Skip to main content
Conversations from the Diaspora with Love

Conversations from the Diaspora with Love

By African Minded Woman
Conversations from the African Diaspora, with love - a Building Africa’s Future podcast

African Di•as•po•ra (n): people of African origin living outside of the Continent

This podcast is dedicated to telling stories and sharing experiences from the perspective of African immigrants of the millennial generation and other generations across the African Diaspora.

Links: linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture
Facebook: /buildingafricasfuture
Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture
YouTube: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora
Website: www.buildingafricasfuture.today
Paypal.me/bldgafricasfuture
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo

Breaker

Castbox Logo

Castbox

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo

Overcast

Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo

RadioPublic

Spotify Logo

Spotify

On A Daughter Finding Her Way Back Home To Her Father’s Land
In this episode, I’m joined by a special guest (who has decided to stay anonymous) as she shares her journey of trying to connect with her biological father’s side of the family. Through tears and laughter, she shares how her father’s absence affected her relationship with men, how therapy has helped her process her feelings about her dad, and the advice she has for others who are in a similar situation where they have no connection with a parent. Part 1 of our #livesinmechallenge episode series. Register for our upcoming event: Sunday, 12/26: https://bit.ly/3lC4HAJ. 
57:47
December 4, 2021
On Cultural Revitalization Among African Millennials (w/ Chi Ononuju)
In this episode, Chinwe Ononuju and I discuss what and who are some of the drivers of cultural revitalization among African immigrant children, particularly of the millennial generation. We also considered who is responsible for maintaining culture (past and present) and some ways that our generation can do a better job in being intentional about passing on our cultural heritage to the next generation. You can connect with Aunty Chi on her Instagram or buy her book on Amazon.  Visit our website: https://buildingafricasfuture.today/  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture  Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bldgAFRICASfutr  Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildingafricasfuture/
01:04:13
November 18, 2021
Pt 1 - On Ways To Actively Serve In Your Home Country (w/ Leeda Nwafor)
In part 1 of this video, I'm joined by Leeda Nwafor to discuss why he felt it was important to go back to his home country of Nigeria and serve in the National Youth Service. Throughout the course of the video, we also discuss the challenges he faced navigating the Nigerian sociopolitical system, whether or not he would recommend a year of service for those in the diaspora, and what he learned about himself in the process.  Visit our website: https://buildingafricasfuture.today/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bldgAFRICASfutr Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildingafricasfuture/
39:03
November 1, 2021
Pt 2 - On Ways To Actively Serve In Your Home Country (w/ Leeda Nwafor)
In part 2 of this video, Leeda discusses how social justice movements in the diaspora influence movements in our home countries, the ways that the Nigerian national youth service can be improved, and how he hopes that the diaspora can help drive positive change back on the Continent.    Visit our website: https://buildingafricasfuture.today/ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bldgAFRICASfutr Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/buildingafricasfuture/
41:16
November 1, 2021
Pt. 2 - On Relationships In The African Diaspora (Panel Discussion)
What’s love got to do with it? Join us as our panelists take a comparative look at relationships in the African diaspora. Full livestream here: https://youtu.be/lvAfoaarB60 Become a panelist and let your voice be heard! If you are interested, please fill out the Circle Series Panelist application form. If selected, we will reach out and let you know the next steps. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNLFSSK For more information on Conversations from the Diaspora podcast, please visit the website: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/.
59:33
October 1, 2021
Pt. 1 - On Relationships In The African Diaspora (Panel Discussion)
What’s love got to do with it? Join us as our panelists take a comparative look at relationships in the African diaspora. Full livestream here: https://youtu.be/lvAfoaarB60 Become a panelist and let your voice be heard! If you are interested, please fill out the Circle Series Panelist application form. If selected, we will reach out and let you know the next steps. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JNLFSSK For more information on Conversations from the Diaspora podcast, please visit the website: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/.
59:12
