I was born when lizards were in ones and twos
A child of Idemili. The difficult tear drops
Of sky’s weeping drew my spots. Being
Sky-born I walked the earth with royal gait
And mourners saw me coiled across their path.
But of late
A strange bell
Has been singing a song of desolation:
Leave your yams and cocoyams
And come to school.
And I must run away in haste
When children in play or in earnest cry:
Look! A Christian is on the way……
[read Travels of alice in wonderland:upside-down]
…beside/s the sorrow of the solitary voice that now wailed after them they might have been returning with a bride. The sweet agony of the solitary singer settled like dew on the head.
Dis hadithi is about ‘IT’, for the purposes of dis blog (story/teller) ‘IT’
[revised excerpts ya Arrow of God by Chinua Achebe]
is the tangled web of realities that transform (not only) my perspectives on waiting for superman, the politrix of diverse media on [david]kato’s trial, retreats en the pursuit of ‘rapture’ TO what comes next…
like a poem from d’bi young anitafrika’s epic dub archive….ancient concept…..
it all comes down to.. nothing less than UPENDO
that has me (en we)not only advocating for truth n reconciliation but co-creating epics of the hadithis of our lives with our learning villages
IT is what has had us rebelling in righteousness and rebuilding our homesteads from (long ago)
sharing all our resources to grow[ing] magical forests en farm[ing] yams, pumpkins n herbs, multiply[ing] heads of goats en hens
retelling [ancient] poetry openly in diverse urban spaces [never confessing bush-rituals. But. dey plotting big time for return from exile o…..
[between the lines: we ask those tuff questions of remembering tradishun en paths of harvesting the powah! of our diversity,
only) TUKIFAFANUA the complexities of ‘every-night-till-the-newyamfeast’
(na)the urgency of security/interventions for LGBTIQ asylum seekers,
(na) the sacredness of bredrin en sistrin/outsiders
IT is the spaces between silence, organising, and play(ing)with friends en families, praying (even) for blessings for our enemies, and those who fight us…
IT is the struggle to maintain the abundance of well being and prosperity to blue sky and farm in the rurals,
Dreaming to Embark on a year long (artist-in-residence) retreat with (s)kin folk[s], finance [grassroots] organising with Bredrin and sistas in solidarity like AfraKenya, Black Queer Resistance en The Brown Boi Project, Colour Me Dragg and FARUg , SMUG & T.I.TsUganda, Deviant & Goldelox productions,
massive human-positive en salaam coalitions and the people project[s] facilitating positive relearning en transformation at spaces like [moyo wa Afreeka] centres en women’s health in women’s hands,
IT is re/mapping the foundations of healing/schools without borders through [queer/Afrikan re-visions of en call outs for un]conferences like
Queer It Yourself – Tools for Survival
[read: how to become a professional queer – in another place not here
Play: spot the remix/ed en indigenus….hold a memory..harvest pumpkins, yams en herbs]
As a part of the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival, “A Sustainable Queer Planet,” the Visual Arts Committee presents…….
QIY: A laboratory…envisioned as… [re]creating a sustainable queer culture and demonstrating the power of self and community organizing, co-creation, speculation, and transformation.
As an antidote to anti-sociality theories of queerness (that suggest queerness can only be rendered as a negation of heteronormativity), Queer It Yourself invites artists to forge their own tools for surviving the everyday challenges of contemporary queer existence…….
