United Nations in Africa : A book to read...

I had the privilege last week to meet Mr Medard Nze-Ekome, 1st Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Gabon in the United Kingdom to speak about several project to promote and advertise positively our country in relation to business partners and public relations in England and later in Europe.

As a diplomat and an academic writer, Nze-Ekome is well know since the publication of his book last year about the role of the UN in Africa (Le role et la contribution de l'ONU dans la resolution des conflits en Afrique: Cas de l'Afrique Centrale) which try to explain the crucial role played by the UN in the process to maintain peace and safety in Central Africa.

The topic is definitely an interesting one and with several crisis rising in DR Congo, Zimbabwe Sudan or elsewhere, an actual one too. Africa in the past 15 years and still today has been a place where "les casques bleus" will always been welcome to stand for peace, freedom or just to give hopeless people a chance to get a better future.

I did not read the book yet, but plan to do it as soon as possible.


Celebrating African Football : GABON 2012

In 2012, the African Cup of nations (CAN) will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, which will give a huge opportunity to develop the game in countries that have not had the chance of hosting the tournament before.

It has been 8 years now since Gabon took part in the African Cup finals and because of that the 2010 final qualification phase for both, African Cup and World Cup in South Africa, are so important for "les Panthères du Gabon" (the Gabon national team).
In March next year, Gabon will face Cameroon, Morocco and Togo in the group A with a qualification for the 2010 CAN in Angola as a priority.
And with Daniel Cousin impact in the Premier League with Hull FC, the all country already dream of being witness of their national team glory.

But the important message for Gabon, about co-hosting the African Cup in 2012, is today visible in the streets of Libreville, Oyem, Mouila or Franceville with the pride and joy of all Gabonese people who probably for the first time felt part of a World which usually turn his back on them.

I will come back later on this topic and try to explain why this huge football event could have an huge impact (a positive one) on the future of my home country, obviously it is quite important to not forget that Equatorial Guinea, as a co-host, is part of the equation and will play his role to make 2012 an special year for both population.

I can't finish without talking about Omar Bongo Odimba, Gabon' President since 1967, because hate him or love him, he has been and still is the huge force behind everything and anything positive we have seen in the past 40 years, making sure despite the sceptical that our country stay a peaceful land where people can live their life without fear and be proud to raise their children in a safe environment.

My Land is Bleeding...Again

"We were on our way back from school when we met the rebels. They made us carry some luggage for them and then told us to go with them," says a 16-year-old caught up in the recent unrest in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Clashes between the army and rebels led by Gen. Laurent Nkunda have created a humanitarian crisis in recent weeks, with an estimated 350,000 people forced to flee their homes, a lot of them, men and children have been forced to serve in the rebels army, and the one who dare to refuse are already dead.

Children are being separated and orphaned by this intense conflict. Thousand of people are vulnerable to rape, malnutrition, abduction and disease, left on the side of the road or in the middle of a field waiting for a miracle to save them from a certain death if the world still keep his eyes close.

While DR Congo's last civil war technically ended in 2002, the country's eastern region remains on the cusp of conflict and Congolese across the country continue to die at an astounding pace: 45.000 a month, according to the International Rescue Committee.

In all, more than 5.4 million people have died in Congo since the war began in 1998, according to the most recent survey’s estimate, the latest in a series completed by the International Rescue Committee, an American aid organization. Nearly half of the dead were children younger than 5 years old.

That picture is not encouraging. The mortality rate in Congo is 57 percent higher than the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Particularly hard hit were young children, who are especially susceptible to diseases like malaria, measles, dysentery and typhoid, which can kill when medicine is not available.

Today, the world realise the huge problem this country face and the UN action since last month is an indication that we need to do something to stop this "silence" genocide. Put it that way, Iraq is the main international headline everyday in UK, France or the United States, but since 2003 the war in Iraq killed around 100.000 people according to IBC (Iraq Body Count), 45.000 people died every in DR Congo since 1998 (IRC / Special Report : Congo).

If you want to know, learn, understand or donate to help support the network of concerned organizations and individuals who care about Africa and want to educate the public about the crisis in DR Congo, just visit the Congo Global Action and the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) websites.

Thank you for your help....

Hope of an easier path for my kids...

Last year I had to endure the sadness and anger to have my older boy, Jordan, been called a monkey at school by kids who thought that laughing at the colour of his skin was just a funny and acceptable thing to do. Last month, talking to him about Africa and where he was from, I couldn't stop thinking that the world he joined seven years ago didn't change a lot in term of understanding and accepting difference, whatever religion or race you are from. Perhaps someday he will tell his own kids the way much of his life was transformed when he was just a kid.

For now, I considered the redemptive potential of change and believed that hope was not audacious at all.

When Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, I thought that perhaps my son would never feel the sting of childhood labels, would never deal with the awkward uncertainty, and never ask the questions that filled my childhood.

I think I share a very similar experience with Barack Obama from the standpoint that we both grew up mixed in a black and white world. People don't necessary understand that it’s a very different experience, and it’s something my white friends don’t fully understand and something my black friends don’t fully understand. It’s about being sort of in between always.

I'm usually decidedly non-political, but on the US Election night and again last week, I felt proud when I heard Barack Obama referred to "mutts like me". (Bastard)

Child of a mixed-race parents, I always think of the time when I felt "different", but I believe that the US election result could represent the realization of the dream that my children will be judged only by their character and work ethic. It is the dream of every father, of every parent, that their children don’t have to go through all the struggles that we went through, but at the same time, it shaped me to be the person I am today, even though it was a tough time, I’m glad I went through the experience.

You see, you never want to put your kids through oppression or discrimination, you want them to be able to go through struggles, but not like my parents had to go through and hopefully not as bad as I went through. Spending the evening trying to find the best way to explain my child the reason behind white kids calling him monkey at school is something I do not wish to my worst enemy, because the pain and the anger I felt that night is in me for the rest of my life...

I know the feeling of being different, I had to grew up with it, I had black people rejecting me because for them I was a white boy and white people would look at me funny and ignore me. There were some really difficult time for me at a time when a lot of kids just want to fit in, and growing up in Africa, I always found myself to be the only "white boy" in a classroom of 40 kids. I had to learn at an early age that not only it is OK to be different, but it's better to be different.

Barack Obama
elected President show that you are put in a place based on what you've done and who you are, not on what you are. You are there by your merit and by your character, not on what you look like.

