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THE MAGAZINE THAT PROMOTES UNION AND COOPERATION OF AFRICANS AROUND THE GLOBE, ENCOURAGING AN INFORMED, THINKING AND QUESTIONING AFRICAN SOCIETY.

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SPOTLIGHTS

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE FIFI SOUMA


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CONTENTS

W E TA L K A F R I C A N . . .

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Entertainment TENDAY: 08 MONIK The Birth of New African Queen. By Staff Writer

14 Cameroonian-American artist launches new COLBY DELA:

album in the international market. By Lady Kate Njeuma

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Lifestyle

16 Dr. Gary Chapman book on five keys to THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES greater relationships.

MODERN DAY AFRICAN 18 THE WARRIOR

Surviving The New Century Battle Ground By Staff Writer

Technology

TAKES OVER 22 ANDROID The Samsung Vibrant Galaxy S By InfosyncWorld

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26 FOOTBALL: South Africa bids for the 2015 Nations Cup bid.

of the MONTH: 28 ATHLETE Emeka Okafor

Culture

AFRICA USA 2010 30 MISS Fifi Souma is crowned Miss Africa USA 2010. By Lady Kate Njeuma

Health & Beauty 36 HEALTH: The benefits of Organic Green Tea By Francis Davis

vs. WOMEN: 38 MEN Battle of the Sexes. CARE: 40 SKIN Five Types of food for Skin Care. By Angela Ruan

POLITICS: 24 OFFICE 10 Ways to Play and Win By Amitai Givertz

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ON THE COVER: FIFI SOUMA, Miss Africa USA 2010

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EDITOR’S COLUMN

By Eric Adunagow |

Time to Rally Up! It’s almost The End of The Year.

ADUNAGOW MAGAZINE “Reaching Africans Around The Globe” PUBLISHER: Eric ADUNAGOW EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Eric Adunagow eric@adunagow.net CONTRIBUTING WRITERS:

It’ October and soon 2010 will be past; just another year down the road. Then, we will reflect on how time has gone so fast, that we did not accomplish everything we wanted to do this year, and on and on we go. Well lucky you it’s not the end of the year yet. We still got three months to rally up on all our goals and mark that check mark on our list. What to do when time is running short and the feeling of unfinished business still lurking around? The best thing to do is to pick one task out of the list and concentrate fully - I mean one hundred percent - to accomplishing that task and even go above and beyond what was planned originally. Get a new planner and layout your final task of the year and promise ourself to do or die. As for us here at ADUNAGOW Magazine, we have been fortunate enough to tackle our list graciously with no problem: - Early this year, we were accepted into the Oklahoma City Public Library at the Ralph Ellison Public Library; a great push that was done to attract more subscribers. Since then, we have since tremendous increase on readership and online traffic. - We have kept our dedication on providing special coverage to yearly African events such as the Miss Nigeria in America Beauty Pageant and the Miss Africa USA Beauty pageant (covered in this issue). - We have brought to our readers more interesting interviews from great celebrities in the African communities such as the talented Nigerian Born actor 6

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Staff writers Lady Kate Njeuma Francis Davis Amitai Givertz Angela Ruan

Hakeem Kae-Kazim, the Ivory coast born Hollywood Designer Christiane King, the Democratic Republic of Congo presidential candidate Eric Mulalu, the Atlanta based Hip Hop and talented artist Hugo Million, and in this very issue, the beautiful and gracious Guinean born and winner of the 2010 Miss Africa USA Beauty pageant Ms.. Fifi Souma. There are many more things that we have accomplished and we thank all of our readers for being loyal to us and supporting our cause of promoting cooperation and union among Africans by showcasing our talents, beauty, and heritage. Our goal for next year is to bring you more interesting interviews, articles, and more special coverage. We promise a bigger and better year as we move forward into 2011. Best of luck on completing your task for this year and we hope you’ve been enjoying our magazine as much as we’ve been enjoying putting it together for you. Remember, we will “kick butt” next year; There I’ve said it. Best regards,

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ENTERTAINMENT MUSIC

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MONIK TENDAY:

The Birth of a New African Queen ADUNAGOW Magazine brings you an exclusive interview with the new African Diva, also known as the New African Queen MONIK TENDAY. Her music is captivating, like a piece of cheese on a mousetrap. Listening too close may just get you deadly “hooked” for some more. In this exclusive interview, Monik talks about her beginning in the music business and also tell us a bit more about her latest album “L’ENVOL.” Get to know her on the next pages. SHORT BIO MONIK TENDAY is an artist-musician from Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo). She was born in Mbuji-Mayi, on July 20. Monik Tenday is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, performer. She owes this wealth of art from her paternal grandmother’s side, in which she is the heiress. After attending primary and secondary school in Lubumbashi and Kinshasa, she decided to follow her destiny by opting for the Music section of the National Arts Institute (INA) in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her studies at the INA were a real success. Monik Tenday was selected as teacher of classical guitar since obtaining her degree. On February 23, 2007, when she was recruited in the last minutes for a 15 minute show at the festival Heart of Africa in Kinshasa, the destiny unfolded: Monik Tenday was called the next day by a sponsor for a particular contract that led to her “JE VOUS REGARDE..” [meaning: “I’m lokking at you” in French] the first album of her career, released in 2008. She says to this effect: “... in a society where women still walking head down, arms crossed and mouth shut, I made a choice that I owe to myself: I CAN WATCH YOU ... to expose, challenge, and sing about life ... the beauty of life, a legacy of old but my contemporaries do not cease to spoil ... daily. “JE VOUS REGARDE ...” has

a built reputation for Monik Tenday. Her songs such as “le regards d’une femme” (the look of a woman), “Wenda anyi uja,” “uza kotambula too,” “uza Kubina” are making waves. She performed several times in Kinshasa at the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, French Cultural Centre, Hotel Invest, au Tarmac des auteurs, in Congo-Brazzaville, in Bamako as a worthy representative of her country on the anniversary of the show Tutanguna. She then flew to Belgium to attend the Summer Academy of Libramont (Académie de Libramont) , with an illuminating performance at the Festival Bruxeles le bain. In 2009, Monik Tenday gets the trophy of excellence at “Le prix de la découverte” event for her song “Muana Mboka”. This gave ammunition to make a step further with a new album, the second. So the new adventure in which she takes us on to this day is called: “ENVOL.” With eight tracks, The ENVOL [meaning Jumpstart in French] is a journey that begins and which will last between Monik Tenday and all music lovers who will discover this special way to make it to her inspirations. And as you might say: “you listen accidentally, then the magic happens ... you feel tamed by a stage queen... Africa may be discovering her new diva, a new African Queen.”

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“Her music is captivating, like a piece of cheese on a mousetrap. Listening too close may just get you deadly “hooked” for some more.” - About Monik Tenday’s Music

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Thank you Monik for taking the time to respond to our interview questions. AM: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you originally from? Monik: I am a musician from Congo (DRC). I was born in Mbuji-Mayi on July 20. I am a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and performer. AM: When you’re not working, what are your favorite things to do? Monik: When I’m not working, I love to watch TV and hang out and have some laughs with close friends... AM: Currently, where is home? Monik: Currently I live in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. AM: How many languages do you speak? Which ones? Monik: I almost can speak all the official languages of my country, except for the Kikongo. I speak French, Linguala, Swahili, and Tshiluba. Besides the official languages of my country, I practice a little bit of English but I have to a lot to improve. AM: How did you get started in music? Monik: I come from a family of musicians. From my paternal grandmother who used to sing and play the guitar, to my father and mother. As a youth, I used to sing in the choir at church, before starting on dreaming about becoming a professional musician and performer. Little by little, I started playing and performing on events here and there, sometimes per invitation.

a sponsor for an album contract, which eventually led to my first produced album called “JE VOUS REGARDE...”, (translated as “I’m watching You...”) which debuted in 2008. AM: Have you always dreamed of being a singer since you were a kid? Monik: Several ideas skim through our mind when we’re young... but I think the strongest of them all is the one that we achieve no matter the cost. I certainly had many dreams, but the true dream is the one that came into reality…I live it without tampering nor editing. I work at it and it comes into reality because it’s my dream. I no longer wait for it to happen tomorrow, but I work at achieving it daily. AM: In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of being a singer? Monik: as a career, singing opens doors to many opportunities, even the toughest ones. Music is one thing that man allows to happen, after denying everything else. But the disadvantage is mainly linke to our feminine nature: being a woman. Men (who are still driving the music

industry) have hard trouble seing a female artist as a true working partner rather than just the opposite gender. The society from time to time allow confusion between the business and our lives as women. AM: How many album have you produced? Monik: So far, two. “Je vous regarde…” in 2008, and “L’envol” in 2010. AM: By the way you have a tremendously great and attractive voice. What style of music do you prefer most and why? Monik: I refuse being charcaterized on a specific style of music and prefer being inspired by any style of music. My music has various styles, from time to time committed to the cause of the woman, like a caricature painting, humorous and nostalgic about the current facts about the society I live in… I do not appreciate the absurd barriers between the music industry, said the so-called mass, between urban music and “traditional” music; between the

