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...]

No More Miniskirts and Trousers for Women at a Media Group in Malawi

In June 1993 Malawians voted in a referendum that gave them an opportunity to choose between continuing with one party state or adopt a multiparty democracy in which 64.69 per cent of Malawians chose the latter. This outcome paved way for presidential and parliamentary elections in May 1994 which Bakili Muluzi won, ending Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s 31 years of … [Read more...]

Cashew Nut Pilau

A variety of flavoursome rice dishes can be found across Africa. West Africa is famed for its jollof rice. Other rice dishes from that region include fried rice and waakye, a Ghanaian dish similar to Caribbean rice and peas. When I lived in Botswana, I discovered a popular East African rice dish upon visiting one of my Tanzanian friends for lunch. I had never tasted anything … [Read more...]

Sharing Love, Spreading Happiness: Mama Mike’s Online Store

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Mama Mike’s is an online store and delivery service that makes it possible for customers anywhere in the world to purchase gifts online and have them delivered to specific destinations within Kenya and Uganda. The store has been going strong for 11 years. I interviewed Segeni Ng’ethe, Mama Mike’s founder, about his business. Segeni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business … [Read more...]

Will the real Africa please stand up?

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Oxfam UK’s new advertising strategy, which aims to portray a different image of Africa, has been generating a fascinating storm of reactions in the blogosphere. As a British person who has spent a fair bit of time in Africa, I have been watching with interest and adding my two cents here and there. But after adding a comment to this article by Nigerian … [Read more...]

Life in Winter Wonderland: 15 years in Norway

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There is something about the winter darkness that soothes me. While the numbers of suicides, especially in the northern European countries such as Finland, rise in the long winter months, to me this period represents my first memories of peace and security. Aged 16 I landed in what would forever be my home away from home, Norway. December 15 1997 my family and I landed on a … [Read more...]

Mukimo, a Kenyan Dish

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Mukimo is a staple dish among the Kikuyu of central Kenya that is mainly made of potatoes. It is often served with a meat stew. Ingredients: 2lb Potatoes 1lb peas 1lb corn 1/2lb Spinach 1 cup of heavy cream or sour cream Salt and pepper to season Directions: Boil potatoes, peas and corn until soft. Steam spinach for 5 minutes, or until tender. If peas and … [Read more...]