About

I keep hearing that individually, the average human being only uses 10% of their brain’s potential. This blog represents, in word form, about 8% of the functionality and activity of my mind. I can’t afford to be categorized as “Mommy blogger” or “Tech blogger” or “Social blogger”. Between breastfeeding, catching up on current events and saving the world one boo-boo at a time….

Wait. I lost my train of thought. Welcome to the Mind of Malaka

74 responses to “About

  1. Malaka you are just the most amazing writer ever(trust me i know have read a few hundred books).
    I love this blog of yours you take the reader on a journey.
    I hope you finally get something on paper and find yourself a publisher cos you so have the potential to make it big.
    hope 2010 brings you all the love, luck and good health for you and your family.
    lots of love
    Lollie

  2. I find myself on your site every chance I get (and you know, i have very few of those)….i’ve enjoyed every post and look forward to more…..

  3. Aww! Thanks love! I’ll keep ‘em coming.

  4. Why am I just finding out about this site….I’ve got loads to catch up on. But I’ve signed up to get my updates so keep it coming. In the middle of my life as a mom, I need a good read of intellectual humor.

    • The middle??? Girl, we’re just getting started. That’s the sad part! They say it only gets better when WE become grandparents.

      Yay.

  5. Although I don’t agree with everything you say, I definitely love reading your work. Keep it up!

  6. This is what iIcall talent Malaka , you own this ! Great work.

  7. Great read. Me likey… :-)

  8. Your work brightens my day. Especially that piece with Walter. It’s things like that which give validity to my workaholic behavior. Thank you.

  9. just found your blog today and all I am thinking is…. what took me so long… I AM GOING TO BE READING EVERY SINGLE POST BACKWARDS on the blog…. you have the most amazing mind and a most fantastic way of expressing it

  10. Just stumbled upon your blog today and I love it. You write very well.
    Looking forward to reading more and more.

  11. The very first post I read is brutally honest, yet so true – You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum! Africa needs such provocative messages if we are to rise above the fray! Keep ‘em coming!

  12. love the lazy intellectual African Scum (that’s how I got to “the mind of Malaka”…then I read about your “love for Dolvet”..ha!…keep on keeping on…

  13. am liking your blog,its high time that we put into practice what we read.when is your book coming out or maybe its already out?

  14. Malaka- You have lit a fire in the savannah. You have ignited a debate…that will take you to places. My blood is boiling and the ink flowing in my blood is oozing out. This debate is long overdue. It is an existentialist debate that shoud shake Africa to its foundations. We must reevaluate everything African- the nation-state, the Ethnic/tribal group, our relations with the Bretton Woods institutions, our relationship with our former colonial masters, the pervasive influence of off-shore banks that hoard the loot of our dictators and refuse to return it to the people; why we cannot have a continental currency -The Afro-, how we can reclaim the discuss about African that has been hijacked by Jeffrey Sachs, Paul Collier, Bono, and other European intellectuals to the exclusion of even our best African economists.
    (I do not want to do on and on..)
    But above all… this is the time for you to link up with others with contrarian views and publish a book on this debate and spark a new perspective on Africa
    (Please email me at Ebenezar11@yahoo.com and let the debate begin)

    B

  15. Lazy Intellectual African Scum has made me really re-evaluate my contribution to my country. And has made me revitalize my efforts to keep blogging (after a lull). Thanks!

    Most incisive. Love the blog.

  16. I really like your blog.This is just what i need.

  17. Malaka, I don’t know you, nor do I know if I’ll ever get the chance to “lock minds with you” but I did want to say that I really love the way your mind works and thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. As a Nigerian in the Diaspora (and the father of three young adult kids) I certainly understand the complexities of raising cross cultural kids while maintaining a passion for my roots. You might be interested to read some of the ramblings from the recesses of my mind at http://jthelmsdeep.blogspot.com. Glad to know there are other forward-thinking Africans out there.

    P.S. Hope the “Back to Africa” fund is going well?! :)

    • Hi JT!
      I am CERTAIN that we can lock minds. What else is the purpose of the internet but to share information? :) I am glad to find yet another kindred spirit who can relate to the challenge of raising bi-cultural children. I confess, it’s been easier to just allow them to be “American”. They haven’t had to suffer through the endless teasing that I did as I child. In the end, I might be doing them a disservice, and I think I will have to do my penance some day.

      The ‘Back to Africa Fund’ has gone well! I have been back to Ghana and South Africa in a space of a year. I didn’t get enough money through donations to fund the tickets, but I DID get enough to buy some exercise and text books, pencils, food and clothing for a group of kids in SA. It was an amazing experience. I keep the dancing cow up there as my good luck charm. :)

      Thank you so much for your insights!

  18. great site. loved the African intellectual scum piece. insightful

  19. Charles Abraham Bidan

    This is one of the best sites,why didnt i ever heard of it earlier?,good job and May God bless you!

