I spent this weekend reading through Beyond Kony2012 Atrocity, Awareness, & Activism in the Internet Age. It was compiled and edited by Amanda Taub of Wronging Rights fame. Below are some excerpts from the authors (including yours truly) that contributed to the book. If you are interested in going beyond the slick simplicity of the video [...]

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Skin in the game

by TMS Ruge on April 23, 2012 · 0 comments

[<a href="http://storify.com/tmsruge/skin-in-the-game" target="_blank">View the story "Skin in the game" on Storify</a>]<br /> <h1>Skin in the game</h1> <h2>This past weekend I posed some questions on Twitter as to why the African voice isn’t yet prominent in discussions about the continent’s affairs. This question has been on my mind throughout the Kony 2012 affair. Turns out it [...]

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We received this urgent and sad request to help find the family of Ugandan who passed away in Texas this month. Any information you could provide to help identify her family in Uganda would be greatly helpful. Please leave any information in the comments ~ To the Ugandan Diaspora Community, My dear friend and sister [...]

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Yesterday, I had the pleasure being invited to sit on the famous orange sofa so familiar with The Stream’s audience. The topic of discussion was ‘African aid: helpful or hazardous.’ I was joined by Joel R. Charny, Vice President of Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction, and a cast of supporting commentators who joined us [...]

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For whatever reason, the start of Spring season lately has signaled an emergence of chaos in the world of international development communications. For the past few years, the February – May time frame unveiled the development community’s worst ideas. In 2009, it was Ashton Kutcher and Malaria No More, in 2010 it was Jason Sadler [...]

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Africa Reclaiming Africa: Changing the Rules of Engagement

April 3, 2012

Wendy Lee,  a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, sent us the following notice about an upcoming forum dubbed “Africa Reclaiming Africa: Changing the Rules of Engagement“ taking place on the same campus on April 13-14, 2012. This is the 9th Economic Forum held by Columbia University focused on Africa. Make sure not [...]

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Invisible Children wants to talk… to Ugandan Diaspora, tomorrow [ Updated ]

March 23, 2012

Invisible Children has issued a statement calling for a meeting with Ugandan Diaspora tomorrow, March 24th. No doubt the agenda at said meeting is going to be about the controversy surrounding the recent viral success of the Kony 2012 video. I think this is the least that the organization can do. Dialogue is always a [...]

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Contributing our voices to the Kony 2012 debate

March 17, 2012

One of the positive unintended consequences of the Kony debate was the rise of the African voices coming to the microphone. This conversation was of particular concern for me because it hit home. Unlike other do-gooder debates (1 million t-shirts, Sevenly, SWEDOW and malaria) I’ve contributed to, which were about Africa in general, the Kony [...]

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How to respect local agency, in 19 minutes

March 16, 2012

If you have been under a rock for the last week, you probably didn’t spend 29 minutes to see this video about Joseph Kony, dubbed Kony 2012. But if you did, then you have to take 19 minutes to watch the above video by Hope North. Hope North, “is a 40-acre campus in northern Uganda [...]

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Another Year for African Women

March 8, 2012

While African women are not to be represented as a close-knit homogenous group of people who are jointly oppressed and subdued, they are a very important foreground of any African landscape. Thus, as we celebrate small and monumental successes on the continent, we would do well to also celebrate the successes of women and acknowledge [...]

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A Peace of my mind: Respect my agency 2012!

March 8, 2012

I have had roughly 24 hours to gather my thoughts about the latest fund-raising stunt undertaken by the long-in-the-tooth Invisible Children (IC) organization. In that time, I have had an opportunity to think and ruminate over exactly what to say, what the right order of the words should be coming out of my soul to [...]

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In the life of Gaddafi

December 11, 2011

Many of us were shocked to hear about Muammar Gaddafi’s death two months ago. None of us expected the events in Libya to take such a drastic turn. Irrefutably, change was inevitable, and sooner or later the revolution was bound to come to a head, but the violent murder of a president regardless of his [...]