October 1, 2021
On African Language Study and Preservation (w/ Adebayo Adegbembo)
In this episode, I’m joined by Bayo Adegbembo of Genii Games and we discuss the importance of African language study and cultural preservation, particularly for those of us living in the diaspora. Bayo also shares with listeners how to make meaningful cultural connections that will help you on your journey to learning more about your heritage.   —  To get in contact with Bayo, you may reach him at bayo@geniigames.com, follow him on social media @geniigames, or visit his website: http://www.geniigames.com/. You may also download his apps from your device's app store.  —  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora. Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. Linktree: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture  ✨   🌺   🌍   ✨  #languagestudies #culturestudies #culturalpreservation #africanlanguages #yoruba #igbo #ewe #twi #wolof #kiswahili #geniigames #africanidentity #africandiaspora #immigrantstories #africanpodcast #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #blackpodcaster #blackpods #blackpodcasts #blackpodcastnetwork #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #speakupletstalk #conversationsfromthediaspora #amazonmusic #iheartradio
48:11
October 1, 2021
On Reconnecting and Investing in the African Continent (w/ Kea Simmons)
In Part 1 of the Motherland Series, I'm joined by Kea Simmons, U.S. military veteran and co-founder of World Views Travel Group. She shares her love for purposeful traveling and investing in the African Continent through her organization, as well as the different ways in which she is able to give back to the communities and supports the local businesses in the various countries she travels to. Kea discusses how discovering her Kenyan ancestry helped fuel her passion for traveling and connecting members of the African diaspora to the Continent and how traveling has changed her perception of the world around her. It is Kea's hope that people get to know Africa for themselves and find ways to successfully integrate into the systems in place.  For more information on World Views Travel Group, please visit: https://wvsvs.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. - If you would like to financially support this podcast with a one-time contribution, please do so here: https://paypal.me/bldgafricasfuture | https://anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/support Website: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/ #conversationsfromthediaspora #bafconversationspodcast #doorofnoreturn #Kenya #Senegal #Nigeria #Liberia #africantravel #africandiaspora #womenownedbusiness #gullahgeechee #africa #womenempowerment #africanwomen #africanancestry #africanheritage
50:39
August 6, 2021
On Growing Up Afro-Latina - Meet the Author: Rukia K.
In this episode, I'm joined by Rukia K., author of Latina Looks Like Me/ Latina Como Yo. She discusses why she dedicated her book to her inner child, what life was like growing up in Michigan in a Tanzanian-Panamanian home, the constant need to explain her Afro-Latino heritage, and how she shares her multicultural heritage with her son.  Rukia K. is the author and founder of Latina Looks Like Me, an empowerment brand dedicated to educating the world about the diversity and beauty of the Latino culture. The Michigan native is a second-generation immigrant born to parents from Tanzania and Panama. She is an Afro-Latina who is proud of her culture and excited to have a platform that caters to her community. For more information, visit www.latinalookslikeme.com. Thank you for listening! BAF Website: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/ Donations: https://paypal.me/bldgafricasfuture -- #bafconversations #bafpodcast #conversationsfromthediaspora #afrolatina #afrolatinidad #panama #tanzania #latinalookslikeme #latinacomoyo #multicultural #heritage #africandiaspora #empowerment #immigrantexperiences #nigerianamerican #childrensbooks #representationmatters #africanwomen #youthempowerment 
32:58
April 18, 2021
(Pt. 2) I See You, Sis: A Conversation Between Sisters Across the African Diaspora
(Part 2): In honor of 2021’s Black History Month theme on representation, identity, and diversity in the black community and family, I partnered with the Afrimerican Cultural Initiative along with my panelists to moderate this event to discuss the role of the extended family and fictive kinships, whether it still takes a village to raise one another, and the changing roles of women in our world today. In the spirit of sisterhood, we see you, sis! I chose this topic and the title of the event, 'I See You, Sis' in line with this year’s Black History Month theme on family. As we go through life, we add people to our families who might not be blood-related but love-related as some may call it. Close friends who have become part of your village, your support system, your extended family. Especially for those of us living in the diaspora, and who work or school or otherwise navigate systems where we are oftentimes the minority, it’s always nice to be able to identify with one another and be able to say, I see you, sis. A special thank you to my lovely panelists: Kathy, Toynia, Keturah, and Emmanuelle. Thank you also to Afrimerican Cultural Initiative's founder, Marlon Solomon, for this collaboration.   Please visit the website for more info: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/
