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Love and Other Drugs

I am reblogging this post not just because I am a HUGE fan of the group Sauti Sol or because I have quite a few fantasies of private concerts and featuring on their “Nisheke” video (hotness overload)! No! I am reblogging this post because everything Bien said resonated with my being, as if he took my thoughts and feelings and emotions and conveyed it in this post ( but his of course being the male version).
I find love to be a simple emotion, however we as soulish beings complicate it and mud it up and then say it is complicated. I find that when we stop “looking for love” love finds us. Love hasn’t yet found me but like Beinaime I am taking a step back and letting myself breath!

thetruebienaime

My name is Bienaime, which is French for well loved. Shout-out to my parents for not calling me Pius, SosPeter, Paul etc. I just feel it would have seriously affected my turnover as far as the other gender is concerned. My name is testament to the myth that names beget people, and what you call your child is what it becomes. All my life I have only looked to be loved. I’ve been a performer for as far as I can remember. Growing up a lastborn I always wanted the spotlight (shit!!!! I can’t believe the number of times the letter ‘I’ is already used in this post).

Years later all this has come to pass. (God is Faithful) I have a successful music career with an amazing band of equally blessed individuals. Sauti Sol is a MANBAND, and rightfully so we sell emotions to people, especially women. An emotion…

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#BRINGBACKOURGIRLS: MILEAD FELLOWS TAKE A STAND

MILEAD FELLOWS STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH NIGERIA

Some of the MILEAD Fellows standing in solidarity with our sisters in Nigeria

Some of the MILEAD Fellows standing in solidarity with our sisters in Nigeria

It’s been three weeks since the extremist militant group ‘Boko Haram’ left millions wondering about the fate of over 200 girls abducted at the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. It’s been three weeks since mothers of the abducted girls began to weep—and they are still weeping. These girls have dreams, dreams that will make our world a better place. We cannot afford to remain idle as the system that has threated their dreams remains—a system that denies girls their right to safety, quality education, self-worth and dignity.

The kidnapping of the Chibok girls fondly known to the world as “our girls” has raised several questions. How has Boko Haram existed with relative impunity for the past several years? Do we lack Security intelligence and forces in Africa? Is there a phone number that could have been set up for those who surely suspected the girls’ whereabouts to call? Why is the African Union (AU) mute? Why are individual leaders in Africa silent? Until Nigerians all over the world began an online campaign, most people did not even know the girls were missing.

Terrorism knows no boundaries—let us not forget that an unchecked militant group like Boko Haram poses a threat to each one of us and merits swift action. A collective force has finally been deployed, but it took three weeks for this to happen. Such delays are unacceptable given the likelihood that these girls are being repeatedly harmed. Their suffering is on our collective conscience. And now that a force is, we hope, on its way to recovering our girls, there is still more to be done:

  • Education is a basic right as well a vital part of a country’s development. For months prior to the kidnapping, thousands of students in certain northern Nigerian states had been kept at home due to Boko Haram’s attacks on schools. This situation may remain even when the girls come home. Boko Haram must be completely defeated and the northern states restored to state of peace and security.
  • We wish for our girls to come back immediately, but we acknowledge that we have already waited too long. It may be that some of them come back traumatized, having survived rape and possibly been infected with HIV. The immediate response to the kidnapping was grossly lacking, but there is time to prepare the necessary resources to be available to the girls as soon as they return.

As MILEAD Fellows, from across the continent and the Diaspora, we are hurting together with our sisters, we are in pain, we are angry, and we are frustrated. We raise our collective voice for justice. We are committed to sharing our skills and lending support for their return.

As MILEAD Fellows, we will embrace and celebrate their return; we will stand in solidarity on the rebuilding process and in responding to their issues.

MILEAD Fellows of the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa stand in solidarity with NIGERIA and call on leadership to act now with appropriate and practical measures for a safe world and for every girl and every boy to access quality education. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLSNOW #MILEAD FELLOWS

Some of our MILEAD FELLOWS featured; SelamawitAdugna (Ethiopia), Hikmat Baba Dua (Ghana), Lusungu Kalanga (Malawi), HadeyeMaiga (Mali), Maletsabisa Molapo (Lesotho), Dorothy Pasipanodya (Zimbabwe), Samfee Doe (Liberia), Aisha Keita (Gambia), Amina Abdirashid Dubow (Kenya), Chisenga Muyoyoya (Zambia), Amanda Chembezi (Botswana), Aissa Laouan (Niger) and Kondi Chabvuta (Malawi).

