Paradigm Initiative Nigeria Promotes Digital Literacy to Youth

In June of 2014, the tech climate in Nigeria shifted dramatically when The Rockefeller Foundation announced a $500,000 grant in favor of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). PIN is an ongoing project headed by social entrepreneur Gbenga Sesan that strives to familiarize underprivileged Nigerian youth with future careers in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). PIN’s Life…

African Architect Creates Stunning Summer Pavilion for London’s Serpentine Gallery

London’s Kensington Gardens has hosted an architectural exhibition every year since 2000, but this year’s installation is a landmark occasion. It marks the first time that an African architect has designed a structure for the Serpentine Pavilion. Considered a centerpiece of London’s cultural summer season, being selected for the Serpentine Pavilion exhibition is a rare…

Diversity Growing at American HBCUs

  In the United States, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are designated by Congress as institutions that provided higher education to African American students prior to 1964. In March 2017, Howard University, the most iconic HBCU, celebrated 150 years of advancing knowledge with a positive announcement: enrollment statistics were on the rise and diversity…

Esther Passaris: A Voice for Kenyan Women

Esther Muthoni Passaris is known in Kenya in the world of politics and philanthropy.  Born in the coastal city of Mombasa to Greek and Kenyan Kikuyu parents, she has become a successful businesswoman and philanthropist, establishing the much lauded “Adopt-A-Light” program, which succeeded in  reducing crime by increasing lighting in many poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. She also possesses…

André Alexis: Seeing Canada In a New Light 

André Alexis, one of Canada’s premier playwrights and novelists, is now recognized for the scope of his bibliography as the winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize. This coveted American literary prize, known for awarding one of the richest literary prize amounts in the world, recognizes Alexis’ entire body of diverse creative works. Alexis was born in…

The Festival of Literary Diversity: A Celebration of Many Voices Coming Together

  FOLD 2017 accomplished its mission. As a Festival of Literary Diversity, the second-annual event brought together established and emergent writers of varied backgrounds in a space that fed their souls, created dialogue and provided down-to-earth guidelines and information about writing and publishing. Held recently in Brampton, Ontario, a city known for its culturally diverse population, FOLD…