“Representation matters,” Nordic Women in Tech Awards Nominee Alexandra Ciobotaru shares the story of Femme Lead Podcast

by Aydn Parrott “Storytelling has the power of showcasing facets of life in a new light. Understanding the back-story of an individual is a mighty thing.”  These are the words of Alexandra Ciobotaru, founder of Femme Lead Podcast. She says one quickly realises that money, appearance, or influence pale in comparison to having a mission, …

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The Engineered Black Story: Four women, one vision

Four young black women lead innovation in engineering and youth capacity building with multipurpose online platform. by Aydn Parrott Ndzalo Mabunda, Olivia Mothiba, Lehlogonolo Phiri and Namhla Ndwalane. These four women have been at the forefront of Engineered Black, an organisation which aspires to empower and strengthen the skills of young and aspiring engineers through …

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QUEST FOR FREEDOM: Raw words from the heart of the End Sars protests

“The youth were crying with the flag in their hands telling the soldiers "please don't shoot us we are not armed,” but the soldiers continued shooting. Rapidly people were falling” By Joseph Raimi Abidemi We all have dignity but we've forgotten that it can be violated. It started for the past 10 years where Nigeria …

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Willing‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌Criminal?‌

By‌ ‌Dwayne‌ ‌Sephton‌ ‌ ‌The‌ ‌lockdown‌ ‌started‌ ‌26‌ ‌March‌ ‌and‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ ‌say‌ ‌that‌ ‌in‌ ‌less‌ ‌than‌ ‌two‌ ‌weeks‌ ‌most‌ ‌South‌ ‌Africans‌ ‌could‌ ‌be‌ ‌classified‌ ‌as‌ ‌“criminals”‌ ‌whether‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌illegal‌ ‌cigarettes‌ ‌or‌ ‌because‌ ‌of‌ ‌alcohol‌ ‌sales.‌  ‌Even‌ ‌those‌ ‌who‌ ‌do‌ ‌not‌ ‌drink‌ ‌or‌ ‌smoke‌ ‌could‌ ‌still‌ ‌be‌ ‌classified‌ ‌as‌ ‌“criminals”‌ ‌for‌ ‌breaking‌ ‌our‌ ‌strict‌ ‌lockdown‌ ‌restrictions.‌ ‌ ‌ With‌ …

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“Political communicators must at all times be concerned with informing, educating and assisting the general public,” says veteran brand strategist Solly Moeng

By Aydn Parrott Chief Storyteller Aydn Parrott, spoke to Solly Moeng, MD of DonValley Reputation Managers,  about the impact of Covid-19 on political communication. Solly is also the Founder & Convenor of the Africa Brand Summit. He has more than 20 years of experience in Brand Strategy Development & Management, as well as Brand Reputation …

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Dear Jon: a conversation about storytelling and COVID-19 with seasoned speechwriter Jon Cayzer

Jon Cayzer is the storyteller's narrator. A speechwriter who has seen the world of political communication, speech writing and storytelling in all its guises. Educated at Harvard after  serving as private secretary to Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Jon Cayzer has served as speechwriter to various South African political figures and international companies. Jon currently resides in …

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“I have chosen to fight gender based violence  because I believe females have lost their basic human right to live safely in SA,” Founder of Fight Back SA reflects on her work in the fight against GBV

By Nicole Mirkin Fight Back SA is a non-profit organization that works towards empowering women in underprivileged areas by teaching free anti-rape and anti-hijacking self defence classes where they live.  We also work closely with other anti-GBV organizations and community leaders in order to empower as many young women as we can with the resources …

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Rewriting the African story to build a more resilient continent

  I was invited by Raimi Joseph Abidemi of the Let's Read Initiative to present a webinar hosted by the  Nigerian-based organisation on 25 July 2020 My Topic: The Effect of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Government, NGOs and People Rewriting the African story to build a more resilient continent By Aydn Parrott Africa needs optimism, results …

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Mandela Day feature: “Let us share the generational wealth of knowledge among leaders, mothers, and storytellers, at home, in 67 minutes of storytelling,” says researcher Nishai Moodley

    Reflecting on research, Mandela Day and storytelling by Nishai Moodley I was fortunate enough to conduct my 2019 Honours research in the small Karoo town of Vanwyksvlei, under the Research Chair of Land, Environment and Sustainable Development at Stellenbosch University. This experience showed me the importance of narration and storytelling.  While narration was …

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