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All set for Never Again Royal Night Second Anniversary-5 April 2014

Never Again Royal Night Second Anniversary is here -5 April 2014-The Thurrock Hotel

It is now the talk of UK and many parts of the world where Royal Purple guests and their Royal Hostesses who are Princesses from Africa who support the charity work of Girl Child Network Worldwide gather to inspire, empower and do acts of generosity and giving back to their communities back in Africa. It is definitely growing as more and more supporters pour in.

Never Again Royal night is now in its second year having been successfully launched in 2013 in the peaceful and quiet hotel in Thurrock, Essex, United Kingdom. The event was full house with over 200 guests coming from all over UK and Zimbabwe. This year the event enters its second year with another best-selling book by Muzvare Betty Makoni expected to be launched in style on 5 April 2014. Event organisers have advised that in order for guests and participants to get the most out of the day, this time the event starts at 3pm sharp with book signing and networking as well as pictures on the purple carpet to ensure everyone gets the time to network fully as well as warm up to the empowering inspiring event.


Muzvare Betty Makoni`s official autobiography, Never Again, not to any woman or girl again, birthed this event and the trustees and supporters of Girl Child Network Worldwide have made this the official fundraiser for the charity where it is now a culture to bring all supporters, donors and those who want to build the charity to grow and be strong to come to a weekend  of inspiration and empowerment so as to get a test of some innovative programs the charity runs especially in Africa and the UK to support empowerment of the girl child in the home, school and community so that the girls develop into confident women leaders.

`It happens once a year and this is the only official fundraiser for the charity just to bring everyone who supports us and spend some quality time renewing our commitment. Never again Royal night is an event we inspire our supporters whilst they give. We believe as much as our supporters give to us we should give back and no matter how small. You are all invited to be part of Never Again Royal night,’ said Muzvare Betty Makoni. 

The Royal Night
The Royal Night

The event is hosted by CNN Hero and multi global award winner UK gender based violence expert and Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide, Muzvare-Princess Betty Makoni and Chair of Trustees , Her Royal Highness, Princess Deun Adedoyin Solarin who are expected to announce  African Royal Awards to eight women who are role models and heroes for girls empowerment worldwide. This is the first time a book to be launched on same day written by Muzvare Betty Makoni entitled The Inspiring and Empowering World of Muzvare Betty Makoni is expected to bring a poetic rhythm into the women`s lives that will unite everyone in supporting each other as well as girls who are at risk and those living in places of instability, harmful cultural where there are no rights.

This year, Never Again Royal night is expected to be bigger with a line-up of great inspirational speakers and guests from all over the world. Notable amongst those special guests is New York`s finest poet, Tantra Zawadi who is flying into UK for one of her greatest performances at the event. She will be signing copies of her new poetry book, Bubblesalongside Muzvare Betty Makoni. Esse Agesse, one of the best female Nigerian musicians of all times now based in Ireland besides receiving a prestigious award at the event is hoped to share on her project Women of Love International which last year supported Girl Child Network Worldwide and its networks. The musical couple Femi Iloyi and Roucheon Iloyi will perform the long awaited song, Never again which is expected to bring guests to an unending dance. Roy Mourton, the music man is expected to welcome the guests with his solo music.

At the driving seat and event Program Director is Pauline Long, Founder of BEFFTA who contributed immensely during the program in 2013 to make it a big success. She will be assisted by Vonayi Nyamazana Founder of Khaya Inspired women and Secretary General of African Charities Joint Fundraising Initiative.

Never Again Royal night is honoured to welcome some guest speakers amongst them to  include  Ifrah Amhed a renowned  FGM activist and campaigner  all the way from Ireland. Anita BradshawSpiwe Harper, Lindani MasukuFikelephi Jackson, Sandra Lewis, Angelah Gomah, Leah African Designer  and Florence Jemwa Kadondo are some guests who will inspire and empower guests throughout the night. Evangelist Elizabeth Kalonga is expected to spiritually grace the occasion.

Even though exact names of the women to be honoured has not been officially released but on the shortlisted candidates so far are big names like Her Excellency Joyce Banda, motivational speaker Glo Diamond,Tola ‘WiseTola’ Onigbanjo, Susan Jumoke Fajana-Thomas,Lorna Campbell and many others whose names will be announced here shortly. Out of a list of 106 the two are on the short list which remains a top and official secret of the African Princesses. 

Book Critics and readers to include Theresah Tholanah, Linda Kute, Mary Ajoke Akangbe, Patricia Tsiga,Bongie Williams, Annalia Mugomba  and many others.

A number of sponsors have confirmed.There are many products that will be on sale and they will be announced here too.

