Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Promise Akanteh: The African woman is heavily endowed

1) Who is Promise AKANTEH? 

* I am promise AKANTEH, a Journalist, who, despite not having had any formal training in any journalism school,  excels in Jornalism every/an micrphone related job.

2) What drives Promise AKANTEH?

  I am driven by my unquenchable passion to get to the very top, giving in my utmost best each time I am honoured to use my GOD given talents. 

3) What is Your greatest influence?

 My greatest influence is my persistence, I just keep going on - firmly but nicely, putting my point across. 

4) Who is Your role model?

I have quite a andful of role models, starting with myself. Buy my biggest is Oprah Winfrey and then Helen Sirleaf Johnson.

5) Where do you see yourself in the next five years? 

My greatest wish is to be on the international scene in the next five years, presenting shows and anchoring international motivational programs. 

6) What are the challenges of the African Woman? 

I would not say I am not proud of the African Woman today, but she could be better if she gave herself a chance. 

7) Should you be named the Minister of Women's Empowerment and the Family , what wrong Will you right with your vision?

 First, I will cacel that idea that there are particular jobs reserved for men while the 'female positions' continue to be the less important posts of responsibility. Girls and Boys will be given equalrights to education at all levels. 

8) One thing you hate in girls and women today you will like to see adjusted.

 Their dressing, their mentality - always thinking that men should provide for them.  The idea of girls feeling that they are some 'underpriviledged' set of people just because of their sex drives me angry. 

9) How do you eradicate GBV in Cameroon today? 

I will empower them mentally, psychologically, spiritually and financially. Already the fact that women occupy some positions of authority at the radio is a positive step first step. It could not be more timely - everybody is suppossed to be concerned -men and women.  

And I sincerely pray that by next year, the fruits of these 16 days of activism against women and girlswill be clearly visible. We should continue the talking and advocacy. It should start from the very basic level. An entire subject -Gender could be introduced into the school curriculum. Like I said earlier, iif the government begins awakening the consciousness of boys and girls from the very tender age on the importance of protecting and promoting gender and fighting gender based violence, then the fruits will be more visible. 

The clergy too should include GBV in their sermons - people believe so much in what their priests ad pastors say. 

10) Any advice for the African Woman? 

African leaders should accept the fact that the girl child is a child with everything that the boy child has, and even more. We should open up doors for the girl child and not tie her down all in the name of some outdated tradition. Girls are first of all humans with all their full potentials and with the added advantage of having maternal instincts - at no matter what age.

The African Union and United Nations should continue the struggle for its worth it. And for the African woman - you are heavily endowed. Let no one ever make you fee less than that. I am a motivational speaker, a promoter of the rights of the child, founder of the NGO Our Baby which promotes the bond between parents -especially fathers and their children, from the womb to early childhood. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Zita ATANGCHE: The African Woman must develop her abilities...


1) Who is Zita ATANGCHE?

A multi-talented and multi-skilled, young lady from the Atangche's Family of Nkwen Village, Bamenda III Sub-Division, North West Region, Cameroon.
Born on May 19, 1986, Zita Atangche is the fifth child of a nuclear family of 6 and a polygamous tree with 13 branches who  grew to maturity in the hands of her struggling single mother due to an unfortunate second marriage her father contracted.  His passing away when Zita was only 11, and in Form One in the then G.H.S Atiela made me A passionate lover of God, loyal "adherer" to His instructions ,committed and dedicated doer of His Will by His Grace. Holder of an Upper Credit in Higher National Diploma and 2nd Class Upper in Bachelor of Technolgy, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Class of 2012/2013 at National Polytechnic Bamenda.A born gospel musician under the name Zita Light with a 16 track album 'saka" released on her birthday day 19th May 2017 (See Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud : Zita Light ); a Trained Journalist(radio presenter,show host,mc etc popularly known "Mama Zi" due to her entertainment radio show "Meet The Stars" on Radio Hotcocoa FM 94.0,every Sunday 2pm and her relentless impact in the lives of young people). A Choreographer,Motivational Speaker/Teacher of the Truth,Ultimately Passionate C.E.O/Founder of New Breed Africa known on social media( New Breed Africa Foundation) an organisation that reaches out to and empower young people especially the vulnerable(orphans and less privileged people,single mothers,street children etc),identifies,orientate,develop and promote indegineous/home talents see Website: www.newbreedafricafoundation.com                                                       Facebook Page: NewBreedAfricaFoundation and same name on YouTube for details of the vision, works and impact. Author of the recently published book of poems "Light For The New Breed" and several unpublished books, former Female First Division Footballer with Gentile Ladies Bamenda. After a two months training recently with some over 33 girls in one of our empowerment projects for girls, I produce and market Ankara/Beads Designs of diverse patterns, Coconut Oil,Avocardo Oil etc. Have received in two years of work over three awards of recognition from Noble Theatre Arts Entertainment, Shosa Empire and YUCICOPO with her community and counting.Living for impact is what fuels every endeavour and action of Zita.