01:06:21
February 22, 2021
(Pt. 1) I See You, Sis: A Conversation Between Sisters Across the African Diaspora
(Part 1): In honor of 2021’s Black History Month theme on representation, identity, and diversity in the black community and family, I partnered with the Afrimerican Cultural Initiative along with my panelists to moderate this event to discuss the role of the extended family and fictive kinships, whether it still takes a village to raise one another, and the changing roles of women in our world today. In the spirit of sisterhood, we see you, sis! I chose this topic and the title of the event, 'I See You, Sis' in line with this year’s Black History Month theme on family. As we go through life, we add people to our families who might not be blood-related but love-related as some may call it. Close friends who have become part of your village, your support system, your extended family. Especially for those of us living in the diaspora, and who work or school or otherwise navigate systems where we are oftentimes the minority, it’s always nice to be able to identify with one another and be able to say, I see you, sis.  A special thank you to my lovely panelists: Kathy, Toynia, Keturah, and Emmanuelle. Thank you also to Afrimerican Cultural Initiative's founder, Marlon Solomon, for this collaboration.  Please visit the website for more info: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/
46:41
February 22, 2021
20 Lessons Learned from 2020
Hi BAF Family! Happy new year to you all once again, and welcome to SEASON 2 of Conversations from the Diaspora, a Building Africa's Future podcast!  In this episode, I reflect on the 20 things that I learned in 2020. What are some things that you learned in the past year? Do you resonate with any that I included in this list? Check out the video of this episode on YouTube: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora.  Please check out our new website: http://www.buildingafricasfuture.today/ Join the Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bafconvosfromthediaspora Please consider donating to support this podcast: paypal.me/bldgafricasfuture And most importantly, please continue to share and listen. Thank you, BAF Family!  - #conversationsfromthediaspora #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #BAFpodcast #BAFfamily #africandiaspora #africanmillennialwomen
36:28
January 19, 2021
On The Black Experience at the United Nations & Other International Spaces (w/ Mr. Curtis Raynold)
In this episode, I'm joined by Mr. Curtis Raynold, a retired Secretary of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters with over 30 years of experience at the United Nations. We discussed diversity and inclusion at the UN and other global organizations/spaces, how the UN has changed in the past 75 years, and whether we still need the UN in today’s world. He shares his experience growing up in St. Lucia and getting his start in the international field and offers recommendations to young black professionals who are looking to get their start in the field. Mr. Raynold can be reached on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/curtisraynold/.   --  Please support my T-shirt fundraising campaign: www.bonfire.com/welcome-to-baf-family/. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.  For more information, please visit: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture.  -- For additional reading on the topics discussed, you may visit the following links:   OP: International development has a race problem (2019).  What’s Keeping Black Students from Studying Abroad? (2015).  Amplifying black voices in international affairs. (2020).  Citing ‘weight of history’, senior UN officials of African descent issue call to ‘go beyond and do more’ to end racism. (2020).  When will the United Nations address its unjust internship policy? (2016).  OP: Unpaid internships are both elitist and damaging.  Background music "Mighty Calypso" courtesy of Jayme Stone.  #unitednations #blackintheunitednations #diversity #inclusion #UN75 #UNInternationalDecadeforPeopleofAfricanDescent #afrocaribbean #diversityinglobalaffairs #internationalstudies #globalstudies #globalaffairs #africandiaspora #bafpodcast #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #conversationsfromthediaspora #BAFfamily #dopeblackpods #blackpodcasts #african #diplomacy #publicpolicy #foreignaffairs #publicservice  
42:33
December 21, 2020
Part 2 - On Learning To Love Yourself Again (w/ Anne Alobwede)
