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Cindy Rufaro Munyavi, 31, is a Zimbabwean singer and songwriter known mostly for her tracks Parere Moyo Ndidzorere Moyo Wangu. She is a talented lady who has scaled the dizzy heights of the Zimbabwean entertainment industry and staked her claim as the most consistent Urban R'n'B female artist in the last few years.
She entered the music industry with the release of her album in 2006 which was titled Kukuda/Loving you.
Her second album titled "The Groove Theory", propelled her to new heights which included regional collaborations and more award nominations plus performances with international artistes.
Munyavi has also had some major performances with internationally acclaimed artistes, including Grammy Award winning artiste Beenie Man in 2010 as well as supporting act for Akon, Sean Paul and the Jamaican dancehall group TOK, 2face Idibia, Bongani Fassie, Ishmael. Cindy Munyavi performed at the Big Brother Amplified Eviction ceremony on the 27th of May 2011.
Apart from her music career, Cindy is also a budding businesswoman. She ventured into the fashion industry by opening a boutique in 2014. She was quoted as having said that fashion had always been her childhood dream. Interestingly she actually made claims that she never wanted to be a musician but that she had ventured into the industry as a result of peer pressure.
Cindy won the Best Female in Southern Africa AFRIMA award at a ceremony that was held in Nigeria. Other awards are: Victors Award for Sounds of the Future (2012) and first runner up award in arts and culture for Women in Enterprise. Cindy was also nominated for: Best urban Groover 2010; Outstanding video 2011 and Zim Dancehall Best female Artist category in 2010.
Oyenike Laoye-Oturu, generally known as Nikki Laoye, is a Nigerian recording artist, singer, songwriter and dancer, renowned for her eclectic musical expressions and captivating stage performances.
Her musical style is an Urban Contemporary sound with the fusion of Alternative Rock, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Gospel. Nikki comes from the musical lineage of the talking drum legend - Late Oba Adetoyese Laoye (Ede, Osun State-Nigeria).
She rose to fame in 2006 with the hit single, "Never Felt This Way Before" from her debut studio album, Angel 4 Life. It became a seven-time award nominated song, (2009 Hip Hop World Awards- Best Vocal Performance (Female) and Hip-Hop World Revelation (Best New Artist); KORA Awards-Best Spiritual Artist and Best Arrangement; 2009 City People Entertainment Awards-Musician of the Year (Female); the 2009 Nigerian Entertainment Awards in the US-Gospel Artist of the Year & 2009 Sound City Music Video Awards-Best Female Video). It received major accolades and gave Nikki the rating as the 3rd Best Performance at the 2009 HipHop World Awards in Nigeria (Darey Art Alade and Tuface coming 1st and 2nd respectively, out of the 10 performances at the awards).
She was the only female contender alongside top male Nigerian Artists - M.I, Banky W and Naeto C for the HipHop World Revelation (Best New Artist) category of the 2009 HipHop World Awards.
In 2009, Laoye performed alongside Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans, Donnie McClurkin to an audience of half a million at The Experience Concert in Lagos.
Laoye's music has gained critical acclaim beyond Africa, as she was one of the first three Nigerian artists ever to be interviewed and recognized on American entertainment channel, BET. In 2011, her life and career were showcased in a special feature segment on BET, tagged "BET Spotlight - Nikki Laoye".
In 2005 she hosted the TV Show New Breeze Show on Silverbird Entertainment Television and as of 2013, she hosts her own radio show, Girls Rock with Nikki Laoye on Nigerian internet gospel radio station Praiseworld Radio. She was also unveiled as one of the hosts for a gospel reality TV competition, Stars 4 Christ.
Laoye who is the founder of Angel 4 Life Foundation, a mentoring non-governmental organization.
MOBILE LEARNING FOR BETTER HEALTH IN AFRICA
By Jacqueline Lampe*
At the base of every working health system are people. Skilled humans that make sure the system functions. Without these people a health system will never work according to plan. That’s why it is so difficult that many African countries, especially in the Sub-Saharan region, have an enormous shortage of health workers. What can we do about that shortage?
In the most understandable explanation of the term ‘health worker’ we look at physicians, nurses and midwives. A 2013 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the shortage of skilled health workers worldwide at 7.2 million health workers. 83 countries worldwide are facing a health worker crisis. The most imminent threat at the moment is in Sub-Saharan Africa. The shortage of health workers is, according to the WHO, one of the biggest reasons for many MDG’s not to reach their targets in 2015. If there aren’t any steps taken in the future to reduce this shortage, it will grow to a staggering 12.9 million health workers. As I said, the biggest challenge is to be found in Sub-Saharan Africa. 20% of the total world population is found in this region, with only 3% of the total health workforce. - READ MORE
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