The wealth of Africa explained?

The wealth of Africa explained?

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In this May edition we would like to introduce you to a lady we have huge respect for, Mallence Bart Williams a German born Sierra Leonean Economics graduate.  As a fellow Sierra Leonean born in the UK and economics graduate I totally identify with her view,  achievements and ethos.  Prayer warriors this is what she has to say and it seems to me to be a cry from the heart of Africa to the rest  of the world for fairness, honesty and compassion in a genuine way.

The wealth of Africa explained?

Good afternoon. I am Mallence. And I come from the richest country in the world. It is located in the richest continent in the world, in the West of the richest continent. My country is called Sierra Leone.

On the surface we are blessed with infinite beauty and abundance of flora and fauna, producing the most exquisite harvests of coffee, cocoa, fruits, vegetables and a rich culture. You name it, we’ve got it.

We also have diverse wildlife and vast marine resources, and waterfalls, and rivers that run into the most beautiful beaches. The land is golden. Literally. A true paradise.

Which of course is inhabited by the most beautiful souls.

We have a very strong cultural heritage.

In fact, Sierra Leone had the first sub-Saharan university. Prior to that there was one in the kingdom of Timbuktu, which was the first university in the world, succeeding the great Gnostic schools of Egypt and Osiris.

On a deeper level, we are blessed with the real treasures the kings and queens of this world desire

This was the largest alluvial diamond ever found. It weighs almost a thousand carats, 969 to be precise.

This beauty was found by an old lady in her back yard about 2 years ago. 125 carats.

Some people mine gold in their back yards. That’s quite common.

Besides gold and diamonds, we have about 20 precious minerals that have been discovered as of today. We recently started extracting huge petroleum reserves that have been discovered. We have platinum, ilmenite to make titanium, rutile to coat jets, iron ore, the largest iron ore deposits in Africa, the third largest in the world. Tantalite, also known as coltan, used in your mobile phones and computers. Bauxite for aluminum production, zinc, chrome ore, copper, coal, phosphates, potassium, salt, lead, granite, asbestos, nickel, zircon. Furthermore, we have exquisite timber, like mahogany and teak. And we have the most beautiful stamps in the world.

Of course the West needs Africa’s resources, most desperately. To power airplanes, cell phones, computers and engines. And the gold and diamonds of course: a status symbol, to determine their powers by decor, and to give value to their currencies.

One thing that keeps me puzzled, despite having studied finance and economics at the world’s best universities. The following question remains unanswered: Why is it that 5,000 units of our currency is worth one unit of your currency, when we are the ones with the actual gold reserves?

It’s quite evident that the aid is in fact not coming from the West to Africa, but from Africa to the Western world. The Western world depends on Africa in every possible way, since alternative resources are scarce out here.

So how does the West ensure that the free aid keeps coming? By systematically destabilizing the wealthiest African nations and their systems, and all that backed by huge PR campaigns, leaving the entire world under the impression that Africa is poor and dying, and merely surviving on the mercy of the West. Well done Oxfam, Unicef, Red Cross, Life Aid, and all the other organizations that continuously run multi-million dollar advertisement campaigns depicting charity porn, to sustain that image of Africa, globally. Ad campaigns paid for by innocent people under the impression to help, with their donations

While one hand gives under the flashing lights of cameras, the other takes, in the shadows.

Last year the IMF reports that six out of ten of the worlds fastest growing economies are in Africa, measured by their GDP growth. The French treasury, for example, is receiving about 500 billion dollars, year in, year out, foreign exchange reserves from African countries based on colonial debt they forced them to pay. Former French president Jaques Chirac stated in an interview recently that we have to be honest and acknowledge that a big part of the money in our banks comes precisely from the exploitation of the African continent. In 2008, he stated that without Africa, France will slide down in the rank of a third world power.

This is what happens in the human world. In the world we have created. Have you ever wondered how things work in nature? One would assume that in evolution the fittest survives. However in nature, any species that is overhunting, overexploiting the resources they depend on as nourishment, natural selection would sooner or later take the predator out. Because it offsets the balance.

Now that I shared my perspective with you, I would like to share my initiatives with you.

As a Sierra Leonean, I am a diamond expert. I find them in the rough.

What nature created from the darkest substance, under the influence of heat and pressure, transforms into the strongest, most brilliant rocks.

These rocks have the consistency to sustain an entire nation.

Mallence goes on to explain about the charity she set up to help street people from one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of Freetown, Sierra Leone  turning them into international artists, engineers , lawyers etc.  Her rocks are human intelligence and initiative.

Thanks Mallence for this encouraging talk.

Africa Hopes In Christ seeks to emulate you and give Africans  the opportunity to excel.

Our present Projects 

 1At 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.

