African Conglomerate(AC)

Imagine a nation where all 54 African countries combines, both literally and figuratively, into one with a single passport, single-state flag, single currency and one unvanquishable army.
Let me give you a simplified illustration of what it would be like if we have an African Conglomerate:

With all African countries united, they will be no land boarders between African countries. Africans will be able to travel freely from one country or State to another without restriction or boarder control. This will ensure free trade between Africa countries. For example,a Kenyan🇰🇪 can travel freely to Ivory coast🇨🇮 to work or set up a business without going through the difficult paper work process of getting a resident permit.


An African Conglomerate will also promote tourism amongst Africans, we will not have to go through hours of filling Visa application forms, attending visa appointment at embassies and waiting for weeks or months to get a travel visa just because we want to go on a three day vacation to see the great Egyptian pyramids, the wildlife reserve at Kenya and Tanzania.

If 54 African countries merge together, the AC will have a population of 1.275 billion people and will make us the third most populous country in the world after China and India. With a total land area of 30,370,000 squared kilometers,the AC will be the largest country ever providing more exploration of natural resources for the betterment of the people.

Let’s talk about the economy. How would having a United States of Africa affect our economy. The AC will have a cumulative nominal gross domestic product ( GDP) of $10.16 trillion dollars, making it the second strongest economy after the United States of America 🇺🇸.

Based on fair and just considerations,we should choose the Pan African flag as the flag of AC. The Pan African flag is also known as the “Black liberation Flag”, it’s a tricolour flag consisting of 3 equal horizontal bands of RED, BLACK and GREEN;

1. The RED colour signifies “the blood shed by Africans who died for liberation”.
2. The BLACK colour represents black people.
3. The GREEN colour symbolises the growth and natural fertility of Africa.

Finally the AC with one passport. Currently all passport are either red, green, blue or black. Which colour may be chosen for our passport or we go out of the norm to choose a different colour? Enjoy answering this (smiles). A unified passport will make us rank higher in the global passport index cards because all African will be able to visit at least 54 countries Visa free. For example, currently with a Somalian passport, you can only travel to 38 countries visa free or with an e-visa. With a the passport of the AC, Somalians will be able to travel to at least 85 countries in the world, this is a huge difference.

Tell me your thoughts on this in the comment section.

Thank you so much!

#Happy World Menstrual Hygiene Day

C/o Awimo Girls Support Foundation.

Elizabeth Awimo is the founder of Awimo Girls Support Foundation. She decided to start the foundation because she saw herself through young girls dragged in the same mire of period poverty and menstrual complications that she encountered when growing up and she decided to be the voice to the voiceless girls, their saviour and advocate so as to support them overcome those challenges. Awimo Girls Support Foundation deals with fighting period poverty, stigmatization and female low self-esteem. The foundation also geared towards teaching of menstrual hygiene and the dangers of early teenage pregnancy in the society.

The backstory within.

Miss Elizabeth Awimo is a feminist, photographer, script writer and a woman passionate in helping and empowering girls and women in her society. She went through period poverty and was not able to afford sanitary pads while in school since the school fees were high for her downwardly mobile background to pay, most of the family income were used to pay fees and provide food. And the only option she had was to use rags and pieces of clothes so she could attend classes during her period, sometimes she even missed school because of the feelings of embarassement and low self-esteem when menstruating.

After finishing her college, she decided to volunteer in Soweto,Kenya to teach kids about photography. One day, she noticed a girl with red stains on her dress and decided to ask her what the problem was, ” I was shocked to know that the girl was using a tissue as sanitary pad since she stays with her grandma who couldn’t afford sanitary pads but only food”, she said. Awimo decided to do her research by talking to girls about their menstruation, how they handle it and the kind of problems they go through. To her surprise, many girls were going through a lot more than her past experience. She couldn’t bear with their situation as she knew the the sort of hardships those girls were facing.

The heroine of the Soweto girls.

The Foundation has the vision of every girl be able to afford sanitary pads, rekindle their self-esteem and aquire the requisite knowledge of menstrual hygiene.

#Awimo Foundation!

“VOICE TO THE VOICELESS “

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Source: http://www.awimofoundationorg.wordpress.com

Preparing for tertiary.

Tertiary education is substantially considered as the most essential, though not fundamental, human learning phase that counts in making deliverable contributions and services to the outside world and attaining one’s own personal goals. From my previous post, it is obvious that education is closely linked to poverty since it takes a literate to acquire skilled job for a better livelihood.

For many teens, going to tertiary is the event that makes the transition from childhood to adulthood more clear than any other . It accomplishes that for several reasons: your eighteenth birthday usually occurs at that time and in our society eighteen is the magic age when you are no longer considered a “minor”, many adults begin to assume that if you are going to tertiary it means you will be “serious” about life, and many are willing to accept you as peers rather than as children in need of guidance or kids in a grown up world.

Going to tertiary is generally composed of choosing a college or university, knowing what a particular college/university looks for in their prospective students and how to improve your chances for being accepted.

Choosing a college or university.

Trying to choose a college or university can make you feel like searching for a needle in a haystack, it is hard to know where you want to go to if you have no point of reference. Picking at least three dream schools is a requisite plan in preparing for tertiary. More than 94 percent of freshmen are enrolled at one of their top three choices. So if you pick three dream schools instead of your one and only campus, you will be more likely to get into at least one. Examining the physical and social outlook of the campus and selecting those that best suits your personality – if you are the type that enjoys the company of many people and going for long walks, then an institution with large campus and high population will be ideal, otherwise a small and less populated campus will be alright. Consider your hobbies too, if your hobby is playing basketball then you should be looking forward to applying to an institution where you can play basketball – and in harmony with your interests.

