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Undefeated Nigerian Superstar – Gifted Cole

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Gifted Cole Chiori, is an undefeated professional boxer based in the United States- originally from Nigeria. Gifted is a welterweight fighter, with a current record of 11-0. He has fought professionally In Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, and the United States.

His last bout, was internationally televised by Super Sports from Accra, Ghana, and was attended by President John Mahama, and over 25,000 spectators. The fight was stopped in the 6th round, as his opponent could not continue.

Gifted won the official Intercontinental WBF Title by way of knockout on November 9, 2013, against German opponent Tom Reiche. The self- promoted event in Atlanta, was graced by thousands of his Nigerian supporters and dignitaries from all over the United States. He has earned the respect and admiration of fans all around the world, and continues to entertain them with his unique style of fighting. Chiori was also honored by the Minister of Works Honorable Arc Mike Onolememen at the prestigious ‘Face Award USA’ for Sports Athlete of the Year in Atlanta, GA, and has many U.S. based Nigerian fans who greatly support his efforts.

Gifted is currently training to fight his next opponent this July in Australia and plans to promote several more fights before the end of the year in the United States, and possibly in Nigeria. He sees the potential for the growth of boxing as a major source of entertainment, and has his eyes set on bringing boxing back to Nigeria in a big way. His campaign to ‘Bring Vegas to Nigeria’, will require stakeholders that share in his vision to make Nigeria a desirable location to breed and promote elite professional boxing.

Gifted is proud to continuously provide guidance for less fortunate youth through his charity work in Nigeria. He has single- handedly funded and promoted boxing clinics and tournaments for at risk youth, and does his part to provide them with the necessary equipment and facilities to sharpen their skills in boxing. Many of the participants are being groomed by Chiori’s team for a career in boxing, with hopes of bringing them to train and fight in America in the form of an exchange program. Chiori is looking forward to partner with anyone who shares in his vision, and welcomes all support.

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Celebrating One of Our Own – Amb. Princess Asha Okojie

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After building a career in entertainment, and media for ten years, Amb. Princess Asha Okojie’s path turned into foreign direct investment consultancy when she served as Media Consultant for Nigeria Consulate in Atlanta, Georgia for the 17 Southeastern States of the United States and territory, during former President Jonathan Goodluck’s Administration where she brought cultural diplomacy as a form of international communication in facilitation of bilateral trade and investment between Africa and United States.

Amb. Princess Asha, Okojie comes from a generation of politicians, and social activists. She is the granddaughter of King Ogbidi Okojie of Uromi dynasty (1857 – February 3, 1944), who was a ruler of the Esan people in what is now Edo State in Nigeria, still remembered for his opposition to British rule. She is also, a niece of Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, the first Esan Catholic Cardinal of Nigeria, and late politician, Chief Anthony Enahoro, who in 1953 initiated the self-government motion, which eventually led to Nigerian Independence on the 1st day of October 1960.

Amb. Princess Asha wears many hats; She is the CEO, of AfriQtalk consult (Investment and Trade Facilitation Firm) and AfriQtalk Media (Branding Entertainment, Media and Corporate Event Management), Executive Producer and Director of Let Talk Africa (An Online Radio Blog and Talk Show). Founder of Festival of Arts and Cultural Expo, FACE INC, and President of FACE Global Leadership and HONORS, a non profit social and cultural organization that promotes cultural diversity, and empowerment programs with affiliations in North America, Africa and Europe.

Under her leadership, AfriQtalk Consult provided media coverage for President Muhammadu Buhari’s first visits to the U.S, Washington, D.C. Co-hosted President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Atlanta, GA. Conducted press interviews at the Annual Export and Import Bank conference (EXIM), Washington, DC, and Oil Technology Conference (OTC), Houston, TX as well as organized corporate/group events at United Nations General Assembly, New York, entertainment consultancy for VHI, CNN, The Dr. Phil Show, and coverage of meetings/press conference at the Georgia Senate Chambers, Carter Center, and former Mayor Kasim Reed’s office of International Affairs, Atlanta, GA to mention a few.

Amb. Princess Asha as a Foreign Direct Investment Consultant, works with selected organizations, private and public sectors, governmental agencies, embassies, consulates, diplomatic corps, and international communities to promote artisanship, entrepreneurship, and policies that would create investment/business opportunities for the development, and maintenance of viable primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors in Nigeria. She is also, a Life Coach and Publicist to many high profiled celebrities, artists, personalities, and public figures.

