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I left the classroom for opportunities where I could expand my impact to serve more people- Briana Urbina

American Born -Puerto Rican descent who loves everything about her culture, is a Councilperson for the City of New Carrollton, a community organizer; lawyer, teacher, and caregiver that always bring people together and advocate for justice.

Briana Urbina in an exclusive interview with Adewale Adenrele speaks about her growing up, experiences, challenges, and major responsibilities in her chosen career and political journey.

Below are excerpts:

Can you tell us briefly about yourself and your family?

I am a middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. My wife Laura and I have been married for 14 years. We became caregivers to my younger brother with special needs in 2012 and adopted our oldest son in 2016. We welcomed our youngest son in 2022.

Recently, you went on vacation, can you share the exploration experience and aspects of tourism you like?

I went to Puerto Rico, and we stayed in the town of Luquillo. It was a wonderful trip. The thing I enjoyed the most was the food. I am 2nd generation Puerto Rican and I love everything about my culture. We ate out every day, at different restaurants and we all enjoyed trying new foods and eating the staples I was raised with. We plan to one day buy property in Luquillo because it is a beautiful town and is close to many tourists hot spots.

Briana enjoys Puerto Rico with her two son

Tell us about your early childhood…Where did you grow up, who were the most memorable characters growing up, and what do you remember about your town/city during the time you were growing up?

I was born in the Bronx, NY, and raised in a suburb of New York City, Middletown, NY. I was primarily raised by a single father alongside my younger brother. Our sister is more than 20 years older than us, so she was not present in our day-to-day lives. I was a total tomboy and enjoyed sports. I still truly love sports. I was always outside riding my bike, going for runs, or shooting hoops in the driveway.

Who influenced you the most in life and why?

I have been most influenced or impacted by my brother Andres. He is a person with intellectual disabilities, and we grew up inseparable. I always knew there would be a day I would come to be his caregiver and expanding his access to opportunity has been my life’s work. I think growing up with a sibling who has a disability instilled a sense of justice and equity in my heart at a young age. I never wanted my brother to be excluded and I never understood the structural limitations our society has placed on people with disabilities.

You adopted your kids, tell us the process of adoption and your reason for adoption and do you wish to adopt kids from Africa?

I have one son who is adopted and one son that I carried. I would love to have more children, specifically a girl but for a variety of reasons, I think it unlikely we would adopt again. Childcare costs as well as the costs of adopting are the greatest barriers to us expanding our family. Sadly, there is no country in Africa that allows same-sex couples from the US to adopt. I did the research prior to becoming pregnant with my youngest because we wanted to adopt again but very few countries allow same-sex couples to adopt. If it were possible and affordable, we absolutely would have welcomed a child from Africa.

As a community organizer; a lawyer, a teacher, and a caregiver how were you able to combine all at a time?

How do I do it all? Not very well. I was a teacher from 2015-2017. I left the classroom for opportunities where I could expand my impact to serve more people. I still see myself as a community organizer in my roles as a Councilperson for the City of New Carrollton and as a lawyer because I am always trying to bring people together and advocate for justice. I have been at my current law firm for nearly a year, and I enjoy my work because the work that I do can have a lasting impact on my clients’ lives. I am honored to have that responsibility and I do not take it lightly.

Tell us your experiences, challenges, and major responsibilities in your chosen career.

I really struggled in law school. I nearly failed out twice. Even after graduating, my professors all warned me not to take the bar exam because they were certain I would fail. I studied 12 hours a day, 7 days a week for 12 weeks (only taking 3 days off) and I passed the New York Bar. I was the first student from my law school to do so. I have a lot of belief in my ability to succeed and I am a praying woman. Passing the bar is still my greatest accomplishment other than being a mother.

Briana and her wife Laura at her swearing-in

Discuss a time you faced adversity and how you overcame it, also how you handled an unexpected situation at work, actions you helped your team to succeed and what career accomplishment are you most proud of.

As a woman and a mother in the workplace, there are so many challenges. I had to quit my last job because they didn’t offer maternity leave. I have since found a workplace that has been truly accommodating to me as a mother and understands that you can’t schedule your children’s illnesses and school performances. Balancing it all is the struggle of a lifetime but I think it is important for my boys to see their mother and women in general who work hard, who are ambitious and who are educated. I really don’t have a story specifically regarding overcoming a challenge in the workplace but overall I want to work towards creating a society that values work/life balance and affords women equal access to professional opportunities.

In the past 20 years, the political space has achieved some of the most dramatic breakthroughs in the world. The number of female legislators on the continent has increased, would you consider yourself a politician someday?

I am a politician now. I was recently re-elected to the City Council for the City of New Carrollton. I was promoted to the position of Council Chair where I preside over a council that is all male, except for myself. I have great pride in my political success, and I aspire to continue to earn the confidence of my community.

Ethnic groups and tribes have customs and traditions that are unique to their culture. What do you like about African Culture? Have you been to the African Continent before?

I have been to the continent one time. I had a short visit to Morocco while I was studying abroad in Spain. It was an amazing experience and unlike any other traveling, I had done before. My oldest son is African American and he is really interested in all animals, native to Africa, so it is my dream to take him on Safari when both of my boys are older. As a Prince Georgian and native New Yorker, I have many friends from across the continent and I love learning more about the different cultures of their ancestry. As a woman of Puerto Rican descent, I value my own connection to the continent and have always seen the beauty of the diaspora across Latin America.

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory?

I guess my most amazing memory was the day my son’s adoption was finalized. It was over Zoom and the Judge asked Javarie if he wanted to describe my wife and me to the court. He said, “Briana is the bad cop and Laura is the good cop.” When she asked if there was anything else he wanted to add, he said, “No.” Everyone on Zoom laughed and she made her ruling granting the adoption. I didn’t expect to get as emotional as I did but we all (Javarie, Laura, and I) cried. I will never forget how tightly I squeezed Javarie and how tightly he squeezed back at that moment. It will probably be my favorite memory forever and surprisingly was more impactful that the birth of the baby I carried. Being an adoptive mom is a completely different experience and he chose us as much as we chose him. The baby didn’t have a choice and so much of our bond is built on biology. Javarie was 8 years old when he moved in and it took years for us to be worthy enough to be his parents.

Briana, Laura and their sons Javarie and Luis.
Briana, Laura and their sons Javarie and Luis.

What advice would you give the younger ones?

My advice would be never to wait for someone to give you permission to do what you know you are capable of doing. Chances are, no one will give you permission to do what you can do. You can’t rely on outside validation and your driving force has to come from God, from hard work and your belief in yourself.

Thank you for sharing with ADM.

Thank you.


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Health: “My aim is to help everyone live a sickness/disease free life through nutrition and diet counseling” – IJILADE

The role of a dietitian is to provide expert advice on nutrition, diet, and healthy eating habits. Dietitians are trained professionals who possess knowledge in the field of food and nutrition science. They work with individuals, groups, and communities to promote good health through proper nutrition.

Aroloye Ijilade Emmanuel is a dietitian and a graduate of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Ibadan, He is almost on the verge of rounding up his one-year internship program at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He’s a rare kind who passionately advocates for cultural awareness and mental health in nutrition and dietetics through assessment and counseling.  He assesses the nutritional needs of individuals or groups by analyzing their dietary habits, health conditions, and medical history to develop personalized nutrition plans.

The Ondo State-born indigene is an online explorer (Kdp Amazon Kindle publisher, freelance writer, and business trader. He works in clinical settings and collaborates with healthcare professionals to provide medical nutrition therapy for patients with specific medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and food allergies.

Dr.Ijilade is a passionate ambitious fellow who loves to embrace new opportunities anytime it surfaces. His common slogan in life is “Nothing is impossible for the Possible Mind”.

In this interview with ADEWALE ADENRELE, he shares his expertise in nutrition, the challenges facing the health sector, and the role of digitalization in the health industry.

Below are excerpts: 

  • What made you want to become a Dietitian comparing other areas of specialization?

Well, I can say that my configuration and passion from inception (my childhood age) have always been channeled towards Saving Lives. In my exposure at my first higher educational level (Polytechnic of Ibadan), I was opportune to study Food Science and Technology where I first had a scientific knowledge of how food is being processed from its raw form to its final consumable forms (For instance, Cassava flour being processed into fufu). This exposure further gave me the inner drive to dive into the Field of NUTRITION  at the Premier University, University of Ibadan where I was further grounded on the further functions of Food to man. Meeting the physiological needs of man via proper food intake remains a golden rule in Nutrition. Having fulfilled my Undergraduate requirement and become certified in the Field of Nutrition, I saw a need to cap it up by digging deeper into the World of Dietetics which shows practically speaking how every man needs a good diet in maintaining optimum health alongside good physical activity and exercise. So in summary, my main reason for choosing this field is nothing but “the inherent passion to see everyman live a sickness and disease-free life”.

After The Dietitian's Ward Round at Children Outpatient Clinic(CHOP) in The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan (Shot taken around the CMD arena)
After The Dietitian’s Ward Round at Children Outpatient Clinic(CHOP) in The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan (Shot taken around the CMD arena)
  • Kindly tell us the most challenging and exciting aspects of working in the healthcare industry.