AM: So, when did the big break happen for you? Monik: It was February 23, 2007. I was recruited in the last 15 minutes to perform at the “Coeur d’Afrique” festival in Kinshasa. My performance was so great that I was invited the day after by 10

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so-called world music and the worldly music... AM: So, you don’t believe in different music styles? The reason is music is music... it’s one. It’s the art of combining musical notes in a certain way with the goal of creating something beautiful that touches the heart. We must therefore transcend the ear to improve the quality of the human life: denoucing injustice, healing wounds, and giving pleasure by stirring hope. AM: If you have to pick one song, which one of your songs you like most and why? Monik: It’s as if you were asked to choose among your children ... I love all my songs. They are all parts of me. AM: Can you tell us what artists have influenced you most in your career? Monik: Influence over my music? No. I prefer to say in relation to my artistic dreams. On that point, Tracy Chapman is one of the musical personalities of African origin that have mostly affected my artistic dreams. As for my music, I make every song as I feel from society and let the public judge it. AM: What are you currently working on? What’s coming next from Monik? Monik: I just release my new album called “L’envol” here in my country since March of this year. I’m currently promoting it so that it may be discovered a little better locally first, then I will start preparing its release internationally for early 2011. AM: What is the source of your inspirations? Monik: Life...Since the release of my first album “Je vous regarde...” I have always said to myself: in a society where women are still walking with their head down, hand crossed, and mouse shut, I have chosen to do something different: to look at you... to expose, challenge and sing about the beauty of life... the beautiful old heritage that the contemporary seems to corrupt daily. AM: Have you ever considered acting (movie) as well in your future? 12

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Monik: I forgot to mention earlier on that I’m also an actress and comedian on a radio show as part of a program of demobilization of ex-combatants at the Lokole Center. Since last year, I have registered for drama classes. It is therefore, in my opinion, the beginnings of a clearly stated ambition. AM: Your Upcoming Album is called ‘L’ENVOL”. Tell us a little bit about it. Monik: People had discovered my talent from my first album. I’m expecting the second one to do even better. People who rushed on judging me negatively through my first album will realize and re-discover me and my imaginable artistical talent on music through the second album. “L’Envol” has 8 tracks, which will take you on a trip where Monik Tenday and all music lovers will discover how she brings her inspirations to life. AM: What artists have you collaborated with so far? Monik: I have worked with Toni Blackman, an American artist, as part of a program to combat violence againt women by women, a program of the U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I have also worked with Lexxus, one of the most emblematic figures of Hip-Hop in my country. There’s also Baloji, another native son of the diaspora, and many others whose products are being finished as we speak. There are plenty more requests to date from other musicians from my country for more collaboration works. I’d rather not mention the names as we are only at the very early stage of the project.

on it? Monik: Most African countries have commemorated the golden jubilee of independence of their country. And for my country, I had the honor to perform for the heads of state guests, including the Belgian royal couple. I have been called the African Queen by the press following my performance for this event. I have humbly received this nickname and accepted it as a mission entrusted to me as a task which I must now answer to the problems of my African brothers. An African proverb says that one who points finger to others should pay attention to his hands; he should realize that three of the fingers points back to himself. The biggest problem in Africa is the indictment of others and not ourselves. If only everyone could ask themselves the very same question about their contributions to the well being of African without mentioning others... AM: About Africa: what will you keep? What will you change? Monik: overcome poverty while preserving the African cultural values.. AM: Something about you that people will never guess? Monik: I’ve never had my ears pierced. AM: Any words of wisdom for all our aspiring singers out there? Monik: What you run away from always follow you. What you face disappears. There you have it. Thank you MONIK for taking the time to chat with us. We wish you plenty of success and wisdom in your career.

AM: By this point I know there are many people who would like to know where and how to obtain your music. Any special place to go? Monik: At the moment, my CDs are available for sale in Kinshasa at “Black & White” (with K-Cube Productions). For the rest of the world, we’re working on the release, which is currently scheduled for 2011. AM: In your opinion, what’s the number one issue to deal with in Africa? What’s your take (solution) TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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Jean Colbert Konkeu also known as Colby Dela (Artist Name) was born and raised in Fondonera, a small and mountainous village in the Western part of the Republic of Cameroon. Colby Dela is very well educated, he is a business professional as well as an Artist. He holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Law from the University of Dschang in Cameroon. He left Cameroon in 2006 in search for the American dream and upon arrival to the United States he enrolled into an MBA program, graduating with a Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University (CTU).

others. Becoming a professional artist has been his greatest dream from when he was a little boy but achieving an education took priority over his artistic expression and today Colby is living his dream of being an Artist with the release of his album titled ‘Je Vais Aller’. The album was released in Cameroon in December 2009 when Colby toured the country to launch the album nationwide, on radio television and local media. Colby who was a member of of the Dshang University Music Orchestra from 1997 to 2003 has been hailed for the release of the ‘Je Vais Aller’ album

and Coupe Decale (from Ivory Coast) with a nice little blend of Zouk, Reggae, American hip hop, Rhumba and more, giving you a very rich blend with the eight sounds that make up this music album. Colby Dela the rising star still resides with his family in Denver Colorado where he combines a busy life of two careers, a professional Marketing Consultant and an Artist with an agenda to conquer the world. Colby is asking you to support him by purchasing his Album ‘Je Vais Aller’ with 8 hit songs. The CD is available now for purchase. Special Price $10.00 includes Postage. Please click Paypal for secure payment online. To reach Colby Dela in Denver Colorado Please call 256 293 6462 or contact Lady Kate: 678 663 5892 or email colbydela@yahoo.com Website coming soon. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS RISING STAR: COLBY DELA.

A Master of His Own Art Meet Colby the Musician

making his alumni, supporters and country very proud of him.

Colby has been singing since he was a little boy in his homeland Cameroon. He performed with well-known Cameroonian Artists such as Pele Leroy, Albert Premier, Chris Njowe and many

Colby Dela is a force to recon with, a new artist in the diaspora with a lot of force and energy to produce great entertaining music. He describes the new album as a mixture of Makossa (from Cameroon),

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LIFESTYLE BOOK HIGHLIGHT

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Words of Affirmation Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

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hat if you could say or do just the right thing guaranteed to make that special someone feel loved? The secret is learning the right love language! Millions of couples have learned the simple way to express their feelings and bring joy back into marriage: The 5 Love Languages, Dr. Gary Chapman’s New York Times bestseller! Words of Affirmation—Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

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Quality Time In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful. Receiving Gifts Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures.

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AFRIC AN WARRIORS

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Surviving the New Century

BATTLE GROUND: What does it take for our African warriors to survive today’s battleground? Although time has passed and brought development and evolution, the battle has not change as much as the ground itself. New era, but same fight. In this article, we are exploring seven (7) qualities that African warrior needs to express in his or society in order to carry on the torch passed over him throughout generation.

[I have always been facinated with the Masai Warriors in Kenya. While the Maasai lifestyle has undergone some changes in the past three decades in particular, their strong social traditions remain intact. Maasai men are first and foremost warriors. They protect their tribe, their cattle and their grazing lands. Often standing over 6ft tall the Maasai warrior with his beaded hair , red checked blanket (shuka) and balled club, looks both fierce and beautiful. Maasai boys go through a circumcision ceremony at the age of 14 and then traditionally spending up to 8 years looking after livestock far from their villages. They become warriors upon their return to the village to get married.] Fast forward to our current time, modern day African warriors are those who defend the culture, traditions, thoughts, and rights of African people around the world. In the modern day society we live in the cities, in the big towns, our black communities must be defended not through violence but through love and positive action for our people. It’s the duty of the African warrior to make sure that his generation, although living in a different time surrounded with a different entourage, maintain his origin and culture for the next generation to come. The same principles that our great-grandfathers TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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and grandfathers abided on need to be taught to our children who are born in a new environment containing different challenges. Although there are many qualities that an African warrior can possess, we will discuss seven of the top most qualities.

