Friday, May 29, 2020

EP 74 - Menstrual Hygiene In Africa



In This Episode: 

Yesterday was Menstrual Hygiene Day, and people all over the world joined their voices through social media, to raise awareness and bring period education to all. 

However, there is still a group of women who do not have access to the internet and social media. To this day, these women cannot get staple menstrual hygiene products, and even when they are made available, they can't afford it. Some of their religions and cultures also set dreadful rules that stifle these women during their period. 

How can we join forces and end period poverty? I believe that someday soon, we can live in a world where no woman or girl is held back because of her period. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
1 Menstrual Hygiene Day- https://menstrualhygieneday.org/
3 Stella Damasus Arts Foundation -  https://sdartsfoundation.wixsite.com/sdartsfoundation

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, May 15, 2020

EP 73 - African Children In The Lockdown (Part 2)




In This Episode: 

In the last episode, I raised my concerns about the less privileged children in Africa, and how they can’t get an education due to the Coronavirus lockdown. These children do not have internet access, so how do we expect them to be able to participate in online learning?

Here in the USA, most families have internet access and laptops. Several states have also decided to dedicate certain hours during the day to teach children via television. Is this something we can do as well in Africa? 

Mentioned In This Episode:
4 WFAA Academy - https://www.wfaa.com/

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, May 1, 2020

EP 72 - African Children In The Lockdown




In This Episode:
When the Coronavirus lockdown began, my kid's schools in America reached out to us and asked if we needed laptops and help with internet access so our kids can continue to do their school work from home.
This got me wondering about the less privileged children in Africa. How are they getting their work done? What are we doing to help? What is the government doing to help?
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Friday, April 17, 2020

EP 71 - Things To Do In The Coronavirus Lockdown




In This Episode: 

The Coronavirus pandemic seems to have put the world on lockdown. People are working from home, and kids are not in school. The craziest thing is there is no definite end, and a lot of people don’t know how to handle this. 

I’ll be giving you all ideas of things you can get up to during this lockdown. Remember to stay safe, wash your hands, and practice social distancing. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
3 Amazon Prime- https://www.amazon.com/
6 Documentary Tube- http://www.documentarytube.com/
7 Top Documentary Films- https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/
8 Documentary Heaven- https://documentaryheaven.com/
14 Houseparty- https://houseparty.com/
22 A Particular Kind of Black Man (Tope Folarin)- https://www.amazon.com/Particular-Kind-Black-Man/dp/150117181X

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, March 27, 2020

EP 70 - The Reality of COVID-19



In This Episode: 

The world is currently going through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Infected people all around the globe are being quarantined, while the others are asked to self-isolate and practice social distancing.

While these measures are significant to curb the spread of the virus, I fear for my brothers and sisters in Africa who live in countries where the government doesn’t necessarily provide benefits for them that would help them get through this period.

Mentioned In This Episode:

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Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, March 6, 2020

EP 69 - Stealing or Reaping From Africa




In This Episode: 

I used to be one of those people who would complain about foreigners coming to Africa to steal our resources and rip us off, but I watched a documentary recently that really shocked me and got me thinking. Are they stealing our resources, or are some greedy leaders selling our continent to them and embezzling the money, while the masses continue to suffer. 

Mentioned In This Episode:

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Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, February 28, 2020

EP 68 - THE RETURN OF THE CROWN



In This Episode:
Growing up in Benin City, there was so much culture, history, and art. I grew up learning about all the beautiful artifacts created in Benin and also how a lot of them were stolen from us by the 'White Man'. This didn't happen only in the Benin Kingdom but across the whole of Africa.
So you can imagine my joy when I saw an article about an artifact being returned to Ethiopia. Could this be the beginning of an era? I think that It is about time all the stolen artifacts are returned to their rightful countries.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

EP 67 - THE GOLDEN STOOL: MYTH OR REAL?





In This Episode: 

One of the things I love most about growing up in Africa is that our history and culture is so rich. There are so many stories, both mythical and real, from Africa, one of them being the story of The Golden Stool of the Ashanti people in Ghana. If you have heard of it, what do you think? Could it be real, or is it a myth? If you haven’t, now is a good time to learn something new. 

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Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, February 7, 2020

EP 66 - WHY AFRICAN FOOD IS THE BEST



In This Episode:
After a trip to my county Nigeria, I realize that there is a major difference between the ‘organic food’ we believe we consume in the USA; and the authentic organic food grown in Africa.
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Friday, October 18, 2019

EP 65 - SEX FOR GRADES



In This Episode: 

I’m going to be giving my opinion on the controversial BBC Africa Documentary ExposĂ© “SEX FOR GRADES”. 

Who really is to blame and how can we find a solution?

Mentioned In This Episode:
4. University of Lagos: https://unilag.edu.ng/
5. University of Ghana: https://www.ug.edu.gh/


Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, September 27, 2019

EP 64 - Flora Nwapa: The Mother of Modern African Literature




In This Episode: 

I will introduce you to the Mother of Modern African Literature, Flora Nwapa. She was on the most popular African Authors, who changed the face of writing. She was a woman ahead of her time, a feminist before it was “cool” to be one. 

Flora Nwapa was a strong African woman with a voice, who expressed herself through her books.

Mentioned In This Episode:
3 Ngugi Wa tihiong’o: https://ngugiwathiongo.com/
8 University of Ibadan: http://www.ui.edu.ng/
9 Edinburgh University: https://www.ed.ac.uk/
10 University of Lagos: https://unilag.edu.ng/
11 Alvan Ikoku College of Education: https://www.alvanikoku.edu.ng/
22 New York University: https://www.nyu.edu/
23 Trinity College: https://www.trincoll.edu/
24 The University of Minnesota: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/
25 The University of Michigan https://umich.edu/
26 The University of Ilorin: http://www.unilorin.edu.ng/

Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com