Friday, September 18, 2020

Community Champions

 Rotary & ending Polio

September has always been a fascinating month in my personal life as it represents the four weeks where I celebrate the birthdays of my loved-ones the most! Birth dates of my grandfather to both my parents: mom, dad; my young sister, and loved ones, the list keeps growing… September turns out to be a great month for me to keep giving, so here goes:

source: www.rotary.org

At the community level, an organization I am deeply passionate about (spending the better part of the last decade volunteering with), Rotary is seeking the complete eradication of a disabling and life-threatening disease, polio. Ahead of World Polio Day, I have volunteered with the District 9400 Polio Plus Committee and the Rotary Club of Johannesburg to amplify the work that Rotarians on the African continent are doing to end the disease through various forms of vaccinations.

source: www.endpolio.org

In development work, building empathy is an incredibly challenging task. With the global drive to find a vaccine for COVID19, however, we find some common ground in fighting misinformation, appreciate advances in medical innovation, and drive the welfare for our and future generations with impactful next steps. We all can better imagine and empathize with dilapidating disease and the urgent need for collective action on preventable yet dangerous diseases. Polio Plus and the initial fight on infectious diseases such as Ebola helped with interventions such as contact-tracing and emergency responses in many a region in my Africa. There is more to be done, still.

source: www.endpolio.org

My asks are for you to join us for Zumba to have fun with some of the most empathetically kind and fun people I know and yes, raising funds for the cause in permanently keeping polio eradicated. #KeepPolioZero

Lastly, if you know of survivors who would like to share their stories with us, I shall be hosting Zoom interviews to help create awareness on behalf of our Rotary district campaign.

source: facebook.com/EndPolio RC JHB

Be well, be safe, be loved.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Black Enterprise

Episode 4 — The Black Lives Matter movement #BLM, rekindled by the unfortunate death of many black people, most noteworthy the 8 minutes 46 seconds knee-on-neck strangulation of George Floyd has the entire world interrogating racism and colonial structures that have, and continue to, disenfranchise blacks and Africans across the globe.

This episode, “Black Enterprise” features two phenomenal minds in business enterprise: Zimbabwe-born Brian Mushongera who is business development for Code4Kids in South Africa and his outfit uses the lockdown during Covid-19 to create a digital meeting application: Room.sh, and Nike Anani Nigerian, UK-raised next-generation business coach, mentor, and co-founder of Africa Family Firms.


They both share authentically about the current situation for African businesses, they delve deeper in addresses social issues such as black lives matter, gender-based violence, the role of men from Brian’s perspective in South African; and in Nike’s instance, the legacy she is leaving with her young sons from Nigeria to the world.

This episode was particularly personal to me as I share my father’s legacy and how a social enterprise, Urithi Labs, is the best way I also know how to pass on skills, talents, and knowledge to the now-generation of young doers.


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Episode Links
Brian Mushongera’s LinkedIn
Code4Kids: www.getcode4kids.com | Room.sh: https://room.sh
Nike Anani’s website
Africa Family Firms: www.africanfamilyfirms.org
We are in this together.
Be safe, be well, be loved.
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Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Africa Day

Happy Africa Day

Conversations that Matter.

As we celebrate the strides towards a consolidated African economy community, and recognize the many strides made in the past;

Kwame Nkrumah’s speech at the OAU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia circa May 24th, 1963
I’m reminded of the power of ideas that lead to insightful conversations that push movements to become institution-bound and operationalized for the Africa we want.
Looking onward; I am excited to share The Pathfinders conversation I shall be having with H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo & Dr. Greg Mills on June 9th, 2020 where I shall be irreverent with much needed community-interventions exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Pathfinders conversation I shall be having with H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo & Dr. Greg Mills on June 9th, 2020
The Pathfinders: Dr. Greg Mills, HE Obansanjo, Emmanuel Agbeko Gamor
To join in kindly click this link for more information. Fee waiver for SMEs & students!
Heavy Chef and Fred also invited me for a deep-dive conversation ahead of the event, to get a flavor of my thoughts and submissions on what our what-next looks like click play:

