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TN .Afrik Journal Volume 1 December 2011

Featured Guests : Miss Africa TN 2011 African Cuisine Latest African Designs

Growing African Tennesseans Together in Unity and Love‌.


CONTENTS ABOUT THE COVER

Contestants from the 2nd Annual Miss Africa Tennessee 2011. From left :  

                 

Elizabeth Tariro Chigorimbo

- Zimbabwe

Kathy Onwu

- Nigeria

Beatrice Gatebuke

- Rwanda

Photography by Team God Photography

FEATURES Featured Guest  

       Featured guest this Quarter Ms. Kathy Onwu from Murfreesboro, TN. Crowned Miss Africa Tennessee           2011. ...page 4 & 9 

      

      

Photography by Team God Photography  Photography by Sherman Photography Studio 

Africans Making an Impact                        

This page focuses on Tennesseans making  positive impact locally in the African community and in  Africa  

           Impact through giving ….See page 7 

Impact through fashion….. See page 14  P Photography by Sherman Photography Studio 

5 …… African Cuisine 11 …… Health 15 …… Afrik Fashions 17 …… Special Dates /Events 19 …… Classifieds

And many more enticing information…….


Introduction of TN. Afrik Journal TN. Afrik Journal is a new quarterly focused on highlighting, building, educating and bringing all Africans in Tennessee together. This journal will be available quarterly as a start in hardcopy. It will be available online in late Spring 2012. Goal is to be distributed monthly depending on demand. TN. Afrik Journal is here to promote, support, and guide each other as we live and grow in the Diaspora. Just as it takes a village to raise a child -we can raise each other up in our own "Village" right here in Tennessee. United Africans will accomplish, and can overcome any challenge. We are all here from different parts of Africa, but from the same continent, and most likely have very similar goals. No matter how we got here, or why we are here -we are here in Tennessee together, there is a reason and purpose in that alone. TN. Afrik Journal strives on bringing this diverse African community together and help build a positive, united front, rich in culture and love. Its almost impossible to know all the Africans in Tennessee, all the events and activities one could be a part of to get a little taste of home. That right there is where the "TN. Afrik Journal" comes into play. As the journal will bring all of that in one very accessible and convenient place……

Enjoy……...

Contact us with feedback at (615)403 9099 or tnafrikjournal@gmail.com


Editor's Viewpoint

Sikhu Mtetwa

TN. Afrik Journal Communication for African  Tennessean Consumers 

Volume 1 December 2011

Editor, TN. Afrik Journal Tis the season of thanksgiving and gratefulness. It's a time to reflect and remember how blessed we are. It’s a season full of high spirits, giving much and loving much. It also opens my mind to how much I've been blessed and in turn opens my heart to bless others in turn...

So here are my reflections and thanksgiving as 2011 draws to a close; Sikhu Mtetwa : Editor Advertising Manager Designer

I'm grateful for…. ….the simple gift of life, many didn’t make it to see this season this year but I have, your grace is sufficient for me, that alone is the greatest gift. To be in great health and lacking nothing, for that I'm truly blessed. I'm thankful for….

TN. Afrik Journal, Volume 1 Is published and distributed quarterly to encourage and unite the African community. There's a large African population in Tennessee with an impressive number of entrepreneurs and organizations. This Journal is focused on bringing all of them into one access place. This is the go to book Subscriber Services : To order a subscription of the TN. Afrik Journal please call (615) 403-9099 or email to tnafrikjournal@gmail.com. Cost of subscriptions is $5.00 per quarterly. Advertisements & Articles : To have your Ad / Article / Announcements / Events / Suggestions in the TN. Afrik Journal, please call (615)4039099 or email to tnafrikjournal@gmail.com Advertising placed in this journal does not necessarily reflect the beliefs, opinions, or attitudes of The TN Afrik Journal and doesn't imply product or services endorsement. TN Afrik Journal reserves the right to refuse advertising

