Friday, March 15, 2013
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND AFRICA: A LECTURE IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH By AMBASSADOR WALTER CARRINGTON
Below is the lecture delivered by Amb. Walter Carrington at the main auditirium of the University of Lagos on the 14th of February, 2013.
AFRICAN AMERICANS AND
A LECTURE IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
AMBASSADOR WALTER CARRINGTON
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS
14 February 2013
It is an honor to be invited to speak at the University of Lagos and to be accompanied by a distinguished graduate of one of your rivals, the University of Ibadan, - my beloved wife, who stood so valiantly beside me during a time of military tyranny, – Dr. Arese Carrington. Her role during my ambassadorial years has often been underappreciated and any credit I have been given belongs in equal measure to this treasure I stole away to distant and colder shores.
This is the month dedicated in the
to the celebration of
Black History. It is a tradition which
traces back to the pioneering efforts of the second black man to receive a PhD
from Harvard (the first was the iconic W.E.B DuBois.) Dr. Carter G. Woodson was a distinguished
historian who made his life’s work the propagation of the contributions of African
Americans to the history of the United States .
He established Negro History Week in 1926, a seven day period in
February which spanned the birthdays of
Abraham Lincoln (February 12th) and the greatest black leader of the
Nineteenth Century – the abolitionist, Frederick Douglass (February 17th).
That week has since morphed into a month and its title from Negro to
Black. I think it serendipitous that
UNILAG has invited me here during the week originally set aside for the commemoration
of the history of Africans in United
States . It is a period of tribute usually chronicling
the accomplishments of some of the race’s most significant figures. Those African American achievements focus
almost entirely on our relationship with America . Little or no attention is paid to our connection
with America Africa other than our forcible removal
from its shores four centuries ago. I
think it is altogether appropriate here in the halls of one this continent’s
foremost universities to speak about the history of the ever evolving struggle of
African Americans to reconcile their American presence with their African
roots. Or, as DuBois famously stated it in
The Souls of Black Folks, in a
slightly different context: "One
ever feels his two-ness - an American and a Negro; two souls, two thoughts, two
unreconciled strivings; two warring ideals in one dark body..."
It also fitting that this occasion takes place so soon after the second inaugural of
black president. This son of an African
student has become an inspiration and a unifying figure for black people the
world over. Barack Obama,
to me?” the poet Countee Cullen wondered nearly a century ago
Copper sun or scarlet sea,
Jungle star or jungle track,
Strong bronze men or regal black
Women from whose loins I sprang
When the birds of
One three centuries removed
From the scenes his fathers loved?
Spicy grove, cinnamon tree,
Africa to me?
To the poet, Cullen, a leading light of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, Africa was a romantic
lost. His was perhaps the most idyllic
of many images of Eden Africa that black Americans
have offered -- or had forced upon them -- since the first enslaved Africans set
shackled foot on American soil in 1619.
It is important here to understand the uniqueness both of the
and of its indigenous black
States is distinctive among the
countries of the world. It is a country
of immigrants. No race of people, with
the exception of its diminishing Native American inhabitants, can claim the
nation as their ancient homeland. All
came from elsewhere. Anyone born in our
land is automatically a citizen, with the single exception of the children of accredited
diplomats. Any one naturalized a citizen
immediately is vested with all the rights and privileges, but one, of a native
born American. They can hold and have
held every political office in the land. Only the Presidency is denied to them
and there are many who think that constitutional barrier, enacted to preclude
an Englishman loyal to King George, should be removed. America
It is the manner of their arrival that sets blacks apart from all other groups that emigrated to
Soon after their arrival in the America New World, Africans were stripped of all remembrances of
the land of their birth. They were
detribalized, forbidden to speak their native languages or to practice their
To succeeding generations of African-Americans,
Africa became a distant
memory. It was a place to which they
could never return and in time would have little desire to permanently live,
even if they could discover the nation, tribe or village from which their
ancestors had been uprooted. And if they
could trace those roots would they, as the renowned writer Richard Wright did, look their lost
kinsmen in the eye and wonder if it had been the African's great great
grandfather who had sold the African-American's great great grandfather into
slavery. Or, more importantly, would
there remain, among the memories passed down from generation to generation,
anything of the events which had separated their ancestors from the continent
of their birth.
