Showing posts with label Tanzania. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tanzania. Show all posts

Monday, March 14, 2011

The United Nations and Loots from African Rulers

The United Nations and Loots from African Rulers

What Kept me guessing is how the Western world, including Australia and some Asian countries keep on being the custodians of the ill-gotten loots of many African rulers (both current and past). We Africans will only know about the loots when there is political crisis such as the uprisings in North Africa, if one of them is overthrown or suddenly died.

Muammar Gaddafi speaking at the United Nations Assembly

Though we still see the loots with our very eyes; having oil wells, private universities, 5 star hotels, directors of many corporate organizations where they invested their loots. One other thing is that the Muslim heads of state of the troubled countries are more corrupt than ever; stealing in the name of Allah, deceiving their people or are they just kleptomaniacs?

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe

How on earth can an Africa ruler be the richest man in the world by just being the President of his country and stashing away his country’s wealth worth $70 billion; and the United Nations is aware of this wickedness meant to his country and they condoned this loots and continue to dine and wine with him. If Mubarak is worth this, what about others?

Hosni Mubarak of Egypt

Now Gaddafi of Libya is another monster that must be stopped by all means. Since I came into this world all I know about Libyan history from my secondary to university education is Gaddafi and because of this crisis we now know the loot he has acquired over the years. What is left to do is change the name Libya to Gaddafi. There is this adage that says “he who protects and hides a thief is also a thief”. Since these countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Middle East in the United Nations and members of the Commonwealth are part of this conspiracy of keeping the loots, they should use their tongue to count their teeth. No wonder the late Afro Beat King Fela Anikulapo Kuti call it "Disunited Nations". Can United States of America be honest to African Countries by telling us who and who is having our African money dumped in the banks in their country. In my country we know that banks look for deposits, with $70 billion in America banks including others yet to be mentioned why America economy won’t recover fast after the financial crisis. International Monetary Fund IMF will continue to tell African Countries to devalue her currencies I think the IMF is lending to African Countries the loots of our rulers most of the banks are hiding especially the notorious “Swiss banks. “Why will United Nation and Common Wealth not address this man’s inhumanity to man. Suspend them from league of civilized people and isolate them, and return the loots back to Africa instead of enslaving us more with borrowed funds from IMF.

Demonstrators trampling on the poster of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

In African countries after being an ex this or that they will become multi millionaires and receive awards of best looters and diversion of public funds, this have been the bane of African development over the years. United Nation, don’t wait to give us relief fund, no fly zones and humanitarian activities but refuse and impose sanctions on any bank that indulge in keeping this loots

Nelson Mandela

We have had leaders in Africa like Julius Nyerere of Tanzania of blessed memory, Joaquin Chissano of Mozambique and Madiba Nelson Mandela, I don’t know about others.

~ By Hope Obioma Opara

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Charles Shagi Wins 2010 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research

25 May 2010 21:00 Africa/Lagos

2010 Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy Presented to a Pioneering Community Educator Who Brings the Voices of Community Members and Participants to Research Process

PITTSBURGH, May 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A community educator who developed innovative ways to link women in Tanzanian villages with life-saving HIV prevention information and with HIV prevention research trials has received the second Omololu Falobi Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention Research Community Advocacy. The award was presented during the closing ceremony of the Microbicides 2010 Conference in Pittsburgh, USA.

Charles Shagi, a Program Officer for the African Medical and Research Foundation based in Mwanza, Tanzania, was honored for his significant contributions to developing and sustaining community engagement and education programs that empower women and their communities to advocate for themselves and to become vital partners in HIV prevention research trials.

"Bringing HIV prevention research to communities is an essential part of our work to develop new HIV prevention options for men and women," said Sharon Hillier, Microbicides 2010 Co-chair and a member of the award selection committee. "Charles embodies what this award was created to recognize: leadership, commitment and passion in community advocacy. He works tirelessly not only to help women advocate on their own behalf and to become involved in research, but also to educate and empower researchers to understand the needs of women, their families and communities."

"I am very humbled to accept this award, and for me, it really underscores the value this field put on the importance of reaching out to the women - in the villages of Tanzania and around the world - who participate in these trials," said Shagi. "This award is important because it proves that people do care about them. It is the courage of those women that is being honored today. I look forward to continuing to share the voices and experiences of vulnerable women with the research and advocacy communities."

"I urge all HIV prevention researchers to listen to the community. There is need for all of us to change attitude, but especially the researchers and our leaders since we have a long walk left. Communities should be at the center of research, not at the periphery," Shagi added.

The Omololu Falobi Award highlights the essential role of community advocacy and leadership in HIV prevention research. It celebrates the life and values of the late Omololu Falobi, a long-time HIV advocate and journalist who founded Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria, was an instrumental pioneer member of the Nigerian Treatment Access Movement, and co-founded the New HIV Vaccine & Microbicide Advocacy Society. Omololu was killed in Lagos, Nigeria in October 2006. The award was conceived as an ongoing legacy that recognizes his commitment and lasting contributions to HIV prevention research advocacy.

