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ReConnect Africa is a unique website and online magazine for the African professional in the Diaspora. Packed with essential information about careers, business and jobs, ReConnect Africa keeps you connected to the best of Africa.



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What our readers said.....   Periodic. Punctual. Packed. Prolific. Punchy. Priceless.   Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, Sierra Leone   As a regular reader of your monthly magazine, no other electronic...
In May 2006 we launched the first issue of ReConnect Africa magazine, along with a website that we hoped would become the ‘go-to’ place for professionals of African origin overseas. Why? ReConnect...
In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year beginning on 1 January 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent. According to the UN Resolution, this...
March 8th is International Women's Day and I am trying to stay upbeat about where we are, but having a hard time doing so. International Women's Day is a global day of recognition and celebration of...
The recent deaths of musicians whose names evoke powerful memories and the reported illness of the legend that is Aretha, has had me wondering about the power of music and its ability both to bring...
I'm quite happy with my height and, to my mind at least, I'm tall enough. It's only when I'm standing next to other people that it becomes apparent to me that, at 5' 3", most other people are taller than...
The blogosphere can be horrible. Editing an online news magazine means that I do a lot of reading and, I have to say, there are many times when I am glad to be doing so from the relative safety of...
The official retirement of Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminds us of what leadership motivated by morality and justice can accomplish.   In an age when the word 'leader' is used to describe everyone from a...
If you have a job, spare a thought for those who are still struggling to re-enter the job market. Because not only does unemployment create its own hazards, not least from constantly dodging the...
Negotiation: Men Love It, Women Fear It Say the word 'negotiation' and the images that pop up in our minds might be that of a beefy trade unionist, or a confident male executive, or even a slick car...
Calling Time on 'African Time' 'Africa Time', 'Black Man's Time', 'GMT=Ghana Maybe Time', etc. etc. The concept of punctuality and timekeeping is so poorly regarded in much of Africa that we have all...
Survivor’s GuiltAlexia, one of my coaching clients, was recently promoted to manage her sales unit. Good news, you might think, until she realized that she was now expected to take on responsibility for not only...
When is free speech not quite so free? Ask Heather Armstrong who lost her job after posting information about her former employer on her blog. Her advice to others using social networking to talk...
When Susie Orbach wrote her pioneering book 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' in 1978, she successfully highlighted the links between sexual politics and female dieting. Recent research from Michigan State...
What I'll be Teaching my Kids about Barack ObamaAll the talk in the world about financial crises will not take away from the main event of January 2009 – the inauguration as President of the United...
Generation Y and Cool Careers When a friend of mine recently vented her fury and disappointment at the fact that her privately educated son had announced his plans to train as a plumber's...
Choosing your Legacy Lately, a number of things have set me thinking about legacy. The historic victory in the US Presidential elections of Senator Barack Obama, the son of a Black African man, was...
The Brand in the MirrorThere's been a lot of talk about branding lately - branding of countries and even of continents. The recent visit to Ghana by US President Barack Obama set off another debate...
That's What Friends are For Before you delete yet another e-mail reminding you of National Friendship Week (which, judging from my inbox, must take place at least twice a month), bear in mind that...
Let's Hear it for the Boys! A survey earlier this year revealed that many men have started to feel that women dominate the world these days, and that they have lost their role in society. This...
What's In a Name? 'Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me.' So goes the saying that suggests that we are impervious to words. But I defy anyone who has ever been at the...
A Credit to Ourselves As I read about yet another financial institution reeling from the effects of the credit crunch, it's hard to understand why leaflets continue to drop through my door inviting me to...
Where Have All the Role Models Gone?If we were to take an informal poll of the responses to our monthly '5 Minute Interview' feature, my bet is that the vast majority of people, in reply to the...
Dealing with the 'D' WordWe had barely caught our breath after the historic inauguration of President Obama when a short news item caught our eye about an undercover investigation that proved that...
Wasting the Talent of Women A persistent lack of senior flexible jobs is forcing mothers, who still assume the bulk of childcare duties, into lower paid, part-time work. The findings of a report by the...
The recent elections in Liberia established Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as Africa’s first female head of state of modern times.  This historic event, following on from the appointment of women as Deputy...
When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: 'Only stand out of my light.' Without doubt, Africa’s most important and...
“This year is of great significance for Africa.” So starts the 453-page report of the Commission for Africa entitled ‘Our Common Interest’.  Reactions to the report since its launch in London have been...
‘The business of business is business’, said Milton Friedman, who advocated the notion that the role of corporations is solely for the purpose of creating wealth and maximising shareholder profit. ...
‘..Dark Continent, failed states, corrupt, famine-ridden, war-torn, politically unstable, high investment risk, scar on the conscience of the world…’ the litany of negative labels ascribed to Africa seems...
For many African countries it has been several decades since the attainment of what Jean-Jacques Dessalines termed, on declaring independence in Haiti in 1804, ‘the first of all blessings’.  However, since...
Since the launch of ReConnect Africa in May 2006, we have been touched and gratified by the many messages of support and congratulations, both from individual readers as well as from representatives of private and...
The New York Times recently quoted Joe Gregory, the president of Lehman Brothers, who once said that 'you can't build a great company without great people - and great people are not just white,...
A recent survey by Reed Consulting revealed that 30% of recent job candidates have changed brands as a result of a bad recruitment experience, with nearly 60% of those questioned saying that their...
A land of contrasts, a place of opportunity, a country with a unique story to tell.  12 years on from its transition to democracy, South Africa today is a beacon of enterprise, a hub of energy and a...
Arecent survey* of more than 2,000 MBA students suggests that the overwhelming majority of today's MBA students believe that businesses should work toward the betterment of society, that managers...
January is the month where we traditionally make – and break – New Year’s resolutions. But when it comes to deciding how we want to spend 40 plus hours a week, can we really afford another broken...
The furore over recent weeks about the building of a $40 million leadership academy in South Africa for disadvantaged girls by US talk show host and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey, has been an...
On March 6th 2007, the first sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence from colonial rule celebrates a momentous milestone. Ghana’s story over the last half century has been one of both...
A recent study* has highlighted the link between an employee’s trust in their employer and their loyalty to their organisation. The results of this study suggest that approximately 32% of a worker’s desire to...
Why ReConnect Africa? From our work with companies and individuals, it was increasingly clear that there were few platforms that enabled progressive organisations to engage with African talent...
A recent survey in the UK has highlighted epidemic levels of stress in the country. 50% of the respondents said they are more stressed than five years ago, with one in five saying they are under...
A recent report by consultancy firm Deloitte provides guidance to organizations on how they can significantly improve bottom-line results by fostering and promoting connections in the workplace....
Is this your Best Life? When you look back at your career choices, have they led you to where you want to be today? If not, what are you doing to ensure that you get a chance to live your best life?...
A recent survey by Here is the City, a website for London’s finance sector, showed that despite the big bonuses earned by many workers in London’s lucrative banking and financial services market,...
Research by Mercer has revealed that half of organizations around the world are transforming their Human Resources functions with a big change in their priorities. The Mercer Human Resource...
Making the transition to a management role is second only to divorce when it comes to traumatic life events.  This was a key finding from research conducted by the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and...
Happy New Year and welcome to the new look ReConnect Africa! Our aim is to bring you a website and monthly magazine that addresses your needs as a skilled professional and that continues to bring...
So, what did 2007 bring you? Job satisfaction, increased pay, new clients for your business……or another year of frustration, one-off business opportunities and barely enough money to cover your...
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