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October 2013

Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine

global eyes

Beatrice Watson
Since the last issue of GEM, the
Caribbean community has lost about six
of its members, many of...
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Editor: Beatrice Watson
Distributed to local businesses, and in
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A proclamation to recognize and
celebrate the history and...
Editorial - Take One
October is
Women’s history
month and it might
seem odd that a
man graces the
cover of Global
Eyes Mag...
Ed Oyenbuchi one of the African-Caribbean Strongest Champions
Ed Oyenbuchi, PhD., is a well known
community builder in the...
Letter to my children
My dear children,
It was thrilling to see 82 year old Alice
Munro snag the most prestigious...
Continued from p7... Community Champion Ed Oyenbuchi
stream groups and professional
associations. I realized that people h...
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  1. 1. 3rd QUARTER October 2013 Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine global eyes ED OYENBUCHI TELLS IT LIKE HE SEES IT Congratulations to Oprah Winfrey on receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at a star studded event at the White House. The Medal was created 50 years ago by President J.F.Kennedy.
  2. 2. Reflection Beatrice Watson Since the last issue of GEM, the Caribbean community has lost about six of its members, many of whom were not that old and in particular a 35 year old woman who left two young children behind.. It is tough on a small community like ours. How do we grieve? We grieve by crying, gradually come to terms with the loss and to be able to move on. Intense grief must be felt and cannot be adequately described because it is all in the heart and soul that the turmoil is taking place. Yet we have a sense of what grief is because each of us has felt it in some way. We have all lost loved one through or divorce. We grieve more when we feel that a person has not lived out their lives or has left behind young children in the care of others, as if we are assured that we have a specific time on this earth yet we have no such guarantee. When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Sometimes it hits us like a bolt of Live your life in a manner lightening. Other times like a quiet stream surrounded by green pastures. so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice. It is grace to have faith in these times because words are not enough, -Native American Proverb one must come to terms with the inevitability of life and embrace it on Seeing death as the end of life their own terms because no rage, no is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean. tears, no bawling can reverse the -David Searls fact. How do we find the grace in this helpless, agonzing moment of physical separation from loved ones? participation. This does not cost a “Stay with it and not try to escape from the ways and rituals we have of lot of money. cutting ourselves off is one that that What could be more important to is important in getting the lesson that you? comes out of the suffering... I feel like I am between two worlds ... follow that inward current where you can feel love in spite of the suffering” FOLKLORAMA 2013 The opening night of the Caribbean Pavilion went like clockwork. It was smooth operation. Food was good. No big drama like in some years, it was good to see so many young, fresh faces volunteering. Our community has a new crop and they are embracing the culture. It’s always nice to see the littlest members of our community going on stage for the first time, their eyes wide open, and smiles from cheek to cheek for them it’s their Broadway debut. Karon, one of the young moms whose daughter was gracing the stage as part of the ANANSI Performing Arts Group Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 2 said that her daughter was so happy and for a mom to watch that is special. “My baby girl said Mom I love to dance. Is that precious. Makes my heart melt to see my baby so happy”.” It does not take much to make children happy and to grow in confidence. All it takes is time to get them involved, take them to their practice and teach them to use their time in positive recreation. At the same time they will be learning something about culture, community and CARIBBEAN PAVILION AMBASSADORS AND MANAGEMENT TEAM THE BUCK STOPPED AT THE CREW DYNAMIC KITCHEN Folklorama cont’d to p21
  3. 3. Subscribe Today Name:_________________________________________________________ Address:________________________________________________ Postal Code_______________ Phone:_______________________ Gaffin wid Buddy p21 Poems By Neil p17 Email address:_______________________ Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think we’re doing a good job. Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. I Would like to receive upcoming event notices from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - by email or by phone (YES/NO) Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Global Eyes is an independent magazine quarterly publication devoted to promoting cultural awareness of the African and Caribbean communities of Manitoba and highlighting the issues and concerns of these communities. It also aims at promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. Its It features articles ranging from the achievements of local, national and international personalities and general information that are of interest to the African/Caribbean community. It offers editorials with African/ Caribbean sensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is produced under a volunteer editorial committee that assists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. IN THIS ISSUE Regulars: Briefs p6 Letter to my children p8 Global Counselor p8 Tips for working with Minorities part III p10 Healthwise 18 LEG UP p19 3 Human Violations in China University of Manitoba Social Work Students and the Falun Gong members raised held and awareness march at the Manitoba Legislature to raise awareness of the human rights violations by China against Falun Gong practitioners. The students also held a one-day workshop for Manitoba doctors to the organ harvesting practice that some Manitoba trained Chinese doctors may return to engage in. The speakers at this event included well know human rights lawyer, David Matas. PRAYERS FOR THE PHILIPPINES On behalf of GEM our heartfelt sympathy goes out to our Filipino brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones, friends and their properties, in the recent typhoon disaster. We stand together with you. We encourage our readers to show their generosity of spirit at this time by keeping the Filipino people in their prayers and by making a donation if possible. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 3
  4. 4. 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 Rathgar Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Phone: 204-477-1588 All contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprinted without the express or written consent of the author or Editor. KUDOS GUYANESE PHILANTHROPISTS Regina and friend Sam at a Mississauga restaurant The Rodrigues family who hails from the Rupununi has not forgotten those they left behind. For the past number of years, sisters Stephanie Walls and Regina Rodrigues who live in Ontario have been faithfully sending Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 4 HOUSE FOR SALE GEM’s Regular Contributors Dear Beatrice: I would like to let the Caribbean and Black community know that my house in Charleswood is up for sale. It’s with Royal le Page, and is on the MLS listing on the Internet. Would greatly appreciate if any in our community (young people of course) might be looking for a house. Any help greatly appreciated. Madeline Coopsammy The Coopsammy’s are members of the Caribbean Community barrels of toys and gifts for the people in their hometown. Each year like Santa Claus the children wait expectantly. The sisters also make annual trips to this Guyana’s interior destination and help with practical needs wherever they can like making a bed for a woman who had slept on the floor for years, helping to raise funds for a new Church. This is commendable work and GEM congratulates this family. Neil Pitamber, A prolific writer, poet and owner, Caribbean Shield Lara Badmus, LLB Discipline Counsel The Law Society of Manitoba QUOTABLE QUOTE A PEOP LE W ITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN AND CULTURE IS LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS. MARCUS GARVEY
