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#LeadershipMatters: Embracing the Gift and Power of Forgiveness

Reflections on a nation that is traumatized, fractured, and in dire need of collective healing and forgiveness.

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“To forgive is to set a prisoner free, and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes

Sometimes, people hurt, malign, disappoint us in unconscionably vile, crippling and painful ways. It may be through their words, silence, attitudes, actions, or inactions. And it is often worse when these acts of commission or omission are done by loved ones, those closest to us, and with the greatest powers to inflict the deepest cuts.

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Nairobi, Kenya, 2020: The Next Einstein Forum | Here’s a recap of the last edition in Kigali, Rwanda

The third edition of The Next Einstein Forum will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2020. Here’s a recap of the last edition held in the lovely, clean and green city of Kigali, in Rwanda. This blog post below, was culled from the Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation website on January 15, 2019. It was written by Regina Mennig and originally published in April 2018.

The spirit of the Next Einstein Forum

In Kigali, the Next Einstein Forum initiative recently hosted the largest science conference in Africa to date. What does this conference mean to African scientists?

The Special Spirit of the Next Einstein Forum

In Kigali, the Next Einstein Forum initiative recently hosted the largest science conference in Africa to date. What does this conference mean to African scientists?

In Rwanda, in late March 2018, the air was shimmering with heat underneath the cupola of the Convention Centre. Here, Africa’s brightest minds came together to discuss the latest in research, share ideas, and exchange business cards.

About 1,500 people attended the global science conference of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), including astrophysicists from Ethiopia, biologists from Zimbabwe, and nanotech researchers from Niger, while Nobel prize winners, publishers of leading scientific journals, and presidents of global research institutions mixed with the crowd. At the heart of the conference were the NEF Fellows, a group of outstanding young African scientists who received funding for their research projects…

 

What sets the largest pan-African science conference to date apart from other conferences around the globe? Maybe that a panel discussion about the gender gap in science and technology was opened with a poem? It was recited by Juliet Kego, an engineer, poet, and activist for the cause of encouraging women to enter STEM professions. “Today I will not bow,” the anaphora of her poem, resonated with the audience in the packed Gasabo plenary hall at the Convention Centre. And when she began to sing Amazing Grace, everyone stood up to join her in singing, and swaying along.

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#CelebratingWomenWhoDARE | The 2018 AWP Network Power List is Here!

Farida Nabourema

#CelebratingWomenWhoDARE! A huge thank you to African Women Power [AWP Network], for celebrating and recognizing forty (40) phenomenal African women with powerful, inspiring, and influential voices. Kudos to all the phenomenal women who were honoured.

And a special salute to honour the resilience, beauty, enterprise, strength and courage of millions of African women across the continent and globe. We celebrate the unsung, and those in under-served and rural communities, who do so much, with so little, to make our society more just, equitable, safe and prosperous for all. And they do it all, with grace and grit, in the face of near impossible odds and barriers. #CelebratingWomenWhoDARE!

Congratulations to one of ours, -Whole WoMan Network’s co-founder, Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido, for making the list.

To see the rest of the women honoured, click the link below:

The 2018 AWP Network Power List

[Culled from African Women Power; on January 3, 2018]

 

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Let’s Celebrate; It’s World POETRY Day!

National POETRY month

What better way to celebrate world poetry day than listening to some poetry recitals, both live and on youtube? The voice of Tom hiddleston (Yes, Loki) is poetic gold. Other people I love listening to as they recite and bring poetry alive are the legendary Indian actor, poet and activist, Amitabh Bachchan and American actor, Morgan Freeman.  What are you doing for world poetry day?

 

Here are some of my favourite quotes about poetry:

  1. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper, it takes the human voice to infuse it with greater shades of meaning.” ~Maya Angelou
  2. “At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” ~Plato
  3. “Poetry is the life blood of rebellion, revolution and the raising of consciousness.” ~Alice Walker;
  4. “A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” ~Robert Frost
  5. “Poetry is thoughts that breathe and words that burn.” ~Thomas Gray
  6. “If there were no poetry on any day of the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be intolerable hunger.” ~Muriel Rukeyser
  7. “In motion or in stillness, joy or sorrow, passion or pain..; all of life is synchronistic poetry.”~ Juliet ‘Kego
  8. “You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.” ~Joseph Joubert
  9.  “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powr
  10. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origins in emotions recollected in tranquility.” ~Wordsworth
  11. Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
  12. “Poetry is an echo asking the shadow to dance.” ~Carl Sandburg
  13. “Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
  14. “The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and collective body of our ancestral memories.” ~Margaret Walker
  15. “Poetry is language in its most distilled and powerful.” ~Myles Goode
  16. “Poetry is the chiseled marble of language; it’s a paint-spattered canvas – but the poet uses words instead of paint, and the canvas is you.”~ Mark Flanagan

 

 

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