Can you believe this??!! The Safest New York City yellow taxi driver is Ghanaian…!!

Do you know New York City’s safest yellow taxi driver is a Ghanaian…??? yes he is. Meet Mr. Amoafo, father of three, is indeed New York City’s safest yellow taxi driver. The driver who was crowned the city’s safest cabbie is said to listens to soothing jazz as he dodges pedestrians, cyclists and other cars. 
Mr. Amoafo, who lives in Queens, found himself ranked highest among his peers on Tuesday for driving the longest distance without injuring passengers in crashes, and without incurring the wrath of authorities.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission, which regulates yellow taxis and other for-hire vehicles, said Mr. Amoafo had driven at least 50,000 passengers more than 190,000 miles without a blemish on his record.
The taxi commission released, for the first time on Tuesday, what it called its “Safety Honor Roll,” as a way to draw attention to safe driving. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration aims to curtail traffic deaths as part of its so-called Vision Zero plan.
Go Ghana….!!! ;_)

The Richest Women Today – Mrs Folorunsho Alakija gives an empowering speech to Lagos university students.

The Richest Women Today – Mrs Folorunsho Alakija gave a beatiful speech to Lagos University students during the 2014 UN International Youths Day; Lagos. She said she was not previlege to have a university degree but today, she is the richest woman in the world (and I must add dethroned Oprah Winfrey in 2013). 
Her speech goes like this…
“I come from Ikorodu, Lagos state. I am married to a dashing young lawyer of 70 years of age and we have four grown up gentlemen and grandchildren. It has not been a rag to riches fairytale. It has not been an overnight phenomenon like some cases which you find here and there all over the world. For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted my own business. Hard work…am trying to tell you how I got to where I am if you want those billions. Hard work, diligence, persistence…days where you nearly gave up but I chose not to give up.” Continue…
It would have been easy to compromise but I chose not to and I stayed focus. I could have stayed a secretary as my father desired according to his plan for me but I had bigger aspirations. I dreamt big. God strengthened me and gave me wisdom. I had a passion and burning desire to succeed. Being a secretary, a banker, a fashion icon, a cooperate promoter and printer, a real estate owner, an oil magnate, that I can assure you was no easy feat. Firm belief that what is worth doing is what doing well or not doing at all. I took charge of my life with the tools I have shared with you. I chose to become born again at the age of 40. I chose to make a covenant with God that if he would bless me I would work for him all the days of my life. I chose to hold on to the cross and look up to him every step of the way. Today additional accomplishment includes a wife of almost 40 years, a mother, grandmother, ministry, counseling, outreach, NGO Rose of Sharon Foundation for widows and Author, writer, author of several inspirational books. All I say to the glory of God. So I am 63 and I am not yet done. So what is your excuse? I never went to a University and I am proud to say so because I don’t think I have done too badly. You do not have to have a University education to be able to make it so count yourselves privileged to have that education as part of the feather in your cap” she said.

The BIG EARTH AWARDS News conference took place yesterday morning

All Photo Credit: Alenne Menget

The big  Big Earth Awards news conference took place yesterday Monday  7th April, 11 am at the British Language institute Akwa. It was a panel of four peoples: Emmanuel (the moderator),  Ojong Solange (the president) and Nadine Tonguem (Inspired humanitarian activist and blogger).

Before I go further, I will love to urge you all in joining this train waggon in support of The Big Earth Award for the forgotten. Our Cameroon labour force  is dominated by the informal sector making up to 80% of the total labour force. This is huge…! but what is alarming here is, these people who contribute so much to the economic are most ofter forgotten due the type of degrading jobs they have do to feed their families. 

The people in this sector have one thing only in their mind: that is providing three square meals to their children, but little do they know they contribute to the bigger society . This is where the BIG EARTH AWARDS  comes in. It empowers them. Makes them recognise they are leaders in their own right. 

From left to right: Nadine Tonguem, Ojong Solange, and the main brain behind it all Mr Thomas Ayuck Fotang 
This award is for the truck pusher, the call box owner, the fish roaster and even mortuary assistant. Yes it is indeed for the stigmatised jobs in our society. This people are often given training and aided in raising funds to increase their capital. 
As celebrity actress  Ojong Solange, President of the BIG EARTH AWARDS  committee stated at the News Conference, “This  Big Earth Awards is not to take the truck pusher off his job. No!!! we need them in our society”. What this does is to make them better truck pushers with plenty selfesteen”. Self esteem is sure one thing we can’t buy .
The aim of this news conference was to emphasis the awards name change from My Big 8 Awards to now BIG EARTH AWARDS. This name change comes as a result of its expansion mission from 8 awards to more than 20 awards given this year to people from different regions of Cameroon. Also the theme of this awards event needed to be emphasised “striving for emergence” Our nation’s objective is to be emergent at horizon year 2035. How do we achieve such if we don’t start from the informal sector. These peoples need to be empowered now than ever. 
Thanks to Thomas Ayuk Fotang Alias Pa Tom (the man behind it all) for this great initiative. Thanks to Celebrity actress Solange Ojong for her passion towards this project and for lending her time, voice and face in making sure the forgotten of our society are remembered always. She is a woman with a great heart. God bless the Big Earth Award Team as a whole.