My father always taught me, it’s about who you are and it doesn’t matter what people say. It doesn’t matter what people think. It’s not about the way people think you should act or talk. It’s about you as a person. Be proud of the person you are.

For Barack Obama to reach the highest political office in the world, knowing what he went through socially, politically, economically growing up, it makes me feel proud. I was just full of pride and full of excitement when I heard him on election night. I think what he represents, the diversity in his own background, the way he grew up, that’s what the world is today. And it’s exciting.

At seven, Jordan doesn't really understand what politic or discrimination is all about but he understood that been called "monkey" that day at school was not funny at all but just really painful...

The candle burns brighter / by IBM

The ballroom of the Marriott Marquis became quiet when he took the piano bench. In a voice full of life, he began a song, dedicated to his wife, which brought some to tears.

There was only one thing a little different about this moment on a stage in front of nearly 300 attendees. Mike Squillace, a software engineer for the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Centre, is blind.

When IBM was honoured with the Helen Keller Award in Accessibility, last October, Austin-based M. Squillace was able to perform, a testament of his musical talents as well as the software knowledge he’s given to IBM to help people with disabilities.

In a world where nearly 750 million people have a disability, IBM has made accommodating a priority.

IBM has developed a number of products to aid accessibility. They include text-to-speech technology Via Voice, Easy Web Browsing Software for vision difficulty and WebAdapt2Me for physical limitations. Clients are also benefiting from the technological innovations. Macy’s and Japanese store Mitsukoshi have used EasyWeb Browsing software on their Web sites to enhance user-experience for the visually impaired.

IBM also provides videophones, remote-interpreting, ramps, power doors, parking facilities, captioned-videos and sign language interpreters to employees.

The company has even taken it a step further by accommodating those who do not have disabilities but still need accessibility resources. The Centre's recently expanded focus to the low literacy, ageing and cross-cultural populations has allowed others to benefit from the accessible technology solutions as well.

“Many don’t realize accessibility isn’t just for people with disabilities,” said My Luu, program director of the Human Ability and Accessibility Centre, noting many tools are already being re-purposed. “The Centre reaches out to a large range of people all over the world.”

India’s Centre organized the National Summit on Human Abilities and Accessibilities in Delhi in November 2007, which led to the president of India presenting the company with two awards— Innovation in Technology and Barrier Free Workplace. “We take a three-pronged approach that includes working with government, increasing accessibility visibility and working with researchers to drive technology,” said Anil U. Joshi, India program director.

Strides have also been made in China. Using the Center as a guide, several public Web sites improved their accessibility in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. The Human Centric Solutions Center in France became successful by proposing Web Accessibility Services to clients. It also helped to sponsor Paris Web, an internet accessibility event.

"I've had 23 managers and as many jobs at IBM. That in itself speaks to the commitment IBM has to its people…and to me" said Jim Sinocchi, director of workforce communications.

Sinocchi, who was hired as a college graduate over 30 years ago, said he was drawn to IBM because of its reputation. But when a surfing accident made him a quadriplegic at 25, he was proud to be part of an accessibility-minded company.

“I have worked in any number of IBM facilities and each location made the necessary changes to make me as productive as possible.”

IBM also supports recruiting programs like Entry Point, Project Able and Project View, programs which specifically target persons with diverse backgrounds and disabilities.

Ron Glover, vice president of diversity and workforce programs, supports the effort. “The programs are designed to give managers a chance to see what people with disabilities can do and a chance to see what IBM offers. It’s a win-win situation.”

For Pamela Siebert, a Kansas software engineer who is deaf, accessibility was a key factor when looking for a place to work.

“I knew IBM was a leader in the accommodation field,” said the former Miss Deaf Kansas. “People would never know I am deaf because of the technology and the tools that have allowed me to feel independent. I was even able to get a videophone in my office," she said. IBM has never said ‘no’ to me.


This was an article on the internal IBM website 2 weeks ago, I was really touched after reading this and thought that sometime we forgot that people with a disability are not that different than us, we all have to face similar challenge everyday.

But by giving anyone an opportunity to work in the best environment possible IBM raise higher to the challenge of today world where anyone should be treated with the same respect, intelligence and understanding, not matter what....

President Barack Obama

In 2004 when Barack Obama spoke during the Democratic National Convention, America saw the future and democrat were exited about this young man passion, love for the people and his will to make a difference. Today, Thursday 06 November 2008, Barack Obama is the new President of the United States of America.

He’s the first of his kind. This moment has nothing to compare itself to.

Last night during Barack Obama’s acceptance speech in Chicago’s Grant Park, the World was captivated. Christmas eyes around the world were prominent in their shocked reticence. Crowds cheered like it was New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl bombastic. One of the most unique moments in our planet's history. Joy and tears all around the world....

Blacks people are emotional and that’s just how it is. Now Whites people understand the origin of our emotion. Last night in America, Blacks voted with a smile because they finally felt a part of the political process and of the future of their country.

My brother called me from Lagos (Nigeria) this morning and the sound of his voice was full of hope and pride, I love you my brotha....

Based on America’s reaction, this was a real moment we all should be proud of.

This does not erase 400 years of slavery and racism.

Blacks deservedly will continue to be apprehensive but this will help.

The tears of joy shed by the American collective are something we all need to hold on to but education, racial profiling, affordable housing, criminal justice, the need for jobs and unconditional equality have to be genuinely approached with souls entrenched in reality’s flame.

Last night during his speech, Barack Obama spoke about civil rights through the experience of a 106-year-old woman. "She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people 'We Shall Overcome'." The settling of history matters for all the African-Americans who turned out for him, but Barack Obama does not want to be seen as a black president.

Watching TV last night and looking out at Grant Park celebration, I wondered whether if this was the beginning of a better tomorrow for America and for the world itself. America has voted for a Black man. Only a few years ago, I would have doubted it happening. Racism will not disappear but America recognised in this election that it is a rainbow nation and increasingly so. Diversity is its future. The younger generation does not fear it.

The world is already saluting Barack Obama. The love affair won't last but, for a while, America will regain its lure. The strength and vibrancy of its democracy will be admired. To throw up a candidate like Barack Obama is testimony to the success of the American system. But will it be a history day? It could be but, in any case, to be able to watch this live on TV on that night was a privilege.

BARACK OBAMA : History Making...

