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OFFICE: 470 275 -3941 CELL: 678 508 -9551 Group picture of the Asanteman Association of Georgia. On Friday Decmber 23, 2016, the Bethak Banquet Hall was filled with excitement as the community came

to gather to have end of year christmas party. The members of the association used this occasion to honor Mr. Kofi Bawuah for his selfless leadership, dedication, and hardworking spirit.


Three African Communities in Perpertual Motion in Atlanta By Naa 'Sei Ethiopian Community Center

The Igbo Union Atlanta Community Building is situated on 5912 Mableton Pkwy, Mableton, GA. It is offers educational, cultural, religious, social, business, and economic empowerment to its community. It also serves as a Community Banquet Hall opens for business to people of all backgrounds and race with competitive rental price. For RENTAL RESERVATION CALL 404.839.7505. The Igbo Union leaders are Chief Joseph Okoronta (President), Nze Dr. Sir Daniel Onyeagba (VP) and Rev Dr. Godfrey (Secretary).

(L-R) Association member and Ms.

Zenebech Bogale (Office Manager) of the Ethiopian Community Association." Zene" has lots of community organizing ideas.

The Somali American Community Center is located in the College Plaza Shopping Center (aka Clarkston Somali Plaza) in Clarkston, GA. It is indeed a good place to shop for ethnic clothes, gifts, groceries, Halal foods, restaurants and barber shop. There are cluster of Somali own businesses. Bole Money Transfer, an ethnic money transfer business, is head quartered in this Plaza.


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During the christmas party, the association presented the President, Mr. Kofi Bawuah (middle in red, gold, and green shirt) a holiday gift for his strong leadership. Mr. Bawuah accepted the gift in the spirit of humility. On his right, Mr. Bawuah is flanked by his wife and other well wishers from the association. PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY OF REV EDWARD OSEI TUTU AT PRAISE TEMPLE OF CHRIST INT'L, ATLANTA

Rev Osei Tutu (in white) is surrounded by other Pastors. Pastor Oscar (R) co-pastor. Amazing preachers who really care! Visit! Visit! Folks ! A peaceful church to call home.

Rev & Mrs Osei Tutu posing together.


Rev Osei Tutu and church member in attentive spirit


The African Voice cont'd from page 3 works. Your parents maybe traditionalist so you need to be mindful of how you treat them as you build your contemporary marriage. Ultimately, a marriage not blessed by parents, traditional or contemporary is a marriage with a weakened foundation. I have never heard of any culture under the sun that considered parents irrelevant in the family structure.

try some contemporary ways of dealing with it e.g. open marriage. After all if he tries to legally marry other women in America, he will go to jail and there goes the breadwinner! Nana Amponsah is a psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada, with over 15 years of experience in helping couples and families improve on their relationships. Social Justice will return next month

In the West, households operate on a fixed schedule in most cases. School and work determine how much time people spend together and in what way they spend that time. In the previously mentioned case, when the wife was at work she expected to come home with all chores done because when her husband is at work she does that. She stated that she worked because they needed the money otherwise she would stay home and take care of the kids and home as a traditional wife might do. Her husband resented her pointing out that she had to work and took it as a criticism of him not being able to earn enough; and her employment made him feel like less of a man. Clearly, both parties had to understand what they meant by “husband” and “wife” and accept the realities of marriage in this part of the world. “Husband” does not mean “breadwinner/provider.” “Wife” does not mean “housekeeper/childminder.” It is common and easier for women to get better paying jobs here and to earn more money. In America, Black women are a growing economic force; more than white men even. Traditional values should not undermine the life you are trying to build in the West and in the same way contemporary values should not make your marriage less meaningful. Before you get married, discuss these things with each other and with other significant people in your circle. Seek advice and seek wisdom. Of course, there is the matter of traditional sex versus contemporary sex. Have plenty of it whatever way you want to label it. Do it in the traditional missionary style way and then maybe introduce some new more contemporary moves as you enjoy each other. If you are traditionalist and think it’s okay for the husband to have mistresses or other wives, go for it and see if you might

