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Maternal and Child Health Technical Advisor-Abuja Nigeria

Closing date: 17 Nov 2008
Location: Nigeria - Abuja

PSI seeks entrepreneurial, dynamic candidates for the position of Maternal and Child Health Technical Advisor to the Society for Family Health (SFH), PSI’s partner agency in Nigeria. This management team-level position is based in Abuja and will report to the SFH Managing Director in Nigeria and to the PSI Regional Director, West & Central Africa in Washington, D.C.

SFH is the largest social marketing organization and local non-profit organization in Nigeria, with sixteen regional offices across the country and over 250 staff. SFH implements diverse public health interventions in HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and maternal and child health. SFH activities range from product sales and distribution to behavior change communication, advocacy, research, and community mobilization. SFH’s donor platform includes DFID, the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and USAID.

The MCH division has several projects currently in the areas of malaria, diarrhea diseases and care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans and vulnerable groups. The MCH division seeks to consolidate its expertise in malaria control programming in light of the Scaling Up for Impact Malaria Strategy of the Federal Ministry of Health and strategically grow its overall portfolio in accordance with the SFH five year strategic plan.

- Provide technical guidance to ongoing maternal and child health (MCH) programs;
- Assist SFH and strengthen MCH department capacity to design MCH projects, develop and implement key strategies, and write proposals;
- Give input to marketing and implementation plans and budgets; 
- Work with SFH to document and disseminate research findings through publication and other methods;
- Strengthen the capacity of and provide technical support to SFH MCH program staff to build their skills in interpreting research results and using a research-to-action approach to guide programmatic decisions and activities;
- Strengthen the capacity of and provide technical support to SFH MCH program staff to develop and maintain programmatic feedback mechanisms for effective program management;
- Expand and consolidate existing partnerships with the Ministry of Health and National Malaria Control Program, MCH implementing partners, civil society groups, private sector and international partners;
- Remain abreast of technical developments in the field of  international public health, specifically MCH;
- Provide technical support to a) the units under the Federal Ministry of Health Public Health department as appropriate to influence MCH policies for Nigeria; and b) civil society, public and private sectors groups to ensure best practices are carried over; and
- Support SFH as appropriate in developing capacity of MCH to fully represent the organization at the international level.

- Master's degree in public health,  health communication, or other relevant discipline;
- Minimum eight years professional and managerial experience, including at least five in a developing country;
- Familiarity with MCH and/or Child Survival programming, particularly with issues related to malaria and water, sanitation and diarrheal disease;
- Knowledge of international development issues, specifically as relate to MCH;
- Familiarity with the international donor community;
- Experience in capacity building of staff;
- Excellent organizational and multitasking capabilities; and
- Fluency in English required;

The successful candidate will exhibit creative, innovative, and strategic thinking ability; excellent oral and written communication, analytical, organizational interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; ability to train, manage and develop capacity within country-level staff; ability to work closely with program staff to deliver actionable and insightful research outputs; strong attention to detail; ability to work efficiently and quickly under pressure; strong interest in private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results and meet objectives under difficult circumstances.
How to apply

APPLY ONLINE at No calls or emails, please. PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

UNDP PROGRAMME ANALYST-Abuja (Nigerian Nationals)



Location :Abuja, NIGERIA
Application Deadline :10-Oct-08
Additional CategoryPoverty Reduction
Type of Contract :100 Series
Post Level :NO-B (National Officer)
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
        (date when the selected canditate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year

This is a National Officer position open to Nigerian nationals.


Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director (Programme), and direct supervision of the            Poverty Team Leader (TL), the Programme Analyst is responsible for the execution of assessments,           provision of technical advice and programme planning, management and monitoring related to poverty           reduction


He/she will participate in mainstreaming human and capacity development into programme activities,           including policy and programme development, implementation and monitoring, social protection strategies,           income and employment generation activities, community based development programmes


The Programme Analyst is especially expected to support monitor, assess and advise on national and State           policies, regulatory frameworks, plans and programmes as well as donor interventions in support of private           sector development, especially for (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) MSMEs.  This will include           approaches to increased financial access which benefit the poor by helping them to establish and grow           enterprises that are integrated within successful value chains and provide stable and productive employment,           increased income and a broader array of products and services at the bottom of the pyramid. The approach in           the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to foster development in a way that directly engages and           benefits the poor as producers as well as consumers.


The Programme Analyst provides matrixed supervision together with the Poverty Team Leader of assigned            programme support staff and works in close collaboration with Programme Team members , the Operations           team, the Planning and Partnerships Unit (PPU), staff from other UN agencies, UNDP Headquarters, donors,           senior managers and technical experts from the private sector  and civil society organizations to ensure           successful implementation of UNDP-supported programmes.


Functions /Key Results Expected


Provision of top quality policy advisory services to the UNDP Country Office and the Government on private           sector development - especially of MSMEs - that has clear links with poverty reduction.


Development and management of the country office poverty programmes with particular emphasis on a           successful private sector programme built around MSME development that enables poverty reduction.


Creation of strategic partnerships, bringing together the Government, UN agencies, donors and private           sector entities.


Design and execution of resource mobilization strategies for financing a growing programme portfolio with           emphasis on private sector development.


Support to other programmes managed by the Poverty Team as well as other programmes in the different UNDP           practice areas, especially but not exclusively focused on identifying and developing opportunities for the           integration of the private sector, particularly MSMEs, in different capacities.


1. Ensures design of private sector intervention opportunities, strategies and projects focusing on           achievement of the following results:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the situation in the country, including monitoring the growth of the             private sector in the country particularly MSMEs - as well as the policy, legal and regulatory framework             affecting such growth, including evolving developments, constraints, opportunities and successes.             Preparation of  substantive inputs in these areas for the Common Country Assessment (CCA), United             Nations Development Assistance Framework ( UNDAF), Country Programme Document ( CPD), Country Programme             Action Plan ( CPAP), Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and other documents.
  • Identification of potential areas for support and intervention by UNDP.
  • Detailed design and formulation of programmes and projects, ensuring introduction of  performance             indicators targets and milestones as well as resource mobilisation and cost recovery objectives.

2.  Contribute to effective management of the Poverty Programme portfolio with emphasis on the           private sector component, ensuring quality control, and focusing on the achievement of  the following           results:

  • Effective application of? Results Based Management (RBM) tools, establishment of management targets             Balanced Score Card (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Coordination of programme implementation with the executing and implementation agencies
  • Initiation of projects , presentation of projects for appraisal by the Project Appraisal Committee             (PAC), entering projects into the country offices Management information system - ATLAS, finalization of             contribution agreements; determination of required revisions; coordination of mandatory and budget             re-phasing exercises , closure of projects through review.  Programme Analysts perform the role of             Manager level 1 in Atlas for Purchase Orders (Pos) and voucher approval, participates in recruitment             processes for projects.
  • Evaluation of programme impact.  Monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely             readjustment in portfolio.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of projects , identification of operational and             financial problems and development of solutions.
  • Participation in the audit of nationally executed (NEX) projects.

3. Develop strategic partnerships and implement resource mobilization strategies focusing on the           achievement of the following results:

  • Development of partnerships on private sector development with UN agencies, international financial             institutions, bilateral and multilateral donors, government institutions, the organized private sector,             civil society organizations and other stakeholders. This should be based on the strategic goals of UNDP,             the countrys needs and donors priorities.
  • Analysis and research information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of             cooperation and identification of  opportunities for initiating new projects, active contributions to             the overall Country Office effort in resource mobilization.