About the MILEAD Fellows

The MILEAD Fellows represent some of Africa’s most extra-ordinary young women leaders with the courage and commitment to lead and shape the future of their communities and Africa as a whole. The Fellows represent over 38 African countries and the Diaspora and constitute a truly pan-African network and diversity- with multi–disciplinary academic, professional and social backgrounds. From poverty to women’s economic empowerment, environmental justice and political participation, this new generation of African women leaders are at the frontlines of the struggle for change- providing the bold, visionary and inspirational leadership needed to lift Africa to its rightful place on the global stage. The Fellows are selected through a highly competitive selection process and criteria that includes their outstanding leadership promise, community service accomplishments, and commitment to the advancement of women in Africa.

About Moremi Initiative

Founded in 2004, The Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa strives to engage, inspire, and equip young women and girls to become the next generation of leading politicians, activists, social entrepreneurs, and change agents–leaders who can transform and change institutions that legitimize and perpetuate discrimination against women. We firmly believe that the full and active participation of women in leadership is a pre-requisite for positive change and development in Africa, and addresses the current problem of leadership imbalances. www.moremiinitiative.org or www.facebook.com/MoremiAfrica


You Are Woman

This post is from a fellow 2012 Milead Fellow, from The Gambia, who is an aspiring journalist. I had to share this because not only was it so well written but the power behind each word and the story that is being told needs to be spread to the ends of the earth.

Linguere

You are born, the only one crying in a room filled with laughter and smiling faces…your cry either natural or induced by a large palm on the small of your back. Sometimes, there is no laughter… the smiles replaced by grim looks on the faces of those around you… disappointment and fear lining their eyes as they take a quick glance at your sex. It doesn’t bulge out… it is flat… tame… as you would be expected to be… all the days of your life.

On your eighth day, you are given a name… carried onto the basang by your bajen. You hear it first from the Imam… and then it sticks on… to be used by all around you…. uttered on the lips of many who meet you… in varying tones as per the varying situations. Your mother will use it…as she sings to you each day… telling…

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Word Camp Kenya 2012: Reflections

I have a song in my head and I blame it on being in Kenya. Its an old school song I remember when I was around 14 or 15 and the one line I can sing confidently without shame goes, ” It’s a Friday night and everything is alright!” Ok, maybe not a line, so let me end there before I butcher the rest of the words! But yes, everything is alright cause I am at Word camp Kenya 2012.

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One of the speakers from the conference

My brain has been taken on a mental marathon as it’s being fed everything from tech information on wordpress mobile applications, to leadership and service, to responsible blogging, down to Kenya’s ICT industry, and somehow I was able to fit my talk on Pan Africanism somewhere there. Phew! That is just the surface and it’s only been one day.

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Input from the audience

I am so thoroughly impressed to see where Kenya’s ICT industry stands and believe Tanzania can pick a leaf from our neighbor’s in progressing our IT industry and I say this with the best intentions for my country and in the spirit of Pan Africanism. I am by no means a techie, though I love the sector, so if I am learning this much from this conference in a span of one day then how much more can our techies in Tanzania garner from this conference?

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A part of the beautiful lodge where we are staying

I have to say though, that one of my favourite segments during the conference, apart from the networking of course, was the reflections of the post election violence that happened In Kenya in 2008. I sat there blown away by the stories I heard from people who saw atrocities first hand. People who had lost close personal friends, others seeing dead bodies laying on the streets scaring their souls and forever changing the way they view life, politics and politicians. The session was moderated by a trained psychologist and pastor who carefully directed the conversation so people were not left with a bitter taste in their mouth, but were left with a sense of hope for the upcoming elections happening in March 14.

The theme for this year’s second Wordcamp Kenya is, “Responsible Blogging and Positive Social Media Influence” and I applaud David Mugo and the other partners, organizers and sponsors for making this a central part of the conference, ensuring that the room full of influential personalities, writers and bloggers were left with a sense of urgency so that in whatever platform they used they would be a voice of hope for their fellow brothers and sister’s in making sure that what happened in 2008 won’t repeat in the upcoming elections happening in March. I am now ingesting day 2 of the conference. More to come my good people, more to come……

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Martha Mangi!

Its February folks! and today is my baby sister’s bornday! 13 Years old and she already a diva! I remember how I literally counted the years, months, days, hours, and seconds until I was 13. I remember thinking how everything will change when I turn a teen. I thought I would automatically become taller, wiser, smarter, prettier etc. Then the day came, it was Oct 18,  2001,  I woke up that day and remember the first thought in my head was, ” I am 13 today and I don’t feel any different.”

