Can Africa Excel Economically?

Can Africa Excel Economically?

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our July 2016  Newsletter  

In this edition we are exploring ways and means of how the continent of Africa can develop economically. The African Development Bank’s President speaks.  Africa Hopes In Christ welcomes comments from all interested parties.  However action speaks louder than words.  Let our supporters rise up and support with actions all efforts that they believe will prosper Africa economically and spiritually.

‘Africa Can Finance Its Own Development’ Says AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina

By Dana Sanchez Originally Published: March 21, 2016, AFKInsider

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African countries should look within to the private sector to fund their own infrastructure rather than borrowing from international markets to plug financing gaps, said Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank.

Nigeria’s former minister of agriculture, Adesina spoke at the Fourth African CEO Summit  in Abidjan, Ivory Coast earlier this year, SABC reported.

Motivational speaking is a strong point for Adesina, who was named 2013 Forbes African of the Year. In his acceptance speech, he urged young Africans to see agriculture as a business rather than a development tool and predicted that Africa’s future billionaires will get rich from agriculture, according to

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, says he’s rolling out an investment plan with hopes of expanding Nigeria’s sugar sector to make the country self-sufficient. “These are hard times, but hard times bring opportunities,” Dangote said at the African CEO Summit, according to TheAfricaReport.

Financial experts worry that African countries could slip back into debt crisis as local currencies depreciate, demand for Africa’s natural resources sink and global interest rates rise, SABC reported.

“What we have to see now from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa is austerity, cutbacks in government spending and budget cutbacks,” said Martyn Davies from Deloitte.

African countries issued bonds worth more than $25 billion in the last 10 years. Adesina called on the private sector to double its efforts to help transform African commodities locally, and diversify African economies, particularly in tourism and service industries.

The private sector accounts for 90 percent of jobs, 80 percent of total production, and 66 percent of total investments, Adesina said in an AfDB press release.

“Africa can finance its own development, and doing so enables it to decide its own direction and pace of growth,” Adesina said.

He described efforts to deepen financial integration and increase liquidity, citing an AfDB project to link four African stock exchanges, and a joint venture with Bloomberg to facilitate the issuance of sovereign and corporate bonds on African markets. He pointed to a growth in remittances and a rise in sovereign wealth funds in Africa.

“In the face of global economic challenges, it is those African countries with diversified economies that are succeeding in weathering the economic storm,” he said. “While the current situation is challenging, it also presents great opportunity, especially for resource-rich countries, to diversify their economies away from the export of raw commodities …. Now is the time, the time for Africa to move up the value chain.”


Africa produces about 70 percent of the world’s cocoa but only accounts for a 2 percent of global cocoa revenue, Adesina said, according to the AfricaReport.

“It is time to industrialize Africa and diversify its economies … Africa must become a global powerhouse in food and agriculture” Adesina said. “But to do that, we must solve our energy problem. Business can’t be done in the dark.”

At the African CEO Summit, Adesina set out the vision of the African Development Bank. Its “High 5” priorities through 2022 include the following:

  • Light up and power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

“We will only succeed in realizing the objectives of the High 5s if we work in public-private partnership,” Adesina said. “Let us think big, act big and deliver big for Africa.”

Africa is adjusting to falling commodity prices and creating new opportunities out of economic diversification, said Amir Ben Yahmed, vice president of Paris-based Groupe Jeune Afrique and founder and president of the Africa CEO Forum. He introduced the theme of the conference — “New reality, new priorities.”

Africa is resilient, and needs to add economic value to its commodities, said Alassane Ouattara, president of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. “It is you — it is the private sector — which will do the most to create jobs for the young people of this continent,” he said,  calling on the private sector to step up and fund Africa’s growth, and to make concrete proposals at the Africa CEO Forum.

The forum continues through March 22.

“We should look inside. We should mobilise our own capital and we should have our own macroeconomic stabilization, fiscal consolidation and expandable taxable base. The future of Africa lies not outside; the future of Africa lies in Africa,” Adesina said, according to SABC.

AfDB said it plans to invest $12 billion in the next five years on electricity in Africa.

The Africa CEO Forum drew 500 CEOs from 43 African countries and 20 elsewhere in the world, according to the bank.

Africa may the Lord continue to bless you

What we are up to

We have two live projects –

  • Funding the publishing of Rowland Stevens’  book The Sherbros of West Africa-  a Sierra Leonean Author
  • We arranged for a reluctant housing association to do badly needed renovation on the home of a desperately ill Malawian lady living in Manchester UK, as well as badly needed  pest fumigation, Funding needed to provide a carpet for her this winter 2016
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July   Prayer points requests

  • For the safety of Albinos in Tanzania and the rest of Africa
  • For God mighty hand to restrain or completely  remove ISIS and its intentions for Africa and Europe
  • Prayer for the UK, as she leaves the EU- commercial stability
  • Economic prosperity for Africa

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Happy Valentine Day

Happy Valentine Day

Happy Valentine’s Day Prayer Partners for Africa.


Here are 10 beautiful destinations to spend valentine day , either renewing your vows or simply saying I LOVE YOU.

AFRICA the land of the rising sun

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(Travel destination originally sourced by Paul Johnson Feb 2013)

There are few places more romantic than Africa… why not forget Paris and escape to somewhere a little more exciting this Valentine’s Day. Here we present to you 10 wonderful – yet exceptionally varied – ideas that will give you a Valentine’s break you’re sure to remember for years to come…


AHIC Djibouti hotel

Kempinski Hotel Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa, situated at the crossroads between the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Discover the beauty of Djibouti both on land and underwater. Dive in the Red Sea to explore the amazing underwater sea life or throw yourself into an active workout in the on-site fully equipped fitness centre. The two fantastic infinity pools set against the turquoise blue of the Red Sea will invite you to enjoy the beautiful and breath-taking views under the sun of Djibouti.




AHIC DE VERDWAALDE hotel South Africa


De Verdwaalde Boer Cape Town South Africa can be found between bustling Cape Town and the peace and solitude of Kirstenbosch botanical gardens, offering a perfect location for Valentine’s couples looking for an urban escape. If you’re looking for a romantic break that’s peaceful but ‘happening’ at the same time, then this could be just the place for you.




Elsa’s Kopje Meru National Park Kenya tucked away in the wilds of Meru National Park in Kenya, the luxurious Elsa’s Kopje is the very essence of romance. The camp takes its name from Elsa, the lioness made famous by the biographical film ‘Born Free’, made by conservationists George and Joy Adamson. The camp’s exclusive nature owes to its elegant furnishings and sweeping vistas. From the stunning cottages you can enjoy open fronts with incredible views of the park while Elsa’s private house provides polished African décor and a private swimming pool, providing guests with accommodation that is a unique blend of opulence and privacy and a perfect place for romance to blossom.



AHIC DE JAGUAR hotel Morocco

Dar Jaguar , Marrakesh, Morocco.  Enjoy a stay in Marrakesh that includes lots of romantic extras. The ancient riad of Dar Jaguar has been lovingly restored as a breathtakingly beautiful private guesthouse. It is situated in the heart of the old Medina in Marrakesh, neighbouring the exotic Place des Epices (Spice Market) and less than five minutes’ walk from the world-renowned Jemaa el Fna Square. Designed and owned by Lucia Silver of London’s The State of Grace couture fashion and styling house, Dar Jaguar brings together an exquisite blend of traditional Moorish and Oriental architecture with an elegant European romanticism. Valentine’s packages include chilled Champagne and strawberries upon arrival, a one-hour full body massage for each of you, an exotic excursion beyond Marrakesh to the waterfalls of Ouzoud or another similarly breath-taking trip, a cooking lesson followed by a three course romantic candlelit dinner on the terrace overlooking the fabulous Medina, and a private professional guided tour of the souk and/or religious and historical sites.



