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Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announced the Winners of Fashion Awards 2021 of “More Than a mother” – African Business

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Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) and African First Ladies announced Call for Applications for 2 new categories of Fashion Awards: Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2022 to address issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV and Women Empowerment at all levels; Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension” to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes & Hypertension.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the Winners of Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” campaign. Winners were announced for the following Awards:

  1. Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021 the theme for which was to deliver strong and influential messages about Breaking Infertility stigma, Empowering Girls and Women through Education at all levels
  2. Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021 the theme for which was to create designs that display messages to encourage people to wear masks to show they and to protect themselves and their loved ones from the ongoing coronavirus global health issue

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, President of “More than a Mother” campaign emphasized, “I am extremely happy and proud to announce the winners of Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021, together with my dear sisters the African First Ladies. Big congratulations to our 21 winners, I loved all the designs they sent us and I appreciate their creativity. I also welcome them to our newly established ‘Fashion with Purpose’ community, as I  strongly believe that Fashion and Art play a significant role in raising awareness about health and sensitive social topics and can bring about a culture shift in Africa”.

The Winners from Ghana were personally awarded by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej during her visit to Ghana. She will also be awarding the winners of Zambia during her upcoming visit to the country.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej also included the winners of past editions of Merck Foundation Fashion Awards “More Than a Mother” on “Our Africa by Merck Foundation”, a TV program to raise awareness on critical social and health issues through the Fashion with Purpose Community. The TV program is also being broadcasted on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, LNTV, Liberia, and also posted on all social media channels of Merck Foundation and of KTN, NTV, GH One TV and LNTV.

Watch the Promo of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ here: https://bit.ly/3PzK1GE

Here is the list of Award Winners:

Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021

GHANA

  1. Solace Akos Sakah
  2. Linda Mensah
  3. Destinee Mouanda Biyeri
  4. Pwatani Theresa
  5. David Kwabena Appaih
  6. Catherine Natang

NAMIBIA

  1. Ngatendwe Hope Gowera 
  2. Siuna Birindwa Genese
  3. Rebecca Uukongo
  4. Risto Elizabeth 
  5. Joel Musasa

NIGERIA

  1. Blessing Dangom
  2. Elamah Ahmat
  3. Adebayo Adedotun Promise

ZAMBIA

  1. Kasonde Makangila
  2. Gibstar Makangila jr

ZIMBABWE

  1. Chewe Manase

Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021

ZAMBIA

  1. Tepwanji Mpetemoya & Mwiche Songolo
  2. Linda Ngwira

MAURITIUS

  1. Neerooa Aalia Bibi Firdaus

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasized, “We have announced Call for Applications for two Fashion Awards of Merck Foundation, this year.”

The First one is Merck Foundation Fashion  Awards “More Than a Mother” 2022, announced in partnership with African First Ladies. All African Fashion Students and Designers are invited to create and share designs to deliver strong and influential messages to raise awareness about one or more of the following social issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Supporting Girl Education, Women Empowerment, Ending Child Marriage, Ending FGM and/or Stopping GBV at all levels.

The second one is Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension”, announced in partnership with African First Ladies. All African Fashion Students and Designers are invited to create and share designs to deliver strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension”.

Who can apply?

All African Fashion Students and Designers.

Last Date of Submission

30th October 2022

How to Apply?

Please share original sketches as attachment(s) on: [email protected]

The subject line of the mail should mention: Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2022 OR Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension”

Please specify your name, institution name, country, and contact details in the mail.

Prize money: 10 winners will be granted $500 each to execute their designs

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Merck Foundation.

Download more images: https://bit.ly/3BhuTcx 

Media contact:
Mehak Handa 
Community Awareness Program Manager 
+91 9310087613/ +91 9319606669 
[email protected] 

Join the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heard:
Facebook: bit.ly/3vKE8O2
Twitter: bit.ly/2TeOQNj
YouTube: bit.ly/3zc3up1
Instagram: bit.ly/3g6OYr3
Flicker: bit.ly/2Tay0Pu
Website: Merck-Foundation.com
Download the Merck Foundation App: bit.ly/3v7pf5Z

About ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’:
“Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable fertility care solutions. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility at all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. 

The Ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” are:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI,
The First Lady of Botswana

H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana

H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria

H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of Burundi

H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia

H.E FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone

H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic

H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Malawi

H.E. MUTINTA HICHILEMA, The First Lady of Zambia

H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville

H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe

H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, THE First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo

H.E. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia

H.E. BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger

The Former First Lady of Burundi, H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The Former First Lady of Chad, H.E. HINDA DÉBY ITNO, The Former First Lady of Guinea Conakry, H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The Former First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The Former First Lady of Niger, H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU and The Former First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU have worked successfully with Merck Foundation as Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassadors to break the stigma of infertility and empower infertile women in their countries.

Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck Foundation More than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as.

  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards and Health Media Training
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Fashion Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Film Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Song Awards
  • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it
  • Children storybook, localized for each country

About Merck Foundation:
The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available on the Merck Foundation Website. Please visit Merck-Foundation.com to read more. To know more, reach out to our social media: Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Facebook (bit.ly/32YFKpv), Twitter (bit.ly/2TeOQNj), Instagram(bit.ly/3g6OYr3) , YouTube (bit.ly/3zc3up1) and Flicker (bit.ly/2Tay0Pu).

This Press Release has been issued by APO. The content is not monitored by the editorial team of African Business and not of the content has been checked or validated by our editorial teams, proof readers or fact checkers. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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First Ladies of Niger & Central African Republic felicitate Merck Foundation 2021 Media Awards Winners – African Business

Merck Foundation

Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.comand African First Ladies announced Call for Applications for 2 new categories of 2022 Awards for Media, Musicians, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, students, and new potential talents in these field; Merck Foundation Awards “More Than a Mother” 2022 to address issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV and/or Women Empowerment at all level; Merck Foundation Awards “Diabetes & Hypertension” 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes & Hypertension.

CEO of Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, recognized the felicitation ceremony held by H.E.  BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa & Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” and H.E. BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger & Ambassador of “Educating Linda” to award the Winners of Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards 2021 from their respective countries.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and President of “More Than a Mother” campaign expressed, “I am thankful to my dear sisters H.E.  BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic (CAR)  & Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” and H.E.  BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger & Ambassador of “Educating Linda”, for conducting the award ceremony and personally handing over the medals and certificates to the winners who became Merck Foundation Alumni. I once again congratulate the winner from CAR and Niger respectively and also appreciate all the efforts put in by them to become the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness about sensitive social and cultural issues such as Infertility stigma, supporting girl education and also health issues like adapting best protection measures during coronavirus, in the past year”.

Merck Foundation, encouraged by the valuable contribution from the media, has additionally rewarded the winners by providing them with one-year access to an online educational training program called “MasterClass”. MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course that can be accessed anywhere with the Internet.

Merck Foundation in partnership with the CAR First Lady has provided 5 scholarships to young local doctors in the fields of Oncology and Diabetes. One female doctor has completed Merck Foundation’s Oncology Program and has become the first Gynaecology Oncologist in CAR. As a part of their “Educating Linda” program, Merck Foundation has also provided 3000 sets of essential school items to girl students in CAR.

Moreover, Merck Foundation in partnership with the Niger First Lady has provided 25 scholarships to young doctors in the fields of Oncology, Fertility & Embryology and Diabetes Care. Under their “Educating Linda” program, Merck Foundation has also provided 3000 sets of essential school items to girl students in Niger.

Winners from Central African Republic in partnership with H.E. Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic & Ambassador of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” are:

MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS “MORE THAN A MOTHER” 2021

PRINT CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

  • Issa Moussa, Niger Times, NIGER

ONLINE CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

  • Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER

MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021

PRINT CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

  • Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER

Winners from Niger in partnership with H.E. Madam. BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger & Ambassador of Educating Linda are:

MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS “MORE THAN A MOTHER” 2021

RADIO CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

  • Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio Centrafrique, CAR

SECOND Position:

  • Stephane Kokanzo, Radio Centrafrique, CAR

MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021

ONLINE CATEGORY

FIRST Position:

Senator Rasha Kelej further added, “In partnership with my dear sisters, the African First Ladies, I am happy to announce the Call for Applications from Media, Musicians, Fashion Designers, Filmmakers, students, and new potential talents in these fields for two categories of Awards. You can share your work with us at [email protected]”.

