First Donation Sent To Kenya – Thanks For Your Support

Thanks so much for supporting our “Love Steampunk Hate Colonialism” fundraising effort. Our aim is to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan NGO protecting pastoral women and girls from retrogressive cultural practices.

We are proud to say the first payment has been sent to Kenya, but there’s so much more we can do to help.

You can still support this campaign by getting one of these exclusive badges from Dr Geof’s online store.

Colonialism In The Age of Steampunk

Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, but this does not mean Steampunks celebrate colonialism.

“We love the creativity of steampunk, playing with fiction and elements of Victoriana and history to create vibrant fantastical worlds. But one of those elements is colonialism, and colonialism has caused harm”.

We have created a badge to reflect the ongoing fight for social justice. 100% of all funds raised will go to support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns (NGO), who protect young Kenyan girls (Kajiado Girls) from being robbed of their basic human rights and forced into child marriages, and FGM.

I wrote a piece on Medium.

 

A Pandemic Blockage…

Don’t know where to start, but the past 13 months have been a whirlwind of activity. Book launches, new projects, losing friends to cancer, and then the pandemic, which is where I will pick up the story.

We should be celebrating a milestone in the Clockwork Watch story with a live event to mark Sins of my Father #2, which will eventually be the tenth book in the series, but the world yanked its handbrake, and we were all told to “wash our hands”, or was it “eat out to stay out”, no! it was “stay alert!”

Anyhow, I fell ill in March, and spent weeks quarantined at home and I’m just emerging from my self-imposed isolation with a load of things to tell you about.

The first being… Clockwork Watch and the anti-colonialism charity pin badge Doctor Geof and I have created.

Steampunk, Victoriana, retro-futurism, or whatever else you may call it, has firm roots in the colonial era, and this was one of the aspects that attracted me to it many moons ago.

What puzzled me at the time was why people of colour weren’t attracted by the role play / dress-up scene, then I dug deeper and realised many saw Steampunk as celebrating colonialism.

This project will support the Il’laramatak Community Concerns, a Kenyan charity protecting underaged  girls from being married off and subjected to FGM.

We have manufactured just 100 of these. If there is a demand for more we will do a second batch.

They are available via Doctor Geof’s new online shop which opens later this week.

If you would like to know more about my journey, I’ll be publishing an article on  Medium explaining why we are launching this charity fundraiser.

Summer In The City…

It’s almost my birthday and there’s been a lot of activity in my life that has kept me away from managing this online journal. It took quite a while to get my head around my Nigerian adventure; family, poverty, political corruption, and quality of life in Africa’s most populous nation just about burnt me out.

So much has happened I use photographs on my mobile phone to remind myself what I’ve done. Not that I live vicariously through my past, but it’s always worth remembering how you have spent your time. How else would I remember the insanity of white water rafting in the Atlas Mountains, running wild in Marrakech, or seeing Jellybean Benitez play at “A Night at Studio 54”?

Off the public radar, I have been beavering away with the team at Point San Pablo Harbor – where we have two world-class installations in-situ. I’ve been working the literary angle, I finished my second year as Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art,  and I’m glad to say that Corey and I have just published the ninth book in my Clockwork Watch series at San Diego Comic Con!

I have a gut feeling that certain aspects of my life could soon be moving at a speedier pace, having kept a few plates spinning over the past year or so.

Here’s something to keep you tuned.

What Happened To The Nigerian Dream?

Happy New Year!

After juggling projects, plans, and my personal life, I decided to take January and most of this month off to visit my family in Nigeria, something I haven’t done in ten years.

While there, I found out that the country was preparing for a presidential election, and decided to keep a journal about the experience.

My thoughts are being published on Medium under the title “What Happened Tp The Nigerian Dream?

Hope you have time to read about my adventure in Africa’s most populous country.