Drain, Gain and Waste - African Brains ::: #graphAfrica

Drain, Gain and Waste – African Brains ::: #graphAfrica

We hear a lot about the waves of phenomenon happening to the African brain. The two biggest ones being the Gain and the Drain.


Brain Gain:

an increase in the number of highly trained, foreign-born professionals entering a country to live and work where greater opportunities are offered 

Brain Drain:

a loss of trained professional personnel to another company, nation, etc., that offers g…

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A Cup of Garri ::: #graphAfrica

A Cup of Garri ::: #graphAfrica


Months ago D’Banj posted a picture to his instagram that linked to his twitter showing off a bag of garri. Some laughed at the idea while others, myself included, found it borderline fascinating. I will talk first about what garri is, then what my relationship to it is, then a little bit of the sociology of food to show why this matters.

What is Garri?:

It is a tiny grain made by putting…

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Beyonce Africanized ::: #graphAfrica

Beyonce Africanized ::: #graphAfrica

The biggest artist of our times is Beyonce. Hands down. Hi five to the entire Bey-hive – all gazillion of you! It’s almost safe to say that she’s dominated the entire second decade of the 21st century. Why am I writing about her when I’m supposed to be focusing on Africa? you ask. Well, there are connections to be made and possible appropriation to be concluded because her originality can…

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FINALLY read The Alchemist ::: #graphAfrica

FINALLY read The Alchemist ::: #graphAfrica

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I finally read it.

These are the parts I highlighted:

  1. “Treasure is uncovered by the force of flowing water, and it is buried by the same currents.”
  2. “If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.”
  3. “The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on…

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Bright Ideas like Bright’s (GH) ::: #graphAfrica

Bright Ideas like Bright’s (GH) ::: #graphAfrica

Picking a theme to go with and challenging oneself to write on it every single day for a month is…challenging! What with said writing needing to happen between a demanding day job and the body and mind’s demand for rest.

I decided to start #graphAfrica on July 1st and today on the 9th, this is my 6th post :/ …. I really struggled on the long 4th of July weekend as I was hardly home. I’ll make up…

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Literally #graphAfrica ::: Data Don’t Lie, but It’s Biased

Literally #graphAfrica ::: Data Don’t Lie, but It’s Biased

In reviewing a lot of data [completely unrelated to Africa or even international relations] lately I was thinking about some of the alarming and inspiring statistics we hear about ourselves as Africans. Whether in the days of the dark continent or now of the Africa Rising narrative or paradigm shift, where does the information driving this come from? We hear numbers that, depending on who we are…

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Women in Africa and the Diaspora: “Loza Maléombho”

Loza Maléombho is the designer and founder behind Loza Maléombho, a New York based women’s fashion line producing in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Born in Brazil and raised between Côte d’Ivoire and the United States,Maléombho found an interest in fashion at the young age of 13, designing dresses for her mother, aunts and cousins. She moved to the United States in 2000 and graduated in 2006 from the University of the Arts of Philadelphia with a BA of Fine Arts in Animation. Maléombho wasted no time in thrusting herself into the fashion industry after graduation by moving to New York. She interned with designers Jill Stuart, Yigal Azrouël and Cynthia Rowley before finally starting her own brand in 2009. When asked about her decision to produce in Côte d’Ivoire by Fashionista.com, she responded: “I decided to produce in Côte d’Ivoire in order to have control and flexibility over my production and because I realize we do have valuable resources to trade on an international level. I had also hoped to provide jobs and fair living wages to post-war Ivorian women, thus showcasing Côte d’Ivoire’s artistry with positive and lasting social and economic changes.”

You can check out more on Loza Maléombho by visiting her Website and Facebook

-Bilphena Yahwon

(via thatnigeriankid)


"When is 4th of July in Africa"? ::: #graphAfrica

“When is 4th of July in Africa”? ::: #graphAfrica

The title of this post is a real question that has been asked in real life. Real talk. Really. The easy answer, or in someone’s dry sense of humor, is that 4th of July in Africa falls on 4th of July as it does in any other continent/country. The people who ask this kind of question are the same as the ones who ask if you speak African and don’t know Africa is a continent with more countries than…

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Fresh out of “African babies” ::: #graphAfrica

Fresh out of “African babies” ::: #graphAfrica

So on my way home from a very loooong day at the office today I was accosted. It was a form of street harassment that I am loath to compare to what we typically compare to street harassment which is typically gross guys oggling loudly at uninterested walking by and about their business.

Ok ok. I am being quite dramatic. I smiled and greeted a young lady who was in a group of about 4 people…

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Mandela - Ultimately Sophisticated ::: #graphAfrica

Mandela – Ultimately Sophisticated ::: #graphAfrica


Although the way he dressed wasn’t much the focus on who the man was it somehow has managed to be a reoccuring thought to me since the end of Mandela’s time on earth December 5th. The thought was persistent as I scrolled through all the pictures that I saw on twitter, instagram and even when I watched Long Walk to Freedom at the screening a few weeks before at the Kennedy Center. I am not being…

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