"I am American born Pan Africanist and scholar of Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies. My inspiration to learn and study Anthropology developed in my childhood when I was exposed to various cultures and philosophies. I am a woman of mixed heritage encompassing Jamaican, African American, Native American, Mexican, and European descent, however I identify strongly as African. I discovered that my experiences as a woman of color in America were not unlike the oppressive circumstances of all other African heritage peoples worldwide. This realization ignited the passion to learn where my ancestors came from and more about the African continent.
When I realized that Western scholarship on Africa was overall discouraging to the truth and dignity of African peoples, I felt compelled to challenge and transform the early work of the African “Dark Continent”. I strongly believe that Pan Africanism is vital to the spiritual, social, economic and political liberation of all African heritage peoples; furthermore, the alliance, collective strategy and organizational planning among Africans is essential to the progression of the Black struggle and African Renaissance as was maintained by Professor Cheikh Anta Diop. Aside from a future in academia, I am a creative writer. I collect African folklore, legends, myth and music in my travels to African countries. My creative writings is concentrated on offering culturally educational stories to children.
I believe that women and sisterhood are sacred to life and existence and that our children are the promise of the future.
I felt there was a need to have a Pan African blog to enlighten and unite the minds of others with the progress as well as the setbacks of African nations. I am honored to be an active agent in raising awareness toward a Pan African justice of equality, liberation and freedom. Aside from the WACRIA blog, Olivia have initiated projects such as an interview documentary as well as events that support the WACRIA mission. I will continue her work in scholarship, as a creative writer and now as a blogger to achieve a holistic perspective of Africa."
"Ever since I was a young girl I knew that my dream in life was to make the world a better place. Of course this seemed impossible and it still does sometimes but I know that there is so much for me to do in my lifetime and that God will provide the strength for me to do so. I was fortunate enough to be born as a woman in a Nigerian family and my family values and Igbo culture have played a huge role in my development as a person.
I was fortunate enough as a child to be exposed to different extracurricular activities and now have experiences swimming, playing piano, tap dancing and playing soccer, all of which have helped shape me as well.
I decided that I wanted to become a medical doctor in elementary school and am currently in my 2nd year at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Once I become a doctor I plan to provide much needed medical attention to women and children in Nigeria and all over the beautiful but often forgotten continent of Africa.
Being invited to WACRIA as a contributor is truly a blessing to me as I get to inform people about the atrocities that befall women and children in Africa on a daily basis and I have the opportunity to discuss solutions with like-minded people; people who like me have a heart that beats for Africa. I am very excited to see how WACRIA develops and what changes it can catalyze by informing the public. I am also excited to see how I change and mature from my experience working for WACRIA."
"Being Guinean, growing up in Morocco, attending a French school for most of my life and coming to the US for college, I’ve always been exposed to the effects of the globalization. All these cultures have shaped me but I quickly realized that my identity was first and foremost firmly rooted in Africa.
I am a proud Penn State alumna (class of 2016) and during my time there, I studied Mathematics with an option in actuarial science. I currently live in Boston and I am blessed to have an actuarial position in an insurance company.
I love mathematics and risk management and mostly everything that relates to my job but I am also well aware that my purpose in life is bigger than just me. I know that I am here to use the skills God has instilled in me to go out there and make the world a bit more just before I leave this Earth.
Though I am interested in analyzing, understanding and hopefully dismantling all the isms and how they work together to create the oppressive system we live in, issues of sexism and racism are closest to my heart. That being the case, I am truly humbled and honored to be a WACRIA contributor for its mission goes hand in hand with my hopes of an Africa where my sisters are no longer being treated unjustly. Aside from WACRIA, I spend my free time writing on my blog about topics ranging from meditation, self love, black girl magic, minimalism and feminism.
I look forward to see all the beauty we collectively create on WACRIA, all the love and information we spread and all the change we make for women and children in Africa."