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Rootencial Conversations

Rootencial Conversations

By Josefina Bonsundy
Providing visibility to stories from African and African diaspora communities, through inspirational interviews and conversations that explore topics in identity, society and business, and contribute to the creation of a positive narrative.
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Dr Gift Mehlana: Advancing Africa and the World through Science
Africa is rarely perceived as a hub of science and innovation. Yet, the story of Zimbabwean Scientist Dr Gift Mehlana is testament to the existing talent, resilience and excellence that exists in the African continent. Josefina Bonsundy speaks to Gift about his passion for science, his research and the place of science in the African continent.
38:21
August 11, 2020
Confia En Tu Potencial: Mario 'Speaker'
Conversamos con Mariano (Mario Speaker), joven nativo de Guinea Ecuatorial quien lidera el movimiento Confía en Tu Potencial. En esta conversación Mario nos habla de cómo y por que empezó este movimiento, comparte algunas de las estrategias que le han servido para crear la mejor version de sí mismo y las oportunidades que momentos de dificultad nos pueden ofrecer.
35:45
June 28, 2020
Linkages Through Language: Omokolawole Lamikanra
They say that business and entrepreneurship run in your veins. That’s certainly true for Omokolawole Lamikanra, who started out on his entrepreneurial journey before his tenth birthday! Also known as ‘Lami’, this Nigerian lawyer and businessman recently moved to the UK where he is busy launching his latest venture – Lingua54, a digital platform to learn African languages online. ROOTENCIAL spoke to Lami about the importance of language to building connections, to the African diaspora and continent’s unity and development, and to impacting people’s lives and wellbeing.
24:39
June 22, 2020
Susana Bokobo: Lo más importante en el éxito es el camino
ROOTENCIAL conversa con Susana Bokobo, abogada, escritora y fundadora de la red de artistas Bokobo.Art. Después de trabajar varios años como abogada fiscalista en Repsol, Susana decide lanzar su propia iniciativa. En esta entrevista nos habla del viaje interior recorrido que le lleva hasta crear Bokobo.Art.
44:52
June 18, 2020
Esther Bolekia Loribo: La bienvenida a una nueva normalidad
La situación global (Covid-19) ha traído una nueva normalidad. ¿Qué dejarías y con que te quedarías de la situación actual? ROOTENCIAL conversa con Esther Bolekia Loribo, ingeniera civil, fundadora y directora de la revista Dévé, quién nos habla sobre algunas de las experiencias vividas y hábitos adoptados gracias, o a consecuencia de, esta pandemia global. Nos preguntamos si todo es negativo, si existen experiencias positivas y oportunidades que se puedan retirar de esta situación. O si bien, estas tres opciones coexisten simultáneamente.
39:22
June 15, 2020
Esther Bolekia: Que Comiencen Los Buenos Tiempos
Esther Bolekia es ingeniera de caminos y directora de Dévé, una revista digital de estrategia, liderazgo y estilo de vida con el objetivo de inspirar una mejora en la toma de decisiones en el ámbito personal y profesional. En esta entrevista, Esther nos habla de cómo su historia personal ha sido un gran impulso en la creación de este espacio digital y en su carrera. 
27:15
October 27, 2019
Danielle Akini: Réveillant le génie qui sommeille dans les enfants
Danielle Akini est fondatrice de Genius Centers, une start up créée dans le but d'enseigner des compétences en informatique, robotique et l'espirit d'entrepreisde aux enfants. Pour ce faire, Genius Centers propose une plate-forme d'apprentissage en ligne ne nécessitant pas , qui propose des cours interactifs pour des enfants au Cameroun. Dans cette interview, Danielle nous en dit plus sur cette initiative et sur ce qui l'a conduit à sa création. 
12:14
September 29, 2019
Priscilla Omouendze : La Richesse Naturelle de l’Afrique
Cette épisode du podcast présente Priscilla Omouendze qui nous avons rencontré lors de la conférence de WIA (Women in Africa) au Maroc en Juin 2019. Scientifique est fondatrice du projet de fabrique des cosmétiques naturels N'Kira. Elle nous raconte le pourquoi de la création de ce projet, et comment sa frustration a été un levier clé pour arriver à le lancer.