Queering the index….the various sections of the QIY exhibition include:
Land Use / Dig it (organic farming, community gardens, eco-projects, cruising sites, earthworks, recycling projects, rural gay culture, hippies and rednecks, RFD zine, Billy Club, 420 cultures, mountain men, off the grid living, survivalism, subsistence, indigenous and third world land use, border disputes)
Shelter / Sheltering (guides to urban and rural homemaking, urban and rural homelessness, cars, tents, bridges and freeway overhangs, tiny houses, pre-fab housing, visionary architecture, greening your living space, creating mood lighting with energy efficient fixtures, housing collectives, polyamorous living)
Craft Making / Queering it (queer arts and crafts, craft demos, how-to guides and workshops, how to use etsy.com, Blurb and self-publishing software, QIY kinky toys, homemade fashion and couture)
Commerce / Selling it (experiments with capitalism, fashion collectives, sexwork, alternative book,
art, and product distribution, queer & LGBT marketing demographics, critiques, small businesses, barter, trade, resource-based economy vs. commodity-based economy)
Community / Join in (political organizing, queer community organizing, ad hoc political action committees, queer pride, gay shame, organizing your first demonstration, social & political groups, leather clubs, s/m networks, biker gangs)
Nomadics / Roaming (the culture of the road, the runway, the superhighway, jetsetting, transnationalism, queer diasporas, queer immigrant and exile cultures)
ommunications / Connecting (zines, homo-core
music, queer speed-dating, independent publishing, social networking, blogging, listserves, social media, flashmobs, promotional strategies, writing your first press release, street art, posters, stickers, queer graffiti)
Learning / Get Schooled (community art and culture projects, health activism, continuing education, grant writing and fundraising, guides for queer survival, mentorship, “training” in leather circles, drag “mothers”, informal or marginal methods of transmitting culture, service, apprenticeships)
Style / Working it (working the runway, drag king & queen culture, ball culture, leather, gear, street styles, rural styles, international styles, fashion and make-up tips and tricks, makeover demonstrations, finding the right photographer for your head-shot)
We welcome artwork, ephemera, documentation, publications, zines, music, videos, installations, DIY kits, guides, instruction manuals, maps, charts,
top-ten tips, alternative cosmologies, proposals for live demonstrations, workshops and interactive QIY workstations.
Propose a history of Zine culture, show work of collective art projects, show artifacts of ad hoc political action committees, give live demonstrations of quilting and queer homemaking, offer a do-it-yourself stencil-making so that you too can be a street artist, and much more…
[deadline to submit proposals passed but…If you have questions (say about funding for travel n accommodations or collaborating with grassroots networks),
firstname.lastname@example.org [na] check dis conference in another place, not here….mo’ wisdom circles in world cafes on the art of taking participatory leadership to scale]
UHAI-EASHRI is pleased to announce that the 3rd Regional Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference will be convened in Nairobi, Kenya from 4th to 6th May, 2011. This conference will bring together activists from the LGBTI and sex worker movements in East Africa, as well as health and legal professionals, human rights activists and organisations, and donor partners working in the Region (Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda).
As such, UHAI is requesting participation, input and support from activists within the LGBTI and sex worker movements across the five countries. It is hoped that a representative team of activists will guide UHAI in developing the Conference agenda with the needs of the activist community in mind and in light of lessons learned from the 1st and 2nd Conferences.
This will require activist participants, working with the Conference Task Force, to volunteer time and their unique perspectives in helping this Conference meet the needs of all the stakeholders involved in UHAI. Further to this, the activist participants will be involved in crucial decision making regarding the logistics and organizing of this Conference. Therefore, we are seeking a maximum of 8 LGBTI and sex worker activists to volunteer a little of their time (hopefully not more than 5 hours per week in the run up to the Conference). Activist participants will need to have email and telephone access.
This is a great opportunity to shape the 3rd Changing Faces, Changing Spaces
Conference and to ensure your place at it!
….please feel free to send any inputs or inquiries to the Conference Coordinator at email@example.com.
Looking forward to your support, input and participation!
CFCS³ Conference Team
give thanx for yesterday, today en kesho in the Q_t werd: we reveal s/heroes behind the masks,
(share our communing usiku at one a dem tambors for esu [odara]
en invite mo artists to) co-create enchanted retreats
betwixt en between blue skies/ancient forests,
canoes on the Indian ocean en altars on mountains of the moon,
dis hadithi is the keeper of secrets, esu carry my prayer, divine messenger of transformashun, melding with [great] mystery ase::
dreams of, documenting en facilitating luv-in Elimu sanifu missions of [healing] Safe Spaces with people you [/we are blessed to] know like Lost Lyrics en Manifesto with The Weapon of The Revolution
#todavidwithlove projects watering seeds from Kampala to Nairobi, Tdot to Brooklyn, Cape-town to Dar-es-salaam en Kigali, Montego Bay to Santiago de Cuba, Lagos to Jinja en Tripoli,
from the diaspora of righteousness [back] to Afreekan shores, on a quest of maps with doors to no return.
Are you ready?
Hadithi? Hadithi? Hadithi njoo…….
Giza ya? Sahani ya?
Wetin dey (UKWELI YA) riddle of the sphinx o?