Chissola Gaieta

I am an Angolan nationalmlivjng in South Africa. I am jntersted to engage with skilled professionals from Angola and Mozambique. This is in my own personal capacity and not directly related to my job.

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Chissola Gaieta

I am an Angolan nationalmlivjng in South Africa. I am jntersted to engage with skilled professionals from Angola and Mozambique. This is in my own personal capacity and not directly related to my job.

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Bridget Fonkeu

I am an assistant lecturer and a research assistant at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. My area of interest is sociolinguistics, multilingualism and language contact. That is why I am interested in socio-economic and socio-political networking. Presently, I am investigating the sociolinguistic (re)construction of identity by the Cameroonian immigrants in Germany. I hope this forum will provide a useful platform for the exchange of ideas with people who share the same interest.

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Bridget Fonkeu

I am an assistant lecturer and a research assistant at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany. My area of interest is sociolinguistics, multilingualism and language contact. That is why I am interested in socio-economic and socio-political networking. Presently, I am investigating the sociolinguistic (re)construction of identity by the Cameroonian immigrants in Germany. I hope this forum will provide a useful platform for the exchange of ideas with people who share the same interest.

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Pyrtel Global

Mikael Pyrtel founded Pyrtel Global to provide bespoke international management services to emerging public, private, and nonprofit clients worldwide after 20 years of experience and travel to more than 15 countries, including to some of the most dynamic political and economic climates in the world. His perspectives on international business, economic development, foreign policy, and commercial diplomacy were formed from his multi-sector support experience in: national security and international affairs, manufacturing, information technology enterprise solutions (ITES), international trade and economic research, agricultural and commercial diplomacy, international nonprofits, urban development, and university research centers.

Mr. Pyrtel received his M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government where he focused on Global Business and Global Development. As a graduate student he served at the U.S. embassy in Moscow, Russia, and later he volunteered with the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C. to help rebuild Iraq’s diplomatic capacity and restore commercial relations.

Mr. Pyrtel is also a veteran of the United States Navy and a recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He is committed to developing the next generation of leaders and has acted as a mentor and facilitator on discussions about international affairs, international business, economics, foreign policy, country risk analysis, and international development.

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Quebec Earthwork Nigeria Limited is incorporated under the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990 vide Certificate of Incorporation dated July 27, 2011 bearing Registration No 968216 in Abuja, Nigeria.

As part of our expansion to build incremental business advantage in West Africa; We incorporated a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) subsidiary in the Republic of Ghana: Quebec Earthwork Ghana Limited” under the Companies Act, 1963 (Act 179) vide Certificate of incorporation dated July 26, 2013 bearing registration No CS240642013 in Victoriaborg, Accra Ghana; with associate technical partners in Singapore, South Korea, New York, South Africa, USA, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, India and Canada.

Our partners have successfully completed many prestigious projects of high quality industrial and building construction with 35 years of experience in construction and real estate industry.

On October 25, 2011, we commenced operations with a drive to succeed in qualitative service delivery in Construction Management, Design/Building, Real Estate & Facility Management, Dredging & Reclamation, Roads & Bridges/Drainage Construction, Stockpiling & Shore Protection, Vibro-coring & Hydrographic Surveying, EPC Pipelines & HDD Tunnel Underground, Mechanical & Fabrication Services, thereby meeting the set ‘International Standards and Regulations; with a vision of partnering with Contractors and Private Real Estate Developers who are technically constrained to execute their projects been government or private projects for the first five (5) years vide the date of Incorporation July 27, 2011.

Pursuant on the above, we are led to share our goal to make a difference in the Real Sector of the African society specifically to contribute our quota to the development of Nigeria and West Africa by building state of the art facility jointly with foreign investors from “Asia/Oceania, Europe and America” across West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Cote D ivory, Guinea Conakry and Republic of Benin as a brand/trademark; as a life time investment opportunity that will help West Africa countries to curb the rapid unemployment situation in Nigeria.

We are passion driven to bring-home innovative technologies and products that will ensure long-lasting positive effect and success on end-users of our proposed new city, and to encourage entrepreneurship by providing consultancy services for customers, especially unemployed graduates to venture into profitable areas and change the foreign investors and public opinion about the standard of doing business in Nigeria.

The proposed City we are trying to develop in Nigeria is a Smart Industrial City that will be connected to ecosystem via connectivity and convergence with the following features: Smart Digital Management of Energy, Smart Automated Intelligent Buildings, Smart Intelligent Mobility, Smart Seamless Connectivity, Smart Digital Management of Infrastructure, Smart Intelligent Healthcare Technology, Smart Governance on-the-go, and Smart Civic Digital Natives which in turn would access further economic development with the foundations of Prosperity and Fundamental infrastructural services that will compete in the world economy.