2) What drives Zita Atangche?

I am driven by desire to live a purpose filled life. I spent several years searching for my purpose and came to realize I was actually learning the skills through my different experiences in life to fulfil this purpose. Now that I have come to this awareness and clarification,

My ultimate obsession is to eliminate all forms of vulnerabilities from the lives of young people especially the marginalized gender( orphans,people with disabilities,less privileged,street children,prostitutes,young single mothers/struggling girls, struggling youths/Artists,women etc).Doing away with what makes them victims of circumstances and contributing in empowering them become a complete new breed of tenacious people, noble in character,decent,well skilled,without greed and responsible enough to willingly contribute to the betterment of our world. Thus in my songs and every project you would constantly find available,content put together to eliminate what makes people vulnerable, what can empower them to live their best and achieve fulfillment while living for greater good of others too.

3) Who is your role model?

Well as for role model, calling names will be a little complex because with my multi-engagements, i have role models in diverse fields but in them all,you must find these common traits:living beyond self, passion for a better life for others,selfless contribution to make the world better by pointing and walking with people and systems via Gods standards,showing love to the lost,raising peoples hopes,encouraging people to wake up to their true worth and thrive for the best,awakening in people the need to maintain the integrity and dignity of humanity in all ways,actions and achievements, putting smiles on the faces of the needy ect. These are my role models. Thus i will always quote people in the likes of Nelson Madiba Mandela, Mylse Munroe,Oprah Wimfrey, Mother Theressia,Edgar Guest,Cindy Trim,Tamela Mann,Zahara of South Africa ,Asa of Nigeria, Mme Fomumbod Anne Stella of IFVCAM, Bih Pascaline of DARE AFRICA Bamenda, Mussa Comfort of SistersSpeak Bamenda etc

4) Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

My one believe is that as long as i'm alive and stay in Gods Will,obeying His ever timely instructions each level of my life and work,no form of calculation nor speculation can truly define how far i will go at any given time or within any given period. I am Gods vessel of mercy and He will glorify Himself through me,thus the extent to which He intends to glorify Himself through me in 5years will be the extent i will reach in 5years. If it has taken Him from 2015,not up to 2yrs of selfless commitment to purpose,especially with New Breed Africa for me to receive 3 awards of
recognition and counting, then i cannot afford to place a limitation on where He will take me in 5years.

5) What are the challenges of the African Woman?

The African Woman is locked up in a world of obscurity of her true self and worth, thus lives in the shadow of herself. She lacks exposure, she is so ignorant and she is so naive of the wide range of opportunities her GOD given potentials provide her for global impact. 

The African Woman is plagued with the survival of the fittest mentality due to the struggles of her environment and thus works like a Jackal to survive herself and her family. To this effect she has lost value for herself. She most often has no time for herself.  

The African Woman is a victim of 'my property notion' because most men feel since I dowried her with my money, she is their property. Thus most African women are treated like property. Others become sex workers and will do nothing and everything to satisfy their customers who never understand they are human beings. 

6) How do you unwind tension?  