The most challenging aspect of working in the Healthcare Industry is THE HIGH DEMAND IT TELLS ON THE BODY AND MENTAL STATE OF MAN. You might not last long in this field if you do not take your health seriously in terms of bodily exercise and good eating habits.  One thing many do not know is that the Medical system remains one of the very few professions that distinguish Intelligence from brilliance. Like I do tell some people anytime I am opportune to speak at an event; To be a good nutritionist, all you need to do is to read all manner of nutrition-related books. But that is not so with Dietetics. It is so easy to plan a meal for a growing-up adolescent using relevant nutrition facts but that’s not so with Dietetics. In Dietetics, you will be faced with the challenge of not just what type of diet to give the patient but much more ‘in what measured quantity should it be given to such diseased patient”. It is in Dietetics that “what you read in the textbook might be different from what you see in the clinical ward”. While a Brilliant mind would be quick to quote certain facts in procuring treatment just because he read it in a book to a patient whether in-patient or out-patient (which in the medical sense is outright failure), an Intelligent mind would be calculating in his mind what and what could be achieved diet wise after a thorough analysis of such patient’s bio chemical’s results (so he is always apt to details and never in a hurry to administer a nutritional intervention for such patient).. Another challenge in Nigeria which I actually ought to speak on but I might not want to dive into is the issue of Erratic Power Supply and insufficient Medical equipment to successfully run the hospital settings.

AND to the Part B of the Question, my most exciting aspect of working in the healthcare sector is the privilege of meeting with other Health Practitioners during WARD-ROUND CONSULTATION. This experience especially in The University College Hospital, Ibadan remains and will always remain evergreen in my archive. The truth is “you can be sincerely wrong in the field of medicine which therefore makes it a necessity to embrace knowledge always with an Open Heart”. Another interesting aspect that time won’t permit me to expatriate on is the privilege of “Teaching Industrial Trainee (IT students) what I have been taught and trained for by my Senior Dietitians”. 

  • Where do you see yourself within the next 5-10 years of working as a Registered Dietitian?

This question is actually more practical in nature. My next 5 – 10 years as a Registered Dietitian would be a highly demanding and explorative one. I can see myself filling some gaps in the world of medicine. The “how to go about it” is what is being daily unleashed by what I engage in as my daily routine (a few of my colleagues are all witnesses to my funny indoor life). I see myself being a Consultant to Special dignitaries in the affairs of Developed nations; giving my quota in bridging the SDG long-time challenges aside from many others. Please, I will like to pause it here (Smile).  

  • What role do you think digitalization has played in the healthcare industry?

I will say Thank God for Digitalization. I keep asking questions like “If not for Digitalization, how would we ever have known nations in severe malnutrition as Somalia, and Syria”, the constant development in disease treatment as heart transplants in nations such as South Africa have been made known to every specie(human) on earth via Digitalization. Digitalization has created the ease at which communication could be facilitated within intra and interstate. So the health sector has further converged uniformly just because of an interlink called Digitalization. 

  • What do you enjoy the most about working as a Dietitian?

One thing I love about being a Dietitian is that this field makes one use his brain. As I do say; there is a direct proportionality between being a Psychologist and a Dietitian. In other words, a good dietitian is a great Psychologist. Practically speaking, based on the number of patients I have counseled over time, I can confidently say that more than 50% of the Patient’s struggles have been decoded overtime by the logic of “saying out what the patient feels reluctant to say maybe so as not to feel ashamed”. A very good example if I can remember vividly was an Obese female teenager who came for counseling in our Medical Outpatient Clinic. Many of the Girl’s issues were more of indoor fatty consumables which her parents had no control over (reason best known to them). My first few minutes of conversation with her then seem so repulsive until I engage the hand tools of Cognition. You won’t believe it: the counseling lasts for close to 2 hours because a once reluctant girl decided to pour out her struggles to a stranger (ME being the Dietitian in charge) just because I made her see her problem as nothing “big deal in a quote” and secondly because I gave her alternatives to her commonly consumed fatty foods which she enthusiastically accepted. 

  • What is the most common misconception people have when meeting with you?

Everyone who sees me at first always has the common notion that I am a cook or “caterer” which is parallel to the truth 

@ International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Off Ojo Area, Ibadan
@ International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Off Ojo Area, Ibadan
  • Can you think of any client story in the healthcare industry that you are especially proud of?

Well, as per this I have quite a number. But one of them that I have come to appreciate so much is a GDM(Gestational Diabetes) Woman who took it upon herself to adhere strictly to what I placed her on diet-wise. She practically followed my advice by having a special notebook for record keeping of her random blood glucose level. By the time she left the hospital, her sugar level was something to be proud of. Another client is a Barrister who happens to also be a DM patient and he ensured he followed through with every of the diet recommendation given to him 

  • Nigerian Doctors leave to work abroad for higher pay and better working conditions, how do you see the healthcare industry in the next 5 to 10 years if this situation persists?

The current health care in Nigeria is not encouraging; however, it is never beyond repairs. Now that we have a new Government (which I think might be in power for 8 years), let’s hope that they take a concerned and committed gaze toward the health sector. However, if the situation of our poor health system lingers, then we can only see more deterioration in the health system in the next 5 – 10 years.  

  • What type of clients do you see most often while working as a Registered Dietitian?

Actually, there are two main diseased conditions that I have come to encounter since my practice as a Dietitian commenced, the first is Diabetes/Diabetes Hypertensive Patient, and the second is Renal Patient. In short, some of my colleagues have already tagged me as a Dietitian that specializes in managing Diabetes Patients while few tagged me as Renal Dietitian. 

  • African ethnic groups and tribes have customs and traditions that are unique to their culture. What do you like about African Culture?

One thing that still makes me not only love African culture but also to be proud to identify myself as an African is the Food Culture, taking Nigeria as a good example. I listen to a Sports Guy ( a footballer to be precise) recently (about 2 months ago thereabout) who claimed that the secret to his excellent performance on the pitch is the special African delicacy (fufu). So one thing that I can say I have come to appreciate in African society is the language of food that makes us unique over the years 

  • Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory?

Well, I am grateful to God that I still have My Both Parents alive (and this is not at all to say any ill to Single Parents, not at all). My Parents brought us up in such a way that everyone in the family will invariably have a favorite when it comes to food. So one of the most amazing memories I can ever think of is the Pounded Yam with Egusi soup we were brought up with. I am a Proud Ondo Guy, from Irele Local Government. So anytime our mum pounds (and sometimes our Dad) while we were still teens, we would go outside the house (veranda) and sit on a well-laid mat to destroy the mountain of this special delicacy. After which, our Dad will tell us stories (I really miss those days anyways); sometimes Tortoise, other times Hunter story and all. Also, there are times that our dad will ask us idiomatic/proverbial questions in relation to our deep Yoruba heritage. This moment shall live with me forever and I hope I would be able to teach my own family a bit of what I gained as the heritage from my amazing Parents.  

  • What is one piece of nutrition advice you would want to give to everyone?

My piece of advice to all my audience out there nutrition-wise is that “Be conscious of what you take into your gut (stomach) as food”. Like I do tell people (a lesson my loving mother taught us as children) is that “the easiest way to die is through food”. So please my fellow Mummies and Daddies, Brothers and Sisters, I will leave you with this simple word “WATCH WHAT YOU EAT”.

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The fight against HIV/AIDS: an interview with Dr. Sara Boufenissa, Aids solidarity Member

The fight against HIV/AIDS poses enormous challenges worldwide, generating fears that success may be too difficult or even impossible to attain before “Aids solidarity” was founded with the daily developments in diagnosis, tests, awareness, treatments, and medications. This healthcare organization raises awareness, supports those living with the condition, and remembers those who have died from it. Fortunately, much has changed since the early days of HIV/AIDS. Today, thanks to advances in medicine, it’s possible to live a healthy and full life with a disease that used to mean a death sentence.

Dr. Sara Boufenissa is an Algerian-based pharmacist, member of monitoring and evaluation, and assistant at Aids solidarity which is a non-governmental organization to fight against HIV/STI/AIDS. The Organisation was founded in the year 2000 and covers different states of Algeria since 2013 the vocation is the prevention of HIV transmission and bringing support and help to PLHIV (People living with HIV). She shares her experience with ADEWALE ADENRELE on the role of digitalization, the future of the healthcare industry, progress made in the battle against HIV/AIDS, and their success in the health of their patients.

Below are excerpts:

  • You attended the IAS webinar tagged HIV and TB co-infections: latest updates and innovations, how do you think the healthcare industry will change over the next 5 to 10 years?

With the emergence of new pharmaceutical forms and new molecules in 10 years I see new therapeutic strategies with therapeutic relief. I am very optimistic. The future is bright and it is for us.

  • There have been many positive reports recently regarding the fight against HIV/AIDS, but how even is this progress in your country and globally?

As known, Algeria has been engaged in fighting HIV for 30 years now, and there is huge progress in the last few years in terms of prevention (by facilitating access to protection) , awareness, and testing near populations with a high risk of exposure, and this within the framework of the national strategic plan. The early detection and notification of new seropositive and providing the free medical care and medication  prevent from  reaching the AIDS stage which is a huge step in fighting HIV and this is thanks to the political commitment of Algeria  in the fight against HIV/AIDS

  • How has access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in countries with high HIV rates changed over the last decade?

Access to ART made it possible to improve PLHIV’s health in general and to reduce the prevalence of opportunistic infections, cross-transmission, and mortality rates. As we always say “undetectable = untransmittable” which means when the virus load in blood is undetectable (equals zero) it is untransmittable

  • Why do so many people in low- and middle-income countries start HIV treatment dangerously late?

