TGIF! with the London African African Music Festival 2013 (September 13th – 22nd)




The eclectic and critically acclaimed London African Music Festival returns for an 11th instalment, running from September 13th – 22nd, across 11 venues. 

From Congolese soul to Senegalese rap; from Somali poet to Cuban band; afrobeat, jazz, blues and more. Seriously, it's going to be a hectic 10 days!

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Visual storytelling: the Horn of Africa Crisis


Infographics are great vehicles for storytelling and for presenting statistics in a way that grounds numbers in a more tangible reality. Such was the exercise that I embarked on when Egyptian-based infographics and data visualization lab, Bayanat, got in touch with Asilia –  to create an infographic reminding people that the crisis in the Horn of Africa still requires our help.

Here's the result. The graphic has already received quite a bit of attention (1,323 views on the Bayanat blog alone at my last count). I hope that this inspires more people to share their support in whatever way they can. Wondering how you can help? Here are some ideas.

The image above is just an excerpt from the graphic. See/download the full graphic here

Part I of the Independence Day round-up: July

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

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East Africa food crisis appeal: A different kind of thanks this Friday

Today, I'm not just thankful that it's Friday. I'm grateful that I have nutritious food to eat and that my family back in Kenya has not been directly affected by the food crisis that has caught the world's attention.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 10.7 million people across Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya are in need of humanitarian assitance. 25% of Somalia's population has been displaced creating a situation where there are now refugee camps around refugee camps!

People in Kenya, managed to raise $200,000 in 12 hours through mobile phone campaigns. Individual Kenyans, such as Ahmed Salim and his FeedKE campaign, have stepped up to rally their compatriots.

Wherever in the world you are, you can help make a difference too. Below is a compilation of links to donation appeals by different charities. No matter your affiliations, there's an organisation that you can get behind. Please do share information on any other appeals and campaigns that we can support.

Appeals by international charities
Christian Aid
Disasters Emergency Committee
Islamic Relief
Red Cross
Save the Children
Global Fund for Women

Kenyan appeals
If you're in Kenya, you can use your phone to make a donation, however small, that will be collected directly by the Kenya Red Cross. Use the links below for more information on how to:

You can also use your Visa card to make an online donation.

A positive takeaway
As a Kenyan, it is especially encouraging for me to see Kenyans coming together for a good cause. I echo Truthslinger Mutua Matheka's question: "Now that we know we can unite over causes like #feedke & #kenyansforkenya could we go on & unite against tribalism & bad leadership?"

Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your contribution.

Have a wonderful weekend.


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Week in review

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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:

A huge thanks to you for taking the time to read and share comments, facebook appreciation and tweet love. Remember, you can also get updates via facebooktwitter and by subscribing to the Afri-love feed.

Feedback is incredibly useful to me so, please drop me a line with any comments, suggestions, ideas etc.

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!



Images from top: Lesley of Ododo Originals, Khadambi Asalache's house, AfroCubism artists, Ghadames wall art from Libya and Amani ya Juu quilts


Somalia Independence Day


The Republic of Somalia was formed 50 years ago today when the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland territories united. 

While Somalia is often associated with conflict, piracy and the breakdown of the state, its cultural ambassadors have been busy creating alternative expressions of and insights on the nation.

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