The proposed City shall attract Multinational and Domestic Corporations to this new location for promising private and public sector/industries as a new business hub and this we want to develop first in the South-East region of Nigeria, thereby making it “The Dynamo of the South – East Nigeria Economy” having the South-East Business Class as co-promoters to guarantee off-taking. Since virtually every striving retail and importation businesses in some African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Cote D ivory, Guinea Conakry and Republic of Benin revolves around the majority of the South-Eastern Nigeria citizens in terms of marketing and sales of foreign manufactured products from “Asia/Oceania, Europe and America,” manufacturers depend on the South-East Business Class Citizens of Nigeria (SEBCCN) for marketing and sales of their finished products ranging from Automobiles, Clothes & Textiles, Person Household & Electronics, Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals” across the West African countries.

Due to the unique concept of this proposed project, this shall be the first time where Nigerians will have the opportunities to invest their funds into large income producing infrastructural development projects as investments jointly owned with foreign investors from “Asia/Oceania, Europe and America” being co-promoters of the proposed project. The project also will be quoted in the Global Stock Market (GSM) for investors’ security.

To achieve this goal we have carefully done our homework and the proposed project site is approximately 212 Hectares with connexion to more acquisition and the site is strategically located in the Heartland of the South Eastern Region of Nigeria, which enjoys reasonable proximity to many of the neighboring states, towns, metropolitan markets including Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Enugu, Abakaliki, Yenagoa, Calabar, Uyo with added advantage of offer quick access to the capitals growth zones and transport links. More so, it lies directly within the path of South Eastern Region of Nigeria’s natural reserves, the said site is also surrounded by oil wells and blocks operated by Oil Exploration and Producing Companies and on-going development of Gas Turbine to guarantee Power Supply.

The South Eastern region of Nigeria is one of the richest areas in natural resources with large reserves of Agricultural Products: Oil palm, Raffia palm, Rice, Groundnut, Melon, Cotton, Groundnut, Cocoa, Rubber, Maize, Cashew Nuts, Yam Cassava, Forest Trees; and Mineral Resources: Crude oil, Natural gas, Limestone, Clay, Kaolin and Gypsum, Salt, Iron Ore, Coal Fine, Marble, Silica sand, Lead, Zinc and White Clay the selected site for the proposed new city is a perfect location to manufacturers and industries.

Our vision is to create a platform for state governments to jointly establish/owned manufacturing industries in the proposed smart city with interested investors from “Asia, Europe and North America” considering similar Natural Resources deposits in the South-East States “Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia and its neighboring states via boundaries to the path of the proposed Smart Industrial City site sharing borders with the North East “Benue State”, North west “Kogi State”, Cross Rivers State, Akwa Ibom state, Rivers state, Bayelsa state and Delta State respectively.

The concept/idea is for Federal/states Governments of Nigeria to contribute their natural resources being “Agricultural or Solid Minerals”; as their equity shareholding in industries thereto as investment on a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) agreement with interested from investors/industrialists, but line with the policies, constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria and its relevant MDAs, regulatory/supervisory bodies.

For instance:
* Imo State and Anambra State are also blessed with Petroleum, Crude Oil and Natural Gas for
* Abia State, Enugu State, Imo State, Anambra State and Ebonyi State are also blessed with
cultivation of Yam, Cassava, Oil Palm, Maize, Cocoa, Rice, Groundnut, Cashew Nuts which are
MILLING INDUSTRIES. Apart from being consumed, they serve as inputs for LIVESTOCK
* Enugu State,Imo State and Anambra State has unexploited and abundant of Limestone’s,Clay,
Gypsum and kaolin which are raw materials for production of CEMENT

These and many others industries await investors to exploit which will attract development and further create more jobs for Christians in the south-east based on its Natural Resources/Exportable Products which is a major drive of our vision and that of the Foreign Investors.

The vision is also to launch a platform that will connect the “Unskilled to the Skilled” since the vision revolves around every facet of human life, especially job creation for the unemployed graduates and the undergraduates, by bringing innovations and technology transfer to encourage home-grown entrepreneurship practices by enforcing local content act as terms of agreement with prospective investors and industrialists.

The under-listed are some Potential areas for investments: Cement Factories, Chemical Plants, Ceramic Industry, Grain Milling, Starch Production, Cashew Product Industry, Integrated Palm Produce Industry, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Concentrate Production, Integrated Multi Oil Seeds Processing Plant, Paper mill facilities, Packaging industries, Footwear manufacture, Scrap waste iron recovery, processing and export, Water treatment and bottling plants, Glass manufacturing plants and other small-scale industries such as Machine tools manufacture and assembly, automobile spare parts, etc….

This platform of inter-state investments via natural resources will quickly offer access to capital growth zones and infrastructural development “Transportation” links of states involved and Technology Transfer which is my major focus irrespective of political parties or differences as Nigerians.

This vision has been conceived since July 2013 till – date and proposals and appointment request have been submitted to the South –East and South – South Senators of the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since March 21, 2016 having carefully understudied the zone as well as made all necessary discussion with Foreign Investors from Asia, Europe and North America.