The lack of information, lack/late HIV testing, and expensive drugs, are involved in late medical care in some countries with low- and middle-income. Algeria was able to overcome these difficulties by providing free health care and free medication for PLHIV.

  • Tell us why some health centers experiencing stock-outs and why is there a lack of HIV testing in some countries.

In Algeria HIV testing is available and access to it is very easy.

  • How much of an impact does stigma and discrimination have on those that are HIV positive, what do you think can be done to eliminate stigma?

The impact of stigma and discrimination on PLVIH is huge and not measurable. Information and awareness are the keys to eliminating them.

  • In cases where children are affected by HIV/AIDS and what challenges do parents face in disclosing their HIV status to their children?

It is always difficult to reveal the serological status when it is HIV positive especially to children, that’s why as a start there is a psychological preparation by the psychologist, the simplified and age-adapted medical explanation by the doctor and parents (or parent).

  • What are your major responsibilities as a member of the “Aids solidarity”, and how have you impacted your position on the populace?

As a member and monitoring and evaluation assistant, my major responsibilities are properly managing awareness-raising and screening campaigns, as well as the follow-up of projects and activities of the association in all our offices in the national territory. I am also working on facilitating access to ARV medication which I consider a duty as a pharmacist.

AIDS solidarity intervenes on several levels within the framework of the implementation of the national strategic plans as a member of the national committee for the fight against STIs/HIV/AIDS.

  • Which work areas are you typically involved in and what are the most exciting aspects of working in the healthcare industry?

As already said, we work on facilitating access to testing and healthcare for PLHIV and on preventing the transmission of the virus. Also, we work on the psychosocial and on advocacy for better universal access to care. The most exciting aspects of our work are “saving lives” and “seeing the good results of our hard work”

  • What role do you think digitalization plays in the healthcare industry?

I think that digitization in the healthcare industry is now an “imperative necessity” which is essential in terms of modernizing management, improving health services, and facilitating access to healthcare.

  • Can you think of any client story in the healthcare industry that you are especially proud of?

The story that I keep in my head is a story of a lady with high determination and courage. She has a twelve years old son, they are both living with HIV. The first time she came to aids solidarity (in 2018) she had nothing, we encouraged her to start learning sewing and embroidering and she did, she got her diploma and we bought her the materials in need so that she starts her own business in 2019 a business that she was growing day after day. Now 2 years later she has her own manufactory and heard more than 30 women living with HIV teaching her son how to work with her .she is now an example for every woman in this world.

  • Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us most amazing memory?

The most amazing memory I have is from a workshop dedicated to women living with HIV who have benefited from micro-project financing thanks to aids solidarity and were able to start their own project. During the workshop, they shared with us the story of their success and they have encouraged other women to do the same. The feelings were just amazing.

    Thanks for sharing with ADM.

You are welcome

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I’ve helped my community to fight against racism and religious discrimination- Candomblé priest, Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva

Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva is one of the participants and a speaker at the 5th African Spirituality Conference which was held recently at African Institute Essex College, USA.  The Candomblé priest, lawyer, and retired professor of law describe the event as one of the best with a unique opportunity for him to dialogue with the global audience from the African Diaspora, who profess some form of African-based religiosity. He discussed the topic “Paths to Health, Mental, and Spiritual Well-Being in Brazil: The Fight against Religious Racism Committed against Religions of African Origin in Brazil”

In a chat with ADEWALE ADENRELE,  Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva said he has been active in the fight against racism in the Black Movement since 1990 and in movements in favor of religious freedom, especially Candomble which is an African-Brazilian religion combining African, Roman Catholic, and indigenous Brazilian elements. Specifically: the ceremony or dance connected with this religion.

“I started in 2000, and rose to the position of Ogã, and in which I confirmed myself in 2007, in the most sacred temple, in the City of Salvador Bahia.  As a lawyer and professor of law, I was able to help my community to fight against racism and religious discrimination. I ended up participating directly or indirectly in some of the best-known causes involving the practice of racism against black people, in causes in defense of affirmative action policies, such as quotas for black people, and also in causes aimed at protecting the exercise of the right freedom of religion for adherents or priests of religions of African origin.” He said

In this photo, taken between religious activities, on the left, we have mother Edelzuita de Omoloú, one of the most distinguished priestesses of Ilê Axê Oxumarê, in the center, me, Ogã Luiz Fernando, and, on the left, Equedi Inara.
In this photo, taken between religious activities, on the left, we have mother Edelzuita de Omoloú, one of the most distinguished priestesses of Ilê Axê Oxumarê, in the center, me, Ogã Luiz Fernando, and, on the left, Equedi Inara.

“And as a Law Course Professor for 25 years, mainly teaching about Human Rights, I was able to help train generations of lawyers who are sensitive to the need to combat the practice of racism, and all forms of discrimination, especially those practiced against religions of African matrix, such as Candomblé. I also had the opportunity to do the same things working within the Brazilian state, when I held the position of Ombudsman in the Presidency of the Republic, assigned to the Ombudsman of the Special Secretariat for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality of the Presidency of the Republic – SEPPIR-PR, in the management of Minister Matilde Ribeiro, in the government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from 2005 to 2007”

While differentiating between the European and Western African belief systems, the priest said there are many, considering the various perspectives that the question allows. One is that the basis of the main European religions is centered on a written code covering mainly the Judeo-Christian traditions, the Holy Bible.

In Africa, however, the ethnic variety of the continent and the history of colonization and diaspora make it difficult to generalize the theme. Currently, the Abrahamic religions predominate in the African territory: Christianity, and Islam, with the so-called traditional religions, practiced, which vary according to the territory and ethnic groups, being their oral base.

The Yoruba religion, for example, is based on a belief system of the eponymous ethnic group currently inhabiting West Africa, mainly Nigeria. It is based on the idea of ​​a supreme creator, who reigns above the deities known as Orishás (Deities). Many Brazilian religions of African origin derive from Yoruba, such as Candomblé and Umbanda. Ancestors are also worshiped.

Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva also responded when asked if there should be a media campaign programme to celebrate Yoruba religion, customs, culture, and tradition through spirituality in purity by bringing together a wider audience of Orisha devotees, traditional worshipers, traditional and cultural institutions.

“I believe that this would be one of the most important good practices to overcome religious intolerance and favor the environment of religious freedom. In my country, Brazil, there are several national and regional laws favoring not only the fight against anti-black racism but also the contribution given by Africans who came enslaved for the construction of the Brazilian nation, as well as its traditions, cultures, and religions. Candomblé in Brazil has always influenced government officials to achieve these goals. The terreiro I belong to, Ilê Axê Oxumarê, based in the city of Salvador, Bahia, which has the spiritual guidance of Babalorixá Sivanilton Encarnação da Mata, better known as Babá Pecê de Oxumarê, is always meeting with the community that worships the Orixás, with government authorities, and even with the Academy, to claim rights and disseminate the religion, through lectures, meetings, and presentation of projects.

In the same vein, Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva express excitement over the visit of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) at the Official launching of Annual African Religion Day (ISESE DAY) that was held inside the banquet hall at the President’s office in Brasilia, Capital of Brazil and was hosted by President Lula, as the country unveiled some initiatives for the reunification of the over 100 million Afro-Brazilians via his program tagged “Back To Home”.

Photo: Minister Matilde Ribeiro and I are speaking at one of the UN plenary sessions, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the aforementioned Seminar.
Photo: Minister Matilde Ribeiro and I are speaking at one of the UN plenary sessions, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the aforementioned Seminar.

I found this visit very auspicious, as very important. His Majesty, the Ooni of Ilé Ifé, brings with him many traditions, culture, and ancestral strength that we need in my country. His leadership allows them to open doors that would hardly open for groups or people in their countries. In Brazil, it was no different. He was not only received by the President of the Republic and his wife, but also by the authorities who head other State bodies, such as the Legislative Power, where he spoke. Ooni was also very well received by the African-based religious community, which is very diverse and regionally distributed, but mainly by Candomblé practitioners in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, and Bahia, where the Yoruba tradition is well established with strong initiatives like these create possibilities for religions of African origin to practice their rituals with assurance and freedom.” He said

While discussing tracing back ancestral links to Nigeria, the Candomblé priest also talked about the Yoruba language and tradition which is from the West African countries of Nigeria, Benin Republic, and parts of Togo and Sierra Leone, therefore constituting one of the largest single languages in sub-Saharan Africa. Yoruba is also spoken in Cuba and Brazil. “

In Brazil, Candomblé is made up of religious communities (called terreiros, roças, casa, etc.), which are distinguished by linguistic groups that we call “nations”. So we have Candomblé Angola, Jeje, Ketu etc. The so-called Candomblé Ketu, based in Yoruba, mainly from Nigeria, is considered the best known in Brazil. It is mainly practiced in the state of Bahia, from where it spread throughout the country, expanding mainly in the states of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Rio Grande do Sul. From Bahia to the Amazon Region, variations of Candomblé Ketu are practiced, with names like Xangô, Xambá, etc. The language spoken in the rituals practiced in these Candomblés is Yoruba, keeping due proportions, as it is transmitted orally. Ketu’s teachings are transmitted by the Babalorixás and Yalorixás through speech, who teach the initiates to worship the Orishas. Regarding the Egungun Call; of the rituals referring to the Eguns, the person responsible for the cult is called Ojé or Alpini, according to the hierarchical degree of the priest. This cult is more recurrent on the Island of Itaparica, in the State of Bahia, and the language used in the ritual practice is Yoruba.

