Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Save The Date: Ambassador Sanders Book Launch on Nigeria's Uli Women

A FEEEDS Blogspot

SAVE THE DATE- November 12, 2014, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Atlanta Georgia

                                      Author & Diplomat: Ambassador (Dr.) Robin R. Sanders Discuss Her Book & Her Life in Africa

Dr. Sanders can also address current event issues happening on the African Continent

Host: Georgia Center for International Visitors (GCIV)

Location: Regency Suites, Magnolia Room, Atlanta, Georgia

Cost Includes Lunch: $10 GCIV members; $15 non-GCIV members

RSVP TO: FARAH at farah@gciv.org 


There is an upcoming event you don't want to miss; a uniquely awesome Author Talk and Book Signing with Ambassador (Dr.) Robin Renee Sanders, a U.S. Diplomat for 20 years. She will highlight key cultural elements of her book which should be important to all of us as global citizens, particularly seeing African signs and symbols like Uli as information systems. She is also available to discuss current events in Africa given her past and current experiences on the ground on the Continent. See below information on her book. Her full bio is also attached. Sanders will be available for special signings of her hardcover full color coffee table book, which comes in a gift set, following the discussion. She has recently been a subject matter expert on Ebola on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, China TV, Armstrong Williams Show, and TVOne News. Her full bio is attached above. Sanders will be available for special signings of her hardcover full color coffee table book, which comes in a gift tote, following the discussion. Photos of Sanders and Book Cover follows below along with book summary.  
More on Ambassador (Dr.) Sanders and  why this book is important:
Ambassador (Dr.) Sanders is CEO of the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative and owner of FE3DS, LLC, and having lived in Africa for several years, was always struck by the ancestral, socio-historical and educational aspects of certain African cultural practices, especially languages, artifacts, and sign and symbol systems from the Ovahimba in Namibia and Pygmies in Congo, to the Horom, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, and Fulani of Nigeria. Her experiences on the Continent made her appreciate each and every culture and "its information systems," which in the end she called "communication expressions."
This book follows eight extraordinary Nigerian women in the December phase of their lives as they try to preserve the meanings of their endangered sign, symbol, and motif system called Uli. Uli is an acknowledgement of their Igbo history, culture and ancestors. Sanders that non-text, non-oral forms of communication expressions such as Nigeria's Uli, and other sign and symbol systems throughout the world, particularly in Africa, are just as important or "viable" as the written word and their meanings should be respected and preserved. 
The Legendary Uli Women of Nigeria is a uniquely groundbreaking work. It does not discuss, or view African signs and symbols as art or designs for contemporary clothes or jewelry, but stresses that they communicate. It also argues that world signs and symbol systems like Uli should be included as an area of study within the communication and information system academic field, which she recommends be called "communication expressions" since these systems do communicate the socio-historical aspects of a culture.