Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne (Germany) from a German mother and a Sierra-Leonese father. Her father, Gaston Bart-Wiliams, was a writer activist and the first film director of Sierra Leone. After the ten year long civil war in Sierra-Leone, she was finally able to revisit to her father’s country in 2008, where she met street children from the notorious Lion Base Gang. She felt compelled to do Something and eventually founded the creative collective Folorunsho with 21 street kids. Their design collaborations were sold internationally and with the proceeds the kids were able to go to school and pay for school fees accommodation, etc… Mallence is a multifaceted creative social entrepreneur and has explored the realms of writing, publishing, film making, creative direction and fashion design among other things. She pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and Great Britain. Today she lives and works across the globe, producing an all-natural cosmetics line in Asia, runs an educational fund for orphans in Sierra Leone and works with Young innovators from the African continent.
Source: MALLENCE BART WILLIAMS: “AFRICA SUFFERS OF A VIRUS THAT NEEDS TO BE CURED:’EUROPEAN INFLUENCIA’
“No child should study in the dark”: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education
By Kylie Kiunguyu on November 1, 2018 — Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark.
Source: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education
N’s mother tried to kill her the day she was born. Her mother, B, was a student when she got pregnant. “I did not have my head in the pregnancy. I was never sick. The only thing I was thinking of was my studies,” she said.
She delivered at home with her boyfriend, who told her to throw the baby in the septic tank. They did, then B went to school. She fainted and her teachers took her to the hospital, where the doctors determined she had just given birth. Though she denied it, the police went home and found newborn N alive in the septic tank. She still has a scar on her cheek where her face hit the edge of the tank when her parents threw her in. When N survived, B said, “I cried a lot, I regretted what I had done. I always said, if one day God gives me a child, I would take care of it.”
Now three years old, N lives with her maternal grandmother while her mother serves time in prison for attempted infanticide.
Source: Why Infanticide Is A Problem In Senegal : Goats and Soda : NPR
In Rwanda, industry analysis estimates
that roughly 70% of the population have a cell phone, yet only 18% have access to electricity, according to the World Bank
Sketching the first design on a piece of paper, the entrepreneur devised a solar-powered kiosk that can be towed by bicycle and provides simultaneous charging for up to 80 phones.
Source: This solar-powered cart can charge 80 phones at once – CNN
Despite Western criticism of China’s presence in Africa, there is no denying the fact that the continent has maintained its growth momentum every year since China started to invest there. The Beijing summit shows that both sides want to maintain that momentum in pursuit of common prosperity.
Source: West’s bias not reflected in reality of African ties: China Daily editorial
The enormous investments China is pursuing in Addis Ababa have totally transformed the face of Ethiopia, a country once ranked among the poorest in the world. Today, Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that can manufacture its own leather shoes, thanks to support from China. This is the kind of friendship Africa has been yearning for.
Africa’s development can only be shaped by Africans. Europe and the US can therefore involve African leaders in designing the kind of investments and relations that fit them. If they continue condemning China on its relations with Africa, the continent’s ties with Beijing will only get stronger and thrive all the more.
Source: Marshall Plan for Africa or “Debt Trap?”
Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered a $60 billion aid package to African countries over the next three years, in response to the continent’s increasing debt distress — with no strings attached.
China’s investment plans include $5 billion in African exports, $10 billion for development, and $15 billion grants and interest-free loans. A $20 billion credit line will also be included, as well as emergency food aid, scholarships and vocational training, and increased agricultural development.
Source: China Offers $60 Billion to Africa With ‘No Strings Attached’
US National Security Advisor John Bolton, pictured in Jerusalem in August 2018, described the International Criminal Court as ‘outright dangerous’
The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes
Source: US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes | AFP.com
Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declare a nationwide strike in response to the riot in Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina. Seven comrades lost their lives during a senseless uprising that could have been avoided had the prison not been so overcrowded from the greed wrought by mass incarceration, and a lack of respect for human life that is embedded in our nation’s penal ideology. These men and women are demanding humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.
Source: National Prison Strike – Sawarimi.org