Is tricky business.Because it takes a whileTo recognize the thingsThat you always considered ‘normal’To really just be white.Unlearning a strange form of self-policingThat finds many of the non-whiteThings about yourselfSomehow problematic.And doing all thisWithout hating yourselfOr your white neighbour,Because loving bothIsn’t always easy.Unbuckling whitenessIs not about resentmentOr censureBut about coming to rest comfortablyIn a non-white […]Read more "Unbuckling whiteness"
In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]Read more "The business panacea"
Have been in high demandFor centuries.Hands that build empires for othersFists to fight the wars of othersPalms outstretched to the goodwill of othersFingers to grasp the fruits of the trees of others.We know well what Africans can doWith their hands,Indeed they have held many a society together.But what of African heads?What of the thought leadership […]Read more "African hands"
Fed me well. I grew up on the stuff, It taught my tongue How good food tastes Gave my belly an appreciation For wholeness And sustained me in my youth. So much of what I am today Is only possible because of it. Coming home is more than seeing Familiar places And missing old faces […]Read more "Father’s bread"
Sometimes we get interruptedOn our way,Thrown together by fate for a whileWith people we thoughtWe’d only be with temporarily.United by strange circumstancesAnd inconvenienceAll trying to make sense of the momentAnd find the best way out of it.Yet what we found is thatThe mud did more than stick our feetTo the ground,It also bound our hearts […]Read more "Stuck in the mud"
Some of us are living lives today That were impossible Not so long ago. Race and geography, Though still a ways to go, Are not as definitively limiting As they once were. And so some of us Are becoming privileged insiders Of worlds that didn’t have us in mind At their inception. The question now […]Read more "Uncapped dreams"
Is easier Than having a meaningful conversation About change. Our failures To make something significant For the least amongst us Don’t stem from a lack of resources As much as they do From a lack of intentionality. Our lack of motivation to apply Disciplined imagination To solve the social problems That plague us Nudges us […]Read more "Throwing Money"
There is nothing sophisticatedAbout expecting little from Africans.Nothing particularly imaginativeAbout reinforcing the worst stereotypesIt is great folly to imagine you’re getting any largerWhen you’re really just making others smaller.Afro-pessimismIs the phenomenon of associating blacknessWith inherent inferiority,Almost gleefully grasping at the tiniestBits of evidence to supportA damning story line.Furthermore,Such defamation can be perpetratedBy anyoneIncluding Africans themselves-Indeed […]Read more "Afro-pessimism"
Being a black bodyIn places of affluenceAnd convenienceDemandsThat one presents oneselfIn distinctive ways-Distinct from the riff-raffAnd the common criminalLest you find yourselfOn the wrong end ofPetty justice.To give off the wrong signal-A sweaty browAn ill fitting shirtLeisurely walking in a mallwithout a strongAn agenda-All these seemingly innocent thingsCan turn the most mundane of tasksInto a […]Read more "Wrong Signal"
To make lasting change today. Every effort to shift society Faces double layers of red tape- First the resistance of those deeply incentivised To believe in the status quo And then the layer of apathy Of those too cynical to ask for better. Even within the world of changemakers There is an eternal tussle between […]Read more "It takes more than passionate individuals"