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The exquisite Royal Zambezi Lodge in Zambia provides the perfect bush get away for couples looking for an extra special experience. Not only do they offer firm favourites such as indulgent dining, couple’s spa pampering and game adventures, Royal Zambezi Lodge goes above and beyond expectations to ensure couples enjoy a truly magical and unforgettable break.  Together, couples can experience the wonders of the Zambezi while drifting down the river in a canoe, picnicking on a private island or simply by watching the elephants and hippos pass by from their veranda whilst sipping a G+T. Royal Zambezi Lodge is world famous for its fishing, with guides on hand to help couples test their skills at catching the elusive tiger fish.   Should you need a night to never forget, the team at Royal Zambezi Lodge can even organise private bush dinners on a secluded private island in the middle of the Zambezi River. Guests dine on the delicious local food whilst listening to the sounds of the African night and watching the pods of hippos pass by. Alternatively guests can have dinner served on their private deck or dine under the stars by a romantic roaring fire.



AHIC Maasai Mara camp

Naibor  Camp Maasai Mara Game Reserve  Kenya   is a stylish and contemporary tented camp located in an ideal location in the heart of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, only minutes away from the world famous wildebeest crossing site. As romance is in the air, start a hot-air balloon safari at 6am, and you will be in the air as the sun rises, and the morning will be spent floating in total silence over the plains, face-to-face with the eagles which float on the warm morning thermals.

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If you can pull your eyes away from the spectacular sun-rise, and look down over the edge of your wicker basket, you will see the whole of the Mara laid out below you, complete with stampeding herds of buffaloes, elephants and wildebeest, and if you look hard enough you may even make out a pride of golden-brown lions camouflaged against the straw-coloured grass. The trip is rounded off with a delicate landing in the middle of the plains, and lavishly consolidated with a Champagne breakfast.



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Coral Lodge Mozambique.  Couples won’t fail to be intoxicated by the new two day dhow romantic escapade set in a pristine, unexplored, private nature reserve in Northern Mozambique.

Coral Lodge is the perfect starting point for a luxury castaway adventure aboard a traditional sailing dhow, complete with desert island campsite and five-star service.  The adventure includes sailing by dhow to one of the region’s deserted islands for snorkelling, fishing and swimming, followed by a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ilha de Mozambique, former Portuguese trading capital and treasure trove of gold and spices.



AHIC North Island Seychelles

Seychelles, North Island.   If it was good enough for the Duke and Duchess of York’s Royal honeymoon in 2011, you can rest assured that the private island sanctuary of North Island is a great location to spend Valentine’s. The Seychelles are in fact no stranger to high profile romantic stays. Actress Salma Hayek and husband Francois-Henri Pinault honeymooned at North Island in 2009. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Paul McCartney and Heather Mills and Liz Hurley and Arun Nayer all spent their honeymoons on the private Frégate Island, also in the Seychelles.



AHIC King Mo the 6 Morocco

King Mohammed VI’s first hotel – Royal Mansour  in Morocco took over 1,000 craftsmen and artisans 3 years to complete, so no expense has been spared in ensuring no expense spared in ensuring you’ll have an enjoyable Valentine’s stay. setting a new standard for luxury hotels around the world. Situated in over 8 acres of luxurious gardens, the hotel offers Michelin star dining and an excellent spa.



AHIC Wolwedan hotel Namibia

If it’s tranquility and seclusion that you’re after this Valentine’s Day, then you’ll find it at Wolwedans Private Camp in NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia . It’s a 2-hour flight and 6-hour drive from Cape Town so you’ll be assured complete peace and solitude once you get there! It’s the perfect getaway for couples in love.  Why not try their ‘Star Beds’ which are specially designed raised beds that allow you to sleep out on the sand dunes with the open sky as your roof. Heavenly!


AFRICA at it’s most exotic and beautiful welcomes you.


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New Year 2016 wishes for Africa’s Economies

New Year 2016 wishes for Africa’s Economies

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our January Newsletter

Happy New Year  Prayer Warriors.


In this edition we are asking all Prayer Warriors to pray for the economies of African countries. For prosperity, wealth generation, equal distribution, prioritizing infra structure and trade enhancement and the plight of the poorest within our continent, for genuine assistant from our brothers and sisters in other continents. For God’s  favor and blessing on all the efforts of those genuinely trying to help and for our political and church leaders to rise up and do the best they can with the opportunity our Lord Jesus has given them.  We also pray for peace especially in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic. For our Lord to intervene and disrupt the plans of IS in Africa especially in Nigeria, Kenya, Somali, Chad, Cameroon  and  Niger .

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An Investment Banker’s 54 Christmas Wishes For African Economies

By Kurt Davis Jr. AFKI Original Published: December 7, 2015, 8:00 am

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If I could be Santa and give gifts to each of my African friends, here’s what I’d wish for each African country in 2016:

  1. Algeria – continued success in economic diversification.
  2. Angola – a tremendous bump in the oil price.
  3. Benin – an easy process to coalition-building before the presidential election in 2016.
  4. Botswana – true recognition of the need to forge a plan that utilizes mining surpluses to diversify the economy and create employment opportunities.
  5. Burkina Faso – a bump in gold and cotton prices.
  6. Burundi – a calm in the aftermath of Pierre Nkurunziza’s July 2015 presidential election.
  7. Cameroon – continued international support in fighting Boko Haram. Cameroon is sometimes forgotten in the Boko Haram terrorism discussion.
  8. Cape Verde – a pat on the back for truly pushing to the finish line on hitting the Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015. The country has the highest life expectancy in sub-Saharan Africa.
  9. Central African Republic – less violence. 2016 should be an opportunity to hit the restart button with a new president.
  10. Chad – debt relief for Chad in 2015 and new economic beginnings in 2016.
  11. Comoros – a boost in the supply of electricity. Right now the capital gets a few hours of electricity per day.
  12. Congo Brazzaville – investment partners in the infrastructure space.
  13. Congo (Kinshasa) – a successful and peaceful series of elections in 2016, including the presidential election.
  14. Cote d’Ivoire – a successful Africa CEO Forum. Cote d’Ivoire is economically strong but the even greater economic upside is not always palpable until you are on the ground
  15. Djibouti – continued stability for a country that hosts numerous military bases for different countries in a very volatile part of the world
  16. Egypt – greater success in integrating the Sinai Peninsula into the larger economy. Creating jobs is part of the process in combating terrorism.
  17. Equatorial Guinea – success in its spatial development program — a program that exploits the complementary economic strengths of different growth hubs throughout the country. Can it be a success story for other African countries?
  18. Eritrea – better relations with the world and greater incorporation into the global economy.
  19. Ethiopia – Happy 2009! Better luck for you than me in 2009. The Ethiopian New Year for 2009 comes in September 2016 on the Gregorian calendar. Ethiopian legal documents use the Ethiopian calendar and the dates associated with that calendar, which are seven-to-eight years behind the Western calendar. It gets confusing.
  20. Gabon – economic diversification because $100 oil is not coming back in the near term.
  21. Gambia – a bonding retreat with the IMF. Jokes aside, both sides hopefully will get on the same page.
  22. Ghana – the completion of the Tweneboa-Enyenra-Ntomme (TEN) field by Tullow — Ghana’s second major oil development.
  23. Guinea-Bissau – political agreement and forward movement. It is a time of opportunity for Guinea-Bissau.
  24. Kenya – fewer traffic jams.
  25. Lesotho – rain and more rain to end one of the worst droughts in 30 years.
  26. Liberia – a short memory on the Ebola epidemic.
  27. Libya – a transitional government that unites the differing factions in Tobruk, Tripoli, and Benghazi.
  28. Madagascar – a bump in private investment, particularly with a new mining and petroleum code in 2016.
  29. Malawi – a better balance of rain. A combination of droughts and floods have hurt agriculture in 2015.
  30. Mali – the return of the Festival au Desert, currently in exile. Read more about this celebration, considered one of Africa’s premier festivals for music, dance and cultural exchange, atAFKInsider.
  31. Mauritania – buoyancy with the iron price as economic diversification continues.
  32. Mauritius – more tourism packages for those visiting from the U.S.
  33. Morocco – greater support in its ambition to be a financial capital in Africa. There is a strong argument for it in terms of the country’s location, stability, and relationship with Europe.
  34. Mozambique – a “go” on the liquefied natural gas facilities in northern Mozambique. Yes there is the concern of oversupply but I like the symbolism in a “go” for Mozambique.
  35. Namibia – ongoing success in boosting education to support a strong mining economy.
  36. Niger – a boom in infrastructure support to the uranium industry in Niger’s vast desert. Niger is home to the fifth largest recoverable uranium reserves.
  37. Nigeria – a renewed Nigerian image on the international stage under the Buhari administration.
  38. Rwanda – more success for the Tour of Rwanda as it tries to advance cycling popularity on the African continent.
  39. Sao Tome and Principe – a smooth introduction into the oil-producing world.
  40. Senegal – more infrastructure dollars from private investors.
  41. Seychelles – more global weddings and consequently more honeymoon travellers to the country.
  42. Sierra Leone – a headliner year in 2016 for entrepreneurship. The Global Entrepreneurship Index ranks Sierra Leone 128th out of 132 countries surveyed for entrepreneurship. The country is better than that.
  43. Somalia – a change on the outlook of elections for the near term, maybe an end-of-year 2016 election.
  44. South Africa – a GDP bump. The economy must take a turn for the positive.
  45. South Sudan – peace and open, affordable oil pipelines.
  46. Sudan – an international image beyond civil conflict. There is an opportunity for investment in the country.
  47. Swaziland – a let-up in the tension between locals and foreign business owners.
  48. Tanzania – John Magufuli delivers the goods in 2016.
  49. Togo – ease and cooperation in the government decentralization process.
  50. Tunisia – resilience in the fight for democracy and peace. Tunisia can still be a model for democracy in Northern Africa.
  51. Uganda – renewed efforts and success in restoring primary school education. Recent numbers suggest that hidden costs in schooling are reversing the country’s high performance in ensuring all children complete primary school.
  52. Western Sahara – some momentum in providing a solution to ongoing conflict over its self-governing and territorial independence.
  53. Zambia – a reverse on the currency tide with a bonus — that copper prices rebound in 2016.
  54. Zimbabwe – a recovery on the South African rand. Zimbabweans have benefited from a bump in the dollar but suffered on the rand. Both the dollar and rand operate as functional currencies in the country.