Details of the Awards:

  1. Merck Foundation Media Recognition “More Than a Mother” 2022 to address issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV, and Women Empowerment at all levels.
  1. Merck Foundation Media Recognition “Diabetes & Hypertension” 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes & Hypertension

Last Date of Submission: 30th October 2022

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Merck Foundation.

Media contact:
Mehak Handa 
Community Awareness Program Manager 
+91 9310087613/ +91 9319606669 
[email protected] 

Join the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heard:
Facebook: bit.ly/3vKE8O2
Twitter: bit.ly/2TeOQNj
YouTube: bit.ly/3zc3up1
Instagram: bit.ly/3g6OYr3
Flicker: bit.ly/2Tay0Pu
Website: Merck-Foundation.com
Download the Merck Foundation App: bit.ly/3v7pf5Z

About ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ campaign:
“Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports in defining policies and interventions to build quality and equitable Reproductive and Fertility Care Capacity, Break Infertility Stigma and Raise Awareness about Infertility Prevention and Male Infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for Fertility Specialists and Embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility at all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. 

The Ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” are:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI,
The First Lady of Botswana

H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana

H.E Dr. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone

H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of Burundi

H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia

H.E. MUTINTA HICHILEMA, The First Lady of Zambia

H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic

H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Malawi

H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe

H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville

H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique

H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, THE First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo

H.E. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia

H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia

H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria

The Former First Lady of Burundi, H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The Former First Lady of Chad, H.E. HINDA DÉBY ITNO, The Former First Lady of Guinea Conakry, H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The Former First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The Former First Lady of Niger, H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU and The Former First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU have worked successfully with Merck Foundation as Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassadors to break the stigma of infertility and empower infertile women in their countries.

Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck Foundation More than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as;

  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards and Health Media Training
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Fashion Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Film Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Song Awards
  • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it
  • Children storybook, localized for each country

About Merck Foundation:
The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available on the Merck Foundation Website. Please visit Merck-Foundation.com to read more. To know more, reach out to our social media: Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Facebook (bit.ly/32YFKpv), Twitter (bit.ly/2TeOQNj), Instagram (bit.ly/3g6OYr3) , YouTube (bit.ly/3zc3up1) and Flicker (bit.ly/2Tay0Pu).

This Press Release has been issued by APO. The content is not monitored by the editorial team of African Business and not of the content has been checked or validated by our editorial teams, proof readers or fact checkers. The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement.

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Down Cont Mhlanga memory lane – NewsDay

Cont Mhlanga

BY GABRIEL MUNYARADZI NYANDORO
SUCH is life.

I had come to accept people likening me to the late Cont Mhlanga.

He was my look alike.

I got to know Cont Mhlanga when he and his family were living at Sotshangane flats before they moved to house number 488 in Nguboyenja, Bulawayo.

This was next to Happy Valley Tavern, the then Happy Valley Hotel.

It was the only hotel for blacks back then during the colonial era and was owned by a prominent businessman, Mr Vera whose first name have forgotten.

He was the father of the late former ZBC TV news reader Tsitsi Vera, who was reportedly fired from the State broadcaster for laughing after a certain scene was shown on national television.

Tsitsi used to hang around with his childhood friends who were twins Irvin and Chris Moyo. The twins were my uncles (my mother’s little brothers).

Growing up, Mhlanga and his friends from school joined this culture that every Saturday people would dress up and go to Happy Valley Tavern.

This became a culture that continued from generation to generation in the early 70s to late 80s.

From the late 70s, Mhlanga, however, started to shift and slowly change the way of doing some things.

Mhlanga changed his way of dressing and no one could really tell what was inspiring his new dress code.

He would no longer be seen donning the popular spot lights, as he had shifted to Chinese shoes and tracksuits or baggy trousers with no pattern, I mean fashion and style.

I remember the other day at school (Losikeyi Primary) ground, there was a big crowd which included school caretaker Mdawini and there was a loud noise.