1. Skillful fighters/ hunters Everybody is aware that to be a true warrior you must be a skilful fighter and hunter. In times of war we had to fight to save our people and in time of peace we had to hunt to feed our people. For the modern day Arican warrior, we need to harness new fighting skills, whether in the office at work, or outside in the streets. We are called to be responsible for providing for our families. Sitting at home and collecting foodstamp does not cut it for a warrior. Instead, seeking to better or self in order to land a good paying job is the key. We ought to fight for more education, more professional achievement, and more financial stability. We hunt for one purpose: provide for our people.

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2. Music and dancing Through out Africa and in general in all the African Diaspora communities around the world, music and dances have been parts of our cultural and traditional heritage. All true African warriors are good dancers. Before going to war our warriors danced before our ancestors and God for the blessings. When there were victories our warriors danced with joy, even with defeat we danced. Music has been part of our African warrior heritage singing and playing instruments like drums. Music and dancing is form of corporal emotional expression in which we become one with our inner self bringing out the best of ourselves. For the modern day African warrior, we ought to ourself to keep up with our traditional cultures and dances, with the hope of passing them over to the next generation. Expressing ourselves through joyful dancing and melodies portrays a balanced warrior.

3. Nobility and respectfulness. All true African warriors are noble and respectful to the community they live in. We respect our elders and we show the true example to our younger ones. In the past warriors were respected, feared and honoured. They were models in the society. Every young man wanted to be like them. They were generous helping out the community: Giving good advice and examples to the youth. It is a pity that in modern society many Africans have lost that nobility and respectfulness in their community. They use their money and power to exploit the youths and disrespect their elders. They have become negative examples to the black people around the world. Show respect to get respect. No matter how high we climb in the corporate business, we ought not to break this rule: respect your elders and carry yourself worthy 20

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of respect. We are the model of the future generation and we ought it to ourself to set a high mark.

4. Sexuality Surely people will be asking what sex has in relationship to warrior African concept. In the past many African warriors had several wives and children. In that time a man was respected for the number of wives and children he had. And warriors were no different. A true warrior was a great lover: Expert in love making. They knew the science and arts of lovemaking. Stable and balance man is he who has a woman in his life. In modern day society I’m not asking African warriors to be unfaithful but to respect their wives and truly love them. Protect them, listen to them and guide them. A true warrior must find the true woman who is part of him, she who reflects the other aspects of him. I will not like to create division but for me an African warrior was not a homosexual for he had the obligation for the continuity of the existence of their clans, tribes and ethnic group with birth of their children.

5. Traditional healing/ herbalist In every society and culture the African warrior had to learn to care of himself especially when they got hurt in wars, hunting or got sick in an expeditions or journeys. They had to know the secrets of the African forests which types of plants had medicinal powers to treat themselves. Some of them became herbalists. Also African warriors knew different types of massages and techniques of putting in place broken bones and torn muscles in their bodies. They knew different types of poisonous plants. He who had the knowledge to save also had the knowledge to kill. African warriors were traditional healers who took care of the health and wellbeing of the community. For our modern day warrior,

educate yourself to the basc of health and medication. You should be able to spot common illness and acquire the right medication to treat yourself or our family. A modern day African warrior will keep his family healthy. That goes along with maintaining a good nutrition and staying away from destructive habits such as consuming fast food daily.

6. Mystic powers and spirituality African warriors were known for their knowledge of the unknown. Using mystic powers to protect themselves and win their battles. They were in close relationship to their ancestors. They respected traditional beliefs and practices certain rituals. They lived in harmony with nature respecting it laws. Knowing that evil we do to others always turns back toward us. With modern day society many African warriors still keep the legacy of their traditional spiritual beliefs in respect of the beliefs of others. 7. Faith in God What makes the particularity of most African warriors is their faith in God the creator of all things. For it is God who gives man his strength, courage, skills and techniques as true warrior. It is God who truly protects the warrior and inspires him in all his action. A warrior who does not believe in God is not a true warrior. There is no true African warrior who is atheist. Believing in God is just like believing yourself, believing in God is just like believeing in your people. African warrior teaches his people to fear God and respect the laws of God. ociety and let the public judge it. For the modern day African warrioir, maintain your spirituality no matter what the cost. Making sure that your family learn about God is as important as keeping them healthy. After all, eternity is a long time to be on the wrong side of the fence.

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TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOGY

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ANDROID TAK E S OVER The SAMSUNG Vibrant Galaxy S

Fascinate. Compared to the Captivate, the Vibrant resides on the cheap side, utilizing a singular thin plastic panel to shroud the battery, 32GB capacity MicroSD card slot, and SIM card bay. On the bright side, the Samsung Vibrant is a sleek, light device with a contoured body that seemed to fit in our pocket a tad more ergonomically sound than the Captivate. We have the same sliding USB port enclosure found on highend camcorders and 3.5mm Audio jack located on top, volume control on the left side, and Lock button on the right side. Simplicity is the name of the game here.

Samsung Vibrant Overview We’ve been spending some quality time with Samsung’s Galaxy S phone lineup for the past few weeks, and our most recent candidate has been the Samsung Vibrant for T-Mobile. Just like the Samsung Captivate for AT&T we reviewed last week, the Vibrant is stacked with a Super AMOLED screen, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720p video, and Android 2.1. In fact, the Samsung Vibrant is nearly identical to the Captivate, save a few minor architectural differences and preloaded content. Let’s just say James Cameron must be grinning and frolicking about like a little schoolgirl who just won the spelling bee, for T-Mobile hawks Avatar on the Samsung Vibrant like no tomorrow. 22

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The Samsung Vibrant boasts a brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen and comes preloaded with a number of entertainment goodies, including a fulllength copy of “Avatar.” The Androidbased smartphone also offers 16GB of internal memory, full wireless options, and great call quality. Best of it all:IT PLAYS ALMOST EVERY TYPE OF VIDEO. No more spending hours trying to convert video so I can watch it on my phone. Samsung Vibrant Design All Samsung Galaxy S phones share similar architecture, aside from Sprint’s Epic 4G, which features a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard. So the Samsung Vibrant is strikingly similar to the Samsung Captivate and Samsung

The Samsung Vibrant’s AMOLED screen is one of its main attractions. Aside from a panel of four touchsensitive buttons (Menu, Home, Back, and Search), the Samsung Vibrant relies solely on its screen to run the show. Haptic feedback is optional, and the screen itself is a benchmark in the mobile industry. The Samsung Vibrant’s fourinch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen has a WVGA resolution (800 x 480), but it’s the phone’s high contrast that sets it apart. The Vibrant’s screen has an impressive 50,000:1 contrast ratio, which optimizes the dynamic range and proves ideal for watching movies and playing games. In fact, we compared the Vibrant’s AMOLED to the iPhone 4’s Retina display and made a few discoveries. Samsung Vibrant Navigation Experience After spending about two weeks using the Samsung Captivate, our assessments can apply directly to the Samsung Vibrant because both phones utilize TouchWIZ 3.0 on top of Android 2.2. Our current Android experience is going quite well. First off, we love the ability to assign a custom sound to nearly every notification. For instance, any time we TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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get a Gmail, we here Super Mario sliding down a pipe. A text message is the Zelda Magic sound and our Ringtone is a cut from the Road Rash II (Classic motorcycle Sega game) theme song. These were created by us, loaded onto the MicroSD card, and applied within seconds on the Vibrant. Let’s see Apple offer that level of customization. Then we had the ability to scroll though our contacts and swipe right to call one and left to text message them — simple, intuitive interface implementations that sped up our navigational process. Samsung offers Social Hub, which takes all Facebook, Twitter, Google, and MySpace accounts and merges them into one. This is great for instant feeds and push notifications regarding what everyone is up to, but it can become overbearing, especially with thousands of contacts. We actually had a minor breakdown and went on a massive defriending spree after using Social Hub. However, Samsung offers its own widget called Buddies Now, which allowed us to group all of the contacts we actually cared about into one Rolodex style address book for exclusive updates and easy-to-access contact info. The bottom line is that no matter what your social preferences are, the Samsung Vibrant will offer a high level of customization.

The company loves its partnerships for obvious reasons—everybody gets a piece. T-Mobile and 20th Century Fox work out a nice little deal and the consumer gets Avatar preloaded on the Vibrant for free. We saw it with the HTC HD2 and Transformers, and we’ll see it again on the next hot multimedia phone. T-Mobile will snag the next graphicsheavy blockbuster, no matter how lame a story plot, in order to show off the new high-tech screens on its phones. Needless to say, Avatar looked amazing on the Samsung Vibrant, and that’s because of the Super AMOLED screen.

