Weekly Song: Take a Minute
Music Video here.
K'naan is one of my favorite African artists. I love how easy it is to sign along to his rhymes. Take a Minute, particularly, has a great message: no one really knows anything and instead of getting angry you can take a minute and let it settle. The theme about generosity 'to give is priceless' is beautiful.
I've been saving this song for a while and thought it was apt this week given Kibo School won 1st place at the ASU-GSV cup last week. I used to invest professionally in education companies in emerging markets and had three companies across sub-Saharan Africa. Kibo is a new online university for students who want to solve problems with technology based out of Nigeria.
It feels like African EdTech is having a moment, and who better than Ope Bukola to lead the way.
"Take a Minute" by K'naan
This K'naan, and still reppin' the S
Comin' out of Muqdisho and still draped in the mess
And no matter how we strong homie
It ain't easy comin' out of where we from homey
and it's the reason why I can never play phony
"Tell 'em the truth" is what my dead homies told me, ooh yeah
I take inspiration from the most heinous of situations
Creatin' medication out my own tribulations
Dear Africa, you helped me write this
by showin' me to give is priceless
And any man who knows a thing
knows he knows not a damn, damn thing at all
And every time I felt the hurtin'
I felt the givin' gettin' me up off the wall
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it ride
I'm just gonna take a minute and let it breathe