Why would they go? The case of African domestic workers in the Gulf

One of my daily routines as I work from home is to stream my favourite Kenyan Radio Station – ‘Radio Jambo’. It’s my favourite radio station because it has everything – the reggae music that I love , news in Kiswahili, politics and current events, experts discussing different topics everyday, people calling in for advice,…… Continue reading Why would they go? The case of African domestic workers in the Gulf

Diaspora, Resiliency, Ancestral Magic

Audio by Charity Maritim I’m at this soccer game, a final “football” match between team Congo vs team Nigeria to end the Manitoba African Cup of Nations tournament. Summer is slowly giving way to fall, so the weather is at that undecided phase with clouds intermittently covering the sun bringing a bit of chilliness. There’s…… Continue reading Diaspora, Resiliency, Ancestral Magic

“Dem a bleach out dem skin” – Compassion for ‘dem’ who bleach their skin

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

Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad

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

The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay 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?