#faves: People on Twitter

If I had to be on just one social media platform, it would be Twitter. I find it the perfect platform for words, pictures, news, banter, etc- it forces us to say what we mean- no flowery language.

A well-curated timeline is important for any brand or potential suitor. If you like someone, their Twitter timeline is an important reference check.

A dope Twitter timeline consists of:

  • clever use of words
  • appropriate use of images/gifs
  • palpable personality

Here are my Twitter #faves, in no particular order:

Blitz the Ambassador 

Blitz the Ambassador is a Ghanaian-American hip-hop and visual artist- but most importantly, my current Twitter crush. His timeline consists of beautifully curated photos, references to black/African history and regular pep-tweets.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling is queen of clapbacks. Her timeline is an incredible source of quality banter.

OkayAfrica

The best source for news concerning Africans and people of African heritage.

Upile Chisala

Upile Chisala is my resident timeline poet- always stringing together beautiful words to lift my spirit.

AKA 

What would my timeline be without AKA’s regular self-love and rants about the music industry?

 

That’s it for now. Please let me know who else I should follow on Twitter and make sure to follow me, just because: @tesscherono.

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© Tessy Maritim

#faves: TED talks

There’s nothing that quite compares to watching a captivating, thought-provoking TED talk. For today’s #faves post, I’ve compiled a list of my most favourite episodes.

Brene Brown’s vulnerability

I watched this TED talk on recommendation from a good friend of mine. She knew I needed to watch it at that point in my life because I literally wept watching it. If you’re having difficulty grappling with emotion, this may be for you. Brene captures perfectly the concept of vulnerability which she derives from her own experience and research. Highly recommended!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminism

This list would be deficient without a Chimamanda TED talk. I found this one most striking. For the first time, feminism was being framed in a context I understood. She drew on examples and situations that were familiar to me. Modern, african feminism. Chimamanda taught me. I’m also proud to say, I watched this TED talk before it became widely associated with Beyonce. Yes!

Fred Swaniker’s African leadership

Mama Tessy sent this to me towards the end of 2014. It’s a strategic and inspiring look at African leadership which Fred narrows down to two key areas for the next generation of African leaders to focus on. It’s so passionately and eloquently delivered, too. A must-watch.

Meg Jay’s twenties

This is definitely an eye-opening one for people in their 20s. The trouble is, you think you have time. Meg reminds us that our twenties are a formative period and we should strive to make the most of our youth. My kind of girl.

 

So those are my favourite ‘ideas worth spreading’. I would love to know some of your #faves! Share below.

 

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© Tessy Maritim