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South Sudan’s Deborah Akech Named Among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

South Sudan’s Deborah Akech Named Among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

South Sudan’s Deborah Akech Named Among Africa’s Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders


Moremi Initiative Announces 2014 MILEAD Fellows

Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa proudly announces the 2014 MILEAD (Moremi Initiative Leadership and Empowerment Development) Fellows. The twenty-six selected MILEAD Fellows represent Africa’s most promising young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of Africa. The Fellows were chosen through a highly competitive selection process with criteria based on their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

Ms. Deborah Akech of South Sudan was selected for her remarkable track record as a passionate advocate advancement of women and girls in South Sudan. In 2013, she graduated with a Second class Honours (Upper Division) in accounting from Ndejje University in Uganda, She has served in many leadership capacities, including among others, as the Secretary General for Ndejje University South Sudanese Students Association. She is also co-founder of the Association of South Sudanese Ladies in Uganda, an Association that is engaged in social, economic sensitization, Health, Education and leadership among young South Sudanese women studying in Ugandan Universities. Deborah is currently the Secretary General for Lakes Women’s League, an organization which she yearns to be empowered in order to combat socio-cultural injustices against women in South Sudan. Her early experiences instilled in her a sense of advocacy for girl-child education, and a need for increased visibility of girls and women in all areas of leadership in South Sudan. Her dream is to see that every young girl in Africa has the right to education, and that all women will be accorded their freedom irrespective of where they come from.

Deborah Akech: One of the Africans Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

Deborah Akech: One of the Africans Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders

The 2014 MILEAD Fellows

Representing twenty-six African countries and the Diaspora, the 2014 Fellows epitomize a Pan-African diversity with multi-disciplinary academic, professional, and social backgrounds. Women’s economic empowerment, innovations in environmental justice, and political participation provide proof to this new generation of African women leaders with bold and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on a global stage. The 2014 Fellows are between the ages of 19 and 25, but are already actively leading change on pertinent issues, both at a grassroots and international level.

Here are the honoured 2014 Fellows:

1. Ms. Marlise Montcho [Benin]

2. Ms. Nicole Khumo Senuku [Botswana]

3. Ms. Kadija Simboro [Burkina Faso]

4. Ms. Delphine Konda [Cameroon]

5. Ms. Yelli M. Poda [Cote d’Ivoire]

6. Ms. Gloria Ramazani Mikala [DRC]

7. Ms. Marta Tsehay Sewasew [Ethiopia]

8. Ms. Patience Annankra [Ghana]

9. Ms. Faye Jainaba [Gambia]

10. Ms. Shiraz Saajida [Ghana]

11. Ms. Sianah Nalika DeShield [Liberia]

12. Ms. Patricia Chiumia [Malawi]

13. Ms. Williee Chonguiça [Mozambique]

14. Ms. Mofolasayo M. Adeniyi [Nigeria]

15. Ms. Christelle Kwizera [Rwanda]

16. Ms. Yacine Ndiaye [Senegal]

17. Ms. Irene Jacobs [Sierra Leone]

18. Ms. Rahma Elmi Du’ale [Somalia]

19. Ms. Kim Harrisberg [South Africa]

20. Ms. Deborah Akech [South Sudan]

21. Ms. Jihad Abdelgadir [Sudan]

22. Ms. Catherine Fidelis [Tanzania]

23. Ms. Rim Bettaieb [Tunisia]

24. Ms. Faith Namalwa [Uganda]

25. Ms. Sinqobile S Ndlovu [Zimbabwe]

26. Ms. Bernice Ofori [Diaspora/USA]

From over 1,260 applications from 42 countries, the selected Fellows of 2014 will become part of the growing MILEAD community of a powerful Pan-African network of change makers- a new generation of young women leaders. We salute all the applicants for their tremendous work and sacrifices, often under extremely difficult circumstances. Although only 28 candidates could be selected, we truly admire the courage and commitment of all of these leaders. We look forward to collaborating with all applicants through other platforms and future programs as we strive to create opportunities and attain dignity and justice for women in our communities and across the continent.

