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NO SOCKS NO SHOE, a major drama production put together by GAM Television under the directorship of Mrs. Veronica van de Kamp for SOAIDS to celebrate the World Aids Day on December 2nd at No Limit, Amsterdam was a huge success. The event attracted people from all works of life and it was an occasion to make a public declaration that no stigma any longer for persons living with HIV/Aids.

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Mrs. Veronica van de Kamp: Director of GAM TV

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Photo StephanieStephanie Timmerman is the creator of Health Beauty & Wellnesscenter Beau Victoire. They are specialized in medical and cosmetic treatments for black & white skin for both male and female. These services include skincare, anti-aging, acné, microdermabrasion, scar correction, treatment of spots and smoking skins. They are also specialized in stretch marks and cellulite treatment, slimming massage (Spa), pedicure, manicure, diabetic foot and fungal nails, artificial nails etc. Beau Victoire organizes courses / workshops for small groups as well as in private. The unique part is that they also offer beauty wellness, bridal and maternity packages. They sell products for skincare, body care, foot care and make-up (black skin) and vouchers for wellness treatments. It is called ‘HAMMAM EXPERIENCE’ for total relaxation, skin cleansing and detoxification.

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PresidentKenneth Gbandi was elected the new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe (NIDOE) at the body's annual general meeting in Athens, Greece, on 11 November. The Germany-based migration expert, communal politician, business consultant and media entrepreneur spoke in his first interview after the election with some European and Nigerian based media houses and notable bloggers via a Tele-Conference on the challenges facing NIDOE, how Nigeria can attract more foreign investment and the best way to manage the fight against corruption. Gbandi, who has been the president of the German chapter of NIDO for the past four years, also talked about the efforts of the Diaspora to contribute to national development and what he plans to do to support the current government.

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A two day conference organized by The Netherlands African Business Council (NABC), in collaboration with FMO, the Dutch Foreign Ministry, The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) African Studies Center, and CFC was held at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. 

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Hon. Kenneth Gbandi is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of African Heritage, the current president of NIDO Germany and presently vying to become the Chairman of the Nigerians Diaspora Organization. He is not a man hungry for power but he is in demand because of his record of successes within the Diaspora community in Europe. In this write up, we make him to speak for himself, what is plans are for NIDIO Europe and he was not shy of words.

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Read his plan for Nigerians in the Diaspora and why you have to vote him in.

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The Justina Mutale Foundation will host an International Day of the Girl Summit at the European Parliament in the UK, situated at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU on Friday 28 October 2016, from 4.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.

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Dr. Justina Mutale: The initiator of the program.

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The First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, is one of the recipients of this year’s Voice Achievers Award. She will be recognized with a double award as the African Woman of the Year and The Voice Personality of the Year at the ceremony taking place on 20th and 21st October 2016 in the city of Almere, The Netherlands.

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Over one hundred traders from Ogbe Ijoh market in Warri South local government area of Delta State have protested to the Government House in Asaba over the death of three women traders who have died out of frustration after Ijaw youths burnt down their market.
The protesters who carried placards and leaves in front of the government house on Wednesday were wailing and weeping, lamenting the harsh condition which they have been facing because of the intimidation from the ijaw youths who have vowed to make life miserable for the traders for refusing to pay the sum of N12, 000 by each of the traders.

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Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state of Nigeria

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History was made at the Dutch Parliament as Amma Asante, Ghanaian born politician became a member of the Dutch Parliament to serve out till March 2017 when the next general election is expected to hold in The Netherlands

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) Governorship candidate in the September 10 governorship election, Dr. Godwin Obaseki has said that he will change the economy of Edo state through creation of jobs and markets for indigenous goods and services. In an interview in Benin City, Dr. Obaseki said opportunities to create jobs for the people are sent out of the country when virtually everything we use are imported into the country and this trend he is determined to stop in the state as a goal to be achieved.

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He asked the journalists to consider a situation when what they are wearing is not made locally. “Everything you are wearing how many of it are made locally, it is little or nothing. We spend over 30 billion Dollars buying imported goods and services. This trend must change in Edo State because the state is strategically located to generate electricity for manufacturers. “In Edo State we have the key ingredients to produce electricity. In your houses you generate electricity by buying the generator and diesels. Here in Edo state because of the availability of Gas, since the major Gas line pass through the state we can generate electricity. “To generate electricity you need input and output and because of our unique position, the major Gas trunk line passes through Edo State and that will be used to generate electricity for manufacturing purposes. “We spend billions of Dollars importing goods and services from abroad, which means there is a market here but unfortunately that market, because we don’t produce those things, we don’t manufacture them we now have to import a lot of those goods, that is why we do not have the ability to create jobs, jobs we should have had here are sent out,” he noted. Dr. Obaseki maintained that, “For us, because there is a market, look at what you are wearing, they cannot be made here. Is it the cotton or fibre in your clothes, leather in your shoes, the synthetic or what exactly? We must manufacture goods and create jobs for the people he insists.

