“Desert Flower” starring Liya Kebede Premieres in Lagos to mark International Women’s Day 2011

As part of activities marking the 100th year of the International Women’s Day and to celebrate the African and Nigerian Woman, Okhma Global in collaboration with other like-minded corporate citizens, proudly presents for screening, first time in Nigeria, the incredibly dramatic and motivating movie – Desert Flower!

The movie tells the stirring and triumphant life-story of Waris Dirie, a survivor and Somalian nomad woman who underwent a most gruesome female circumcision at age 5, got sold into marriage at 13 but went on to become a famous New York supermodel and Bond girl in the 1987 hit movie The Living Daylights.

She was appointed by Kofi Annan as the United Nations Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting and is now the African Union’s Ambassador of Peace and Security. Waris Dirie success story and her fight for the cause of women will inspire you to succeed against all odds!

A premiere and red-carpet event for the movie themed Womanbeing – being women in Africa!” will hold in Lagos, Nigeria on the 3rd of March 2011 at Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Palms Shopping Centre, Lekki.

Ituen Basi, a top Nigerian Fashion designer, will at the end of the Premiere movie screening put up a Fashion Show of her elegant clothes and works. The movie will hereafter open to the public in all major cinemas and on a nationwide road show from the 4th of March 2011.



Liya Kebede

Additional information

Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, 1997). The UN has four classifications of female genital mutilation.

In Nigeria, practices range from the partial removal of the clitoris with a knife to the more radical infibulations, the sewing shut of a woman’s vaginal opening. This is usually carried out far from any medical or sanitary setting; the ritual (also known as female circumcision) can cause dangerous bleeding, infection or the development of scar tissue that leads to injury later in life, during childbirth or sexual intercourse.

With great contribution from and reference to Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation: An Interagency Statement OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNECA, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIFEM, WHO, 2008.

Signed: Mary Ephraim- Ceo Okhma Global ltd

Liya Kebede featured in Issue 6 of TRENDY AFRICA MAGAZINE


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