Summer reads

Summer-reads

On the Afri-love facebook page, a discussion got going about favourite books by African authors. Recommendations so far include:

Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North, Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, Yvonne Vera's Butterfly Burning and Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy

What are your favourites and why?

Nairobi, observed by Richard Etienne

Richard-Etienne

Drawings of Majengo (top) and Kibera by journalist and author (and my former classmate!) Richard Etienne.

Si vous lisez français, check out Richard's book on Kenyan runners, Le Pays de Coureurs.

SOAS reunion in Kenya, 26 June

Soas logo

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
Time:   14:00-18:00
Venue: Ngong, Nairobi

Please RSVP by 24 June, to alumni@soas.ac.uk 
For further information please contact Devon Knudsen devon.knudsen@gmail.com

Quote of the week

Blooming-cabbage

"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."

— Bishop Desmond Tutu

The Afri-love hypothesis

Hypothesis 

Every Friday, we'll be posting a piece on the growing Afri-love idea. Here's the first installment. Happy weekends all! 

I believe that when people look into themselves and accept, love and respect what they find there, they will unlock the abundant energy that creates opportunities for success. In all areas of their lives. When I look inside myself, I know that my passion – the thing that inspires and motivates me most – is Africa. It defines who I am. I embrace and express this appreciation at every opportunity. Doing so has taught me more about myself and made me acknowledge the power of my potential.

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Africa Oyé this weekend!

Africa-Oye 

To all those residing in the UK, the place to be this weekend is at Liverpool's Africa Oyé festival. The annual celebration of African music and culture kicks off on Saturday. With a line-up of musical acts from the continent and the diaspora, arts, crafts and refreshments, it's sure to be two days of good vibrations and Afri-love. 

And it's free!

SA week: Apartheid Museum

Apartheid-museum

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Johannesburg's Apartheid Museum, is a must-visit if you're ever in town. The visitor is guided through 20th century South Africa in a series of 22 individual exhibition areas – each a different chapters of the apartheid story. 

After my visit a few years ago, I was left with two particular impressions: 

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SA week: Design Indaba

Design-Indaba   

They've nailed it on the head: "a better world through creativity". Yes, I may be biased but I'm clearly not the only one who believes in the power of creativity to create a better future. Design Indaba, founded in 1995, has been acting upon this belief and demonstrating just how design, and creativity in general, can drive an economic revolution in South Africa. With their annual conference, an acclaimed international design event, they bring together creatives from all sectors – graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts. 

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