Sharing Is Caring Series

  • Salt, Mosquitoes and Book-Writing

    Okay, so I have been back on the continent (by the continent I mean Africa) for about 2 weeks, and I have finally been re inducted into the genetic makeup. And by ‘re-inducted into the genetic makeup I don’t mean that there was an official welcoming ceremony where I was the guest of honor…or maybe …

  • Brainstorming Session: The Undercurrents

    Another College Application Essay…a good 3/4 years ago.— A slight breeze moves lazily across the beautiful landscape of the Savannah. Though the leaves of the trees ruffle as she passes by, the serenity of the land is left immaculately untouched. The sunshine produces diamonds as it glistens in the clear waters of the lake below. …

  • Factors or Underlying Factors

    Okay, so I was just going through old mails and came across these essays I wrote for college applications. Vraiment interessant. More often than not people concentrate on the facts of an issue rather than on the underlying factors. This in my opinion is just a clear instance of pure human nature at work. As …

  • Alicia in Africa: A Journey To The Motherland

    So Finally! The movie we have all been waiting for : “Alicia in Africa, A Journey to the Motherland” This movie is like other movies in so many ways…it delivers a message, and has an objective. But it is also soooo different from all the other movies in that it is the potential vector of …

  • A Journey of A Thousand Experiences

    At one point or another, everyone travels. Whether you’re walking down a couple of blocks to the supermarket to get your favorite snack, or you’re seated in an airplane thousands of feet above the ground, traveling offers an opportunity to experience something new. In my life time I’ve done a good deal of traveling, and …

  • MHACASA Misconceptions Videos:

    Every year the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Students Association (MHACASA) has an event called African-Caribbean Day (AC Day) which is used to sensitise the college community and general public on African and Caribbean culture, issues, etc. These are videos that were shown at AC Day 2006 and 2007 respectively. The main topic covered in …

  • The Uni-Versatality of Ramadan

    Since ancient times, poverty and starvation have been blots of ink on the seemingly well-written manuscript of human society. Although many organizations and societies work hard to eradicate poverty and ensure that everybody enjoys their right to the basic necessities of life, the dream of a well-fed, poverty-free society is yet to be realized. Day-in …

  • Women’s Human Rights In Africa

    Women’s Human Rights in Africa. Do they even exist? One would be tempted to ask this very question given the large number of human rights abuse cases in African countries. Well, the answer to this question is…. Silence. Let’s just say that you cannot really qualify it as a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’. There’s no …

  • Senegal’s Migrant Situation: A Fishy Deal

    “If today, as we speak, I see a boat going, I would be among the volunteers, let alone tomorrow,” said Malick Sall, a young electrician in his mid-twenties. “If most of us are trying to leave this country, it’s because we have no opportunities here,” he said, blaming the “government for not helping the youth …

  • Elections In African Nations

    Democracy in Africa is kin to a newly hatched egg that needs to be protected and kept warm in order to ensure its full development. The slightest disturbance and that egg could fall, break and literally shatter into a thousand pieces. The mother hen might not be too happy about losing her baby, but what …

  • Africa: The Newest Global Dumping Ground

    Imagine a plot of land, dry and wasted. In the distance, a woman and her two children sort through the ground, looking for remnants of what used to be their farmland. Nearby, construction is underway for a cigarette factory. Even before the factory is completed, the devastating effects this ‘investment’ will have on the cultural, …

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