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Didier Drogba creating impact one school at a time

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The belief of my foundation has always been if we give children access to health and education, we will build future generations of doctors, scientists, businessmen and women and that is how we build a better Africa.

Former Ivorian international footballer, Didier Drogba recently opened a school build in his region in the village of Onahio Pokou-Kouamekro.

The fully furnished school was built by the Didier Drogga Foundation, with support from Nestle and the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI).

During the event, Drogba reportedly said “We have been working on this project for the last two years and I am very proud to see it completed. The belief of my foundation has always been if we give children access to health and education, we will build future generations of doctors, scientists, businessmen and women and that is how we build a better Africa.

“When I started working with Nestlé. I explained our vision and they have given us great logistical help and support on the ground to make the construction of this school a reality.”

Stanislas Guedj, Country Manager for Nestlé Côte d’Ivoire also added that “We are pleased to collaborate with the Didier Drogba Foundation on this 2-year project because access to quality education is fundamental to securing a better future for children.

“The Didier Drogba Foundation promotes education, sustainability and sports, as a means to help children have a brighter future Nestlé is tackling child labour by building educational infrastructure.”

“The Didier Drogba Foundation has done great work. It is an important asset to building resilient and thriving cocoa growing communities as well as eradicating child labour. Every child’s place is in school.”

It is estimated that only 48.7% of the total population of Ivory Coast is literate (60.8% of males and 38.6% of females). Many children between 6 and 10 years are not enrolled in school, mainly children of poor families. The majority of students in secondary education are male.

 

 

Educated women making educated decisions: Serena Williams childbirth story

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Have you ever seen an educated woman making uneducated decisions? No obviously, worldwide, there are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school. According to the United Nations, only three countries have over a million girls out of school. In Nigeria there are almost five and a half million, Pakistan, over three million, and in Ethiopia, over one million girls out of school.

Educate a girl child, educate a community. This statement is factual and true, especially if you look at the life of thousands of women worldwide making a difference in their communities by the power of education.

This February, Serena Williams, undoubtedly the world’s greatest Olympics player will be gracing the cover of Vogue Magazine with her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, who at three months is also the youngest Vogue cover star ever.

In the cover story, Serena narrated how she saved herself in the hospital after the birth of her daughter. Vogue writes “The next day, while recovering in the hospital, Serena suddenly felt short of breath. Because of her history of blood clots, and because she was off her daily anticoagulant regimen due to the recent surgery, she immediately assumed she was having another pulmonary embolism. (Serena lives in fear of blood clots.) She walked out of the hospital room so her mother wouldn’t worry and told the nearest nurse, between gasps, that she needed a CT scan with contrast and IV heparin (a blood thinner) right away. The nurse thought her pain medicine might be making her confused. But Serena insisted, and soon enough a doctor was performing an ultrasound of her legs. “I was like, a Doppler? I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip,” she remembers telling the team. The ultrasound revealed nothing, so they sent her for the CT, and sure enough, several small blood clots had settled in her lungs. Minutes later she was on the drip. “I was like, listen to Dr. Williams!”

Serena’s extraordinary courage and knowledge of her history and condition helped her to save her own life. It is estimated that 150,000 women in America to experience serious illness or near-death experiences around pregnancy every year.

Every day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth and 99% occur in developing countries.

The link between education and maternal mortality cannot be overemphasized. An educated woman is in a better position to completely understand her body, better communicate with medical personnel and make better decisions for her unborn child.

Let us urge African leaders to pay more attention to educating the girl child. Let us urge African leaders to understand that the economy is better and maternal mortality will be drastically reduced when women are empowered and educated.

 

 

Only Strength Births Strength: How Serena William’s Letter to Mum is an Inspiration for All of Us

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In an emotional and all said out loud letter to her mum, Serena Williams praises the  fortitude and strength of the black woman through her mum who quite frankly represents all black mums in the world.

On her reddit page, she wrote,

“Dear Mom,

You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter 😳) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body. I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I’ve gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.

I’ve been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage). It has been said I don’t belong in Women’s sports — that I belong in Men’s — because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it).

But mom, I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.

I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don’t all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead. I am trying, though, and God is not done with me yet. I have a LONG way to go, but thank you.

Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges–ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.

Promise me, Mom, that you will continue to help. I’m not sure if I am as meek and strong as you are yet. I hope to get there one day. I love you dearly.

Your youngest of five,

Serena”

Over the course of her career, Serena has faced backlash for her physical strength and looks. Recently, Maria Sharapova in her memoir described Serena as being “much stronger and bigger than you realize watching TV. … She has thick arms and thick legs and is so intimidating and strong. And tall, really tall.”

Serena’s letter will continue to remind us about how we have a responsibility to teach our children to explore their strength, rather than subduing in.

From the streets of Lesotho to Sfax, we are strong powerful women and only strength births strength.

 

Gallows Road Released in Cinemas across Nigeria

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Gallows Road, a movie that compellingly shows the powerful freedom that comes with forgiving one’s enemy in the face of racism is now showing in Cinemas across Nigeria.

John Venter, CEO of CMD Entertainment Africa while commenting on the movie said “We truly believe that this movie carries a powerful message of forgiveness and reconciliation our country so desperately needs in a time such as this.”

“Gallows Road” does a terrific job showing that forgiveness is possible even in the most difficult situations. It also clearly demonstrates that a person can redeem bad decisions by making good ones.

The film’s themes include faith, family, and forgiveness while also dealing with deep sorrow, anger, racism, revenge, alcoholism, and entitlement. It also reminds us that each of us has challenges in life, and periodically we need support or assistance. Maybe it’s the little girl made to hawk on the streets, or the wife whose husband abuses her, or even the angry teenager who lacks a proper role model.

Gallows Road features a star-studded cast that includes: Kevin Sorbo (God’s Not Dead), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Bill McAdams Jr. (Hallow Man), Marcus M. Mauldin (Prison Break), Mary Jean Bentley (Sweet Home Alabama), Brent Anderson (Dallas) and Frank Mosley (The Other Side Of Paradise).

The movie is now showing in Cinemas across Nigeria.

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