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!
In case you missed the announcement, Afri-love turned 4 years old yesterday! To celebrate, I've curated 56 of my favourite snippets from the years. It all kicked off yesterday and today we continue with numbers 22 - 37. Enjoy and stay tuned for the final installment tomorrow.
Today, Afri-love is 4! To celebrate, I've curated a list of 56 nuggets of insight, opinion and observation, garnered on Afri-love over the past 4 years. Why 56? Two reasons really: 1) that's the number of recognised states and de facto states on the continent and 2) I wanted a good healthy number. I'll be sharing the nuggets over the next 3 days so stay tuned (or subscribe to get them via email or read via RSS). Here's batch number 1 …
In the past few weeks, the question of what constitutes as 'African' has come up in different contexts.
As I prepared my African fiction and non-fiction reading lists, I had to reflect on how I was selecting the books. In the end, I defined African fiction as such because of the heritage of the author and thus their perspective and experience, whether or not the subject of the book had anything to do with Africa. On the other hand, African non-fiction picks had everything to do with the subject matter.
I attended a couple of conferences in April: the African Creative Industries Investment Summit (ACIIS) and London Business School's Africa Day. Both were great opportunities to meet some truly inspiring people and listen to some exciting insights and ideas (and as much as I've been a skeptic of networking – I must say that that was actually the highlight of these 2 events. In fact, these experiences changed my whole perspective on the matter but, more about that in an upcoming post …).
What did of course come up was this question of the African aesthetic. What makes something African?
A new month and new quarter, relatively early in the year, feels like an opportunity to hit refresh and give your 'new year resolve' another go. Perhaps now you have a more developed idea of what you want to achieve in 2013 and a more realistic idea of how you're going to make it all happen.
That's how I'm feeling today. Especially after 2 great meetings – one with my business partner on our strategic direction for the rest of the year and, one with a new friend about a collaboration we're working on – I'm energised and excited about executing!
You may also have noticed that the blog is looking marginally different. I've spent some time over this long weekend making some changes. So, what's new on Afri-love?
A few years back, I decided that I would stop making new year's resolutions and instead come up with a mantra for the year. Having an overarching intention to guide rather than unspecific goals built to fail.
It will be 2013 in under a week and that means it's time for one of those lists summing up the highlights of the year! The following is a selection of posts that you found most interesting (as per the analytics); posts that I most enjoyed creating; exciting discoveries and; some off-blog but on-topic articles.
Art and Design
I've been slowly doing some overdue maintenance and amelioration on the blog and part of it has been coming up with a "Start Here" page. While this will be especially useful to readers who are new to the site, I thought I'd share the highlights as, some of you old-timers may discover something new too!
On the "Start Here" page you will find:
Types of posts on Afri-love
As mentioned above, here's a list of what you can expect:
As much as this blog has been a love letter to the continent I call home, it's also been an outlet for me to explore how to better (and better love) myself.
Blogger Brigitte Lyons puts it so well when she says, "if you want to change the world, better yourself first." That was the thinking behind this whole Afri-love idea. In order for us to inspire, encourage, demand and create the changes we want to see in our continent, we have to first know, be proud of and love who we are and then, act from that position.
Overcoming the madness
Last year was the busiest year I've experienced. Getting a business off the ground is no joke and all the learning, administration, establishing of relationships, bidding for projects, servicing clients and actually doing the core work was a lot to handle. On top of all that, I attempted to blog every weekday and pursue other personal projects. At the end of the year I was exhausted and overwhelmed yet hopeful that the Christmas break would give me an opportunity to work on the things that usually get attention last.
I had a wonderful holiday with my family, who I don't get to see very often. Wonderful but, not productive in the way that I had planned. January rolled around and it wasn't exactly the fresh start I'd expected. I found this post from Miss Modish and I could relate, almost down to the word, with how she'd felt before she decided she needed to change things up, for her sanity and health.