Well Done Sports men and women of color at Rio 2016

Well Done Sports men and women of color at Rio 2016

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our September  Newsletter

In this edition we are saying well done to a few exceptional sports men and women of African origin  during the 2016 Rio Olympics.  But before that let’s report on what AHIC has been doing so far.

AHIC intends to help the ordinary people of Africa become efficient and highly successful entrepreneurs, as well as aiding the economy as a whole through infra-structure improvement. We all know that without a healthy population economic advancement is a myth so funding improved health systems is a must. Family life is also dear to us as we believe that attitudes and life choices are chosen and formed at very young ages within the family circle. So if there is to be a change for the better within African countries, it must start at family level. Hence we are prepared to set aside a large proportion of our grants for family support.

At present we have a Sierra Leonean  author for  whom AHIC  funds the publishing of his book  (This is a loan)   “The Sherbros of West Africa”, a book publishing project, about an industrious African tribe/people who are disappearing as they assimilate into neighbouring societies, written by an African author. This is part of our “Enlightenment” projects because it enlightens the reader (African or not) to the industrious nature of these amazing and adaptable people, and can inspire the next generation of great Africans.

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Before and Afters pics of desperately ill Malawian lady’s residence

We have a second live project for  a physically ill Malawian lady living in Manchester UK, AHIC has already pressurized an unwilling housing association to renovate the  badly damaged structure of the lady’s premises, called in the pest control department to fumigate the premises and arranged with a local  linked good neighbor befriending agency for which she is at present on their waiting list. We have also part funded a carpet for her living room and intend to do the rest of her home within the next few months. (This is a grant).

AHIC is also in the process of negotiating with an experienced water engineering charity to supply clean water village by village in Sierra Leone,  West Africa. Said charity already in Mali and Bukino Faso. We are also hoping to raise funds for a school for street children  in Freetown Sierra Leone.

WELL DONE BLACK ACHIEVERS IN RIO 2016

Africa Won 43 Medals at the 2016 Olympics

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Caster Semenya made history for South Africa.  Caster Semenya became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold for South Africa. She won the 800 metres gold beating Burundi’s and Kenya’s who took silver and bronze respectively. – AFKInsider

 

 

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South A’frica’s Niekerk became the first African to break a sprint world record Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa became the first man to run under 43 seconds in the 400 meters. He won gold in 43.03 seconds, breaking the 17-year old record of 43. 19, set by legendary Michael Johnson of USA in 1999 in Seville, Spain. (Another superb African American) He is the first African to hold a sprint world record. – AFKInsider

 

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Well Done!  Mauritius Athlete beat cancer to compete in Rio.  Mauritien  Fabienne St Louis competed in the women’s triathlon, barely a year since she was diagnosed with cancer. Fabienne was diagnosed with salivary cancer in December 2015. She underwent two surgeries to remove the tumour and cancerous cells in April this year, leaving her with paralysis for three months. She was forced to withdraw from the Olympics race midway after the swimming race. – AFKInsider

 

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Kenya’s Rudisha equaled an old record David Rudisha of Kenya won the Men’s 800 metres, defending the title won in Beijing four years ago. The win earned a place in Olympics history alongside Douglas Lowe of Britain (1924, 1928), Mal Whitfield of USA (1948, 1952) and Peter Snell of New Zealand (1960, 1964) as athletes to defend their Olympic crowns in the race. – AFKInsider

 

AHIC Olympics Ethiopia 11 Almaz-AyanaEthiopia’s Ayana shatters New record Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia won the 10,000 metres, setting a new world and Olympic record of 29:17: 45 seconds. Wang Junxia of China held the previous World record of 29:31:78 while compatriot, Tirunesh Dibaba held the Olympic record of 29:54:66, set at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. – AFKInsider

 

 

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Simone Manuel defied America’s racist swimming history in 52:70 seconds. She became the first African-American woman to win any individual medal in swimming, let alone the gold. Manuel tied for first place, setting an Olympic record with Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak. But Manuel also recognized that her historic victory is inextricably tied to the fight for justice against police violence in the country she represents. “It means a lot, especially with what is going on in the world today, some of the issues of police brutality,” Manuel said to reporters after her gold medal performance. “This win hopefully brings hope and change to some of the issues that are going on. My color comes with the territory .” Indeed, for many people of color, the Olympics are an opportunity to show they’re the best America has to offer while recognizing racial injustice. And Manuel’s statement on police brutality carries on this legacy.

