Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Dignifying A Woman of Steel: Esther Afua Ocloo, a pioneer for women's rights celebrated at 98th birthday by Google
A Google doodle has celebrated Ghanian microlending pioneer Esther Afua Ocloo on what would have been her 98th birthday on 18th April 2017.
Who was the celebrated entrepreneur?
After starting a business selling fruit juice and marmalade as a teenager and realising the financial difficulties poor women faced, Ms Ocloo helped found and operate a bank specifically designed to help women on low incomes.
In 1975 as a succeeding businesswoman, Ms Ocloo was invited to the first UN World Conference on Women.
Later that decade, she founded and became the chairman of the board of directors of Women’s World Banking, which expanded her earlier goal of helping women obtain the small loans needed to launch businesses. The not-for-profit organisation has since helped millions of women start and run businesses, helping boost prosperity in countless communities.
During a trip to the UK in the 1950s, Ms Ocloo began to develop recipes for commercial food canning. She was also the first black person to gain a cooking diploma from the Good Housekeeping Institute in London.
In the same decade she returned to Africa and set up the first food processing business in Ghana.
Ms Ocloo died of pneumonia in 2002 aged 82.
culled from Independent UK
Thursday, 6 April 2017
She is the daughter of a Nigerian mother, Patricia, nee Eluemunor and Andre Thorpe-White. Ms Thorpe-White, a senior at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway New Jersey got accepted into Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Stanford.
"I was shaking, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, oh my gosh,' like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said 'Congratulations' and I was like, 'Oh my goodness...'" Ifeoma told WABC-TV.
Mrs White-Thorpe told ABC News that she was not surprised by her daughter's feat.
"She has always been a hardworking girl," White-Thorpe said. "Last month, she was one of the 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars and that is one of 86,000 students in the United States. They choose 150 students and she was one of them.
"As a little girl, she was a great writer," she added. "I remember when she was in kindergarten. She spoke on behalf on behalf of the kindergarten class and it blew our minds away."
Principal Todd Toriello told ABC News that Ifeoma has been a student leader throughout her four years at Morris Hills High.
"She understands the importance of giving back to her school service and currently serves the student body as the student government association president," Toriello said. "As a senior, she's challenged herself in rigorous course work. ... In my relationship with her, she has always been a respectful individual and we are just so proud of her and her accomplishments.
"Whatever school she decides to go to, she will continue on doing great things and will leave her mark on this world and make it a better place," he added.
Ifeoma has joined the leagues of other Nigerians flying Nigerian flag higher in the United States.
Last year, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a student of Elmont Memorial High School was also accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. In 2015, a salutatorian Harold Ekeh from the same school got admission to the big eight.
According to her mother, Ifeoma will be studying biology and hopes to become a cardiologist.
It has been reported that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday has unfrozen former first lady Patience Jonathan's account containing $5.9m.
Sahara Reporters gathered that anti-corruption war suffers another judicial blow as the media outfit tweeted that " court Defreezes Patience Jonathan's @SkyeBank acct # 2110001712 with $5.9million."that the court premises was earlier on again beseiged by supporters of the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Pictures from the court premises showed large number of women waiting for the judgment that eventually returned Patience's millions of dollars back to her.