Archive | aprile, 2016

Intervista a Mariam Yassin, membro di spicco del governo della Somalia per i diritti dei bambini, dei migranti e in prima linea nella lotta ai trafficanti di essere umani.

30 Apr mariam

Marco Pugliese, editor di African Voices, ha intervistato in chat Mariam Yassin, originaria della Somalia che dopo anni di militanza nella società civile italiana e somala, ha deciso di far parte del Governo Somalo per portare il cambiamento dall’interno. Circa 9 mesi fa è stata nominata Inviata Speciale del Governo per i diritti dei bambini e dei migranti.
Il principale ruolo di
Mariam Yassin è uello di consigliare il Primo Ministro sulle tematiche dei diritti dei bambini e dei migranti, policy making, lavorare con i ministri che si occupano di queste tematiche, fare lobby al livello internazionale per la garanzia dei diritti dei bambini e dei migranti. Mariam Yassin è la persona che segue personalmente il Processo di Khartoum per il Governo Somalo.

AV: ciao Mariam, benvenuta in chat con African Voices

Mariam Yassin HY: Un caro saluto a te e al Team di African Voices
AV: Grazie per essere qui, sapendo bene che il tuo tempo e ritagliato tra mille impegni…
Mariam, tu sei una persona che cerca di riportare la pace e il buon vivere in Somalia, un lavoro duro?

AV: Bene Mariam, facciamo un passo alla volta. Tu ovviamente conosci molto bene Mogadiscio, città che io non ho mai visto e come me credo molte persone che ci leggono
a parte qualche fotografia e qualche breve documentario: Come appare Mogadiscio oggi, distrutta, in ricostruzione … ?

Mariam Yassin HY: Direi distrutta in molte parti, ma in ricostruzione. Mogadiscio è una citta’ dinamica e sempre in movimento.

Mariam Yassin HY: Dipende. In alcune parti della città non puoi andare tanto veloce per via del traffico! Ma in altre bisogna andare veloce per motivi di sicurezza. Mogadiscio e’ piena di hotel, negozi, ristoranti…. imprenditori della diaspora e stranieri che continuano ad investire nella capitale, ma non solo.

Mariam Yassin HY: Sono diversi, Turchi e Cinesi in prima linea. L’ambasciata turca più grande al mondo si trova proprio a Mogadiscio!

AV: Il tuo impegno nel processo di Khartoum, non è cosa da poco visto che si tratta di creare centri di accoglienza nel Corno d’Africa per chi scappa e di lottare contro il traffico di esseri umani; è possibile lottare contro forze di quel tipo e sconfiggerle? La lotta è anche contro i dittatori che causano le fughe da paesi come Eritrea, Etiopia, Gibuti, è una lotta contro mulini a vento?
AV: Una domanda che vorrei porti e che spero tu possa rispondere con chiarezza: cosa ha fatto la Somalia dopo il Vertice di Valletta?
Mariam Yassin HY: Dico con orgoglio che la Somalia ha avuto una ruolo attivo nella preparazione del Vertice di Valletta e una delegazione guidata dal Primo Ministro Omar A. A. Sharmarke ha partecipato al Vertice. Dopo il Vertice il Primo Ministro mi ha dato l’incarico di preparare la Strategia SomalaPost Valletta“. Una strategia nazionale che, pur basandosi sul piano d’azione adottato al Vertice della Valletta, si basa sulla realtà somala e sui bisogni particolari del nostro paese. Vogliamo prevenire la migrazione di massa, rischiosa ed illegale, risolvendo i problemi che stanno alla base (di cui ho parlato prima)
AV: E questo compito ovviamente è già iniziato.. quanto tempo credi possa passare per godere dei primi risultati
Mariam Yassin HY: E’ difficile fare una previsione senza aver risolto il problema della sicurezza.
Comunque, si tratta di un documento di sviluppo per il paese dal momento che tocca tanti aspetti quali l’istruzione, riconciliazione, peace building, creazione di posti di lavoro, ecc. Il National Somali Strategy on Migration “Post Valletta” sara’ parte integrale del capitolo sulle migrazioni del Piano di Sviluppo Nazionale che il Ministero della Pianificazione sta sviluppando. Anche qui sono io la referente. Ce la metto tutta, speruma! (speriamo in dialetto torinese ndr). Sempre Torino nel cuore!!

