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Not long ago, nurse turned author Marie-Claire Nabila Kuja, Founder and CEO of False Labels Global Inc. and author of the False Label Series, heeded to her calling and began to use her gift as an author/inspirational and motivational speaker to do the work God called her to do.
2005: She started writing articles on empowerment and self- esteem for local publications.
2009: She took her writing to the next level where her short stories and articles got published in Ezine magazine an online life style magazine.
2012: She published three self-help books on girls and women empowerment (Amazon kindle top 100 bestsellers) .In the same year she started getting invitations to speak in churches and women related groups and conferences around the New York area, with the New York Theological seminary being at the top.She also started mentoring and coaching girls who called randomly to seek for advice.
2012: She founded a nonprofit organization called false Labels Global Inc. which was launched here in New York in 2013 with the mission of helping underserved girls and women around the world particularly in developing countries with self - esteem building and empowerment, tuition, micro loans etc.
2013: She created Women & Girls of strength Conference & workshop curriculum which can be used in churches, schools, women’s ministries, women’s clubs, to teach ways to build self - esteem and confidence. The model quickly got popular among workshop participants and through word of mouth and the power of social media, she was invited by 2007 CNN hero Betty Makoni from Zimbabwe to come down to southern Africa and help the girls and women whose sense of self -worth had been damaged . The trip was one of her greatest achievements as many girls and women were inspired and empowered to transform their lives.
She also founded Women who change Africa, a book and award project which showcases and recognize extraordinary African women change makers ,whose leadership create a better future, and whose life's work have created transformational impact in their homes, communities and the world. The book and award ceremony will be held in New York in January 2015.
2013: She also became a self-esteem and empowerment Columnist for Unlia magazine a lifestyle magazine based in New York.
Her books have been adopted for use in (churches, schools, youth’s groups and women’s groups in Ghana, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Bethany Baptist Church Brooklyn New York (Bible summer class) amongst others. She is a passionate speaker in numerous panels and workshops, primarily those devoted to the enhancement of self-esteem of young girls and women throughout the world. So don't hesitate to contact her for your speaking engagement needs. Her passion is to inspire, empower, encourage and motivate others to overcome any strongholds that have held them back for so long. She respects and embraces her calling as a true gift from God and is ready and willing to spread her wings throughout the world. She is originally from the African country of Cameroon and lives in New York.
About the Book
Two images from my childhood come rushing to mind when I think about the person I am today and why I do what I do. Why am I drawn to sharing my story with people all over the world? The first image is from the first time I was treated like an outcast, and told by many that I will never amount to anything. Having a child as a teenager and out of wedlock is wrong, but not as bad as the names I earned. The second image is from the way my son was treated. Not only did people call me useless for having a child out of wedlock, they transferred that unto him and called him a bastard.
That was so hurtful and destroying emotionally and completely damaged everything I ever had as self-worth. Every time I heard people call my son and I names, it reminded me of what I was not. During that period in my life I was uncomfortable, insecure, and struggling. I was at war with myself. But one day, so tired of fighting with myself, I decided to turn things the other way. I was determined to know why I was created and what my purpose in life is. While on a quest to find out my purpose I started researching the Bible and other inspirational books.
Multiglobal Award Winner, Speaker, Trainer, Philanthropist, Innovator, Survivor, Certified Human Rights Defender, Published Author and Poet, Theatre Director, Women, Girls & Gender Consultant, Gender Based Violence Expert, CNN Hero for Protecting the Powerless, Founder of Girl Child Networks, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide, Ashoka Fellow and selected as one of global innovators and investors in people, Educationist, Strategist, Yeye Ashiwaju Omoba-Mother of African Princesses, Social Critic and Commentator, Trainer, Mentor, Coach, Mother, Wife and a Woman who embraces all.
Muzvare Betty Makoni (BA Gen, BA Special Hons) is Founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide. Recently she was selected to be in the team of experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative to be officially launched on 30 January 2013 by the UK Foreign Office. She joins the team as a Gender Based Violence expert. In her many high profile titles, millions across the world passionately call her CNN Hero as she was the top in 2009 category for Protecting the Powerless and was honoured by Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. Recently in UK she was presented with the Prestigious Profile in Courage award for her role to stop FGM and harmful cultural practices in UK and Africa by the UK Black Crown Prosecution Association.
