Category Archives: Events

Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony: Rwanda Development Board’s Kwita Izina

In September, I had the pleasure of attending the 12th edition of Kwita Izina, Rwanda’s annual baby gorilla naming ceremony organized by the Rwanda Development Board. I’d wanted to attend Kwita Izina for years but somehow never got around to it. This year, for the first time, September found me in Rwanda so I could make this dream come true. Today, I’d like to tell you a little bit about what I experienced at Kwita Izina. But first, some background… What is Kwita Izina? Kwita Izina is an annual event, held every September, organized by the Rwanda Development Board to name each baby … Continue reading Baby Gorilla Naming Ceremony: Rwanda Development Board’s Kwita Izina

Breastfeeding: Give Breast Milk to Newborns in the First Hour of Life for Full Benefits of Breastfeeding

The first week of August, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week. Although I’m not a mother, the negative attitudes towards breastfeeding that I see online, especially those that shame mothers who breastfeed in public, deeply disturb me. How else can a mother breastfeed an infant regularly without confining herself to her home during that period?! To mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, I’d like to write about something a little different. Today, I’d like to share with you some information that I came across recently that highlights not only the benefits of breastfeeding, but specifically stresses the importance of giving breast milk to … Continue reading Breastfeeding: Give Breast Milk to Newborns in the First Hour of Life for Full Benefits of Breastfeeding

Wine: World’s Best Chardonnay Award Goes to a South African Winery

What’s your drink of choice? Ok, let’s narrow that down a bit: if you had to drink wine, what type of wine would you choose? For me, my wine of choice (which also happens to be my current drink of choice) is white wine. More specifically? Chardonnay. Why? Because I like its relative fruity flavor and full body as far as dry white wines go. In East Africa, a large number of wines found on our supermarket shelves or served at establishments come from South Africa. It goes to reason, then, that more often than not these days, I am drinking a chardonnay from a … Continue reading Wine: World’s Best Chardonnay Award Goes to a South African Winery

Roots TV Series

In my before last post, I told you about a new Roots miniseries (a remake of the 1977 Roots TV series) that will premiere on HISTORY® this May/June—depending on where you are watching from. Let me tell you a little more about it today. The new star-studded Roots premieres on television this May/June. It will first air on May 30 (Memorial Day) in the United States and June 15 for most other viewers. Some of the series’ filming took place in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. This dramatic, historical portrait of American slavery, recounting the journey of one family and their will to survive and ultimately carry on … Continue reading Roots TV Series

Selma: Movie Suggestion for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Do you celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the American holiday in honor of the famous civil rights leader? I did for many years growing up because I went to a school that followed the American school calendar. Every year we would get the day off and starting from then until the end of February, Black History Month, we would be steeped in the history of black America and the American Civil Rights Movement of the ’50s and ‘60s. If you do celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day, then I have a suggestion for how you can do so this year: if … Continue reading Selma: Movie Suggestion for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day