Showing posts with label Support. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Support. Show all posts

Thursday, July 9, 2020

I Need Your Support


Due to unforeseen circumstances and the emergency lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 
I have become very broke and homeless and still in self-isolation in a guest house in Lagos where I am owing thousands of naira. 
The guest house will be shutdown tomorrow, because of lack of business and I will be stranded in Lagos 

The lockdown worsened my precarious situation by stopping my sources of incomes in the Nigerian film industry. Debtors who are owing me have become unreachable and not responding to my calls and messages.

All I need is N500, 000.

I am desperate and it is better to be a beggar than be an armed robber. 

Please, I need the support of every kind hearted person who can contribute whatever amount you can give me to survive my present ordeal.
My GTBANK current account number: 0016426297
Account name: EKENYERENGOZI Michael Chima

My foreign currency bank account:
Guaranty Trust Bank PLC
Address- 635, Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Bank identifier/SWIFT CODE- GTBINGLA
SORT Code - 058152353
Account number- 0016426307

I will be grateful.

Michael Chima,
Publisher and Editor,
247 Nigeria (@247nigeria) / Twitter

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Annenberg Space for Photography Announces Programming in Support of BEAUTY CULTURE

Programming Includes Digital Films, a Virtual Makeover Salon and the IRIS Nights Lecture Series

Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2011) /PRNewswire/ — The Annenberg Space for Photography is offering additional programming to enrich the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit including digital films, which expand on the themes of the exhibit; the BEAUTY CULTURE Digital Salon, where guests can experiment with virtual makeovers; and the IRIS Nights lecture series, presenting top fashion, beauty and pop culture photographers and editors.

BEAUTY CULTURE is a photographic exploration of how feminine beauty is defined, challenged and revered in modern society. The exhibit features works from iconic photographers such as Albert Watson, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Man Ray, Jean-Paul Goude, ORLAN, Guy Bourdin, Horst, Melvin Sokolsky, Ellen von Unwerth, Lillian Bassman, Matthew Rolston, Philippe Halsman, Lauren Greenfield, Susan Anderson, Tyen and Carrie May Weems. BEAUTY CULTURE encourages a social dialogue about the allure and mystique of the pursuit of female beauty, as well as the cult-like glorification and multi-billion dollar industries that surround it.

In addition to the 175 images on display in the Print Gallery, hundreds more images from the BEAUTY CULTURE photographers fill the Digital Gallery’s larger-than-life, high-resolution screens in a digital slideshow.

The exhibition is accompanied by a short documentary film directed by acclaimed photographer and award-winning documentarian Lauren Greenfield. The digital film brings the print exhibit’s themes to life and features interviews with well-known photographers, models, historians and beauty experts who guide visitors on a fascinating photographic exploration of the culture – and cult – of beauty.

Voice of the Photographer video segments share interviews with the exhibit’s four featured photographers – Lauren Greenfield, Melvin Sokolsky, Tyen and Albert Watson.

The Photography Space has also created an interactive BEAUTY CULTURE Digital Salon. Guests can alter an image of themselves by changing their hair style, hair color and eye color and by applying cosmetics. They can explore the idea of the beauty of facial symmetry by applying a filter to average the two sides of their face. Visitors can then choose to email or upload to Facebook their “before” or “after” image.

The Photography Space continues its popular weekly IRIS Nights lecture series. Visitors can hear first-hand from photographers and other professionals about their experiences in the industry and their perspectives on photography’s role in the definition of beauty. Guest speakers include Jill Greenberg, Melvin Sokolsky, Susan Anderson, Lauren Greenfield and Davis Factor, among others. The IRIS Nights lecture series takes place Thursday evenings in the Photography Space and is free to the public with advance registration. The current schedule is listed below. Additional lectures will be announced later this summer.


