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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wants to establish a center for women empowerment with $5 million prize

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Ex Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleafhas said she will establish a center for the empowerment of women with her $5 million prize for excellence in African leadership.

Sirleaf who is also the first woman to be awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize made this announcement during her acceptance speech on the opening night of the Ibrahim Governance Weekend in Kigali, Rwanda.

She said “We must tackle the historical disadvantages which have made women political outsiders, it is my hope that women and girls across Africa will be inspired to break through barriers and to push back the frontiers of possibilities.”

Sirleaf is the first African democratically elected female president. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa.

The foundation was founded by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese and billionaire businessman and philanthropist who is also founded the telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998.

The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates African leaders who have developed their countries, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.

Sirleaf who is the fifth awardee will also receive $200,000 stipend yearly for the rest of her life.

Terrible Bosses: Here is How to Manage Them

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We’ve all had them, bosses who just enjoy making our life difficult and criticizing our work I ways we never thought possible. Sometime terrible bosses can be male or female. Most people usually complain that female bosses are the hardest to deal with especially if you are also a woman. The good news is, no matter how bad a boss is, the good thing is that, what you learn from terrible bosses go a long way in training you to be a batter person in the future. Meanwhile you have to work with them every day, so the question is how do you manage them?

Ensure Your Boss is Truly a Bad Boss

Sometimes, people react over current circumstances, that doesn’t really mean that, that is who they truly are. So, ensure that your boss genuinely has a bad character, not just because of a one-off circumstance.

Observe your boss for a day and take not of what she does well versus what she is not doing well and try to understand the motive behind his or her actions. Is it something beyond your boss’s control that triggered the reaction or something he or she could have diffused.

This will help you to decide whether it is a bad boss you are dealing with or not.

Don’t Let it Affect Your Productivity

Don’t let anything or anyone affect your productivity. You have to be on good terms with all your bosses if you want to keep your job. Do what you do excellently, in times when you cannot speak for yourself, your work will speak for you.

In some cases, other people will confidently call out your boss by saying, hey that person does her job well. Why are you complaining so much about her?

Be One Step Ahead

This is true especially if your boss is a micromanager, anticipate what the next move is and be there before your boss can say Jack Robinson. Don’t wait for your boss to point you to the next step and tell you what to do before you do it.

Do it and give an update. Sooner or later, your boss will realize you have your responsibilities on track and micromanagement is not needed.

 

Take a Break

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There is always a need to take a break from the weeks activities. It is a good thing to be diligent to your studies and hardworking but it becomes bad when you begin to work yourself into a pile of dust hoping you would find time to rest during the weekend but weekend rest is never enough.

The need to balance yourself when you notice you are overscheduled is very important.
Overscheduling most times happen as a result of competition, every lady wants to be better than her peers in every aspect and therefore create a tight timetable putting little or no time for rest.

Overscheduled students find it hard to spend time on their own not to talk of hanging out with friends.

The very moment you begin to draw up daily or weekly plans adding little or no time at all for rest, you are overscheduled.

According to health practitioners, students need about 9hours of sleep to be alert and attentive during the day. Lack of enough rest results in fatigue, illness, poor concentration, mood swings and behavioral problems.

*”I derive no joy in having fun with friends or hanging out not to talk of sitting idle in the sport center and watching athletes train, I prefer to spend my time on the internet learning new things or reading my books”*Beatrice a 300 level student of Mass Communication department said. Beatrice lives her life in a serious manner meaning she is overscheduled, she shut herself from every class group and leaves immediately a class ends, she is not ready to mix up because she feels it is a waste of time but health wise she is harming herself.

Students actually need time to be alone with themselves, learn about themselves and see things from a different perspective, but there is always the need to be in company of other people instead of overscheduling yourself. This will help honour time and protect it to stay in balance.

Ladies: This is the Only Way You Can Achieve Financial Freedom

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There are many ways a lady can gain wealth. A lady’s power does not lie between her thighs, believing it does disempowers the lady. Many atimes, ladies stoop so low to the point of using their bodies to make money, this is unnecessary because as a lady, you possess so many hidden skills.

Ladies have refused to search deeply into themselves and find themselves out, they are not experts at managing their own finances and end up broke. Back in my 100 level days, my roommates were desperate to get anything called money but the fact is they hard skills within them they were not ready to make use of.

