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02 February, 2019

BOYS MENTORING ADVOCACY NETWORK TO LAUNCH INITIATIVE FOR NIGERIA'S IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY UMBRELLA

CONTACT: 

NIGERIA 

Mr. Ola Akinwe
Founder, Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network
(www.bmanadvocacy.org)
 Nigeria Coordinator – International Men’s Day
Nigeria Coordinator – World Day Of The Boy Child
Nigeria Executive- Fathers and Families Coalition of America (FFCA)
Affiliate Member- Mengage Ltd, UK
Telephone: +234 802 301 0608; +234 815 500 2255
E-Mail: olaakinwe@bmanadvocacy.org



[PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE GUARDIAN NIGERIAN AND EXTRACTED FROM WEBSITE OF INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR INVESTIGATIVE WORK (WWW.ICIRNIGERIA.ORG)]


          LAGOS, NIGERIA -- Out of the 7.6 billion souls who occupy Planet Earth, 198,865,000 of these souls reside in Nigeria on the African Continent. Although it is the one of the world’s leading exporters of oil -- its primary source of revenue -- Nigeria spends its revenue mostly on importing among other things, food and gasoline. At the end of 2018, at least approximately 90,856,838 Nigerians were living in extreme poverty, that is, living on less than US$1.25 each day. Approximately 87,500,952 in Nigeria souls are children under the age of 15. An overwhelming number of these 87,500,952 souls have been born into families that barely have access to the necessities other souls in the world take for granted such as food and clothing. Many of Nigeria’s children lack adequate access to clothing, shoes, toys and essential tools they will need for school such as composition books, pens, pencils, paper, and textbooks. This is a scenario that the Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (“BMAN”) (www.bmanadvocacy.org) under the leadership of its Founder, Mr. Ola Akinwe, is preparing to change with the proposed launch of the “Nigeria Children’s Initiative”.

          Through its “Nigeria Children’s Initiative”, BMAN plans to provide impoverished Nigerian children with clothes, shoes, composition books, pens, pencils, toys, paper, age appropriate children’s books, and textbooks. BMAN has garnered global support for the “Nigeria Children’s Initiative” which takes the form of a partnership with the United States International Men’s Day Team (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blogspot.com) under the International Men’s Day umbrella. The United States International Men’s Day Team will assist BMAN in identifying and introducing it to prospective American donors of clothing, shoes, toys, age-appropriate literature, school supplies, toys, and textbooks. Nigeria is among 86 nations that observes International Men’s Day which celebrates and honors the contributions and sacrifices that Men make to families, communities, and society on 19 November of each year. Inaugurated in 1999 by Jerome Teeluckskingh, Ph.D. in Trinidad and Tobago, International Men’s Day shares a 48-hour partnership with Universal Children Day’ which is observed on 20 November of each year and is endorsed by the United Nations.

          For further information concerning BMAN’s “Nigeria Children’s Initiative”, contact Mr Ola Akinwe by either sending an e-mail to: olaakinwe@bmanadvocacy.org or by calling Mr. Akinwe at +234 802 301 0608 or +234 815 500 2255.

          To learn more about BMAN’s mission, visit its website at www.bmanadvocacy.org.

30 January, 2019

WE ARE ALL ARTISTS: GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D.

           


          What if every morning when you awaken, you envision the new day that greets you as a blank canvas?  What if, in the first waking moments of each new day, you envision yourself as an Artist?  The truth of the matter is that we are all Artists.   We transform the vast space of our blank canvas – each new day --  into an intricately hued and complicatedly designed collage with our thoughts . . . words . . . actions . . . inactions . . . intentions . . .  happiness . . . disappointments . . . . triumphs . . . interactions with other souls . . . mindfulness . . .  and mindlessness.




            Artists look at the world and see beauty, magic, and possibilities.

In the first waking moments of each new day, Artists ask: “What will I create today?”


  
         How different would your Life be if you looked at each new day as a blank canvas?   Would you make different decisions?   Would it move you to become completely aligned with your purpose?   Would you have a better life and be more successful?   




When you awaken tomorrow morning and look at your new day – your blank canvas -- will you ask:  “What will I create today?”

___________
Glenville Ashby, Ph.D. is one of the Millennium’s leading Spiritual Masters, Qigong Sifu, Spiritual Teacher, Life Coach, Wellness Consultant and the award-winning author of Anam Cara: Your Bridge to Enlightenment and Creativity (www.amazon.com; www.barnesandnoble.com); In Search Of Truth:  A Course In Spiritual Psychology – Selected Writings 2013-2018 (www.amazon.com; www.barnesandnoble.com); and The  Mystical QiGong Handbook For Good Health (www.amazon.com; barnesandnoble.com). 





USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM SUPPORTS WORLD INTERFAITH HARMONY WEEK'S 1-7 FEBRUARY 2019 OBSERVANCE




            At the Plenary Session of the United Nations’ 65th General Assembly in New York on 23 September 2010, His Majesty Abdullah II bin Al-Hussain, King of the Nation of Jordan and the 43rd direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, unveiled his vision for interfaith collaboration and world peace.  In a speech he delivered at the 65th General Assembly of the United Nations, King Abdullah introduced World Interfaith Harmony Week.   On 20 October 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the United Nations’ General Assembly in United Nations Resolution A/RES/65/5.   In 2019, World Interfaith Harmony Week will be observed globally by institutions, organizations, and individuals under the theme – assigned by the United Nations -- “Sustainable Development Through Interfaith Harmony” – commencing on Friday, 1 February 2019 and concluding on Thursday, 7 February 2019.  




           To herald the forthcoming observance of 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week, the United Nations recently issued a statement (http://www.un.org/en/events/interfaithharmony week/), an excerpt of which appears below:




“ . . . At the core of all the faith systems and traditions is the recognition that we are all in this together and that we need to love and support one another to live in harmony and peace in an environmentally sustainable world.  Our world continues to be beset by conflict and intolerance with rising number of refugees and the internally displaced in a hostile and unwelcoming world around them. We are also unfortunately witnessing messages of hate spreading discord among people. The need for spiritual guidance has never been greater. It is imperative that we double our efforts to spread the message of good neighborliness based on common humanity, a message shared by all faith traditions . . . “




           The United States International Men’s Day Team endorses 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week and will, throughout Calendar Year 2019, collaborate with organizations, individuals, and institutions to create and promote sustainable development and interfaith harmony.  It is our view that churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples have always been – and continue to be the – the center of the Universe of communities throughout our global village.   The Interfaith Community has not only attended to the spiritual needs of their congregations and the communities surrounding them – but also have addressed – and continue to address – poverty, hunger, homelessness, ethnic and religious intolerance, and social injustice.  Additionally, the theme for 2019 World Interfaith Harmony Week“Sustainable Development through Interfaith Harmony” is in alignment with the “United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” which seeks to, among other things, strengthen peace through a Plan of Action – an agenda which the United States International Men’s Day Team supports.  The Plan of Action was adopted on 25 September 2015 at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1).  The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld)  identifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals which will serve to eradicate many of the key challenges which marginalize Men and Boys and the communities in which they reside:


·         Goal 1:  End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

·         Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

·         Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

·         Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

·         Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

·         Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

·         Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

·         Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

·         Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

·         Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

·         Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

·         Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

·         Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*

·         Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

·         Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

·         Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

·         Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 




18 January, 2019

LIFTING THE VEIL SHROUDING MALE DOMESTIC EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE: DR. OLASENI MATTHEW GANSALLO, AFRICA GROUP INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY COORDINATOR




For the most part, men throughout our global village who have been on the receiving end of domestic emotional and physical abuse have been extremely reluctant to report it or seek help.  As a result, the incidence of male domestic emotional and physical abuse is underreported.  Why have many Men who are victims of domestic physical and emotional elected not to report it to authorities or seek help?   Fear of being stigmatized or that their story will not be believed by authorities. This fear is underscored by the fact that an overwhelming lack of support exists for male victims of domestic emotional and physical abuse.   In an online article published on 15 September 2018 by The BBC News (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news) entitled, “Male Domestic Abuse: Not Enough Support For Victims, Says Charity”, The Mankind Initiative (https://www.mankind.org/uk) which helps Men escape abuse, pointed out that while one-third of domestic abuse victims are male, only 0.8% of refuge beds were reserved for them.    Mr. Mark Brooks who serves as spokesperson for The Mankind Initiative stated:

“While more victims are beginning to come forward, a failure to ensure a basic level of support across the country will fail those men and, of course, fail their children where  they are involved.”

According to the organization which is calling for dedicated support for male victims of domestic physical and emotional abuse, pointed out that these souls must travel more than 150 miles away from their home to get the help and support they need.