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

Barack Obama this morning declared "change has come to America" as he emerged from one of the most extraordinary elections in US history to become his country's first black president.

There were tumultuous scenes at a victory party with more than 100,000 people crammed into and around Grant Park in Chicago, when TV networks simultaneously declared him the winner at 11pm Eastern Time, bringing an emphatic end to the Bush years.

Many, including civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, had tears in their eyes

The American people yesterday demonstrated once again their unique capacity for self-renewal by electing the first black man as head of state, not much more than a generation after the country’s African-Americans were accorded full civil rights.
In electing Barack Obama President by a solid margin, accompanied by a congress with the biggest Democratic majority since the 1970s, Americans have signalled a dramatic change in the direction of the world’s sole superpower.

The country regarded loftily by many Europeans as hopelessly racist and irredeemably right wing has voted to be ruled by a black man, at the head of a party committed to economic redistribution and a foreign policy rooted in peaceful diplomatic engagement.

As Martin Luther King said in 1963 : “I have a dream,” he said, “that one day, down in Alabama, with it vicious racists . . . one day, right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Yesterday American voters — black and white — symbolically honoured the unpaid debt in a way that Martin Luther King could only have dreamt of.

Paris, Histoire et splendeur a la française....

I was in Paris 2 weeks ago and for the first time in years I took the time to show the city to my family. For me who spend nearly 10 years of my life living in the most beautiful city on earth, this was an fantastic opportunity to walk through some amazing historical building (Le Louvre, Le Carrousel, le Parc des Tuileries, La Concorde, le Trocadero, le Pont Neuf, l'opéra...) and enjoy being there as a tourist : having a coffee at the Fouquet's terasse, a family diner at the Hôtel de Crillon, visiting L'arche de la Défense, doing some expensive shopping rue Montaigne and on Les champs Elysées.....

Le Crillon

La place de le Concorde

La Defense

Paris sur Seine

Le Louvre

For anyone who love history and beauty, Paris is just a joy to visit and a pleasure to know. Each great city in the world always have something unique which characterised them as special in today society: the statue of liberty In New York, Big Ben in London, the Coliseum in Roma, the red square in Moscow, the opera building in Sydney...

But Paris is just an unique city with an unique place in history...

The Sarah Palin impact....

Before the US Republican convention 2 weeks ago, I never heard about Gov. Sarah Palin and I'm probably not the only one in this case, but the amazing thing is that today her name is on everybody lips and her impact on the US politic arena has been huge...Really huge...

I mean Vice presidential choices are not supposed to make much a difference in a presidential election (except if the choise would have been Hillary R. Clinton), but Sarah Palin's impact is undeniable and extremely large. Twelve days ago, presidential election futures markets indicated that Senator Barack Obama had a 62% probability of winning the election. Since last sunday, Obama's probability had fallen to 46.5%, with John McCain at 52.1%.

2 weeks ago, Barack Obama was the media superstar and the main searched political term on the web, today, he is second on the list; Sarah Palin is number one. Last July, Sara Palin Wilkipedia page was edited 22 times. Since the convention : 6.500 times.... (Her Wikipedia page was, in fact, the most read article on the site for the entire month of August with nearly 1.2 million readers in just 36 hours following the announcement).

The worst story of the day is about Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a personal friend and prominent backer of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and a member of the committee that helped draft the Democratic Party’s platform, announced on Wednesday that while she intended to keep her party affiliation, she would not be voting for Senator Barack Obama.

For months, Ms. De Rothschild been signalling her displeasure with Mr. Obama. In June, she told The New York Times that she could not “fall in line,” behind the Democratic nominee.

And though she acknowledged that she and Mr. McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “disagree on some issues,” Ms. De Rothschild declared: “I love Sarah Palin,” adding, “I think she’s pretty cool.”

How can Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama, no longer the shiny new object in American politics, recapture his "mojo", some worried liberals are asking. For Republican nominee John McCain, the feisty, charismatic Alaska governor has fulfilled his fondest wish: to inject a little star power into his own campaign and give his ticket a fighting chance in an otherwise dreadful year for the GOP.

Well time for me to check Sarah Palin profil on Wikipedia now......


Sorry readers, I have been quite busy in the past few weeks working out on my fitness trying to beat the clock and be ready for my Sahara challenge in November this year, but unfortunately after nearly 8 weeks of workout at my local gym, cycling routine and a new nutrition program, I still fell short of the target to be ready on time to pass the medical and health test.
Anyway, it has been a great journey and a lot of fun and it did prepare me to be ready for next year (around March 09) 15 days Sahara challenge, where I will try to raise around £3000 for the cancer research.

Keep reading......

Is speaking French posh?

I've been in England now for nearly 5 years and had the time to see, hear or just witness some amazing and funny things, trust me on that, but I'm always amazed at how many people in England will tell you that they speak French. Or believe they speak French. Let me explain this please...

For most people in the UK, French means great wines, great fashion brands, tasty food (definitely) and a great place for an expensive week-end or a family house in the south; in one word, here on the other side of the English Channel, French means "POSH"
What I'm trying to say is that generally people believe that knowing how to say hello (Bonjour), thank you (merci) or "comment ca va aujourd'hui" (how are you today), being able to order a glass of wine in a pub in Paris or a piece of French cheese in Waitrose, means that they speak French.

Well let me tell you that I strongly doubt that first. I mean I didn't need to go in school to learn English and get a good job in 3 different English countries (England, USA, Canada). No, what I did was watch CNN or the BBC, listen to Tupac Shakur and read NBA magazines before I could pass my TOEFL in France with success. And yes my English isn't perfect and I still learn everyday but I would challenge anyone to learn French (and I mean French...) just by watching TV5 or Canal +, by listening Serge Gainsbourg or IAM and by reading French fashion magazines.