Our written proposal has brought changes in the 8th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria via the review of some bills/sponsorship of new bills:

1. A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Roads Fund for the purpose of financing the maintenance and
rehabilitation of National Roads and for other matters connected therewith, 2016 (SB. 218)
2. A Bill for an Act to provide for the Utilization, Sustainability and Adequate supply of Renewable Energy for
Electricity and Heat Generation and for related matters, 2016 (SB. 131)
3. A Bill for the establishment of Inland Ports at Onitsha, Enugu and other Land – Locked States
4. Bill for an Act to provide for the Establishment of Nigeria Industrial Development Zones and for other related
matters, 2016. (SB. 280)

Our proposals have also lead to State Governors of coming together again by way of harnessing the potentials of their various zones. ‘’South-West Governors Forum, ‘’ South- East Governors Forum, ‘’South- South Governors Forum and the North East Governors Forum.

In same vein, this also brought about the two (2) Bills for the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC) and South East Development Commission (SEDC) with all these processes and progress.

This also strengthened the key players the “Enugu State Investment Summit’’ held in Enugu from April, 2016 and “Enugu State Economy Summit’’ held in November, 2016.

Nigeria as a country is now set to diversify the economy due to the current crude Oil price benchmark thereby review policies and taxation system to attract/secure foreign investment in order to boost the real sectors
“Agriculture, Power, Mining, Manufacturing and Housing”of the Nigeria economy.

The City will create values and sustainable lifestyle for investors, developers, businesses and people working within and outside Nigeria. Hence, we seek for reliable and credible Africans in DIASPORA as partners and/or investors to enable us commence the preliminaries of the proposed Smart Industrial City.

Africans in DIASPORA as partnership could be executed as a shareholding partner “Silent or Active”; or a member of the upcoming “Non-Executive and Independent Director’s Forum with Foreigners” (NEIDF) on Special Purpose Agreement; as the City will open investment options to investors (foreign/local), corporate occupiers with a range of financial investment options that will guarantee investors better returns which will suit investors business needs as to service private-public Sectors/Industries.

The master plan will be flexible for world renowned companies and individuals to participate in the construction of proposed new City. From investments in infrastructure, Power Plants, Freezone, Construction, Energy Sectors, Leisure Development and Civic development, we will welcome institutions with interests in taking up spaces in parts of the proposed city. These commitments will boost planning as well as afford us the opportunity to incorporate their requirements to suit their property, business and lifestyle needs. We want prospective investors to feel like part of the team and to take their place in building this truly significant city in Nigeria’s future.

We have already contacted some foreign investors through their financial experts that has indicated interest in investing to the tune of $1.5Billion, and Non Circumvention, Non-Disclosure & Working Agreement (NCNDWA) has also be signed for further processing.

Our Technical partners/consultants are poised to render professional services in the areas of drafting all relevant proposals, Master plans designs, full information technology survey and development budgets on mutual understanding upon provision of running cost, why awaits the appropriate draw-down schedule of the $1.5Billion from the already contacted investors thereto.

All we need now is a reliable and credible Africans in DIASPORA to jointly fund the short term plan (preliminaries) of the proposed project and you automatically become a stakeholder in the project and the new special Purpose Vehicle Entity (SPVE) thereto; specifically to jointly manage and own the City as a co-promoter. the short term funding will enable us access the $1.5Billion from the already contacted investors to implement the medium and partly the long. terms plans/phases.

Do well to lead your support and/or partnership as well as connecting other like-minded Africans in DIASPORA to be part of this vision throughout the planning and implementation process.

NB: Details about the proposed City site location, full project concept presentation and the Short term plan and other information will be provided to you after signing a Non Circumvention, Non-Disclosure & Working Agreement (NCNDWA) upon receipt of your favorable response and officially Letter of Interest as regards the PROJECT.

Please for further clarification contact the Founder/CEO on +2347016358414, +2348093021233 or by Email:, Skype: quebec_ewn, Whatsapp: 08093021233

Kind Regards

We look forward to establish a good business relationship with Africans in DIASPORA.
Onakpoma Martins L.E.
For: Quebec Earthwork Nigeria Limited,

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Yolette Marie Saintiny

The Law Offices of Yolette M. Saintiny & Associates
Providing Clients with Competent, Comprehensive And Timely Services throughout the diaspora. New York state licensed attorney Yolette M. Saintiny represents people for Personal Injury, Immigration, Divorce, Family Law in New York and Immigration and Naturalization law throughout the diaspora.

For Legal Services: Contact Yolette at (718) 493-2122 – (800) 691-2949 to schedule a free consultation.

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Collins Thomas Mgbo

Collins Thomas Mgbo is a Student of International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of South Africa.
I am very active in the community services and have been able to establish Nigerian organizations in my province and have assisted in rendering consular services through the help of the consular general of Nigeria South Africa.

I have also served as the intermediaries between Nigerian citizens in Limpopo and the Limpopo provincial government during crisis and In times of peace.

I am currently serving as the secretary of Nigerian Union South Africa limpop province and a member of the National Executive working committee.

Above are just but a summary of what I am involved in.

