Day: May 21, 2018

Mary Kay Cosmetics National Sales Director UK Bags Prestigious Women4Africa Award

The  National Sales Director, Mary Kay Cosmetics UK, Chief Mrs Elizabeth Ozua, was the cynosure of all eyes yesterday at the 7th Royal Edition of Women 4 Africa Awards in London as she bagged the prestigious 2018 Special Recognition Award.


The Women4Africa Awards is an annual recognition event which recognizes the achievements of women of African origin from all across the globe and from diverse backgrounds and fields of endeavour.

The latest edition of the Awards event which drew its usual crowd of Who is Who of the general African Diasporan community in the UK and from Europe, took place last weekend at the Kessington Town hall in West London

Elizabeth Ozua was born in the UK and raised in Nigeria. She received her BA and Master’s degrees from the University of Benin, Benin City. Following a stint as a lecturer at her alma mater, Elizabeth relocated to her birthplace, London with her family, where she worked as a Project Manager for London Transport.

While working as a PM, she met the person who introduced her to Mary Kay Cosmetics, 23 years ago. Impassioned, consistent and committed effort led her to become the number one [Mary Kay] Independent Sales Director in the UK and she later became the very first [Mary Kay] National Sales Director in the country.

Elizabeth has unfailingly held her position as number one for 14 consecutive years and counting. At present, she teaches, motivates and leads over 3000 women within her capacity as a National Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. She has received a number of prestigious awards, all expense paid trips, gifts and a lot of recognition from the company.

In addition to running her Mary Kay business, Elizabeth is an international speaker, motivator and trainer – mentoring people across the globe. Her passion lies in enriching the lives of all who cross her path. Her motto is “help enough people get what they want and you will get what you want.”


Elizabeth is quietly and privately involved in charitable work. She is married to Dr Peter Ozua , a top Consultant at NHS Basildon Trust and they have two children.



Contributed by Dr Dayo Olomu

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Energetic Royal Wedding Preacher Used The Word “Love” Over 60 Times In His Sermon

Bishop Michael Curry reportedly said the word ‘love’ no less than 58 times during his wedding sermon.

The Chicago native, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave an address titled the Power of Love at the service this afternoon where he was due to say the word at least 58 times. But after opening his energetic speech with the words of Dr Martin Luther King, hailing his views on love as ‘right’, he went slightly ‘off-piste’ and reportedly said the word more than 60 times. ‘


We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,’ Bishop Curry quoted.

He then said: ‘There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.’ He added: ‘

Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.’

Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: ‘Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.’

The bishop’s words rose in a passionate crescendo as he spoke of the link between love and the divine, his style a stark contrast to the sober delivery of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was officiating. And Twitter couldn’t get enough of the bishop’s speech, whose animated performance was a departure from the type of sermons the royal family would normally see at church services.

Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband was full of praise for Rev Curry, saying: ‘Rev Michael Curry could almost make me a believer.’

While Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman wrote: ‘Loving how Michael Curry is shaking the whole thing up here.’ ‘This wedding needed Bishop Michael Curry’s energy and we should all be grateful to Meghan for that,’ said Michelle Collins.

While at times several of the congregation could be seen smiling and exchanging glances during the speech which cited love as the key to curing global problems. In a moment of light self-deprecation, Bishop Curry noted he had to soon sit down, gesturing to the couple and adding ‘we need to get y’all married’.

Drawing the threads of his address together, he concluded: ‘If humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.’


The full address:

An old medieval poem says it: Where true love is found, God himself is there. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:6-7

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way. There’s power in love. Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love, knows what I mean. But think about love in any form or experience of it. It actually feels good to be loved, and to express love.

There is something right about it. And there’s a reason. The Bible, 1 John 4 says it this way: Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; Everyone who loves is born of God. Whoever does not love does not know God For God is love. (1 John 4:4-8) There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will.

And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, Whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship. Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire. Many waters cannot quench love Love can see you through! There’s power in love.

But the love of which we speak is not only for couples getting married or just for interpersonal relationships. Jesus of Nazareth taught us that the way of love is the way to a real relationship with the God who created all of us, and the way to true relationship with each other as children of that one God, as brothers and sisters in God’s human family.

One scholar said it this way: Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” (Charles Marsh’s The Beloved Community) And in so doing, to change lives and the world itself!

There’s a reason. An old spiritual may suggest why: If you cannot preach like Peter, And you cannot pray like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus, How he died to save us all There is a balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole There is a balm in Gilead To heal the sin sick soul Just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all. He didn’t sacrifice his life for himself, or anything he could get out of it, He did it for others, for the other, for the good and well being of others, That’s love How does St. Paul say it?

