Having a parent from Tanzania and a parent from Kenya, I had two reasons to celebrate this week with both countries commemorating independence. The celebrations on the blog were visual – with photos taken by myself, in various parts of Tanzania and, beautiful visions of Nairobi from Mutua Matheka.
I would love to hear how all of you in, and from, Tanzania and Kenya marked your Uhuru and Jamhuri Days. I hope that they were opportunities for remembering, gratefulness, unity, solidarity and significantly, optimism. Mama Lucy, an inspiring change-maker in Tanzania, asks a poignant question: "What have we done within those years [since independence] for change?"
It's so easy for us, as individuals, to reiterate this question and look towards our leaders for answers (that will probably not be very forthcoming!). But the question I would like to ask is: what are we each doing for ourselves, our communities and our countries? Individuals like Mama Lucy are proof that we each have the power to effect positive change in our communities. Let's start by imagining it …
Here is a round-up of all of last week's posts, in case you missed anything:
- Quote of the week and the Power of the Story
- Doodle for Kenya!
- Inspired by Wafrica
- Tanzania Independence Day – a celebration in photos
- 5 Steps to Creative Independence (my guest post for the African Digital Art network)
- TGIF! Kwani? LitFest and Kidum
- Kenya Independence Day with inspiration from Mutua Matheka
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Next week, look out for:
- Quote of the week
- Inspiration from Senegalese artistic techniques
- Afri-love on Etsy
- Inspiration from South Africa with a Greek twist
- More album art (There's so much inspiration to draw from that I'm making this a monthly installment)
- TGIF! Mali meets Cuba
- and more!
Have a fantastic week! Be proud, be inspired and be thankful.
Images, starting 2nd from top: Illustration by Lulu Kitololo, from "5 Steps to Creative Independence"; Serge Mouange's Wafrica project; Chief Nyamweya doodling for Google Kenya; Zanzibar, Tanzania – photos by Lulu Kitololo; Nairobi, Kenya – photo by Mutua Matheka