2.We have a second live project for  a physically ill Malawian lady living in Manchester UK, AHIC has already pressurised 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 neighbours befriending agency to visit her regularly . We have provided funds to insulate her home by carpeting her living room.   And we intend to fundraise to carpet the rest of her home.  (This is a grant).

3.  A third project in conjunction with another Christian charity, providing clean water to 10 villages in Sierra Leone, to be proceeded with a kitchen gardening venture for villagers and a health or first aider  within each village. Business loans for good ideas. This project is at final application stage requesting funding from DFID   (Department for International Development). It was whittled down from 3000 applicant charities to 120 which we are proud to say we are one of. The next stage is to further cut down to 40 worthy causes who will then be given the finances DFID has assigned to them, so much prayer is needed as all 120 charities are very good candidates. 

4. A fourth possible project may be in association with a local company in Senegal  and the international firm Orange an osusu saving type venture(local African type of banking) using Orange technology.  But this is at a very early stage of just expressing an interest, contracts and procedure, terms and conditions  will need to be drawn for this venture.  And it is hoped that we will assist with the company’s  Sierra Leone venture to start with.  This project will self finance itself with initial cost coming from the parent local company in Senegal. Our involvement will be to provide a large number of willing groups starting with the council of churches within Sierra Leone.

5. We also assist on a monthly basis  a local Sierra Leonean charity that helps orphans from the EBOLA crisis that hit Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea in 2014, as well as giving shelter and foster care to abandoned disabled children. (This is a grant)

6. We are currently fundraising for a Christian Nigerian lady to achieve her dream of managing a school in Lagos dedicated to giving understanding and practical teaching to youngster as opposed to repetitive memorising learning that is prevalent in Africa but gives children no explanation or understanding of the concepts they are learning about.  We need £2000 and we expect  that 100 people giving £20 each should kick start this venture. Please give to Africa Hopes In Christ , Royal Bank of Scotland, Uxbridge branch, UK  Account Number  10189448 Sort Code 16-33-24  (This is a loan)

 So what can you do to assist us help Africans help themselves?

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We need £2000 for  our school venture in Nigeria and we expect  that 100 people giving £20 each should kick start this venture. Please give to Africa Hopes In Christ , Royal Bank of Scotland, Uxbridge branch, UK  Account Number  10189448 Sort Code 16-33-24 

 Thank you once again for your support and valuable assistance and I hope you will agree to  help me and my team help Africans help themselves

 2017 Prayer Point

  • Please pray for a change for the better in the hearts and minds of the powerful within this world of ours regarding Africa and her problems
  • Please pray for more people of African origin to raise up and help their motherland rebuilding the disconnect of colonialism and slavery days
  • Please pray for African  leaders and the church in Africa to turn to our Commander in Chief the Lord Jesus and trust and obey in spirit and truth for he is a rewarder of hard, honest  work

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 yma@ahic.org.uk if interested in becoming a prayer partner and receiving this newsletter   http://www.ahic.org.uk/update-me/
  • Please support AHIC efforts to bring prosperity to the continent of Africa starting with
  • 1) Funds for our continued help to  an ill Malawian lady get decent accommodation in Manchester UK by providing a carpet for the rest of her home.
  • 2) Publishing a book about a dying tribe called The Sherbros
  • 3) Praying for a  positive outcome to the application for funds for proposed supplying of clean water, agricultural projects, education, employment and good health clinics for 10 villages in Sierra Leone. Application for funding  has  successfully passed the 1st stage. Prayers  for the 2nd and final stage needed as we are now competing against very good 120 worthy charities and there would only be 40 successful applicants.
  • PLEASE HELP US HELP Africans help themselves BY 1) A one off donation 2) A regular standing order  http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic 3) Buying a book or tshirt   http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/
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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

Helping children this Easter

Helping children this Easter

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One of the most popular and beloved introductions to the concept of faith ever written, ‘Mere Christianity’ has sold millions of copies worldwide.

The book brings together C.S. Lewis’s legendary radio broadcasts during the war years, in which he set out simply to ‘explain and defend the belief that has been common to nearly all Christians at all times’.

Rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations, ‘Mere Christianity’ provides an unequalled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to absorb a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

Helping Children this Easter

In this Easter edition we would like to introduce you to one of our projects we are most proud of, our partnership with a local Sierra Leonean charity called the Jaisie and Sorba Children’s Foundation.  As Easter is all about Love and Sacrifice we know you will appreciate the efforts of this charity founded by two brave young Sierra Leoneans who saw the need and cared enough to do something about it. Wishing you all a Happy Easter.