Muzvare Betty Makoni`s experience shaped her to be the advocate and champion for girls rights she is today. Orphaned at age 9, she grew up as one of the most poorest and marginalised African girls in the early 1980s and the education she attained up to degree level was through the Work For Your Education program where she became a child labourer at a middle girls` catholic school in Zimbabwe and it is this experience that shaped her to be the humanitarian she is today. In 1998 she founded the Girl Child Network in her home country and gave her time fundraising in order to build Girls Empowerment Villages that rehabilitated over 70 000 girls sexually abused. Realising what she had done to empower herself as a poor girl , she went back into the poorest areas of Zimbabwe with a leadership and mentorship program that inspired, motivated and empowered over 350 000 girls in school based clubs. Today, Girl Child Network is a model replicated in six African countries with her volunteer time donated towards training, nurturing and supporting many leaders.
Girl Child Empowerment pilot project at a School in Hackney, UK has been a success story with recent launch of UN Day of the girl child. Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe formed in a poor high density suburb classroom in 1998 is now a global network for girls and women. Today many girls’ networks are all over the world. Her model for empowering and inspiring girls is the most replicated model in the world at the moment- whether formally or informally affiliated to Girl Child Network Worldwide
Even though many associate Muzvare Betty Makoni with formation of Girl Child Network only, she has many organisations she formed. She is also founder of two grassroots associations for women, which have been instrumental in building women’s movements including Ray of Hope (a network of domestic violence and rape survivors based in Zimbabwe), Grassroots Organisations Operating Together in Sisterhood (GROOTS Zimbabwe) and an affiliate of GROOTS INTERNATIONAL based in New York, US.
Her life was spent volunteering to shape policies and strategies of other big organisations like Oxfam Novib, UNAIDS and currently she is dedicated to supporting the work of Restored UK as a Trustee to ensure there is a strong global alliance to stop violence against women. Girls round the world have expressed gratitude to Muzvare Betty Makoni as they passionately call her by writing her story and making it a life donation that has inspired and empowered many girls round the world. One of her girls she admires the most Memory Bandera set up Girl Child Network Uganda where she helps many girls.
To her name are 42 global awards from the most prestigious organisations in the world making her most probably the most awarded African woman in the world where with the Decade Global Child Rights hero she became one of the honorary winners alongside President Nelson Mandela. She was selected amongst 150 women who shake the world-News of the World-2011, Top 12 List of African Caribbean Women in UK and Europe-AfroNews 2013, was featured in Metro UK as Woman of Courage -2012. Her work is featured in the major mainstream media around the world making it the most globally covered work of one of the once poorest girls in the world of the 1980s.
Muzvare Betty Makoni might be the highest honoured and awarded African woman in the world with 40 local, regional and global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 300,000 girls in Zimbabwe. United Nations Red Ribbon award honoured Muzvare Betty Makoni and Girl Child Network as having the most innovative strategy for gender equality. Muzvare Betty Makoni is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalised women and girls deserving of this life honour as a fellow. News Week named Betty as one of the 150 women who shake the world, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero award (2011) that Muzvare Betty Makoni received alongside President Nelson Mandela, who won the award, also shows the impact Muzvare Betty Makoni has made globally.
About the Book
My simple life cycle
Determination can divert you to destiny
Determination can redirect your destination
Determination can bring diversified dreams
Determination can destroy detractors
Determination can distance destruction
Determination can destroy doubt
Never lose sight of determination
Be determined and determine determination
The life journey with poetic verse stories and inspirational quotes has twenty chapters, each giving full dosage of empowerment and inspiration. With this Real People and Real Stories approach, Muzvare Betty Makoni captures the most inspirational and empowering aspects of life and its beauty and positive energy through 21st century poetic short story real life verses. Her greatest achievements and those of others must be celebrated and appreciated always.