If you look at it deeper you'll realise that each time the last two French presidents (Chirac & Sarkozy) came here in UK or went in the United States, they both had interviews and local talkshows in English, but did you ever see or hear Georges W. Bush, Tony Blair or Gordon Brown having to listen and answer questions in French when they went to Paris on a shopping trip...... I don't think so

Let have another look at this with a transcript from a conversation I had with a "Posh" colleague here at IBM :

The Peace Blogger: Hi how are you today mate?
The "posh" IBM dude: No bad thanks to ask, but can I ask you something...
The Peace Blogger: Yes obviously, what's wrong
The "posh" IBM dude: Nothing just wanted to know if you're French because you sound French...Are you?
The Peace Blogger: Well I'm from Gabon/Cameroon, which mean that French is my first language, why
The "posh" IBM dude: Just funny because you know, I do speak French too and have a house over there... (I'm Posh dude)
The Peace Blogger: Really!
The "posh" IBM dude: Yes I swear.... Bonjour....Comment..va..bien "today"...
The Peace Blogger: Je vais bien, un peu fatigue mais ca va, et toi comment va la famille
The "posh" IBM dude: Euh...J'aime le...vin...je suis dans la...maison...a moi...
The Peace Blogger: Ouhaa pour l'instant je comprends rien du tout, ou habites tu en France?
The "posh" IBM dude: Euuuuh...tu as vois...le..derrière...hahahaha...j'aime...Paris beaucoup...
The Peace Blogger: Ok, bien essaye mais je continue a rien comprendre de quoi tu parles Lol...
The "posh" IBM dude: Euuuh...je...boire la...bière au...café...et acheter...baguette...hahaha...j'aime....baguette...
The Peace Blogger: Je suis impressionné par ton Français, excellent. Félicitations...
The "posh" IBM dude: Euuh merci...beaucoup mon ami...euuh a...demain....

Well as you can see, if this is what speaking French means for most folks here in UK, I deserve a PhD in English literacy....

No better place to work than IBM...

For the past 3 years I've been working for IBM UK (in England) and it's great.
I mean I'm not really working for IBM...Because as a contractor I do not benefit from any IBM employee privilege, yes I've got the IBM badge, the IBM laptop, a big desk and the freedom to work home when it's necessary, but that's it. No company car, no company mobile phone (don't care, got an 3G IPhone), no IBM pension scheme, no IBM free voucher for Marks & Spencer (hahahahaha) and specially no IBM salary (hard to take this one...), and when most of my friends think I'm wealthy because I've got an IBM badge, they should know that some of them make more then me as a skilled factory worker....Incredible no....

Anyway this was just an introduction to the topic of this post which is somewhere link to IBM or more specifically to my IBM workplace. Today on my way to the canteen, I went across the most unbelievable and funny department in the building : The IBM Well-being Services

According to the IBM internal website, "IBM has a rich history of respect for the health and well-being of its employees that dates back to the very beginning of the company", and it's probably true, but I can't stop to laugh about it....

I guess now I just have to give them a call everytime I feel sad or tired and should send them a list of all the issue which affect my daily well-being at my office (some of them below):

My chair hurts my back (sometime)
My desk is not big enough (just kidding)
My laptop is to slow
The food in the canteen is always the same and really expensive
The Air con. always works in winter and never in summer (not kidding)
Have to set-up my voicemail everyday (just awful)
Everybody around me smoke and drink (I don't, well...sometime...)
Summer in the UK it's raining time (not kidding)
The company bus is always late
When can I get an IBM salary please? (would help pay my bills...)

As you see life can be tough and pretty tense as an IBM contractor, but since I know that there's a Well-being services in the building and that their responsibility is to make my working day better, I just feel good, really good....

....Hooo nooo, just drop some coffee on my laptop...sorry guys...I need to call the Well-being services to calm me down a little bit.....


Have a good week-end and enjoy the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Beijing 2008 / 2 days to go...

Well like most people on hearth this week, I'm patiently waiting for the 2008 Beijing Olympic to start (Friday around 1:00pm) and lived to the expection to be the best Olympic Games ever.

Personally, I can wait to watch the US men basketball team playing their first game against China on Sunday (live on BBC) and witness their progress to the promise land: a Gold Medal.

And what about the Athletics and swimming events (where the GB team seem stronger than ever), the tennis tournament (Nadal & Federer all over again...), boxing (Cuba vs. USA vs. GB), football (Brazil), diving (can Tom Daley shock the World) and all the rest...

Every 4 years the Olympic Games link athletes from different countries and different religions, bring nations together on the same agenda or ideal and give the entire planet 3 weeks of peace and respect for each other : This is the Olympic spirit.

Then you know what, I will enjoy this 3 weeks, probably spend most of the night watching highlights of daily events or trying to follow it online during the day on my Iphone or Laptop (during my break & lunchtime) and hopefully I will witness something exceptional when Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Usain Bolt will compete for the 100m Gold Medal, maybe we will all witness sport history that day, maybe....

3G Iphone : My personal review

For those of you who read my blog (well few of you...) I did a post last month about getting a 3G Iphone on July, 11. First I thought that I would wait a week before going to an O2 shop to get a monthly contract for £30, but I decided to try my luck and was awake at 5:00am that day to make sure to be one of the first to get the precious gadget.
Well I wasn't really lucky to be honest, around 50 people were already at O2 by 6:00am but later I went to Carphone Warehouse and finally got my 3G Iphone.

The bad new straight away was that I needed to pay £150 deposit (which I will get back in 6 month) because according to the "salesman" my credit rating was not reliable (probably a trick to raise cash...), but because of that extra expense, I went for a 8GB model (I badly wanted the 16GB in white) on a £30/month contract.

My first impression was really positive, and believe me this is a fantastic piece of technology. Surfing the net in the bus, the tube or when doing shopping is amazing and really addictive, because I moved house a week later and have to wait for BT to set up my broadband back (typical BT) I used the Iphone to surf the net home on 3G and it’s really good and quite fast, I mean I never use 3G before on my phone (too expensive) and can’t really compare, but the speed of the 3G Iphone is quite impressive sometime, and it’s free. But nothing is better than the App. Store where you can find so many useful applications to make your Iphone an amazing computer (Google app.) or game console (Monkey Ball game), I’m always checking for news applications and can wait to have the EBay one available here in UK.

The camera is quite good, I mean who really use his mobile phone to take holidays or family pictures, well not me (got a good camera for that), I took some photos last week and must admit that the quality on the Iphone screen or on my PC one are really good.
And for me who needed most of the time on my way to work to carry my mobile and my Ipod, the 3G Iphone is just awesome.

Some bad points are obviously the battery life which is really awful for a phone of that standard, I mean you have to charge it everyday if you use Internet on 3G a lot; my advice check for Wi-Fi network in shops or office and use your Wireless Internet at home. The 3G Iphone can be slow sometime, I don’t know why but checking your contacts will take more time on an Iphone that on a Nokia N95.