However, the Yoruba language spoken in the Ketu Candomblés influenced the official language of the Brazilian State, Portuguese, due to the cultural strength of the religion, reaching the point of incorporating, definitively, countless words and expressions.

Luiz Fernando Martins da Silva said he is ready to support, promote and publicize African Development Magazine in Brazil, among partners in the government, in civil society, among Candomblé militants, priests, supporters and among academics. He stressed further that he had some works that were recorded in journalistic articles or published in electronic magazines or in e-books. And also that he had represented the Brazilian State at a UN Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2006, accompanying the minister of my country that I served for 2 years, dealing with the repression of crimes of racism and anti-Semitism on the internet.




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My priority is to advocate for betterment of the residents – Councilman Ric Gordon

The council is generally the legislative branch of the city government, as well as its policy-making body. The council also looks into the city’s goals, major projects, and infrastructure improvements, such as community growth, land use, finances, and strategic planning.

The fundamental role of a councilman is to serve the interests of their community as a whole. In the event of a conflict between the public interests and the private interests of the councilman, the overall public interests must prevail.

Ric Gordon is a councilman that represents the city of Greenbelt, MD, USA. He was born on September 19th, 1982 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA. He is a product of Prince George’s County Public Schools. Ric graduated from Morris College in 2004 obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and also did Pre-Law with a Minor in Psychology.  Ric went on to his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  He grew up to love politics when he was 10 years old and he has been involved in serving the public for over 30 years.

Ric is a practicing political scientist who serves in various organizations throughout Greenbelt. For instance, he served as the chair of Greenbelt Voices Rising, the former Vice Chair of The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for Greenbelt, and the former Vice President of GATe TV; to name just a few. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc and Prince Hall Freemason. He is also a publisher, author, and speech writer.  He is a community activist that has held various voter registration events and community rallies against community violence. He is an advocate for his fellow residents of Franklin Park to the extent that he clamored for their needs and concerns between the property management and the city of Greenbelt. He currently works at the United States Department of Transportation under the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Office of Defects & Investigations (ODI).

Councilman Ric Gordon lives happily with his wife Carla J Gordon,  4 Kids and 5 Grandkids, and their dogs Nix, Maxx, and Marshall, they reside in the Franklin Park Community in Greenbelt West. One of their daughters is a twenty-two-year-old Zandra Muldrow who married to Naval Shipman Damien Muldrow and they have one child named Josiah Markel.

Councilman Ric Gordon had an exclusive interview with ADEWALE ADENRELE and shares his humanitarian experiences, love for politics and public services in assisting residents with their day-to-day concerns as well as his views on equitable development to effect change on a local level.

 Below are Excerpts:  

 City Council requires a significant time commitment, usually 2-4 meetings a month, as well as reading prep prior to meetings. How do these activities fit in with your other commitments?

Actually, we meet 2-4 times a week. These meetings do not include other organizations’ meetings which I am part of in the community. For me, all these activities are part of what I used as my rallying cry (The People’s Work 24/7).  Since I was 10 years old, my love for politics and public service has been a dream of mine, so I see it as every opportunity to live my dream. I properly calendar each commitment to balance with my life as a husband, father, and grandfather.

 What do you believe is the role of the City Council in the community?  

Our job is to advocate for our residents, our county, and our state. Also, my job is to make the best decisions as possible for the betterment of all the Greenbelt residents. We are here to help, guide and assist our residents, with their day-to-day concerns. We lead them in the right direction for the best solution through various community organizations. As for myself, I held various community events over my nearly two years on the council which provide over 400 Backpacks and school supplies, food boxes, and countless books, toys, and home supplies for residents.

 Do you think you have any personal or professional relationship that could become a conflict of interest while serving as a Council member?

I can say NO with total confidence because I have learned early to keep my personal life separate from my political life because I work hard to make sure that all decisions that I made were in the best interest of my constituents not for myself.

 What is your approach to handling controversial and complicated issues?

My approach is simple, I talk to the people and seek their thoughts and share my thoughts with them. This brings a great dialogue that leads to a common ground solution on most issues.

What have been the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of leadership for you?

The Challenging thing in most leadership roles is that every decision you help to make and pass is not going to please everyone, but the most rewarding aspect of leadership is the smile that glows on residents’ faces when you are serving them, be it through food box, toys or supplies giveaways.

What skills and experience do you have that you believe would be beneficial to you as a Council member?

My experiences through life have helped me to become a better servant because I know what it means to be unemployed, homeless, and dealing with life struggles. This helps me to understand those residents who are struggling because I have been there before and lived it too. My communication skills and is a very open person help me to relate and build a cordial relationship with the residents of my city.

Based on what you know about City government, what do you see as top priorities for the City and why? 

We currently have several priorities in our city such as ARPA projects through government funding which allows us to offer Scholarship Programs, First Time Buyer Programs, Childcare Vouchers, Medical Vouchers for low-Income Families, and the upcoming City Budget and the continuing historic reparation commission.

At the most simplistic level, a councilman acts as a representative like you but what are your responsibilities? And also tell us your plans for the people you represent.

My plan continues from what I have already been doing and that is The People’s Work 24/7. My plans are to continue giving all of myself to the residents of Greenbelt, by serving with every fiber of my being and continue to give a voice for those that feel they don’t have a voice.

The council also looks to the city’s goals, major projects, and infrastructure improvements ranging from community growth to land use, finances, and strategic planning. What are your contributions in this regard?

I continue to suggest continued economic and sustainable growth for our community through the resolutions and the budget I have helped to pass to give our city the economic boost that it needed.

African Development Magazine would like to report your activities; will you give us this chance?

Yes, I would be honored.

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory of yours?

My Amazing moment was meeting The First Black Governor of Maryland West Moore and attending his inauguration.

 Thank you for sharing with us.

Thank you.


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I promote African culture, tradition and spirituality of our ancestors- Fabunmi, Yeyeoba of Oyotunji Kingdom

Fabunmi Adefunmi Sands is a scientist 1, licensed phlebotomist, certified orthopedic technician, and Echocardiogram reader who is currently working as an Emergency room technician II, and as a shop steward for SEIU-United Health care workers, a part-time lobbyist who assist with debating on the Capital floor in Sacramento, California, dealing with health care bills and rights for the people of California.

She graduated from American River College with an associate’s in Health and Science with an emphasis in psychology and emergency medicine and Bachelor’s degree in health and Administration with an emphasis in the  Emergency room and National.

Fabunmi is a part-time Human rights activist, a peace ambassador for the Black race, an African American Historian who hosts traditional and spiritual educational events, and the Yeyeoba of Oyotunji African Village who practice priestly ways that were learned from her parents and global travels on traditional events.

In this exclusive interview with ADEWALE ADENRELE, the Yeyeoba of Oyotunji speaks about ancestral lineage, spiritual journey in the Sango temple, and African culture and tradition, plus her major role as Yeyeoba of Oyotunji Kingdom.

Below are excerpts:

Can you tell us briefly about yourself, your family and educational background?

I am a Dahomean/ Yoruba diaspora who was born in Black Mecca, you would know it as Harlem, New York. I was born and named “Ifabunmi Olubiyi Adesoji Adefunmi’’ by way of my African naming ceremony, and my American name is Fabunmi Olubiyi Adefunmi’ which was on my American government papers.  As the daughter of Oba Adefunmi I and Olori Olubunmi Adesoji, I am a diaspora child of the Oyo and Ile Ife Empire by my diaspora blood line.

I was born to the ruling house of Adefunmi, first Oba of Oyotunji African Village ‘Osejiman Efuntola Adefunmi I, and the first Olubunmi Adesoji the queen of Lukumi and the first Queen of Oyotunji. My parents, who were very strong traditionalist Yoruba priests, were very renowned in the priesthood in North America. I was born to a clan of Obatala priest on my father’s side. My mother’s clans are warrior women / iron women as well as Christian preachers, and Native Indian (Black foot and Edisto) medicine spiritualists.

Fabunmi riding horse at Oyotunji African Village

I was raised in the USA with western colonial ideology all around me; I am a grand descendant to Alexander Hamilton, the first treasure to the United States of America, also the grand descent to Robert Smalls, the first freed slave Senator to South Carolina. I am the grand daughter to Roy King who worked alongside the General Marcus Garve to help the Black star liner and assisting with the birth of Liberia. I was at the birth of the beginning of the nation we all now call Oyotunji African Village. I was raised in the Sango temple in New York until I was age 5, where for many nights my Yeye and baba with other priest held bembe’s and called the ancient Orisas to the earth.

Who influenced you the most in life and why?

My mother was the most influential in my life, she made me to be strong and never scared of anyone or anything, she made me very proud of my blackness when in this country call America frowned on the black people. My mother instilled in me the four elements of courage and I have lived by the rules till this day.

You are the Yeye-Oba of Oyotunji Kingdom, a royal princess and an ambassador of the royal crown; At the most simplistic level, an ambassador acts as a representative which you are one, what are your responsibilities and how have you impacted lives with your position?

