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PHOTO OF THE DAY GAME || INTERPRET DAVID IJEH’S PHOTO AND WIN A PRIZE

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Welcome to Picture of the Day Game on influence. I am Aquinas your host. Is about that time when we learn to use our power of thoughts and imagination through creative reasoning and flawless analysis. Now you can win a prize while you play with me. Everybody get your mind to work now because picture of the day game is here. Think, interpret, imagine the photographer’s inspiration behind every picture and say what it is to win fantastic prizes. Use the comment box, the email address and the phone lines too for your feedback. Enjoy the game!

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PICTURE OF THE DAY GAME
          …interpret it according to the true meaning and win a prize

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Photo Credit: David Ijeh
I woke up this morning and doing one of those primetime stuff I do…I guess you know what I mean. Then I found myself captured and lost in a moment of awe-inspiring look…Oops! ‘Oh my God, what could this be. It was this piece from DAVID IJEH; an amazing Photographer I met recently at my Friend’s Wedding. This to me will make a pass for AAMA awards if it were a shot from a movie scene.

I thought to share this picture of the day. Say what it really looks like according to DAVID IJEH’S inspiration and win a PRIZE

Global Prize
1. One day free slot for your article to be published here
2. A birthday picture publication here

Nigerian Prize
Free recharge card on any network

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BREAKING NEWS || IWAB RECORDS 100,000 GLOBAL AUDIENCE HIT + 380,000 VIEWS

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Dear IWAB Readers,
Welcome to Celebration Special on influence. Right here on our international desk, From Cynthia, Pamela Armani, Joe Phil, Collins Morgan, Monica Nwachukwu, Deola Odu, Tamera Bowling and Cleo Morris, we are excited to bring you this special broadcast to celebrate 100,000 global audience hit and 380,000 page views on influencewithaquinas blog (IWAB). Read below the powerful address by IWAB CEO, it will inspire you and also make you cry. Enjoy

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Graphics: Shegs Creation, 2016

CEO/HOST SPEECH
On the 1st of March, 2015, the Spirit of God guided me carefully and granted me wisdom to create a platform that will herald good news only to touch lives around the world through quality, wholesome and faith-filled programming online, whilst helping many have unlimited access to healthy information,

This timely and riveting Vision led to the creation of influencewithaquinas blog (IWAB) as a platform to connect, share and inspire online audience around the world with information inspired by Exploits of Faith and more. Whether it is Politics, Sports, Christian Event, Business, Finance, Miracles, Academics, Fashion or Entertainment at the time, one thing is certain, and that is; We write, report, give or spread the news only from the Ideal and Wholesome perspectives yet not compromising global media standards, and industry practise/flavor.

We have moved from one man’s team to networking ever widening correspondence base around the world. As our audience base maintain increasing hit, from Africa to Europe, America to Australia and from Pacific down to Asia, Middle East and Beyond, we have independent reporters/online journalists joining us as a strategic team and workforce to research, develop and create original and uncommon contents laced with first class media professionalism. Also, Different programs anchored by many amongst our team from different parts of the world are received by audience in over 120 Countries across 6 continents and still counting.

On this note, we are very excited, challenged but much more grateful to God for his grace so far. We are not mentioning the obvious, but what we are saying is: For helping us Reach 100,000 audience around the world and attracting over 380,000 page views in less than 11 months without selling bad news, pornography or tabloids, You can only be God and nothing else compares to you. Now we will begin the big hit which is reaching 1,000,000 audience as we progress. To all our wonderful fans, family, friends, and guests, thank you for believing in us, you are the best. To my team in Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Pacific and beyond, you rock, I love you and would always do.

In a short while, I will be sending out some special gifts to all of you in celebrating this milestone achievement here on #IWAB. So keep your fingers crossed and to be the first to receive that gift, you will get a bonus. This means; keep visiting per second, who knows when the alert will hit. Thank you all.
Aquinas Cosmas

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#SECRETCAMERA || WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT 4 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PREACHERS OF ALL TIME THAT EVER LIVED

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Dear IWAB Readers,
Welcome to Historic Secret on influence, I am Jennifer Jones.#Historicsecret is a special series on secret camera zone, where we bring you monumental insights around men and women who have shaped the world through times and seasons, and x-ray their lives, struggles, exploits and testimonies as inspiration to challenge the new dawn in our time. Join me today as I take you through same on the lives of Four of the most influential Preachers and Evangelists of all time that ever lived.

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The Great Apostle of Faith
http://srjf.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

SMITH WIGGLESWORTH
Undoubtedly, the greatest demostration of faith ever demonstrated by a human being , hands down has to go to the greatest apostle of Faith ever, Smith Wigglesworth. Smith Wigglesworth, is said to have raised people from the dead. Not once, but 23 times during his ministry. Smith Wigglesworth will always be known for his great healing ministry.

Smith Wigglesworth, was born June 8, 1859 to very poor parents, in Menston England. His father worked hard to feed his family , making very little money for his labor. His mother pulled turnips , and Smith often worked with her. Young Smith, became a born again christian at 8 yrs. old. His parents weren’t christians but they often attended the Methodist church. Smith, married a Salvation Army Preacher, by the name of Polly Featherstone, on May 2, 1882. Smith Wigglesworth was illiterate . His wife Polly, taught him how to read. Smith learned how to read the Bible. The Bible, was the only reading material he allowed in his home. Smith, and his wife Polly, had one daughter, and four sons. Smith was a plumber by trade, but soon abandoned it after he became a full time Preacher.

His Healing Ministry Begins

From a very young age, Smith Wigglesworth had a deep yearning for God. He would always pray, asking God to heip in certain situations.When Smith, was 20 yrs. old he moved to Liverpool , and the power of God came on him. He soon developed a desire in his heart to help people. He would often visit the sick , in the hospitals. He gathered together young people, in the ship yards, and docks and would preach the gospel to them. Many were saved. One morning Smiths’ children were very sick, so he and Polly, laid hands on them and prayed. In an instant they were healed. This is when Smith’s Wigglesworth faith, really blossomed, seeing the mighty power of God. Smith Wigglesworth, and his wife Polly vowed to eachother that they would never call for a physician. They would always rely on God for divine healing. Smith had great compassion for the sick and needy, which he demonstrated through out his life. God was getting ready to do great miracles through his servant, Smith Wigglesworth. Nobody knew just what a commotion , would be stirred up by this great man of God. Not even Smith, was ready for what was about to happen in his life. One day he was asked to preach at a church, in the regular preachers abscence. He was quite reluctant to do so but they insisted. To Smith’s amazment, preaching the Word of God came quite naturally to him. Many were healed that day as well. A man who was crippled with crutches was instantly healed. This was the beginning of a great healing ministry.

Divine Visitations

Smith Wigglesworth was said to be visited by Jesus, himself. At many of his healings he would see Jesus Christ in the room. In particular , there was a woman , who lay dying in bed. This woman was gravely ill, and the doctors gave her no chance of surviving. But, Smith went to see her, and prayed for her. Before he prayed for her “Jesus Christ” appeared at the foot of the bed, and gave Smith a smile. Who wouldn’t have great faith seeing “Jesus Christ” in the room. Smith knew instantly this woman would recover. This woman was healed, and went on to raise many children.

Smith Wigglesworths faith is tested

Now Smith, and his wife had vowed to eachother that they would never call a physician. One day Smith was taken with a great pain in his side, and it only got worse. Smith, and his wife immediately began to pray. As Smith lay dying in bed, his wife had no choice but to call a physician to see her husband. They had prayed all night and their was no change in his condition. The doctor had confirmed their worst fears. Smith had suffered an appendicitis attack. Their was no hope. All they could do is keep Smith comfortable and wait for him to die. It was way too advanced for him to have an operation , and he was very weak. Smith’s wife called for some friends to come and pray for her husband. They immediatly came and this particular woman, believed all sickness was brought on by the devil. She immediately cast the devil out of Smith, and he was instantly healed.

