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S3E18 Nina Iliza: Founder -Heart Of a Thousand Hills

Nina Iliza is the founder of Heart Of a Thousand Hills (HOTH), an organization with a mission to provide educational opportunities to underprivileged children. The organization began as a passion project and a way to change her own narrative of what it means to be a survivor. While developing the organization, she received her Masters in Nonprofit Management with a concentration in fundraising. She has combined her love for giving back, and her devotion to education into what she hopes to be a path for the future. Heart Of a Thousand Hills started by collecting and delivering school supplies but has now grown to build a school, implement programming and promote a volunteer culture among Rwandan youth. While the organization is still young and always growing, she has enjoyed every bit of the roller-coaster.
With a small team, HOTH has been able to stand out as an NGO operated solely by volunteers. The work is hard but the joy received is priceless.
https://www.heartofathousandhills.org/

S3E17 Kemiyondo Coutinho – Playwright, Actress, Filmmaker and Director

Forbes Africa 30 under 30 recipient, Kemiyondo Coutinho has been writing and acting for the African woman since age 17. Her one-woman shows dealing with gender inequity toured internationally and warranted her an invite from The Gates Foundation to perform at their headquarters. She graduated with an MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater but still vehemently pursued her writing and content creation through her production company Kemistry Klass.

She has directed numerous music videos and Kyenvu her debut as a Film Director. Frustrated with the lack of female directors in the industry she decided to take on the role to inspire other female filmmakers to do the same. Kyenvu is currently in the festival circuit and won the Oscar Qualifying award Best Short Film at the Pan African Film Festival in 2018 making it the first Ugandan film to ever qualify for an Oscar. Garnering 5 international awards including The Harness Social Impact awarded at NBC Universal’s Short Film festival, Kyenvu made a loud directorial debut announcement. She is the inaugural recipient of Kevin hart’s Laugh Out Loud filmmaking fellowship and recently premiered her film GREEN at the American Black Film festival.

Known for her multiple disciplines in the arts, Kemiyondo was featured on CNN for her work in the arts in the segment African Voices as well as on BBC for her culture shaking film Kyenvu. Currently based in Los Angeles, is now the recipient of the prestigious E11 Green Card awarded to individuals of extraordinary ability who demonstrate that they are at the top of their field in their home country. Other Awards and Honors include Shadow & Act Rising Star Award & OKAYAfrica100 Women of Africa to watch.

S3E16 Investing in African Agriculture: EZ-Farming founder and CEO Dr. Adewale Oparinde

Research shows that Africa has approximately 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land. Africa could essentially feed the world. Challenges with scale, technology and logistics have crippled the realization of this.

Dr. Adewale Oparinde, founder and CEO of EZ-Farming aims to change how we invest and farm in Africa. Listen to this episode and learn how Dr. Oparinde used his strong scientific and research background to build a modern agricultural investment company that connects investors and commercial farmers in Africa with ease.

You can learn more about his company and how you can invest by visiting www.ez-farming.com

S3E15 What is your WHY? : Josephine Murphy, President and Co-founder of Shelter Them Poverty Relief

In this Episode, we sat down with Josephine Murphy and had a candid discussion on living intentionally with your WHY at the forefront on everything you do. As a mother of two, her family is her number 1 priority and her first mission is to build a successful life around what really counts. 
Josephine Murphy is the Co-founder and President of Shelter Them Poverty Relief, a non-profit organization since 2005 with a mission is to empower vulnerable and underprivileged children in Rwanda. Her goal is to ensure that the children are integrated into an environment where their basic growth and development needs are met, and by subsequently providing them and their families with the tools and resources for them to have a bright, independent and sustainable future. It is in her ultimate vision to see the whole of Africa becoming united with strong leadership.
She is also the founder of Life Talk with Josephine, a powerful program with key topics about day-to-day life and useful insights. She utilizes her life story and experience to inspire people to do what inspires them so that, together, each of us can change our world for the better.

She believes that the future of our generation’s effectiveness lies in our responsibility to lead and equip our young people with the knowledge and skills to ultimately become effective and interdependent members in our world. Her focus is on emotional health which is mostly ignored but the very powerful factor that drives all our actions.

With a vision to change the way families think, act, and operate, she has developed a unique model based on fundamental principles to help overwhelmed parents, single parents and blended families build a successful life, be champions at work, and lead with confidence.

