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January 2, 2018 DJH


A Ghanaian man who just completed training as an officer of the United States army has died while trying to save people from a blaze the engulfed his apartment.

The deceased, Emmanuel Mensah, who got into the US about five years ago and was a member the Army National Guard until he was recruited into the US Army.

After completing his military training with the rank of private first class earlier in December, he returned to his apartment on Prospect Avenue in Bronx, New York where died on the night of Thursday, December 28, as one of 12 people.

Reports suggest that the 28-year-old soldier had already saved four people but got unlucky while trying to save another one.

“He brought four people out. When he went to bring a fifth person out, the fire caught up with him”, Twum Bredu, his uncle told us.

Private Mensah was found in Apartment 15, his uncle said, but he lived in Apartment 11, with a friend of his father’s who was at home with his wife and four children.

Private Mensah, a decorated soldier who had been awarded a medal for marksmanship and was planning to join the military police, got that family to safety, then pulled out four more people, his uncle said, before returning to the building.

He never emerged; the authorities said he died of smoke inhalation, the New York Times report added.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Private Mensah was not the only Ghanaian to have died in the inferno.

Five others, Hannah Donkor, 17, Gabriel Yaw Sarkodie, 48, Solomon Donkor, 49, Justice Opoku, 54 andWilliam Donkor (age unknown) also died.

President Nana Akufo-Addo has condoled the affected families and promised his government’s support for them.  Source: Pocket News.

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Young African Women Congress (YAWC) creates the platform for international network.



The Young African Women Congress (YAWC) is an annual pan African women’s platform that discusses and proffer solutions to gender related issues, trains and mentors young women of African descent between ages 18 and 40 years. The delegates are guided by accomplished women and men of National, Continental and Global stature, as keynote speakers, panellists, mentors and career guides.

The 2018 edition of YAWC will bring together hundreds of young women across the globe. The five day residential congress will take place from 22 – 26 July, 2018 in Accra, Ghana under the theme “Economic Empowerment of Women: a Prerequisite for Continental Development”.
Delegates will pay a registration fee of USD125 (GHC550) via the YAWC website and shall enjoy the following packages:

• YAWC Network: Opportunity to join the YAWC Network which would monitor and guide every delegate for a minimum of five years through her career based on progress report. The objective of the network is to ensure that our delegates climb the leadership ladder with effective guidance as career women
• Certificates: Each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Participation at the end of the congress.

• Accommodation: A 5 Day Accommodation at the University of Ghana campus for the period of the congress will be covered.

• Feeding: Delegates will be given a 3 square meal each day for the period.

• Excursion/Fun Trip: A full day excursion/fun trip to selected tourist sites in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

• Souvenirs: Congress materials and souvenirs including; Notepads, Pens, Branded T-shirt, etc. will be provided to delegates.

• Accreditation: Full accreditation to participate in all sessions of the congress including; Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Keynote Presentations, Plenary Sessions, Group Break-away Sessions, Career Fair, Entertainment & Cultural Night, Fun trip, etc.

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12m ladies turn out to be youngster brides yearly – UNICEF



An estimated 12 million ladies underneath 18 years of age are getting married yearly globally, in response to new knowledge from UNICEF launched on Tuesday.

The newly collated figures sign a 15 per cent drop within the final decade, from one in 4 to roughly one in 5 ladies.

File; Baby-marriage

UNICEF warned that if youngster marriage continues on the present fee, greater than 150 million ladies the world over will marry earlier than their 18th birthdays by 2030.

“When a lady is pressured to marry as a toddler, she faces fast and lifelong penalties.

“Her odds of ending faculty lower whereas her odds of being abused by her husband and struggling issues throughout being pregnant enhance,” Anju Malhotra, UNICEF’s principal gender adviser, stated in an announcement.

In South Asia, there was a lower within the prevalence of kid brides from 50 per cent ten years in the past to 30 per cent at this time.

In sub-Saharan Africa, there has additionally been a decline, with 43 per cent of ladies married in childhood ten years in the past in comparison with 38 per cent at this time.

UNICEF stated there has additionally been a shift in the place the best variety of youngster brides are positioned, with near one-third of all probably the most not too long ago married youngster brides globally now in sub-Saharan Africa, in comparison with one in 5 a decade in the past.

Based on UNICEF, an estimated 650 million girls alive at this time have been married as youngsters.

The UN Sustainable Improvement Targets units out plans to finish youngster marriage by 2030.



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Dignitaries shut down Lagos to honour Air Peace boss at wedding anniversary ( Pics)



Air Peace Chairman/Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman, Mr. Allen and Mrs. Alice Onyema on Saturday marked their 25th wedding anniversary in grand style, with top Nigerians and foreigners pouring in from within and outside Lagos to grace the night of fun, love and music.

The silver jubilee celebration held a day after Air Peace took delivery of its newly acquired Boeing B777-200 aircraft, becoming the first and only Nigerian airline to procure and register the brand of airliner in the country.

Dignitaries at the event took turns to share their admiration, love respect for the couple at the elaborate ceremony, which took place at the Harbour Points Events Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The guests included the Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Highness, Enitan Ogunwusi, the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, the Emir of Kano, who was represented by the Jakadan Hausa, Alhaji Ibrahim Sambo and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Others were the Chairman of UBA Group, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, Mr. Tonye Cole of Sahara Group, Sen. Ita Giwa, Mrs Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APGA), Senator Victor Umeh as well as the Chief Executive Officer of 5 Star Music, Mr. Emeka Okonkwo (aka E-Money).

A crowd of top music artistes, including Air Peace Ambassador, Kcee, Tubaba, Tiwa Savage and Flavour were on ground to fill the atmosphere with soul-lifting renditions from their stock of popular songs, while the guests made themselves comfortable with good food, exotic wines and other assorted drinks.

It was one night to remember, with the children of the couple – Nnenna, Chinonso, Obinna and Ugochukwu – featuring in the celebration, including staging a saxophone performance, to make their parents’ day.
In his speech, Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, who attended the event in company with his wife, Veronica, said they were proud of the Onyemas for their contribution to youth development through the creation of employment opportunities and peace advocacy.

Speaking at the event, the Ooni of Ife hailed the couple for staying together for two and a half decades despite the odds of life. He urged them to continue on the path that had kept them together over the years, saying they could overcome any future challenge with their unity.

He commended the Air Peace boss for the achievements he had made in the aviation sector, applauding him for the recent delivery of the carrier’s newly acquired Boeing 777-200 aircraft. “25 years is not a joke. You have come this far, please stay together”, he urged the couple. The Ooni presented a painting of the couple as a gift to them. For his part, the Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty, Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, described Onyema as a worthy son of Anambra State.

When it was his turn to speak, Onyema walked down memory lane, thanking his wife for “tolerating me” over the years.
He said he had received favour through his marriage, including being blessed with “children I’m very proud of.”

He urged Nigerians to shun ethnic nationalism in favour of “broad nationalism” for Nigeria to make progress, affirming that he was not regretting marrying his wife despite their different ethnic backgrounds.

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