July 28, 2018

Who is Fela Durotoye?

Fela Durotoye speaks in an open town hall in Houston Texas, images by Msada's Creative Studio
You may refer to him as a consultant, motivational speaker, in some cases an untraditional pastor. He's also the 2019 Nigerian presidential candidate aspirant. Many have lost faith in Nigerian politics, thought of as an institution that has abandoned Nigerian citizens, fraught with corruption, enriches the lives of those that choose it while leaving the country in abject poverty, in decayed infrastructures, high inflation, high unemployment rates, encourages crime and more corruption.

"It's time to arise and build a new Nigeria."
Mr. Durotoye vows to change all of that.

" The time has come for our generation to build a coalition of ideas around a strong ideology of a New Nigeria where things work and everyone is working to make things work. A new Nigeria is every country that we're currently struggling to get Visas to... where things work, and people are able to find opportunity to dream and to pursue their dreams." Fela Durotoye aspires to build a new Nigeria that can compete with countries like Dubai, the USA or Singapore, the Nigeria that its founding fathers had in mind post independence. Asked about his ongoing campaign through Alliance for A New Nigeria (ANN) his chosen party, he states that his party is involved and arousing constituents at the grassroots with no government or god-father funding. Mr. Durotoye is actively rounding up different regions of Nigeria and the diaspora, holding open town halls where many are invited to meet him, hear him speak and are free to ask him questions. His recent visit to Houston Texas was met with a decent turn out by many that were at least curious.

Click for more images of Fela Durotoye in Houston

A gifted motivational speaker that he is, his audience soaked his words up. "I came to take sleep away from you, even though you have constant power; I came to put the pain in your heart, for every life that is lost in Nigeria even though you feel safe where you sleep in Houston." He is appealing that Nigerians in the diaspora take responsibility for the new Nigeria, we should all own this cause, for it's not just his cause, but ours. Asked how Nigerians in the diaspora can contribute or become part of his campaign, he states that it starts by first taking ownership of it, even though they cannot vote, they have the power to influence those that can. Since this is a grassroots effort, donations are essential. "He who pays the piper dictates the tune." The the people at the top have always influenced Nigerian elections with their large donations and they expect a return on their investment, with an agenda that would not benefit the country. He also notes that the majority of educated Nigerians do not vote, the less educated could be swayed with a few Naira, as a result, Nigeria is left with career politicians with no interest in the country. A GoFundMe has been set up for donations and can be accessed here
Conversing with the man who wants to make a new Nigeria a reality, photo by Msada's Creative Studio

He realizes there are skeptics out there that would question his intentions for wanting to run for president. "So what if I don't run for president? Does that make you feel better? I lose nothing, I'm living a great life." He decided to run because if he had done much of the things that he had been known for  - a sought-after business strategist with the exceptional ability to transform big corporations' leadership structure and culture, then with position and authority, this impact can be multiplied. 

Asked about the position of women if he were to win and assume the presidency, he believes the role of women to be vital, he's a champion for women empowerment. "Women empowerment is not a nice thing to do, it is a great thing to do, when we do it, the nation gets the benefit of it. Women are equal value creators, deserve equal seat at the table with men." He is willing to run with a woman vice president. In his administration, women and men would have a 50% seat at the table, not 35%.

Fela Durotoye is from Ile Ife from SouthWest Nigeria, part of Obafemi Awolowo university alumni as well as Harvard, Yale and the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Wife is famed Nigerian cosmetics mogul Tara Fela Durotoye. 

More on Fela Durotoye can be found here.


IT IS TIME TO ARISE AND BUILD A NEW NIGERIA
IT IS TIME TO ARISE AND BUILD A NEW NIGERIA

June 26, 2015

Meet the Brand Ambassador for Africa Fashion Week London 2015

Noella Coursaris Musunka

Noella Coursaris Musunka is an international model and the founder of Malaika. Noella was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The loss of her father at age 5, along with her mother’s lack of resources, led to her being sent to Switzerland to live with relatives. After achieving a degree in business management, she moved to London and began a career in modeling, where her first campaign was for Agent Provocateur.