Payment Direct to Charity Account

Put your name as Reference 40 £. This amount includes  £24 dinner without drink  and £16 donation to the  charity. Charity Account Name :Girl Child Network Worldwide, Account number 0387284,Sort Code 309784

Logistics, travel and Accommodation

Hotel name and phone numbers   The Thurrock Hotel ,Ship Lane, Aveley, RM19 1YN Grays Thurrock, Thurrock, United Kingdom

Telephone number:01708 860222


Betty Makoni celebrates girls emerging as leaders from Girl Child Network Zimbabwe

When Betty Makoni founded Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe in 1998 with ten of her students, she had a much bigger vision in mind. She wanted to groom the next generation of women leaders starting when they were young. Girl Child Network Zimbabwe set up over 700 girls clubs in over 42 districts of Zimbabwe which to roll out a  major program of the organisation to train leaders. It costs not much to set up a girls club as a teacher or community leader and impart leadership and empowerment skills. The curriculum developed for girls empowerment is life changing.

Some ten years down the line some girls who got inspired have formed their own organisations, their own styles, their own beliefs and in ways they think other children can get help. On our plant we thank all girls who are now leaders and have come up with initiatives to help other girls. The seed we planted continues to grow and benefit even more children and that is all we wanted to see. And we thank our young women who write to say thank you for all the work we all accomplished together.

The reason to form Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe was not to monopolise it and centralise everything. We had a desire to see the Network grow and spread out into a movement and daily stories like this inspire us. Daily we find a girl or woman standing up to change the world. Today we ask the world to notice this crop of new leaders who despite challenges and poverty, they sacrifice their time and resources to help. The young women may be invisible but the work of Girl Child Network is to identify such good work and recommend it for support. Please read below and help our girls as much as you have helped us to grow and be where we are.

`My name is Kudakwashe Khuleya.I am a former member of the Girl Child Network. I was a member at Bindura Primary school in 2003-2004. This year I founded a non-profit charity that helps fund the education of underprivileged children in Zimbabwe. I would really appreciate if you could help us get more funding and sponsorship.`

You can find more information about us on our website
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New Pan African Movement Launch in UK reaffirms Africa`s greatness in 21st century

Royal HostsIt is now official that on Sunday, 10 November 2013, a New Pan African Movement is launched in UK bringing all sons and daughters of Africa to a platform hoped to build the spirit of togetherness and prosperity.  Dubbed the first ever new Pan African Movement to be launched in UK, the Royal hosts and Founder members, Princess Deun Adodyin Solarin and Princess Toyin  Onagoruwa-Abod said that Sunday 10 November remains historical in their determination to bring the best from and in Africa and everyone supporting them. The new vision was fully  endorsed by Muzvare Betty Makoni.

It is not the first time  that many of us get to know about what Africans are doing for Africa. Neither is it the first time to read about dreams and aspirations of Pan Afrikans  as initiated by those before us. ‘Pan Afrika’ are two words used in the past decades with simple meaning: To bring  Afrika  and Afrikans Together for development and prosperity realising the great continent has  abundant human and material resources that of course must be channeled the right way and for its people.

At some stage, the spirit of Pan Afrika  gained momentum in the past few decades  but for some reason the spirit of Marcus Garvey, Steve Biko, Julius Nyerere and many other heroes who came before us has not been upheld with respect and honour it deserves and it is against this that the launch of New Pan Afrika Movement is a rekindling of that spirit.  The vision of Pan Afrika cannot die right in our eyes. For Africa to build the continent and bring its people together for prosperity and total elimination of poverty, war and disease, a new vision is birthed by her Princesses with great confidence that this movement will grow and bring Africa, Africans and those who work and genuinely want to support the continent together. Of course, politicians have taken the larger space in leadership of the continent, but there are many of her sons and daughters with compelling missions and visions to create spaces to bring the African Wall of Greatness wherever and whenever Africans can meet and mingle and strategize..

In a statement of invitation to all Afrikans in UK and beyond, the Afrikan Royals encouraged people to come in large numbers to mingle and mix  in a space where they interact and network for greatness. Many high profile Afrikan Royals, Entertainment Personalities, Media Celebrities, Industry Professionals, Pan-Africanists, Thinkers & Change Agents are attending the event.

The Special Afrikan Royal Guest,  Hrh Muzvare Betty Makoni who was  recently crowned  Pan-African ‘Yeye Ashiwaju Omoba’ Mother and Leader of Princesses who is also  CNN Hero, Ashoka Fellow & Social Commentator with her Newest Poems and thoughts about being an Afrikan and a Woman. Her topic to kick start event is, ‘From here to where Afrika? Are we stuck?’

‘As you are all aware, it is high time we take leadership about Afrika and Afrikans and reposition ourselves for prosperity in the 21st century.  In my dream for Pan Afrika, I have a place where we all come to  meet, mix and mingle and where everyone speaks whilst everyone listens. Everyone should own this space. Men and women, boys and girls and everyone who believes in the New Pan Afrikan Dream is welcome’ said Princess Deun Adodyin Solarin.

The Famous Turntablist KASHIF DA FLASH has a full musical line up for all night entertainment with Rich Mix of 70’s/80’s Old Skool, Afrobeats and many others. The Royal Master Talking Drummer Ayan De First and His Ensemble will give the official beat to announce the big launch.

The KLUB KALAKUTA! Club Scene @ MAROONS provides this Exclusive Launch Party venue.

Limited spaces are available. To get your ticket please follow this link Click here