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Film: Former Sudanese Child Soldier Turned Model Returns Home


Ger: To Be Separate is a new documentary by award winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The film is a poignant portrait of former child soldier and lost boy, Ger Duany's journey back to South Sudan after 18 years away (watch Duany talk about the film above). At the age of 14, Duany fled the conflict in the formerly united Sudan by walking first to a refugee camp in Ethiopia, then to one in Kenya. Luckily, Duany eventually escaped by airplane to the United States where he is now a successful fashion model and actor. Duany took South Sudan's momentous vote for independence last January as an occasion to return home and search for long lost family members.

To help Duany tell his amazing story, visit the film's Kickstarter page.

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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