A couple years ago when I was flying to Nairobi through Amsterdam with a friend, a lady sitting close to us struck up a conversation. She wanted to know where we were from and where we were going. It was her first time going back to her hometown since she had immigrated to Canada with…… Continue reading When the land of milk and honey is dry for you – Discreditation of immigrants in the west
I had the privilege of being back home (Kenya) this past Christmas holiday and one of the things I noticed is the amount of people (mostly women) who have bleached/lightened their skin. Based on all my recent trips back home, I can’t confidently say that the number of people who are bleaching their skin has…… Continue reading “Dem a bleach out dem skin” – Compassion for ‘dem’ who bleach their skin
December holidays are here and many diasporans take the opportunity to travel back home for the festive season. Here in Kenya, the Kenyans living or studying abroad who come to visit and vacation home are collectively known as ‘summer bunnies’. I don’t know where the term originated from but I’ve heard it a lot recently…… Continue reading 6 Guidelines for my Kenyan “Summer Bunnies” this Holiday
So you got that job, promotion, acceptance into a program, lead on a project or reached another milestone, then all of a sudden you’re hit with destabilizing fear. You question whether you’re capable of taking on that new challenge or whether you are deserving of that opportunity. This feeling is sometimes described as the dreaded…… Continue reading When Imposter Syndrome Comes Knocking
In the age of social media, it’s become the norm to document how we give to people living in poverty or marginalized groups. The sadder the story or the bigger the donation, the more the image trends. I have personally watched/read countless of them, given my likes and even cried after being moved by some…… Continue reading Your Social Media Images of Giving are Disempowering
I was at the airport the other day picking up someone from the airport and I noticed there were so many people at the arrivals terminal holding up signs with names of the people they were receiving. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere and have someone hold up a sign with my name, welcoming me….I…… Continue reading Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad
For those born in the continent, many of us have at one point or another considered the possibility of relocating back to our birth places. Africans living in the diaspora fall into various categories. There are those who temporarily move abroad with the intention of moving back home right after receiving their education. There are…… Continue reading The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay Abroad?