In this episode, I’m joined by Anne Alobwede, author of Scars to Stars: A Memoir. She shares her story of coming to the U.S. as an international student, going to nursing school, becoming a registered nurse, and getting involved in a toxic relationship that ultimately led to her imprisonment. She emphasizes the importance of asking for help from loved ones, finding therapy through writing and sharing her story, and the beauty of finding the good in every situation. Ms. Alobwede's book can be purchased on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ksyqZB. Follow her on social media: @annealobwede.  -- Please support my T-shirt fundraising campaign: https://www.bonfire.com/welcome-to-baf-family/. -- Thank you for watching! Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. For more information, please visit: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture.  . . . Background music "Anoma" courtesy of Rocky Dawuni.  #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolence #incarceration #immigration #internationalstudents #toxicrelationships #africandiaspora #ICE #cameroon #dvsurvivor #cameroonianamerican #mentalhealth #depression #PTSD #trauma #emotionalabuse #spousalabuse #mentalhealthawareness #lessonslearned #crimesofpassion #bafpodcast #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #conversationsfromthediaspora #BAFfamily #dopeblackpods #blackpodcasts #african
32:07
November 13, 2020
Part 1 - On Learning To Love Yourself Again (w/ Anne Alobwede)
In this episode, I’m joined by Anne Alobwede, author of Scars to Stars: A Memoir. She shares her story of coming to the U.S. as an international student, going to nursing school, becoming a registered nurse, and getting involved in a toxic relationship that ultimately led to her imprisonment. She emphasizes the importance of asking for help from loved ones, finding therapy through writing and sharing her story, and the beauty of finding the good in every situation. Ms. Alobwede's book can be purchased on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3ksyqZB. Follow her on social media: @annealobwede.  -- Please support my T-shirt fundraising campaign: https://www.bonfire.com/welcome-to-baf-family/. -- Thank you for watching! Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here. For more information, please visit: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture.  . . . Background music "Anoma" courtesy of Rocky Dawuni.  #domesticviolenceawareness #domesticviolence #incarceration #immigration #internationalstudents #toxicrelationships #africandiaspora #ICE #cameroon #dvsurvivor #cameroonianamerican #mentalhealth #depression #PTSD #trauma #emotionalabuse #spousalabuse #mentalhealthawareness #lessonslearned #crimesofpassion #bafpodcast #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #conversationsfromthediaspora #BAFfamily #dopeblackpods #blackpodcasts #african
36:23
November 13, 2020
On Being Raised African in America: Double or Triple Consciousness (#SabiSunday w/ @igboclassauntychi)
In this bonus episode, I was interviewed by Chinwe of Aunty Chi's Igbo Class (@igboclassauntychi). We shared a light discussion about my experiences being raised with African, specifically Nigerian, upbringing in the United States, and how I feel that growing up with these multiple cultural identities have shaped my worldview today. I highlighted the importance of young people being intentional about studying their native languages and cultural heritages and expressed my appreciation to all those that are championing efforts to teaching African languages, especially my mother tongue, Igbo.  Stay tuned for a more in-depth discussion when she and I chat again!  Go to our YouTube page or Instagram to watch the live video interview: https://youtu.be/8A2NlOUXi-M.   --   If you would like to learn the Igbo language, you may contact Chinwe @igboclassauntychi on Instagram. You may also purchase her Igbo book, Muta Asusu Igbo, here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1913455114/  --   Please support my T-shirt fundraising campaign: https://www.bonfire.com/welcome-to-the-baf-family/  --   Thank you for watching! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel. For more information, please visit: https://linktr.ee/buildingafricasfuture #BAFFamily #buildingafricasfuture #buildingafricasfuturepodcast #conversationsfromthediaspora 
41:46
October 13, 2020
On OMUGWO: Postpartum Care in the African Diaspora, Pt. 1 (w/ Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere)
In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Temi Aregbesola-Okere. Her passion for women’s empowerment, public health education and promotion, particularly as it relates to healthcare disparities in our communities led to her creating the Omugwo Box, establishing the Ireti Foundation, and the 'Live Your Best Life Momma' online course. In Part 1 of this episode, we discuss why our voices and concerns aren’t heard in medical spaces, the significance of postpartum care in the African sense, and the importance of speaking up and sharing our struggles with one another in order to learn and grow. Thank you for listening!  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this episode with Dr. Temi. You can follow Dr. Temi on Instagram @theomugwobox or visit her website https://www.iamdrtemi.com/.  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora. Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. . . . . #postpartum #blackmothers #africanmothers #omugwo #postpartumcare #VBAC #PPD #csection #medicalbias #theomugwobox #blackmaternalhealth #womensempowerment #publichealth #publichealtheducation #africanidentity #africandiaspora #immigrant #africanamerican #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora 