Africa Hopes in Christ has partnered with a local Sierra Leonean charity called  Jaisie and Sorba Children’s Foundation as this charity is in sync with our own core aims and is right in the heartland of where the need is greatest. Helping African help themselves

This little girl is called Therisa Dramine.  She lost her two parents during the spread of the terrible killer disease Ebola. Ebola killed her parents and the little girl had nobody to help.  For her to sustain her life she was working for other people within the community. A nurse working within the community felt pity for the girl and took her in but she couldn’t  afford all her  needs.  So  the charity stepped in to take care of her through the help of well wishers.

Sorba and a group of 3 orphans.   The elder one lost both parents during the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone.

An orphan looked after by a foster Mum doing his daily chores.

Sorba Steven one of the charity founders giving soap to suckling mother

This  boy has been deserted by both his  parents  because of his physical disability, his left hand is misshapen.  As a result abandoned and lonely he was left to fend for himself with nobody to  care for him because of his condition. He sometimes did  not have food to eat and clothes were a luxury  with the priority being somewhere  safe to sleep. He was mentally astute and the charity saw  his potential  and stepped into his life. Despite his physical disability they  realised that he has an alert mind and  ability and they  wanted  to ensure his educational life.

These children are cared for by kind hearted but poor families who share all they have with them. Both the children of their foster families and the new additions are learning skills such as respect, consideration,  generosity, gratitude and cooperation. However they do not attend school as this is too expensive for now. Would you find it in your heart to help these wonderful amazing gifts from God.

  As the bible says Psalm 127:3 NLT – Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.   Donate to http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic/  stating the J&S Children as a reference.

 

The Jaisie and Sorba Children Foundation focus on helping children and vulnerable women  via Education, Health and Sanitation, Human Rights, Microfinance and Agriculture.

MISSION STATEMENT

Their Mission is to develop children and women with creative and active minds, a sense of understanding and compassion for others and encourage them to act on their beliefs.  We value the total, development of each child and woman educational, social, physical, moral and spiritual wellbeing.

VISION STATEMENT

Their vision is to add world values to every child rights and vulnerable women and encourage them to be self-reliance.

 Africa Hopes In Christ is proud to partner with Jasie and Sorba Children’s Foundation  in such a noble and worthy cause.

April  2017   Prayer points requests

  • Please pray for funds for the Jaisie and Sorba Children Foundation so that all the children in their care whom are of school age can be put into a suitable school  http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic/  referencing J&S Children
  • Prayers for God’s  provision and direction for our sister Franca 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 )
  • 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   http://www.ahic.org.uk/update-me/
  • Please support AHIC efforts to bring prosperity to the continent of Africa starting with
  • 1) Funds for our continued help to  an ill Malawian lady get decent accommodation in Manchester UK by providing a carpet for the rest of her home.
  • 2) Publishing a book about a dying tribe called The Sherbros
  • 3) Praying for a  positive outcome to the application for funds for proposed supplying of clean water, agricultural projects, education, employment and good health clinics for 10 villages in Sierra Leone. Application for funding  has  successfully passed the 1st stage. Prayers  for the 2nd and final stage needed as we are now competing against very good 120 worthy charities and there would only be 40 successful applicants.
  • PLEASE HELP US HELP Africans help themselves BY 1) A one off donation 2) A regular standing order  http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic 3) Buying a book or tshirt   http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/
  • Or use wonderful health products on  440101338973www.goo.gl/mmPzNU

Wishing you all a Happy Easter holiday.

John 3 v 16 : For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

 

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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

 

Happy Valentine’s Day From Mozambique

Happy Valentine’s Day From Mozambique

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Welcome Prayer Warrior to our February  2017 edition,

Happy Valentine’s day from Mozambique

Happy Valentine’s day to all dating couples, engaged and married.  AHIC is particularly concerned about the state of the family unit. And we believe that the smallest unit of a civilized community is the family. Strengthening family ties, supporting Christian marriages and the upbringing of the next generation in a Godly and Christ-like manner is a necessity for all peoples including Africans.  In this edition we explore a beautiful part of Africa called the Bazaruto Archipelago  in Mozambique situated on the south east corner of Africa ideal for a honeymooning, wedding venue  or Valentine date  weekend trips..

AHIC Bazarato Benguerra-Lodge1The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of six islands in Mozambique, near the mainland city of Vilankulo. It comprises the islands of Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Banque, Santa Carolina (also known as Paradise Island) and Shell. Nyati Island locates in further south.

Geography –  The group belongs to the Vilanculos  and Inhassoro  districts of Inhambane Province. The islands were formed from sand deposited by the Save River, which has since shifted its course.   Santa Carolina is a true rock island with deep channels and is just 3 km by 0.5 km in size. It has three beautiful beaches with coral reefs close to the shore. The island, also known as Paradise Island for obvious reasons is regarded as the ‘gem’ of the islands forming the Bazaruto Archipelago which is a proclaimed marine national park that boasts sensational beaches and magnificent scenery.  Tourist attractions include sandy beaches, coral reefs, and opportunities for surfing and fishing.