1.  Provide high quality policy advisory services to UNDP and the Government and facilitate knowledge           management focusing on the following results:

  • Development of adequate technical capacity to support a highly professional and high quality programme             portfolio through development of internal capacity, and creation of national and international support             networks of technical experts.
  • Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to the the poverty             programme with emphasis on the private sector portfolio and related aspects of other programmes.
  • Sound contribution  to knowledge networks and communities of practice on development management             and private sector-drive poverty reduction initiatives.
  • Organization of trainings for the operation and project staff on programme issues particularly on             poverty programmes.
  • Support to the preparation of high-quality communication products for programme implementation and,             more broadly, to publicise the progress and performance of the private sector programme.

IV.  Impact of Results


The key results have impacts on the overall success of the Country Offices programme; in particular, the           key results have impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic           partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets .In specific terms , it has impacts on the           following results areas:

  • Pro-poor policy articulation and advisory services promoted.
  • The Country Office?s overall poverty reduction strategy implementation enhanced.
  • Team-building and management strengthened.
  • Donor intelligence and strategic partnership improved.
  • Resource mobilization and management improved.
  • Policy advocacy promoted.



Corporate competencies:

  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Demonstrates integrity, by modelling the UNs values and ethical standards
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race,nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly and without favouritism

Functional competencies


Technical knowledge:

  • Demonstrates a good knowledge of development policy analysis with emphasis on private sector             development.
  • Displays a good understanding of the progress and prospects for private sector development its features             and dynamics in .
  • Demonstrates an in-depth understanding of  the MSME sub-sector, including issues related to             inclusive finance (modern micro finance and beyond).
  • Demonstrates ability to link private sector development to poverty reduction and  human             development.

Knowledge management and learning

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office.
  • Builds up knowledge in at least one practice area (poverty focused on private sector development).
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Actively works towards continuing  personal learning and development in one or more practice             areas, act on learning plans and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and operational effectiveness

  • Ability to formulate and lead strategic planning, management and reporting following RBM principles,             methods and tools.
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development  programmes             and projects and mobilize resources.
  • Strong IT skills.
  • Ability to implement  new systems and effect behavioural or attitudinal change.
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate development projects and programmes.

Leadership and Management

  • Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback.
  • Leads teams effectively and  shows conflict resolution skills.
  • Consistently approaches work  with energy  and a positive, constructive  attitude.
  • Demonstrates strong oral and communication skills.
  • Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
  • Remains calm, in control, and good humoured even under pressure.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.


  • Masters degree or its equivalent in Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, and             other relevant Social Sciences.


  • 5-7 years of relevant experience at national and/or international level in providing development             management services, with particular  reference to design and management of poverty policies and             programmes, poverty analysis , including design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and             programmes with particular emphasis on design and management of  policies related to  informal             and financial sector analysis (especially micro finance); and institutional development analysis.In-depth             knowledge of MSME environment and trends in  micro finance in and worldwide is essential.
  • Working experience in relevant areas in the private sector would be an asset.
  • Fluency in the use of software (at a minimum, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets) is             essential.

Language requirements

  • Fluency (both written and spoken) in English, with the ability to communicate clearly and convincingly             to a broad range of audiences.
  • Ability to communicate in at least one national language.
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Can you make a difference? Check out Google's Project 10100 Initiative

One thing we do have in abundance in Nigeria apart from ... is the abundance of human capital.
Contrary to the opinions I've heard from some quarters I strongly believe we have a nation of very creative individuals.

Well in celebration of their 10 years in existence, google is setting aside $10 million dollars to fund brilliant Ideas that can have significant impact on society.

The completion is open to everyone.

So come on people If you have any quality Ideas send them in you never know!



How it works


Project 10100 (pronounced "Project 10 to the 100th") is a call for ideas to change the world by helping           as many people as possible. Here's how to join in.


1. Send us your idea by October 20th.
          Simply fill out the submission form giving us the gist of your idea. You can supplement           your proposal with a 30-second video.


2. Voting on ideas begins on January 27th.
We'll post a selection of one hundred ideas and ask you, the public, to choose twenty semi-finalists. Then an advisory board will select up to five final ideas. Send me a reminder to vote.


