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ILLUMINATE & REVERB AFRICA (#IRAfrica)

Good *insert morning, afternoon or evening* (it depends on when you are reading this). 2014 seems to be riding on a fast lane, March is already over!!! I hope you are doing something daily to make each day count and make it memorable. Been interacting lately with a lot of people and I got  shocking revelations that I want to share with you. Things you may not believe but are true and you are also capable of creating a change!!!

Do you know that some people still feel Africa is a country?

Do you know that many people do not know that real humans live on Africa?

Do you know they do not believe we have real houses and are capable of going to work and drinking coffee, eating good food and practically having a life?

Do you know that they think we live on trees or in the forest?

Do you know that they associate every bad thing with Black?

Do you know that when Africa is mentioned the first picture that comes to mind is this:

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An article read by Dee Lee on New York’s radio station

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I was at a conference  and I watched Chimamanda Adiche speak. She said the truth embedded in several stories. She addressed AFRICANS and the world in a speech she titled “BEYOND THE SINGLE STORY”.  Watch the video at the right pane of this blog this week or watch below.

I WOULD LOVE TO JOIN FORCES WITH YOU TO CHANGE THIS SINGLE STORY!!!

WE ARE HUMANS NOT MONKEYS, AFRICA IS A CONTINENT NOT A COUNTRY.

THE WORLD HAS TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE RARE GEMS ON THIS LAND

We have the likes of Usain Bolt, Wole Soyinka, Nelson Mandela, Omotola Kehinde, and many more… you name them. We are great people and the only way the world can  know is if you tell them.

Share an African story, tell us a story of your childhood, your life, a friend, an African mentor, a place you love, things that inspire you, your inspirations, your country, what you love about your city, state, country, Africa and Africans,  share a different story about Africa to the world. TELL US YOUR AFRICAN STORY!!! You could also write short articles to combat the African story the world has of Africans. ” Beyond the single story”. Poems would be accepted too. Photographers are not left out, share beautiful pictures and attach an African concept to it. Tell your friends, followers and anyone you can tell!!!

Join the #IRAfrica (Illuminate and Reverb Africa) movement. Cast more light on Africa and Africans. Resound new stories of our motherland. We may not be able to change history but soon our present day would become history. Write a new story today and create the history that your children and generation would know and tell as a story.

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Send your stories, articles, poems, pictures and contributions to writers@einsteinette.com and it’ll be posted here. Twitter is not left out… You could share your thoughts and attach #IRAFRICA to it(don’t forget the hashtag)

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BE A PART OF #IRAFRICA!!! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE

Love,

Einsteinette.

You are AMAZING

A friend of mine, Chuba was talking to me and he took a piece of plain A4 paper and he used a black pen to put a dot at the center of the paper. He asked me “What do you see on this paper?” and I said “A dot” and he said “I expected that answer, everyone I ask always sees the dot, they forget the remaining part of the plain paper that is still neat, they dwell on the dot and try to get rid of it and some people end up smudging the ink and ruining the paper more.

I gave the concept deep thought and I realized that a lot of us have the  attitude of figuring out only our weaknesses and most times we forget to credit ourselves for our strengths. It is so bad that when someone looks at you, you feel like they are judging you or making a terrible comment about you. You are beautiful, you are handsome. There is something  hanging in there that is specifically made for you, something that makes you different and you have to figure it out for yourself, and see it as a good thing. Don’t get too worked up about what is wrong with you, what is not perfect about you, what you don’t have rather think of what you have, what is different and how to make what you have better, how to improve it.

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What people think doesn’t always matter because you can’t hear their thoughts and even when they say it, it’s their own opinion, at the end of the day, it is what you think about yourself that matters. You do not need anyone’s permission to be sad or happy, to feel good or bad,no one else matters except you. Think of the thing that people say and mock you with and find a strong word for yourself. For example, people say you are fat, obviously everyone cannot be skinny you are thick and beautiful. People say you are too tall, it only hurts them that they are not as tall, you are different. People say you are too short??? really??? You are petite. If they do not like it???who cares??? You love yourself the way you are and don’t change that for anyone.

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Stare at the mirror and complement yourself. If everyone looked the same and acted the same, there would be no variety, there would be no uniqueness, the world would be totally boring. Make your choice and take control. Once you start feeling beautiful or handsome, others get to feel that you are.

You are AMAZING

Love,

Einsteinette.