As a lady, you should know yourself completely, what you are capable of doing and what you are not capable of doing. There are many ways to get yourself some cash instead of settling for cheap means. Learn to bring out the best in yourself.

The blogger Linda Ikeji didn’t get rich overnight, she faced so many challenges but despite the circumstances, she scaled through because she didn’t limit herself to bring poor, she believes she could and would get rich and she achieved her goal.

Ladies this days say they can’t do cheap handiworks like hairdressing, tailoring and the likes yet they complain of money problems. The easiest way to make it in life is to do what you are good at. Hairdressers and Tailors this days are making it big time.

When you limit yourself to one thing, you will not reach your goal. You do not have to sacrifice your body to make money for yourself because men give respect to women who keep their dignity. No man is ready to end up with a second hand material therefore, ladiesmake use of your time.

There are times you will run dry, think of what you can do best and do it to make money for yourself. Money should never be a problem in a ladies life, because she has hidden potentials to get her cash at the top of a finger.

How to Be a Successful African Woman

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Successful people do not sit in a spot and expect good things to come their way, they work their way to success. The road to success is rough therefore to attain that goal of yours, you have to work really hard, only through hard work and determination can one reach the top.

Discipline is the first thing to take to heart, one has to stay disciplined and study hard to reach that rank. The best students in class would not be the best if they are not well disciplined with their studies. A successful students shuns every form of distraction.
Recently, my friend and I decided to eat in an eatery after several hours of study, she didn’t have much on her so I decided to save money, I ordered for something cheaper than what i wanted, that got me thinking ” what exactly do we settle for in our lives because they seem easier or cheaper than what we really want?”

The truth is, to reach the top or attain your goal, you have to go for what motivates you, do not settle for less. Think about what motivates and drives you, what makes you feel fulfilled.
Also, be aware of your value and purpose. Everyone is created differently, never try to be like someone and never compare yourself to someone else. Be the best at who you already are, ‘follow you passion’ that’s the word.

Life is hard and nothing of value is ever handed to us. Pain and discomfort are part of the process. Learn to struggle and never feel entitled to anything you did not swear or struggle for “your struggle builds your muscle”. Push past your fear, never use excuses and learn to roll up your sleeves.

Utilize materials that helps expand your knowledge base. Do well to also take advise from those at the top, that will force you to push yourself harder to reach the top.
Always go for your goals and never settle for second best.
Next time, I’ll order what i really want to eat.

More so, everyone has that talent that is untapped, make use of it.
Winners would always be winners because they do what winners do. No winner is a victim of circumstances because they take circumstances as new opportunities. The difference between the winner and the loser is not intelligence but drive and initiative.

No matter how scared a successful person might be, he makes sure he achieve his goal ‘do it scared’ and by doing it, you will create a momentum that will lead to progress and results.
Everyone wants to see himself or herself at the top, they want to succeed by hook or crook, but dubious means would do you no good, like I said earlier, only through hard work and determination can you reach the top therefore work hard, think high and dream big.

Ladies! Six Lies You Should Never Tell Yourself

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Many a times, you tend to be too hard on yourself as a lady and say so many negative things to yourself. When you tell yourself a lot of negative things, you begin to believe them. You know these things are not true and you shouldn’t give in. The best thing you can do to yourself is to see the best in you.

Lie # 6: I have a bad posture

Most girls are too conscious of themselves especially when they walk with their peers, they think their steps are horrible, their posture is nothing to write home about. The answer is simple, stand up straight and keep that confidence going strong.

Lie # 5: No one wants to be my friend

This is actually the biggest lie you would tell yourself. There is always someone out there who admired you and wants to be like you. “I never knew someone liked me this much to the extent of wanting to be my friend” Simi, a final year student of political science once said to me after being told her attitude was loved . Never call yourself a loner, try meeting new people, there are people out there that share something in common with you.

Lie # 4: I’m not smart

There is no “madam perfect” out there, everyone has their flaws. Nobody is good at everything. I realized during a discussion test that the smartest girl in my class was never really smart, she worked her way into making everyone believe she was that smart. When you find yourself struggling with a course, never be too proud to ask for help, you would be helping yourself, and who knows, you could also be helping that person helping you help yourself.

Lie # 3: I’m not attractive

Common, why focus on the negative. The calendar models you see here and there are not the real them, never think they are perfect. Look for that positive thing in you, your good legs, your flawless face, your contagious smile or your perfect eyes.
Remember, you are wonderfully and beautifully made by God.

