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How Africans adapt to the food & Culture in Asia – AFIAPodcact

#AfricaDay #AfricaDayCH #AfricaDay2022 Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the foundation of the Organization of African Unity which took place on 25th May 1963. Africa Day was formerly known as African Freedom Day and African Liberation Day. It is celebrated in various countries in the African continent, as well as around the world. The organization was transformed into the African Union on 9th July 2002 in Durban, South Africa, but marking the holiday continues to be celebrated worldwide annually on 25th May. For Africa Day 2022, One Vibe Africa will be hosting a 24-hour Digital Marathon. One Vibe Africa produced Africa Day at the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center in 2018, 2019, and in 2021, the Africa Day celebration took place on Clubhouse, a social audio app. That event was attended by over 10,000 people. In alignment with the African Union’s official Africa Day theme for 2022, our theme this year is “Sustaining a Healthy Africa”. Throughout the day’s festivities, we will be taking over Clubhouse’s platform by hosting a day’s worth of conversations on topics such as food conservation, indigenous languages and African spirituality as well as poetry, musical performances, and keynote speeches from esteemed guests including Cristina Duarte who serves as the Special Adviser on Africa to United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres. This is a unique opportunity for you to join us in making the second Africa Day on Clubhouse possible, associate your brand with diverse people of African descent worldwide, and educate your team and community through our carefully designed Africa Day celebration. Together, we will facilitate a diverse virtual social audio experience. Groups of up to 1,500 people every hour for the 24 hours on Africa Day are expected to be in attendance on Clubhouse and across other online platforms. #Marathon #24hrs #Clubhouse #Africa #Africans #AfricanUnity #africanliberation #AfricaDayDiaspora DATE: May 25th TIME: 12 a.m. PST VENUE: Clubhouse (Africa Day Club) TICKETS: FREE with RSVP: Africa Day 2022 on Clubhouse For more information, visit Africa Day Diaspora #### Contact: Simon Javan Okelo 206-613-9581 okelo@onevibeafrica.org About One Vibe Africa One Vibe creates a liberated African narrative through collaboration among Africans “at home” and in the diaspora. Starting with the youth, we generate a future for Africa through cultural events, video content, education, music, and the arts. To learn more about One Vibe Africa visit onevibeafrica.org and to learn more about Simon Javan Okelo who is the Founder and Executive Director of One Vibe Africa and the CEO of One Vibe Media, please visit simonjavanokelo.com

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The Importance of Cooperation in Today’s World | AFIA Podcast

Cooperation is key to success in today’s world. In this episode, I’m going to show you some examples of how cooperation has led to amazing things.

Hey everyone! In this video, I’m going to talk about the importance of cooperation in our lives. It’s no secret that teamwork can lead to some pretty amazing things, but sometimes it’s hard to see how that applies to us. I’m going to use a few examples from history and everyday life to show you just how powerful cooperation can be. Stay tuned!

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“You cannot beat a drum with one finger”, is a South African Proverb

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A rat-trap catches both the guilty and the innocent | AFIAPodcast

You’ve probably heard the saying “a rat-trap catches both the guilty and the innocent.” But what does it mean? In this episode, I’m going to explain the meaning of this African proverb and how it applies to your life.

Hey, my name is Simon Javan Okelo and I’m really excited to share with you this African proverb that has a lot of wisdom packed into it. This proverb is called “a rat-trap catches both the guilty and the innocent” and I’m going to explain what it means in detail so that you can apply it to your life. Stay tuned.

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“A rat-trap catches both the guilty and the innocent” is a Kenyan proverb.

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Why thieves are always under suspicion | AFIA Podcast

You know, I was thinking the other day about why thieves always seem to be under suspicion. And I came up with this really interesting theory.

Hey everyone, in today’s episode, I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind lately. Why do thieves always seem to be under suspicion?

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“A thief is always under suspicion.” is a Somali proverb

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Why distance doesn’t have to be a barrier to love | AFIAPodcast

Distance doesn’t have to be a barrier to love. In this video, we talk about love!

When you’re in love with someone but they’re miles away, it feels like the world is against you.

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“Love is like young rice: transplanted, it still grows.” is a Madagascar proverb.

