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Africa Creates: UN Women – Working for Universal Equality

September 12, 2015 |

“The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly.” As the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women’s Eastern and Southern Africa office, Simone Oluoch-Olunya has a lot of ground to cover. She shared with […]Read More

Africa Creates: Mentoring the Future

August 14, 2015 |

Passionate about mentorship, Winter Okoth explains how her experiences in a small school in rural Kenya inspired her to form Pamoja. “I have learnt to take my pains and turn them into opportunities to help better not only myself but also the society as a whole. All the challenges I went through while growing up […]Read More

Africa Creates: How to Inspire the Next Generation

July 2, 2015 |

Rashida Namulondo is a youth worker, actress and award-winning performance poet. She’s a lover of storytelling, and uses this gift in her mentorship work. Her leadership journey started as the guild speaker and founder of the Islamic University Youth Development Forum, an initiative to promote youth participation in the community. She has since volunteered for […]Read More

Africa Creates: The Lioness is in the House

June 18, 2015 |

L-NESS alias Lydia Owano Akwabi is a Hip Hop Cultural Specialist, and one of the top performing “femcees” who acts as an ambassador of Hip Hop in East Africa. What, you may ask, is a Hip Hop Cultural Specialist? Well, she explains that and more in the interview. Hip hop fans worth their salt should […]Read More

Africa Creates: She is Nairobi… Fashion!

May 23, 2015 |

As luck would have it, the moment we started our interview, someone started hammering against a wall somewhere. Despite the background noise, Anne Mpinga’s voice and message still comes through loud and clear. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Anne has always been drawn to fashion and is fascinated by the simplicity with which garments transform the […]Read More

Africa Creates: Beware the Dangerous Word

February 18, 2015 |

If you’ve never thought of poetry as dangerous, it’s time to re-think that belief! Tete “Neno Kali” Burugu joined me to discuss poetry, fatherhood and Kenyan culture. Tete Burugu’s stage name is “Neno Kali” which quite literally is the Swahili term for Sharp (or Fierce) Word. While he wasn’t fierce with me, he also didn’t […]Read More

Africa Creates: How Many Doctor Poets Do You Know?

February 10, 2015 |

A poet and a doctor, Neal Hall, M.D. is no slouch. A graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities, he has authored 2 award-winning books. His first book, Nigger For Life, reflects his painful discovery that in America, race is how he is first judged, diminishing value, dignity, equality and justice. Dr. Hall’s second book, Winter’s […]Read More

Africa Creates: Dancing Across an Ocean

December 4, 2014 |

Joanne Ball-Burgess is a singer, dancer and writer. More than that, I found her to be a warm and charming lady who sincerely wants to uplift others with her numerous talents.Her first book, “The Lizard & the Rock: A Fable of Bermuda’s Discovery”, became Bermuda’s bestseller during its launch year in 2008. In Kenya, Joanne […]Read More

Africa Creates: There’s always room for chocolate, Yes or No?

November 1, 2014 |

Yes. Definitely Yes! There is ALWAYS room for chocolate! No, I’m not addicted. Why do you ask?Handmade chocolate, sculptured cakes & homemade ice cream… No, I’m not talking about Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but something just as good: Suite 101 at the Tribe Hotel. I sat surrounded by incredible, edible works of art, while Sarah […]Read More

Africa Creates: Brainstorm, Kenyan Style

October 22, 2014 |

Michael Onsando is a reader who happens to write. That’s what Michael gave me for his bio, that one sentence! And while that is the most succinct bio I have ever read, there is of course much more to him: his boisterous laughter, his high energy, and his gift with words and wit. Some of […]Read More