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London black atheists

We are a support and networking group for Black Atheists non believers skeptics and freethinkers, for people who have left religion or who are thinking of leaving or who have not left because they can’t but want the space to be religion free. We offer meeting social groups activist work. By ourselves and in conjuction witj othet similat orgs as 3x muslimd johova witnesses ect

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Kingsley Amessinou

I am a young Ghanaian based in Ghana. I am from the village village community of Bortianor in the Ga – south municipality in Accra.
I’m a third year public health services management student of the university of Ghana – Legon. I also am an teacher of African history, social studies and Government at Ideal College international high school.
I am a staunch pan-africanist who believe in the unity of African people and countries, a blueprint to our greatness or we remain divided and remain poor. I believe in the return to African culture and values and traditions.

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Violet Skeva

I work as a Diplomat at Malawi Embassy to the USA. My position is First Secretary – Political & Economic Affairs. Malawi Embassy was empowered by Malawi Government to engage with the Diaspora.

I have worked as a Banker before in my country Malawi. I am interested in community development and I am seriously looking for partners to develop the Agricultural sector in my community through mechanization and irrigation. I am also planning to set up a community development center which local people can own and use for business operations. We will develop a business plan together with the people and my organization will assist in monitoring their performance. this way we can transform their lives.

I am also here to network in my own right

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Dorothy Githae

I am an Award Winning Professional in Business Dev’t, Sustainable SME Growth, Digital Marketing, Intra-Africa Trade, Diaspora. I am looking to support Diaspora Entrepreneurs who are looking participate in investing & industrialization of Africa. I am open for collaborative approach in developing Africans, speaking at forums, moderator, mentoring opportunities.

360 Degrees International is a firm that works with women and youth entrepreneurs in Africa, sustainably developing their businesses using innovative technology, digital marketing, e-commerce and social media. The firm is strongly aligned to the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African Union Agenda 2063 and Kenya Vision 2030. It also specializes in international market entry strategy for companies looking to set up shop in Africa. (site ongoing updates)

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Youmna Mouhamad

My name is Youmna Mouhamad, I have a Bachelors degree in Chemistry /Physics from Marseille Aix University, an Mphys in Physics from Leeds University and a PhD in polymer physics from Sheffield University. Since graduating I joined the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating as a research scientist working on the formulation of carbon based inks for various applications including, a piezoresistive ink for large area pressure sensor and a flexible ink for heated garments. Two patents were filed for these innovative technologies. As part of haRFest, a project co-funded by Innovate UK she contributed to the development of a screen printed antenna and tunable capacitor for an energy harvesting device powered by near-field communication. I am currently involved in Hi-Prospect, a innovate UK founded project which aims to increase current collection in solar cells by print conductive copper to using a novel printing techniques.

I am currently looking for opportunities in Africa in in research and development in printed electronics, ink making or science related jobs. I am also looking for collaborative opportunities with a University or company specializing in renewable energy and the storage of energy.

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Asukulu Etoka

I graduated in Geography (bachelors degree), in my country of origin the Congo Republic Democratic.
Quickly I started teaching and latter was hired as high school principal. I worked in a rural and remote region where
villagers were abandoned to themselves by the government.
I couldn’t wait to see the misery of these people, so I started to built fountains water in several villages. My job position helped me to create an organization ( UPADI ) by which seeds varieties were introduced in the region and also we initiated a program of planting trees around the schools.
The succession of wars in Congo (DRC) precipitated my immigration in USA. By 2006-2007, the massive movement
of immigration brought in several Africans groups ( Somalians, Burundians , Congolese) etc.
The economic depression in 2008 created similar conditions we have observed in Congo (DRC).
The poverty , the lack of jobs were profoundly noticed .We I started again to work with refugees by creating the
Community Gardens (Africans Community Development In).
Today, I fell that the mission was not well accomplished in Congo. I have project for fruits production and processing
as an alternative to fight hunger and increase population income.I also work with refugees children to improve literacy in Boise.

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Elodie Wagala

Over 15+ years in Data & Marketing Analysis. My Data Scientist background combined to my strong Business and Marketing acumen give me a proven understanding of Business and enable me to develop, strong analytical expertise and Marketing Strategy. Proficient in data-mining and digital realm, I created numerous metrics, stunning dashboards, processes by exploring and examining data from multiple disparate sources. Experienced in Marketing Strategy Off/Online and Statistical Modelling I used to turn data analysis into actionable insights. I love predictive analytics which allowed me the ability to assist decision making. I do not allow any limitations but search and come up with a creative approach to closing the gap

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Faith Comes By Hearing

One of the hardest working, unapologetic and bold technical leaders in ministry today! Troy Carl is changing the norms of “digital” ministry as a groundbreaking force in the Digital Bible world.

