Ok. I have had a sizable hiatus. I am back to tell about an international event that I went to a few months ago. I went to an IAS discussion over Africa. I went in part because I wanted to go with a friend, but in another part because I know so little about Africa.
The first part of the talk was about passport/green card-getting in Ghana. Apparently, there was a fake US embassy that was set up. It was actually giving out legitimate documents as well. That was really amusing to me. Secondly, I learned about a raffle of sorts for Africans to move to the US. Everything is paid for, but the likelihood of receiving this was remarkably low. I think there should be a better way to accept more of the African or any other nation’s people who want to be part of the US.
The second part of the lecture was over toilets. There are large toilet projects that have been set up in Africa. These projects have made the bathroom experience communal, humane, and hygienic. The people in charge of inventions like this deserve more recognition. (And funding for more projects like this)
This was a very interesting night, and I feel like I learned a sliver more about Africa. If not the people, then how the west is influencing the continent.