The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Africa: A Dialogue on Policy Perspectives and Investment Options April 18, 2021 No Comments

Africa was largely left out of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd industrial revolutions. In the 4th, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship will be the norm in all sectors of society. This could greatly benefit the people of Africa, however, any deep societal inequalities will be reproduced. If, on the other hand, inequalities are consciously brought forward and addressed, I anticipate an inclusive 4th industrial revolution that contributes to the Africa We Want. That is why I argue for applying a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to all policies and programs at national and regional levels.

Langaa Voicing African Voices December 4, 2020 No Comments

AiW note: To celebrate the past thirty years of independent publishing at African Books Collective (ABC), we are running a series highlighting the wonderful work of those who make up ABC. We will be talking to some of the publishers from the collective, gathering their Words on the Times, an AiW Q&A series that invites [...]

African American Women in the Suffrage Movement: Then, Now, and Forever July 14, 2020 No Comments

Kansas City, Missouri, July 11, 2020 – Clay County African American Legacy (CCAAL) Inc. and the League of Women Voters of Kansas City/Jackson-Clay-Platte counties co-organized a panel discussion on African American Women in the Suffrage Movement. Originally planned as an in-person event with a brunch in March 2020, due to covid19, it was held on [...]

We read African authors July 5, 2020 No Comments

Quarantine for some is a time for reading. For inspiration, I’d like to share two lists of potential reads – from the Nairobi book club (which I joined in 2018). Since 2013, members have read over 75 books and short stories by African authors (mainly) from over two dozen countries. These works are chronicled in [...]

Why is non-academic writing so important, even for academics? June 26, 2020 No Comments

It was such a pleasure, from Nairobi, to be with the 2019-20 fellows of the African Leadership Centre for a two-hour session on non-academic writing. We gathered via zoom — from Gambia, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and the United Kingdom. The fellows are impressive and inspiring. Enjoy the PowerPoint [...]

A Sunday in mid-June 2020 June 14, 2020 No Comments

It was spontaneous. Joy sent a text asking if we should get together at a spacious café in Nairobi at 2 pm. The prospect of a face-to-face encounter with women friends was attractive. I responded yes, explaining that I would first need to jumpstart my car and drive it around to charge the battery. It [...]

Meet the author and illustrator of “Mary on the Move” October 17, 2019 No Comments

KANSAS CITY, MO — Mary on the Move is a graphic novel, based on the life of Author Kathryn Toure’s mother. Kathryn joins us, along with Illustrator Celeste Wimaru to discuss the inspiration behind the book, how they met and started their collaboration in Kenya, and where you can purchase it.

Une jeune fille sur un bateau ivre: Agathe Uwilingiyimana du Rwanda, par Innocent Butare July 18, 2019 No Comments

Très peu de personnes auront eu à traverser des temps aussi troublés que ceux que vécut Agathe Uwilingiyimana comme Premier ministre du Rwanda avant le génocide. Au sujet de cette femme de tête, ses idées et son action, bien des questions demeurent sans réponse. Qui l’a assassinée et pourquoi ? Aurait-elle tenté un putsch contre le [...]

African Education: Lifelong and Lifewide Learning June 16, 2019 No Comments

This TEDx Talk with Carl Manlan, sharing about learning about resilience and entrepreneurship while “walking down the streets of my neighborhood,” reminds me of my son, walking home from high school in Dakar.

Ugandan creative writer who found her calling through history December 4, 2017 No Comments

Doreen Baingana advises young people who want to venture into creative writing to ‘read, read, read. Write for yourself. Let yourself fail. Start again’