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AU Arts Festival Planning Committee Celebrates African Leaders

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Today marks Africa Day – a day set aside by the African Union to commemorate the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its successor, the African Union.

Africa Day also celebrates African Unity and what true African renaissance stands for.

The Planning Committee of the AU Arts Festival would like to salute all Africans and African Leaders on the occasion of AU Day. This year’s Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme: *”Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation”*.

As we celebrate African Unity today, we have to remember the sacrifices of our forebears and work together to find solutions to the myriad of problems confronting our continent. The vision of our forefathers was ensuring that the continent will grow to have one strong voice, politically, economically and socially but these have eluded us because of bad governance and corruption. As we are all aware, the bane of Africa’s development is corruption. As we commemorate the sacrifices of our forebears, let us be mindful of the threat of corruption to our development. We can only achieve economic freedom and improve the livelihood of our people if resources earmarked for projects are put to its use without any diversion.

We want to also commend bodies such as the ECOWAS, and the United Nations for the roles they have played in working to stall conflicts which have improved the stability rate in Africa. We say ayekoo!!.

We also want to remind us all the need to be united as one people. True African unity and sovereignty can only be gained through a united front where we allow economies of scale and free movement of people, goods and services to empower us economically and politically. These would help us to stand up to the dictates of the West and other economic powers that always wish to pursue their own interests in their interventions on the continent.

Beginning from this year, the AU Arts Foundation will use creative arts to empower our youth for accelerated development. We believe that arts and culture are appropriate mechanisms to integrate our youth in all facets of our national development.

Finally, we will like to invite all and sundry to the First AU Arts Festival which comes off from Friday June 1, to Sunday June 3, 2018 at the Golden Tulip Hotel under the theme, Leadership; Africa through arts, celebrating President John Agyekum Kufour, 2nd President of the 4th Republic. Organized by Malaika Media Network, OK Communications and the John Agyekum Kufuor Foundation, the event would be used to raise funds in support of Kufour Center for Leadership and Governance.

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PHOTOS: Glam Africa Magazine Releases Actor Juliet Ibrahim’s Shoot for Big Beauty.

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Leading lifestyle magazine on the African Continent, GLAM Africa Magazine has featured beautiful Ghanaian accomplished Actor, producer and philanthropist, Juliet Ibrahim as the face of its periodic publication containing pictures, stories and articles of interest to patrons.

In Glam Africa’s latest edition titled ‘Big Beauty’ Juliet Ibrahim discusses balancing motherhood, philanthropy, acting and how she looks fabulous doing it all. This Ghanaian A-lister; award-winning producer, actor and philanthropist made her mark in the Ghanaian movie industry nearly 15 years ago.

Her journey to stardom began in 2004 when she won a beauty contest and was called in for an audition that she aced for her first role in the movie, Crime to Christ.

In the interview, Juliet shares her struggle being in a male-dominated industry and her inspiration to set up the Juliet Ibrahim foundation which helps people suffering from kidney related diseases and Ebola. With everything she has going on she also talks about how she manages family time with her son Jayden.

Other highlights in this edition of Glam Africa magazine include the latest fashion and beauty trends for a fresh summer look, the best makeup palettes for that pop of colour this season as well as a hard-hitting discussion on colourism and what it means to be a dark-skinned woman, especially in the media industry.

Glam Africa is a dynamic media platform that connects readers to African style and trends. We deliver live, online and print news to keep you updated on the the latest in African fashion, beauty, expert knowledge, celebrities, entertainment and inspirational videos.
With teams operating in the UK, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana as a multi-platform.

GLAM AFRICA is fast making its mark as the first source ensuring readers and viewers all over the world, keep updated with what's new on the African scene.

Glam Africa magazine is available at W H Smith, Shoprite, Checkers or online at www.glamafrica.com/magazine . Follow Glam Africa on social media Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube @GLAMAFRICAMAG

Watch the fun video of Juliet behind the scene of her cover shoot on the Glam Africa Youtube Channel;

https://youtu.be/GMNzuuXohug
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First Lady Donates Hospital Equipments To Health Facilities, Commissions Nature’s Cure Centre.

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The First Lady of the Republic, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo-Addo in collaboration has donated assorted hospital equipment for various health facilities across the country, including the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital

The donations follows requests made by these institutions to the Rebecca Foundation, for emergency assistance to augment their inadequate and obsolete medical equipment.

The institutions were presented with medical equipments, including several hospital beds, wheel chairs, ultrasound machines, microscopes, defibrillators, incubators, microwave ovens refrigerators and a lung machine for the Cardiothoracic Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

The medical equipments donated, including several hospital beds, wheel chairs, ultrasound machines, microscopes, defibrillators, incubators, microwave ovens refrigerators and a lung machine.

Making the donations, the First Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Executive Director of The Rebecca Foundation, H.E. Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo expressed optimism that the equipment will enhance health delivery in the beneficiary institutions, stating that the donations were made in line with outcomes of vetting of requests for assistance, put in by the various institutions to The Rebecca Foundation.

The First lady urged corporate Institutions and non-governmental institutions to turn their attention to augmenting government’s effort to re-equip health facilities across the country by making conscious effort to seek the needs of health facilities especially in rural communities and extend their benevolence to them.

