Monday, July 6, 2009

Chicago here she comes for 2009 BlogHer Conference.

Early this year, Archiwiz alongside other fatanstic bloggers nominated me for BlogHer International Activists Scholarship and I was chosen! It felt good to know that one's work/contribution is appreciated and recognised. And I am grateful to those who nominated me. Yes, I am.

The conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois this Month from July 23rd to 26th to be precise and all arrangement has being made for my trip by BlogHer team. Standtall has the privilege of visiting the United State of America for the first time and with a 2 year business visa.

I will have the opportunity of meeting 4 other female activists from Bolivia, Bahrain, India and Malawi respectively. I am so excited to have my work and passion listened to and questions asked while I will be able to learn from other activists and hope for future collaborations. I am preparing and hoping for this conference to have an unforgettable impact on me.

Here is a few information as posted on BlogHer webpage on the activists that will be participating in this huge and famous conference with me:

Pilirani Semu-Banda, Malawi, publisher at http://pilirani.blogspot.com
Blog Mission: According to Pilirani's nominator, this blog's mission is: "To bring awareness and change to Malawi's social and economical problems. Some development projects have been kick-started based on stories published on the blog, including the improvement of monitoring programs to get rid of child labour in the tobacco industry and an increase of treatment to women suffering from fistula."

Annie Zaidi, India, publisher at http://www.anniezaidi.com
Blog Mission: The self-stated mission of this blog is "to use writing to force people to rethink positions or examine established ideas, and to break stereotypes about certain communities or groups based on gender, religion or race. It takes, by and large, a non-judgmental stance on most issues, and it seeks to raise questions as part of a genuine attempt at understanding human society and its structures. This is a crucial aspect of journalism, but an aspect that is increasingly overshadowed by the necessity of creating drama around each piece of news, and the mad scramble for exclusivity and one-upmanship between media organisations."

Cristina Quisbert, Bolivia, publisher at http://boliviaon.blogspot.com
Blog Mission: According to Cristina's nominator: "The mission of this blog is to strive to show indigenous communities as a source of pride. There are a lot of misconceptions about indigenous people, and Cristina shows a more personal side and uses her own voice to represent other members of indigenous communities in the Bolivian Altiplano. Cristina is a bridge blogger, allowing fellow Bolivians who may not identify themselves as a member of an indgenous community, to interact and learn about indigenous communities in another region of the country. By also writing a blog in English, she is able to reach a much wider audience and show another side of life in El Alto, Bolivia."

Esra'a Alshafei Bahrain, publisher at www.mideastyouth.com will not be attending for this year again as she had other engagement which should could not but attend to hence her inability to attend the conference. She might attend next year.
On to something else, my blog featured in Tell Magazine and the article was written by Lolade Adewuyi. I was informed by a friend a week after the article was written by a friend. Thank God I found it online. The journalist though a blogger himself did not mention he wrote about my blog. Thanks for finding my blog news worthy Lolade.

18 comments:

Rita said...

Congrats lady...go have fun...

LG said...

yayyy!!! chicago here we come :-)
*congrats swerri

Artsville said...

Congrats. You deserve it. I happen to have a copy of that Tell. Will be happy to give it to you at the premiere.(re:my email)Enjoy

downtheaisle said...

congrats... All the best. Do enjoy urself

LusciousRon said...

Congrats! I love the BlogHer team. So insightful. Go wow them.

pink-satin said...

thats a great oppotunity!!!congrats girl

Funms-the rebirth said...

congratulations..... keep doing what you do! all the best

Original Mgbeke said...

Wow, Congrats lady! I'm so proud and happy for you.

katztales said...

Whoopee! Have a great trip. ANd I hope you found a home for that little cat you featured last week.

Naughty Eyes said...

Congratulobia to the highest degree!
Your efforts always inspire we Standtall-wannabes...
E remain the rice and chicken to take see you off...

Being Brazen said...

CONGRATS!!! that is so cool

aloted said...

nice one...good achievements! many more to come..

way to go!

Black Cat said...

That's wonderful, congratulations! Have a super dooper time!

We yam sorry owr grammers and speling am so badd. We waz strete kittehs befor owr Former Dadee touk us in. He luffed us but da dawgs chaesd us, wich is wy we now liffs wiv da Blakc Cat. We lykes her, she spoyls us rottin and she doan't hav no dawgs to ascairt us. She wishes she cood adop the kitteh wot yuo feetcherd beefor (and uvver Nigerian kittehs wot she was hoping to adop, wot yuo nows abowt) but the impawtashun lors to da yookay am so strikt it wood be too krool for da kittehs, so... Blech, lyfe am hard sumtymes!

Much luffs frum da Simba and tha Alfie :) xxx (Oh, and da Blakc Cat too!)

P.S. If you need a translation, email me, LOLOL!!!)

StandTall-The Activist said...

Thank you all for your well wishes. I wish you the very best in all you!

StandTall-The Activist said...

Thank you all for your well wishes. I wish you the very best in all you!

BrownSugar said...

Toooooo proud of you and behind you as well! Keep standing tall!

Good Naija Girl said...

Congratulations again, StandTall! This is an amazing and well-deserved opportunity for you!

histreasure said...

i am soooo proud of you...God bless u and other Nigerians who r putting us on d world map on account of enviable deeds..

My Passion, my focus, the change that I want to see in the world - is my propellent factor.

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