June 2, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Jill Greenberg
Jill Greenberg will be speaking on her photographic work as it relates to the range and history of practices of aggressive feminine bodily transformation, restrictive clothing and even corporal punishment of women.
June 9, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Melvin Sokolsky
The prerequisites of beauty have changed over the ages. Melvin Sokolsky, one of BEAUTY CULTURE’s featured photographers, will give his personal insights on how the press and media have influenced the concept of beauty over the ages.
June 16, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Susan Anderson
Specializing in fashion, portraiture and conceptual/narrative work, Susan Anderson delved into the world of child beauty pageants for her book High Glitz: The Extravagant World of Child Beauty Pageants. Her work is displayed in the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit.
June 23, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark Laita
Mark Laita has built a reputation for producing award-winning commercial work for clients including Adidas, Apple, Mercedes-Benz and MINI. Mark’s non-commercial work urges viewers to reconsider or reinforce their perception of American archetypes by exploring themes such as beauty, career, age and wealth.
July 14, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Andrew Southam
In a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Andrew Southam has gained an international reputation for his images of beautiful women, including some of the definitive photographs of Liv Tyler, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman and Jewel. His work has also garnered such accolades as a Dove Award and honors from the Society of Publication Designers.
July 28, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Paul Lange
Photographs by New York-based photographer Paul Lange have been featured in scores of distinguished national and international publications such as Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, British Vogue, and the New York Times. His work is displayed in the BEAUTY CULTURE exhibit.
September 1, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Davis Factor
Davis Factor, based in Los Angeles, has had a varied career photographing celebrities and models for prestigious fashion magazines such as Vanity Fair; advertising campaigns such as Mercedes Benz, Cartier and Maybelline; and movie studios and television networks including Paramount and Warner Bros.
September 15, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Leonard Nimoy
Actor, writer and photographer Leonard Nimoy has possessed a love for photography since he was a child. BEAUTY CULTURE features images from his “The Full Body Project” which uses photographs of non-classical models in a hope to foster discussions about beauty, social acceptance, culture and health.
September 22, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Kwaku Alston
Kwaku Alston will show a selection of his celebrity and personal portraits, as well as discuss symbols of beauty in our culture and how he responds to or draws influence from them. Alston, who is also a sought-after advertising photographer, will reflect on his experiences with how beauty is defined in the creative industry.
September 29, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mark McKenna and David Fahey
Mark McKenna, Executive Director of the Herb Ritts Foundation, helps support and direct the Foundation’s two main objectives: continuing Herb’s longstanding support of HIV/AIDS research and supporting Herb’s deep passion for photography.

David Fahey, co-owner and partner of the Fahey/Klein Gallery, wrote the introduction to Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour, a book celebrating the work of his colleague and personal friend.
October 6, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Peter Fetterman
Peter Fetterman has been deeply involved in the medium of photography for over 30 years. Initially a filmmaker and collector, he set up his first gallery over 20 years ago. The Peter Fetterman Gallery has one of the largest inventories of 20th century photography in the country.
October 20, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Mona Kuhn
Mona Kuhn's photographic work has been exhibited, and is included in public and private collections, both internationally and in the United States. Her figurative work is focused on redefining ways of looking at the body, as a residence to ourselves.
October 27, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Elaine D’Farley and Philip Gefter
As SELF Magazine’s beauty director, Elaine D’Farley researches the hottest brands and latest trends to create quality beauty editorial. She will be joined by photo critic David Gefter.
November 3, 2011, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Lauren Greenfield
Named as one of the 25 most influential photographers of our time by American PHOTO, Lauren Greenfield was commissioned to create the BEAUTY CULTURE documentary film due to her extensive work capturing youth culture, body image and the effects of consumerism.
November 10, 2011, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Public Lecture: Frank W. Ockenfels
Over nearly two decades, Frank Ockenfels has photographed musicians, celebrities and corporate leaders. His images have graced the covers of Rolling Stone, Esquire, Premiere, Blender, Newsweek, Wired, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, New York Magazine, and Gear and have also appeared in W, Outside, and UK Condé Nast Traveler.

BEAUTY CULTURE runs from May 21, 2011 through November 27, 2011.

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Tel: 213.403.3000
Wednesday through Sunday: 11 AM-6 PM; Closed Monday and Tuesday.
General admission is free.
About the Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography is a cultural destination dedicated to exhibiting compelling photography. The Space conveys a range of human experiences and serves as an expression of the philanthropic work of the Annenberg Foundation and its Directors. The intimate environment features state-of-the-art, high-definition digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world’s most renowned and emerging photographers. The exhibits change three times a year. It is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area.
About the Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation is a private family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with several projects that expand and complement its grant support to nonprofits. Among them are innovative nonprofit capacity building initiatives, the Annenberg Space for Photography, Explore, and the Metabolic Studio. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

Media Contacts:
Tiffany Caronia
Evolutionary Media Group
Camille Lowry
Annenberg Foundation

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bill Gates to Call for United Action to Support World's Poorest Farmers

Bill Gates at the World Economic Forum in 2007

15 Oct 2009 05:00 Africa/Lagos

Bill Gates to Call for United Action to Support World's Poorest Farmers

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Announce $120 Million in New Agriculture Grants

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday will urge governments, donors, researchers, farmer groups, environmentalists, and others to set aside old divisions and join forces to help millions of the world's poorest farming families boost their yields and incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. Gates will say the effort must be guided by the farmers themselves, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and the environment.