Kurt Davis Jr. is an investment banker focusing on the natural resources and energy sectors, with private equity experience in emerging economies. He earned a law degree in tax and commercial law at the University of Virginia’s School of Law and a master’s of business administration in finance, entrepreneurship and operations from the University of Chicago. He can be reached at

January  Prayer points requests

  • For peace in South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo  and Central African Republic and for the disruption of IS plans for Africa
  • For economic prosperity and the intelligent use of Africa’s God given natural resources for the economic improvement of ALL Africans



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The Holy Spirit will come down

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Merry Christmas from AHIC

Merry Christmas from AHIC

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our December Newsletter

Merry Christmas Prayer Warriors.

In this edition we explore putting the Christ back into Christmas. And I will like to share a sermon titled  “You’re In Christ”  by my pastor,  Pastor Pearline Bent  of  Threshing Floor Ministries  sent to me via text.   She says:


The Lord Sits On The Topmost Seat Of Power


“For by Him (Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him, and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things exists. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead , that in all things  He may have the pre-eminence”

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“Honey, welcome home, what happened in school today?”

“I was embarrassed today Mum” Marcia replied, obviously upset

“Come here, my dear; tell me about it,” her Mum said consolingly

“Well, in history class, the teacher asked what we thought was the highest position of authority in the world.  Jack said “the Head of the UN”, Sophie said, “the US President,” while Felicia said, it belonged to the richest person in the world.  I raised my hand and said it was Christ, and everyone burst into laughter,”

“Oh no, dear. Don’t be embarrassed, You‘re actually right, and you should be elated. Christ is the highest authority, and you’re seated in power with Him.”


Some people, like Marcia’s classmates, may be ignorant of the awesome power and authority that the Lord Jesus Christ has and wields.  God  the Father  didn’t just set Him above , but far above all principalities, powers, thrones, dominions and every name that is named. Every situation bows to the Name of Jesus, because  He has all power and authority. He’s far above all kings, presidents and governments!  Ephesians 1:15-23,   1Timothy 6:15

When God set Him at this high place of glory, He also put all things under His feet, and legally  declared Him Head over all things for the benefit of the church (His body) – that’s you and me! It doesn’t matter what part of His Body you are, you’re still above all things!  You’re seated at the right hand of God in Christ Jesus, in the highest place of divine authority and power! Satan, sickness, poverty and death are all under your feet. Therefore, reign in life and rule over circumstances;  exercise the dominion of the Spirit, Hallelujah!


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Ephesians 2:5-6   1 John 5:4



Dear Father, I thank You for making me sit together with Christ, far above all principality and power, and might and dominion and every name that  is named, not only in this world , but also in that which is to come! I rejoice at this awesome blessing as I exercise my dominion in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen


Use the Name of Jesus today: Command difficult situations to comply with your words in the Name of Jesus


Well after reading that I was inspired, refreshed, uplifted and I hope you were too. But soon after that, whilst listening to PREMIER Christian radio news,  I heard that a number of people are taking the Department of Education in the UK to court citing that, it was negligent in protecting the right to opt out of school assemblies . Whilst I agree that everyone should have free choice as to whether to believe in Christ or not. The aim of these people was to make school assemblies a thing of the past and thus deprive a whole generation the free choice of accepting our Lord as their personal saviour.  And I believe this attack is happening all over the western world. However it is clear to me that without Christ moral decay is inevitable as we can all clearly see in the tv, film industry, newspapers, advertising world  and town centres in the west. Although there are a few genuinely moral humanist, the vast majority of society without Christ heads for disaster. And I know that some Christians have behaved badly but if you pattern yourself on Christ and not his imperfect followers, believe with all your heart in His sovereignty , mercy and grace and do your best to follow Him on a day to day basis, your life will be worthwhile and full of joy, there will still be trouble and pain for we live in a fallen world but I guarantee that He will walk with you , guiding , comforting and enabling you to overcome your hurdles and society will be better for it as more and more people get to know His saving grace and  do their part in Christ whilst within this world.


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A Coptic Christian  Christmas Service in Africa


I received this letter into my inbox  and was very concerned and will like to share it with you all:


Dear Yma,

According to a recent survey commissioned by Premier and conducted by ComRes, 67% of people across the UK do not believe that the birth of Jesus Christ is the main reason for celebrating Christmas, and 52% do not feel the religious aspect of Christmas is important to them.   There must be something we can do as Christians to reverse this and to remind people of the true and joyous meaning of Christmas.

The ‘Christmas Starts with Christ’ campaign aims to spread the key message “Christmas Starts with Christ” through resources such as posters across neighbourhoods and parishes, as well as across social media.


Premier radio has created a number of FREE resources for you to use in support of the campaign and we encourage you to let your friends and local church know about the campaign as their participation will further strengthen our purpose and mission.

Please get involved and secure the welfare of the next generation and our world .


December Prayer points requests

·         For the Christmas starts with Christ campaign to take off within the UK and possibly world wide

·         For the love of Christ to comfort the broken-hearted in Paris, Mali, Beirut, Baghdad and Northern Nigeria, Chad , Cameroon, Kenya and Somalia where Islamist militants full of hate inflict their evil on the population

·         For wisdom for the G20 countries and the UN in combating this new terror (Militant extreme Islamist)

·         For the preservation and protection of Israel and fairness for the Palestinians and for both sides to acknowledge and come to know the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour , without whom life is worthless, a mere existence

·         For courage, boldness, wisdom  and determined love for enemies by the persecuted church worldwide, especially in the Middle East and Africa

·         For the prosperity and re-evangelisation of Africa , the Name of Christ lifted high and Christian values practised on a daily basis, for faith without works is nothing but hypocrisy

·         For a better, stronger, prosperous, peaceful  and more positive 2016 worldwide




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Merry Christmas


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If you believe

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And we together pray

The Holy Spirit will come down

And Africa will be saved


Black History Celebrated

Black History Celebrated

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our November Newsletter

The month of October  in  the UK is regarded as Black History month , so we have decide to inform our friends of Africa about 10 Mind-Blowing Things to Know About Education in Africa Before the Arrival of Europeans,   curtesy of  ATLANTA BLACK STAR 9/9/15



  1. African knowledge was not only passed down orally.

The notion that ancient African education was oral and not written is only a myth. In his book, “Reversing Sail: A History of the African Diaspora,” Dr Michael Gomez, an author and professor of history and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at New York University, declares that, from 300 B.C. to A.D. 350, the Meroë civilization had developed a writing system of its own.

