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I do not know why it took me 11 months to see this video but I am glad I did.
Mallence, in this clip at a Tedx conference talks about the economic imbalance of the world especially the West’s economic strength. This is given by the fact that the western would relies heavily on Africa’s wealth and minerals and yet economically African countries’ currency has little to no value in comparison to the US dollar, Euro or GB pound. She quotes Jacques Chirac :
“We have to be honest and acknowledge that a big part of the money in our banks comes precisely from the exploitation of the African content. Without Africa France will slide down in the ranks of a third world power.”
What I also loved was how she highlighted organisations such as Oxfam, UNICEF and the Red Cross and how they paint Africa to be “poor and dying and surviving on the mercy of the (generous) West.”
*Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne, Germany to a Sierra Leonean writer and filmmaker and a German fashion designer. She pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and Great Britain. Today she lives across the globe, produces an all-natural cosmetics line in Hong Kong, and is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective FOLORUNSHO, a ‘SHARITY’ that she initiated with street kids in Sierra Leone.
Due to her German-Sierra Leonean roots she perceives herself as a product of and bridge connecting two vastly different worlds. Her diverse background enables her to see creative solutions to common problems. Within their three years of operation, her collective has taken homeless children off the streets and into school, developed a sneaker and clothing collection, published a book and documentary of their story, and has held fine art exhibitions. Through her work with FOLORUNSHO she connects cultural contrast, enabling people to share ideas, take action, and get results.
We should learn to share and not exploit.