Speaking at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in his first major address on agricultural development, Gates will lay out the foundation's vision, which includes investments in better seeds, training, market access, and policies that support small farmers. Gates also will announce nine foundation grants totaling $120 million that illustrate the range of efforts necessary to empower millions of small farmers to grow enough to build better, healthier lives.

"Melinda and I believe that helping the poorest small-holder farmers grow more crops and get them to market is the world's single most powerful lever for reducing hunger and poverty," Gates will say, according to a draft of his speech.

After his speech, Gates will be joined on the stage by the 2009 World Food Prize laureate, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, a renowned Ethiopian sorghum researcher who was honored for his work to develop hybrids resistant to drought and the Striga weed -- advances credited with increasing food security for hundreds of millions of Africans.

The foundation's new grants include funding for legumes that fix nitrogen in the soil, higher yielding varieties of sorghum and millet, and new varieties of sweet potatoes that resist pests and have a higher vitamin content. Other projects will help the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa support African governments in developing policies that serve small farmers; help get information to farmers by radio and cell phone; support school feeding programs; provide training and resources that African governments can draw on as they regulate biotechnologies; and help women farmers in India manage their land and water resources sustainably. To date, the foundation has committed $1.4 billion to agricultural development efforts.

Gates will say the world should draw inspiration from the agricultural transformation in Latin America and Asia during the 1960s to 1980s, known as the Green Revolution, which averted famine, saved hundreds of millions of lives, and fueled widespread economic development.

But Gates will warn that as scientists, governments, and others strive to repeat the successes of the original Green Revolution, they should be careful not to repeat its mistakes, such as the overuse of fertilizer and irrigation.

"The next Green Revolution has to be greener than the first," Gates will say. "It must be guided by small-holder farmers, adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and the environment."

According to the World Bank, three-quarters of the 1 billion people who live in extreme poverty depend on agriculture for a living. More than 1 billion people suffer from chronic hunger in the developing world. In the world's poorest areas, small farmers frequently face harsh conditions, including depleted soils, pests, drought, diseases, and lack of water. Even if they manage to grow a surplus, they often lack a reliable market where they can sell it.

Despite these challenges, there are reasons for optimism in the fight against hunger. After two decades of neglect, the world's attention is once again focused on agricultural development. The G20 group of leading donor and developing nations recently made a three-year, $22 billion pledge to help solve global hunger by supporting small farmers in the developing world.

"It's a great thing that donor nations are focusing on this issue," Gates will say. "But we need them to spell out clearly what the $22 billion means -- how much is old money, how much is new, how soon can they spend it, and when will they do more?"

While Gates will say that major breakthroughs in the fight against hunger and poverty are now within reach, he will caution that progress toward alleviating global hunger is "endangered by an ideological wedge that threatens to split the movement in two." On one side, he will say, there are groups that support technological solutions to increase agricultural productivity without proper regard to environmental and sustainability concerns. On the other, there are those who react negatively to any emphasis on productivity.

"It's a false choice, and it's dangerous for the field," Gates will say. "It blocks important advances. It breeds hostility among people who need to work together. And it makes it hard to launch a comprehensive program to help poor farmers. The fact is, we need both productivity and sustainability -- and there is no reason we can't have both."

Gates will say the foundation is supporting research on crops that can withstand drought and flooding so poor farmers can adapt to climate change. It is also supporting a ground-breaking effort with the World Food Programme (WFP) to buy food from small farmers in the developing world for food aid. WFP has already purchased 17,000 metric tons of food from small farmers through the program, linking many to markets for the first time.

Gates will say the foundation isn't an advocate of any particular scientific method. "Of course, these technologies must be subject to rigorous scientific review to ensure they are safe and effective. It's the responsibility of governments, farmers, and citizens -- informed by excellent science -- to choose the best and safest way to help feed their countries," Gates will say.

Gates will also pay tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his pioneering work in expanding agricultural production in the developing world, who died on September 12 of this year.

"His passing is cause for sadness, but his life should make us optimistic," Gates will say. "He not only showed humanity how to get more food from the earth -- he proved that farming has the power to lift up the lives of the poor. It's a lesson the world is thankfully relearning today."

