Meeting of Minds

Uchechi

Meeting of Minds is the Leading Exporter of African Narratives.As a digital publishing company, we produce slow news and solutions journalism. As a cross-platform brand, we connect African women from the Diaspora to the Continent. We create new media experiences that centres cultural competency and racial literacy. Through high quality content and partnership brokering, we aim to disrupt traditional markets, challenge the status quo and buck conventional storytelling.Our podcasts strike at the heart of the matter, each episode inspiring candid conversations with intellectuals and cultural change-makers, spotlighting the voices that matter. Our audio content gives listeners the space to dive into topics, ranging from politics and business to contemporary art and Black feminism at your own pace - as we shift paradigms and encourage radical thinking and sustainable solutions. read less
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Episodes

#AfricaInFocus Is Nigeria ready for the eNaira?
Nov 13 2021
#AfricaInFocus Is Nigeria ready for the eNaira?
On 25th October 2021, Nigeria became the first African nation to launch a digital currency- the eNaira. At the official unveiling in Abuja, President Buhari said the eNaira could boost Nigeria’s gross domestic product by up to $29 billion over the next decade. The central bank will issue the digital currency directly to users, hoping to promote financial inclusion, facilitate diaspora remittances, foster cross border trade, among other advantages. The launch comes nine months after the central bank banned cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, which were used to finance the #EndSARS protests, on the grounds that they posed a threat to the financial system and could fund terrorism.Despite its alleged benefits, many Nigerians remain skeptical about the currency because of widespread distrust of the government. And bareley 72 hours after it went live, the eNaira speed wallet disappeared from google play store following bad reviews and low ratings. However, it’s up again. So, what is the eNaira? What do Nigerians think about it? Will it solve the country’s monetary issues, and what are some of its potential risks? To answer these questions, Edith Magak speaks to Seun durojaiye, a Nigerian journalist, and Theophilus Oladipo, a FinTech attorney and consultant at Regcompass. Written and produced by Edith Knight Magak – a writing fellow at African Liberty and literary journalist at Africa in Dialogue. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Follower her on Twitter
#RealReads Christianity’s Role in Perpetuating Sexism
Sep 14 2021
#RealReads Christianity’s Role in Perpetuating Sexism
Religious Women have played an important role in advancing the struggle for gender parity, economic equity and defying stereotypes over the years. However, as much as the world seems to be evolving with #girlpower and #womenempowerment recognisable hashtags, the restrictive beliefs and structures constructed by religion have hindered the advancement of feminists movements.A review of the first sin committed by Eve and the punishment meted out to her in the Bible justifies the “rationalisation” and punishment assigned to Women. These gender disparities and stereotypes are pervasive in many societies as scholars, religious and political leaders use this reference as justification for the limitations on and status of Women around the world.It is imperative to note that many of the political forces that seek to control Women and perpetuate sexism are based in religious ideologies which have been considered normal in our everyday lives. Therefore, there is a pressing need to extensively address Christianity and how it impacts Black Women, especially in the application of biblical doctrine.Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, Bishop David Oyedepo advised his members against joining the feminist movement because “it leads to frustration and devastation.” His wife, Faith Oyedepo defended her husband’s view on feminism as she believes “feminism is inspired by demons”.Christianity and feminism are at parallels because; where feminism sees a problem, Christianity does not see one. Mothers push this belief of subservience down their little girl’s throats. At the end of the day, patriarchy is not only advanced by men, but also by indoctrinated religious Women.Read the full article written by Deborah Dzifa Makafui here.
#GradZine Black Women and East Asian Pop Culture: Part 1
Jul 16 2021
#GradZine Black Women and East Asian Pop Culture: Part 1
It appears that whenever Black Women and girls are interested in things ‘beyond the norm’, there’s always some form of backlash or unwarranted comments about our interests. Or that ‘we’re not Black enough’ for liking different things - whatever that means. Being a K-pop fan or being invested in the Korean drama industrial complex doesn’t take away from being Black. For instance, we realised that there’s a lot of similarities between our respective Nigerian (Yoruba and Igbo) and Korean cultures from academic success, family values, religion and more. What’s even funnier is the assumption that we had particular racial preferences when it comes to relationships just because of our interests in East Asian pop culture. And of course, moreover, Black Women and girls have been interested in various forms of East Asian pop culture, like anime, we still get ridiculed.Considering that anime is unfortunately often associated with men, it doesn’t get as much counterblast, but when Black Women, even Megan Thee Stallion, enjoy it - we still get bashed. But, of course, this is due to misogyny and male gatekeeping. Nevertheless, it’s amazing to see Black Women and girls overtly enjoying these forms of pop culture. Though, there’s some controversy surrounding these forms of entertainment, in particular, K-Pop, (such as minstrelsy, cultural appropriation and of course, racism and misogyny), it’s okay to criticise the media we consume - especially when you’re an avid enthusiast like Bashirat and her friends, Anthonia and Debbie.Podcast Produced By: Bashirat Oladele, with guest speakers Anthonia and Debbie.