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  1. 1. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 2 ManitobaAfrican and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine First QUARTER February 2017 gggggloballoballoballoballobal eeeeeyyyyyeseseseses Helen Okocha, originally from Nigeria and proud owner of Menu Beyond Borders Bakery Helen is carving out a niche with something she knows very well - baking Nigerian style bread. It is softer, sweeter bread great for grilled cheese and other sandwiches. She also makes other varieties of breads including hotdog rolls, chin chin (Nigerian doughnut) and bread with cheese. She operates from Knox United Church Kitchen and lists among her customers, Diversity Restaurant and the University of Manitoba cafeteria. For more information call (204) 918-8483 Helen N‘deze loves having fun in the sun. ThisAfrican Woman is enjoying the first days of spring with bold colours, big smile and dashing sunshades. Vision of Loveliness.
  2. 2. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 3 Black history and slavery go together. Africans who were brought here and used as slaves came from many parts of Africa and there are stories. In Ivory Coast. I’ve heard, the House of Slaves’ story on the Gorée Island (Senegal) but it never crossed my mind that Ivoirians might have been enslaved, too. My mom told me a legend about some chains found in her village when she was little. It was said that the villagers originally came down fromheaven.They landed on earth via celestial shackles until they broke down. This was an excellent fairy tale. Due to the lack of archaeological finding, before the 17th century, there was no information about Ivory Coast’s history. The tribes kept oral traditions maintained with theatrical and ritual dances. The Akan -Ashanti Kingdom’s descendants - migrated from the Gold Coast (actual Ghana) to settle in Ivory Coast’s south and central area. The Mande (Sudanese ancestors: Mali, Guinea, and Niger) - known today as ethnic groups: Gouro, Malinké,Yacouba, and Gban - occupied the north and the west of Ivory Coast. The Gur (Voltaic ancestors) moved to the eastern area; they created the Senoufo, Lobi, Loro and Kouanlango dialects. The Mandé and the Gur practised Islam. The Akan were animist. Since the 14th century, Europeans settlers have invadedAfrica.After the French invasion, mostAkan became Catholic. In the midst of the 19th century, mighty warriors like the King SamoryTouré (Mandé descent from Guinea)foughtagainst European settlers. The Touré’s mission was to convert all West Africa to Islam. He terrorized the animist population from Guinea to the northern Ivory Coast. If a woman refused to plead allegiance to Islam, she was forced to pound her baby in a mortar. In June 1900, the Europeans settlers killed him in Gabon (CentralAfrica). The French settlers divided the territories for their own interest without paying attention to the tribe’s dynamics. 78 dialects are spoken in Ivory Coast. French is the official language, and Dioula is the domestic trades’language. Now, I found out the source of tribal hostilities and wars. That makes sense. Some tribes did get along while most tribes fought constantly. HISTORY OF IVORY COAST (CÔTE D’IVOIRE) - WEST AFRICA The Sampson family who lost a husband, father, grandfather and to the community who lost a dear friend and builder, Len Sampson, known for his wisecracks and mischievous smile. He made an impact within the community and will be missed. The Horsford family who lost a wife, mother, sister and to the community as well. Sad to say good bye to these people who were active community builders but only the Creator knows when a person has given enough and deserves their further assignment. We remember those who are sick and in the hospitals, in nursing homes and otherwise housebound. We pray that wherever they are they may find meaning in their lives and the Creator will give them the strength to carry on. We send get-well wishes to Dr. Marion June James & Dr. Beryle Mae Jones We remember Dr. Joseph Du, a stalwart in the Chinese community and theWinnipeg community at large who recently passed on. Condolences & Get Well Wishes ACoward`s Retreat TaylorDumpsonbecame thefirstfemaleAfrican Americanpresidentof studentgovernmentat AmericanUniversityin WashingDCandshortly aftershetookofficeonWednesdayMay3,2017, noosedbananaswerefoundhangingalloverthecampuswithracialmessagesonthem. AmericanUniversityis58%Caucasianand6%African-Americans. TheFBIis currentlyinvestigatingthematterasaracistincident. Nuptials Congratulations to Tatenda Bwana who recently tied the know to her longtime sweetheart. Wealsoremember LindaElfante Thomsonwhowasafounding memberoftheImmigrantWomen’s Association of Manitoba and a past president. Linda recently passed away recently in CalgaryAlberta. where she moved to from
  3. 3. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 4 Editorial p3 Gaffin wid Buddy p5 Local & Global Briefs p6 Regulars: p7 Letter & Global Counselor p14 Reconciliation Conversations p10 Community Jazz p12 Community inAction p13 Slavery in Invory Coast p16 Healthwise p17 Identity p20 Spotlight p22 Ghana celebrates 60 p23 Much more Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, MB., R3L 1G6 Global Eyes is an independent quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of theAfrican and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that is of interest to theAfrican/Caribbean Diaspora. It offers editorials withAfrican/Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Editor: Beatrice Watson Distributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg and via email to individuals in Manitoba and former Manitobans in various parts of the world. To receive Global Eyes by mail please send a cheque for $15.00 to: Global Eyes Magazine 671 RathgarAvenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 All contents are (c) 2014 and
  4. 4. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 5 Black History Month 2017 was jam-packed with activities for every one include old favourites like the Gospel concert, History lesson and the CommunityAwards banquet with new additions each year to encourage more and diverse participants. Even though BHM is organized and celebrated more by Blacks from the Caribbean,Africans in the Diaspora are also proud of the time dedicated to focussing on black history and progress in the Western world. These lines that divide Black Caribbean from Africans are becoming more and more blurred with the younger generations as they connect with Blacks from all over the world in schools, sports and church and this is how it ought to be. Blacks from The Caribbean were in factAfricans brought to work as laves on Eur4opean plantations and because tribal groups were never found on the same plantation, deliberately kept apart to ensure the safety of slave masters. Slaves were there’re forced to adopt the language of the oppressor to communicate with each other and with the master. Through this slave experience they have developed various coping mechanisms and almost a slave culture different from what they knew in Africa and over time, memory is lost in death of the originals and the further assimilation by those remaining. Black History month offers the opportunity for Blacks across the spectrum to reunite, re-bond and share stories through which connections can be made and a sense of why we do the things we do becomes clear. It is the hope thatAfricans in the Diaspora would reach out and take more interest in Black History Month and even organize their own, maybe a story telling workshop or maybe history of slavery as they heard from grandfathers and grandmothers. Editorial -Take One Me nah know bout you black people but me nah ah go ova to de states buoy anytime soon. It’s like open season pun black people especially black men, eh eh, like de want to eliminate us from the planet soon as yuh turn round somebody shoot a black man down. What de hell is going on, is dere some secret mission to eliminate awe. Man Trump is stump, the guy stumping people all ova de place. Yuh can’t mek head or tail about what he is doing, what is he plans. Imagine his own Republicans trying to contain his joy ride in de most powerful house dat a black man just vacate to mek room fuh de white man. Dat sounds an feel good. It’s de stupidness dat’s going on, man. Paranoia is a mental illness, imagine de man saying Obama spied on him with out a shred of proof and keep on repeating it ova and ova and nobday challenging him in court. When yuh sey something dat many times with conviction people start believing dis shit. Maybe in dat message he is giving the KKK licence to kill black men. De world gone crazy now that a crazy President is running the biggest show on earth. Watch out for the bully in the sandbox to show off on his big toy Nuclear bomb to settle the score with North Korea. All I gat to seh to you guys, mek right wit yuh Maker, because de way tings are going down dis world could come to an end anytime and phantom general give the orders to the Prez next door. Looking more like the guy has a beautiful mind, except this is no movie. Dis is real life. Brace yuh selves. Ending on a more positive note, the Senior Steel banders at the Guyanese Tea was bad man, ah couldda listen to the geezers a lat more. Music keepsAlzheimer’s at bay research show and ah tink we gat fuh encourage all de seniors to start tekking steel bandmusic lessons. It’s free, yuh just have to show up. Too many ahwe people are suffering from dis oldtimersdisease, so we better start de music. Walk good GAFFIN WID BUDDY MATCHing funds help women find their voices and their mojo. It helps make the lives of women and girls more hopeful and MATCH Manitoba Chapter’s fundraising luncheon at Clay Oven, Forks, on March 5, 2017 intent was to raise funds to send to Ottawa so it can be disbursed to women all over the world. It was an exciting and fun event, MATCH A LIFE LINE TO WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES Continued on p22
