1. Yay for meeting Tumblr legends in REAL LIFE!

    fifigoggo:

    Just back from meeting ablackgirlintheworld right here in Abidjan - such a privilege to see this fantastic girl in the flesh! We chattered away at high speed for a good hour, like we’d known each other for years, and I got to meet her cousin and mum as well!

    Merci tumblr for bringing such incredible people into my life XD

    Ahhhhh how am I just seeing this almost two years laterrrrr?! Ugh, je suis tour jours en retard moi. merci ma soeur, every time someone tells me to visit Australia I tell them “yes oh, I have a sister over there ;)” can’t wait for our next meeting! Abidjan en 2014, Peut t’être en Noël?
     


  2. Short Films in Abidjan

    Internet friends,

    Hi, it’s 5:12am in Tanzania and I’ve been up for 3 hours (my malaria medication is giving me nightmares that involve P Square.)

    Anywho, I’m looking to film a series of short films in Abidjan late this year. If you’re a writer, producer, editor, film guru, or a person with great ideas; please email me at steph@ablackgirlintheworld.com to get involved early!

    Asante sana,

    Stephanie

     

  3. I’m my WCW, every Wednesday. #andsowhat #judgenot

     

  4. WHOOOO LORD. I was knocked OUT with Malaria internet friends. Like, the most sick I think I’ve ever been, and this was my third time having it in my life (#africanstruggles). But after countless drugs, trying to eat for two days, and an IV, a sista’s back in business :) So if you’ve sent me an email, I’ll try to answer as soon as I can, after I finish this season finale of Homeland doe. Judge not. 

    Anywho it’s an interesting week as I’m heading back home to DC in 10 days. I decided not re-new my contract here for multiple reasons, so lord only knows where I’ll be in a month. Still, I can’t believe that I’ve been in rural Tanzania for so long, I remember sitting in an internet cafe writing this post like it was yesterday! Time flies when you’re growing and changing as a woman…

     

  5. So happy my close friend and I were chosen to write a book chapter for the University of Cape Town Press! Looking forward to making a dent in the post-graduate academic world!

     

  6. I came to Rwanda for the weekend Internet friends! Eating food, going to lounges and smoking shisha. I’m enjoyinggggg. (at Hotel des Milles Collines)

     


  7. "If you consider a woman less pure after you’ve touched her, maybe you should take a look at your hands."
    — Unknown. (via thespiritualslut)

    (Source: shibuffalo, via tawkward)

     

  8. dynamicafrica:

    africaisdonesuffering:

    My Parents were, are, my Africa 

    My Africaness has never been divorced from my overall personhood; mostly, if not entirely, because I am my parent’s daughter. Yes, I was born on the continent, and yes, my West African features give me away, but that is not what makes me African or in tune with my Africanness.

    My pride, my desire to know and understand more about my continent, my need to see it all from Dakar to Dar es Salaam, my Africanness as we can call it, I learned that. I learned this from my parents. I learned that one’s Africaness is not, per say, something you fall in love with; it’s something to cultivate everyday. For almost 13 years, after moving from Abidjan to the Washington DC area, I never went back to Cote d’Ivoire. I never saw the Basilique in Yam, I never visited the beaches in Assinie, I never sat and listened to stories from my uncles about life right after independence. I never sat on La Rue Princess eating attikee and fried fish, I never saw Meiway perform or learned traditional dances from my aunts. I was unable to experience the sense of Africanness that comes with the physical connection of being on the continent. I could have lost it, my sense of connection, but my parents never allowed such a travesty to happen.

    My parents, and their Africanness, brought Abidjan to me everyday. And although I knew that I was blessed to be living and going to school in America, I also knew I was blessed to be from Cote d’Ivoire. They made it clear that I was fortunate to have Africa running through my veins.

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    As a person who grew up in many different countries, and who at times, due to boarding school, was estranged from direct contact with their culture, I relate to this so heavily. My parents were my constant source of Nigeria and always instilled certain Pan-African sensibilities that ‘til this day, no one can shake or contest. Yes, my accent sounds more like that of the people who destabilized my country, but there is no doubt where my head and heart are always at.

     


  9. Hey internet friends, I am now a contributor at RISE Africa, heres a link to my latest article about how my parents shaped my African identity long before I returned to the continent. 

    Photo of them taken in 1970’s Abidjan. 

     

  10. Jean-Michele Basquiat in Côte d’Ivoire, 1986. #africa #abidjan

     

  11. The work of our wonderful artisans, these Tanzanian women are so talented, I just don’t even understand it. 

    Blessed to get have met them.

     

  12. Collecting products from our artisan in Nyakiziba, Tanzania. As you can see, I stay MAD happy when I get to see my mamas :)

    I think this poster says something like “If you are sick, beating your wife is not the medicine.” A-freaking-men. 

     


  13. Hey internet friends I wrote another article. SUPPORT. 

     


  14. 5 Reasons to Move Back to AFRICA…now.

    As seen on The Mail & Guardian’s Voices of Africa Site:

    I came back to Africa last spring after completing my Masters in DC. It was more a professional move than a personal one: I knew I wanted to work in international development and the new position I was offered was a great way to get on-the-ground experience. I didn’t see it as a permanent move, though. I still liked my life in the States, it was comfortable and secure. I felt very much in control there whereas every time I visited family in my birth home of Abidjan, everything seemed chaotic and difficult. The ATMs didn’t work, the electricity would go out, I was a bit too high maintenance for cold showers.

    But as the months go by, I have become very much attached to the idea of moving my whole life back to my home continent. I’ve met many 20-somethings in Africa who are taking advantage of the growing industries and job opportunities on the continent, and the huge potential to fulfill their personal dreams and visions. I’ve also come to realise that as Africans born and bred on the continent, we have a responsibility to it.

