Friday, 29 May 2009
Professor Uche Ewelukwa, a University of Arkansas School of Law Professor is the winner of the 2009 Human Rights Essay Award.
The theme for the essay competition was, “60 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: its contemporary normative impact.” Ewelukwa’s paper, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Child Today: Progress or Problems?” asks if the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been beneficial to African children or if it has proved harmful.
Her essay reviewed the extent to which children are protected in the constitutions of countries in Africa, discussed the influence of the UDHR on constitution-making and the development of human rights ideals in the continent, and analyzed relevant judicial decisions emanating from some of the highest courts in the continent, including the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe.
Ewelukwa argues that children in Africa still confront four persisting tyrannies that the UDHR does not effectively address – the tyranny of silence, the tyranny of culture, the tyranny of poverty and corruption, and the tyranny of globalization. Despite this, Ewelukwa concludes that, “thanks to the UDHR, change has come and there is reason for optimism for the future of the African child.”
The competition for the annual Human Rights Essay Award is open to legal scholars across the globe. Past winners have come from Australia (2008 and 2003), the United States (2007 and 2004), the United Kingdom (2006), and Hungary (2005). The winning essay is chosen by a distinguished international panel of eminent jurists, which this year included Andrew Clapham, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland ; Hina Jilani, Vice Chairperson, Human Rights Commission, Pakistan; Claudia Martin, Co-Director, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Alex Morawa, Professor of Law, University of Lucerne, Switzerland; Manfred Nowak, Special Rapporteur on Torture, United Nations; Hélène Ruiz Fabri, President, European Society of International Law; and Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Andy Amadi Okoroafor was born in Bauchi, Northern Nigeria on February 8th 1966. He pursued his education and a successful creative career in Paris. He is returning to Nigeria to fulfill his lifelong ambition of making films about contemporary Africa for a world audience. He is an acclaimed Art Director in advertising, fashion and music videos based in Paris. His clients have included Xuly-Bët, Jean Paul Gaultier, Kookaï, Virgin, Galeries La Fayette, to name a few.
Andy is also the founder of Clam Magazine, a quarterly magazine focusing on African creativity - distributed in France, Africa, US, UK, Japan, South Africa, Germany.
Thursday, 28 May 2009
Ndidi Onukwulu is a singer originally from Burns Lake, British Columbia. Although her style is often classified as jazz and blues, Onukwulu combines several musical genres in her songs including surf music, electric blues, gospel, and country.
Onukwulu, whose father, jazz player Ezeadi Onukwulu, is from Nigeria, also integrates Malagasy and Nigerian music into her performances to create a unique and eclectic sound. She frequently tours promoting her music and makes regular appearances at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
In January 2006 Onukwulu released her first album No, I Never. The album release was followed by a tour that garnered positive buzz in the Canadian blues community. The Contradictor, released on June 17, 2008, was produced by Steve Dawson under the Indie record label Jericho Beach Music.
Ifeanyi Chijindu is a Nigerian-American author/writer, entrepreneur, artist, model, actress and screenwriter.
Ifeanyi who was born in Los Angeles, Ca. had her first poem published at the age of eight, she completed a 90-page novella at eleven and at 15, Ifeanyi sold her first short story and won 2nd place for it in a contest hosted by Superior Communications and Publications.
By 17, Ifeanyi regularly performed her poetry at paid venues. Around this same time, Ifeanyi also deepened her interest in acting and won the part of Maya Angelou in a local play called Women In Love.
A Girl's Life...the Song that Never Ends, a themed poetry collection, was published in 2004 and centered on Chijindu's experiences about love, hatred, family, spirituality, racism, sexuality, individual and ethnic identity throughout her childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Cal Poly Pomona presented her with the Golden Leaves Award in recognition for her literary achievement and for being the youngest person at the university to receive this award.
In 2005, Black Diaspora Magazine published "Healing from Within," Ifeanyi's feature article about Djehuty Maat-Ra, creator of DHERBS and celebrity herbalist who counts celebrities like R & B singer Brandy and actor Blair Underwood as part of his clientele.
Ifeanyi wrote for The Poly Post newspaper from 2005–2007 where she displayed her incisive writing style with her cultural profiles on artists like Salvadoran painter Carlos Flores and in film reviews of movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean 3,The Reaping and The Return.