But overall I just love it and use it now to write new post on my blog with the Google App., which let you have access from your Iphone to most Google Products.

Yes £30/month for 75 min of call is quite expensive to be honest but I think that owning a 3G Iphone today is just priceless…..

Take care everyone


Last week London and the entire world were celebrating the 90th birthday of a living legend, an Icon and a role model : Nelson "Rolihlahla" Mandela.

As Richard Stengel said this month in the Times Magazine, Nelson Mandela has made enough trouble for several lifetimes. He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite white and black, oppressor and oppressed, in a way that had never been done before. Mandela is the closest thing the world has to a secular saint, but he would be the first to admit that he is something far more pedestrian: a politician. He overthrew apartheid and created a non-racial democratic South Africa by knowing precisely when and how to transition between his roles as warrior, martyr, diplomat and statesman. Uncomfortable with abstract philosophical concepts, he would often say that an issue "was not a question of principle; it was a question of tactics." He is a master tactician.

As we enter the main stretch of a historic presidential campaign in America, there is much that he can teach the two candidates. The Madiba's Rules (Madiba, his clan name, is what everyone close to him calls him) are mostly practical. Many of them stem directly from his personal experience. All of them are calibrated to cause the best kind of trouble: the trouble that forces us to ask how we can make the world a better place.

[Following are excerpts from the article]

1. Courage is not the absence of fear — it's inspiring others to move beyond it. Mandela was often afraid during his time underground. "Of course I was afraid!" he would tell me later. It would have been irrational, he suggested, not to be. "I can't pretend that I'm brave and that I can beat the whole world." But as a leader, you cannot let people know. "You must put up a front."

And that's precisely what he learned to do: pretend and, through the act of appearing fearless, inspire others. He knew that he was a model for others, and that gave him the strength to triumph over his own fear.

2. Lead from the front — but don't leave your base behind. Prison gave him the ability to take the long view. It had to; there was no other view possible. He was thinking in terms of not days and weeks but decades. "Things will be better in the long run," he sometimes said. He always played for the long run.

3. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front. When he finally did speak at meetings [with his staff], he slowly and methodically summarized everyone's points of view and then unfurled his own thoughts, subtly steering the decision in the direction he wanted without imposing it. The trick of leadership is allowing yourself to be led too. "It is wise," he said, "to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea."

4. Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport. As far back as the 1960s, Mandela began studying Afrikaans, the language of the white South Africans who created apartheid. This was strategic in two senses: by speaking his opponents' language, he might understand their strengths and weaknesses and formulate tactics accordingly. But he would also be ingratiating himself with his enemy. He even brushed up on his knowledge of rugby, the Afrikaners' beloved sport, so he would be able to compare notes on teams and players.

5. Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer. Mandela would often invite into his home men he didn't fully trust. He had them to dinner; he called to consult with them; he flattered them and gave them gifts. Mandela is a man of invincible charm — and he has often used that charm to even greater effect on his rivals than on his allies.

Mandela would always include in his brain trust men he neither liked nor relied on. He would pick up the phone and call them on their birthdays. He would go to family funerals. He saw it as an opportunity."

Mandela believed that embracing his rivals was a way of controlling them: they were more dangerous on their own than within his circle of influence. He cherished loyalty, but he was never obsessed by it. After all, he used to say, "people act in their own interest." It was simply a fact of human nature, not a flaw or a defect. The flip side of being an optimist — and he is one — is trusting people too much. But Mandela recognized that the way to deal with those he didn't trust was to neutralize them with charm.

6. Appearances matter — and remember to smile. We sometimes forget the historical correlation between leadership and physicality. George Washington was the tallest and probably the strongest man in every room he entered. Size and strength have more to do with DNA than with leadership manuals, but Mandela understood how his appearance could advance his cause.

7. Nothing is black or white. Life is never either/or. Decisions are complex, and there are always competing factors. To look for simple explanations is the bias of the human brain, but it doesn't correspond to reality. Nothing is ever as straightforward as it appears.

8. Quitting is leading, too. Knowing how to abandon a failed idea, task or relationship is often the most difficult kind of decision a leader has to make.
In the history of Africa, there have been only a handful of democratically elected leaders who willingly stood down from office. Mandela was determined to set a precedent for all who followed him — not only in South Africa but across the rest of the continent. He would be the anti-Mugabe, the man who gave birth to his country and refused to hold it hostage.

Ultimately, the key to understanding Nelson Mandela is those 27 years in prison. The man who walked onto Robben Island in 1964 was emotional, headstrong, easily stung. The man who emerged was balanced and disciplined. He is not and never has been introspective.

Asked by Richard Stengel, how the man who emerged from prison differed from the young man who had entered it, he said, "I came out mature."

There is nothing so rare — or so valuable — as a mature man.

Happy birthday, MADIBA

Marathon Man III (Medical test)

Well my medical test didn't go as well as I thought it would; first as I knew before I'm overweight, and quite a lot considering my height, I'm 5'8 (1,73 cm) and over 15 stone (95 Kg) and my BMI (Body Mass Index) is 37.1 which mean that I'm seriously overweight for my height....

The funny thing about that is that I don't feel obese (If your BMI is between 30 and 39.9 you're obese),Ok I feel heavy sometime, which somewhere help me to get some respect when I play basketball the week-end or when I'm at the gym on the bench press, but with two bad knees and one bad ankle, I'm far from ready to cross the Sahara desert in 4 months.

Anyway, my goal for the next 2 months is to loose at least 10Kg and get back to a more appropriate wheight around 13 stone (83 Kg), more liner and fiter and with a better stamina. I mean the heat doesn't scare me at all, I was born in one of the hotest country in the world, what I will have to be ready for is to walk 8 to 10 hours a day and support the cold weather each night for 2 weeks if not more....

I know, I'm crazy... But if I can do it (this year or next year) and I will, raise money for a worldwide charity, give my time to help people trough this long trip, it will be worthy....

Well....2 weeks later and...

Wimbledon.... Nearly 2 weeks and Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are still on course for a third final on next Sunday, but this time you know that one of this guys will make history.
Nadal got a chance to emulate the great Bjorn Borg and become the first man in the last 28 years to do the double : Roland Garros and Wimbledon in the same year, something Federer can just dream about. On the other side Federer can become the first man to win 6 All England trophy since the open area and close the gap in Grand slam title to 13 compare to Pete Sampras 14 (7 Wimbledon).

