Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II is to set to decorate a total of 59 recipients with this year’s edition of the Queen’s “Young Leaders Award.”
The award is reserved for young people between the ages of 18-29 years from across the Commonwealth, young people leading their communities and impacting lives of people in their societies.
The pool of awardees, from across Commonwealth nations is however dominated by Africans who make up 25 of the recipients as announced by the awards organizing committee. The 2017 edition is the third in a series.
Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda topped Africa’s list with three recipients each, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Seychelles and Sierra Leone got two candidates each. A national each from Botswana, Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia completed the list.
They young leaders have already arrived in the UK and are in Cambridge to undergo leadership training. They are to receive mentoring and training from the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education.
They are expected to meet with top corporate leaders including visits to the BBC and offices of Facebook. The climax of their stay will be a visit to Buckingham Palace where the Queen’s Young Leaders will collect their medals from Her Majesty The Queen.
With the support, Award winners are expected to continue and develop the amazing work they are already doing in their communities.
Across the continent, two European countries (the United Kingdom and Malta) produced four winners. Ten countries in the Carribean/Americas had 13. Five Pacific nations brought on eight winners with nine awardees from six Asian countries completing the list.
The Red Sea state of Djibouti on Thursday launched a sea port whose main function will be the export of salt, the BBC has reported.
The China-funded facility which cost $64m will exclusively export salt from Lake Assal – located in central western Djibouti.
It is expected to handle about six million tonnes of salt each year. The sea port will also benefit regional economic powerhouse, Ethiopia, as it is expected to facilitate the export of minerals from the landlocked neighbour.
The facility becomes the seventh sea port to be launched in the country and it further underlines Sino-Djibouti economic relations. The most recent cooperation led to the opening of a 690 hectare mega port with world-class facilities and equipment manufactured by a Chinese firm.
The $590 million Doraleh Multipurpose Port project which started in 2015 was jointly financed by Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) and China Merchant Holding (CMHC) to connect Asia, Africa and Europe.
A statement by the port authority said it is one of four new ports in the Horn of Africa nation co-funded by China to establish Africa’s largest free-trade zone that can handle $7 billion of goods every year.
John Pombe Magufuli, the Tanzanian president has given express directives to the country’s water supplier that they should chase bills especially from government institutions and other big companies.
Magufuli ordered that supply be cut to all state institutions that continued to default in payment of their bills stressing that if they could not be charges why was the ordinary citizen being targeted.
“If you can’t charge those big companies, how is it possible that you come after these poor ordinary citizens?” he asked.
The no-nonsense Magufuli, nicknamed the bulldozer told government officials present that inability to settle their bills was a sign of failure on their part. He has in the past sacked top government officials who are believed to have misconducted themselves.
What would David Cameron, the former British Prime Minister, look like if he were homeless? How would you react if you saw Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, walking with no shoes?
The Vulnerability Series is an exhibition by Syrian artist Abdulla Al-Omari in the United Arab Emirates. He gives world leaders a makeover with a difference. He takes them out of their fine suits and paints them as refugees.
Al-Omari says his exhibition is a reaction to his plight as a refugee: “I wanted to imagine how all these powerful leaders in the world would look if they were in our shoes.
“As the anger grew inside me I wanted to have sweet revenge, but with art.”
Al-Omari says he wanted to “disarm” the leaders by picturing them outside their positions of power.
The media, he says, focuses on the numbers of refugees but neglects the personal stories behind these figures.
“When you know the personal story of someone, you connect with them,” says Al-Omari.
The refugee crisis has claimed the lives of thousands, most notably Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in September 2015. Despite this and other high-profile deaths, little has been done to change the situation.
*The Power of Vulnerability* runs until July 6 at The Ayyam Gallery in Dubai.
Halima Aden was born to Somali parents at a refugee camp in Kenya and made history in 2016 as the first hijab-wearing contestant in the Miss Minnesota beauty pageant and later in June 2017 made it on the cover of Vogue Arabia.
19-year-old Somali fashion star Halima Aden has again made history as the first hijab-wearing model on the cover of the top American women’s beauty magazine Allure.
She donned Nike’s high-performance hijab on the cover of the July issue with the caption: “This Is American Beauty”.
“I have much more to offer than my physical appearance, and a hijab protects me against ‘You’re too skinny,’ ‘You’re too thick,’ ‘Look at her hips,’ ‘Look at her thigh gap.’ I don’t have to worry about that,” she said in an interview with Allure.
“Society puts so much pressure on girls to look a certain way,” she added.
Aden moved to the United States with her mother at the age of seven and was raised as a Muslim. She told the magazine that she started wearing the hijab at the age of eight by imitating her mother.
“Every little girl looks up to her mom so much – that’s your first hero,” she said.
Halima Aden, who is also a student at the St. Cloud State University, is signed to international model management firm IMG Models and has walked in the Yeezy season five show at New York Fashion Week earlier this year.