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Many wonder where Simone Biles’s brilliance and resilience derives from, but you don’t have too dig far to find where her gift of gymnastics comes from: Simone is outspoken about her Christian faith.

Simone’s faith in Jesus Christ has always played a prominent role in her life and success. When I learned everything Simone endured on her road to Rio, I realized God was using her in extraordinary ways

 

AHIC Olmpics 16 Usain Bolt Jamaica Mens-Olympic-100m-Semi-FinalsNo well done for people of colour in the Olympics can honestly ignore our “greatest” Usain Bolt, the current world record holder with 9.58 seconds, comfortably crossed the line in 9.81 – the slowest time out of any of his major 100m wins.

 

 

 

AHIC Olympics 16 Kenya-Ethiopia 5k GmYPRKyU-774x540Kenyans CHERUIYOT Vivian Jepkemoi and OBIRI Hellen Onsando won Gold and Silver respectivily, while Ethiopian AYANA Almaz won Bronxe for the Women’s 5000m Final

 

 

 

 

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More Applause as Nigeria’s Chierika Ukogu Reaches Olympic Rowing Semi-Finals

Tokyo Look out for Chierika !!!

 

 

 

AHIC Olympics 16 Ghana swimming hopeful 840361491_846151Fourteen-year-old Kaya Adwoa Forson is making history as Ghana’s first representative for swimming at the summer Rio Olympic Games. Forson will compete in the women’s 200m freestyle swimming. As young as Forson is, this is not the first time Forson will be representing Ghana. In 2015 — at just 13 — she became Ghana’s sole representative at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia. She competed in both the 200m freestyle and the 200m backstroke events, where she placed 66th and 44th, respectively.  Forson may not yet be a world star — many do not consider her a medal hopeful at the current Olympics — but one appears to be definitely in the cards for her future.

At just 14, she is already competing and holding her own against full-grown pro-athletes who are at the peak of their careers, and at the World Championships in Kazan, she was the youngest swimmer.

And for her age group, she consistently places within the top 5 or top 10 in her events. In one such qualifying event toward the Rio Olympics, which featured 296 athletes representing 49 clubs and 21 countries over two days of competition, Forson, again, ranked within the top 10.   Forson currently lives in Malaga, Spain, where she trains with Real Club Mediterráneo de Málaga. And while she holds a dual nationality, she has chosen to represent Ghana and is integral to Team Ghana in Rio, after settling an initial controversy concerning her passport early in her career.  Tokyo Look out for Kaya !!! – Face2Face

AHIC Olympics 16 Niciola Adams Boxing 160053With such a brilliant smile of pure joy  we had to include Gold medalist Nicola Adams of Great Britain as she poses during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Boxing Fly (48-51kg) on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. God blessings Nicola.

 

 

 

 

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Bronze medalists Asha Philip, Desiree Henry, Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita of Great Britain stand on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 4 x 100 meter Relay on Day 15 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

 

 

 

 

September  Prayer points requests

  • For Our Lord to bless and strengthen all sport people of color and as they strive to excel in their individual sports. Teach them the lessons of perseverance, patience, determination and self control as well as the newest and most progressive skills of their trade. And make them thankful for the talent given to them by the Almighty as we look forward to Tokyo 2020

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 )
  • Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer. Please contact us on http://www.ahic.org.uk/update-me/  if interested in becoming a prayer partner and receiving this newsletter. And if our projects and ethos has touched your heart please support us in one or two of the four ways recommended in http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic/
  • Thanking God for Africa Hopes In Christ first year in operation February 2015 to February 2016.
  • We have two live projects

1) Funding the publishing of Rowland Stevens’  book The Sherbros  of West Africa  a Sierra Leonean Author

2) Part funding a carpet as part of badly needed renovation on a Malawian lady living in Manchester UK

  • Our bookstore will be operational this September http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/  We will be  reviewing some of our books in the coming months on Facebook and Twitter

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GOD BLESS and THANK YOU 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

Why choose to love a modern African gentleman?

