Tchiyiwe Chihana is an award winning British-Zambian creative, activist, writer and speaker who identifies as a womanist and currently works for the UBI Lab Network.
Tchiyiwe writes for “Now Then Magazine,” is a campaigner for Universal Basic Income, a Trustee and Assistant Producer of Migration Matters Festival, a part-time Operations Manager for Utopia Theatre Company, Board Chair of Maokwo and Executive Director of African Voices Platform TV. Wow!!! What is this amazing woman not engaged in?
With all her work she uses her platforms to amplify the causes she believes in such as social justice issues in relation to migration, women’s rights, politics and the African diaspora.
In this episode you will hear why Tchiyiwe is keen that Africans, especially women, are the drivers of their own narrative and representations. We cover topics that are not what you most likely talk about in polite conversation and yet why don’t we? Why don’t we speak about issues that arise from cultural and societal norms that disproportionally favour one group over another? Why don’t we discuss more openly who benefits and who doesn’t from the systems we have in place and then question and explore what might be possible in at least making the drastic polarity in some cases not so extreme?
We live in a world of duality where there will always be rich and poor, black and white, win and lose, life and death and so on and so forth. Let’s acknowledge this, and also acknowledge that we like contrast, we don’t want everything to be the same, do we?
What’s still possible in this world of duality? Tchiyiwe believes Universal Basic Income is possible so that the level of poverty never goes below a certain level for anyone. Is that something you could get on board with too?
The article that Tchiyiwe offered as something that has inspired her can be found here ~ Hear Us Report by Sisters Not Strangers Coalition
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