Raising The Dead

Probably the one thing Smith Wigglesworth is remembered by, is having great faith even to raise the dead. A dear friend since his boyhood lie dying in bed, and Smith was called. When he arrived his friend was already dead. Smith was deeply overcome with emotion, and began to cry out to God to bring his friend back from the dead. The dead man instantly opened his eyes. By this time the great healing Preacher, was traveling all over the world holding revival meetings. One time a woman was dead, and Smith carried her and put her dead body up against a wall , and rebuked death in the name of Jesus, and instantly life returned into the woman, and she was healed of all illness.

The Death Of the Great Apostle of Faith

It is not known exactly what happened that fateful day, Smith Wigglesworth went home to be with the Lord. He was said to be attending a funeral of one of his fellow preachers, when he suddenly bowed his head and went on to his reward. Smith Wigglesworth , The Great Apostle of Faith died on May 12, 1947 very peacfully, at the ripe old age of 87. Their will never be another man like Smith Wigglesworth, and their has never been to this day.

Sources:
http://www.shekinahgloryministries.org/images/59304/wigglesworth.htm
http://http://www.godsgenerals.com/person_s_wigglesworth.htm

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Before Joyce Meyer , there was Sister Aimee
http://hollywoodheyday.blogspot.com/2009/07/april-1-1932.html

AIMEE SEMPLE MCPHERSON
Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy was born on October 9, 1890 in Salford, Ontario Canada. Her father, was a farmer, and her mother Mildred, worked at the Salvation Army feeding people in the soup kitchens. It was through her mother, that Aimee would get her exposure to religion. Even at a young age, Aimee would gather her dolls together and pretend that they were her congregation. While still in high school, Aimee would question Darwins theory of evolution.

Aimee Begins Her Career

In December 1907, she met a Pentecostal missionary from Ireland, while attending a revival meeting. His name was Robert James Semple. She converted to a Pentecostal , and married Robert Semple on August 12, 1908. They then set out to evangelize the world together. While in Hong Kong China, Aimee and her husband Robert both contracted malaria. Aimee recovered , but her husband did not. He died on August 19, 1910. She soon gave birth to her daughter Roberta Star Semple, on September 17, 1910. Not long after her daughters birth, Aimee returned home to the United States. Soon after Aimees return to the United States, she began to work with her mother Mildred, at the Salvation Army in New York. It was there she was to meet her second husband, Harold Stewart McPherson. The couple married and had a son, Rolf Potter Kennedy McPherson. In 1913, Aimee started having tent revival meetings in the United States, and Canada. Aimee drew large crowds at these meetings. She would often give sermons from the back seat of a 1912 Packard touring car, with a megaphone in her hand. With Aimees busy schedule, coming between her and husband, soon he filed for divorce. Soon Aimee, was preachiing over radio.

The Foursquare Gospel Church

Aimee, weary from her travels settied down in Los Angeles California. Aimee continued to travel to raise money to build a large church, where people could come to hear the gospel preached. Aimee,raised more money then she thought and plans were set into motion for the building of a megachurch. Where the masses could come to gather and hear the foursquare gospel.

Angelus Temple

On January 1, 1923 Aimees dream came true, and Angelus Temple was dedicated. A huge dome shaped church with a seating capacity of 5,300 people. The church eventually became The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, which focused on Christ character, that he was Savior, Baptizer with the Holy Spirit, Healer and King. Aimee often used props for her sermons, and incoporated her own life experiences into her sermons. She would often demonstrate the gift of speaking in tongues, and Healing at her services. Pentacostalism, wasn’t very popular in the United States in the 1920’s so Aimee avoided saying the word.

Aimees Death

On September 26, 1944 Aimee went to Oakland California to preach her popular “Story of My Life” sermon. Aimees son Rolf, found Aimee unconcious in her hotel room at ten the next morning. She had taken an overdose of sleeping pills, that she had taken to help her with some other health problems. Aimee Semple McPherson, died on September 27, 1944 from an overdose of sleeping pills, and kidney failure. She was only 53, yrs old. Her son Rolf, took over her ministry until he passed away in 2009, at the age of 96.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aimee_Semple_McPherson

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We will never forget this awesome man of God
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DWIGHT L. MOODY

Dwight Lyman Moody was born in Northfield Massuchusetts on Feb 5, 1857. Dwight Moody wasn’t an educated man infact, his formal education ended in the fifth grade. He left his parents farm at age 17, hoping to find employment in Boston. His hopes of finding employment were dashed quickly. Dwight turned to his uncle for employment in his Shoe store. His uncle in order to keep his nephew, out of trouble required young Dwight to join Mt. Vernon Congretional Church. Dwight Moody, became part of a Sunday School class, taught by Edward Kimball. Fate would have it that on April 21, 1855, Kimball visited the shoe-store where Moody worked ,and in the stockroom of the shoe store he led him to Christ.

YMCA

in 1857, Moody got involved with the (YMCA) Young Mans Christian Association. At first he was a janitor, and then he became a city Missionary for them. Moody, had a desire in his heart to reach the way-ward youth of the city. Moody started to teaching Sundy School to these children, and his Sunday School soon began to grow. On February 28, 1864 the Illinois Street Church, opened its doors, with Dwight Moody as Pastor. Still Dwight Moody wasn’t quite satisfied. He had a calling from the Lord to travel all over the world and preach the gospel.

Called to Evangelize The World

In October of 1871, the great Chicago fire destroyed Dwight Moody’s home, his Sunday School, and his church. Dwight L. Moody was known for pioneering evangelism techniques, that we still have today. He was the first one to have a gospel soloist sing at his church. He was also the first one to have a room where the newly converted could repent of their sins. In 1856, Moody started the Bible Work Institute of The Chicago Evangelization Society. It was re-named the( Moody Bible Institute) shortly before his death. Dwight L. Moody preached six sermons a day. Dwight L. Moody loved to spend time with his family, on his Northfield Massachusetts farm. Dwight L. Moody, was truly a Pioneer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He accomplished much in his short life time. On December 22, 1899 Dwight Lyman Moody, at the age of just 62 passed away. Its still unclear of what he died of , but some say it was congestive heart failure. Dwight Moody gave us a picture of what heaven might look like when he slipped in and out of concienceness , just hours before his death. He said, ” He had been within the gates of Heaven, and had seen his loved ones calling them all by name, as he described what he had experienced. Dwight L. Moody will never be forgotten for his undying love, and many contributions he made to society.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dwight_L._Moody
http://http://www.biblebelievers.com/moody/index.html

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Truly one of the greatest preachers who ever lived
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Evangelist, and Preachers have been around for a long time. Before their was Joel Osteen, and Joyce Meyer , their was Charles Spurgeon, and Kathryn Kuhlman. These are some of the great fore-fathers, and mothers of the christian faith. Way back when, before their ever was such thing as a televangelist, there were old fashioned tent meetings, and roadside Holy Ghost Revival meetings. There were no mega-churches, and no preacher had his own building. A preachers pulpit was an old wooden platform, and his church was anywhere he could find to preach the gospel. Many times by the road-side and traveling from town, to town.

Holy Ghost Revival Meetings

What is Holy Ghost revival? It’s when the Manifestions of the Holy Spirit show up at a meeting, or service. It’s like what happened at Azusa St. when everyone was filled with the Holy Spirit, and began speaking and praying in tongues. In revival meetings God shows up in a mighty way, with super natural healings, and people being delivered from evil spirits, and delivered and set free from their addicitons. People are slain in the spirit, and many other manifestions of the power of God. The Bible tells us about speaking in tongues in these verses in the book of Acts. Whether you believe in the gift of speaking in tongues or not , the best way is to study the verses in the Bible , and make that determination for yourself. A great Preacher once said, “When you hear a sermon, you have to chew on the hay , and spit out the sticks” How true that is.

