Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO) hosted the 2018 Cannabis Opportunities Conference at the Temple University Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA from October 19-20, 2018 in partnership with Pennsylvania State Senator Sharif Street.
The DACO conference, founded by two African- American women, Cherron Perry- Thomas and Desiree Ivey provided an unprecedented opportunity for advocates, lawmakers, community stakeholders, and entrepreneurs in the growing cannabis industry to network and engage in discussions on opportunities and restorative justice for underrepresented global communities.
Over 750 people attended the conference which included a job fair, record expungement workshop, exhibition hall, and presentations by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, video message by New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and Keynote Speaker, Chanda Macias. The conference was also one of the first to include voices from the African continent such as Albertus Kleingeld from Lesotho and Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke from Zimbabwe.
“It was important for us that the conference be inclusive of Black and Brown communities throughout the diaspora where this herb has been used for healing for centuries. As the world moves closer to global connections so should the global cannabis community.
The potential of growth is projected to be fruitful and Black and Brown communities around the world should be included through shared value strategies. It was monumental to have participation and insights at the conference from some of the leading cannabis voices domestically as well as Lesotho and Zimbabwe, the first countries in Africa to legalize cannabis,” shared Cherron Perry-Thomas, the Director of Social Impact at (DACO).
The conference’s theme “Seeking Higher Ground and Equity in the Industry” was reflected in the diverse programming of workshops, talks and presentations held over the 2-days that were divided into 4 categories ; Economic Opportunity, Educations & Family, Medical & Wellness, Policy/Legal & Social Justice with the following topics:
Why Bother: The Medical Marijuana Liscense Process
Parent Caregivers: By Any Means Necessary
Black Vets Speak Up
The Diaspora: Life with Sickle Cell
Qualifying Conditions: Before You Get A MMJ
Gotta be a better way: chronic pain management
Cannabis in the Diaspora Dewey workshop
Hemp history: Before There Was Cotton Nate
Weeds Do Grow: Conversating with Woke Educators
New trends in Education: A Cannabis Workforce
Branding Your Cannabis Business
Straight Outta Lesotho
Blockchain: Land Ownership On Our Own Terms
Cannabis and Tech
Black Canna Biz: Solutions for Community Empowerment
Zimbabwe’s Dr. Zorodzai Maroveke and South Africa’s Willem Jonker shared their experiences and research via video recording while Albertus Kleingeld, a partner at Webber Newdigate, a law firm based in Maseru, Lesotho led the session “Straight Outta Lesotho: An African Update”.
“Lesotho’s decision to view marijuana as a source of national revenue rather than a petty crime positions the country as a pioneer on the African continent, however, there is still a lot of progress to be made. African nations are dragging behind Western nations with respect to cannabis legalisation because of the underlying notion that its use is abnormal and disgraceful.
This stigma has slowed down efforts of the Government and the legislative system to legalise and tap into the lucrative global marijuana industry. As a global society, it is time we rectify, restore and re-normalize healthy positive attitudes & perceptions towards cannabis,” said Kleingeld whose firm advises a majority of cannabis license holders in Lesotho and South Africa on various commercial and regulatory matters.
DACO organizers Perry-Thomas and Ivey were inspired to organize a conference targeting people of color after attending other major conferences that had little representation. “2019 marks the 400 year that many enslaved Africans were brought to this country and since that time there have been biased laws to ensure the wealth gap. There are estimates of $24.5 billion in sales by 2021, this revenue can translate to tax dollars for schools, elder care, job creation and innovation to better our communities.
Black and Brown communities have to advocate for access, equity and policy reform to be included in this industry. Without the information we don’t know what to ask for, where to go or what to do.
The DACO conference was our effort to raise the awareness and opportunities for marginalized communities throughout the world on the topic of cannabis. We plan to continue to build alliances and forge ahead for a more positive impact on the planet, people and the plant,” added Perry-Thomas.
UBA Ghana Donates African Literature Books To Four Senior High Schools To Mark Internatonal Day Of The African Child
UBA Ghana has donated boxes of various African Literature Books to four Senior High Schools to commemorate the 2021 International Day of the African Child
The beneficiary schools were Accra Academy Senior High School, Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Teshie Technical Institute all in the Greater Accra region and St Paul’s SHS in the Volta region.
The International Day of the African Child, is a day set aside to by the United Nations to celebrate Africa children on the 16th of June every year.
This donation is in line with the UBA Foundation commitment to the education of African Youth through the Read Africa Project.
Presenting the books to the various schools, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Henry Nii Dottey, said UBA is committed to rekindle the dwindling reading culture amongst African youths.
“The passion for reading informative and educative books is fast eroding due to the advent of materials on the internet and media content and this is part of the ills we want to correct in the continent’s educational sector”, he said.
He added: “Having identified the need to curb the trend across the continent, the UBA Foundation through the Read Africa has been donating books to encourage reading among junior and senior secondary schools students across Africa”.
Mr. Dottey also used the opportunity to call upon the schools to actively participate in this year’s National Essay Competition. He noted the National Essay Competition provides funding of up to US$10,000 annually and encourage all students to participate in order for them to enhance their chances of living the dreams of tertiary education in any part of Africa.
He added that the vision of Tony Elumelu through the Africapitalism project which seeks to use African resources to develop Africa can only start with the education of our people.
Mr. Emmanuel Ofoe Fiemawhle, Headmaster of Accra Academy and Mrs. Gifty Andoh, Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High Schools both expressed their gratitude to UBA for the kind gesture demonstrated towards their schools.
They both assured UBA that the schools will put the books to good use and ensure students read them while encouraging them to start preparing towards this year’s National Essay Competition.
