Phew! How did that happen? Nearly a year ago now I was invited to speak at an African Diaspora conference in London. I was asked to speak about the lives of African mothers in the diaspora. I telephoned a few African women I know and got them to share their experiences with me
Having listened to several conversations and the experiences of my friends, it occurred to me that these women need a space to discuss these issues. A quick call to blogging Supremo Sarah and Africa On The Blog was born. Although the original idea was a space for African women in the Diaspora specifically here in the UK, the idea evolved swiftly to include men but also Africans worldwide. I think that was a great decision.
If we had not widened the criteria we would have missed out on
- some of the amazing African wildlife photography from Naomi,
- the story of people being forced from their homes by Andrea
- the story of the great rift valley in Kenya by Minda, not to mention her amazing African recipes
- news from the African fashion Week in New York by Saran
- the great work by Engineers without borders from Rhea
- the little known phenomena that is the Harmattan by Christopher
- the good news at the Nigerian high commission in London by Kriss Akabusi
- why the MDGS will not be met by Tony
- the forgotten but democratic Somali land from Jimmy
- why February 28th was an important day in Kenya by Mark
- the state of ICT in Africa by Edward
- the migration of Zimbabweans to South Africa by Nqaba
- the state of Zimbabwean politics from Andrew
- Uganda’s cry for democracy by Lynn
- the goings on in a South African trial by Ntabozuko
- as well as Nigel’s journey back to his homeland after years as part of the diaspora
We have heard from those UK based mothers too
- Sadia has shared what it is like for a mother to answer tough questions children ask
- Grace told us about what Black History month means to her
- Emang asked us a a tough question- who is African
- Tola has brought Nigerian cuisine to our attention
- Whilst Eliza shared the truth about those bio fuels
The platform has grown beyond our wildest dreams, contributors have come and gone but incredibly the core group that was here from the word go have stayed put. We have built up a firm following with an average of 10,000 readers each month.
Some of contributors such as Jimmy, Eliza and Teddy (guest blogger) also contribute to the Guardian’s Poverty blog, whilst Tony’s post on MDG’s is often cited on Global voices and Nigel has contributed to the Africa Good news blog.
There are a variety of topics here and as such something for everyone-I can’t imagine what this is like for Babs the Blog Mistress who sorts out all of our techy stuff, she never complains.
Personally speaking I have made some superb friends along the way thus far. It is also very humbling that a group of people agreed to come on board to share in this idea and continue to do so. It is an achievement for which I am proud. I don’t enjoy athletics much but used to watch Kriss Akabusi running with real pride- can you imagine what it felt like when he agreed to join Africa on the Blog! Thank you Suze for the introduction
I am grateful to Sarah for the continued support Ces- who is responsible for our makeover, to the whole team for showing up month after month with new and interesting blog posts. A big thanks too, to our guest bloggers who drop by and share their views of Africa.
To you our readers we value you but here is a challenge for you
- Join us
- Send in your guest posts
- be sure to use our Events page to list your African event
- Tell us what you would like to write about in the next 300 posts