Yes! I am the mother of King to Oyotunji African Village, I am the daughter of the first king of Oyotunji, I am the eldest sister to the reigning king of Oyotunji. I am in perpetuity to the Royal Crown, West African culture tradition spirituality of Ancient African religions.

I am also a representative of healing of the mind and body when in crisis, which is ruled with the divinity of the creator’s touch. My responsibilities are to work hard to educate and put forth the truth about our people and to help continue pride and proof of the great royals and rulers of great empires before antiquity, before slavery interrupted our ancestor’s time in the Empires of the humblest of humanity. I helped the spiritual children understand what that force is that compel them to want to return to Momma Africa. That force that they cannot understand, for my people in the diaspora, as well as globally, I supervise, manage and negotiate for the betterment for the kingdom of Oyotunji and the nation of the Yoruba and black race.

Yeyeoba of Oyotunji Kingdom
Yeyeoba of Oyotunji Kingdom

I hosted Black history events on the west coast of the United States. I promote the Orisa festivals held in Oyotunji African village every month, which is the only authentic African village in North America. I work in collaboration with the chiefs and Egbe’s of  Oyotunji African village and villages globally to help promote the West African culture tradition and spirituality of our ancestors in its purest form.

Also, part of my responsibility to the king is to report on my findings pertaining to the family of the Adefunmi and the village of Oyotunji, also to know of the crimes against the Diaspora Africans that were scattered across the world and to make the Diaspora in America and the world to know that you have a home in Oyotunji. I educate on the name of the land called Oyo and Ile Ife, the birthplace of our ancestor. For generation we in North America were never allowed to know the names to return home to. I give the names of the ruling Kings so when they return to momma Africa, they can visit the crown that ruled over our ancestors across the ocean back in mommas Africa’s arms long before the diaspora became diaspora. I educate on how to practice our ancestors’ ways opening without religious persecution. My responsibility is to give hope to our oppressed brothers and sister who are being gun-down in cold blood here in the diaspora on how to spiritually protect them and by shielding themselves with the Orisa.

You attended the World Obatala Annual Festival 2022 edition held in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria under supreme auspices of the His Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi Adeyeye, Ojaja II, Ooni of Ile-Ife and the leadership of His Divine Grace Oba (Isoro) O.O.O Dada, The Obalesun Obatala Worldwide. What was the inspiration and motivation that drives your spiritualism on the attendance?

Its closeness of defining me, inline that gives birth to my ancestral lineage where I originated from, they made me who ways show me the way back to the creator to better understand the quality of being.

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The two-weeks annual festival programme that celebrates Yoruba religion, customs, culture and tradition through spirituality in purity, with the aim to bring together a wider audience of Obatala devotees, traditional worshipers, traditional and cultural institutions. What do you like about African Culture and traditions?

Being a Diaspora African American, my ancestor’s culture is unwavering, I love the ancient customs they still hold to be true.  I love the mystic and the beauty of the beginning of humanities manifestation of traditions that survive the birth, death and rebirth of Momma Africa’s children.

Visitors from different parts of the world such as; USA, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba and more were in attendance of the festival. Can you share with us your experience?

An awesome experience!!! I lived in America with hundreds of different ethnicities, but to spend quality time with those many different devotees from around the globe was spiritually uplifting, it made my soul feel more of a connection to being home.

The festival continuously engages in by promoting the Yoruba Cultural agenda towards a veritable socio-economic and political emancipation of our people globally as a yardstick towards global development. How would you use your visit and experience to motivate other Americans who are African descent especially Nigerians-Americans to join you?

I use all my experience to educate and give proof and facts that knowledge is power and always seek the truth, my culture; tradition spirituality has been proven through science, throughout time, our ancestors’ ways is that of the ways of divinity that lives in us all.

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This year theme for International Women’s Day, is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Can you tell us how to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all?

Women are the ones who give birth to nations, we are the ones that raise the children of that nation, we are the ones who half to have equal sitting at the table of building and sustaining a nation for we are the mothers of that nation.

A lot of African nations are fashioning their democracy after the west, yet we exist in some level of neo-colonialism. Well, is there a way to localize democracy that will fit the African context? 

Our ancestors left us a blueprint, remember if you look at the Ogbonis, and the Oba council, they already have what we need but the seed of evil scamming, deceitfulness has manifested, and we must remove it from our DNA. We must know how to remove the corruption tree and we must burn its roots.

Researches put forward a new narrative explaining the variations in African ancestry in the Americas and how these variations were shaped by the transatlantic trade, how has you and many others changing the narrative for development?

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African Ancestry in North America, the land of the free the home of the brave, those words where never meant for us Chattel Diaspora , American Africans who built this nation. USA Diaspora who still used as target practice for the white man’s fear prophesy preparation for the last stance of the pure white race. I as a decedent of chattel slaves, has study the reason for the debauchery of my people here in North America. Just the fact that I am allowed to read and write, look a white person in their eye when I speak and not be murdered for it is a gift from the great Brave Black Men and women who came before me.

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade took my ancestors humanity for generations, along with millions of ancestral lines. The slave trade took my ancestors language for generations upon generation from us and gave us the oppressors tongue. Still to this day we struggle to learn our ancestor’s original tongue we struggle to go back to Africa for we don’t know where to go, that is until Oyotunji African Village. The strength and resilience of my people brought forth survival tactics to live in this land, first they learned to survive by speaking to one another in an invented language called Geechee talk, , the Geechee talk was invented to help talk about things so the slave master could not know what was going on and used to trade with Indigenous of the North America .

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory?

My most amazing memory was with my Yeye and Baba, they both were singing and drumming to SANGO  my yeye was singing oriki (Eulogy)  while my baba was drumming and me and my sister Fabayo were dancing, best memory ever.

How many languages can you speak fluently?

I speak 2 languages fluently and several others like Yoruba and French I struggle with it . Though the language was spoken amongst the free blacks and the red skin Indians of this land. As a DESCENDANT I speak Gee Chee fluently like I speak English. In America the chattel slaves lost their culture and their spirituality. As their descendants we fight every day to return to our ancestors’ ways.

We had to fight and scratch for every breath we take on this soil which has been fertilized by the blood of my people the Diaspora of North America, time after time. We the awaken generation now know the names of our ancestors lands the names of the kings, the names of the villages, we know the names of our Gods our ancestors’ ways. We know the name and way to Oyo Empire, We now know the name and place of the Ancient Holy city of Ile Ife, we know that we are from the land of the Benin the village of Abomey where my direct royal ancestor was stolen from.  We no longer cry for home for we know where she is now…

 What advice would you give the younger ones?

I would tell them to never forget who they are and where they came from REMEMBER your culture tradition and your own people’s spirituality

Thank you for sharing with ADM

Thank you. Alaafia o!


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Digitization helps reduce redundancy, improves efficiency of healthcare professionals – Sudhir Rathore   

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry is complex and fast-growing with hundreds of laws, policies, and regulations, the wide range of potential professions and jobs, and daily developments in diagnosis, treatment, and medication, healthcare organizations have a lot to keep track of — and doing so thoroughly and professionally is vital to their success and the health of their patients.

Healthcare consultants are so valuable. Although becoming a healthcare consultant takes years of education, time, and skill development, it’s a position that’s crucial to the success of healthcare organizations across the globe.

Sudhir Rathore is a Healthcare entrepreneur and consultant with a primary focus on the African continent and he has worked in senior positions in various capacities with healthcare organizations like Fortis healthcare and Aster healthcare, also with prestigious groups like Aditya Birla Group and TATA in India. He bagged Bachelor of Science, Master of Business Administration degrees.

Sudhir founded SURJEN, a Healthcare delivery start-up, and integrated technology, health for medical services providers to achieve better healthcare delivery objectives in Africa. He is rated as among one of the best healthcare executives in Nigeria.

Sudhir Rathore is also a co-founder, director, and principal consultant at Troika Consulting. He shares his experience with ADEWALE ADENELE on why he focuses on Africa, the role of digitalization, and the future of the healthcare industry.

Below are excerpts:

How and why did you begin your journey as an independent consultant?

After working with various organizations for 15 good years in senior positions one thing I realized was that the independence to work on your dreams is not something that comes easy. So, it’s like searching for absolute freedom in my professional career has encouraged me to start afresh as an entrepreneur. My years of experience in the Nigerian healthcare system helped me to contribute and add value to the healthcare industry.

Which industries or work areas are you typically involved in?

Sudhir Rathore
Sudhir Rathore

My work area is exclusively Healthcare, which includes working with Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies, etc. The idea is to change the way healthcare is delivered in Nigeria. We want the healthcare delivery system to be more accessible, economical, and trustworthy

Can you think of any client story in the healthcare industry that you are especially proud of?

We have helped more than seven thousand patients in accessing quality healthcare through us, be it heart surgery for small kids, kidney transplants, gynecology surgeries, spine and brain surgeries, gunshots, or accidents we have assisted all sorts of patients. One specific patient I would like to mention was a few years back when he was shot in the head in Makurdi during a random shooting incident by armed robbers. We received a call around 11:30 pm to evacuate him and bring him to Abuja. It was very difficult in the middle of the night by the road looking at the security situation, we arranged an air ambulance to airlift him to Abuja and performed successfully in one of the hospitals in Abuja. We were able to save a life.

Do you think the pandemic has affected consulting in the healthcare industry, and have you seen an increase in a specific type of project?

