And here is the video to prove it! :) Continue reading I was in Rwanda! (Vlog)
Have you experienced this? You see someone manage to raise thousands of dollars for something crazy like a potato salad and you think “You know what? I could raise the money for something better than that!” Well, I did. I believed so much in my show Africa This Week With Siyanda that I was sure someone else would believe in it too! I was tired of being blocked by my glaring technical difficulties and wanted so much to produce a quality show that had the quality equipment to make that happen. But the night I hit “launch campaign” on IndieGoGo, … Continue reading Feelings: My IndieGoGo Campaign
Don’t be jealous of the Rwandese!
Today the people of Rwanda decide if Paul Kagame can change the constitution to enable his term to increase another 5 years (possibly 30). That’s a long time. Many of us are weary with African leaders who cling to power forever and drag the country down with them.
The Rwandese issue is complicated (what country is not?), but they have a special history. In 1994 close to a million people were slaughtered in the space of one week. The fear of that happening again is ever-present in Rwandese life.
So…if indeed this is a free and fair referendum, the people will make the decision based on their desire to have a prosperous and united Rwanda in the face of their history.
They have a serious number of systems to ensure the country isn’t run like a night-club. Google their parliament systems, judicial systems etc, many are exemplary.
There are alleged human rights violations by the current president, Paul Kagame, google and read about that too.
I detailed my experiences that week in Amsterdam for OkayAfrica. And here is the final video of that life-shaking experience: Continue reading So, I gave a TEDx Talk in Amsterdam
I know I am late. But wouldn’t it be strange if I called myself a blogger in 2015 without addressing this? If you don’t have time to read this (very, very short post) let me say my points can be summarized in the following gif: Why we get mad about Paris and not Nigeria Because then we can get behind a winning team. Because we are afraid of getting mad about Nigeria and watching nothing happen as governments walk past uncaring, unnoticing. Because we don’t think the people in those countries would even appreciate what we’ve done for them; how … Continue reading Why we cry for Paris and not Nigeria
We talk about corruption a lot. Sometimes we even discuss its causes, but often in very abstract, macroeconomic and historical terms. We talk about corruption in a very “big picture way.” However, for a time, I’ve wondered why we don’t zoom in. But not too far so that we are looking only at the psyche of the singular corrupt-or, but just far enough that we look at his family too. How does the African family contribute to corruption? This year we were given front row seats to the breakdown of football legend Emmanuel Adebayor’s family. In a move that many … Continue reading How does the African family contribute to corruption?
If you know me, in real life, then you know that I am obsessed with YouTube. If my TV set hopped of its stand and proceeded to nae-nae on the coffee-table, I wouldn’t even notice. My eyes would be glued to the YouTube video playing on my cell. That’s how 2015 I am. This love has existed since my parents finally agreed to install an internet connection at home. So, a few years ago I took the plunge and started a little YouTube project where I uploaded videos of myself talking about books — my favorite topic. And after I … Continue reading Africa This Week With Siyanda