Charles Spurgeon

He never attended Theology school, or a seminary, but Charles Haddon Spurgeon was preaching by the age of twenty-one. He preached to large crowds of ten thousand or more. Everyone wanted to hear Charles Spurgeon preach. Charles Haddon Spurgeon is said to be one of the greatest preachers that ever lived. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, was born on June 19, 1834, in a quaint little village in England. Young Charles, at six years old was said to be advanced in his mental development. Charles,a ten years old, would often times ask questions , that would perplex his father, at Family Bible reading time. When Charles was only ten years old, a prophecy was spoken over his life , that he would preach the gospel, to thousands. Young Charles, even at a very young age, had a hunger, an a thirst for God. Charles was baptized on May 3, 1851 on his mothers birthday. He was sixteen years old. Charles Spurgeon first preached in a small cottage. His popularity spread, and his preaching venues grew larger, and larger. In 1861, Metropolitan Tabernacle was opened and Rev Charles Spurgeon , held his first service , in his own church building. The great tabernacle held 5,000 people. Charles Spurgeon wrote beautiful poems, and countless sermons. His love for Jesus was seen in every piece of his work. Charles Spurgeon’s life was plagued with recurrent illness. It was often thought that Mr. Spurgeon simply over worked himself into poor health. In the years before his death, Charles was often quite ill at times, taking months, and sometimes years to recover from his sickness. His death came at the very young age of fifty-seven, on January 31, 1892 at 15 minutes before midnight. Charles Haddon Spurgeon will always be remembered for his great preaching, and devotion to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sources:
http://www.whatsaiththescripture.com/Voice/Life.and.Works.of.Spurgeon/Li…
http://www.higherpraise.com/preachers/spurgeon.htm

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BREAKING NEWS || CHRIST EMBASSY SHAKES THE EARTH WITH GUINESS BOOK OF RECORD’S TIMELESS HIT

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Dear IWAB Readers,
Welcome to Breaking News on influence, I am Linda Murphy. Everyday, we swing round the world through investigative field-force to bring you the latest and trending updates around the globe. Enjoy the moment!

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CHRIST EMBASSY SETS NEW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Whilst the world prepared to launch into the full flame of the penultimate celebratory dawn at the eve of December 24th, 2015, the all season landmark ministry and earth shaking church Christ Embassy, had something more than history could contain underway. It was like an emblem of grandeur of heavenly bliss and orchestration of celestial artistic prowess blanketing the earth from the world renowned Iconic and prestigious architectural landscape “LoveWorld Convocation Arena” as the astute, sagacious and debonair world wide Pastor Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome PhD, DSc, D.D led a congregation of 12,000 mass choir through an all night of superlative Christ Mass Carol to celebrate the birth of our Saviour the living Christ.

The glitter, glamour, splendour and dexterity which laced the most anticipated and stupendously furnished Christian event indeed accented the what landmark it eventually evoked in human history

The service which was littered with a lot of joyous ovation and rapturous atmospheric condition as a 12,000 mass choir exerted divine vocal prowess and lyrical spectacle in melodious Christmas songs to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, beamed nothing but ecclesiastical excellence inside the luxuriously decorated arena.

The high point of the event was the unveiling of “Christ Embassy choir as the largest Gospel Choir of all time by Guiness Book of World Record. A remark which has skyrocketed the church history all of over the world since 48hours.

The earth shaking carol concert also enjoyed the gallant appearance of some of the world’s renowned and most fabulous gospel music minister amongst whom were Sinach, Frank Edwards, Joe Praise, etc. Much more, Pastor Chris gave a very powerful ministration
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HAVENS OF THE WORLD || THE WORLD’S 10 MOST LUXURIOUS HOTELS EPISODE

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Dear IWAB Readers,
Welcome to Havens of the World on influence, I am Amaka Donalds. Everyday we travel across borders and places to bring you exciting and pleasant moments and memories through publications and iMirror of magnificent, luxuriant and exotic destinations, properties, landscapes and structures with extraordinary tourism potentials to inspire the spirit of recreation for your thrill. On this platform, you get to know and also wowed as you discover places and phenomenas of the earth you never thought existed, then of certainty you will be moved to appreciate God for the wisdom he gives men to turn their world into aesthetic haven. In this episode, you will be amazed and eager to travel as we unveil to you some of the most fascinating wonders (10 most luxurious hotels) of the world ever made by man. Now hear this: for the seekers of honeymoon destinations, holiday spots, travel and tours makers, real estate investors, environmental scientists, event planners and all lovers of space ambience, this is for you. Enjoy and share the moment with us”

1. EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI

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Emirates Palace offers a service that goes beyond 5 stars, and if you go there you will have an experience to remember, where all your needs will be catered to. As soon as you enter the hotel property, you can sense the spirit and luxury of the magnificent Emirates Palace. This hotel shows the best of Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates. It has its own private beach that is 1.3 km long and it stretches all the way to the hotel’s own private marina and a private natural bay. This hotel is maybe the most luxurious hotel in the whole world and many people dream about spending at least one night there. What contributes to the luxurious experience that makes the guests want to come again and again are the amazing swimming pools (yes, in plural). One is meant for fun activities and adventure, and the other for relaxation and spending some peaceful time, surrounded by 85 hectares of wonderful landscape.

Emirates Palace is a classic traditional Arabic palace, and with 114 stunning 18-meter high domes and rooms decorated with gold and marble, it is one of the most glorious pieces of Arabic architecture. However, this hotel is not all tradition, as each of its 302 luxury rooms and 92 suites is equipped with the latest technology, and the guests have the services of a personal butler available 24/7.

2. MARDAN PALACE HOTEL, TURKEY

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Located in the Mediterranean, in this hotel you can experience the famous Turkish hospitality, as guests are always treated and served with passion and commitment and provided with luxurious elegance and royal splendor combined with modern commodities.

This hotel looks like a castle from your favorite fairytales. The architecture greatly resembles the one of the palaces built in the ancient Ottoman days, and alongside the top notch service and quality, this hotel can be said to be the oriental heaven. The hotel’s resort is alongside the wonderful shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and its property takes up a total of 180,000 square meters. Each of the 546 luxurious rooms and suites is unique and fit for the wants and needs of even the most demanding guests, and provides spectacular and wonderful views of the Taurus Mountains, the Da Vinci Bridge that goes across the large luxurious landscaped swimming pool, or a partial view of the Mediterranean Sea.

Each of the rooms is equipped with modern high technology devices, providing you with the amazing combination of tradition and classic luxury on one side, and a modern touch that brings to the overall comfort and satisfaction. The experience of the guests is heightened and improved with the constant availability of a private butler.

3. THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR, ROME

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This hotel has a long history, as it opened back in 1906. Since then, this hotel has been a place where many celebrities, statesmen and artists came to enjoy their holidays and visit the Eternal City. It is internationally known for the best quality of service in an amazing surrounding.

The Westin Excelsior is an amazing place to go to if you are looking for a place where you can treat yourself and enjoy massage and spa time in the Kami Wellness Center. There is also a fully staffed Concierge Desk where knowledgeable enterprising associates are at your service 24/7 and are ready to cater to your every need, from recommending a place to go for an evening of entertainment, and giving directions for your city tour, to more serious demands.

The Westin Excelsior has an indoor pool where arches and neoclassical columns are a luxurious recreation of the Roman Baths and when you go there you will get a feel of the Roman ancient culture, but enjoy in the lavish modern comfort as well. Here you can enjoy a swim, sit and relax next to the water or drink cocktails or smoothies in a luxurious whirlpool. And if you didn’t just come to relax, but would like to get your heart pumping, you will have access to the Westin Workout Fitness Studio where you will be able to re-energize in a stylish gym with all the necessary equipment for all sorts of trainings.

4. BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL, DUBAI

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Since it was built, this hotel represents the symbol of modern Dubai. Other than the fabulous design that you have never seen before anywhere in the world, what makes this hotel distinct from all the other ones is the extraordinary service. This hotel offers only suite accommodation with the finest service that you can only experience there. What makes the guests feel more comfortable and safe is the ability to check in discretely from their rooms, and the fact that every floor has a separate private reception, alongside with every guest having their own personal butler. Overall, we can freely say that there are not many places with this level of professionalism and hospitality.