In 2007, Ifeanyi's film critiques and social editorials allowed her to receive an award from the Society of Professional Journalists for "Best Editorial" for an article about how on-campus ethnic centers promote separatism and racism.
In addition to writing, Ifeanyi worked as a freelance make up artist for aspiring actresses and models before creating Goddess Cosmetics, Accessories & Toiletries also known as Goddess C.A.T., an online shop featuring Goddess-inspired accessories along with herbal cosmetics and skin care
Goddess C.A.T. became one of the few early companies who created healthy cosmetics for women of color before ethnic and herbal make up gained mainstream popularity with older cosmetic corporations.
Goddess C.A.T., Ifeanyi's beauty advice and social commentaries on issues relating to women's roles and beauty ideals have been featured in various newspapers, websites, women's and beauty magazines such as Glamour Magazine, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Momlogic.com San Bernardino Sun, Luxaholics.com The Whittier Daily News, San Gabriel Valley News, Sheknows.com, Newsday.com and Feministing.com
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Dr Uche Odiatu is a health and wellness expert who translates current research and best practice information into simple realistic strategies. With his wife Kary, they are founders of Fit Speakers International and as presenters they breathe new life into their audiences with their unique observations, humourous stories, and enlightening perspectives. As lecturers and workshop leaders they have done seminars and presentations for Fortune 500 Companies, provincial / federal government agencies, and health care professionals throughout North America. Uche and Kary are both NSCA and Can Fit Pro certified personal trainers and are on the advisory board of SuperChefs of the Universe Project fighting childhood obesity.
Dr Uche Odiatu is a life-long athlete, a professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant and a Certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach. He is also a practicing dentist and a part-time faculty member of the University of Toronto.
Uche and Kary are the proud parents of three young children. The dynamic duo have been invited guests on over 230 radio and TV shows (including Canada AM, City TV Breakfast TV, and ABC’s 20/20). The Toronto based wellness experts are the authors of Fit For The LOVE Of It! © 2002. Their newest book is The Miracle of Health: Simple Strategies Extraordinary Results (John Wiley and Sons Ltd © 2009).
The King of Agbaja, Onyeama n’Eke was the greatest king in northern Igboland. He was probably the greatest Igbo king in living memory. From his palace in Eke, Onyeama reigned over the entire Agbaja, from Oji River though Udi and Ezeagu to the present-day political capital of Igboland, Enugu, and even Nkanu and Ogui communities.
Onyeama was born circa 1870s, the youngest of the ten children of Özö Omulu Onwusi, a polygamous titled man of means, and an only son of his mother – Chinazungwa Ijeonyeabo of nearby Ebe community.
Brought up by his half-brother, Amadiezeoha Nwankwo-Onwusi, Onyeama worked hard and made his mark in business. He traveled to famous Aro-controlled trading centers including Abiriba, Arochukwu, Arondizuogu, Bende, Oguta, Uburu, etc. When British rule reached Eke in 1908, Onyeama was rich enough to buy his way into the Ozo title society and to marry a local beauty, Afia Nwirediagu, and later Gwachi Ebue.
Onyema attended the British Empire Exhibition in May 1924 and was invited to Buckingham Palace. His two-month sojourn so impressed him he vowed to prepare his people for the future through education and economic development. Onyeama invested in education, sending his own sons and others to institutions of higher learning in the country and abroad. Onyeama’s guidance and influence opened up northern Igboland of Nsukka and beyond for the Catholic Church and colonial governance. Thus he paved the way for the eventual establishment of Nigeria’s premier indigenous university at Nsukka and bequeathed on Ndiigbo a political capital, the Coal City of Enugu.
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Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Jude Umeh is a technical architect and the author of The World Beyond Digital Rights Management (DRM). In the book,Umeh succinctly explains how the IT, business models, and standards combine and interact, and how the industry is now maturing to take account of such rapid change. He presents a superb example of how technology is developing to fulfill a business requirement , and how it can adapt and innovate to drive transformation and change in an entire industry.
Jude is a leading expert in Enterprise DRM and Information Rights Management solutions.
In the film industry, Ngozi Ezeonu could pass for one of the big masquerades. She is professional in her acting and a regular face in most of the films. Married with three kids, Ezeonu, came to national limelight after playing a role in Nneka The Pretty Serpent, a flick directed by top Nollywood producers, Zeb Ejiro.
Ngozi hails from Anambra State, but was born and brought up in Owerri, Imo State. She has a diploma in Journalism.