Her success brought her to New York where she has been featured in a myriad of publications, including Vanity Fair, Essence and GQ. Alongside her active modeling career, Noella founded Malaika, a nonprofit that believes in empowering Congolese communities. Malaika’s work in the village of Kalebuka impacts thousands of people through their multiple programmes - a free school for girls, a community centre built in partnership with FIFA, and five fresh-water wells.

Fiercely proud of her heritage, Noella’s determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for them. The success of Malaika has enabled Noella’s work to be known to a wider audience. She has been featured on Bloomberg TV, three different CNN programmes and the BBC’s Focus Africa.

She has addressed UNICEF and the Kinshasa Parliament and gave a TEDx talk in Paris. Noella has participated in many international panels and was invited to speak about the future of Africa alongside President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Opening and Closing Plenaries in Morocco. In 2014, Noella was named one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine

"We are so happy Noella is Brand Ambassador for AFWL 2015.  She has been a great friend and supporter of our event and ethos over the years and a compassionate, hardworking, beautiful individual who understands our drive to showcase the best of Africa."
Ronke Ademuliyi
Founder AFWL 


    "I am delighted to be serving as this year’s Brand Ambassador to Africa Fashion Week London and to help showcase the brilliant work of African designers. It has always been my belief that fashion can be a tool for breaking down barriers and transcending cultures. This industry has the ability to put Africa on the world stage and can provide for countless job opportunities on the ground and abroad, from local factories to international shops. It is time for the world to see the amazing talent that lies within Africa."
Noella Coursaris Musunka

AFWL 2015 will be held at London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX on  August 7-8 2015.  Ticket information can be found here.

Brought by AFWL.

Msadaku.

April 22, 2015

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in Houston this weekend

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to address the Houston community just weeks after Nigeria’s historic election

Pivotal Figure, Former President Inspires a New Generation of Change!

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR will address the Houston community and students on the “Political and Economic Situation in Africa with a focus on Nigeria” at Texas Southern University. This is a highly anticipated visit following Nigeria's historic election, where for the first time the opposition candidate won against an incumbent president.

April 17, 2015

Wizkid headlines Industry Nite in Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas is getting ready to host the second edition of Industry Nite with Wizkid, the In My Bed crooner as the major artiste.
The show will feature live performances by Wizkid and top Nigerian American acts like Wowo Boyz, Stylezz, Bils, Teddy A.
This Show is hosted by current internet sensation Craze Clown.

Date Of The Event: May 6, 2015

Venue: AYVA Centre, Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas.

Time: 8-12pm
 



Moore Uwandu is a contributing writer in Nigeria.

March 19, 2015

To the Principal's office: Dr. Sid, a no-show at a Houston concert this past weekend

Dr. Sid, Houston wants her money back!

The Surulere hit maker has a lot of making up to do in appeasing his Houston fan base. A no-show is a no no! When fans are shelling out their hard earned Benjamins to come out to see their favorite artist, you show up, "that's what you do" (borrowing a line from a Geico commercial).

October 12, 2014

League of Nigerians in Diaspora celebrates Nigerian Independence in lavish gala with Port Harcourt's first son.

Duncan Mighty performance
October 3rd, 2014, at Houston Marriott, Westchase, Nigerians in the diaspora gathered to commemorate Nigeria's 54th birthday. LNID threw a lavish black-tie gala, bringing together folks from different walks of life: entrepreneurs, filmmakers, medical professionals, educators to meet and mingle and discuss Nigeria. Theme of the event: Transformative Leadership, Learning and Nigeria Human Capital Development. LNID endeavors to attract the diaspora to not forget its roots, where its people come from, to harness its talent and put it to good use in the motherland.
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