With 2016 coming to an end, I have decided to do a top 16 of African women doing amazing things in their fields. Whether they are in the entertainment industry, the media, or in the government affairs; whether they are running NGOs to improve the lives of others or just a young girl who stood up for her rights and challenged the status quo in South African schools like Zuleika Patel did; these women are breaking barriers and making a huge impact not only within their communities but also worldwide. These women are sharing their African colors with the world. (more…)
On Saturday 19 November 2016, I was invited to attend the very first event hosted by the Johannesburg members of the Congolese charity organisation ‘Soeur, Lève-toi’. It is a Non-Profit Organization run by Congolese young women based all over the world (USA, Europe, and Africa). The goal of the N.P.O is to mentor and uplift the youth of the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly the underprivileged.
The event, named ‘She Talks’ was an opportunity for their two South-Africa based representative (Maliyamungu and Sara) to introduce us to their organization and its vision. They also talked to us about their Malaba scholarship program, who has successfully sent its first recipient to school, in Kinshasa. (more…)
I know I am very late to the party but I have just watched the NWA’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton! only now! Gosh, I feel like I have been living under a rock sometimes, sigh..I understand why it created all the buzz last year. It is a great movie. For those who havent seen it, It takes us into the making of one of the most influential Rap groups of our times and in the making of some of rap’s iconic hits. NWA members, Dr Dre, Ice Cube and the late Easy-E, are the precursors of Gangsta Rap and their influence on this musical style is huge. Also, It was interesting to see that the same issue of police brutality faced by the young African-Americans then is more relevant that ever today.
I have really enjoyed finally watching this movie. Have you watched it? Which movies did you enjoy watching this year?
One book that I have really enjoyed reading this year was ‘The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson. one of my resolutions of 2016 was to read a lot more and although I failed miserably at this resolution, I have managed to read a couple of good books. This one is definitely my best pick of 2016. The woman code is a self-help book that offers 20 keys or principles to live your best life.
These principles are dividing into 5 categories: The personal codes; The emotional codes, the spiritual codes, the professional codes and the relational codes.
It is a very easy read yet full of truth and gems. The authors teaches us how to know our values; how to live authentically; how to be brave , resilient and how to have courageous conversations and to know our front row.
To a certain extend we all know these principles but it is the way she has organised them and the way she illustrates them with examples every woman can relate to, that make it a very good and enjoyable book with ‘ah-ha moments’.
Tell me what was your favorite read of 2016 so I can put it on my 2017 read-list?