Friday, April 12, 2019

EP 55 - 'Between' The Movie




In This Episode: 

I’m going to tell you about something very special that is happening TODAY (04/12/19). It’s the London premiere of a feature film that I co-produced and play the lead role in. 

I have played the lead role in very many movies over the last 2 decades, but this one is extra special because it was filmed with the intention of changing how African’s are viewed and portrayed in the entertainment industry.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. ‘Between’- The Movie: https://www.indextwostudios.com/between
  2. Index Two Studios: https://www.indextwostudios.com  
  3. Ruméh: https://www.instagram.com/rumeh_ejoor/  
Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, March 22, 2019

EP 54 - The Modern Day Shero: Wangari Maathai


In This Episode: 

We will honor the life and achievements of Wangari Maathai, the first Black African Woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She fought for peace, women rights and was an environmentalist who played a major role in saving the earth. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Nobel Peace Prize: https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/ 
  2. Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica: https://www.mountosb.org/  
  3. University of Pittsburgh: https://www.pitt.edu/  
  4. University of Nairobi: http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/  
  5. National Council of Women of Kenya: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesicovaginal_fistula 
  6. The Greenbelt Movement: https://www.greenbeltmovement.org/ 
  7. The Greenbelt Movement (Book): https://www.amazon.com/Green-Belt-Movement-Approach-Experience/dp/159056040X 
  8. Unbowed: https://www.amazon.com/Unbowed-Memoir-Wangari-Maathai/dp/0307275205 
  9. The Challenge For Africa: https://www.amazon.com/Challenge-Africa-Wangari-Maathai/dp/0307390284 
  10. The LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/ 
  11. The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, March 15, 2019

EP 53: THE MODERN DAY SHERO - JOSEPHINE EFFAH-CHUKWUMA


In This Episode:
“According to the 2018 report on the killing of women and girls released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, about 87,000 were killed worldwide in 2017, 58 percent of them victims of domestic or family violence” - The Washington Post.
This is why we have chosen to dedicate this episode to Josephine Effah-Chukwuma. She is the first person ever to set up an organization and shelter in Nigeria, to help women and young girls who are victims of Domestic Violence.
Domestic violence is a battle that we all must continue to fight.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh: https://www.drasatrust.org/dr-adadevoh/
  2. Project Alert Nigeria: https://projectalertnig.org/
Connect:

Friday, March 8, 2019

EP 52 - The Modern Day Shero: Dr. Stella Adadevoh



In This Episode: 

March is Women's History Month, so we decided to dedicate all our episode this month to some amazing modern day SHERO'S. 

The first episode in this series is dedicated to a strong, brilliant and courageous woman, who saved a whole nation and in turn, the world, from an uncontrollable Ebola outbreak and in doing so, lost her life. 

Her name is Dr. Stella Adadevoh, and she deserves to be honored every year, Which is why have picked the 10th of March as a day to honor her memory, her bravery and her service to the people of Nigeria and the world. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Women’s History Month: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/
  2. Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh: https://www.drasatrust.org/dr-adadevoh/ 
  3. Change.org
  4. Ebola: https://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/index.html  
  5. W.H.O: https://www.who.int/ 
  6. Herbert Samuel Macauly: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Macaulay 
  7. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nnamdi_Azikiwe 
  8. Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babatunde_Kwaku_Adadevoh 
  9. Patrick Sawyer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Sawyer 
  10. ECOWAS: http://www.ecowas.int/ 
  11. First Consultant Medical Center: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Consultant_Hospital 
  12. Liyel Imoke: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liyel_Imoke 
  13. 93 Days: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5305246/ 
  14. Nollywood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nollywood
Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, February 22, 2019

EP 51 - The Journey So Far


In This Episode: 
I will be taking you on the journey of the Excuse My African podcast so far. I launched this podcast in 2017 and in just 2 years we  have so much to celebrate and be thankful for. 

This episode is also very special because it’s not just audio but video as well. Check out our Youtube channel or Instagram TV to watch it. 

Other voices featured in this episode:
1. Kelela Blake | 2. Michelle Barnes | 3. Ruméh Ejoor | 4. Yoonhee Baik
 


Mentioned In This Episode:
1. EMA Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFDG-Tl34yUYg74nXirQiMQ  
2. EMA Blog Post: https://www.stelladamasusblog.com/2017/04/excuse-my-african.html  
3. Code 55 Store: https://www.code55store.com 
4. Isabel: https://www.instagram.com/izzybelleimages/  
5. Ruméh: https://www.instagram.com/rumeh_ejoor/  
6. Stella Damasus Arts Foundation: https://bit.ly/2ViTmpR  
7. Delta Pikin: https://www.code55store.com/delta-pikin.html#/ 

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

EP 50 - AFRICA RISING


In This Episode: 

I will be celebrating Black History Month with a difference. Instead of concentrating on the history of Africans after slavery, I would take you straight to Africa, it’s people and entertainment. 

