As proof to Kate Tales Foundation’s commitment towards developing, empowering and enhancing women engagement in the national economic development and eradication of poverty in the continent, we therefore introduce the ‘African Women Empowerment’. The African Women Empowerment is a three month free training initiative designed to train two hundred (200) girls and women in Bead-making (Life-Skill), Photography (Art) and Computer Operation (ICT).
Here are the Country Coordinators:
1 – CHINYERE VIVIAN OBI-OBASI
Chinyere Vivian Obi-Obasi attended Federal Government Girl’s College, Benin-City. She obtained B.A(Hons.) in English Language/Literature from Abia State University, Okigwe, Nigeria and LL.B (Hons.) from University of Uyo, Nigeria and BL from Nigerian Law School and was subsequently called to the bar.
After the call to bar, she practiced for 7 years most of which were in Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) & Co.
She joined Centre Point Bank Plc as a Legal Officer and by the time the bank merged with 8 other banks to form Unity Bank, she had risen to a managerial position.
She acquired experiences in the banking industry by working in various departments; Company Secretariat, Legal Services, Credit and Marketing. At certain times, she was a Branch Manager and Acting Regional Manager.
She was also a member of many Committees; Framework for Contingency Committee, Merger/Consolidation Committee, Logo launch committee, Staff Welfare Committee, Staff Handbook Committee, Quarterly Publication Committee amongst others.
While in the employ of the banks, she published short stories that appeared in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and also three books.
In 2011, she won the ANA/LATERNA Prize for literature 2011.
Her book got to the finals (last 3) of the prestigious NLNG Prize for Literature.
She has donated thousands of copies of her books to government agencies and private
libraries and schools. At various times; she has been involved in reading and teaching of creative writing for schools.
Julius Berger PLC distributed hundreds of her book- The Great Fall and took her on a
nationwide reading and creative writing tour.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Trustee of Abuja Literary Society, National Financial Secretary of Association of Nigerian Authors and Past President of Aso Rock Toastmasters.
She loves reading, writing, teaching, public speaking, travelling and making new friends.
She is married with children.
Chinyere Vivian Obi-Obasi is the Coordinator for the Ethiopia’s project.
2 – ESE BRUME
Born in Lagos Nigeria, Ese Brume is a University College London graduate where she obtained a B.A. in French Language and Literature. Her love of French culture and the Arts took her to Paris and combined with her pride in her African roots and culture, motivated her to seek, find and worked with the Cameroonian film director Jean Pierre Bekolo.
Destiny, however propulsed her onto the stage and on the screen where she worked as an actress with the director Benoît Bradel at the Théâtre National de l’Odéon. She became the “doyenne” of his theatre company ZABRAKA, where dance, theatre, music, video and circus mingle, performing over a decade in the contemporary French theatre scene and in the USA.
She continued her contemporary theatre career with French directors amongst Gildas Milin, Frédéric Fisbach, Roland Fichet, Joris Lacoste touring most prestigious theatres in France, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and an unforgettable road tour of 3 countries in West Africa.
The Haïtian playwright and director Guy Regis Jnr’s post–‐Haïti earthquake’s play took her to perform at the renowned FESTIVAL D’AVIGNON where she returned with the Nigerian dancer/choreographer Qudus Onikeku who recently also enabled her to perform his powerful piece “My Exile Is In My Head” at the AKE ART and BOOK FESTIVAL in Nigeria.
A music lover, she participated with the saxophonist Julien Lourau and his band GROOVE GANG where she developed her skills as a vocalist. Experimental music and theatre met under the guidance of the Greek composer George Aperghis.
Having co-managed a music studio with artists in residency together with her partner Jamba for over 5 years, they used their skills in Music Production to produce at the occasion of the LONDON OLYMPICS 2012, the musical festivities at the Nigeria House. This featured international Nigerian artists like Asa, Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 Band, Tony Allen, Keziah Jones, Kuku, Dele Sosimi. She was awarded the NEL (Nigerian Entertainment and Lifestyle) Awards 2014 on Mentoring and leadership in the Music Industry.
A lover of words, Ese has always written poems, plays, and screenplays. She is a professional translator from French to English of poetry (published by Les Editions Atelier Clot, Paris) and of screenplays. She is currently working on her feature film to be shot in Nigeria.
A mother, she loves teaching and transmitting essential values to the young ones. She encourages children’s curiosity and with her cultural non-profit making organization Association DSM, she uses her varied talents in dance, music, theatre and relaxation to run English learning workshops in France. She currently gives theatre and general culture workshops to teenagers at the Ovie Brume Youth Centre in Lagos.
She is a proud member of Kate Tales Foundation and the AFRICAN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Project Coordinator for Morocco.
3 – LYDIA MUTHONI IRERI
Lydia Muthoni Ireri is a young Kenyan Citizen living in Kenya. She attended University of Nairobi, in Nairobi Kenya and obtained a BED ARTS (Second class Upper Division) Honors in English Language/Literature. She is currently learning Chinese language at The University of Nairobi Kenya. Lydia Is also pursuing a program in Film making.
