"It runs from Chicago to LA, more than 2.000 miles all the way…" It might be the most famous road trip in the world; it is surely a much beloved song. But when writer Lamprini Thoma and photographer Nikos Ventouras hit Route 66 for the first time, they discovered that this famous road also has an historic (and tasty) Greek side. This October, on their fifth trip to the Mother Road, the two devoted sixty-sixers found that Greeks are still feeding America’s nostalgia.
Homecoming Revolution Africa will hold an event in London, United Kingdom (UK) on March 15 and 16 in a bid to entice top African professionals back from the diaspora.
Companies attending include Barclays Africa, Standard Bank Group, KPMG Africa, Diageo, Ecobank, Africa Health Placements, Chicken Republic, Globacom, Group Five and Deloitte.
In order to tap into the top African talent interested in returning, Homecoming Revolution partnered with the various professional diaspora networks and noted a significant pool of professionals interested in engaging.
“I’ve noticed a change in the attitude of African diaspora in the UK, they are all aware of what’s going on back home and they want to be a part of it,” said Clarissa Azkoul from the International Organisation for Migration.
“We’ve found that successful returnees move home firstly to be closer to friends and family, second for a sense of belonging and purpose and only third for career. So if you find yourself haggling over your pay package as the deciding factor on if you’ll move home or not – then you simply aren’t ready to return and you should stay where you are,” said Jones.
African-born scholars living and working in American and Canadian universities are now able to apply for fellowships to undertake academic projects in African universities under a diaspora initiative supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Some 100 scholarships are up for grabs under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program which will commence in June 2014 and will run for two years. The aim is to transform the ‘brain drain’ that strips African universities of many of Africa’s finest minds into ‘brain circulation’, in which African academics in North America are encouraged to share their knowledge and expertise with their motherland.
Scholars will have the opportunity to work in a university for periods ranging from 14 to 90 days in areas including teaching, curriculum, research, and graduate training and mentoring.
“The fellows will engage in capacity building educational projects proposed and hosted by faculty at higher education institutions in six Carnegie partner countries in Sub-Saharan Africa,” the corporation said in a press statement.
The countries are Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Interested universities in the partner countries are also able to apply to host a scholar, and to design a project to be jointly undertaken with an academic in the diaspora. Both private and public universities are eligible to participate in the initiative.
Why a Nigerian fashion startup decided to accept Bitcoin as payment
Nigerian Kunmi Otitoju studied and worked in the US and Europe before launching her fashion design startup, Minku, in 2011. The company – based in Lagos and Barcelona – specialises in handmade, Yoruba-themed leather bags for men and women which are mainly sold online and at high-end stores in Nigeria.
Recently, Minku started accepting the controversial Bitcoin as an online payment method for its designs. How we made it in Africa asked Otitoju about her decision to accept the digital currency, as well as the potential she sees in the Nigerian fashion industry and ecommerce space
I took a walk to the Hudson river few blocks away during my favorite time of day (when it’s starting to get dark and everything turns blue). Listened to Mot’s 사랑없이 and pretended I was in a movie. Sat on a bench and just looked at the view in front of me, pretending to be in Seoul at the Han river. It was easy to imagine because that time of day reminds me of my childhood because that’s when I had to go back home because it was getting dark. There were not a lot of people which meant not hearing English. Then a couple of people walked by speaking in English, ruining my illusion, and I wished they were Korean girls in their school uniforms talking about whatever. 이걸 한글로 써야하는데
Little things really remind me of Korea, like sometimes when the weather is just right at night with the wind blowing, it feels like I could be in Korea if I just closed my eyes.
The perfect mix for a Korean city smell for me is 50% cigarette smoke and 50% car pollution.
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Anonymous asked: hey, i've had some questions lately about my heritage and i was wondering if you could help me out?i've learned a lot from your blog so i wanted to ask you opinion on some things. i'm not very sure about my ethnicity, but i know that half my family is from manchuria (very close to the russian border) and the other half is shanghainese. however, the past three generations of my family are/have been british citizens. (continued)
i currently live in an area where there are many chinese-canadians, who all speak the language and know lots about the culture. however i don’t know as much due to my background, and i’m usually told that i’m trying too hard to be white or that i’m whitewashed, because i can only speak a bit of shanghainese (and apparently that doesn’t sound like mandarin?) is this okay? i don’t know whether i should accept this or not. (continued)
no, it’s not OK for other chinese people to police your identity. your experiences may differ from theirs but if you grew up with chinese parents, regardless of whether they themselves are also part of the diaspora, then you have firsthand experience with chinese culture and being chinese. it’s also not OK for them to police your chinese identity based on linguistic hegemony: mandarin is not the only “valid” chinese to speak.
Anonymous asked: also, i've been thinking of going on exchange next year and i'm either going to france, belgium or switzerland (i'm fluent in french) and people have asked me why i'm acting so white and why am i not going to asia. should i go to china/siberia instead? i'm so sorry about the length of this and i understand if you don't want to answer all my questions! anyways i just wanted to say that i love your blog and it has helped educate me so much. thank you!
there certainly are overseas chinese whose fascination with continental europe over their heritage cultures stem from internalised racism, but it’s not someone else’s place to jump to that conclusion about you. you are not obligated to completely centre your life around china or east asia just because of your heritage, nor are you obligated to have to prove your “chineseness” or “asianness” with such actions.
i also speak french so i understand wanting to do an exchange in a french-speaking country. if that’s your interest currently don’t let others dictate what you “should” do to prove something about your identity.
Civil Engineer Guy-Noël Gnayoro partnered with Architect Price Njanda to form Tamberma, a company inspired by traditional African home designs to make modern African architecture. Their clients are Africans in the diaspora who have been successful abroad and want to invest in their home countries or build second homes there.
Read the rest with more pics of their designs (via Traditional African Homes Inspire Modern Architecture | The Prepaid Economy)
I want to learn about Buddhism to see if it’s my kind of faith but I mostly want to learn about it because it’ll make me feel closer to Korea
Exile is a dream of a glorious return. Exile is a vision of revolution: Elba, not St Helena. It is an endless paradox: looking forward by always looking back. The exile is a ball hurled high into the air.
—Salman Rushdie , The Satanic Verses