GATWICK AIRPORT in London. The deal which is reported to have cost 1.455 billion British pounds was sealed in 2009.

''Golden Bol'' changed Basketball.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 22 September, 2015 11:49:34 AM, in the Category HEROES.Total Views 693.

-    Manute Bol was born October 16, 1962 to Madut and Okwok Bol in Tura lei and raised near Gogrial in Sudan. He was the son of a Dinka tribal elder who gave him the name "Manute", which means "special blessing"

-    He came from a family of extraordinarily tall men and women:"His mother was 6 ft. 10 in (2.08 m),father 6 ft. 8 in (2.03 m), and sister is 6 ft. 8 in (2.03 m)."His ethnic group, the Dinka, and the Nilotic people of which they are a part, are among the taller populations of the world.

-    He tended his family's cattle in boyhood. And started playing basketball at the age of 15. He migrated to the United States after the civil war broke out in Sudan.

-    Bol played for two colleges and four NBA teams over his career. He was known as a specialist player; he was considered among the best shot-blockers in the history of the sport. Bol blocked more shots than he scored points, making him the only NBA player ever to do so.

Did you know, Cush in the bible was Ethiopian?
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 22 September, 2015 09:52:36 AM, in the Category DID YOU KNOW.Total Views 897.

-      Mizraim which is another name for Egypt, was the second son of Ham. This makes him an African by Blood. Mizraim, Cush, and Phut travelled and began to settle in the upper parts of Africa.

-      Egypt was the first to emerge as a nation as opposed to a city culture. Its arts and crafts dominated the Nile and Eventually the world.

-      Cush was Ethiopian, Ethiopia is the Greek word or term for burnt faced people or Black People.

''Monkey Post'' he Scores.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 15 September, 2015 11:03:11 AM, in the Category LIVING LEGENDS.Total Views 1377.

- Samuel Eto'o Fils was born on March 10, 1981, in Nkon, Cameroon. The son of an accountant, he enjoyed a relatively comfortable childhood and attended the Kadji Sports Academy in the city of Douala. Eto'o's attempts to sign with a French soccer club as a teenager were rejected due to his age and lack of a proper ID, but he became a member of Real Madrid's youth academy in 1997.

- Eto'o barely played for Real Madrid and was loaned to multiple clubs throughout the late 1990s. However, the speedy striker established himself as a key player for his country, leading Cameroon to championships at the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations and the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.

Namibian President- Dr Hage Geingob
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 15 September, 2015 10:54:46 AM, in the Category PEOPLE.Total Views 1108.

- Dr Hage Geingob was born in Otjiwarongo, South-West Africa (present-day Namibia), 3rd august 1941.

- He is the third and the current President of Namibia, in office since 21 March 2015. Geingob was the first Prime Minister of Namibia from 21 March 1990 until 28 August 2002; he served as Prime Minister again from 4 December 2012 to 21 March 2015.

- He received his early education at Otavi in South-West Africa under the Bantu Education System. He joined the Augustineum, where most of today’s prominent political leaders of Namibia were educated, in 1958.

- In 1960, he was expelled from Augustineum for having participated in a march to protest the poor quality of education. He was, however, re-admitted and was able to finish the teacher-training course in 1961.  

Ray of Hope.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 15 September, 2015 10:46:07 AM, in the Category .Total Views 892.

- Ray Charles was born in Albany, Georgia, on September 23, 1930. He was raised by his mother Aretha and his father's first wife Mary Jane. Ray Charles is one of the most influential figures in contemporary music.

- Though born in Albany, Georgia, Charles moved to Greenville, Florida, as a child where he was raised in extreme poverty.

- Charles contracted glaucoma at age 5, lost his sight completely by age 7, and lost his mother soon thereafter. In spite of such hardships, Charles learned to read and write music in braille and became proficient on several musical instruments by the time left the St. Augustine school for the deaf and Blind.

- Charles later told Jet magazine that his mother reminded him, ‘'you might not be able to do things like a person who can see. But there are always two ways to do everything. You just have to find the other way.

Owuro L’Ojo (How D’You Do?)
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 15 September, 2015 10:35:48 AM, in the Category ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.Total Views 1220.

· Beautiful Nubia is the performing name for Segun Akinlolu, a Nigerian born singer and lead for the Roots Renaissance Band Formed and fronted by him as a songwriter and poet, the group's songs and albums have achieved cult status among their loyal and growing fans spread across the world.

· Segun Akinlolu Born in Ibadan in 1968, he started writing songs at a very young age. He graduated from the University of Ibadan with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree in 1992 and worked as a Vet Doctor for about 8 years. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism.

· He drew his early influence from the traditional culture which was prevalent in the form of oral poetry, theatre, music and folklore. In 1994, with enough resources to produce a demo, his timing coincided with the final departure of major record labels from Nigeria. In response, he established EniObanke, a music production and marketing company under which his first album was released in 1997.

Botswana President-Lieutenant General Khama
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Tue, 08 September, 2015 04:22:33 PM, in the Category PEOPLE.Total Views 1086.