ZIMBABWE: A PERSONAL REFLECTION By An Annonymous Writer Growing up in Zimbabwe soon after our independence instilled within me values I am inclined to think I could not have gained anywhere else. As a newly liberated country, we were hypervigilant about the oppressive vicissitudes of white supremacy. In our schools, we were taught about our rights and freedoms from an early age. National holidays to keep us mindful of the sacrifices of those who had risked their lives - some lost, some broken, some wounded beyond repair – reinforced our pride in our national identity and in our independence. We were Zimbabweans! I recall singing the national anthem at weekly assemblies at school. At one time in my childhood, it was my favorite song. As a child, I gloried in all of the messages of peace, unity, and freedom. My innocence, my ignorance hid the truth from me and from many children like me. My Zimbabwe was ideal. The persona of our Prime Minister and later President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, was intricately woven into our understanding of our country. For me, as a child, he was Zimbabwe and that made me a part of him. That is why the Robert Gabriel Mugabe the world has branded a dictator is one I cannot condemn. The Zimbabwe I read about these days, I do not recognise as the country in which I grew up. Images of Mugabe, old and frail, and of Zimbabwe, poor and starved, do not quite register. It

is difficult for me to believe that it is my Zimbabwe. I am alienated from the reality of what has become the daily life of Zimbabweans. Within me, there is no sense of belonging or identification. I grieve. I was accused once by a fellow Zimbabwean of being naïve and deliberately refusing to acknowledge that Zimbabwe was never all the things I believed it to be. During the first years after Independence there was a civil war in Zimbabwe that many people, especially children, did not experience or acknowledge. Shona people are reported to have murdered a substantial number of Ndebele people. This genocide was short but brutal. I still do not understand it all but I do understand that I was sold a dream from a very young age about a country that valued equality, education, and economy. Was Zimbabwe not the breadbasket of Africa at some point? Did it not export a variety of food and mining resources to the rest of the world? Perhaps I need to wake up. These days I wake up every morning, flip through my newsfeeds, baited breath. Is this the morning I find out that Robert Gabriel Mugabe has died? What will his death trigger? Another civil war? A new start? It is difficult to tell. I am too far removed from all the suffering that has transpired in Zimbabwe over the last 15 years, maybe longer. I am also confused by my feelings of dread should he die. If it will make my country a better place, should I be hoping he dies like so many other people. When Fidel Castro died, Cubans threw parties and celebrated the end of what many considered an oppressive era. I will not go into the global politics of who is branded a dictator and how the western world creates these “monsters.” However, I will say Robert Gabriel Mugabe at some point deserved better and Zimbabwe deserved better. It is my hope Zimbabwe will resurrect and become that country that so many of us remember but do not recognise anymore.


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EDITORIAL Why Ethnic Community Centers Matter As the saying goes “A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.” Stronger ethnic communities strive and succeed when they establish their own institutions or a root to meet the needs of their community. Community center is the heart of every successful immigrant community. Every part of the body depends on the heart for its nutritional and energy need. The same idea applies to a community center. They can offer an enormous variety of educational, recreational, cultural, social, business, and economic empowerment to their community. Our December edition features on the front page three African Communities with their own community centers. They are the Ethiopian Community Association; The Igbo Union of Atlanta; and the Somali-American Community Association.

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Nana's Corner: Traditional vs Contemporary Marriage.

Why a community center matters? It acts as a place where newcomers can be among others who speak their language and where they can learn to navigate life in their adopted country. The community centers are safe places where second- and third-generation immigrants can learn about their ethnic culture. The centers even double as social service providers, most importantly, in places that are not so welcoming, where immigrants don’t have access to health and other social services.

Nana Amponsah In a recent counselling session with a married couple, the woman described herself as a traditionalist when it comes to marriage. She felt it was the man’s duty to provide for the family, make sure the bills were paid, and make major decisions especially about finances.