She inspires and motivates businesses, churches, and ministries on a variety of topics related to day to day life with useful insights. She has been speaking publicly for more than 20 years. He has keynoted events in different schools, churches. She has also appeared on few television and radio shows, including 100 Huntley Street on CTS, Rogers and more.
You can check more about Josephine Murphy by visiting her websites at:

www.shelterthem.com

Social Media:

Facebook:@lifetalkwithjosephine

Instagram:@josephinehmurphy

LinkendIn: Josephine Murphy

Tel 647-467-6244

Email: josephinemurphy@shelterthem.com / jo@lifetalkwithjosephine.com

S3E14 ANGELS ON MY PATH : Jean Leonard Kagabo

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

After being stranded by the roadside, an incredible chance encounter by a stranger started Jean on the path to tell his story and commit it to pen and paper. What initially started as a way to document his memories turned into a book filled with an incredibly powerful story of childhood innocence lost , survival, courage, and forgiveness. The Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsi was one of the most horrific events of modern history. 
There is nothing more powerful and riveting than listening to someone who survived this horror speak to you. 
His book, ANGELS ON MY PATH (available on Amazon) is a must read. An excerpt from the book:

“What do you do when you’re twelve years old and your neighbors turn into your worst enemies? It was happening in 1994 throughout the tiny country of Rwanda, where Hutu extremists shot, chopped, clubbed and speared 1.1 million Tutsis, their fellow Rwandans, in just three months. It was the most efficient large-scale slaughter in history. This story carries you off to East-Central Africa and into a delightful childhood interrupted by circumstances that force young Kaka to leave home with a cousin his age, a nine-year-old sister and a six-year-old brother.”

S3E13 Paul Mwalimu Part II – Religion vs. Spirituality

We live in an age of numerous religions. Every corner you turn you’ll find a new Religion springing up! What does this all mean? What does it mean to be Religious or Spiritual? Can you be both? Are they mutually exclusive? Is there a place for Organized Religion in your life?
This week, our host Jay Tessie continues with Part II of the interview “Religion vs. Spirituality” with Paul Mwalimu. If you haven’t listen to part 1 yet, please take some time to listen to it, you will be greatly rewarded by the candid discussions in that episode.

S3E12 Religion versus Spirituality – PART 1

In this two-part episode we tackle a topic that many shy away from – Religion vs Spirituality. We live in an age of numerous religions. Every corner you turn you’ll find a new Religion springing up! What does this all mean? What does it mean to be Religious or Spiritual? Can you be both? Are they mutually exclusive? Is there a place for Organized Religion in your life? 
To delve deep into this topic, we have an expert on our show. Paul Mwalimu is a Christian who believes in ONE GOD, one faith and one way to heaven. He belongs to no organized religious denomination and believes that the Bible is enough for him. 
He holds degrees in Economics, NGO Management, Public Health and Education. He is currently a Mathematics professor, community mobilizer and CEO of Think Ahead Plus, a charity that promotes and supports after school education through after school tuition clubs. 
Please send us feedback or questions on this episode at ipupodcast@gmail.com

S3E11 Jean Eudes Benecyo – The African Boss

In 2017, Jean Eudes Benecyo, our Founder and CEO, had an idea to help entrepreneurs and businesses. He decided to create a simple directory of businesses where people could learn about businesses near them. But in time, he realized it was not a sustainable idea and it evolved in what you see today. Today, this has evolved to sharing business stories (through the Magazine, Podcast, TV, Books,…) and also helping these businesses by developing marketing tools (Websites, Apps, Email and Social Media Management, Paid Social Media Ads, etc) for them to increase their business revenues.

theafricanboss.com/

S3E10 Joy Ruhigisha Gihana: Family Life And Beyond

My name is Joy Ruhigisha Gihana, founder of Family Life and Beyond. I Have a Bachelors degree in Legal Laws (LLB) and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I currently work as family/mental health therapist and also tech in the faculty of healthy sciences at Norquest College here in Edmonton. I am happily married to my best friend Lucky Gihana and have been blessed with 3 beautiful kids.

I am proudly Rwandan-Canadian. Born in Uganda, grew up in Rwanda and currently residing in Canada for the last ten years. 
When I am not working, I like to spend time volunteering in my community and my church. I also love to spend time with family and friends, love traveling, reading and swimming.

Website: www.familylifeandbeyond.com

S3E9 Sandra Muchekeza – Co-founder, Asili Kids. Celebrating the Power of African Stories

Sandra Muchekeza is the co-founder of Asili Kids, a children’s brand dedicated to the entertainment and education of children through African stories. Sandra started Asili Kids with her sister Dorothy to address the lack of children stories reflecting African realities. Asili Kids celebrates the connection between identity, culture and community for African children around the world. Born and raised in Kenya, she now lives in Canada with her husband and her two sons.

 https://asilikids.com