Monday, 25 May 2009
Charles Oputa a.k.a, Charly Boy is one of the most celebrated personality brands in Nigeria. He connotes different things to different persons and if you call him maverick, you are not far from the truth.
He is a musician, TV personality, revolutionary activist, youth development enthusiast, author, a general of the People’s army and an area father.
He is the son of eminent jurist and chairman of defunct Oputa panel, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa.
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In just over two years in the industry, Kelechi Ohia has successfully carved a niche for herself fashion wise. Described by male colleagues as sexy, the 23-year old rapper effortlessly oozes confidence.
She says her style "is basically comfortable but it varies and depends on the occasion."
Kel also loves the corporate casual look and is usually seen wearing fitted shirts, jeans and blazers. As for the hair, the straight weave, which either parts at the middle or to the side does it for her. And let's not forget the cocktail rings and sneakers which complete the Kel look.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Rochelle Okoye, was Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba May 26, 1985. Okoye, moved to England in 1992, at the age of 7, and continued gymnastics in that area.
In 1996, Okoye became the British national gymnastics champion and was able to hold the title for three consecutive years.
In 1997 and 1998, Okoye was awarded the top sports person in England under the age of 13 category. Than in 1998 BBC produced and aired a 1/2 hour sports documentary on her gymnastics career.
Okoye earned a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), in Prince George, BC.
On December 27, 2008, at the Red Robinson Show Theatre, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, on the card, "Rumble in the Red", Okoye, 122, made her pro debut. Okoye, fighting in her hometown, won a four-round unanimous decision over Priscilla Trompowsky, 120.5, Toronto, Canada. Final judges scores, 39-37, 39-37, 39-35.
Ikenna Azuike was a finance lawyer in London, Amsterdam and New York, before leaving the legal profession in 2008 at about 4yrs PQE. He has since set up and now runs an online magazine about the environment called Strawberry Earth.
Strawberry Earth is a platform for creative people from all over the world who want to do something positive for our environment.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Okwui Enwezor is an educator, poet, writer, art critic, and curator specializing in art history. He lives in New York and San Francisco.
He is currently Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute. He has held positions as Visiting Professor in art history at University of Pittsburgh; Columbia University, New York; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Umea, Sweden. Enwezor is the Artistic Director of Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, in Seville, Spain.
His writings have appeared in numerous journals, catalogues, books, and magazines including: Third Text, Documents, Texte zur Kunst, Grand Street, Parkett, Artforum, Frieze, Art Journal, Research in African Literatures, Index on Censorship, Engage, Glendora, and Atlantica.
Among his books are: "Reading the Contemporary: African Art, from Theory to the Marketplace" (MIT Press, Cambridge and INIVA, London) and "Mega Exhibitions: Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form" (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich), Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art", and "The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society". He is also the editor of a four volume publication of "Documenta 11 Platforms: Democracy Unrealized; Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation; Creolité and Creolization; Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos" (Hatje Cantz, Verlag, Stuttgart).
Joshua Uzoigwe (July 1, 1946 – October 2005) was a Nigerian composer and ethnomusicologist.
He was born in Umuahia, Abia State (formerly Imo State), Nigeria. A member of the Igbo ethnic group, many of his works draw on the traditional music of that people.
He had his early musical training at the King’s College, Lagos, and the International School, Ibadan. He received advanced training at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1970-1973), Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London (1973-1977). He attended Queen's University, Belfast, attaining both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.
Uzoigwe’s compositional outputs were not as extensive as Ayo Bankole and Akin Euba, but they were some of the most finest music ever written in twentieth century Nigeria. He composed for chamber and orchestra, but he was more famous for his tuneful solo songs and brilliant virtuosic piano pieces.
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Uzodinma Iweala (born November 5, 1982) is an author who hails from Washington, DC and Nigeria. His debut novel, Beasts of No Nation, is a formation of his thesis work at Harvard. It depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country. The book, published in 2005, has received considerable critical acclaim from sources like Time Magazine, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Times, and Rolling Stone.
The son of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Iweala attended St. Albans School in Washington D.C. and is a recent graduate of Harvard College. He is currently a medical student at Columbia University, class of 2011.
In 2007, he was named one as one of Granta magazine 's 20 best young American novelists.
Beasts of No Nation: A Novel
Nkechi C. Ikediobi (c. 1985- ) is an American model. She was born in Egypt to an Egyptian mother and a Nigerian father. She grew up in Tallahassee, Florida.
