Marching Forward!

I can't believe we're heading into spring already. I remember when I was about 5 or 6 years old, I was sitting with my grandfather in his verander (in Benin City, Nigeria) and I asked "how comes you don't get bored?" He told me he felt like he blinked and became a man, got married and had children who had children who asked him such questions. I'm paraphrasing but I think that's pretty much how the conversation went.

I didn't ponder on that conversation much until I was in my twenties, and even more now I'm in my thirties. I finally get it Baba (that's what we call our paternal grandad). Life can seem mundane or super-charged at times but you've got to be present and try to live each moment. Memories are great but life is just too much of a blessing to be lived in the rearview mirror. Plus, that's gonna hurt your neck!

CNN African Voices, 8.30am (GMT) Friday 11th March

I'm super excited to be featured in the next CNN African Voices programme. It's been a secret dream of mine and I'm happy and grateful to be recognised for my work. The programme is broadcast tomorrow at 8.30am (GMT) and is repeated on Saturday: 2.30am, 12.30pm, Sunday: 10.30am, 5.30pm, Monday: 9.30am and Tuesday: 3.30am (all GMT). I hope you enjoy the feature!

Design Indaba

Thanks to Ravi Naidoo and his wonderful team at Design Indaba for inviting me to perform excerpts from 'Song Queen: A Pidgin Opera' and share my presentation 'Bridging The Middle' last month. In my presentation I spoke about how I use music and storytelling as a bridge to connect cultures and communities around the world. I'm finding that the more I travel, the more I see the power of this medium and how it can unite people in such a powerful and positive way.

It was my first time in Cape Town, South Africa and my husband Baba Epega and I had a blast!
Looking forward to returning to SA and performing the full opera later this year.

Thank you all for your love, support, positivity and encouragement.

Until next time...

Much peace and love,

The Venus Bushfires