Archive for April, 2012

JCI UB Leadership Academy – Mungai NFI (Head Trainer)

April 25, 2012 11 comments

Staying in line with JCI’s mission of providing development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change, JCI University of Buea for the past six years has been spearheading the organization of Leadership Academies for Student Association leaders of the university and other higher institutions in Buea.

This year, the academy will focus on building the capacities of Student Association Leaders to influence positively their  Institutions and the community at large.

The objectives are:

• To provide opportunities for student leaders to get access to leadership through institutional and community involvement.
• Demonstrate the virtues and seek ways of implementing principles of good governance in their student associations.
• To encourage Student leaders to focus on positive actions within the institution and community.
• To develop much-needed transparency and conflict resolution skills in the institution and the communities.
• To provide students with tools to become advocates of effective leadership, Social Responsibility in both the institution and the community.
• To identify problems and find solutions, at institutional and community levels, through the exchange of ideas and creation of institutional and community-based projects.
• To expand the philosophies and purpose of JCI to as many students as possible.

It will be an honor for me to Lead the training sessions during this academy for a fourth time. Dear UB friends, thanks for the honor.


LA Times: Blind fashion designer aims to make TV shows

April 25, 2012 3 comments

LA Times – Published. Thought it could make for a good read and inspire others.

Mason Ewing, blinded at 15, is successful as a fashion designer in Paris. Now he wants to create a teen comedy and a dramatic series for television.

Able to see only vague combinations of light and shadow, fashion designer Mason Ewing has artists sketch the designs he describes. (Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times / April 21, 2012) By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times

He’s been blind since age 15. But nobody can say that Mason Ewing lacks vision.

Overcoming a nightmarish childhood, Ewing, 30, has been a successful fashion designer in Paris.

For the last six months, however, his mind has been set on Hollywood, where he hopes to create a teen comedy and a dramatic series for television.

Born in Cameroon to an American father and a Cameroonian mother and raised in France, his own life has been filled with drama.

His mother, a seamstress and dressmaker, was murdered when Ewing was 4, he said. As an older child, Ewing remembers watching fashion shows and seeing glamorous top models like Naomi Campbell on the catwalk.

“I decided to work in fashion and follow in my mother’s footsteps,” he recalls.

Separated from his father, he lived for a time with a great-grandmother in Cameroon. But, Ewing said, his life took a dark turn at age 6 when he was sent to stay with relatives near Paris.

He remembers being routinely beaten and abused for seven years. He was whipped with belts, his arms were burned by candles, and he was forced to stand with his arms extended as he held heavy books in his hands, he says.

“I lived with my uncle and aunt and they began to fight me. They would awaken me at 4 in the morning to clean the house and wash dishes. When I wet the bed in fear, they took my head and bashed it on the bathtub,” he recalled. “They poked my eyes and put pigment in them.”

Ewing was bashed and kicked in the head so often that he suffered a seizure that landed him in the hospital, where, he said, he was in a coma for three weeks. When he awoke, he was blind.

The “pigment” Ewing mentioned is actually a peppery African hot sauce, according to a friend and associate, Raffael Becker, who translates for him. He said Ewing is convinced that the spicy hot sauce is to blame “for burning his optic nerves and killing the cells of his eyes.”

“I don’t know why they did this to me,” Ewing said. “It was just wickedness.”

French authorities eventually intervened and placed young Ewing in a series of foster homes. He studied physical therapy in college before deciding in 2001 to pursue his childhood dream of fashion design.

His Parisian fashion styling work ranged from evening gowns to Braille-lettered T- shirts.

Translating what Ewing could see only in his mind’s eye was a challenge. He was able to recruit artists willing to sketch the designs he described, including an elaborate “Marie Antoinette” gown — a flowing, billowing dress accented with swoops of golden-brocaded fabric.

Able to see only vague combinations of light and shadow, Ewing discovered his blindness had enhanced his ability to distinguish the textures of silks, lace, linen and cotton twill. That feel for material also came into play when doll-size miniatures of his creations were sewn together and he was able to “see” his designs by touch.

Although other fledgling young designers of haute couture voiced skepticism of Ewing’s chances of succeeding in the design world, a French organization for the handicapped, Agefiph, decided to finance his first fashion show in 2006, according to print and television reports.