See more of her at Model Mayhem and at her MySpace page.
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Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (1963-2007) was a philosopher. Eze was a specialist in postcolonial philosophy. He wrote as well as edited influential postcolonial histories of philosophy in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Influences in his own work include Paulin Hountondji, Richard Rorty, David Hume, and Immanuel Kant.
Eze was most recently Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University, where he also edited the journal Philosophia Africana. He died December 30, 2007 after a short illness.
Eze was educated by Jesuits in colleges in Benin City, Nigeria and Kimwenza, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary School in Iheakpu-Awka from 1970 to 1976. In 1982 he graduated from Igbo-Eze Secondary School. From September of the same year he worked as Clerk at the Kaduna State Ministry of Agriculture in Funtua.
In 1983 Eze resigned the job and enrolled at St. Ignatius Jesuit Novitiate in Benin City. From 1985 to 1987 he studied at S. Pierre Canisius College in Kimwenza, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He then taught French language at Bishop Kelly College in Benin City for an academic year before moving to New York. He received his Masters (1989) and Ph.D. (1993) from Fordham University. His doctoral thesis was on "Rationality and the Debates about African Philosophy."
Eze taught at Bucknell University and at Mount Holyoke College. In addition, he was a post-doctoral visiting scholar at Cambridge University (1996–1997), a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research (1997) and at the University of Cape Town (2003).
Monday, 18 May 2009
Chris Oti (born in London on 16 June 1965) was a winger of prodigious pace who represented England on thirteen occasions between 1988 to 1991. He was a member of the England squad that appeared in the 1991 Rugby World Cup during which he made two appearances.
Chris Oti had a brief career as a top flight Rugby Union player.He was the first black player since James Peters eighty years before to represent England when he made his international debut against Scotland at Murrayfield in March 1988.
In the final game of the 1988 Championship Oti scored a hat trick of tries against Ireland. As Oti scored his final try, a group from the Benedictine school Douai began singing 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot', in honour of Oti. Other sections of the crowd joined in and the negro spiritual has since become an unofficial anthem of the national side.
Oti was capped five times the following season including against Romania when he scored four tries. He was selected for the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia but persistent injuries meant that he was not considered for the test side.
In 1991 he was surprisingly picked ahead of Nigel Heslop for the opening World Cup match against New Zealand and kept his place for the following game against Italy. This turned out to be his last international appearance as further injuries curtailed his career.
At club level Oti represented Cambridge University, Nottingham RFC and London Wasps.
Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson (November 8, 1853 – January 20, 1904) was a Quaker schoolteacher; the mother of Paul Robeson; and the wife of the Reverend William Drew Robeson of Witherspoon Church in Princeton, New Jersey.
She was born in 1853 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Charles Hicks Bustill (1816-1890) and Emily Robinson (c1815-before 1860). She was of mixed Igbo African, Lenni-Lenape Native American, and American Quaker descent.
In the 1870s she attended Lincoln University. There she met and married William Drew Robeson I (1845-1918), around 1873, and they had the following children: Gertrude Lascet Robeson (1880) who died as an infant; William Drew Robeson II (1881-?) b. November 1881, who was a physician in Washington, District of Columbia; Marian M. Robeson (1894-1977) b. December 1, 1894, who married a Forsythe and moved to Philadelphia; Benjamin Robeson (1894-1966) b. September 1894, who was a reverend at the Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Harlem; J.B. Reeve Robeson (1886-?) aka Reed Robeson, b. March 1886 who moved to Detroit and may have worked at a hotel before he died in poverty; and Paul LeRoy Robeson better known as Paul Robeson (1898-1976) who was an orator, singer and actor. Another child died at birth, but the name is not known. In 1880 William and Maria were living on Witherspoon Street in Princeton, New Jersey. Maria is described as a mulatto.
In 1904 she was nearly blind and she was burned in a kitchen accident when an ember from the stove ignited her clothes on fire. She died several days later with burns over 80% of her body. She was buried in Princeton Cemetery.
Friday, 15 May 2009
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
Chika Ike Ebireri who is becoming Nollywood vibrant new actress has been in the industry less than 5 years, but has about 30 movie credit to her name.
Chika who hails from Ekwuluobia, Umuchiana village in Anambra State, got her breakthrough in the movie "Blessed Child". She started out as an extra in a Chico Ejiro's Sweet Love.