17:57
August 28, 2019
Omnia Shawkat: Reclaiming African Narratives
This part two from the Women in Africa Initiative interview episodes, features Omnia Shawkat, founder of the digital cultural platform Andariya, seeking to reclaim an African narrative through storytelling. Andariya amplifies stories from Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda on a diverse array of contemporary topics ranging from literature, film and general culture!
17:00
August 1, 2019
Edwige Takassi: Soil of Africa – Embracing Africa’s Natural Heritage
We speak to Edwige Takassi from Togo and co-founder of the trademark "Terroir d'Afrique". Their mission is to leverage Africa's natural heritage to promote African local production and consumption of natural products such as tea, coffee, honey and oils. 
16:16
July 11, 2019
Christiane Sungu and Lucrece Wasolua-Kibeti: The Politics of Hair, Identity & Confidence
What does hair mean to us and our society?  Christiane Sungu and Lucrece Wasolua-Kibeti, founders of Krowned, a social initiative aiming to empower young girls through haircare, indirectly explores this question during our conversation. Both as part-time models, a lawyer and a medical student respectively, bring to the table the 'silent' but visual conversation of hair, emphasising the importance of representation and embracing our identity, to build confidence in who we are.
34:08
June 10, 2019
Stephen Akintayo: The Key to Unlocking Africa's Potential is Business
Stephen Akintayo’s story shatters the myth that you need a lot of capital to start a business and become an entrepreneur. In this conversation, Stephen shares powerful messages on the importance of creating wealth for Africa, leveraging technology to unlock the potential of the continent, and the importance in investing on "informal" means of education to attain better financial literacy. 
57:06
May 1, 2019
Muna Lobe: Reclaiming African Arts and Culture
We speak with Muna Lobe, founder of creative AYA Consulting firm. Muna talks about the importance of supporting creative artists, the power of storytelling for stories to transcend non-African communities, as well as renaming, redefining and reclaiming African Arts and Culture by their communities.
37:17
April 8, 2019
Diane Audrey Ngako: An Entrepreneurial Journey From The Diaspora
 In this episode we speak with Diane Audrey Ngako, a Cameroonian entrepreneur based in Douala. After spending her teenage and early adulthood years in Paris, Diane decides to return to her native Cameroon to build her business legacy. 
35:19
August 9, 2018
Bisila Bokoko: A Leap of Faith
This episode features Bisila Bokoko, a New-York based leading businesswoman, inspirational speaker, and philanthropist. Bisila tells us about her spectacular career journey and the importance of courage and resilience when making career choices. 
26:38
July 1, 2018
Leonard Tshitenge: A Poet For Action
This podcast features Leonard Tshitenge, a Congolese-born American entrepreneur, founder of 'Consciously Exposed' - a consulting firm dedicated to  to improve Cultural Intelligence in the community and  inclusion of African Immigrants.  Leonard tells us about his passion for poetry and spoken word activism and how and why he combines these things together. 
17:57
June 7, 2018
Fungai Marima: Organic Love for Art
This episode features Fungai Marima who is originally from Zimbabwe, in her studio in London, where we learned about her organic love for art and some of the stories that inspire her drawings. 
12:10
May 9, 2018
Pamela Ohene Nyako: Be Who You Are
In this episode we speak to Swiss historian and entrepreneur with Ghanaian roots and founder of Afrolitt, a platform that uses literature from sub-Saharan Africa and its Black diaspora as a tool enabling critical knowledge and sharing.
21:48
April 6, 2017
Lucia Asue Mbomio Rubio: Potencial sin límites
Lucía Asué Mbomio Rubio es una de las periodistas afro-españolas más conocidas de la televisión española. En este episodio nos habla de cómo llegó al periodismo y su trabajo como colaboradora en varios medios.
23:56
February 7, 2017
Alejandra Evui Salmerón Ntutumu: Sueños, Identidad y Cuentos
En este episodio hablamos con Alejandra Evui Salmerón Ntutumu, fundadora y directora de Potopoto, un proyecto editorial solidario que busca hacer llegar los cuentos africanos a los niños de todo el mundo con el fin de promover una mayor representación y diversidad en cuentos infantiles. 
22:21
January 2, 2017
Junior Adebayo: Experiment, Experiment, Experiment
This episode features an interview with Junior Adebayo is a young NHS doctor with a passion for science and medicine. He tells us about why he chose medicine and how, after this decision, he realised how the colour of his skin could influence both praise and criticism. 
15:33
November 9, 2016