          The plight of men who are victims of domestic emotional and physical abuse has not gone unnoticed by Men’s Issues Thought Leader and Africa Group Coordinator for International Men’s Day (http://www.usainternationalmensday.blgospot.com) by Dr. Olaseni Matthew Gansallo.  Dr. Gansallo, who serves as the Director of the highly acclaimed Young Graduates for Museums and Galleries at the British Museum in London in the United Kingdom, has lifted the veil shrouding domestic male abuse with the release of his groundbreaking literary work, "Men Who Suffer Emotional Abuse:  The Silent Suffering – A Guide To Help”  Dr. Gansallo arranged for his empowering book to be released on 19 November 2018 – International Men’s Day – a day observed by 86 nations that celebrates the contributions and sacrifices that Men make to families, communities, and society and inaugurated in November 1999 by Gender Issues Thought Leader, educator, and author Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D. in Trinidad and Tobago has moved male domestic abuse – and male emotional abuse, in particular, into the Global Men’s Issues Dialogue.  

How are men reacting to “Men Who Suffer Emotional Abuse:  The Silent Suffering – A Guide To Help”?  Dr. Gansallo who performed research and interviewed over 600 Men mostly in Britain and Nigeria who were victims of domestic emotional abuse over a three-year period had this to say:

 "Generally Men find it difficult to talk about emotions and from recent feedback, this book seems to have connected with many Men and Boys."

            Dr. Gansallo finds that his e-mail inbox is being flooded with feedback from readers of his empowering book as evidenced by an e-mail he received on 12 January 2019:

“Dear Matthew,

Hello from Margaret & David, your flight companions from London to Dubai on 3rd December 2018.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family and may we wish you and yours a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2019.

I have taking the time to read your book you so kindly gave to us, (hope you didn’t get into trouble with your publishers), and I have found it enlightening, troubling and uncannily helpful regarding my own marital history.

How did you know, did you have an inclination that I might be one of those to whom you wrote your book? Whatever the reason you cannot realise how helpful it has been.

I served in the Royal Navy and in 1975 I discovered, by a “Dear John” that my then wife had gone off with a mess deck colleague and taking my three boys with them. After the divorce in 1976 I was given ‘reasonable’ access, whatever that means, so easily manipulated.

I was told that the middle boy was wetting the bed when returning from being with me, their schooling was being affected, they were being bullied because the other kids were saying ‘why is your step dad’s surname different from yours?’ How would they know? The final straw was that I received a A3 deed poll document allowing the legal changing of their surname to the one I was cuckolded by and of course I consented because I believed, (wrongly as it happened), that the boys were being harmed.  Letters and birthday cards with money were never acknowledged and then they changed address without letting me know.

All this time I was serving at sea and ashore, I met a 19 year old girl and married her against a lot of advise not to, I was 34 at the time.  I know now that I was trying to restore my life to when I married my first wife. Within the space of a year she was off with an American sailor and even went to Denmark where his ship was next visiting. I got a letter from her with a very cryptic few words, “I think I have made a mistake”.  I foolishly took her back  and you can guess the rest, we were divorced within a year after she just couldn’t keep from straying and using my money to do it.

I met Margaret in 1980, she had also been through a very acrimonious divorce in 1977, although we were attracted to each other we were very very wary and didn’t marry until 1985.

I met up with my two eldest boys after 36 years, by now grown men and very successful, that was a relief because I was so concerned  that what their mother had done would have harmed them. The eldest is estranged from his Mother and the second eldest sees her very occasionally. The youngest was too young to really remember me although he has also been successful.

Regarding your book, the third and last paragraph on page 76 and paragraphs 1,2 and 5 on page 77 are particularly poignant and revealing and have helped me come to terms with my history, far more than before I read your book.

So, thank you Matthew, and if you have got this far with my emotional bullying saga, thank you also for taking the time, I sure you are a busy man.

I have found the writing of this email a very cathartic experience.

My very best wishes”


          To purchase your copy of “Men Who Suffer Emotional Abuse:  The Silent Suffering – A Guide to Help” contact the publisher, by sending an e-mail to: flointersch@gmail.com.

            To learn more about Dr. Gansallo’s groundbreaking work on Men’s Issues and domestic male emotional abuse, send an e-mail to:  mgansallo@yahoo.com.

