“FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND?” – Exhibition in Berlin


Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith/Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre


Photographic Exhibition – Visual Documentation
Fotoausstellung – Visuelle Dokumentation

July 1 – August 31, 2013
Vernissage, July 1st, 7 pm

Rathaus Schöneberg (city hall) – Foyer
John-F.-Kennedy Platz
10825 Berlin-Schöneberg

Admission is without charge.

The exhibition documents the history of
Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre

in association with

Karen D. Brame El-Amin – USA
Wolfgang Busch – USA
Martin Christoph – Berlin
Levi Frazier, Jr. – USA
Regina Gerschke – Berlin
Amir Kaufmann – Berlin/Israel
Judith Lenhardt – Berlin
Andrea Lippold – Berlin
Farid Mirkhani – Iran
Gabriela Rosa da Silva – Paris
Pia Sommer – Bayreuth
Thomas M. Wendt – Berlin
Ursula Wunder – Berlin

Fountainhead® Tanz Théâtre was founded by Prof. Donald Muldrow Griffith, Prof. Gayle McKinney Griffith, Lynnda Curry, Ricky Powell and Detlef Bäcker, four American artists and a German colleague, who met in Berlin during 1979 at Theater des Westens and decided to undertake intercultural, interdisciplinary and international productions in dance, theatre, television, workshops, film/video festivals and publications.
This exhibition paints a picture of the activities of various people during their historical contributions to Berlin, elsewhere and hence, the portrait seeks to prevent these undertakings from becoming “Footprints in the Sand?”.

Young Nigerian British Woman Obiocha Ikezogwo wins Leadership award

Moremi Initiative Announces 2013 MILEAD Fellows – Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa proudly announces the 2013 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellows. The 28 selected MILEAD Fellows represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process and criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

“If there is anyone out there who still questions the possibility of Africa to rise again, who wonders if there would ever be another generation of revolutionary African leadership, or simply unsure about Africa’s promise, we have news for you. We made a call for Africa’s 25 most promising young leaders, and over 2,000 young women leaders responded. Not just the selected few, but all the 2000 candidates and the many others like them across the continent, are your answer. They are Africa’s promise.”

MILEAD Selections Committee

The 2013 MILEAD Fellows

The 2013 MILEAD Fellows Representing twenty five African countries and the Diaspora, the 2013 Fellows epitomize a Pan-African diversity with multi-disciplinary academic, professional and social backgrounds. From poverty to women’s economic empowerment, environmental justice and political participation, this new generation of African women leaders are proof that Africa can produce the bold, visionary and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on the global stage. The 2013 Fellows are between the ages of 19 and 25, but are already actively leading change on pertinent issues, both at the grassroots and international level. Here are the honoured 2013 Fellows:

Ms. Marlène Joannie BEWA (Benin)Ms. Queen Baboloki Kgeresi (Botswana)Ms. Payidwendé F NADEMBEGA (Burkina Faso)

Ms. Comfort Daru Nkiri (Cameroon)

Ms. Yasmin Tesfaldet Gebreyesus (Eritrea)

Ms. Awa .K Njie (Gambia)

Ms. Mawuenana Y. Yomekpe (Ghana)

Ms. Hikmat Baba Dua (Ghana)

Ms. Khahliso Khama (Lesotho)

Ms. Ms. Samfee DOE (Liberia)

Ms. Waruguru C. Wanjau (Kenya)

Ms. Hadeye Maiga (Mali)

Ms. Lusungu Kalanga (Malawi)

Ms. Tanyaradzwa_Daringo (Namibia)

Ms. Somachi Chris-Asoluka (Nigeria)Ms. Oda Dushime (Rwanda)Ms. Fatimata Kane (Senegal)

Ms. Ngozi Cole (Sierra Leone)

Ms. Simamkele Dlakavu (South Africa)

Ms. Viola J Ukel Abango (South Sudan)

Ms. Mai Khidir Fanele Chester(Sudan)

Ms. Fanele Chester (Swaziland)

Ms. Zainab Abdallah Issa (Tanzania)

Ms. Bagayana Sheillah Mutetire (Uganda)

Ms. Chisenga Muyoya (Zambia)

Ms. Dorothy Pasipanofya(Zimbabwe)

Obiocha Ikezogwo
Obiocha Ikezogwo

Ms. Obiocha A Ikezogwo (Diaspora/UK)

Ms. Shanique Campbell (Diaspora/Jamaica)

From over 2,120 applications from 44 countries received, the 28 selected Fellows will join the growing MILEAD network of powerful Pan-African change makers – a new generation of young women leaders. We salute all the applicants for their tremendous work and sacrifices, often under extremely difficult circumstances. Even though only 28 candidates could be selected, we truly admire the courage and commitment of all these leaders. We look forward to collaborating with all applicants through other platforms and future programs as we strive to create opportunities and attain dignity and justice for women and girls in our communities and across the continent of Africa.