….my immediate family, even though they didn’t have a choice as I'm already part of the crew. They definitely have a choice in how they love and relate to me. I couldn’t ask for another and cant do without another. To my father (Charles Mtetwa), mother (Tsitsi Mtetwa), brothers (Kwami Mtetwa, and Lizwe Mtetwa) I love you unconditionally and thank you for loving me more, and for that I'm truly thankful. I'm grateful for…. ….my church family, prayer warriors, close family and friends. You’ve provided a great support system that has made my life whole. You meet different aspects and needs of my life and make it all come together like a web. Generosity and understanding, motivating and has pulled me through the challenging as well as the joyful days, and for that I'm grateful. I'm thankful for…. ….my career in the accounting field, which is something I enjoy and love makes it easier to give my best to a great company that has sustained through the economic turmoil. I'm grateful for…. ….my fitness family -you've taught me to endure and experience amazing endurance and drive and love it all. If anyone told me I could do half the things I've done this year in the name of physical fitness I surely would have made a large monetary bet on "never happening". To all the people I've come in contact with through this journey, thank you and thank you again. Especially to Fleet Feet Brentwood, Tammie Sanders, Patrick Page, Julian Page (my running shotgun), Eugene Batsuk, Kathy, Caroline, and Tracy. These are just a few that made me realize that I'm blessed and highly favored, and IN all things I will give thanks and praise…..


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Featured Guest This year the women of Pan African Women’s Association hosted their second annual Miss Africa TN beauty pageant. The young lady to whisk away with this years award was none other than the—not only beautiful, but intelligent Ms. Kathy Onwu.

Kathy Onwu Miss Africa TN 2011

Kathy was born on August 10, 1987 in Rutherford County Tennessee. Although an American by law, Kathy has never neglected her Nigerian roots. This is self evident by the way she carries herself (as a true elegant and confident black woman), her drive and determination. She is competitive yet very warm and loving at the same time. Her intriguing persona always make people ask her where she’s from, and her response to this is always “I am from Murfreesboro, TN by way of Nigeria. Yes, the hospital in which I was delivered, and the schools I attended happen to be in Rutherford County Tennessee, but my blood, character, moral, values and principles originate from Enugu State Nigeria. I am a Nigerian." With this acknowledgement, Kathy understands that as Miss Africa Tennessee she will stand as a representation of what it means to be an African woman in modern day America. She definitely has all the qualities needed to come through with this with so much ease and poise. The victory involves her mission to educate young girls as she stands as a representative of a continent comprised of varying cultures.

Currently, Kathy is in her last year at Cumberland University majoring in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. In 2009 she graduated from TN State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As she always remembers her late mother’s saying. "There’s a time and a place for everything. Stay focused". Now is Kathy’s time! Support her as she journeys on to Miss Africa USA in 2012. Please contact her at kthyio@aol.com. SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

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Africans making Impact … … . . . . .

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This quarter features a very beautiful an blessed young African lady from Liberia. She has made great impact in her home town of Monrovia by not only collecting and sending barrels of medical needs but by actually going to Liberia and visiting with those in need of these basic products. Ms Patricia Kpabar, mother, daughter, sister, and philanthropist has always had a giving and loving heart. Crowned Miss Africa TN 2010, which was a stepping stone and much needed encouragement to pursue her calling to provide aid in Africa. Winning the crown made her realize how possible evePatricia Kpabar Founder - Foreign Momentum Miss Africa TN 2010

rything is with enough faith, hard work, perseverance and determination. and has since been focusing on her platform growth . The love of giving comes naturally as this has always been a natural in her family. Being the youngest also has its perks as she receives unfailing support from her family. Patricia graduated in Cosmetology and has a passion for anything involving beauty. So ladies the next time you need some beauty tips or a makeover you know who to call. This December she travels back to Monrovia as promised to distribute the many supplies and goodies making it a very special Christmas holiday. As an African I remember Christmas was

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the main holiday that I looked forward to as I knew I’d definitely receive new clothes. Providing this to the needy in Liberia just fulfils and gives them great hope that they can look forward to Christmas as a special holiday where blessings still do come in the form of gifts.. Each year Foreign Momentum will seek out new projects that will build, sustain, and enrich a charity movement across Liberia, and eventually the entire Africa. We will at any cost work to get the message of hope delivered to the world we live in. She plans on promoting self worth, self esteem and confidence that each one was created for a purpose. Patricia volunteers with Mercy Ministries, bringing hope to young girls recovering from various abusive situations. Please continue to support her in her great cause at : www..foreignmomentum.org or foreign.momentum@gmail.com

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Designs By : Aku Designs Liberia…..

