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Monday, September 24, 2018

MEET THE CEO OF TATAFONAIJA

Kalada Belema Meshack-Hart was born in Rivers State, Nigeria. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Port-Harcourt, he is a passionate development enthusiast and digital media strategist, and he has served as the new media assistant to a sitting member of parliament and also served as the youngest Chief Press Secretary, when he was the CPS to the Former First Lady of Nigeria. 

His passion to see development and empower young people led him to begin the EMPOWER 3600 project where he is currently empowering 3600 young Nigerians with digital media skill to make them self reliant, as a digital media expert he runs one of Nigeria's most popular online blogs TATAFONAIJA which currently has over 1,500,000 daily impressions on Instagram @tatafonaija

His desire to see Africa unite and develop led him to put this team together to work on the COWAP project thus harnessing the enormous wealth of intelligence and goodwill in the Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa both sitting and past to achieve peace and development in Africa focusing on 
Peace, ending hunger and poverty as well as improving girl child education in Africa. 

He is the team lead of COWAP. Through his NGO Engage Empower Educate Initiative which started last year with the aim of empowering the girl child and youth, focusing on 4 thematic points of the SDG goals, to this end the NGO has been able to put together 3 projects

1. African women summit: this summit held in Nigeria on the 21st and 22nd of April 2018, and looked at how innovative technology could be used to solve Africa's development challenges, the keynote speakers were, H.E Joyce Banda(former president of Malawi), H.E Jewel Taylor( current vice president 
of Liberia) &Prof Plo Lumumba (director Kenya law school), the host was H.E Aisha Buhari (wife of the president of Nigeria) amongst other dignitaries, it had in attendance 1400 women and girls from across 18 African countries

2. The convergence: female political participation in Nigeria is less than 8%, the convergence is aimed at doubling this figure come 2019 after the elections in Nigeria, to this end on July 27th and 28th at the women centre in Abuja, Nigeria we put together the largest gathering of female aspirants and mobilisers to train and mentor them to achieve their dreams, the keynote speaker was hon. Dr. Fatoumata Ceesay 
(former speaker of Gambian assembly & first female deputy speaker of the ECOWAS parliament) with over 8 speakers and 15 panelist the ladies were greatly empowered for their political pursuit, we also launched the women can lead campaign which now has 24 state champions spread across the 36 states of Nigeria

3. Pads4all: at EEEI we believe no girl child should miss school or be embarrassed because of something 
as regular as her menses, so we began the campaign to distribute 88,800 free pads to 7400 rural girls across Nigeria, we began implentation by distributing hundreds to girls misplaced by the boko haram menace at the kunchigoro camp as we celebrated international youth day on the 12th of August, 2018.
He is happily married with a son.

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