Every guest of Burj Al Arab hotel has unlimited access to the hotel’s private beach, and spa center with additional separate ladies facilities, access to both indoor and outdoor pools and complimentary access to Wild Wadi Waterpark as long as you are staying. And on top of that, if you have children they can enjoy complimentary access to all Sinbad’s Kids Club.

You will never get bored in this resort, as you can enjoy a variety of activities – from adventurous to relaxing. The hotel is just besides the sandy beach and the beautiful blue sea, and inside the resort there is an enormous pool where you can relax and have a cocktail brought to you at any time. Whatever your wishes and needs are, they will be fulfilled here.

5. THE PLAZA, NEW YORK CITY

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The Plaza hotel provides the ultimate balance between its classical style and rich history and the modern times, thus presenting the most popular luxury destination, letting its guests experience this iconic urban resort along with a contemporary spirit.

This hotel has 282 luxurious rooms, including 102 suites which are said to be larger than suites in any other hotel in New York City. The lavish décor, the Plaza Food Hall and the Champagne Bar and impeccable hygiene along with the constantly available butler service contribute to this hotel being rated as one of the best and most luxurious ones in the world. Whatever your heart desires, you can get it while being a guest at this hotel.

The elegance that has been nourished throughout its history is now accompanied by discretely placed modern technology in order to provide all the modern day necessities and indulgences, but without spoiling the rich traditional spirit.

The luxurious Grand Ballroom and Terrace Room have been restored to its original form, and in the historic landmarks that are still the heart of the Plaza hotel, social and business events continue to be held. This hotel provides an unforgettable experience. Your every need will be catered to and with the greatest respect and commitment. The only thing that guests might not like here is the fact that professional photos cannot be taken in the lobby, in order to ensure the privacy. But with all of the services this hotel has to offer, this little thing can be neglected.

6. ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

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The first step you make inside the property of this hotel, your mind will instantly be released of all worries and negativity. This is maybe the hotel that provides the most amazing and unbelievably beautiful and breathtaking experience.

Even though offering many kinds of rooms and suites to suite the needs of different kinds of people with different budgets, this hotel provides luxury and excellent service to all the guests. The icing on the cake of all rooms and accommodations is the Bridge Suite, which is literally located on the bridge that connects two Royal Towers. The view from all the rooms, especially the previously mentioned one, is magnificent and you won’t be able to look away from the water and the horizon, unless when you look what’s inside the hotel – the gold trimmings and lavish and tasty decoration.

Every guest of this hotel has access to 11 unique pools, 3 white-sand beaches that are a part of the hotel’s property, and a large 141-acre water park. If you are up for an adventure, you can participate in the water activities and visit the Atlantis Casino where you can take part in tournaments and other gaming events, but if you came to relax and have a taste of culture – you have unlimited access to the library and the Atlantis Theatre. Atlantis Paradise Island also offers a rich nightlife, and you can choose which of the many clubs you will visit, and the hotel staff will be happy to give you advice according to your wishes.

7. PALMS, LAS VEGAS

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This hotel is internationally famous for what it has to offer to its guests. The accommodations of the greatest quality, the access to extravagant and amazing pools, fabulous cuisine, and a rich nightlife are what make Palms the high end hotel that it is. If you came to Las Vegas to feel the excitement, you will find it here, as the staff is working on making this place as vibrant and high in energy as possible.

The property of the hotel takes up around 30 acres, where there are 3 different unique towers, and you will experience different amazing views from of the Las Vegas Strip and Spring Mountains. Recently, the hotel has been transformed, and millions of dollars were invested in order to make this hotel as fantastic as it is now. The rooms are redesigned and made more classy and luxurious, the culinary chefs are more professional and the food is better, and not to mention the casinos where all the fun is.

This hotel also has a fitness and massage center where you can go get your heart pumping or relax after a day spent having fun in the casino. What brings to the fame of this hotel is that it is the place where playboy bunnies stay when they come to Vegas. The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa in the Fantasy Tower is reserved specifically for Hugh and his girls, but it keeps attracting many guests from all around the world.

8. THE BOULDERS, ARIZONA

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The Boulders is a desert retreat, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery that has been in the process of creation for millions of years. If you have come for some relaxation, you can revitalize at the Waldorf Astoria Spa, where your mind and body will be replenished. The spa oasis takes up around 33,000 square feet and it provides massage, revitalizing facial treatments and other relaxing treatments. All the ingredients used in spa treatments come from the desert environment.

As for the accommodations, you can choose from a wide variety – Casitas, Executive Suites, Vilas, Haciendas and The Villa Retreat – and each of these are decorated in a Southwestern elegant style and contain luxuries such as fireplaces and natural stone showers.

If you are in a mood for some fun activities, you can enjoy a game or two of golf, which is widely represented in this area, but you can also swim in pools (there are four of them) or play tennis in some of the tennis courts. The guests can also enjoy unique restaurants and cafes where they can enjoy either a formal or casual atmosphere, according to their liking.

This hotel is always aiming to improve and provide better guest experience and make it even more special, which is why it is now pet friendly. These comfortable and luxurious accommodations and the natural beauty you cannot see anywhere else in the world make this hotel one of the most luxurious ones in the world.

9. CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA, ANGUILLA

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CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning luxurious hotel located in the curve of Anguilla’s Rendezvous Bay. Its architecture is greatly inspired by the architecture of the Mediterranean. Its luxury shows in the lush gardens that surround the amazing and vast pool and stretches to the stunning suites with a beach view and villas that have their own private pools. If you need relaxation and peaceful time, Venus Spa is the right place for you, and after you spend some time there you will feel rejuvenated. This spa provides healing aqua therapy and treatments that restore body and soul balance.

If you like trying different cuisines, you can taste amazing different types of food and you can even have dinners at the beach at the Chef’s Table to the Beach Grill, where you will have the opportunity to eat while enjoying the sounds of the sea. If you like cooking and learning new cooking styles, you can take classes and learn from the best chefs, and cook together with them using fresh produce from the Hydroponic farm that belongs to the resort.

The rooms are spacious and they all have water views. Waterfront rooms have balconies with an ocean view, and private villas have private pools. If you like golf, you will enjoy staying here as you can play surrounded by sea grapes and palms, you can relax and not think of the time and worries.

10. SECRETS MARQUIS, LOS CABOS

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Secrets Marquis in Los Cabos Consists of 235 rooms, from large and private casitas to luxurious suites with an ocean view. All of these rooms are decorated in a modern Mexican style and with oil paintings, they are luxuriously furnished and equipped with imported linens.

Each of the rooms are comfortable and represent a combination of the traditional Mexican style and modern luxurious commodities. Each room has a balcony or a terrace and views of the Sea of Cortes. The mini bar is refreshed every day, and all the new technology is available to you 24/7. Many of these rooms have a Jacuzzi.

This resort is located on a peaceful long beach that is perfect if you are in a mood for a romantic walk with your partner. In just a half an hour of relaxed walk you can get to the place where all the nightlife happens. You will never get bored in Secrets Marquis, as there are many activities that you can enjoy, including darts, yoga, scuba diving, fitness, ping pong and many more.

When it is time to eat, you have a wide variety of choices, and if you are a guest on the Unlimited-Luxury plan at this hotel, you don’t even need to make reservations in many top restaurants.
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#SecretCamera || WHAT WILL TOUCH YOU ABOUT THE HEALING EVANGELIST OF ALL TIME; KATHRYN KUHLMAN

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Dear IWAB Readers,
Welcome to Historic Secret on influence, I am Jennifer Jones. #Historicsecret is a special series on secret camera zone, where we bring you monumental insights around men and women who have shaped the world through times and seasons, and x-ray their lives, struggles, exploits and testimonies as inspiration to challenge the new dawn in our time. Join me today as I take you through same on the life of one of the greatest heroes of faith of all time. She operated faith like no other, championed a superlative global healing ministry with uncommon anointing and today many generational move of God’s Spirit are attributable to the life of this Legend who went to be with the lord multiple years ago. You have heard about her and the faith exploits and those she reproduced, now read about the woman of uncommon faith and anointing “Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman”.