3. We'll help bring these ideas to life.
We're committing $10 million to implement these projects, and our goal is to help as many people as possible. So remember, money may provide a jumpstart, but the idea is the thing.


Good luck, and may those who help the most win.

Submit your idea              

Remember, the deadline is
October 20th, 2008




Our goal is to set as few rules as possible. However, we ask that you put your idea into one of the following           categories and consider the evaluation criteria below.

  • Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect             unique cultures?
  • Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves             and their families?
  • Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive             energy?
  • Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable             global ecosystem?
  • Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
  • Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
  • Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
  • Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don't fit into any category at             all.
  • Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
  • Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
  • Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
  • Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
  • Longevity: How long will the idea's impact last?
For more Information click here

Fighting poverty is good for business

Ten private companies, including  a Nigerian firm Olam Nigeria a major rice producer  are being honoured for their work in improving the lives of the world's most disadvantaged people, according to a UNDP statement received by PANA Wednesday.

From a family-owned soybean business in Ghana, to one of the leading telecommunications companies in the Philippines, these firms prove that making a profit and 'doing the right thing' are not mutually exclusive.

read the full report

In other news,

Expert hinges SME growth on sound business ethics


The executive chairman of Trithel International Consulting Limited, Joseph Akpieyi, has identified sound business ethics as an indispensable pillar for building profitable large and small scale enterprises in Nigeria .

Trithel, a member of the British Quality Foundation and the Nigerian Institute for Training and Development (NITAD), is a front-line consulting firm that provides a portfolio of professional services in critical business areas such as quality management, human capital training, engineering and e-business consultancy, among other things.

Speaking during an international conference on business ethics in Lagos, Akpieyi explained that given the impact of globalisation on business concerns, there is growing need for both Large Scale Enterprises(LSE) as well as Small Scale Enterprises(SMEs) in Nigeria to adopt universally acceptable business principles to enable them grow and compete effectively in the global market place.

Nigerian interest in buying Newcastle United off Mike Ashley for £400million (updated)


What ever happens this is guaranteed to raise various kinds of debates/media buzz.

For a good idea of what some Newcastle supporters think about the Idea of being bought out by a Nigerian consortium  of business men read this

Media buzz read this.

Media Jokes:

From: Nigerian Consortium
Subject: Attention lucky winner
Date: Tues, 23 Sep 2008 9:00:00

Dear Mr Ashley. Greetings. Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make anyone apprehensive and worried, I assure you that all will be well at the end of the day.

Let me start by introducing myself to you. It may surprise you to receive this email from me, since there was no previous correspondence between us. I am the representative of a Nigerian Consortium. My purpose in contacting you is to help secure the football club you are in the process of running into the ground. My clients have £400m (or £480m, or £350m, depending on which paper you read) in an account at a Bank.

This Bank has issued me a notice to contact anyone in possession of a) a football club and b) a creeping sense of panic and desperation. Hence I am contacting you with regards to ensuring a happy and amenable swap. Just send us your bank details and football club and we will deposit £400m (or £480m, or £350m, depending on etc and so on) into your account. In return, you must give up this ridiculous notion of hiring Kenny Dalglish, Terry Venables or David O'Leary and, instead, give Newcastle hero Kevin Keegan his job back. We have a further £75m to deposit in his account so he can blow it on tat like he did at Manchester City. Oh, and he has to sign Yakubu, 'cos he's Nigerian.

If you wish to achieve this goal with me, kindly get back to me on my private email address:


Nigerian Consortium

Nigeria's Bid is for real

Personally I just see different angles to this story...

If Newcastle owner Mike Ashley last week said he wanted to end his involvement with the soccer club, following hostility from fans. (bear in mind Oyibo fans ooh!)

What will happen when the club is now taken over by this consortium of Nigerian business men and the fans are pissed off.  (banana peels,  come to mind)

Lets be real in 2008 anyone can own a club if they really wanted to, everyday people who love football  recently put less than $80 together and bought this club .