The 2014 MILEAD Fellows Institute

The MILEAD Fellows will converge in Accra, Ghana to kick-start the 2014 MILEAD Leadership Institute- a three-week intensive training program, which will be hosted by the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. The Institute will serve as a platform for Fellows to cross-examine concepts of leadership in a broad African context, cultivate the skills and experiences necessary to occupy and excel in leadership positions, and gain knowledge on cutting-edge issues critical to African women and their communities. In addition to knowledge building lectures, skills-training workshops, teambuilding activities, role plays and other interactive activities, Fellows will be mentored by experienced and accomplished women leaders who are committed to supporting and nurturing the next generation of African women leaders.

About The MILEAD Fellows Program

The MILEAD Fellows Program is a uniquely designed initiative committed to the long-term leadership development and promotion of Africa’s most promising young women leaders. Fellows go through a yearlong training and mentoring program, designed to build skills, strengthen networks, and support women’s leadership on critical issues. Over the course of the year, the selected Fellows progress through three phases. The first identifies and prepares Fellows through leadership development, networking, mentoring, and training. The second promotes the visibility and accomplishments of Fellows through media coverage and networking. And lastly, the third phase supports Fellows through career planning, management, and access to opportunities and resources. Moreover, Fellows will benefit from a lifelong solidarity and support through the MILEAD Network.

About Moremi Initiative

Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents- leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate injustices and discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problem of leadership imbalances. Moremi engages, inspires and equips a new generation of African women leaders.

For more information, contact Moremi Initiative: Tel: +1 917.327.5235 (USA) +233 242 901222 (GHANA) F: E:  W:


Governor Chol Tong Mayai on SBS Radio

Posted: June 2, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Jam tueŋda wuɔnë Gabëna thɛɛrë Pan Arämwëër Col Tɔŋ Mayay

Gen. Daau Aturjong on SBS Radio

Posted: June 2, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

Dau Aturjong a South Sudan former army Gen join Rebel 

By David Aoloch Bion

He made a decision to chair-ize his gun

He made a decision to chair-ize his gun

People of Aweil of Northern Bahr el Ghazal state are great, brave people in the Republic of South Sudan. They were noticed for their courage in the 21 years civil war that brought independent of South Sudan. That selfless participation in the liberation war put them at the top of the history. This made the people of South Sudan respected them dearly and proud of them

Now, the breaking news is half of Aweil people are defecting from the Government and joining the rebel leader Riek under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Dau Aturjong. This means, they are moving away from the right side of history to the wrong side of history. Riek Machar tainted his history when he defected in 1991 and joined Khartoum, the enemy at time. He is now at wrong side of the history.

Aweil people are now tainting their name in the history of South Sudan, if at all it is true half Aweil people are joining Riek as it reported in media. They are now self-rewriting their history into palimpsest.

Now Dau has joined the rebellion after 6 months. What was Dau doing last December when the fighting broke out in Juba? Nothing. Zero. Why Dau is joining rebels now? Only ONE REASON is Because President Kiir had not appointed him as an acting Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal.

Now in Juba, people are shocked, panic, nervous, frightened about Dau defection. Because people of Aweil are brave and many.

Last year, it is said President Kiir defeated Riek coup and his subsequent rebellion with the help from Paul Malong and his Aweil people. This can be true or false.

Now, Dau, who is from Aweil, has joined Riek. There is strong belief that the half of largest, bravest people of Aweil will join the rebellion and eventually President Kiir will be defeated by Riek with aiding of Dau. This can be true or false.

It is undisputable truth; people from Aweil are brave in character and large in number. The question is,

Do their brave and number mean they fight without a just cause?

Does it mean they fight for the sake of fighting without a just cause? The answer is NO, hundred times NO.

The beautiful, handsome, wise, rational, Great People of Aweil always shed their Holy Blood for a Just Cause like the liberation of South Sudan from Arab Domination. They can’t pour their dear blood in brother-to-brother, sister-to-sister war. Aweil People will not go to war for personal interest like one of Dau. If Dau is not appointed as an acting Governor of Northern Bahr el Ghazal and his cousin Kuei Aguer is appointed.