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Dear baby Seven [ Billion ]

October 31, 2011

Dear baby Seven, Your first breath of life on Earth is being celebrated as a milestone. On this October 31, 2010, we welcomed you to this rock of blue azure, your new home. It is the 3rd planet from the sun, and the only one inhabited by life in the entire solar system. There are [...]

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To Diaspora, Reaspora or Remain Unaspora?

October 31, 2011

The word “diaspora” is fraught with contested connotations. It is a condition to which some of a country’s most wretched and disillusioned citizens have aspired to, consoled by the thought of escape, of healthier grass in greener territory.  And yet in analyses of the state of affairs in their country, many citizens are quick to [...]

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Promoting an Active Recycling Culture in Nigeria

October 27, 2011

Somewhere on my list of culture shocks on arriving in Canada several years ago is the recycling culture in the country. In every public institution, in every private establishment, in every household, waste categorization was commonplace. After dropping the Sprite can in the general waste bin a couple of times and being immediately told that [...]

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Announcing: African Voices on Climate Change Week [ October 24-31 ]

October 18, 2011

Connect4Climate is putting out a call for African and African Diaspora bloggers. Next week is AVCC week. This is the first of what we hope can be an annual event. We are looking to engage Africa’s online intellectual capacity to chime in on the global climate change conversation. We may all enjoy blogging about different [...]

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Help support the completion of a children’s heart hospital at Mulago Hospital

August 26, 2011

Fellow Ugandans, As a creative consultant, it is not often that I get to work on a project that both pays me and also contributes to the development and well-being of Uganda. I would like to introduce you to such a project. I met Pratheepan “Deep” Gulasekaram in DC at the Clinton Global Diaspora Forum. He, along with [...]

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My new gig at the World Bank

August 22, 2011

I have been hoarding this news for a few weeks now. Earlier this month I accepted a consultancy at the World Bank to help launch and maintain their soon-to-launch ‘Connect4Climate’ campaign. Connect4Climate will be a campaign, a competition, and an community of individuals and global partners that care about climate change. As many of you [...]

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Why You Should Vote for Africa, Tech & Women SXSW Panel

August 22, 2011

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Why You Should Vote for Africa, Tech & Women SXSW Panel I decided to write this blog post as a way to help prospective voters and supporters to understand the thinking and passion behind our Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development SXSW panel submission.  We believe this panel will help to change [...]

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Casting Call for African version of ‘Sex and the City’

August 13, 2011

We got this notice for an exciting new web series that will be shot on the East Coast and in Ghana. If you have acting chops or think you fit the roles, then download the PDF with character breakdown. Prepare your strong monologues now, I have a feeling these are going to be very sought-after [...]

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FELA! – the Broadway sensation comes to Sadler’s Wells, London

July 19, 2011

For our fellow Diasporans in the UK, you might be interested in checking this out. We got word that FELA! is coming to Sadler’s Wells for a few weeks (July 20 – Aug 28 to be exact). Here’s more information below: FELA! Sadler’s Wells Wednesday 20 July – Sunday 28 August 2011 Performances: Tue – [...]

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Should we question Sevenly’s “philanthropic e-commerce” business model?

July 17, 2011

From time to time, my inbox is graced with a link someone came across and thought I’d be interested in checking out. More often than not, the sender is seeking my opinion on the contents of the link. I guess myself and the smartaid crew on Twitter have kind of gotten a reputation for not [...]

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Dear Lucy, Happy Birthday

July 9, 2011

My dear sister, I have started this letter only about a million times. And a million times I have crumbled it up and thrown it away. As the years have passed the pile of words and paragraphs have sat in the hollow chambers of my heart; collecting layers of regret and sorrow. I have tried [...]

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Leading the Way

July 6, 2011

Two years ago, I traveled with a group of about fifteen students from across Europe and North America to a small village in the Dominican Republic. We stayed in the community for two weeks trying to finish up a school building, building a public bathroom and organizing educational programs for the children. The villagers were [...]

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WoK Annual Marathon

June 22, 2011

Helen, Jennifer and Grace at the Stone Cold movie screening. Read more here! It’s that time of the year again – marathon training time! I started training for the Marathon de Montréal 2011 in May just as my first year law exams began. For the rest of the summer, I will be training in Phnom [...]

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