  5. 5. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 6 The Louis Riel School Division in partnership with the University of Winnipeg –ACCESS Education Programs is offering the Immigrant Teacher Education Program (ITEP). If you are internationally trained but have been unable to get established as a teacher in a Manitoba school, ITEP could be the opportunity you are looking for. We have scheduled an Information / Recruitment session at the Louis Riel School Division in Room 16 on April 19, 2017 at 4:30 pm . The goal of ITEP is to aid internationally trained teachers to gain experience in the Manitoba teaching profession through a unique curriculum of academic and practical courses and workshops. In this partnership, students who are accepted into ITEP will be employed by the Louis Riel School Division during the day while they complete their courses and workshops during evenings and weekends. Potential candidates will have the opportunity to meet with University of WinnipegAcademic Advisors from theACCESS program to assess whether they meet the requirements. Please see link for more information. Please bring your Provisional or Permanent Certificate to the session. Barbados is the destination for many couples from the USA and and couples worlwide seeking to access In vitrio Fertilization treatment program because this tiny Caribbean Island is known for its highly successful award- winning lower-cost treatment to helpcouples get the babies they badly want. Opened in 2002The Barbados Fertility Centre recently was awarded its fourth Gold Seal of approval for their excellent care. Their accreditation now spans from 2007 to 2020. It is respon- sible for delivering thousands of babies to struggling families. According to Medical Director, Dr. Juliette Skinner, “We believe our high clinical and laboratory standards, our commitment to Joint Commission International Standards, (JCI) accreditation, the relaxing environment of our beautiful island and our on-site spa contribute to our high success rate of which we are very proud. Barbados Boasts World Class Baby- making Facility MARL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 ManitobaAssociation for Rights and Liberties brought some riveting human rights films to share with the public for their annual Film Festival. These films have links to human rights and were international. It‘s helping to develop a global sense of what is wrong with the world and how we can relate that to local events. One film, ‘When two worlds Collide’ a documentary by Heidi Brandenburg and Matthew Orzel about indigenous and human rights, that was particularly interesting came from Peru‘s dealing with its indigenous people over land and resources issues similar to what is going on in Canada and Standing Rock in 2016. The Indigenous people stood up to power to protect their land and way of life but not without bloodshed. Another film ‘Coffee Coloured Children’ by Ngozi Onwurah which many blacks can relate to dealt with self-hatred. The film depicted bi-racial children trying to wash off the blackness because they wanted to be white. It was a sad commentary on how society portrays the rightness of whiteness and how children see their colour in relation to that unattainable image. It was hard to watch children scrubbing and scrubbing off blackness until blood came the hard truth emerges when they learn that that is who they are and cannot be change the colour of their skin no matter how much they scrub. Following the film shows there was a panel discussion on women‘s right with panellists IMMIGRANT TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM (ITEP) LOCALAND GLOBAL BRIEFS Folklorama is looking for individuals to serve as tour guides and support hosting tours for its 48th festival. Tour guides get to meet people from all around the world and highlight the amazing city we live in. Visit and apply to volunteer. VolunteersWanted The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression. -W.E.B. Du Bois, author and activist
  6. 6. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 7 Nigeria’s Minister of Interior launched the new Immigration Regulations 2017 (the Regulation) on 20 March 2017. aimed at consolidating existing immigration regulations and provide a “one-stop” reference on immigration rules in Nigeria. With these new regulations, Nigeria seems to have taken a major step forward in dealing with modern immigration realities. In addition, the provisions contained in the Regulation are expected to fast-track the ease of doing business in Nigeria since this is one of the key objectives of the current administration. Some of the salient points covered in the Regulation include: · Entry and exit from Nigeria · Control of immigrants · Issuance of Nigerian passports and other travel documents · Offences and penalties Although majority of the provisions in the Regulation have been in existence prior to its release, the underpinning idea is to create awareness and put in place a mechanism for ensuring compliance. All foreign nationals are therefore advised to review applicable provisions and ensure compliance to avoid disruption of activities. Deloitte immigration team is on hand to provide necessary advisory and compliance support as such has become far more important in navigating the ever-changing landscape After the global slavery, the French settlers started the colonialism. In 1900, the French settlers forced the Ivoirians to work for free for 40 years in Ivory Coast. They used Ivoirians to build rails, roads, buildings and houses for the French expatriate. Those who resisted the French colonizers were savagely killed. Children and adults worked countless hours under horrific circumstances.All school teachers were French because the country became a French colony. The pupils learned about the French history and anthem. Many Ivoirians located in the south and central area became Catholic, too. History shows that many countries fought for their independence. It wasn’t the case for countries colonized by France. They received their “independence” in 1960. The central bank of France is still creating the money for West and CentralAfricans. The money “French colonies of Africa” (FCA) is different in both regions. TheAfricans from the west can’t trade directly with the Africans from the center without France’s involvement over the currency. For instance, before West African travel to the central area, he has to go to a French bank to exchange his money (commission fees included) to be able to purchase in Central Africa. TheseAfrican countries are allowed to use 15% of Gross National Product (GNP). The rest is kept in the central Bank of France. If anAfrican President needs more, he has to borrow the money with exorbitant interest rates to the Central Bank of France. No wonder why mostAfrican countries are impoverished. Each country owes billiards of Euros in France annually. France keeps 85% of GNP of all French- Speaking-African countries. In a nutshell, withoutAfrica, France would have been as weak as Portugal, Greece, and Spain. Africans are fed up with this situation. Now, they are spoken up for their real independence. Ivorians continue to protest against France because of the unjust incarceration of the former president of Ivory Coast, his Excellence Mister Laurent Koudou Gbagbo. He is still incarcerated in the Netherlands since April 2011. His crime? Dreaming of a free country without France’s nosiness. New Immigration Rules makes it easier to do business in Nigeria FROM COLONIALISM TO NEOCOLONIALISM IN IVORY COAST Benedicte Brou