Does it means the same brothers and sisters of Aweil must go war and kill one another in the war. NO. Hundred times NO.

It is my heartfelt wishes and prayer that my sisters and brothers from Aweil will not follow Adau Aturjong. My sisters and brothers should take Dau case as AN ISOLATED CASE like Bor, Twic, Hol, and Nyarweng people of Jonglei took the son of Hero Dr. John Garang as ISOLATED case. Mabior Garang joined the rebels and there is no single Bor soldier who is with him. He is alone with rebels. He has no just cause for his people to follow him.

All of us are frustrated by government of Kiir Mayar because of one reason or another, but there is no need for fighting him or justification of war of brother against brother, sister against sister. Kiir came to power peacefully and he will leave the power peacefully. Not violently through military coups and rebellions. We have so many ways available to remove President Kiir from power apart violent and bullets.

People of Aweil must know that Riek Rebellion and his subsequent Federalism have no blessing or benefits for them in whatsoever way! Federalism will give national resource like oil to people of Unity alone. Oil money is a now share equally among the ten states but when Federalism is established, the oil money will be only for Unity state alone. The following is conversation between two men about federalism recently

‘’Federalism is good ‘’, said the 1st man

‘’ How?’’ said 2nd man

‘’ It will create the competition among the states and give back local natural resources like oil to local people ‘’

‘’ What about states without resources, like oil?’’

‘’These states without resources like oil, will provide cheap labour for another states with oil. For example, if you money in Unity state, you can go and build a factory in Aweil where there are many, jobless people, you will provide them with jobs and they will provide you with cheap labour. . Just like Americans go to China and build factories because there is cheap labour in China’’

Great People of Aweil, you have nothing to gain from Riek Rebellion and his Federalism but being cheapest laborers in economy of South Sudan…

Long lives Malual Buoth Anyar

Long live Great People

Long live Northern Bahr el Ghazal State

Minister Michael Makwei Lueth: A Spokesperson at the Fireplace!

Posted: June 2, 2014 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Commentary

In his job, uncle is not my uncle, but a public servant: a spokesperson at the fireplace!

By Kur Wel Kur

The only truth is that we cannot speak the truth. The only acceptable viewpoint is that we cannot express a viewpoint.” Murong Xuecun

With the above quotation, let’s come to this. I feel the need for the speed in this article, however, ironically, I confess that Honourable Uncle is not related to me in blood and I have never met him. He fathered children who are old enough and some of his daughters are married to intelligent and educated people.

He is a grandfather; his relatives and colleagues are many to defend him. Yet, their father or friend (for the sake of his colleagues) is not their father or friend in the ministry of Information and Broadcasting; but a public’s servant. This explains why none of them squabbled in respond to millions of critics.

On the note, in the name an uncle, the minister in the ministry of Information and Broadcasting is Honourable Michael Makuei Lueth. The youth flocked around him pecking at his hair, clothes, some so brave, perched on his lips trying to shut him up. However, they commit no sin in the eyes of the freedom of speech and democracy. The very democracy and freedom of speech, uncle exercises.

We learnt to unlearn too much, but we must remain to respect our origins and beliefs.   All humans observe a belief of respecting elders/seniors. Even animals such as cattle note this belief; a young bull distant itself from a cow on heat when the older and an experienced bull is around. An older bull bellows; the young bull never bellow in a reaction, suppose it defies the odds and bellows back, this young bull never reaches maturity without ‘manaam-naam’(disability).

In the context of this article, we will analyze which bullets soared out of his mouth that blasted and bulldozed the Bortown twice, Malakal twice and Bentiu Twice.

Though his words prickle at last but we must not forget whose words started this war. A reminder, on the December 06/ 2013, the impatient doctor (PHD), Mama Nyandeng Chol and G11 kindled the fire and beat the drum for this war. In Dec 06 conference, uncle sat in silence except jotting down some interesting points.