I relax by simply singing songs, especially my favorite songs. I also play soccer to break the tension. 

7) What is your ICE Vision?

My ICE vision is to build a tenacious breed of women without greed, who are not only noble in character and full of refined substance, but are super courageous enough to by pass self, gender, societal and religious limits to orderly, responsibly and humbly pour our the content of their inside for the greater good of diverse generations, stretching of course from their homes. 

My background of being raised by a struggling single mother with just basic education and a peasant farmer, besides six other children and nine grand children, not leaving out an orphan she chose to help, is a great source of strength. 

The experiences my elder sisters underwent in the hands of their husbands and my daily observation of what happens with young girls and women in different sectors of the society.

8) What are your plans for the African Union?

As for me i work to empty myself for the greater good of humanity and however it happens i believe is not mine to decide but Gods. So i work and plan as instructed and as inspired.So as at now,nothing yet but when its time,the idea will come,mastery of what to do for a particular impact will come too.

9) What are the things you will change in the life of an African Woman should you be named the Minister of Women's Empowerment and the Family?

I will make sure by all means possible a good number of women gain at least basic reading and writing skills and then fully engage into their self-development(education and capacity building) formally or informally to right the wrong of women living as empty vessels(no relevant ideas,no marketable skills,nothing else to offer except their bodies as play toys and child bearing machines).
Secondly i will dismiss the deceptive notion that has for years diverted the attention of women from journeying to themselves to using up their energy,time and money to become and do more than what the man does"what a man can do a woman can do and even better". To me this has always been a concept of limitation on the woman,for one can only be more powerful, unstoppable and relevant when he or she becomes and makes use of the unique and original potential with which one was fashioned from creation. Striving to be like or more powerful than are another person by trying to do exactly what the person does ,even if its more than the person,will only make you a copy of that person and not the powerful original of who you truly are.Woman being a better version of yourself everyday makes you more powerful than any other man or woman. 

10) What is your greatest influence?

My Greatest Influence is GOD. HIS will, purpose, instructions and principles, HIS integrity, grace, wisdom, pleasure and agenda per time and season.

11) What are the few things you hate in the girls of the age you would love to change as an African Woman?

One thing I hate in girls and women today I will like to change is the non chalant route they opt for in facing life. Most of them who take that direction end up begging or marrying men they don't love nor share visions with, just to survive. Which to me is another form of prostitution because selling self for money or dancing naked, exposing nude bodies to attract men as potential customers ain't different from marrying and  sleeping regularly with a man you don't love for money. This honestly kills every iota of life in me because it renders a woman an object and she is treated in society with scorn, disrespect, rejection and without dignity. 

12) What advice do you have for the African Woman?

The African woman must create time for herself so she can develop her abilities to match international standards in any sector of activity she chooses for a career. The personal development will tickle the African Woman's potential and her lucrative skills, there by push her to become self reliant so she can become helpful to herself , her family and the community in which she lives. This will not only eventually free the African Woman from any form of compromise that will put her integrity and dignity to question, but as well restore the African Woman's relevance and respect within the African homes and communities. Lastly, The African Woman must learn to win her battles on her knees first.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Erise Mary : The African woman must be creative, dream big and Believe, lf even when no one believes in you

1.  Who is Erise Mary?

Erise Mary is an ordained prophet and apostolic trainer who received her ordination at ATMI St. Louis Ministries Oklahoma USA.  She is a person called by God to train and promote healthy leaders to construct a God fearing society.  Originating from the North West region of Cameroon and founder of Real Worship and Gospel Center International and the Erise Mary Foundation in Cameroon.  She  also undergoing a Masters program at Oral Roberts theology university USA.  Lastly she is a wordsmith.

2.What drives Erise Mary?

The individual in the society encounters alot of obstacles and
difficulties due to the lack of knowledge of their identity in Christ.
Christians move from church to church in search of solution to the
extent of incorporating religious practices which has  nothing to do
with the word of God and this is done till they reach a state of
weariness.  Single mothers and widows which has been the principle
target of the Erise Mary Foundation due to the difficulties they
encounter to rebuild their lives, these difficulties are also due to
the deficit of acknowledgement that they are all son of God.  So her
driving force is actually the mission God gave her which is to teach
people on their true nature for a properous nation.

