Challenging the Stereotypes… In 2012, 'Mama Hope' launched "African Men. Hollywood Stereotypes" aiming to start a movement that would shift the perception about Africa.  They were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s. These stereotypes hurt. They hurt the African people whose lives were misrepresented … Continue reading Challenging the Stereotypes…

Magic Words

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it. - Ralph Marston This weekend my neighbours came through … Continue reading Magic Words

The Art of the Apology

In Kiswahili there is a simple four-letter word that has far greater meaning than one would first think. 'Pole' (pronounced 'po-lay') is simply translated as 'Sorry', yet the actual meaning of this is a lot more complex.  On a daily basis in East Africa and particularly in Tanzania, you will hear 'pole' being said approximately … Continue reading The Art of the Apology