One Nigerian business man Aliko Dangote   if he wanted could buy the club and even invest in it if it was that  much of a good deal. (and there exists a few more after-all this is a country with 170 million people)

Why all this fuss ? Nigerians specialise in buying anyway.

The headline news  for me would have been Nigerians put together a team of A list footballers in Peckham  invested $500 million and now it is a premier league club.

Or even better Nigerian business men put together $250 million in Nigeria  and now created the best team in the world. we have players in every significant football legue in this world so how far fetched is it to own  shares in a club.

The Arab guys who own clubs in England, sell oil like we do but don't have international players like we do so whats the big fuss?

I think the Idea is alright, unless there is  a PR stunt somewhere in the mix.
Because in  the world of big business especially in Nigeria, the guy who comes to the table and says I have $700 million but need $100 million most definitely has the $100 million outside in the trunk. And In almost  every  case the deal is struck before the anoucement is made.

So if this is the true position that extra money will be raised easily.

If its up for sale anyone can buy.  check out French firm EDF clinches British Energy

Read the original story about New castle's sale below

Chris Nathaniel, the man who unleashed Rio’s World Cup Wind-Ups on an unsuspecting nation, has emphasised that his  fronting of an unlikely £400 million bid to buy Newcastle United is not a vehicle for his latest foray into football’s version of candid camera.
This Bid is being organised via  NVA and Chris Nathaniel if successful it would be the first premier league owned by Africans...

Chris Nathaniel founded the group in 2005, specialising in Music, Sport, Sport Management, TV etc etc - so it would seem that handling the potential purchase of NUFC is a huge project for him and an ambition to have the first African owned Premier League club.

NVA operate out of the UK, so will be dealing with Seymour Pierce.

NVA are widely known in the music industry for championing people such as Dizzy Rascal. In footballing terms, they were also responsible for Andy Cole and Sam Sodje, organising there transfers to and from clubs since 05.

Makes you wonder..

Could be the next greatest wind up or not.

All eyes are on this one as the usual media outlets are preparing for a grand piss take as is customary, anything other outcome would be a little difficult to digest after all it is a easier to take cheap shots at Africa in general so watch this one plays out closely.

read the rest of times article here

NVA website

Going out with a bang

South Africa: Train rams into sex makers

AfricaNews monitoring desk
A train crushed into a couple having wild sex on a railway track in Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, police said. The goods train rammed into the love makers after persistent warning from the driver for them to stop for him to park.
train station

Spokesman Abie Khoabane said it took place on Friday evening and the victims were yet to be identified, the BBC reported. He told local newspapers that the couple ignored the driver's shouts as he moved the train into the disused station in Kinross town. “They continued with their business,” he told the Sowetan paper.

According to South Africa's Beeld newspaper, the area was deserted with no cars or houses nearby. The man died at the scene and the woman died later at hospital, the Sowetan reports. The police have appealed for those with missing relatives to come forward to help with their investigation.

In other News (BBC)
Massive diamond found in Lesotho


Miners in Lesotho have discovered a huge gem stone which may become the largest ever polished round diamond.

The stone weighs 478 carats and is the 20th largest rough diamond ever found, said Gem Diamonds.

The company said the uncut rock was recovered recently from the Letseng mine, owned by the company in Lesotho.

The diamond, which is as yet unnamed, has the potential to yield a 150 carat cut stone, and could sell for tens of millions of dollars, the company said.


"Preliminary examination of this remarkable diamond indicates it will yield a record-breaking polished stone of the very best colour and clarity," said the company's chief executive Clifford Elphick.

It would be bigger than the 105 carat round-cut Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is part of the British Crown Jewels.

It would still be dwarfed by the Cullinan diamond discovered in 1905, which was 3,106 carats uncut and yielded a teardrop shaped diamond of 530 carats called the Great Star of Africa.

