Global Fusion for me is our global interaction, commonalty & connections fused into globally local beneficial respect & progress. Below are two wonderful examples of that.
Whereas Africans/Africa has always been “green” in utilizing its natural resources by making due with little & being instilled with the belief that nature’s offerings in its little or abundance should never be put to waste, the world at large is coming around to basics & looking to Africa to build the future of Africa & the world at large.
“Calfee Design has been manufacturing and selling its own bamboo bikes from its California studios since 2005, but a trip to Africa inspired founder Craig Calfee to promote the concept in Africa. In 2008, through an initiative called Bamboosero, Calfee set up two bike-building groups in Ghana—one in the capital, Accra, and one in Abompe. Both groups now build frames for several bike designs using locally sourced bamboo; they then ship those frames back to Calfee’s shop, where the US team adds wheels and hardware before sending them on to distributors. The Ghanaian entrepreneurs earn about USD 150 for every frame they build, while the finished bikes are sold for about USD 950 each, according to a report on SantaCruz.com. By December 2009, Calfee had sold 28 Bamboosero bikes and sent six back to Ghana for use by tourists and locals, the site reported. Calfee hopes to expand the ranks of its bicycle entrepreneurs both in Ghana and in other developing countries, as well as to bolster the supply chain of bicycle parts for those local teams…” READ MORE
As I recall my uncle’s stories about his time spent studying abroad in Bulgaria earning his masters degree in engineering, where re-counted how many children who had never seen a real live Black person before would come & touch his face wondering if he was dirty or an actual Black man during the cold months when he was covered from head to toe with a little bit of his face showing because his African blood was not used to such treacherous cold, and seeing one of my favorite super models, Naomi Campbell being celebrated in Russia as if she was the first lady thru finding love in the arms of Russian real estate magnate Vladimir Doronin;the story of Jean Gregoire Sagbo, who has made history as the first Black politician to be elected in Russia, warms my heart in the progress & global fusions of African descendants & Eastern Europeans. The world at large often makes it difficult in questioning immigrant citizens & those of us who consider ourselves citizens of the world or more than one nation in having to prove that our love & loyalty can spread beyond one nation into our global fusions!
“People in this Russian town used to stare at Jean Gregoire Sagbo because they had never seen a black man. Now they say they see in him something equally rare – an honest politician. Sagbo last month became the first black to be elected to office in Russia…In a country where racism is entrenched and often violent, Sagbo’s election as one of Novozavidovo’s 10 municipal councilors is a milestone. But among the town’s 10,000 people, the 48-year-old from the West African country of Benin is viewed simply a Russian who cares about his hometown…He promises to revive the impoverished, garbage-strewn town where he has lived for 21 years and raised a family. His plans include reducing rampant drug addiction, cleaning up a polluted lake and delivering heating to homes…”Novozavidovo is dying,” Sagbo said in an interview in the ramshackle municipal building. “This is my home, my town. We can’t live like this.”…”His skin is black but he is Russian inside,” said Vyacheslav Arakelov, the mayor. “The way he cares about this place, only a Russian can care.” READ MORE