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Friday, August 12, 2011

USC Annenberg Announces Recipients of 2011 Knight Grants

12 Aug 2011 16:29 Africa/Lagos

USC Annenberg Announces Recipients of Knight Grants For Reporting on Religion and American Public Life

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism has announced the recipients of the 2011 Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life. Among many outstanding applications, nine projects were chosen to receive grants between $5,000 and $20,000.

"We are very excited to support reporting on topics that include the influence of William Lane Craig, one of the leading thinkers of the Christian right; post-prison life for Latino and African-American Muslim converts; and sexual teachings in 'hip' evangelical churches," said Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC Annenberg. "These projects illustrate the impact of religion on major issues facing the nation."

Knight Grants will support the following projects:
Reporter/producer Matt Ozug and writer and documentary filmmaker Julia Elliott will produce "The Sacred in the City," a website that will document how religious communities help immigrants maintain an ethnic identity while acclimating to life in New York City. Ozug is best known for his work on NPR's StoryCorps. Elliott was the co-producer of "The Old Man and the Storm," a one-hour documentary about an African American family's struggle in post-Katrina New Orleans.

More than 100,000 kids who have incarcerated parents also have a volunteer mentor through a federally funded program called Mentoring Children of Prisoners. G. Jeffrey MacDonald will report on what happens to the relationships between these children and their mentors - many of whom entered the program through faith-based organizations -- when funding expires in September. MacDonald is a senior correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor.

Christopher Johnson will produce a series of radio stories on Ifa, an ancient Nigeria-based religion, that's been adopted by an estimated 3 million black Americans. Johnson will trace Ifa's evolution in the US from secret societies founded amid the late 60s Afrocentric movements to recent public clashes among Ifa, Santeria and Lukumi practitioners that may be racially-motivated. Johnson's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, Day to Day and All Things Considered.

Nicole Greenfield will examine changing attitudes on LGBT rights and marriage equality among influential urban evangelical churches - among them Revolution NYC led by "punk preacher" Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye. Greenfield is a freelance journalist and contributing editor for The Revealer.

Nathan Schneider will profile scholar William Lane Craig who is leading a movement to win over philosophy departments for conservative Christianity and from there, American politics and society. Schneider is an editor and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Religion Dispatches, and Tricycle

Monique Parsons will look at the new generation of American-born, highly educated, Daily Show-watching, social media-savvy mosque-builders in the United States. Parsons is an independent producer and freelance reporter based in Chicago whose work has been featured on Beliefnet, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Andre Tartar, a freelance reporter for New York Magazine, will report on Brazilian Pentecostals in Queens, New York, whose churches are instrumental in their assimilation to American life.

Ann Neumann will investigate "Dying in America" with stories on the ongoing controversy surrounding "Death with Dignity" bills, prison inmates who are dying behind bars, and debates between Catholic health providers and hospital staff over end-of-life issues. Neumann has written for The Nation, AlterNet, ReligionDispatches, and KillingtheBuddha.

Conversions, primarily among African Americans but also Latinos, make Muslims the fastest-growing faith group in California prisons. Matt O'Brien will explore the faith component of their readjustment to life outside the penal system- including the challenge of finding welcoming Muslim communities. O'Brien is a regional staff writer for the Oakland Tribune.

During the nine-month period of their award, fellows will report and develop stories for delivery on multiple platforms. Several fellows will be selected to present their work at USC, hold master classes for journalism students, and give public lectures for the community.

The Knight Chair in Media and Religion, established in 2002 by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, participates in a wide range of activities, including the organization of conferences for working journalists and the sponsorship of events for the local community.

About the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism is among the nation's leading institutions devoted to the study of arts journalism and criticism. In addition to its programs for working professionals, USC Annenberg enrolls more than 2,200 students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in journalism, communication, public diplomacy and public relations. For more information, visit

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Two Nigerian Inventors Among the Recipients of Next 25 TED Fellowships

Two Nigerians inventors are among the next 25 TED Fellows who will participate in TED2010.
Mubarak Abdullahi is an Aircraft-engineer who at 24, built a homemade helicopter out of old car and bike parts and Ndubuisi Ekekwe, an engineer, inventor, author and founder of the African Institution of Technology, an organization seeking to develop microelectronics in Africa.

The following is the full report on the 25 TED Fellowships.

14 Dec 2009 15:01 Africa/Lagos

TED Announces Recipients of Next 25 TED Fellowships

Newest TED Fellows to participate in the prestigious TED2010 Conference in Long Beach, CA

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the TED Conference announced today the 25 TED Fellows who will participate in TED2010, TED's annual conference in Long Beach, CA, February 9 - 13, 2010. The TED2010 Fellows join the TED community as the most recent additions to the TED Fellows program, joining the TED, TEDGlobal and TEDIndia Fellows from 2009.

The TED2010 Fellows reflect both geographic and discipline diversity. From Israel to Brazil to Malaysia, these innovators excel in the technology, entertainment, design, science, film, art, music, entrepreneurship and nonprofit worlds. The group also includes filmmakers, engineers, artists, scientists and musicians.

"We are thrilled to embark upon our second year of the TED Fellows program with these 25 individuals. They represent a spectacular concentration of cross-disciplinary talent in the arts and sciences, entrepreneurship and engineering, education and new journalism. We look forward to their contributions to the TED community and the amazing collaborations that are sure to occur among them," said Tom Rielly, TED Fellows director.

In addition to participating as full members of the TED2010 conference audience, each TED Fellow will participate in a two-day pre-conference, where they will receive world-class communication training, deliver a short TEDTalk, and collaborate with their peers, among other benefits. The Fellows will also participate in the TED community throughout the next year, by telling their ongoing stories on the TED Fellows blog, being featured in the online Fellows directory and participating in a private social network.