In the crowd there was also this bully who was very troublesome, a tsotsi who was feared by many. His name was Gilbert from Nguboyenja.

In the crowd I saw Mhlanga and Gilbert, with a bandaged head, who had apparently come for revenge for a previous street fight with Mhlanga. He was shouting: “You can’t beat me, yesterday you caught me unaware.”

Mhlanga defended himself with an amazing karate skill. I was much inspired when he knocked down Gilbert using kicks and heavy punches.

It was the end of this bully who had terrorised the Nguboyenja area after the slim and unassuming Mhlanga beat him to a pulp.

This is the day I was really inspired by Mhlanga as I told my friends that I was going to start karate training since I had found a mentor.

After a year or two, that was around 1978 and 79, Mhlanga opened a karate club at Mthwakazi youth club in Nguboyenja.

He trained us briefly and then stopped for a while. Mhlanga later revived the karate training around 1980 or 81 with few members who included his two young brothers Nkosilathi and Mgenke (who are also late).

He convinced his young brothers to continue training with us, but his other little brother Styx never joined us. I have never seen him (Styx) do any sport, but he is a creative in the arts industry.

This is Mhlanga’s early days before he ventured into theatre, playwriting and film. I am talking of the formation of a karate club with very few members before he wrote two Ndebele novels.

At the club, Mhlanga was the instructor, trainer and master. We also called him the teacher. We would conduct our training at Stanley Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

He was very inspirational. There was no money involved, but we did it for love, passion and discipline.

We were inspired by Bruce Lee (a Hong Kong and American martial artist, martial arts instructor, actor, director, screenwriter, producer and philosopher), So, Mhlanga was our own Bruce Lee.

Mhlanga motivated and would make you visualise the future and beyond.

This is exactly what people are now seeing, the fruits of his radio initiative, an idea from way back in 1981, which  came into reality in 2016.

It was all about patience and discipline, this was Mhlanga’s character.

Around 1981 or 82, Mhlanga decided to form Amakhosi theatre from the Dragons Karate Club that still has a few members.

Mhlanga was that kind of guy who would not say a yes for a no, he would tell you what you would probably not want to hear.

As a man of his word who used to stand his ground, Mhlanga one day clashed with people who were funding and scouting for film playwrights and theatre after they booked the same time we were supposed to be
training.

Having been booked at the same time we used to train, the caretaker asked us to come at an alternative slot or the following day since they had booked the foreign visitors.

He insisted that we could come any time since we were locals, but Mhlanga rejected that and told the caretaker that instead it was the foreigners who had to come on another day since they had not booked in time.

Mhlanga stood by his word which benefited all artists.

Such talk also helped to mould me into the person I am today. I am also a yes for yes and no for no man.

One of our memorable moments with the legendary Mhlanga was on the music side.

In 1992 I recorded a song with a late colleague and a girl from our neighbourhood, but I needed sponsorship. By that time, I had stopped coming for rehearsals for Mhlanga’s film plays, theatre drama and dance because I thought, I did not have much talent in those disciplines.

So I started doing music and playing instruments. Mhlanga would sometimes see me and we would just greet each other and there was not much talk.

One day I played him my track called Lovely Thing that was on a TDK C90 cassette. I remember he loved the song as it played from the first key to the last one.

He asked me who had composed the song and I told him I was the composer.

Mhlanga appreciated my talent and told me that he thought when I stopped coming to Amakhosi I was maybe busy smoking herbs or abusing alcohol.

He said he thought my talent had gone to waste. When I told him that I neither smoked nor drank, Mhlanga was impressed.

His last words to me that day were: “Do you know sometimes, if somebody brings a good idea I can snip it.”

It so happened that I had to briefly travel and interestingly, when I came back home, it was the same week Amakhosi Cultural Centre was launched and Mhlanga had incorporated music as one of its productions.

I later became one of the first acts presented by Zwa and Lawrence Friday Live at Amakhosi Culture Centre as keyboard player for Motsiuruka and many other major events.

On Skyz Metro, Mhlanga created a reggae show for me that I am currently producer and presenter and also on a slot on Keyona TV, the vision he did not see take-off.

