I hope you've all had a good week. It's been quite a momentous one for Tunisia with the ousting of dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after more than two decades in power. Powered by the people, the revolt that led to this result is a reminder that we, the people, can stand up and be heard. That we, African people, do not have to endure our so-called leaders disregard of our humanity. The questions that remain though are to do with the how. How do we best and most effectively campaign for what we deserve? Can we avoid violence?
I read a great article by Kate Bomz this week that I recommend to all: "Isle of Peace into Peaces: A Call to Disarm." Two of our continents most peaceful nations, Tunisia and Tanzania, have been sites of unprecedented violence this year (as "new" as it is). Bomz investigates the meaning of patriotism, apathy and challenges us to get up off our fences.
Interesting also, are discussions around how media was instrumental in the cause of the Tunisian people, including social media such as Twitter, and how US media networks were AWOL in covering such an important event.
On the lookout
Speaking of campaigning for the change we desire, I came across this children's book, again in Essence magazine:
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli, with illustration by Kadir Nelson, tells the tale of Kenyan, Nobel Prize-winning, environmental and political activist, Wangari Maathai.
I don't remember reading children's book much as a child so it's going to be a whole new experience when I have kids of my own. It will be interesting seeking out books that show characters that look like them and heroic, inspiring ones at that. I do remember my parents telling me bedtime stories (rather than reading books to me). What particularly stands out in my memory is my Dad's re-telling of the adventures of the heroic Abunuwasi.
Afri-love on Tumblr
Following last week's foray into the wider world of online social network with the set up of an Afri-love YouTube channel, this week I set up an Afri-love Tumblr site (yes I do make a lot of time for internetting!). I thought it was about time to see what all this Tumblr hype is about.
Last week on the blog
Here is a quick recap, in case you missed anything:
- An extended quote of the week: water, spirit and journeying home – a poem from Malidoma Patrice Somé's book Of Water and the Spirit
- Inspired by Missoni – the latest collections from the Italian fashion house draw inspiration from our beloved continent
- You be my witness: personal reading challenge – that's right, I'm super-accountable now and looking for some book recommendations
- Inspired by Jasmine Rose – collage-a-licious work from the illustrator/designer
- January installment of African album art: Putumayo
- TGIF! with Lionel Loueke – A Beninois guitarist bringing together beautifully, traditional music with classical and Western influences
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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!
Image above: collage by Jasmine Rose