But we’re not done with the preloaded content. T-Mobile also offers the Sims 3 game, showcasing a full (well, mostly full) 3D rendering option of the game, which happens to be chock full of T-Mobile ads placed subliminally on t-shirts and building facades. Honestly, the game graphics and controls were lackluster and scenes took far too long to load. We much preferred downloading our own content from the Android Market, and Samsung’s Media Hub will be available shortly, offering content from the biggest names in entertainment to be downloaded directly to the Vibrant. MobiTV, Amazon Kindle, AllShare, Amazon MP3, GoGo, Google Maps, and Slacker Radio were waiting for us With the 1GHz Hummingbird processor, when we powered on the phone, so the the Samsung Vibrant is a quick little Samsung Vibrant will give you a great phone. It’s certainly not as smooth as start right out of the box. the iPhone, and we could detect lagging Samsung Vibrant Voice Quality and catching while moving pages and Just like the Samsung Captivate, the objects throughout the screen. We get Samsung Vibrant gave us nothing seven home screens with the ability to to complain about on the talking or easily customize our icons and shortcuts receiving end of the phone. Its noise by pressing and holding the thumbnail cancellation and call quality rivaled and dropping it anywhere we wanted on the iPhone 4, and we actually called an a home screen. We get Google’s Voice iPhone 4 from a busy road with cars and Search, YouTube in High Quality, a trucks grumbling by to see how much fast Internet browser, Wi-Fi Wireless noise pollution would actually make its N, POP3, IMAP, and Exchange email way into the microphone. Surprisingly, support, and a host of other user-friendly we were able to have a clean conversation, applications and programs that made our unhindered by the roaring bustle of a navigational experience feel complete. tourist-heavy street, so that’s one thing For keyboards, we could choose between Samsung dialed in correctly with their Samsung’s, Android’s, and Swype, but Galaxy S phones—call quality. Android’s was the most intuitive. Samsung Vibrant Still Image Quality Samsung Vibrant Multimedia Surprisingly, the Samsung Vibrant fell Even the Samsung Vibrant’s packaging behind in the imaging department, is a raging Avatar endorsement, and which is odd because we felt that this is nothing new regarding T-Mobile. TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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the Samsung Captivate was a better performer, although neither phone beat out the iPhone 4. The Vibrant struggled to provide a sharp image and exhibited a hazy exposure at times. We think it boils down to the outer lens configuration— the Captivate has a different setup that appears to be utilizing actual glass while the Vibrant might have gone on the cheap with plastic or a different type of glass. In addition, the Samsung Vibrant lacked a flash of any sort. Whatever the case, the Samsung Vibrant gave us nothing to celebrate when it came to digital images, despite the fact that it has a 5-megapixel sensor and great camera controls. Samsung Vibrant Video Quality Video quality was about on par with the Samsung Captivate. Jerky motion, noisy low light, and an overall lack of detail. We discovered that the Samsung Vibrant recorded videos at peculiar framerates like 29.65 or 29.72fps, though never a solid 29.97 like the iPhone 4. Because of that, we feel that motion took a hit. Samsung Vibrant: The Final Answer The Samsung Vibrant is no iPhone 4, but it was placed on the planet to offer T-Mobile users a viable alternative to the Apple lifestyle. The phone’s brilliant AMOLED screen made movies enjoyable on a 4-inch screen. The navigational experience was quick and intuitive. The amount of preloaded content and downloadable applications and programs was bountiful. For the average T-Mobile user, the Samsung Vibrant is one of the best options currently to date.

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OFFICE POLITICS

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you become part of the only org chart that really matters.

OFFICE P OLITIC S : Power, influence, status, recognition, ambition and reward -- as much as we might hate to admit it, the stuff that makes a fast-track career exciting and fun can be the very things that can also do it in. Set any negative connotations aside and face it -- office politics, and playing to win, can make all the difference.

is leading you in the direction of your goals.

As the saying goes, “It’s nice to be important but more important to be nice.” People who inflate their own importance invariably get their bubble burst, while those who genuinely foster good relations are better positioned when it comes to playing the game.

When it comes to office politics, the same applies. Pick your friends -- and your battles -- wisely. Don’t get sidetracked by the game, focus on the prize.

Walking humbly does not mean you’re a pushover. It simply means you’ve taken your importance to heart and not let it go to your head.

In this, the first in a two-part series, we’ll examine how to position yourself for the game you’ll have to play at some point, like it or not!

2. Where are you on the org chart?

4. It is better to give than to receive

If you look at how things get done in the office you’ll find undocumented relationships and connections at work that are not so easily described as in an org chart. Tap into “the network” and c o nn e c t directly with the people who get things done. Add value to the network by greasing the skids for whomever you can help. That way

Being well-positioned politically means people value you. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that ingratiating yourself to people will help -- it won’t.

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3. The importance of walking humbly

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While a “you scratch my back...” attitude may not be a good idea either, remembering reciprocity is a two-way street is -- especially when it comes to office politics. With reciprocity in mind, remember, the giver has power over the recipient. That is a good position to be in.

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is to take things like trust and pervert it brand that people can positively relate for a self-serving agenda. to.

8. Create demand for you, personally Imagine, the copier is out of paper and the supply room is empty or a widget shortage threatens production. Whether the impact is big or little, anticipate shortages and prepare ahead of time.

Practicing the things that we associate with trust is a good way to communicate your position. But don’t forget to keep your defenses up. Being an “open book” doesn’t mean full disclosure any more than telling the truth means you always have to have an answer.

That is not to suggest you become a hoarder or price-fixer. But access to resources, especially when they become scarce, puts you front-

10. Be consistent and predictable When people push your buttons they should be able to reasonably anticipate your response. But, when you find yourself at the center of a controversy, the way you are being portrayed should be in such stark contrast to the way others would expect you to behave that they reject ways a button-pusher may characterize you when you are not around. Are your feet on the ground? So, now that we have some tips for positioning ourselves for the game of office politics we can look at some tips and tactics for playing to win. Stay posted! AM

6. The best form of defense Be a consensus builder. The more that people seek you out to help them with their politics-related issues the better positioned you’ll be when it comes to fighting battles of your own. Not only will you have gained valuable insights in the process you’ll have gained allies and supporters along the way.

a n d c e n t e r , a good position to hold. Think: WWII, nylons and chocolate.

Another advantage of building consensus 9. Avoid blow-ups is that you become a broker, not only of solutions and relationships, but also of The way we interact with bosses is obviously different from the way we power. interact with peers and subordinates. Whatever the transaction, remaining emotionally detached and businessSometimes our well-intentioned actions like minimizes your exposure to can be misconstrued as mischievous, “office political-incorrectness.” words gently spoken heard as innuendo. Now, we all have feelings and sometimes The worst case scenario is not to be aware emoting can be a good thing. But of how your communications are being emotional outbursts not only undermine received and retransmitted down the your position but, if habitual, your grapevine. Avoid this at all costs! employment too. Even under attack, stay Position yourself by clearly stating, and calm...breathe! repeating often, who you are, what you do, what you stand for. Have a personal

7. Brand yourself or be branded

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SPORTS NATION CUP 2015 BID

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Moses Mabhida Stadium in South Africa

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South Africa bidsfor the 2015 Nations Cup bid

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he South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed it is to bid to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. The country intends to build on the facilities installed for this year’s successful World Cup to stage African football’s greatest prize.

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The next Nations Cup tournament will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012, while Libya will stage in 2013 as the finals move to an odd year for the first time since 1965. Like 1988 hosts Morocco, South Africa hopes it can become the seventh nation - after Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria - to stage the event more than once. “The decision to bid was taken last week on Thursday,” Safa spokesperson Morio Sanyane told BBC Sport.

South Africa has organised the Nations Cup once before, winning in 1996 as it took part for the first time.

His boss Nematandani believes no major developmental changes will be required for the South African bid since everything is already in place after this year’s historic World Cup.

“We have put in a request to the Confederation of African Football,” said Safa chief Kirsten Nematandani.

“There will be no question of infrastructure because it is here - accommodation (too),” Nematandani added.

“We are still (enjoying) the success of the World Cup and we hope it will be good for us in our bid to host the Nations Cup,” Nematandani told The Sowetan newspaper.

“There will be no question of transport because it is here. World-class stadiums are here. We have everything.

South Africa thus joins Morocco in the bid to host the 2015 finals, with the North Africans having declared their intention to stage the event in either 2015 or 2017.

In a separate move, Safa is to relocate its headquarters later this week to Safa House, which were the headquarters of the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 World Cup. AM

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“We are going to update the government about this development.”