01:39:60
August 23, 2020
Reflections - What’s In A Name?
In this (relatively short) episode, I highlight some of the things I am excited about at the moment, such as finishing grad school and the audiobook narration I'm currently working on titled A Mother's Promise: A Civil War Survivor and Her Pursuit of the American Dream. I also discuss the importance of names as it relates to our cultural heritage, reflect on the 11 years since my dad's passing and how that has molded my perception of the world, and close with gratitude. Thank you for listening!  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora. Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. . . . . #africanidentity #africandiaspora #immigrant #africanamerican #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora  *I don't own any rights to the music used*
37:33
August 16, 2020
On Navigating Racial Prejudice As A Black Man in America (w/ Rev. Stefan Weathers)
In this episode, I'm joined by my good friend and brother, Rev. Stefan Weathers Sr., to discuss his experiences living as a black man in America from his first police encounter as a teenager coming home from school, to the legacy of policing and slavery, the need for reallocating police funds, the importance of having representation in the classroom, in positions of leadership, and elsewhere, and what that means for young black and brown children, and the differences of perspectives he has from growing up in what is called the New South to now living and raising a young family in the North.   Check out his website here: https://www.stefanweathers.com/in-my-ancestors-dreams    Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture   Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture    Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture    Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com   Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora.    Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube.    .    .   .    .   #iffolkswannapopoff #blackboyjoy #blackinamerica #policing #policebrutality #schooltoprisonpipeline #publiceducation #educationsystem #charlottenc #CLT #thenewsouth #NewYork #defundthepolice #blacklivesmatter #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackchildren #immigrant #inmyancestorsdreams #africanamerican #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora *I don't own any rights to the music used*
01:33:03
July 21, 2020
African Women Panel: A Conversation Between Sisters
In this panel discussion, I'm joined by 4 lovely women from different parts of the African continent and we discuss our experiences as African women as it relates to our cultural identity, how we see ourselves as Black African women within the conversations surrounding black lives matter, what it would take to have a truly unified Africa, things we saw our mothers doing growing up that we would like to discontinue in our generation, colorism in our communities, finding our voice as African women after being raised mostly to be quiet about our feelings, and we close by giving advice to young ladies on what we have learned over the years. Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. . . . . #africanidentity #africandiaspora #africanwomen #africanwomenpanel #colorism #africanunity #blacklivesmatter #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #africancommunity #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora
02:02:59
July 12, 2020
On Raising Children in the Diaspora: Conversations with my Mom (Pt. 1)
(Part 1) In this episode, I discuss with my mom some of the changes she’s noticed in our hometown since we came to this country in June of 1996 until now.  She shares her experiences being an immigrant in this country and raising children.  [Raw cut : recorded in the car while sitting in the parking lot]. Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Please subscribe and share with friends. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube. . . . . #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackmotherhood #blackchildren #charlottenc #thequeencity #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #africancommunity #igbo #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora
17:40
June 20, 2020
On Finding Your Voice As An African Woman (w/ Yar and Amek Barkeui)