The great Nigerian poet and writer, J.P. Clark was kind enough to give me, during my ambassadorial tenure, a copy of his seminal lecture, A Peculiar Faculty, delivered in 1996 before the
of Letters. The title referred not to what many university students sometimes
think about those who instruct them but rather to the propensity of Africans to
develop what he called a case of “collective amnesia” concerning “the most
devastating historic event to have happened to African people in this
millennium.” He relates that he Nigerian Academy
“… brought the subject to the attention of colleagues, friends and relatives, whether in their communal lore or personal experience, they know of any memory of the slave trade that devastated our land for centuries. Almost in unison, there seems to be no remembrance of this tragedy that has possibly made us the people we are today…”
“ironically, while we have no direct access to evidence of the fact from the communities that stayed at home, it is from those of the victims, carried into slavery across the sea that we have knowledge of the event side by side with the copious log books kept by those who bought them.”
It is disheartening to note that, on the one hand, the descendants of the Africans shipped to
little knowledge of where on the continent their ancestral roots are. While, on the other, the descendants of the
left behind in Africa seem to have had no lore handed down to them through oral
or written history with any mention of the searing depopulations of their
ancient villages and towns. It is estimated that 18 to 20 million were enslaved
and taken away – three to four times as many Jews as were killed in the
Holocaust. Yet it is as if, in the
African collective consciousness, there never was a slave trade emanating from America Africa.
But many African Americans now four centuries removed can trace their family trees in the
by their own oral traditions
and written records many generations back with some certainty. But how and from whence they came to those
shores remains shrouded in mystery. And
so United States ’s
black history, in spite of Alex Haley’s inventive tale, Roots, can only authentically be traced back to the 250 years of
enslavement. Beyond that lies only conjecture. America
The crusade to abolish slavery was centered in my home state of
. The Abolitionist Movement became the most
successful radical movement ever to arise in Massachusetts . One of its leaders,
Wendell Phillips, vowed to make the streets of the capital city, America , “too pure ever to
bear the footsteps of a slave.” But the
campaign was long and many free blacks despaired that that they would ever be
able to live in dignity and equality in a country in which the slave holding
states of the southern part of the nation were expanding their political power
and influence. Boston
Those free blacks most pessimistic about their future in
sought a solution in emigration back to Africa. On the other hand, those who felt that blacks
had as much a claim upon
as did whites, saw emigration as a shunning of their major responsibility --
the freeing of their brothers in bondage. Thus was joined the intellectual
argument that has raged ever since: was
identification with Africa a diversion from the central issue of the black
man's role in America ,
or, a complement to it? America
The leadership of the emigration movement was taken up by of one of the first black graduates of the
. The Black Nationalist strain in American
intellectual thought can be traced back to Dr. Martin R. Delany. In an age when black was considered anything
but beautiful, Delany preached race pride.
Frederick Douglass, the greatest African-American leader of the
Nineteenth Century, summed him up best: "I have always thanked God for
making me a man, but Martin Delany always thanked God for making him a black
man." Harvard Medical
Central to Delany's thought was the belief that blacks formed a nation within a nation, "a broken nation", as did the Poles in
the Hungarians in Austria,
and the Welsh, Irish and Scots in . "The claims of no people," he
argued, "are respected by any nation, until they are presented in a
national capacity..." Britain
He wished to see a great state built in
Africa, "a nation, to whom all the
world must pay commercial tribute."
Towards that end he led an exploring party in 1859 to what is now ,
sailing aboard a ship owned, by three African merchants. His one-year stay resulted in the signing of
treaties with western Nigerian Chiefs giving American blacks the right to
settle in their areas. The treaty, signed not far from here, with Egba leaders
“That the King and Chiefs on their part agree to grant and assign unto the said Commissioners [Martin Robinson Delany and Robert Campbell, of the Niger Valley Exploring Party], on behalf of the African race in America, the right and privilege of settling in common with the Egba people, on any part of the territory belonging to Abeokuta not otherwise occupied."