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Ancient manuscripts from Timbuktu university



  1. Africans were literate far before Europeans.

Gomez states that while the Western perspective dates intellect and education back to the era of Socrates and Plato, the individuals of Egypt and Nubia developed “literate, urban-based, technologically advanced civilizations” centuries before the mere establishment of Rome, let alone Athens. In fact, in his book “Echoes of Ancient African Values,” Dr Joseph Bailey, a retired orthopaedic surgeon who has become an expert in the subjects of Ancient African history and African-American experiences, states that “modifications of Egyptian writing served as the basis for the ‘new’ writings developed for many Western Semitic languages — Phoenician, Hebrew, Aramaic, etc.”

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A portrayal of what Sankore university college in Timbuktu looked like in ancient times

  1. Africa was home to one of the oldest universities in the world.

Founded in A.D. 989 by the erudite chief judge of Timbuktu, Al-Qadi Aqib ibn Mahmud ibn Umar, the The Sankore Mosque, or Sankore University, is one of the oldest schools of higher learning in the world. A wealthy Mandinka woman financed Sankore, making it a leading centre of education, according to K.C. MacDonald, a lecturer of African Archaeology at the University College of London’s Institute of Archaeology, writes that the school “had no central administration, student registers, or prescribed courses of study; rather, it was composed of several entirely independent schools or colleges, each run by a single master or imam.” This university reportedly produced over 700,000 manuscripts.

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A Mandinka girl, a native of Mali


  1. Individuals travelled from all over to be taught by Africans.

According to Gomez, in the 1100s, the Africans of al-Andalus, a medieval Muslim state, significantly contributed to the “intense period of intellectual and cultural production” that lasted for 800 years. The African intellect of Iberia served as the foundation for the European Renaissance that began in the 1500s and lasted until the 1800s. Also, individuals travelled from all around the globe to study at the universities at Timbuktu in both the Mali and Songhai empires. In fact, revered European scholars, such as Herodotus, journeyed to Africa to obtain knowledge and information.





  1. Traditionally, everyone was involved in the educational process.

It takes a village to raise a child. In regards to African education prior to the arrival of Europeans, every generation was involved. In his book, “History and Development of Education in Tanzania,” Professor Philemon A.K. Mushi, the first and founding principal of the Mkwawa University College of Education, confirms that indigenous education in Africa was characterized by the “process of passing among the tribal members and from one generation to another the inherited knowledge, skills, cultural traditions, norms and values of the tribe.”

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A modern day primary school  class in Africa


  1. African education was never-ending.

Indigenous African education was a process that lasted a lifetime. In his article, “History of Education in East Africa,” Sam Witerson, a teacher of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, expresses that “African indigenous education was a lifelong process of learning whereby a person progressed through predetermined stages of life of graduation from cradle to grave.” Education was a journey, as opposed to a stepping stone toward monetary-inspired success.




  1. Ancient Kemet developed a highly complex and impressive system of schooling.

The late George Granville Monah James was an author and historian of South America. In his book, “Stolen Legacy,” he expounds upon the educational Egyptian Mystery System of Ancient Egypt. At the universities of Egypt, grammar, rhetoric and logic eliminated irrationality. Geometry and arithmetic harboured the theories and techniques in which individuals eliminated problems, both internally and physically. And, astronomy gave individuals the ability to obtain knowledge and examine destiny. Lastly, music served as the “living practice of philosophy.”

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Hatshepsut (c. 1479 B.C. – 1458 B.C.) said to be of African ethnic origin
Regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs; Hatshepsut was the fifth ruler of the 18th dynasty. According to Egyptologist James Henry Breasted, she is also known as “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.”


  1. The Egyptian Mystery Schools inspired Greek philosophy.

In “Stolen Legacy,” James uncovers the five primary elements that link Greek philosophy to the aspects of the Egyptian Mystery Schools. First, many Greek philosophers found studying the sciences to be pivotal; this action was a requirement for membership into the Egyptian Mystery System. Second, the four cardinal virtues of Plato heavily resemble the 10 virtues of the Egyptian Mystery System. Third, the religious institutions of Greece bear a striking resemblance to the temples of Egypt; just as the religious palaces and temple of Egypt, the religious institutions of the West are often constructed of stone and characterized by entrances lined by statues, large courts and ceilings that favour the sky with paintings of clouds or stars. Fourth, the temple of Delphi, which is often mentioned throughout the legends of Greek mythology, was solely of Egypt. And, fifth, while the later rulers of Greece opposed Egyptian influences, many philosophers of ancient Greece imitated Egyptian worship.

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What Queen Hatshepsut is said to have looked like


  1. In Ancient Egypt, the scribe was the epitome of intellect.

In ancient Egypt, education was reserved for the royals, the rich and the “gatekeepers” of society; the scribes were these gatekeepers. In his book, “Eloquence of the Scribes: a Memoir on the Sources and Resources of African Literature,” Ayi Kwei Armah, a Ghanaian scholar, author and translator, explains that these individuals had an “unmistakable stamp of genius,” as well as “such high organizational skills that their civilization lasted thousands of years, longer than any other.” While most scribes were of the elite class, scribes could be a member of any social class, and, while most scribes were men, evidence has shown that female scribes existed. Scribes were responsible for multiple tasks, which included preserving history, collecting taxes and composing written recollections of everyday life in Egypt. Prior to becoming a scribe, one had to undergo intense training characterized by apprenticeship.


  1. African education was rooted in collectivism, as opposed to individualism.

“(E)ducation or (e)ducation in Traditional African Societies? A Philosophical Insight,” a paper written by Amasa Philip Ndofirepi and Elizabeth Spiwe Ndofirepi, conveys that, in regards to education, communalism is “the responsibility of the community to see to it that children are raised appropriately and that as they grow into adulthood they will provide for the older members of the community.” the major goal of traditional education in Africa is to produce a complete individual; one who is cultured, respectful, integrated, sensitive and responsive to the needs of the family and neighbours.





November Prayer points requests

  • Black history month October 2015, racism in the UK : – prayer for the 4 black women who got turned away from a west end London night club for being too dark and too fat even though the largest was a UK size 12 USA size 10. Prayer for the nightclub’s management team and owners .  It is said that Westminster council will be conducting an investigation on nightclubs in the area as several complaints have been reported. Prayer requested for a fair and just investigation outcome
  • Our sister Franca in Tanzania’s request “attacks against Christians are increasing :

  • Reports from our sister Franca informing us of pending civil war rumours due to disputed election results in October 2015 elections in Tanzania



Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests


  • Please like our page on Facebook (search Africa Hopes In Christ) or follow us on Twitter (search @AfricaHopes )
  • Please donate as we need funding  for presentations, need leaflets, brochures , powerpoint presentation materials and equipment
  • Need volunteers with financial and banking experience to join Loan and Grant Assessor Panel
  • Need fundraising volunteers to visit churches and be a spokesperson for AHIC in the business network club circuit. So if you can spare an hour or two please contact us.
  • Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer
    • Our Aims are
    • 1′.To fund local African business people with interest free loans
    • 2. To fund Infra Structure projects via grants
    • 3. To fund health system projects via grants
    • 4. To support churches in helping their community via Christian, family and marriage support programs



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World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

Welcome Prayer Partners,

Welcome to our October 2015 Newsletter

September the 10th 2015 was World Suicide Prevention Day and as many of you will know, life has not been easy for me throughout my adult years.  But I have made it through by putting my trust in our Lord Jesus

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When I face my Goliaths or my storms in the sea of Galilee , I have learnt through the years  to quietly  recite my mantra “ God is good, God is loving , God is powerful  and He love me”  until  it seeps into my consciousness .