Troy brings a strategic understanding of how to employ technology in the service of God’s kingdom. He manages multiple teams of professionals across varied technology and development divisions. At Faith Comes By Hearing, Troy drives all resource development where his team cultivates major gifts from foundations and individuals. He leads the donor relations team and its donor cultivation strategies. As a professional marketing and communications executive Troy also steers the ministry’s communications initiatives and he most recently launched a groundbreaking aerospace division with the vision to deliver the Bible to everyone on earth.

A few revolutionary initiatives led by Troy include the development of the 40-day MP3 Bible, the BibleStick, the Military BibleStick, the Audio Bible Ambassador software system, and the Digital Bible Platform, which features API Scripture distribution in over 1500 languages via radio broadcast, digital download, SMS, POTS, real-time streaming, Smart TV apps and its premier mobile app network This platform has reached over 240 million unique listeners in 246 countries in just a few years.

Troy was also the president and CEO at eStarNetwork, a telecommunications Internet company. He was the vice president and director of Cognigen Networks Inc. (OTC:BB CGNW), a publicly traded Internet company with gross sales of more than $50 million a year. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president/director of sales for WorldConnect Communications Inc. Troy is also an ordained minister and impassioned advocate for poor and illiterate people around the world.

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Journeys Within Our Community

JWOC develops projects in Cambodia that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities, and empower recipients and supporters, inspiring ongoing social change

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Journeys Within Our Community

JWOC develops projects in Cambodia that reduce poverty levels, increase educational and economic opportunities, and empower recipients and supporters, inspiring ongoing social change

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Dr Susan Hycenth Efe Alfred

I moved to Ghana five years ago because its my fathers country and I always wanted to come and give the little that i had gained over the years to empower my people to step out in confidence and to create employment.Also do skill training because I strongly believe if you teach someone a skill its for a lifetime the only way he/she will lose is if they lose their hands.

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Liana Henintsoa Rakotoson

I’m a freelancer. I do french – english audio transcription / translation and writing.

I started in order to pay for my studies. While waiting to find a job in the environmental field, I continue to work as a freelance.

French language is a part of my life since childhood. Furthermore, as part of my environmental management studies, the English language belongs to my daily life. I can do translations from French into English or vice versa, and transcript English audio files.

During my professionnal life, i was asked to write a lot of articles for blogs, tour operators, I did much product description and book writing. I can maintain the consistency of my words.

I believe that my qualifications and experiences are enough to get jobs. I’m enthusiastic, productive, efficient and responsible.

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John C Burke

Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe International is a non-partisan organisation set up by former victims of torture from Zimbabwe.
It evolved in 2007 from the ‘Zimbabwe Vigil’ [itself formed in 2002], with a brief to address the deterioration of human rights in Zimbabwe, and for the achievement of peace, justice and freedom.
ROHR seeks to stop the suffering that the people of Zimbabwe have been deliberately and persistently subjected to particularly over the last 2 decades.
ROHR members are passionate and committed to bringing about change internally and internationally.
We strongly subscribe to the founding principles of returning Zimbabwe to the apex of human rights vanguard and economic power.
ROHR Zimbabwe International is founded of the following objectives; – to educate and encourage Zimbabweans to stand together and demand that their human rights issues to be addressed and to encourage active participation of Zimbabwean in governance issues.
We aim to work with other organisations that share the same objectives and values nationally, regionally and globally.

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Gary Allen

The Congo New Life (CNL) Initiative addresses the root causes of extreme poverty in the Democratic Republic of Congo by taking a holistic, community-led approach to sustainable development. To meet the many different challenges each region faces, the villages will use multiple tools such as community health workers, diversified local food production, commercial farming, malaria control, piped water, trade education and connectivity to name a few. These multiple tools are synergistic—while each has been proven to support its main target, each also contributes to progress on several or all of the goals.

Congo New Life the parent corporation was incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Its headquarters are located in the city, Lubumbashi, DR Congo.

The Company is founded by Pastors Jacques Kalabo and Sostha Muvuma who, along with Gary Allen actively manage the company’s direction and growth.

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Feed Afric Programme

Feed Africa Programme (FAP) is CONCERNED by the rampant poverty, less economic activity, less learning, less growth and general underdevelopment in the Muslim Community coupled with lack of vibrant Muslim Civil Society in Uganda especially in advocacy on policy issues that sometimes affect Muslim Community; NOTING the various capacity gaps of Muslim CBOs/NGOs across the Country and well aware that; there is a wide disparity between urban and rural Muslim CBOs/NGOs.
FAP realized lack of active participation in environment, water, commercial agriculture and other civic programmes among others by the Imams and Muslim leaders across the country and yet have large chunks of land laying utilized;
FAP NOTED the influx of refugees especially our Muslim brothers and sisters from Somalia who have no enough food stuffs and nutritional needs for themselves and their families as well as sanitation challenges in the camps that they leave in;
FAP also NOTED the rampant of all forms child abuse, the inadequate child care center initiatives in Muslim Communities; and AWARE of the many young people who drop out of schools due to different reasons ending up in streets and/ being destitutes and end up as delinquents and THAT,
The in existence of Muslim Community Resource Centers; as well as lack of clear development programmes for children, women, elderly and disabled persons in the Muslim Community;
Also, prominently NOTED being the rampant un-employment among Muslim Youths, lack of Muslim founded vocational centers to instill life skills among school dropouts, the need to establish this organisation which needs networking and professional voluneers to promote its objectives.