Heavy Chef: African Culture Is Key To Unlocking Innovation” Podcast Host Emmanuel Gamor
A bit of what I shall be sharing is a culmination of conversations that I have been privileged to have with amazing African professionals in the fields of entrepreneurship, tech, healthcare and most recently education on the Unpacking Africa podcast.
Learning Journeys — this episode engages 3 African professionals, 2 of whom are PhD candidates www.4irAfrica.co
Unpacking Africa: Learning Journeys
Guests on the Learning Journeys episode: Fauzia Issaka a development professional, Zinhle Mkhabela an M&E professional as well as Kwabena Boateng, host of the HBCU African American Homecoming.

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Ameyaw Debrah | George Britton | Oral Ofori had kind words to share about the pod here, here and here.

“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.” — Kwame Nkrumah

Be well, be safe.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Learning Journeys

In adjusting to this “new normal” I have found it comforting to hear from peers also navigating through these hours-days-weeks-all-meshed-in-one virus prevention routines. With a myriad of different government regulations on lockdown and economic recovery, it is equally important to ask what is happening in our education ecosystems affecting the millions of us in continuous learning and teaching programs with a global impact on the lives of millions of children across the world…



Learning Journeys: this episode engages 3 African professionals, 2 of whom are PhD candidates: Zinhle Mkhabela, a Measurement and Evaluation practitioner in South Africa, Kwabena Boateng, a collaborator on Pan-African education ecosystems in the United States and Fauzia Issaka, an International Development consultant & doctoral student in the United Kingdom.

🎙Unpacking Africa podcast is available on Apple Podcasts Spotify & Google Podcasts

We get to hear their prospectives on the challenges the pandemic has presented in their own academic lives — as well their students; pain-points in digital access on educational systems; and the opportunities in future-casting post-Covid educational journeys that highlight solutions among likely allies. With cross-collaborative programs with universities on the African continent and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States of America as a primary example. While you listen to this edition, you might as well grab a cup, lean back and lean-in to their intriguing insights.

www.4irAfrica.co | @4irAfrica_

Be safe, be well, be loved.
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Podcast: 'Rona virus & Me

2020 started with national lockdowns from AsiaEuropeAmericas to the African continent in response to the pandemic caused by the CoronaVirus or Covid-19, with global health structures struggling to cope and the disruption of transportation and hospitality industries while plummeting economies across the world into recession. 
How are you reacting to the virus in your community? Are there any learnings and lessons that may be scaled to other parts of the world? In which ways can we individually and collectively do better?

Podcast host E.A. Gamor explores health, education and logistics ecosystems that are fraying in the light of the pandemic with six suggested ways-to-improve after the virus is cured and its global effects managed; he speaks with young citizens from Bahrain, United States, Chile, Nigeria, Jamaica, Botswana, South Africa and Ethiopia and caps the episode off with remote work best practices - what teams and organization members can do - during the outbreak that has over a quarter of the world's entire population "social distancing" and being mandated to stay at home.

Episode contributors: Esraa Sabah (Manama, Bahrain 🇧🇭), John M. Montgomery II (Jersey City, USA 🇺🇸) Alejandra Salazar 🇵🇪 (Santiago, Chile), Ugo Chukwujiaka (Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬), Stephanie Hazle (Kingston, Jamaica 🇯🇲), Leonardo Nunes (Santiago, Chile 🇨🇱), Tsholo Angel Kopi (Gaborone, Botswana 🇧🇼), Aslam Levy (CapeTown, South Africa 🇿🇦), Kal Kassa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🇪🇹), Kim Ofori (Amsterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱). 👏🏾 #MosquitoClaps
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www.4irAfrica.co | @4irAfrica_
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