Ecology

AHIC Bazaruto Dugong imagesA Dugong in Bazaruto  –  The archipelago became a National Park in 1971. There is a wide abundance of reef fish, surgeon, Moorish idols, parrots, angel and butterfly fish to name but a few. Sea turtles, game fish and devil rays are regularly seen. Various endangered marine megafaunas, such as whale shark, manta, leatherback turtles, cetaceans including humpback whales, and the dugong. Bazaruto’s dugong population counts about 120 individuals, making it the largest of remnant populations in Mozambique.  Cetacean biodiversity had been much richer than today before being reduced by human activities including illegal mass hunts by Soviet Union and Japan in 1960s to 1970s, resulting disappearances or rarities of many species such as the  southern right whales. All live free in this conservation paradise, proclaimed a national park and recognised as a Gift to the Earth by the WWF.  –   References    Ministry of State Administration. 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2016.

People

AHIC Bazaruto market 3784227597dbf62155a9fbba403531d3The archipelago has about 3,500 resident in seven communities. They are mostly very poor and rely on harvesting natural resources to survive. 70% of households rely on small scale fishing to survive, while others harvest sand oysters and other marine resources, grow crops and raise livestock. Resources may not be sufficient to maintain the population, leading to decreased catches of fish, reduced harvests and increasing poverty and food insecurity.  Most of them belong to the ethnic group of Tsonga and speak  a distinct dialect of the local language Xitsonga. … Women predominantly do small scale agriculture.

 

 

A Hotels in Bazaruto, Mozambique

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Pestana Bazaruto Lodge  –  Very Good certificate of Excellence 

Activities at Bazaruto

AHIC Bazarato vilanculos-activity-centreA typical review      “Island life at it’s best”     Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the staff to be exceptionally friendly, polite and accommodating.
We went out of season, so there were few of us at the resort which made the experience very personal.
We had prawns on the menu most days but not a lot of fish options.   There are many options for paid activities and excursions which were quite pricey but add great value to the holiday. We did the paradise island excursion and deep sea fishing which are both highly recommended.    We left feeling totally relaxed and pampered  Stayed January 2017, travelled as a couple.

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UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE GILBERTO RICARDO Research paper on  Bazaruto

“Local native communities do not have significant participation. There is lack of participation in decision-making in tourism development. Only 18% of the native community islanders are employed in the tourism industry. Non-participation and lack of integration of native islanders in the tourism business deny them the chance of enjoying economic benefits accruing from the sector. Non-integration and lack of participation is attributed to illiteracy and deficiency in technical skills of the native islanders. However, the major reasons for exclusion are the private nature of tourism investment and the spatial pattern of social development into ghettos, coupled with unwillingness to transfer knowhow from tourism investors to the native islanders.

The researcher observed that the preservation and promotion of local culture in the development of tourism is only partially explored by tourism developers. There is little enhancement of cultural attractions, monuments, or architectural building style such as employing traditional styles in the resort complexes by building thatch-roofed chalets presenting interiors adorned with locally made handcraft. The study concludes that although there has been a failure to preserve the physical environment of the island, a production of waste, and over-utilisation of forestry resources, tourism development has had a positive environmental impact on the preservation of some indigenous plant species within the area”.

Prayer Points

February 2017   Prayer points requests

  • Please pray for democracy to prevail in Gambia
  • For Africa’s tourist industry to benefit the indigenous people much more in the future.
  • Please continue to pray against the devil’s plans for Africa in the form of Al Qaeda, Al Shabab &  Boko Haram
  • Prayer for US administration to govern with intelligence and Jesus’s command to love  God  with all their heart, mind and soul and their neighbours as themselves siting the good Samaritan as an example of neighbour, a people despised by the then Jewish rulers

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 yma@ahic.org.uk if interested in becoming a prayer partner and receiving this newsletter   http://www.ahic.org.uk/update-me/
  • Please support AHIC efforts to bring prosperity to the continent of Africa starting with
  • 1) Funds for our continued help to  an ill Malawian lady get decent accommodation in Manchester UK by providing a carpet for the rest of her home.
  • 2) Publishing with the assistance of Winston Forde Books a book about a dying tribe called The Sherbros
  • 3) A positive outcome to the application for funds for proposed supplying of clean water, agricultural projects, education, employment and good health clinics for 10 villages in Sierra Leone.
  • PLEASE HELP BY 1) A one off donation 2) A regular standing order  http://www.ahic.org.uk/support-ahic 3) Buying a book or tshirt http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/  /

 

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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

 

