(PhD) African literature, continental philosophy and what I term intellectual shamanism (voluntary madness)If you are fortunate, you go to the limits of your being. This resonates with a warrior mentality: facing death. I'm from Africa, child of colonial civilisation and its emotionally repressive mores, now living in Australia. I've spent my adult life contemplating the issues I raise in my videos, which have to do with war, altered states of consciousness and social status. I'm interested in how gender is constructed through political violence. Contrasts between nature and civilisation preoccupy me. I've also spent a lot of time recovering elements of my shattered mind from the historical past. Join me and discuss philosophy from the perspective of historical immersion.
The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community. “We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.” ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.