Every woman knows how special some evenings in her life are: the prom, the wedding of a relative, her 21st birthday party. On such an enchanted evening, she wants to look her best because who knows if Prince Charming will be there. She plans for weeks for the occasion...and there is no one, in this author's humble opinion, better at this than the women of Africa. Project Bazia and Africans United of New England are having a fashion design contest with prizes and a lot of public exposure for all of the fashionistas from Africa who live in the Greater Portland area. You must be from Africa and you must be out of high school. You can work alone or with a team. You can model your own design or find an aspiring friend who wants to be seen on stage. We have judges from Africa and from the US, some who have designing expertise, and some who just know what looks good. We have a DJ who will play the music of your choice as your model and ensemble walk in front of an audience who will also cast a vote for the winner. The event will take place on Columbus Day, October 8th, at Woodfords Church. You must sign up to be a contestant by September 8th! For more info, call Anna (207-699-9649) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get right back to you.
Samson Richard Kabbashi, aged 52, passed away on March 28, 2018, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Born in Yambio, South Sudan, Sam was educated in the field of public health where he worked for many years in Louisville, Kentucky, Lansing, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Pensylvania, and Portland, Maine. He cared deeply for his fellow South Sudanese, serving as a leader of South Sudanese diaspora communities in Beirut, Lansing, and Portland. He treated everyone with respect and will be especially missed in the Azande community. He is survived by his father, Richard Kabbashi of South Sudan;his wife, Dr. Betty Ayoub Philip-Kabbashi, three children, JacklineSam-Neimat Kabbashi, Richard Sam-Mbonriundo Kabbashi, and Roda Sam-Hipal Kabbashi, and twin grandsons, Prosper Johnson and Prince Johnson, all of South Portland; two brothers and three sisters of South Sudan and one brother, Patrick Kabbashi, of Portland.
To share a memory or condolence with the family, please visit www.ahutchins.com. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made at Bank of America, www.youcaring.com/samandbettykabbashi-1095935. More about his life of service can be found at http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=samson-richard-kabbashi&pid=188616421&fhid=18577