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 →


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 →

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 →

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?

Attend: 2015 Young African Leadership Symposium

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The Council of Young African Leaders (CYAL) will host its 5th annual CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. This year’s themeTransforming Africa through Partnershipswill focus on the importance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and explores ways the African diaspora can engage with the Continent in the areas of development thought PPPs. This year’s program will feature keynote addresses by Ms. MacDella Cooper, CEO of MacDella Cooper Foundation and Ms. Bisila Bokoko, Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Philanthropist among other high profile speakers and panelists.

“If you are in the New York area on November 6 and 7, you do not want to miss the 2015 CUNY-YALS because it is a unique opportunity to be part of the conversation about Africa,” said Loukman Lamany, YALS’s 2015 Chairperson. Similar to a Town hall Debate…

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Bisila Bokoko and MacDella Cooper to Deliver Keynote Addresses at the 5th Annual Young African Leadership Symposium in NYC

The Council Of Young African Leaders will host the 5th annual CUNY Young African Leadership Symposium (YALS) at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. This year’s theme Transforming Africa Through Partnerships will focus on the importance of public and private partnerships, within the African community and abroad. The Young African Leadership... Continue Reading →

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