I always knew that I wanted to be a drummer, playing African drums, but life got in the way with children and survival at stake.
I was lucky that I did not make a conscious career turn. When I was working as a digital designer, I have spent lots of time making bags, and I really enjoyed it. Coming back from work, I would just get on the sewing machine, start making and creating products, and doing the same thing over the weekends.
I am what some societies call an “illegitimate” child since I was conceived by an unmarried woman and an already married man. My childhood resembles one of Charles Dickens’ novels.
Ask anyone what the most important day of the year is to them and you will get answers ranging from their birthday to Election Day. How many will say their mother’s birthday? For some unknown reasons, mothers get overlooked or down played a bit.
The problem with the news found on social media is that they are not often true. In its early days there used to be a saying about the internet: one-third commerce, one-third quack remedies and one-third nuttiness. The proportions may have changed a little since, but conspiracy theories are as prominent as ever.
Today, March 8th, marks the 106th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day that honors the fight for women's rights — to end hunger, poverty and domestic violence as well as fight for gender equality.
It is no secret that Japan’s population is getting older, but it’s not alone in facing a grey tsunami of ageing. By 2050, the number of people in the world aged over 60 is projected to reach 2bn. In order to overcome this issue, the country is investing heavily in artificial intelligence, hence the debate on the use of advanced robots at home and the workplace