  7. 7. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 8 BlackHistoryMonthinWinnipeg isatimeofhighactivityintheBlack community.Theshortestmonthofthe year,thereneverseemstobeenough timetocarryoutalltheimportant activitiesofBHMandsotheBHM committeehasstealthilyextendedthe monthintoJanuaryandMarch. Every year one hears the proverbial question ‘Why do we still need Black History Month. Is it still necessary,‘meaninghaven’twe arrived? ThetruthisthatBlackhistory monthcontinuestoberelevantifnot fortheentirecommunityfortheBlack communitybecauseoutsideofthebig six or so historical figures that loom largeinourimaginationofBlack history–MartinLutherKing,Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, , Marcus Garvey and someother,wedonotknowmuch aboutblackhistory. If we as a people realized the greatness from which we came we would be less likely to disrespect ourselves wrote Marcus Garvey Black folks still carry aroundthepsychologicalchains aroundtheirneckandtounhingethat theyneedtofocusonwhotheyare as a people. There is so much richnesstobeingblack,somuchto be proud of and so much solid lineage to ponder and wonder about. We do not have to bow our heads in shame of what was done to us. That is not your cross to bear. BlackHistorymonthgivesusa chancetounearthnewinformation throughresearch. Whenyouknow yourhistoryyoustandonsolid groundandnoonecanfoolyouor misleadyou. “Themosteffectivewayto destroy people is to deny and obliteratetheirownunderstandingof their history.” - George Orwell This has been tried on Black folksandeventodaytherearethose black folks who would give more credencetosomethingcomingoutofa whiteperson‘smouththanablackperson. Webuyintothewhitewashednarrative created by colonialists and slave masters thatquestiontheintelligenceofBlacks folks. Bylearningyourhistorynotata superficial level but on a deeper level, you coulddispelthemythsfedtoyouabout blacks. ”Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.” Machiavelli Machiavelli is right, the past must be consultedbecausethesametacticsthat wereusedtooppressanddehumanize black folks are still at work and we have to recognize the old wine in new bottles. Commentary America is playing with fire. There was a gas attack in Syria, of that there seem little doubt. It has caused an outrage worldwide as it should. But who is responsible, and who has something to gain? America and its European allies without any investigation are certain that Bashar Al-Assad decided to use poisoned gas on his own people. Though several nations are flying planes over Syria, all the coalition nations are quick to point to Assad as the culprit. One must look to “Operation Northwoods” to understand America’s rush to judgement in Syria as they previously did in Iraq in an effort to find absent “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” The fact that the country is being destroyed and civilians are being killed seemingly means nothing. America is playing a dangerous game.After President Obama, Secs. Of State Clinton and Kerry, Britain, France, Germany, and all the European allies decided that Assad must go and Syria would be better off without him, they decided to invade Syria without the permission of the Syrian government, to defeat ISIS, arming rebel groups in the process. When Russia, at the INVITATION of the Syrian government entered the arena, they were accused of all sorts of atrocities while The USA and its allies were lauded by the media as saviours. It is just Syria’s turn, afterAfghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. One must remember that it was these same Europeans who, after the 1885 Berlin conference, marched around the world terrorizing indigenous people wherever they could be found, killing them and taking their land. War Games and Indigenous People. continued on p9
  8. 8. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 9 Dear Globalcounselor, I am anAfrican man from Mali and I am proud of my heritage. It bugs me when Africans are referred to by the colour of their skin “Black”, and so you know not allAfricans are black-skinned, some are brown-skinned and some are white- skinned likeAlbinos. No other race is identified by the colour of their skins except white people who believe it is a crown on their head to be white but I have never seen a whiter person than an Albino, whereas for the black person it is like a thorn on their heads. I am 100 per centAfrican but I am naturally brown in colour. This is a disgrace and an insult to the proudAfrican race. How can we change this practice and identify people by their race we do the Chinese, Japanese, Italians, Greek, East Indian etc. I am fed up with this monstrosity. Pissed Dear Pissed A friend of mine from the USA wrote a book titled “Once I was coloured and now I’m black” And one can add once I was African-Canadian,African American,Afro-Caribbean and now everything is black. It’s a shifting sand of identification and this happens when a people have been oppressed for as long as Black people have been oppressed. You don’t know how to fit into your own skin anymore, what would give the right message, what would be something you can own. Unfortunately this is the impact that colonialism and racism have on Black folks. It’s like an albatross around the people’s neck because they have named Black people and gave them an identity from which Black people are trying to extricate themselves. I do not have an answer for this but on a personal note, you can correct people who identify you as black and asked to be addressed with the termAfrican. It is something the Black nation has to talk about and come to some kind of understanding. Caucasians need to be sensitized to this issue and ask a person how they would like to be addressed. It is complicated. My dear Children, BlackHistoryMonthissignificantat thistimegiventhereversaloffortunesof race-relationships in the world particularlytherelationshipsbetween blacks and whites in theWestern world withtheelectionofMr.Trump. Itseems as if people have been given a license to be themselves and while it is good to be yourself,ifbeingyourselfishurtingother people, I do not believe that is a good thing.Theworldisbecomingmore intertwinedandtheWesternworldhas andcontinuestobemoreknittedwiththe blackcommunitythaneverbefore.There is an increase in inter-racial relationships andinter-racialchildrenfromthese relationships.Ontheonehandthereisa comingtogetherofpeopleinasense ofunityandontheotherhandthere isapullingawayandregroupingin theircornersbysomesectionsinour community. Intheseconfigurations blackstendtobeontheshorterend ofthereceiving.Asaminoritygroup we still rely on the basic decency of themajoritypopulationtobefair and equitable in their dealings with us as they are at the top of the power structure. Eventhoughmostofourfocus appears to be in the USA, there is a bubblingupof some neoracist outbursts in Canada as well. Black HistoryMonthistheperfecttimeto talk about race unity, inter-racial relationshipandwaysofco-existing inastateofpeaceandharmony. Itisincumbentforblackfolksto getagripontheirhistoryandnotto believe what is fed to them in books writtenbytheconquerors,weneed anotherkindofeducationthatis provided by our own people. It is incumbentonustobevigilant,toget involved in broader social justice organizationsandtospeakoutin favorofunity,acceptanceofdiversity withinourcommunitytocounteract thosewhoareworkingtomaintain theirunearnedprivilegesatthe expenseofothers. GlobalCounselor The Elizabeth Fry Society is seeking female literacy tutors to work in groups and one-on-one, with learners in the adult women’s literacy program. The program is based at the society’s office on SelkirkAvenue. Supervision and guidance is provided by the literacy worker. A minimum of two hours a week for six months is requested. For more information, see the ad at or call 204-589-7335, ext. 224. Volunteer Opportunity Letter to my children
  9. 9. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 10 The Region of Peel applauds one of their own,Adaoma Patterson for being featured as one of the Inspiring Civic Leaders in the February edition of Toronto Life Magazine for her public sector and community leadership. Adaoma is a strong advocate for progressive policy, a fact that is evident in her impressive list of accomplishments. She is currently an Advisor on the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy in the Human Services Department. Her work includes raising awareness and testing new innovative ideas aimed at reducing and mitigating the impact of poverty on Peel residents. “It is impossible not to admire and to respect Adaoma. She is an extraordinarily, humble person who makes her accomplishments look effortless,” Sonia Pace, Director, Community Partnerships. In addition to being a 2010 DiverseCity Fellow, Adaoma is currently the President of the Board Peel Region applauds Adaoma Patterson’s Call to action: Learn More (Adaoma Patterson Featured in Toronto Life Magazine) The Black History Month Celebra- tions Committee (BHMCCI) held theirAnnual CommunityAwards Banquet at the Norwood Hotel, featuring special guest, Mayor Brian Bowman. Now in its 36th Year, the awards banquet culminated the month’s celebrations by honouring local individuals from the Black community who have had a positive impact on other people. “I am really happy to be with the BHMCC, to celebrate your 35th anniversary” said Mayor Bowman. Mayor Bowman addressed the audience with an inspiring speech Congratulations to Organizers ofAnother Successful Black History Month Celebrations about how important diversity and