I never believed I was beautiful until an admirer(My crush) told me I had always been his secret admirer, trust I felt so good. But never wait for someone to tell you how beautiful you are, always believe you are beautiful. Say to yourself I AM BEAUTIFUL.

Lie # 2: I am too short or too tall

Why complain about your height? Do you want to be short of you are tall or vice versa? It’s all the same, no matter the height, you can’t control it, never allow others intimidate you with their height, you will always be the perfect you. “LOVE YOURSELF”.

Lie # 1: No one understands me

Do you really care if someone understands you? Why care so much about something you should give little or no thoughts to. The fact is you understand yourself, so with that, it is left to whoever wants to understand you . I will always repeat, ” the best person you can always be is you”

Back Home to Mogadishu: Meet Somalia’s First and Only Female Pilot

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“I could not believe that I was actually in Mogadishu. I looked at the ocean, raised my hands up and inhaled the fresh, natural and unpolluted air. It was a magical moment,” these were the exact words of 59-year-old Asli Hassan Abade, Somali’s first and only female pilot.

Abade left Somalia in the 1970s to train as a pilot in Italy and later moved to the United States. She returned to her native land to join the Somali Air Force and started flying planes in 1976.

Africa News reports that she visited Somalia in July 2017 for the second time in six years. In 2011 she flew into Mogadishu to deliver medical supplies to the Forlanini (Lazaretto) Children’s Hospital as the country was grappling with its worst famine in many years.
Somalia’s Foreign Affairs Press and Public Relations wing led the congratulatory messages for Abade.

“I did not have the liberty to move around Mogadishu like I am doing now, or talk to the media.

“There were several former colleagues, officers and pilots, waiting to receive me at the airport. I cried, and they all got emotional and cried with me. When I stepped out of the plane, I first kissed the ground, she said.

Somalia was ranked 5th in a poll showing the worst places in the world to be a woman because women still face issues like female genital manipulation, famine, drought etc.

Women in Somalia form a key part of Somali society, with clearly defined and important roles in the family and clan structure.

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.

 

JOBVINE Global – Visa and Passport Requirements for Nigerian Citizens Wanting to Work Abroad

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Working abroad has become a common practice among many qualified professionals in Nigeria, but things can often become problematic when travelling to a distant country. Especially once you realise that every country has different requirements when it comes to who they let through their borders.

Each country is different, and if you don’t have a passport for where you’re travelling to, you’ll often have to make use of a Visa. The only problem is figuring out the visa and passport requirements for each country, due to the fact that it’s quite troublesome and time-consuming. That is why JOBVINE has put together a map that makes this process as simple as possible in order to find various travel information, foreign embassies, and anything else you would like to know before you cross foreign borders.

Common reasons why Nigerian citizens are leaving the country: You may have just graduated and are now officially unemployed – or you may be looking to change jobs. It could also simply be the impact of the socio-economic issues of the country…

Well, according to the tradingeconomics, Youth Unemployment Rate in Nigeria averaged 17.51 percent from 2014 until 2016. It went from a record low of 11.70 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, reaching an all time high of 24.00 percent in the second quarter of 2016. Furthermore, 54% of unemployed Nigerian citizens are younger than 35 years old.

There is no need to allow these undesired stats to demotivate you, since Nigerian citizens will now have easier access to the job market through JOBVINE Nigeria.

For those looking to work abroad, all your possible travel requirements have been broken down and put on a map, so that it’s simple and easy to find. That way, you can continue searching for your next overseas job while still planning your next trip abroad.

 

A Letter To My Future Wife: Is Gender Equality A Battle Between Males And Females?

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It’s been long since I wrote to you. Many are those asking whether I have stopped writing letters to you. This drew my attention to the fact that you are not the only one who has been reading the letters I write to you despite the fact that I always tell you to keep the letters from your friends and course mates.I won’t blame you for making my letters go viral on social media. We are living in an era where letters that are written at night to our loved ones are being brought to the lime light at daytime as a result of rapid growth in technology.

I won’t blame you for making my letters go viral on social media. We are living in an era where letters that are written at night to our loved ones are being brought to the lime light at daytime as a result of rapid growth in technology.

