I Just got back from the motherland a few hours ago. Kenya rejuvenated my mind.
Pictured above is Prof. Sam Mchombo and myself after a delicious Ethiopian lunch here in Oakland just before I left for Kenya. I had the pleasure of talking to Sam about the current education system in Africa and how it can be strengthened and improved to cater for the needs of Africa's immediate future and distant future.
Our conversation veered to the concept: "Pavement Radio", a term coined to describe grassroots, informal communications networks in Africa.
While in Kenya, I was able to visit and catch up with AfroArt East Africa artists. I did a series of video interviews that really showed that African artists are fully plugged into African life, understanding the tension and complexities of our contemporary society primarily using pavement radio.
Stay tuned for the launch of the AfroArt video interview series.
Below is the spot I go to to get inspired. It's a panoramic view of the Rift Valley.
In conclusion, here is a music video for the African music lovers. Nek Unek was a billboard hit all across Sub Saharan Africa. It's from Nigeria and depicts the Calabar people from Cross River State, coastal southeastern Nigeria. Their culture and dress is similar to that of the Bayangi people found in Cameroon.