Praying for political stability in Africa this 2017

Praying for political stability in Africa this 2017

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Welcome Prayer Warrior to our January 2017 edition,  Wishing you all a victorious 2017 filled with God inspired wisdom. In this edition we consider the political stability Africa so badly needs for economic development. We ask you all to pray to the Lord Jesus asking for mercy, forgiveness for past mistakes and guidance and wisdom for the future. We pray the prayer in 2 Chronicles 7v14 “If my people , who are called  by my NAME, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”. The Message bible puts it this way “If  I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people,and  my God defined people, respond by humbling themseves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives. I will be there ready for you. I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins and restore their land to health”  The Lord has spoken so let’s do just that, pray for Africa, it’s politicians, it’s business people, it’s youth and it’s great Church. We start this edition  by considering the wars that ravaged Africa in 2016 asking for the Lord to intervene and put an end to the castastrophe and dispair in those areas and we go on to look at the political elections that took place in 2016.  26 of out of the 54 countries in Africa had elections in 2016. This tells me that the Lord is shaking Africa up and changing things,  we hope for the better.

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With the exception of Syria, African countries currently get the worst rep when it comes to violence and conflict. Virtually every story coming out of the continent seems to showcase one atrocity or another.  This narrative is both true and false. In 2014, Africa experienced more than half of worldwide conflict incidents, despite having only about 16 percent of the world population. This is a slightly larger share of the world’s conflicts than even during the chaotic years of the post-Cold War 1990s.  But there are two important caveats. First, the absolute number of conflicts worldwide has greatly decreased over the last two decades. So despite shouldering a larger share of the conflict burden, in absolute terms, Africa has become more peaceful as well. And secondly, the remaining conflicts seem to cluster in specific regions and involve only a few of Africa’s 54 nation-states.   According to the Uppsala Conflict Data Program, twelve African countries experienced armed conflict in 2014. Three additional countries—Burundi, Niger and Chad—will likely be added to the list for the 2015 data   Geographically Africa’s conflicts are tightly clustered along an arc stretching from northern Mali through southern Algeria and Libya into Egypt, extending into the Sinai peninsula. The Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria is another epicenter and situated in relative proximity to an area of conflict hot spots in the Central African Republic, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, South Sudan and Darfur.  On Africa’s eastern coast, the Somali civil war is still going strong in its third decade.

Modern conflicts in Africa are thus highly localised , and they defy simplistic explanations based on stereotypes. That being said the conflicts tend to be religiously motivated such as the Nigerian Boko Haram that invoves Nigeria, Chad , Cameroun and Niger. The Mali, Algeria and Libya is also heavily thought to be Al Qaeda motivated. South Sudanese conflict seems to be based on racism and economic differences in status between Arabs and native Africans.  The problems however in Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo are mostly economic with a multiple of international interests due to the rich  raw materials concentration in this area with desparately poor people being expoilted and pitted one against another.

No list of conflicts in Africa would be complete without the catastrophes that Darfur in Sudan and Somalia continue to be. Darfur has experienced an uptick in fighting recently and there is no reason, certainly not the non-existing international attention, why this wouldn’t continue. We  saw the Muslim Al Qaeda-aligned Al Shabab on the offensive in Somalia, pushinfg back some of the territorial gains made by government and African Union troops over recent years.

One country to watch is South Africa. While the second largest economy south of the Sahara will definitely not devolve into large-scale internal conflict, there are some worrying developments. The economy is going down the drain, President Jacob Zuma is appearing more inept by the day and racial tensions continue to run high—more than two decades after the end of Apartheid

We ask for earnest pray for these afore mentioned countries and that peace, honesty, love and self respect may be resumed and established within the African continent. That our Lord Jesus Christ may again be ressurected in the heart and minds of people of all walks of lives within Africa. We pray that Africa would not become easy pickings for the greedy and powerful within this world and that the African race whereever we are found in the world, (USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and indeed in Africa itself will unite with integrity, love and a determination to overcome our enormous problems.

 

These countries within Africa all had a political election in 2016, We pray this represents a change for the better in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ

