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28Oct

An offspring of TED, a global non-profit devoted to the power of using ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world; TedxEuston wants to ‘reflect ideas and inspired thinking of a new generation of African leaders committed to engaging and re-engaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent. By Africans for Africans, […]






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12Oct

Sada Mire is the world’s only Somaliland archaeologist, who has taken on the task of telling Africa’s forgotten stories hidden in some of its undiscovered ruins. Fuelled by her passion to see the image ofAfricamove beyond the one-dimensional narrative of poverty, famine and wars, Mire believes Africans must record their history and preserve their heritage […]






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19Jul

Listed by the Powerlist 2011, as one of the most influential black people in Britain, Sandie Okoro is the Global General Counsel for Barings, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious financial institutions. The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Trinidadian mother,  and in her 40s, Okoro is one of a few women […]






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14Jul

With her earnest lyrics, a haunting and soothing sound and a raspy, seductive and magnetic voice, AYO has won adoring fans across Europe, North America and Africa, for her openness which many can relate to. In her own words, AYO on music as her therapy and why identity is important to her.   Belinda: What […]






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17May

Rahmon Olugunna’s work is said to ‘evoke the fertile artistic landscape of Oshogbo’s cultural heritage and artistic movement.’ A third generation Oshogbo artist, Olugunna keeps pushing artistic boundaries with his abstract interpretations, set in a ‘mosaic of striking colours and patterns’ but maintains his passion to keep the intrinsic representation of Yoruba mythology and culture. […]






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14May

Watching CNN African Voices, was the firts time I heard about Zackie Achmat and his work to ‘improve access to affordable treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.’ His work is to be commended and supported by all. HIV/Aids respects no one and affects the young and old, gay and straight, men and women. However, everyone should […]






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13May

“Art was the means by which sacred history served the function of revealing those invisible dimensions that gave support to transcendent ideals. For without sacred history, self would have no relationship to family, family would have no relationship to community; community no relationship to world, and world no relationship to Creation.” The words of Fowokan […]






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11May

By now, it is clear I am a sucker for the CNN’s programme, African Voices. It is a fascinating 30mins that gives you insight into the Africa, we don’t see a lot of in mainstream media. Hence, I cherish the opportunity to celebrate astounding and high achieving Africans who shed light on issues and the […]






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4May

Staying with the theme of health, my post for the last two days has been about healthcare in Africa, Africa’s Healthcare: Advances and Concerns Parts 1 & 2. Today, I am going across the ocean and with the help of CNN, African Voices, I would like to bring your attention to the story of Amina […]






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26Apr

Bruktawit Tigabu is described by Isha Sesay of CNN, as a young Ethiopian with a deep affection for children. Today, Tigabu has turned her passion and affection for kids into a creative force that is fast becoming a phenomenal in her home country and a source of fascination around the globe. With the international recognition, […]






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17Apr

Tyler Perry has broken a lot of barriers to do the very things, they said he could not do. Mabel Simmons aka Madea may not be your kind of girl but you have to give it up for the man, he GOT GAME! Many thanks to Shadow And Act for the clips.






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12Apr

It is not everyday you get a writer whose heritage spans three continents but that is what you have with Shailja Patel, a Kenyan-Indian-American. Her words are dark, deep and hypnotic on all levels of human sensibility and reasoning. Patel’s words are so potent, they transpose you intellectually, mentally and emotionally to a different place […]






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4Apr

M.K Asante, I dare say he is one knowledgeable young man. I appreciate his perspective on being able to celebrate your history. Personally, I think that’s important…to know where you are from and what your history entails because that’s one aspect of life that helps to shape and it gives a grounding you can never […]






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29Mar

We cannot deny Cornel West divides opinion across the board. Some love him, some loathe him and others just don’t want to know. In this edition of Riz Khan, West discusses issues to do with race, injustice, inequality and the current crisis in Libya.  What do you think about his stance on the Obama administration? […]






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24Feb

I wrote about my eventful journey to EC Osondu’s reading at the Southbank, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, I must add the journey to and fro was worth it. EC Osondu is as interesting in person as the stories on the pages of his book, full of warmth and humour. It was an evening which […]






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16Feb

I have a lot of respect for Nawal el-Saadawi, though I don’t agree with everything she says. I once listened to her on the Strand, BBC World Service arts programme and I could not stop laughing. Her sense of humour is out of this world and her books have such great action on the pages […]






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7Feb

I have always found Helen Zille to be an interesting person not for the mere fact that she is a woman but because of all that she stands for and her history. It is so easy to look at South Africa’s racial history and assume she is just another white woman, what has she got […]






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17Jan

Stella Damasus is one of Nollywood’s biggest and most popular female stars. However, when the lights are out and the cameras are not rolling, this free spirited woman with a strong sense of self and desire to impact the lives of young people is busy building a business empire. A little while back, she told […]






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