Love is not jealous, rude, or boastful. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is unselfish, sacrificial, kind and just. Love seeks the good and the well-being of the other. Love makes room and space for the other to be. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

This love, this is the way of Jesus. And it’s game changer.

Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way.

Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.

Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.

Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way.

Imagine our world when love is the way.

No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that Poverty would become history in such a world as that. The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that. We would treat one another as children of God, regardless of differences. We would learn how to lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. There would be a new heaven, a new earth, a new world. A new and beautiful human family. The very dream of God Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire.



Many waters cannot quench love The late French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was at once a scientist, a Roman Catholic priest, a theologian, a true mystic. His was one of the great minds and spirits of the 20th century. He suggested that the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history.

Fire made it possible to cook food, thereby reducing the spread of disease.

Fire made it possible to stay warm in cold climates, thereby marking human migration possible.

Fire made the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution possible.

If you drove here this morning, you did so in part because of harnessed fire.  I flew here from the U.S. due to controlled burn of fire.

Fire is involved in broadcasting this wedding around the world. And we can text, tweet, email, and otherwise socially engage one another due to fire.

Fire was one of the great technological discoveries of humanity. In light of this, de Chardin said that if human beings ever harness the energies of love,  then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Love is the very fire and energy of real life!

Dr. King was right: ‘We must discover the power of love, he redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’ My brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you. My brothers, my sisters, God love you, God bless you. And may God hold us all In those almighty hands of love. Amen


Harry And Meghan To Visit Thomas Markle In Mexico

Prince Harry and Meghan are reportedly set for a trip to Mexico to visit her father Thomas Markle, who was too ill to attend their wedding.

The prince has never met his 73-year-old father-in-law, who is recovering from heart surgery.


It is not known when the royal couple, who are also planning their honeymoon, will make the trip. A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan and Thomas are both devastated he wasn’t able to attend the wedding and have discussed seeing each other soon. ‘

They have been speaking all week, mostly by text.


markleThomas Markle missed the wedding as he is recovering from heart surgery (Picture: MEGA)

Prince Charles stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle (Picture: Getty) Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland was able to attend and mixed with Charles and Camilla (Picture: PA)

‘Thomas has told other family members he hopes and expects Meghan and Harry to come to see him.’ Meghan’s dad has been in regular contact with American gossip website TMZ over the last week, offering updates about his health and speaking out about his daughter’s wedding.

He most recently revealed that he sent her a text on the day of the wedding, telling her that he loves her. Mr Markle watched the coverage of the day on TV from his bed as he recovers from heart surgery.

He also warned his relatives to ‘shut up about everything’ now that Meghan is officially a member of the royals.

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He told TMZ: ‘The service was beautiful and it’s history. I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter’s hand. ‘My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much. When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.’

Members of Meghan’s family faced criticism in the lead-up to the wedding.

It emerged that Mr Markle staged paparazzi photos showing him getting ready for the big day. His daughter Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister gave various TV interviews and claimed she was being ‘censored’ by Meghan, while Thomas Markle Jr reportedly wrote a letter to Prince Harry explaining why he should not marry his sister. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew in from Los Angeles for the big day, and was pictured travelling with her daughter to Windsor Castle and chatting with Prince Charles.


Met Police Announces Violent And Weapon-Enabled Crime Task Force

The Met has recently announced a new Violent Crime Task Force composed of full-time, specially selected, ring-fenced and dedicated police officers, who will solely focus on violent crime, weapon-enabled crime and serious criminality.

This will come as good news to many Londoners who feel the police hadn’t been doing enough to tackle knife and gun crimes in the wake of the sudden spike in the incidents of fatal stabbings in the capital over the last couple of months.

The team will use a full range of tactics to identify, target and arrest offenders, and leave a legacy of community impact in the boroughs they are deployed to.

The new task force will focus solely on violent weapon enabled crimes

These will include covert and overt tactics specifically targeting street level offenders as well as those who feed criminality.

The unit will be supported by Borough officers, the Trident and Area Crime Command and specialist units, as well as community partners. This approach will deliver policing above and below ground allowing a sustained and targeted approach to stopping and solving murders and knife crimes.

Uniformed officers will be highly visible as they crack down on offending on the capital’s streets.

The Met has previously been running Operation Sceptre with two proactive teams in North and South London who focus alternately between knife crime, violent crime and moped-enabled crime.