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This is a blog about highlighting the differences in social and economic circumstances between women.. in the west and their counterparts in Africa. . On a personal level it is about my experiences as an.. immigrant to the UK from Zambia.

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  • Social media, innovation and technology CAN change the world
    on Oct 2, 2013
    Last Monday 23rd September I attended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Good Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel in Lusaka. The summit was all about how social media, innovation and technology can be used to make the world a better plac...
  • Female applicants preferred
    on Sep 17, 2013
    I’ve spent the best part of a year trawling through endless newspapers and websites. No, I’m not that obsessed about news, I’ve been looking for jobs. You get up in the morning spend what money you have on newspapers, rifle through them, barely...
  • The Barefeet Festival; A rip - roaring success.
    on Sep 6, 2013
    Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of being able to cover the Barefeet Festival. I didn't really know a lot about the organisation or the festival. If I’m honest I was just excited about the chance to get plenty of material for the blog, maybe...
  • How to survive in Zambia
    on Aug 26, 2013
    Last Wednesday I attended ‘A Magical Night of Music Under the Stars’. It was a brilliant event for a worthy cause. Action for Empowerment Zambia is raising funds to complete the building of Chibolya Medical Centre in Lusaka.We were treated to som...
  • The real face of domestic violence; not just another statistic
    on Aug 19, 2013
    Very few of us like Mondays. You’ve had a great weekend and want it to continue. You might have had such a ‘good’ weekend that you walk into work feeling a little rough, a little worse for ware.A few Mondays ago our housekeeper walked into work...
  • Africans: Pawns in the Battle?
    on Aug 14, 2012
    Last week I listened to a report by Gabriel Gatehouse on BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight. The discussion centred around Uganda, its prospects for economic growth and the rising level of investment from China and Chinese companies. China is n...
  • Societally imposed self constraint; appraising my wardrobe
    on Apr 1, 2012
    I've been meaning to write this post for a long time now.The furore in Malawi that came about as a result of women being stripped for wearing trousers presented the perfect opportunity, but I did not take it. I told a friend about it and she urged me...
  • A Change is Gonna Come: The power struggle between Africa's youth & it's leaders
    on Jan 19, 2012
    The British Media and the Global South is a short film that attempts to investigate why the Western media, British in particular, portray Africa in a predominantly negative way.The interviewees make the usual points, the press are only interested in...
  • Zambian Intellectuals are Lazy
    on Jan 16, 2012
    You know the feeling. Yet another forwarded message that tells you to read to the end and keep an open mind. Well, with a title about 'lazy intellectuals and an opening scene involving a man who seems just plain racist I was tempted to bin this one.
  • The Hidden Truth; combating gender based violence in Zambia and beyond.
    on Nov 30, 2011
    This week I was asked why we are marking 16 days of activism against gender based violence as opposed to doing it 365 days of the year. The man who asked this was right, gender based violence does, sadly, occur every day of the year, but, as I said t...
  • Ask not what your continent can do for you......
    on Oct 22, 2011
    This year has been a seminal one for me. I started this blog on a whim and had no idea just how much of an impact it would have. I wrote what I thought about various cultural and news stories. Then I began to want to learn more about how the gap betw...
  • Zambian youth join the social media revolution
    on Sep 21, 2011
    Yesterday started pretty much like every other day. I woke up, groped around for the radio and checked for that addictive flashing light on my BlackBerry. My Dad had sent a text message describing how the family had travelled to Chingola from Kalulus...
  • Zambian Elections:The Mining Industry; A Critique
    on Sep 16, 2011
    Copper is by far the most important commodity that Zambia produces. In June/July of this year minerals and their products constituted a staggering 77% of total exports. Any credible discussion about the future of our country must include an examinati...
  • Zambian Elections: Does Mining Benefit Africa?
    on Sep 16, 2011
    This debate took place in Lusaka during the first Zambian International Mining and Energy Conference and Exhibition. On the panel were, Clare Short formerly part of the Blair government, now of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Situ...
  • Zambian Elections: Mr Vezzy
    on Sep 13, 2011
    This series has been about looking at organisations that create non traditional jobs and showing just how diverse our economy can be. What could be more unconventional than the entertainment industry? The lure of making it big in this sector is huge!
  • Election Songs
    on Sep 10, 2011
    Songs imploring the youth to vote are now a permanent feature of elections around the world. Here are selection from Zambia.
  • Zambian Elections: The Best of Zambia
    on Sep 9, 2011
    Communication has revolutionised the world! Good communication infrastructure is absolutely integral to the development of a country. It could make the difference between stifling growth by restricting access to goods and services or allowing a natio...
  • Zambian Elections: Kutowa Designs
    on Sep 8, 2011
    Kutowa Designs is the brainchild of self-taught, Zambian designer, Towani Clarke. The name, ‘Kutowa’ is derived from the designer's Tumbuka (which is a Zambian language) name Towani, meaning ‘to be so bright and beautiful that you dazzle’, a...
  • Zambian Elections: The Big Issue Zambia
    on Sep 8, 2011
    The Big Issue is a magazine that exists to offer poor people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income. It was established in the UK in 1991 and you can often see Big Issue vendors selling their copies on the street. One of the founders of the...
  • Zambian Elections : The voice of the people
    on Sep 7, 2011
    Its election season in Zambia. There are a number of clues of this;There is a sudden surge in positive government activity.The president is making endless announcements about what they are doing/will do for all of us.The mud slinging between politica...

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