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Laureen beating the odds to become a star

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Lauren wants to use her talent to preach against teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and the likes.

Musician turned politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine in one of his songs “ghetto” sung ” Muzalawa ghetto…mwerabira talanta eziva mu ghetto kyokka buli talanta wano esibuka mu ghetto…” Meaning slums are underrated yet many talents come from them.

When you take a walk in law income settlements commonly known as the ghetto, you will realize that there are many young people wasting their lives on drugs. You will also meet young dreamers trying to figure out the right path to get them to their dreams.

Laureen Athieno 15 years in form one has lived her life in the slums of Namuwongo. Among others, these slums are characterised with domestic violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and child labor.

Coming from such an environment has not stopped her from dreaming as she drowns her sorrows in acting and dancing.

Athieno Laureen in an interview session organized by Touch the slum teens on their online campaign

“I want to become the best entertainer years to come. I have great talent and passion for both acting and dancing. It will also feel great if I add fashion designing to that since I am already getting skills from Touch the slum ( GAF UGANDA).” She reveals

Even though comedian Taata Sam is not a dancer, Lauren says seeing him perfom his comedy on television inspires her. 

” One of my hobbies is watching television and Everytime I see Taata Sam on TV, I tell myself that I have to get there one day. With dance, I always participated in MDD at school so this keeps me busy.” She says

Lauren adds ” I have seen many young people’s lives get out of hand because of drugs. Some girls are impregnated just because they lack basic needs at home. I however tell any man who aproaches me to wait after I finish school then come to my parents to make everything official.”

Like any other parent, Lauren’s mother at first did not support the idea of her joining the entertainment world with fear that her daughter will not balance books with film/ dance. The young girl had to prove her self.

Angel in acting as a victim of Teen pregnancy, Watch video by clicking on video link ihttps://youtu.be/_OE93aXxJRY

” I know books are very important but the situation we are in is very challenging. I am in form one and my young siblings need the education too. Sometimes we live on empty stomachs at home. When it rains, our homes get flooded. I believe using my talent will help my family out because there are children already who are earning on their talents.” She says

Ronald Eligu, founder of Touch the slum ( GAF UGANDA) says young people like Lauren have beautiful dreams that will help them defeat poverty. However, the fact that many of these children are already occupied with business duties as some help their mothers in bread winning for the rest of the family hardens the entire process.

Eligu Ronald, founder of Touch the slum Organisation ( GAF UGANDA)

Lauren wants to use her talent to preach against teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and the likes. Watch her first video here https://youtu.be/_OE93aXxJRY

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Phaneroo Church to hold women’s Conference

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Phaneroo ministries international is slated to hold its annual women’s conference dubbed my great price conference on the 17th June 2023 at kololo independence grounds.

The conference that gathers women from all walks of life will take place under the theme transformed by grace with different speakers on different matters affecting women with Apostle Grace Lubega being the main speaker who also doubles as the vision bearer of Phaneroo ministries international.

Prior to the day of the event, different activities and engagements do take place such as street preaching, Market preaching in different markets in Kampala such as Nakawa and other metropolitan areas of Kampala with the intention of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and creating awareness of this glorious event, inviting people to attend.

The above activities are spearheaded by the Golden mothers, a women wing that are bit older in age from Phaneroo with the intention to spread hope and the love of God from different walks of life especially the women.

This will be the 5th time such a conference of its kind is being held since 2018 with a number of women lives being transformed from various addictions, habits and predicaments and have come to the full knowledge of salvation and lordship of Jesus Christ.

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Finally: Ethiopian Government accepts Peace Talks with Tigrayan Rebels

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Young Tigrayan soldier standing with a gun at his back. .

In a bid to end the Frontline battles and famine strikes in Tigrayan Region, Ethiopian Government has finally accepted African Union (AU) to intervene and organize the peace talks.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor Redwan Hussein commented on his Twitter handle that his Government “accepted this invitation which is in line with our Principle position regarding the peaceful resolution of the conflict and the need to have talks without preconditions.”

The peace talks of this time have been set on grounds of no obstacles and all sides (Ethiopian Government and the Tigrayan Rebels) anticipate to end the 2 year spelt conflict.

In another response, the Ethiopian Government Communication Service, posted a statement indicating that AU is mandated to set a venue and date to lay grounds for peace talks.

However, in a quick reply to the claims , the AU spokesperson Ebba Kalondo clarified down that, “We will communicate details as and when appropriate.”

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has not yet come out to electrify on these developments. But four months back, the TPLF came out and showed interests in commencing peace talks with their Ethiopian Government counter parts.

An insider diplomatic source tipped in that AU peace talks will be mediated by Kenya’s Former President Uhuru Kenyatta with the Horn of African Envoy Olusegun Obasanjo.

In this conflict, Tigray people have suffered a severe toll of shortages in food supplies, fuel, and medications that have left the region suffer malnutrition cases, in addition to the frontline deaths.

Tigrayan Region in the North of Ethiopia has lost over 500,000 people caused by the war and famine in the last 16 months.

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African Presidents Transported into a bus to Queen’s Burial

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A photo showing African Presidents in a Bus to Queen’s Burial Ceremony.

In a bid to pay a farewell to Queen Elizabeth II’s body, many African Presidents have been captured being transported into a bus to the Funeral Ceremony, on September 19th, 2022.

In the photo taken by one of the African Presidents, Dr. William Ruto President of Kenya and Mama Samia Suluhu Hassan, the President of Tanzania among other presidents, appeared with their facial expressions.

This abrupt insight has interested many African critical, readers, writers and bloggers to react. Many have posted on social media platforms saying that this sign brings a lot of questions while others say it’s could be the culture and tradition of the Ceremonial respect of the befallen Queen.

After the death of the Queen, many African Critics have shared very many reactions in support of the peaceful death of the queen while other critics have alluded the incident to colonial faults in Africa during the colonial times.

In the view of Uganda’s attendance of the burial ceremony, President Museveni sent a representative, Jeje Odong, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, to represent him during the farewell bid to Queen Elizabeth II’s body.

The Queen is set to be laid to rest on September 19th , 2022. At her death, the Queen has been named the longest serving Monarch in the world history.

Before, the burial of his mother, Charles III is made the King of United Kingdom. He was acceded to the throne on September 8th, 2022. He has been recorded in the British history as the longest serving heir at the age of 73.

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