In consideration for this grant the black Americans promised to "provide the Egba people with education and knowledge of the arts and sciences, agriculture, and other mechanical and instructional occupations." [Skinner]
The agreements were never followed up because the American Civil War broke out just as Delany returned to the
He put aside his emigration schemes and joined the Union Army in order to
contribute as best he could to the defeat of the secessionist slave holding
states. After the war ended, Delany took
advantage of the new amendments to the United States constitution which
ended slavery, made the former slaves citizens and gave the newly freed men the
right to vote. In 1874 he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for governor of United States . South Carolina
The abolition of slavery and the Fourteenth Amendment's grant of citizenship gave hope that there might be a future for blacks in
after all and put to rest for half a century any major efforts to return to Africa. The words of Frederick Douglass spoken before
Emancipation became the credo of the newly freed slaves: "Our minds are
made up to live here if we can, or die here if we must...here we are and here
we shall remain."
While colonization and emigration strategies were generated by concern over the Negro's future in
a different nineteenth century movement concentrated on improving the spiritual
and temporal condition of Africans. A
deeply religious black American population came to believe that they were part
of a "providential design", brought to America America
by God, so Bishop Henry McNeal Turner of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Church preached, to acquire education and civilization which they would then
take back to Africa.
Unwelcome in white churches blacks formed their own denominations and christened them African. At first, these new black churches saw their relationship with Africa only in terms of helping to Christianize their brethren in
Africa; by the late 19th century,
however, black churches began to champion the grievances Africans held against
their colonial exploitation. American
blacks took the lead in protesting Belgian atrocities in the Congo and British and French designs on . Along with blacks in other parts of the Diaspora,
they formed the Pan-African Movement and saved the German colonies from being
swallowed up by the victorious Allied Powers at the end of the First World
War. Thousands of Africans came to black
colleges in the Liberia to receive an education often denied
to them at home. The list of future leaders trained at Historically Black
Colleges and Universities is impressive.
States Lincoln University
in Pennsylvania graduated two of the most
important African nationalists of their time - Kwame Nkrumah of
and, of course, Nnamdi Azikiwe. Ghana
trained Hastings Banda of Malawi. Meharry Medical School
In more contemporary times blacks moved the American government away from complicity with the Apartheid regime in
South Africa and towards
greater relief to the drought stricken Sahel
and Horn regions. The impetus towards an
African identification which had been elite driven in the Nineteenth Century
had become, by the end of the Twentieth, more and more sparked by the rank and
file. Even as they were struggling to
hold onto the gains they themselves had made during the Civil rights Movement
of the 1950s and 1960s black Americans were determined to help their motherland
in spite of warnings from both home and abroad that they had too many problems
in their own backyard to go meddling in others.
They championed the cause of democracy in Southern
Africa even though neither they nor most of their East and Western
African allies in the liberation struggle had ever visited there.
When President Clinton, on whose transition team I had served as a senior advisor on Africa, announced that he was going to appoint me as ambassador to
, I was thrilled. Moshood Abiola had just been elected
President. I would be presenting my
credentials to someone who was a leading Pan-Africanist whom I had met several
times. The stealing of his mandate and
his later imprisonment had brought about a great uproar from the black members
of Congress and groups like TransAfrica which had led the fight against U.S policy
towards the apartheid government of Nigeria . South Africa
The Abacha military regime spent considerable sums of money to get prominent blacks to serve as praise singers for the government. They were largely unsuccessful but they did persuade a few including a pair of strange bedfellows the leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan and the head of the very conservative National Baptist Association, Henry Lyons.
I met with several groups who traveled here under Abacha’s patronage and reminded them that they were betraying the Pan African tradition which had led black Americans to oppose regimes which denied their citizens their democratic rights and that they were swimming against the tide of black American opinion in back home. That majority opinion was reflected by those who led in the anti-apartheid struggle and who were then turning their attention to countries under military and autocratic rule. The Congressional Black Caucus, made up of the elected African-American members of the United States Congress and pressure groups like TransAfrica strongly influenced the direction of American foreign policy towards
Africa especially in a
Democratic administration. It was their efforts that turned the tide of
American opinion and policy in regards to South
Africa and . It is they who kept the pressure on the
Abacha regime. Haiti
Those other groups, co-opted by Abacha to come and bear false witness to progress here, had little influence within the black American community. I saw in the four years I was here no success they had in laundering the dictatorship’s woeful image.
