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Jemila Abdulai

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Boyhood. Watched this film with two of my former SAIS classmates last night. A story about, well, boyhood. Filmed over the course of 12 years. It was amazing watching the growth in thinking, mannerisms, interests, questions, challenges.  The sibling rivalries, the everyday realities of parenting, the transitions. How…

The Nigerian songstress has a new album out entitled “Bed of Stone” which you can preview HERE. Today however, we’re taking it back to her retro-themed, 50s inspired video for “Why Can’t We” from her sophomore album “Beautiful Imperfection” and – of course – those inspiring  lyrics! Because,…

A view of Kigali's business district. Rwanda's capital.

On April 11, I shared this post on Facebook based on an Al-Jazeera article about the peacekeeping efforts of General Anyidoho and his troops during Rwanda’s genocide. When the international community turned away, the peacekeeping contingent of about 450 young Ghanaians stayed behind with their leader. Why? “We…

It’s Monday! Here’s some perspective for the week ahead. Courtesy, Earth. (PS: Pay attention to 13’30 – 14’40):  “I believe that what’s going to happen is there’s going to be a greater and greater interest in communicating this idea, because after all, it’s key to our survival.…

Chale, how! Chale freeeesh!Depending on intonation, pronunciation, context, time of day, people involved, energy, mood, the Ghaniaan word “Chale” – apparently a localised version of “Charlie” – can mean very different things!In this case, it’s the newest “street-talk” web series produced by the Fashionista GH and Excelsis crew…

Elif Shafak Forty Rules of Love

I’m currently reading Elif Shafak’s “The Forty Rules of Love”  which imagines the meeting between poet Rumi and his companion, the dervish, mystical Shams. I love so much about it, but this really stuck out to me – the first time the two met face to face. I…