Glam Africa Unveil 10 Model Finalists for Its London Fashion Week Event

Glam Africa Unveil 10 Model Finalists for Its London Fashion Week EventGlam Africa held a casting call in London three weeks ago to select models for the forthcoming Glam Africa Fashion Night event taking place this Sunday, 22nd Feb in London. Twenty two (22) models out of almost hundred were finally selected by the judging panel, and with the help of public votes, these girls were shortlisted to the final ten (10) all of whom will model the collections of the six designers showcasing at the event.

In between rehearsals and braving the cold, rainy and windy British weather, the ten models met at Canary Wharf, London for a glamorous photo-shoot with renowned photographer, Eric Jorrin of Jem Media.

Glam Africa Fashion Night will hold at Porchester Hall, Porchester Rd, Bayswater, London, W2 5HS on Sunday, 22nd, February, 2015.

Source: Modern Ghana

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Govt rebuts Mo Ibrahim index on security, rights

The Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has challenged the latest Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance (IIAG) 2013 over what it calls capturing misleading data on Rwanda’s security, participation and rights.

The IIAG report, released yesterday, ranked Rwanda low in the sub-categories national security (49th out of 52) scoring 50.4 per cent, participation (46th) with a score of 16.0 and rights (45th) scoring 27.5 per cent.

Speaking to The New Times, yesterday, Anastase Shyaka, the RGB chief executive, said the Foundation got wrong data on Rwanda’s security, participation and rights, adding that the data does not reflect what is on the ground.

“If there is anything Rwanda has improved in the last couple of years, it is national security, rights and participation; these are areas we can’t debate on. There is no way the Foundation can report Rwanda as the least country in security when our territory is safe and we have no internally displaced people’s camps, ” he said.

Prof. Shyaka said the Mo Ibrahim Foundation did not capture what the country is at the moment.

He said for the last many years, the Foundation has been capturing wrong, unreliable data on Rwanda because they rely on data providers who are not on the ground.

“I was in London last week and had a chat with the Foundation’s officials who confessed to me that they have challenges when it comes to getting reliable information on Rwanda because the people they rely on are not doing enough,” Prof. Shyaka said.

Fair share

Despite this, the Mo Ibrahim Governance Index, published annually, ranked Rwanda among top five ‘most improved’ in 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

“Rwanda has showed year-on-year progress since 2000, the biggest improvement in the category of Human Development especially in the areas of education and health,” the report reads.

The IIAG reveals that governance in Rwanda improved significantly since 2000. Overall, Rwanda ranks 15th out of 52 African countries surveyed.

Mauritius ranked top, scoring 82.9 per cent, followed by Botswana (77.6 per cent) and Cape Verde in the third position with a score of 76.7 per cent.       

The survey says Rwanda and Angola are the only two countries within the 2013 IIAG to have shown consistent overall governance improvements since 2000.

Rwanda made the list of the IIAG’s top five ‘most improved’ countries along with Liberia, Angola, Sierra Leone and Burundi, all post-conflict countries. 

The 2013 IIAG provides full details of Rwanda’s performance across four categories of governance: Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development.

The country was ranked first in the category of gender with 90.2 percentage score, business environment (2nd) scoring 84.7 per cent and rural sector (3rd).

The 2013 IIAG reveals that 94 per cent of Africans, including those in Rwanda, live in a country that has experienced overall governance improvement since 2000. 

The 6 per cent of people living in a country that has experienced governance deterioration since 2000 live in Guinea-Bissau, Madagascar, Eritrea, Somalia, Libya and Mali.

The report shows Rwanda scored 57.8 out of 100, higher than the African average (51.6). This means the country has improved by plus-10.9 since 2000, ranks 1st in the East African Community, followed by Tanzania in 17th position on the continental level (56.9), Uganda in third position (EAC) and 18th out 52 (56.0), Kenya 21st, and fourth in EAC (53.6 per cent), while Burundi came last in EAC and 40th out of 52 (43.8 percent).

“We have concurred with them about having challenges in getting reliable data in some of the indicators from reliable sources. We have kept telling them that all their data on Rwanda is fraud and we are happy to see there is a beginning in capturing real data on Rwanda but we hope they should have done it in all indicators,” Prof. Shyaka said.

In a telephone interview from London shortly after the release of the index yesterday, Mary Robinson, the UN special envoy to the Great Lakes Region and a board member of the Foundation, said Rwanda is performing exceptionally well in governance, despite the fact there were still some gaps in a few areas.

“Rwanda is one of the five countries that has shown great improvement in Ibrahim index, as a special envoy to  the Great Lakes, that region has the lowest index overall and Rwanda is the top performer in my region,” Robinson said.

“Rwanda has done quite well and I am very pleased with such a wonderful progress in health, education, gender. I have been in Rwanda several times and I have noticed tremendous progress on the ground. I am so impressed.” 

In the 2012 Mo Ibrahim index, Rwanda was ranked 23rd out of 52 countries, with a score of 53 per cent overall on governance.

Meanwhile, the Foundation’s 2013 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership did not have a winner.

The prize goes to a  former African Head of State or Government who has ‘constitutionaly’ left office in the last three yearsand has demonstrated excellence in office.

Nigeria: Bank governor adjudged world best

Mallam Lamido SanusiThe Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Lamido Sanusi, has been adjudged the world best by the Banker magazine, a publication of the Financial Times of London. The magazine noted that Sanusi has performed creditably in the last 18 months in office to salvage the Nigerian economy.
The Nigeria Country Representative of The Banker Magazine Kunle Ogedengbe said the magazine noted in its 2011 January Edition, which will also be distributed at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, that during Sanusi’s tenure he implemented reforms that have put Africa’s most promising market back on the map for investors globally.

The Editor of the magazine, Brian Caplen noted that few candidate names can generate an overall consensus on judging panels and yet, when it came to finding the best global central bank governor of the year, Sanusi was chosen unanimously.

Caplen stressed that Sanusi embarked on a radical anti-corruption campaign aimed at saving 24 banks on the brink of collapse and pressed for the managers involved in the most blatant cases of corruption to be charged and, in the case of two senior bankers, convicted.

“Despite the big challenge of facing up to powerful people who held considerable sway in the country, Sanusi never looked back and got the support of the public as they were made aware of the scale of corruption, which made the public to support the change he promoted”, he said.

Two months into his governorship, Sanusi embarked on the bailout of Afribank, Intercontinental Bank, Union Bank, Oceanic Bank and Finbank and dismissed their chief executive officers in a move designed to show that banking is no longer business as usual but institutions that must serve the economy as a whole.

Another key reform of the banking sector introduced by Sanusi has been to limit the tenure of bank CEOs to a maximum of 10 years.

They will have to leave office at the end of their term regardless of their record. This policy has already led to change of leadership at UBA, Zenith and Skye banks.

Caplen added that the reforms initiated by Sanusi have been hailed as necessary to sanitise the banking industry and that observers have argued that, had these reforms not been initiated, Nigeria would have entered into another round of banking distress.

“The implementation of stricter disclosure policy by the CBN has also led to a culture of greater transparency in the sector”, he said.

The magazine noted that the reforms of Sanusi are to enhance the quality of the Nigerian banks, establish financial stability in the system, provide enabling and healthy financial-sector evolution as well as ensuring that the financial sector contributes to the real sector rather than just serving the banking sector alone.