On World Children’s Day, African youth share their vision of the Africa they want

Eager to make their voices heard, 10 youth from eight African countries will take over the stage in Accra (Ghana) on World Children’s Day to tell the world about the Africa they want to live in, through a series of short, powerful talks.

The 10 girls and boys aged 12 to 19 year old from Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo will deliver inspirational talks at the Africa Dialogues (www.AfricaDialogues.com) event on issues affecting children and youth on the continent, sharing their vision of what they want Africa’s future to be.

“The problems facing Africa affect children first, so they feel the impact of the problems more than the adults,” said Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 17-year-old from Ghana, who will speak about hunger and malnutrition in Africa. “Giving children a platform to speak on issues bothering them can help to reduce their sufferings. I expect that this event is going to boost up children’s level of motivation and aspirations.”

The event is a collaboration between the People Initiative Foundation (www.ThePeoplesInitiative.org) and UNICEF (www.UNICEF.org) to mark World Children’s Day, the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On that day, a series of global events will see children and youth around the world ‘take over’ key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.

In Accra, the youth will address some of the critical issues facing Africa now and in the future:

  • Hamado Moussa Diallo, 18, from Burkina Faso, will talk about the importance of education
  • Élie Yedou, 18, from Côte d’Ivoire, will talk about a peaceful and hunger-free Africa
  • Fatoumatta A. Camara, 18, from The Gambia, will talk about female genital mutilation
  • Victoria Kweinorki Quaynor, 19, from Ghana, will talk about neglected children
  • Andrew Adansi-Bonnah, 17, from Ghana, will talk about hunger and malnutrition
  • Natasha Adu, 12, from Ghana, will talk about sanitation
  • Hadja Idrissa Bah, 18, from Guinea, will talk about child marriage
  • Fatima Aliyu Gebi, 17, from Nigeria, will talk about the plight and plea of the northern girl child
  • Rebecca Evelyn Deborah Sankoh, 18, from Sierra Leone, will talk about education and development
  • Abra Rosaline Tsekpuia, 19, from Togo, will talk about food security

The youth takeover of Africa Dialogues will be streamed live at http://AfricaDialogues.com during a public event in Accra on 20 November 2017 between 9am and 3pm (GMT). Recordings will later be made available on the Africa Dialogues website.

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Media contact:
Daniel Antwi
People Initiative Foundation
+233 265431191
Accra, Ghana

UNICEF (www.UNICEF.org) works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org.

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Africa Dialogues (www.AfricaDialogues.com) is an Africa thought-leadership platform that focuses on broad-ranging discussions on governance and human rights, education, youth unemployment, infrastructure, public health, gender and income inequality, Africa’s economies and urban development towards helping our continent attain the African Union Agenda 2063 and the global Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

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Marriott International and Landmark Africa Group announce signing of renaissance Lagos hotel and Marriott executive apartments

Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) and Landmark Africa Group (www.LandmarkAfrica.com) today announced the signing of Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments. Slated to open in 2020, the hotels will be located within the Landmark Village precinct, a premier mixed-use, business, leisure and lifestyle development along the Atlantic Ocean waterfront in Victoria Island, the central business district of Lagos.

“We are excited to partner with the Landmark Africa Group on this project. With the rapid pace of urbanization more and more guests are looking for the value, the convenience and the vitality that mixed-use provides. The Renaissance Lagos Hotel and Marriott Executive Apartments will be a significant addition to our strong Nigeria portfolio. There is a growing need for high caliber short and extended stay lodging in Nigeria and we believe the two hotels together will help bridge this gap,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

The 25 floor hotel will feature the 216 room full service Renaissance Lagos Hotel and 44 room Marriott Executive Apartment offering extended stay apartments with space, ambience and the privacy of residential living. The hotels will offer a wide range of amenities, including local and international restaurants, spa facilities, a fitness center, and an infinity pool with access to a 100-meter-long boardwalk overlooking a vibrant beach club offering exciting watersports.

