By Aya Chebbi - 01 April 2015
In 2013, I was shooting a documentary called “Kenya’s Conscious Transformation” under the Africa Inspire Project, when Kenya witnessed the Westgate attack. At least 67 people have died.
Following the peaceful 2013 general elections, I decided to explore and highlight the role of youth and women in the peace process that transformed its previous 2007/2008 volatile post-election violence. On my last day in Nairobi, a few hours before heading to the Westgate shopping mall, I heard about the Al Shabab attack. It was a tragic and sad day, waiting for the fate of the hostages and praying for the victims.
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 April 2015 18:16
By Aya Chebbi - 02 March 2015
Nkiruka Nnaemego has over fifteen years of experience working directly with children and youth focusing on green entrepreneurship, policy advocacy, research and training on volunteerism, peer mentoring and community development. Nkiru is a lawyer, an agricultural and livelihood, environmental activist, customer service and development practitioner who has passion for Volunteerism and Mentoring. In 2008, she founded and currently runs a youth organization – Fresh & Young Brains Development Initiative. She also founded Alexijan Consults in 2013 as a Consulting Firm aimed to promote social, green and business entrepreneurship among youth and professionals. Through her leadership and commitment, Nigeria currently has the National Youth Manifesto on Agriculture, Youth Advocacy Toolkit on increased investments in Small Scale Agriculture, Handbook for children on Clean Energy, Sustainable Agriculture and Peak Oil, Green Entrepreneurship Workbook for youth and community volunteers, among others.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 10:54
by Ruth Aine - 01 April 2015
Every time we think about the future of this continent, we are thinking about policy, the youth, our leaders, climate change and so on. This is understandable because we are a young continent, hence we have got to think a lot about the young generation and how we employ them, and create policy that is youth–friendly. However, there is an aspect of society that was highlighted in the recently concluded roundtable discussion hosted by the South African Node of the Millennium Project. This aspect is the role of women in society which is very crucial and translates to a secure future of the continent.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 15:47
by Ruth Aine - 02 March 2015
In 2011, all of Uganda was taken by surprise when we learned that students at the oldest and once revered University, Makerere University, had produced a car. The car, named by the students the Kiira EV, was unveiled in November 2011 and it made international headlines. The message given by the young people who worked on it, was that they wanted to demonstrate that Uganda was as good as the USA and Germany. And prove so they did. The only problem is that their demonstration was short-lived. They had designed and made a car alright, but it was not about to get onto the road. They needed to have everyone else on their side and behind them to get this car on the road for public use.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 10:57
by Sana Afouaiz - 02 March 2015
This short article is dedicated to all Africans who say, I’m not African and all the Arabs who say, I’m not Arab.
The issue of the Moroccan identity seems to be a debate that I always have to explain whenever I travel, especially when I meet some of my African and Arab fellows. Africans would ask me “Where are you from?”, me: “Morocco”, them: “Ah, you are an Arab who don’t admit the African origins”, then Arabs ask the same and then say, “Oh you are the ones who don’t speak Arabic only French”. I’m not saying all the Africans and Arabs think the same way, but these answers and questions I’ve heard from many of them. Then I had to explain that Moroccan identity is a mix of Arab, African and Amazighi culture, which make Morocco one of the most diverse countries, with different languages, ethnics and cultures. But for some it seems difficult to understand.
Last Updated on Monday, 02 March 2015 10:41