‘Adopt a Family’ Initiative brings hope to Kenya’s biggest slum amidst COVID -19

It’s 11:00 pm central time on Wednesday night and I’m fighting off sleep to have a scheduled WhatsApp call with Moses Omondi. The time in Nairobi is 7:00 am on Thursday morning April 16th and heavy rains from the night continue to batter on the city famously known as the ‘green city under the sun’.…… Continue reading ‘Adopt a Family’ Initiative brings hope to Kenya’s biggest slum amidst COVID -19

Children of the diaspora: longing for home

I’m in the middle of reading a book – Behold the Dreamers – a novel by Imbolo Mbue that contrasts an immigrant family from Cameroon and their wealthy American employers living in New York around the financial crisis of 2008. The Cameroonian family is dealing with complex immigration laws, finding employment, low income whilst sending…… Continue reading Children of the diaspora: longing for home

5 things I learned from my research on HIV among immigrants

December 1st is world AIDS day – a day marked across the globe to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS. Whenever I told people about my research project while I was doing my masters, I was met with great surprise. My thesis explored HIV treatment outcomes among immigrants and refugees living with HIV here in Manitoba, Canada.…… Continue reading 5 things I learned from my research on HIV among immigrants

FREE graduate school application editing!

Are you applying to graduate school in the diaspora? Do you need help with editing your graduate school application? You’re in the right place- hopefully! I recently completed my Masters of Science in Community Health Sciences at the Center for Global Public Health in the University of Manitoba. A few weeks ago, in honour of…… Continue reading FREE graduate school application editing!

Cultural shame of speaking our languages – in Africa and the diaspora

I was recently reading a work by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – Decolonizing the Mind: the politics of language in African Literature, an account written in 1986 as part of a collection of essays. In this particular essay, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the award winning renowned Kenyan writer and academic explored how the colonization of Kenya by…… Continue reading Cultural shame of speaking our languages – in Africa and the diaspora

Passing on freedom through mentorship

A couple weeks ago, famous black author, teacher and professor emeritus, Toni Morrison passed away at the age of 88. Fans poured out tributes celebrating her work and the legacy she left behind. As people were sharing their favourite writings, teachings and quotes, one particularly stood out for me.  Toni Morrison, the first black woman…… Continue reading Passing on freedom through mentorship