Buddy system in the diaspora

Buddy system in the diaspora

While outside your country, it is great if you already have an established network of friends or even family to provide support, but it can be daunting and harrowing if you do not. If not the children, your challenge could be finding a reliable pet-sitter. Or what happens if your children, spouse or partner fall ill while you are away on mission and the situation is so severe that they cannot access required medical attention without assistance. What networks can we form outside of our employer organisations that look after, not only the social aspect of our settling into our new environments, but also these practical elements? Playgroups, a “buddy-system” for families, be it a family of two or ten? What could work as a reliable system of checking in and looking out for each other as folks far away from home facing human issues? The answers are not all here, not by a long shot. Let us kick-start some innovative sustainable initiatives. - Bessie Zimba

 

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It takes a village

It takes a village

In a world pushing towards an individualist culture, it is really heartwarming to see Zambian morals at play. Dr Henry Musoma, a lecturer at Texas A&M University, has the world’s attention for he is reminding us what true kindness is all about.

Ashton Robinson, one of Musoma’s students, was ready to withdraw from Texas A&M University because she needed to take care of her ten month old baby, Emit James. She is a single mother and she did not have anyone to babysit Emit, so it seemed like the right decision. When she reached out to Musoma to inform him on her decision, he simply told her to attend classes with her son. Musoma, went as far as teaching with Emit in his arms, simply to make it easier for Ashton to gain the needed knowledge. - Luyando Nyoni

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Starboy: Twinkle on

Starboy: Twinkle on

Dubbed Nigeria’s Best-Dressed Pop Star by Vogue, Nigerian megastar and global superstar, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, better know as WizKid is taking the world by storm. With his latest project, Sounds From The Other Side just over a month old, Ayodeji has truly put the spotlight on the feelgood pop and Afrobeat mashup - also known as the African beat. With features like Drake, Major Lazer, Chris Brown, Ty Dolls $ign, Trey Songz, just to name a few and with 44 awards, including the 2017 BET Award for Best International Act and Billboard Music Award for the Top Streaming Song, 2017 Grammy nominated WizKid really highlights how big African music is worldwide.

Africa has always provided the world with beautiful music. From the mellow tones of Manu Dibango of Cameroon to the smooth sailing melodies from Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe. Africa has never slacked in that department. However with the rise of globalization and the wildfire spread of technology and access to media, America has been seen to control the world’s pop-culture. Millennials from Africa would rather listen to a musician from the west rather than their local musicians. - Luyando Nyoni

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Bringing the world to Africa

Bringing the world to Africa

Talent: naturally indented in everyone’s DNA. We are capable of doing many things and in today’s world for talents are what pays the bills. From being a natural born swimmer to being able to move crowds with a pitch perfect voice, sport and entertainment is based off talent. It is not talent alone that gets the gears grinding. It may be the most exhausted phrase in the African home but ‘hard-work does pay off’. In this series we will be following the African talent-pioneers, both past and present, that are making a name for themselves and the countries they represent.

We will kick this off with some young, bright talent in the world of football found in the English Premiership League. This young man goes by the name of Charly Musonda Junior. - Luyando Nyoni

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