In this episode, I had the opportunity to speak with two lovely sisters, Yar and Amek, and we discussed what it means to find your voice as an African woman. In the process, we highlighted so many of our similar experiences as African women even though we are from different parts of the Continent and different ethnic and cultural groups. We talked about why women are pressured into marriage once they get in their 20s and 30s, what it means to be a "good woman", and why we as African women feel that much of our existence is based on living for others and not ourselves and what we are doing to change some of these things for the future generation. Yar also shared why she started her platform, The Women of the Sudans.  You may follow her at: www.facebook.com/TheWomenOfTheSudans, or on Instagram: @yara_b_b @the_women_of_the_sudans ---------------------------- Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture   Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Please subscribe and share with friends. I look forward to hearing from you. Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube.  . . . . #southsudanese #thewomenofthesudans #ssudanese #africanwomen #feminism #womensrights #nilotic #africanidentity #africandiaspora  #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora
01:02:37
June 14, 2020
[Segment] On the Age Old Divide Between Africans and African-Americans
This was a segment from a social justice seminar we had in our church’s young adult group that I was honored to be one of the panelists. I will post the video link here once it’s made available. I discussed the origin of African immigrants to the United States, the need for unity amongst members of the diaspora as it relates to tackling the issue of racism, and the civil rights movement and the role of the church.
05:21
June 12, 2020
On Birth and Motherhood in the U.S. & the U.K. and Mental Health Awareness, Pt. 2 (w/ Janet Jamesy)
In this episode, I'm joined by Janet Adeola Jamesy who was born in Nigeria, raised in the U.S., and now lives in the U.K. with her husband and small children. We discuss the differences in her experiences giving birth in the U.S. and in the U.K. and on raising her children in the U.K. She also discusses the importance of taking care of your mental health during and post-pregnancy (and in general). Janet started ReelMums to highlight more content on conception, prenatal, pregnancy, and postpartum care from the perspective of moms of color, as well as highlight those moms who are homeschooling their children. One of the major reasons why she felt the need to start this platform was to showcase these women who weren't adequately represented on the other platforms she followed. As we always say, representation matters!  Follow her social media platforms:  @reelmums, www.facebook.com/ReelMums, and www.davidlovejanet.com/reelmums. ---------------------------- Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message   Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture  Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture   Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com  Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora  Please subscribe and share with friends. I look forward to hearing from you.  Check us out on your favorite podcast platform, as well as Facebook and YouTube . .  .  .   Episode art background photo courtesy of Janet Adeola Jamesy. #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackmotherhood #blackchildren #blackmomsintheUK #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora
58:04
June 10, 2020
Bonus Clip - Biafra: We Must Never Forget
In this bonus clip from the conversation On Identity and Sense of Community in the African Diaspora, we talk about the significance of Biafra, self-determination, and statehood.  If you would like to make a contribution to the cause, you can do so here: https://www.ipobinusa.org/donate. To learn more about the Biafran Restoration Movement, https://www.ipobinusa.org/ourstory. For FAQs, https://www.ipobinusa.org/faq.   Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback. Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts. . . . . . #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #biafra #ipob #selfdetermination #nationhood #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african #community #igbo
23:02
May 31, 2020
On Issues Affecting Our People At Home and Abroad (w/ Dessay Brown)
In this episode, I'm joined by Dessay Gray-Brown. We discuss what it means to be an African in America, especially at a time like this, with police brutality and the rise of racial tensions under the current administration. We also discuss perceptions of the American dream for family members back in our respective home countries and how the realities are different. We highlight the importance of passing down our cultural heritage to the next generation, talk about coronavirus and how it's causing tensions for Africans living in China, and ways that African governments should respond to these challenges and how they have failed us in many ways.  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture  Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture  Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com  Subscribe to our YouTube channel: BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Please subscribe and share with friends. I look forward to hearing from you. Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts, as well as YouTube. .  .  .  .  If you would like more information on some of the topics discussed in this episode, check out the following links.  George Floyd Protests Spread Nationwide: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/george-floyd-protest-updates-05-28-20/index.html 'Central Park Karen' fired after calling police on black man: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/26/us/central-park-video-dog-video-african-american-trnd/index.html Episode art background photo courtesy of Jackson David on Unsplash. #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blacklivesmatter #nojusticenopeace #saytheirnames #georgefloyd #centralparkkaren #liberia #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african #community
