What My Mother Taught Me About the Value of Being a Woman

My mother has taught me to live life with open hands. To be a custodian, rather than the owner, of my blessings. There is no better place to start than one’s mother when speaking of women who have inspired you. My mother, Marie or "mère" as the whole family calls her,  is probably one of... Continue Reading →

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Lessons Learned While Hiking- human beings are immune to pain

I have been in a birthing room. It wasn’t fun for me. It wasn’t fun for the mother to be. Or at least I thought it wasn’t when she was screaming bloody murder to everyone who was in the room.  But when the baby was in our world it was like the entire melodrama of... Continue Reading →

My top 10 “do-better in 2018” #selfcare list

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is waking up every morning, and despite the fear and mis-givings, facing the day with every intention to win. Sometimes, courage is simply loving yourself enough to make sure you are okay. Atleast this is what 2017 has taught me. In April last year I got admitted... Continue Reading →

Ottawa Kwanzaa

Imagine the green, black, and red of pan-Africanism in perfect harmony with the colours of the visible spectrum. Imagine the subtle dance of Caribbean music simultaneously cleansing the spatial distribution of energy. Imagine the aroma of island spices and seasoning before touching your ever-salivating palette. The clothes: kente cloth everything, the traditional imvuntano from Burundi,... Continue Reading →

On the Question of Identify….

...Does it really matter whether you are an African-American, African, African Immigrant, or simply You? Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. - Confucius Most recently, it seems that we have either become obsessed with identify, or maybe it is just becoming more annoying now. Here is a few of my thoughts... Continue Reading →

We Are Generation G April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention month. Genocide, ethnic violence, political tribalism: poison by any other name remains just as fatal. On this day in 1994, the plane boarding Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira and two of his ministers was deliberately shot, killing those on board, and sparking a nationwide genocide. To... Continue Reading →

Delivering letters of acceptance to girls in Ashanti region

After meeting the Accra students, I returned to Kumasi to deliver acceptances to students at Esreso D/A2 and St. Augustine’s Anglican Primary. While all the students were happy to be accepted, Fauzia of St. Augustine’s was especially emotional. Following introductions, students were informed of their acceptance. I was mid sentence explaining that selections were based... Continue Reading →

Where Are Leaders Like Dr. Elie Buconyori?

Burundi is burning. And we are watching it happen. Again. It seems that Burundi is doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again- where the sins of our fathers become the sins of this generation. And I wonder, will God forgive us for watching our country shed more blood? Was a third term to protect mineral/oil interests, money, land grabbing etc worth the many lives that have been lost? Is this Tusti-Hutu dichotomy worth the pain and suffering we are causing each other?

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