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

81 thoughts on “About

  1. Lolita says:

    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

  2. Nana Afoah says:

    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. Sangima says:

    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.

    • Malaka says:

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


  4. icjustright says:

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

  5. Ronke says:

    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

  6. Wambui says:

    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!

  7. weareafricans says:

    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…

  8. chatman says:

    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?

  9. Larry Eyong says:

    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)


  10. anonymously lex says:

    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.

  11. jthelmsdeep says:

    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?! :)

    • Malaka says:

      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!

  12. Charles Abraham Bidan says:

    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!

  13. Mercy Buria says:

    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…

  14. Malaka says:

    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!

  15. Malken says:

    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.

    • Malaka says:

      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.

  16. Sahalu says:

    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,

  17. Sahalu says:

    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.

  18. Kwasi Jackson says:

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

  19. Roberta says:

    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)

    • Malaka says:

      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!

  20. wealthbuildersng says:

    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.

  21. Jennifer Peterson says:

    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

    • Malaka says:

      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)

  22. Juma says:

    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.

    • Malaka says:

      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!

  23. Akin says:

    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.

  24. beninbrown says:

    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!

  25. nsanity0 says:

    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!!

  26. Penny Moore says:

    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!

    • Malaka says:

      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.

  27. Dimpho says:

    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?

    • Malaka says:

      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 :)

  28. Taga says:

    I discovered your blog today…its a beautiful read! The humour is out of this world…Hope to read your book some time.

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  30. brainjoolrie says:

    Dear conscious M.O.M, I fell you on today’s topic on Kindergarten…

    Homeschooling is the most effective way to to raise us and it that a fact. Why do U think parents were and are still being separated from their children by the Social engineers n their loonie pals in that ‘Germ’?

    So sad that Stone may miss his friends but so happy you can manage him on your own. Doing same with mine on the other side of your pond as our history is not even being taught as well as theirs is passed on from generation to generation! Yet I hear chants of ‘forget that crap, it’s over, we are all free to achieve, etc’. Really, freedom was never given freely. It was fought for!

    All Winning Founders’ Histories are read out Iiver and over, just like the children in the ‘Salo’ movie were made to endure. These are the real puppet and slave masters still. Same script, different century…All other aspects not taught at all!. REMEMBER TO TELL SON THAT HE IS A #TOPSTUDENT AND #FUTURELEADER DAILY PLEASE! Whip them with his Princely comeback! But refuse to let the world effeminize your son! The power of knowledge of self is key to all our children brain’s capacity so JUST DO IT real well, babes!!! And give him a big TICK for progress! Keep up d good-mom-work!

    Drs Umar Johnson and Amos Wilson opened up canss of worms on the whole Educ ‘Industry’ and all I can say is if moms are running to watch Olivia get screwed till she turns ‘grey’, we are in for a rude awakening. Study more of the professional madness that is being pushed on our boys ESPECIALLY! There ain’t nothing special abt ‘special needs’ nowadays! It’s all about the dollarbills so wishing Stone an outstanding recollection of his time with you in study.

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