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Contact : (615)569 2947

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Model: Felicia Wreh


Healthy Strides Joys of running and pleasure in giving…. This past September I participated in the annual Women’s half marathon. Being my 3rd half I thought; mmmm I got this down packed– this was at the start line. The weather was great and there was enough support to keep me rolling for a good 2 hours. That was mere thinking, I should have known that this would have been just as challenging as any other race I had indulged in. The race started and I started trucking, till mile eight, I started running out of steam. I managed to complete the race with my running mate holding my hand. This is support I definitely cherish, because it has helped me complete three half marathons. I started running for myself for health reasons and it soon grew to become a way to raise funds for a great cause and passion of mine. Clothing the orphans of Africa has been an ongoing joy and blessing for me these past 5 years and will do my ultimate best to continue doing so. With the help of great missionaries as Tommy and Becky Scott, and my church congregation to name a few. The running part has proven to be the easy part. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…...and this rang very true to me at mile eight when I was running out of steam. My life is blessed, thus making it very easy to take a lot of things for granted.

Sikhu Mtetwa Founder—Project Clothe Africa Women’s Half Marathon 2010

Or just quit because the conditions don't feel good and comfortable anymore. The question I ask myself when running on empty and heading towards a pity party is, “would quitting be an option if this was the only race that would determine a days meal, as many orphans do daily. The endurance training and the endurance in the race itself always give me a closer and much clearer picture of the continued endurance and determination these young ones have to go through continuously in their lives and still manage to put on a smile. As I came to the finish line this year a great friend had to hold my hand to get me there still running and that is my goal to hold these young ones‘ hands and make the journey just a hand size easier for them. One hand at a time…

Special points of interest:  http://www.fleetfeetnashville.com/

www.christchurchnashville.org http://www.tennessean.com/article/20100831/ FEATURES04/8310311/1004/features

December 2011


Strides to Save “ta - tas”

Being able to get up and be a part of such a positive fight. The walkers all had different reasons and causes to walk. Each year we walk for loved ones survivors and late, this year some of them were :

In Memory: Hellen Kombe - Tanzania Loretta C. Onwu - Nigeria Aina Nguluma—Tanzania Mbuya Goneke - Zimbabwe Hope Bennett - Liberia

Survivors: Mai Mutisi 2011 American Cancer Breast Cancer Walk—LP Field. Walkers from Left: Pamela Rimuka, Kathy Onwu, Esnart Sakala, Vivien Masungo, Sikhu Mtetwa, Exebia Kamtaundi, Issata Joe, Christine Sakala. Walking is a great way to not only stay healthy, energized, and vibrant. Its also a great way to socialize and help numerous causes. October is Breast Cancer awareness month in the US. Major companies, organizations, and in recent years the NFL have come together to promote the fight against cancer and continue in the research to help save more lives.

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And many other US families that supported the casue and the group raise their goal fund of $500. …..thank you again and continue to walk to save the “ta-tas”

Pan African Women’s Association have taken part in these strides together with other notable African organizations such as………………. Breast Cancer awareness has led to the popular term “save the ta tas”. It has also led to a stylish Pink trend for women and men all over the US. Most women and their families have also adapted healthier lifestyles and diets. Walking with us this year was the Miss Africa TN 2011 Kathy Onwu who walked in memory of her mother who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009. at events like these one always takes a moment to be thankful for the gift of life and

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Special Dates… US Special Dates JANUARY Sunday, 1 2012

New Years Day

Monday, 16 2012

Martin Luther King

FEBRUARY

DECEMBER Wednesday, 21 2011

Winter Begins

Saturday, 24 2011

Christmas Eve

Sunday, 25 2011

Christmas Day

Monday, 26 2011

Boxing Day

Saturday, 31 2011

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, 14 2012

Valentine’s Day

Monday, 20 2012

President’s Day

Friday, 24 2012

Flag Day

MARCH Sunday, 11 2012

Daylight Savings

Saturday, 17 2012

St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, 20 2012

Spring Begins

Africa’s Special Dates DECEMBER Friday, 9 2011

Tanzania Independence

Monday, 12 2011

Kenya Independence

Saturday, 24 2011

Libya Independence

Saturday, 24 2011

Christmas Eve

Sunday, 25 2011

Christmas Day

FEBRUARY

Monday, 26 2011

Boxing Day

Tuesday, 14 2012 Valentines Day

Saturday, 31 2011

New Year’s Eve

Tuesday, 28 2012 Egypt Independence MARCH

JANUARY Sunday, 1 2012

New Years Day

Friday, 2 2012

Morocco Independence

Sunday, 1 2012

Cameroon Independence

Tuesday, 6 2012

Ghana Independence

Sunday, 1 2012

North Sudan Independence

Monday, 12 2012

Mauritius Independence

TN Afrik Journal 2011


Celebrations WELCOME BABY …. 

