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31Dec

This is my little note to say a big thank you for making my passion a reality. This website/blog has brought me so much joy and satisfaction this year, I cannot begin to quantify the gratitude I have for all who stopped by to read my musings and rants. I am grateful for the comments […]






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31Dec

Laurent Gbagbo, what a marauding masquerade of a leader? That sounds unfair to the ears right? But I have  come to the conclusion that politics is not a fair game neither is it for the faint-hearted, and those who go into it do know what they are getting into. They are fully aware that they […]






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31Dec

Africa is open for business not exploitation. Whenever I hear of an African country giving land away to China or any other nation to develop and then weigh it up against the returns, my mind fails to comprehend why we keep short-changing ourselves. The stark difference between the two CNN stories below is alarming one […]






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30Dec

From Zanzibar with Love Nollywood, Nollywood, Nollywood, an art exhibition about the phenomenal Nigerian film industry. Ingenuity from Kenya. Theatre giving a voice to refugees in Egypt, the power of the stage.






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29Dec

Wow! Wow! Wow! is all that comes to mind as I listen to Tony Porter. I have heard a few people talk about him but watching the clip below is the first time I have heard the man for myself. Now, I understand why he is respected and admired. Porter is renowned for his work […]






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28Dec

Evans Wadongo’s story is more than inspirational, this is  what it means to turn your disadvantage into an advantage for yourself and those around you. I am in awe of his passion, determination and selflessness. I love it when Africans change their own lives and don’t resign themselves to a stagnant life, waiting for ‘big […]






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27Dec

I am always excited by people who challenge me mentally, intellectually, creatively and in all aspects of life. From individuals who are silent achievers to those, whose achievements are in public sphere because they have been recognised for their work, they get the baby inside me kicking and jumping when they talk about their passions […]






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24Dec

Precious: A True Story is described as a poignant tale about childhood, abandonment, identity, relationships, family, life’s obstacles and survival. In her own words, Precious Williams talks about her decision to write about her childhood and why she is not bitter about life or the vents that occurred. Belinda: How long did it take you […]






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23Dec

More than a pretty face…Noella Coursaris Masters leads the way on what it means to pay it forward. Watch, listen and learn… We are, so that others can become… Education, education, education, whose life is going to change for the better because you and I cared enough to take action? Enjoy watching!






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22Dec

Reading is a window to the soul. Writing is the room where the bird hidden away in your spirit and soul comes out to fly and flap its wings. I saw the story of Still Waters In A Storm a few days ago on the BBC News Channel and I was moved because I understand […]






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21Dec

A friend and I were talking the other day and she asked me about the technique I use when reviewing books. I don’t know if there is a technique as such. What I can say is that as a books reviewer/critic, I never set out to look for the bad aspects of a book. When […]






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20Dec

Ory Okolloh, smart and full of wit but great points, we all need to take onboard… Eleni Gabre-Madhin, now for all those who think of Ethiopia and remember the images of famine and starvation, well, here is one smart Ethiopian lady who tells us there is more to the nation that famine, believe it or […]






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17Dec

The news media has been filled with reports of Ghana becoming the newest oil producing nation. What I find baffling is the silly talk of the nation’s oil being a curse or a blessing. I would like to remind the world that Ghana is not Nigeria. Yes they are neighbouring countries but can we take […]






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16Dec

I first read Lovetta Conto’s story on CNN a few months ago. This young lady understands the value of paying it forward. We sure could learn something about turning your pain into a message from her. She has gone from being a refugee to being a ray of light for others. That in my opinion […]






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15Dec

We all have issues! What?? What does she mean we all have issues?? I don’t have any issues. You tell a lie…liar, liar, pants on fire. My name is Belinda Otas and I have issues. Now before you run for your life, I’m dealing with them and the ones I’m yet to get a hold […]






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14Dec

Some interesting news stories from Africa. Enjoy!! I love Tye & Dye. It is one of my favourite fabrics and I have a thing for Tye & Dye made in the Gambia because they are one of a kind and some of the best in the world as far as I am concerned. Northern Nigeria […]






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13Dec

Angelique Kidjo is in a class of her own. No one comes close and none compares. She more than deserves the Grammy nod, I hope she wins. Enjoy!!! When I made the above entry last year I had no idea there would be a need to repost one day soon… so, here we go…a fine […]






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12Dec

An architect by profession, Dolapo James is no stranger to the world of designs. It started with her obsession of Ankara and other African fabrics. Though it was not a conscious decision to start a company, James is the proud owner of Urbanknit, a company she started over 6 years ago, which  specialises in handmade […]






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