The TED Fellows program seeks individuals of age 21-40 (though anyone over age 18 is eligible) who demonstrate remarkable achievement in their field of endeavor. The program focuses on candidates from five regions: Asia/Pacific, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. The TED Fellows program is made possible by the visionary support of the Bezos family, Sherpalo Ventures, the Harnisch Foundation, the Case Foundation, private donors and Nokia.

Meet the TED2010 Fellows:

Mubarak Abdullahi (Nigeria/UK) - Aircraftengineer who, at 24, built a homemade helicopter out of old car and bike parts

Milena Boniolo (Brazil) - Chemistand PhD student at Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil, who is developing methods to detect emerging contaminants in the environment

Premesh Chandran (Malaysia) - Co-founder and CEO of, an independent Malaysian news website

Perry Chen (US) - Co-founder and CEO of, a web platform offering people a new way to fund their creative ideas and endeavors

Anita Doron (Ukraine/Israel/Canada) - Surrealist filmmaker and documentarian

Ndubuisi Ekekwe (Nigeria/US) - Engineer, inventor, author and founder of the African Institution of Technology, an organization seeking to develop microelectronics in Africa

Saeed Taji Farouky (UK/Palestine) - Documentary filmmaker, photographer and writer focusing on human rights in the Middle East and North Africa

Jessica Green (US) - Professor at the University of Oregon's Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, whose research focuses on microbial diversity

Benjamin Gulak (Canada/US) - Inventor of the Uno, a "green" electric street bike, and founder of BPG Motors

Robert Gupta (US) - Violinist and youngest member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic whose area of study also included neurobiology

Cesar Harada (Japan/France/UK) - Coordinator of the Open_Sailing project, working to develop open-source technologies to intelligently inhabit the oceans

Susie Ibarra (US/Philippines) - Composer, percussionist and co-founder of Song of the Bird King, a production company using music and film to preserve indigenous culture and ecology

Jennifer Indovina (US) - Founder of Tenrehte Technologies, a semiconductor company developing wireless smart-grid applications

Mitchell Joachim (US/Canada) - Architect and co-founder of Terreform ONE + Terrefuge, non-profit design groups that promote ecological design in cities

Raffael Lomas (Israel) - Sculptor and teacher of creative visual workshops for the blind

Kate Nichols (US) - Artist-in-residence at the Alivisatos Lab who synthesizes nanoparticles that exhibit structural color and incorporates them into macroscale art pieces

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (Pakistan/Canada) - Documentary filmmaker and founder of The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, an educational institution and heritage center established to preserve Pakistan's history.

Sarah Jane Pell (Australia) - Artist-researcher, diver and founder of Aquabatics Research Team initiative (ARTi)

Manu Prakash(India/US) - Junior Fellow at Harvard Society of Fellows, physicist and inventor pursuing research in the field of physical biology

Kellee Santiago (US) -President and co-founder of thatgamecompany, a video game company working to create games that communicate unique emotional experiences

Durreen Shahnaz (Bangladesh/Singapore/US) - Founder and Chairperson of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), a social stock exchange for Social Enterprises to raise growth capital

Gavin Sheppard(Canada) -Founder of I.C. Visions and co-founder of The Remix Project, a youth program acting as an arts and cultural incubator in Toronto, Canada

Hugo Van Vuuren (South Africa/US) - Fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fellow at The Laboratory at Harvard, co-founder of Lebone - asocial enterprise working on off-grid technologies

Angelo Vermeulen (Belgium) - Biologist, filmmaker, and visual artist creating large-scale collaborative art installations

Daniel Zoughbie (US) - Founder and CEO of the Global Micro-Clinic Project (GMCP), an organization working to prevent and manage diseases in the developing world using low-cost behavioral interventions

Details on each Fellow and the program are available at To support the program, or to receive more information, please contact Logan McClure at +1 212.346.9333 or via email at Follow the TED Fellows blog at

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where three exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action, and TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world. Follow TED on Twitter,, or on Facebook,

TED2010, "What the World Needs Now," will be held Feb. 9-13, 2010, in Long Beach, California, along with TEDActive, a simulcast conference of TED2010, in Palm Springs, California. TEDGlobal 2010, "And Now the Good News," will be held July 13-16, 2010, in Oxford, UK.

Contact: Laura Galloway

Source: TED Conferences

CONTACT: Laura Galloway, +1-213-948-3100,

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Nigerian Women Association of Georgia Awards 29 Scholarships

NWAG HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!NWAG will be awarding 29 Scholarships to deserving women in Nigerian Universities from 28 States. It is our intention to cover all 36 states of the federation in 2009! Congratulations to the following 2008 recipients:Full Recipients List

About Nigerian Women Association of Georgia
The Nigerian Women Association of Georgia (NWAG) founded in April 2000, is a non-profit organization based in Atlanta Georgia.

Mission Statement
The mission of NWAG is to serve our local community as well as our country Nigeria, through empowerment, cultural enrichment, and education of women, youth and children, thereby fostering togetherness and excellence in our collective pursuits.

Our Goals and Objectives
To bring all Nigerian Women in Georgia under one National Association.
To create opportunities for networking and information sharing in helping our community.
To promote and integrate our rich and diversified culture among our Youth.
To create a positive awareness of our National heritage within Georgia and the USA.
To work in collaboration with women groups in Georgia and the USA.

NWAG Core Beliefs
We believe in...
The Empowerment of Women, Youth and Children
Selfless Service, Strong Commitment and Teamwork
Mutual Respect, Integrity, and Excellence in our Pursuits
Honest and Open Communication
That Trusting Environment Strengthens and Encourages Its Members
Promoting Nigerian Culture