Mandela Washington Fellows: Being A Young African Leader in Their Own Words

Originally posted on State Department blog, Dipnote. If given the chance, I want to change policy and speak for the voiceless. -Martin Nduati Wangari, Mandela Washington Fellow, Kenya From failing, I’ve learned that persistence is key. -Sim Cele, Mandela Washington Fellow, South Africa Martin and Sim are two of the 1,000 inspiring Mandela Washington Fellows […]

What I Have Learned from the International Women of Courage

What I Have Learned from the International Women of Courage

I’ve written on behalf of the U.S. Department of State about my work as a video producer for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The link to the full article is below: For the past two years, I’ve traveled with these women and have seen firsthand how their relationships with each other grow and […]



This year I have the intention to live exactly how I imagined. This resulted in travels to places I always wanted to go (or return too) and one of those places is Turkey, particularly Istanbul. It often felt like a magical mix of old and new; grace, chaos, and kebabs. I spent a week wandering […]

Silas Njeru Kariuki visiting St. Luke's School for the Deaf

Photos Essay: Kenya 2015

… Photos from my recent trip to Kenya, and my Peace Corp site, St. Luke’s School for the Deaf. Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2015/3/14The Cafeteria at St. Luke’s School for the Deaf flash 16cameramake Canonheight 2574camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Lighoriginaldate 2/16/2015 2:07:38 PMwidth 3861cameramodel Canon EOS 5D Mark IIClass 7flash 16cameramake Canonheight […]

‘Justice for Syria’

As part of my capstone for the International Media program at American University, I created a documentary regarding the influx of self-reported human rights violations which occurred during the conflict in Syria. The film was also featured on website of the non-governmental organization IREX, which supports a project called the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center. […]

Kuhonga: Kenya’s Mobile Corruption Reporting

*Cross posted from Sutradhar’s Market* 2/28/12 A little over a year ago, my weekly trip into the town of Embu, Kenya from my village would be unpredictable to say the least. Potential scenarios would include goats stuffed under my seat, precarious routes and speeds, and doors or mufflers falling off the vehicle while in route, […]

Drum Lady Documentary

Kony 2012, Lesson Learned?

Shakespearean dramas often feature the archetype of the tragic hero, a character who possesses qualities of enthusiasm and ambition; yet their ultimate downfall is tied to what Aristotle called “an act of injustice” or hamartia, which is caused by hubris, ignorance, or a conviction that the act was serving a greater good. The struggles of Invisible […]