01:11:46
May 29, 2020
On Black Birth Experiences and Black Maternal Health Awareness, Pt. 1 (w/ Tise Karunwi)
In this episode, I'm joined by a friend of mine, Tise Karunwi. She's a loving wife, a mother to two handsome boys, and she's a nurse. We discuss the very important issue of black maternal mortality in the United States. According to the CDC, black women are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related issues than white women. This is partly why the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the worst in any industrialized country. We discussed the importance of having a birth plan and how to set one up, knowing your rights as a patient, her thoughts on the rise in popularity of black doulas and midwives, the necessary trainings that white healthcare professionals need to have to better deal with patients from different cultural backgrounds, among other topics.   **You can check out her Pregnancy to Delivery series on her YouTube Channel: Tise Kay (https://youtu.be/32c3y6vSZik) and follow her on Instagram: @tise_kay **  To our listeners, how was your birth experience like? Did you have a negative birth experience as a black mother that you think was based on any form of racial discrimination? What happened? What do you wish could have been done differently, or what would you do differently in a future pregnancy, or what would you recommend to any soon-to-be moms?   Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture  Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture  Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com  Please subscribe and share with friends. I look forward to hearing from you.   Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts .  .  . . .  Episode art background photo courtesy of Taylor Wright on Unsplash.   For more information on this topic, check out the following articles:   How training doctors in implicit bias could save the lives of black mothers: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-training-doctors-implicit-bias-could-save-lives-black-mothers-n873036?icid=related  What Serena Williams's childbirth scare says about medical treatment of black women: https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/11/16879984/serena-williams-childbirth-scare-black-women  #blackmotherhood #blackmaternalmortalityawareness #implicitbias #blackbirth #birthingwhileblack #blackessentialworkers #blackhealthcareprofessionals #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african #community 
01:12:30
May 18, 2020
On Identity and Sense of Community in the African Diaspora (with Azubuike Nwadei)
I am joined by another one of my good friends, Azubuike Nwadei, and we will be discussing identity in our community as African-Americans, as Nigerian-Americans, as Igbo-Americans, and as Biafrans.  We discuss what each of these hyphenated identities means to us at different points of our lives, the concept of home, our experiences growing up - good or bad - that shaped us and our interactions with different members of the diaspora, at what point being African became "cool" or acceptable to us, and some of our hopes for the future as it relates to the kind of lives we want our children to have different from our own upbringings. Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message   Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture   Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture   Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture   Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com   Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback.  Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts.   .   .   .   .    .   Episode art background photo courtesy of Glodi Miessi on Unsplash  Intro Song Snippet: Umu Obiligbo ft. Flavour - Culture (Instrumental) #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #biafra #ipob #selfdetermination #nationhood #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african #community #igbo
01:03:33
April 25, 2020
On Child Labor, Domestic Workers, & House Helps
