On Yellow Fever

Although I grew up hearing Highlife, Soukous, and Zouk music blare almost daily from my Daddy’s speakers (home and car), I admittedly didn’t get ‘put on’ to Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat sound until my early 20s. I remember one of the first tunes I heard was “Zombie.” After listening intently to those intoxicating horn riffs (my goodness those horns) and unconsciously pulsing to that infectious beat, finally, after a full five minutes, I heard his voice. And his message. And I was hooked. Instantly. Later I would learn that it was this very song that provoked Nigerian soldiers’ attack on his home, the incident during which his mother, fierce and fearless activist, Funmilayo Ransome Kuti, was thrown from a window. She later died from her injuries. Continue reading “On Yellow Fever”

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Why I Do the Work I Do

I am a visual learner. I like pictures. I like moving images. I figured out a long time ago that the best way for me to retain information is to digest it with my eyes. I can remember many an exam where I relied upon my photographic memory to recall the answer to a question; I literally conjured an image of my notes – asterisks, arrows, fluorescent highlighting and all. It makes sense then that as educator and public speaker, I regularly use visual aids (photos, videos, films, etc) to drive particular points home.

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