Since then, Ewing has produced a collection of T-shirts that feature Baby Madison, a multi-ethnic cartoon figure, in different settings. The infant has dark skin, blue eyes and a tuft of blond hair that “represents tolerance and love for everyone,” he said. The shirts’ raised Braille lettering tells him the garment’s color and what Madison image is printed on it.

Ewing used the cartoon character to branch out into video animation with “The Adventures of Madison.” He hopes to parlay that into two TV series that feature live actors.

Test scenes for the teen drama “Eryna Bella” have been shot in South Los Angeles’ Vermont Square neighborhood, where Ewing rents a small house. “It’s about high school beauty queens competing for the attention of the campus alpha male,” he said.

His proposed teen comedy series is called “Mickey Boom.”

Mary E. Fry, a producer and casting director for independent films who is assisting Ewing and his young actors, said what he is planning is doable.

“I grew up in an era of Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder and I know what they’ve accomplished,” Fry said. “He’ll have people at his side that are his eyes and ears. His biggest challenge is getting investors in line.”

Ewing is confident he can triumph in another visual arts field.

“There are a lot of people who are handicapped and they’re able to do a lot of things that people don’t necessarily think they can do,” he said.

Pourquoi tant de Personnes Echouent dans la vie?

April 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Une des raisons pour laquelle les gens ne veulent pas changer  dans la vie c’est aussi parce que leur vie va trop bien.   C’est parce que finalement, lorsqu’ils se comparent à leurs  voisins, à leurs proches, ils se disent qu’après tout ils ne vont  pas si mal.  Jour après jour, année après année, ils ont revu leurs rêves  à la baisse. Ils ont baissé leurs exigences, ils ont accepté de  vivre une vie en dessous de la vraie vie qu’ils voulaient vivre.   Ils ont fini par se convaincre qu’ils n’avaient pas besoin de  toutes ces choses, qu’ils n’avaient pas besoin de plus,  de mieux…  “N’acceptez pas de vivre une vie en dessous de la vie que  vous voulez vivre,  Ne renoncez JAMAIS à vos rêves d’enfants.”  Ouvrez les yeux sur votre réalité actuelle et demandez-vous  si c’est réellement la vie dont vous rêviez.  Demandez-vous, si tout était possible, si c’est la vie que  vous choisiriez.  Arrêtez de vous mentir ,Votre cerveau a la capacité de  vous faire croire n’importe quoi pour vous faire éviter la douleur.  Selon la méthode du verre à moitié vide et du verre à moitié  plein, il peut vous convaincre de tout ce qui vous arrange de  croire, pour éviter de voir la réalité en face.

Combien de personnes se sont convaincues qu’elles vivaient  avec le bon conjoint jusqu’au jour où elles ont ouvert les  yeux et se sont rendues compte qu’il était à l’opposé de ce  qu’elles voulaient vraiment et qu’il leur apportait le  contraire de ce dont elles  avaient besoin ?

Combien de personnes ont accepté un travail sans aucun  rapport avec leurs vraies aspirations en se disant que  finalement elles n’avaient pas le choix et qu’elles devaient  s’estimer heureuses d’avoir la chance de travailler ?   Combien de personnes ont une qualité de vie déplorable,  vivent dans un stress continu, sans amour, sans environnement  amical et se sont convaincues que la vie est ainsi ?   Arrêtez de vous mentir, ouvrez les yeux, acceptez de  reconnaître ce qui ne vous convient pas dans votre vie  actuelle, retrouvez vos rêves d’enfant, votre vie en dépend.   Redémarrez la machine à fabriquer des rêves qui est en vous.  Redevenez un enfant, prenez la vie avec légèreté, avec joie,  avec confiance.

Tout est possible dans vos pensées, rien ni personne  ne peut vous empêcher de rêver, de laisser s’exprimer les désirs  secrets qui sont en vous.  Retrouvez tous les rêves que vous aviez, toutes les envies.  Rêvez, vous avez le pouvoir d’imaginer tout ce que vous voulez  dans votre esprit, personne ne peut y accéder ni vous empêcher de  le faire.   “Fais de ta vie un rêve, et d’un rêve une réalité.”  Saint Exupéry

Je Sais 11 Trucs Sur Toi

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Juste Pour Rire!!!