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Chinwe C Ohajuruka

Chinwe Ohajuruka is an architect, project manager and sustainability consultant. She is the CEO of Comprehensive Design Services (CDS), a business that is located in USA and Nigeria. CDS primary focus is on the design and large-scale development of the Passive House Prototype (PHP) into sustainable neighborhoods. The PHP is a “Whole System Design” affordable solution to the challenges present in many sub-Saharan Africa of large housing deficits, inadequate power, inaccessible water and limited improved sanitation. The PHPs are low-energy, self-cooling, bio-climatically designed housing modules that respond to the climate change mitigation and adaptation needs of the most vulnerable nations.
CDS focuses its efforts on social impact projects, and aims to do them profitable. It is our firm belief that every human has the right not just to shelter, but to live in beauty and dignity in a place that they can call their own. With our projects, we aim to create opportunities for employment, wealth and home ownership. The homes we create are designed with sustainability and dignity in view. We are unafraid to accept the challenges of designing in and for communities where poverty is high and opportunities are low. We also believe that until the private sector engages in the widespread provision of affordable housing profitably, housing deficits, homelessness and hopelessness will continue to grow.

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Belarmain Adandé FANDOHAN

Dr. ir. Adandé Belarmain FANDOHAN E-mail:
Tel: +49015171985823 +22997761888
Date of birth : 26/04/1982 Nationality: Beninese
Present status: PostDoc at the University of Freiburg, Department of Biometry and Environmental System Analysis (DBESA).

Education and Employment __________________________________________________________
1/09/2014/-ongoing: Postdoc at the DBESA. Main project: Modeling impact of climate change on the range of suitable habitats for cultivation and conservation of key agroforestry species in Sub-Sahara Africa
01/02/2011-ongoing: Lecturer at “Ecole Nationale des Sciences et Techniques Agronomiques” and “Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques” (Université d’Agriculture de Kétou; Université d’ Abomey Calavi) (Benin).
04/07/2012-04/07/2013: Postdoc at the UNEP-International Ecosystem Magement Partnership (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Main project: Modeling impact of climate change on suitabble habitats for conserving and cultivating Tamarindus indica in Benin.
02/2011-05/2011: Researcher investigating local perception of climate change in Benin, BIARI, Brown University
03/2008-01/2011: PhD student at Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey Calavi
PhD thesis: Conservation biology of Tamarindus indica (Fabaceae) in Benin, West Africa
2001/2007: Graduated in Biology specialization: Agronomy, Forestry and Natural Resources Management, University of Abomey Calavi (Benin)

Teaching experience_________________________________________________________________
01/10/2010-ongoing: teaching in Faculty and School courses, University of Abomey Calavi. Major: Indigenous species-based Agroforestry, Ethnobotany, Forest Mensurations, Forest management.
2014: dissertation supervision of one student. Dissertation title: ‘Ecology and conservation of the desert date (Balanites aegyptiaca in Tchad)’.
2013-2014: dissertation supervision of three Master students of University of Abomey Calavi (Benin). Dissertation titles: ‘Socio-cultural importance and impact of climate change on suitable habitats for the miracle berry (Synsepalum dulcificum, Sapotaceae) in Benin’ and ‘Ethnobotany and conservation status of Bombax costatum (Malvaceae) in the Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin’.

English: fluent
French: very fluent (official working language in Benin)
Fund-raising experiences_____________________________________________________________
2013: International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden, Grant D/5464-1.
2012: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) – Research Fellowship for Distinguish International Young Scientists.
01/2011: BIARI (Brown University) grant for the research project ‘Local perception of changes in climate in Benin.
11/2010: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Seed grant for Africa (Co-Applicant): Baobab-elephant relationships in the Biosphere Reserve of Pendjari in Benin (West Africa): assessment and implication for the species conservation