Imagine living in a world where there is a permanent rhythm, song and inner peace. Imagine a world where your inner soul, body and mind dance to a continuous, harmonious and melodious poetic song daily. Imagine living in a world where your passion is permanently your purpose. Imagine a world where positive energy flows in your body with a massaging effect for where it is tense. Just imagine a world with no hatred, jealousy, Pull Her Down Syndrome, racism, sexism, discrimination, injustice, abuse or fear. If your imagination can be stretched more, just again imagine a world where you do not give up despite challenges and stumbling blocks. Imagine a world that is empowering and inspiring where you keep moving forward. That world is real and it is possible. In her latest poetry book, Muzvare-Her Royal Highness Princess Betty Makoni creates that world. It is not an imagined world but it is real and the one she lives now. In this poetry book, The Inspiring and Empowering World Of Muzvare Betty Makoni; Poetic Rhythm, Positive Energy, Passion With Purpose, she invites everyone to live in this world as long as they are here on earth.
When Muzvare Betty Makoni got defamed, persecuted and verbally abused through the internet and social media by those who wanted to stop her work, she reflected upon what her best response would be. One natural reaction would have been to get discouraged and give up on her mission and vision or seek to revenge. As they say, the pen is mightier than the sword. She feels strongly that for one to thrive in the 21st century, the only way to go is to create an inspiring and empowering world and transmit the positive energy to everyone around you. Daily someone and somewhere is about to give up their dreams because of negative energy from others.
Being a great poet that she is, this poetic book ignites energy in everyone who will read it. This poetry book transforms victim into leader so that they walk in fullness of their potential. If Christians have spiritual hymn books and bible verses to turn to ignite the spiritual world they live in , then likewise this poetry book is the rhythm and positive energy one needs to turn passion into purpose, sustain it forever so that whether you live longer or shorter on earth, your life finds a meaning.
After her raw and provocative Autobiography, Never Again, not to any woman or girl again which won her the love and support of fellow survivors who are now leaders like herself as well as many round the world, Muzvare Betty Makoni got invited to many speaking events to share her story and that of her charity, Girl Child Network Worldwide. As she went around UK and many countries to speak and inspire everyone, she discovers that women and girls especially from Africa do so much great work on the ground and their leadership and inspiring work at grassroots level though lacking financial support and recognition it is what is changing the world. Somehow due to lack of poetic rhythm in what women and girls are doing, the positive energy and confidence to climb higher dwindles and many times they express anger, less interest and there is lack of support for each other. She starts writing and reciting poems for each and every leader and their inspiring work until everyone stands in ovation for the greatness in each and every woman and girl. If celebrities are up there because of money, then we should all know that there are also celebrities down here because of passion.
Poetry has never been taken into story telling like this. Finally, she is in the global village and walking in the fullness of her potential. She celebrates what she calls life at forty plus and finds her youthful days she lost as a child all coming back as a great celebration of her hard work. The poetry book includes stories of women unsung heroes whose work may not as globally be awarded as hers but she finds herself poetically telling their stories through simple everyday language but in rhythmic verse. If many in the world came with their top lists of who is up there then hers is contained in this book.
This poetry book brings back the appreciative inquiry in the African culture. When someone does something good we clap our hands and recite their totem bringing out their greatness. In a world full of negativity and many women pulling each other down, this poetry book lifts up Princesses, professionals, musicians, event managers, charity workers and ordinary people who have never known they are so high up. Muzvare Betty Makoni recreates an inspiring and empowering world using the many positive stories of grassroots women she interacts with daily. She expresses gratitude and love of what is good. In this book it is all about celebrating victory especially for those brought up in a culture where celebrating one`s achievements is often mistaken to be ‘pride’.
This book has wisdom of the 21st century in it. There are those who are and will be silenced by poverty, disease, abuse, war, oppression, domestic violence, political unrest, threats, unemployment or who may be or are in situations where speaking out is now a taboo; Those of us who can speak, do something or even help out should never tire. Be they men, women, girls or boys, just anyone whose life you can touch, rescue and breathe life into then this book is your moral campus to keep doing whatever you are doing despite challenges. You do not need approval from anyone to do good to any boy, girl, man or woman. Do whatever good you can do to whoever you want and wherever and whenever you see them. For Muzvare Betty Makoni, focus is permanently on empowering and educating girls. What is good is automatically done for anyone, anywhere and anytime as long as they need it. Doing something is better than doing nothing.
