Charisma Campaign sucessfully led a wellness program in Ghana bringing wellness at the forefront of conversation Through the workshop we were able to enagage people on practical ways to live more sustainable lives.
“It’s very important to create a safe space where individuals can just “ be” having an environment where they are accepted and feel welcomed , given the permission and tools to flourish and take up space in the world around them. Living in societies were African women especially are told shrink themselves “better off being seen and not heard” there are battles of ample intersectional forms of discrimination both in their local communities and the world around them . Platforms such as this therefore work to foster diversity, learning, but primarily encourages women to be unapologetic. Having more of these workshops in Ghana and across Africa are important as we need to continue shifting cultural perspectives that work to silence both the creativity and struggles of women leaving them feeling intimidated and vulnerable “-Tina Charisma
Following the abduction, many people around the world took to social media to demand justice using the hashtag #BrickBackOurGirls, which went viral. The abduction of the girls became a global issue, gaining support from celebrities and public figures and putting pressure on the Nigerian government to bring back the girls.
Over the last four years, the protests, campaigning, and negotiation by the Nigerian government has led to the release of more than 100 Chibok girls, although as many as 100 girls are still missing, and a dozen are thought to be dead.
Despite the unimaginable abuse the girls were subjected to, many of the returned students have turned into strong young women and begun attending university. But their release is bittersweet. One of the survivors, Ntakai said that although she is happy to be alive, “I’m thinking about my sisters who are still [in Boko Haram’s clutches].”
“We need to know if they are alive or dead,” said one distressed parent. “If they are alive, let them come back to us. If they are dead, let us know so we can at least pray for them and then overcome this grief.”
“Social media might be rife with #outrage, but the Chibok girls and the rest of Nigeria needs more than tweets and online petitions.”
The war that Nigeria has with Boko Haram is currently in its ninth year, and there have been thousands kidnapped and killed over the years all across northern Nigeria. The Chibok students are simply one set of many victims of the terrors of Boko Haram – they just happen to be the ones that have made it into international press.
Over the years, young boys have been burnt alive in their schools by Boko Haram, and countless other atrocities have occurred while the Western media turned a blind eye. The abduction of the Chibok girls, while appalling and heart-breaking, is just one of the many abhorrent ways Boko Haram has violently opposed the education of young people, particularly of young girls.
The abduction of the Chibok girls remains a typical example of how, around the world there are still young people unable to gain access to education without putting their lives in danger. While international agencies like the UN continue to make education a priority, northern Nigeria still hasn’t received diplomatic or military support from the international community. Social media might be rife with #outrage, but the Chibok girls and the rest of Nigeria needs more than tweets and online petitions – they need tangible action from the rest of the world.
It’s easy for those of us in the West to look at the recent return of many of the girls, celebrate, and move on. But for the families of the girls that remain missing, and the survivors of Boko Haram’s atrocities, they cannot forget. Until the international community steps up, young people pursuing education in Nigeria remain at risk
I announced last month my reading plans for the next few months, but most importantly I wanted you all to know about some great subscription boxes out there offering some unique and diverse contents including literary work and products with stories that are often excluded from mainstream platforms or even sometimes marginalised and blurred when it comes to addressing some important issues in society. As I mentioned in my previous post I feel that this would be a great way to celebrate and even discover some original authentic products and literary work that are not always as well known or celebrated as much as they should. I found the brand our liberty box to be doing just that and today I want to share a bit more on the current book that I have just finished reading from their monthly subscription box.
On the topic of addressing important issues in society this month’s book “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” puts the subject of racism right on the table and despite its controversial title does, in fact, speak and elaborate a lot on the issue of racism in Britain. I have to start by saying how much of an easy read the book is. I found it to be very accessible. I don’t know whether Reni Eddo-Lodge (The author) had a thought to herself that went a bit like “Hmm how do I break down such a complex issue to people?”. Whether she did or did not, it worked! Because her intentions in this book are very clear to all readers, and as much as anyone would like to criticise the book there are some hard truths in this book that everyone needs to wake up to. She mentions some very strong and propelling cases of structural racism which undeniably continues to exist and has existed throughout history benefitting white people. Reni challenges “colour blindness” a notion that I personally also find ridiculous as it does as Reni mentions turn the table to make the discussion about white people without actually dealing with the real issue of racism.