In response her husband, who appeared quite frustrated, stated she could not have it both ways. He said she should not be expecting him to cook, clean, change diapers, and look after the kids if she was a traditionalist. Of course, the differences between the traditional marriage and the contemporary/westernised married go deeper than who is changing the baby’s diaper. It These centers also act as advocates and includes other aspects such as representatives and promote the civic and how we view and treat in-laws political engagement for their community. and what we value in terms of There is also partnership with other fidelity, communication, and organizations and build networks, respect for each other. broadening the net that supports immigrants and the community in There is much to be said for general. They serve as channels through traditional marriage customs which funders, government agencies, and and rituals. For one thing, if you elected officials can reach immigrants. are thinking of divorcing your Finally, they share a common goal, spouse you do not simply collective consciousness, and bond. They google “how to get a quick are the roots. If you go through an awful divorce.” You go through the storm they will hold you up. Remember customary channels, call that United We Succeed Together. together both sides of your family, make your case and

hope both sides accept it. In marrying your spouse, you also seek guidance and approval from the family authorities. Your children, within that marriage, become part of a strong and connected network of people and you know that you, your spouse, or your children are never alone or isolated during difficulties, celebrations, or in life generally. Contemporary or western marriages however tend to view in-laws as pushy interlopers who meddle and ruin everything. These marriages value individuality and independence more. They are not altogether bad because sometimes in-laws are the devil in kente clothing. They do meddle and demand more than they should. So what is better especially when you live in the West? How can you strike a balance between your traditional values and the contemporary pressures of the West? If you are marrying or married to a person from the same village back in Africa, it is easier to maintain the same traditional outlook. It is also easier to negotiate terms of marriage. If your partner is from Singapore and does not speak your language, eat the same food, or even worship the same God, you have significant barriers to traditionalism. Contemporary views will save you a lot of frustration and heartache. If you were raised in the West and identify more with Africa out of a sense of pride rather than traditional values then the contemporary work cont'd in page 5


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DOCTOR'S CORNER Erectal Dysfunction (ED)

POETRY CORNER By Dr. Freda Mensah

- Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or

maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. -ED affects a large % of men > 40y

Some causes of ED:

-Heart disease -Uncontrolled hypertension -Medication – certain antidepressants and antihypertensive. Please note, only few antihypertensive cause ED. -Diabetes affects the blood vessels and nerves, resulting in ED. Good glucose

"Our thought is what makes us who we become." -Victor Ashbey, MD. Our experience is the great teacher, but our thought is the master sculptor, the captain that steers the ship, the judge of our conscience. So what we become is the result of our thoughts. All our dreams, successes, and failures are the result of the power of our mind which is the seat of our thought. We own our thought, for good and bad things that take place in our mind. When we set high goals, work extremely hard and trust in the power of our thought, it will come into reality. Our poem this month emphasizes on the power of our mind and our thought.

control can minimize your risk of ED -Stroke – insufficient blood to the brain or spinal cord.


By Victor Ashbey, MD.

-High cholesterol can lead to ED. -Mental health such as Depression and Anxiety can affect sexual performance. In

What is in your mind today

addition, ED alone can cause depression/anxiety.

Good thought

-Prostate surgery for BPH/enlarged prostate has been documented to be

Bad thought

associated with ED. Having BPH alone is associated with ED

Right thought

-There are many other causes of ED - these are the common ones.

Wrong thought Rich thought

How to reduce ED:

Poor thought

-Lifestyle modifications such exercising and eating healthy can improve erectile

Is all in your mind

function. Eat meals with low salt, low fat, low sugar, plenty of vegetables and fruits.

The mind is your most powerful treasure

-Weight loss can help by increasing testosterone, and improving self-esteem

You can cultivate it to succeed

-Cigarettes contain nicotine whivh causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing

You can cultivate it to fail

blood flow and decreasng testosterone.

You can cultivate it to hate

-Blood sugar and blood pressure control can improve ED

You can cultivate it to love

-Common medications used to treat ED:

Your mind exist with infinite possibilities

-Drugs in class with Viagra and Cialis – produce muscle relaxation and inflow of

Is all in your mind

blood to the erectile tissue, producing an erection. -Hormonal replacement with Androgens/testosterone are available by mouth and

Your mind creates your thought

injectable forms

Your thought creates your feelings

-External devises

Your feelings creates your attitude

-Penile implants - This 3-piece inflatable implant. When the smaller bulb is

Your attitude creates your behavior

squeezed, saline solution is pumped from the larger reservoir into the two

Your behavior creates your reality

columns, causing them to inflate, producing and erection.