  5. 5. Briefs MANITOBA FIRST PROVINCE TO PROCLAIM ISLAMIC HISTORY MONTH A proclamation to recognize and celebrate the history and heritage of Manitoba Muslims was unveiled at the Legislative Building, marking the first time a province has designated Islamic History Month. “In Manitoba we value and cherish our ethnic diversity, to which the Muslim community contributes so richly,” said Melnick. “We are fortunate to share cultural traditions with our neighbours in a spirit of inclusiveness and co-operation, and I’m proud the province is supporting this proclamation to highlight the principles of multiculturalism and social harmony.” said the then Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Christine Melnick . “Muslims of Manitoba are very happy and honoured our province is embracing Islamic History Month,” said Shahina Siddiqui, chair, Islamic History Month Canada Local YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION OF MANITOBANS IS AVAILABLE TO AUTHORIZED HEALTHCARE PROVIDERSAND THEIR SUPPORT STAFF THROUGH THE PROVINCIAL ELECTRONIC HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEM NAMED ECHART MANITOBA. TO MAKE MANITOBANS MORE AWARE OF THEIR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS IN RELATION TO ECHART, OUR OFFICE PRODUCED A BROCHURE AND VIDEO OUTLINING THE FOLLOWING SIX RIGHTS THAT CAN BE EXERCISED. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO... 1. KNOW WHY YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION IS BEING COLLECTED BY A HEALTH-CARE PROVIDER AND WHETHER IT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE IN ECHART. 2. ASK FOR A COPY OF YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION IN ECHART. 3. ASK THAT ANY ERRORS IN YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION BE CORRECTED. 4. KNOW WHO HAS LOOKED AT YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION IN ECHART. 5. HAVE YOUR PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION HIDDEN FROM VIEW IN ECHART. 6. ASK THE MANITOBA OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE TO INVESTIGATE IF YOU ARE NOT SATISFIED WITH A DECISION OR RESPONSE YOU RECEIVE ABOUT ANY OF THESE RIGHTS. MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE RIGHTS IS AVAILABLE IN OUR BROCHURE. TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE BROCHURE IN ENGLISH OR FRENCH, OR TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR INFORMATION ACCESS AND PRIVACY RIGHTS UNDER THE PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION ACT (PHIA) OR THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT (FIPPA), VISIT WWW.OMBUDSMAN.MB.CA. TO VIEW OUR VIDEO, VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ECHART, PLEASE VISIT WWW.ECHARTMANITOBA.CA. VIETNAM WAR VET WINS YM-YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD Congratulations to the Congress of Black Women Board member, Randi Gage who was awarded a Women of Distinction Award in 2013 in the category of voluntarism. Nominated by the Riverton Friendship Centre for her contribution to the First Nations Community in general and to the Veterans in particular, Randi, a veteran of the Vietnamese War came to Winnipeg from the USA in 1980s and became one of the original members of the original members of the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association, she was also a founding member of the National Aboriginal Veterans Association serving as its first Vice President from 1992-1994. She is 5 the founder of the Day of Recognition and Remembrance for Aboriginal Veterans which is held on every November 8. In addition to being a Board member (Membership Chair) and member of the Fundraising Committee of the Congress of Black Women, Randi also volunteers with African and Aboriginal communities, Agape table Nutrition Centre and served as the Volunteer Coordinator of the African Pavilion during Folklorama. Embodied within Randi’s physicality is the United Nations. She proudly claims a multicultural heritage of African, First Nations and European among others and Randi embraces all of her. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 5
  6. 6. Editorial - Take One October is Women’s history month and it might seem odd that a man graces the cover of Global Eyes Magazine but women’s history also involves men and at some point in time the parallel lines must intersect to have a functioning society based on equality principles. Eventually women’s history must become history. Ed Oyenbuchi is a man who believes in women’s equality and respects women. A man who is now on his third relationship found out the hard way that the secret to a lasting relationship in addition to the primary ingredient of love also needs respect and support of each other’s dream. In fact there can be no love without respect. A man who loves a woman must also respect her agency and support her dreams for herself and be proud of her accomplishment as she is of his. When a man sees a woman as his inferior or a help mate – helping to make his meals, his children and taking care of house and family and incapable of anything more, the relationship is lopsided and happiness will be elusive. While there is nothing wrong with a woman being a help mate in the sense described above, it must be her calling. Some women dream only of taking care of their family and being the best wife or partner in that regard and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. We all have our dreams and in a loving, respectful relationship that dream will be seen as important. In today’s world men are choosing more and more to be that helpmate and allow their wives or partners to achieve their dreams outside of the home and sometimes we denigrate such men as lazy and unambitious but if we think hard about it is merely our opinion or perspective that says a man must be the breadwinner or have the so-called more “important role” in the family. We are also saying that women’s work in the home is unimportant. Men and women form partnership bonds in families and the more there is equality in this institution the more successful the families are. Research shows that the more they respect and support each other the more resilient offspring of such relationship become and an overall better health outcome for all. We encourage men to begin to see their wives/partners as equals with agency and dreams of their own that need to be nurtured and supported in a spirit of love and friendship. KWANZAA A UNIQUE CELEBRATION OF ANCESTAL TEACHINGS TOR TODAY KWANZAA INVITATION TO YOU You are cordially invited to the Congress of Black women’s annual cultural celebration of Kwanzaa When – Sunday December 16, 2013 Where - Caribbean Community Cultural Centre – 1100 Fife street Time: - 1 – 4:00 p.m. Contribution: Adults $10.00 children under 12 – Free Come out and enjoy a bit of Black Culture. There will be music, songs, storytelling, food and gifts for the children. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn about your culture or another’s culture. Registration of children is required for them to receive a gift. For more information call: 204-775-4378 or email: or Please note: The COBW welcomes donation of toys or gifts for children attending Kwanzaa. These can be dropped off at the Congress office at 704-44 Princess Street. Call first going to the office. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 6 Can’t find a salon to do justice to your hair? Look no more! will send you satisfied everytime Les Touche Salon 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830
