Making Small Farmers Count

In January of this year, Hawaii extended a series of workshops for the specialty crop block grant and marketing assistance programs. The workshops were in response to funds released by the U.S. Farm Bill and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to make local farmers internationally competitive in the area of specialized crops. The six…

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,…

EdCheck: The Value of a College Education

Every year millions of youth around the world graduate from college or matriculate to an institution of higher learning. According to the NCES figures, there are close to 8000 universities and institutions of higher learning in the US, we can guess that number goes up decidedly throughout the world. However, the value of that education…

African Girl Power: African Women Partnerships in the Diaspora

In the USA alone, African American women’s business is the fastest growing sector in entrepreneurship.   While this growth doesn’t speak much to capitalization or longevity, undoubtedly, African American women are going into business at an astonishing rate.  This may also be due to the fact that African American women are the most educated population in…

A Community of Wealth: Africa and Growth

As Africa began to increase its economic position in the world, more attention began to accumulate in the region.  But as communications and technology made it easier for the world to better understand the state of African nations’ economic growth, an even grater query emerged.  How can nations replete with so much natural wealth have…

Go Global: Use the Power of Media

The power to go global is often thought to be a unique feature of the information age and the process of globalization.  However, this would be inaccurate.  Globalization has been going on for thousands of years.  We now know that Africans traveled to the Americas as far back as 60,000 ce, where relics of their…

Constructing the Future

The construction field is a unique one—highly politicized and often a struggle for smaller contractors to gain headway into the market.  When I was growing up in the Midwest, as an African-American, I can remember the consistent complaint from construction companies of color for the lack or absence of government contracting awards.  It was a…

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…