Pandemic has affected many industries at large; however, it has given a stimulus to the hospitals around the world. We are a part of the consulting team of a private University Teaching Hospital coming up in Abuja, which was conceptualized and built during a pandemic. Pandemic also has helped diagnostic laboratories to build their infrastructure and provide quality and comprehensive services to the masses in Nigeria. A lot many investors are now investing in healthcare diagnostic businesses in Nigeria.

What role do you think digitalization will play in the healthcare industry?

To me, digitalization is the basis of easy accessibility and cost-effectiveness of healthcare services delivery to the masses in Nigeria especially primary healthcare. Web-based digital healthcare services like  provide primary healthcare services to the patients from the comfort of their homes, be it blood sample collection, booking hospital appointments, Teleconsultation, second opinion for chronic diseases, or referral to hospitals in case of advanced treatments. Such digital healthcare services are not only cost-effective but easily accessible by the patients. In secondary and tertiary healthcare institutions digitization not only helps reduce redundancy but also improves the efficiency of healthcare professionals.

What trends will have the biggest impact on the healthcare industry? And how do you think companies should better prepare?

Healthcare industry is one of the most challenging industries as compared to others like software, space, or automotive. The industry is regulatory heavy, approvals for new products and procedures take years leaving less room for innovators and investors. However, there is a change in both the attitude of the regulatory bodies and investors in the last couple of years. The way various vaccines are developed against pandemics using newer technologies within a limited time has opened up a newer avenue for industry players, regulators and investors. They are more receptive now and willing to move ahead together.

I think genetic research coupled with AI technology is a new goldmine for investors and will bring out better resources for healthcare professionals and pharmaceutical companies to treat diseases like sickle cell which is predominant in Nigeria, cancers, Alzheimer’s, etc.

How do you think the healthcare industry will change over the next 5 to 10 years?

Healthcare industry in Nigeria is already going through a positive transformation. There are treatments and surgeries which were not happening in Nigeria before but are being done frequently in hospitals in Abuja and Lagos. So, things are changing. However, we need to aggressively counter the challenge of brain drain. A lot of young doctors after training from Nigerian institutions move abroad for greener pastures leaving the country’s healthcare system to suffer. I think both the Nigerian government and private healthcare players should bring out opportunities in terms of training and growth of these doctors within Nigeria so that such migration can be discouraged.

Nigerian Healthcare delivery system can change with the intervention of the government by providing subsidies on importation of equipment, consumables, medicines, etc. It should also be liberal on imposing various taxes on healthcare facilities and most importantly is to make available capital at single-digit interest rates through banks. Covid intervention fund from CBN is one such welcome move by the federal government but this should not be the only one.

Do you think there are any advantages for companies using independent healthcare consultants?

Pix; Middle: Sudhir Rathore and his staffs
Pix; Middle: Sudhir Rathore and his staffs

Consultants bring a wealth of experience and knowledge with them that’s why they are called consultants. Expecting a good doctor to be a good businessman and a good management professional at the same time is asking too much from him. It takes a lot of people with different skill sets and knowledge to successfully run a healthcare institution be it a hospital or a laboratory, it’s a team effort always. A consultant guides the total business entity to a growth path by integrating each department cohesively and eliminating any friction.

What are the most exciting aspects of working in the healthcare industry?

Respect before money. This is probably the only industry where you respect your customer and your customer equally respects you. Secondly, the blessing you receive when you have done your job well and the patient has recovered, nothing can match that. However, this is also an industry that comes with heavy responsibility

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory?

Yes, one amazing story I would like to share with you. This family whose one-year-old daughter was detected with a hole in the heart and was referred to me by one cardiologist to undergo surgery in India. When I discussed with the hospital in India the bill was coming out to be around 6000 dollars for the surgery. Meanwhile, the father of the child sought to meet me; I didn’t go to my office on that day so I invited him to my house. When he came what I saw was a military sergeant in uniform. I discussed with him the process and cost of surgery, and he said that he can’t pay as he is not that financially strong and he has much support from his family. That pained me as much as I could emotionally connect to him as my father was also in the Military. I vowed to help him within my best capacity. I called the hospital in India and pleaded with him that we need to get this surgery done within the bare minimum cost. After initial hiccups, the hospital thankfully agreed and they diverted the patient through an NGO making the whole surgery free of cost for the family. Later the father sends me an emotional email with lots of blessings. I will never forget that man, what I saw in him was my father. Life is good, that’s what I can say.

African Development Magazine would like to be part of your team and report your activities, will you give us this chance?

Sure, why not.

Thank you for sharing with us.

You are welcome, Thanks to ADM

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I founded ‘AAAA’ after I lost my parents to HIV/AIDS- Carine Siltz Kapinga

Carine Siltz Kapinga, a former Miss Congo, DRC-USA 2003, and founder of the African Advocates Against AIDS Inc,  use her organization to sensitize, educate and orientate the community about the risk in the disease HIV/AIDS, raising awareness and helping them access, adequate testing, care and treatment services.

The journey started after she lost her parents to HIV/AIDS and joined a program supported by World Health Organisation through the Amo Congo in Bandal/Kinshasa/DRC. The program was aimed to train AIDS Orphans about HIV/AIDS and how they can educate and sensitize others around the world.

Carine Siltz Kapinga shares her experience with ADEWALE ADENRELE on the struggle many HIV orphans go through, the stigma, and the need to educate our community about the risk and protective factors of this decease

The mother of 3 who bagged an associate degree in Journalism is currently running a street outreach initiatives effort for HIV AIDS awareness and covid-19 prevention

Below are excerpts:

You are the Founder of African-Advocates Against Aids What are the aims and objectives of this organization?

The African Advocates Against AIDS Inc., aim and objectives is to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS virus with African immigrants and the African American community in the United States of America through education and raising the awareness of this disease and helping them access, adequate testing, care and treatment services through referral to our partners and supporters among whom are: The African Immigrant commission of NY and CT, NYC Health and Hospitals/ Test and Trace outreach corp, The NYC Emergency Management, the Bridge Builder’s Community Partnership, the Alliance of Positive Change, the Boots on the Ground Street Outreach Ministry, The Greater Highway Deliverance Temple, the Bethel’s Emanuel Temple ( BET), St Mark Catholic Church, Jabba African braiding salon, the Ryan and Nina health center, the Institute of family health, African Paradise and Aisha braiding salon.  We are grateful for their unflinching support. Together we are stronger!

Carine Siltz Kapinga
Carine Siltz Kapinga

What have been the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of leadership for you?

The most challenging moment for me was to initiate our current and ongoing street outreach initiative efforts for HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 prevention by being in the shelter due to family matters and also during a global pandemic with the added challenges of maintaining one’s confidence while building a team and experiencing setbacks like the Covid-19 Pandemic. I’ve learned that during times of crisis, one can produce much fruit by leading one’s self to build. It is important for a leader to be seen involved for your team’s success depends on it. Leadership cannot be a Lone Ranger endeavor.

The most rewarding moment for us is to see how well we all came together to serve during the Covid-19 crisis, thus our Mantra. ‘We’re Stronger Together” During this Covid crisis, we were found on the frontlines, and under an unprecedented circumstance, we found the strength in working together to do what it takes to fight back and expand lifesaving resources to those communities in need, this was done through collaboration, and working with our partners, including community’s faith organizations(CFOs). Community-based organizations and (CBOs) local participating, local businesses such as pharmacies, barbershops, African hair braiding salons, and volunteers that all came together to support our initiative.

How would you describe the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak and what have been the challenges and the success stories to your organization?

As an organization, we have been operating under unprecedented circumstances as I was in the NYC Shelter system where women are experiencing homelessness at even higher risk than men and contracting the HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 Virus.  In that regards we initiated our street outreach initiative efforts for HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 prevention where we distributed on a weekly based to the community in need: Masks, hand sanitizers, face shields, and resources provided access to vaccination, testing, care, and treatment services provided through our referrals and partners.

If we can come together and utilized resources to create adequate infrastructure to carry out those interventions that have been successful here in America, we can address the HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 crisis in Africa and Globally.

When are you taking the outreach to the African continent for street outreach and awareness?

We are hoping to work with African countries very soon to raise the awareness of this virus, the risk, and protective factors, so we can prevent the spread and expand lifesaving tools information, and resources to those African countries that have been severely impacted by HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 virus.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges leaders to play a vital role in their community combating the pandemic by sensitization and outreach; would you tell us what your organization has done in this regard?

Our organization has played a vital role in communities severely impacted by sensitization and outreach.

Women are supposed to be celebrated every day for their selfless contribution to the community but there is a low level of participation of women in politics, do you wish to contest in the future?

Carine Siltz Kapinga
Carine Siltz Kapinga

We see low levels of participation of women in politics over the years but the tide appears to have turned judging from the role of women now in the workforce and politics. I support these women political leader and their services to those populations in need and may consider running with God’s willingness to improve the lives of those affected or infected by HIV/AIDS and build better infrastructure to address the current crisis.

African ethnic groups and tribes have customs and traditions that are unique to their culture. What do you like about African Culture?

Of all the countries in the world, I find that African culture stands out; it is rich and very diverse as it is considered the motherland with strong characteristics in Arts, Languages, Traditions, and Culture.

African Development Magazine would like to partner African-Advocates Against-Aids for Sensitizing, educating, and orientating the Africans through our platform, would you support this development?