I read Joni Eareackson Tada’s book , a Christian quadriplegic (paralysed from neck downwards) way back in the 80s and have watched her life closely since.  Her ups and downs inspire me and put to shame my petty complaints as I watched her relentlessly cling to Jesus. And I was overjoyed when  He  blessed  her  with a husband,  decades  later (one of her wish lists).   She is still a quadriplegic but she has a career, a business, she is educated, has a wonderful extended family, caring and intimate friends and now a husband. She is contented  and knows that life is a test, a trust and temporary and she knows she will definitely be healed one day either on earth but if not definitely in heaven.

So when you feel  down  and life’s blows hit you from the left , right and centre just read her testimony  (her book can be found in any good bookshop worldwide or on Amazon) “In this world you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world” says Jesus.   With Christ in the vessel we’ll smile at the storm.   None of us really know why evil and suffering exist, but we know,  there is a God  who lets us know that it is necessary because He came down from His throne to live the life of a carpenter in human form, to endure with us all the ups and down of life on earth because of His great LOVE for us.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” Not only did He come to us, He gave us HOPE of a life after death . So people like Joni, me and you, have the assurance that this pain we endure is temporary, enabling us to cope and live a life of contentment no matter what storms we are going through.

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Rick Warren in his book the Purpose Driven Life says it all, Life is a test, a trust and temporary.


So you might ask how can a modern day intelligent person like me get this peace in the midst of tumult.  It’s the gift of the Holy Spirit the 3rd Person of the Trinity given to us once we confess our sins, repent (completely and genuinely turn away from) and accept the Lord Jesus into our lives as our Lord, Master, Friend, and Lover of our souls.  This Holy Spirit is the One who gives peace of mind despite tumult all around. He directs, guides, teaches, admonishes and comforts, He never forces, for He is LOVE , the  3RD Person of the Trinity .

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Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire)

If you are struggling with life and want to know more, first pray to the true God, then go to a Christian church He leads you to, listen to a Christian radio station ( ), attend an Alpha course (can be found in churches worldwide ) For God has promised that when you seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul He will be found. Read the Christian bible. Pattern your life on Jesus Christ for the church is a group of imperfect people trying to follow a perfect God.  For Christ choses to nurture and grow us via the broken vessel of the church.



4 Birthmarks of a True Christian


1.       A forgiving spirit

2.       A loving heart

3.       A righteous life

4.       A hunger for doing life the right way according to the bible and the Holy Spirit’s leading


None of us quite live up to these completely but that why we need the GRACE of God and the God who sees the heart and knows us better than we know ourselves.


October Prayer points requests

·         World Suicide Prevention Day 10/09/15. Prayer for all those depressed and contemplating suicide

·         Our sister Franca in Tanzania’s request “ Can everybody please pray for Tanzania elections in October there is lots of confusion and lots of uncertainty and fear all over the country . The candidate for the CCM party left that party and joined the opposition party and people are very confused .  Can you please pray that God will choose our next president . These elections will really be very decisive for the future of Tanzania !!! Thank you



Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests


·         Please like our page on Facebook (search Africa Hopes In Christ) or  follow us on Twitter (search           @AfricaHopes )

·         Please donate as we need to funding for presentations, need leaflets, brochures , powerpoint presentation materials and equipment

·         Need volunteers with financial and banking experience to join Loan and Grant Assessor Panel

·         Need fundraising volunteers to visit churches and be a spokesperson for AHIC in the business network     club circuit. So if you can spare an hour or two please contact us.

·         Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer



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Prayer 4 Africa Sept 2015

Prayer 4 Africa Sept 2015

Welcome Prayer Partners,

In this edition we thank God for the successes  of all the  Athletes in the World Championships in Beijing last month.  Kenya for the first time came 1st with Jamaica a close 2nd and USA  3rd with UK  coming 4th.


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Most memorable moments were


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Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot wins 10,000M gold medal at the world championship in  Beijing 2015


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Kenyan  3000m Steeplechase Champion Ezekliel Kemboi


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Kenya’s David Rudisha regained his 800m world title at the on going Beijing 2015 world championships


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Kenyan javelin thrower Julius Yego records longest throw in 14 yrs in javelin with a mark of 92.72m at Beijing 2015 winning gold


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Greg Rutherford wins World Championships long jump gold for UK


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Jessica Ennis-Hill  wins World Championships heptathlon gold for UK


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Mo Farah wins 5000.for UK


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Jamaican Usain Bolt has won gold in the mens 200m finals at the 15th IAAF world championships in Beijing. Justin Gatlin took silver while South Africa’s Anaso Jobodwana won the bronze.


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South African Van Niekerk wins first gold for South Africa in the mens 400m at the 15th IAAF World Championships


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Mare Dibaba of Ethiopia takes gold in the women’s marathon after a sprint finish in the Bird’s Nest Stadium.




September Prayer points requests

  • Sierra Leone got one more death by ebola reversing its hopes last week of an end to the disease in the country.
  • Continue to remember in prayer the Nigerian Christian Chibok girls kidnapped 500 days ago 14/4/2014 to 27/8/2015 by the terrorists Muslim  Boko Haram
  • Compassion and love for the Calais migrants whilst understanding for the EU and UK governments. May a just and loving solution be found
  • Prayer for the peace deal brokered between the rebels and the South Sudan President in August 2015, for lasting peace and an end to the brutal war
  • Prayer for healing  and an end to the outbreak of cholera in Tanzania
  • Prayer for the provision, direction and fruitfulness for the mission hopes of our sisters Franca Mercati  for  Tanzania  and Karen Roach for  South Africa


Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests

  • Still trying to get AHIC registered by Charity Commission , An accountant firm agreed to help
  • Thanksgiving  for website completed  and social media campaign started with Facebook (search Africa Hopes In Christ) and Twitter (search @AfricaHopes )
  • Next stage is funding presentations, need leaflets, brochures , powerpoint presentation materials, equipments and volunteers for churches and business network clubs
  • Need volunteers with financial and banking experience to join Loan and Grant Assessor Panel
  • Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer



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Calling All Prayer Warriors

Welcome to April’s newsletter all Prayer for Africa warriors.

It is often said that the continent Africa and the word corruption are synonymous. But is this the case? Corruption on a large scale can be found all over the world, in all races and continents.

For instance we have all heard of the Profumo scandal in the 60s, and recently, cash for questions, the MP expenses scandal, Watergate and the open bribery system of lobbying practised legally in the USA congress and senate.

Corruption is also said to be widespread in Asia and the Middle East. So why is Africa stigmatized and corruption emphasized as a particular problem for the continent. Premier radio presenter Muyiwa interviews a Christian lady charged with tackling corruption in Uganda, Madame Irene Mulyagonya (image below) commonly known as Madame IGG.  


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Muyiwa of Premier Radio: What is the mandate that the Inspector General Department has?


Madame IGG: We are charged with fighting corruption within the government in Uganda and ensuring law and order in public office and making sure that no administrative injustice occurs in public office. I report directly to the President and parliament.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio:  How did you end up getting this position?


Madame IGG:I was a judge and in fact had only been appointed a judge for four years. I was quite happy in my job , it was a quiet life, I would wake up in the morning, attend court, hear my cases, make a judgement. I was behind the scenes, out of the public eye and I loved it as I’m the sort of person who enjoyed writing my judgements, stating my argument and they would not be challenged as they were well thought out and solid but in this job everything you say is vigorously challenged as there is always someone who disagrees.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio: So why did you take up such a position alien to your nature?