As a firm believer in dialogue and conversation, I think this book does a remarkable job in having a very genuinely bold conversation that people need to be having. Engaging in such conversations is the only way for anyone to gain knowledge and learn from the experiences of others that may not always affect their own day-to-day lives. You become aware of the life beyond your own. I’m certain that there are many who still don’t even grasp the concept or experience of racism. If you are benefiting from a system that allows you thrive and gives you the upper edge in life because of your race why would you need to?
In saying this, perspectives like this may often sound like a generalisation, however, at the same time it doesn’t make cases of racism any less valid as the truth is that there are inherently large gaps in society that continuously lead to the subjugation of minorities racism therfore is not just an issue of the past that I have heard some people mention it’s also an issue of today, and we need to in the words of the title of box edition “Chip away” racist and oppressive structures and fight it by challenging it and being more open to having conversation that don’t always sound like what we want to hear.
So far, I’m enjoying receiving my reading via our liberty box. It felt like I jumped right from the historical set of last month’s homegoing origins box to a contemporary period of dealing with relevant race issues within the diasporas and other minority groups in Britain. What will next month’s theme be? You will have to find out in my next post. For now, let me know your thoughts. Have you read the book? I would love to hear from you.
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The month of March has been an exceptionally amazing month filled with endless events and celebration. We celebrated international women’s day, commonwealth week, Ghana’s independence day (Which is also my birthday 6th March) and many other celebrations. I had the opportunity of speaking at the women around the globe event which was held to mark international women’s week. “Ubuntu” has continued to be a word that even in March is still being reflected on. The word can be translated “I am because we are” highlighting community and connectedness which is what I continually work towards in all my outreach and work engagements to help create a society where we can all unite for what we share and not what separates us. This lovely image with the hands of my friends illustrates this posing a question that a boy once asked an anthropologist of how can we be happy when the other is sad?
With a passion and heart for making a difference in the lives of young people and children. It has been a great privilege to join Youth Advocates Ghana as a goodwill ambassador. Youth Advocates Ghana is a charity that works to support vulnerable children and young people offering a wide variety and training including sexual education, mentoring and providing community initiatives that empower and equip communities in Ghana. For more information on the appointment visit youthadvocatesghana
I work to empower communities, delivering sessions and workshops that address issues around mental health, well being, and online/ digital advocacy. My work has led me all around the world. Where I deliver engaging workshops that uplift and break barriers within community groups helping individuals understand their shared struggles while at the same time helping them work together to bridge the gaps that exists within their communities empowering them in the process.
This clip was taken from a workshop held to empower young leaders that came together across Africa. For an empowerment session that addressed practical guides to the economic empowerment of girls and young people in Africa, entrepreneurship and sustainability it ended with this affirmation workshop which helped in boosting their confidence to go back and create change in their local areas.
Raising the aspirations of young people has been an ever-increasing issue as there are numbers of young people who need the support and encouragement as well the extra push to aim high. Some young people struggle with low self-esteem and often need role models and people who can mentor and support them. Teaming up with Olympics Rower Gillian Lindsey I coordinated an event at a local estate outside London to help support young people gain skills such as leadership and public speaking skills. It was also a great opportunity for those who participated to hear about some experiences on how to stay motivated to reach their goals.
“My voice and the beauty inside is the power I want to share with the world” With a passion for change and making an impact in the world around me I campaign and continues to be a voice on issues related to women, diversity, education, and development to name a few.
I am very proud of my African roots and I regularly get invited to be part of panel discussions on a wide range of topics including identity, diversity, and culture. Impacting the cultural industry to be more equally representative is one of my key values. Through fashion, modeling, media contributions and live events, I believe I can contribute towards efforts to change the cultural, creative and media industry in my own unique way.
Whether it is working locally in the UK or globally around the world in countries in Africa and Asia I work to empower and make a difference in the lives of people internationally inspiring them to take an active role in being the change they wish to see.