The 2013 MILEAD Fellows Institute

The Fellows will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start the yearlong 2013 MILEAD Leadership Institute with a three-week intensive training program, which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. The Institute will serve as a platform for Fellows to cross-examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context, cultivate the skills and experiences necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions, and gain knowledge on cutting-edge issues critical to African women and their communities. In addition to knowledge building lectures, skills-training workshops, teambuilding exercises, role plays and other interactive activities. Fellows will be mentored by experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders.

About The MILEAD Fellows Program

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a uniquely designed initiative committed to the long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa’s most promising young women leaders. Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring program, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues. Over the course of the year, the selected Fellows progress through three phases.  First, identify and prepare Fellows through leadership development, networking, mentoring, and training.  Second, promote the visibility and accomplishments of Fellows through media coverage and networking.  Lastly, support Fellows through career planning, management, and access to opportunities and resources. Fellows benefit from a lifelong solidarity and support through the MILEAD Network.

About Moremi Initiative

Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents- leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate injustices and discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problems of leadership imbalances.

Key program partners include, Institute of African Studies- University of Ghana, Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), Junior Achievement International, The Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), The Global Fund for Women, Global Greengrants, OSI- International Women’s Program, The Africa Group Consult,  GATE to Africa,  Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa), WILDAF, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) among others.

For more information, contact Moremi Initiative: Tel: +1 917.327.5235 (USA) +233 242 901222 (GHANA)

F: www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica   E: info@moremiinitiative.org W: www.moremiinitiative.org

Money collected at event in east London on July 6 to help improve St Ann’s Bay Hospital’s A&E

Source: Voice Online


A CHARITABLE family fun day that will attempt to raise funds to help improve the conditions of a Jamaican hospital will take place in east London on July 6.

All proceeds raised at the event in Clapton will go towards the accident and emergency care at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital.

The day is organised by Angelia Christian from the Angel Foundation, which last year successfully donated two ambulances to the same hospital on Jamaica’s north coast after she saw the bad conditions in the accident and emergency and started fundraising back in the UK.

Entertainment on the day will include cake decorating, jewellery making, t-shirt designing, kiddies corner, bouncy castle, art and craft, cultural show, zumba dance classes and an all-day barbeque.

In the evening there will be a special stage show featuring Momo-Watt, Winston Reedy and Yvonne Curtis.

The family fun day will take place at The Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road, Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 OLY, starting from 12.00pm until 10.30 pm.

*For more information of ticket prices visit: www.angelfoundation.co.uk or telephone 07507978029.

Thompson is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the last 40 years.

Hat tip: Euromight

Source: Jamaica Gleaner

Shirley Thompson

Born and brought up in east London to Jamaican parents, Dr Shirley J. Thompson has gained a reputation for her innovative approach in 21st-century composition, fusing classical and popular music styles with elements of her cultural heritage. A cutting-edge composer, her music is performed, screened and broadcast worldwide. The Voice (UK) describes her as “One of Britain’s most visionary, imaginative and pioneering composers”.

Thompson’s musical experience began with her playing the violin for youth symphony orchestras in London, as well as choral singing with local choirs in Newham. After studying music at the University of Liverpool and specialising in composition at Goldsmiths’ College, her first major commission, titled Visions, was produced for the Greenwich International Festival. In 1995, Thompson established her own chamber orchestra, The Shirley Thompson Ensemble.

“I’ve had a vision of orchestral performances since childhood and was encouraged to compose for orchestra by Dr Olive Lewin in 1998 when I first came to Jamaica to perform with my own chamber orchestra at the Ward Theatre, as part of the Season of Excellence,”

Dr Thompson reminisced.

Thompson is the first woman in Europe to have composed and conducted a symphony within the last 40 years.

Read the Jamaica Gleaner’s full story.

Documentary Natural Woman in Holland

Natural Woman






Hi there! After a successful International Natural Hair Meetup day we are screening the documentary Natural Woman once again. Afterwards you get the chance to discuss online with filmmaker Cindy Hurst.

Documentary Natural Woman in Holland
Time: July 14, 2013 from 3pm to 5pm
Location: Podium Westerdok
Organized By: She Sells

She Sells
Get tickets: http://www.yourticketprovider.nl/events/309-documentaire-natural-woman/

Event Description:

Natural Woman is a documentary that explores the psychological attitudes that occur when women decide to stop straightening their hair and wear it naturally