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Emeka Okafor Chukwuemeka Ndubuisi Okafor, abbreviated as Emeka Okafor (eh-meh-KAH oh-KAH-FOR) (born September 28, 1982), is a Nigerian-American basketball player playing at power forward and center for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association. Prior to the NBA, Okafor attended Houston’s Bellaire High School, and the University of Connecticut. [Early life] Okafor was born in Houston, Texas. Both of his parents are natives of Nigeria, and Emeka was the first member of his family born in the United States. His father, Pius Okafor, is a member of the Igbo ethnic group. Okafor’s family moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma when he was young because his father worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, headquartered in Bartlesville. While in Bartlesville, Emeka’s father Pius took his son to the Bartlesville YMCA to learn the game of basketball. As a child growing up in the Houston area Okafor idolized Houston Rockets shooting guard Clyde Drexler and has said he models his game after fellow Nigerian pivot Hakeem Olajuwon, though he grew up admiring Clyde Drexler. [NBA] On April 16, 2004, Okafor declared his eligibility for the 2004 NBA Draft, giving up his one remaining year of college athletic eligibility. He did however receive his 28

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undergraduate degree in Accounting/ Finance in three academic years. On June 24, Okafor was selected second overall in the draft, becoming the first ever draft pick by the expansion Charlotte Bobcats. The following day, he accepted an invitation to join the United States team for the 2004 Summer Olympics, which finished with the bronze medal in Athens. The 2004–05 NBA season was a successful campaign as Okafor coped well with the pressures of being the star rookie on an expansion franchise. Highlights of the season included recording 19 straight double-doubles from November 21 through January 1, and finishing seventh among Eastern Conference forwards in NBA All-Star Game fan balloting with 408,082 votes, by far the highest number garnered by any rookie in 2005. At the end of the season, Okafor beat out his friend and former college teammate and roommate, Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon, to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. During the 2006-2007 offseason he continued his tutorials with Hakeem Olajuwon, which he took up after his rookie season, and lost the 20 pounds which he had gained for his second season. Okafor feels this weight loss gives him more energy and mobility. He led the Bobcats in rebounds per game, blocks per game, and field goal percentage. On December 29, 2006, in a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Emeka would record 22 pts, 25 reb, and 4 blks in over 51 minutes of play, in an epic 133–124 triple overtime victory. He also had eight blocks in games against the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics. On January 12, 2007, he would record an NBA season high ten blocks in a game against the New York Knicks. His ten blocks were the most ever recorded in a single game at Madison Square Garden. In that game, he was one rebound away from recording the first ever triple-double in franchise history, finishing with 20 pts, 10 blks, 9 reb, and 3 stls. Later in the season he suffered an TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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ankle injury which caused him to miss fifteen games. He finished the season averaging 14.4 pts 11.3 reb and 2.6 blks in 67 games. Prior to the start of the 2007–2008 season, Okafor turned down a contract extension with the Charlotte Bobcats worth an estimated 60 million dollars over five years. Despite turning down the contract, Okafor maintained that he indeed wanted to remain with the Bobcats. Despite feuding with head coach Sam Vincent throughout the season, Okafor still managed to average a double-double for the fourth consecutive season of his career. He also played in all 82 games of the regular season for the first time in his career. At the end of the season head coach Sam Vincent was fired by part-owner Michael Jordan saying in a statement: “The decision to remove Sam as head coach after just one season was difficult, but it was a decision that had to be made because my first obligation is to do what is in the best interest of our team.” Okafor entered the 2008–09 season with active franchise-record streaks of 93 consecutive games played and 92 consecutive games started. On July 27, 2009, Okafor was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Tyson Chandler. [Off the court] In 2006, Okafor launched the African Initiative to Save Lives. The goal being to save one million lives in the next five years in sub-Sahara Africa. [Trivia] * His first name, Chukwuemeka, means “God has done well” in the Igbo language. * Cites Toronto and New York as his favorite NBA cities on the road. * Okafor was on the cover of NCAA March Madness 2005 and was the best overall rated player in NCAA March Madness 2004 with a 90 rating. SEP / OCT 2010 A D U N A G O W M A G A Z I N E

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CULTURE MISS AFRIC A USA 2010

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Professors, sponsors, special guests, friends and family and the 32 finalists who made it to the grand finals this year, representing different African countries in the United States of America. The event was chaired by Valerie Ervin, Vice President of Montgomery County Council who presented a proclamation to the Miss Africa USA Pageant and the African Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Development Foundation, declaring July 22 -25-2010 as Miss Africa USA Pageant days in Montgomery County, she was present with her Aide Mr. Joseph Eyong who also played a very supportive role in this pageant and directed protocol very well to ensure all dignitaries were taken care of. Mr. Eyong was also instrumental in showcasing Montgomery County to the delegates and their family and friends which is what the pageant also aims to attain by highlighting the host county Af r ic a US A - H Gre ave s Photo g raphy to the rest of the world. Montgomery County was certainly very welcoming to The Pageant weekend kicked off with an over 1000 guests who visited from other elaborate VIP banquet at the University states, from Africa and Canada as well. of Maryland Marriott Conference Center while the pageant show took place at It was also great to have in the house Montgomery College Performing Arts representatives from the Federal Reserves, Center in Silver Spring, MD. Both thanks to Mr. Wayne Pacine, Senior Interevents were successful and sold out agency Project Analyst from the office beyond capacity and we do apologize of Staff Director, Governor of Federal to those who were turned away because Reserve System in Washington DC. the PAC had no more room for anymore Also in attendance were the Pageant attendees. Patrons all the way from Clayton County In attendance at the Miss Africa events, Georgia, Honorable Mike Glanton and were African Ambassadors to the United his beautiful wife Pearla Glanton who States, local Elected officials, University have relentlessly supported the pageant over the years. Mrs Glanton presented

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he Miss Africa USA Management team proudly presents the African Queen in America Miss Fatoumata (Fifi) Souma who will reign as Miss Africa USA 2010 - 2011. Miss Fifi was crowned at the beautiful Montgomery College Performing Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday July 24 2010. Fifi Souma is from the Republic of Guinea Conakry, 21 yrs old, speaks fluent French and English, Full time student at Montgomery College with a major in Communication. Fifiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s platform is to raise awareness and fight against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), promote Education of the Girl Child in Guinea and to continue as a Goodwill Ambassador volunteering for America by teaming up with charitable organizations across the United States to serve needy communities. According to the Judges, Fifi had a lot of poise and gleamed with confidence on stage, looked comfortable, is very talented and stood out overall. Right Photo: A glimpse at the audience as the National Anthem of the United States of America was being played via audio CD at the Grand finals. Miss Chinwe Enu from Nigeria followed with the African Anthem " Nkosi Sikelele Africa"and she wowed the audience with her amazing operatic voice.

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with an interest in women’s health. She hopes to become an OB/GYN specialist in the future which is why her platform is based on women’s health. She has launched a campaign to raise awareness on the risk of Cervical Cancer through education and screening for all women in Gabon. She has met the first Lady of Gabon and is supported by the Embassy of Gabon in the USA and she is a voice for women in Gabon. Coretha plans to continue working on her platform as a Goodwill Ambassador. Congratulations Coretha.

Vice President of Montgomery County Council Valerie Ervin and her Aide Mr. Eyong present the Proclamation to the leadership of the pageant: Lady Kate Njeuma, Founder and Executive Producer, Miss Linda Arrey, Pageant Coordinator.

special gift baskets for all finalists and volunteers.The pageant this year was hosted by Dr. Aretha Makia, a former beauty Queen from Cameroon who also received the Woman of Valor Award for being an inspiration to young women. She was supported by the following MCs Dr. Emma Osong from Cameroon and Miss Nunu Wako from Ethiopia.

Marketing. Priscilla has adopted a school in her home town in Ghana where she hopes to encourage students to gain knowledge and skills in information technology. She will equip the computer lab and promote interest in IT among students in Ghana. Congratulations Miss Boateng!