After graduating, she worked with Moran Publishers (EA) as an assistant editor. She later resigned to work for her company which she had previously registered ‘African Royal Voice’ Limited. The company focuses on giving back to the community, especially to the youths: through career talks, motivational talks, mentorship programs and counseling programs.
Currently, Lydia is involved in much charity works in the community, like organizing and executing modeling activities in Children’s home in Kenya. Visiting the inmates in prisons as well as walking with those who have finished their jail term in integrating with the society.
Lydia got a certificate from International Leadership University in Grief and Loss Counseling where she undertook the course.
As undergraduate, Lydia has written several poems whose main theme is celebrating Africa. This can be seen from her blog African Royal Voice. Her love for Africa grew from her life experiences, where she was exposed to the unbearable side of life (having lost both of her parents at tender age) and decided to make lemonade from lemon in her surroundings. Lydia is also a freelance excellent editor (copy-editing, hard copy editing and manuscripts reviewing) having worked at Moran Publishers in the same capacity.
During her life in campus, she worked in the University library as work-study student for her upkeep and also to support her younger siblings. She worked for over one year.
In the University, Lydia acted as a chairlady in the Literature and media department. During her service term, they published the second and a better version of the Christian union magazine. During this project, Lydia sourced for funds through proposals, interviewed the resource people, who wrote articles, and her life story was featured in the University magazine. Eighty percent of the people who wrote articles were approached by Lydia and she wrote their stories and later participated in the editing of the University magazine.
She acted as an Extra actress in a Japanese Movie ‘The Lion Standing in the Wind’ during her University life at The University of Nairobi.
She won a scholarship award year 2011 from the USAID /KENYA for orphans and vulnerable children .This scholarship helped her clear all her University fee till graduation.
Lydia, interned at Karura Chapel for seven months where she worked in the Department of Compassion and Social Justice. She was the focal person in communication for the department. Some of her duties were; updating and maintaining mailing lists as well as making and receiving calls for the department and managing the department’s social media. Lydia, took minutes in all the departmental meetings including the Karura Centre Board (PBO). She also prepared the monthly reports for the department. This made her get great experience in communication department.
Miss Ireri has an experience in teaching English and Literature in both secondary schools and primary schools which she enjoyed a lot. She taught at Karura SDA High School as well as New Dawn Academy both in Nairobi Kenya. She was the head of language department at Faith Academy where she taught English in both class six and class eight.
During her High school life, Lydia held leadership positions as; The Christian Union chairlady, Young farmer’s club chairlady, a dormitory prefect and an active member of straight talk club.
Lydia Ireri is a member of Kate Tales Foundation and the AFRICAN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT Project Coordinator for Nigeria.
4 – NSEABASI AKPAN
Nseabasi Akpan was born in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria. He has a diploma in Financial Studies from the Osun State College of Technology, Esa Oke. In 2004, he followed his childhood dream of becoming a photographer after receiving a camera as a birthday gift from his senior brother who was schooling in Brazil.
Nseabasi is the initiator and co- founder of “The Kollectif” an art group made up of 7 other artists working in different medium of art,
He is the founder of Nseabasi Photography Concept (NPC), a registered not for profit organization focused on facilitating photography training at no cost for children, young artists and youth who are interested in learning photography in Ibadan.
In 2014, he was awarded the One World Media Prize, The eLearning Africa Photo Competition Public Vote Prize and The Mo Ibrahim Foundation Photography Competition 3rd Place Prize. In 2013, the Accenture Skills Award, In 2011, the European Union/African Union Photography Prize and in 2010, the BBC Focus on Africa Photo Essay Prize.
His images have been published in international and national newspapers, websites and magazine such as BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, Jeune Afrique, Insidetrack Abuja, Derive, Tru Applause and The Platform.
Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. In 2015 “Reviving Benin: The History of an African Festival”- Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, Texas, United State of America.
“Voodoo Survived”- St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, United State of America
“Quidah- The People, Culture and Heritage” – Goethe Institut, Lagos Nigeria.
“Revelation” – Alliance Francaise Ibadan, Nigeria.
2014 “Through Your Lens” – Kampala, Uganda.
2012, 11th Aleppo International Photography Festival-Aleppo, Syria.
2011 “Beauty in Africa in all of its States” – African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
“2011 General Elections: An Evaluation”- The Institute of African Studies University of Ibadan.
“Political Absurd”-The Decumanus Gallery, Krk, Croatia.
“The New Addis Ababa”-The French Cultural Center, Ethiopia.
2011 “Addis Ababa: Through the Eyes of a Photographer”- Alliance Francaise Ibadan, Nigeria. 2010 “Untitled”- Osot Prost Building, Ibadan, Nigeria.
“Street football”- Alliance Francaise, Ibadan, Nigeria.
‘Chronicles of a Great Nation at 50”-Civic Center Lagos, Nigeria.
2009 “1st Acts Inspiration Youth Exhibition”- Educare Trust Center, Ibadan, Nigeria.
“Borders”- The French Cultural Center, Accra, Ghana.
“Photo Expression”-The French Cultural Center, Lagos, Nigeria
Presently Nseabasi Akpan is undergoing entrepreneurship development training at the Central Bank of Nigeria – Entrepreneurship Development Centre.
He is the African Women Empowerment Project Coordinator for Namibia.