AUSTIN AFRICA FAQS
- What is the primary purpose of AustinAfrica?
AustinAfrica is meant to provide a ‘Village Square’ for Africans, African Americans, and the public that has a true interest in Africa and its sons and daughters. It has been a long time in gestation. We registered the domain in 2013 and spent more than two years thinking about how it can best serve the community. After thinking it over, we came to believe that it should not only provide ‘news’ about the many African communities in Austin, but also share out some of the vast amount of information and research now available on Africa to interested individuals. We thought out the five primary posts carefully so that it provides good coverage across and in depth of the myriad aspects of Africans in America. They are as follows: a) Austin Africa –information on the Africa in Austin, b) US Africa Educator-opinion and pedagogical algorithms to support cross cultural education , c) Villages in the Metropoles-going deeply into one ethnic group so that the complexity of African life be brought out, so as to avoid just skimming across the surface of its cultures and societies, d) AustinAfricaAcademy– a regular post that deals directly with the materials available on the history and literature of Africa, preferably at a modest cost from the internet (the first post introduces the UNESCO History of Africa which has eight volumes and more than 10,000 pages that can be downloaded for free), and e) AustinAfricaReview-a magazine on the Africa arts that are available in Austin and Texas, musical and visual; performances and museums that can be reached in a day. While some of the coming and going would demand a long day, the trips my family made to Dallas and back ,as an instance for an important evening gathering of the Coal City Social Club, demonstrate that it can be done.
- Who is Austin Africa?
Austin Africa is an activity of GoldMedalConsultancy™ a minority owned company directed by Ifeoma Freeman. AustinAfrica is edited by Claude Freeman. We are a part of ‘Austin Africa’ and belong to one of its villages for which we are truly grateful. Our community reached out to us as soon as we arrived and now it is hard to imagine our life without the daily support and workings of our village. As our African compatriots helped us, we also hope to assist others, particularly in these difficult times. A village welcomes all of its own. We would love to participate as friends in the events and festivals of all the communities and ethnic African groups in Austin, and as well as facilitating expect to work with others.We hope to come into contact with all communities and ethnic groups and hope to provide a forum for them, as well as furthering a ‘village square’ for all. We would like AustinAfrica to represent all Africa. If you have an idea on how to do this or on any topic, contact us via the AustinAfrica contact page which is found on the site’s footer.
- What are the Primary Products and Services of Austin Africa?
Our primary product and services are information and research on Africa as well as a structure for communicating across the many African related communities in Austin; those meetings, gatherings, events, festivals, word of mouth, media, phone calls, texting, and emails that now in a modern world make for a ‘Village Square.” AustinAfrica has a twitter account (Icon on footer) that it hopes to learn to use well-unused until now, and there is a linked In icon which gives an idea of the Editor’s past. However, as a disclaimer we do provide other services for ‘income’ but these cannot work unless AustinAfrica’s community contributions via posts and publicity makes a real difference, and count and weigh more than the services for revenue. Austin Africa sponsors three income based activities: a) Princes of Africa-an education and research service, and b) Ifeoma’s Circle of Food, Flair, and Fashion-food and fashion products.
- How to contact Austin Africa?
All Austin Africa’s posts will at some time in the future provide opportunities for direct comments and it is hoped that through discussion based on them, quality scholarship of the blogs will be developed. For communication on possible collaboration or just on any matter in the short term, there is an AustinAfrica contact page on the site’s footer of which we hope readers will avail themselves. For the short term, all comments and further contact request may be made there. Those interested in Princes of Africa can contact through POA Services on its drop down menu. Similarly, interest in Ifeoma’s Circle of Food, Flair, and Fashion can contact Ify via its drop down menu at Contact Ify. Businesses wanting to be part of Black Star Stock in Trade can express their interest via the Contact Austin Africa. Later when it is ready,a contact page will be developed just for it.
- What is the Phase in plan of Austin Africa’s Operations?
Austin Africa for the early part of 2016 will focus on blog development. Also beginning January 2016, it will launch its three product and service functions. It has planned its introduction this way because without breadth and depth in its communications it cannot serve the community well. However, if individuals are interested in any of the ‘fee for services’ are welcomed to contact us as soon as they desire so as to factor in their interests for the future (and of course do the work).
- Mistakes and Miscommunications?
It is normal that when discussing so vast a topic as Africa and Africans in the US, that errors can be made, or differences of opinion occur. For AustinAfrica to work there needs to be trust in its intentions. AustinAfrica on the face of it is a very straight forward effort, to bring Africans and those interested in Africa together so that all learn. AustinAfrica sees its effort much like the work its primary consultant did in Africa for ten years; to work with diverse others to improve the lot of all. As an example, take the case of Nigeria where there are over 300 ethnic groups and yet somehow they have managed to keep unity across the years despite many onerous and painful problems. They have stayed together and recently had an election in which a government was changed democratically. We, in a much smaller sphere of effort, should be able to keep common courtesy and be willing to learn to see matters from the other’s shoes, or point of view. If there are mistakes please let us know and we will correct them, or if we disagree, we will note the difference in opinions. I worked for 30 years in Asian, African, and Eastern European economies with the least endowed or as the early planners of our work’s strategy called the ‘poorest of the poor.’ My wife grew up in an Igbo village where everything is up for discussion. I believe we can listen even if we may not agree on everything.
As for grammar, as Editor, I have put my trust in Gramarly as that skill is ever evolving and what grammar was to me when I learned writing has changed. I try to avoid Latinisms as much as possible, but there is no way around them. The best that can be done is to minimize their soft chains.
7. Contributors and Interns. AustinAfrica is interested in contributors that follow Anglophone music and Francophone music as well as those loyal and passionate about the music in their native language. While there are the august music pages of the Austin Chronicles, Austin Monthly, 360 Austin Music Source and others to guide local listeners to the music here in the live music capital of the world, Austin; there is a need for dedicated African music critics’ whether from Austin, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Nashville, and given the internet Lagos, Kinshasa, Bamako, Kampala, Soweto, or Africa Anywhere. AustinAfrica is also interested in a Nollywood film critic.
If someone is doing any of the above and would like to be a part of AustinAfrica please let us know via the AustinAfrica contact page. Drop us a note on our contact page giving your interest and experience. AustinAfrica hopes to work with interns in several area ranging from reporting events in Austin to assisting or researching for the various posts, whether it be anthropology, history, literature, or just the life of their own people. Interns familiar with WordPress are of course welcome. Anyone helping AustinAfrica will be provided proof of their contribution and in the future awards will be given to those individuals who make important contributions to the success of AustinAfrica’s goal of providing an African ‘village square’ in Austin. AustinAfrica would also like to develop a separate post on NGOs that support African immigrants and refugees in Texas. If someone would like to be Editor for this post please contact us. Gold Medal Consultancy™ is seeking qualified board members.
All these offers are being made early, but we believe that many people will be required to make AustinAfrica the success Austin and Texas deserves. There is much work to be done and AustinAfrica like any village effort will succeed based on the efforts of its ‘inhabitants’ and the honors bestowed upon them.
As the African proverb about working together goes: “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.”