eliminating racism is to him and in his civic duties. The award recipients are:Marjorie White - Education, Robin Dwarka - Community, Lucinda E. Gordon, LifetimeAchievement, Andy Castello, Music, Dr. Leisha Strachan - Profession/Education,Alyssa Daley - Youth, Dr. Cecil Grant - LifetimeAchievement - Education, Pastor Cynthia Fraser - Religion. We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice. -Carter Woodson, 1926, historian Though they called it Colonization, it bears all the hallmarks of what they are doing today in Syria, terrorizing those they call TERRORISTS. North and SouthAmerica, Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, and Palestine all had non-white indigenous people and are now European dominated. How did this happen? Did the European man ask these people their opinion? Did they askAfricans if they wanted to take a cruise across the seas to go to a better land? History will show that the language of the European is WAR. The answer to these questions must be a resounding NO. Victor Vaughan continued from page7 of Directors of the Jamaican Canadian Association, a 55 year old advocacy and cultural organization, as well as Vice- President of the Horace Patterson Foundation which awards scholarships toAfrican-Canadian students in Manitoba. She is sought as a leader at both the provincial and national level. She recently co-presented at The House of Commons’ where she shared innovative approaches to poverty reduction.Adaoma is an excellent leader, public speaker and champion for people. CongratulationsAdaoma on this much deserved recognition. . By Shondell Babb
  10. 10. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 11 Are you holding yourself hostage to the past?Are you holding on to limiting beliefs?Are you stuck? Maybe you can relate to this. I know I can. For me it was a family member who said something publicly to me that cut deep. In actual fact it strongly pissed me off and because this happened at an event, a very special event, I decided in that moment I was not going to let anyone ruin this special event for me. I said to myself “I’m here to enjoy myself and that’s what I’m going to do”, and that’s exactly what I did. As soon as the event was over, so was our relationship. Done. I made a conscious decision I was not going to have anything to do with this person again. There’s a point where you realize it’s time, it’s time! It’s time to let go! Let go of the limiting believes that you have been holding on to. Let go of things that no longer serve you, because in order to live a more fulfilling lifestyle, productive life, healthier, joyful lifestyle, you have to let go! For me l had to fast-forward almost a decade. It’s quite ironic because I actually teach and encourage others to let go of what no longer serves them and to forgive a person. I came to the point where I really needed to practice what I preached so I finally asked myself some questions. These are some of the questions l took the time to do myself and these are also the questions I use with my clients to help them release negativity and bring about forgiveness. First I grabbed a blank piece of paper and a pen. I wrote these questions and I wrote out the answers. • Why am l still angry at this person? • Why am I still hanging on to something that happened almost a decade ago? • Why am I wasting energy replaying this situation over, and over and over in my mind? There is so much power and magic in writing things down, I began to get clarity. I ripped up the answers to the questions and I moved on! I released and surrendered! When l went through this exercise and l really forgave not on a superficial level but really forgave that person, I immediately felt lighter! I felt so amazing! I no longer harboured any ill feelings about this person and it was freeing! I also forgave myself for holding on to the past. If you are harbouring resentment, frustration and limiting believes about a family member, co-worker, friend, acquaintance etc. you don’t have to walk around with that anymore.You can let it go.You can feel lighter too.You can feel amazing and have a fulfilled happier lifestyle without holding yourself hostage to the past. It’s important to leave behind the past and keep looking forward. If you don’t then not only are you holding yourself hostage you are holding the other person hostage as well. You are essentially holding on to pain, frustration and anger which can manifest itself into ailments. For example you may experience: - migraines - depression - anxiety - over eating - over spending If you want to live a more fulfilled, happier lifestyle let go! Let go of the past and don’t fall victim to holding yourself hostage. I strongly encourage you do this powerful exercise. Regardless if the person is living or has passed on. Add more questions if you want.Would love to hear your results. Email: Now you know what to do! Do this and free yourself!! Delia Joseph, CPC - Improveology Lifestyle Coach I work with Midlife Transitioners, who are frustrated, stressed, feel unworthy, unhappy to eliminate/delete thoughts and habits that no longer serve them so they can live a more healthier and fulfilled lifestyle! Unforgiveness:Are You Holding Yourself Hostage To The Past? Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. -Dr. Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut
  11. 11. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 12 Community inAction Congress of Black Women New Board of Directors - Women Set to get the work done. Lisa Hackett in the foreground at the Annual General Meeting Rhonda Thompson, Treasurer and President Tatenda Bwana crunching numbers Another Successful Partnership between the University of Manitoba Jazz Program under the directorship of Professor Steve Kirby and the Horace Patterson Foundation orga- nized the annual fundraising Jazz concert held at the Caboto Centre. This event appears to grow more popular each year as more people come out in support of this worthy cause and also to have a great time listening to great music by university students. Monies raised from this event provide scholarship to Black stu- dents as well as students from the Jazz program. Both Professor Kirby and his wife Lisa are Jazz professionals and now their young son appears to be following in their footsteps. He offered three great songs well executed to the audience’s delight. Even though IsmailaAlfa of Up to Speed CBC is not a university student and neither a part of the Jazz program because of his history and involvement with the Horace Patterson Foundation as a young boy, he continues to be involved and has been making guest appearances at these con- certs over the years. Congress of Black Women - Annual General Meeting Another bang for your dollar Jazz Concert The Congress of Black Women of Winnipeg had another success- fulAnnual General Meeting at the Birthing Centre and presented its slate of board members for the next year. President-Elect Tatenda Bwana received her crown as President of the Congress. It has been many years since a person from African continent was president, and heartening to see the collaboration and harmony between Black women in the Diaspora. The then soon to be married Ms Bwana was ready for the task and has every intention to fulfill her obligation to her community and herself. It is a definitely younger group and the found- ing members can now breathe a sigh of relief that the Torch has been passed to an accomplished and dedicated group of young women.
  12. 12. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 13 Reconciliation Conversations Happening in Winnipeg On April 7, 2017, Minister Rachel Squires throughthe Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council hosted a well attended informative session on survivors of SexualAssault held at Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Center (Event Hall) on King Street. Participants, the majority being indigenous women, learned about the services that are available after a person experiences sexual assault and subsequent steps survivors may or can take. Moderated by Dr. Jeannette Montufar, Chair of Manitoba Women’sAdvisory Council, the speakers included experts from: Ka Ni Kanichihk, Klinic, Manitoba Victim Services, Manitoba Prosecution Service, RCMP, and the Winnipeg Police Each year the Winnipeg Foundation one of the major charitable funders in Manitoba sponsors a conference to check the health of the community. This year the conference was held at Canada Inn Pembina Highway with a sold out attendance of more than 250 attendees. The attendees included a very large number of Indigenous participants, including elders, residential school survivors, several leaders of major Indigenous organizations, members of the BearClanandagoodnumberofIndigenous Rick Frost, E.D. Winnipeg Foundation Dr. R. Currier, Circles FounderDr. Myra Laramee, Elder Kevin Lamoureux Awareness Session on SexualAssault Beth Ulrich, Ex Dir. MWAC The Panel Service. The event will be moderated by Dr. Jeannette Montufar, Chair of ManitobaWomen’s Advisory Council.
