Empowerment is giving voice to the voiceless. Those who speak have the self-determination to shape culture. Those who speak and are heard have the power to shape history. Those who are voiceless are pushed out of the discussion on how the world is and what the world should be.
We believe everyone should have the power to speak, because everyone has intrinsic value, and everyone has something worthwhile to say. You help us empower people by providing jobs through your purchases. The dignity of a job gives people the ability to have a say in the direction of their lives and their communities.
We’d like to introduce a new area where we are giving voice to the voiceless – a new partnership with Boston University’s Africana Journal. The Africana is an online academic journal with articles on various issues related to Africa. But they have one unique characteristic that we love – all articles are written by Africans.
Historically, academic conversations in the social sciences have been dominated by Western thought. European and American scholars have been the primary voices in shaping the discourse on international relations, including issues related to Africa. Meanwhile, Africans have been marginalized from participating in these conversations.
In short, people are talking about how to solve Africa’s problems while not including Africans in on the discussion.
Though these scholars are very intelligent and have significant contributions to the academic world, we’re losing a valuable voice. As we’ve said earlier, those who have the power to speak and be heard shape history. The Africana Journal is giving that power and voice to Africans who have been excluded from academic conversations.
The Africana was founded in 2005 at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (side note: this was my alma mater). In 2010, it was moved to the African Studies Center at Boston University. Having always been a print-only journal, it is now making its move online.
Intrinsic is proud to be a sponsor and partner of the Africana. Together, our goal is to promote African scholars to influence the world of academics and social sciences with their voice on what matters most.
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