Journalist and Celebrity actor Alenne Menget in the middle, Solange Ojong on the far right and Nadine Toguem far left. Posing for picture right after The Big Earth Awards News conference
Mr Ayuk Thomas Fotang; CEO founder of Big Earth Awards And the Grass to Grace foundation talking to the media right after the Big Earth Awards News conference

Cameroon’s most funny man popularly known as ‘’Pa Tom opens up about his Humanitarian activisties

Hello to you my readers, I had the pleasure last week Thurday of meeting Cameroon’s most funny man called Thomas Ayuk Fotang, popularly known as ‘’Pa Tom,’’ in his widely popular Scratch Ya Eye sit-com airing on Canal 2 International television. During our heart conversation at a beautiful hotel reception in Douala, I discovered Thomas Ayuk Fotang was not only “The Funny Man” or an entertainer presenter of Top Radio and Television Programs in Cameroon, but he is also a philanthropist and  Humanitarian activist. 
In February 14th 2008 he was coronated and awarded the distinguished title “NFORKANG” meaning King of the Youth. Furthermore, he was appointment as Director of the Royal Goodwill Supportive Diplomatic Mission of CISRI-ISP Cameroun, a UN permanent observer mission, due to his volunteerism.
Today, he is the Founder and General Coordinator of Grass2grace which helps enable the very poor in Cameroon to uplift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty. Grass2grace provide humanitarian services to the less privileged in society by providing training and community development programs through a network of locally-trained volunteers to equip the very poor in our society and their families to improve their lives via the implementation of educational, environmental, social welfare, and health care programs in economically depressed communities in Cameroon.
Through Big Earth Award for the forgotten in society, Thomas Ayuk Fotang organisation empowers individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment in their field of work or community and who have contributed significantly to society’s growth. His organisation offers each year recognition to those underprivileged/forgotten people in society but who play very important roles in our communities but are often left aside. This includes people like mortuary attendants, truck pushers, very poor orphanages, taxi drivers, petit traders, primary school teachers, sand divers, fisher men, farmers etc.

What a man to reckon with and what an initiative to behold..!

So who is Pa Tom? Lets take a look at his journey to fame 

H.R.M Thomas Ayuk Fotang, popularly known Nationwide’s and beyond today as ‘’Pa Tom,’’ popped to fame from rather humble beginnings. He hails from Ewelle Village in Eyumojock Subdivision of Manyu Division in Cameroon’s South West Region.
H. R.M Thomas Ayuk Fotang was born, years ago to a polygamous home. His mother, the second of three wives was blessed with seven fruits of the womb, “Pa Tom” being the sixth. Today he is not only happily married, but heads his own family that has already been blessed with 3 gorgeous baby girls.
His passion for communication was discerned quite early on is life. Soon after graduating from high school, he was blitzed by an insistent calling to the radio where he almost immediately carved a niche for himself. The public soon discovered a budding radio presenter endowed with a “unique, stress-free and profoundly comical touch”.
Before long, the highly gifted and overwhelmingly passionate presenter wriggled upwards to affirm his place as newscaster and architect of several radio and television entertainment programs.
His first port of call was CRTV Buea where he co-presented the popular Reggae Splash anchored at the time by Sambong Denis.
Then driven by the crave for challenge, he moved to Douala where he honed his talent at another reggae music animation show, Reggae Sun Splash on FM 105 with the late McKnight Makoge.
He is holder of a distance learning certificate in radio and television presentation. In 2002, H.M. Thomas Ayuk Fotang signed a contract with the Douala – based Sweet FM Radio as a continuity announcer. He designed and introduced the programs – “Ancient Dialogue”, Afro-Diaspo, Lyrical Boom and then Sweet Bottom Belle which is presently the oldest program on the radio. He also owns the right as the creator of the widely popular Scratch Ya Eye sit-com aired on Canal 2 International television. Apparently, the limit of this entertainment imagination end only at the level of the skies as he bubbles everyday with new and innovative ideas marketable on any radio and TV station around the word.
The self-sacrificing Ayuk Thomas Fotang first debuted in the world of humanitarian activity in 2003 when the voluntarily began doing promotion work for Spirulina Food Mocroalgae with the Royal Development Corporation. The project seeks to popularize the use of the aquatic plant specie in fighting malnutrition.
His involvement in that project was an icebreaker that would fling open several doors of opportunity for the determined up and coming radio and television presenter. Only two years later, in 2005 he was appointed head of the communication unit of the Royal Goodwill Supportive Diplomatic Mission of CISRI-ISP Cameroon. The same year on October 25, he was conferred the Royal Excellence Award.
Then a turning point in his life came in February 14th 2008 when his efforts culminated in his coronation and award of the distinguished title “NFORKANG” meaning King of the Youth. That was on February 14th 2008. He had another appointment as Director of the Royal Goodwill Supportive Diplomatic Mission of CISRI-ISP Cameroun, a UN permanent observer mission, due to his volunteerism.
Apart from his natural talent as a proven entertainer, H.M. Ayuk Thomas Fotang not only stretches the limits several times everyday to make others smile, but finds time to pursue his hobbies. They include playing golf, swimming, and tourism and above all writing listening and dancing to music.
The man, a philanthropist, Humanitarian activist is also prolific as an entertainer presenter of Top Radio and Television Programs in Cameroon.

Flavour Nabania pays a supprise visit to his former Primary School all dressed in their official uniform

Flavour Nabania, the A-lister Nigerian singer recently paid a suprise visit to students of his alma mater – College of the Immaculate Conception, at Enugu. His unannounced visit got everyone even more startruck when he arrived at their assembly ground, fully dressed in their CIC uniform of white and blue.

This visit was as part of his NGO activity wchich is the Flavour Foundation. During his tour around the campus, Flavour inspired the excited students. Reports have it that a good number of the students’ school fees will be taken care of by Flavour’s NGO as well. How sweet and kind hearted he his.