  13. 13. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 14 It was going to be the summer to remember, my bestie and I were going to play mas in Caribana the biggest Carnival in Toronto. We were planning our costumes and styling for the event pretending we were going to be in some hot tropical paradise where there is blue waters, white sand and cool breeze. I was saving madly to buy my costume, hoarding all the tips from my waitressing job. We were going all out trying for the best and most creative costumes. Raised by a single mom who felt like and lived like a Goliath, I hated asking her for anything because she gives all her savings not to disappoint. Anyway it was a good time to ask as it was close to Tax Return time and mom always gets big returns. She donates everywhere. Tamara was my very best friend. We shared secrets. Deep dark secrets I wouldn’t tell anyone else. I trusted her implicitly. She was kindred spirit. We spent many days and nights and evenings together drinking, making exotic meals and just talking and sharing deep thoughts everything from privilege, patriarchy, racism, politics, religions and then exposing our soft underbelly to each other – the hurts, the tears and betrayals by the men in our lives, the deadbeat, lying cheating men we knew. We were on the same page politically and our world view blended nicely; we quickly spotted white privilege, racism and imperialism, internalized racism and sexism which plagued most girls of colour if they would admit it. We were part of a group of radical thinkers like Gemma, Martha, Shitaqua and Zainab and would spend hours unpacking the oppressive systems as DoubleW they applied to our lives. As we downed tequilas and chardonnay our voices became more insistent and our thoughts and vocabulary clearer. Tears often interspersed with laughter when were in this safe space in Zainab’s home. There was always pain, hard pain some of us endured, heartbreaking pain which we carried with the help of our sisters and unload bit by bit. While we were all friends and connected on different levels, Tamara was the one I connected with the most, she was my bosom friend so to speak. She was bright, articulate and she understood things. She was very generous and proud but God knows she had big demons to fight. I opened up to her big time about my tumultuous relationship with Dominic, my handsome ebon king who captured my heart like no one ever did. I never knew I could love someone that much, he opened that space and I allowed myself to be vulnerable to feel the totality of the experience of love. I felt safe as I trusted him. He was a man of ideas as well. He talked about what it is to be a black man in a white world and I loved it when he spoke the language of a strong black man, dread locks in tow when he says “I will not bow down to them, I will not let them decide how I think and I will stand up to power every time. He talked about black men needed to treat black women like a rare pearl as she is the eternal mother and takes care of people, sets things right and looks out for you. Music to my ears. He was all of that when he was there, present with me. Our time together was full of a chorus of conversations about blackness and what it means and how to get ahead in spite of the challenges, the disunity in our community as a result of slavery and the rest. But there were hopes and dreams for betterment for our children yet to be born. We even talked of returning toAfrica, the Motherland and plant our roots there to reroot with our ancestors. All of this I shared with Tamara and she would listen like the good friend she was and never judged and offered comments of insight when needed. Dominic and I had been thick as two peas in a pod for about two years before cracks in our relationship appeared. This happened shortly after he had a life-threatening accident and thought he would not live or would live with a severe disability but he was fine after his lengthy hospitalisation. I’d been there by his side encouraging him to hope and not to give up. He was changed person after that. Was it as a result of the accident or was it just him taking a turn in life but what was hurtful is that he never was honest with what was going on. He pretended all was well but I could feel him pulling away, cancelling dates and on his FB page there were strange women who had become his friends. I guess these women were part of his life during his school days, whom I did not know as I grew up in another province. When I challenged him, he said he was trying to find himself and to regain his equilibrium which the shock of the accident shattered. He said although he was well, he felt something was missing and he realized how easily life could change and that changed him. “Can’t we do this together?” “No. Something a man must do alone.” He spoke firmly. “Don’t shut me out. I can’t stand
  14. 14. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 15 Women and Science The Manitoba Women’sAdvisory Council focussed its program on Women and Science at the 2017 International Women’s Day Cel- ebrations at the Legislature. Council of Women Repres. MLA’s & Ministers present pose with the two panelists: Dr. Montufar and Dr. Nusroat Massood Diane Dwarka and Pat Hervo Dr. Jeannette Montufar, speaks to a couple high school girls it” “I’mnotshuttingyouout.ThemoreI lovemyself,themoreIknowmyselfthe more available I can be for you, more authenticityisneeded” “WhatareyousayingDominic?” “Idon’tknow” “Whataboutus?” “Whataboutus?” “What happened? We were so close…Ithought” “Whatdoyouwantfromme,whatdo youwantmetotellyou?” “Iwantafuturewithyou. Iwantusto betogether. We’regoodforeachother.” “YouknowIloveyouandIalways willbut,butah….Ineedreflectiontime” “Okayyou’vegotit. I’mhereforyou. How long will this take” “There is no time line. I have to figure somethingsout.” “”I see.Take your time.” “Thanks.I’msorry,sosorry.Youdon’t knowhowmuch”Therewerealmosttears inhiseyesandIreachedoutandgavehima hugandleft. I had to be in Ottawa for a conferenceandleavingonFridaytobe backthefollowingTuesdaybytrain. The conferenceendedonSundayandIwas fortunatetogetaridebackwithsomefolks who were also coming to Toronto. I was stillfeelingoffbyDominic’sattitudeand decided I’d surprise Tamara with a visit. I had a key to her place and she had a key to my place just in case. I wish I hadn’t because what I saw when I entered nearly gavemeaheartattack.Mybestfriendand themanofmydreamswereallcuddledup onthecouchwatchingTV. Icouldn’t speak.Idroppedthekeyandleftinahurry andhoppedonthefirstbusIsaw;don’t even know where it was going. I had to keepmoving. Thebrightskysuddenlyturnedgrey, and everywhere I looked I saw darkness and people in mourning, I was in a clearly inastakeofshock. Idon’thowImadeithomebutIdid managetogetintomyapartmentthatI sharedwithZainab. “You’re home early?” She said pleasantly surprised. I did not respond.Couldnotrespond. IgotintomyroomandI bawled and bawled. This sound that cameoutcamefrommygut,mysoul and it fizzled in a whimpering wail. “Whatthehellhappenedto you?”Zainabasked“andyoulook like hell too, just so you know.” Imanagedtowavemyhand andshookmyheadindicatingI wanted to be left alone. I did not leave my bed for three days.Iwasphysicallyunableto move. Afterthosethreedays Zainab cameintomyroomandapplied sometoughloveandtoldmethatI hadtoeatsomethingandhavea shower. She was kind enough to set a bath up with all kinds of nice smellinglotionsandgotmeoutand helpedmeintothebathtub.That water befriended me and revived my body as it did my spirit as well. It’sonlythenIcouldspeakand Zainablistenedeyesbulgingout. “A sister? A sister? Sisters should not do that to sisters, where is the love, where is the truth, where isthetruth,where’sisthetrust,trust trust, is all this shit we talk about all bull … we’ve got a lot of work to doman.” “Yes,lots”Isaidshakingmy head. “You’ve had a double whammy”handakimbo“adouble whammynoshitless.” Weburstout laughing.Thatfeltgood. Ishookmyheadandlettherest of the tears flow freely and it felt likepoisonbeingreleasedfrommy body,releasing,lettinggoforthe timebeing. “I’mhungry,let’seat.Not anotherminuteforthoselosers”.I said. Whammy
  15. 15. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 16 Surprisingly, slavery existed in Ivory Coast.Actually, historians have a hard time to differentiate slavery from captivity. The slaves were captured to be sold to French settlers in exchange for goods (salt, mirrors, clothes, alcohol and tobacco) traded with Ivorian tribal chiefs. But before the European invasion, it was common that tribal leaders exchanged war prisoners. For instance, the victor tribe held hostage the defeated warriors to sell them to allies in exchange for fish, gold, and cowries (shells that served as money). These transactions helped to grow the “workforce” of the tribe enemies for fishing, serving their kingdom and copulating with female slaves. It was the domestic slavery versus the international slavery. In the 14th century, the Portuguese sailors discovered theAfrican west coast. They called it “Cape Palmas” (from Senegal to Liberia) and “Cape Three Points” (from Ivory Coast to Ghana). They also named “Ivory Coast” because of the Ivory traded; and they called the ports of Sassandra, San Pedro, and Fresco. From the 16th to the 18th century, the British, Dutch, Danish and French sailors settled in the region, too. They built hundreds of fortresses and forts to invade the territory and to organize the global enslavement. During the 18th , the French settlers fought against the other European. The French won the battle. Thus they owned most countries of the region.And they started the slavery. They received many slaves from theAshanti Kingdom - Gold Coast (Ghana) - to work in gold mines situated in Ivory Coast. The international slavery occurred for one century. Few Ivoirians were sent away. The Guineans, Malians and Senegalese were sent to Europe (Netherland, England, France, Italy…) and America. The Mina from Benin practised Voodoo as a religion, and they were massively deported to Louisiana. In summary, the French navigators started the global human trafficking with massive deportations of slaves to Europe andAmerica. Oddly, the Ivoirians stayed in their country to labour as domestic slaves. The French settlers decided to keep the name of the country, even though the land ran out of Ivory because the elephants were almost exterminated in only one century. Bénédicte Brou SLAVERY IN IVORY COAST youngpeople. Thanks to Dr. Raymond Currier, retired professor and father of an indigenous son who took the Reconciliation Call to Actionseriouslyenoughtodosomething about it. He is credited with the idea for Circles of Reconciliation. He persevered with his idea, seeking support from variousIndigenousorganizationsandin spite of initial obstacles found the support heneededwithintheIndigenous communitytomakethisideacometolife. It was a vote of confidence from the WinnipegFoundationwhoaskedCircles for Reconciliation to co-host the conferenceandthesubsequentsuccessof theentireconferenceandworkshops confirms that the Circles for Reconciliation is an effective tool to begintheconversationofreconciliation betweenIndigenousandthewider community. DianaRedsky,anationallyrecognized IndigenouswomanandExecutive Director of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre gaveaheartfeltthankyoutotheWinnipeg Foundationforhostingtheeventand praised the event unreservedly as a step toward reconciliation. The circles topics included discussion includedReconciliation,Indigenousand Newcomers,Trauma,Indigenous Spirituality,Entrepreneurship,Justice, MeaningofLand. Usingthetalkingstick, when in a circle people are asked to speak from their own experience and to respect each speaker. The talking stick is used as a tool. Dr. Myra Laramie, a respected IndigenousElderopenedtheconference withaprayer.KevinLamoureuxwasthe guest speaker and he spoke from his own experienceassomeonefromtwonations – indigenous and Ukrainian. He received astandingOvation. continued from p...
