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European Commission Appoints Roberta Annan On High-Level Steering Committee On Culture And Creativity

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European Commission Appoints Roberta Annan On High-Level Steering Committee On Culture And Creativity

Roberta Annan has been selected by the European Commission to join a High-Level Steering Committee in an International Colloquium on Culture and Creativity.

The conference which comes off on June 16-17 is a key path of inclusive development, innovation, and peace. It is scheduled to take place at the Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels in partnership with the EEAS, EU member states and the association of their national institutes for culture (EUNIC) UNESCO and cultural professional associations from all over the world.

The Committee of experts is being set up in order to discuss, inspire and endorse the content and main outcomes of the Colloquium.

“We are aware of your experience and knowledge in this sector, I would be honored to welcome you as a member of a selected group of thinkers, academics, artists, writers and culture operators who will take an active part in the Steering Committee.

“I believe your presence would provide an invaluable contribution to a successful outcome of this international event,” a letter from the Commission signed by Stefano Manservisi said.

Roberta Annan is an award-winning businesswoman with several leadership awards such as ‘20 under 40 Influential Business Leaders in Ghana’, ‘Feminine Ghana Achievement Award’, ‘Woman 2.1 Summit Award’ 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians and”40 under 40” business leaders in Ghana. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, Huffington Post, and many other media outlets.

She was the youngest African to be inducted into the African Leadership Hall of Fame and is part of the Young Leaders Circle for Milken Institute as well as a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Roberta has lived and worked on four continents. Studying at Georgetown University, Annan holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology.

Roberta is the Managing Partner of Roberta Annan Capital Partners (RACP), a sector agnostic specialized boutique investment company in Sub-Saharan Africa with a portfolio of assets in hospitality, agribusiness, and sustainable luxury.

Alongside this company, Roberta founded RAC a subsidiary of RACP, which focuses on advisory and business development.
She is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Impact Fund For African Creatives (IFFAC) – a 100 million Euro fund that invests in creative businesses across Africa, in partnership with UN- ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.

Roberta has worked with the United Nations as a consultant in resource mobilization, where she mobilized funds that created fundraising strategies to expedite the implementation of UN projects across the world.

Roberta is well recognized in her field and is a Senior Market Liaison for Fieldstone.

During her career, Roberta has formed partnerships with LJ Partnership a ‘Multi-Family’ office with $13 billion assets under its management.
Roberta is an avid philanthropist and is passionate about women’s development opportunities’ across Africa, starting the African Fashion Fund (AFF) in 2014. The Fund is an incubator to support talented designers from Africa.
This year’s event follows on the results of the first International Colloquium of 2009 and aims to mobilize professionals, artists and private sector from Europe and its partner countries.

This gave them the opportunity to discuss promoting the role of culture and creative industries as enablers of social innovation and engine for sustainable and inclusive development.

The Committee will meet twice, first Meeting was on March 13-14 and the second will be during the Colloquium itself in June.
The event will precede The European Development Days, giving the High-Level Steering Committee the opportunity to present a manifesto of recommendations to be included in the EU’s External Policy and to position culture and creativity as an important player in the economic development discussions.

Ms. Annan’s role will be to define and recommend innovative finance strategies that can be adopted and key partners and players that can be implementers.

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Zinedine Zidane And Wife Celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary

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French football legend and Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane gave his wife Veronique a bunch of flowers as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week

The 46-year old who made a sensational return back to Madrid last week shared a picture of the loved-up couple posing together with the flowers he gave his partner on Thursday morning.

Zinedine Zidane and wife celebrate 25th wedding anniversary.

According to reports, Zidane and Veronique met when he was playing for Cannes in the 1988-89 season before they got married in 1994. The pair have four sons together.

 

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Child Slavery Along Ghana’s Volta Lake: CNN Feature Triggers Fact Finding Mission By Foundation

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In the wake of a CNN documentary on child slavery along the Volta Lake, an NGO in Ghana has confirmed that it is embarking on a state of affairs mission to the areas featured in the piece.

The Books & Boots Foundation says this year’s Easter outreach program for it’s volunteers would be held in the Volta Region.

The Foundation had originally earmarked Easter activities for children in the Eastern region of the country with Volta region slated for December.

However, following the CNN documentary, the board of Books & Boots unanimously agreed to shift their focus this Easter to a fun day and soccer gala for the children within the Volta Lake catchment area.

According to Nana Poku Amankwah who is a coordinator for Books & Boots, the original plan for a Christmas tour of the Volta region is likely to remain unchanged.

“The foundation is aware of the challenges of child exploitation but we’re quite stunned by reports of outright child slavery.
That’s why we’ve decided to take immediate action for the truth now, rather than wait until Christmas as originally planned”.

Mr Amankwah explained that the foundation felt the need to get closer and personal first-hand encounters with the children and communities.

“Volta Region was on our radar for later in the year but it appears the situation regarding child exploitation and potential slavery is not too clear. We, therefore, need to get on the ground and look for a clearer state of affairs.

A team of national service volunteers, Active Minds Reading Club, juvenile soccer coaches, and media would be in the Volta region during the Easter holidays for a soccer gala.

“Our philosophy has always been to use soccer as a tool to attract, engage, impact and transform young lives. With this particular assignment, we aim to get as many of these children off the boats on the river and onto the pitches to play football and interact with our volunteers and coaches”.

Recent reports by the international media network CNN revealed child slavery in the Kete Krachi and surrounding areas along the Volta Lake of Ghana.

Since 2009, the Books and Boots Foundation has been connecting with children in communities through reading and other recreational activities before climaxing with a soccer gala.

The non-profit organization which is navigated by seasoned sportscaster Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has previously been involved in community development through education and sports in the Greater Accra, Central, Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana.

Amongst such developments is the “2018 communities champions league” a football and reading project which was launched in 2018 and organized in over a dozen communities in the Ghanaian capital.

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Cyclone Idai: Rescuers Race Against Time To Reach Survivors

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Some 15,000 people still need to be rescued from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, Mozambique officials say.

The cyclone victims there are stranded by catastrophic flooding and are clinging to roofs or stuck in trees, charities say.

In the port city of Beira, aid workers say there are only two to three days of clean water left.

Some 300 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but the toll is expected to rise.

The powerful cyclone swept into Beira last Thursday, with winds of more than 177km/h (106 mph). It left a trail of devastation as it moved inland.

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