She has partnered to support small businesses, social and cultural institutions, in the empowerment of youth and women, promotion of culture, arts, tourism development, entrepreneurship, trade and investment opportunities in Africa through philanthropic activities, conferences, forums, training, workshops and exchanges programs, such as trade/medical missions, pageantry, awards, cultural activities, music concerts, and entertainment.

Amb. Princess Asha have interviewed public figures, and celebrities, from likes of former President Jimmy Carter, Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and Sir Emeka Offor, 2Face, Bracket, Kalu Ikeagwu, Blessing Egbe, and Olu Maintain, to house of representatives members, senators, foreign service diplomats, ambassadors, business/community leaders, government officials, and company executives, using her Talk Show platform at high profiled events.

Besides being recognized as one of the emerging African leaders, media and international personalities in the diaspora, Amb. Princess Asha is Talk Show online media icon that first started her AfriQtalk Show on YouTube and Blog Talk Radio in 2009, a trend that has brought a generation of online/reality talk shows in Africa and African Diaspora. The Brand Ambassador for Imperial Bizzo is also, an activist against gender inequality, human trafficking, FGM and child marriage. Her philanthropic initiatives and work with women and youths nominated her as the first Culture Ambassador for Edo State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs and conferred her as United Nations Ambassador for Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the United State.

Amb. Princess Asha, have routinely exhibited the enthusiasm, vision, and dedication necessary to be considered among the best. As a result of her extraordinary efforts, she was elected into Stanford Who is Who, U.S.A, an elite organisation of selected executives, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world. This ex-beauty queen, and model is not a new face to the entertainment industry. She’s walked on fashion runways, graced the front cover of Magazines and featured on print publications, TV, radio talk shows and ads.

She is compassionate, caring and fun-loving with high-energy. Her passion for culture, fashion and indigenous music is evident in her creativity and love for culinary arts, which made her the youngest female entrepreneur of African descent, to own the first African cuisine restaurant (Fashwill Kitchens) College Park, GA, catering to celebrities, such as former NBA Star, Akeem Olajuwon and Who’s Who in town.

Her devotion to God, love for nature and family keeps her going. In her spare time, she enjoys writing inspirational quotes, photojournalism, modeling, traveling, and mentoring young women and girls. A sickle cell advocate, who is committed to finding alternative traditional medicine for sickle cell disease through research and education.

She holds a B.A in Performing Arts, and B.S in Healthcare Administration & Management. An Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Information Management, Nigeria, Board Member of THINK=>WEST Initiative (TWI), Nigeria, and The International Forum for Sickle-Celled in the Diaspora (INFORSID), Germany, Advisory Committee Member of Women Empowerment Network (WOENET), Nigeria, Stakeholder Member of the Nigerian Diaspora Diagnostic & Trauma Foundation (NDDTF), USA, Member of National Alliance of Medical Auditing Specialist,  (NAMAS), American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC), and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) U.S.A.

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Stuck By Cupid’s Arrow

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Love at first sight may be attributed to Cupid love. The name Cupid itself was derived from the Latin word “Cupido,” meaning love, passion, desires, yearnings, wanting or longing. Cupid is the most famous of Valentine symbols and everybody knows that boy armed with bow and arrows, and piercing hearts . He is known as a mischievous, winged child armed with bow and arrows. The arrows signify desires and emotions of love, and Cupid aims those arrows at Gods and Humans, causing them to fall deeply in love. Cupid has always played a role in the celebrations of love and lovers. In ancient Greece he was known as Eros, the young son of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. To the Roman’s he was Cupid, and his mother was Venus.

Sounds like a Mythological tale?

Well, Cupid just happens to be a part of one of the great love stories from Classical Mythology. Cupid, the Roman God of love was the son of Venus the Roman Goddess of love and Mercury, the Roman messenger God. He is believed to carry two types of bows in his quiver. The ones made of gold represent true love whereas the ones with lead tips stood for wanton lust. This makes him the God of both romantic as well as erotic love. Cupid is generally believed to have ignited romance in unsuspecting hearts. But the result of his actions didn’t bring pleasure at all instances. He is also known to have struck love between odd couples and then enjoyed watching them work out the situation. However, Cupid himself gets trapped in the game of mismatches which is evident with his love story, and just who is this great lover that he pricked with his love arrow?

