Friday, July 12, 2019

EP 60 - #MeTooAfrica




In This Episode: 

I talk about a long-awaited movement, that has begun in my country Nigeria and the whole of Africa. 

#MeTooAfrica

For many years, RAPE CULTURE has been overlooked in Africa but not anymore. Our people are finally beginning to see the importance of speaking up. Hopefully, we will also begin to severely punish these rapists for their crimes, regardless of their gender, educational background, and status in society. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Ese Walters: http://bit.ly/2NOeSUk 
  2. COZA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Wealth_of_Zion_Assembly
  3. Biodun Fatoyinbo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r3
  4. Timi Dakolo: http://bit.ly/2LeW7r3
  5. YNaija TV: http://ynaija.tv/
  6. Stella Damasus Reacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=035TdxJlrgo
  7. Elisha Abbo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishaku_Elisha_Abbo
  8. Gambia: http://www.visitthegambia.gm/
  9. Yahya Jammeh: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahya_Jammeh
  10. Human Rights Watch and Trial International: https://www.hrw.org/topic/justicia-internacional/international-criminal-court
  11. New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/
  12. Adama Barrow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adama_Barrow
  13. Equatorial Guinea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea
  14. Fatou Jallow: https://nyti.ms/2XC5nfs 
  15. Gambia Youth and Reconciliation Commission: http://bit.ly/2NSddx1 
  16. Senegal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegal
  17. Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en.html
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, June 28, 2019

EP 59 - THE IGBO LANGUAGE GOING EXTINCT




In This Episode: 

According to UNESCO, the Igbo language would be extinct by 2025. It may seem like it's many years away, but in reality, it's only 6 years away. When I read this, I was so worried about my people and our language.

Which is why I decided to have this amazing woman, as the first guest on the show. Her name is Chimmie Gbugu and she is the founder of Akwukwo LLC. Akwukwo is dedicated to creating fun and exciting learning materials that teach the Igbo language to children. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Akwukwo: http://www.akwukwo.com/
  2. UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/
  3. WhatsApp: https://www.whatsapp.com/
  4. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, June 14, 2019

EP 58 - Africans and Retirement




In This Episode: 

When I moved to the USA, I had a shocking realization. This was something I didn't see a lot in my country (Nigeria). People above the age of 60 or 70, still in the workforce. In Nigeria, almost everyone within that age bracket is retired.

However, in the USA, I have seen several elderly people working and even doing odd jobs. 

Listen to the episode to find out how I feel about this.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Nigeria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria
Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, May 3, 2019

EP 57 - African First Ladies



In This Episode: 

Most of the time, we as Africans tend to overlook the First Ladies of our countries. We fail to acknowledge their hard work, contribution, and even sacrifice. 

That is why I have decided to dedicate this episode to African First Ladies, and one of them in particular who has done great things for her country Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame. 

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf
  2. Jeannette Kagame: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeannette_Kagame 
  3. Imbuto Foundation: http://imbutofoundation.org/
  4. Paul Kagame: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kagame
  5. Kigali, Rwanda: http://rwandatourism.com/destinations/kigali-city/
  6. Organization of African First Ladies against HIV AIDS: http://www.oafla.org/#page28_container5
Connect:
Email: excusemyafrican@gmail.com
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

Friday, April 19, 2019

EP 56 - #FreeOurGirls




In This Episode: 

No country or continent is perfect. I love Africa, and I know this show is dedicated to informing people of the beauty of Africa that the media doesn't show you. 

However, I love my continent so much that I also want us to be better and do better. That is why I have decided to speak on the #FreeOurGirls issue that occurred in Burundi a few weeks ago.

Mentioned In This Episode:
  1. Burundi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burundi
  2. Pierre Nkurunziza: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Nkurunziza 
  3. CNN: https://www.cnn.com/
  4. Lewis Mudge: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/lewis-mudge
  5. Justice Minister Aimée Laurentine Kanyana: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim%C3%A9e_Laurentine_Kanyana 
  6. Global Citizen: https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/
Connect:
Stella Damasus Blog: http://www.stelladamasusblog.com
Stella Damasus Website : https://www.stelladamasus.com 

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