AV: Mariam, sai bene che starei ore a chattare con te, ma so che hai il tuo bel da fare… E allora ultime due domande. La prima a proposito del “Valletta”: Ti risulta che altri paesi del Corno d’Africa abbiano in essere o in progetto azioni di prevenzione per la migrazione di massa?

Mariam Yassin HY: Si. C’e’ una buona collaborazione tra i paesi del Corno d’Africa perché questo e’ un problema comune!

AV: Possiamo sperare che presto potremo metttere piede in Somalia con tranquillità godendo quanto meno della capitale e dintorni azzardando ad un iniizio di turismo?

Mariam Yassin HY: Certo! Ti aspetto!!

AV: Mariam Yassin, ti ringrazio con tutto il cuore per essere stata a questa chat con me, sono davvero onorato. Spero che ci saranno altre occasioni in futuro, aggiornamenti da parte tua sulla situazione, sui miglioramenti e progressi che questo grande paese merita, magari in video la prossima volta.

Mariam Yassin HY: Certamente! Grazie a te e ad African Voices!

New Liberia’s Retirement Booming Business

4 Apr libe1

By: Jacob Eagan Bright, Editor, African Voices

There are 401 ledger guide planners on “How Should I Prepare for Retirement?
And sadly whenever retirement is mentioned our minds run to social security institutions due to calculator benefits. However “normal retirement age” varies from self-employed to institutional or organizational vocation entrenchment.

Traditionally, on organized set up the full benefit age has always been 65, and early retirement benefits were first available at age 62, with a permanent reduction to 80 percent of the full benefit amount. Currently, the full benefit age is 66 for people born in 1943-1954, and it will gradually rise to 67 for those born in 1960 or later. This is indisputably agreed with the US 1983 Social Security chew out.

The Liberia Social Security and Welfare Act could be said to have been modeled in the shadow of the US Social Security or any other functional calculator benefits reading institutions and yet only death ushers the deserving entitlement to the beneficiary. The three major elements of our retirement portfolio are benefits from; Pensions, Savings, Investments, and Social Security benefits. Yet if you have the opportunity to have mingled in a well-structured professional world, you will constantly be braced with words like
I will like to retire at so and so so age,…what about you, what age or what years from now would you like to retire from active work?

Obviously, normal retirement age and plan are precious moments when one winds down full load of stress and pining for everything time in career offers. Some vocation offers you retirement while others seem endless. Whichever one you may find yourself in, at the normal age of retirement in Liberia has invariably become another age time to become more active and vibrant. In fact become rich!

Liberia with its population at 4.5 million, struggles to thrive on investment aspect and most private owned investment companies are managed by foreigners, who also help to determine the fate of growth. Since 2005 Liberians have discovered a happy retirement business, this business have links with prominent local based Liberians and newly flooded by Liberians who have spent their entire life in foreign countries like the US,UK and some other African countries. Church investment is the new booming business in Liberia, this emerging business have been colorfully coated by entrants of folks with their entire life spent in the US, have decided to retire in Liberia with a retirement job of owning a church. In Liberia it is common to find 3-4 churches in one street and many in a neighborhood and all these churches are today’s charismatics, still difficult to find orthodox springing up so fast. Proliferation of churches was noted in the early days as Nigerian thing, but today Liberians have shrunken those as any of those poses same quality and efficacy of a charismatic movement.

 

Ethiopian fashion running on the Adot’s Design edge

3 Apr adot

Interview to Teshalech Tadesse, owner of Adot Design fashion to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
During this conversation, I discovered a fantastic woman who works in fashion Ethiopian to 360 °, with the hearts of those who loves his work and sees an important future, that of fashion in Ethiopia and Africa.

AV: Hi Tadesse, how are you?

Teshalech Tadesse: l am fine how are you.Thank you for the opportunity You gave me

AV: I’m fine thanks. Welcome. I know that to Addis Ababa now are later, so better begin

Where you were born like stylist??

Teshalech Tadesse: I born in Addis, Ethiopia.