Recent Publications________________________________________________________________
• Peer-reviewed journals:
1.Idohou R, Fandohan B, Salako VK, Kassa B, Gbèdomon RC, Yédomonhan H, Glèlè Kakai, Assogbadjo AE (2014) Biodiversity conservation in home gardens: Traditional knowledge, use patterns and implications for management. International Journal of Biodiversity Sciences, Ecosystem Services and Management 10(2): 89-100.
2.Kassa BD, Fandohan B, Azihou AF, Assogbadjo AE, Oduor AMO, Kidjo F, Babatounde S, Liu J, Glele Kakai R (2014) Survey of Loxodonta africana (Elephantidae)-caused bark injury on Adansonia digitata (Malvaceae) within Pendjari Biosphere Reserve, Benin. African Journal of Ecology doi: 10.1111/aje.12131.
3.Padonou EA, Fandohan B, Bachmann Y, Sinsin B (2014) How farmers perceive and cope with bowalization: A case study from West Africa. Land Use Policy 36: 461-467.
4.Salako KV, Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Idohou FAR, Gbedomon RC, Abdou Ibrahima W, Chakeredza S Dulloo ME, Glèlè Kakaï R (2014) Home gardens: An assessment of their biodiversity and potential contribution to conservation of threatened species and crop wild relatives in Benin. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 61: 313-330.
5.Fandohan B, Gouwakinnou GN, Fonton NH, Sinsin B, Liu J (2013) Impact des changements climatiques sur la répartition géographique des aires favorables à la culture et à la conservation des fruitiers sous-utilisés: cas du Tamarinier au Bénin. Biotechnology Agronomy Society and Environment 17(3): 450-462
6.Baudoin M-A, Cuni Sanchez A, Fandohan B, (2013) Small scale farmers’ vulnerability to climatic changes in southern Benin: the importance of farmers’ perceptions of existing institutions. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change.
7.Idohou R, Assogbadjo AE, Fandohan B, Gouwakinnou GN, Glele Kakai RL, SinsinB, Maxted N (2013). National Inventory and Prioritization of Crop Wild Relatives: case study for Benin. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 60: 1337–1352.
8.Fonton NH, Atindogbe G, Fandohan B, Lejeune P, Ligot G (2012). Structure spatial des arbres des savanes boisées et forêts claires soudaniennes : implication pour les enrichissements forestiers. Biotechnology Agronomy Society and Environment 16(4) : 429-440.
9.Cuni Sanchez A, Fandohan B, Assogbadjo A, Sinsin B (2012). A countrywide multi-ethnic assessment of local communities’ perception of climate change in Benin (West Africa). Climate and Development 4(2) : 114-128.
10.Assogbadjo AE, Fandohan B, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, Hardy OJ, Gheysen G, Sinsin B (2012) Genetic evidence of the contribution of ethnic migrations to the propagation and persistence of the rare and declining scrambling shrub Caesalpinia bonduc L. Human Ecology 40 : 117-128
11.Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï RL, Sinsin B (2011) Effectiveness of a protected areas network in the conservation of Tamarindus indica L. (Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae) in Benin. African Journal of Ecology 49 : 40-50
12.Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, Sinsin B (2011) Quantitative morphological descriptors confirm traditionally classified morphotypes of Tamarindus indica L. fruits. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 58 : 299-309.
13.Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Glèlè Kakaï R, Kyndt T, De Caluwe E, Codjia JTC, Sinsin B (2010). Women’s traditional knowledge, use value and the contribution of tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) to rural households’ cash income in Benin. Economic Botany 64(3) : 248-259.

•Other publications:
– Fandohan B, Cuni Sanchez A (in press) Local perceptions of climate change and its impacts on indigenous fruit trees Water, adaptation and sustainability in Benin. In: D Stucker D, Lopez- Gunn E (eds) Adaptation to Climate Change through Water Resources Management Capacity, equity and sustainability. Taylor and Francis, London and New York.
-Fandohan B, Assogbadjo AE, Sinsin B (2010) Tamarindus indica L. Leguminosae. Pp 292-297 In: Sinsin B, Kampmann D (eds) Biodiversity atlas of West Africa, Volume I: Benin. Cotonou and Frankfurt/Main.

06/09/2012: Xiamen Forum on Ecosystem Management and Green Economy. Xiamen, China.
23-24/06/2012: Communicating forest research – making science work for policy and management. Muguga, Kenya.
21-22/04/2012: Scientific innovation in the developing world: From theory to practice. TWAS-BIOVISION.NXT 2012. Alexandria, Egypt,
13-26/6/2010: Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI): Climate Change and Its Impacts, Resilience and Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation, Brown University, USA

IUCN SSC Crop Wild Relative Specialist Group, Society for Economic Botany, IUFRO

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Peer review for: African Journal of Ecology; Economic Botany; Human Ecology; International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management.

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Olouchegoun Chams Linkpon

The Benin Alliance of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut (501c3 non-profit) announces the introduction of DANXOMƐ DRUMMING AND DANCING IN HARLEM, an educational program and cultural center focusing on the dancing and drumming traditions of Danxomɛ, the African kingdom in present-day BENIN REPUBLIC, West Africa. Danxomɛan dance and drumming styles such as ZENLI, ADJOGBO, GUELEDE, TIPINTI, KAKA, AGBADJA, MASSE GOHOUN,and TCHINKOUME, and the accompanying instruments,belong to an old and proud royal court tradition which is distinct from those found in other parts of West Africa. Many of these cultural practices traveled with the slave trade, and can be found in syncretized forms throughout the Americas, from New Orleans to Haiti to Brazil.
The program will be primarily geared toward youth under the age of 16, especially those of African heritage, but will be open to lovers of dance and music of any age and background. One of its primary goals is to bring the culture of Harlem, the capital of the global African diaspora, closer to the culture of Danxomɛ, which is one of the most foundational and most spiritual West African cultures, though largely unknown in the U.S. The history of the kingdom of Danxomɛ is rich and is reflected in the musical repertoire, for example the account of the king’s legendary female military regiment, the AMAZONS. When the French colonized the region in the early 20th century, the colony became known as Dahomey.
The instructors of Danxomɛ Drumming and Dancing in Harlem will be master drummers and dancers from Benin Republic, including those from the Ballet National. The center will also include storage for musical instruments and costumes, and a shop selling African-made instruments.
Once established, the future vision of the program is to conduct trips to Benin with New York youth to perform Danxomɛan drumming and dancing styles, and to engage in community service projects.
DanxomɛDrumming and Dancing in Harlem will be holding fundraising activities throughout 2014, and welcomes all forms of support (tax deductible). The program is currently in search of a permanent space.