The Letseng mine is owned by a mining company of which Gem Diamonds controls 70% and the Lesotho government 30%.

World Bank Ranks Abuja Easiest City for “Doing Business”

Some articles defy general perceptions ...

Nigeria: World Bank Ranks Abuja Easiest City for “Doing Business”.
THE Word Bank has rated Abuja as the easiest place for doing business in Nigeria.

The rating is the outcome of a survey conducted in 11 state capitals by the bank for ease in doing business in Nigeria, in terms of registration, starting and running a business venture.

Check out a complete doing business in Nigeria report Abujacitycomifc 

Head of Foundation/KS1 Job Permanent vacancy in Abuja, Nigeria (International)

School Type:  Primary School      
Job Type:     Management Vacancies
Last Date:     28 Sep 2008

2-year contract
Job Ref:AC218997
The Oakland School will start newly in September 2008 and will begin with a Crèche, Playgroup, Nursery and Reception classes. The following session; September 2009 will be the start of the Primary years when Year 1 will be created. The School population when operating in full capacity will be around 60 children. We intend to grow gradually.

At this stage, everything is in place. The rooms have been set up, teachers have been recruited and are under going training to international Standards, admissions are in progress etc
What is now required is a Head to steer our School in the right direction.

Salary Package
The total remuneration will be 24,000pounds per annum tax free.

• We will be offering accommodation in a 1 bedroom flat.
• A pool car and driver will be provided.
• Tickets to and from the UK will be provided once a year.
• Club Membership
• Health insurance
• Domestic Help

Our Vision Statement
Defined by educational excellence and high moral values. Oakland school maximizes the potential of every learner and works to produce inspired, creative, ethical, compassionate and reflective children who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Motto
‘I believe it, I achieve it’

1. To provide them with nurturing relationships
2.To provide physical protection and safety
3. To give them experiences tailored to individual differences because we value the fact that no two children are the same
4. To provide developmentally appropriate experiences
5. To build on their Characters by providing morality and character education
6. To provide a broad based curriculum which is executed by highly trained staff
7. To  involve parents in the learning process to ensure that the cycle of learning is continuous
8. The staffing structure of the program is organised to ensure a high staff-child ratio to facilitate individualised, responsive care

Our Curriculum
We will be running the British Curriculum for the early years which is known as
Early years Foundation Stage. The goals of the EYFS are
1.personal, social and emotional development
2.communication, language and literacy
3.problem solving, reasoning and numeracy
4.knowledge and understanding of the world
5.physical development
6.creative development

The Learning Environment
Our bright and sunny spacious classrooms are beautifully decorated and laid out with a variety of learning materials and educational equipment and toys. The Outdoor physical environment is designed to promote optimal growth and development through opportunities for exploration and learning. To ensure that high standards are met there will be not more than 16 children in a class minded by a teacher and a teaching assistant.

Our program structure
The Oakland School operates a three term session with the terms typically starting in September, January and April. Admission is usually open at the start of each term and all national holidays are observed.

Apart from the normal School program we also provide after care on the premises. This will include a snack, nap room, play room, library/computer room, and lots of other engaging activities.

Our Facilities
• Well equipped library
• Computer Room
• Playground
• After School room
• Ride on toys
• Manipulatives
• Outdoor pool
• Lots more

We are located in safe, quiet and accessible location in the maitama district of Abuja.

Contact Person:           

MTV Africa, Music Awards- Abuja City, 22 November 08





Send in your very own 1-minute music video clip to MTV.  The clips can be anything you like as long as they contain music and video, including your interpretation of an original composition, a spoof of your favourite contemporary music video (chosen from a shortlist provided by MTV -  , funny, deadly serious, outrageous or anything in between – it’s you who decides what you submit, and it’s members of the public who will decide the ultimate winner by voting for their favourite music video clip.

Whether you can rhyme like Missy, rock like Linkin Park or just do your thing, submit your music video and you and your partner could be flown to Abuja, Nigeria to collect your own MAMA award!