In this episode, I discussed the issue of underaged child labor in Africa with a specific focus on domestic workers or house helps as they are commonly called. Like many developing countries in the so-called global South, there are a number of issues that plague countries in this region, and in societies that are traditionally patriarchal, women and children seem to suffer the most. The system of “house helps”, or domestic workers is deeply embedded in Nigerian culture, and many other African cultures, particularly amongst well-to-do families who can afford to hire them. For some house helps, (which are most often young girls in their adolescent up to teenage years), being in this position may mean a better chance at life when they serve good families who can help fund their education, but for countless others, they face physical violence, sexual abuse, and mental abuse at the hands of the families that they serve. 15 million children under the age of 14 are working across Nigeria. This issue desperately needs to be addressed by the Nigerian government and other African governments with the issue of child labor.  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Subscribe to our YouTube channel:  BAF - Conversations from the Diaspora Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback. Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts. . . . . . . . Episode art background photo courtesy of Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye #childlabor #domesticworkers #househelps #streethawkers #housemaid #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african ---- Abi Dare interview, The Girl With The Louding Voice https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/01/books/abi-dare-girl-with-the-louding-voice-interview.html Battabox, SHOCKING: Nigeria's Child Street Hawkers https://youtu.be/eSasYDZ1yow  Nzubechukwu Okeke, Poverty is driving a rise in the number of Nigerian child hawkers https://theconversation.com/poverty-is-driving-a-rise-in-the-number-of-nigerian-child-hawkers-49153
29:09
April 25, 2020
How're Y'all Feeling? - Checking In
How's everyone doing? I know we have been home for a month or more now due to COVID-19. Hope that you all are safe and in a good place mentally. What are you doing while quarantined? I apologize for the poor sound quality in a previous episode and for not posting anything in almost a month! In this clip, I revisit some of the questions I asked in a previous episode to give the listeners a chance to respond.   Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message  Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture  Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture  Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture  Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com   Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback.   Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts. 
10:07
April 24, 2020
On Identity in the Black Community: Conversations w/ a "Regular Black" Girl (Toynia Edmond)
**I apologize for the poor sound quality. Promise to work on improving this for subsequent episodes.**  In this episode, I'm joined by my friend, Toynia Edmond, and we discuss how we identify as black Americans in the diaspora and our differences and similarities from the Black American and Nigerian-American perspectives. Some of the topics we discussed were what home means to us, how we relate with other members of the diaspora, some stereotypes we may have heard about each other, the Year of Return 2019, and what are some ways we can bridge the gap between the continent and the diaspora.  Join us in the discussion. Feel free to leave a comment and share this episode with others.  Check out her podcasts:  Harambee Stories (https://anchor.fm/HarambeeStories) and  MillenZee (https://anchor.fm/MillenZee) Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback. Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, and Google Podcasts. . . . . . . . Episode art background photo courtesy of Autumn Goodman on Unsplash #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african #blackamericans #regularblackgirl
44:24
March 30, 2020
On Growing Up In An African Home (As The First-Born Daughter) (w/ Gloria Kubuanu), Pt. 1
In this episode, my best friend of over 15 years, and I talk about our experiences growing up in African homes, particularly from the point of being the eldest and being girls.  Gloria can be followed on IG: @sweet_n_glo.  Leave us a voice message: anchor.fm/bldgafricasfuture/message Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/buildingafricasfuture Join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/buildingafricasfuture Follow us on Instagram: @buildingafricasfuture Contact us via email: buildingafricasfuture@gmail.com Please subscribe and share with friends. I want to hear from you. I look forward to your feedback. Check us out on Anchor, Spotify, YouTube, Apple, and Google Podcasts. . . . . . . . Episode art background photo courtesy of Eye for Ebony on Unsplash #africanidentity #africandiaspora #blackness #blackthought #nigerian #nigerianamerican #immigrant #firstgenimmigrant #secondgenimmigrant #anchorpodcasts #podcasts #spotify #applepodcasts #itunes #afrocentric #BAF #buildingafricasfuture #conversationsfromthediaspora #african
47:56
March 22, 2020
Why Building Africa's Future?
I briefly discuss what my vision for the podcast is and what Building Africa's Future is all about. 
08:12
March 20, 2020