  • Benin  Presidential Election
  • Presidential elections were held in Benin  on 6 March 2016, having been delayed by one week due to logistical constraints. Incumbent President Thomas Bon Yayi was at the end of his second presidential term and was constitutionally barred from running for a third. The elections grabbed the interest of many of the country’s top businessmen, resulting in over 30 candidates running for the presidency.   A second round was held on 20 March,  in which businessman Patrice Talon defeated Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou
  • Cape Verde Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Cape Verde on 2 October 2016.   Incumbent President Jorge Carlos Fonseca  of the Movement for Democracy (MpD) was re-elected with 74.08% of the vote.
  • Central African Republic General Elections 2015-16
  • General elections were held in the CAR on 30 December 2015 to elect the President and  National Assembly. As no presidential candidate received more than 50% of the vote, and following the annulling of the results of the National Assembly elections by the Transitional Constitutional Court, a second round of the presidential elections and a re-run of the parliamentary vote took place on 14 February 2016, with run-offs on 31 March 2016.  The elections were delayed several times, the original elections having been scheduled for 18 October before being postponed, whilst the second round of the presidential elections was due to be held on 31 January 2016.  Acting President Catherine Samba-Panza was not allowed to stand as a candidate.   Following the second round of the presidential elections, former Prime Minister Faustin Arcange Touadera of the Union for Central African Renewal was declared the winner with 63% of the vote, defeating independent candidate Anicet Georges Dologuele,  another former Prime Minister.   
  • Chad Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Chad on 10 April 2016. Incumbent President Idriss Deby was re-elected for a fifth term.
  • Comoros Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the Comoros on 21 February 2016, with a second round to be held on 10 April 2016, alongside elections for the Governors of the three islands.  Azali Assoumani of the Convention for the Renewal of the Comoros  was elected President with 41% of the vote. This was a change of leader.
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo General Elections
  • General elections were originally scheduled to be held in the DRC on 27 November 2016 to determine a successor to President Joseph Kabila  According to the constitution of the DRC the second and final term of President Kabila was to expire on 20 December.  Many candidates including  Etienne Tshisekedi, Freddy Matunguiu, Monique Mukuna Muiombo and Emmanuel Weyi  had announced their intention to run, but the election was postponed until December 2017 after an agreement signed in December 2016.  Praying for the people’s will and right to decide who rules them to be upheld 
  • Djibouti Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Djibouti on 8 April 2016.  Incumbent President Ismail Omar Guelieh was re-elected for a fourth term, receiving 87% of the vote in the first round
  • Equatorial Guinea Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Equatorial Guinea on 24 April 2016.   In a vote initially scheduled for November but brought forward by seven months, incumbent President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo retained his office with 93.7 percent of the vote.
  • Gabon Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in Gabon on 27 August 2016.   Incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba ran for re-election and was challenged by former Minisrter for Foreign Affairs Jean Ping.  On 31 August, the electoral commission proclaimed Bongo’s re-election with a margin of less than two per cent. Protests broke out in the capital  Libreville after the results were announced.
  • Gambia Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the Gambia on 1 December  2016 . In a surprise result, opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated long-term incumbent Yahya Jammeh. … Following the election, 19 opposition prisoners were released, including Ousainou Darboe, the leader of Barrow’s United Democratic Party (UDP).
  • Ghana General Elections

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Ghana’s former President  John Mahama hands over power to new President Nana Akufo Addo.

  • General elections were held in Ghana on 7 December 2016 to elect a President and Members of Parliament. … Former foreign minister Nana Akuffo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party was elected President on his third attempt, defeating incumbent President John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress.
  • Ivory Coast Parliamentary Elections
  • Voters in Ivory Coast went  to the polls on Sunday in their first parliamentary election since 2000 on 18 December 2016, when former President Laurent Gbagbo came to power with his Ivorian Popular Front (FPI).

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    It is only a few months since the violence caused by Mr Gbagbo’s refusal to accept that he had lost the presidential elections died down and Alassane Ouattara took office as the new leader.  Mr Ouattara has vowed to unite the country after the latest bloodshed