The biggest question we must answer in our lives is whether we need people who harm us, say negative things about us, rub off our achievements and want even to stop the work we do to be in our circles? The simple answer is; we don’t need them because they add no value to who we are or want to be or even to the work we do and so we should remove them from our circles. Many women who cry to me for help have been harmed with people they call friends and those they trust the most. Today, I ask you to look around you and see who is in your circle. It does not matter the big smile they give you, but if they cause pain on you emotionally it is time they move out. I experienced the worst in my life but since I know where positive energy is I now have the best around me. Some people are harmful and we do not need them at all.
Writing books is going to be a new culture amongst African women. Organising events to share the stories and celebrating unsung heroes and installing them as Princesses is going to be norm. That was never done at all because we always attacked each other for being weak rather than appreciating each other for being strong. We were quick to point out at negatives instead of pointing at positives. We always thought we had problems we could not solve and yet all answers to those problems are within us. For many years we gathered to cry over being victimised. It is always society that silences us as women to think less about ourselves. We scripted ourselves as being weak. We only pursued anything that did not work because we had no confidence in that which works. We lost many of our inventions and innovations because we never set up our standards to record our history.
From Never again stories founded by Muzvare Betty Makoni, we gather to make it clear that we are not victims but victorious. It is us with the power to say so. For how else can people know about us if our knowledge about ourselves is not shared? What you say to yourself is what you become. What you say to yourself is what generations after you will be. Our life ahead is about our empowering stories. Wherever you see our books please pass on each of them to generations to come for they contain wisdom, knowledge and a good dosage of transforming anyone from victim to leader. We can’t let people think and write about us as failures. We are empowered to do our best and achieve. Here is your 21st century book celebrating one woman at a time and inspiring thousands of girls.
The message in this book to all women and girls is clear: Let’s keep writing our stories and according them the dignity they deserve. Any piece of writing is like a song. The more you sing it the more people dance to it. Musicians have a big following because they keep singing. Let’s keep writing
LaShanta Charles was born and raised in the small town of Orangeburg, SC. She has always been an avid reader of all genres, but Urban / African American Fiction has always been her true love and is what inspired her to pursue a writing career. In high school, she began letting her classmates read the short stories that she would write and based off of their feedback, her passion for writing pushed her to become a published author. She published her debut novel, Lovely Lies, in 2013 and will release the sequel, Lovely Lies 2, in February 2014. Currently she is working in her third novel, Splitting Karma, along with other projects. In recognition of her work, LaShanta was named National Black Book Festival's 2013 Best New Author and was nominated for 2013 Breakout Author of the Year through the African American Literary Awards Show. Lovely Lies was also awarded Most Underrated Book of 2013 for the Literary Scream Awards.
Currently she lives in Killeen, TX, with her husband and two children. She is pursuing a degree in English at Drury University and also serving in the US Army. Her hobbies include spending time with family, traveling, eating, and of course, writing. Her motto is “strive to excel, not to equal.”
About the Book
After Makynzee's kidnapping, Kalil is left struggling to maintain his composure. He was supposed to protect her and he failed miserably. He's left tormented by thoughts of what Nyeem may be doing to Makynzee or if she's even alive. One thing is for sure, He needs to regain his focus because now he's faced with the unlikely task of getting her back. Nyeem, the psycho stalker turned kidnapper, has finally succeeded in conquering his ultimate goal - making Makynzee his. So what if she was in a perfectly good relationship with Kalil? And does it really matter that he had to kidnap her to get her? It seems as though he's taken full control of everyone's lives and has no intentions of letting that control go. Because of him lives may be lost, Makynzee's fate is unknown, and the chaos he's brought with him has taken up permanent real estate.
KR Bankston is an escalating serial novelist, following in the famous footsteps of her literary idol, VC Andrews. She hails from Tallahassee, FL and now resides in Jonesboro, GA. Having written various works of fiction including short stories and reflective poetry for most of her adult life, Bankston entered the world of commercial publishing in 2008 with her first novel, A Deadly Encounter.
KR currently has 22 books in publication, with more soon to come. KR is the Owner/CEO of Kirabaco Publishing. When not writing, KR Bankston is an avid Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons football fan, and Miami Heat basketball fan. KR is currently in the process of writing a new novel and introducing another new series.
About the Book
Welcome to the city of Atlanta, home of Hip Hop Moguls JD, Luda, TI, Outkast and more, where Magic has its own city and redemption from sin can be found at any number of Mega Ministries the city heralds. It’s also home to Ian “Ice” Bailey a man as dangerous as he is sexy.