Martha, I know you been looking forward to this day and you probably woke up with this same thought in your head. But the changes will come, I know you already experienced another milestone in your life not to long ago *wink wink* but this day marks a new chapter in your life. I know I can’t be there to celebrate and I usually give you a hard time (but you more than me), but may this Year bring you all you can hope for and more. May this year mark new beginnings, new experiences, and new dreams.

Happy birthday Martha Boo!

Martha Mangi


What a Year 2011 Is Turning Out to Be!

If you all have been following the news, there has been a lot of turmoil going around, especially in the Middle East. It is as if people are awakening and realizing that together, they can achieve anything. Look what happened in the story of Babel in the book of Genesis! A united front can do what is thought impossible.

 

All for one and one for all!

 

 

Tunisia had one of the most repressive countries in all of North Africa and in what became known as the Jasmine Revolution, a sudden and explosive wave of street protests ousted the authoritarian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled with an iron hand for 23 years. On January 14, Mr. Ben Ali left the country, after trying unsuccessfully to pacify the demonstrators with pledges of elections. In what became known as the Jasmine Revolution, a sudden and explosive wave of street protests ousted the authoritarian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who had ruled with an iron hand for 23 years. On January 14, Mr. Ben Ali left the country, after trying unsuccessfully to pacify the demonstrators with pledges of elections.

 

 

Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

 

Its like the Egyptians after seeing this were like, ” Now, watch this,” and together gathered and saw the removal of the heavy-handed rule of President Hosni Mubarak. What really got me was the day Mubarak had the audacity to announce that he was still going to be president and will just shift power over bit by bit. Egyptians were not to be fooled or pacified with the lies of this dictator and after 18 days of angry protests, Mr. Mubarak resigned and turned over all power to the military on Feb. 11, 2011, ending his 30 years of autocratic rule and bowing to a historic popular uprising that has transformed politics in Egypt and around the Arab world. It is said that Mubarak is even richer than Bill Gates!

 

Hosni Mubarak

 

Libya, an oil-rich country in North Africa, has been under the firm, if sometimes unpredictable, control of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi since he seized power in 1969. But in February 2011, the unrest sweeping through much of the Arab world erupted in several Libyan cities. In response to protests in Libya, Colonel Qaddafi proposed a doubling of state employees’ salaries and released 110 suspected Islamic militants from jail.

 

Muammar Qaddafi

 

Now, the most recent Arab country to get bitten by what I call the ” Revolutionary Bug” is Bahrain, which is probably going to be a bigger fight than the others in that this is a monarchy though a constitutional one, with the Khalifa family being in power since 1783. The people, or I should say a group calling themselves the Youth of Feb 14, according to a manifesto  are demanding the overthrow of the Khalifa family and power given over to the Opposition

 

Hamad Ibn Isa Al Khalifa

 


My Bro!

Currently his display picture on Facebook and the most decent picture of him I could find!

My brother Alpha, who is older than me by a year and some months, is surprising me with some of his writings. You see, writing, reading, basically anything in the arts has always been MY field (not that I am possessive or anything), but since coming home from college he has published some of his work on Facebook. So, I have taken the liberty of sharing one of his works  on my blog that I think is actually really powerful and carries a message.

My Struggle!

I feel as if my continent is on my shoulder.

Corruption has become a way of life.

Killing has become a perfected sport.

Death has become a way of life.

Can’t send them to church;

The preachers lying through their teeth.

Pyramid schemes to God has become profitable.

To dust my shoulders off would be EVIL,

To ignore it, would be impossible.

So I must merge with Africa till I am Africa,

And Africa me.

Ubuntu is the GOAL!

Uhuru is the RESULT.


SAUTI ZA BUSARA

So for the first time ever, I will be going to Zanzibar from the 9th-14th, feb to cover the Sauti Za Busara which is taken place from 9th-13th Feb.

Its suppose to be really happening and lots of different entertainment, interesting people, and some good food :-).

What I am also really looking forward to is checking out the historical sites and places and get to know the culture!!!


CHRISTMAS IN SAUDI

When I was Nairobi, my family who live in Saudi Arabia, celebrated Christmas as usual. I was the only one not present :-(.

This is all my wonderful family for Christmas, my brother the one on the right just came home from South Africa after almost 2 years!

 Alpha had found Jessie in our compound when she was a baby, she had been beaten up by a gardener and probably would have died. It took awhile for my dad to get used to her, but now they are the best of friends!

This is our cat that has been in the family 4-5 years, who is pretty much part of the family and she knows it to!