First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and Beneficiaries of the donation.

She stated that, while some well-to-do in big cities could access all manner of health deliveries at any time, it was always heart-wrenching to witness or hear of the passing of another, because of lack of basic hospital equipment; a situation which motivated her to procure and distribute the equipment.

Among the beneficiary institutions are government health facilities, mission health centers, municipal assemblies and constituencies. They include Wenchi Municipal Assembly, Savelugu Municipal Assembly, Shai Osudoku. Others are Obuasi West Constituency, Dormaa West Constituency, Okaikoi Central Constituency, Upper West Akim Constituency, Fanteakwa South Constituency and Atiwa West Constituency. The rest are Adentan Municipal Health Directorate, Techiman Holy Government Hospital and the Cardiothoracic Centre, Korle Bu Hospital.

On behalf of beneficiary organisations, Member of Parliament for Fanteakwa South Constituency, Hon. Kofi Okyere-Agyekum thanked Mrs. Akufo-Addo and The Rebecca Foundation for their timely kind gesture adding that, they were particularly elated that the First Lady and her Organisation had turned their focus to “smaller” health institutions in relatively remote areas to offer assistance.

The Member of Parliament, Hon. Kofi Okyere-Agyekum charged beneficiary institutions to use the donated equipment with care to ensure their longevity and optimum use for their intended beneficiaries.

The Member of Parliament, Hon. Kofi Okyere-Agyekum.

Earlier, First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. called for greater integration of homeopathic and conventional medicine to enhance efficiency in medical treatments while making it more affordable to the ordinary person.

Mrs. Akufo-Addo made the remarks when she commissioned the new Nature’s Cure centre, a division of Impact Diagnostic Centre, in Accra yesterday .

First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo
Nature’s Cure centre, a division of Impact Diagnostic Centre, in Accra

Addressing distinguished invited guests at the short ceremony, Mrs Akufo-Addo said while alternative medicinal treatments like homeopathy which was popular in the twentieth century died down, the numerous benefits directly linked with the practice has created a wave of interest, with more and more people resorting to alternative medicine or as complementary to orthodox medicine.

She observed that even though alternative medicines consistently receives some criticisms for being backwards and sometimes unreliable, its proven efficacy at treating many medical conditions has compelled its garnering of more followers.

The First Lady expressed optimism that with the establishment of the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Directorate at the Ministry of Health, which provides guidance and direction for the practice in Ghana, more Ghanaians will feel comfortable and ready to resort to homeopathy and other alternative medications to conventional medicines, and where necessary consider an integrative approach to medical treatment.
“Already”, she said Health facilities like LEKMA, Police Hospital, Komfo Anokye and La Polyclinic are already running pilot projects, incorporating alternative medicine with conventional medicine.

Mrs Akufo-Addo congratulated the management of Nature’s Cure Centre for their determination to enhance confidence in homeopathy as an alternative medicine, through responsible and professional practice, stating that it is in line with government’s objective to provide safe comprehensive health services to Ghanaians.

Group CEO of Impact Medical and Diagnostic Centre , Dashen opticians and Nature’s Cure, Mrs Aku Sika Bediako said the facility is resourced with homeopathic specialists who have been in the practice for decades and so are conversant with the professional administering of homeopathy as an alternative medication to conventional medicine.

Mrs Aku Sika Bediako

A Specialist in Hahnermann Homeopathy, Dr. Heinz Hubber advocated more practice of alternative medication, stating that in the absence of mechanical emergencies such as broken bones or displaced spine discs; homeopathy was a better alternative medication as its side effects are minimal and cost of administering it, less expensive.

A Specialist in Hahnermann Homeopathy, Dr. Heinz Hubber.
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Lactic Acid: What Is It?

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Lactic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can be produced both chemically or naturally during fermentation.

Some of alpha hydroxy acids are Citric acid in citrus fruits, Glycolic acid in sugar cane, Malic acid in apples, Tartaric acid in grapes, Lactic acid in sour milk & tomato juice.

Although measurement of lactate levels is not a test without faults, it is still a valuable tool in the early recognition of bacterial infections of various body cavities and can assist in the differentiation between infectious and noninfectious conditions.

The following symptoms are associated with too much lactic acid in the body:
• Feelings of extreme fatigue and weakness during exercise
• Nausea and vomiting
• Muscle cramps
• Shortness of breath
• Yellowing of the eyes and skin

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Alicia Burke – Model Of The Week.

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Alicia Burke is a Jamaican fashion model. Having aspired to become a model ever since she was a little girl, she is known for walking the ramp for big names such as Ralph Lauren, Dolce & Gabbana, and Stella McCartney. Alicia has a strongly growing fan base on social media with over 40k followers on Instagram.

She made her fashion show debut in the Bora Aksu F/W 16 Show. Alicia has done endorsement work for brands like –
• Polo Ralph Lauren
• Intermix
• Bobbi Brown
• Laura Mercier Beauty
• Tom Ford
• Nars Orgasm
• Lips To Style

She has also been featured on the covers of famous magazines like Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She has also been featured in French Vogue.

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