News & Events 2018
Maputo - MOZAMBIQUE
A Presidential visit with H.E. President Filipe Nyusi, meeting ordinary people at a town hall meeting to show how they can get funding for school, visiting schools to speak with students about the power of dreaming and how education can help accomplish it, spending time at an Orphanage to show them me as an example of believing, and then presenting our annual DUSUSU Awards to the First Lady over 7 days. Mozambique is a very beautiful country with a tough past, that is working hard to re-build.
London - UNITED KINGDOM
Girl Effect, one of the largest charities focusing on technology and cool brands to empower young women in Africa, welcomed me to their office in London. We shared ideas, I saw some of the things they were doing and testing in South Africa and Nigeria, and they loved the work I had done the last 4 years with my DUSUSU projects. They are in other countries too like Rwanda and Malawi and also in India, where they are using their TEGA app tool to inform young women.
Atlanta - USA
I made my first visit to speak at a US School. It was at the Word Famous Ron Clark Academy [RCA], in Atlanta. They are known for many cool things, like changing what teaching can be, and how to bring the best our of children in an exciting and fun way. And yes, they dance on their desks. More than 46,500 teachers from 22 countries have gone to see what makes the school special.
The kids and teachers welcomed me in a very, special way. I also showed my newest film - Follow The Ball, to all the students, and the founders of the school.
Lagos - NIGERIA
In partnership with Sahara Energy, I taught my basic Film Making 101 class for about 90 young women from age 15 - 35, in three countries. It is part of my DUSUSU Foundation and Sahara Foundations efforts to help the world attain SDG #4 and #5 much sooner. I also spoke as a panelist at the Women In Film/Media Asharami Speaks event in Lagos.
Accra - GHANA
The Next country after Nigeria, was Accra - Ghana. Sahara invited Actor Jocelyn Dumas to be part of the Ghana segment. My sister Azaliah and I taught the film class, and the Girls created two short 5 minutes documentaries themselves, and edited themselves. It was cool, as they has never held a camera, or seen an editing software before the class.
They were excited to see themselves in the playback, on the big screen. The giggled, laughed, and screamed too. It was fun.
Abidjan - COTE D'IVOIRE
The project here was different, because the class was much older, between ages 22 and 35. The best part was one women said her neighbors laughed at her, because she was going back to school so late. She said it was okay, because she was learning new things - now, film making. I was so proud of her.
Later, I spoke to a night school class with 300 girls, who had many questions about film making. They were really hungry to learn. That was special.