Quote of the week & last week in review


"I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me."

Kwame Nkrumah

I'm currently stuck in an airport hotel, after my flight yesterday was cancelled. Still, I am super excited because, I am going home! I am looking forward to family (including little ones I haven't yet met), sun (all 30 degrees of it) and that feeling of groundedness that is elusive everywhere else. 

I look forward to meeting in person, a bunch of interesting and inspiring people who I've virtually met along this Afri-love journey. Including some who've shared their passions in interviews. And I look forward to sharing some juicy discoveries and insights "from the ground". 

Nkrumah's quote is especially poignant for me today, as I sit here in anticipation. He captures so well, that hard-to-describe feeling that I've resorted to referring to as … Afri-love.


Last week on the blog


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Have a great week everybody, be proud and be inspired!

Lulu x


Nkrumah Times cover found via Kintespace.com. Photo copyright Kameelah Rasheed.





Tahrir Squared: multiplying the effect across the world


It is often said that in order for individuals to effect significant positive change in our communities and societies, we need to organise.

Yesterday marked the launch of a community portal that seeks to do just that. Inspired by the spirit of the uprising in Tahrir Square, Cairo, that took place on January 25th this year, Tahrir Squared is that online space that aims to multiply the Tahrir Effect, expand the Tahrir Region and build the Tahrir World. During the uprising, Egyptians came together despite differences in religion, class, age, gender and ability, creating an incredibly moving example of unity and the power that it can generate. Tahrir Squared aims to keep this amazing energy and momentum going and spread it to those across the world who are similarly organizing for justice and to improve their lives and those of their fellow citizens.

Asilia is proud to have partnered with the folks behind Tahrir Squared in designing and building the site. We are grateful for having been given the opportunity to contribute to such an honourable cause.

Explore Tahrir Squared for news, views and analysis; interviews; a library of images and video and; to find out about civil society initiatives in Egypt, the Arab region, the wider Middle East and internationally.

Logo designed by Asilia, photo by GeoEye