Some of the flicks under Chika's belt are Paradise, Mirror of Beauty, Soul Engagement, Emotional Blackmail, Wisdom of God, Blessed Child and Power of Beauty.
Dr. Ifi Amadiume (born 23 April 1947) is a Nigerian poet, anthropologist and essayist. She joined the Religion Department of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, U.S. in 1993. She is currently the Professor and Chair of African and African-American Studies at Dartmouth.
Born in Kaduna to Igbo parents, Amadiume was educated in Nigeria before moving to Britain in 1971. She studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, gaining a BA (1978) and PhD (1983) in social anthropology. Her fieldwork in Africa resulted in two ethnographic monographs relating to the Igbo - African Matriarchal Foundations (1987), and the award-winning Male Daughters Female Husbands (Zed Press, 1987). A book of theoretical essays, Reinventing Africa, appeared in 1998.
She is on the advisory board of the Centre for Democracy and Development, a non-governmental organisation that aims to promote the values of democracy, peace and human rights in Africa, particularly in the West African sub-region.
Dr Amadiume is widely regarded for her pioneering work in feminist discourse: "[h]er work has made a tremendous contribution to new ways of thinking about sex and gender, the question of power, and women's place in history and culture".
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
Chronicling the rise of Nigerian Web ventures as the stars of tomorrow is Loy Okezie, the founder of Startups Nigeria. Okezie has been featured on Global Voices, White African and Appfrica, among others. Okezie is a serial entrepreneur with a lot of interest in the technologies, the companies, the people and in more recent times the developments in the new web space. He has a background in Business Management & Strategy and has worked on several projects that focus on the impact of technology on media.
Loy founded StartupsNigeria.com in order to showcase technology-related companies (esp. web 2.0 and social media start-ups) from Nigeria and create a platform for them to connect with other web entrepreneurs in the new media space.
Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian-born author. She has a Ph.D in Literature from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Her debut novel, De Feniks was published in 2005 by Meulenhoff and Manteau (of Amsterdam and Antwerp) and was shortlisted for the Vrouw en Kultuur debuutprijs for the best first novel by a female writer. She is also the author of two children's books published by Macmillans, London.
She has published short fiction in several anthologies including Wasafiri (of the University of London), Moving Worlds (of the University of Leeds), Voices of the University of Wisconsin and Okike of the University of Nigeria.
In 2003, she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Fiction. In 2004, she won the BBC Short story Competition and a Commonwealth Short Story Competition award. In the same year, her short story made the top 10 of the Million Writers' Award for best online fiction. In 2005, she won the 3rd prize in the Equiano Fiction Contest.
She lives in Turnhout, Belgium.
Osita is an actor from Mbaitolu Local Government in Imo State, Nigeria. He is famous for playing the role of 'Pawpaw' in Aki na Ukwa alongside Chinedu Ikedieze. Osita is a graduate of Mass Communication from Enugu State University.
Osita has evolved in his career from just a comedic actor to a multifaceted established actor. This has gained him respect as an actor throughout the Nigerian movie industry and its fans alike.
Monday, 11 May 2009
Ikechukwu Diogu (born September 11, 1983 in Buffalo, New York), is an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
Diogu who stands at 6 feet (1.8 m), 9 inches (2.06 m) tall attended Arizona State University, where he excelled on the team under head coach Rob Evans. He garnered several honors, both in the Pac-10 and nationally.
Diogu was selected 9th overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. On December 23, 2005, he recorded a professional career-best 27 points on 13-15 shooting, surpassing his previous best by 12 points.
On January 17, 2007, Diogu, whom Larry Bird called the "gem" of the deal, was dealt to the Indiana Pacers along with teammates Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Troy Murphy, and Keith McLeod for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell.
On June 26, 2008 (draft night), Diogu was traded by Indiana to the Portland Trail Blazers along with the draft rights to Jerryd Bayless in exchange for Jarrett Jack, Josh McRoberts and the draft rights to Brandon Rush to the Indiana Pacers.
Diogu was traded to the Sacramento Kings for the Chicago Bulls' Michael Ruffin on February 18, 2009.