Yes. AAAA would support this development and welcome your organization as one of our partners.

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us the most amazing memory?

The most amazing memory is Our World HIV/AIDS Day/Outreach Initiative where all of our participating CFOs and CBOs came together to serve the community

What advice would you give the younger ones?

We cannot disregard the needs of those we seek to serve, know that there are going to be challenged in life and though there may be great, there are not impossible. Don’t look for excuses or make excuses for failure to grow. “Take the bull by the horn, for you are the Bull” There are numerous entrepreneurship and opportunities to serve your community.  We believe this can be accomplished through: mentorship, training, education, information sharing, and available resources, however, sometimes, like a needle in a haystack” one must search and seek it out. If we can invest in our youth, truly we believe they are the future.

Thank you for sharing with us.

You are welcome.


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My mission is to amplify the voices of vulnerable people- Seah Matilda Banga

The number of women leaders who are stepping forward as change agents that advocate for the assailable and voiceless in society increases across the world with landmark achievements in humanitarian activities.

Seah Matilda Banga a.k.a Sia Domingo is one of the leading women who uses her platform to advocate for important issues like human rights activities, education, women’s and youth empowerment, entrepreneurship, and civil society campaign for good governance among other injustices

As a role model, ambassador, leader, activist, and Ordained Pastor, Seah Matilda Banga has carved out a niche in the world with her captivating educational background and journey into humanitarian activities and leadership role which enable her to lead various organizations back in the home and in diaspora and worked on many humanitarian projects.

Seah Matilda Banga had an exclusive interview with ADEWALE ADENRELE, and shares her humanitarian experiences, her days as a refugee, her advocacy for change and democratic stability in Sierra Leone, her role as an electoral judge which enables her to know the importance of voting rights, justice, and fairness for citizens to have more engagement with government through voting and how she founded and manage her foundation and other investment like real estate.

Below are excerpt:

 Your profile is captivating, motivating and interesting; can you tell us briefly about yourself, your family and your educational background?

I am originally from Kono District (the land of diamonds), the Eastern Region of Sierra Leone in West Africa and currently living in the United States of America.

I attended the University of Sierra Leone, Institute of Public Administration and Management where I graduated with a background in Journalism,  I went back and added Public administration and computer studies to the package. I also attended the Haggai Institute of South Africa, Nairobi Peace Initiatives, and completed the Conflict Resolution and Peace mediation course. I acquired more diplomas from the Liberian Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, The Ghana Human Rights Commission.

In 2015, I was invited to participate in the Barak Obama Organizing for Action Expedited course for Community activist and Fellow program. I attended and graduated as a Fellow in 2016. I have since attended other programs in his institution in Chicago. After my Fellows program, I also became a Fellows Manager and was appointed Head of Chapter for the climate change and leadership in my county, Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2016-2018.

Seah Matilda Banga
Seah Matilda Banga

With the call of God upon my life, I attended the Omega Christian University in Louisiana, United States, and completed my doctoral at the Southern Wesleyan University.

While in Sierra Leone I was a civil activist and actively participated in human rights activities, women’s empowerment, and a civil society coordinator for the campaign for good governance. I was blessed to work for one of the best attorney’s offices in Sierra Leone, Betts and Berewa law firm for 12 years. Lawyer Berewa later became Attorney General of Sierra Leone as well as a presidential candidate. It was during my time there that I developed the inspiration to fight for the disadvantaged and developed my leadership skills. I became the founder and President of the Sierra Leone Legal Secretaries Association, the Secretary-general of the National Organization for Women (NOW) for over 5 years.

During the rebel war in Sierra Leone, I escaped to Guinea, Conakry where I was temporarily employed by the UNHCR to manage the refugee program. While serving as a refugee myself, I was approached to participate as one of the voices behind the pirate radio, Radio Democracy 981.FM with a mandate to organize programs, speak to bring back democracy to Serra Leone. I took on the alias Sia Domingo because it was a very sensitive time then. I was promoted to become the first Personal Assistant to the then President Alhaj Tejan Kabbah. I served only a short time and was invited to the United States by the USAID to participate in the Democratic Enhancement for Women program in Washington DC. After the course, I could not go back because there was another war in Sierra Leone. It was during that international visitor’s program that I was given honorary citizenship by the Mayo of Nebraska.

To continue my passion I started an organization called the Diaspora International Platform which is a tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Maryland in the United States of America. The idea was to bring together other African countries, advocate for change and democracy stability, so we can lend our voices to each other and support when needed.  There are currently about 15 countries in the organization.

I am the Founder of This Time Africa Media- a platform to hear the minds and achievements, contributions of Africans in the Diaspora and globally. The General Overseer of GAP Ministries- Destiny House in the United States, with partners in India, South Africa, Sierra Leone.

On the corporate level, I am also in property management, finding great apartment homes or other homes for people t0 meet their budget

What motivated you to start the Diaspora International Platform and what have been the aims and objectives?

Diaspora International Platform was created out of the need to bring together voices of Africans in the diaspora. It is important to learn from each other how we address similar issues and pick out lessons from other successful diaspora organizations.

D.I.P-Africa Aims to provide a platform, a hub where a unified team of Africans will share information about their communities and strengths, and redefine our sense of purpose as Africans living in the diaspora, to harness the power of our diversity

D.I.P-Africa creates the necessary relationship and impact so that All Agencies managing African Affairs can recognize our existence.

D.I.P-Africa serves as a bridge -Outsource and implementing between County and diaspora community-

As a Director of Operations and Host at This Time Africa Media, What have been the challenges and the success stories?

As you are aware there are general challenges that we in the media faced whether it is print or mass media. The life threats to people in the media, lack of transparency. As a new channel, people are always looking for already big names while we are also looking for big names that will make us big (Laughs and Laugh continues )

Data privacy- with the world of social media, people are concerned about their data privacy and lastly financial- challenge. However, the focus and vision are to continue and we will, despite a lot of these challenges we have received great success stories of Africans who have succeeded in creating great businesses and are business entrepreneurs making headlines, those living in abroad who have entered the political field, religious, art and music industry, etc., We have interviewed representatives in government and others in public or private industries and one of them is Africans greatest entertainer Kweku Amoako who runs the  Afropolitan cities. He was interviewed by BBC and This time Africa Media.

Women supposed to be celebrated every day for their selfless contribution to the community but there is low level of participation of women in politics, As Electoral Judge at MD State Board of Elections, do you wish to contest in the future?

This is a very interesting question and one that I have been asked several times.  I have been approached by people and I have had, and continue to have that conversation. I have passion and drive for change. Maybe I should not use the word change or I should say improvement. I believe that with my experience I am able to bring improvement to any government in my country. The idea of running for a seat or becoming a cabinet minister of some sort is something I toy and pray about daily.

Seah Matilda Banga with Amb of African Union, Arikana Chiombori

The primary thing is to look at it in a way of service. How can I serve my country with everything including knowledge and experience that God has helped me acquired. The proportion of women has to increase. I believe God gave some of us the opportunity to come overseas to improve ourselves.  Remember that I was in Sierra Leone before the war and during the war and made my contribution to society.

“So the impact is there and the memory of my service no matter how small lingers on. I want to say with all humility that Sierra Leone enjoys the peace it has today because of some of us. Seah Matilda Banga alias Sia Domingo) who sacrificed our lives for peace to return, and democracy to prevail”

Having served as an electoral judge for several years I have learned the importance of voting rights, justice, and fairness. I have also acquired the discipline of the sensitivity of voting and how it should be taken seriously. The numbers determine the choices of the people. When it is not handled correctly it overturns the desires of the popular vote.

You are the President at ONE CHILD IN NEED, what are the vision and mission of this great concept?

The 12 years of civil war in Sierra Leone left many women and children unprepared for the burden and responsibilities that came after the war. With absolutely nothing to start from, these young children are left with no alternative but to either prostitute or sell wares on the streets, or become beggars. It touched and continues to touch my heart to see this.

One child in need was born out of the need to help reach children and bring a smile to their faces but in particular children in the rural areas, the vision statement of One child is to change the community, at a time by each one reaching one child in need.

This year 2022 we shall focus more on this organization.

With your leadership role and vast experience working with international organizations, what are the needs in Africa? What will it take to build entrepreneurship and employment in Africa? And what are you trying to do to move the needle?

Firstly let me tap Africa on the back because we have made strides globally, there are improvements, achievements to show our journey to success, considering the fragmented economy, brainwash we inherited.

What we need is to have a new mindset that we are great and we are able to be independent and you can see it from what is going on today. Mali is redeeming itself. The idea of gaining independence from colonialism is not enough. We must sustain our independence by getting the right leader- this is a big term being used every day but if we have a compassionate leader one who has integrity and is accountable to his/her people.

One of the things I intend to do in my country is to start a patriotic campaign. I’m not sure you saw what happened at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON2021), but all of the Sierra Leoneans came together. If we place patriotism as a priority, I am not saying it will change immediately, but it will enhance change.

What am I doing to move the needle Is to make my voice heard in different quarters (I don’t even think I am doing enough) but this is top on my list this year.  I want to go back to working with the grassroots, training, advocacy, and leadership development.

African Development Magazine would like to be part of your team, partnering with international agencies and showcasing your activities, will you give us this chance to promote African continent?.

I think this will be a worthy cause. We should be in partnership to work together on issues that affect Africa and how we can contribute positively to bring a change. There are international organizations that will help us on the project.