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When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops | AFIAPodcast

Honesty is the best policy, right? In this episode I’m going to talk about the benefits of honesty and how it can help you in your everyday life.

Hey everyone, in this video I’m going to talk about the benefits of honesty. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Isn’t honesty always the best policy?” And while that may be true, there are a lot of other benefits to being honest that go beyond just following the golden rule.

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“When a ripe fruit sees an honest man, it drops.” is a Lesotho proverb

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The fear of making mistakes: why it’s holding you back and how to overcome it | AFIAPodcast

So many of us are held back by the fear of making mistakes, but in this episode I’m going to show you how to overcome it and start living your life to the fullest.

Hey there, my name is Simon Javan Okelo and I know that a lot of us are held back by the fear of making mistakes. We’re scared to take risks, try new things, or even put ourselves out there because we’re worried about what might happen. But in this video I’m going to show you how to overcome that fear and start living your life to the fullest.

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You Are Who You Pretend to Be

You are who you pretend to be

Have you ever pretended to be someone you’re not? Maybe you’ve put on a brave face for a friend who is going through a tough time or acted like you didn’t care when you did. Whatever the reason, pretending to be someone else can be fun and helpful sometimes. But it’s also important to remember that you are always who you are, no matter what. So don’t forget to be yourself, because that’s what makes you special. This African proverb from Chad says, “You are who you pretend to be.” Here are three ways in which pretending can affect your mental health.

1. You put on a persona to fit in

We often put on a persona to fit in or feel accepted by others. We may not even be aware of the extent to which we are pretending. You are who you pretend to be. It’s an old saying, but it rings true.

We all put on personas to fit in, whether it’s at school, at work, or in our social lives. We learn to act and speak in certain ways so that we can be accepted by our peers. But what happens when we can’t keep up the act anymore? When the persona we’ve created is no longer who we are?

A similar African proverb says that “a tree that pretends to be something else is soon cut down.” Pretending to be something you’re not is exhausting, and eventually, it will catch up with you. It’s important to be true to yourself and to take care of your mental health. You can’t pour from an empty cup. So take some time for yourself, and don’t be afraid to be who you are.

2. You share all aspects of your identity with everyone

Pretending can be helpful in certain situations, but it can also be harmful. It’s important to know who you are and to be true to yourself. You are who you pretend to be. Every decision you make, every action you take, is a representation of who you are as a person.

You can choose to be kind or cruel, honest or dishonest, helpful or harmful. The way you interact with the world reveals your true identity. African proverbs say, “you are what you eat,” and “you are the company you keep.” You are the product of your environment and the sum of your experiences.

Your mental health is also a part of your identity. If you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue, it’s important to seek help. You don’t have to suffer in silence. There are resources available to help you cope with your mental health challenges. You are not alone. Remember, you are who you pretend to be. You have the power of choosing how the world sees you. Choose wisely.

3. You are not true to yourself

It’s okay to change your persona depending on the situation. But the ultimate thing is to stay true to yourself. You are who you pretend to be. If you do not like who you are, then you are not true to yourself. You can only be true to yourself if you like who you are.

If you do not like who you are, then you are not being true to yourself. It is important to be true to yourself because if you are not, then you will never be happy. You will always be pretending to be someone else and that is not going to make you happy. You need to be true to yourself so that you can be happy with who you are. Only then will you be able to live a fulfilling life.

This African proverb is a good reminder that we all have the power to change ourselves if we don’t like who we are. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can always change our attitude. If we don’t like something about ourselves, we should change it. If we can’t change it, we should change our attitude. This is good advice for any area of our lives, but it’s especially important when it comes to our mental health.

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How Contentment Can Lead to Greater Success Than Complacency

How Contentment Can Lead to Greater Success Than Complacency

Complacency is a dangerous mindset to have in any area of life. When you become too content with what you have, you stop pushing yourself to reach your full potential. On the other hand, contentment can be a great motivator for success. If you are happy with what you have and where you are, you will work harder to achieve even more. Let’s explore how contentment can lead to greater success than complacency. This blog post is inspired by a Kenyan proverb that says “The sun does not refuse to shine on a village just because it is small.”

