I went to the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo specifically to see the A Call to Action exhibit for the 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate, President Barack Obama.
This was my second visit to Oslo and to the Peace Center, and I highly recommend all visitors to Oslo to get to this museum. There is currently an exhibit about the 4 South African Peace Laureates that chronicles the history of South Africa and the eventual abolition of apartheid.
These ladies will be seen by approximately 120 million views over three days (25, 27 and 29 May 2010).
Haddy Jatou N’jie
Haddy Jatou N’jie (born on the 25th of June, 1979) is a Norwegian singer, songwriter, author and journalist. She holds a degree in journalism from the Oslo University College. Haddy began her television career as a news journalist for NRK. She has since expanded to work on a broader field, and is today recognized as an author, journalist, playwright, musician and a singer. Last year, Haddy hosted one of Norway’s largest TV shows, the yearly TV-Aksjonen, collecting money to charity through an 8 hour live broadcast on NRK.
As a solo artist, she has released three albums: White Lies, Welcome Home and World of The Free. She has toured the country several times, together with Concerts Norway, and produced several full-night performances with her comedy group Queendom.
Haddy N’jies father is from the Gambia, her mother is Norwegian. She grew up in Kolbotn, southeast of the capital Oslo. She fondly remembers Norway’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest of 1985 with Bobbysocks. Haddys mother had to draw a large cross in the roof of their living room as she had lost the bet with daughter Haddy, certain of Norwegian victory. In the Norwegian edition of Who’s Who?, Haddy N’jie is considered one of Norway’s ten most influential professionals with a multicultural background.
Nadia Hasnaoui (born on the 10th of June, 1963) is one of Norway’s most acclaimed and experienced television hosts. Nadia has broad experience from nearly twenty years in television, working for both of the two largest Norwegian stations, NRK and TV2. Nadia grew up in Morocco with a Norwegian mother and a Moroccan father. In 1967, Nadia moved back to Norway, where she went to a French-speaking kindergarten.
Nadia Hasnaoui began her television career at NRK in 1991, hosting the pan-Nordic children’s show Myggen. In 1993, she moved to TV2, and throughout the 1990s, Nadia led many of TV 2’s most popular shows. Many Norwegians remember her portraits of Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja. She also became known through the shows God morgen, Norge! (Good morning, Norway!) and Jakten på det gode liv (Chasing the good life) as well as her own talkshow, Hasnaoui.
Nadia came back to NRK in 2004, and hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that year. For the past four years, she has presented the popular weekly quiz show Kvitt eller Dobbelt, airing prime-time on NRK. Nadia is married with three children. She has published several books.
QUEENDOM offers spectacular live performances with a conscious and positive message. Through energetic music, slam-poetry and strong vocal harmonies, this performing arts collective aims at entertaining audiences in a humorous and intelligent way. Queendom has developed a unique sound based on their musical heritage – from blues and soul, to highlife, soukouss, reggae, hip-hop and slam poetry. Welcome to the new face of Scandinavia – welcome to QUEENDOM.
Queendom is based in Oslo, Norway, and draws on the talent and experience of five performing artists with backgrounds from Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda, Trinidad and Gambia. Queendom was established in 1999, and as an all black, all female performing arts collective, it is still unique in Norway. The members are professional actors, journalists, singers and songwriters.
Queendom aims to create both socially aware and entertaining performances. Presenting original material, they touch on themes relevant to their everyday lives, such as racism, identity, women’s issues – as well as universal issues of friendship and love. Queendom is both thought-provoking and fun! Using political satire as their trademark, the group has succeeded in creating public debate and making audiences both think, feel and dance – truly a mind, soul and body experience.
Queendom came to the attention of the Norwegian public in 1999 after the premiere of the cabaret ‘Queendom On The Rocks- the world seen through the eyes of five Black women’.
Since then Queendom has produced another two comedy shows, a satirical book, a TV mini-series and continues to compose new, inspiring music.
In 2007 they launched ‘Queendom in concert’ at the Oslo World Music Festival, featuring the respected and versatile South- African guitarist Louis Mhlanga.
Queendom now tours and performs extensively as a popular world music band, around Norway and abroad.
They have performed at numerous events hosted by commercial companies, festivals, state institutions and NGO’s.
Audiences include several Nobel Peace Prize laureates, ministers and members of the Norwegian royal family – as well as ordinary people of all ethnic backgrounds.
From the very first moment of his presidency, President Obama has been trying to create a more cooperative climate which can help reverse the present trend. He has already “lowered the temperature in the world”, in the words of former Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu.
—Thorbjørn Jagland, Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Oslo, 10 December 2009
So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace. And yet this truth must coexist with another — that no matter how justified, war promises human tragedy. The soldier’s courage and sacrifice is full of glory, expressing devotion to country, to cause, to comrades in arms. But war itself is never glorious, and we must never trumpet it as such.
So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly inreconcilable truths — that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly. Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. “Let us focus,” he said, “on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions.” A gradual evolution of human institutions.
US President Barack Obama, Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Oslo, 10 December 2009