We welcome all the babies born this season, To post any congratulatory messages please contact us at the contact information on bottom of page

March 

Pamela Rimuka

15th

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Andrew

10th

BIRTHDAYS

GRADUATIONS

December 

Austin Kamutaundi

10th

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Patricia Moyo

13th

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Issata Joe

14th

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Exebia Kamutaundi

16th

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Taffy Sithole

24th

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Michele Gwanzura Lipscomb University

Dec. 17 - Bachelors

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Elizabeth Chigorimbo Middle TN State University

Dec. 17 - Bachelors

Events & Functions 

Luila Village Ministries

Dec. 10

Bethel Church Concert

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The Rockettes

Dec. 1 - 31st

Grand Ole Opry

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Chad’s Winter Wonderland

Dec. 1-31st

www.chadswinterwonderland.com

(615) 449 0099

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Caribbean Hut

Dec. 31st

New Year’s Party

(615) 832 3547

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Montego Bay Café

Dec. 31st

New Year’s Party

(615) 750 2656

(615) 469 4010 (615) 889 3060

Healthy Activities RUNS / WALKS

MISSION / VOLUNTEER

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Soccer

Antioch Community Ctr

Sat. 10am

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Nashville Rescue Mission

(615) 255 2475

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Tennis

Smyrna Veterans Park

Thur. 6pm

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Shoes 4 Soles

(615) 391 5723

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Running

Tin Roof Runners

Mon. 6pm

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Foreign Momentum

(615) 406 3806

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Running

East Nasty

Wed. 6pm

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Bridges 2 Africa

(615) 498 4928

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Project Clothe Africa

(615) 403 9099

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Cotton Tree Foundation

(615) 306 5772

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Luila Village Ministries

(615) 469 4010

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African Refugee Ministry

(615) 595 8238

Submit your events !!!!!! Call (615) 403 - 9099 or email tnafrikjournal@gmail.com

December 2011


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ACCOUNTING:

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Kine African Hair Braiding

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Florence African Hair Braiding

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Sister Hair Braiding

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Andy African Hair Braiding

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AFRICAN CUISINE

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Flava Catering

(615) 500 2345

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Back to Cuba

(615) 837 6711

HEALTH / HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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Goha Ethiopian Café

(615) 891 7645

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Gateway 2 Africa

(615) 498 4928

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Nico Catering

(615) 568 1817

BEAUTY & COSMETICS

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Patricia Kpabar

Makeup

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Faljuni Patel

Eyebrow Threading (615) 396 8035

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Tracy Wiggins

Mary Kay

(615) 406 3806

(615) 586 0399

ENTERTAINMENT

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PCJ

DJ Services

(615) 582 6951

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DJ Svein

DJ Services

(615) 600 2939

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Elegant Occasions

Event Planner

(615) 497 8877

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Occasions Event Center & Rentals

(615) 887 9724

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Caribbean Hut

(615) 832 3547

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Montego Bay Café

(615) 750 2656

Dr. Arikana Chihombori, M.D.

Bell Family Medical Center (615)895 6900

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Dr. Afam Ikejiani, M.D.

OBGYN

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Dr. Martin Nwosu, M.D.

Medical Spa

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Warm Hearts Care

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LEGAL

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Gloria Ananaba

Attorney

(615) 579 5095

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John Ben Iwu

Attorney

(615) 731 5389

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Nonye Ejiofor

Life Insurance

(615) 200 6101

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Sherman Photography

(615) 710 5132

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Joyce Shelton

(909) 518 5367

TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION FASHION & DESIGN

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VivvyD Designs

(615) 554 9892

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Aku Designs

(615) 569 2947

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Juliet

(615) 423 7770

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Mary Nmoh

(615) 497 8877

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Frank

Allied Cab

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Alex

Allied Cab

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Dove Travel & Cruise International

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Shawn Auto Sales

(615) 481 3474

December 2011


Health Services

Warm Hearts Care is dedicated to promoting the independence of all the individuals  we serve. We strive to ʺbuild bridges to independent livingʺ by empowering individuals to  make informed choices about all aspects of their lives.      For Employment  and other Information please contact  us at :   

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For Employment or Donation information, contact us at : (615) 896 8231 or pauline.thomashc@gmail.com

TN Afrik Journal 2011


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