3. Who is or are your role models?

i) Michelle Obama for her eloquence, elegance, and consecration to
young ladies in the build of their self esteem.

ii)Chantal Biya for her philantorpic character and love for her nation

iii) Pamella Dion she is my spiritual mother an excellent coach in
love, a book writer and excellent speaker.

iv)Cyndy Trim she a charismatic speaker and inspirational book writer.

4. Why organise a conference on "Christ in you"?

Observing the scripture 1John4:4 this scripture has lost its sense
amongst christians.  Therefore this conference aims at bringing the
individual to the awarness of the indwelling of Christ in us and
reestablishing the union between God and his church and not the church
with the pastors.

5.  Do you have the impression that Christ has deserted the holy
quarters or Christians are not aware of their Godly embodiment?

First thing you have to understand is Grace has been given abundantly
and permanently, but christians have been running after other things
and have reduced themselves to slaves so yes I believe the christian
is not aware of their Godly embodiment.

6. How will the 'Christ in you' conference adjust the spirituality of Christians?
by giving them the true revelation of who Christ is and who they are
in Christ?  This will change their mindset to understand there is
nothing abstract to them which they need to look for because when God
said everything is finished and nailed on the cross then it means its

5) How will these issues be sorted out?.  come and be a part of the conference and you will discover the
different dimensions of the program but in a nut shell it will be an intensive praise and worship, Erise Mary as well as her partner will pick on all the  question and answer session .

9. What are the challenges of the African woman?

The African woman suffers from certain confrontations but if she dares to stand against such oppositions, she will a fulfilled life envied by all. Some of these problems are:

to build high self esteem
- fight inequality and fight for a social status

10. What is the one thing you hate in a girl child you will adjust you are given the chance?

Wrong facial expression women should always smile despite the situation for tear last only for a night but joy cometh in the morning.  When the devil wants to give you a reason to be sad then
give him a million reasons to be happy.

11.Should you be named the Minister of Women's Empowerment and the family today, what will your vision be and how will you go about it?

I will be organizing seminars of self esteem, hygiene, personal development and values.

12.What is your ICE vision?

In a few years to come the Erise Mary foundation will be a global village for refuge raising healthy leaders which will impact the society in preaching, entrepreneurship and charity.

13. How do you unwind tension?

At the individual level take a deep breath and smile and the interpersonal level install Agape which is the God kind of love.

14.What is your greatest influence?

Jesus Christ for he was humble to the extent of washing the feet of his disciples.

15. Any advice for the African woman?

- Believe in yourself even when no one believes in you
- Speak more about your self no one's words can have more power on your life than yours
- be creative
- dream big
- Give to the society.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Marie Abanga: The African Woman must heal and dare to be whoever she is

1) Who is Marie ABANGA?

Ms Marie Abanga, is a lawyer by profession and recently founded her own law firm AbangaandPartners. She is equally a consultant, a dynamic and passionate advocate of Women's rights, a mental health advocate and wellbeing coach, a motivational speaker, an author, a blogger and was a pioneer community champion of the UN Women Knowledge Gateway for Women's Empowerment among others. As a consultant, she has managed the African Region of the Women In Parliament Global Forum (now Women Political Leaders Global Forum), where she rallied the African Female Members of Parliaments to attend the WPL summits and other activities of this very important global network. Ms Abanga also collaborates with the Black European Women's Council, is Board Secretary of her mum's Diversity Management and Consulting Limited Firm, and the Country Director of the GBM Foundation for epilepsy and mental well-being. Last but definitely not the least, Marie is a single parent of three active teens and has found out that team work with her boys is the easiest way to make home affairs work.

2) What drives Marie Abanga?