  7. 7. Ed Oyenbuchi one of the African-Caribbean Strongest Champions Ed Oyenbuchi, PhD., is a well known community builder in the CaribbeanAfrican community. He has lived in Winnipeg for more than 30 years and involved in the founding and leadership of many community development projects and organizations in Manitoba. He has witnessed the African/Caribbean community’s evolution first hand. In the early days he said he participated in anything Black. According to Oyenbuchi, the African community has grown significantly in recent years predominantly due to the successful Provincial Nominee Program and those who came under this program appears to be doing very well said Onyebuchi largely because of the extended family ties which is the driving force behind it. He himself has brought about seven nephews to Winnipeg under the program. Global Eyes Magazine (GEM) sat down with Ed recently at his down town office in the Manitoba Hydro Building to have a chat. GEM: When did you come to Canada and what brought you here? Ed: I arrived in Lethbridge Alberta in 1975 as a student to study Business Administration at the Lethbridge Community College. I am from the Igbo tribe in Eastern part of Nigeria and one of the three major tribes In Nigeria which are Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa. I was involved in the Biafra war which ended in 1970. I wanted to live in a peaceful country after that and someone recommended Canada. Ed: After my first degree in Business Management Arts in Lethbridge, I did my Masters in Natural Resources Management at the University of Manitoba (1979-1980) and Ph.D in Community and Regional Development Planning at the University of British Columbia from 1981- 1986. There was a thriving black community here and I became involved in community building ever since I came to Winnipeg. I love it here because there were many Africans and Afro Caribbean living here. I was one of the founders of the African Communities of Manitoba Inc., Nigerian Association of Manitoba Inc.(NAMI) and the Umunna (igbo) Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc.. wool coat with wool on the inside which did not help. Getting used to the weather was challenging as it is for most of us from tropical countries. GEM: How did you adjust to life in Lethbridge and what did you do after your stint there? Ed: I studied and worked during the holidays. I worked as a dishwasher at Holiday Inn and other jobs that many people with options didn’t want to do. Other than that I had no real problems. I spoke English GEM: What were your first thoughts about so I ddn’t need a language adjustment and people were very nice to me. Canada or Lethbridge when you landed there. GEM: What about family life? Ed: I was very disappointed. I expected Family is very important to high-rises and a vibrant big city. Instead it Ed: me. I have three sons and six was a small city like a suburb in Nigerian. wonderful grandchildren There were only five other Nigerians in Lethbridge. It was cold when I arrived there in a summer suit, I had to tell the cab GEM: okay we’ll get back to that in driver to take me to the nearest store to buy a little while. How did you end up in Winnipeg? a winter coat. Then I bought a n imitation GEM: What was your first real job and how easy was itto find that first job? Ed: I got my first job through a friend. I was a Program analyst with the Manitoba Department of Culture, then Senior Socio-economic Analyst with the Manitoba Department of Environment, then Senior Policy Analyst with Sustainable Developoment Coordination Unit, Manitoba Executive Council and Senior Economic Consultant with Manitoba Hydro from 1991 to present. Through Manitoba Hydro International, I worked on projects in China and Liberia. My professional life is very fulfilling. I love what I do. GEM: What are some of the challenges you faced in the workplace as an immigrant or African? Ed: Its always hard to assimilate in another culture. But like any new immigrant we are resilient. It’s a tough road but eventually things work out. I got involved not only in African associations but also in other main Continued on p9 7 Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 7
  8. 8. Regulars Letter to my children My dear children, It was thrilling to see 82 year old Alice Munro snag the most prestigious prize The Nobel Prize in Literature and the one that carries the highest financial reward at the terrific age of 82. Munro has been a dedicated artist of the Short Story and she has honed her skill down to a delicate fine art that will rival the best of short story writers the world has ever known. Even though the short story as a genre is not generally regarded in the same esteem as the novel, I believe that Ms Munro has elevated the short story at least in the Canadian context as an attractive stand alone genre with its own weight, form and particular characteristics. As one commentator I heard say on the TV that what Ms Munroe does in a short story what others have to do in an entire full length novel. The short story like poetry must be chiselled skillfully down to bare bones making every word count and does not allow the author the indulgence of superfluity. The lesson in this is once you find your niche, something you love, do not worry about what is popular the fact that you love it is what is important and because you were called to do something you will be rewarded. I truly believe this. Without a doubt Alice Munro could have easily penned a novel or two but that was not where her passion was. Her passion was to create short stories and do it well. I think the short story is well suited for our busy lifestyle. Who has time to read a 200 page novel when one can just as easily and quickly escape with a short story and feel transported to someplace else at the same and usually with more meat to chew on long after the story is read. As Canadians I feel very proud that one of us has brought home this prize and Alice Munro is one deserving Canadian. Through her dedication to her chosen craft we can all be inspired to walk out own path with the integrity she has. Love, mom Global Counsellor Dear global counsellor, I am a 25 year old Black man from the Congo. About three weeks ago in the evening I was driving my van by Central Park looking for my son who had gone there to play football with friends. I was looking in the park and looking on the road so I was going very slowly. Suddenly a police officer came up and stopped my car. He told me to get out of the car and I did. He asked me what I was doing there very roughly and rudely as if I had already committed a crime. I explained that I was looking for my son that I had to pick him up and take him home. The police did not believe me, he told me to get into the police cruiser. I am a big, tall man with arthritis in my back and knee but he forced me to get into the back seat while he sat in the front seat checking on something. After a while I heard him on the police radio Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 8 phone talking and the other police calling for back up. He got out of the car and told me to get out as if he was speaking to a dog. I never felt so humiliated and low in my life. I was terrified. Something like this never happened to me since I am in Canada now six years but it happened a lot when I was in the Congo. We are taught not to fear police but I don’t think that was accurate. I did not do anything and yet I was treated like garbage. What do you have to say about this? Sick and like individuals they are different with different personalities. While most police officers are gentlemen, you will find one or two bad apples that make the rest look bad. Unfortunately you had one of those bad apples. A police officer does not have blanket authority to stop people at will. This is a free country. They must have very good reasons to stop a law-abiding citizen and I believe their code of conduct must be respectable at all times. They are public servants. Since you did not resist arrest and did what you were told, he should have treated you with respect. You could Dear Sick, complain about this officer to the I am sorry for your experience. But Law Enforcement Review Agency police officers do not come from a and have them investigate the cookie cutter. They are individuals matter.