There was a beautiful princess named Psyche means “butterfly” and also means “soul”. In many ways, what Psyche goes through is symbolic of the path of each woman’s soul in life. Psyche was so adored by the people that they began to forget about Venus. Venus grew so jealous of this that she sent her son Cupid on a mission to make Psyche fall in love with the ugliest man alive. But upon seeing Psyche, Cupid was so overcome by her beauty that he dropped his arrow on his foot and fell passionately in love with her. He visited Psyche every night and the couple became lovers. There was one condition, however, that Psyche was not allowed to see Cupid. She was forbidden to look upon him.

One night, Psyche’s curiosity overpowered her so she took a peek at Cupid as he slept. But he soon awoke to catch Psyche looking at him and he left her because he feared his mother’s wrath should she discover their affair. Psyche spent years searching the world for Cupid with a broken heart until finally Jupiter granted her immortality so that she could remain with Cupid forever. The couple eventually had a daughter, Voluptas (Pleasure) and Nyx (Night) and they lived happily in their castle. Despite the antiquity of Cupid – God of love and beauty, he is still known by human beings as one that ignites love and passion in mortals. He has become synonymous with Valentine’s day and is commonly represented as shooting arrows at hearts of individuals.

Ironically, the origin of Valentine’s Day comes from the life and death of a Christian martyr, Saint Valentine a Roman who was killed for his faith on February 14, 269 A.D. He had refused to worship pagan gods, and some stories say he was a priest who would marry young lovers in secret because they did not have parental permission. Prior to his death, Valentine continued to minister in prison by witnessing to his prison guards. One of the guards was a good man who had adopted a blind girl. He asked Valentine if his God could help his daughter. Valentine prayed and the girl was given her sight. The guard and his whole family, 46 people, believed in Jesus and were baptized. When the Emperor heard about this he was furious that Valentine was still making converts even in prison, so he sentenced Valentine to death.

Also, Valentine is associated with love because he fell in love with the daughter of his jailer, and would pass notes to her. The tradition of sending love notes grows out of a letter written by St. Valentine to his jailer’s daughter on the eve of his execution. The young Christian wrote a note to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” The first valentine was really a Christian witness. On the contrary, instead of us remembering the content of the original Valentine’s card which was a message of unconditional devotion to Christ, we participate in a custom of sending cards to people we love. In Italy, St Valentine’s Day became the traditional day to be engaged. Young Romans would spend Valentine’s day gathered together in gardens to listen to romantic poetry and music. Also, around the world, Valentine’s day is celebrated, I’m sure you’ll notice all of the hearts, the flowers, the chocolates, the plush toys, the greeting cards, the special lingerie, and the romantic getaway packages being advertised and offered in the stores.

Statistics shows that people find true love when they least expect it. Have you ever experienced a warm passion? Feelings of contentment that is unexplainable? unconditional love? not lust or imaginary desires, I’m talking about agape love. If so, there is a 100% chance that you’ve being stuck by Cupid’s arrow, the ones made of gold, which represent true love. Some may call it, finding their soul mates. Whatever it may be, It’s an experience that one out of a million people may encounter, once in their life time . Facts or fiction? You decide.

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Silvy De Bie Bridging the Cultural Gap

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AfriQtalk Welcomes! Silvy De Bie, Belgian Music Billboard top 10, pop dance recording artist to Atlanta. The Belgian singer is best known for being the vocalist for the dance band Sylver. With them she eleased five studio albums and 20 singles. Between 1990 and 1994 she also released over 10 singles with band “Silvy Melody”.

Silvy became a Flanders child star when she was nine years old. She sung Ben, a song of Michael Jackson, in the Flemish showbizz TV Show De Kinderacademie (child academy). This show was not a contest, it was just an entertainment program where children between 4 and 12 years could perform an act (sing act, dance act, telling a little fairy tail or poem,…) Silvy’s performance was so good, an independent recording studio gave her a contract. Under the name “Silvy Melody” she recorded some songs (including a Dutch version of Ben) as solo-artist and also some numbers together with other famous Belgian singers. Many of her songs were in top 10 charts. Her career as child star stopped abruptly in 1994 due to Belgian law. She did too many activities, performances, and broke the law regarding child labour which is forbidden in Belgium.

