The Voice Newsmagazine
Wife of the President, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Buhari prayed for peaceful coexistence of Nigeria. She made the prayer shortly after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she performed Umrah or the Lesser Hajj as it is known.
A Dutch court sitting in Breda has found a Surinamese man guilty of manslaughter and sentence to maximum jail term of 12 years without the possibility of early release in the murder of Steven Kantaga. (His asylum name in the Netherlands). He has since been recognized as a Nigerian born as Steven Osaigbovo Ekunwe, he was born on 27th of June 1971 at Benin-City, Edo State Nigeria. He was killed through knife wounds on 5th of June 2015 at Oosterhout, Noord Brabant, The Netherlands after he has been attacked.
Late Steven Osaigbovo Ekunwe
A friend of his, Ms Monique-Brigitte Klamer had for the last two years fought to get justice for the deceased and for his children as she felt he was unjustly murdered in cold blood because he is a foreigner and nobody to fight his course in the Netherlands.
According to Monique when she spoke to the Voice magazine on the decision of the court, she says it is a relief after two years of fighting to get justice for Steven. “He was a good man and a dear friend, he has children who are now without a father because someone decided to take his life”.
Every week at his office in Amsterdam this young lawyer is attending to hundreds of people in need of assistance to clear them from unnecessary debts and bills incurred from tax office, in some cases they have been wrongfully taxed. Recently I met him on his campaign train and chatted with him on his mission to become a parliamentarian. Meet Don Ceder, a candidate on the ticket of the Christian Union, No 7 on the list. Read his interview and why we have to vote him into the parliament.
TV: Give a short introduction of yourself?
Don Ceder: I was born 27 years ago in the city of Amsterdam. I’m an offspring of a Ghanaian mother and a Surinamese father. I am currently practicing as a lawyer and I own a law firm based in Amsterdam.
TV: Congratulations, and what does your work entails as a lawyer?
Don Ceder: As a lawyer I chose to advocate for citizens whose rights are being violated by unlawful additional costs by collection agencies (in the Netherlands they are known as ‘Incasso bureaus’), tax authorities, big companies, CJIB and banks. Many people lack the language from minority communities and even those who have the language are scare to death whenever they get bills they do not clearly understand, out of panic many goes to pay it and some even get more bills after paying so some people are in serious debts. Through my legal representation I have helped many to correct the mistakes and even get them payback the over charges they have received in the past.
TV: This is a great work you are doing and it must be challenging as well?
Don Ceder: Yes, I enjoy helping people and especially when they are taken advantage of because of underline challenges like language or not understanding how the tax regulations work in The Netherlands. For my effort, I was nominated and recognized as Amsterdam citizen of the year in 2014. That humbled me the more.
Don Ceder chatting with this young person
TV: We have seen some posters of you vying for a political office. How come you are going into politics?
Don Ceder: Well, I got involved into politics because I feel that the issues of large group of people are not being heard and addressed by the current political assembly. There are a lot of serious issues plaguing the communities like increasing debts, unfair school system, discrimination on the job market and unaffordable health care. Growing up in the Amsterdam Bijlmer and as a lawyer I see these problems daily and I am confronted by it to do something. And if you want to make your voice heard or give a voice to the voiceless, you have to join the political arena.
TV: As a Christian, does your faith not affect you in politics?
Don Ceder: As a Christian, I really believe that our lives are light in the darkness. Jesus mention this in Matthew 5:14. All of us are capable of making a change, and a difference can start with just one person. A small lamp can light up an entire dark room, because the room will have to adapt to the light. I want to be a light in the field where I feel I can be most effective right now - the political arena.
TV: We are also aware you intend to contest in the coming elections?
Don Ceder: Yes, I’m running for the upcoming elections for the Parliament. On the 15th of March, every Dutch citizen will have to make a choice on which direction they want this country to go. A lot of important decisions will be made this year. I’m on the ballot because I want to be at the place where these decisions are being made. I don’t just want to be a voice for the people, I want to be the voice from the people, to contribute to giving the best to our communities. I cannot get there by myself, I need all the support, from the Dutch communities, the African immigrants who are resident and eligible to vote, the Asians, South Africans, you name it, all people who are residents in the Netherlands and can vote should vote for me and my party.
Don Ceder needs your vote at this elections
TV: Which is your party?
Don Ceder: It is called ChristenUnie in Dutch; Christian Union Party in English, we represent core Christian values in government, we appeal to Christians and everyone else who believes in fairness, justice and progress to vote our party in this coming elections, we are one of the 38 political parties registered for the elections but we have been around for a long time now and participate in government, the more representation we have the stronger our voice will be in parliament and we can effect the right changes in government.
TV: What do you want from the African and minority populace who can vote in the Netherlands?
Don Ceder: I will be very honest to you. I cannot do this by myself. To be able to represent you, I will need your trust and vote. And not only that; I will need your help to campaign with me these coming weeks to spread this message. Let the people know that someone from among us wants to represent us in the parliament. We need nothing less than 16,000 votes to make it to the parliament, it sounds a lot but it is possible with all our efforts.
Don Ceder is No 7 on the Christian Union Party list
TV: What will your election mean to people in the Netherlands?
Don Ceder: I’m not just talking about what I would like to change, I’ve already been trying to change unfair systems as a lawyer and want to continue bringing a change in the parliament. I know I can contribute if given the chance, so I once again appeal to you all, partner with me and vote Don Ceder, NO 7 ChristenUnie list in the elections on 15th March 2017.
TV: Thank you for your time
Don Ceder: Thank you too and looking forward to great time with all of your readers.
As we report, the Office of The President of The Republic of The Gambia has released an official photo of the new President. Simple, meet His Excellency, President Adama Barrow, President of the Republic of The Gambia.
The country shall no longer be addressed as the Islamic Republic of the Gambia. Also at press time, the President is addressing the press at the Kairaba Hotel. He will be announcing members of his Cabinet and the dates they will be officially sworn in.
There is a reduction on the presence of the foreign military in the country as more areas including the home town of the former leader had been secured. It is reported that numbers of weapons were found and seized and some of his military aides arrested for proper interrogation.
A new Gambian nation is on course, the spokesperson to the President assured the international community and they are free to return to the Gambia for business or pleasure.
The Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea announces that it has submitted its interest to join the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2017. H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons, travelled to Vienna on January 20 to meet with OPEC officials and present the Government of Equatorial Guinea’s offer to become the 14th member of the cartel.
H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons
Mabelle Victoire is a model with her roots from Africa. She is based in the Netherlands and recently she participated at the Voice Achievers Award 2016 fashion show with Vlisco fabrics. This year she is adventuring into new grounds. Popularly known among her friends and fans as Victoria.
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.
Mrs. Veronica van de Kamp: Director of GAM TV
Stephanie 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.
I will do my best to make Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe relevant to Nigeria says Hon. Kenneth Gbandi
Kenneth 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Justina Mutale: The initiator of the program.
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.
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.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta state of Nigeria
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
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.
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.
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).
Hon Kenneth Gbandi: Currently NIDO Chairman, Germany Branch
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.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein and award winning actress, Sharon Stone to help launch the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation in The Hague.
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.
"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.
First Lady of Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Her Excellency, Constancia Mangue, to receive African Woman and Personality Award on 25th August 2016 in Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea
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.