Sidney Williams tells Hammer, “You Know Too Well Not To Kiss Shatta Wale’s Ass.”
Sidney A. Williams, a Ghanaian entertainment critic and former radio producer for Y107.9FM in Accra, is dissatisfied with the recent words of renowned music producer Edward Nana Poku Osei, also known as “Hammer.”
Sidney’s dissatisfaction comes at the back of Hammer’s recent utterances about Ghanaian journalist Arnold Asamoah Baidoo who described dancehall artiste Shatta Wale as the most “inconsistent and confused” artist.
In a post, Hammer shared a different opinion saying;
“I can’t believe people are celebrating you for being so disrespectful to another human being in the name of what, opinion?” You people live quietly behind closed doors with your imperfections and just because someone’s life is public you think you can have an opinion?
In a new video shared on YouTube, Sidney who feels disappointed at Hammer’s utterances is heard saying;
“The attack on Arnold is so unfair. It’s so uncalled for. Knowing who Hammer is and the kind of things he’s doing can only be equated to ass-kissing. When people go wrong, it’s only right you allow them to be straightened than to jump behind them for whatever reason.”
He went ahead to advise Hammer to protect his image than speak to kiss ass which will eventually open him up for attacks and insults.
“You only need to be protecting your legendary status and achievements at this time than opening yourself up for attacks for actually saying things that lacks credence.”
Watch Sidney Williams speak out on the Shatta Wale, Hammer and Arnold debacle.
Kida Kudz Celebrates 2pac’s Birthday In Epic Tribute Video For ‘Makaveli’
Nigerian rapper, singer and songwriter hailing from London via Lagos and back Kida Kudz shares an unbelievable tribute video for ‘Makaveli’, his sonic homage to the late Tupac Shakur.
Referencing the ‘Hit ‘Em Up (Dirty)’ video, the Biggie & Tupac Doc by Nick Broomfield, the iconic NY Times cover alongside Snoop and Suge Knight, his appearance in Juice and more – it’s a perfectly executed tribute that was conceptualised and styled by Kida himself.
A track that he recorded at home in the UK where he was speaking about how he and his people move in life, ‘All my jigga’s anti-social’, it naturally progressed into being quite inspired by Makaveli and Tupac’s spirit and attitude – one of his biggest influences.
Following the lyrically potent first single Animalistic’ that explored incarceration and his euphoric house and dancehall infused Bella Smhurda assisted ‘Ball Till We Fall’, ‘Makaveli’ is the third single taken from his highly anticipated new mixtape TOP MEMBA out July 9th and available to pre-order now.
Speaking on the video, Kida said: “Makaveli was shot by my friend Visionnaire Pictures. The idea came from both of us putting our heads together to think of the best 2Pac images and recreate them on a budget in the studio. I styled myself using vintage pieces and a lot of clothes I already owned as I love 90’s fashion… I got the pieces from my wardrobe, ordered some, and got my family members to help out with styling …The thought was to bring 2pac back to life, trying to get it as close as possible…. It’s an energised video from head to toe.”
Since its announcement and release of accompanying singles this Spring, TOP MEMBA is already set to scorch the scene this summer with early support from the likes of Highsnobiety, The Line of Best Fit, Complex, Dummy, Notion, CLASH, DJ Target and more. Aptly and affectionately named after Kida’s fans to whom this mixtape is dedicated to, this highly anticipated 10-tracker was written in the afterglow of the birth of his first son at his home in London, making this his most intent and personal body of work to date.
Born in ‘IB City’ Ibadan, Nigeria and raised by his serial entrepreneur mother, Kida Kudz always had an intense love for music counting the likes of Lil Wayne, Tupac, DMX, BBK, Fela Kuti, Haruno Ishola, Tuface and Ebenezer Obey as some of his most vital influences. After winning two high profile talent competitions in Nigeria as a young boy, Kida’s unrelenting work ethic and drive led him to move to London, UK, when he was 14 to take his craft more seriously studying Music Technology, Audio Engineering, Music Business and Media Production at college and university.
Thrust into a completely new environment and culture at such a decisive age, like many young African immigrants in the UK Kida battled with issues around acceptance and identity but found solace in music. The sound you hear today self-coined ‘AFRO JIGGY’ is the perfect manifestation Kida’s dual identity and artistic sensibilities blending the best the UK and Africa has to offer that’s lead him to collaborate with the likes of Ms Banks and Pa Salieu on Juls’ ‘Like Tu Danz’, Burna Boy on the ‘Issa Vibe Remix’ and Chip on his 2020 debut mixtape Nasty with the single ‘Red Flag’.
No stranger to the limelight, Kida Kudz’ authentic, intelligent and vibrant output has had incredible co-signs from Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky as well as gaining fans in the likes of HYPEBEAST, RedBull, TRENCH, GRM Daily, Complex, Hunger, CLASH and more. He has graced festival stages from Oh My to Afronation and his distinguished personal style and keen eye for fashion has led to collaboration with Daily Paper, Tommy Hilfiger, Clarks and more.
TOP MEMBA TRACKLIST:
- Figure 8 Ft. Gemitaz
- Nobody Ft. Tanika
- Cherry Mango Ft. Made Kuti
- Ball Till We Fall Ft. Bella Shmurda
- Ghetto Riddim Ft Bobby 6ix & Daddy 1
- Never Saw Us
WATCH: ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli-video
STREAM/SHARE ‘MAKAVELI’: https://platoon.lnk.to/makaveli
PRE-ORDER TOP MEMBA: https://platoon.lnk.to/Top-Memba
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