Obviously since Spain won the Euro 2008 Championship, next Sunday final will be the main topic for the rest of the week and for the entire week-end, with media TV, newspapers and fans all over the world focus on who will be the next King of grass and probably (I'm on Nadal side...) regarded as the best tennis player today.


But take a step back and look around (media TV, newspapers....) and you will see that one thing didn't change in the past 2 weeks:

Robert Mugabe is still the President of Zimbabwe.

And the fact that most African leaders did accept his presence at the African Union summit in Egypt, and showed a soft attitude towards the criticism by observer groups of the conduct of the elections (but did not pronounce them illegitimate), tell us that Mugabe as no intention of negotiating or sharing power with whoever and under no condition.

The worst of it : The African Union made no mention of any sanctions against Mr Mugabe's government.

But the funny thing about that is that according to the BBC : "Africa's longest serving leader, Gabon President Omar Bongo, said Mr Mugabe should be accepted as the country's elected president", and most African leaders seem to agree with him.
Well no surprising from someone who is in power since 1967 (41 years) and regarded as one of the most corrupted leaders in the world, someone who rules the country like his own property and who is preparing his older son, Ali Ben Bongo, to take over one day to protect the family assets.

But when Nelson "Madiba" Mandela two weeks ago said : "We watch with sadness the continuing tragedy in Darfur. Nearer to home we have seen the outbreak of violence against fellow Africans in our own country and the tragic failure of leadership in our neighbouring Zimbabwe", the entire Zanu-PF (Mugabe politic party) task force went out to criticise a man who symbolise Peace, Freedom, Tolerance and Respect.

What an irony, isn't it?

Focus on the next 2 weeks...

For the next 2 weeks most of the world will watch Wimbledon and follow the path of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to a third final with maybe for the first time in 5 years a different winner.
As a tennis fan, I've got a lot of admiration for Rafael Nadal and truly admire his amazing skills, mental strength and fantastic will to win every point, to me his determination to win is similar to what we saw last week with Tiger Woods, who won the US Open championship despite being injured on his knee and ankle, or to Michael Jordan during his exceptional career with the Chicago Bulls concluded by 6 rings of NBA Champion and 2 Olympic Gold Medals...

The fact today is that while most people (specially in UK) will be tuned to Wimbledon or watching the Euro football 2008, Robert Mugabe has a good chance to remain in charge of power in Zimbabwe and carry on ruining the life of an entire population with only politic and diplomacy as the main weapon to solve this genocide.

I'm quite upset with the fact that none of the African leaders (Thabo Mbeky, Omar Bongo, Abdoulaye Wade...) did stand out strongly to criticize a man who just ruin his country economically and politically and don't even seem to be bother about that as long as he can use the military force to stay in power.
If Morgan Tsvangirai (Zimbabwean opposition leader) confirms his decision to not participate in the 2nd round of the presidential election this week, this will be a disaster not just for Zimbabwe but for Africa.

The worst in that the genocide will continue.

It amaze me sometime to think that it took less than that for the French government (4 years ago) to send his army in Ivory Coast when military and ethnic trouble started to have an impact on their own economic interest, and what about Angola, Iraq, Kuwait....
While people are dying everyday and town like Harare burning, the world witnessed how an old man like Robert Mugabe can stand firm on his feet and dictate his fearful politic with the arrogance of a serial killer pointing his angry finger to Great Britain as a challenge to come over there and try, just try to stand in front of him, knowing already that nothing can touch him.

I hope Rafael Nadal win Wimbledon, it would be a fantastic reward for a young man from Majorca who despite his strong game on clay, has always said that winning Wimbledon is his Holy grail, and I believe that he deserve it.

For the rest, my thought and my pray are for the people of Zimbabwe who suffer an injustice and still keep faith in ours world leaders to make the right decision on their future, a decision which could give them hope or not.

God bless you...

Getting ready for the new Iphone....

Hi guys, I'm back, finally..... Well with the release of the new 3G Iphone it was time for me to take a stand (in front of my friends) and tell them why next month I will be queuing at my local Apple store to get my new toy.

Usually I’m not the guy that rushes out and buys every new toys on the market, I like to wait a few weeks and read online the customers reviews which always give you interesting input and time to save some dollars.....
I didn't buy the 2G Iphone last year because I knew somewhere that it was a matter of time before Steve Jobs announce a new improved model with 3G and open source, and obviously it was quite expensive....

Sure I'm an Apple fan, I've got 2 Ipod already and had various Mac in the past (Apple II, Macbook...) and I can't wait to get my hand on the new model and take advantage of the new features, like, say 3G HSDPA speeds, GPS location services, a flush headphone jack(!), not to mention the App Store apps which will certainly take advantage of, if not demand, an iPhone 3G, and being on the bleeding edge for this ride seems like a no brainer.

I don’t always need the latest or the greatest (sometime yes...), but when Apple combines both those things together in a gorgeously evolutionary little package like iPhone 3G, how can I resist?

I mean £99 for a 8GB 3G Iphone, come on this is great new, should I say fantastic new, because at this price you can finally afford the best phone on the market for a monthly fees of £30, and if you need more space capacity or more music volume then you can get the 16GB for just £159 with a choice of colour (Black or White)......
O2, here in UK, even talk about a pay as you go model, which is a fantastic opportunity for people already committed to a long contract (like me) and who want to enjoy having a 3G Iphone. You add to that GPS mapping and 3G Internet faster than a Nokia N95 (according to Steve Jobs), instant access to Apple Application store to get the latest development program....

Well I don't need to blog for hour about that, I will get a new 3G Iphone probably during the week after the worldwide release (to be honest with you, I hate queuing) and will write another post about my first thought later....

How about you? Will you be lining up somewhere just like me?

Marathon Man II (Update)

Well I've been quite busy this past weeks, first spending more time with my 2 boys as a daily dad by bringing them at school and nursery the morning to making them lunch or going to the park to feed the birds (Terrell just loves that...) and to be honest I really enjoyed that time with them, when you spend most of your week at your office or on the road, having time with yours kids can be sometime a luxe and you forgot quite frankly that they are the one who suffer the most about our busy life....
One of the great thing about working for a company like IBM is the flexibility you have to work home during the week, which give you more time to spend with yours kids and let you enjoy be a daddy full time...

