What a cool show! Bisila Bokoko is one of those fabulous, jet-setter, awesome people that you wonder where they get their energy from....wow.
Bisila shared many things with us tonight: from being a young, black woman who's experienced some racism, to being the "face" of Bisila wines to finally, being named a "Queen" by a Ghana tribal king and being granted some land. It was this last event that became the African Literacy Project that she started last year. Upon being gifted this land, she thought "what am I going to do with this?" (and who wouldn't, seriously)...When she returned to her home in NYC, she started doing research and found an alarming rate of illiteracy in Ghana. She decided to start a non-profit and gift the land back to the people and form a library to help improve literacy rates and get the people excited to read. This, as Bisila shared, was what got her through the "lonely times" growing up "different" in Spain, and kept her company on her journeys. What an incredible way to give back!
I agree with Bisila that you need to "look past" those who seek to criticize and demean you...they are usually speaking from their own fears & insecurities.
Bisila is on twitter www.twitter.com/bbalp and on Facebook www.facebook.com/bbalp (which will be up on Wednesday). The website for the Bisila Bokoko African Literacy Project (www.bbalp.org) will also be up later this week for more info or if you'd like to make a donation. To find Bisila Wines, go to www.bisila.es & remember, they aren't distributed yet in the US, but as soon as there is a distributor, we'll keep you posted!
A big thank you to Bisila for being a guest...I know she was jet-lagged from just returning from Spain on holiday & for sharing her insight! I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I did!...till next time...DeAnna