15 January, 2019

USA INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM REMEMBERS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE AND AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT LEADER DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY -- 15 JANUARY 2019




                On this day, the thoughts of the United States International Men’s Day Team are on the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Had he lived, Thought Leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have celebrated his 90th birthday today – Tuesday, 15 January 2019.  Assassinated on Thursday, 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39, during his brief existence on this space and place we know as Planet Earth, Dr. King inspired souls in the United States and nations around the world to transcend boundaries.  He reminded us of the obligation that was imbued upon each of us at the time we emerged from the womb  -- the obligation to transcend and transform the environment we were born into as he provided powerful life lessons about “unarmed truth”, “the power of love”, “connectedness”,  “faith” , “creating uncertainty in an uncertain world”,  and “breaking one’s silence in the midst of injustice”.

            On 10 December 1964, Dr. King accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway and delivered a powerful acceptance speech (https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/1964/king/ 26142-martin-luther-king-jr-acceptance-speech-1964/) which reminded the world in 1964 as it continues to remind the world in 2019 about what really matters in Life and how each of us can create certainty in an uncertain world:

I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him.



I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.



I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.



I believe that even amid today's motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.



I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive goodwill will proclaim the rule of the land.



"And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid."



I still believe that we shall overcome.



This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.



Today I come to Oslo as a trustee, inspired and with renewed dedication to humanity. I accept this prize on behalf of all men who love peace and brotherhood. I say I come as a trustee, for in the depths of my heart I am aware that this prize is much more than an honor to me personally.



Every time I take a flight I am always mindful of the many people who make a successful journey possible -- the known pilots and the unknown ground crew.

So you honor the dedicated pilots of our struggle who have sat at the controls as the freedom movement soared into orbit. You honor, once again, Chief (Albert) Luthuli of South Africa, whose struggles with and for his people, are still met with the most brutal expression of man's inhumanity to man.



You honor the ground crew without whose labor and sacrifices the jet flights to freedom could never have left the earth.



Most of these people will never make the headlines and their names will not appear in Who's Who. Yet when years have rolled past and when the blazing light of truth is focused on this marvelous age in which we live -- men and women will know and children will be taught that we have a finer land, a better people, a more noble civilization -- because these humble children of God were willing to suffer for righteousness' sake.



I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners -- all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty -- and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.


13 January, 2019

2018 INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY L.T. HENRY AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED BY UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL MEN'S DAY TEAM




          Inaugurated by JEROME TEELUCKSINGH, PH.D., the Founder of International Men’s Day, the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award acknowledges individuals, institutions, and organizations who help to improve the manner in which our global village addresses the key challenges (e.g., poverty, ethnic and religious intolerance, homelessness, hunger, Fatherlessness, Mass Incarceration, recidivism, education, physical and mental health, violence, and real-life options) that prevent Men and Boys from reaching their full potential and empowering the communities in which they live and work.   The award is named after the late MR. L.T. HENRY, the architect of IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® which facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues and the mentor of United States International Men’s Day Coordinator Diane A. Sears.  MR. HENRY envisioned a world in which Men throughout our global village would transcend the boundaries of religion, language, ethnicity, politics, class, economics, and culture to collaboratively address the myriad of unique issues which are directly and indirectly related to raising children from a male perspective.   The USA International Men’s Day Team is seeking nominations of individuals, institutions, and organizations as candidates for the International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award.


           The United States International Men’s Day Team extends its congratulations to the following recipients of the 2018 International Men’s Day L.T. HENRY Award: 

 
AUSTRALIA

Restorative Justice Award – Certificate of Recognition
Honorable Uncle Alfred Smallwood
Elder – Birriguba Nation

CANADA

Men’s Studies Award – Certificate of Recognition
David Hatfield

JORDAN

Criminal Justice Award – Certificate of Recognition
Abdullah al Nasser

NIGERIA

Arts and Culture Award – Certificate of Recognition
Dr. Olaseni Matthew Gansallo

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Public Policy Award – Certificate of Recognition
Donald Berment

Global Citizen Award – Certificate of Recognition
Jerome Teelucksingh, Ph.D.

UNITED STATES

Massachusetts

Transcending Boundaries Award – Certificate of Recognition
Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D.

New York

Communications Award – Certificate of Recognition
Jeffrey Jackson

Healing And Repatriation Award – Certificate of Recognition
Carry Greaves

Men’s Health Award – Certificate of Recognition
Glenville Ashby, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania

Economic Sustainability Award – Certificate of Recognition
Honorable Minister Alif Allah

Education Award – Certificate of Recognition
David P. Hardy

Fatherhood Award – Certificate of Recognition
Leonard Dantzler

Humanitarian Award – Certificate of Recognition
House of Umoja, Inc.

Mentorship Award – Certificate of Recognition
S. Archye Leacock