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End of Year Editor’s Note

I am not one to give into hype or promote panic, but I know that the Covid-19 vaccine topic is a landmine riddled with suspicion.

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Hazel Lifa
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It’s that time of the year once more where your calendar, commercials, people and decorations scream ‘Christmas’ with vigour.

End of Year Editor's Note Asante Afrika Magazine

Tis the season to be jolly, yes, but there is more to December… like it marking an end to a terrible year! We have lost so many this year, from family, friends, to prominent celebs from either Covid-19 or other means. 2020 has been trying! I personally found myself at times wanting to stop trying and just give up… but here we are! We somehow have made it, and I feel that deserves a round of applause to, first of all God almighty who has allowed it.

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Besides the festivities, December is a month that has elements of unity, as the Day of Reconciliation is celebrated on the 16th. The holiday looks to unify and rectify racial disharmony in South Africa, a page we all can learn from. At a time filled with so much uncertainty, we can agree that we have bigger fish to fry than the learnt behaviour of racial discrimination.

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World AIDS day is also observed on the 1st; we have been living with this illness in our communities for so long, yet many are still so misinformed and finding themselves living with HIV one way or the other. In between the pressures of current times, let’s find the time to learn/continue learning about HIV and AIDS, teach the young as well, and not discriminate, because it doesn’t.

End of Year Editor's Note Asante Afrika Magazine

I am not one to give into hype or promote panic, but I know that the Covid-19 vaccine topic is a landmine riddled with suspicion. For one, I still need a whole lot more information to make a sound decision whether I am for or against the vaccine. I highly recommend for the time being, that we enjoy the holidays with our families, unplug with loved ones, and gear up for 2021 and its immense uncertainties.

End of Year Editor's Note Asante Afrika Magazine

We are stepping into the New Year with the concern of the rising number of new covid-19 infections in South Africa, I pray that those fighting the virus have a speedy recovery, and for those affected to have the strength to deal. While so many get sucked into the commercialised aspect of this time of year, let’s look for a deeper notion of the festive season that will give us purpose and strength in the New Year.
Happy holidays and a blessed New Year to all our readers!!!

Hazel Lifa

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May Editor’s Note

Even in the worst of times, like say during a pandemic, find a safe or appropriate way of being in the moment.

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I recently met a man, nice guy with a sad story. Let’s call him, Patrick. It wasn’t a “life dealt him bad cards” kind of situation, and to make it sadder, he knew he had created his predicament. Patrick has fallen prey to what I have dubbed the ‘folly of perfection’. In our days, many of us are obsessed with having the perfect job, car, spouse, family, etc. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a certain life for yourself, but for Patrick, he got too focused on what could be, and forgot to appreciate what is!

My friend lost his wife because he wasn’t present; he had a good job and was doing better than most, but he got lost in today’s notion of bigger, brighter, better. The moral of the story here is that in our pursuit of greener pastures, don’t forget to actually live and be present. Even in the worst of times, like say during a pandemic, find a safe or appropriate way of being in the moment.

As we enjoy and live in the moment, I hope you celebrated your African heritage and abundant swag this Africa World Heritage Day which was on the 5th of May, and continue to celebrate all through Africa Month. Let us swim in the endless cultural diversity in Africa and worldwide on the 25th of May.

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Image: Africa Day

In the spirit of togetherness and getting along, we at asanteafrika.net pray for Israel and Palestine, may peace be found in both camps before the present is gone and the desired outcome both are vying for is never realised. War is one of those things we do as a race that I will never understand; so much innocence is lost in the process. Does the end really justify the means? This is a legit question; I would like to hear your thoughts, be it in the comments section or our many social media platforms, @asanteafrikamag.

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Image: Israel & Palestine Conflict

Lastly, I would like to give a huge shout-out to the mothers of the world. Without mothers we would be lost, these Queens run so much behind the scenes we take for granted. Thank you, siyabonga, asante, jere jef, realeboga, natotela mama.