My ancestors may indeed have become in
and elsewhere on this continent what J.P. Clark regretted – “the forgotten
kin.” But their descendants continue to
remember and search for those ancient roots which the slave traders and
plantation masters were so determined to deracinate. They still, in yearning, sing the ancient
spiritual – “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long ways from
Before he became President, before he was imprisoned by Abacha, Olusegun Obasanjo bestowed upon me the nickname I still proudly bear- Omowale – the child who has returned. When
from its “collective amnesia” and recalls the details of the catastrophe from
whence I and the other children of the Diaspora have returned in spirit if not
always in body – then we shall be orphans no more.
It was an honor, meeting the former Ambassador to Nigeria - Ambassador Walter Carrington whom the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative was aptly named after and the Consul General to the United States Embassy in Lagos, - Mr Jeffery J Hawkins at the closing ceremony of the CYFI 2012 fellowship year.
|2013 Fellows with Ambassador Walter Carrington and his wife, Dr Arese Carrington, Consul General to the US embassy, Lagos and Members of the CYFI board. Photo credit: cyfinigeria.org|
|2012 Fellows with Ambassador Walter Carrington and his wife Dr Arese Carrington. Photo credit: cyfinigeria.org|
Below is the remark delivered by Ambassador Walter Carrington at the ceremony which took place on the 13th of February 2013 at the residence of the consular general in Ikoyi, Lagos.
Delivered at the
CARRINGTON YOUTH FELLOWSHIP INITIATIVE
AMBASSADOR WALTER CARRINGTON
The Consul General’s Residence
13 February 2013
How great it is to be back in
and at this Residence which
was my home for nearly four years. How
many treasured memories my wife, Arese, and I have of this place. Here we would annually host a celebration of
our National Day of Independence, the Fourth of July. Here we would meet and dine
with so many of the heroes of your own struggle for independence from military
rule. Indeed, the first time I set foot
on these grounds was in 1959, the year before Nigeria Nigeria’s
was leading a group of American students on a program called the Experiment in
International Living. We spent a summer
living with Nigerian families in Independence Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kano and .
One of my favorite keepsakes from that time is a photo of the group of us
standing at the foot of the very staircase where these young CYFI Fellows are
posed in the photo which graces the program’s website. Kaduna
I am deeply honored and humbled that the U.S. Consulate General here in
has attached my name to this most worthy initiative. It is good that you have brought
together a cohort large enough to form the critical mass of a support group that
can encourage each other in the years ahead.
It is altogether fitting that you have chosen the theme for this cluster
of outstanding young people as Youth Engagement. I have been impressed and encouraged reading
about the projects they have developed and implemented in the fields of civil
liberties, education, public health, university outreach and vocational
I am happy to have the opportunity to be here to meet these awardees who remind me so much of my own younger days. Then,
was facing a dawn of new nationhood in which governments “of the people,” to use the first part of Abraham Lincoln’s famous trilogy
would be established. It has taken fifty
years for democracy, “government by
the people” to establish a firm foothold in more than half of the nations on
this continent. Still unfulfilled in too
many places is the dream of “government for
the people.” That dream’s realization
will depend upon you and your generation just as the achievement of
independence depended on the generation of your grandparents. So I charge you
each: Tunde, Theophilus, Sholape,
Temitope, Ebeneezer, Obinna, Raquel, Joseph, Seyi, Emmanuel, Chuks, Sunday,
Queen-Esther, Rhoda, and Oluwatosin do
not let fifty or even ten more years pass in which the impoverished poor make
up the majority of your countrymen. The
eradication of extreme poverty is the great moral challenge of our time. This challenge will not be met so long as
male elites continue to use government to meet their own needs and not those of
their poor brothers and sisters. Nor as
long as women are denied their rightful share of power and opportunities. Nor as long as corruption permeates so much of society.
