The Wisdom of Crowds: A Collection of Treasures from 4 Years of Afri-love, Part III


Following parts I and II, today we wrap up the birthday celebration with the third and final installation of the collection of treasures. I am extremely grateful to all readers, subscribers, fans, followers and supporters. The journey has been all the more richer because of all of you who've shared ideas and critique, discoveries and personal stories. This is a celebration of you all!


(38 – 39) Ingenuity is our birthright


Why Design Matters

(40 – 47) And creativity is key

  • [Stories] are powerful. They enable us to express ourselves in ways that may not be usually possible. They allow us to talk about difficult things. Through stories and through storytelling, we learn about ourselves and others. Stories carry messages and collective wisdom that is passed on from generation to generation. Stories open our minds, challenge our assumptions and spark our imagination. And through stories, cultures are kept alive. — "Dispatches from WOW 2012: Digital Tapestries"
  • The best artists are also the bravest … so if you're terrified of making a creative choice it normally means that you're doing something brave, something that has rarely if ever been attempted. The very making of that attempt will make you a better artist — Musa Okwonga, "Interview with Poet, Writer and Musician Musa Okwonga"
  • I can understand why many African writers (and other creatives) have not wanted to be put in the 'African' box. They want their work to stand on its own as good work. They want to be free of the limitations of other people's expectations of what and how they should write — "My African Fiction Reading List"
  • Why am I a designer? To help improve people's wellbeing. Whether that be through supporting the activities that provide their livelihood; affirming their identity and uniqueness; encouraging respect of self, community and environment or; through facilitating communication and interaction between groups for the mutual benefit of all — "Design for Good"


Fashion Being Who We Want to Be

(48 – 51) Take a stand

  • Over the years I have come to understand that what actually makes someone “activist” is a heartfelt and genuine commitment to change. Simply knowing that, as an individual, I have the potential to be powerful in whatever it is that I set my mind to, motivates me … being an activist is simply about taking a stand (or a seat) and refusing to move to the back of the bus — Amina Doherty, "Interview with Feminist Activist Amina Doherty"


Andrew Mugoya Asilia

(52 – 56) And make it happen

  • Things are possible and you only need to work hard. There are no miracles in real life, you go and work and you make things happen – mentally, physically and spiritually — "Interview with Percussionist Adriano Adewale"


What's your favourite Afri-love moment from the past 4 years?

Second image from ""5 Reasons Why Design Matters: An Argument for African Parents, Businesses and Other Skeptics"; third image from "Dispatches from WOW 2012: On Fashion and Being Who We Want to Be"; final image from " Interview with Developer, Author & Entrepreneur, Andrew Mugoya"Illustrations by yours truly. 




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