13 Little-Known Secrets Of Great Conversationalists

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Thought Catalog

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1. Reading everything

One of the most important aspects of being a great conversationalist is reading. Reading current events, reading fun things, reading dense things, reading things that expand your views on certain subjects, reading things you like and agree with, and reading things you don’t agree with. The latter is most important because that is fundamental to understanding different perspectives of the world. You learn nothing new from reading things you already know about or agree with. But all reading increases knowledge and improves vocabulary.

2. Having a diverse group of friends

A lot of people think that having at least one friend from every possible racial/ethnic background makes their friend group “diverse.” But that’s not exactly true. Diversity is largely a function of experience, which makes race and ethnicity important. But it doesn’t account for the diversity that socio-economic class, upbringing, nationality, political perspectives, etc…

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“I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory. You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. We must dare to invent the future.”

-Thomas Sankara


Pumzi is Kenya’s first science fiction film created by writer and direct Wanuri Kahiu, imagines a dystopian future 35 years after water wars have torn the world apart. East African survivors of the ecological devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

Kahiu researched classic 1950s films to create her movie’s futuristic sets, comparing the processes of matte painting and rear-screen projection with indigenous African artwork.The short film, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival a few years ago, is said to have started off as a small script about what kind of world we would have to be if we had to buy fresh air.

The film was funded by Focus Features’ Africa First short film program, the Goethe Institut and the Changamoto arts fund. Mentors from Focus Features introduced Kahiu to South African producers, including Simon Hansen, who worked with Neill Blomkamp on Alive in Joburg, the predecessor to the sci-fi film District 9.

Kenya, frequently used for location shooting, boasts experienced crews but little funding. Though issues of funding and distribution are always challenging Kahiu swears by hustling and perseverance.

Focus Features granted Kahiu complete control of her film. After producing commissions for African networks and retaining no rights. Her first feature-length movie, From a Whisper, is a dramatization built around the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, garnered five African Academy Movie Awards.

Kahiu’s is such an inspiration and continues to work very hard on fulfilling her vision, below is an interview of her speaking about Pumzi and the thought behind it. It is truly reaffirming for you black women who also have goals of innovation and prosperity. Anything is possible!

And for your thrills, thank God the film is out. Take a look, and be inspired. Beautiful shot, and a lovely story. I am so glad that finally, our stories are making it on to the screens of international cinema, for international crowds. This reminds US that we are capable and wonderful.

My latest obsession.

Always grateful to discover new people, new things, new energy. Lucky to have stumbled across this gem, Ego Ella May. Sultry, futuristic, exactly what i need right now.

A self-taught guitarist, part-time beat maker and occasional poet, Ego Ella May’s talents are far from limited within music due to her natural flare and passion to learn. Ego possesses vocal versatility, which enables her to scat and freestyle over her music with seemingly effortless finesse.

Half of A Yellow Sun. *Sigh*

I am a little bit disheartened by the 1st review i have read about the film Half of A Yellow Sun, directed by Nigerian, Biyi Bandele and novel written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 1stly. I read this book earlier this year, i can easily say it is one of my favourites- my imagination placed me in Nigeria, with Nigerians, i imagined the sights, the sounds, the dialect, the smells, the colours, the feeling. 2ndly, i am sad that, as mentioned in the below article in This Is Africa, a site i like and trust, this movie about Nigeria was not made for Nigerians. Damn it, man!

Ok, so i am yet to see the movie, however, it has happened many times that African stories are turned into films and told by people who are not Africans. So much is lost, i do not need to try articulate it- my fellow Africans know what i am on about. Bandele, were there no good actors to cast in Nigeria?