1) Tu es en train de lire ce mail.

2) Tu es humain. (ou presque).

3) Tu ne peux pas dire “P” sans que tes lèvres se touchent.

4) Tu viens d’essayer…

6) Tu te sens con.

7) Tu continues bêtement à lire.

8) T’as même pas remarqué que t’as loupé le n°5.

9) Tu viens de regarder s’il n’y avait vraiment pas le n°5.

10) Tu as souri, parce que c’est bête.

11) Et tu vas le renvoyer pour faire chier et faire rigoler les autres.

Bonne journée!

Upcoming Training

April 5, 2012 Leave a comment

JCI Douala Ideal Makes A Difference

April 3, 2012 4 comments

JCI is a membership-based nonprofit organization of 200,000 young people ages 18 to 40 in 5,000 communities and more than 100 countries around the world. Each JCI Member shares the belief that in order to create lasting positive change, we must improve ourselves and the world around us. We seek targeted solutions to the unique problems in our communities to build a better world, creating global impact. JCI members do real work in their communities and the members of JCI Douala Ideal are no different.

The JCI mission is to “Provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change”. This Mission is fulfilled when the members live the Values in the JCI Creed, creating positive change in the world. One does not need to be in a position of leadership to make a positive difference. One just needs to have the will to do so.

JCI Executive Director for Growth and Development – Arrey Obenson wrote. “In this new era, the individual has tremendous ability to change the course of history. The world is changing fast and so too is JCI. Some decades ago, members were very remote from the international organization. But in the changing world, individual members in all corners of the world can impact the organization worldwide.”

“By biking to raise money for the JCI Nothing but Net Campaign in the UK, a member can raise awareness of JCI worldwide. A short video by the JCI President on World Malaria Day raises thousands of dollars for an important cause. In fact members have the ability to determine the destiny of this organization through their individual actions;” Arrey continues.

This is our philosophy which can be said in other words as follows: JCI members make a World of Difference, they strive to Be Better, we are the Original Active Citizens, and a Grassroots Movement with International Scope and every member has a unique opportunity to shine by taking advantage of our One Year to lead policy:

How does JCI fit into the world? Well, the world still bleeds of conflicts, disease, troubled corruption, racism, religious fundamentalism, economic woes, global warming and the threat of nuclear proliferation. The existence of these problems ironically provides an opportunity for JCI. As future leaders of the world we must address these issues at the local and international level. Overcoming the challenges in the world will not be easy. The climb to the mountain top is steep, but with faith in the empowerment of young people we can rid the world of its woes. And it will take every one of us.

This is where JCI Douala Ideal steps in. We are young people who worry daily about the progress of the City of Douala. Our environment has challenges beyond measure, and our government cannot fix all these problems alone. Our community needs us. It needs a group of people who see challenges as opportunities and problems as solutions.

How do we do this? JCI Douala Ideal members create yearly action plans guided by the realities of our environment. We meet monthly to discuss ideas as to how these challenges can be overcome. We train and develop ourselves to enable us identify, plan, and consolidate partnerships aimed at resolving these challenges. We interact with leading political and business icons in our communities to promote our entrepreneurial and leadership ethos. We act by mobilizing our members to join us in our community projects, we are socially responsible. We take part in the political decisions of our community and country.  We also have fun, we are friends.

JCI Douala Ideal is led by a young dynamic team. Christian Washington Kamgang is our 2012 President and supporting his leadership are six other outstanding individuals. We hold within our ranks outstanding business people, community leaders, trainers and corporate individuals who have bought the idea that, as citizens of the world we need to create an impact.

We meet monthly at the “Club des amis de l’Allemagne” Bonapriso – Douala, Cameroon.

If at this point you still ask yourself what you can gain by being a JCI members, then you may not have read well. Once again, JCI gives you the opportunity to influence your environment positively. That is the greatest good we can achieve as citizens, that is a service to humanity which remains the best work of life

Helen Keller once said “I am one, but I am still one, I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and just because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” 

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