Madame IGG: Firstly, I had a dream about the President of Uganda landing on a helicopter in my home’s compound. Two or three days later the President asked me to meet him at his residence. With trepidation and worry I went , wondering if it had anything to do with my dream. There he asked me to accept the position of Inspector General . My initial response was negative but he was very persuasive so I ended up agreeing but felt no peace. So going into my bible, the verses in Proverbs, seek wisdom and I will be with you kept reoccurring throughout my bible study and I became convinced that it was God’s will for me and obedience required and that God would indeed accompany me in this position, protecting and giving me wisdom, correct application of knowledge gained. Armed with this, I finally felt peace about the appointment.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio:  Is the position risky?


Madame IGG:  In this position we are sometimes dealing with contracts of millions of dollars and powerful interests at stake. For example, we were asked to investigate an award of a contract regarding the construction of a hydro electric power plant in central northern Uganda, 600 mega watts and there was a fight between foreign companies and accusations of unsuitability of the company awarded and misrepresentation of the facts given to the committee awarding body. This was a case that arose when I was just 8 months into the position and still finding my feet. Questions such as, will my decision stand? Am I safe? Will my decision be acceptable? were whirling around my mind . There were very many middle men, all with their own agenda and opinions. I conducted the investigation and produced a report to the best of my ability.


As to my safety, I am given several policemen to travel with me, three personal guards, two at night and one during the day, a driver also a trained security officer. At first I did not believe I needed this amount of protection but soon found out that it was necessary and vital for the work I am charged to do.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio:  How do you feel when your decisions are challenged and you are verbally attacked?


Madame IGG: Everyone has an opinion about what I do or don’t do. For instance, a TV presenter vigorously challenged my decision to stop a road construction project in Mokono, stating that I was preventing the development of the country and I was not the right person for such an important job. The circumstances were that a contract had been awarded to a spurious company abroad for around 165 billion Ugandan shillings ( $60 million ) 24 Billion Ugandan shillings had been misappropriated to this strange company and no work had been done on the road and there was no accountability or knowledge about what this company was going to do or not do. A report was made to my department and we decided it warranted an investigation and further funds for the construction was halted. One never knows whose toes one is treading on or how important the people involved are. It was intimated that a minister of government was involved.


However I do sometime take such attacks personally especially if it involves my family members. My daughter has just been appointed to a new position within government after graduating from university, her first position and allegations totally unfounded have been propagated as to nepotism due to my position, her working life has been turned into a living hell and this has been going on non-stop for months.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio:  Why is corruption in Africa highlighted whilst other parts of the world are spared from such vilification?


Madame IGG:  For most countries in Africa and this is true of Uganda, most of their economy is produced by government contracts. This means, that when government officials are corrupt, the economy as a whole is greatly affected, however this is not the case in the western world. For example, 80 % of our development budget comes from government. The rest of 20% is given to us from donor agencies such as foreign countries so we do not have enough to even support our development needs such as roads, health, education or in some cases housing for our people.


So when that 80% in misappropriated we are left without the basics and our development suffers a great deal. For instance, in the case explained earlier regarding the road in Mokono, that 24 billion Ugandan shilling misappropriated is lost forever if my department cannot trace and recover it, the road which was needed to connect a development hotspot delayed or even abandoned, the business people in Mokono are therefore deprived, the economy suffers and development hindered, the road will have to wait until the Uganda government can find another 24 billion Uganda shilling or it may be even shelved completely for another more pressing developmental goal. So corruption hinders Africa a lot more than it does other more developed countries with larger private sectors.


Muyiwa of Premier Radio:  Finally Madame IGG how would you like fellow Christians to uphold you in prayer?


Madame IGG:  First and foremost I would like COURAGE to perform my job to the best of my ability. Next, I would like WISDOM, to be able to apply the knowledge gained in the best possible way and that consequent actions are just, fair and appropriate. Thirdly, I would like prayer for security and SAFETY for myself and my family.



Africa Hopes in Christ prayer points for you to consider this month

  • For more Christians in positions of power and influence in African countries
  • For corruption to be curtailed drastically in Africa
  • Prayer against corruption in Tanzania as requested by our sister Franca
  • Prayer for Nigeria’s new President Mohammadu Buhari (image below) – for integrity, honesty, wisdom and genuine love for the Nigerian nation.

President Mohammadu Buhari


  • Let us pray for a children’s home in Ghana called Shekinah that houses 25 children aged from 2 to 22 years old. Wisdom for Ellen the Manager and her staff of house mothers. And for each individual child to have a real encounter with Christ resulting in a spirit filled led life fullfilling their God ordained purpose. We also pray for healing for those of the children who have encounter sexual abuse in the past. Let us bring to God and ask for the success of a gardening project which will enable the home to become self sufficient. As requested by our Brother and sister Will and Sue.
  • Prayer for a complete end to the ebola crisis in Sierra Leone and wisdom to apply lessons learnt so as to prevent a recurrence.

Further Africa Hopes in Christ prayer points

  •  At present AHIC is still awaiting a decision on its application with the Charity Commission. All our aspirations hang on us being acceptable as a charity with a charity registration number. Please pray for success in this area.

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Calling All Prayer Warriors

Calling All Prayer Warriors

Welcome to March’s newsletter all Prayer for Africa warriors.


This month we will on a lighter note explore the rich culture of the African people from east to west, central to south.  And for this purpose we have decided to explore traditional African wedding rites.


All across Africa, traditional cultural weddings are dying out with the influx and normalization of the so-called White Western wedding. The sample below is to show the richness and importance of continuing African weddings and halting the culturally destructive practice of aping the traditions of the West.

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The union of man and woman is a celebration of the natural continuity of life. Marriage is the only known incubator for the raising of balanced socially functional children. However, in all the communities the bride plays a very special role and is treated with respect because she is a link between the unborn and the ancestors. A bride might eventually bear a very powerful child. In some areas of East Africa the grooms family would even move to the brides village and set up a whole new house there.






In Ethiopia the Karo people enhance a young brides beauty by tattooing her abdomen with different symbols. Amhara people: most marriages are negotiated by the two families, with a civil ceremony sealing the contract. A priest may be present. Divorce is allowed and must also be negotiated. There is also a “temporary marriage,” by oral contract before witnesses.


The woman is paid housekeeper’s wages, and is not eligible for inheritance, but children of the marriage are legally recognized and qualify for inheritance. Priests may marry but not eligible for divorce or remarriage. The Wedding procedure starts with the grooms side sending a representative who request the marriage between the parties. Then an appointment is given and a verdict on the marriage is given. Before the wedding the Dowry  is given as agreed. On the wedding day the groom and three or four “bestmen”  go to the wife’s house. At the house the ladies family and friendscermonially block the entrance to the house. The associates must sing strongly and force their way into the house. The first bestman holds perfume and sprays everywhere inside the house. The brides family sing songs . Christian marriages, mainly in Tigray and Amhara regions, are often arranged by the parents of the bride and groom with a great deal of negotiation. According to tradition and culture the bride must be a virgin when the marriage takes place. Because the bride virginity is highly valued and a matter of pride in a Christian marriage, with the whole family being shamed if the bride is not virgin at marriage.




The Ghanaian marriage ceremony is a traditional ceremony where the groom accompanied by his family formally asks for the bride’s hand in marriage in the presence of family, friends and well wishers. The traditional ceremony is a necessary common rite of marriage for all Ghanaian couples. In Ghana today, some couples perform this alone as a marriage ceremony, however, most couples also go on to perform the western wedding in a church in addition to the traditional marriage ceremony.