I am driven by desire to live a purpose filled life. I spent several years searching for my purpose and came to realize I was actually learning the skills through my different experiences in life to fulfil this purpose. Now that I have come to this awareness and clarification, I am driven by the wish to help as many as I can in their own journeys to such an awesome enlightment.

3) Who is Your role model?

My maternal Grandmother. Here is a recap of this great woman as recorded in the anthology of memories written on her demise titled “Helen Atabong Asaba Fontem: The Life and Times of a Humble Servant”, « She fought for her economic empowerment, left an abusive marriage, sent her girls to school, fought for inheritance rights and became the first woman in her village to be allowed to inherit property. She dared to rally the women into the first co-operative ever, and was the pioneer president of the local chapter of the ruling party when the country finally attained its independence ». Is this resilience or what? This is just a recap but her powerful legacy lives on in me of course – she is forever my first and best role model and she was oh so gentle and tender and full of love for all with no discrimination.

4) Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

In the next five years I will be an expert on mental health and personal/emotional well-being in Cameroon Lord Help. This is sure different from legal background but this is my ultimate goal – I have so more passion and personal experience in those fields and I am continuing education in those areas as I write. With regards to my legal practice and other ventures, I am forging on and doing my best but I don’t have any 5 year plan with those.

5) What are the challenges of the African Woman?

The African woman has sadly been conditioned to believe or resign to the idea that her ‘identity’ is only defined either in her ‘Father’ or ‘Husband’. This is simplified and used with quotes and I think many can understand what I write. This lack of believe in an inherent identity, has greatly impacted the African woman’s believe in her ownself , to assert herself and go for what she wants without the nagging feeling of having to explain why you can’t just be ‘conventional’ and satisfied with your role of ‘wife’, ‘daughter’ or even ‘second class employee’.

6) How do you unwind tension from work? How do you relax?

I love reading and writing in abundance. Those help me relax just so much and the best is when am doing those in my ‘serene space’. Next I also like doing to relax is hang out with my sons (I don’t call them 3 musketeers for nothing) and we are so buddies I can tell them any and everything and this is mutual. I am not so social (not anymore to be honest) so my social life is more online than otherwise – but that is also relaxing.

7) What is Your Ice Vision?

My ICE vision which I am working on regardless of any setbacks, is to mentor as many as possible from near or far. I have done this by sharing my story in 4 good memoirs, started an organization called Inspiring Positive Actions Now and share in abundance through my numerous social media platforms. I also don’t hesitate to accept invitations to guest blog, go on radio/tv to talk and share different messages through different magazine both on and offline.

8) Any plans for the AU?

Not really, I feel if I go to the AU I will not have the independence and platform to do  what I want to do in individual lives.

9) Should you be named the Minister of Women's Empowerment and the Family , what wrong Will you right with your vision?

I will make informal education as important as formal education for girls right from childhood, because they are the women of tomorrow and mothers of humanity. I will mandate billboards all over that boys learn to see their sisters and mothers in every woman they come across.

10) What is Your greatest influence?

My greatest influence is the urge to see women empowered and living in peace and security from any form of abuse. If you had asked ‘Who’ that would have been different. I am influenced by my own personal transformational journey to believe it is possible for just every other woman.

11) What is Your ICE (inspire, celebrate and empower women) inspiration?

I am inspired by just how selfless and full of generosity many people are in the world. With just a little love, you can help turn someone’s word around – hence inspiring, celebrating and empowering one another is so imperative for us women.

12) One thing you hate in girls and women today you will like to see adjusted.

I don’t appreciate when girls compare themselves to each other based on physical/material attributes, and think the measure of their worth is in who or what they got – ignoring themselves in the whole process – focus more on who you are and what you are doing from your soul, because such assertiveness boosts your self esteem and shields you from imposed or received abuse of any kind.

13) Any advice for the African Woman?

Heal and dare to be you wherever you are. If you sincerely love the ‘comfort zone’ you currently are in, then fine – if not, you must not resign to your plight or fate, You can if you dare even if you begin only with baby steps right where you are. There are many role models in Africa today and even in your own environment. Come on you can even decide to be your own role model why not?