“Marriott International is synonymous with quality and unique lifestyle experiences globally, which we, at the Landmark Africa Group continuously strive to align ourselves with. We look forward to bringing Marriott’s hospitality and passion for excellence to the Landmark Village setting a new benchmark for mixed-use developments in the region,” said Paul Onwuanibe, Chief Executive Officer Landmark.

Designed to be the first Lagos equivalent of the Rockefeller Centre in New York, Canary Wharf in London, Rosebank in Johannesburg and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, the Landmark Village features office spaces, luxury apartments, high end retail as well as international restaurants. It is rapidly emerging as a leading mixed-use development on the West African Coastline.

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Media contact:
Landmark Africa Group

Anjali Mehra

About Landmark Africa Group:
Landmark (www.LandmarkAfrica.com) began its operations in 1997, and is today recognized as a leading real estate services company in Africa, with a 150,000sqm development portfolio that comprises high rise commercial headquarters of several multi-national firms, retail developments, state of the art hospitality and conferencing facilities, and vast land banks along the Atlantic Ocean coastline.

Landmark is a financially stable and well capitalized enterprise. The Group is established with offices in the United Kingdom and 5 countries across Africa including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Ivory Coast. Their mission is to provide world-class business and leisure environments to improve the work-life balance of multi-national and domestic clients seeking an exclusive one stop shop setting in Africa.

You can find out more about the Landmark Africa Group by visiting www.LandmarkAfrica.com or connect with them @LandmarkAfrica on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Marriott International:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) (www.Marriott.com) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,200 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 125 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.Marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.MarriottNewsCenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook (http://APO.af/F8xwrF) and @MarriottIntl on Twitter (http://APO.af/qxiLcH) and Instagram (http://APO.af/7AjVMa).

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Uncertainty in Zimbabwe

As a result of the ongoing political uncertainty through the night, the Ambassador has instructed all employees to remain home tomorrow.

U.S. government personnel have been instructed to shelter in their residences tonight and work remotely from home on November 15. The embassy will be minimally staffed and closed to the public.

U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are encouraged to shelter in place until further notice. Please monitor news and embassy notifications.

In case of emergency involving U.S. citizens, U.S. citizens should call Consul Amy Diaz at +263 772 102 179.

Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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Irish Aid 2018 Fellowship Awards Programme

The Embassy of Ireland has distributed Irish Aid 2018 Fellowship invitations to a number of its Partner Organisations.

It is important to note that only staff working for the Partner Organisations listed are eligible to apply for the Fellowship programme. All applications should be endorsed by Heads of the organisations to whom the invitations have been sent to. If no endorsement has been made, the application will be rejected. Each organisation is entitled to nominate two members of staff. If more than two are nominated all applications will be rejected.

Endorsed applications marked IA 2018 FELLOWSHIP AWARDS should be hand delivered to the Embassy of Ireland, 3rd floor Arwa House, City Centre, Lilongwe.

Closing date for applications is close of business on Friday 8 December 2017. Please note that any applications received after this date will not be considered.

The following is a list of the eligible partner organisations for the 2018 programme:

  • United Purpose
  • International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)
  • International Potato Centre (CIP)
  • Ministry of Agriculture , Irrigation and Water Development
  • Department of Agriculture Research Services
  • National Smallholder Farmer Organisation of Malawi (NASFAM)
  • Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)
  • Department of Nutrition and HIV and AIDS
  • Civil Society Nutrition Alliance (CISONA)
  • Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET)
  • Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA)
  • Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM)
  • Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
  • Ministry of Energy
  • Ministry of Economic planning and Development (focusing on gender issues)
  • Mbaula Network
  • Christian Aid
  • Mzuzu University
  • Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)
  • Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)
  • Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
  • National Local Government Committee
  • Malawi Human Rights Commission
  • National Statistics Office
  • Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
  • Malawi Police Service
  • Irish Rule of Law International
  • Office of Auditor General
  • Office of Accountant General
  • CCJP-Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace
  • Malawi Investment & Trade Centre
  • Central Internal Audit Unit
  • Malawi Revenue Authority

The Embassy of Ireland is committed to a Policy of Equal opportunity.

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