Coming in at 4th Place is Miss Coretha The pageant this year was judged by some Antchouey representing the Republic of the most respectable leaders and role of Gabon. Coretha is a medical student models in the community and we are grateful for their time and commitment and for giving us a new Queen. They all agreed it was a tough pageant to judge this year and out of the 32 brilliant young ladies, only one had to go home with the Crown. The top 4 winners following the Queen are as follows:

Miss Nigeria, Roseline Amusu comes in at 5th place. Roseline is not new to pageantry, she had represented Nigeria in the Miss Universe pageant 2005. Roseline has launched an amazing project highlighting her platform to fight against child trafficking and child slavery in Africa and the world. She is a victim of this crime and is doing everything to save children from being trafficked or to rescue those who are already child slaves. She plans to continue her work with the Break Free Foundation which she launched this summer in New York City, to do just that. We congratulate Miss Amusu. Mr. Jerrod Mustaf: President and CEO of Street Basketball Assoc. Former NBA

Miss Natasha Beckley from Sierra Leone, Natasha’s goal is to continue working with women in her Sisters for Sisters Campaign. She aims to continue volunteering with organizations in the US and spreading her humanitarian efforts in Africa and internationally as well. It has also been reported that Miss Beckley will represent Sierra Leone at the upcoming Miss World Contest in China. Natasha will also serve as the Queen’s Deputy as needed. Miss Priscilla Boateng comes in 3rd place as the 2nd Princess. Priscilla hails from Ghana, she is a graduate, returning to school for a Masters degree in 32

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Miss Natasha Beckley from Sierra Leone, Natasha’s goal is to continue working with women in her Sisters for Sisters Campaign.

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you to the Viking Center Maryland. We enjoyed all rehearsal sessions at the Vikings Center. Thanks to Mr. Kenny Lama from the Global American barter for the generous sponsorships including hotel rooms for staff, Limousine service and gift baskets. We appreciate your support for the pageant and support for all the designers who flew in from Africa for this event: Mr. Frank Osodi from Lagos Nigeria, Vera Vee Ochia from Kenya, Stella Atal from Uganda and California based designer Akouavi. We say thank you. Special thanks to the Glanton Family, Mrs Pearla Glanton for all the hard work she put into those beautiful gift baskets, just what any pageant girl would want to take care of those last minute needs. Thank you Mrs Pearla Glanton. Coming in at 4th Place is Miss Coretha Antchouey representing the Republic of Gabon. Coretha is a medical student with an interest in women’s health.

star. Her Excellency Neneh M Gaye: Former Ambassador of Gambia to the United States of America, a journalist and diplomat by profession and an activist for women’s rights and empowerment. Mrs Sarian Bouma: Commissioner with the Governor of Maryland African Affairs Commission, Author of the book ‘From Welfare to Millionaire’ and entrepreneur with branded products in the market. Mrs Astrid Tasong: Director of Vikings Unlimited, including the Vikings Center, Vikings Floral and Vikings Event Planning based in MD.

Miss Nigeria, Roseline Amusu comes in at 5th place. Roseline is not new to pageantry, she had represented Nigeria in the Miss Universe pageant 2005.

most affordable way to send money to Africa, we are happy that Western Union supports community programs such as the Miss Africa USA pageant. Western Union Representatives were on location to hand a big check of $3000 to the Queen and also sponsors the Cash for tuition for the First and Second runner up, a further $2000 a total of $5000. Representatives also gave out gift items to attendees as they arrived for the show. So thank you Western Union. We had a marvelous show, thanks for your support.

Thanks also to Afrotainment TV, the Mr. Bertini: Actor and Model based in entire crew was at the event to cover for New York. broadcast, from the Managing Director Mr. Peter Wairegi: Editor in Chief of Yves Bolanga to Eric Noue to the camera African-American Lifestyle Mag and men, we say thank you and it has been a pleasure working with Afrotainment Motivational Speaker. TV. Afrotainment TV will broadcast The Pageant Management remains this event on Sat July 31, channel 751 on forever grateful to all the sponsors this Dish network. If you are not subscribed year without whom this event would to Dish Network please do so and request not have been possible. We continue to Afrotainment TV. thank Western Union as the Presenting Sponsor of Miss Africa USA 2010 and We fell in love with the Viking Center, a for winning the Long term Sponsor spacious, beautiful and elegant venue for Award. Western Union has sponsored all your special events. We are proud to the pageant for 4years in a row and say the Vikings Center was a sponsor of they are not backing down. So Western the 2010 Miss Africa USA Pageant. The Union we say big thank you. Western Vikings Unlimited also sponsored the Union is the biggest and fastest and Queen’s Floral Bouquet. We say thank TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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Special thanks to a special person, Mr. Peter Wairegi, Editor in Chief of African-American Lifestyle Magazine for the generous sponsorship package for the Queen. We are grateful for your offer and sponsorship. We look forward to working with you and thanks for serving as a judge and sponsor. To our great friends and sponsors from New York City: 2C Africa, the best travel agency for all your international travel needs. We thank you for the generous offers of luxury vacation for the Queen and her Deputy - 1st Princess. I am sure they will be grateful for the relaxation package in Las Vegas this year. We say thank you. To our great friends and Media sponsor all the way from the beautiful State of California, CNE TV we say thank you for making out here in Maryland for the show with your entire crew. It was great working with you and we say thank you. It was also a great pleasure to work with Access Montgomery TV: AMTV 21 and AMTV19, the crew was present at the pageant finale to capture the moments. We say thank you. Appreciation also goes to the following: Ms Sylvie Bello for stepping in at the last minute to offer support, Fregan Motion Pictures for all the help with audio visuals, Msheel.com for sponsoring the shoes for the winners, Mrs Diane Kadji Nkengfac for offering to take care of the Queen’s SEP / OCT 2010 A D U N A G O W M A G A Z I N E

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hair and make up through out her reign, Erika Mitchell from Uvae Make Up and hair on location. Erika was there with her team from Atlanta Georgia to take care of the finalists make up. Thanks to all promoters who supported us, Mr Gbenga from Party Addicts, thanks to Miss Estella of Estella Couture for great networking opportunities, thanks to Mr. Ronnie Mayanja, Gloria Darko for the support. Special thanks to the Miss Africa USA management team, the staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to make this event a success. Thanks to all our American and nonAfrican friends who attended this event, we hope you enjoyed a little bit of the African culture. We hope that you learned something about Africa and African culture, this in turn will help promote diversity, understanding and cultural awareness because the world today is a global village and we all need to understand and get along with each other. AM

The cultural showcase was amazing. All finalists went the extra length to really bring out their traditions and cultures in the various segments of the competition.

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hair and make up through out her reign, Erika Mitchell from Uvae Make Up and hair on location. Erika was there with her team from Atlanta Georgia to take care of the finalists make up. Thanks to all promoters who supported us, Mr Gbenga from Party Addicts, thanks to Miss Estella of Estella Couture for great networking opportunities, thanks to Mr. Ronnie Mayanja, Gloria Darko for the support.

hair and make up through out her reign, Erika Mitchell from Uvae Make Up and hair on location. Erika was there with her team from Atlanta Georgia to take care of the finalists make up. Thanks to all promoters who supported us, Mr Gbenga from Party Addicts, thanks to Miss Estella of Estella Couture for great networking opportunities, thanks to Mr. Ronnie Mayanja, Gloria Darko for the support.

Special thanks to the Miss Africa USA management team, the staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to make this event a success.

Special thanks to the Miss Africa USA management team, the staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to make this event a success.

Appreciation also goes to the following: Ms Sylvie Bello for stepping in at the last minute to offer support, Fregan Motion Pictures for all the help with audio visuals, Msheel.com for sponsoring the shoes for the winners, Mrs Diane Kadji Nkengfac for offering to take care of the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

Appreciation also goes to the following: Ms Sylvie Bello for stepping in at the last minute to offer support, Fregan Motion Pictures for all the help with audio visuals, Msheel.com for sponsoring the shoes for the winners, Mrs Diane Kadji Nkengfac for offering to take care of the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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HEALTH & BEAUTY HEALTHY LIVING

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H EA LT H The Benefits Of Organic Green Tea I have finally managed to coerce one of my friends into taking the organic challenge and dumping pesticideridden toxic food! I must admit I was a little proud of myself and even more with my friend. I had so much information to offer about the health benefits of organic food that he thought I might know about the benefits of drinking organic tea and which ones are the best to consume for optimum health benefits and weight loss. I was embarrassed to say that I knew very little. He mentioned green tea as a healthy option and this sparked my curiosity so I did a little research to find out what I’ve been missing if anything. Apparently, I’ve been missing a lot. Not only is organic food great for your health but tea can contain many 36