Nkem Chukwu, 29, right rear, her husband Iyke Louis Udobi, 41, center, and her mother Janet Chukwu, from Houston, Tx. , pose with the couple's eight children in New York, Wednesday Jan. 28, 2009. Chukwu and Udobi are parents of the world's first octuplets in 1998, but one child died a week after birth. The seven surviving children are (middle row) Eche, far left, Ikem, second from left, Gorom, second from right, Chidi, far right, (front row) Chima, far left, Jioke, second from left, and Ebuka, far right. Their little sister Favor, 6, second from right front, joined the family in 2002.
John Munonye (born April 1929) is an important important Igbo writer and one of the most important Nigerian writers of the twentieth of century. He was born in Akokwa, Nigeria, and was educated at the University of Ibadan and the Institute of Education, London. He retired as the head of the Advanced Teacher Training College, Owerri.
John Munonye, unlike some of his contemporaries professed a love for optimism in the face of colonial onslaught on traditional values. To him, the dialectical environment of African and western tradition can be seen in both a positive light and outcome for the common Igbo or Nigerian man or woman. An overriding theme in his novels is the focus on the common man. Munonye sometimes view the common man as being born into a position whereby he is already at a disadvantage, both historically and presently, He sees little difference to the fate of the common man who could be manipulated at the whims of elites and chiefs in both pre- and post-colonial Nigeria and during colonialism.
Friday, 8 May 2009
Born in Ogidi, Eastern Nigeria, in 1966, Newton Aduaka moved to Lagos in 1970 after the Biafran War, and then to England in 1985. Following a diploma course in video arts and post-production, he studied film history, art and technique at the London International Film School, graduating in 1990. He wrote and published short stories while working as a sound mixer on a wide range of productions.
In 1997 he set up Granite FilmWorks with Maria Elena L'Abbate to produce personal, cutting-edge and uncompromising films. As a director, his short films include Carnival of Silence (1994), Voices Behind the Wall (1990) and On The Edge (1997), which won him three prestigious awards and numerous special mentions.
His debut feature Rage (2000) was released to huge critical acclaim, becoming the first independent film by a black film-maker to gain a national release in Britain. It was also very successful in international film festivals, winning many prizes including Best Director at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Chris Igwe is Managing Director of Chris Igwe International, based in Paris. The Company specialises in strategic retail and real estate advice to international companies.
Previously Chris worked for Consultants RMJM in Edinburgh, Scotland and then Laing Management Contracting Ltd on London’s acclaimed Stansted Airport project. He joined Swiss specialist contractor, Schmidlin, in Basle, Switzerland in 1990 as Senior Project Manager and was responsible for major international projects in Germany, Switzerland, Libya, England, Scotland, and France.
Chris is also Director of Retailp, the leading European retail real estate intelligence service provider.
Chris Igwe was educated at the International School, Geneva, Switzerland, and gained a BSc(Hons), in Civil Engineering at Newcastle University, England, and a Masters degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Peter Nwangwu is a professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy, executive assistant to the vice chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in which capacity he serves as the chief development officer of the university.
Nwangwu has won many international awards in the United States, including "2005 Ronald Reagan Gold Medal" by the National Republican Congressional Committee; "2005 Man of the year," by the American Biographical Institute; "Businessman of the year 2005," by the US Business Advisory Council, and "The 2006 Congressional Medal of Distinction." He also serves as President and Chief Executive officer of the University of Nigeria Research and Economic Development (UNRED) foundation."
Peter Nwangwu was born in Umuahia, Nigeria, and attended Anglican Grammar School, Umuahia; Methodist College, Uzuakoli, and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Thursday, 7 May 2009
Dr Roseangela Ifeyinwa Nwuba’s present area of research is in the immunological characterisation of a malaria vaccine candidate (merozoite surface protein 1) and exploring its use as a marker for immune protection against malaria. She has received grants from the UNDP/WORLD BANK/WHO Special Programme and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Wellcome Trust and the Malaria Research Capacity Strengthening in Africa (MIM)/TDR for research in Trypanosomiasis and Malaria.
She has published her research findings in reputable peer-reviewed journals and presented her work in many international conferences. Working together with Prof A. B. Odaibo and Dr Anumudu they have been able ensure a continuity of Malaria Research at the Cellular Parasitology Programme founded by Professor Mark Nwagwu.
