Monday, 7 July 2014

The Royal African Society - presents "Africa Writes"

The summer of activities relating to Africa in London continues as "Africa Writes", The Royal African Society’s annual literature and book festival in association with The British Library, returns for a third year.

Taking place from Friday 11  to Sunday 13 July, Africa Writes 2014 will bring together over 50 authors, poets, publishers, critics and experts for an exciting programme, including book launches, readings, talks, panel discussions, performances, children and young people’s workshops, family activities, and an international book fair.

Theme: Reclaiming the Feminine Voice 

Friday 11 July, 18:30 – 20:00
BL Conference Centre, £8/ £6 / £5

Africa Writes brings together a powerful group of African women poets who are using their voices to claim their rightful place in literature. With Young Poet Laureate for London Warsan Shire, Belinda Zhawi, Ribka Sibhatu and Chinwe Azubuike. Moderated by Jessica Horn, feminist writer and activist. It will include An Audience with Ama Ata Aidoo. Ama Ata Aidoo is Ghana’s leading author, poet, playwright, academic and former Education Minister. She will engage in an in-depth conversation led by Wangui wa Goro, writer, critic and translator.

For the full schedule of events and the latest news and updates, visit RSA's website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook: 
#MyAfricaWrites Tweetathon

Follow @RoyAfrisoc and tweet about your experience of the festival and African books and literature with the hashtag #MyAfricaWrites for a chance to win some great prizes!

Monday, 16 June 2014

TEDxEustonSalon 2014 SOLD-OUT!

Yes, you guessed right! This is always our favourite email. But, we don't write to celebrate ourselves, as our task is yet to be done. We write to celebrate you; our amazing community that stands up for what we do, and who we are time and time again. On Saturday, prepare your mind to be blown away, prepare your story to share with your neighbors and do remember to put on your dancing shoes. We will seek to inspire your mind as much we exercise your body at the TEDxEustonSalon 2014 at our beautiful new salon venue - the British Museum! You can't wait? Yes, neither can we...:) See you on Saturday!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Two special women at TEDxEustonSalon 2014 - Last 3 tickets!

At TEDxEustonSalon 2014, we will engage with the remarkable ideas and stories of two special women, redefining education in their own unique ways.

Naana Otoo-Oyortey has never chosen the easy option. As a social activist and women’s rights defender, Naana is passionate about giving women the tools to become change agents on the issues that matter to them. Some of these issues are tough issues in our context; from child marriage to Female genital mutilation, yet Naana does not shy away from them, but brings an articulated and nuanced understanding to the discourse and will challenge the way many of us view our world.

Precious Simba started her career as many of us have, in a fairly comfortable job as a senior manager in the Zimbabwean town of Bulawayo, but decided to leave her retail career in 2011 to pursue her passion for inspiring young girls from under-privileged backgrounds. She established the Girls Development Initiative, an organisation that empowers girls with education opportunities and life skills. Through this programme she has brought a whole new perspective to life and its opportunities to so many young women, changing her world - one girl at a time.

These will be special talks from two special women at TEDxEustonSalon 2014.

Lets see who will get the last 3 available tickets to TEDxEustonSalon 2014

Monday, 9 June 2014

Kunle Adeyemi at TEDxEustonSalon

Why is an architect speaking at a TEDxEustonSalon focusing on education? Well, Kunle Adeyemi is not your normal architect and TEDxEustonSalon is not your normal event! This year’s Salon, holding at the British Museum, will be special in more ways than one. Kunle’s passion as an architect, urbanist and researcher is truly evident in his countless innovative projects, including the Makoko floating school project, through which he completely challenges conventional wisdom on everything from the economics of education to the perceived chaos of Lagos. Be prepared to see the world from a whole new point of view after the salon.

Its nearly sold out, so get one of the very last tickets here

For those that have attended one in the past, it’s a lovely intimate affair where you will not only be able to listen to the speakers, but to mingle with them and others, enjoy some lovely wine and food and you already know how we end all our events.

See you on the 21st!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

The icing on the cake - Bumi Thomas to perform at TEDxEuston Salon 2014!

Bumi Thomas is a dynamic contemporary African, acoustic Jazz-folk-soul singer and songwriter whose style is inspired by her multicultural heritage. Her music explores identity, sensuality, Love, spirituality, retrospective and cross-culturism. Born in Glasgow, raised between Kano and Lagos, and now based in London after completing a degree in Fine Art Media & Visual Communication, Bumi's music represents the journey of a modern African creative in the Diaspora.

Be one of the first to to see a live-performance of this rising star by getting one of the last 8 tickets left for the TEDxEuston Salon 2014 - HERE.

"My journey is essentially about transcending boundaries. Its ethos: a delicate exploration of the relationship between art and experience, how that expression is transformed to music and how that music translates to pure emotional impulse. As an artist, I find that my work also encapsulates my evolution as a woman."
Bumi's sound is a contemporary fusion that combines jazz, folklore, high life, Afro-beat rhythms, reggae grooves and tribal nuances. A truly organic fusion of ornate rhythms, thought stimulating lyrics, ambient melodies infused with funk and delivered with soul. A sound- scape rich in texture, imagination, originality and poetry inflected by the influence of Tracy Chapman, Sade Adu, Bobby McFerrin, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. Bumi  is the 2011 recipient of  the Womatt Best of British (BOB) Award for Best Solo Newcomer and was also nominated for two BEFFTA awards "Best Female Act" and "Best Female UK Based Afro-Caribbean Act".

Get one of the 8 tickets left - here.

To find out more, visit her website, watch her on Youtube, follow her on twitter @bumithomas, and Facebook.

Thursday, 8 May 2014

#BringBackOurGirls join us on Friday the 9th May at Nigeria House, Northumberland Ave. London at 10 am.

Many of us on the TEDxEuston team went to boarding school in Nigeria. We have fond recollections of our time there, getting a good education, forging friendships, never for once doubting that we were safe.

When FGC Yobe was attacked by Boko Haram and students were killed, we were horrified beyond words. We could not imagine how that could have happened. If our children could not be safe at school, where would they be?

We hoped a tragedy like that would never happen again. We trusted our government to ensure that it did not. In March, 50 girls were abducted from a school in Borno State. As far as we know, the girls are still at large. In April, almost 300 girls writing their exams were again abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from another school in Borno State. Apart from the few who escaped , the rest are still at large. There are rumors that some  have been sold off as sex slaves for as little as $12.00. There are allegations that some have died in captivity. Some have allegedly been moved on to Cameroon and Chad. This is news that breaks our hearts. These girls are our sisters, our daughters, our nieces.

 #Bringbackourgirls has probably become the one of the world's most recognizable hashtags. We ask the government of Nigeria to ensure that our  girls are brought back. WE want to see them back at school. Forging careers. Living the life they choose for themselves.

Access to education is a basic right. In communities where girls' education is already  at risk, it is important that parents are not further discouraged from sending their daughters to school. We say to the government, Enough is enough. We demand from them a safe environment not just for our girls but for every Nigerian citizen within its borders. We deserve that much.

For those of us living in London, join us on Friday the 9th May at Nigeria House, Northumberland Ave.London at 10 am.