Workshop: social media confidence

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When talk turns to social media and the power of the internet – my eyes light up. The love affair started when I was in university and discovered MSN groups (remember those?). I created one called Taxi9 (long story), to keep in touch with my friends, who were all around the world. A couple years later I started blogging and the rest is history (Afri-love is actually my third blog. If you ask me nicely, I’ll share links to the other two).

Over the past four and a half years, my business, Asilia, has benefitted immensely from the relationships that we’ve established and nurtured, thanks to social media. We’ve been introduced to clients around the world; we’ve been given the opportunity to participate in exciting projects – virtual and in real life and; we’ve gotten to know like-minded people who have become supporters, collaborators and friends.

Social media has also been responsible, directly and indirectly, for many of the speaking engagements, workshop facilitation opportunities and interviews I’ve had the opportunity to be involved/featured in. You can find out more about those here.

The power of social media has been so real for me and my business that I’m big on helping my clients and my community leverage this too.

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In Pictures: The Road to Renegade (+ An Epic Giveaway)

The Renegade Craft Fair London is 3 days away and Lusungu and I have been busy getting our ‘Fly South For Winter’ collection ready! It’s inspired by our motherland love and a yearning for the tropics in these wintry times. All the designs are hand-drawn by me and then hand screen printed by Lusungu (aka Creativity and Noise).

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TGIF! with Bumi Thomas & The Venus Bushfires in the Run Up to the 2013 Africa Centre Summer Festival

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Round off your week with these sounds from two talented and beautiful female musicians, Bumi Thomas and Helen Parker-Jayne Isibor, aka The Venus Bushfires. Both will be performing at the Africa Centre Summer Festival in London, UK, which takes place on the 3rd and 4th of August this year. Curated by artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, it's a free weekend of music, fashion, visual arts, film and more, taking place in and around the Covent Garden Piazza. For those in, near and visiting London, it's a can't-miss event!

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Home Around the World: Momo’s, London, UK

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The Momo's experience in London, UK, involves North African cuisine, an eclectic African and diaspora music programme (that pulls in major stars and up-and-coming artists alike), beautiful decor and a relaxed boho-luxe ambiance. The restaurant/café/outdoor terrace/basement bar/disco was opened in the late 1990s by Algerian-born Mourad Mazouz.

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Interview with Writer and Editor, Nana Ocran (In Anticipation of Afrofuture at Milan Design Week)

Nana Ocran is a London-based writer and editor who specialises in contemporary African culture. Under her belt is the Time Out Group’s series of guides to Lagos and Abuja (Nana was Editor-in-Chief) along with consulting gigs for established publications on West African culture for the Danish Film Institute, Arts Council England and the Institute of International Visual Arts. Furthermore, Nana was nominated for CNN’s African Journalist of the Year in 2011.

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TGIF! Amira Kheir and Birds Eye View Sounds and Silents

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Birds Eye View presents a cross-cultural live music commission by East African-influenced jazz musician, Amira Kheir for their 2013 Film Festival: Celebrating Arab Women Filmmakers. Singer, musician, somgwriter (and Afri-love interviewee), Amira will score a landmark silent film, Sumurun (One Arabian Night).

Of the film, a fantasy-drama of forbidden love, the NY Times says: ‘brilliant’.  

Of Amira's critically acclaimed first album, View from SomewhereSonglines says: ‘beautiful and fearless'. I own it and must agree.

Get a taste of Amira's music via today's video (RSS readers click here)

 

  

 

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TGIF! For the love of Soca (Carnival, Trinidad & Tobago and Machel Montano)

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Theatre: I Stand Corrected [London, UK]

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I Stand Corrected opened yesterday at London's Ovalhouse Theatre.

"An eerie murder mystery where a queer wedding might have been, I Stand Corrected is a supernatural story of two black lesbian lovers from two different continents, trying to touch each other across a mortal divide. A new collaboration between the creator of sell-out Ovalhouse shows Moj of the Antarctic and Muhammad Ali and MeMojisola Adebayo and South African dancer Mamela Nyamza."

Continuing the sex-talk theme I witnessed with Film Africa, this production is a "passionate artistic response to an epidemic of hate rape and murder in South Africa and the virulent anti-gay marriage lobby in Britain."

This first week is almost sold out – book your tickets now and catch the show before it ends on December 8th. Check out the Ovalhouse website for details on post-show discussions as well as post-show parties!

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The 2012 Film Africa Festival: Let’s Talk About Sex!

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This year's Film Africa festival starts this Thursday and carries on for 10 days of 70 African films, 35 leading filmmakers offering Q&As, free professional workshops, and 9 African music nights. I'm really excited for this rare (and intense given the short timespan) opportunity to see so many African films that I may otherwise never have heard of. Asilia has been working with the festival team once again, to produce the print and digital communications materials so I've been looking at the great selection of films for a while now, trying to shorten my must-see list (hard!). One thing I've noticed is the number of films this year that in some way deal with sex.

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The First Ever International Day of the Girl & Other Good Stuff for Girls

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Yesterday I had the honour of celebrating the first every International Day of the Girl with hundreds of amazing women and girls at London's Southbank Centre. I was one of a group of around 180 mentors including physicists, authors, fashion designers, airline pilots, radio presenters, Team GB olympians, entrepreneurs, reverends, activists, bloggers and more – a very diverse and interesting group of women! We mentored 11-18 year olds while on the London Eye. Elsewhere in the world, nations showed their solidarity with girls by turning their landmarks pink (including the pyramids in Egypt).

 

Because I am a Girl

The event was related to the Women of the World (WOW) festival which you'll have read me go on about earlier this year. It was driven by charity Plan UK who are campaigning for the education of girls to be a top development priority (you can find out more about Because I am a Girl and sign their petition).

For the occassion, I thought I'd share some other girl-dedicated initiatives:

 

The Girl Effect

The Girl Effect is a MOVEMENT. It's about about ending poverty. And it's about doing so by investing in girls: "The Girl Effect is about girls. And boys. And moms and dads and villages and towns and countries"

 

 View more great Girl Effect videos.

 

Afri-Girl

Here's a girl (a woman actually) I know who's on a mission to inspire girls and young women in Kenya that they can pursue their dream careers with confidence. Afri-girl aims to open girls up to the opportunities available to them by sharing the stories of those who have gone for it already.

Watch this space for more.

 

Parting words

I had a few interesting discussions yesterday, about feminism, activism and an observed apathy towards pushing for change. It's been the theme of my week actually. We get frustrated about things and sometimes we ignore the things we wish were different, sometimes we just complain but, why don't we get up and DO? Why don't we act on creating the change we want? I've been reflecting about how I can be more active in the interest of the things that I stand for.

What's been frustrating you lately?

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