Your reality creates your consciousness

-There are other methods of treating ED but these are the most common.

Your past, present, and future are intertwine in your mind The good the bad and the ugly


Are All in your mind

This material provided here is for basic informational purposes only. It is not meant to be and should not be taken as medical advice nor should you rely on this information instead of seeking medical advice from your medical doctor. No medical doctor -patient relationship can be established relying solely on the medical information on this column. Please visit your doctor and discuss with your doctor to determine the appropriate test and treatment that is right for you.





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African Progress in America Clarkston, Ga., Offers Safe Haven For Refugees Fleeing War By Naa 'Sei Seventy nationalities with a population of 7,791. It’s a figure that makes Clarkston, Georgia one of the most diverse communities in the nation.

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The city is noted for its ethnic diversity, and is often referred to as "the most diverse square mile in America" and "the Ellis Island of the South." In the 1990s refugee resettlement programs identified Clarkston as a good fit for displaced persons of many backgrounds. The rental market was open, residents were moving farther out from the Atlanta urban core, and Clarkston was the last stop on a transit line into the city. By the 2000s the local high school had students from more than 50 countries; a local mosque had 800 worshipers; and by some estimates, half the population was from outside the U.S. Clarkston was once a meeting place for members of the Ku Klux Klan, but now it is home to residents from around the globe, including thousands of former refugees who moved there as part of a resettlement program. There are people from 70 countries, there are dozens of languages, religious backgrounds, and experiences. A visit to Clarkston Village shopping center reveals the diversity: The strip includes an Asian market, an Eritrean restaurant, an Ethiopian café, the College plaza dubbed "Somaliland" and a Middle Eastern grocery store. A small Southern town that once hosted the Ku Klux Klan may seem like an unlikely place to send refugees from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East,

See below the biographies of two African immigrant city councillors in Clarkston.

Year elected: 2015 Birthplace: Keren in Eritrea (East Africa) Years resided in Clarkston: 14 years Councilman Eyasu attended the University of Asmara in 1996. He graduated in 2000 with a degree History and a minor in Political Science. He graduated at the top of his class and was accepted by UCLA for their Graduate School. He joined the African Area Studies Department in the fall of 2000 and received his Master’s degree in African History in 2002. Councilman Eyasu moved to Clarkston in 2002. He is married and has 4 children. He has been an active participant in the local community and is a graduate of the Clarkston 101 Citizen Education program. With motivation from his family and an interest in the City’s future, he decided to run for the Clarkston City Council and was elected to the office on November 3, 2015. “I am very thankful for the trust I was given by Clarkston Voters, states Councilman-elect Eyasu. I pledge to work hard to improve the living conditions of all the residents of Clarkton.”

Ahmed Hassan

Year elected: 2013 Birthplace: Somalia Years resided in Clarkston: 25 Profession: Professional Accountant Goals for Clarkston: To promote: a new economic development to attract new business and ease restrictions against businesses that wants to come to the city of Clarkston. Tap into the Multi culture, to encourage residence to participate in city involvement and decision making process thought representation. Community Involvements & Organizations: Volunteers for all noble causes. Encourages and educates others to succeed. Personal Motto: Honesty, Integrity and Leadership Additional Information: BA, from State University of New York College at old Westbury,MBA in finance from Mercer university of Atlanta "Stetson School of Business", and MA " masters of accounting and financial management with emphasis of CPA from Keller Graduate of Business. Biography of City Councillors was republished from Clarkston City Council website.

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LETTERS FROM AFRICA Top 10 Richest African Football Players 10) Christopher Samba – Net Worth: $8 Million The Congolese defender’s wealth owes greatly to the contract he signed at Anzhi Makhachkala where he was paid $160,000 per week. Before then he made his name as the no nonsense captain of Blackburn Rovers. Between two spells at Anzhi he spent six months at Queens Park Rangers, where he again earned around $160,000 a week. He is currently at Dynamo Moscow after being sold in a fire sale of players by Anzhi.

