Real conversations on / by Africa|ns and its Diaspora. On Organic, we explore the magic of organic conversations and perspectives from Africa(ns) on various topics: relationships, business, spirituality, travel, tech, food, wellbeing, policy, personal growth, and everything in between. Hosted byCircumspecte.com founder Jemila Abdulai.
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For our final Ramadan series conversation, fashion designer Zainab Salihijo offers insight into Eid celebrations in Nigeria. She shares how she started her fashion brand Pink Fleur; trades notes with Jemila on Islamic, cultural and food traditions in Northern Ghana and Northern Nigeria; and offers some inspiration for other creative professionals.
Alongside fasting, Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca is a key tradition in Islam. Malick Ndiaye, a Senegalese IT expert, shares his first time visiting Saudi Arabia to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) — Not once, not twice, but three times. He first went on Ummrah (small pilgrimage) in 2015, then during Ramadan 2016, and later during the annual Hajj in 2018. Malick and Jemila also explore the principles of tolerance and giving in Islam; as well as their personal journeys to seeking knowledge, living in the Diaspora and returning back home to Africa.
In the final segment of their conversation, Binta and Jemila get real about navigating identity, relationships, and social expectations on issues like marriage and children. They also touch on death and coping with grief and discuss their love for Senegalese cuisine.
In the first segment of a two-part conversation, Jemila sits down with Fatmata Binta; a nomadic chef from Guinea and Sierra Leone who is taking her Fulani culture and cuisine to the world with her unique “Dine on a Mat” culinary experience. They discuss their suspended Ramadan plans, explore COVID-19 coping mechanisms, reminisce about growing up in Muslim households and get real about doing the internal work.
We kick off the Organic interview series with a set of Ramadan conversations with African Muslims across the world. In this episode, Jemila speaks with Ahmed Futa, a Ghanaian medical doctor currently based in The Gambia.