  16. 16. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 17 Spelt Flour Roti Ingredients (makes around 12 rotis, which can be frozen for later use): Spelt flour – 2 cups (+ extra for dusting) Pure Sea Salt – 1/2 tsp (optional) Avocado Oil – 4 tsp Warm spring Water – 3/4 cup Method: 1. In a large mixing bowl, mix Spelt Flour and Salt well. 2. Add Oil and mix until all lumps are gone. 3. Add Warm Water a little at a time to form a medium soft dough ball. Do not overwork the dough. 4. Add few drops of Oil and coat the dough ball. Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes. 5. Heat skillet on medium heat. 6. Knead the dough once and divide into golf ball size balls. 7. Dip one ball into the dusting flour to coat and roll it out into a thin disc. Keep dipping the roti into the dry flour to prevent it from sticking to the rolling surface. 8. Shake or rub off excess flour from the roti and place it onto the hot skillet 9. Flip to the other side once you see bubbles appear on the surface. Allow it to cook for 10-15 seconds. 10. Increase the stove heat to High, gently pick the roti up with tongs, remove the skillet off of the flame, flip the roti over and place onto an open flame. 11. The roti should balloon up. Flip it over and cook on the other side. 12. Remove from skillet and repeat with other balls THE FILLING Ingredients: 1 cup of cooked chick peas 1 cup of cooked butternut squash 1 large onion medium diced 1 tablespoon Avocado oil Sprinkling of dried thyme 1/3 cup of Spring water Salad or sliced avocado Method: 1. Heat oil in skillet on high heat 2. Add diced onion & stir until onions soften a little 3. Stir in thyme. Stir until mixed right into the oil 4. Reduce the heat to low & add chick peas and squash. Mix in until all covered with seasoning. 5. Add the water and let simmer until the squash begins to break down 6. Stir well and remove from heat. To serve, place a single roti flat in a plate and place filling in the middle. Roll like a burrito. OR Fold roti into a quarter circle and place a dollop of filling to the side. Best eaten with fingers only. HEALTHWISE Ingredients: 1/3 cup Spring water 4 tsp. ground hemp seeds 1 cup raw Brazil nuts 1/2 cup uncooked shredded butternut squash 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup quinoa 1/4 cup coriander 1/2 cup red peppers 1/3 cup sesame seeds 2 tablespoon fresh dill – minced 1 teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne Plum or cherry tomatoes for dressing Method: -Combine the water and hemp seeds in a small saucepan and bring to just under a simmer, then turn off heat. Let them soak until needed. -Preheat oven to 190C or 375F. -Grind Brazil nuts and transfer them to a large bowl. -Combine the remaining ingredients in a food processor. Grind into meal, not a puree. Add this mixture to the ground nuts. -Scrape the hempseed mixture into the bowl with everything else. -Toss and stir to mix well. -Line a cookie sheet with parchment and drop scoops of the mixture on it. Using a rubber spatula, pat the mounds into flat patties. -Bake for 40-45 minutes until gold and crisp around the edges. -Plate with plum or cherry tomato purée BRAZILNUTBURGER “ Real Soul food is food that enhances the soul, our central sun, our melanin our carbon. Fruits, vegetables, grains. This is real soul food…” “ A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a huge mental asylum”. If it’s seedless, don’t eat it Quotable Quotes by Dr. Sebi
  17. 17. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 18 The city has its time of stillness and calm, until the crow erupts into the morning, like a trumpet, announcing the arrival of greatness. A gray sky with a tangerine and fuchsia sun glides slowly across the expansion of my window, a rare display of the awesome power that propels me forward. I will play my game with the sun, only to claim victory by witnessing so many sunrises, to wake before the morning sun in the slumbering months of season and mock, “I was up before you! Ha ha!” I play this game and know that I will find grace and goodness in the bird’s song, and in the vibrant morning colours I will find my strength. In our hectic and everyday lives, we must remember it’s great to be alive. To smell the flowers and listen for the bird’s song, for true happiness the wait will not be long. Be reminded as the troubles of the day pass by, to take a deep breath and give a heavy sigh. Life goes on around us and for some, it’s hard to find the joy and pleasure. To achieve a love for life is the greatest treasure. Greatest Gift By Alanna Holder Riches Mrs. Hope Matus was taken by surprise when she received the Life MembershipAward from the Congress of Black Women at its 2017Annual General meetring. When she regained her composure she was very appreciative of the honour and thankedtheCongressfortheirconsider- ationofher. Hope has been a steady supporter of the organization, always willing to lend a helpinghand,regularlyattendsCongress eventsandiscommittedtoempowering blackwomen.CongratulationstoHopeon thisachievement. Baha’is of Winnipeg sponsored a community Naw Ruz celebration at the n Knox United Church, Central Park area and invited the residents to join in the celebration. Bahai youths went door to door to invited people from the area. The effort was well received. It was agreat evening where strangers became friends. Life MembershipAward Bahai Community Outreach Activity
  18. 18. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 19 A big star recently crossed the threshold from life to greater life in the understanding of these with the belief in the afterlife. And we all miss him. The social media feasts on his memory and information once hidden are revealed or made up about the artist formerly known as Prince. What a character, what a musician and entertainer we have lost way too early. No one will question his enormous talent he’s one of the musician’s favourite s and an icon. Prince himself was a weird little man with an explosive personality, explosive in the sense that he commanded attention and he had reached a point where he did not need much publicity for his events to be sold out before you can say “prince”. Prince was a role model to many people of all races, he was also a Jehovah witness, he suffered epilepsy as a child and he grew up in relative poverty but that did not stop him. He embraced his blackness even though he was bi or tri racial. Identity like gender is something that goes beyond the superficial. It embodies a person soul as well. People tend to embrace the identity that is dominant in their lives, that has informed their childhood and overall living experience. Prince identified as a black man. He grew up black, lived the black experience on the black side of the tracks in the United States of America and always, always referred to himself as a Black person, as a “brother” In the world of social media, the question of Prince’s identity has provided a lot of fodder for engagement on the topic. There were those who prided themselves as bi- racial and sought to embrace their heritage regardless of their living experience. Those with bi-racial identities sought to connect themselves to Prince’s experience based on their bi-racial exterior. And blacks were upset with those who appeared to want to take