9) Seydou Keita – Net Worth: $10 Million The Malian midfielder has recently returned to Spain with Valencia after a year in the Chinese Super League. Keita earned a reported $16million before tax in his year with Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin FC. Before that move he had been an important member of the Barcelona squad for four years having impressed at Sevilla and in the French Ligue 1.

consecutive UEFA Cups. He is currently at Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League. In 2007 he spent a reported $700,000 buying his local mosque in Seville.

7) John Obi Mikel – Net Worth: $15 Million After just 6 appearances for Norwegian club Lyn Oslo, Mikel became infamous within the football world. In 2005 both Manchester United and Chelsea announced the signing of 18 yearold Mikel in what would become a protracted transfer saga. It was eventually settled in 2006 with Chelsea paying Lyn Oslo just £4million, whilst Manchester United received £12million without the player ever having played for them. The Nigerian has achieved great success at Chelsea winning the Premier League and Champions League amongst others, and reportedly earns $5million a year.

6) Kolo Toure – Net Worth: $18 Million

8) Frédéric Kanouté – Net Worth: $12 Million The legendary Malian striker began his career in France with Lyon before moving to England with West Ham in 2001. During his spell at Sevilla he won African Player of the Year in 2007 as well as

Toure has played for three of England’s biggest clubs in the form of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. He also has a lucrative sponsorship deal with Adidas. He has become an integral player for the Côte d’Ivoire national team and is one half of football’s highest paid siblings.

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5) Michael Essien – Net Worth: $25 Million Essien is Africa’s most expensive footballer of all-time after his £24.4million move from Lyon to Chelsea. He has received multiple nominations for World Player of the Year as well as African Player of the Year in recognition of his status as one of Africa’s best players ever. After 8 years at Chelsea, Essien signed for AC Milan in January 2014 to receive more first-team football.

4) Emmanuel Adebayor – Net Worth: $27 Million Togo’s all-time top scorer has benefited from lucrative contracts at some of England’s richest clubs. Whilst at Manchester City the striker earned a reported $268,000 a week. While Adebayor has developed a reputation for falling out with managers, the player is also known for his enormous charity work. He has set up projects in his native Togo and across Africa, as well as founding the SEA Foundation which implements welfare projects across the continent.

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Above The Law By Rajesh B. Sanghvi, JD, Attorney at Law

Know More About Personal Loans Planning to get your house renovated but do not have the sufficient amount of money to do it? With the concept of personal loans, you do not need to worry about this anymore. Personal loans are offered by the banks which enable you to use the amount for personal use - like for paying off an immediate debt or for clearing an unforeseen expense. Though the concept seems to be very lucrative, getting one approved is not an easy task. In order to be able to qualify for getting such a loan, certain strict norms have to be followed. Thus,

if you are planning to apply for one, there are certain points which should be kept in mind. These loans are not secured: This type of loan does not require any asset to be kept as a mortgage to the bank. However, if one fails to repay the loan the bank has the right to seize any asset be it your property, house or car. However, in most cases, if the defaulter does not have any asset to give in lieu of the loan it becomes very difficult for the bank to get back the money. This is one of the major reasons as for why it is difficult to get a personal loan approved. In such a situation, the bank can file a legal suit against your name to carry out the legal proceedings.


They have a fixed amount: The amount of a personal loan depends entirely on the borrower's income and also on the lender's discretion. It is based on the borrower's credit score. A credit score is a measure to get an idea of one's income which enables the lender to decide upon the amount to be given as a loan. Some of the banks have limited the amount they offer as a personal loan. The rate of interest is fixed: The interest rate is decided based on the borrower's credit score. In an ideal situation, the interest rate should be less which would enable you to repay a loan at a much lower cost. The most important fact about personal loans is that the rate of interest remains fixed during the entire tenure the loan. However, some banks offer loans at variable interest also, which makes it