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benefits as well, in fact it contains more nourishment than I had originally imagined. I plan to limit my coffee intake and supplement it with organic green tea. Green tea is abundant with antioxidants that work to protect our bodies from free radicals that are responsible for the aging process. There’s nothing as simple as having a few cups of tea to keep the wrinkles away. This sure beats the expensive overnight miracle creams that we buy at a high price in the pharmacy. These creams are filled with chemicals, yet they promise the fountain of youth and the bigger the name, the bigger the price. People who have tried different methods over many years to fight acne will take comfort knowing that green tea

helps to clear your skin. It works to get rid of toxins allowing your skin to become more healthy, even-toned and radiant. Dirty mouth? Clean it up. Green tea contains fluoride so drinking it and using it as a mouth wash will help fight cavities, strengthen tooth enamel and keep your breath fresh. It also helps to tighten your gums to your teeth while building a wall against bacterial infections, plaque and gum disease. You will have a smaller chance of developing loose teeth in your older years. Use green tea to wash your hair to build the strength of each strand and make your hair less susceptible to breakage. Are beautiful skin, hair and teeth not enough for you to take the plunge and give green tea a shot? That’s okay because the benefits continue well beyond your face and hair. Have you struggled for years to lose weight? A healthy organic diet is sure to get rid of those extra pounds, but drinking green tea will maximize those benefits by raising your metabolism. Exercise and green tea are a wonderful combination. Green tea is an anti-inflammatory that will help you rid of those postworkout aches and pains. It is an astringent that helps your muscles contract including the ones right under your skin helping your body become toned faster. You will crave longer workouts as green tea boosts your stamina and endurance giving you the desire to keep on going. We are now aware of what green tea can do for the outside of your body, so what about the inside? Green tea seems so fair in color and light in taste that I never knew how powerful this little drink could be until I read TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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more about it. I was completely shocked with the amount of benefits one can receive outside as well as inside. Green tea contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and vitamin E. The antioxidants that are found in green tea are so powerful that they work multiple times better than vitamin C and vitamin E supplements! Catechins are polyphenolic antioxidants found in green tea that help to keep bacteria away from the cell walls in your body so they do not attach themselves and this protects your body from infection. It might not be a bad idea to have several glasses of green tea per day, especially during cold and flu season! The catechins in green tea help to protect your body against carcinogens. Every time I look at the health benefits of food, I always have my eyes open for those that help prevent cancer and it seems I should be reading about drinks as well. Green tea is powerful at preventing colon, rectal, pancreatic, prostate and intestinal cancers. It fights against the development of stroke, heart disease, high cholesterol and arthritis. Epigallocatechin gallate, better known as EGCG, is a type of catechin that has been known to actually destroy cancer cells without damaging any of the healthy tissue. According to organicfacts.net, “In a 1997 study, researchers from the University of Kansas determined that EGCG is twice as powerful as resveratrol,” found in red wine, “which may explain why the rate of heart disease among Japanese men is quite low, even though approximately seventy-five percent are smokers.” The Journal of the National Cancer Institute determined in a 1994 study that green tea was so amazing at fighting esophageal cancer in the Chinese men and women that were tested that it lowered their chances by 60% or more. AM

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H o w To R e l i e v e S t r e s s W h e n F a c e d With Challeng es In L ife By Stephen Kavita

The myriad of issues facing us constantly mean we find a good avenue to relief stress. We live a life full of surprises, happy moments as well as challenges. The hope for better prospects keeps us going in the midst of harsh times. Through these hard times, we should always believe in a brighter future. Nevertheless, sometimes the burdens of life overwhelm us and we feel very discouraged. Fatigue and weariness catches up with us and we sometimes consider giving up. During this time you should never lose hope or allow your problems to set you back instead strive to build your self esteem and look for a way to relief stress.

Stress and depression are detrimental to progressing in life and hence it is advisable to develop a positive attitude. It is possible for you to cultivate an inner self-control mechanism thus relief stress. This can be achieved by always ridding your mind of any negative thoughts. Only allow your mind to feed on positive thoughts and you will be relaxed.

In addition, you will discover that having positive thoughts when faced with problems subconsciously helps relief stress. The magnitude of your situation is also greatly reduced and thus helping you to think soberly. Otherwise, allowing stress and depression to set in will only make you loss the battle to solve issues and you will end up losing the fight to Whenever you are faced with challenges overcome. it is advisable to relief stress by taking some time to relax and thinking Learn more insightful and valuable tips positively. Start by analyzing problems on how to relief stress. Clicking the links and trying to find solutions for them. appearing below. When your predicaments weigh down on you and you do not seem to find a solution, make sure you share with a close friend and this will help relief stress tremendously. You never know; someone may have the ideal solution for you. SEP / OCT 2010 A D U N A G O W M A G A Z I N E

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BODY & SOUL MEN vs. WOMEN

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MEN vs. WOMEN

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B AT T L E O F T H E S E X E S

he battle of the sexes has been fought for centuries. And it still seems to be alive and well. Both sexes frequently share with me, their inability to understand the other. In particular, many women have difficulty understanding, why many men don’t seem as interested in family or relational matters. This one issue alone comes up time and time again and is the cause of great frustration and power struggle in male-female relationships.

need to learn about and accept their differences. To do this topic justice requires a book. I recommend couples read: John Gray, “Men are from Mars, Women Are From Venus” You can take your partner’s behavior much less personally when you really understand that it is not just particular to them but to many members of their sex.

2) We can all seek to grow beyond our conditioned gender roles. This will only serve to expand us as humans. We may be As I see it, two things have to happen to somewhat restricted by our biology and break this power struggle. conditioning, but we can work toward becoming more balanced in regard to 1) To begin with, both Men and women our male and female sides. 38

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While, I believe we must be very careful not to over generalize about gender differences, there does seem to be enough evidence to make some observations on this touchy matter. John Gray says that “Martians (men) value power, competency, efficiency, and achievement. Their sense of self is defined through their ability to achieve results.” He says “they are more interested in “objects” and “things” rather than people and feelings. And Martians pride themselves in doing things all by themselves.” Understanding where men are coming from allows women to see why many men TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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often react negatively to unsolicited advice, avoid support groups and counselling, don’t tend to read self help books or be as concerned about relational matters, and often like to “fix” other’s feelings. However, just because men are conditioned this way does not mean they are powerless to make changes which might work better for them. As for women, Gray says that “ they are concerned about living together in harmony, community, and loving cooperation. Relationships are more important than work and technology. To share their personal feelings is much more important than achieving goals and success. Talking and relating to one another is a source of tremendous fulfillment.”

Understanding where women are coming from allows men to see what kind of support women need and value. For example, most women find that in men’s zeal to “fix” an uncomfortable feeling, they will often offer solutions when their partner is upset. What most women want at this time is simply for their partner to listen without judgement. While neither of Gray’s descriptions of gender behavior fits for all people, it seems true for the majority. If we hope to let go of power struggles in relationships we need to begin to accept these differences and push our own personal growth beyond our cultural gender conditioning. AM

For more information, please contact Krisanna Jeffery at 1348 Gabriola Dr. Parksville, BC V9P 2X2 Tel (250) 951-2299 between 9-5 Pacific fax (250) 947-9920 anytime email krisanna@krisanna.com

Think about this...

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does. A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband. A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.


HEALTHY LIFEST YLE

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up, eggs. A new study found that 34-yearold women for 12 weeks every day to eat three ounces tempeh (soy isoflavone-rich “glucoside ligand”), will help improve wrinkles and skin problems. Experts say the most beneficial soy protein to protect the skin, it should eat more beans and soy products. A study of women-focused have found that is rich in antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in the egg can damage the body’s ability to enhance UV resistance 4 times. Eating eggs can make the skin soft and flexible, and better water retention.

Five Types Of Food For Skin Care Hea lthy skin can not do without g o o d nutrition

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ealthy skin can not do without good nutrition. United States, “Prevention” Magazine recently published “skin food finals Category 5” list.

Nutrition and Oxygen skin for more. Study found that for 3 months to eat five tablespoons a day of lycopene-rich tomato paste, 25% lower risk of skin sunburn. In addition, to protect the skin collagen, so easily peeled off. German study also found that lycopene may help Vegetables: champion, long leaf lettuce; reduce wrinkles. runner-up, tomatoes. 6 lettuce leaves 1 day can provide the necessary vitamin A. Fruit: Champion, strawberry; runnerVitamin A can promote cell metabolism, up, Apple. 1 cup of strawberries contains beneficial skin. In addition lettuce of vitamin C is the daily intake of 130%. potassium can promote circulation, Vitamin C can promote the formation of collagen fibers, making skin smooth and elastic, the more vitamin C, less wrinkles. On the contrary, it will lead to dry skin more wrinkles. Antioxidants from apple quercetin protects skin from ultraviolet (UVB) damage, and thus prevent the occurrence of skin cancer. Experts suggest that in addition to wiping out the front of sunscreen is best to eat apples. Protein: Champion, soybean; runner40

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Nuts: Champion, almond; runnerup, walnut. Eat a handful of almonds a day can increase the level of vitamin E, vitamin E to keep skin healthy is one of the most important antioxidants, can nourish the skin and prevent dry. Walnuts are rich in α linolenic acid (Omega 3 fatty acids a), on moist skin and maintain its flexibility to play a key role. Fats: Champion, cocoa; runner-up, Virgin Olive Oil. Cocoa fat from the skin the most useful. Study found that 12 weeks drank half a glass of rich flavonoid mixture of cocoa drinks (including chocolate), make the skin soft and smooth moisture. Extra virgin olive oil contains essential fatty acids help to prevent sun damage skin. Essential fatty acids is an important component of cell membranes, help to retain water. The human body can not make essential fatty acids, so daily intake of 1 tablespoon olive oil, make the skin softer.

