Hello Rise Africa community! We apologize for our brief period of absence and are excited about getting back in touch with all of you. For the past couple of weeks we have been perfecting a new and improved platform that we began conceptualizing over 5 months ago. This new platform will serve as a tangible manifestation of all that Rise Africa embodied. Rise Africa began as an emotional appeal from African youth around the world. We worked to rail against the common stereotypes of the African, and demanded that the world pay attention to our realities. Collectively, our voices built a space dedicated to honest discussion about the state of the African continent. Slowly our audience became hungry for more, and there emerged a genuine desire to connect; a desire to reach out across oceans and communicate with one another on a profound and authentic level. Grown from that hunger, our new platform, Ezibota, will change the way that young Africans interact with their identity, heritage, and one another.
The word “Ezibota” is the marriage of two words. Ezinulo is the Igbo word for family. In the Igbo culture, family includes not only the nuclear family but also the vast extended family network. Libota is the Lingala word for family. This more intimate, blood related definition of family, is tied very closely to the idea of birth and creation, and also highlights the important role of women in the family. When the word ezinulo and libota are married together, they represent the marriage of not just two cultures, but symbolically all African cultures, therefore creating a new and compounded definition of family. Ezi, in Igbo means outside, and Bota, in Lingala, means birth. Literally, Ezibota means “Outside Birth.” As African identities continue to evolve, our new platform, Ezibota, gives birth to a community of those looking to further explore their identities as Africans and connect with other young Africans embarking on similar journeys. Ezibota captures the ongoing evolution of the African identity and the role that the diaspora as well as citizens of the continent play in marrying their individual and unique realities to one another in a collaborative effort to diversify the African narrative.
With our community in mind, our team has been diligently working behind the scenes to create a new platform that better suits the desires of our readers and community members. We have delicately created a new webspace, strategically formalized our membership system, extensively developed an elaborate business model, and will be enthusiastically offering new services and products to those who take advantage of the new membership plans that we will soon offer.
Throughout the month of September we will be sharing more information about the changes that are soon to come. We urge you to stay tuned as we unveil all of the new opportunities that will be available with our new platform, products, and services. We hope you share in our excitement for all that’s in store.