Record yourself, then upload your music video or drop it off at a MAMA collection point near you (REGISTER HERE)

About the MAMA's

Pan African entertainment network, MTV Networks Africa, and international telecommunications giant, Zain, have joined forces to launch the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA), an exhilarating celebration of Africa’s music talent. 

The first, star-studded MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain music and entertainment extravaganza will take place at the Velodrome, Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday 22 November 2008 in front of thousands of musicians, celebrities, media and music fans. 

The MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will take the form of a 2-hour TV spectacular, combining performances from top African and international stars with award presentations and an international superstar host.

Conceived as the ultimate celebration of African contemporary music talent, the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will provide a major promotional platform for the burgeoning African music industry, championing, supporting and empowering African talent by broadcasting their music around the world via MTV’s global multimedia network. 

The awards will focus on contemporary African and international genres loved by the MTV audience in sub-Saharan Africa including hip-hop, R&B, rock, Afro Pop, Afro Beat, kwaito, bongo flava, dancehall, soul, rock and funk.

The MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain will broadcast around the world on MTV TV, online, mobile and radio platforms, including pan-African TV channel MTV base (DStv Channel 322 and GTV), MTV2 (USA) and African terrestrial TV channels STV and AIT (Nigeria), TBC (Tanzania) and TV3 (Ghana), and selected partner radio stations across the continent.

Islamic gov’t forces HIV patients to marry and orders them not to ...

I found this news item very interesting but also ended up a little confused as to what conclusions to arrive at.

According to the report, the Sharia government of a northern Nigerian state, Bauchi, has so far paired up over 150 HIV-positive victims in marriage, over the last few weeks, in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.Abujacitybauchimap

The HIV marriages were arranged in confidentiality. ‘Suitors who have tested positive and are willing to wed each other, can reduce the spread of the virus and also cushion the psychological trauma of isolation.’ Dr Lirwan Mohammed, the executive secretary of the Bauchi Action Committee on Aids has claimed.

I like the fact that the government is taking a pro-active approach in dealing with the group of HIV patients in Bauchi state.
The Isolation that results due to the lack of HIV education and  stigma  surrounding HIV  adds a serious unnecessary burden on this group. A community based approach for addressing this isolation is excellent.

But then It stops here...

The Idea of limiting the spread by pairing up willing participants borders on something else.
I start wondering how willing they (the participants) are ,how confidential this really is and ultimately how effective this whole exercise can be.
Having some knowledge of this region I start to wonder if this won't  hinder other  HIV positive people from coming  forward. So overall I'm confused about all this what do you think?

Read the complete article below.

Friday 5 September 2008, by Konye Obaji Ori

The Sharia government of a northern Nigerian state, Bauchi, has so far paired up over 150 HIV-positive victims in marriage, in the last few weeks, in an attempt to stop the spread of the disease.

According to reports, the HIV marriages were arranged in confidentiality. ‘Suitors who have tested positive and are willing to wed each other, can reduce the spread of the virus and also cushion the psychological trauma of isolation.’ Dr Lirwan Mohammed, the executive secretary of the Bauchi Action Committee on Aids has claimed.

People tested HIV-positive in the state are reported to be rounded up and coerced to intermarry, but given the freedom to choose their brides or grooms. The couples after being introduced to each other during arranged counselling sessions had the right to say yes or no to each likely partner but not a right to reject intermarriage with a fellow HIV sufferer.

International Aids experts have voiced concern at the plan and a representative from UNAids has warned that the two people could have dissimilar strains of the virus, which could possibly interact and so the couples should be allowed to use condoms to prevent any complications. The United Nations agency in charge of battling the disease in the country has also urged the couples not to bring forth children as the children are certain to be orphaned.

But the warnings of the United Nations agency and the UNAids representatives cannot be taken as the use of condoms are against the Sharia laws by which the state follows.