  20. Charles Abraham Bidan

    This is one of the best sites,Veqy inspiring and motivating.why didnt i ever heard of it earlier?,good job and May God bless you!

  21. Another book worth reviewing on the economics of aid is “Confessions of an economic hit man”.

  22. What a breath of fresh air reading the piece on African Intellectual scum. Couldn’t help but think of the constant pressure I have been getting at my workplace to get enrolled on a PhD Program in order to be able to rise up the career ladder. Shockingly, most of the people pressuring me towards this path are themselves holders of less qualifications but certainly ‘well-connected’.
    Now, do i still subscribe to the notion of higher learning? most certainly yes! Am i guilty as charged of this ‘sin’ of useless intellectualism? Most certainly! what can i do? this remains on my mind…

  23. You are about to get a PhD. I’m sure that there is nothing you can’t do! Even if it’s in an administrative capacity until you figure out something more broad reaching, all hands on deck is what’s going to get this ship moving!

  24. Hi you African goddess. You writing is exceptional. You are what my friend son would dub as Hawohaaz (Half woman Half Amazing).

    May God bless your work!

  25. I found your blog on face book after reading the African ..scum. That article is true to the T. I have heard that vibe over and over again to a numbness. I am sorry I don’t see change happening in Africa anytime soon.Change can only come after this generation is gone. We will not be like America or Asia in our lifetime. Do what you can for your country now but don’t beat yourself too hard about it because you will die long before there is any significant change in Africa. There is a famous Swahili quote that says, the offspring of a snake is a snake and so is the case in Africa, we need to raise our children different to bring the change we want and as we all know kids learn and are shaped by observing what is around them. Be a good example to your offspring.

    • This is beyond the indifference I was speaking about earlier. This is just blatant hopelessness! Who says Africa wants to be like America or Asia? At this point, I believe all we want is access to clean water, good healthcare, a decent wage and safety in our home countries. Why must a 5 year old girl worry that she will be raped every time she goes to fetch water? Why must a man who has worked his whole life to build a good home worry that his government can seize it with impunity? I don’t have anything else to say. SMH.

  26. Hi Malaka, great and purposeful writing. Thanks for doing your part in waking up the mother continent.

    I have a question regarding “You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum!” is it a true story.

    Best regards,
    Sahalu

  27. Thank you for the response. I do agree, the effect hits home nonetheless. Have a wonderful day as well and keep up the good work. More wind to your sail.

  28. if the piece on “You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum” pinch you, please take a step and stop worrying about whether it is true or …

  29. Hi Malaka,
    I subscibed to RSS feeds from your blog after the sensational ‘You Lazy…’ piece. That one got my head outta the sand. Thanks for sharing.
    I’m here on a different but no less sensitive issue; the ‘Kindergaten Terrorist’ piece. As a christian Nigerian who was born and raised in northern Nigeria, I have experienced first hand the effects of extremists who devastate lives in the name of Islam. As a result, even though I’ve never been a bigot on any issue, I find that the worst scarring I have from those times is my inherent discomfort at the sound of Arabic. Thankfully, I have the presence of mind usually not to fly into a blind panic.
    The citizens of Alpharetta may be thoroughly racially biased, and if that’s all this is about, then shame on them! That said, 9/11 has left its mark on the collective psyche of America and I dare say a part of it would be an irrational reaction to the sound of Arabic.
    I praise your children’s school for all their virtues but if Arabic remains their choice of second language, I think they will always have to deal with such reservations in one form or another, from one quarter or another even from the most racially tolerant.
    I wish you all the best with the search. It sounds like the sorta school I’d love to send my kids to (when I have kids :D)
    Respectfully,
    Roberta

    • Thanks for the well wishes, Roberta!

      First, I’m so sorry that you and others have had to come to my “About” page to comment on previous articles. One of the consequences of having a post that becomes a phenomenon, for lack of a better word, is that is drudges up all kinds of characters who have nothing better to do than spew venom and discourage intelligent conversation. I had to disable my comments, and sadly WordPress doesn’t allow you to do so for only ONE post without affecting the others. Moving on!

      I agree with you that Amana will suffer such discrimination until attitudes in this nation change. I have no doubt that the German language suffered the same discrimination after WW2. Still, cultural ignorance is no excuse for pursuing ignorance yourself. I am proud and happy that my kids are learning Arabic. I too grew up in Ghana with a bias against Arabic and everything that it presumably stood for (violence against women chiefly), but that is the folly of religion, not language. Hopefully, the citizens of Alpharetta will come to learn this as well!

      Thank you again for reading!

