What do the elections, and porta parties have in common? They can make people question their sanity. Hence our discussion on mental health.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and our discussion was about the upcoming Kenyan elections and how some rules could easily lead to mistrust and unrest in an otherwise peaceful nation. We also talked about a disturbing trend called porta parties in Dubai where the bored ultra rich Sheiks humiliate African women, record these humiliating sessions and think it is ok because these women get paid for these sessions.
African women let’s not entertain foolishness in the name of money and material gifts we are better than that!
Kenyan lawyer, Cindano wa Gakuru, talks about the “different monkeys” fighting it out in the “same forest” that is the Kenyan elections, which are scheduled for August 9. Wa Gakuru is an attorney who specializes in various areas of law, including land, the environment, intellectual property, and natural resource management. He is involved in a number of initiatives in science and technology, and national agricultural policies.
Alpha Lewis, an educator and workforce development professional, talks about how important it is for African nations to trade and collaborate amongst themselves. Lewis is currently a professor at Skyline College in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born in the United States but spent his early childhood in Sierra Leone. He still spends a lot of time doing research in countries like South Africa and Kenya.
Christian Obumseli, a 27-year-old Nigerian American, was killed in Miami by his white girlfriend, Courtney Clenney. Immediately, police and U.S. media started hinting at “self defense.” That was expected. What was shocking was seeing so many Black women say that he deserved it for dating a white woman — as if it’s unheard of for a Black woman to kill a man.
California intends to give reparations to Black residents of the state, but only if they are descendants of African slaves. How do we feel about it? And of course, we can’t be the only ones not talking about Will Smith, Chris Rock, and the Oscars slap that ended Russia’s war on Ukraine (for a week in the media).
There is no shortage of Africans with ingenious ideas. Many have created prototypes of their inventions, but why do they continue to struggle to scale up? We talk about some of the geniuses we’ve interviewed on Africa Straight Talk.
We discuss various topics, including Black people in positions of power who harass and sabotage other Black people because they don’t want to be seen as engaging in the same cronyism white people practice in the workplace every damn day.
They say when the world sneezes, Africa catches the cold. Putin’s war on Ukraine is no exception, and we offer an unapologetic analysis. (WARNING: This one got heated. Some language might be offensive).