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Suggestions and information to help navigate everyday life Dear Sages, I am kind of going through a rough patch in my life right now. Nothing serious but financially and emotionally am really struggling after I lost my job. One of my good friends from childhood has really been here for me emotionally. I am so appreciative of her time. In addition to offering her listening ear and kind heart, she also offered to help me with small bills and groceries until I get back on my feet. But, I just can’t accept her offer. I would feel so badly for taking from her. Not to mention, feel like a big loser for not being able to take care of myself. I feel like I have not been nearly half the friend she has been. And I have never been able to be there for

her in the way she has for me. Although I would definitely benefit from her financial assistance right now, I just feel so awful doing that. What should I do? Signed, Friend Loan Zone Dear Friend Loan Zone, First, we want to share how deeply we empathize with your emotional struggle regarding your job loss. Secondly, let us acknowledge how impactful a job loss can be both emotionally and financially. Friend, you stated that what you are experiencing right now is “nothing serious.” However, it appears to us that your loss of

job, emotional struggle, and financial instability has impacted you deeply. Why wouldn’t it be serious? And it also seems that your friend wants to see you thrive and be well. Why wouldn’t she want that for her friend? Friend, we get it! It’s not easy asking for and/or receiving help, especially when our identity is wrapped up in being able to take care of ourselves. Could being a friend all these years be enough for your friend to want to support you in your time of need? The dialogue between Wilbur and Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web beautifully mirrors what you are describing: “‘Why did you do all this for me?' he [Wilbur] asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you. You have been

difficult for the borrower to repay it. One must always try getting the loan from a bank in which he has an account. This is because it would be much easier to get the loan approved. One must also be careful while applying for one as there are many scams which keep taking place. One must also explain the bank about his/her need for money, in case they can offer something much better. Article republished with its entirety with with permission from Ezine Articles. Article Source: On December 22, 2016

CALL THE VOICE 678.651.0322 CALL US FIRST FOR ALL EVENTS my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.’” Sometimes the deepest struggle could be receiving the support we so desperately desire. If you do decide to receive her offer of financial assistance, have some clear dialogue about whether this is a loan and when to pay back if it is a loan. If you do not feel comfortable accepting her offer of financial assistance, that’s ok, too! Gently decline her offer of financial support but express appreciation for all of the other support you have received. Either way, Friend, we hope that you receive all the abundance the universe has to offer! Signed, The Sages Dear Sages, I have 5 siblings that live across the US and the only time we talk is cont'd on page 12


The African Voice cont'd from page 11 during the holidays. We didn’t grow up with a strong family bond and have been accustomed to not speaking regularly our whole adult lives. We love each other and are amicable. No upsets or contention—just no emotional connection. Now that I have small children, I feel a strong urge to connect with my siblings more regularly. But after so many years of not connecting, I’m not sure how I can forge that bond or even if it is possible. Should I leave well enough alone? How do I repair years of not connecting to suddenly connecting? Signed, Wanting Connection Dear Wanting Connection, If you all “love each other and are amicable,” why not try to “forge” a bond? The first word that pops up in our minds is recreation. In the words of Seal the Smile, “Change is to focus all your energy not in fixing the past but in recreating the future.” This could be an amazing opportunity for all of your siblings to create a bond that never existed or recreate and build on what is. How do you want this connection to look? Visits? Phone calls? Letters? More family gatherings? Take some time to think about how you want to connect with them. If you choose to speak with them about this, keep it simple. “I would love to connect with you all more often.” Open up the dialogue there and see what happens. As far as them living “across the US,” George Burns once said “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Utilize the gift of distance to make the time you spend with your family sweeter and more worthwhile. May you find the connection you desire with your siblings! Signed, The Sages Pegge Riley, LPC and Angela Wacht, LPC are Counselors and Directors of Sage Center: Counseling, Consulting, and Creative Community Wellness. They are here to provide suggestions and guidance about everyday life. To submit a question or concern to Sage Advice go to and click on the Sage Advice tab. The advice in this column is general and is not intended as actual counseling for specific issues or concerns. If you need to address more

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number of lucrative contracts. At the height of his powers at Chelsea he was paid $170,000 a week, a figure dwarfed however by the staggering $325,000 he earned in his short spell at Shanghai Shenhua. He currently earns $5.2million a year at Galatasaray, however with a number of lucrative sponsorship deals his actual earnings a year are far more.

