Conversations from the Diaspora with Love

Conversations from the Diaspora with Love

Conversations from the African Diaspora, with love - a Building Africa’s Future podcast African Di•as•po•ra (n): people of African origin living outside of the Continent This podcast is dedicated to telling stories and sharing experiences from the perspective of African immigrants of the millennial generation and other generations across the African Diaspora. Links: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture Facebook: /buildingafricasfuture Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture YouTube: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Website: www.buildingafricasfuture.today Paypal.me/bldgafricasfuture Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/support

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April 18, 2021 33 min

In this episode, I'm joined by Rukia K., author of Latina Looks Like Me/ Latina Como Yo. She discusses why she dedicated her book to her inner child, what life was like growing up in Michigan in a Tanzanian-Panamanian home, the constant need to explain her Afro-Latino heritage, and how she shares her multicultural heritage with her son.  Rukia K. is the author and founder of Latina Looks Like Me, an empowerment brand dedicated ...

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(Part 2): In honor of 2021’s Black History Month theme on representation, identity, and diversity in the black community and family, I partnered with the Afrimerican Cultural Initiative along with my panelists to moderate this event to discuss the role of the extended family and fictive kinships, whether it still takes a village to raise one another, and the changing roles of women in our world today. In the spirit of sisterhood, w...
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(Part 1): In honor of 2021’s Black History Month theme on representation, identity, and diversity in the black community and family, I partnered with the Afrimerican Cultural Initiative along with my panelists to moderate this event to discuss the role of the extended family and fictive kinships, whether it still takes a village to raise one another, and the changing roles of women in our world today. In the spirit of sisterhood, w...
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January 19, 2021 37 min

Hi BAF Family! Happy new year to you all once again, and welcome to SEASON 2 of Conversations from the Diaspora, a Building Africa's Future podcast! 

In this episode, I reflect on the 20 things that I learned in 2020. What are some things that you learned in the past year? Do you resonate with any that I included in this list? Check out the video of this episode on YouTube: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora

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In this episode, I'm joined by Mr. Curtis Raynold, a retired Secretary of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters with over 30 years of experience at the United Nations. We discussed diversity and inclusion at the UN and other global organizations/spaces, how the UN has changed in the past 75 years, and whether we still need the UN in today’s world. He shares his experience growing up in St. Lucia a...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Anne Alobwede, author of Scars to Stars: A Memoir. She shares her story of coming to the U.S. as an international student, going to nursing school, becoming a registered nurse, and getting involved in a toxic relationship that ultimately led to her imprisonment. She emphasizes the importance of asking for help from loved ones, finding therapy through writing and sharing her story, and the beauty of fi...
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In this episode, I’m joined by Anne Alobwede, author of Scars to Stars: A Memoir. She shares her story of coming to the U.S. as an international student, going to nursing school, becoming a registered nurse, and getting involved in a toxic relationship that ultimately led to her imprisonment. She emphasizes the importance of asking for help from loved ones, finding therapy through writing and sharing her story, and the beauty of fi...
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In this bonus episode, I was interviewed by Chinwe of Aunty Chi's Igbo Class (@igboclassauntychi). We shared a light discussion about my experiences being raised with African, specifically Nigerian, upbringing in the United States, and how I feel that growing up with these multiple cultural identities have shaped my worldview today. I highlighted the importance of young people being intentional about studying their native l...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Bayo Adegbembo of Genii Games and we discuss the importance of African language study and cultural preservation, particularly for those of us living in the diaspora. Bayo also shares with listeners how to make meaningful cultural connections that will help you on your journey to learning more about your heritage.  

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To get in contact with Bayo, you may reach him at bayo@geniigames.com, follow hi...

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In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere. Her passion for women’s empowerment, public health education and promotion, particularly as it relates to healthcare disparities in our communities led to her creating the Omugwo Box, establishing the Ireti Foundation, and the 'Live Your Best Life Momma' online course. In Part 1 of this episode, we discuss why our voices and concerns aren’t heard in medical spaces, t...

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August 16, 2020 38 min

In this (relatively short) episode, I highlight some of the things I am excited about at the moment, such as finishing grad school and the audiobook narration I'm currently working on titled A Mother's Promise: A Civil War Survivor and Her Pursuit of the American Dream. I also discuss the importance of names as it relates to our cultural heritage, reflect on the 11 years since my dad's passing and how that has molded my...

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In this episode, I'm joined by my good friend and brother, Rev. Stefan Weathers Sr., to discuss his experiences living as a black man in America from his first police encounter as a teenager coming home from school, to the legacy of policing and slavery, the need for reallocating police funds, the importance of having representation in the classroom, in positions of leadership, and elsewhere, and what that means for young black...

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In this panel discussion, I'm joined by 4 lovely women from different parts of the African continent and we discuss our experiences as African women as it relates to our cultural identity, how we see ourselves as Black African women within the conversations surrounding black lives matter, what it would take to have a truly unified Africa, things we saw our mothers doing growing up that we would like to discontinue in our genera...

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(Part 1) In this episode, I discuss with my mom some of the changes she’s noticed in our hometown since we came to this country in June of 1996 until now.  She shares her experiences being an immigrant in this country and raising children. 

[Raw cut : recorded in the car while sitting in the parking lot].

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In this episode, I had the opportunity to speak with two lovely sisters, Yar and Amek, and we discussed what it means to find your voice as an African woman. In the process, we highlighted so many of our similar experiences as African women even though we are from different parts of the Continent and different ethnic and cultural groups. We talked about why women are pressured into marriage once they get in their 20s and 30s, what ...
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This was a segment from a social justice seminar we had in our church’s young adult group that I was honored to be one of the panelists. I will post the video link here once it’s made available. I discussed the origin of African immigrants to the United States, the need for unity amongst members of the diaspora as it relates to tackling the issue of racism, and the civil rights movement and the role of the church. --- Send in a...
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In this episode, I'm joined by Janet Adeola Jamesy who was born in Nigeria, raised in the U.S., and now lives in the U.K. with her husband and small children. We discuss the differences in her experiences giving birth in the U.S. and in the U.K. and on raising her children in the U.K. She also discusses the importance of taking care of your mental health during and post-pregnancy (and in general). Janet started ReelMums to high...

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In this bonus clip from the conversation On Identity and Sense of Community in the African Diaspora, we talk about the significance of Biafra, self-determination, and statehood.  If you would like to make a contribution to the cause, you can do so here: https://www.ipobinusa.org/donate. To learn more about the Biafran Restoration Movement, https://www.ipobinusa.org/ourstory. For FAQs, https://www.ipobinusa.org/faq.   Leave us a voi...
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In this episode, I'm joined by Dessay Gray-Brown. We discuss what it means to be an African in America, especially at a time like this, with police brutality and the rise of racial tensions under the current administration. We also discuss perceptions of the American dream for family members back in our respective home countries and how the realities are different. We highlight the importance of passing down our cultural herita...

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In this episode, I'm joined by a friend of mine, Tise Karunwi. She's a loving wife, a mother to two handsome boys, and she's a nurse. We discuss the very important issue of black maternal mortality in the United States. According to the CDC, black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. This is partly why the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the worst in any...
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