Stories about our continent and our experience are often distorted (if not totally untold) – and it's to be expected when the agents telling the tales are far removed. My Africa Is is a documentary series that aims to show a more complete narrative. Starting this autumn, the crew will embark on a 13 city, 10 country tour of our continent, spending time with young people who want to share the exciting things they're doing to improve their communities.
During this blog’s first year, I endeavored to celebrate the independence days of African countries through creating a dedicated post (you can browse them via this link). I’m not doing that this year but, as several of those celebrations take place in July and August, I thought I’d do a round-up of highlights. I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned for part 2 – August celebrations – next week.
Ghana – 1st July
Something for the pundits and technology geeks, something for the music-lovers and something for the fashionistas:
5 Reasons why Ghana is the next African App Powerhouse
Interview with lyrical genius M3NSA
Interview with Fashion Designer Naana B
I am fortunate to have spent Christmas with family and friends, eating good home-cooked food and sharing laughter. I hope that all of you who celebrate the holiday had a good one and that all of you who don't and had the opportunity to take a break, had a refreshing day. With just one week until we step into 2011, I find myself putting myself under pressure to properly take stock of the year and plan ahead for the next one. I'm making it a point to keep dragging myself back to the present moment and not stress toooooo much about all the expectations that come with the New Year milestone. We'll see what happens over this coming week though!
Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:
- Quote of the week
- Amani ya Juu
- Interview with Lesley of Ododo Originals
- Inspired by Khadambi Asalache
- TGIF! AfroCubism
- Libya Independence Day
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Next week, look out for:
- Quote of the year
- A round-up on the 9 most popular posts of the year
- What satisfies you? I want to know…
- Sudan Independence Day
- An end of the year TGIF! special
Have a fantastic final week of 2010. Be proud of all you've learned, discovered and achieved and let it inspire the year ahead!
Africa's oldest republic, Liberia, celebrates 163 years of independence today (that's the 26th of July for those whose time zones are already in Tuesday).
Quilting is a longstanding tradition in Liberia, originating from freed slaves who emigrated from the US to Liberia. Above, a colourful celebration of Liberian quilts.
Quilt images from Hart Cottage Quilts