Stay Safe

XOXO

Hazel Lifa

hazel@asanteafrika.net

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March Editor’s Note

Through this platform, one of my favourite features, Chef David Mapena, got some attention that opened doors for him in his career.

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Month number 3, yay! We made it! At this point we have to celebrate all the months we get to see.

Lockdowns due to this now irritating and aggravating pandemic have led to some people dying not even because of Covid-19, but from a lack of access to healthcare. I know of a woman who lost her life because she ran out of asthma inhalers and the mother of all attacks caught her off guard. For third-world countries like my own, such situations are real.

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Crime is shooting through the roof, and one kinda’ sympathises with the perpetrators. With no business besides essential services taking place, many who are self-employed will die of hunger long before Covid gets them. It’s just one of those sad realisations of what certain governments can really do for their people in hard times, and for some, a resounding NOTHING!

But I do hope the pandemic has been a learning curve for a lot of my fellow Africans who still don’t invest. Random, but true; for a lot of us, wealth is seen through land and livestock, which is true, but in times like these, that kind of wealth can be limiting for people who need cold hard cash.

On a lighter note let us commemorate and celebrate the everyday woman this International Women’s Day. Ladies, remember you are strong, resilient, and beautiful. You are capable of anything you put your mind to.

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Image: International Women’s Day Logo

Still on this lighter tone, I just want to say thank you to our readers who give us the time of day as a small start-up. I have always said I want my writing to not only inform and entertain, but I want to change lives whether it be the little things or the big ones.

Through this platform, one of my favourite features, Chef David Mapena, got some attention that opened doors for him in his career. This news made my year; giving talented African individuals a stage to shine in a world that usually overlooks us was and still is part of the plan.

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Image: Chef David Mapena

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To maybe ease the hardships of current times, do something nice for a stranger! You don’t have to touch them, donate clothes or food to those who need it.

Stay safe, and spread the love Asante fam!

xoxo

Hazel Lifa

hazel@asanteafrika.net

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February Editor’s Note

I implore you to express love to yours all month long and throughout the year. Express love to yourself, pamper yourself!

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Hello Asante Afrika family, hope we’re all making it through February fairly intact.

The Month of Love, ou la la! Call me a cynic, but, I find it weird that we need a designated month and date to express love to our loved ones openly, or risk being called a ‘simp’, as the kids are saying these days. Human emotions are something modern societal codes of conduct are slowly making negative notions. This month Asante crowd, I implore you to express love to yours all month long and throughout the year. Express love to yourself, pamper yourself!

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Black identity and behaviour have been on display lately on U.S. social media with the topic of colourism. While the discussion has been taking place on the western scene, this is unfortunately one of those issues that involve us too. Africa is guilty of colourism whether we know it or not – how we praise and revere the ‘yellow bone’, and make the darker-skinned black woman feel inadequate. The pumping in of billions into the skin bleaching industry by this prejudice we have for each other has to stop. It is ultimately self-hatred in disguise.  

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I will take this moment to say to our fellow Africans in Uganda, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through political turmoil. While we say we are of modern evolved times, the tendencies of the past still linger in our behaviour. There is much tension in the country of Uganda following its presidential elections that saw Yoweri Museveni winning the presidency for a shocking sixth time. 

There have been reports of killings and violence surrounding the elections that have caught the attention of the world at large. As an African, I have experienced such a situation in my own country, the uncertainty, the fear. It is especially difficult when we add the stress, killer, and inconvenience that is the Covid-19 pandemic. At some point, you would think we would learn!

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Image: Yoweri Museveni

Lastly as we bask in Cupid’s month, let’s not forget other seemingly futile, but important things that are celebrated in February. Like for instance, International Mother Language Day (Feb 21), a rare chance to celebrate the vastness of our indigenous languages that paint Africa in her shining glory of diversity. Maybe even learn another African language if you find yourself bored.

Stay safe; wash your hands, wear your mask, stay home if you can, and keep your chin up high. It’s not over yet!

xoxo

Hazel Lifa

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