I got to know about the creativity, resilience and positive attitude of this remarkable young man, Mr. Richard Ezekiel, when he approached my Management Team, Olive Media Network, for permission to perform a choreographed dance piece titled; ‘DEFIANCE’, (an adaptation based on one of my poems), at #BAIDDF – the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival in California. His production company -Magic Finger Entertainment was the only Nigerian/African group invited to perform at the event.
A blessed Mother’s Day to all mothers who feel voiceless, dreamless, faceless, nameless…
As we joyfully celebrate mothers around the world on this wonderful day, let us also honour the often ignored mothers who came before us, victims of past wars.
And those who are also presently with us; victims of terrorism and insurgency, mothers in refugee/Internally Displaced Persons’ camps, mothers who hunger for bread, shelter, security and peace, and many mothers in these harrowing conditions, who were forced into motherhood through acts of rape and sexual violations.
Nelle Harper Lee (Harper Lee), widely known for her classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, was born on this day in 1926, in America’s southern state of Alabama. Dear Ms Harper Lee, continue to rest on in peace and cook up a storm in Literary heaven! A happy post-humous 91st birthday to a literary icon.
I think nothing quite captures the spirit of Harper Lee than this story below.
In 2006, A young fan asked Harper Lee for her autographed picture, she wrote a letter replying this young fan who had asked for a picture by offering up some advice. The note reads:
#CelebratingWomenWhoDare One of those featured is our own Dr. Mina Ogbanga.
Hailing from Nigeria, Dr. Mina Ogbanga’s was enrolled in the College of Medical Sciences when she used to dream of transforming her home country for good. In addition to being a social scientist with a PhD degree in Sustainable Development Studies and another ongoing PhD in Public Policy; Dr. Mina has research and technical interest in Renewable Energy. She has an incredibly immense track record in STEM, with specialization in clean energy.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” ~Maya Angelou
WWN™ #CelebratingWomenWhoDare series is excited to profile Obie Agusiegbe, –a dynamic member of Whole WoMan Network. A woman who has blazed a trail in environmental sustainability, waste management and community service.
Obie Agusiegbe is the Chief Executive Officer of EnvironFocus Incorporated.
“EnvironFocus Show and Tell” events in the Toronto area are must attend showcases, linking industry practitioners and members of their communities. They are interesting hubs with an eclectic mix of spoken-word/poetry performances, innovative products & services, engaging speakers with unique perspectives on diverse issues and in the past, some events have had finger-licking, healthy Nigerian foods (courtesy of Suya Paradise Catering & Events)!
EnvironBuzz Marketplace is an EnvironFocus Initiative run by Obie Agusiegbe, a member of the WWN Community. She created the online store to promote green vendors and their products. Featured product include LifeStraw Go With 2 – Stage Filtration and the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter shown below. To see more green products visit here.
LifeStraw Go With 2 – Stage Filtration
LifeStraw Go With 2 – Stage Filtration: The award winning LifeStraw water filter has now been incorporated into a sports bottle to give users access to safe drinking water even when there is no water source nearby. See product here.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
The LifeStraw personal water filter: “Best Invention of the Year” (Time magazine) winner, enables users to drink water safely from most contaminated water sources. See more about product here
To read more about EnvironFocus and what they do go to http://www.environfocus.com. Also visit their blog at http://www.environfocus.com/environbuzz/. Do you live in the Greater Toronto Area? Attend the much talked about “EnvironFocus Show and Tell” event taking place at the Living Art Centre from 12-6pm on April 29, 2017. Venue: 4141 Living Arts Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8, Canada. For more information on the event click here .