For Social Media Week Lagos, I’m hosting an event called ‘CODE RED: African Women Rising in Media and Tech.’ In line with the theme, “The Future is Now: Always On, Always Connected”, CODE RED, a networking event, will facilitate connections between women who are trailblazing in social media and technology.
I know it’s been a while. I’ve had a lot going on. 2013 was quite a year – one that I’m not likely to miss but will always remember for how much it grew me.
As an eco-spiritualist, I often find inspiration for my activism from observations about human relationships with the natural earth. The latest: a poem I wrote about a cockroach I murdered, and the irrationality of phobias — not just what fear lead us to do, but how it’s often used to justify the wrongest of deeds.
Today is Nigeria’s Independence Day, but I can’t focus on my country’s progress. It’s challenging to remain optimistic in the face of landlords telling you they won’t rent to you because “you’re a single woman who could potentially use the apartment for prostitution.” Until “Nigeria” addresses its treatment of women and LGBT people… oh shoot, I just moved back home, didn’t I? Guess I best get back to dealing with the country as it is.
From Colorlines: “When Mindy Budgor was 27 years old, she apparently tried to find meaning in her life by temporarily ditching her wealth in Santa Barbara and jetting over to hang with the poor people of Kenya.” Read the full story, and my less than tempered response to yet another instance of western saviorism. (Gawd.)