A MIRROR OF ALL TIME

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Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was born on May 9, 1907, in Concordia, Missouri. Her parents were German and she was one of four children. Her mother was a harsh disciplinarian, who showed little love or affection. On the other hand, she had an extremely close and loving relationship with her father. She would describe, as a small child how, her father would come home from work and she would hang on his leg and cling to him. She often said that her relationship with God the Father was extremely real because of her relationship with her own father.

Kuhlman was converted, when she was 14, at an evangelistic meeting held in a small Methodist church. When she was 16 she graduated from high school, which only went to tenth grade in their town. Her older sister Myrtle had married an itinerant evangelist, Everett B. Parrott. They spent their time traveling and asked that Kathryn could join them for the summer. Her parents agreed and she went to Oregon to help out. She worked with them, and often gave her testimony. When the summer was over she wanted to stay, and the couple agreed. She ended up working with them for five years.

The evangelistic team was made up of four people, Everette, Myrtle, Kathryn, and pianists named Helen Gulliford. In 1928 Everette missed a meeting in Boise, Idaho. Myrtle and Kathryn preached to cover for Everette. The pastor of the church encouraged Kathryn to step out on her own. Helen agreed to join her. Her first sermon was in a run-down pool hall in Boise, Idaho. The team covered Idaho, Utah, and Colorado for the following five years. In 1933 they moved into Pueblo, Colorado. They set up in an abandoned Montgomery Ward warehouse. They stayed there for six months.

Denver, being a much bigger city, was the next stop. They moved several times but ended up in a paper company’s warehouse, which they named the Kuhlman Revival Tabernacle. Then in 1935 they moved once more to an abandoned truck garage, they named the Denver Revival Tabernacle. Kathryn was seeing a lot of success in Denver. The church grew to about 2000 members. She began a radio show called “Smiling Through” and invited speakers from all over the country. One of them was Phil Kerr who taught on divine healing. In 1935 another invited evangelist was Burroughs Waltrip.

Waltrip was bad news for Kuhlman. He was a charismatic, handsome man several years older than she was. There was an immediate attraction, and one family claims to have seen the couple embracing in 1935, but he was married and had two children. Waltrip left Denver and went home to Austin, Texas, but the relationship simmered between Kuhlman and Waltrip. In 1937 he was invited back to Denver to take the pulpit for two months. Shortly after, he divorced his wife and abandoned his two sons. He then spread the story that his wife had left him. He moved to Mason City, Iowa, where he told everyone he was single, and started a new ministry. Waltrip raised pledges of $70,000 to build a ministry building called Radio Chapel. It was state of the art with a disappearing pulpit and an art deco style. He appeared to be a successful and dynamic preacher.

There was an ongoing relationship between Kuhlman and Waltrip, and they married in September 1938. Kuhlman was naive about the consequences of her choices and the marriage was a disaster. She announced to her church that she and Waltrip were married and they would go between Denver and Mason City preaching at their two churches. Most of the people in her congregation left due to her relationship with Waltrip. She gave up her church in Denver, lost some of her closest associates, and moved to Mason City. Waltrip’s success turned out to be a pipe dream as well. The Radio Chapel was completed in June of 1938. By October 1938 Waltrip could not meet his debts. In December Waltrip was demanding a higher salary, even with the shortfall in income. His Board of Directors quit and left him to deal with the finances. His solution was not to pay the mortgage or debts on the Chapel. Radio Chapel went into bankruptcy. Waltrip’s last sermon was in May 1939. The Waltrips were on their own. Kathryn’s happy vision of she and her husband flying back and forth between Denver and Mason City with a successful preaching careers was utterly demolished.

The next few years were very hard for the couple. They embarked on the road as traveling evangelists, primarily staying in the Midwest. They were not accepted in many places due to their marriage history. Initial advertisements listed Waltrip as the primary evangelist. Then occasionally Mrs. Waltrip was also mentioned. By the early 1940s Kathryn Kuhlman Waltrip was given equal billing. Finally by the mid-1940s Kathryn was using only Kathryn Kuhlman in meetings where she was the primary speaker. In 1944 Kuhlman went on an evangelistic tour on the east coast without Waltrip. It may have been a conscious decision to leave him, or she may also have taken the opportunity to reassess her life. It appears to have been more gradual as Waltrip wrote about them as a couple as late as 1946. Kuhlman never returned to Waltrip and they eventually divorced in 1947. She left her marriage behind and from then on acted as if it never existed in the first place.

In 1946 Kuhlman was asked to speak in Franklin, Pennsylvania. She was well received and decided to stay in the area. Kuhlman began preaching on radio broadcasts in Oil City, Pennsylvania. These became so popular, they were picked up in Pittsburgh, and she was preaching throughout the area. She began to preach about the healing power of God. In 1947 a woman was healed of a tumor while listening to Kuhlman preach. Several Sundays later a man was also healed while she was teaching on the Holy Spirit. She was now convinced of God’s healing work. One important thing to note is the context and timing of this breakout period in Kuhlman’s life. 1947 was the beginning of the Healing Revival (sometimes referred to as the Latter Rain Revival) that would last for the next 10 years. What was happening in Kuhlman’s meetings was breaking out across the United States. It was in this time frame that the Voice of Healing Ministry was established and men like William Branham, Oral Roberts, A.A. Allen and many others were propelled onto the public stage. Kuhlman was not associated with those groups, but stepped into the flow of what God’s Spirit was doing across the nation and the world.

In 1948 Kuhlman held a series of meetings at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh. She eventually moved to Pittsburgh in 1950, and continued to hold meetings at Carnegie Hall until 1971. She was used by God to bring the charismatic message to many denominational churches, including the Catholic Church. (She received a lot of criticism over this and was accused of being a closet Catholic.) These were her best known years. Her style was flamboyant. She would hold her famous miracle services and the auditorium was filled to capacity every time. She was on radio and television shows. She was ordained in 1968 by the Evangelical Church Alliance. Hundreds of people were healed in her meetings, and even while listening to her on the radio or television. People she prayed for would often be hit with the power of God and be “slain in the Spirit.” Kuhlman never claimed that she was the healer. She always pointed people to Jesus as their healer.

Kuhlman had been diagnosed with a heart problem in 1955. She kept a very busy schedule and overworked herself, especially in the 1970’s. She traveled back and forth from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles frequently, as well as taking trips around the world. Her heart was enlarged and Kuhlman died on February 20, 1976, in Tulsa, following open-heart surgery. Videos of some of her services are still available and continue to be popular today.

#IWAB Conclusion
Irrespective of kathryn’s struggles, challenges, storms and odd opinions of some folks about her, the grace and glory of God upon this amazing woman never dwindled, neither did God turn his back on her. Today, the world and history of christian faith is incomplete without a remark to such a phenomenon that walked this earth. God isn’t mad at you, no matter your mistakes, failures and shortcomings. All you need is to learn through the journey and lean on his grace. Kathryn is forever a dispensation we may never have until the end of time. Since she be gone, the earth is yet to witness the existence of another of her kind. On #influence, we salute the wonder she is and celebrate her landmarks!