Afia, I write in response to the question you asked a week ago. You asked whether the issue of gender equality is possible in our contemporary world. I will hit the nail right on the head and will be brief as possible. I could feel the pain in your voice when you referred to an incident at Marwako Restaurant where a Lebanese supervisor cruelly dipped the face of a Ghanaian staff Evelyn Boakye in pepper paste. As a matter of fact, it’s always disheartening to hear of such punishments meted out to some women.

Tragic in our permissive society is the amazing frequency and intensity with which some people disregard women. Women in the eye of many, are regarded as the weaker vessels.

Afia, my simple answer to your question is “yes! Gender equality is possible”. I have always held the view that creation would have been incomplete without women in society. Right from creation to our contemporary times, women have proven that they are beyond capable. You proved in the Garden of Eden beyond all reasonable doubt that you can rule and even control men if given the chance.

You demonstrated this by giving the man a fruit of which he could not reject. This is the reason why you do not need to be empowered because you are already powerful. But you should rather be made aware of this strength which you possess as a woman.

In all societies throughout the world, women have risen to occupy key positions to contribute to the development in all facets of life. Women have rubbed shoulders with their male counterparts as engineers, lawyers, ministers of state, teachers, nurses and the high position of the presidency.

The remarkable career success of women across the world is no news to the ordinary Ghanaian. During the period of Nigeria’s struggle for political independence, the positive role played by women like Mrs Flora Azikwe and Margaret Ekpo can never be lost from the memory of their admirers. The unforgettable role played by Yaa Asantewaa in the history of the Ashantis will forever remain fresh in memory. I dare say that her bravery and sheer display of patriotism dwarfed and eclipsed those of her male counterparts. These personalities may be abstract to you. Let me bring you home and cite my mother as an example.  She played the role of a father and a mother by single-handedly taking care of the family.

Afia, men will continue to be men for women to remain women. Don’t misunderstand me. I mean, under no circumstance should females be transformed into males. Our differences as males and females is the cause of our unity.  I hope you do not see me as a chauvinist in the eye of your mind.

To transform a female into a male or the vice versa is to oppose the natural order either by choice or by force. This is where gender equality has been misconstrued. Gender equality is therefore not about “sameness” in terms of sex but about equal access to job opportunities, educational institutions and many more without any segregation based on gender.

Afia, earlier in this letter, I indicated that “Yes! Gender equality is possible”. Every “yes” on planet earth comes with a responsibility. For this revolution to continue to see the light of the day, some negative acts should be eschewed.

Some women accept the juicy opportunity to be half naked or completely naked when they are featured in trending music video of their male counterparts. This act should be consigned into the museum of history. Infact it should be a thing of the past in this 21stcentury. The bitter truth every woman should know is that it is just a cynical ploy on the part of their male counterparts to sell their music to the public.

This act by some ladies will only make women be seen as mere sex objects who are always manipulated by their male counterparts for their personal gains. I believe in a collaborative work especially in this age where fame and money have become the order of the day. But there is always a problem when women have to strip naked in a music video. I see this act, not as creativity but an act to debase the dignity of womanhood.

You are your own woman. I, therefore believe that you will make informed choices anytime the need arises. To be featured in a music video is great and splendid but to be used as an object of sex in that same video should never be an option for any woman in this 21st century.

Afia, it is a truism that what men can do women can do better. Taking cognizance of this dictum, the 21st-century woman should also play lead-role in movies that for a long time have portrayed men as the only heroes and saviours of humanity in all life endeavours. Women should not always be made as the sole beneficiaries of all kind gestures in our movies. There can be movies where men could also be the chief beneficiaries of the good deeds of women. The industry can be rebranded to tell more stories of heroines rather than it always focusing on the bravery of their male counterparts.

Women in the 21st century should be bold to man the affairs of their respective communities and the nation as a whole. The primitive idea that some positions are for only men should be discarded into the dustbins of the Dark Ages.

Afia, I end this letter with the words of one of my finest and prolific writers of all time, the late Efo Kodjo Mawugbe.  In his award-winning book, In the Chest of a Woman, Nana Yaa retorted that “in the chest of a woman is not only the extension of breast and a feeble heart but a flaming desire to possess and use power”.

” Feminism is not about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s all about changing the way the world perceives that strength”, so says G.D Anderson.

The writer Elvis Effah is a student of University of Cape Coast. He can be contacted via elviseffah50@gmail.com

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