  9. 9. Continued from p7... Community Champion Ed Oyenbuchi stream groups and professional associations. I realized that people hire people they know or people that people they know know. Since I was an immigrant everyone I knew was still back home so I had to work hard on my network. While its good to stay with your community I realised I had to make connections professionally as well. I am aware my experience may not be average but what I can encourage immigrants is to focus on building networks and doing a good job. GEM: You’ve done a lot of work in the community Ed. Are you satisfied with the state of the African Community at this point in time. ED: It’s a work in process. Africa is diverse and so are its people. I truly believe the synergy would benefit the community at large. Having said that the opposite is equally true because bringing communities together with such diversity is challenging but we should be up to the task. We are a young community compared to other communities and most of our people are still trying to find their feet. GEM: What is wrong with decentralization of power within the cultural communities? Ed: Nothing is wrong with small organizations but the need to have a central organization around which the smaller ones can coalesce is very important. As long as it’s not rivalry or competition and the overall goal is for the greater good. The trick is not to form smaller groups to replicate what we left at home in some places where conflict was based on those groups. That’s why an umbrella organization would be important to glue all the smaller groups GEM: What is the most pressing thing for African community at this time? Ed: Our youth. We are losing them .We have to focus on our youths. We have to encourage them to remain in school. I don’t believe that our boys are as focussed as the girls in our community. Our boys 9 are heavy into sports which is good keeps them busy. But there has to be a balance. Because sports have never worked for everyone. We have to motivate the youth to find balance and diversify. Not be caught in a all or nothing. We also have to sell technical skills to the youth not everyone is university or NBA bound but there are a lot of skill based training that have benefited the youth in many communities. GEM: What is the best way to deal with this issue? Ed: We need more mentorship programs. When our youths are failing they have to be encouraged to seek help. We have to encourage them to keep good friends. We should all look out for all the youth. Because we lose/gain together. The friends a child has are critical to that child’s company. We have to encourage them to create networks outside of their cultural communities to join or create multicultural networks. This is important for their long term survival, I got my job in government through a friend outside my community, the person I went to school with and kept that contact alive after school. Gave me access s to his network GEM: There have been many efforts you have been involved with to create a Unified Organizations for Blacks in Winnipeg - what has been the challenge for you in this regard? ED: True, I have been in every effort to integrate the African and Caribbean communities. I feel we have let our children down because we have been unable to unite. We don’t seem to have a big picture or look at the greater good. It is my biggest regret in my community development work, not being able to achieve this unity. In order to influence the political system we need to come together. Our fragmentation does not serve us well. GEM: What’s the best thing that happened to you? ED: Meeting Mwaka. She has changed my life completely. She has been a positive force in my life. I was overweight when I met her and I thought I looked good but she made it clear right away that I had to lose weight, that my weight was not healthy. I have been in the gym ever since and this year I ran my first 18 miles and feeling in top form, thanks to her. GEM: What makes this relationship different from the others, what is the glue that keeps you together? Ed: Very good friends , respecting each other and being each other’s cheerleader, in other words, support and proud of each other, then things fall into place. I am very happy with my life right now. GEM: What’s in your future? Ed: Retirement and continue my work in the community and in continental Africa. I feel the time will come when I will be able to make some meaningful contributions to Africa because I have a lot of experience and skills in various areas which Africa needs. GEM: Thanks Ed. I know this is just scratching the surface of your contributions to our community and hope we can continue this discussion in the future. Ed: Definitely. QUOTABLE QUOTE Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Steve Jobs Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 9
  10. 10. TIPS FOR WORKING WITH MINORITIES (Part 3) Adapted from Catrice Jackson’s Article) As the relationship grows: 9. Do not use defense mechanisms. If a minority shares a personal story laced with stereotyping, profiling, discrimination and or prejudice, believe it, period! If you question it, you lose trust. If you deny or minimize it, you lose trust. If you dismiss the minority’s perspective or justify the conduct complained about, you lose trust. The most common responses that can lead to a loss of trust include the following examples: (i) “Are you sure that really happened”? (ii) “Oh yes I know, that happened to me too”; (iii) “I can understand, as a woman I have experienced that too”; disparities that minorities face on a The first one is laced with daily basis. An ally is someone who minimization and denial, the second owns their own privileges and does one is laced with justification and not deny or minimize it, but uses it the last one is laced with shifting to promote, speak out and advocate the focus and minimizing. You for equality seeking minorities. One should therefore be careful, just thing is sure, we minorities know listen and support. an ally when we see one and often times, within the first few 10. And finally (although I could interactions, if not the first. give you a couple more I hope you find value in these tips tips)…..become an ally. An ally is and apply them in your professional someone who embraces differences, or work relationships with is sensitive to those differences and minorities. That way, we can all uses their cultural and emotional work together to establish positive intelligence to navigate the tricky and progressive work relationships waters of inter-racial relationships. in a world where the work force is An ally believes, supports and becoming increasingly diverse. validates a minority’s experiences. An ally is knowledgeable about the “Blackface” as your Halloween Costume? Each year this issue comes up and Black folks get hot under the collar and some White folks can’t or won’t understand why? Here is how one young woman feels about this In fact, that is my question: How does it feel to be white? How does it feel to move through the world without being accused, for instance, of “shopping while black”? How does it feel to know police officers are there to help you rather than surveil you? How does it feel to have the full range of your experiences represented on the big and small screen? How does it feel to be the dominant race in the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, almost all 50 governorships, every state legislature in the country and most cities and local governments too? I imagine that that feels good. Safe. I’m not asking for a perverse descent into white guilt here. I am asking white people to Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 10 recognize that that goodness and innate comfort that you feel in your own skin, that uncompromised sense of your own humanity is exactly how you are supposed to feel. I am asking you to recognize that black people and brown and native people are supposed to feel any way other than that. When you grapple with how it feels to be white, you will be much closer to understanding how it feels to be black. these foolish racists who clearly have no moral compass. Caitlin Cimeno is no innocent bystander herself. On her Facebook page, she mocked a picture of a little black girl in a T-shirt that said, “Black Girls Rock.” Caitlin intimated that if she “told the truth” using the converse logic that “white girls rock” she’d be called racist. I won’t spend time explaining that any more than I spend time explaining why we don’t have white entertainment television and white history month. White people are not that obtuse. And the ones who are are willfully ignorant. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Instead, for those folks who consider themselves enlightened, I will simply say that one of the easiest ways to not be racist this Halloween season is to say no to blackface and tell your less enlightened friends to say no, too. Black America and the diasporic black world thank you.” ~Brittney Cooper