  • Republic of Congo Presidential Elections
  • Presidential elections were held in the ROC on 20 March 2016.   It was the first election to be held under the constitution passed by referendum in 2015. President Denis Sassou Nguesso, who had exhausted the two-term limit imposed by the previous constitution, was allowed to run again due to the adoption of the new constitution. He won re-election in the first round of voting, receiving 60% of the vote. Prayer for integrity and against changing laws  to suit individual circumstamces.
  • Soa Tome Presidential Elections
  • There were five candidates, including incumbent President Manuel Pinto da Costa, two former prime ministers, Evaristo Carvalho from Independent Democratic Action and Maria das Neves  from the MLSTP/PSD, as well as two independents.  Carvalho stood as the candidate of the ruling ADI, the party of Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada. Carvalho was initially declared the winner in the first round with slightly more than 50% of the vote, but Carvalho’s score was subsequently adjusted downward to 49.88%, necessitating a second round against President Pinto da Costa. However, Pinto da Costa refused to participate in the second round, alleging fraud and calling for a boycot meaning Carvalho was elected unopposed.
  • Seychelles Parliamentary Elections
  • Parliamentary elections were held in Seychelles from 8 to 10 September 2016.  Three parties and three independent candidates ran for the 25 directly-elected seats.   The result was a victory for the opposition Linyon Demokratik Seselwa alliance, which won 19 of the 33 seats.  It was the first time since the 1993 elections that the People’s Party did not win a majority of seats.
  • Somalia Parliamentary Elections
  • The next parliamentary elections in Somalia was scheduled to be held in October and November 2016. The Upper House was to be elected on 10 October, with voting taking place for the Lower House elected between 23 October and 10 November 2016.   They will be the first elections since  1984, and it was originally scheduled that the new Parliament will elect the President on 30 November.  As of 1 December, the presidential election has not taken place, and approximately 89% of parliamentary elections have taken place, due to instability in the region. Prayer for the Lord to intervene and displace those hell bent on distruction and promotion for  those with intelligence and good leadership skills.
  • South Africa Municipal Elections
  • The 2016 South African municipal elections were held on 3 August 2016,  to elect councils for all districts, metropolitan and local municipalities in each of the nine provinces.  It was the fifth municipal election held in South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994; municipal elections are held every five years. The ruling ANC  was the largest party overall, earning 53.9% of the total vote.   It was followed by the official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) with 26.9% and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) with 8.2%. Popular support for the ANC fell to its lowest level since 1994, a shift which was most pronounced in the country’s urban centres.   Despite marginal gains in some areas, the ANC lost control of three metropolitan municipalities – namely Nelson Mandela Bay, City of Twshwane and City of Johannesburg to opposition parties as a result of the election. The DA achieved its best local electoral performance so far, while the EFF, contesting its first local government election, improved on its performance in the 2014 generl elections. The local polls were widely seen a turning point in the political landscape of South Africa, as the dominance of the ANC was greatly diminished while coalition and minority governments became more widespread.
  • Uganda General Elections
  • General elections were held in Uganda on 18 February 2016 to elect the President and Parliament. Polling day was declared a national holiday. Presidential candidates included incumbent Yoweri Museveni, in power since 1986, Kizza Besigye who had run against Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011, former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi Abed Bwanika who has also challenged Museveni in 2001, 2006 and 2011, former Makerere University Vice Chancellor Venasius Baryamureeba, retired Army General Benon Biraaro, Joseph Mabirizi and former presidential advisor Faith Kyalya. Claims of rigging and violence at polling stations were reported and voting was extended in several locations after reports of people not being allowed to cast their votes. According to the Electoral Commission, Museveni was re-elected with 61% of the vote to Besigye’s 35%.   Opposition candidates claimed that the elections were marred by widespread fraud, voting irregularities, the repeated arrest of opposition politicians and a climate of voter intimidation.   The European Union and United States have since criticised the election for lack of transparency and detentions of opposition candidates.  Overseers from the Commonwealth of Nations were critical of the misuse of state powers in favour of the incumbent.
  • Zambia GeneraL Elections
  • Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has been re-elected, according to official results, which are being challenged by the main opposition party.  The electoral commission said Mr Lungu had secured 50.35% in Thursday’s vote, just over the 50% threshold needed to avoid a second round under a new electoral system.   His main rival, Hakainde Hichilema, who alleges electoral fraud, won 47.67%

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Prayer Points

January 2017   Prayer points requests

  • Please pray for peace in Africa especially in the Niger and Chad Nigeria, Mali, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, South Sudan, Darfur in Sudan and Somalia . May the Lord have mercy on us and grant us peace, wisdom, integrity and unity.
  • Please pray against the devil’s plans for Africa in the form of Al Qaeda, Al Shabab, Boko Haram
  • Please pray for all the above new and old governments and presidents as a result of elections in 2016 and Africa as a continent to grow even more democratic, considering the will of the people to the benefit of all. My school motto was NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS – NOT FOR SELF BUT FOR ALL – May the coming generation hold fast to the ideals of democracy and hold their leaders accountable.

 

Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests

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  • Please supoport AHIC efforts to bring prosperity to the continent of Africa startinfg with
  • 1) Helping an ill Malawian lady get decent accomodation and feel warm this winter in Manchester UK
  • 2) Publishing with the assistance of Winston Forde Books a book about a dying tribe called The Sherbros
  • 3) In association with Operation Wellfound and funds availability supplying clean water, agricultural projects, education, employment and good health clinics for 10 villages in Sierrta Leone.
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GOD BLESS and Wishing you all a happy, prosperous and filled with LOVE New Year  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

Have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017 by spreading the LOVE

Have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2017 by spreading the LOVE

Welcome Prayer Warriors

Welcome Prayer Warrior to our Christmas edition, And wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous and fruitful 2017. And as the Irish say this new year May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face ,. The rain fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.  Merry Christmas  In this edition we invite you to view our lastest titles and as Africa Hopes In Christ is all about Africans and Christianity we have choosen two books that display this ethos of ours . AKE by Wole Soyinka and The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman. Books to inform, excite and thrill to give to your loved ones as Christmas presents and also assist in aleviating poverty in Africa.

