Nigerian Becomes First Female To Win VSO Award In UK

Oluwatosin Folarin has won the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) National Youth Volunteer Award for 2016 and is the first Nigerian to win this award.  The 23-year-old graduate was posted to Ilesa in Osun state with fifteen other volunteers for three months. VSO, an International Development Charity works to address poverty under which their volunteers were sent to work in rural communities in order to secure Livelihoods.

At the ceremony which took place in the United Kingdom, Julia Lalla-Mahharagh, Chief Executive of the Orchid project, and judge for the award outlined that while assessing nominees, they had been impressed by her (Folarin) “Ability to go above and beyond.”  She said, “What wowed us as judges was the fact that Tosin went beyond her brief which was extensively to look at livelihoods. But so much more that what she seemed to do was meet the community exactly where they were at. Everything she did, she did with such passion.”

Folarin, who received her award by video was elated and described the experience as a “challenge which has made me become a better person, focused on achieving greater success.”  According to her, “Our project was themed ‘Securing Livelihood’ and we effected coherently with some of the United Nation’s seventeen developmental goals.  With respect to the first, second and eight goals which are end poverty, end hunger and decent work for all we carried out various projects  like farming in the model farm, training  farmers and enlightening them on various approaches to cocoa and cocoa value chain as well as encouraging them to explore on farming.  We also taught them couples of skills in order for them secure a living.

“Additionally, the third goal which is “wellbeing” we organized different programmes on health in which free medical check was conducted and trained practitioners were invited to speak to the community members.”

She described that, “Volunteering is a good way of making impact in your society and country at large. A little act of service goes a long way to make a positive change. This is why for the fourth goal which is “quality education”, volunteers had series of mentoring with pupils, and taught them some of their academic work.”

On Gender equality, she detailed that the fifth SDG goal was meritoriously looked into where women in the communities were able to understand that “they are not the weaker vessels.” “They understood that they also have equal rights and strength as their male counterparts,” She added.


Donald Trump’s Granddaughter Becomes Viral Sensation In China

She’s just five years old but might just be Donald Trump’s biggest diplomatic win in China.

A video of Trump’s granddaughter Arabella Kushner reciting Chinese poetry is being shared across the country.
During his bid for the US presidency, Trump had nothing but tough talk for Beijing.
But the little girl’s command of Mandarin is being interpreted by some as a hidden sign of Trump’s affinity with the country.
“Trump’s craziness and unreliability are just being deceptive,” said Weibo user @Ananqiumao in one top rated post.
“Look at his children and family, each one is cuter and more adorable than one another. That’s the result of family education. Trump is a man of achievement.”
“Feel like Trump would be more friendly to China,” said user @caiairenweimian.
In the video, Arabella is wearing a red Chinese style ball gown standing on a table. Other traditional Chinese elements — the Chinese character for happiness, lanterns and Monkey stickers — are visible in the background.
“Arabella wanted to have a pre-bedtime #ChineseNewYear party this past Sunday evening,” Trump’s daughter Ivanka wrote in the post earlier this year. “She got all dressed up and performed songs and poems for Jared, Joseph and me.”
Ivanka told the South China Morning Post magazine four years ago that her daughter was studying Mandarin from a Chinese nanny. She added that she was also learning the language and she could “pretty much name every animal in the zoo.”
Of course, others cautioned against reading too much into the video.
“The little girl’s language skill is a result of Ivanka’s education, nothing to do with Trump himself,” said user @Jason_ZFQ.
“Those who fantasize about Trump’s friendliness to China give me a break. Of course, his real attitude to China remains to be seen.”
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2face Becomes ‘Violence Free’ Ambassador

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has appointed pop singer, 2face innocent Idibia, ace comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and entertainment entrepreneur, Cally Ikpe as the ambassadors of his new initiative, Violence Free World.

The revered monarch disclosed this on Thursday at his palace.

“I want to stress that you should understand that this role you are given should not be taken with a pinch of salt. You have all shown exemplary acts in the Nigerian entertainment world and over the years, you all have individually and collectively given your voice to ending violence in our world.

“I will urge you to strive harder to ensure you preach peace and unity everywhere you go and be an ambassador of the initiative. I believe youths have to combat the act of terror and violence in the world,” the monarch said of the initiative.

2Face lauded Oba Ogunwusi was for the honour bestowed on him to be part of the initiative.

“For me, the Ooni has just exemplified the true essence of the type of monarch we need at this point in Nigeria. His love for preaching and making peace has been the mantra of his reign and I’m glad to be part of that mantra.”

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The Gambia Becomes Islamic Republic

The Gambia has been declared an Islamic republic by President Yahya Jammeh who said he wanted to further distance the West African nation from its colonial past.

The tiny, formerly secular country joins the ranks of other officially Islamic republics such as Iran and Afghanistan.

“In line with the country’s religious identity and values I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state.

“As Muslims are the majority in the country, Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” Jammeh said on the state television.

The Gambia’s population of 1.8 million people are 95% Muslim. Jammeh said citizens of other faiths would still be able to practise.

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