Why choose to love a modern African gentleman?

Welcome Prayer Partners,

To our August  2016  Newsletter  

In this edition we are exploring some prejudices we have, due to unfair stereo typing.  African men and possibly black men in general have had a bad press, we all know that the police type cast them and unfairly target them, but did we know that this type casting has also affected black women and their choices when looking for a spouse. I came across a very  interesting article about just this topic and decided to share with you all.  Feedback welcomed.

10 Reasons to LOVE the Modern African Gentleman!

Original post by Sandra Appiah and Fred Ngugi April 2016 Face2Face 

This piece was inspired by a very difficult conversation  Sandra Appiah had with her girlfriends over dinner. What started off as a fun discussion about marriage and relationships turned into an episode of “African men-bashing” for everything they were not. To her dismay, all the girls, most of whom happened to be African-born confessed their lack of interest in dating African men. Their main argument was that African men simply cannot accommodate or in their own words “handle” the successful, modern African woman

It’s not surprising to hear some women swearing to never marry from a particular race, tribe or culture. But as Sandra is currently happily married to a wonderful African gentleman, she couldn’t help but feel totally uncomfortable and displeased with the misconceptions about African men, especially coming from other African women.

In every race, there are stereotypes, both cultural and social that define men and women. We’ve all heard all kinds of myths about African men. While it is wise to consider certain aspects of the person you wish to date, it is important that you do not generalize based on experience, and that you draw your conclusions based on facts and not myths. Not every African man is controlling or possessive; not every African man believes that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Actually, the modern African gentleman is quite the opposite.

Sandra  strongly believes that African men of this particular generation are the ‘cream of the crop’, however our women focus so much on their flaws that we fail to recognize how exceptional they are. It is certainly an opportunity missed.

Regardless of the kind of impression you have of the African man, there are certain characteristics that make him the most lovable. A closer look at some of these characteristics  reveals why most ladies, whether African or foreign, should consider dating the African man.

So in case you do not know or forgot, here is a reminder as to why the modern African gentleman is the one to catch.  

They are Educated

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Statistics show that African men today are some of the most educated and brightest around the world. Whereas their counterparts may settle for a bachelors degree, they are more likely to pursue a graduate degree or higher. Higher education is very important to them and they work very hard to attend the best schools. So if you think you cannot find an African man that meets your education level, think again!

 

 

 

They Value Marriage

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The African society places a lot of value on marriage and many traditions consider the union of man and woman as a sacred rite of passage. Every African man is expected to go through several initiation stages, one of which is matrimony. Marriage is an occasion that marks a man’s transition to another stage of life while integrating him into a bigger sphere of meaning and respect. To most African men, marriage is one of the greatest achievements in life and they will do whatever needs to be done to protect their marriage.

 

 

 

 

They Work Hard

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Every African man grows up knowing that he has an obligation to provide for his family. He will therefore make the necessary sacrifices to put bread on the table. Being the head of the family, the society expects the African man to guarantee his family a good life, ensuring they are well fed and educated. In the African society, a man who can’t feed his family is considered a total letdown. These traditions have succeeded to pass through generations despite the western civilization.

 

They Make Great Chefs

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African men learn to survive on their own from an early age. It’s therefore quite rare to find a real African man who doesn’t know how to prepare a nice meal. Although women do most of the cooking in the African society, men inevitably learn how to prepare their mother’s favorite recipes. A good case in point is the ward winning South African chef Reuben Riffel who holds great titles such as SA Chef of the year (2004), Eat Out restaurant of the Year (2004) and Unilever Chef of the Year (2007).

