African theory

Art, Ghosts and Black Pain

African theory, Lifestyle

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This post has taken me a long time to pen because of the sheer discomfort that I felt at Constitution Hill's Prison Number 4 that served as the backdrop of Clint Strydom's photography. My dis-ease is primarily because I am black and a white man made me feel things and created an opportunity for me to see black ghosts. This makes me mad, crazy, brings about a pyschosis and forced self-exploration. I hate…

WHY NOT INTRODUCE ART APPRECIATION INTO YOUR LIFE?

African theory, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Man of Influence Series

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Art is always a great way to introduce culture into our lives. Art also allows you to interpret the meaning of the work for yourself. It also helps us to confront issues that would be otherwise too difficult for us to process. To that end, I have an event that is not to be missed - ‘Hidden Shadows and Silent Voices of Prison Number 4’. Clint Strydom, in collaboration with Constitution…

THE BELEDE EXPERIENCE: THANDISWA MAZWAI AT HER BEST

African theory, Lifestyle, Women of Influence Series

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It was such a privilege to have front row experience and to feel the intensity of Thandiswa Mazwai's live performance. Thandiswa looked beautiful and when she wore her crown for the second set - it was clear the King was in the building. The Belede Experience was an other worldly experience. The audience was drawn in by King Tha with the intensity of her seasoned, raw and flawless performance. The live…

AFRICAN EXPAT EXPERIENCE: HOW TO RUN A BUSINESS IN AFRICA

African theory, Intellectual swag, Man of Influence Series, Uncategorized

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I had the privilege to listen to great African expatriate, Zimbabwe born, Tawanda Mushuku. He has extensive Africa experience working in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Nigeria (and has closed deals across the continent). Education: MBA from GIBS, South Africa PhD in BioChemistry from Lund University, Sweden. On obtaining a PhD: Mushuku holds a PhD in BioChemistry and attests to the fact that his PhD has a opened a lot of…

My Malawian #HeartofAfrica business adventure 

African theory, Travel

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Malawi is rewriting its story with an easily accessible cabinet and  its arms are wide open to business. Its cities are charming and people ready to work. Opportunities abound disguised as challenges. I had the privilege to experience Lilongwe's business side. Malawi represents the possibility that is Africa. I soaked up the possibilities and look forward to working some magic in Malawi as it makes strides to create an economic…

WHERE IS ACADEMIC KNOWLEDGE LOCATED? HINT: NOT IN AFRICA

African theory, Intellectual swag

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[caption id="attachment_2236" align="alignnone" width="718"] Source: http://geography.oii.ox.ac.uk/[/caption] Thompson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge has mapped the above to show the geographic location of academic content. 9,500 journals were mapped from the Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports in order to show the number of journals published from each country and the impact factor /number of citations within a journal. Where is Africa? On the African continent, South Africa leads in terms of…

YOU ARE AN EXPATRIATE TOO: 5 WAYS TO ROCK YOUR CAREER AS AN AFRICAN EXPATRIATE 

African theory, Career

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  expatriate (noun) ɪksˈpatrɪət,-ˈpeɪtrɪət,ɛks-/ a person who lives outside their native country. We know nations develop faster when their boarders are open. The more open and the more porous borders are, the most successful nations will be. Research shows that Nigeria, as an African powerhouse, will not achieve all its glory if it closes itself off to the knowledge offered by other African countries. I am cognizant that countries have…

THE CASE FOR DOING BUSINESS IN BEAUTIFUL AFRICA

African theory, Career, Intellectual swag, Uncategorized

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  Africa has an energy and a soul that is unmatched, think of the the organised chaos of Lagos, the palpable energy in Harare. The history of Africa has also made its people resilient and we are able to ride storms; all of this makes Africa a great place to invest in! The African narrative belongs to people who have travelled the pavements of African cities. Our beautiful continent is…

THE AFRICAN LUXURY MARKET

African theory, Intellectual swag, Style

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I have been doing research for my proposal and looking at the interactions between luxury brands and the African market. The top 75 luxury brands referred to in the reports are mainly European and American with a few Asian luxury houses.  What stood out for me is the absence of African luxury houses in these reports. How do African luxury brands get into the top 75 global luxury brands? In…

AN ANSWER (?) TO DEVELOPING AFRICAN THEORY – GROUNDED THEORY

African theory, Intellectual swag

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Follow my blog with Bloglovin In February 2016, with my first blog post my aim was to encourage the development of African theory to advance African thought. At that point I was a few weeks into the PhD Programme. Now a few months in and under the inspiration of my qualitative research lecturers David and Paul, I would like to proffer a HOW to do this as a follow up…