A week later, the president tried to cool off his brain with a few remarks in respond to accusations made on the Dec 06; the group raced out of the parliament. The war came. Now we, the youth in particular, point fingers at him, accusing him of the peace blockade. Until we carry our crosses, peace will never prevail. Youth must remove all hooks they hang their blames.

In order to solve the problem, we must know its full definition. The 2013 split does not equate to the 1991 split, when the three doctors collaborated to topple Dr. Garang. This time, Dr. Riek fragmented not only tribes but also families. My brother sympathizes with the rebels but he calls himself an independent. My sister sympathises with the rebels but she calls herself neutral and a peace-loving person. And yet, whenever, the government finds itself in the weakest link, they celebrate. When the government debilitates the rebels, they mourn it and dash to the hunger strike.

My sister and brother hate Honourable Makuei to the core, they see him as an ignition of war, but they hate him because he defends the government. They want to see the legitimate government collapse. For this, I call my brother and sister rebels because they support those who dishonoured the constitution and want to take the government by force.

Assume, the youth that are rebels, “independents” or “neutrals” criticise the government’s officials and praise the rebels’ leaders and officials. Do you believe peace will come?

Of course not, no doubts that youth plays incredible roles in this war. The government and rebels’ leader propels the youth to fight the war; the youth writes offensive articles to fuel the war.  This means it will take the youth to stop the war. However, not by spitting criticisms on seniors and forgetting that the change starts with oneself. Youth has a power to change the course of this war, suppose they unite and refuse to go to war, exchange or transcribe no ill intentions about one another.

I believe in doing the above-mentioned points, the youth will welcome back the peace in our beloved country. Nevertheless, if we admire Angony for writing the note we love about the government’s weaknesses and its officials or tribute Deng for attacking the silent educated people who stroll away with no comments about the war; we have a long journey to march.

Signs of war, Bortown, Bentiu and Malakal, blasted to ashes by the double hands, little developments made evaporated, over a million people forced out of their homes, little hopes people had vanished and both sides sent lives to either hell or heaven prematurely. Makuei has no missile that soared out of his mouth, which blasted and demolished those towns.

Nevertheless, who in their right minds will avoid saying a few words about the real rebels? Which words belong to him? Some people fabricated some of his statements, some are handpicked by those who encircle him in the name of friendship but in reality, they slit his throat by creating false statements.  Now, many fabricated statements float on the webs so I will concentrate on a recent statement of his, made towards Archbishop Daniel Diit Bul.

The media and youth picked the minister’s words (“they behave like rebels”) but they mentioned not the archbishop’s words. By so doing, we see unfairness or bias already. So why then, you judge while you failed at the onset? To remind you, archbishop is a title held by Christians; false accusations are not new to Christianity. Some verses in the Bible recorded these accusations, Christ himself died on the cross for being falsely accused.

Archbishop Diit has God on his side to defend him so if some are doing the defending, they must be advised that they are doing a wrong job. We must deal with our problems because God deals with His; “Give to Caesar what’s Caesar’s, and to God what’s God”. For this, we must obey the government of the day until its day expires, for all authorities come from God; Paul advised the Christians, “All must summit themselves to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authority that exist have been established by God.” 

But, we deviate from this norm because humans, being sectarian (sectional) by nature, we hate an insult towards our own kind, however, suppose democracy and peace fill our hearts, we must individualise our deeds.

In conclusion, we will not remember most of what seniors verbalise now, but what we as youth, air out now will exist in future because we will wallow in the traps we set ourselves. We, the youth, own our country because we sit on over 50 % of the population.

To have peace and democracy in future, we must live them now; I know peace and democracy exist not in south Sudan but the youth must work hard for their (peace and democracy) existence in future. We must love ourselves regardless of tribes and not make a big deal out of what the ministers say or not say.

Above all, taking a liberty to belittle seniors will never help.  Keep in mind that a spokesperson will speak until the eternal wind sweeps out the last flame.