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  12. 12. The Art of Aging Gracefully by Dr. Lois Archer Dr. Lois Archer highlighted some important aspects to bear in mind when contemplating the ageing process and in particular, thoughts on how to age gracefully. Here is a synopsis of her presentation without the humorous power point slides and inspiring quotes delivered at the Guyanese Cultural Organization’s Banquet on May 25, 2013. The pursuit of happiness should not end with career, marriage and family because sadly, as one ages, these things may become less present. But happiness boosts the immune system and reduces stress. When you are stressed, your heart rate goes up, your digestion slows, and blood flow is even blocked to certain muscles. If you experience chronic stress, these conditions could lead to actual physical disorders like obesity, diabetes and ulcers. Most of us say we would like to age gracefully. But the concept seems pretty much out of our hands. Why? Because we didn’t just take the simple, natural measures we could have taken daily while we were still young. Did you know that only ONE THIRD of what controls how gracefully we will age is determined by genetics? It’s shocking, I know. That means there is an entire two thirds that are completely based on your own choices. Here are some of the healthiest ways to approach these choices on our journey to ageing gracefully. STIMULATION Keep active and involved. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 12 Happiness is easier to cultivate than disease, dementia, osteoarthritis, you think. Believe that life still has depression and obesity. One study found enjoyable experiences to offer you. that women who walk briskly for just 5 Even if you just don’t see how you hours a week have a 76% higher chance can be happy as you age, force of aging gracefully and healthily, with yourself to go to events, to less physical and mental impairment. gatherings, to dinner with friends. Don’t Run From Novelty. Live a great wellness lifestyle. The brain loves new experiences Your goal might be to eventually die and sensations. Have you ever really healthy, as late in life as possible. Have regretted trying something new? So you given up on exercise? A lot of older long as it didn’t harm you people have – just one out of four [Skateboarding, motor bike, flambé] people between the ages of 65 and 74 Contrary to what many people exercises regularly. Many people believe, your brain has the ability to assume that they’re too out-ofshape, or continue building neural connections sick, or tired, or just plain old to throughout the entire lifespan. So exercise. They’re wrong. Exercise is don’t be afraid of new phenomena almost always good for people of any that simply didn’t exist when you age (National Institute on Aging). were younger. Jump head first into Exercise can help make you stronger, social media classes, or trying a new prevent bone loss, and improve balance food everyone is raving about. Doing and coordination. so will cultivate curiosity, creativity Medical Journal. and an open mind, additional traits Keep a personal medical journal that linked to longevity. includes a record of past illnesses, Become A Social Butterfly injuries, treatments, tests and Research shows that those who are screenings, hospitalizations, current more socially connected, that doesn’t medications, and family history. just mean going to activities and Immunizations. Make sure you’re up to events but actually cultivating date on all recommended friendships from them, live longer. immunizations. The Centers for Disease LONGEVITY!! This is just another Control provides adult immunization way to ward off depression. As we information. age and can no longer do the things Annual physicals. Get a complete we used to do, we begin to feel physical examination that includes “useless.” But something you can measurement of blood pressure, always offer is a set of ears, some urinalysis, and complete blood work, as good advice, and the ability to make well as an electrocardiogram (EKG) to someone laugh. promote healthy living. A physical will HEALTH Maintain and even improve your health and body. Go to extreme lengths to become remarkably fit. Exercise vigorously on a daily basis. Exercising regularly makes you less likely to develop diabetes, heart screen for such common conditions as hypertension, diabetes, elevated serum cholesterol, anemia, and liver or kidney problems. Keep the results in your personal medical record. Living Will. Advanced Healthcare Directives. Power of Attorney. Choose strong Advocate – Best Interest. Plan for
  13. 13. future. Speak and plan now for when you are no longer able. Document your wishes Develop a heightened sense of humor. Watch comedies, Read comics/ Funnies. Retell jokes … Depression is a real threat among the old; some drift into isolation, bitterness, and a sense of meaninglessness. Can so easily happen INDEPENDENCE The Old Are Survivors. It’s true that aging brings hardships, but remember that the old are survivors, a select group. Wisdom, resilience, and a mature perspective are often cited as the hard-won prizes of aging. But growing old itself is an accomplishment. Get real! Accept the rules of life. You can’t be a child forever, nor can you be a 30-something when you hit your 50s and 60s. Everybody knows this on some level, but many unconscious desires, hopes and frustrations occur when the reality of it is not accepted at the deepest, unconscious level. In many ways, getting old is not as good as being young, but it’s life. Deal with it as cheerfully as possible. Accept the inevitable changes of aging, rather than seeing them as aberrant crises. If you live until you’re 95 years old, you’re probably not going to be living alone in a beautiful home and driving your car to the grocery store, walking a mile to the park, going dancing every Saturday night. But if you know that ahead of time, it’s much easier to manage it. BE IN THE GROUP of other people. These people anticipate what’s going to happen. “It’s more of a ‘Yes, I knew this was coming and I know that I’ll negotiate my way through it.’” Finding Meaningful Activities 13 Watch less TV. Continue to find meaning later in life. When 600 people age 85+ were asked to identify the key components of successful aging, the top answer surprised even the experts: resilience. They defined it as being able to adjust to circumstances, focus on gains rather than losses, and appreciate blessings. The gift of life The greatest gift we have ever received is life itself. What we receive at the same time, is the consciousness to appreciate our gift of life, as well as the possibility to respond to life in whichever way we like, day-to-day, moment-to moment. It is not always easy to respond to this life gracefully. If we are healthy enough to take care of ourselves: get out of bed, get dressed, use the bathroom, control bodily functions and get into your car and go – life can still be very good. CREATIVE TRAITS IN THE FAMILY LILY SONJA Lily Rosenberg and Sonja Rosenberg created excitement amongst shoppers and window shoppers at their recent trunk show at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on the weekend of October 25-27. Streams of admirers and curious patrons dropped in and out on the opening day, October 25, 2013 making it a great after work destination. Lily and her niece Sonja both talented jewellery artists approached their art with boldness, confidence and inspired forms. A seasoned jewellery designer Lily’s work is inspired by world culture and their artifacts. She incorporates traditional goldsmithing techniques and surprising materials such as glass, steel and fibre to produce stunning works; while the recent university graduate Sonja’s work explores stone elements as the focal point isolating their texture color and form. This is complemented by use of alternative materials including glass, micro beads, resin, horse hair and sea sponge. Many of the pieces were snapped up quickly as Christmas gifts and personal favourites. However there is more. If you would like to find out more about the artists or view their work privately you can contact Lily at:contact. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 13