Back home in my country there is much anxiety and unrest because our unemployment figures are between 7 and 8 percent. Yet here in
the figure hovers close to
25%. Among your fellow youth who make
up over 40% of the population there are nearly 70 million unemployed. And this in a country richer in natural
resources than any other on the continent. Nigeria
To fulfill the hopes and live up to the expectations embodied in you by the awarding of these fellowships will not be easy. The road ahead of you will be filled with temptations. There will be rationalizations presented to you of how high ideals are for the naïve young. And that as you grow older you must be more practical. That you must go along with the system in order to get along with it or to get the riches out of it that others have ill begotten. I beg of you do not yield to that temptation. I have seen too many who have done so in the eight decades I have been on this earth. I have spoken to African students studying in the
fired up to go home
to make a difference. And when I have
gotten to see them years later they have been co-opted into the very systems
they had vowed to change. They went along to get along. Remain faithful to the ideals your parents and
others have instilled in you. It won’t
be easy but it will be fulfilling. You
may not end your days wealthy in gold but rather affluent in spirit with that
satisfaction that when you had an opportunity to make a difference you took it.
I suppose I could have given you a more optimistic picture of the challenges which lie before you. I could have spoken as if the glass were half full rather than half empty. But I did not want to lull you into a mood of complacency. I have always believed that those who would change the world around them must see the glass as half empty and be driven by the determination to fill it. And so I challenge you to take that half empty vessel and work with those who will not be satisfied until, as the Psalm says, the cup runneth over. Then surely goodness and mercy shall follow you and our beloved
all the days of your lives. Nigeria
Please find more details about this fellowship here: Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative
|US Consul General, Lagos and Vweta|
|Some of the creations of the YEC Academy on display|
Please find more details about this fellowship here: Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Women; the Future! - A Community Based Public Lecture Delivered By Vweta Ariemugbovbe on Friday, March 1st 2013 in Ajegunle.
When I first visited this community in September 2012, I had intended to establish an ‘Alternatives to Violence Outreach’. However, the reality highlighted a more pressing issue- that of teen pregnancy and illiteracy amongst these very young women.
In the time that has passed I have been anxious to make a positive contribution and impact to this community, however small or big.
I found it inspiring and delightful to see many familiar faces and indeed new ones make out time to attend this lecture today.
As women, I would like us and very much encourage us to start realising that we are important to ourselves, family, friends, community, state, country and in fact the world. But it starts with our self – realisation.
It would be helpful for us to reflect on the following questions as a starting point:
- Do I/ we know the measure of strength that I/ we possess?
· Do I/ we know just how powerful and resilient I/ we am/are?
· Do I/ we know that I/ we have equal stake in the preservation of the human race as men?
· Have I/ we considered that educating girl child is as important as educating boy child?
· They say it’s a man’s world but do I/ we know that I/ we can make a positive impact only if I/ we change our attitude towards education as a necessity rather than as only a pastime?
· We begin to realise our importance when we remember that every human in existence today whether great or small were all born of a woman.
· God in his infinite wisdom saw that women are the stronger and more caring ones to be entrusted with the very important and delicate task of pregnancy and childbirth and nurturing. It is an unrivalled privilege - so why abuse it or indeed waste it?
· A women leader – the founder of Black Girls Rock - Beverly Bond said that we as women must realise that our ‘power is not below our waist but above our shoulders’. Think about that for a minute.
· She started as a model and then a DJ and now she runs Black Girls Rock Inc - a non-profit, youth empowerment and mentoring organization that introduces music, poetry and theatre to women of colour.
· When we as women, whom God and nature has chosen to be equal stakeholders in the preservation of the human race begin to have children before we even understand the changes going on in our bodies; before we find our self-identity, what can we possibly teach our young ones? What will be their life chances in a highly competitive world? Zero. We are not giving them any chance; rather we make them victims of our own avoidable mistakes – perpetually continuing a vicious cycle of poverty, powerlessness and illiteracy.
Until we collectively rise up against all odds and decide to educate ourselves as women, girls and daughters, we will be consigned to second class citizens – at the mercy of people who are ever so eager to exploit us in no small way and in so doing robbing us of the courage and ability to become empowered, emancipated and educated. As long as we remain enslaved in this way, we will never be able to contribute to our community and our world at large and we will never have lived. Considers these timeless words of Abraham Lincoln – America’s 16th President, who brought about the emancipation of the slaves – he said ‘in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years’.
I want us all here to take a pledge as you repeat after me:
- I will begin to take responsibility for what I choose to do with my body;
- I will begin from this day forth to take responsibility for how I use my body;
- I will be responsible for when I decide to bring forth children and I will only give birth to children when I am financially, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually fit to raise them.
