Following parts I and II, today we wrap up the birthday celebration with the third and final installation of the collection of treasures. I am extremely grateful to all readers, subscribers, fans, followers and supporters. The journey has been all the more richer because of all of you who've shared ideas and critique, discoveries and personal stories. This is a celebration of you all!
(38 – 39) Ingenuity is our birthright
- Africa reminds me that you can always make something from whatever you have at your disposal. You only need some creativity and innovation — Andrew Mugoya, "Interview with Developer, Author & Entrepreneur, Andrew Mugoya"
- Ingenuity. Thats the word I've been looking for. I think that's what makes Africa special. Nothing is wasted here — Adele Dejak, "Interview with Fashion Designer Adele Dejak"
(40 – 47) And creativity is key
- It's a sad state of affairs when we all see and enjoy the products of innovation and creative talent coming from Africa and its Diaspora yet, we aren't encouraged to be innovators and creatives who can continue this legacy — "5 Reasons Why Design Matters: An Argument for African Parents, Businesses and Other Skeptics"
- Creativity is about curiosity and openness, rather than being focused on making and on tangible things. Creativity is something that all of us can indulge in and enjoy — "Creativity: On Manifestations, Why We Create and What Conditions are Most Conducive for Sparking Ideas"
- Design can touch both brain and heart and that's phenomenal — "5 Reasons Why Design Matters: An Argument for African Parents, Businesses and Other Skeptics"
- [Stories] are powerful. They enable us to express ourselves in ways that may not be usually possible. They allow us to talk about difficult things. Through stories and through storytelling, we learn about ourselves and others. Stories carry messages and collective wisdom that is passed on from generation to generation. Stories open our minds, challenge our assumptions and spark our imagination. And through stories, cultures are kept alive. — "Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries"
- [I became a musician] to be able to express myself in the face of injustice — Fatoumata Diawara, "Interview with Musician Fatoumata Diawara"
- The best artists are also the bravest … so if you're terrified of making a creative choice it normally means that you're doing something brave, something that has rarely if ever been attempted. The very making of that attempt will make you a better artist — Musa Okwonga, "Interview with Poet, Writer and Musician Musa Okwonga"
- I can understand why many African writers (and other creatives) have not wanted to be put in the 'African' box. They want their work to stand on its own as good work. They want to be free of the limitations of other people's expectations of what and how they should write — "My African Fiction Reading List"
- Why am I a designer? To help improve people's wellbeing. Whether that be through supporting the activities that provide their livelihood; affirming their identity and uniqueness; encouraging respect of self, community and environment or; through facilitating communication and interaction between groups for the mutual benefit of all — "Design for Good"
(48 – 51) Take a stand
- Over the years I have come to understand that what actually makes someone “activist” is a heartfelt and genuine commitment to change. Simply knowing that, as an individual, I have the potential to be powerful in whatever it is that I set my mind to, motivates me … being an activist is simply about taking a stand (or a seat) and refusing to move to the back of the bus — Amina Doherty, "Interview with Feminist Activist Amina Doherty"
- I celebrate everything – the small and big steps because, they are all part of what brings me to where I am today and direct me to where I am still headed — "Amira Kheir, Interview with Singer/Songwriter Amira Kheir"
- I find life without options a little bit hard to handle … I think it is really important that people have the opportunity to decide what it is they want for themselves — Phiona Okumu, "Interview with Afri-POP! Editor and Music Marketeer Phiona Okumu"
- At the end of the day, it all boils down to each and every one of us, making choices and unashamedly standing by them. Deciding what values we want to live by and celebrating our individuality, right down to how we dress her — "Dispatches from WOW 2012: On Fashion and Being Who We Want to Be"
(52 – 56) And make it happen
- I'm discovering that an effective routine is all about flexibility – you need to be able to adjust it as your life brings change your way — "Giving in to Routine: Tips on How to Make Ones that Work (Plus 5 Essential Resources)"
- Worrying now about things that might happen later keeps you from actually DOING the things that will better prepare you for your future ambitions and for the inevitable unexpected — "Rituals of Kindness: Bringing Mindfulness and Joy to Everyday Tasks"
- Things are possible and you only need to work hard. There are no miracles in real life, you go and work and you make things happen – mentally, physically and spiritually — "Interview with Percussionist Adriano Adewale"
- I think artists, especially emerging artists, should stop waiting to be “discovered”. If you want to show your work or have an exhibition or event, get together with a bunch of your art friends and make it happen. Don’t wait. Don’t apply for a grant. Don’t ask for permission. Just do the thing — Kesha Bruce, "In Our Own Hands: An Interview with Artist Kesha Bruce for the 6×6 Summer Blog Tour"
- Do what you love. The world would be better place if we all did — Andrew Mugoya, "Interview with Developer, Author & Entrepreneur, Andrew Mugoya"
What's your favourite Afri-love moment from the past 4 years?
Second image from ""5 Reasons Why Design Matters: An Argument for African Parents, Businesses and Other Skeptics"; third image from "Dispatches from WOW 2012: On Fashion and Being Who We Want to Be"; final image from " Interview with Developer, Author & Entrepreneur, Andrew Mugoya". Illustrations by yours truly.
- The Wisdom of Crowds: A Collection of Treasures from 4 Years of Afri-love, Part I
- The Wisdom of Crowds: A Collection of Treasures from 4 Years of Afri-love, Part II
- 3 Years of Afri-love: Top Posts from the Last Year
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