  14. 14. HEALTHWISE Herbed Garlic Cauliflower Rice A healthy cauliflower side dish flavored with fresh herbs and salt and pepper.gredients o 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets o 1 tablespoon water o 1 tablespoon olive oil o 2 cloves minced garlic o 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (any combination: cilantro, parsley, basil, oregano, sage, thyme) Instructions o Grate the cauliflower florets or pulse in a food processor until it resembles rice. o Place the grated cauliflower and water in a microwave-safe covered dish. o Cook cauliflower in microwave on high for 4 minutes. o Heat olive oil on medium heat in a large saute pan. o Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. o Stir in the riced cauliflower and cook for 3-5 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. o Remove the pan from heat and fold in the fresh herbs before serving 30-SECOND NUT MILK Inspired by Raw Food, Real World (Regan Books, 2005) 2 heaping tablespoons raw nut butter 2 cups filtered water Pinch of sea salt 2 tablespoons agave nectar or 1 packet stevia ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional) Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 14 1. In a blender, puree all ingredients until smooth. BASIC ALMOND MILK 1 cup raw almonds, soaked at least 4 hours 3 cups filtered water 1. In a high-speed blender blend the nuts and water for about 2 minutes until the nuts are completely blended. 2. Strain the mix through multiple layers of cheesecloth in a colander two times. ALMOND NOG 1 batch basic almond milk 5 large soft pitted dates 2 very ripe bananas 1 vanilla bean, scraped 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts (optional) In a high-speed blender add all ingredients and blend until combined. Adjust sweetness to taste by adding more or less dates. The macadamia nuts are optional but they will give the drink a thicker consistency GUYANESE PINE TART 2 cans crushed pineapple Sugar - depends how sweet you want it 1 large egg Pastry 1 lb (16 oz) flour 1/2 lb (8 oz) of Crisco shortening Instructions: Drain most of the liquid from the pineapple in the cans, then empty the cans into a pot. Add sugar till the sweetness is desired to your taste. Boil the pineapple on a medium fire until the juice is absorbed but the fruit is not dry. Stir often to avoid burning. Put aside to cool. Prepare the pastry: mix the flour and shortening together until the mixture becomes crumbly like bread crumbs. Then, as you mix with your hands, add small amounts of ice cold water as needed, and knead until the flour mixture becomes soft and doughy. Break off 1½ inch balls and roll out into thin rounds. Put an amount of the pineapple mixture in the center of each round, and then close the pastry over the filling to form a triangle-shaped tart. Use a fork to pinch the corners shut. Beat the egg in a bowl and brush it on top of the pine tarts. Put the tarts in an oven preheated to 350°F, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until done Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food. Hippocrates
  15. 15. Leg Up It was a night of celebration, festivity and thanksgiving at The Nigeria Canada Congress of Manitoba’s (NICCOM) Independence Anniversary and Scholarship and Community Achievers awards night on Friday October 4, 2013 at the Norberry Glenlee Community Centre. The hall was pack with a diverse people including children, politicians and community leaders. There was an abundance of cultural foods, entertainment and speeches. Honorable Steven Fletcher, MP for Charleswood presented an inspiring keynote address about his life spiced with humour and gratitude for being a Canadian. Born in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Steven was a dynamic 23 year old engineer when while driving to work one wintry morning his life changed completely. “I hit a moose with my sedan and it took a long time before anyone found me. By the time I got to the hospital I was a paraplegic. I was told by the medical professionals, I would be in an institution for the rest of my life.” In spite of the dire prognosis of the medical community, Mr. Fletcher is living proof that it’s not over until he says it is over. The power of the human mind has been proven time and again to defy professionals. “I learned to adapt. It was a new beginning for me. One by one the barriers broke down. I became the first disabled person (Member of Parliament) in the House of Commons. 15 Mr. Fletcher said that Canadians could learn a lot from the Nigerian experience where there are 36 states and 500 ethnicities. “No matter where you come from you would be able to reach your potential.” He thanked the Nigerians for choosing Canada “bringing the best of Nigerian to Canada makes Canada better and richer.” Mr. Fletcher said he was asked by CJOB some time ago why would people vote for him. He replied “Some people are paralysed from the neck up rather than from the neck down. It is the content of character, hard work and your ability to deal with the cold, that’s what you would be judged by,” he said. In closing Mr. Fletcher presented Mrs. Kenny Daodu with one of his Bubble Head Dolls as a personal tribute to her warmth and camaraderie. He also noted she was a good kisser, on the cheeks of course. Community Champions At its recent gala event NICCOM honoured the following community members: Beatrice Watson, Global Eyes Publisher, Police Chief, Devon Clunis and Gov. Abiola Ajimobi, Executive Gov. of Oyo State, with NICCOM’s Insightful Leadership Awards and Mr. Jim Ogunnoiki, Afro-Caribbean Association President and founder of ACAM job Fair with the Community Leader Award. Six students also received Scholarship Awards for their volunteer and academic achievements. Congratulations to all. Prof. Wole Akinremi presents to Mr. Jim Ogunnoiki (r) NIGERIAN CAKE CUTTING CEREMONY Trudy Turner, politician presents to Beatrice Watson RCAF, Captain Wright Eruebi presents to Sgt. Stan Parag. on behalf of Supt. Clunis Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 15
  16. 16. A Career Nowhere Near Ordinary Brooke Turnbull is ready to face the challenge of police work head on, and the 17-year-old is confident that her future lies with the RCMP. “There is definitely the opportunity to travel,” said Turnbull. “You can go all around the world if you want.” Turnbull was one of over 60 females who attended a RCMP Recruiting Lunch on Thursday, July 11. The purpose of the lunch was to introduce prospective female applicants to current RCMP members and offer insight into what a life in the RCMP is really like. “We really wanted to provide an open and relaxed atmosphere for potential applicants to visit, ask questions, whatever they wanted,” said Cst. Izza Mian, a recruiter for “D” Division RCMP in Winnipeg. A variety of RCMP members, both female and male, gave their time to attend the lunch and speak frankly about what working in the Force is like for women, and men, in the 21st century. “The doors are wide open for women in which ever area they want to pursue,” said Mian. “There are over 150 specializations to choose from – so the possibilities are endless.” Cpl. Ron MacDougall is a dog handler for the RCMP and provided a demonstration with his partner, Corbin. The dog was visibly excited to have such a large audience. “He’s still very young,” said MacDougall of the two-year-old pup. “He’s not fully trained yet.” MacDougall, who has 34 years of service, added that although Corbin comes home with him and lives with him, he’s not a “pet”. You can’t become overly emotional and attached. “We work together,” he said. “He’s not treated like a regular pet dog, and it’s important that we both recognize the distinction.” Insp. Joanne Keeping also found time to visit with the guests. “I have been a member for 25 years and to me the lunch was an excellent opportunity to have “one-onone” time with young women interested in policing,” she said. “The set-up also allowed for a more relaxed informal environment where questions could be Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 16 asked and answered without the inhibition that a more formal setting sometimes brings.” This female-oriented event is just one of many that the RCMP Recruiting Unit plans to hold in an effort to increase the number of women members in the force. The goal is to achieve 35 per cent female membership in the RCMP. The current number is 21 per cent. To contact “ D” Division Recruiting, email or visit today. by Holly Plato, RCMP Communications NOVEMBER 18 PROCLAIMED NURSE PRACTIONER DAY The contributions of the more than 100 Manitoba Nurse Practitioners have been recognized in the recent proclamation of a special day to honour the nurses by Health Minister Erin Selby. Congratulations.