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A MUST READ | LEGENDARY INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANCHOR ‘ADESEWA JOSH IS GIVING HOPE TO OVER 1000 AFRICAN CHILDREN

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Welcome to Celebrity File on influence. On this program, we go beyond borders to dig out the X-factors in noble men and women and make them your challenging line to dare your fears and live your dream. In this timely and riveting episode, we bring you the amazing but brave story of one of the greatest young women in global media frontline alive with an iconic seasoning in her evolution and legendary aspect to her formation. Ladies and gentle men all over the world, meet the super sensational Broadcast Prowess Josh Adesewa; the lady, her make and her influence 👉👏

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ABOUT PROJECT SMILE AFRICA
This is a community based project, reaching out to children in a bid to create better societies across Africa once every year. #ProjectSmileAfrica targets poor communities, and provides books, clothes, shoes toys, to mention but a few for the children. As the project expands, we hope to be able to embark on bigger community projects sequel to anticipated increase in our donor and volunteer base.

As a project reaching out to the socio- economic needs of children in Africa between the ages of 0-19 through education and empowerment, we are a group of professional volunteers and we implement project tailored to our research and expert analysis world wide.

PSA works with volunteers including professionals and donors to bring each community tailored project to fruition. We believe that little consistent changes can change the world, putting as little as a smile on a child’s face can change their life forever. We in the nearest future, want to partner with major regional bodies with common goals like the United Nations to bring hope to these children. Help us give the little things.

HIGHLIGHT OF PSA PAST LIFE CHANGING GIANT STRIDES

“Adesewa Josh and Project smile Africa Team tackle sex and adolescent pregnancy at “Talk to your Teens” Event”

We officially launched last year, when we visited the police barracks in Ikeja to cater for over a thousand kids. we have now embarked on a five year campaign called Talk2urteen to create awareness about the dangers of adolescent pregnancy, and engage the girls in different communities and secondary schools on appropriate sex education.
                        
On the 3rd of December 2014, our Talk2urteen campaign kicked off with over 400 secondary school girls, as our team of professional volunteers engaged them in meaningful conversation about sex, the danger of adolescent pregnancy, also about their health and the importance of education.

Our main objective throughout this campaign is to support and inspire the girl child, encouraging her to prioritize her education and steer clear of adolescent pregnancy, which is said to be the number one killer of teenage girls worldwide, but more rampant in developing countries; an experience that also reduces substantially the chances of a bright future for the girl. We at PROJECT SMILE AFRICA know that adolescent girls hold the key to a world free of poverty. We have a team of professional volunteers across Africa who are blazing the trail in their countries, and we are open to more volunteers interested in leading the initiative in their countries.

Interested volunteers and donors can indicate their interest by sending a mail to psa@adesewajosh.com,
talk2urteens@gmail.com or call +234 (0) 8098011322, +234 (0) 8026663785

ABOUT THE MEDIA DUCHESS
Adesewa Josh is a prime time News Anchor and Correspondent currently practicing with Africa’s best TV of the year, and Nigeria’s 8th time best TV station Channels Television. She is also the convener of Project Smile Africa; a community based project that reaches out to children and teens in rural communities.

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Career Milestone Success
She was the only TV broadcast journalist from Nigeria nominated by the US Government to report on the Historic US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washinghton DC. During the summit, she was the only African journalist who reported alongside CNN, AP, AURN amongst others at the 2nd African First Ladies conference hosted by the US First Lady Michelle Obama. Prior to this, she was the only correspondent from West Africa invited to cover the maiden edition of the George W.Bush African First Ladies conference in Dareesalam Tanzania where she interviewed the First Lady – Her Excellency ‘Madame Salma Kikwete’, top government officials, reputable African business men and women among others.

At the first World Economic Forum Africa held in Abuja; Nigeria’s federal capital, she was the station’s on the ground correspondent who reported extensively on the event, interviewing African leaders, top business men, and Brazil’s former President Lula Da Silva. In her capacity as a News Anchor and correspondent, she has interviewed several Nigerian Governors , ministers and business executives including Forbes Africa’s richest man in Africa Aliko Dangote, taking them up on issues bordering on National security, development, politics, international relations among others.

She moderated the United Nations backed Genvoices telethon, a platform to harness the offline and online energy of young Nigerians for practical efforts towards nation building. As an International Affairs correspondent, she reported on President Barack Obama’s Africa tour in 2013, and she played a leading role in a team that hosted a live town hall interview of President barack obama and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton; the first of its kind in Africa, and exclusive to channels television in Nigeria. She investigated the US -Nigeria relations after the United States discovered shale oil, predicting a slight shift in America’s foreign policy towards Nigeria. During her research, she interviewed the Us consul General to Nigeria-Jeffrey Hawkins. She has also interviewed other Ambassadors, top US government officials to mention but a few.

Adesewa has also participated in reputable local and international conferences including the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Rio De Jenairo Brazil. Prior to her advent into full time broadcast journalism, Adesewa was a client service executive with a small start-up company shortly after she graduated from the university, she led the marketing team to create a strategic marketing campaign for the company’s new products. Shortly after that, she worked with a local production company as a producer, presenter and field director for a lifestyle programme. She started her own media consultancy firm Fariedah Fariedah in 2012 and has offered consultancy services to top political figures including former vice president Atiku Abubakar.

She has used her platform to push for policy review on issues bordering on girl child education, women empowerment, among others. As the convener of Project Smile Africa, Adesewa led a team of professional volunteers to a rural community in lagos in 2013 to reach out to over 1,000 children between ages 4-17yrs who live in abject poverty. She single handedly raised funds for the project from volunteers and local investors. Adesewa had been an Actor, she featured in the popular DSTV drama series Tinsel, to mention but a few , the one time model also graced major Nigerian brands including Multivite.

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Educational Profile
Adesewa holds a Post graduate diploma in International relations and strategic studies from the Lagos State University, a first degree in Science Laboratory Technology from the Federal University of Akure, a Certificate in governance from Alder Consulting, a certificate in TV presentation from UK’s Aspire Presenting Institute. She trained as a producer with the BBC. Adesewa is a speaker and media trainer. She is also a member of the young African Leader initiative Network (YALIN) and the Global Investigative Journalism Network.
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Research Credit: Adesewa’s Resume

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MEET THE 2015 ICONIC RECIPIENTS & FELLOWS OF MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP

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On July 28, 2014, in front of the inaugural class of Fellows, President Obama announced the renaming of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in honor of Nelson Mandela.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.   The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows arrived in June 2014 for six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C.   Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.  Selected Mandela Washington Fellows should be prepared for an academically and professionally challenging program.

The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders.  It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.

U.S-BASED ACTIVITIES
Academic Institutes:
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders brings 500 of Africa’s most promising young leaders under the age of 35 to top U.S. universities for a six-week academic and leadership institute in one of three areas: business and entrepreneurship; civic leadership; or public management.   Programs draw from the university’s or department’s unique set of expertise and resources.  Academic study is augmented by workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities with recognized leaders in each field and interaction with “everyday” Americans.  While every experience may not be directly relevant to Fellows’ immediate personal goals, each experience will provide transferable skills that will likely prove useful during the course of their careers.  Each academic host institute will also offer a snapshot of American culture through site visits, community service, and cultural programming.  Fellows will live in  college dormitories and eat a variety of American foods during their time in the United States. The academic institutes and leadership training are rigorous and time intensive; prospective Fellows will need to minimize their work obligations in their home countries for the duration of the Fellowship.

Business and Entrepreneurship Institutes cater to Fellows aspiring to become leaders in the private sector or to start their own business ventures in Africa. The Institutes expose participants to business and entrepreneurial approaches in the United States, including those that address social issues.  Institutes may also help Fellows build technical and leadership capacity in areas such as business strategies, operations and supply chain management, business ethics, microfinance, marketing and branding, innovation and technology, emerging markets and risk analysis.

Civic Leadership Institutes are for those Fellows who are civically engaged and serving the public through nongovernmental organizations, community-based organizations, or volunteerism. The Institutes introduce Fellows to the meaning of civic leadership in the United States, while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as advocacy, strategic planning, organizational development and the intersection of civil society with business and government.

Public Management Institutes are tailored to those who work, or aspire to work, in all levels of government, regional or international organizations, or other publicly minded groups and think tanks. Public Management Institutes introduce Fellows to U.S. models and best practices while building technical and leadership capacity in areas such as citizen engagement, human resource management, public financial management and the intersection of government with business and civil society.