My father is a shoemaker by profeshion.I have four brothers and four sisters.

AV: What a world is the fashion world for young talent like you??

Teshalech Tadesse: In my opinion fashion our daily life environment n area. In my expreience I learn fashionfrom my family life. My surrounding.

 

AV: then yours is a family business? It is important the support of family and friends, right?

Teshalech Tadesse: In one side my father makes shoes for income but my inspiration to be a fashion designer my mother wad planting false banana in our compound and we were using it as a food and I start using the remain for my design.
Defenitely.It is nice to support others in one and other way. In my family we all my brothers and sisters learn from our family.
AV: You are a daughter of art… I like that. So, we understood where come your studies. Very well. Why fashion in Africa and why in Ethiopia? only because are you ethiopian ?
Teshalech Tadesse: Thank You very much.I am a teachet too.I studied language and sociology.I have tought different private school in Addis for 10 years.I am teaching kids in artistic way it is memorable too.
You very much.I am a teachet too.I studied language and sociology.I have tought different private school in Addis for 10 years.I am teaching kids in artistic way it is memorable too.

AV: Wow! With compliments! Really good sister!

Teshalech Tadesse: My vision is not only in Africa and in Ethiopia.I want it to spread to the world.
 
AV: So, you’re pushing the creativity of young people.
Teshalech Tadesse: I promote and sell in Ethiopia and Afeica other part of world too.As a fashion designer I use all the opportunity to promot my work.As You see.

AV: So, in which countries are you known your fashion and in which countries are you getting at? Your fashion attracts more female or male consent?

Teshalech Tadesse: Different countries in Africa Rounda Senegal Tanzania My brother was studing Dare selam so I use different way.In US dealing with company.As You see I work (use) organic and ecofriendly materials as a raw material.It is not only cloths accesries and house hold items too.

It attracts both.

AV: What basing you more on the quality of tissues or a visual impact?

Teshalech Tadesse: Yes I encourage young not only to be designer I encoura?ge them to be them selves.I intiate their inside.

AV: So, your tissues coming from many states from Africa, right?
 
Teshalech Tadesse: I am basing in both. Yes true.
AV: Well, if someone find your style in Africa, where is it?
And, where in Europe or America?
Is possible find you at some fashion week in Africa or out?

Teshalech Tadesse: You can find me on my page “Adot design product.In America it is on line shop”Kaso”Dealing and Kaymu online sale.In Ethiopia You can get my products in different hotel’s gift shop and around bole my work show.

AV: You are also creating gadget for fashion, right?. There are large spaces to grow.
Teshalech Tadesse: I attended hub of Africa in Addis.I met nice fashion designers from different African countries.I have plan to attend Accra fashion week.I will see others.I am also aboard member of Ethiopian Fashion Designers.We are strictly working on it associatiion.
AV: I do not want to keep you too long here, I understand that writing from your home country may be difficult to communicate, but it was interesting that we and the readers were beginning to know, this is really important!

Teshalech Tadesse: I’am also a board member of African women entripner program.We are trying all our best in fadhion and other related business activities to promot and to encourage others

AV: We are in front of a great entrepreneur with a great future, and we will continue to follow

Teshalech Tadesse: Ok thank you very much.Do You got enough information about Adot design.

foto di Adot Design product.

AV: I believe that as first time we can say stop here, what you say? I’m very happy about your knowledge.

Teshalech Tadesse: Thank You very much.I value it.I am very glad too.Thank You again.We are together.

AV: And I’m remembering to our readers that if want to make you questions, they can. here or on your beautiful page. Remember also that thats interview will be ready soon on our blog.

Teshalech Tadesse: Exactly. I knew.
AV: Thanks a lot for your time with us Teshalech Tadesse! Really thanks. Peace&Love
Teshalech Tadesse: You are welcome. I respect You.Stay blessed

Bino and Fino to the conquest of Brazil. Chatting with Ibrahim Wazir

1 Apr bino-fino
Interview/chat with Ibrahim Waziri, one of the creators and the artistic directors of Bino and Fino, the best known educational cartoons and appreciated by the audience of children and adults, in Nigeria and Kenya and now is racing to conquer the Brazilian children and families.
The African Voices interviews/chat are held every Thursday evening on the facebook page
AV: Good evening Ibrahim!
Ibrahim Waziri: Good evening. Good to be here. Thank you for having me on

AV: from where writing you, Ibrahim?