  17. 17. Neil Pitamber’s Poetry - Life and Shtuff YOUTH IN REVOLT One last shot I’m just pickin’ up moss’ Squeeze dry and run Have you guessed as yet? Down from the roof before they’ve learned Phone is tapped with imported beer We’ve left the towels to dry in rain Someone! Someone is always there… And the echelon unrung Listening… Dragonfly wings are stainglass windows I love the scattered look Baker-Miller pink is ‘all’ but subtle (love the scat yard look) Espresso with Johnnie Walker Blue If you brainwash As youth under the gun Will it (need a) shrink? I long to feel those days again The replacement fee is costly Excusing myself on the western side Most recognizable smell in the world Of my parent’s home Next to fresh-brewed coffee… Throwing glares like javelins And hording polished river stones MOHS SCALE One last time Put your ear to the wind Lace over tongue Laughter and gaffter Down from the roof before we’ve learned The best people travel by train They’ve done away with highschool years Amour the merrier In trade for golden ones… Telling you all the beautiful things Life should be like GAG ORDER Don’t fail to go if they ever invite you Fairytales are empty calories Quality of conversation will vary Aesop’s Fables inject colour All these things do suffer some time Into grey matter Have a slice of pata negra with figs It really doesn’t Taste of acorn is the cure and wellI’m wising up cured To know there is no Heaven What is domestic to Schlitz or Blatz? But fool enough to believe Present your ticket once you’re on Exacerbate this awful lie board… Exaggerate commonality Hesitate to present ‘truth’ KOAN Prayer is as intimate ‘He must have a soft frontelle,’ she As self-mutilation said I’m wising up ‘How else would those light bulbs To know there is no better Come and go?’ But not fool enough to leave… Says he ‘feels like a pedophile’ When he drinks twelve-year old PERKS rums… Hint: Starts with an ‘end’ Name is not unique, but for the spelling And ‘enn’s’ with an ‘ess’ And if not the spelling— ‘Ambien in a moment, Charles!’ Then the ‘circumstance’ that (Naproxin-ately, how many left?) surrounds… ‘Howmgonna, howmgoona, howm…’ The bereaved and the bald Dutch Schultz is on the wire, Boss’ The crashed and the curious I like the kid but he just babbles on Can I ‘believe this weather’? ‘Naw, Pete ain’t my son; 17 It’s not a parable… What do you think the author meant? You respond, ‘well, it ‘sounds’ like…’ And if I tell you something personal? Your only retort is, ‘uh, yes; I ‘see’…’ What have I shown you That you think you’re reading me? ROCHE LIMIT Love in the name of scorn— Desperate for practice He hit on his feminine side Live to spite another day— There are so few people I welcome Into my personal space So many more that make an assumption That they are welcome here I think, therefore I can— There are a lot of sheep Think they are wise enough to shepherd And don’t know a wolf from Peter We pay for the ‘privilege’— Not consumption (estimate stands) Alive enough to suffer But too dead to act… Think I’ll call in ‘fat’ tomorrow Tell them I broke my hurt Life as we ‘poet’ only seems to work… PThe sun sets oil-less down in winter Save from spilling out the sphincter Rehearsed one-liners And nursed half-truths About condos with outrageous dues In Australia, Trinidad and Texas False I know but still I’m very jealous… Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 17
  18. 18. Creative Spark Spotlight DID YOU KNOW... A SHORT STORY FOR CHILDREN By: Uzoma Asagwara Did you know that you’re cool and have wonderful hair? And if someone says different, that you shouldn’t care? Did you know that your smile brightens up a whole room? When someone else is sad, it makes them feel brand new! Did you know when you dance you’ve got some nice moves? So good others put on their own dancing shoes! Did you know the thing about you, you thought wasn’t great? It actually makes you wonderful! It’s NOT a mistake. Did you know when you feel down and feel really, really stuck? There’s someone who loves you and will pick you right back up. Did you know sometimes when you get really In Celebration of March 21st The International Day for the Elimination of mad? It’s ok to feel that way? Racial Discrimination The Manitoba Even at your mom and dad! Did Association for Rights & Liberties (MARL) is you know if today was only okay? hosting our 4th Annual March 21st: Human Rights Film Festival. This festival strives to Tomorrow’s a new one, so go promote discussion, while showcasing films make it GREAT! Did you know that address local and global social it’s okay to cry and let it all out? inequalities from a human rights perspective. When you’re done, there’s more We are now accepting submissions of both room inside for what really counts. feature length and short film/video for the Did you know that being sad 2014 festival. won’t last forever? Just ask Films must address human rights, anyone, who ever was, it always multiculturalism or interfaith issues. Films gets better. Did you know just may be fictional, experimental, dramatic or when you thought life was already documentary. Submission Deadline: December 13th, 2013 pretty good. Something amazing could happen? Want to celebrate? Please send submissions to: Film Fest Selection Committee You should! Did you know you may not always finish first or ace The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties every test? Don’t worry its okay, 507-294 Portage Avenue as long as you always do your Winnipeg, Manitoba, best. Did you know there is one R3C 0B9 thing, two things, three things, and or by email at even four, That makes you super awesome? And I bet you that there’s more! Did you know the most important love you will ever, ever own… Is the love that you have for yourself? It’s the most valuable you know! Did you know there’s something beautiful for you at the end of this book? After the last page, find a mirror and stand in front of it. Then take a look. LISA M ARIE TUCKER WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: JENNIFER NEM BHARD, FLUTE AND RECORDER TIM CHURCH, PERCUSSION CONCERT DATES FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, AT 8:00 P.M. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, AT 8:00 P.M. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, AT 3:00 P.M. AT RENAISSANCE HOUSE STUDIO CONGRESS OF BLACK WOMEN SUMMER PICNIC IN THE PARK 3 MILES NORTH OF OAKBANK MB TICKETS The Congress of Black Women of $20 IN ADVANCE, $23 AT THE DOOR Manitoba had a fun day in the SEATING IS LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE PER park over the summer. Members CONCERT got together to enjoy the beautiful FOR TICKETS CALL (204) 444-4881 OR sunny day with food, music and EMAIL gaffing. It was a relaxing day for LISATUCKERRENAISSANCEHOUSE@GMAIL.COM all and the consensus was to do this again next year. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 18
