May be sometimes while sitting on your couch in your house, the folks at Publishers Clearance House might come knock on your door. But the saying that nothing interesting comes to you at home is really true.
Yesterday before heading off for a performance at Hamline University, I had to meet with a friend quick. He was going to be at Block E downtown, he’d told me, meeting with some Kenyans and Camerooneans. I walked in with my daughter to a group of young professional Africans hanging out at Game Works. Since he told me it was a Kenyan and Cameroonean event, I didn’t look close enough to notice that not all around the tables were from those two countries.
To cut a long story short, apparently this was the very event I’d read about on a blog the night before. A monthly happy hour featuring young professional Africans in the area. I remember reading the piece and asking myself why I did’t know about this event. Because I thought it was such a great idea that I should have come up with it. And since someone stole my idea before I thought it, I thought at least I should have known about it. I’m not on the street like I use to, but hey, I’m not hiding either. I make it my business to know what my people are up to, but I quess my ears are not to the ground low enough.
Anyway, I was going to hit the blogger, but I was in too much of a hurry to do so. I marked it on my mental notebook and decided to follow-up as soon as possible. Well I guess faith had my sooner than later. Needless to say my in-and-out became a sit-and-chat. These were some motivated brothers and sisters doing their part to string the connection between Africans in America (AinA). They were friendly, confident, articulate and beautiful. They had that fire in their eyes. You know, that fire that says “I see you world, and I’m coming to get you!” I was inspired. ANd I was late for my event at Hamline. Sadly, I had to run.
They say in today’s world is not what you know, but who you know. In other words, networking is the new graduate degree. I for one think it’s high time we start building our network. And I’m glad to see the infrastructure in place. You know I had to get on that mailing list. And next time around, as a teenager would say, I’m soooo there!