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The Miss Africa USA Management team proudly presents the African Queen in America Miss Fatoumata (Fifi) Souma who will reign as Miss Africa USA 2010 – 2011. Miss Fifi was crowned at the beautiful Montgomery College Performing Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday July 24 2010.

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E XCLUSI VE Thank you Fifi for taking the time to strong hard working women. respond to our interview questions. AM: When you’re not working, what [PERSONAL] are your favorite things to do? Fifi: Away from working I resort to AM: Please tell us about yourself writing ,movies, a walk at the park, Fifi: My name is Fatoumata (Fifi) and sometimes attend a party with my Soumah. I am a 22 year old student friends, but I spend most of my time studying Communication Broadcasting with my family. at Montgomery College in Maryland. I am also a model and of course a Beauty AM: Currently, where is home? Where Queen. I love writing and spending are you located presently? time with family and friends. Red is my Fifi: Silver Spring, Maryland has been favorite color, and I am well known by home for the past two years. my smile :). AM: Can you tell us something about AM: How many brothers and sisters do you that people would never guess? you have? Fifi: Yes! The fact that I hate being the Fifi: I am the youngest of 8 siblings, of center of attention. which are 5 boys and 3 are girls. AM: Favorite sport/hobby? Why? AM: Where are you from originally? Fifi: I must have said this several time Fifi: I am originally from the beautiful already [laughs], but I love writing. country of Guinea I believe that everything thing that gets our attending has to be written, AM: Who are your role models? and memories have to be remembered Fifi: My mother, Hawa Barry, Michelle and passed along from generation to Obama, Oprah Winfrey and all the generation….especially the good ones. TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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The bad memories however, should be used as a learning experience throughout generations. [MISS AFRICA USA] AM: How did you feel when they announced you as the 2010 Miss Africa USA Beauty Pageant winner? Fifi: Right after my name was called, I felt like a champion. I was extremely happy to know that all my hard work had paid-off, and at the same time I felt humbled that amongst all the beautiful and talented ladies who made it to the finals, I was chosen to take this responsibility as an Ambassador of Africa. AM: Was this what you dreamt for when growing up? Fifi: Yes, I have always loved beauty pageants. I started competing in beauty pageants in elementary school. While in my home country Guinea, I won the title of Miss Boro Conakry and I was also a 1st runner up in the Miss Boro National Pageant. In 2009 I was SEP / OCT 2010 A D U N A G O W M A G A Z I N E

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crowned Miss Guinea USA. The title of Miss Africa USA 2010 was a dream AM: How hard was it to prepare for this that turned into reality and I remain event? From entering the competition thankful. to actually winning it? Fifi: I faced many trials and tough times AM: Let’s just go through the whole in my journey to becoming Miss Africa event: tell us about the opening acts. USA 2010, ranging from picking out the How long did it take you girls to right outfits for every segment, deciding practice? How was the performance what I wanted to do for my talent, being overall? entertaining to the hundreds of people Fifi: The rehearsals were very intensive I who came to see the show and at the must say. We only had two days to learn same time following pageant protocol our dance and all stage routines. However, and judging criteria. Most importantly it was so much fun with all the girls and taking up a platform to synthesize the Miss Africa USA Team. After the people of female genital mutilation hard work, the show was perfect. Our (FGM) practices and working towards opening number choreographed by Miss ways of eradicating such practices, while Jessica Emen (a talented choreographer at the same time developing measures of based in Atlanta, GA) was a huge success educating the female child in underserved and is still being talked about….This regions of Africa and the US is a work in Time For Africa!!! progress, one I am very passionate about,

one that must be executed. AM: What have you learned from this experience? Fifi: I have learned that being optimistic, yet staying focus to your goals, will sure yield success. AM: What’s next for Miss Africa USA 2010? What’s on your agenda? Fifi: Wow…A lot I must say. I will be making trips to Africa to work on my projects and platform, and also as a Goodwill Ambassador. I am scheduled to attend many events in the US, and some in other countries. I will be hosting several events included but not limited to fundraisers, with the purposes of helping those who need the funds the most here in and America, and Mother Africa as a whole. While staying focus in school, I will also be actively serving in my community. [AFRICA] AM: In your opinion, what’s the number one issue to deal with in Africa? What’s your take (solution) on it? Fifi: The fact that the younger generation are not given a voice to speak, most especially the females. I think it is time for Africans to invite the youths and women in decision making and legislations. While the general concept in Africa is that the woman is to take care of her husband, kids and the home, we will have an even better Africa if the woman’s managerial role is extended to other sectors out of the home. The youths on the other hand bring in a new and revised way of thinking and implementation. AM: About Africa: what will you keep? What will you change? Fifi: I will keep the aspect of nurturing and the naturalistic scope, be it from our food or just the environment. I will however, give more voice to the youths and women and stop some practices such as FGM which are detrimental to the female child. AM: What’s the best food you crave for always when you visit Africa? Fifi: “konkweh”. It is made out of smoked fish cooked with palm oil. Yummy!!!

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“I have learned that being optimistic, yet staying focus to your goals, will sure yield success. ” - FIFI SOUMA

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more we can give to our fellow Africans, most importantly, there is more we can collectively share. I encourage all Africans in the United States, to belong to at least one African related organization…get involved. [CLOSURE]

AM: What do you see in the future for Africa? Fifi: I see more women taking up leadership roles in Africa. I see more young people as law makers in various African countries and not the same older generation staying in political positions year-in year-out. I see a Mother Africa where her children care and are working to make a difference by being active members in their communities. I see more schools and factories opening up in African countries creating job opportunities for families to be able to put food on the table and partake in recreational activities. I see an Africa where a mother will not have to choose to either feed herself and let her baby starve or vice versa, but one where all will have plenty. AM: What need to be done in the United States in order to strengthen the African community voice? Fifi: We as Africans have to first come together as one and support one another in their various paths. There is an old saying that goes: ‘Together we stand, divided we fall’. There is soo much we can gain from fellow Africans, there is even 46

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AM: What other projects are you involved in at the present? Fifi: I do a lot of volunteer work in my community. I work closely with “Help And Save Africa” which is a nonprofit organization helping kids go to school in Guinea. I also actively work with “There Is No Limit Foundation” whose goal is to empower Women. I also support the Project 2005 and I and also actively working with the African Women’s development foundation Inc, (AWDFInc USA) a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, GA. AWDF-Inc is a network of dynamic and selfless women in the United States, joining forces to help women and children in need. It is the official charity organization for the Miss Africa USA Pageant. Their key focus is to bring about sustainable development to underserved communities.

possible acting roles. [THE MIC IS YOURS] AM: Any words of wisdom for all our aspiring beauty pageant delegates out there? Fifi: Start working early, at least one year before the day of your finals. Shop decently and uniquely, yet be cost saving. Chose a platform you are passionate about. Your journey to the crown will not be easy, so stay focused and determined. Be strategic and follow protocol. Work hard, have many laughs, make it a fun process. AM: Sponsors? Fifi: African Women Development Foundation Inc (AWDF-Inc USA), and other sponsors of the foundation and pageant projects. Thank you Fifi for taking the time to chat with us. Congratulations on becoming the 2010 Miss Africa USA. We wish you plenty of success and wisdom in your career. Fifi: Thank you for this opportunity.

AM: What are your plans five years from now? Fifi: Five years from now......Wow, so many goals!!! Well, one of my short term goal is to put in place my organization that will contribute to the development of education and the empowerment of women in Guinea and in all parts of Africa that I have access to. I also plan to work in Africa with different organizations and people from different backgrounds in promoting change and bringing positivity to the continent that we all so dearly love, (our mother land Africa).Receive my master’s degree in communication by then. Continue being a beauty queen and goodwill ambassador. I will keep learning and expanding my horizon while serving my community. AM: What’s your favorite winter destination? Fifi: Courchevel in France AM: Will you consider acting in the future? Fifi: Yes I do, and I am open to consider TO SUBSCRIBE VISIT

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