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Alcade Segnon

Alcade Christel SEGNON
Research Assistant
Horticulture and Genetics Unit
Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi
07 BP 0356 Sainte Rita, Cotonou, Republic of Benin
2014 Master of Science in Agronomy, Graduated with the highest Distinction
Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi
2013 Training course on “Oil Palm Breeding Research”
CRA-PP Pobè, National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRAB)
2011 Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Graduated with Distinction
Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi
2009 Internship: Training on “Organic Agriculture principles and practices”
International Centre of Experimentation and Valorization of African Resources (CIEVRA), Fondation Espace Afrique
Plant Genetic Resources Utilization and Conservation; Ethnobotany; Ecological Intensification; Agricultural Sustainability; Traditional Ecological Knowledge; Farming Systems
I’m currently investigating the place of plant genetic resources in ecological intensification of agriculture in dry areas of West Africa.
May 2011 Field Research Assistant
Convergence of Sciences – Strengthening Innovation Systems (CoS-SIS) research program, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Research project: Nikki, Sakabansi and Fombawi agro- pastoral dams’ water quality in northern Benin: users’ knowledge and perception of water quality
April 2011 Field Research Assistant
Convergence of Sciences – Strengthening Innovation Systems (CoS-SIS) research program, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Research project: Diversity of fish and estimation of fish population in Nikki, Sakabansi and Fombawi agropastoral dams in Northern Benin
December 2010 – February 2011 Research Assistant
Convergence of Sciences – Strengthening Innovation Systems (CoS-SIS) research program, Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
Research project: Diagnosing vegetable production around agro-pastoral dams in Nikki Municipality
August 2012 – Present Junior translator (English to French and vice versa) at New Alliance Trust Ltd
October 2012 Associate consultant for AMAB (Assurance Mutuelle Agricole du Bénin) in the project GREEN
Responsibilities: Diagnostic of market gardens of Municipality of Abomey-Calavi, Data analysis and reporting.
August 2011 – November 2011 Work placement to NGO HORTITECHS DEVELOPPEMENT
Responsibilities: Participation in the elaboration of guidelines for organic production of lettuce and carrot in southern Benin; Supervision of a team to promote organic vegetables of the Community Supported Agriculture (AMAP-BENIN); Exchange trip with farmers of Burkina Faso
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Segnon A.C., Achigan-Dako G.E., Gaoue O.G., Vodouhè S.R., N’Danikou S., Ahanchédé A. Farmer’s knowledge and willingness to apply sustainable agricultural intensification options: implications for improving production systems in arid and semi-arid areas in Benin. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (under review)
Segnon A.C., Achigan-Dako G.E. Comparative analysis of diversity and utilization of edible plants in arid and semi-arid areas in Benin: influence of phytogeographical location, sociolinguistic membership and farming systems on food basket. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine (under review)
Review articles
Achigan-Dako G.E., Sogbohossou O.D., Segnon A.C., N’Danikou S., Sinsin A.B., Vodouhè S.R., 2013. Agricultural ecological intensification options in the West African Sahel and Dry Savannas: current knowledge and possible scenario. Bioversity International, West and Central Office, Cotonou, Republic of Benin. pp 84.
Kpéra G.N., Segnon A.C., Saïdou A., Kossou D.K. 2012. Barriers and opportunities for vegetable production around agro-pastoral dams in northern Benin: results of a diagnostic study. Proceeding of the 3rd Colloquium of Sciences, Technologies and Cultures of University of Abomey-Calavi, June 6-10, 2011, Abomey-Calavi: University of Abomey-Calavi, pp 385-401.
Segnon A.C. 2014. Maraîchage autour des retenues agro-pastorales au Nord Bénin : Etude diagnostique dans la Commune de Nikki. Editions Universitaires Européennes, ISBN : 978-3-8417-9817-6
Kpéra G.N., Segnon A.C., Saïdou A., Kossou D.K. 2011. Production maraîchère autour des retenues agro-pastorales au nord Bénin : cas de Nikki, Fombawi et Sakabansi dans la Commune de Nikki. Third Colloquium of Sciences, Technologies and Cultures of University of Abomey-Calavi, June 6-10, 2011. Akassato, Bénin. Oral presentation

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