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Liberia: Hollywood Star, Gerard Butler, Visits Mary's Meals (VIDEO)
Category: SPOTLIGHT
Tags: Kids News Organization Liberia News Mary's Meals Celebrity

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood actor Gerard Butler has swapped the glitz and glamour of LA to visit one of the world’s poorest countries with Mary’s Meals.

The actor has been a supporter of Mary’s Meals since 2010 when he presented Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow with a CNN Hero award and learned about our vision to reach every child with a nutritious daily meal in their place of education.

His enthusiasm for the work of Mary’s Meals has led him to Liberia where he was able to see our programme in action for the first time and meet some of the 111,551 children receiving a daily meal in school.

Among the highlights of the trip, Butler pitched in to help volunteers cooks prepare and serve up Mary’s Meals, bonded with children, took a class of orphans, played football with kids, loaded a truck with sacks of rice provided by Mary’s Meals, planted pepper seeds and pineapples at a school garden, and danced with villagers.

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Butler visited several schools where our feeding programme is already established and witnessed the difference a daily meal can make to the health and energy levels of children and its impact on their ability to learn.

He said: “Since 2010, I have come to know Mary’s Meals but I had no idea of what that really meant until I came to see what is possible with this organisation and the effect it can have on the lives of so many children.

“One of the things that I have been struck by during this visit is the strength of peoples’ dignity and what I love about Mary’s Meals is that it is all about retaining that dignity. They don’t just operate a free system where people are just taking; instead it is all about respecting and promoting the dignity of these people and their culture and what they are capable of.

“What I’m seeing here is that a lot of these communities are becoming more energised and alive, and what Mary’s Meals does is, that it helps create a sense of community that goes way beyond the feeding programme itself.”

Butler added: “Every meal given to these children is a piece of charity and a little piece of love, and goes into the hearts of the children, feeding them physically and nourishing them. That all passes down into the families and into the communities and gives them a sense of hope and that is the difference between a kid saying, ‘I want to survive tomorrow’ and ‘I want to be a doctor’.

“This trip has inspired me to get more involved and hopefully will inspire other people. I wish people could spend one minute in these schools receiving Mary’s Meals, as I think anyone who has had that experience would get way more involved.”

When Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder and CEO of Mary’s Meals, was recognised by the CNN Hero awards in August 2010, we were supporting 427,580 children with a daily meal in a place of education—today Mary’s Meals is reaching 822,142 impoverished children every school day.

He said: “So often when I meet people and they hear about Mary’s Meals, they tell me they’d like to help. It’s one of the things about my job that never ceases to amaze me.

“When Gerry said he’d be in touch after we met at the CNN awards, I didn’t really expect to hear from him again, until he turned up at our HQ in Dalmally! It’s been great to be able to bring him out to Liberia to see the work of Mary’s Meals is doing here in partnership with schools and communities.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Gerry for helping us to shine a light on Liberia and its potential as the country works hard to carve out a strong, positive future where its children will prosper.”

Source: Mary's Meals

PHOTOS: Meet Me In Africa 2014 Showcase Fundraiser Tags: News Celebrity Entertainment

On August 20th, donors and artists came together at SpeakEasy 21 (a new restaurant that opened at Adelaiede and Young in April) to support Meet Me in Africa‘s (the philanthropic arm of Toronto-based PR agency VOCAB Communications). 

Artist showcase to benefit Mama Jane’s Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa, and to develop a sustainable environment for the children living there.

Beautiful Nubia’s Message To African Leaders Tags: News Celebrity Beautiful Nubiam Entertainment Music

Beautiful Nubia, born Segun Akinlolu isn’t a conventional singer. That much is obvious from his looks, his music and style. They say he sings what is called African folklore songs but the singer once confirmed to Potpourri that he is much more than that.

He said he is a messenger and his songs, the message.
Undoubtedly, Beautiful Nubia’s songs are built on rich folkloric traditions and native wisdom but his message is universal in thrust and theme: “Value life, respect nature and learn to live in peace with others”. 

The music speaks for the voiceless and champions the dream of a balanced society where individuals are truly free and equal. It preaches love and tolerance but also urges people to stand and defend their rights when trampled upon anywhere in the world” says Wikipaedia on his profile. But there is another streak to the dreadlocks wearing Vet turned musician and that is of activism. 

He has lent his voice to many issues in the past. The latest one, which he sent through the Blackberry messenger, is his message to African leaders.

Hear him: “Everything seems to be a source of joke and fun for the Nigerian. It could be a looming disaster like the 2015 elections, the President’s wife’s unforgivable and unfeeling public gaffes, politically sponsored bombings that spread fear and sadness, or an immediate concern such as the Ebola threat” he began.
“What should make us cry seems to make us burst out in an orgy of mirth and backslapping revelry. As we speak, African leaders are busy making a mockery of themselves in Washington and selling the future to their eternal masters. The Powers of the West are good at telling you that Africa is rising when we all know the continent is sliding more backward than ever. 

And just before they got the leaders, the smart Americans hosted a bunch of young Africans who had been handpicked as future leaders of the continent.

These ones then will become the agents who will work against their people in the years to come. So, we keep rolling our ‘nyashes’ to our pathetic pop music, celebrate our overrated “appointed” authors who speak the language of distraction, and follow the English Premier League with the kind of passion that some people put into national development.

The West is selling a dud to our present leaders, and they have already lined up those who will take over and do their bidding in the future. So, let the laughter ring from Cape Town to Calabar, from Lilongwe to Lagos, from Zanaga to Zaria, from Jo’burg to Jos. “Africa Rising– O Ye!” Jokers” he said.

Source: vanguardngr

2Face Idibia's Father Loses Battle With Prostate Cancer Tags: News Celebrity Entertainment 2Face Idibia

Michael Agbo Idibia, the father of Nigerian music superstar has passed on. He died at age 68 after his battle with prostate cancer.

The family has sent out a release on his passing:

With sadness in our hearts, but with gratitude to God for a life well spent, we announce the passing on of our father, brother, uncle and in-law, Michael Agbo Idibia, a native of Okpokwu Idumoga in Benue State.

Born on July 25, 1946, Mr. Idibia is an alumnus of Kansas State University, USA, and retired from the Ministry of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State.‎

Survived by wife, Mrs. Rose Owoyi Idibia, children: Steven Idibia, Innocent ’2face’ Idibia‎, Hyacinth Idibia and Oche Idibia, grand-children, and siblings.

Burial arrangements will be announced by the family.

We plead with the media and the general public to respect the privacy of the family in this difficult time.

Thank you.

Source: BJ

Idols South Africa Kicks Off This Sunday, July 13 At 17:30
Category: Showbiz
Tags: News Showbiz Celebrity Entertainment South Africa

This season of Idols SA promises to wow the socks off you. Judges Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and Gareth Cliff definitely have their work cut out for them in choosing this year’s winner.

Ahead of the premier on Sunday night, Gareth said that this season is going to be completely different to all the others. During auditions one hopeful person, who didn’t make it through, told Gareth how much he hated him.

“To win this competition you need to be the best and you need to be unique,” said Randall. Unathi admitted to being blown away by the talent during this season of Idols.

It all happens this Sunday (13 July) at 5.30pm on M-Net and Mzansi Magic.

Source: morningafrica

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