African ethnic groups and tribes have customs and traditions that are unique to their culture. What do you like about African Culture?

I am a big believer in African Traditions and Culture. This is what makes us unique. From the clothes we wear, our accent, our respect for elders, to the depth of other traditions, I believe and love the culture and hope that our generation and generations after us can maintain the culture. Life is about identity. Our culture and tradition is our identity. I learned from school reading a literature book of Okonwo that he who brings kola brings life and I believe in the sharing. I miss the days when we all sat around the big tray and ate together. (Even though I was being bullied) but it was great it brought about love and unity.

Amazing memories are unforgettable; can you share with us most amazing memory?

Oh wow!!! One of the most unforgettable moments was my ordination. It was the icing to the cake of my book (in the making) from politics to pulpit making the demanding bridge between religion and politics.

Secondly, when the Ambassador of the African Union Arikana Chiombori received and honored us.  Just receiving that pin, recognizing what we do in community development gave me the chills.

What advice would you give the younger ones?

Pursue it until it happens. Be an example of good and stay positive. My experience is that for every level of leadership there is a challenge. Be strong enough in the time of storm and know it will pass do not give up.  Take God along with you in everything you do. Do not try to be someone else. Do not let the noise of the market drown your dream. Hold fast to your dream. Be part of the change.

Build relationships, build communities, build for change.

Thank you for sharing with African Development Magazine.

Thank you too. I appreciate so much.

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Improving the world for future generations is my priority- Richard Collins

The most important role in marketing is that of the brand strategist. A good brand strategist can unify a company, influence a market, and architect and implement the brand experience that can directly affect the success of a company.

Richard Collins is the Founder, CEO, and Managing Director of CSR Accreditation, He’s an experienced brand strategist and creative whom have pursued a passion for helping companies in the public, private and third sector promote their brand reputation to create differentiation and improved audience engagement.

Collins established CSR Accreditation in 2018 and turns to be one of the leading UK-based company delivering a global standard for social responsibility, improving the world for future generations, and reducing the negative impact on the environment by building a better and cohesive society.

Collins is the Vice-President for the Bucks Chamber of Commerce Council, a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s House, Windsor Castle, and a Trustee for Heart of Bucks – Community Foundation.

In this interview with ADEWALE ADENRELE, the CEO speaks about how CSR Accreditation has provided the perfect opportunity for positive stories and testimonies. How he helped organisations to promote their CSR and sustainability efforts as an integral part of their brand personality and reputations.

Below are excerpt:

What motivated you to start the CSR Accreditation?

I was involved with the Green Organisation from early on when a project I was involved in won a Green Apple award.

I was so impressed with what they were doing I have stayed involved until this very day. As a result we established the International CSR Excellence Awards. This led to a large regional business membership group to look at establishing an accreditation for social responsibility. I needed a new definition that was less fluffy at the edges and one that applied to all organisations across all sectors no matter how small or large. Social responsibility should be for everyone.

So I developed a standard that is supported by the CSR four pillars of environment, workplace, community and philanthropy. This provides a structure that will help an organisation plan and act responsibly. A standard that states for Social Responsibility should be for every organisation.

The ‘C’ needs to be more inclusive, ‘Corporate’ excludes a large number of stakeholders, specifically the third and public sectors, sole traders and small SME’s. For this reason we have defined the C to be more inclusive. To include companies, communities, charities, to allow for collaboration, we can then surround these meanings with a Caring, Cohesive approach Common to the wider Collective.

Social Responsibility allows you to enrich the quality of lives for all by investing in social value as an essential part of an organisations culture. This provides purpose and impact and will ensure a sustainable and profitable business. It will help to build a better world for future generations by improving the environment and ensuring a cohesive community to live and work in.

How important is CSR, ESG and SDGs to us and how do we create the right culture and mindset to drive change?

There is now no doubt about the impact of CSR on profitability for an organisation.  Social responsibility is a new profit centre. The future shape of business will be measured in both social and financial value.

The clear drivers for CSR can be seen in a return on social investment (ROSI) and a social return on investment (SROI). CSR now drives an organisations brand and business reputation and is a powerful emotional investment that has a positive impact on all stakeholders. It makes us feel good because it is about something good. It is also a way to add value and give greater purpose to our time beyond the job role and title. This is about staff engagement, improved productivity and mental health and wellbeing. Employees want to feel proud of the organisation they work for.

Being a responsible, sustainable business makes it easier to recruit new employees. There appears to be a change in mindset from those seeking employment for the first time. This may be about underpinning value for business in engaging with the next generation from a CSR perspective. In other words, an organisation that delivers social value. This is about lining up your values with those of the next generation, and there is the measurable operational costs savings and better financial performance by reducing resource use, waste and emissions, you can help the environment and save money too.

It also easier access to capital. Investors who are pouring money into companies want to know that their funds are being used properly. Not only does this mean that corporations must have sound business plans and budgets, but it also means that they should have a strong sense of corporate social responsibility. Investors care about corporate social responsibility and so should companies.

According to the London Stock Exchange Investors now routinely analyses information on CSR (ESG) performance to gain a better understanding of companies’ future prospects. 60% of assets managed for EU investors incorporate sustainable investment strategies.  It is now common place to be scored on your CSR performance when tendering for both public and private projects. Already one out of three local authorities insist on evidenced CSR as part of the tendering process.

CSR is about the future: discovering your sustainable and profitable potential and achieving it

Customers want to trust organisations they engage with. Employees want to work for values-driven employers and investors want to know that a company is addressing its ethical responsibility. But it is also about delivering social value, and investment in something much bigger than the organisation. It will help with clarity about want you want to get out of business and from your life. It becomes a road map for delivering greater purpose and value to all stakeholders.

So, ask yourself what is the cost of not being socially responsible? Increased absenteeism, retraining, poor engagement, lost social capital, losing tenders, poor reputation, dropped from the supply chain, not attracting new talent and a high risk investment.  Can you afford not to be a socially responsible organisation?  NO!

What is CSR Accreditation?

The CSR Accreditation provides independent recognition of organisations socially responsible activities.

A CSR Accreditation provides a structure that can help an organisation plan and act responsibly – Social Responsibility – driving forward successful businesses. The CSR Accreditation is an effective way to benchmark what you are already doing with regard to social responsibility. It is a process in which you collate measure and report on your organisation’s socially responsible activities.

This is a fully holistic and inclusive approach that allows for all organisations – private, public and third sector and is for all sizes from sole traders to large corporations. It employs a white paper approach that promotes an organisation’s individuality. The application process provides a simple and straightforward template where you record activity against the Social Responsibility ‘Four Pillars’ of environment, workplace, community and philanthropy. Each Social Responsibility Pillar is designed to help you impact report on areas such as energy performance, recycling, staff engagement, health and well-being, community engagement and support for local and national charities.

The Accreditation application is independently assessed and depends on supporting evidence to back up CSR activity outcome and impacts.

Why get CSR Accreditation?

CSR Accreditation is a powerful way to communicate these positive actions to all stakeholders. Achieving CSR Accreditation is a visible testimony of excellence in Social Responsibility.

  • The accreditation helps you integrate social, environmental, ethical, human rights and consumer concerns into your business operations and strategy.
  • An accreditation will also provide you with a roadmap for planning future activity.
  • A CSR Accreditation can be used to:
  • Deliver the information required for ESG (Environmental Social Governance) reporting
  • Identify the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which you may wish to support.
  • Write a Social Value policy
  • Reduce negative impact on climate change – Race to Zero
  • Produce a Social Impact Report.
  • Enrich, enable and engage employees, shareholders and stakeholders.

When you have achieved a bronze, silver or gold accreditation you can use the mark to show all audiences that you have been independently recognised and validated for your CSR commitments.

CSR Accreditation Arabia website and portal was recently launched for Middle East and North Africa countries and what is motivation and the feedback?

We have seen a significant uptake in interest in CSR in the region. We have partners in the Gulf States and Egypt and can see subjects like ESG and the United Nations SDG’s becoming headline topics.

The concept of CSR is truly a global phenomenon especially with regard to supply chain, environment and human rights. CSR Arabia has come at a perfect time to allow organisations of all sizes engage in a meaningful way with this topic.

The feedback has been overwhelming with our regional partners and their audiences. It allows organisations to share impact and evidence in Arabic to support their applications and most importantly provides access to independent validation.

What advice would you give the younger ones and prospective students?

To be honest we should be taking advise from the younger generation.  There appears to be a change in mindset from those seeking employment for the first time. This may be about underpinning value for business in engaging with the next generation from a CSR perspective.

Bucks New University indicated that Over 70% of students actively look for an organisations CSR policy before accepting a job offer or applying for a job.

Furthermore, that their careers platform showed for the first time that the “average” student would rather explore work in the public or charitable sector rather than banking or law.

In other words, an organisation that delivers social value. This is about lining up your values with those of the next generation.

I would advise these younger generations to show that they are the true enablers for delivering meaningful socially responsible and sustainable initiatives. To find out how they can inspire and influence an organisation to do good.

To show that the future shape or business will be measured in social value as well as financial value. That their generation will be making purchasing, recruitment and loyalty decisions based on the moral and ethical behaviour of the organisations they engage with.

Thank you for sharing with African Development Magazine.

Thank you too. I appreciate so much.

ADM 2022



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