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Top 10 Richest African Football Players cont'd from page 11 3) Yaya Toure – Net Worth: $65 Million Toure has received African Player of the Year three consecutive times since 2011 and is recognised as one of the Côte d’Ivoire’s ‘Golden Generation’. He was an important player in the Barcelona team that won the Champions League in 2009 and is currently the engine room of Manchester City’s team. He earns a reported $15million a year to reinforce his status as one of the world’s best.

2) Didier Drogba – Net Worth: $70 Million Didier Drogba’s enormous fortune is impressive, considering the Ivorian didn’t earn a big move until his 2004 transfer to Chelsea at the age of 26. Since then however the Chelsea legend has signed a

1) Samuel Eto’o – Net Worth: $90 Million It’s no surprise that the man to have won a record four African Player of the Year trophies tops the list for the continent’s richest player. Eto’o was in fact once the highest paid player in the world during his spell with Anzhi Makhachkala bringing in $25millon a year. put his net worth at $118 million (£70m), but given his extravagant lifestyle and his donations to several charity organizations we put the net worth at $90 million. The Cameroonian striker has played for some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan and current club Chelsea. His goal-scoring prowess has seen him not only rewarded with mega wages but huge sponsorship deals, however the player also gives a lot of money to charity, much like Didier Drogba, and has set up the Samuel Eto’o Foundation in his home country.


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Africa News Flash: US-AFRICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPENS FIRST AFRICAN OFFICE IN ACCRA ACCRA, Dec 7 (NNN-GNA) - The United States -Africa Chamber of Commerce (USACC) has launched its first office on African soil in Accra help deepen trade relations between small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and the United States by empowering them with the resources, connections and exposure needed to form international partnerships within peaceful national environments. The US-Africa Chamber of Commerce describes itself as an organization which "empowers a dynamic community of small

and medium enterprises engaged in the US-Africa business nexus with the resources, connections, and exposure that are needed to succeed". The US-ACC, in collaboration with iChange Nations (ICN) launched the office here based on the theme: “Engendering Growth and Development through Peace and Cooperation”. The Golden Rule of Business adopted by US-ACC says “Treat others the way you want to be treated”. Martin Ofori, the Chairman of US-ACC Ghana, said here

Tuesday that his office would bring great value, develop and create wealth amongst Ghanaians by leading Ghanaian businesses to showcase business enterprises to the world. He said US-ACC Ghana would collaborate with ICN to bring honour to statesmen, build and develop individuals, and inculcate the culture of honour in governance and business.

continents, and bring value to its members," he said. Dr Gladys Loggin-Folorunsho, the Founder and President of USACC, said that the organization decided to launch in Ghana first, because of its peaceful and prosperous business environment. -- NNN-GNA

“The US-ACC is geared towards promoting values and businesses that would build a bridge between the two


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NIGERIAN SENATE'S DEPUTY SPEAKER WARNS GAMBIA AGAINST MILITARY ACTION ABUJA, Jan 4 (NNN-NAN) - The Deputy President of Nigeria's Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has warned against military action in Gambia following that country’s presidential election, saying such action may threaten the security of the entire West Africa subregion. The warning was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche

Anichukwu, here Tuesday. The deputy speaker said military action could plunge Gambia into blood-letting and threaten the peace of the sub-region. The political crisis in Gambia broke out after President Yahya Jammeh lost to Adama Barrow in the Dec 1, 2016 presidential election but insisted that he would not handover power on Jan 18 when Barrow is scheduled to be sworn in.

Ekweremadu then urged Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow Gambia's laws to prevail as a sovereign nation.

fail. Meanwhile, reports from Banjul say Gambian Electoral Commission Chairman Alieu Momar Njai has fled the country because he received threats after declaring President Yahya Jammeh the loser of the Dec

Ekweremadu, a former Speaker of the Ecowas Parliament, also called for sanctions in line with

1 election. -- NNN-NAN

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