 

Latest Titles
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Ake: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

£10.49

A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.
“Ake: The Years of Childhood” gives us the story of Soyinka’s boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Ake. A relentlessly curious child who loved books and getting into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, raised by Christian parents and by a grandfather who introduced him to Yoruba spiritual traditions. His vivid evocation of the colorful sights, sounds, and aromas of the world that shaped him is both lyrically beautiful and laced with humor and the sheer delight of a child’s-eye view.A classic of African autobiography, “Ake” is also a transcendantly timeless portrait of the mysteries of childhood.”

Akinwande Oluwole “Wole” Babatunde Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright and poet. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first African to be honored in that category.

Soyinka was born into a Yoruba family in Abeokuta.  Wikipedia
Born: July 13, 1934 (age 82), Abeokuta Nigeria
Spouse: Folake Doherty- Soyinka (m: 1989)
Books: Ake: The Years of Childhood
The Man Died: Prison notes
Children: Olaokun, Moremi, Peyibomi, Makin and Iyetade

10 memorable quotes by Wole Soyinka as he turns 82 – This is Africa  Facebook page  on 13th July 2016

1) One’s own self-worth is tied to the worth of the community to which one belongs, which is intimately connected to humanity in general. What happens in Darfur becomes an assault on my own community, and on me as an individual. That’s what the human family is all about.

2) The greatest threat to freedom is the absence of criticism.

3) Books and all forms of writing are terror to those who wish to suppress the truth

4) Given the scale of trauma caused by the genocide, Rwanda has indicated that however thin the hope of a community can be, a hero always emerges. Although no one can dare claim that it is now a perfect state, and that no more work is needed, Rwanda has risen from the ashes as a model or truth and reconciliation.

5) I am convinced that Nigeria would have been a more highly developed country without the oil. I wished we’d never smelled the fumes of petroleum.

6) A tiger does not shout its tigritude, it acts.

7 I think that feeling that if one believed absolutely in any cause, then one must have the confidence, the self-certainty, to go through with that particular course of action.

8) The man dies in all who keep silent in the face of tyranny.

9) Human life has meaning only to that degree and as long as it is lived in the service of humanity.

10) The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.

It is often said, look at a boy aged 7 and behold the man. Wole Soyinka, Africa’s 1st and only Nobel Prize winner for Literature relates the story of his first 12 years of life in an African town. An interesting read and Christmas gift for budding Nobel winners within your family and friendship circle.  http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/ 

 

 

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£9.99

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love that’s the challenge!

How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands,

conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages,

you ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships

worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.

The five love languages are 1. Touch, 2. Service, 3. Quality Time, 4. Gifts, 5. Words of Affirmation , Read and find out how you can discover and speak to your spouse, your children, your relatives, your friends, your co- workers or business associates. And spread the good news of how we can best love our neighbours, a perfect Christmas present for your loved ones. They all have a language that touches the very core of their being when spoken to them. Spread the love and also touch the poor by supporting our bookshop   http://www.ahic.org.uk/shop/

 

 

New Project

As well as our ongoing two projects previously explained in past newslettersahic-450px-sierra_leone_ethnic_1969

we have now started a new project to supply water to 10 villages on the west

coast of Sierra Leone, (the Sherbro area) a project which we believe will expand

into providing careers, businesses and jobs for the local villagers, lifting them

out of the circle of subsistence  farming into profitable, viable income

generating  co-operatives. However we are at  the very early fact finding

stages, so a lot of  prayer and financial help is required to make  this project

a reality

 

Prayer Points

December   Prayer points requests

  • AHIC is not a supporter of Donald Trump and we are deeply distressed that he has won the presidency of the world’s leading country USA, nevertheless as Christians we are called to pray for our leaders, so with muich trepidation we ask for prayer for Donald Trump and wisdom and compassion  during his tenure as leader for not only the USA but the world
  • We ask for prayer for Gambia as they successfully change leaders through a democractic election. We ask for honesty, wisdom, know how and integrity alongside compassion and Godliness for the new President Adama Barrow
  • We ask for prayer for the new Ghanaian leader after a hard fought election this December 2016. Welcome President Nana Akufo-Addo, may your tenure bring commercial prosperity, employment opportunity, health and education systems that bring prosperity  for all Ghanaians and may you continue President Mahama’s good works.

 

 

Africa Hopes In Christ news and prayer requests

 

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  • We have one new  live project in additions to the previous ones

1) Providing clean water to 10 villages on the west coast of Sierra Leone, Project is at a very early stage, with  a lot of prayer and funding needed. We are working in collaboration with another Christian charity Operation Wellfound.

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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

 

 

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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 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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All our love

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If you believe

And I believe

And we together pray

The Holy Spirit will come down

And Africa will be saved

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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.

Beautiful young woman and man in white festive garments

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.

 

marriage

 

Ethiopia

 

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.

 

Ghana

 

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.

 

Kenya

 

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.

 

Lobolla:

 

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.

 

ZULU WEDDING

 

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.

 

Senegal

 

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

 

obama

 

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