Summit with President Obama:
Immediately following the academic institutes, Mandela Washington Fellows convene in Washington, D.C. for a Summit.  During the Summit, participants interact with President Barack Obama and other prominent U.S. government, business, and civic leaders.
Internships

100 Fellows will remain in the United States for an additional six to eight weeks after their academic institute and Summit to participate in internships in the public, private and non-profit sectors with organizations throughout the United States.  The internship will be a high-level professional development opportunity that relates to the Fellows’ professional experiences.  While Fellows are carefully matched with organizations, is important to note that a Fellow may be placed based on broad rather than specific interests. The internship is not designed to mimic the experience a Fellow will have in their home country, but to provide additional skills, ideas, and networks that will prove useful in the Fellow’s career.  The Fellowship internship is designed to offer a new perspective on the Fellow’s current position and prepare them for sector-wide leadership as they progress in their careers.

AFRICA-BASED ACTIVITIES
Mandela Washington Fellows’ U.S.-based training is only the beginning of the United States’ long-term investment in these young leaders. The U.S. Government is working with businesses, governments, and NGOs to create ongoing professional opportunities and resources to support these young leaders when they return home.  Upon the Fellows’ return to their home countries, President Obama will call upon Fellows to share their new skills and apply the resources available to solving challenges in their communities, countries, and world.

Professional Development:  The U.S. Government is securing over 200 internships and professional placements for Mandela Washington Fellows in private companies, government ministries, research institutes, multilateral organizations, and non-profit or community-based organizations on the continent.  Fellows will be placed in internships in private sector companies such as Microsoft and global NGOs, such as Partners for Democratic Change.

Mentoring:  Fellows will be matched with mentors – industry leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including from major international companies and U.S. organizations with operations in Africa – who will guide and support Fellows as they seek to apply the lessons and skills gained through their fellowship experience, plan short and long-term career goals, and grow professionally after their return to Africa.

Seed Funding:  Mandela Washington Fellows will have access to dedicated funding to support their ideas, businesses, and organizations and undertake joint projects to improve their communities.  More than $5 million in small grants will be awarded in the first three years by the U.S. African Development Foundation for Mandela Washington Fellows seeking to start or enhance their businesses or social enterprises.  In addition, Washington Fellows will be able to attract funding for their ventures and projects through Rocket Hub’s dedicated YALI crowd funding platform.

Contributing to the Community:  The State Department will invest an additional $5 million over the next three years to help Fellows establish or grow their own NGOs, undertake projects to improve their communities, or work collaboratively to build the network of young African leaders, including in underserved areas.  Fellows will serve as mentors to other young Africans in eight Connect Camps, where they will use technology to promote social good and community engagement.

Leveraging Ongoing U.S. Government Investments:  USAID will leverage more than $350 million in existing youth programs and development initiatives to give the Fellows access to a broad array of assistance and support.  For instance, under the Feed the Future Initiative, Fellows in selected countries will benefit from training programs and tailored internships.

Below are the Recipients and Fellows of The Prestigious MWF:

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Chinomnso Traffina Ibe is a nurse, midwife, and maternal and child health advocate. She has eight years of experience providing free maternal and child health services to pregnant mothers and children in poor rural communities.

She is the founder and executive director of Traffina Foundation for Community Health, a non-profit organization that produces and distributes free clean-delivery and newborn kits. Chinomso has produced and distributed 7,500 free birth kits across Kaduna, Kebbi, FCT, Imo, and Abia states. As part of her contribution to reducing the high maternal and child mortality rate in Nigeria, she also provides training and capacity building to healthcare workers..

Upon completion of the fellowship, Chinonso plans to expand the reach of her work by setting up regional offices of the Trafinna Foundation in each zone in Nigeria.

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Ikuba John Ona has over eight years of experience teaching at the University of Agriculture Makurdi in North Central Nigeria. He is the founder and president of Royal Dream Builders Initiative, an NGO that organizes workshops and seminars for students, graduates, and unemployed youth, and equips them to innovate, acquire adaptive technology and requisite entrepreneurial skills.

He also works to provide information that promotes the creation of small and medium enterprises. Ikuba is skilled in community mobilization, ideas generation, networking, project planning and development. He holds a B.Sc. And M.Sc. in applied chemistry from the University of Jos, Nigeria and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Ikuba intends to partner with government, universities, individuals, and religious organizations to promote the development of a viable entrepreneurship ecosystem, through customized mentorship programs, for entrepreneurs in North Central Nigeria

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Amina Nur Alkali
has seven years of experience working in the education sector. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Maiduguri, where she researches the plight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northeastern Nigeria.

She is co-founder of NurAlkali Development Initiative, an NGO that caters to the needs of the underprivileged especially Internally Displaced Persons. She is also working with IDP families to help them access sustainable living and education for their children.

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Hassan Rilwan
A Young African Leader with over 16 years of entrepreneurial experience. He is the managing director of Focal Point, a professional dry-cleaning chain in Abuja Nigeria. His interests span cleaning, construction, agriculture, publishing, and printing.

He served his country as a member of a ministerial committee on Madrasah Education, which helped design the current blueprint in creating access to both Western and Islamic education. He has a foundation that caters to the education and general welfare of orphans taken off the street to the classrooms in northern Nigeria. Hassan was nominated by Nigeria’s president to serve as a delegate to the 2014 National Conference. He holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the Lagos Business School.

Upon completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Hassan plans to create value and jobs through entrepreneurship and later work in the government as a technocrat. He also hopes to engage the youth in entrepreneurship and skills acquisition
Amina holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Maiduguri and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in law. She is a professional negotiator and mediator.

Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she will use her new skills and experience to help IDP children have access to education and to partner with other fellows to help provide sustainable living for the parents.

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Bobwealth Oakina Omontese
has over six years of experience in animal reproduction research. He is currently a research fellow and lecturer in the artificial insemination unit of the National Animal Production Research Institute at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Shika-Zaria. At ABU, he conducts research to improve indigenous livestock reproduction while teaching and supervising students, and offering consultancy services to both private and institutional livestock farms in Nigeria.

Bobwealth holds Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees, and is concluding his Ph.D./FCVSN program in Theriogenology at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, he intends to create an NGO dedicated to promoting the adoption of reproductive biotechnologies in animal production and livestock distribution to rural women and youth.
Say congratulations to Bobwealth
Today we celebrate Grace Jerry, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow.

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Grace Jerry
is a musician, artist, disability rights advocate, and peace promoter in Nigeria. She has brought originality to advocacy efforts through her unique blend of activism and music, while highlighting the important roles people with disabilities play in development.

Since emerging “Miss Wheelchair National Queen,” she has maintained her passion for bringing the contributions that people with disabilities make in the area of development into the mainstream. She works as a director at Inclusive Friends, where she provides direction and inspiration for change. She also serves as WaterAid Nigeria’s official spokesperson for the disabled on the issues of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Grace works to ensure inclusive access for persons with disabilities and toward ending violence through benefit concerts, proceeds of which have provided toilets for schools serving children with disabilities.

Grace plans to use the knowledge and experience she gains from the Fellowship to deepen her advocacy efforts to work toward an end to discrimination and violence against women with disabilities in Nigeria. Congratulations Grace

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Chioma Rita Achi
She has been actively involved in community service for the past eight years and has helped empower rural women with income generating activities, showing passion for youth development with an emphasis on health and education.

She is currently a university lecturer at Usmanu Danfodiyo University in Sokoto and the founder of the Street to School project aimed at pulling children off the streets and placing them into formal education settings.

Chioma has strong negotiation, interpersonal, and advocacy skills, which she has been able to secure scholarships for young people in her community. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, she hopes she will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills into further strengthening her volunteer work and encouraging other young people to get more involved in community service. Join us in congratulating Chioma.

