“To have a legacy, you must stand for something.” Keynote speaker and respected author Taban Lo Liyong offers this piece of wisdom at the The Writivism Festival, Uganda’s leading literary event, which brings African writers to Kampala every year! The weekend-long festival includes presentations from guest speakers, readings, lectures, film screenings, and more. The event wraps up with an award show that honors rising authors. Each year, the festival centers around a specific theme. This year’s theme was on legacy and...
Photography has a new face in the modern world. With over 1 billion monthly users, Instagram continues to change the way people take and share photos. It’s no surprise that novice and professional photographers alike flock to this social media platform. Social media makes our world seem smaller and smaller. On Instagram, users can see images from anywhere. It also empowers people to capture their everyday lives on film, allowing them to challenge stereotypes, tell real stories, and change the...
It’s the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela and to honour all the incredible ways he changed the world we’ve created a set of free downloadable backgrounds for your phone! Over his lifetime, Mandela defended equality for all with courage and persistence, leading to the end of apartheid. Since then, activists worldwide have turned to him for inspiration and followed in his footsteps to be part of the next great generation. Have you been inspired by his timeless words of wisdom? Then wear...
Mandela Day, on July 18th, stands as a day to honour the challenges and triumphs of Nelson Mandela’s life. Through his work in ending South African apartheid, Mandela forever changed a nation and became a symbol of equality for the entire world. It’s no wonder that his life serves as inspiration for the big screen. We didn’t get enough Mandela movie magic with these 6 inspirational films, so we’re adding more to the list! 1. Mandela Mandela gives an in-depth look at...
It’s hard to keep track of all the incredible things about Nelson Mandela and his accomplishments. We’re clearly inspired by his actions and wisdom, and there’s still even more to know about him! You may remember these 7 facts about Nelson Mandela, and there are a few more to add to the list! via Wikimedia Commons 1. His birth name was Rolihlahla Mandela. His primary school teacher gave him the name Nelson. 2. He began his long road to a college degree...
Did you know the first unofficial Population Day happened on July 11th, 1987? Back then, it was also known as the Day of Five Billion as this was the approximate date on which the world’s population reached five billion people! The world’s gotten a lot bigger since then, so we’ve decided to share some surprising facts to about the global population to keep you up to date: 1. The world population is growing rapidly. via GIPHY The world population increases by about 83...
At the end of 2016, 22.5 million refugees (defined as a person who has fled to another country) existed around the world. This is the largest number of refugees ever recorded, and this number still continues to grow. With a crisis this big, there’s no surprise that there’s a lot of information about it. Unfortunately, this poses a new problem: How do people know what’s true, and what isn’t? It’s easy for myths and misinformation to spread and be taken...
Canada hosts the #G7 Summit this week. Here is my message to leaders: pic.twitter.com/Eh2yIJ2DUF — Malala (@Malala) June 7, 2018 The 2018 G7 Summit will take place this week. The leaders of the world’s seven largest economies will convene to make decisions that could have massive effects on the world. Malala Yousafzai has called on world leaders to invest in girls’ education, saying it is “the single best thing you can do this week.” Malala understands the immense value of education, and...
May 25th holds an important celebration every year: Africa Day! Since 1963, Africa and the African diaspora have used this day to commemorate the continent’s liberation from colonial imperialism and the beginning of the African Union (AU). The holiday recognizes this world-changing historical moment, but also stands as a perfect opportunity to acknowledge the changes that are happening in the present day.    First, a quick history lesson: Between 1945 and 1965, many African nations gained independence from colonial rule. In 1957,...
From flying cars to smart houses, shining utopias to interstellar worlds, there are many ways to imagine the future. Science fiction and fantasy genres have long been used to explore the different ways humanity could exist, whether it be an alteration of the present day, a couple of years from now, or centuries ahead. When we speculate about the future, it’s not just a matter of what we imagine, but who we imagine. Afrofuturism combines science fiction and fantasy with...