Linguistic Exclusion: War on Words

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A couple of months ago, I found myself smack bang in the middle of a debate on the injustices of colonialism and its persistent legacy and the impact thereof on post colonial Afrikan states and the Afrikans therein with a Caucasian man who identifies himself as "half Italian, half French". My European counterpart was not only defending colonialism but he was also justifying it … [Read more...]

Simple Okra stew

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Okra or okro (lady's fingers/bhindi) is the lusciously fabulous fruit of the okra plant and is popular in West African, Ethiopian and Asian cooking. It is highly nutritious and is a good source of calcium, potassium, folic acid, fiber and vitamin C. I remember my mother chopping it into tiny pieces to add to a beef and okro stew which we would eat with banku, a Ghanaian … [Read more...]

Born in the bush

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    20 years ago, I gave birth to my first son Nathan at North Middlesex Hospital in North London. Right from the start, I had a midwife and made quarterly antenatal visits at which my vitals were measured as well as the new life in my womb.  I had Nathan in a well-lit sanitized room, the bright light making me feel shy and exposed laying on my back on the … [Read more...]

Skills for adolescent girls in Ruhanga SW Uganda

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  In this post I would like to tell you about an initiative that I am involved in and one I am most excited about. The initiative is to equip girls with skills to take to the market and is located in Ruhanga, a rural parish within the Ntungamo district in Southwest Uganda. It comprises eleven small villages of approximately 90 households in each village and that … [Read more...]

Ethiopian Migrants in Saudi Arabia #SomeoneTellSaudiArabia

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The story of the immigrant is one that resonates with majority of the world, as each and every one of us can connect to the struggle, and tenacity of an immigrants story. A father or a mother travel to a foreign nation, with nothing to their name with the sole intention and purpose of providing comfort and security for their family. Despite their intentions, majority of these … [Read more...]

Diaspora Bonds: Feeding corruption or investing in Africa?

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The harvesting and exodus of intellectual capital from African nations in form of Brain Drain is often countered by the flow of remittances to home nations of emigrants.  Ugandans in the Diaspora contribute over $700 million per year to their national economy. In fact the African Diaspora remits over $50 billion to the African continent--  surpassing Official Development … [Read more...]

What is White Privilege?

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Today, I was in my tutorial class listening to my teachers assistant discuss the topic of embedded knowledge and white privilege. As a class, we began to deconstruct the topic of white privilege and to my dismay, a few students decided that was the chance to express their feeling surrounding the topic and how unfairly the term ‘white privilege’ marginalized them. I truly could … [Read more...]

Being African Abroad

The stories of first generation immigrants are simply told as deeply woven, romantic narratives that ranges from the glorified concept of the rise from “rags to riches" to the apparent success of systematic assimilation policies, which have been put in place to "guide" immigrants to a path of success. However, the reality is that in many cases, there becomes a major tension … [Read more...]

Africa Gathering

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A few days after the Queen of England commissioned the BBC headquarters in London, the Africa Gathering team has the opportunity to host its 5th event there. At this event I had the opportunity to present to the audience my thoughts on the rising African tech scene. On the first day of the event which was a Friday, I put on my team member hat and assisted the social media desk … [Read more...]

Ogira:Groundnut and Buttermilk Soup

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Ogira was one of my Dad's favorite meals. Grandma would enlist us kids to help with pounding groundnuts in her massive mortar and pestle. Then we would run over to the neighbor's farm to get a gourd of sour milk. Finally, we would sit beside her at her three-stone fireplace as she worked magic with these ingredients to make the most delicious meal. I always think of both … [Read more...]