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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Black History Month 2012 – London Events

We're well in to Black History Month in the UK now. If you follow Afri-love on Facebook or Google+, you'll have already seen some of related links and event notices from me. Here are some more that have caught my eye …

 

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Afrikan Yoga

Afrikan Yoga
Venue: Dulwich Library, Southwark 

With rhythmic movements and a focus on breath, Afrikan yoga is noted as a system of healing and transformational self-development with its origins rooted in ancient Egypt. Its emphasis is on movement, dance, and the awareness of muscles and internal organs.

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The 10th London African Music Festival is still underway

The 10th London African Music Festival began on Friday 14th September and if you haven't yet had a chance to check out any of the performances, you still have time. The following shows are taking place between now and the festival close on Saturday 29th September:

TONIGHT: SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER | 7.30pm 
 

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Creativity: on manifestations, why we create and what conditions are most conducive for sparking ideas

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Digital by Design explored this question in the first of a series of sessions for Visible by Design. With participants with us in the Victoria & Albert Museum's Sackler Centre as well as people joining us virtually from as far away as Nairobi, we had a range of professions/disciplines covered – from medical science to structural engineering (oh, and design thrown in the mix too!).

There was a lot of discussion about observation, stimulation and capturing inspiration in order to facilitate and develop ideas but, I found the following 3 lines of enquiry particularly interesting:

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VISIBLE by DESIGN at London’s V&A Museum: Join Me for Next Week’s Creative Adventure

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Next week I'll be hanging out at London's prestigious V&A museum for the VISIBLE by DESIGN series of events. Part of the London Design Festival, from Monday 17th to Friday 21st September, VISIBLE by DESIGN will be celebrating the creativity of women who practice design around the world and showcasing a fresh perspective on women in design. Through a combination of a creativity lab (The Design Lab in association with Global Color), dialogues (Digital by Design – see below) and talks featuring successful women designers (The Design Salon), VISIBLE by DESIGN will explore innovation and design dialogues across the creative sectors of interior design, textiles and the visual arts.

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Inspired: Photography by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou (& Upcoming Exhibitions in Jo’Burg and London)

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Dispatches from Africa Utopia: It’s Complicated

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"Africa is all too often written off as an intractable "problem" for the world to solve. I hope this festival will reveal just some of what Africa has to offer the rest of the world: the energy of our youth and their desire to engage with the world; the transformative potential of culture and, perhaps most potently, the power of community to bind people together."

 – Africa Utopia Co-curator, Baaba Maal

Indeed the festival's main question was, in what ways can the continent lead the way in thinking about culture, community, sustainability and ethical wealth creation? In short, what can the rest of the world learn from Africa?

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Inspired: Fashion by Eki Orleans

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I had a fantastic weekend thanks to all the intellectual stimulation and creative inspiration from Africa Utopia at the Southbank Centre in London, part of the Festival of the World.

I'll be posting more about that, later on this week. Today I wanted to share the beautiful work of fashion house Eki Orleans, fusing vibrant prints with delicate silk. Designed by Hazel Aggrey-Orleans, Eki Orleans was part of the 'Africa on the Catwalk' event which was put together by Ola Shobowale, Creative Director of Infinite Beauty Factory, and ARISE Magazine Fashion Director, Sabrina Henry. 

The month-long series of events is not yet over, check out what's on in these final few days.

UPDATE: Africa and Diaspora related Events in the UK this Summer

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Check out the post for new events. Some this week that you won't want to miss include Rokia Traoré and Toni Morrison's adaptation of Shakespeare's Desdemona (tomorrow and Friday) and the Africa Stage at the BT River of Music Festival (this weekend) and more down the line.

More events and details here.

Africa Gathering Festival of Technologies: Friday 15 June, London, UK

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Another great event this year celebrating African creativity and innovation! The annual Africa Gathering conference returns to London this Friday with the theme Festival of Technologies: "Start it, Build It"

Set to explore start-up cultures across Africa and to showcase some of the great start-up ideas that have emerged recently on the continent. The event will incubate new ideas and perspectives regarding technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and show how Africans are imagining and creating solutions that are changing and improving our lives.

The one-day programme will include:

  • Keynotes and hands-on presentation from a heavy list of speakers including Africa's Hub managers, Apps4Africa winners,  Google UK, Indigo Trust, Thomson Reuters and the World Bank
  • 3 workshops and breakout think groups including one titled "Africa’s Start Up Future (Who is starting and building it in Africa?)".

It's not too late to register online or via contacting info[at]africathering.org or julani[at]africathering.org (replace [at] with @).

Details:
Thomson Reuters Foundation, London
15th June
9am – 6:30pm

Here's Africa Gathering Founder Mariéme Jamme discussing last year's event

AG London – Mariéme Jamme from Africa Gathering on Vimeo.