The marriage ceremony starts with the “knocking” (kokooko) on the door ceremony. In the knocking ceremony the groom, along with his father and some elder members of the family visits the brideshouse to announce their marriage intentions. Often times this ceremony is performed a week or two before the actual marriage ceremony. The knocking (“kookooko”) is derived from the Ghanaian tradition of knocking on at the entrance of a house before entering as a visitor. For the knocking ceremony the groom’s family brings along two bottles of alcoholic drinks, some money and colanuts  to the house to be presented  to the bride’s family. In the past, and to date, the drinks are used to pour libation. (Libation is a traditional form of prayer to the ancestral spirits and God).  When the drinks are presented, a designated spokesman from the grooms delegation formally asks the bride’s family for permission to enter the house and announce their intentions. If the drinks are accepted then it means permission has been granted to the visitors to state their intentions. The spokes person will then explain in the most lyrical language, that the groom, has seen a “beautiful flower” in the house of the bride’s family that he desires and would like to “uproot” that flower, not steal, from its keeper, hence they are here to ask for the brides hand in marriage and inquire about what is required in order to make that flower his own.


Once the intentions are announced, the bride’s family may ask the groom and his family to come back at a set later date during which the bride’s family will investigate the grooms family background further to see :


a) if the family has no chronic illness or genetic disabilities in the family
b) if family has a good reputation, that is no immediate family member such as a sibling, an aunt or uncle is known to be a thief, prostitute or murderer
c) if the groom has no illegitimate children or has another marriage elsewhere etc.
d) if the groom is of good character and well matched to the bride


Often times the background inquiry is made when the bride’s family knows nothing or knows little of the groom’s family. If they are satisfied and pleased with what they find out, they will send a list of things to the groom and his family to provide before they can marry the bride.


On the set date the groom and his family, along with invited guests show up early at the bride’s house. The groom’s family sits on one side, while the other bride’s family sits on the other side facing each other. Elders from both families begin the marriage ceremony with a prayer and introductions. The groom’s family begins by presenting the dowry and all the other items on the list one, by one. At each stage, the items are checked to make sure everything asked on the list is being presented. Negotiation is possible if the groom’s family feels too much is being asked of them. The bride is not present in all of these proceedings. The groom, although present, does not speak at  all of these proceedings as all the speaking and negotiation is done on his behalf by the designated spokes person from his family.
Once everything has been presented to the bride’s family, the bride would then be brought into the gathering. Because a decoy can be used to “tease” the groom, the groom is asked to verify if this is indeed his bride. Once he confirms, she is asked three times by her father if she agrees to marrying the groom. She is asked if they should accept the dowry and accompanying gifts from the groom’s family. When she agrees, then the groom will slide the ring onto her fingers and kiss and hug her. An elder presents a bible to both the groom and bride as a symbol of how important religion should be in their married life. Prayers are said and blessings are given. The married couple is now congratulated and each elder in the room offers marriage advice to the new couple. Once all of this is done there is a huge celebration reception where food & drinks are served. There is lots of music and dancing till nightfall.




The Massai people of Kenya grow up with children of their own age and normally form relationships with these people. However, in marriage women are given to a man they do not know who is much older than themselves. The bride packs all her belongings and is dressed in her finest jewellery. At the marriage ceremony the father of the bride spits on the brides head and breasts as a blessing and then she leaves with her husband walking to her new home she never looks back fearing that she will turn to stone. This can be a very sad experience for the bride, who is 13-16 years old and may walk a long way to get to her new house. In order to ward off bad luck sometimes the women of the groom’s family will even insult the bride.


The Swahili of Kenya bathe brides in sandalwood oils and tatoo henna designs on her limbs. A women elder, or somo, gives instructions to the bride on how to please her husband. Sometimes the somo will even hide under the bed in case there are any problems! In a small city called Lamu, situated outside the coast of Kenya, lives a group of Swahili Muslims. In this community the weddings can be going on for a whole week with a lot of festivities consisted of singing, dancing and food. But these festivities are celebrated separate for men and women. After the “real” wedding the bride is shown in public, with a so-called, kupamba. This ceremony is always taking place the evening after the wedding and it is the grand finale of the passage rite, in which the young bride enters the married women’s world. Today this particularly ceremony has become more in focus than some years ago when the kuinngiandani (the entry) was the main attraction. It is a ceremony when the groom is walking down the streets to meet his bride and then complete first phase of the wedding. The kupamba has become more popular of various reasons, but the main reason is the fact that it is an opportunity for women to meet and have a good time without their husbands. When they enter this party they all take off their black veils and underneath they have beautiful dresses and wonderful haircuts etc. Another problem with this kupamba is that many families almost ruin themselves just to be able to have this party for their daughters. The musicians and food cost plenty of money. Sometimes the mother of the bride, female relatives and neighbours have to help out with the food and devote themselves to make the food some days before the ceremony.


In another area of Kenya the main feature of the wedding is the kupamba, which happens the night after the wedding, it is basically a display of the bride. It is very popular because it is a party just for the women, and when they enter the party they are able to take off their large veils and show off elaborate hairstyles and dresses. The party can almost become a competition because it is believed that if a women has a good husband he will get her beautiful jewellery and clothes.


For the Samburu people marriage is a unique series of elaborate ritual. Great importance is given to the preparation of gifts by the bridegroom (two goatskins, two copper earrings, a container for milk, a sheep) and of gifts for the ceremony. The marriage is concluded when a bull enters a hut guarded by the bride’s mother, and is killed.



South Africa


Thousands of Zulu virgins converge at the Enyokeni Zulu Royal Palace in September every year to celebrate the UmkhosiwoMhlanga (Reed Dance Festival). The Reed dance is an activity that promotes purity among virgin girls and respect for young women. The festival is part of the annual festivities on the calendar of the Zulu nation. During the Reed dance the virgins fetch the reeds from the river and bring them to the palace for the royal king, King Goodwill Zwelithini to inspect.


During the Reed dance the virgins fetch the reeds from the river and bring them to the palace for the royal king, King Goodwill Zwelithini to inspect.It was during this festival that the Zulu King chose his youngest wife. To many, this ceremony helps to preserve the custom of keeping girls as virgins until they get married. And in a nation ravaged by loose morals and HIV/AIDS it is a cultural buffer which holds back loose morality and promiscuity, thus giving women power over their bodies and thus self-respect and dignity.


Tswana Marriage Customs The Tswana (Setswana) speaking people of Botswana and South Africa have a marriage ceremony which begins with a delegation from the groom’s side approaching the bride’s side in an elaborate ceremony which takes place early in the morning. The delegation which comprise of an even number of men and women enter the compound of the bride’s family. The women carry part of the dowry or lobolla on their heads and proceed into the compound crawling on their knees. The male delegation approaches one of the several gathers of men which are representing the bride. These men are in one or more groups at the fire. There is a ceremonial air of tension. When the party at the fire greet the groom’s delegation they only reply with a rubble acknowledgment. They deliver gifts such as whisky and also a sheep which is to be slaughtered for the celebration to follow. The women wait on their knees and the bride’s party calls them “enemies” and ceremonially treat them with a slight contempt because they are there to take a member of their family away.




The lobolla consist of blankets (always), undergarments, and other useful things which is delivered and inspected by the bride’s representatives. By the fire the men discuss at length the lobolla and negotiate and sing praises of the husband to be. In modern times money replaces cows and R6000 (South African Rand) may represent one cow. Thus a typical dowry could be 10 cows, i.e. R60,000 After the negotiations are completed the entire delegation enters the house and is accommodated with refreshments. All parties return to their home and return later in the day for a lavish celebration and a meal. The bride’s parties are expected to give a sheep as a return offering, but in modern times for practicality sometimes money is used to represent this gift. In some Tswana culture the man purchases a bed which is pre-delivered to the bride’s family house. He must remain there until he can provide a house for his new wife. He is expected everyday to vacate the property at 03:00 in the morning and avoid being seen by any of his in-laws. This is said to encourage him to provide a new home for his new family.




