Hey guys! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Since I started working full-time (praise report whoop whoop!), I honestly feel like I’ve been racing against time. Once I get back home from work, I head straight to prepping for the next day and then right to bed afterwards for my precious sleep! However, the beauty of this change is that I’m now constantly looking for ways to maximise the use of my time; something I’ve admittedly never quite mastered. If you’re in the same boat that I’m in, I’m happy to announce that podcasts are our friends!
I got hip to the podcast game a little late but I am definitely hooked now. I absolutely love the freshness of the topics that I discover and the new insightful perspectives that I gain. The icing on top of course is the fact I can get other things done as I listen; winning combo much?! So that means that on my hour long commute to and fro work, during my cooking sessions etc. I can also just enjoy an episode, making great use of my time! Here are 4 podcasts that I am currently loving:
This is the first podcast that I actually got into (thanks Facebook ads!) and it’s my go to source for career inspiration and motivation! Featured guests are young minorities blazing their paths across many industries, either in a corporate setting or on an entrepreneurial path and each episode teaches me something new, challenges me and gives makes me truly believe that anything is possible. Representation is a beautiful thing y’all. My personal favorites and must-listen episodes are that of Triston Francis at Morgan Stanley who gave me new meaning to hard work and perseverance and Jon Jackson , co-founder of Blavity, who dropped too many gems about self-awareness among others for me to count. Listen and thank me later!
If you know me well or we’ve ever had a conversation about books, chances are that I’ve recommended Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers to you ( I included it my summer must read list from last year, check it out if you haven’t already). He has the unique gift of exploring seemingly mundane or unrelated topics and drawing brilliant, enlightening insight from them and that’s the magic that happens in this podcast series. Each episode shines the spotlight on an idea or an event from the past that has been overlooked or misunderstood like the landmark US Supreme Court case Brown vs Board, the hysteria of accelerating Toyota cars in 2009 and one of my favourites so far, the composition of the popular song, Hallelujah . The 2nd season wrapped up this summer so you have 20 episodes to catch up on.
3. AFRICAN TECH ROUNDUP
So many exciting technology developments and innovative activities are happening in hubs across various African countries and it is honestly quite hard to keep up if I do say so myself. That’s why the African Tech Round-up is just so clutch! Each week the host, Andile Masuku, gives us an insightful roundup of all things technology happening across the continent. We all know the interesting angles and tones often interjected/ used by Western media when reporting on the African continent so this is such a breath of fresh air. For us by us y’all! Also, the host has such a soothing voice! *deep sigh* If you want to get deeper insight into this scene, the African Tech Conversations will be right up your alley as that features entrepreneurs, innovators etc. driving the scene in the various countries
Truth’s Table hosted by Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson, and Ekemini Uwan aka the “midwives of culture for grace and truth” honestly feels like a unicorn, a rare intersectional unicorn! Honest, insightful, Christ centred conversations about pertinent topics like race, colorism, politics, current events etc. is what this podcast offers and I can’t tell you the massive void that this gem has filled for me. Thanks Odua for introducing me to it! The cherry on top is that the hosts are just the epitome of black girl magic and feel like your older, wiser, fly sisters. My favourite episodes to date are “Embodied blackness: colorism” and Christina’s classroom session titled “Grace for Liars” .
Do you guys listen to any of these podcasts? What are some others that I need to add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!
Lots of love,