FEATURED THIS AUGUST

 
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NESIPHO

In partnership with the African Consciousness Institute, Chef Sine Baduza will be hosting NESIPHO; a celebration of the gifts channelled through us and handed down between generations. Featuring music, food and art that speaks to the many talents that we as Africans hold, Chef Baduza will share her own gift for creating vibrant and contemporary flavors laid over Afrocentric foundations.

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FALL INTO THE SKY

Fall Into The Sky  experiments with mixed media methods and hybrid documentary modes in its examination of colourism, afrophobia and xenophobia. With a grounding in principles of feminist action research, which emphasise praxis, reflexitivity and positionality, we will examine the multiplex dimension of the phenomenon. We aim to deepen conversations about colourism, afrophobia and xenophobia through the perspectives of outspoken dark skinned black women and women of colour including scholars, performers and not excluding ourselves, the filmmakers, in a South African context.

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THE BUSINESS OF BEING BLACK

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NESIPHO: CHEF SINE BADUZA AT THE DRAWING ROOM CAFE

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In partnership with the African Consciousness Institute, Chef Sine Baduza will be hosting NESIPHO; a celebration of the gifts channelled through us and handed down between generations. Featuring music, food and art that speaks to the many talents that we as Africans hold, Chef Baduza will share her own gift for creating vibrant and contemporary flavors laid over Afrocentric foundations.

"My biological father named me Nesipho when I was born, according to my mother, who insisted on Sinesipho instead. 'Nesipho' means 'with a gift.' At the time I was cooking for friends every Friday, and these friends would come together to express whatever gifts they were discovering within themselves on their personal journeys. Sometimes there would be music, or painting or the like, and it was an ancestral experience for me. I believe we were all born with certain abilities or gifts, and it is our purpose on this earth to find out what those are. "

This evening is to be a space where people can come in search of their own gifts, or to share ones that already might be, or to otherwise give thanks to the ones that have gone before. 

 



MENU:

FIRST OFFERING:
Makhaniya Lassi | Beet | Carrot | Apple | Ginger | Mint

SECOND OFFERING:
Beef Curry, Mngqusho Balls
or
Curried Caponata Mnqusho Balls (v)
Charred Red Pepper Hummus | Curry Oil

THIRD OFFERING:
Thai Green Chicken Curry
or
Thai Green Butternut Curry (v)
Creamy Coconut Pap | Fresh Corn Salsa | Spiced Peanuts

:: VISUALS BY ZIKA CROWNED
:: MUSIC BY ODWA BONGO
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ABOUT CHEF SINE BADUZA

Sine Baduza conducted her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town with a minor in Finance,
majoring in the discipline of Financial Accounting. She also developed an allure to the world outside her borders and,
following her studies, was afforded the opportunity to work and travel abroad. Having operated a small catering company
with her siblings whilst at university as a means to earn extra income, she discovered a unique experience of using her
culinary skills to work on board privately owned yachts while travelling the United States and parts of South America.
Baduza’s journey landed her in San Francisco where she attended culinary school at The California Culinary
Academy – Le Cordon Bleu (CCA) where she obtained her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts in 2012. Her studies also
afforded her the opportunity to hold a line cook position at Delfina Restaurant under Executive Chef/Owner Craig Stoll and
Chef de Cuisine Brian Chris Gremillion. She also staged at fine dining establishments The Fifth Floor, Bouche, one Michelin
starred Spruce Restaurant, and, most notably, two Michelin starred Atelier Crenn under the first female chef in the United
States to obtain two stars, Chef Dominique Crenn.
It was also while she was in culinary school where she entered some noteworthy culinary competitions. Baduza
was 1st runner up in the West Coast Regionals of the San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef Competition. She was also placed 2nd runner up in the Luce Culinary Clash Competition where she had the opportunity to work with CCA alumni Chef Daniel Corey of the one Michelin starred Luce Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco. 

Baduza returned to her home country where she gained further experience in Johannesburg and thereafter, The Test Kitchen under renowned Chef Luke Dale Roberts, as a Chef de Partie. It was here, under the Executive Chef leadership
of Chef Ivor Jones that she learnt that a certain magic exists when one takes something so familiar and adds an element of
surprise when sharing it with others... which is a freedom of self-expression that lies in one’s true essence.

Baduza is one of the founding members of Igqabi Lesithathu, where her self-expression makes use of food as a
medium where the culinary art form depicts a modern interpretation of South African traditional cuisine and its
ingredients.

Tickets available via Quicket.

FALL INTO THE SKY

 

Being too dark in South Africa: An experimental African feminist documentary about colourism in South Africa

Featuring excerpts from 'Flame and Song' by Ugandan author Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa; poetry by Afeefa Omar and movement by Babalwa Tom, among other powerful contributions, we are pleased to be supporting AKuol G. De MabiorKamvelihle Stemela and Christen Torreson their work-in-progress, Fall Into The Sky Film; a feminist compilation that grapples with colourism, xenophobia and Afrophobia in South Africa.

