It may have been a while since I last wrote in my journal, but my voice is still speaking boldy and loudly. It feels as if for the past few weeks, my life has been on fast forward. One of my most memorable events was attending Media Check: Africa at the National Press Club. In an intimate gathering of journalists, bloggers, and photojournalists, with an atmosphere brimming with purposeful passion and unquenchable hope, my spirit was on fire! It felt indescribably incredible to be part of a discussion about how this group of voices can be accountable for what we present as well as hold others accountable for what they share about Africa. Most often, what makes the news about Africa are stories of gore and horror, while those of honor and beauty tend to receive little media coverage. Some of the resolutions in the meeting emphasized the importance of equipping youth with the skills and resources to become citizen journalists in their communities and using new technologies to spread the truth. Additionally, more follow-up events will be conducted to ensure that the momentum continues and progress is made on achieving the action items we identified.
During my time spent being active in my community, I believe that as voices of truth through various mediums, we may be passionate about what we do but how can we nurture the equivalent in future generations. At some point, I will have to hand the baton over to another. One of my many questions wrestling within me is "How can I transfer the passion for what fuels me and is my life's cause - the wellbeing of African women and girls - to another who will boldy and courageously carry-on this issue?"
A couple of weeks ago, I spent time in North Carolina with African-born through second-generation African teens from Burundi, Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, and Sierra Leone. This past week, I found myself having a culinary discussion over how goat meet is cooked differently by West Africans and Southern Africans. It is a question of when and the quantity of water added. Immigration has made the world to me a much smaller place and continues to challenge me to remain open-minded. Such experiences and encounters encourage me with my Threads of Our Fabric Project. The TOF Project is a reflection of a myriad of African cultures that blend into an amazing vibrant tapestry.
Reflection thought: In all that we do, we must remember that there are lives dependent on us, waiting on us to walk in our purpose so that they too can live out their full potential.
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