Category Archives: End of year Reflection

Lessons about love, sex and gender in the postcolony

Lessons about love, sex and gender in the postcolony

Tweet By: Merrian Brooks* This year’s theme The personal is the political: love, sex and gender in the postcolony created some wonderful thought provoking articles. I enjoyed reading them every week and encourage any missed articles be revisited. It was refreshing to read thoughtful reflections on the role of love, family, relationships, gender, and sex on the lives of the writers. Entrenched systems… Continue Reading

The Personal is indeed, the political

The Personal is indeed, the political

Tweet I always welcome BLF end of year reflections; they provide an opportunity for me to take stock of my year and seriously ponder about what I have learned or contributed either in BLF conversations or in other spaces I occupy. This, my first year off the BLF editorial team, I have surprisingly realised that… Continue Reading

A critical year for African feminism: five important takeaways from 2013

A critical year for African feminism: five important takeaways from 2013

Tweet By: Rethabile Mashale* 2013 has been a long and trying year. I’ve had many steep learning curves both in my professional and personal life. As a black women’s rights’ activist, operating on the peripheries of a patriarchal and racially divided country, finding voice has been challenging and often laced with threats of physical harm.… Continue Reading

A difficult year for Kenya and Kenyans

A difficult year for Kenya and Kenyans

Tweet By: Nguhi Mwaura* It’s been a hard year for Kenya and for Kenyans. Haunted by the 2007/2008 post-elections violence, Kenyans tentatively navigated an election in March 2013 by electing a President, Uhuru Kenyatta, and Vice President, William Ruto. Both of these men have ongoing cases in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the political… Continue Reading

A poor man’s son in a world of opulence: reflections of an aspirant property law candidate attorney

A poor man’s son in a world of opulence: reflections of an aspirant property law candidate attorney

Tweet By: Thoko Sipungu* This piece recounts my short, brusque and continuing journey as a candidate attorney and an aspirant writer. My story is rather a familiar one to most people. However, the highs, lows, defeats and triumphs are always worth reflecting on, because in hindsight one may be able to see things in perspective.… Continue Reading

Rethinking higher education: What Open Access can mean for Africa.

Rethinking higher education: What Open Access can mean for Africa.

Tweet by Manka S. Angwafo* Good science should have no boundaries. That was the strong message from Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the European commissioner for research, last month at the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference at Stellenbosch University. The significance of open access for Africa cannot be overstated. Recent available data reveals that only about 27,000 articles… Continue Reading

Reflections on a year of leadership development and final year forestry studies

Reflections on a year of leadership development and final year forestry studies

Tweet By: Sikhumbuzo Nxumalo* What an incredible year I have had! This year was my fourth year at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) George Campus in South Africa, where I have been studying towards a bachelor’s degree in Forest Engineering and Environmental Management in the Faculty of Science (under the School of Natural Resource… Continue Reading