The Zulu wedding takes many shapes and forms. Usually the bride changes more than three times on her wedding day, showing off to her in-laws how beautiful she is in different colors. Although it is not a Zulu custom for the bride to wear the white wedding gown, nowadays brides prefer to do so. The wedding takes place at the church, and during this time the bride is dressed in white. After church the wedding occurs at the bridegroom’s home. The bride changes into traditional outfit. During the traditional wedding the parties from the bride and the groom’s side compete through Zulu dance and songs. During this ceremony the family of the groom slaughters a cow to show that they accept the bride in their home. The bride puts money inside the stomach of the cow while the crowd looks on. This is a sign that she is now part of the family. The wedding ceremony ends with the bride giving gifts in the form of blankets to her new family, including the extended family. This tradition is called ukwaba. Even the long-deceased family members receive gifts and are represented by the living ones. The family cover themselves with the blankets in an open area where everybody will see. The spectators ululate, sing, and dance for the family.




Traditional Wolof wedding ceremonies, the parents of the groom-to-be sends elders to the girl’s parents with kola nuts and money to ask for her hand in marriage. The girl’s parents consult their daughter and either consent to or reject the proposal. If accepted, the parents of the bride to be distribute the kola nuts among the family and neighbours. This distribution is an informal way of announcing the impending wedding. In more traditional practices, the groom to be’s family paid the girl’s bride price in the form of money. This tradition, has been modernized and dowry is paid in money, cars or even houses. After the completion of the groom’s obligations, the two families set a wedding day. Before the wedding day, the groom’s family gives a party to welcome their daughter-in-law and to prepare her to live with her new family. The imam and elders advise the groom with the presence of the some representatives of the bride’s parents. Weddings traditionally take place at the groom’s home. Parents receive guests with food and drink (but not alcohol), while guests bring gifts of money, rice, drinks, ships, sugar, or spices. After the ceremony people feast and dance with guests hiring a griot (praise-singer) and giving further gifts to the groom’s parents. The girl moves to the husband’s (or his parent’s) home or compound, bringing utensils for cooking which she buys with the money from the bride price.


Zimbabwe  (Shona)


The marriage customs of the Shona people of Zimbabwe is a process of several months. Roora, the same as South Africa’s lobola is paid in a similar fashion to South Africa and Botswana. The bride however, decides when to go to her husband. She goes at night, with her female relatives escorting her. The day she chooses is a surprise to the groom. She is covered in white from head to toe so that no one can see her. As she walks into the village, his family starts dancing and ululating (to howl or wail, in grief or in jubilation). They also begin to prepare an impromptu party. The groom is found and told that his bride has arrived. The surprise is to see how the groom’s family reacts to an emergency. The bride, covered, walks through the whole village, taking her time. The villagers, all related to the groom, encourage her to keep on walking. They flatter her. They throw money at her feet and they sing songs about how happy they are that their people will live on because the bride has agreed to have babies for their son. She is eventually escorted into her mother in law’s home where she is encouraged to take off her veil with gifts and pleadings. That is when the family gets to see their daughter in law for the first time. A big party of dancing, and drinking begins all night long into the morning.


Hope you enjoyed the ride around Africa.


Prayer Points for you to consider this month:


  • Pray for an orderly election  and a God ordained capable person to win the elections in Nigeria


  • The right person to win the elections this year in Tanzania and for that person to have the will to tackle and eliminate the corruption problem within Tanzania


  • Let us raise our voice in prayer, asking the Lord to release  our fellow Christian Pastor Behnam Irani in prison for being a Christian in Iran


  • Thanking God for the successes of President Obama the first black president of the USA




Africa Hopes in Christ prayer points


  • At present AHIC is having some problems with opening a bank account within the UK and applying for a Charity commission registration number , please pray for success in these two areas



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God Bless AND THANKYOU Prayer For Africa Friends.



All our love


Yma and Prayer For Africa Friends


If you believe

And I believe

And we together pray

The Holy Spirit will come down

And Africa will be saved

Calling All Prayer Warriors

Calling All Prayer Warriors

Welcome to February’s newsletter all Prayer for Africa warriors.


Over the last year we have been praying for different problems in different African countries, so we have decided led by the Holy Spirit and James 2v14-26 “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”, to move on into putting our faith into action.  We have decided to set up a charity called Africa Hopes in Christ designed to play it’s part in Africa’s spiritual and commercial development and our Prayer for Africa support group will continue to prayer for Africa’s problems and cover the charity’s activities in prayer.


We aim to provide:

  • Business Loans and Mentoring   
  • Infra- structure funding
  • Health systems funding
  • Marriage and Family support
  • Local churches overseeing all local activities


Our goals and values are

INTEGRITY              LOVE               PROVISION




Our desire is to MAKE A DIFFERENCE and we believe that

Together We Can


    • Business Loans and Mentoring

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Africans have a massive amount of talent and resources. However lack of knowledge, encouragement and funds hinder many intelligent Africans from achieving their God-given potential.


      • Infra-structure funding  Africa according to the African Development Bank is growing economically by leaps and bounds but poor infra structure such as lack of roads, trains, electricity, internet and good tele communication etc are greatly needed to assist continued growth.


      • Health systems funding


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Incidences like AIDS AND Ebola ,lack of clean water and sanitation has continued to cripple Africa and until good health systems are in place, prosperity remains a myth.

    • Marriage and Family support

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The smallest unit of a civilized community is the family. Strengthening family ties, supporting Christian marriages and the bringing up of the next generation in a Godly and Christlike manner is a necessity for all peoples including Africans


  • Local churches overseeing all local activities


We have decided that the best way to provide assistance is through the local churches, where we can find committed Christians with a passion for their people and directed by the HOLY SPIRIT of CHRIST


Why support AHIC?

  • We will liaise with Africans at every step of the process resulting in sustainable and effective assistance


  • We will make every effort to understand the culture of every African country we work in treating everyone with dignity and respect


  • We appreciate the fact that Africans have many talents and resources at their disposal and that’s all that is sometimes needed is encouragement and access to funds


  • Our values of integrity, love and provision permeate throughout all our activities


  • All local churches will be carefully selected by recommendation , vetted and agree to be monitored by a multi national accountancy firm operating in the particular country to ensure effective use of funds


  • We will provide transparent financial accounts and activities on our website and  monthly newsletter. At present we are still developing our website which will be when completed


  • We aim to play our part in Africa’s spiritual and commercial development. The Prayer for Africa support group covers all the charity’s activities in prayer.


We have been inspired by organisations such as Release who practically help and pray for the persecuted church worldwide,  Tearfund who seek to eliminate poverty wherever it finds it and non Christian organisations like AVAAZ (group of socially conscious ordinary people) who campaign successfully against  injustice, inhumane and  unfair practises worldwide. Being a part of these organisations has given us courage and a deep desire to do something likewise.


However not only organisations but our  heroes have been individuals like Joni Eareackson Tada, a quadriplegic (paralysed from the neck downwards) who stubbornly clung to the Lord Jesus Christ during the darkest periods of her life and years later, went to college, managed a bookshop, is a public speaker, manages a charity providing wheelchairs for the 3rd world disabled and married the man of her dreams.


Looking back and taking inspiration from these people we believe with God anything is possible and my motto is “With Christ in the vessel we will smile at the storm”  So with much trepidation I ask you to join me make a success of Africa Hopes in Christ.  We are  at the moment in the process of registering the charity with the charity commission, setting up a website, social media presence , bank account and contacting our contacts in Africa. We propose to start activities in Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa. Starting with funding and mentoring  local business people with great business ideas.



What Can You Do?

1. Pray for Charity Commission Registration success as this is the most important issue at present


2. Donate ( We are in the process of setting up a charity bank account but in the meantime please contact Ymaon 01895 270505 or 07506229064with your donations if so led by the Holy Spirit)


3. Volunteer your expertise :  We need Fundraisers, Church /Connect Group AHIC Representative, Graphic Designers, Website Designers,  Africa Experts,  people with a knowledge of charity administration, Accountants with charity expertise, Solicitors with charity expertise, Business  mentors  etc.  All welcome Contact  Yma at 01895 270505 or




07506229064/ 01895 270505        


God Bless AND THANKYOU Prayer For Africa Friends.


All our love


Yma and Prayer For Africa Friends



If you believe

And I believe

And we together pray

The Holy Spirit will come down

And Africa will be saved