What tertiary institutions look for in applicants and strategies to improve your chances of getting accepted.

Institutions, most importantly, look for student who demonstrate maturity and a great degree of commitment in a particular interest. Students with a clear sense of direction and with constancy in one or two areas rather than people who flit from interest to interest. How do you become that student with a clear sense of direction?

  1. Join few clubs at highschool, but try to be at least someone who has a say in decision making.
  2. Have some experiences that sets you apart from the students whose activities are all focused and more academic. It can also give contacts who may be able to help select and get you into an institution of you choice.
  3. Play a sport and try to excel rather than only managing least positions.
  4. Find a “cause” and work for it in such a way that you really accomplish something.

You are practically guaranteeing yourself a trip down the path of receiving an acceptance package from the college or university of your choice when you deploy the following:

  • Consider attending a summer program that accepts highschool students at the institution you would like to go to, or a comparable school if the college or university of your preference does not offer one. Select academic courses that you will be likely to work hard.
  • Colleges or universities want some proof that you will be capable of making constructive and credible contributions to both classroom and campus life. If you show the evidence that you have been able to do this in highschool, you already have one of the keys to open the door to the institution of your choice.
  • Of course, thousands, if not millions of students qualify to be accepted into the school they applied to because they scored at least minimum of credits, on the average, in their final examinations. Academic excellence is a core tool in improving your chances of being offered admission.
  • Get all your documents and other appropriate materials ready in as early as possible when you have decided which college/university your want to go to. Try very well to check through the application form of the year before the year you wish to apply so that you will get an insight on how the application may be done the following year. This will enable you to prepare and know what things would be needed to make a successful and strong application the next year.
  • Congratulations! Pack up let’s move to campus.

Ramadan Kareem! to all Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide. Hope you extract the bliss of this month.

#stayhome

#washhands

#staysafe

Thank you so much!.

POVERTY IN AFRICA I.

Poverty is the heart of Africa’s problems. The continent of Africa is in crisis, yet it was not always so. Following the decade of Independence in the 1960s there was widespread optimism, but it almost totally disappeared in the 1980s and 1990s. Africa is faced with seemingly insurmountable problems: economic marginalization from the global market, a major health crises stemming from the destructive effects of malaria and HIV/AIDS and chronic political instability after a string of devastating civil wars.Economic mismanagement and political authoritarianism sowed the seeds for the devastating problems of the following decades.

BBC AFRICA reports, most of the Sub-saharan Africa is in the World Bank’s lowest income category of less than $765 Gross National Income (GNI) per person per year. Ethiopia and Burundi have the worst of $90 GNI per person. According to World Bank, the international poverty line refers to those who have less than $1.25 a day to live and thus live on the edge of existence. The United Nations Development Program sets various indicators in its Human Development Index (HDI) to measure poverty in Africa and all other countries in the World. This includes:

  • Life expectancy at birth.
  • Average school attendance period.
  • Expected school attendance period as well.
  • Per capita Income.

As the indicators show, education is closely linked to poverty by the United Nations – because those who can not read and write have little chance of getting a skilled job and build their livelihood.

In the annual report on human development published by the United Nations, the African countries of Eritrea, Chad, Malawi, Liberia, Burundi, Sierra Leone and Niger are regularly in the last place – this has not changed until 2014. Poverty has devoured the African continent in so many ways unimaginable:

  • More than a quarter of the hungry in the World live on the African continent. One fifth of the people living in Africa are considered malnourished. This gives the continent the highest rate of malnourished people worldwide.
  • More than 30 percent of African children suffer from growth disorders such as stunting due to their chronic malnutrition. The diseases cause a physical and mental underdevelopment in children.
  • Sub-saharan Africa is the region with the highest infant mortality. On average, one in eleven children dies before his fifth birthday. Three of the four countries with the highest infant mortality worldwide are on the African continent: Ethiopia, Nigeria and Kenya. In addition to complications of health and malnutrition, there are diseases such as pneumonia, diarrheal diseases and malaria which lead to the early death of many children.
  • In the Sub-saharan Africa, 59 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 work instead of playing and going to school. They fight poverty for their families. In Africa, every fifth child is cheated out of childhood and forced into child labour.

Development campaigners have argued that the rules on debt, aid and trade need reforming to help lift more African nations out of poverty.

I trust this finds you well. Thank for reading.

#staysafe#stayhome.

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‘Secure the future of the Kenyan girls’

Awimo Girl’s Support Foundation calls for sponsorships and donations from anybody who is passionately concerned about the social protection and bright future of Kenyan girls. It does not matter the worth of your contribution, should it be sanitary pads, sanitizers or money, even the smallest kind, can ignite the spark of philanthropy within.

Period poverty in slums of Soweto, Kenya persist amidst COVID-19. Awimo Girl’s Support Foundation therefore remains incessant to support the Soweto girls by providing them with sanitary pads and sanitizers to ensure their safety and well-being. Both menstrual and personal hygiene are essential in the creation of a bright future for the girls.

Time with the founder.

Contact the Foundation to make your donations:

Email: awimoelizabeth@gmail.com

Phone number: +254786542216

We trust you are staying safe. #stayhome#washhands

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