Anyway, this past weeks I had time to look around for my next challenge and after planning on running a marathon (New-York or London), I decided to challenge myself on a though adventure around the globe and raising money for a worldwide charity.
right now I'm looking at 2 different challenge :

The first one would to cross the Sahara from the snow capped High Atlas mountains of Morocco in the west, to the Red Sea coast 4800km to the East. Its landscape varies from a stony flat expanse to perfect wind blown sand dunes, broken only by the occasional oasis. The feeling of space and of solitude is awesome. With proud Berbers as our guides and a small caravan of camels to carry our supplies we will trek 100km through this varied and stunning landscape (Discovery Adventure)

The second one would bring to Nepal, a country in a league of its own with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a fascinating culture and friendly people. The route will take us via the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar through beautiful valleys, dense forests and across glacial rivers before we reach the renowned viewpoint of Kalapatar, on the approach to Everest Base Camp, and see the highest mountain on the planet. We should also have time to explore the colourful and frenetic capital of Kathmandu (Doitforcharity)

As you can see this are 2 extreme challenge on the physical and mental side, and obviously I will need to raise the necessary amount of money to be part of it which is around £2200 for the Sahara Trek and over £3000 to flight to Nepal and challenge myself against the highest mountain in the world....

Right now I need to decide where to go and which charity to choose then start to prepare myself physically by going back to the gym and work on my stamina and my jump-shoot (I play basket-ball 3 to 4 time a week). I will have a check on my knees and ankles in 2 weeks, because of recurrent pain, and will probably start my workout in July. Both trip have available date for November 2008 which would give me enough time to be ready for it.

Last thing, I just wanted to send a quick hello to Grant McDermott who is actually in Lilongwe (Malawi), on his way to Cape town (South Africa) by bike from Cairo (Egypt) since last December, a six month trip with friends to help people along the way and raise money to support The Millennium Promise . I know he really enjoy his adventure and if you read this Grant, just wanted to say Thank you mate and see you soon....

Marcus Dixon : Free to live his dream....

Marcus Dixon and his incredible story have been burning up Internet connections and airwaves since last year. In 2003, as an 18-year old high school senior and a top football recruit, Marcus Dixon had sex with a girl three months shy of her 16th birthday. The girl claimed she was raped. The jury determined the sex was consensual.

Sixteen is the age of consent in Georgia. But Georgia is a place where interracial as always been an issue, and in this case, it came as a backdraft for Marcus. Rape charges were filed against Him.

On a six-count indictment, Dixon was exonerated of all charges involving force. He was convicted of statutory rape, a misdemeanour, and an outlandish charge of "aggravated child molestation." The latter charge applies to any sexual act performed with a minor two years one's junior that causes injury. By mutual admission, the girl was a virgin and was "injured" in the act.

Mandatory sentence: 15 years.

"It was consensual sex," said Dixon. "When we came in there, it was set up like we was going to have sex. She unbuckled her own pants.

"At the end, the only thing she told me was like, 'My dad cannot find out about us having sex.' Because in my town, black people having sex with white girls is not something you do. She said, 'My dad cannot find out about us having sex, because he'll kill us both.'"

It took 15 month to the state of Georgia to overturn and reverse the sentence on Marcus Dixon case, 15 month lost in prison away from his family, friends and his dream of playing football in college.

On May 3, 2004, the Georgia Supreme Court, ruling 4-3, said Dixon should have been prosecuted solely on the statutory rape charge, which carries a maximum one-year sentence, rather than the child molestation charge. He was released immediately, amid cheers and applause from family and friends, after serving 15 months in prison.

Last week-end Marcus Dixon was watching the NFL Draft home with his parents waiting to hear his name called by the commissioner and ready to start his professional career as an football player. He never heard his name, maybe some teams were worry about his past and were not prepare to give him a second chance like Dr. William R. Harvey, the president at Hampton University in Virginia who offered Marcus the chance to play college football and a chance at redemption.

And Marcus Dixon did exactly what his parent knew it would do : "Lead by example" As freshman he became a starter at defensive end. He was a three-time team captain and a two-year member of an athletic leadership committee, and finished the 2007 season with six sacks and a team-high 16 tackles for losses. According to school officials, Dixon has a 3.33 grade-point average, was a regular on the dean's list and is four classes short of graduation. They also say his four years at Hampton passed without a single off-field incident. And he is one of three national finalists for Diverse Magazine's Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Award, which will be awarded next month.

Marcus Dixon wasn't drafted....

But few minutes after the Draft, the Dallas Cowboys made an offer of a 3 years contract worth $1.1 millions, showing that the past is the past but that as a team and as an organisation they believe in his bright future....

God Bless you Marcus and you family.

Just enjoy and live your dream....

Marathon Man.....

I took a strong decision today: my next challenge will be to run a MARATHON.....

2 weeks ago I was watching TV home with my kids and turned on BBC1 to watch the London Marathon and I was just amaze by this event. Obviously I'm not talking about the professional race but about the other race, the race where thousand of people were running to support charities around UK and the world, about the race where people came there to challenge themselves and were so proud to find the courage to do it, about the race where people were sending a strong message around the world, a message of humility, faith and freedom, the freedom to be there no matter the pain or the inexistent world ranking, to do something special and by this act maybe help people less fortunate.

Well it was a great day that Sunday and I don’t know why but suddenly I said to my boys and their mum, that during summer I will prepare myself to run a marathon this year (New York) or next year (London…).

I really don’t know if I can even run for 5 miles, then what about 26,385 miles...But I will do it, no matter how hard it would be especially on my knees, but I will do it….

How I will do it, I’ve got no idea about that, but with the help on my 2 boys we will find a way to transform me from a 5’8 / 220 pounds pizza dude to a ripped and strong marathon runner.

The only question is: How long it gone take?

Keep in touch…..


I don't like golf or should I say I don't understand golf, it's to slow for me. Even when I tried last night the last Tiger Woods 08 game on PS3, it took me just 5 minutes to find it really boring and switch to NBA Live 08....

But you know what I love Tiger Woods, I really admire him as a player and how week in week out he's establishing himself not just at the best golf player ever but probably as one of the best athletes the world never seen, but more than that I have a great amount of respect for the man he is and his amazing work on charity through his foundation (The Tiger Woods Foundation) created in 1996 with his late father Earl Woods.