"Omololu was a visionary leader and activist, who accomplished much in his too short a life. He dedicated himself to powerful advocacy for HIV and HIV prevention research in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide," said Funmi Doherty of NHVMAS in Nigeria. "It is gratifying to see his ideals and vision live on through this award. I know he would be immensely proud of the work that Charles and the past recipients are doing to simultaneously advance human rights and HIV prevention research."

Shagi was chosen from among an impressive group of almost 20 nominees by an independent international panel of HIV prevention research advocates, policy makers, and scientists. The selection committee noted his instrumental role in pioneering new ways to bring the voices of community members and participants into the research process.

"Charles' enthusiasm is infectious, and he has been committed to helping recruit and mentor new people to the movement to expand the range of HIV prevention options," said Lori Heise, former Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides and one of the inaugural recipients of the award and member of the 2010 selection committee. "We need more people like Charles who can ably bridge the gap between researchers and community members."

Charles and his colleagues have also documented and published peer reviewed articles about their model for community representation and participation in HIV prevention trials among women. This research is an important guide for those working on community engagement plans for HIV prevention trials around the world.

"Charles is the epitome of science meets advocacy. In his work with community, he is able to provide important and accurate information as well as collect evidence that is directly applicable to advocacy and policy," said Salim Abdool Karim, Director of the Centre for the AIDS Program of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and a member of the 2008 and 2010 selection committees.

The 2010 Omololu Falobi Award Recipient was honored at the M2010 closing ceremony with a plaque and a cash prize. The M2010 Secretariat also provided a full scholarship for the Award recipient to attend the Conference in Pittsburgh.

The Omololu Falobi Award For Excellence In HIV Prevention Research was conceptualised and the process coordinated by the African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) in partnership with AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention Research, the Global Campaign for Microbicides (GCM), Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), the New HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), and the Treatment Action Movement Nigeria (TAM). Financial support for the 2010 Award came from AMAG, AVAC, GCM, Family Health International and NHVMAS, Open Society Institute in South Africa and UNAIDS.

The 2010 selection committee included Alex Menezes of Brazil, Chibuke Ameachi of Nigeria, Sisonke Msimang and Salim Abdool Karim of South Africa, Cate Hankins of Switzerland, Lori Heise, Polly Harrison and Sharon Hillier of the U.S., and Shaun Mellors of the UK.

The award honors Omololu Falobi, a visionary leader who continues to inspire many people and projects. He was a leading HIV/AIDS activist, an advocate for prevention research, and an exceptional journalist. Omololu made enormous impact in Nigeria and beyond - he nurtured and/or led campaigns related to prevention, treatment and research; won multiple awards nationally and internationally; and earned a tremendous reputation from all who had the privilege to work with him. He established Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria (JAAIDS), co-created the Nigeria-AIDS eForum, co-founded the Nigerian HIV Vaccine and Microbicide Advocacy Group (NHVMAG), was an instrumental pioneer member of the Treatment Access Movement (TAM) Nigeria and a key leader of the African Civil Society Coalition on HIV and AIDS.

Financial support for the 2010 Award comes from Microbicides 2010 conference, AVAC, GCM, Family Health International, NHVMAS and The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Source: AVAC

CONTACT: Manju Chatani, +1-413-923-8674,; or Kay
Marshall, +1-347-249-6375,, both of AVAC

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

President Kikwete to Open the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa

President Jakaya Kikwete

24 Mar 2010 15:55 Africa/Lagos

President Kikwete to Open the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa

GENEVA, March 24, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- President Kikwete will welcome over 700 leaders to World Economic Forum on Africa meeting

Media accreditation – please register online at

World Economic Forum on Africa convenes in East Africa for the first time

President Kikwete of Tanzania will welcome over 700 leaders from around the world to the 20th World Economic Forum on Africa. Heads of state include President Zuma of South Africa and President Pohamba of Namibia with several more expected to participate. Early confirmations include international figures Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization; Robert D. Hormats, US Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs; Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs of India; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Managing Director of the World Bank; Linah Mohohlo, Governor of the Bank of Botswana; Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria; Dan Plato, Mayor of the City of Cape Town, South Africa; and more as the meeting draws closer.

The meeting is the most exclusive multistakeholder gathering of leaders with a stake in the future of the continent. African and global leaders will convene under the theme “Rethinking Africa's Growth Strategy” at the World Economic Forum's first meeting in East Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 5-7 May 2010. Media accreditation for the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa is open. Should you wish to cover this event, please register online at The registration deadline is Monday 19 April 2010. As the number of accreditations issued will be strictly limited, we will not be able to accommodate late registrations. Please note that no accreditation will be granted on site.

The Co-Chairs of the meeting are Ajai Chowdhry, Founder, HCL; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCL Infosystems, India; Kuseni Douglas Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer, Old Mutual, South Africa; Pat Davies, Chief Executive, Sasol, South Africa; and Joergen Ole Haslestad, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International, Norway.

The World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders (YGLs) convene this year at their Annual Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 2 to 7 May 2010 – the first time in Africa and the largest-ever gathering of Young Global Leaders. This event will enable YGLs to build a strong and diverse community, to engender a better understanding of the global and regional agendas, and to engage in initiatives to address specific challenges of public interest. Please read m ore about YGL task forces (PDF, 6 pages, 85 KB).

Source: World Economic Forum