Immigration: A Historic Cost in Dollars

As the world continues to connect via globalization, advanced communication and travel, immigration has continued to rise. Most notably immigration has rose exponentially in European and Western enclaves around the world. “You should see Paris now, it’s little Africa.” She said with a chuckle. The francophone African woman I was interviewing for a story was…

Here’s Why Today’s Hard Work Will Not Make You Rich

Perhaps one of the biggest myths is that hard work equals success. This is a concept strongly held in Western tradition, despite its historic and present day inaccuracies. The hidden assumption behind the hard work trope is that the “worker” will be able to enjoy the production value behind his/her own hard work. This is…

From Naija with Love: A Book Review

During my time in Lagos, Nigeria I had a chance to read a biography that gave me a window into colonial life in Nigeria. The book, A Train Ride to Zaria by Bankole Ososanwo was set in Lagos and it helped me to understand the history of the state as well as the names of…

This is Nigeria

Recently, I was in the seaside state of Lagos, arguably one of Africa’s Largest Metropolis and Nigeria’s most successful state. As one of the smallest states in the nation, Lagos has distinguished itself as Nigeria’s most industrialized and developed state. While there, I had the opportunity to experience various cities such as Lekki, Ikeja, Ikoyi,…

Why Africa Needs African-Americans

Yes.  While it may seem like a proud thing to say, it’s simply an observation based on evidence and history.   It is an incontrovertible fact that most developing economies in modern history gained massive strength through its Diaspora. One area African Americans (U.S., Caribbean, South America) can be of greatest help is in the fair…

Akon Is Right About Branding Africa

Akon is right.  Yes, I’m talking about the hip hop rapper turned businessman and solar energy magnate.   As an entrepreneur and communications professional I can appreciate what the musician has done; as well as the comments he made at this year’s Youth Connekt Africa Summit in Kigali, Rawanda. At the Summit, Akon highlighted a critical…

And This Is How I Fell In Love . . .

Stories about love always start with the moment lovers meet.  Mine will be somewhat different and somewhat the same.  If that is a contradiction, then so is love. Recently, I found a new African song to add to my Afrobeats collection, accept, this song is not Afrobeats.  It’s in the form of a traditional Zambian…

#AfriCapitalism: Does African Currency Matter?

Waiting to pay my bill in Ghana, I rummaged through my purse and my pockets.  Oh, no!  I hadn’t any more Ghana Cedis.  I was in the West African nation of Ghana, and I had run out of Cedis (the national currency).  All I had were dollars and at present there was no place to…

Part 5: The Music That Moves

Music is probably the only thing you can take from a moment in time apart from a memory.  It leaves indelible prints on the heart and mind.  From my trip to Accra I brought back Afrobeats . . . not as though I did not know about it or enjoy it in the past.  I’m…

Part 4 : The African Entrepreneur

The economics of business and social policy always happen to creep into my mind whenever I visit a new place.  It was no different in Ghana. I had a great opportunity to talk with everyday folks to find out their take on government, politics, money and business. Most Ghanaians I met, seemed fairly settled on the…

Part 3: Far from Kapiti Plain

The first day in Adabraka, Accra Ghana, I had a tour guide.  He took me around the city to a few notable places.  He pointed them out and he was kind.  He had a fascination with America that I thought was cute.  He was absolutely sure that America was a beautiful place and he would like…