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Benjamin Kambai Dankaka
is the founder of Global Leaders and Readers Club, an NGO that promotes reading and trains young people on leadership. He obtained a bachelor of arts in literature from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria and then received a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja.

Benjamin has over eight years of work experience in social development. In 2008, he served as member of Debate to Action, Nigeria, a British Council and World Bank Initiative aimed at youth leaders in Africa. He has also served as a legislative aide in the Nigerian National Assembly, where became proficient in legislative proceedings.

After completing the fellowship, Benjamin plans to further his work of promoting a reading culture by establishing school reading clubs. He also plans to propose new legislation to strengthen Nigeria’s educational system. Congratulations, Benjamin, on your selection into the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

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On this is day the 1st of June, 2015, I send you this downloadable Logo of my blog. It is my gift of love and prayer of success, victory, health and prosperity to and for you. Much more, it signifies the bond we share as a family of influence and a declaration that on this mandate of my “connecting, sharing & inspiring” our world, you and I will continue to work within our designated roles in this vision until we reach our fulfillment. You mean more to me. Your reading of my posts and feedbacks on how much this platform is reaching and blessing you, mean more than this world to me. I therefore ask that you continue to show your love through your feedbacks everyday. Please download this logo-gift to you and use it for all your online and mobile communication display. I love you; my precious friends and family. God bless you. Read, like, comment & share. ©2015 Influence Media. All Rights Reserved™. Usage Terms & Policy Apply. Get all our daily posts and program notifications on the go by subscribing to this blog with your email.

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Rainbow sparks precious memories of the end of a phase of a dark moment. The experience of this celestial phenomenon first made headline in the account of “Noah’s Ark” in Gen 9:11-17 as God’s token of decision never to destroy the earth by flood. Today, whenever this mystery which geographers and meteorologists of this world are still battling to comprehend makes appearance, a breathe of such new lease of life and hope which comes after a long battle with a life threatening siege is never in short supply in humans. At every point and time, people at different regions of life are faced with situations to which they look forward to a new dawn which should bear an anthem of help and miracle. Such expectations are uncommon and are likened to Rainbow experience! Nigeria; the most populous black nation in the world and the largest economy in Africa has been undergoing a dark moment-Fuel Scarcity, throwing its’ citizens and all resident in the country into operational coma. However, Rainbow has shown up as one man made a brave and timeless but strategic step to build the Ark of Hope to end this plague in his Country. Read below how Ifeany Uba is solving fuel scarcity problem in Nigeria. Could he really be a rainbow and what impact would this act of brevity have on his business economy should the scarcity continue?

Headline:
Ifeanyi Ubaha loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan and Director of Capital Oil and Gas has offered to supply 13 million litres of product to depots around the country”. Read details below:

Ubah made this known via a press statement issued few hours ago. The statement reads, ”On Saturday 16th May 2015, we received an SMS ordering the suspension of loading activities in all depots from Monday 18th May 2015. We later realized that this directive was as a result of unpaid funds owed to transporters by oil marketers who in turn are owed by the Federal Government.”

”This development has resulted in immense hardship to our fellow country men and women. We believe that a better solution can be pursued towards solving this problem in a way that does not adversely affect our dear citizens. Capital Oil and Gas has watched with so much pain, the suffering and hardship our citizens have been subjected to as a result of scarcity of petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and house hold kerosene.”

”We are deeply pained to hear that hospitals cannot perform surgeries, laboratories are unable to carry out much needed tests especially for emergency patients leaving such patients at risk of dying, radio stations are shutting down, communication is being affected as MTN and other telecommunications company have announced an impending shut down while homes, offices and key facilities nationwide are experiencing blackouts.

”We are constrained at this point and have decided that two wrongs cannot make a right. We will not be part of this sabotage against our fatherland. Therefore from this minute, we shall take the risk of opening our facilities and commence swift loading and distribution of products Nationwide. Our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before dawn. This comes to approximately 400 trucks of petroleum products. With this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.”

”We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our Nation from this impending economic and social crisis. This is a period that requires patriotism and service to fatherland. Let’s join hands to help our fellow citizens and save Nigeria. We also call on striking bodies to call off the strike action. Let us work together for the betterment of our people”.

”As we brief you this moment, our truck park, port reception facilities and our depot complex have been ordered open. We are ordering and resuming discharge of products from vessels at our berths. We have ordered our trucks to commence loading of products and move overnight to every state of the Federation.

Ubah was the head of the Transformation Agenda of NigeriaTANa group that spearheaded President Jonathan’s campaign.

Quoted source: Nigerian Bulletin (Online).
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READ HOW IFEANYI UBA BECAME A RAINBOW TO NIGERIAN FUEL CRISIS

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Rainbow sparks precious memories of the end of a phase of a dark moment. The experience of this celestial phenomenon first made headline in the account of “Noah’s Ark” in Gen 9:11-17 as God’s token of decision never to destroy the earth by flood. Today, whenever this mystery which geographers and meteorologists of this world are still battling to comprehend makes appearance, a breathe of such new lease of life and hope which comes after a long battle with a life threatening siege is never in short supply in humans. At every point and time, people at different regions of life are faced with situations to which they look forward to a new dawn which should bear an anthem of help and miracle. Such expectations are uncommon and are likened to Rainbow experience! Nigeria; the most populous black nation in the world and the largest economy in Africa has been undergoing a dark moment-Fuel Scarcity, throwing its’ citizens and all resident in the country into operational coma. However, Rainbow has shown up as one man made a brave and timeless but strategic step to build the Ark of Hope to end this plague in his Country. Read below how Ifeany Uba is solving fuel scarcity problem in Nigeria. Could he really be a rainbow and what impact would this act of brevity have on his business economy should the scarcity continue?

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Headline:
Jonathan’s FriendIfeanyi UbahReleases 13million Litres of Fuel to End Scarcity

Ifeanyi Ubah, a loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan and Director of Capital Oil and Gas has offered to supply 13 million litres of product to depots around the country”. Read details below:

Ubah made this known via a press statement issued few hours ago. The statement reads, ”On Saturday 16th May 2015, we received an SMS ordering the suspension of loading activities in all depots from Monday 18th May 2015. We later realized that this directive was as a result of unpaid funds owed to transporters by oil marketers who in turn are owed by the Federal Government.”

”This development has resulted in immense hardship to our fellow country men and women. We believe that a better solution can be pursued towards solving this problem in a way that does not adversely affect our dear citizens. Capital Oil and Gas has watched with so much pain, the suffering and hardship our citizens have been subjected to as a result of scarcity of petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and house hold kerosene.”

”We are deeply pained to hear that hospitals cannot perform surgeries, laboratories are unable to carry out much needed tests especially for emergency patients leaving such patients at risk of dying, radio stations are shutting down, communication is being affected as MTN and other telecommunications company have announced an impending shut down while homes, offices and key facilities nationwide are experiencing blackouts.

”We are constrained at this point and have decided that two wrongs cannot make a right. We will not be part of this sabotage against our fatherland. Therefore from this minute, we shall take the risk of opening our facilities and commence swift loading and distribution of products Nationwide. Our facility has the capacity to load over 13 million litres of product before dawn. This comes to approximately 400 trucks of petroleum products. With this act, it is our belief that once again our citizens will begin to smile, return to normal family and work life.”

”We call on other petroleum marketers to follow suit and save our Nation from this impending economic and social crisis. This is a period that requires patriotism and service to fatherland. Let’s join hands to help our fellow citizens and save Nigeria. We also call on striking bodies to call off the strike action. Let us work together for the betterment of our people”.

”As we brief you this moment, our truck park, port reception facilities and our depot complex have been ordered open. We are ordering and resuming discharge of products from vessels at our berths. We have ordered our trucks to commence loading of products and move overnight to every state of the Federation.

Ubah was the head of the Transformation Agenda of Nigeria, TAN; a group that spearheaded President Jonathan’s campaign.

Quoted source: Nigerian Bulletin (Online).
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