In the past 12 years Tiger Woods and his father did an amazing works on helping disadvantaged children become better people by developing program like the Start Something Character Development Program (over 1 millions participants last year).
Since 1996, his foundation touched more then 10 millions young people and he personally donate around $30 millions in scholarships and grants.

Then in 2006 Tiger Woods opened The Tiger Woods Learning Center , which is a 35,000-square-foot, 14-acre education facility located in Orange County, CA. Programs at the TWLC were created by kids and for kids. They are designed to take young people beyond their normal classroom experience through a unique after-school curriculum focused on career exploration and preparation.in Anaheim, California.
Members can choose from over 50 different courses in careers such as Marine Biology, Forensic Science, Environmental Integrity, Aerospace Rocketry, Biotechnology and Business Entrepreneurship. This special curriculum for students in grades 5-12 provides opportunities to learn about careers through technology and hands-on projects.

I know most people expect him to win the grand slam this year, starting by the Masters in a few weeks, but for me what make this man such an incredible person is the fact that no matter how hard he works on his game to raise the level each day higher, he make sure that he will do the same thing on his charity work, how many millionaires athletes do you know who already have given over $30 millions to help other and specially children, just ask yourself the question, how many?

IBM Project Big Green

Announced in May 2007, Project Big Green is a $1 billion initiative to dramatically reduce energy use by IBM and its clients. The initiative includes new energy efficient IBM products and services and a five step approach to energy efficiency in the data center. If followed, this approach can sharply reduce data center energy consumption, transforming clients' technology infrastructure into "green" data centers and provide energy savings of up to 42 percent for an average data center. The initiative also includes a new global "green team" of more than 850 energy efficiency architects from across IBM.

Just thing a minute about the following fact : "The six million servers in America's data centers today consume more energy than the 300+ million televisions in the United States".

IBM clients around the world are increasingly expressing concern over their growing need for energy and the associated costs, but the issue is becoming particularly acute for media and entertainment companies because they rely so heavily on high performance technologies to deliver their content," said Jim Gargan, Vice President, Brand Management, IBM BladeCenter and System x. "IBM as a company has made strides in addressing this need, but Project Big Green will allow IBM to further help the media and entertainment industry support sustained business growth with zero increase in consumption and environmental impact."

"Being 'green' is not just saying you're conscious about the environment and its challenges. In today's business world, it's about efficiency, power consumption and applying those green principles to smart business decision making," said Don Tennant, editorial director, Computerworld. "IBM, has taken a serious look at how they impact the environment and how they can address those challenges with good business sense, through their Project Big Green initiative and a company-wide focus on energy efficient technology and services."

As a result to the strong commitment for a more efficient business world, IBM has been named as the top Green IT company for 2008 by IDG and ComputerWorld in Armonk (NY) last month.

Steve Sams, vice president of IBM Global Site and Facilities Services said that "this is reflective of IBM's long-term commitment to the environment, and of the global success with clients that we've seen with our cross-company Project Big Green initiative, as we assess and implement strategies for our clients to be able to double their computing capacity without increasing energy use."

We all hope that this is just the beginning...

The Ivindo National Park

Today I would like to talk about a serious issue in my native country (Gabon), the struggle of a country in a development process (since 1960) where unfortunately most of the time development and economy is more valuable than preservation.

The launch of a huge project for the exploitation of iron from Bélinga, in the north-east of Gabon, is expected towards the end of this year, whit first shipments of iron exported to China (the only customer) scheduled for 2011.

According to most Europeans analysts, this is a flagship project for the development of Gabon after petroleum, with 1,600 billion CFA francs (about 3.5 billion dollars) investment, planned to build 560 km of railways track, a deepwater port, and created around 30,000 jobs, according to the Gabonese Ministry of Mines.
The Bélinga project aims to extract a billion tons of reserves of iron with a content of 60% for decades, said Auguste Richard Onouviet, the Natural Resources secretary of State. The project will be financed and executed by Chinese companies, Gabon have signed an exclusive contract with China.

However, the extent of environmental damage that could lead to the implementation of the project has attracted serious controversy since last month in this central African country, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the World denounced the environmental damage that would lead to the realization of a hydroelectric dam in the forest of Gabon, notably in the Ivindo National Park.

Brainforest' President and my old friend, Marc Ona Essangui is well aware and quite worry about the danger of severe flooding in the National Park of the Ivindo. Like most NGOs, Brainforest has been deeply involve in fighting the Gabonese' government on different environment issues and strongly require a environmental impact studies prior to the start of any work on the Bélinga Project.

For those of you who never heard about Gabon and his awesome tropical forest, the Ivindo National Park is one of the most important cross-roads of ecosystems site in Central Africa for biodiversity conservation.
The Ivindo river flows among wide areas of primary rainforest, winding through a unique and spectacular succession of rapids and waterfalls (Kongou, Mingouli).
A variety of wildlife, such as forest elephants, primates (gorilla, chimpanzee, mangabey, colobus, mandrill....), birds and many others species (buffalo, sitatunga, duikers, bush pig, giant pangolin....) can be spotted.

The highest concentration of gorillas in Gabon has been found in the clearing of Langoue. The Ivindo national Park (3000 km2) was created in 2002 and includes the Ipassa Reserve, protected since 1971 where the Institut de Rechecrhe en Ecologie Tropicale (IRET) runs the Ipassa-Makokou Research Station.

In 2002 the President Omar Bongo Odimba decided to dedicate 10% of the territory to help protect the fantastic tropical forest which covert a huge part of the country and created 13 National Park, including the Ivindo Park, to be one of the few African leaders to be deeply concern about environment and pushing forward to a better preservation.

But today President Bongo launched several critical attacks on all NGOs involve in this matter by saying with authority :"Anyway, whatever happens, whatever people say or think, Bélinga Project will happen."
A fantastic u-turn for a man who pride himself to be a huge partisan of climate change.

But this is not about Omar Bongo Odimba or Leonard Moutsinga Kebila (governor of the Ogooue-Ivindo) who during his last visit to the site was really please to see that the road build through the Ivindo National Park was nearly finish and defended the Bélinga Project with a huge smile on his face, no this is about Gabon and the preservation of the rainforest and all rares species of animals who live there in peace, protected by a fantastic environment and the people who worked so hard since 2002 to help this place to be regarded as one of the most peacefully and natural environment sanctuary in the world, where men stopped to disturb or destroy and became spectator of an everyday show of gorillas and elephants living together along Kongou waterfall.


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