In 2000 Silvy became the female vocalist for the dance band Liquid feat., later in 2001 the band’s name was changed into Sylver. Alongside the successes with Sylver, she started also solo.

In 2001 she worked with MNC, with him she covered the Eurythmics song Sweet Dreams. She also worked with the dance formation Milk Inc. (she is friends with Singer Linda Mertens). In 2004 the Track I Don’t Care came out, the single reached the Belgian Top Ten. In 2007 the Single Time alongside with 4 Clubbers in Belgium, she composed and wrote the song “Lovesong” from the Crossroads album.

In my conversation with Silvy, I find her to be somewhat adventurous and intellectually engaging. Do you see yourself working with Artiste from Africa? I asked, she replied! “I am ready to collaborate with artiste of different genre” including artist from Africa. Now that’s what I call bridging the cultural gap.

 

Women Empowered To Achieve The Impossible

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A NEW & TRAILBLAZING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATION EMERGES AS MAJOR FORCE IN THE MARKET PLACE!

A NEW & TRAILBLAZING WOMEN EMPOWERMENT ORGANIZATION EMERGES AS MAJOR FORCE IN THE MARKET PLACE!

Advancing & Challenging Women To DARE To

 Achieve Their “impossible” in Uncertain Times!

IF YOU CAN ENVISION IT, BELIEVE IT, YOU CAN ACHIEVE IT!

GREENBELT, MARYLAND, FEBRUARY 16, 2012- Women Empowered To Achieve The impossible (WETATi).

INAUGURAL PRESENTATION & CELEBRATION

MARTIN’S CROSSWINDS; SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2012; 10am-4pm!

WETATi was founded to Advance and Challenge women to DARE to achieve their “impossible” – whatever it is that they once thought and/or were told was “impossible” in life.

WETATi is a very unique and empowered women community membership based organization, whose mission it is to help two million women globally achieve their ‘impossible’ within two years, regardless of their geographical or socio-economic background or status.  As our Founder would say, “if you know how, and have the right support system and community to effectuate it, the “impossible” can be achieved.”   WETATI’s proven program is predicated mainly upon five major areas: (1) Wellness (2) Career (3) Relationship (4) Spirituality and (5) Life Balance.

The organization provides an accessible, affordable, innovative and supportive community of services and resources for those women who DARE to dream and achieve their “impossible.”

The inaugural presentation and celebration will take place in Greenbelt, MD at Martin’s Crosswinds, Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 10am- 4pm. The event program will consist of a distinguished and iconic KEYNOTE SPEAKER in the MUSIC INDUSTRY,  honorable guest speakers, empowering and life changing workshops, live entertainment, awards, full course gourmet luncheon, selected vendors, fashion show featuring the WETATi Clothing line, and the newly released WETATi theme song (dubbed WETATiPower) and much more!

For more information please visit www.wetati.com. Like us on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/WETATi/182968878463187  Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Wetati

Contact:  Margaret Dureke

Office:  301-326-6468

margaret@wetati.com or

brenda@wetati.com (404-550-1684)

Immediate Press Release – AfriQtalk Entertainment Presents: Snippet of “Lovin Her” by William Blaze

Will Tawo Okojie (Born October 29, 1993), better known by his stage name William Blaze, is the next big sensational teen, who knows one or two things about being an entrepreneur. Born in Miami, Florida, William is a an American born Nigerian. He lived his early years in Africa, loves the food and culture. Having had a taste of both world, William can identify musically with the African and American culture. His musical influences are Eminem, Michael Jackson, New Edition, J.Cole and Drake. He is the co-executive founder of I Teenz, a brand that entertains and caters to global youth culture. Williams is also, a song writer, upcoming actor and a hip hop artist. William is a high school senior, and loves to travel. If he is not working or at school he is behind the camera. William Blaze’s debut single”Lovin Her” is set to be released on September 16, 2011.

Follow William at www.twitter.com/williamtblaze

Share Your Thoughts of the Day – Opportunity

~ Vincent Brown Sr.

Opportunity

With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run

The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create.
It’s store of true wealth is still meager
It’s needs are incessant and great

It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance–why there’s nothing but chance!

For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned

Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The best work hasn’t been done.