Mhlanga was Moses in our life stories, who did not reach the promised land, but helped many. That is his story, my story, your story and our story.

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Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announced the Winners of Fashion Awards 2021 of “More Than a mother” – Social News XYZ

Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announced the Winners of Fashion Awards 2021 of “More Than a mother”

Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announced the Winners of Fashion Awards 2021 of “More Than a mother”

Merck Foundation CEO and African First Ladies announced the Winners of Fashion Awards 2021 of “More Than a mother”Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) and African First Ladies announced Call for Applications for 2 new categories of Fashion Awards: Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2022 to address issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Support Girls’ Education, End Child Marriage, End FGM, Stopping GBV and Women Empowerment at all levels; Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension” to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about prevention and early detection of Diabetes & Hypertension.

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany announced the Winners of Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2021 in partnership with African First Ladies who are also the Ambassadors of Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” campaign. Winners were announced for the following Awards:

  1. Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021 the theme for which was to deliver strong and influential messages about Breaking Infertility stigma, Empowering Girls and Women through Education at all levels
  2. Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021 the theme for which was to create designs that display messages to encourage people to wear masks to show they and to protect themselves and their loved ones from the ongoing coronavirus global health issue

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, President of “More than a Mother” campaign emphasized, “I am extremely happy and proud to announce the winners of Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021 and Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021, together with my dear sisters the African First Ladies. Big congratulations to our 21 winners, I loved all the designs they sent us and I appreciate their creativity. I also welcome them to our newly established ‘Fashion with Purpose’ community, as I  strongly believe that Fashion and Art play a significant role in raising awareness about health and sensitive social topics and can bring about a culture shift in Africa”.


The Winners from Ghana were personally awarded by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej during her visit to Ghana. She will also be awarding the winners of Zambia during her upcoming visit to the country.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej also included the winners of past editions of Merck Foundation Fashion Awards “More Than a Mother” on “Our Africa by Merck Foundation”, a TV program to raise awareness on critical social and health issues through the Fashion with Purpose Community. The TV program is also being broadcasted on KTN, Kenya and NTV, Uganda, LNTV, Liberia, and also posted on all social media channels of Merck Foundation and of KTN, NTV, GH One TV and LNTV.

Watch the Promo of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ here: https://bit.ly/3PzK1GE

Here is the list of Award Winners:

Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2021

GHANA

  1. Solace Akos Sakah
  2. Linda Mensah
  3. Destinee Mouanda Biyeri
  4. Pwatani Theresa
  5. David Kwabena Appaih
  6. Catherine Natang

NAMIBIA

  1. Ngatendwe Hope Gowera 
  2. Siuna Birindwa Genese
  3. Rebecca Uukongo
  4. Risto Elizabeth 
  5. Joel Musasa

NIGERIA

  1. Blessing Dangom
  2. Elamah Ahmat
  3. Adebayo Adedotun Promise

ZAMBIA

  1. Kasonde Makangila
  2. Gibstar Makangila jr

ZIMBABWE

  1. Chewe Manase

Merck Foundation “Make your own Mask” Fashion Awards 2021

ZAMBIA

  1. Tepwanji Mpetemoya & Mwiche Songolo
  2. Linda Ngwira

MAURITIUS

  1. Neerooa Aalia Bibi Firdaus

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasized, “We have announced Call for Applications for two Fashion Awards of Merck Foundation, this year.”

The First one is Merck Foundation Fashion  Awards “More Than a Mother” 2022, announced in partnership with African First Ladies. All African Fashion Students and Designers are invited to create and share designs to deliver strong and influential messages to raise awareness about one or more of the following social issues such as: Breaking Infertility Stigma, Supporting Girl Education, Women Empowerment, Ending Child Marriage, Ending FGM and/or Stopping GBV at all levels.

The second one is Merck Foundation Fashion Awards 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension”, announced in partnership with African First Ladies. All African Fashion Students and Designers are invited to create and share designs to deliver strong and influential messages to promote a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension”.

Who can apply?

All African Fashion Students and Designers.

Last Date of Submission

30th October 2022

How to Apply?