Ibrahim Waziri: Sunny Abuja, Nigeria.


AV:
Nice place 

Ibrahim Waziri: Yes it is. 
AV: So Ibrahim You are one of the creators of a cartoon seen a lot, what effect it has on your life?

Ibrahim Waziri: Yes, I am one of the directors of Bino and Fino The journey has been extremely life changing. When growing up as a kid, there weren’t any shows that depicted Africa so I’m happy that the future generation will have a show like this.

AV: Why the necessity of a cartoons like Bino and Fino in Nigeria?
 

Ibrahim Waziri: We created Bino and Fino because of the lack of representation of the African child’s perspective. In Nigeria 98% of children’s media is imported. This can lead to an imbalance as children will start feeling that they are not included in their favourite shows. We had to do something.

AV: How many people work for the creation of Bino and Fino? and which the level of popularity cartoon now?

Ibrahim Waziri: AFRICAN VOICES, The numbers changes as we work with animators both in Nigeria and in Kenya to produce the show. The show has aired Nationwide and has been received positively by those who have seen it.

AV: So, a big company!

With Bino and Fino enjoying children and adult; what are some of the comments that you’ve gotten about the show from parents and kids?

Ibrahim Waziri: Wow. There have been so many. We’ve had parents tell us how it has had an immensely positive effect on their children. I’ve had parents tell us how their kids point to the screen and shout , “Mummy, Fino looks like me!” There was a comment I read by someone who believed our show could help unite Brazil. Powerful stuff.

AV: Brazil indeed Ibrahim! your desire for education of children brings expansion hunger to cross the ocean and land in Brazil: why bring Bino and Fino out of Africa?
Ibrahim Waziri: AFRICAN VOICES, why not. Knowledge is universal especially among children There are families around the world that would love to educate their children about Africa. We are providing that platform for people who would love to introduce their children to Africa.
AV:Brazil is present in some African countries, true, but I do not find the connection between Nigeria, Kenya and Brazil

AV Of course it’s just my thoughts. probably children are much simpler than we adults

Ibrahim Waziri: I do not get your question. Are you saying you do not get the connection between the countries Emoticon smile ?


AV: What was your inspiration to create Bino and Fino

Ibrahim Waziri: Create an authentic African voice in the world of children’s media.
AV: Ibrahim, was not a question, just my thought
Because bino and fino talk also about the history of his country or of Africa. An African production will must tell the history of the Brasil, a big big country. will be a hard adventure, or not?

Ibrahim Waziri: Ah. I see where you are going. We are not trying to tell the story of Brazil. Bino and Fino focuses on culture, history, geography, science and much more. We want to give the kids in Brazil a show that can educate about Africa in Portuguese.

AV: When starting this brazilian adventure?

Ibrahim Waziri: Interesting question. We’ve had quite a few requests from our Brazilian fans who follow our page to come to Brazil. I think after a couple of years we felt the time was right.


AV: I saw a link to looking for funds to continue the project in Brazil, what a link and is possible to be part of your project?

Ibrahim Waziri: Yes, we are crowd funding to translate the cartoon into Portuguese for Brazil. Here is the link for those would like to contribute or spread the word about the campaign https://igg.me/at/mdY7vWRFuSM/x/13639607

AV: Nice!
Ibrahim, an hour chatting is passed quickly.
Would you leave your contacts for those who want to follow you on Faceboo, twitter and youtube?

Ibrahim Waziri: It’s been a pleasure. Certainly. Please feel free to drop a message at our email address at binoandfino@gmail.com or connect with us via Facebook, Twitter or Youtube. Google us. You wont have any problem finding us.

AV: I hope that this chat has been to your liking and wish you great “good luck”. We from African Voices will continue to follow you with pleasure!

Ibrahim Waziri: AFRICAN VOICES Thank you. It has been a wonderful interview.
And thank you for having me on the show. Many thanks and good night!

AV: Thanks a lot Ibrahim Waziri and many thanks to Bino and Fino