Note to Editors: Video clips and other media materials will be available following the speech at:
Username: GatesFoundationII
Password: WorldFoodPrizeII

This announcement includes the following grants:

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
The AGRA Policy Program: $15 million

To develop a strong policy support system in Africa that will raise incomes, and assure household and national food security. The program focuses on policies to speed adoption of approaches to improve farmer productivity, market and trade policies to stimulate expanded markets for staple crops, and land and property rights policies to stimulate equitable agricultural growth for the poor.

Press Contacts
Preeti Singh, +1.301.652.1558, ext. 5722,
Stella Kihara, +254 735380199,

American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Farmer Voice Radio: $10 million

To create a network of radio broadcasters, farmer groups, universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, ministries of agriculture, and African media organizations to generate quality content and facilitate impact-driven and sustainable broadcasting to small-holder farmers to enhance their livelihoods. The project aims to reach 1.6 million small-holder farmers in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Mali, Ghana, and Tanzania in its first four years.

Press Contact
Larry McQuillan, +1.202.403.5119 or +1.202.641.7747,

Grameen Foundation
Building a Network of Community Knowledge Workers: $4.7 million

To develop a network of 4,000 community knowledge workers in Uganda who use mobile devices to increase the reach and relevance of agricultural information, leading to improved productivity and livelihoods for small-holder farmers. The project aims to reach up to 280,000 small-holder farmers, reduce the cost of adoption of new and improved practices by 25 percent to 50 percent, and ultimately provide a model that can be scaled to reach millions of small-holder farmers throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

Press Contact

Liselle York, +1.202.628.3560, ext. 128 or +1.202.549.3400,

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity Enhancement (HOPE) of Sorghum and Millets: $18 million

To help small-holder farmers in moisture-deficient areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia increase their yields of sorghum, pearl millet, and finger millet to improve food security and increase the income of farmers. The project aims to benefit 200,000 households by increasing yields of sorghum and millet by 35 to 40 percent over four years.

Press Contact
Rex L. Navarro, +91 40 3071.3223,

International Potato Center (CIP)

Sweet Potato Action for Security and Health in Africa (SASHA): $21.25 million

To produce high-yielding, stress-tolerant varieties of sweet potato to help farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa improve their productivity, incomes, and nutrition. The project aims to benefit 150,000 families directly from the initial seed systems work, and up to 1 million families indirectly from the first set of improved varieties in five years.

Press Contact
Valerie Gwinner, 202.468.7486,

New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and Michigan State University (MSU)

African Biosafety Network of Expertise (ABNE): $10.4 million

To create a center in Africa that provides training, education, and technical support to African regulators to develop regulatory systems for biotechnology, ensuring countries can make informed decisions on how to use these advances while protecting farmers, consumers, and the environment.

Press Contacts
Aggrey Ambali, +27 12 841 3688,
Karim Maredia, +1.517.353.5262 or +1.517.775.6627,
Stephanie Motschenbacher, +1.517.884.2135,

Partnership for Child Development (PCD)
Home-grown School Feeding: $12 million

To support the delivery of cost-effective school feeding programs that promote local agriculture and benefit small-holder farmers. The project aims to increase the income and improve the nutritional status of approximately 200,000 small farmers; improve the education, health, and nutrition of school-age children; and provide opportunities to those involved in the transportation, processing, and preparation of food along the school-feeding value chain.

Press Contact
Lucy Goodchild, +44 (0)20 7594 6702,

Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN)

Developing Farm-based Livelihoods in Endemically Poor Regions of India: $9.7 million

To create sustainable farm-based livelihoods for rural families in endemically poor regions of India by training women farmers in land and water management and modern farming practices, establishing village extension services, and building effective market linkages. The project aims to mobilize 120,000 women into self-help groups to assist them in improving their farm productivity and food security, enhancing their household income.

Press Contact
Souparno Chatterjee, +91 11 2651 8619 or +91 4164 0611, ext. 21

Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Small-holder Farmers in Africa (NforAfrica): $19 million

To increase legume productivity, family nutrition, soil health, cropping systems, and farm income for small farmers in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Malawi by expanding the use of selected legumes, proven tools of biological nitrogen fixation, and sound agronomic principles. The project aims to benefit 225,000 farmers.

Press Contact

Erik Toussaint, +31 (0) 317 48 08 67 or +31 (0) 6 51 56 59 49,

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people -- especially those with the fewest resources -- have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Learn more about the foundation at

Source: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

CONTACT: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, +1-206-709-3400,

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