Dr Roseangela Nwuba (nee Molokwu), obtained her Bachelor of Science in 1982 at the University of Jos, Nigeria and came to the University of Ibadan for her Masters degree in Parasitology. She graduated in 1984 and was immediately employed by the University as an Assistant Lecture in the Department of Zoology. She became the first student to enrol for her PhD in the newly founded postgraduate programme in Cellular Parasitology under the supervision of Prof. Mark Nwagwu. She received a research training fellowship from the UNDP/WORLD BANK/WHO Special Programme and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) to complete her PhD project at the Department of Biochemistry, Trinity College, Dublin with Prof. Keith Tipton as her co-supervisor (1988-1990).
Dr Nwuba is currently the Head of the Cellular Parasitology Programme, Department of Zoology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a member of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP)
Her malaria research group has enjoyed close successful collaborative research links with Dr Anthony Holder and Dr Jean Langhorne of the Department of Parasitology, National Institute for Medical Research London; as well as scientists from the Departments of Paediatrics and that of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Charles Nduka studied medicine at Oxford University, where he undertook an intercalated degree for which he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. He completed his clinical studies for the MB BS degree at St. Mary’s Hospital, in London. He graduated in 1994 with a Distinction in Surgery. He was also awarded Honours in Surgery by the University of London.
Following his internship he spent 2 years in full-time cancer research with Professor Sir Ara Darzi at Imperial College, investigating the mechanisms tumour spread following surgery. For his thesis he was awarded a doctoral degree (MD, Doctor of Medicine) by the University of London.
He undertook his surgical training in London teaching Hospitals including the Royal London & St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals. He completed his specialist training at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He was awarded the Gold Medal for his performance in the plastic surgery FRCS examination.
He is a fully accredited specialist in plastic surgery, and is on the Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery with the General Medical Council (GMC`no. 4108438). He is full member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS). Charles Nduka is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, London where he researches techniques to improve outcomes in plastic surgery of the face and breasts.
Pete Edochie, is an actor. A devout Catholic, he is considered one of Africa’s most talented actors, by both Movie Awards and Movie Magic’s Africa Magic Cable network. Although a seasoned administrator and broadcaster, he came into prominence in the 1980s when he played the lead role of Okonkwo in an NTA adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s all time best selling novel, Things Fall Apart. Edochie descends from the Igbo people in Nigeria. He has two sons that take to his acting traits; Linc and Yul Edochie.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Chike......is about the blessings of truly being a meandering soul in this microcosm we know as style. The meandering has drawn him to the verve of the streets, the penchant for style has steered him towards the splendor of Africa.
Chike Ikechi serves to fuse the two loves by documenting the individualism that is style from a primarily Africhic lens.
Chike is affiliated with BHF Magazine, FashionAfrica.com and Lenzism.com
Source: His Blog
Chioma Matthews (nee Ezeogu) is a former England international netball player. She signed for Hurricanes from Mavericks this season during the January 2009 transfer window.
The athletic Londoner is known for her elevation and agility on court and has a style of Netball that has left crowds in awe of her Ariel elegance.
She won Bronze with England at the 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne and has played for England at all levels since the age of 14. She has represented England in the World Youth Championships and was named most valued player for England U21’s during a tour to the Caribbean.
She is also a Financial Consultant in the City.
Source: England Netball Web Site
One to watch
Nneka Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is a basketball player at Stanford University. She is 6 foot 2 and plays the power forward position. She attended Cypress Fairbanks High School and led them to a 5A State Championship in her senior season.
Ogwumike chose Stanford over Baylor, Duke, Connecticut, Tennessee and Notre Dame. She was a member of USA Under 18 Team that won gold in Argentina on July 23-27, 2008. Nneka tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds in the championship game of the Under 18 Fiba Americas. She led team USA to a 5-0 undefeated record while leading the team in scoring and rebounding. She was named MVP of this tournament in Argentina.
Nneka has a sister, Chiney, who is a 6 foot 3 high school basketball player.
Friday, 1 May 2009
Justin is everyone’s favourite ‘funny actor’ who started out recording hilarious street-based vox pops on YouTube under the banner of Hot Topic. He is one half of JcX n Slick, the other half being Nicholas Brown.
His unique brand of humour has been performed at the Choice FM Comedy Club, the Catford Theatre, Fairfield Halls, The Jump Off and Kojo’s Comedy Funhouse. He also had slots on Richard Blackwood’s Choice FM show and Tim Westwood’s Radio 1 show. The pair can also be seen on their popular show Hot Topic, which tours the country asking the viewing public their opinions on various current issues. He also appears on Sky digital’s Current TV.