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Benin: Former First Lady Rosine Soglo Dies At 87

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Grief has struck the people of Benin following the passing of former First Lady, wife of Nicéphore Soglo, who presided over Benin from 1991 to 1996, died this Sunday, July 25 in Cotonou. She was 87 years old.

Rosine Soglo, whose real name is Rose-Marie Honorine Vieyra, passed away on Sunday, July 25 at the age of 87 in her residence in Cotonou.

The former First Lady was admitted to a Cotonou clinic specializing in cardiovascular care several days ago.

Her health had stabilized, and even improved, over the past two days, but it deteriorated rapidly in the morning, according to a source close to the family. She then wished to be taken home, where she passed away.

“Benin has lost a fighter woman,” responded government spokesman Wilfried Léonce Houngbedji. “We will keep her the image of a brave and exceptional woman,” said Patrice Talon in the evening, who presented his condolences to the Soglo family, with whom he nevertheless maintains relations.

On many occasions since being elected President of the Republic, Rosine Soglo has indeed spoken very harshly to the Head of State.

Loud voice

Wife of president, Rosine Soglo will have been much more than that.

Before her husband took office, during his tenure and long after it ended, she was, for several decades, one of the strongest voices in the Beninese political scene. She was also one of the main actors, as her political weight was important.

Coming from a wealthy family from the Afro-Brazilian community living in Ouidah, she met her husband in France as a teenager. They married in 1958 While Nicéphore Soglo joined the National School of Administration (ENA), Rosine Soglo studied law.

In the early 1960s, Nicéphore Soglo was appointed Minister of the Economy to General Christophe Soglo, who then led the country.

But the 1972 coup led by Mathieu Kerekou pushed the couple into exile. They did not return to Cotonou until the 1990 national conference took place.

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16 Years Of Wahu-Nameless Marriage

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This september, two celebrated Kenyan artists that got marriage 16 years ago, are a couple that remains in a solid marriage that has inspired the showbiz industry.

Rosemary Wahu Kagwi and David Mathenge aka Nameless are arguably the most solid showbiz marriage in Kenya. They walked down the isle on September 10 more than a decade ago.

The two, whose marriage boasts of having produced two beautiful daughters 16-year-old Tumiso and Nyakio, eight, keep growing from strength to strength.

As a matter of fact, they even have a docu-reality show on Showmax titled My Love, which details some of their best-kept secrets in their 23-year-long journey of love.

“Six months into our marriage I remember doubting if I would manage, and I know for a fact the feeling was mutual. But look at us now, 16 years later still going strong,” Wahu wrote.

She also explained that there is so much she wishes she knew when she was getting married, but is glad they’ve both learnt and continue to learn along the way.

According to her, all the lessons gathered in marriage have helped them to become better people, better parents, and better partners for each other.

“I love you my Moody Monski. You are my best friend, or as Tumi would say, you’re most definitely my for-lifer,” she praised.

Wahu and Nameless exchanged vows on September 10, 2005, at a colourful ceremony held on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

They first had physical contact in 1997 when Wahu, appearing as a backup performer, shared a stage with the man who would become the father of her children.

“I said “I do” to you, and 16 years on, I still do. Here’s to the rest of our lives. Happy anniversary babe. I love you Nameless,” she concluded.

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Fine Art Is Not Proffesion Of Failures

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Celebrated Ghanaian author and artist Ibrahim Mahama has called on educationists and people in authority to restructure educational curriculum to make art one of the major courses in schools from the basic level.

Speaking during a local radio talk-show Mahama stated that how art is perceived has left the impression that the profession is not a “serious” one.

“Sometimes you apply for certain courses in the university, and when you don’t meet the cut-off mark, they put you in the fine arts class. That’s not how it’s supposed to be. That alone shows how we regard the arts as a country,” Mr Mahama said.

Mahama Ibrahim

Mahama Ibrahim says how art is perceived has left the impression that the profession is not a “serious” one.

He explained that in other parts of the world, art courses are as important as the others, and thus applicants need to prove why they deserve to be given that field of study.

“It’s not every artist that is interested in the same thing. For example, an artist might be interested in using engineering, poetry, painting as a means of making art.”

Ibrahim Mahama urged artists to work together to help push their craft and change some of the perceptions people have attached to it.

He added, “the system has somehow taught us that we compete with one another, but we’re not in competition with one another; we need to build the society together.”

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Place With Longest Name in the World In New Zealand

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Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukaka­piki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ki­tana­tahu is a hill near Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

According to details, the height of the hill is 305 metres.

Pronouncing this name is very complicated, however, locals are experts at pronouncing it.

Porangahau School teacher aid and kapa haka teacher Maymorn Hynes said she had lived in Porangahau for most of her life.

The town name is almost a story in a word, Hynes said. It comes from the story of Tamatea, who was a well known chief and explorer.

He was passing through the district of Porangahau when he got into a battle, in which his brother was killed.

Tamatea was so grief-stricken at this loss he stayed for some time at that place and each morning he would sit on the knoll to play a lament on his Koauau, a Māori flute.

The name is translated from the sentence “hence the name indicating the hill on which Tamatea, the chief of great physical stature and renown, played a lament on his flute to the memory of his brother.”

A new sign was erected 10 years ago to try to make the area more prominent and Hynes said she thought it was important to showcase.

“I think knowing where you are from, where you belong – specific things about where you are from – are always important.”

She had taught students at the school a song so they too could learn how to pronounce the name.

There were many different versions of the song, but this was one a local had written.

“It’s easier to learn in song form.”

 

 

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