There is no ‘African’ story, just stories of Africa by Africans. There is no ‘African’ problem just a diverse set of dilemma that impinge on the lived experiences of African people. Africa is the most diverse continent on the planet. The top 20 most diverse countries are all in Africa. How can an singular African identity exist? The adjective ‘African’ may of all adjectives most tortured! Continue reading “African Stories by African People”
6th of February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. The theme for 6th of February 2016 was “Achieving the new Global Goals through the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation by 2030.” However, current statistics casts doubt on the possibility of achieving this. It is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM. If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 will be subjected to FGM by 2030. Therefore it seems that despite the best intentions of the global civil society, the international community is still losing the war against FGM. Continue reading “Losing the War against FGM in Africa: The Battleground over African bodies that Ignores African Minds”
“To tell me you know my pain is to stab yourself in the leg because you saw me get shot. We have two different wounds, and looking at yours does nothing to heal mine.
You know nothing of silence until someone who cannot know your pain tells you how to fix it.” Continue reading “‘Lost Voices’ by D Simpson & S Bostley”
‘What this demonstrates, I think, is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books by their very nature had to have foreigners in them and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify. Continue reading “The Danger of a Single Story – C N Adichie”