  19. 19. SALOME WILLIANS DAYS IN WINNIPEG CUL TURE 2013 19 Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 19
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  21. 21. Gaffin wid Buddy Eh, eh man, ah bump into an old frien de adda day walking down de street. Ah stap an ask he wha happening. De man luk beaten down and haggard out. He ask me if ah din hear dat he married again. Ah nearly jump out me skin because de man just put he wife down about a year ago. Ah seh man yuh ah wan fas movah. Ah din know wha else fuh seh so ah change de canvasation an ask about he son? He seh de bouy stap talking to him and he dint see he son since he pick up wid anada woman. Ah could see he was sad about dat. Ah vencha out an ask he if he knew dis woman befoh his wife dead he said no. “Man look I was scared, ah didn’t what do do wid meself. Is like a big hole was swallowing me up man. Wan week afta me wife dead Ah was lukking fuh a replacement and a fine jus de right woman fuh me. We have a lot in common an she din want move in wid me in a common law situation. Ah had no choice but to marry her” And how is tings wukking out a seh. Ah luck out man tings are aright. We tight. She is a good woman, a good companion. Ah kian like nobady like me fus wife. She is a warm body and she is a Christian. Ah found God. Dat’s good man. God is good. God is good. God is filling dat emptiness dat no woman can fill Glad about dat. Yeah but we have to walk a spiritual life with feet of clay, I’ll find dat woman who can ignite my spirit. I will Yeah, right. Tek it easy man and as Ms Lou would say, walk good. 21 HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: FRANCESCA Ms Omudhohwo Oshobe(a recipient of Congress of Black Women (COBW )scholarship 2011 graduated on Oct 18th 2012 with a Master of Science from the department of Mechanical and Manufacturing at the University of Manitoba. She is working as a Repair Development Specialist at the engineering Department of Cadorath Group Winnipeg. Omudhohwo is originally from Nigeria. She loves Canada and is grateful to have found the COBW where she finds many “moms and sisters” to provide support to her. Ms Omudhohwo is a Board member of the COBW. Folklorama cont’d from p2 Francesca Cotroneo recently celebrated a significant birthday with her daughter Teresa and nephew Tony. Francesca was tickled pink when received this lovely bouquet from her son Tony in Vancouver who could not be present. CHRIS Desire Richards recently threw a great birthday party for her husband Chris at the Caribbean Cultural Centre and included all the guests who celebrated their birthday in October to help in cutting the cake. The evening was a hoot with lots of food, karaoke and friendship. It was an enjoyable evening.. Above is the late Clifford Alexander performing a dance in memory of their father and grandfather who died during Folklorama celebrations, a place he would have been volunteering his time if had not left us. Enigma and his boys stole the show tat this year’s fFolklorama. The boys mesmerized theaudience with cuteness.. Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 21
  22. 22. WINNIPEG HOME GIRLS LISA CODRINGTON AND BAHIA WATSON WERE BIG HITS AT FEMFEST 2013 Lisa Codrington’s one woman show pox into a comprehensive cautionary tale, on how to survive the “The After” in which she played the unimaginable. character Jane preparing for the Apocalypse and urged everyone to be get ready was engaging and skillfully presented. She took the audience through various moods and in one poignant moment when she spoke about the death of a child it was difficult to swallow the lump in one’s throat. Originally from Winnipeg Lisa now lives in Toronto and is involved in the Toronto’s art scene. Her performance was done in a lecture format into which she weaved a tale of The Great Flood, Hurricane Katrina, and her own personal experience with zombies and chicken LISA CODRINGTON GUERILLA OF SOUL FUNDRAISER Noma Sibanda and the Guerrilla of Soul rocked the packed Studio One venue of their fundraising event to produce the band’s first album. Backed by seasoned local singers and emceed by Steve Kirby, Head of the Department of Jazz University of Manitoba, the event was highly successful. Chef Rob Thomas whipped up some delicious finger foods that disappeared as soon as they landed on the serving table. The multicultural audience was treated to delicious music and old time favourites like Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata and the Click Song. NOMA Global Eyes Magazine October 2013 22 It was all about Pum Pum and even those who do not understand creole or patois got the message loud and clear. The duo team of Liza Paul Toronto actress of Jamaican parents and home girl Bahia Watson of Guyanese background took the audience out LISA PAUL AND BAHIA WATSON of their comfort zone and you either stewed your teeth or bus out a laff. These girls took the funny bone from their heritage and made it their own. They touched on many hot topics for women including dating, sex, relationships, men, agency and more.They have played Pomme through Toronto, New York, Rochester and add to that Winnipeg. Pomme was selected as the best of Fringe in the Toronto Fringe festival in 2012. There will be lots of laughter, lots. UERILLA OF SOUL BAND
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