.         His Excellency the President, Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, is first born son of Botswana's founder President, the late Sir Seretse Khama, and his revered wife the late Lady Ruth Khama.

·         He was born on the 27th of February 1953 in Surrey, England as the second of four siblings, with an elder sister Jacqueline, and two younger twin brothers, Tshekedi and Anthony.

·         The location of the President's birth was due to the fact that his parents had been forced into political exile, being barred by the then colonial Government from residing in Botswana.  At the time Sir Seretse Khama was the uncrowned sovereign of one of Botswana's traditional Kingdoms, that of the Bangwato. But, for his defiance of racism, he had been barred from assuming his throne.

By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 07 September, 2015 11:28:25 AM, in the Category FRANKLY SPEAKING AFRICA.Total Views 653.
  • Abedi Pele was born on November 5, 1964 in a small village called Dome, Ghana. He was born into a poor family; therefore he often helped his mother sell coal. He was recruited while playing for his school team and he was introduced to "colts" football in the city. 
  • He soon became one of the pioneers of African football in Europe; one of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football.
  • He played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille's prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s.
The Mambo Queen.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 07 September, 2015 11:18:51 AM, in the Category ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT.Total Views 824.
  • Angelique Kidjo was born in Ouidah, Benin on July 14, 1960. Her mother was a performer in a dance and theatre ensemble and her father was a banjo player. These influences shaped Kidjo's love for the stage and performing. After leaving Benin in the early 1980s because of the unstable political climate, Kidjo lived in Paris for a time.
  •  She achieved moderate success as a solo musician in her early 20s, but her career really took off when she joined the European jazz-funk-African fusion band Pilli as the lead singer in the mid-1980s. After touring extensively with that group for several years, a revived attempt at a solo career proved successful with both 
Amazing Facts About Africa.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 07 September, 2015 11:05:38 AM, in the Category DID YOU KNOW.Total Views 895.
  • The Democratic republic of Congo has over a million metric tons of cobalt metal.
  • Morocco has a similar cobalt metal.
  • Beryllium is found in Madagascar, Mozambique, the Democratic republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe.
  • Manganese is found in most of West Africa as well as in the Kalahari Desert.
  • Lithium is found in large deposits in the democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda. This is used in some cases to make mobile phones.
Tuskegee Experiment: Lee Archer
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Mon, 07 September, 2015 10:56:54 AM, in the Category HEROES.Total Views 861.
  • Lee Archer was born in Yonkers, New York, on September 6, 1919 and served as a member of the distinguished Tuskegee Air-men, a group who garnered an outstanding combat record in world war two. He shot down 5 war planes. He was initially refused appointment to the U.S Army air Corps because he was BLACK; Archer went into the Army as a regular enlistee.
  • In May 1942, while stationed at camp wheeler, Georgia, Archer learned the army Air Corps was finally accepting black candidates for pilot training under the “Tuskegee Experiment”. He immediately re-applied.
Meet Chipololpolo's King Kalu.
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Wed, 02 September, 2015 02:28:31 PM, in the Category LIVING LEGENDS.Total Views 1019.

Kalusha Bwalya was born August 16, 1963 in Mufulira. Popularly known simply as Kalusha, is a Zambian footballer and coach. He is Zambia's most capped player, all-time top goal scorer, and is regarded as the greatest Zambian player to play the game. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988, and was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year where he was voted the 14th-best player in the world.

Kalusha became familiar with football in his early childhood. Just like many other African boys, he and his friends played in the streets and that is where he learnt basic football skills. They played barefoot, sometimes with a genuine ball and sometimes improvising with plastic or paper.

Kalusha saw many matches at an early age, especially those of the local club. He was active as a ball boy now and then and that was how he met Mufulira Blackpool's important players who had a great influence on him. At 14 years of age, he started league matches in the Blackpool youth team and actively began his career in 1979 at age 16.

President of the Republic of Burundi, His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza,
By Muyiwa Afolabi, On Wed, 02 September, 2015 01:07:54 PM, in the Category POLITICS.Total Views 973.

His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, hails from the northern district of Ngozi where he was born on December 19th, 1964. He attended primary school in his home region, and proceeded to secondary education in the central district of Gitega.

His father, Eustache Ngabisha, was elected to the Parliament of Burundi in 1965 and later became Governor of two provinces before being killed in 1972 during a period of ethnic violence that claimed the lives of nearly 300,000 Burundians, according to Western media. As a University student in Bujumbura, Nkurunziza was so brilliant that he graduated with distinction in Education and Sports in 1990. After graduation, he served as a secondary school teacher in the central district of Muramvya, and he was later recruited as Assistant Lecturer at the University of Burundi, from 1992 to 1994. In 1995, when Burundi was facing a bloody civil war, stemming from tribal antagonism between Hutus and Tutsis, the then University lecturer narrowly escaped assassination by unknown gunmen.

At the time, it was reported that the army had attacked the University Campus. After the incident, Nkurunziza went to the bush to join the Cndd-Fdd rebel combatants where he was soon promoted to the highest responsibilities. After rising through the ranks, Nkurunziza was appointed deputy secretary-general of the Cndd-Fdd in 1998 in charge of internal affairs.

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