Saturday, June 26, 2010

Africonexion Meets Kanga Kabisa

Marianne NilssonWallin and I got connected on Facebook. Based in Zanzibar and Minnesota respectively, we corresponded for about a year. Then, on June 17, 2010, we met for the first time, in Dar es Salaam.

A Swede, Marianne came to Tanzania for the first time in 1969, and she has been engaged with Africa ever since. She runs the Kanga Kabisa company, which makes products out of the famous khanga fabrics produced in Tanzania.

Kanga Kabisa is a business with a social mission. It strives to use local materials and resources to make quality products. Marianne believes that Africa can create high quality products which should be promoted, for the benefit of both Africans and the world. Marriane believes this is needed in order to promote a better awareness of Africa among Europeans and other foreigners.

I was happy to learn about the Kanga Kabisa philosophy. I run africonexion, a small consulting business which promote awareness of cultural differences and strategies for coping with and leveraging them. Africonexion seeks to empower people, giving them the tools for managing their lives and work in this world which is getting more and more interconnected. Like Kanga Kabisa, Africonexion is a business with a social mission: to make the world a better place, with a focus on people and sustainability.

Marianne and I love books. We discovered this when we got connected on Facebook. We shared information about publishers, books and book fairs and discovered that we have mutual friends and colleagues in this field. Marianne has read some of my books, likes them, and is keen to promote them.

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