Contentment can breed success

How contentment can lead to greater success than complacency. If you often seek more than you have you can end up missing out on the contentment that can breed success. In many African proverbs, it is said that contentment is key to happiness and prosperous life. One such proverb from Kenya states, “The sun does not refuse to shine on a village just because it is small.” This proverb speaks to the importance of contentment and community. When you are content, you are more likely to share your resources and talents with others. You are also more likely to be grateful for the abundance in your life. Contentment breeds success because it leads to greater cooperation, collaboration, and gratitude.

Complacency can lead to stagnation

How Contentment Can Lead to Great Success Than Complacency. It is often said that complacency is the enemy of progress. This may be true in some cases, but there is also a lot to be said for contentment. After all, if you are content, then you are less likely to take risks or make changes that could lead to failure. And as the proverb teaches us, it is better to be content with the journey than to focus solely on the destination. Life is not about reaching a specific goal; it is about the journey itself. So, if you are content, you are more likely to enjoy the journey and find success along the way.

Being content encourages you to be positive

Contentment can lead to great success. In every culture, some proverbs talk about contentment. For example, the Kenyan proverb above contains an important message about contentment. When we are content with what we have, we are more likely to work together with others and build something great. Contentment allows us to stay focused on the positive aspects of our lives and work together towards a common goal. As a result, contentment is often a more powerful motivator than complacency.

Complacency breeds negativity

Complacency is the enemy of success. This is because when people become too comfortable with their current situation, they stop striving for improvement. complacency can also lead to negative thinking and a sense of entitlement. For instance, if you are complacent about your job, you may start to think that you deserve a raise or promotion even if you are not putting in the extra effort. Similarly, if you are in a relationship, you may start to take your partner for granted and expect them to do all the work. Most African proverbs illustrate the importance of always striving for more. If you become too content with where you are, you will never reach your full potential. Therefore, it is important to avoid complacency in all areas of your life.

Being content allows you to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.

Contentment is a state of mind that can be cultivated through practice. The more content you are, the happier and more successful you will be. How contentment can lead to greater success than complacency. Several African proverbs talk about the importance of contentment. This Kenyan proverb says, “The sun does not refuse to shine on a village just because it is small.” This means that even the smallest of things have a right to receive the sun’s rays. The same can be said about people. Just because you are not as successful as others, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be content with what you have.

Contentment is often thought of as complacency, but there is a big difference between the two. Complacency is a state of being satisfied with the status quo and not wanting to change or improve anything. It is a negative word because it implies a lack of motivation and ambition. On the other hand, contentment is a state of being satisfied with what you have while still wanting to improve your situation. It is a positive word because it implies that you are grateful for what you have and are motivated to make your life even better. Remember to subscribe to our blog for Daily African Proverbs.

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How to Build Up Your Emotional Intelligence

How to Build Up Your Emotional Intelligence

Are you someone who is just a little too emotional for your good? You can’t seem to control your reactions and always find yourself in conflict with others? Have you ever met someone who always seems to be unflappable – never seems to get riled up, even in tough situations? What separates the two of you? It’s emotional intelligence. Having emotional intelligence is when you can perceive, understand, and manage emotions. Emotionally intelligent people can regulate their emotions, respond effectively to emotions in others, and create positive relationships. This blog post focusses on a Somalia proverb that says: “If you want to dismantle a hedge, remove one thorn bush at a time.” If you’re looking to improve your emotional intelligence, read on for some tips!

1. Understand your emotions

African proverbs are full of wisdom and this Somalia Proverb is no exception. By gaining insight into your emotional lives, you can learn to control your behavior and reactions to the events and people around you. When you know what you’re feeling and why you’re feeling it, you can make better choices about how to respond. You can also use your emotions to guide you toward what you want in life. If you’re feeling happy, for example, it might be a good time to pursue a new opportunity. On the other hand, if you’re feeling sad or angry, it might be best to take some time for yourself and focus on self-care. In short, understanding your emotions gives you the power to shape your life in ways that are positive and fulfilling.