 

They Are Fashionable

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The modern African gentleman has a great sense of style. Being very conscious of his appearance, he devotes a great deal of effort and attention to his fashion.  This is very important to him because he understands that it is part of his image. And as he endeavors to turn heads in every room he enters, he goes the extra mile to achieve this.

They are Romantic

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Gone are the days where African men only kept their wives in the kitchen at home. The modern African gentleman has great taste and wants to impress his partner. Fancy romantic getaways is part of the norm, and the woman can expect romantic surprises frequently.  A first date with him is quite extraordinary.  He will show up well dressed, smelling good, and will most likely sweep you off your feet.

 

 

They Are Achievers

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When you consider influential personalities such as Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and many others, there is no doubt that African men are real achievers. Even the US President Barrack Obama, the world’s most powerful leader, is half African.  After years of captivity and inferiority complex, the African man wants to make his presence felt and will go the extra mile to achieve his dreams.

 

 

 

 

 

They are Feminists!

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The Modern African man does not conform to stereotypes about roles of men and women. They recognize that marriage is a partnership and does not limit their woman to certain societal expectations. They support and encourage their women, and believe in equality for all.

 

 

They are Family-Oriented

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If there is one thing the Modern African man dreams of, it is to have a family of their own some day. This is very important to him, and is the reason for his hard work. His goal is to find a woman who shares the same values and settle down, and have lots of children to take over his businesses when he is frail someday.

 

 

They are Well-Cultured

Culture is very important to the modern African man, and they look for a woman who shares the same value. They want a home that is culturally sensitive, and  want to ensure that their children grow up with  a strong sense of culture and identity. 

Despite all the claims of chauvinism, highhandedness, and violence, the African man has proved to be a polite, caring and well-mannered being. Sandra’s  advise to single women is not to allow the myths and stereotypes to cloud your judgment. Although not all of them will have these traits, give yourself the opportunity to get to know them, and then make a sound decision based on facts and not what you’ve heard.

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
  • For more details see    www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic/

August   Prayer points requests

  • For France and it’s security crisis re ISIS
  • For the right leader to lead the world in the world’s most powerful democracy the USA
  • Common sense to rule over prejudice in all spheres of life
  • Economic prosperity for Africa

Africa Hopes In Christ prayer requests

  • Please like our page on Facebook (search Africa Hopes In Christ) or  follow us on Twitter (search @AfricaHopes )
  • Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer. Please contact us on yma@ahic.org.uk if interested in becoming a prayer partner and receiving this newsletter
  • For successful fundraising and awareness campaign this semester August to December 2016
  • Prayer needed for our current negotiations and hopeful collaboration with Operation Wellfound a Christian charity assisting Africa’s water and sanitation requirements

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GOD BLESS and THANK YOU 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

 

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 AfricanFarming.net.

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
  • For more details see    www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic/

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

Africa Hopes In Christ prayer requests

  • Please like our page on Facebook (search Africa Hopes In Christ) or  follow us on Twitter (search @AfricaHopes )
  • Need a group of committed Christians to commit to covering AHIC in prayer. Please contact us on yma@ahic.org.uk if interested in becoming a prayer partner and receiving this newsletter
  • Thanking God for Africa Hopes In Christ’s first year in operation – February 2015 to February 2016.
  • Prayer needed for our current projects

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GOD BLESS and THANK YOU 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

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 Muslimheritage.com. 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 :

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/churches.torched.by.extremists.in.tanzania/66116.htm

  • 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

 

 

07506 229064/ 01895 270505

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GOD BLESS and THANK YOU 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

 

 

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.

 

WELL DONE TO ALL THE ATHLETES THAT TOOK PART IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Beijing 2015

 

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

 

 

07506 229064/ 01895 270505

info@ahic.org.uk               www.ahic.org.uk 

 

GOD BLESS and THANK YOU 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