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I am putting myself forward to lead a team of Nigerians in the capacity of Chairman Board of Trustees, providing strategic direction for the European arm of the official Nigerian Diaspora body called Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO). Reflecting, as I should do, on how I wish to do such important job at this time in Nigeria’s history, I took a journey down memory lane to all the efforts invested over the years by good men and women of NIDO Europe. They toiled for the organization to become an alternative platform for sustainable social economic development of Nigeria. I can only be grateful for the selfless services of these founding members and all the stakeholders that have sustained the organization till date. (This one is for you).

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Hon Kenneth Gbandi: Currently NIDO Chairman, Germany Branch

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Proudly we announce to the world that come Wednesday 7th September 2016, politician Amma Asante will become a member of the Dutch second chamber parliament. The first Ghanaian African and a woman to accomplish this fit in the Netherlands. After nearly four years in the waiting, having contested in the last election and narrowly fall short of the number to get a seat in parliament. She waited patiently engaging in other activities until a vacancy that made the door open for her to become a Dutch member of parliament.

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Monday 5 September 2016, sees the launch of the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation, an initiative dedicated to creating global awareness about peace, justice and security in all age groups and communities with a specific focus on children.

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"To achieve all the other goals, we must have peace. It is only when we effectively work together towards a more peaceful environment, address insecurities and hold perpetrators to account, that we can address the entire enterprise of the sustainable development goals," said Florence Olara, the Chair of the Foundation.

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The First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, has accepted her nomination of The Voice Magazine Achievers Award 2016 as the African Woman and Personality of the year awards 2016. The statement was released in Almere, The Netherlands by The Voice Achievers Award Committee. Her Excellency will receive the prestigious “African Woman and Personality" award 2016 at a ceremony slated for 25th August 2016 in Mongomo, Equatorial Guniea to kick start the official program for 2016 awards event holding in the city of Almere, The Netherlands.

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To ensure that the dreams of the nation’s founding fathers in relation to unity and progress in diversity are not lost, the newly elected Interim Chairman of The Movement for National Reformation (MNR), Chief Eugene Enahoro has appealed to all Nigerians to lower the hostility across the country.

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Almere, The Netherlands, August 23rd, 2016: The First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, has accepted her nomination of The Voice Magazine Achievers Award 2016 as the African Woman and Personality of the year awards 2016. The statement was released in Almere, The Netherlands by The Voice Achievers Award Committee. Her Excellency will receive the prestigious “African Woman and Personality" award 2016 at a ceremony slated for 25th August 2016 in Mongomo, Equatorial Guniea to kick start the official program for 2016 awards event holding in the city of Almere, The Netherlands.

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Liberia is increasingly confronted with development challenges exacerbated by growing urbanization and the recent Ebola epidemic, which exposed major shortcomings in Liberian society, such as weak social contract, weak institutions, inadequate capacity among public institutions to address uncoordinated rural urban migration and growing crime rate. Monrovia has experienced surge in population from its pre- war four hundred thousand inhabitants to slightly 1.1 million- showing that significant percent of the country’s population lives in Monrovia.

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Mr Justin Onuorah Abuah, Director of Information, State House, has passed on.
Born on January 29, 1959, Mr Abuah, fondly called O.J, by all who knew and came in close contact with him, died on Sunday, August 14, in Abuja after a brief illness.

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The late Abuah had a long and rich career at the Presidency, where he served seven past Nigerian leaders since 1986 when he joined the State House media office from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
His many colleagues, friends and admirers will fondly remember him as the man behind several presidential statements and speeches; and he demonstrated a rare sense of calmness and candour in service.
A native of Asaba, Oshimili South Local Government Area, Delta State, O.J is survived by his wife, Loretta and three children (Chinedum, Chike and Amaechi).
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.
Burial arrangements will be announced later by the family.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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BENIN-CITY: The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Gubernatorial Candidate for the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, Earl Osaro Onaiwu has officially flagged-off his campaign. The event which was held on Saturday 30th July, 2016 at the Urhokpota Hall, King Square, Benin-City was well attended by thousands of residents, supporters and party faithful’s across the State and beyond.
The Executive Governor of Anambra State and National Leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Willie Obiano led a delegation of party chieftains to the event to show solidarity for the Osaro Onaiwu Solution Agenda.

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As politicians in Edo State struggle to outshine one another in the build up to the forthcoming September 10th governorship election, Edo people must be vigilant to avoid the deceit that has become the attribute of many a politician and ensure the election of the best candidate. The narrative in informed circle across the state captures this sentiment and the need to return Edo to its glorious past.
It is unfortunate that even the modest infrastructure which Edo inherited upon its creation in 1991 has so lost value that one wonders whether successive governments have been asleep. Take the roads in Benin the capital city for instance; there is hardly any in the main city without deep gullies. Even where you manage to find a tarred road, be rest assured that the adjoining streets will be no better than swamps. Driving in Edo during this raining season is particularly hellish for motorists.

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THE VOICE Nov/Dec 2016

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