away Prince’s own embrace of his black identity. I understand that people of mixed heritage may feel they are betraying one parent or the other should they identify with one. Identity is more than physical appearance it is about your experience that connects you with a particular race or class in the world. Human beings are not pure bred like dogs. We are an integrated species of various genetic strains which shoes up in our bodies in colour, texture of hair, lip sizes, eye shape and so on. So why do we cling to the seemingly useless marker of identity when we know it is skin deep. Why can‘t we be just happy to be of the human race and celebrate how far we‘ve come as a species and how people in the arts keep pushing the boundaries to unravel the genius that we can be. We‘re stuck in this old world racial divide and keep on dissecting who we are ad nausea. Part of the problem is it is our nature to try to be better than the other, discriminate. Whenever people claim a certain distinction be it race, class, religion there is an underlying motivation to set ourselves apart generally above someone other class or race. Of course the Black race always equates at the bottom of the spectrum so who wants to be identified as black if they can get to a higher notch by claiming whiteness or otherness as blacks. Can‘t blame people for that. We blame the system which inoculated us with this racial virus. IDENTITY Prince
  19. 19. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 20 When I began working at the shop,Iusedtogohomeintheevenings withatensionstrungtightlyacrossmy shoulders and upper back; cooling, retracting as I drew closer to home. With a might in my chest that makes a man feel that he has had a constructive day, I imagined myself as the miner archetype: muddy boots and a pick resting against my right shoulder, black soot caked around the corners of my eyes where safety goggles do not defend the flesh, cheeks stained with salty sweat, and a stomach screaming to breach free of a belt, like those worn for lumber support. I cannot tell exactly when these once statuesque shoulders (if I may be so bold) reformed to a ductile, carefree slouch; the arrow remains pointed but in want of a solid target. I have days now when I am sweeping in the middle aisle and feel emptiness in the stomach that glows in my mind like some dying white star. Surrounded, too, by clouds that seem created from dust,flashesoflightninghereandthen there but never breaking through, never really confirming its’ presence, intention or power. I often feel like Superman removed from the sun, or Samson without his hair; not seeing the kryptonite meant to finish me, but sensing it is here. Nothing in my Caribbean upbringing can claim the credit, or my perpetual gratitude, for preparing me to combat these moments. When I wrestle with my young son and wail, ‘Ohhhhh, you’ve broken my shoulder!,’ or ‘burst my heart!,’ ‘fractured my skeleton!’ and even ‘ruptured my bicep!’; I do feel, sometimes, that I am closer to that truth that I am aware. Am I struggling to establish a sense of purpose, or in rebound of abandoning one? Has my mind released throughout my body a plague of apathy? Is the right message succumbing to a snowball effect of doubt, by the time it reaches my mouth? What is this connection between the pit of my belly, held in shape as if a pose in study, and the valley of my throat? Why do three fingers on my right hand require solace in the possessive grip of the left? Why do I press my toes against the floor and lift my heels, to feel knife-sharp pain shooting up from just above my ankles through my calves?Am I bored?Am I about to ‘boogie out on life’? Why does the back of my hand itch and react so indecently, to the edginess of my fingernails?Perhaps this is the feeling one expects when walking through a railroad tunnel, as he picks up the chorus of trackling metals and an angry engine. Does the fascination end with the discovery of new white hairs, or scabs lifted from the scalp revealing tiny lacerations previously unknown, presently unaccounted for? Do you ever really see anything beyond the first ten feet of sight, ever really notice anything tangible within the same distance? Were you always as aware of your muscles, your person, your need for presentation in the face of the opposite sex? Did you always visit the facilities with such frequency? How long have you been feeling suffocated by your own weight, unable to lay down comfortably on a mattress without the need for a better pillow, more space, fresh air? Is Aspirin the condition or the cure? Have you ever seen the film ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife?’I think the saddest thing about the concept is that even a work of fiction can’t debunk the theory of ‘Time’sArrow’; the asymmetry of time. Even if we are granted the ability to travel back, nothing we do can change the outcome of events, vary or alter what has happened. There is nothing like creating the ‘Grandfather Paradox’, as Rene Barjavel suggested; a man who goes back in time and kills his grandfather before he himself is born. Is it possible that I am the very grandson who yet needs proof? CANARY IN A COAL MINE - Neil Pitamber
  20. 20. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 21 The Black History Month Committee decided to try something different and it worked. This year youths were given topics to research and present at theYouth Symposium in 2017. The students uncovered many gems in their research but unfortunately not many turned out to hear about the important findings, discovery and eloquent delivery of their research findings. Those who were fortunate to be present sat captivated as they learned facts like during the 1930s the City of Halifax denied residents of Africville essential services like running water, a road system and sewage disposal even though taxes were collected from residents. The five youth researchers included Michael Archer, 21, who presented on The Berlin Conference 1884-85, Lulu Lumumba, 20 presented on The Black Brigade, Elsa Kaka, 21 on the Negro League Baseball, Sidonia Deng 18, on Africville. All the presenters are university students. Michael said he was amazed to find out that during the industrial revolution, from one side of the world there were demands for rubber and different metals to produce cars and on the other side Belgium was forcibly enslaving the people of Congo to make the rubber and metals required for vehicles from their land’s natural resources. The dynamic Sappfyre McLeod, Red River College student emceed the event that was held at the Truth and Life Worship Centre o February 4, 2017. This was the brainchild of Black History Month Committee member, Victor Vaughan who is passionate about History. Participants went home with a package of information on the topics presented. Which included, Dr. Sebi, Vivien Thomas, Madame C.J. Walker, Harry Jerome, Mary McLeod Bethune, Patrice Lumumba, Fannie Lou Hamer, Hamilton Naki and Toussaint L ‘Overture. By Shondell & GEM volunteer writer. Youth Researchers Delivers Findings at 2017 Black History MonthYouth Symposium Lorial Todd helping out in the kitchen at youth symposium. Saffyre MacLeod, emceeLulu Lipoma - speaker Michael Archer - speakerRegina Stewart. student at St. Vincen Massey.
