Nancy Ajram teams up with Powerpuff Girls to save the world

Nancy Ajram
Updated 09 November 2017
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Nancy Ajram teams up with Powerpuff Girls to save the world

JEDDAH: Arab pop star Nancy Ajram has teamed up with Cartoon Network for the five-part series “The Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four,” becoming one of the first celebrities to have voiced a Cartoon Network character in the Middle East.
She will voice the fourth Powerpuff Girl, Bliss, the long-lost teenaged sister of the other three Powerpuff Girls, in the regional version of the popular American animated TV series.
Ajram said it enabled her “to re-live some of my happy childhood memories in the process. I felt that I was very much in the heart of the action, helping the Powerpuff Girls save the world.”
“It was a great experience for me to participate in the dubbing of The Powerpuff Girls, particularly as it marks the first time that a celebrity has voiced a Cartoon Network character in the Middle East region,” she said.
Ajram completes the line-up of 15 super-powered celebrities across international markets to lend their voices to the fourth Powerpuff Girl, including Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, who will voice Bliss for the UK.
“The Powerpuff Girls” has been one of the most popular programs on Cartoon Network and has its own dedicated YouTube channel in Arabic to cater specifically to its fans in the region.
The series began airing on Thursday.
The Lebanese singer, who is one of the most powerful figures in Arab pop, will perform at du Forum on the UAE’s Yas Island on Dec. 2.


Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

Updated 21 February 2019
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Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will take place on March 24
  • Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has lauded teachers as the “real superheroes” ahead of the  million-dollar Global Teacher Prize ceremony to be held in Dubai next month.

Speaking in a four-minute long video message, the actor revealed the 10 finalists who will be up for the prize on March 24.

Recalling his own experience, Wolverine star Jackman spoke of his “transformative” experience with his acting teacher.

Hugh Jackman and his acting teacher. (Supplied)

And he described the teaching profession as “the most important job in the world.”

“My favorite uncle was a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher… My hope for every single person on the planet is that you have at least one,” he said.

“All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold,” he added.

Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen, including teachers from the UK, India, Japan, and Kenya.

The Dubai-based Global Teacher Prize was set up by global education charity Varkey Foundation to recognize one teacher “who made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”

“I hope their stories will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation.

The winner will be announced at the “Global Education & Skills Forum” on March 24.

On the eve of the forum, chart toppers Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater in a tribute concert organized by the foundation.

Here's the video announcement: