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|The Story of the Honeyguide |
|Our periodic email newsletter is named after the Greater Honey Guide, a bird that has developed the remarkable habit of leading tribespeople to wild bees' nests, with the promise of honeycomb and grubs once the humans have opened the nest and taken the honey. |
The complementary relationship shared by bird and human represents the newsletter's goal - to periodically lead readers to new and timely bits of information about East African wildlife, culture, and travel.
Catch up on past issues in the Honeyguide Archives
You are invited to
African Contemporary Art . . . Live!
|Collin Sekajugo paints live at Moto-i |
December is a crazy time to frantically shop for gifts, make all those cookies, cut that tree, shovel snow and meet all those year-end goals. But remember, December is also about having some fun, doing something new and finding joy in generousity. So, Another Land
is teaming up with Giant Steps
and Books for Africa
to give you an evening of unique enjoyment and an opportunity to share with others.
We are bringing one of Africa's most renowned contemporary artists and social entrepreneur, Collin Sekajugo, to Minneapolis for an evening of socializing, music, and art. Come connect with Collin and other artists and entrepreneurs, hear Collin's story of art and entrepreneurship in Rwanda and Uganda, and watch Collin create an 8-foot painting live while DJ Salif Keita of KFAI sets the mood with some of his African Rhythms.
When: December 16th 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
2940 Lyndale Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Phone: (612) 821- NAMA
(across from the Jungle Theater)
Admission: FREE for anyone bringing a book to donate to Books for Africa. $3 for anyone without a book.
Collin's painting will be available for purchase at the end of the evening with all proceeds going towards the RwaMakondera Children's group.
Don't live in Minnesota, but still want to be involved?
Mr. Sekajugo was born in 1980 in Masaka, Uganda. At the early age of 13, he lost both his parents and soon became responsible for not only his future, but also the future of his siblings. Shortly thereafter while in secondary school in Kenya, Sekajugo immersed himself into the vibrant arts scene of Nairobi where he was inspired to not only pursue a career as an artist, but begin his mission to "Use Art to Change Lives".
Over the last four years, these words have become more than a credo for the self-taught artist, who has dedicated himself to founding and directing Ivuka Arts: an ambitious arts organization that aims to develop Rwanda's contemporary cultural heritage by honing the skills of promising young artists and providing platforms for their exposure. In Uganda Ivuka Arts is working to rejuvenate the art scene through environmental preservation and education programs under the 'Clean-up Uganda' campaign.
But his work does not stop here. Outside the walls of Ivuka, Sekajugo would pass children begging on the streets of Kigali. "I used to give them small petty cash," Collin says, "until I came up with an idea to help them express themselves and recognize their value in society through music and dance. "
Moved to help these youngsters by teaching them a skill that could help them earn an income, Sekajugo quickly recognized that a dance troupe could be just the thing: providing not only skills, but also a much-needed sense of belonging for these marginalized youths. The resulting RwaMakondera brings together children from disadvantaged backgrounds and places them in an artistic community that nurtures their talents and gives them a platform for self-expression. By training under caring adults who take a genuine interest in their well-being, these youngsters are given a renewed sense of hope and possibility for their future.
RwaMakondera is founded on the belief that every child - not least the voiceless and underrepresented - has an important message to share with the community. The project is committed to helping each child develop the skills and confidence allowing them to raise their own horns and sound them clearly throughout the world.
Thank you to these great Minnesota partners for their inspiring work!
Giant Steps is an interactive conference and gathering for creative entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial creatives, and people doing what they love. It's about exchange, collaboration, and community.
Books for Africa
A Minnesota non-profit, Books for Africa
collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa with the goal to end the book famine in Africa. Books For Africa is the world's largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped over 22 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 45 African countries.