- I will from this day forward take my education very seriously for I have recognised the importance of going to school if I must make an impact.
Abraham Lincoln also said that ‘if I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I will spend 6 hours sharpening my ax’. Therefore spend this time of your life educating and empowering yourself (sharpening your axe) so that when you begin life it would be easy.
I recognise that doing alone is daunting – so I am willing to support those who take todays pledge seriously. I leave you with the words of Abraham Lincoln who said that ““I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down.” Please do not let me down.
My name is Vweta Ariemugbovbe, i am a social worker.
Thank you and God Bless us all.
The month of March is a highly significant month for women the world over. It was no coincidence that we chose the 1st of March as the day to hold the first ever community based public lecture in Ajegunle, one of the impoverished communities I work with across Lagos.
The public lecture tagged: Women: The Future had young passionate speakers who talked with the group on issues relating to sex and teenage pregnancy, setting long and short term goals, knowing our true values as women, knowing our priorities and having positive role models to emulate.
|Vera Edore with some of the young women|
Vera Edore (Barr), the co- initiator of The Wilona Foundation (TWF) had a question and answer session with the girls, some of the issues raised were: future plans, career goals and mentoring.
Mr Olusola Samuel, a health expert from Hacy Health Initiative and a campaigner for Hands Up for Her - a project that seeks to bring an end to violence against the girl child, talked about teen pregnancy, its effect on the teenage mother and child.
High point of his lecture were topics like: depression, pelvic inflammatory diseases, STIs and HIV/AIDS, urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and how common they are with teenage mothers.
|Blessing Ashi delivering her lecture|
Ms Blessing Ashi, a life coach and a peer educator with PRAWA who is very passionate about women empowerment talked on the importance of having positive role models as teenage women.
Some of the Sheros she introduced to us were: Blessing Liman, Tayosi Akerele, Okonjo Iweala, Rukuyatu Amhed Rufai, Ibukun Awosika, Evelyn Oputu, Saheela Ibrahim and other notable Nigerian women who excelled in their various careers.
She went on to introduce the acronym- MAD; "Make A Difference" to us.
|Becky Oladimeji Thrilling us all|
Ms Becky Oladimeji, a woman created to make a positive impact by raising a 'pure and undefiled' generation of teens, a peer educator with PRAWA, motivator & facilitator spoke about knowing our priorities and freeing ourselves from all forms of distractions including, unplanned and teenage pregnancy, being involved in romantic relationships before we are ready to bear the responsibilities that may come with it.
|Chinomso Josiah had our attention|
Mr Chinomso Josiah, a volunteer peer educator with PRAWA talked about finding and understanding our purpose on earth and doing our utmost not to derail from our path to success.
|Raquel Jacobs telling her story|
Lastly, Ms Raquel Jacobs, the Initiator of "Beyond the Classroom Foundation" and an alumna of the prestigious Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) thrilled all in attendance with the Kenyan dance.
She went on to talk about her experience as an orphan, her struggle through adolescence and how she achieved her dreams by being focused on her goals, by having positive role models and by remaining determined to succeed no matter what.
Her final words were: remain focused, keep your eyes on the prize and take your education very seriously!
|we ended with the 'Kenyan dance'|
When youths talk to youths on issues that concerns youths, youths listen!
Monday, March 11, 2013
|putting up posters for the event|
Some of the posters we put up and their message
|Taking a tour of the community before the programme commenced|
|Vweta Ariemugbovbe and Chinomso Josiah|
|Church street, Ajegunle|
Going round the community to remind people about the programme
At the primary health care center, Ajegunle.
|With Mrs Adams, a senior matron at the PHC, Ajegunle.|
A cross section of the community
|You are beautiful, just the way you are!|
|Yes! Together we can!|
|Giving my new friends the 'Stay in school' talk.|
|i may not recognize their faces in 10 years, i hope they remember mine|
|From Left: Vweta, The Baale and The Secetary Of Ajegunle Community|
|Blessing Ashi from PRAWA talking about positive role models|
|Suzanne and Raquel|
|Raquel Jacobs and her new friends|
pictures courtesy Ufuoma Smyl Ebah of Afrodisiacbay.