Our story begins on the East side, where we meet Ice and our supporting cast. Kaitlyn “KiKi” Ross and Jaleesa “Tweety” Mitchell; two ladies who can hold their own in the game, making moves and plays as well as any of their male counterparts. Things are fine until Tweety crosses the line, unwittingly dragging KiKi along, and invade Ice’s territory. That’s when everything becomes complicated.
Throw in a romantic triangle or three and the fun really starts. Ice has a thing for KiKi, but she has a thing for Tariq. Tariq Taylor is the short order cook she sells smack to and thinks he’s a junkie. Tariq is into KiKi, but Landon, the guy who works for the arena league that KiKi meets at the club, is determined she’s going to be with him. Confused yet? No? Well there’s Tweety’s man Evan, Landon’s friend, who isn’t what he presents himself to be and who also happens to have hidden lust for KiKi.
Ice is not a man accustomed to hearing no, or being outwitted in his business. His reaction to both is force, sometimes deadly. Begin the ride with us and meet all the players in our serial drama, starting with the beginning, BEWARE: Thin Ice.
**Author’s Note: Thin Ice is a presented in numbered episodes as a written serial/soap opera. It is drama series dealing with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters over a set period of years.
AlTonya Washington has been a romance novelist for 10 years. Her novel His Texas Touch was selected for Romantic Times Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Award 2012. She lives in North Carolina and works as an Academic Reference Librarian.
As T. Onyx, AlTonya will release her next erotica title Ruler of Perfection II: Ravenous this summer. Her latest Harlequin Kimani title is Provocative Territory and she will release a follow-up title in June Provocative Passion.
AlTonya rounds out the year with A Lover’s Debt. The title marks book 16 in her Ramsey Tesano Series.
About the Book
From one night…to forever? With a successful boutique in Charlotte and plans to open another exclusive one in Aspen, Alythia Duffy feels as if she's finally arrived. Then a wild week in the Caribbean at her best friend's bachelorette celebration threatens to ruin everything, though Alythia doesn't regret her passionate idyll with a sensual stranger.
Self-made developer Gage Vincent learned long ago not to believe the words of a beautiful woman. He thought Alythia was different. Yet, how can he trust her after he finds out that she is bidding for space in his hot new skyscraper? Will Alythia be able to prove to him that she is the special woman meant to share his life?
In this sizzling, exciting novel, four women show that age is just a number by seeking out new forms of pleasure, love, and romance. Whether it be getting a tattoo, using whips and chains, or preparing dinner in nothing but stilettos, four divas—all best friends and over fifty years old—decide that they need to spice up their love lives. And they’re willing to go to any length to achieve that. So Emma, Queenie, Yolanda, and Connie set out to get the pleasure they crave. For Emma, that means rekindling her sex life with her doting husband, whom she decides to take care of for once.
Yolanda, who is still turning heads and could have anyone she wants, finally meets a man who suits her tastes—but can she suit his? Queenie, who is fifty-eight and divorced, entertains her on-again, off-again male friend one night when he’s lucky enough to get his hands on some Viagra. And Connie, who has never been married, is in love with a man who won’t put a ring on her finger. Will she be able to convince him to marry her, or, more importantly, does she even want that herself? As things start heating up, the ladies’ lives get sexier…and more complicated. Soon, the four divas soon face more drama than they bargained for…
Tiffany L. Warren is an author, playwright, songwriter, mother and wife. Her debut novel, What a Sista Should Do, was released in June of 2005. Her second book, Farther than I Meant to Go, Longer than I Meant to Stay was a national bestseller. She is also the author of The Bishop's Daughter and In The Midst of It All. In 2006, Tiffany and her husband, Brent, founded Warren Productions and released gospel musicals, What a Sista Should Do and The Replacement Wife. Tiffany is the visionary behind the Faith and Fiction Retreat. Tiffany resides in northern Texas with her husband, Brent, and their five children.
About the Book
Atlanta’s most eligible widower isn’t looking to remarry—but for one woman, that’s a mere detail. . . Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control—until his mother steps in and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice.
The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith—and love—once more. But not everyone loves Montana. . . A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana—including blackmail, theft—and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming. . .