It's the golden anniversary of Madagascar's independence from France however, given the ongoing political crisis, celebrations may be bittersweet. Nevertheless, in the Afri-love spirit of reflection and optimism, we're celebrating with a taste of things Malagasy.
The Afri-love hypothesis puts the self very much at the centre of any possible progress. A friend was recently talking to me about how she wanted to spend her days helping and empowering women but realised that, in order to do that effectively, she would first have to help and empower herself. My first thought was that’s a very brave thing to voice and then, I asked myself, why shouldn’t it be the norm? That level of self-reflection and self-awareness is what this Afri-love idea is all about.
This Saturday there will be a School of Oriental and African Studies alumni reunion in Ngong, courtesy of Devon Knudsen (generous host and alumni contact for Kenya). All alumni in the local area are invited to attend this rooftop barbecue reunion. He’d be delighted to see you there, please bring your friends and families along.
The venue is a nice retreat right outside of Nairobi on the edge of the Rift Valley. There will be a bar, barbeque, games for kids and a recognition of notable local SOAS alumni.
Date: 26 June
Venue: Ngong, Nairobi
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”