Did you know President Obama has a grandmother living in Kenya? In honor of UN’s International Woman’s Day, GB Group Global presented leadership awards to extraordinary global women. The first award went to Mama Sarah Obama. A poignant film was shown about the work of the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation which “improves the education and welfare of disenfranchised children.”
The GB Group Global describe themselves as “fostering meaningful relationships across borders.” In addition to Mama Sarah Obama, awards were given before a packed house to President Dr. Joyce Banda, the first female president of the Republic of Malawi & Africa’s second woman president; H.E. Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, head honcho of the African Union representing 54 countries, Ms Isabel Dos Santos, Africa’s first woman billionaire; Ms Fumbi Chima, Chief Information Officer of Walmart-Asia; and Ms Joan Wages, President/CEO of the National Women’s History Museum.
The event was organized by GB Group Global & international publicist Jan Du Plain. Mistress of Ceremony was award-winning TV anchor & reporter Maureen Umeh of Washington DC’s Fox 5 News. Welcome remarks were delivered by Dr. Estelle-Marie Heussen, COO, GB Group Global, who talked about the remarkable achievements of women throughout the world. –
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Burkinabe Architect Diebedo Francis Kere, respected worldwide for designing buildings ecologically and socially adequate to their environment, an art that has earned him awards galore and lecture stints at leading universities, is soon to undertake his first project in Kenya. Kere, 48 has been selected to design the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation (MSOF) in Kogelo village, Siaya County, Kenya an initiative by President Barack Obama’s step grandmother. The architect, probably well known for designing the Gando School, which had the full participation of the Gando people including the school children, will have a chance to do the same for the people of Kogello.
The MSOF’s mission is to improve the education and welfare of disenfranchised children in order to help them successfully achieve their goals and have a better future. Today, Mama Sarah has developed a vision for her legacy that will build upon her actions, accomplishments and resources to make a lasting impression on the causes she believes in. This vision is being implemented through her work at the Foundation, and includes the construction of an Early Childhood Development Center, Rehabilitation of a Primary and Secondary School, Construction of a Medical Center and a Vocational Training Center as well as establishment of the Mama Sarah Scholarship Fund.
Kere was recently in Kenya to witness the launch of foundation and has already dealt with the master planning aspects of the project.