    So internet friends! Here are 5 reasons why you should move back to Africa:

    1. To invest
    Living in North America, Australia or Europe has afforded many of us the opportunities to attend prestigious schools, build up impressive resumes and save up some cash for the future. Doesn’t it make sense for us to take these resources and invest them into our home economies? From oil, to infrastructure projects, from fashion and music to restaurants and clubs, Africa is rich with business opportunities. South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia lead the pack in terms of economic growth (think at least 5% to 10% growth consistently). The Economist reported that in the last decade, six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies were African nations. But it’s about more than just opening a restaurant. Investing in our continent can be a philanthropic endeavor as well. This is what Patrick Awuahdid when he introduced a new way of educating young West Africans with the creation of Ashesi University in Ghana. With the university’s mission described as a place to “cultivate within [their] students the critical thinking skills, concern for others, and the courage it will take to transform their continent”, Ashesi is moulding Africa’s next wave of conscious leaders and socially responsible innovators. With classes like “African Philosophical Thought” and a new engineering school whose future student body will be made up of 50 percent women, Ashesi is creating a new learning environment focused on personal and academic growth. The university offers an important leadership seminar series that pushes students to address issues like wealth distribution and good governance in Africa, and with 95% of graduates staying on the continent after graduation, Ashesi is shaping tomorrow’s Africa right now.

    2. To explore
    St. Tropez is nice; Diddy and the crew like to spew champagne on light-skinned women in 35-inch yaki weaves there. And you’ll often see Kimye gallivanting across the Left Bank of Paris hobnobbing with rich white people I don’t recognise. But have you seen the beaches of Zanzibar? CNN has listed Cape Maclear in Malawi, Diani Beach in Kenya, and Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania as the top 100 beaches in the world. What about climbing the mountains of Swaziland, or partying until sunrise in Nairobi? Have you been to a beach cookout on the shores of Dakar? We have the opportunity to see the pyramids, visit ancient schools in Timbuktu, climb Kilimanjaro, go swimming off the shores ofMozambique, learn azonto in Accra, visit the ancient ruins of Lalibela and Axum or Nelson Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island. There’s plenty to see from Morocco to Côte d’Ivoire, from the Congo to Namibia, and the world is sitting up and taking note. US News and World Report included Cape Town, Marrakech, and Serengeti National Park on its list of top ten places to visit. On National Geographic’s annual “Best Trips” list, Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda occupies the number one spot.

    3. To influence
    We know, we know, there are some things about living back home that are less than stellar. Corruption, poor governance, ineffective  law enforcement. But, as the future leaders of the continent, it’s time for us to return and play a role in influencing the direction in which our countries are going. I’m not suggesting we go out there and make ourselves into caricatures of the west; I’m saying that by living on the continent, observing how things are run and meeting and brainstorming with like-minded individuals, we could help to bring about change. Take Ory Okolloh, a Kenyan-born Harvard educated lawyer, who co-founded Mzalendo, a watchdog blog that provides an unprecedented look at the work of Kenya’s Parliament. She and her team are attempting to make accessible to the public information on the voting patterns and governmental activity of their parliamentary leaders;  information that was previously unavailable to citizens. Is this the solution for Kenya or other countries? Maybe not, but its igniting debate and discussion about political and social issues on another level and on other platforms like social media.

    According to a Consultancy Africa Intelligence report, “due to the skill shortage in Africa, especially in management and industries that require specialised skills, it is estimated there will be a 75% increase in the use of expatriate staff over the next three years”.  This means that multinational corporations who influence much of Africa’s governmental policies will look to returnees who have both the education and experience they are looking for, along with the “cultural know-how”. There are opportunities within our professions to influence not only our governments, but big oil companies and tech firms that are making deals throughout the continent, deals that are affecting our daily lives, the environment, the economy.

    4. To re-introduce Africa
    As a 20-something who was born in Abidjan but raised in Washington, DC, I have spent most of my life navigating a very different world, one where many of my black friends had never been to Africa and many of my white colleagues still asked me if there were enough cars in Abidjan to cause traffic jams. It’s a world of ignorance that needed to be shattered and I wanted to do that by introducing my close friends to my continent, its beauty, and reality. I showed them an Africa different from the Dark Continent narrative. We can show off our music, food, amazing weather, beaches, history, and culture – not just to foreigners but other Africans.  How many Africans do you know (with the means) who have never ventured out of their corners of the world? Who have not taken the time to explore their own continent? Who feel more comfortable visiting France than visiting Senegal?

    5. Because you have to
    You may have a nice life set up in DC, NYC, London or Paris with friends, a job, a car. Should you really leave your comfort for a continent on which some of us have never lived full-time, with unstable governments and electricity that works as much a real housewife of Beverly Hills? Yes, you should. You should try. We are Africans in the diaspora, and we have the potential to influence so much in our nations. It’s not enough to send money orders or bring our cousins clothes during summer vacations back home. We need to become change agents on the ground. As daughters and sons of this continent, I believe it’s our responsibility and we need to take it seriously.

    -Stephanie Kimou

     

  15. Documenting some of our new products! We are heading off to Germany next week to an exhibition that will allow us to meet lots of potential European buyers for the mamas beautiful products! 

    Anywho, our artisans have been working so hard to prepare and they have made dozens of sample products that I had the pleasure of photographing yesterday. Actually it was hot as hell and I was sweating so theres that.

    BUT the views tho, seriously, there are some things that I never get tired of here in Ngara, chapatti, sleeping in, watching TV on the projector with my roomie, and the views behind our house and office. 

    AMAZING lol.