When Roofs Leak & Books Sell

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the arrival of the rainy season, and how happy I was.

Well, I wasn’t so happy a few nights ago.

Rains are great, unless…

You haven’t cleaned the gutters in a while. And the heavens unleash a flood of Biblical proportions. And the gutters overflow, swamping the roof. And…

…it starts raining in your bedroom.

Rushing around with buckets, towels and mops wasn’t exactly how I wanted to spend my evening. Eventually the rain eased up and the family went to sleep with the melodious music of water dripping into buckets and flying ants buzzing around the bedrooms.

If you want more quirky stories from Africa, then you’ll definitely want to read Ghosts of Tsavo – which is still on a FREE promo! – and The Automaton’s Wife – which is on sale for $0.99 until 17 April.

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Let me know what you think of them. Post a rating on Amazon and I’ll send you a free story (just send me an email to let me know you wrote a review).

Cheers until next time (and hopefully I won’t have a swimming pool in my living room).

UN Women: Working for Universal Equality

“The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly.”

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As the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women’s Eastern and Southern Africa office, Simone Oluoch-Olunya has a lot of ground to cover. She shared with me about UN Women and the various campaigns they are working on.

UN Women was created in 2010 at the request of the member states of the United Nations as well as the women’s movements across the globe. Its role is to support the member states to achieve their commitments to the equality of women and girls, and to work with citizens to attain their rights.

My take on it: Equality of men and women does not mean sameness. It does not mean abandoning culture, destroying the family, or taking power away from men.

Humanity is like a bird: men are one wing, women the other. If one wing is weak and underdeveloped, the bird cannot fly. Only when both wings are equal in strength and influence will the bird of humanity soar to great heights. Only then will both women and men be able to develop to their full capacity, and humanity as a whole can achieve true prosperity materially, intellectually and spiritually.

But how do we achieve this? UN Women has a number of campaigns, such as He for She (www.heforshe.org) to raise awareness and promote gender equality. Listen to the interview on our Mixcloud page for more details.

You can also find out more here:

www.unwomen.org

www.beijing20.unwomen.org

www.facebook.com/unwomenafrica

https://twitter.com/unwomenafrica

What do you think gender equality means?

Talk to the Hand

When an American, a Russian, and a French spy struggle with friendship, love, self-preservation, and a secret, three becomes a crowd. And somebody must ‘take out’ the garbage. A witty and appetizing entrée served with threats, more threats, and a fine Bordeaux.

That’s the description for “Talk to the Hand”, a dark comedy written by Brenda Iovino in the US and directed by South African Jake Chika.

Talk to the Hand is Brenda’s latest play. While she’s written in other formats, this is the format that she’s most comfortable with. She’s also written a rough draft of a screenplay, several short stories, a novella, and a novel, entitled The Shadow of You.

Jake Chika was born in Lady Selbourne, a shantytown in the outskirts of Pretoria. When Lady Selbourne was demolished through forced removals, his family was moved to Atteridgeville.

He eventually obtained a Drama Diploma from The Federated Union of Black Arts known as FUBA (FUBA was an artistic institution popular with the presentation of analytical and protest theater). He has worked extensively with various established theater companies. He conducts youth empowerment programs that include youth camps where he uses Theatre In Education to guide the youth into responsible adulthood, understanding the impact of HIV/ AIDS in the future of South Africa, as well as moral regeneration.

Brenda and Jake are planning to present Talk to the Hand at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa. They are in the midst of fundraising for it. If you want more info on the play and how you can support it, hop on over to http://www.gofundme.com/BrendaIovino

You can also visit Brenda’s website: http://dreamartsproductions.com

Don’t forget to listen to the interview on our Mixcloud page or hop over to Artist First.

In other news:

GoT_ebook_1563x2500_115dpiGhosts of Tsavo is on sale for $0.99 at Amazon and other online retailers for a limited time only.

Ghosts of Tsavo: Armed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in colonial Kenya desperate for a pot of tea and a pinch of cinnamon. But she’ll need more than that if she’s to unravel the mystery of the Ghosts of Tsavo without being eaten in the process. All this while surviving the machinations of her best friend’s dashing godfather and the efforts of her safari guide to feed her to any lion willing to drag her away. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?

This is Case 1 in “Society for Paranormals”: A series concerning dead husbands, African legends and the search for a perfect spot of tea.

 

Mentoring the Future

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Passionate about mentorship, Winter Okoth explains how her experiences in a small school in rural Kenya inspired her to form Pamoja.

“I have learnt to take my pains and turn them into opportunities to help better not only myself but also the society as a whole. All the challenges I went through while growing up only left me with one option: to be empowered, and I therefore embarked on my empowerment journey while at a very young age!”

Winter Okoth was born and raised in Kenya where she experienced first-hand stringent poverty, struggled with her education pursuance due to financial constraints, and domestic violence at a very young age due to gender inequality issues.

Today, Winter is the Founder and Executive Director at the Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance (P.A.K.E.M.A), a grassroots non-profit organization that serves as the 21st century mentorship movement and alliance of Kenyans & global elites extending mentorship programs to young school children and youths situated in the underprivileged areas of Kenya and beyond.

The P.A.K.E.M.A programs focuses on the empowerment, entrepreneurial leadership, critical thinking, socio-economical, health education, STEM education, community service, academic growth and prowess of the young children, girls, and youths who are the future leaders.

Learn more by visiting Pamoja: www.pamojakenyamentorshipalliance.org

Connect on Facebook (Pamoja Kenya Mentorship Alliance (PAKEMA)) and Twitter (@PMentorship).

Listen to the interview on our Mixcloud page (http://www.mixcloud.com/AfricaCreates/)