'If it is not normal to be black in Africa, then where must we go? We are not aliens... We are from this planet. Though, from the way people look at us, you would think we fell from the sky. My father once said, “we did not fall from the sky.” We are from this continent that was carved and cleaved and conquered by a small murderous tribe of people and now we defend their borders against each other. The extent of our colonization is so well demonstrated in our patriotism.'

Support the making of this film by donating to their thundafund, and learn more about the women behind and in front of the camera as we prepare for their roundtable discussion on August 3rd 2018.

 

 

 

THE BUSINESS OF BEING BLACK

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The African Consciousness Institute, in partnership with THE BLACK MANAGEMENT FORUM (Western Cape), we'll be hosting a conversation on the black experience in the workplace in South Africa, and Cape Town in particular.

VENUE: THE MTN SOLUTION SPACE, UCT GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, GREENPOINT
DATE: FRIDAY, 20 JULY 2018
TIME: 18:00 TO 21:00

COVER: 
R50 for those registered early at www.africanconsciousnessinstitute.com(CLOSES AT 15:00 ON WEDNESDAY JULY 18TH)
R100 at the door
*refreshments will be served by Ses'fikile Wines*

ARTWORK BY ANDA MNCAYI

In 2000, DR WISEMAN MAGASELA wrote a moving article about his experience as one of "The Invisible Black Professionals;" a personal and yet deeply relatable look into workplace race dynamics. Almost 20 years later, TINYIKO NGWENYA penned her own letter, "Why I Moved Back to Johannesburg From Cape Town" echoing the sentiments of black professionals throughout the city, which to this day remain unchanged. This mid-July, we aim to tackle these issues and try to find ways of navigating the murky waters of black professional brain-drain together, led by PROFESSOR SHADRICK MAZAZA, founder of The African Consciousness Institute.

Our panelists will provide their points of view as we open the discussion to the floor:

CHRISTINE QUNTA
Author of “Why We Are Not a Nation,” and “Who’s Afraid of Affirmative Action,” Christine Qunta is a South African writer, lawyer and entrepreneur. Her work in various fields has been described as being "held together by the quest for a more just and free society" where life in a Post-Apartheid South Africa comes under scrutiny.

ANDILE NOMLALA
Western Cape chairman and board member of Black Management Forum, Andile Nomlala feels that it is the responsibility of black people to ensure that transformation laws in South Africa are implemented. Since its inception, The BMF builds confidence and capacity amongst black managers by providing a supportive structure that eases their participation within professional environments.

AISHA JACKSON
African-American research student Aisha Jackson will share her findings and experiences on appearance bias in the workplace, which she is currently conducting from UCT’s Graduate School of Business. 

PHUMELELE NDZUTA
Phumelele Ndzuta is a member of an organization called BLOC, whose goal is to help black students throughout the country “achieve, connect and engage” in order to lead inspired lives, and in turn inspire those aiming to use their education to reach their desired levels of success.

 

 

 
 

PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION 101

 

PROFESSOR SHADRICK MAZAZA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THEMBELA NGAYI

 

An introduction to the basics of Personal Transformation as taught by ACI founder Professor Shadrick Mazaza, at the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business post-graduate program. You'll learn about your innermost self, your community and how to lead from within for a better business and a better Africa.  

Contact us to learn more.

AFRICAN FIRST

Every so often African Consciousness Institute calls for a reminder that, although we are seemingly different in our genders, languages, melanin quantities and geographical homes, we have plenty more in common... we celebrate and debate this with  ‘African First;’ an event that explores the many Africannesses that exist in the greater Cape Town area. The Institute works to bolster the success, self-knowledge and wellbeing of Africans, both at home and in the diaspora through facilitating a profound shift in mindsets toward a common identity. This can only come about by a process of introspection to discover our true nature… one of resourcefulness, resilience and incomparable capacity for growth.

With heated conversation followed by

Join us for an evening of conversation, spoken word, music and movement. All proceeds go to furthering the institute's reach.

Cover charge: R50 before 21:00
Conversation and welcome drinks start at 18:00, with performances thereafter.
 

 
AFRICAN FIRST: AFRICA DAY 2018

AFRICAN FIRST: AFRICA DAY 2018

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AFRICAN FIRST- THE LAKE MAGAZINE

"The African Consciousness Institute recently held their second edition of African First, an Africa Day celebration rich with storytelling, and thankfully, free of most of the prescriptive, projected definitions of Africanness that I’ve come to expect from similar spaces."

PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVID WEIN
WORDS: MODUPE OLORUNTOBA

 

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MADE IN AFRICA LABEL GALLERY

PHOTOGRAPHY: ROLAND QUARSHIE