2. Learn how to regulate your emotions

“If you want to dismantle a hedge, remove one thorn bush at a time.” is an African saying often quoted in moments of disagreement or conflict, but it also applies to regulating your emotions. Because your emotions are intimately connected with your thoughts and behaviors, it can be difficult to manage them on your own. Instead, you need the support of others to help you stay balanced and grounded. Just as a group of people can work together to move a heavy object, so too can they help us regulate our emotions. When you are feeling overwhelmed or out of control, they can offer you a calm presence and a fresh perspective. In turn, you can offer them the same when they are in need. By working together, we can help each other navigate life’s ups and downs with greater ease and grace.

3. Take responsibility for your happiness

This African proverb can also be used in happiness. While it’s possible to be happy without help from others, it’s much easier to achieve lasting happiness when we take responsibility for our emotional wellbeing and build strong relationships with those around us.

Emotional intelligence is key to taking responsibility for your happiness. This means being aware of your emotions and the emotions of others, and being able to regulate them in yourself and your interactions with others. When you have high emotional intelligence, you’re better able to manage your moods and set boundaries with others to maintain healthy relationships. You’re also better equipped to deal with the inevitable challenges that life throws your way.

So if you want to be happy, make sure you’re taking responsibility for your emotional wellbeing. Cultivate emotional intelligence in yourself and your relationships, and you’ll be on your way to a happier life.

4. Practice self-compassion

The importance of self-compassion is well illustrated in this African proverb. Too often, we are our own worst critics, berating ourselves for our mistakes and shortcomings. This can lead to feelings of shame, inadequacy, and low self-esteem. However, research has shown that people who practice self-compassion are more resilient, have greater emotional intelligence, and are more successful overall. So next time you make a mistake, instead of beating yourself up, try showing yourself some compassion. It just might make all the difference.

5. Be assertive, not aggressive, in your communication

This wise saying encapsulates the importance of effective communication. When we can express ourselves clearly and assertively, we can forge strong relationships and achieve common goals. On the other hand, aggressive communication usually leads to conflict and ultimately destroys relationships.

So, does it mean there is a difference between assertive and aggressive communication? Yes. Assertiveness is about expressing yourself in a way that is clear, direct, and respectful. It is about setting boundaries and being honest about your needs and wants. Aggressive communication, on the other hand, is about trying to control or dominate others. It often involves yelling, threatening, or bullying.

One key ingredient of assertive communication is emotional intelligence. This means being able to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as reading the emotions of others. When you can do this, you are better equipped to handle difficult conversations calmly and constructively. You are also more likely to find win-win solutions that satisfy everyone involved.

In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to slip into bad habits when it comes to communication. But if you take the time to be more intentional about how you express yourself, you can build better relationships, achieve your goals, and go far together.

6. Embrace change and uncertainty

Change is inevitable. It’s a constant in your life, whether you like it or not. And yet, so many of us resist change, even when it’s happening right in front of us. Why is that?

One theory is that we’re wired for self-preservation. Change brings with it a certain degree of uncertainty, and your brain is wired to protect you from potential threats. That fight-or-flight response can kick in even when the change isn’t necessarily harmful.

But here’s the thing: change also brings opportunity. Embracing change and uncertainty can open us up to new experiences and new ways of thinking. It can help you grow both mentally and emotionally. So the next time you’re faced with a change, try to see it as an opportunity instead of a threat. You might be surprised at what you discover.

7. Cultivate empathy

It takes effort and intentionality to cultivate empathy, but the benefits are well worth it. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. It’s a key component of emotional intelligence, and it’s essential for building strong relationships. When you can empathize with others, you can see the world from their perspective and connect with them on a deeper level. You can also better resolve conflicts and build trust. So how can you cultivate empathy? First, you need to be curious about others and open to hearing their stories. You also need to practice active listening and be mindful of your assumptions and biases. By making an effort to cultivate empathy, you can create a more compassionate world for yourself and others.

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Emotional intelligence is a powerful tool that can help you navigate your personal and professional life with more ease and success. If you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to subscribe to our blog for weekly updates on all things emotional intelligence. And don’t forget to join us at the clubhouse every Monday to Friday for AFIAPodcast. You’ll get to learn a new African proverb daily. Thanks for reading!