The thought of a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) opening up in Malawi might have sent me over the moon years ago. Today, I am less than thrilled to hear that KFC is opening a restaurant in Lilongwe on February 25, 2016. Some see it as something to be celebrated and a sign of economic development in a country that now ranks as one of the poorest in the world. How can we not … [Read more...] about Reasons to Reconsider Celebrating KFC Expansion in Malawi
Visiting a local market place is the thing to do when you travel to any part of Africa. The atmosphere is vibrant and reveals so much about a culture. I’ve always enjoyed watching the lively interaction and skilled—and often witty—negotiations. On top of that there are the stacks of fresh local produce, well-prepared street food you eat at your own risk, and beautifully … [Read more...] about Gifting Commodities: Why East-Africa Just May Ban Used Clothes
Africa has an image problem that has been staring us all in the face lately. Africans living in the U.S. are used to grimacing over the narrow images they see of the continent, presented daily on the evening news, in TV shows and movies, and most media outlets. Africa is mostly presented as a place graced with poverty, political instability, no democracy, natural disasters, … [Read more...] about Africa’s Image Problem: Larger than Ebola
If you’d seen a recent article in Matador, an online travel magazine that boosts having won travel journalism excellence awards and big brand partnerships with organizations such as CNN, National Geographic and Google, you’d have asked the same thing. WTF? It was not the first piece I've seen that has overlooked African and I am sure it will not be the last, but it left me … [Read more...] about WTF: There Are No Restaurants in Africa?
Since her Oscar win, a number articles have discussed how privilege relates to the recent success of Lupita Nyong’o. By now we all know that the Yale School of Drama graduate grew up as part of Kenya’s upper middle-class, lived abroad, and speaks four languages. This is great because her success and story also brings to light the reality—the diversity—of the African experience. … [Read more...] about Lupita: Privileged or Not, Why Not?