We Need to Tell Our Stories

The irony is that despite that experience with my students, I still questioned the validity and relevance of my own story. Maybe popular culture convinced me that only the most outrageous and extreme experiences are worthy of writing about.

Diaspora Spotlight: Jah Baba

When asked about his view of education in Benin Jah Baba does not hold back.  He sees that the current education system does not focus on cultural relevance but rather promotes further assimilation to Western standards and ideals.  He says “there is an emphasis on knowing things but not to be truly educated…” From his perspective, the minister of education and other politicians prioritize their own agendas but not what is in the best interest of Beninise people. Jah Baba is disappointed to see the system is “moving African youth away from their culture and youth do not have knowledge of their history but they can tell you about European or American history.”

Diaspora Spotlight: Regine Romain

Hello CREAD Family!!! It is so good to be back in the blogosphere with you all.   I had the good fortune of spending a month in Benin, West Africa.  I went to spend time with my friend and colleague, Regine Romain.  Regine is truly a phenomenal woman and I felt so privileged to be […]