  21. 21. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 22 Loraine M. Nyokong Interim Executive Director Loraine is an experienced executive, and a dynamic leader. Her varied career includes business development, strategic and business planning, change management, coaching and mentoring, and the management of multi-functional work teams in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Loraine received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg in Justice and Law Enforcement, and is currently completing her MBA. Loraine is excited to contribute to the success of Food Matters Manitoba in her role as Interim Executive Director. Spotlight NancyAbu-Bonstrah, born in Ghana has broken another glass ceiling by becoming the first black female neurosurgeon resident at St. John’s Hopkins Hospital. Ecstatic by the announcement on March 17 a.k.a. “Match day” when students find out which where they will be doing their residence, Abu- Bosrah is especially pleased being the first Physician in her family. “I am very much interested in providing medical care in underserved settings, specifically surgical care,” she said in a statement. “I hope to be able to go back to Ghana over the course of my career to help in building sustainable surgical infrastructure.” Nancy’s husband, Kwabena, is also studying medicine as a 3rd-year medical student at University of Maryland. Her moment is extra special, as she will be the first physician in her family. “I want to be remembered for serving my community, whether it is through providing quality surgical care or helping mentor the next generation of surgeons. Everything is special about the match. It will be a dream come true. Congratulations to Nancy Abu-Bonsrah BREAKING BARRIERS Career Moves Congratulations to Raymond Ngarboui, 43, one of the winners of the Premier’s VolunteerAward 2017 for his outstanding volunteer work in Manitoba. Originally from Chad, Central Africa, Raymond lives and breathes agriculture/gardening. Shortly after he arrived in Manitoba Raymond’s passion for gardening which was developed in his home country ignited and flourished through The RainbowCommunityGardening project which he was instrumental in starting in 2008 three years after he arrived as a permanent resident to Canada, dedicated to teaching people, especially newcomers how to grow vegetables. The Rainbow society project started with 16 families from diverse backgrounds who grew crops together on nine sites across Manitoba. “When I see new immigrants – who cannot afford nutritious food from the store, growing vegetables to eat makes me proud.” . “Volunteering for me is a way of giving back,” said Ngarboui. “Who I am today, it’s thanks to what I received from other people.” Ngarboui has served on a range of boards, including the Board for Supporting Employment and Raymond Ngarboui Receives Premier of Manitoba VolunteerAward Premier Brian Pallister & Raymond Ngarboui continued on p 22
  22. 22. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 23 Wanted: Information on Black Settlers who had Mennonite Neighbours Dr. Timothy Epp of Redeermer University College is interested in connecting with anyone who have any information (even if it seems insignificant to you), stories or memo- ries of interaction between Mennonites and Black people in Manitoba or Saskatchewan between the late 19th Century and the 1950’s. Prof. Epp is currently studying the relationships between Mennonite missionaries and the Black Settlers. According to Prof. Epp’s research so far, Mennonites and Blacks were neighbours in Winnipeg’s North End and Point Douglas areas, the area near the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church. As well as areas near Neepawpa, Marquette, Provencher, Souris, Bran- don, Lisgar and Dauphin. He is expected to be in Manitoba sometime in May or June and will be available to speak to anyone who is inerested in speaking to him. Please email Professor Epp at or call 905-648- 2139 x 4247. Please help if you can. Dr. Jeannette Montufar of Winnipeg has been appointed chair of the council.. She is a business owner, philanthropist, mentor and trailblazer in transportation engineering. Her company sponsors several events and organizations that seek to empower women. Council members are: Verna A. Klippenstein Heinrichs (Altona), Margaret Roscelli (Oak Lake), Maggie Masi (Winnipeg), Jennifer Flett (Opaskwayak), Doris Mae Oulton (Winnipeg), Kristen Lynch (Winnipeg) and Lizanne Lachance (Winnipeg). Dr. Romona Goomansingh of Winnipeg has been re-appointed to the council. Two members of the previous board have resigned, while the membership of six expired and seven were revoked. All of the members are highly accomplished women with track records of concern for women’s issues. Squires thanked the outgoing board members for their contributions and commitment. Meet the New Board of the Manitoba Women’sAdvisory Council Economic Development Winnipeg and Knox Church Trustees, and works to advocate for newcomers in Winnipeg. He is also willing to share his knowledge of gardening with anyone who has the time to listen and implement his suggestions. Raymond was one of 30 recipients of this prestigious award presented at the 34th Annual VolunteerAwards recep- tion held at the RBC Convention Centre April 25, 2017. continued on p 21 which not only raised much needed funds for MATCH International but provided a sweet space for women to get together, eat and share information about how the other half of the world lives. There were guest speakers including Maureen Gathogo explained what MATCH is all about and how you can become involved, and Dr. Emma Alexander, university of Winnipeg professor who described two examples of MATCJH funded projects – Her Turn in Nepal and FAT in India. These projects are designed to empower women to help themselves. Funds raised from the luncheon goes to help the work of MATCH International. Mary Scott of International Women Research Institute Incorporated spoke about the work of IWRII and how they use the funds raised by them. MATCH was a recipient of the organization’s last fundraising effort. Helen Whettles and her team did an excellent job organizing this successful event. Helen Whettles, Chair, Manitoba MATCH, Dr. EmmaAlexander, Maureen Gathogo, of Instyle Organizing, Immaculate Nabisere, Durga Ogale, Rose- maryAhoff, JoWright and Lisa Hackett continued from p3 Mary Scott Maureen, Immaculate and Kenny Daodu
  23. 23. Global Eyes Magazine Spring 2017 24 SixtyyearsagoGhanabecame the first country inAfrica to gain its independence under the wise and steady leadership of Kwame Nkrumaharespectnamearoundthe world and especially in theAfrican andCaribbeancountries. WhenGhanagainedits independence,thefirstthingon Nkrumah’smindwastofreehis brothers and sisters and vowed he will not rest until all Africa is free. Hewasinstrumentalinthefreedom movementsinmanyCaribbean countries as well. Africa is one continent, one people, and one nation. The notion that in order to have a nation it is necessary for there to be a common language, a common territory and common culture has failed to stand the test of time or the scrutiny of scientific definition of objective reality... The community of economic life is the major feature within a nation, and it is the economy which holds together the people living in a territory. It is on this basis that the new Africans recognise themselves as potentially one nation, whose dominion is the entire African continent. ...All people of African descent whether they live or in any part of the world are Africans and belong to the African nation. Kwame Nkrumah ...The independence of Ghana is meaningless unless it is linked-up with the total liberation of the AfricanContinentKwameNkrumah Nkrumah had a holistic view of Africans and he saw no difference whethertheywereincontinental Africa, the Caribbean or transplanted any part of the world. Like an apple is an apple regardless of the soil it has grown in,Africans areAfricans wherever they are. It is clear that we must find an African solution to our problems, and thatthiscanonlybefoundin African unity. Divided we are weak; united,Africa could become one of the greatest forces for good intheworld.KwameNkrumah The Ghana Union of Winnipegannualcelebrates Ghana‘sindependenceanniversary but this year was special. There was the flag raising ceremony at the WinnipegCityHall.Mayor BowmancalledGhanaoneofthe mostbeautifulcountriesinAfrica which is fast becoming a hub of art and fashion. Ghana is also praised asacountrywhichhasenjoyed peaceanddemocracyformany years now. Celebrated at the Canad Inn onRegent,theeventattractedsome 500participantsincluding representatives from the Diaspora organizationsandWinnipeg communityatlarge. Guest speaker, Professor J.CV. Khatter spent years as a Senior Science teacher in Kumasi Ghana and developed science programme at the GCEAlevel as well as three science labs with the help of UNICEF and was instrumentalindevelopmentof elementaryandsecondaryschools inGhana. Prof. Katter spoke about his experiencesandhisstudentsand his love for Ghana. He said he has metastudenthetaughtandoffered him a job. He spoke of Ghana with greatfondness. The evening was spattered – vibrantcolourfulGhanaianfabrics, dance, songs, skits, jokes and the cuttingoftheanniversarycake. Ghanaians Celebrate their 60thAnniversary Pictorial: Cutting the cake, Dr. Khatter, guest speaker, Justina Stone and Selina Bieber, Dancing, Ghana- ian choir, Kamta Singh, Stella Kankan, Lola Ayolele, Grace , President of Ghanaian Assoc..& unidentified friend.
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