The cost of being a conscious student activist.
Mar04

The cost of being a conscious student activist.

My heart has been bleeding every day since I started my activism. Whether my eyes are closed, enjoying my own company or simply trying to find peace in silence, I cannot stop myself from thinking about the discomfort I have faced since I got here. In my free time, I watch political documentaries, listen to artivist poetry and read about the history of slavery and colonization. I cannot stop myself from thinking about the injustices...

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My children will NOT be lied to: Why I decided to give ALL my children female Afrikan warrior names.
Feb18

My children will NOT be lied to: Why I decided to give ALL my children female Afrikan warrior names.

When I took my first women studies course, my LIFE CHANGED drastically. Besides the obvious fact that you learn about women’s oppression, intersectionality and ways to bring about change, I owe my renewed strong love for Afrikan women to this course. Towards the end of the course, for our final project we were supposed to create a syllabus for a course we would have liked to teach. No surprise, I chose to write about “Afrikan...

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Unlearning lessons of injustice: The conscious decision of spelling AfriKa with a “K”
Feb09

Unlearning lessons of injustice: The conscious decision of spelling AfriKa with a “K”

From birth, my parents wished and bestowed upon me blessings of wealth and prosperity through my name. I am Giramata. Born and raised in the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda- the heart of the fertile soils of Afrika. When I was younger, for every holiday I packed my bags ready to leave my luxurious home to spend quality time on my grandmother’s farm. Waking up at the first call of the cock, milking cows, fetching water down the...

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