Please share original sketches as attachment(s) on: submit@merck-foundation.com

The subject line of the mail should mention: Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS “More Than a Mother” 2022 OR Merck Foundation FASHION AWARDS 2022 “Diabetes & Hypertension”

Please specify your name, institution name, country, and contact details in the mail.

Prize money: 10 winners will be granted $500 each to execute their designs
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Merck Foundation.

Download more images: https://bit.ly/3BhuTcx 

Media contact:
Mehak Handa 
Community Awareness Program Manager 
+91 9310087613/ +91 9319606669 
mehak.handa@external.merckgroup.com 

Join the conversation on our social media platforms below and let your voice be heard:
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YouTube: bit.ly/3zc3up1
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Website: Merck-Foundation.com
Download the Merck Foundation App: bit.ly/3v7pf5Z

About ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’:
“Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” is a strong movement that aims to empower infertile women through access to information, education and change of mind-sets. This powerful campaign supports governments in defining policies to enhance access to regulated, safe, effective and equitable fertility care solutions. It defines interventions to break the stigma around infertile women and raises awareness about infertility prevention, management and male infertility. In partnership with African First Ladies, Ministries of Health, Information, Education & Gender, academia, policymakers, International fertility societies, media and art, the initiative also provides training for fertility specialists and embryologists to build and advance fertility care capacity in Africa and developing countries.

With “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother”, we have initiated a cultural shift to de-stigmatize infertility at all levels: By improving awareness, training local experts in the fields of fertility care and media, building advocacy in cooperation with African First Ladies and women leaders and by supporting childless women in starting their own small businesses. It’s all about giving every woman the respect and the help she deserves to live a fulfilling life, with or without a child. 

The Ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More Than a Mother” are:

H.E. NEO JANE MASISI,
The First Lady of Botswana
H.E. REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria
H.E. ANGELINE NDAYISHIMIYE, The First Lady of Burundi H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia H.E FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone
H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central African Republic H.E. MONICA CHAKWERA, The First Lady of Malawi H.E. MUTINTA HICHILEMA, The First Lady of Zambia
H.E. ANTOINETTE SASSOU-NGUESSO, The First Lady of Congo Brazzaville H.E. ISAURA FERRÃO NYUSI, The First Lady of Mozambique H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe
H.E. DENISE NYAKERU TSHISEKEDI, THE First Lady of Democratic Republic of Congo H.E. MONICA GEINGOS, The First Lady of Namibia
H.E. FATOUMATTA BAH-BARROW, The First Lady of The Gambia H.E. BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger
The Former First Lady of Burundi, H.E DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The Former First Lady of Chad, H.E. HINDA DÉBY ITNO, The Former First Lady of Guinea Conakry, H.E. CONDÉ DJENE, The Former First Lady of Malawi, H.E. PROFESSOR GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The Former First Lady of Niger, H.E AÏSSATA ISSOUFOU MAHAMADOU and The Former First Lady of Zambia, H.E. ESTHER LUNGU have worked successfully with Merck Foundation as Merck Foundation More Than a Mother Ambassadors to break the stigma of infertility and empower infertile women in their countries.

Merck Foundation launched new innovative initiatives to sensitize local communities about infertility prevention, male infertility with the aim to break the stigma of infertility and empowering infertile women as part of Merck Foundation More than a Mother COMMUNITY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, such as.

  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Africa Media Recognition Awards and Health Media Training
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Fashion Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Film Awards
  • ‘Merck Foundation More than a Mother’ Song Awards
  • Local songs with local artists to address the cultural perception of infertility and how to change it
  • Children storybook, localized for each country

About Merck Foundation:
The Merck Foundation, established in 2017, is the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people and advance their lives through science and technology. Our efforts are primarily focused on improving access to quality & equitable healthcare solutions in underserved communities, building healthcare and scientific research capacity and empowering people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) with a special focus on women and youth. All Merck Foundation press releases are distributed by e-mail at the same time they become available on the Merck Foundation Website. Please visit Merck-Foundation.com to read more. To know more, reach out to our social media: Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com); Facebook (bit.ly/32YFKpv), Twitter (bit.ly/2TeOQNj), Instagram(bit.ly/3g6OYr3) , YouTube (bit.ly/3zc3up1) and Flicker (bit.ly/2Tay0Pu).

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