I want you to experience the rich culture of our people,  some great movies and series that educate you about Africa.  As I celebrate my 50th episode, I would love to share the greatness of Africa and her children. We are rising together as a people and the world is paying attention.


Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Black History Month: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month 
  2. Netflix: https://www.netflix.com 
  3. Black Earth Rising: https://www.netflix.com/title/80145141   
  4. Michaela Coel: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3948190/ 
  5. Chewing Gum: https://www.netflix.com/title/80130911  
  6. ICC (International Criminal Court): https://www.icc-cpi.int/about 
  7. Rwandan Genocide: https://www.history.com/topics/africa/rwandan-genocide 
  8. Hugo Blick: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Blick
  9. Miss Bala: https://www.missbala.movie/ 
  10. Chiwetel Ejiofor: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0252230/ 
  11. The boy who harnessed the wind: https://www.netflix.com/title/80200047 
  12. Genevieve Nnaji: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genevieve_Nnaji 
  13. Lionheart: https://www.netflix.com/title/81030789 

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

Friday, January 25, 2019

EP 49 - The Truth About Kunta Kinte


In This Episode: 

Many of us know of Kunta Kinte from all the slavery stories we've been told. However, most of us do not know the truth about where the name originated from.

I will be taking you on a journey of the beautiful country, where the name originated.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Kunta Kinte: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunta_Kinte 
  2. Republic of the Gambia: https://eros.usgs.gov/westafrica/country/republic-gambia 
  3. Harmattan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmattan  
  4. Alex Haley: https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/alex-haley 
  5. Roots: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075572/ 
  6. Transatlantic Slave Trade: https://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn 
  7. Afro manding Blues: https://allafrica.com/stories/201405020675.html 

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

EP 48 - Margaret Ekpo : An African Amazon


In This Episode: 

I am going to introduce to you, a woman who made a remarkable impact in Nigeria. Many of you may have heard of her in passing, but unfortunately, you may not be aware of all the amazing things she did and how she shaped Nigeria as we know it today. She stood for what she believed in and became a hero of our time. 

Her name is Margaret Ekpo, and I am honoring her as our African Amazon of the month.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Margaret Ekpo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Ekpo 
  2. Dublin Institute of Technology: http://www.dit.ie/ 
  3. Me Too Movement: https://metoomvmt.org/ 
  4. Time’s Up Movement: https://www.timesupnow.com/ 
  5. Child Not Bride: https://www.girlsnotbrides.org/ 
  6. Let Girls Learn: https://www.usaid.gov/letgirlslearn 
  7. African Feminist: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_feminism 
  8. Fela Kuti: http://fela.net/  
  9. Funmilayo Ransome Kuti: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funmilayo_Ransome-Kuti 
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website: https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, December 28, 2018

EP 47 - Christmas As An African Child




In This Episode: 

I was feeling very nostalgic this Christmas, so I decided to take you all on a journey of how I used to spend Christmas as a kid in Africa!

It was so much fun back then because we weren’t bothered about putting up a tree filled with lights and ornaments or what gifts we got. We just loved gathering together to spend time with our family, friends, and neighbors.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. New York City: https://www.nycgo.com/ 
  2. Rockefeller Center: https://www.rockefellercenter.com/ 
  3. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com 
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, December 7, 2018

EP 46 - An African Amazon (Honorable Martha Karua)


In This Episode: 

Last week, I had the opportunity of meeting a wonderful Kenyan woman. I call her an ’African Amazon’ because she defies the standards of what is expected of an African woman and risks even her own life to seek what is true and just. 

Honorable Martha Karua is our African Amazon of the month. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Honorable Martha Karua: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Karua 
  2. High Court of Kenya: https://www.judiciary.go.ke/courts/high-court-2/ 
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website: https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, November 2, 2018

EP 45 - CULTURAL APPROPRIATION





In This Episode: 

There has been a lot of talk about Cultural Appropriation these days, and even though I understand where a lot of people are coming from, I still think there is a bit of a double standard regarding the issue. 

I know this is a very controversial episode, but it's my opinion, and I would love to hear yours too. 

[ DISCLAIMER (7:15) - I do not support or condone ‘Black Face’ or any costume that is intended to make a mockery of any race. ] 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Braids: https://bit.ly/2P4QxKk 
  2. Cornrows: https://bit.ly/1QHl7Ab 
  3. Kardashians: https://eonli.ne/2ItF549 
  4. LGBTQ: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT
  5. 4c Natural Hair: https://bit.ly/2yaurIV
  6. Human Hair: https://bit.ly/2RvEm5J 
  7. Dashiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashiki
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com