  30. wealthbuildersng

    Great woman! Prolific. I got to your blog through NzeSylva’s corner that linked to ur blog. He is just another little boy with good writing skills that am impressed with. Regarding your piece “You Lazy (Intellectual) African Scum”, who says Africans are lazy or that nothing good comes from Africa? Every African should rise up like you two and create impact in his/her chosen field.

    That is the only way we can change the face and fortune of Africa. Keep up with the good work.

  31. Thanks for the great blog, it’s an amazing read. Keep them coming.

  32. Thanks for posting such a “mind-blowing” article.

  33. Great Blog! Keep posting

  34. Jennifer Peterson

    I thought of your blog today when I read this quote.
    “The most important thing in this world is the destruction of superstition. Superstition interferes with the happiness of mankind. Superstition is a terrible serpent, reaching in frightful coils from heaven to earth and thrusting its poisoned fangs into the hearts of men. While I live, I am going to do what little I can for the destruction of this monster.” — Robert Green Ingersoll, politician, agnostic, and orator said in 1886
    Good on you for doing your undermine superstitions too. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Jennifer

    • Jennifer, this honestly made me smile! It reminded me about a post I’ve been meaning to do on superstition and kindness. Thank you for the reminder.

      In other news: I’m honored that my post is seared in your memory! *HaHA!* (that’s my triumphant laugh)

  35. The first time I read on this blog was on an article on Lazy Africans which was sent to me by a friend.I followed the link and from then I looke forward each day to new articles.I made my wife read Hollywood is ruining marriage and we follow up on new posts especially on marriage together.Thanks for sharing with us all these good artilces.

    • Oh dear! I hope she will not be angry with me in case she wants a bit of Hollywood in your marriage ;).

      I’m happy that you can both enjoy the blog together. That’s really special to me. Thanks for reading!

  36. Dear Malaka,

    After “You Lazy African Intellectual Scum” and your piece on Kony 2012 you had to go on my blog roll.

    I had only just posted a tweet on comprehension & sophistication when it comes to comments when I saw that you had written a blog I really would have loved to write on comments.

    I have a Nigerian heritage and in the last week, after the diplomatic spat between Nigeria & South Africa and much else about Kony 2012, the blogosphere can be such a hostile place, at least that is why I have decided to mainly write on my blog where I have control than write for other organs.

    Before this becomes a treatise, I just wanted to say, I am glad you write the way you do and it is so refreshing to read someone who so writes persuasively.

    Thank you.

  37. Wow, what an amazing blog. Love your voice, Malaka! I just got done reading the lazy African piece too and was struck by the realness of it.

    Will be posting a comment directly to that post and certainly clicking the follow button for ur site. Thanks so much!

  38. Your blog is amazing!! I read it everyday and I find myself delaying reading some articles until I’m sure there’s another one waiting. Keep it up!!

  39. OK, let me say I am of all things (in no particular order) – an over-educated, forty-something, Southern, white chick who is a working mom. My conservative friends are often dismayed by my political leanings. (Yes, it is me posting all that Pro-Obama stuff on your Pinterest page right between instructions on how to paint a preppy cooler and that great new cocktail recipe).

    Anyway, I love you! I love your honesty and your wit.

    Love, love, love I am sending your way today!

  40. Heck no with the Obama? I entertain some pretty diverse views. And some pretty diverse friends…

    • I’m not excited about anybody running for office this election cycle. It doesn’t matter if it’s Obama or Romney, America has a few more years of inertia. This race is going to come down to what color you want running the White house, and that’s it. Either candidate can only offer so much.

      By the by, do you mind if I ask what part of the South you’re from? Are you like “Virgina Southern” or “Mississippi Southern”? There’s is a distinct difference between the two. Given your views, I’m betting on Virginia.

  41. Running for Republican candidacy seems(From a Non-American point of view) like a run for a religious seat…The headlines alwats read “Romney, a Mormons could not convince Catholics”…has this always been the case?

  42. DEAR MALAKA I LIKE YOUR BLOG. KEEP IT GOING

  43. Lawwwd hammmercy, I’m overwhelmed by the love you people are giving my client! Thank you very much. She is indeed the bomb diggiry dot com!!! Yes oooo!!!

  44. Love your work. I would like to see if we can use You Lazy African Intellectual Scum on our magazine.
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  45. Love your work. I would like to see if we can use You Lazy African Intellectual Scum on our magazine.
    http://www.rizikimag.com
    Thanks
    Nancy

  46. By order of the realm; your blog is awesome.

  47. Malaka,
    Drop by my (new and squeaky-clean) blog sometime.
    It would be an honour.

    Cheers.
    http://www.fcbett.co.ke

  48. Your blog gives me life!

  49. I just discovered your blog and I love it. Can’t wait to read your book. :)

    • Well hey there pretty lady! Thank you so much for the kind compliments! I’m so glad you like the blog. I’m actually in Ghana doing a reading of the book. I hope you like it as well :)

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