Book Talk: ‘Chasing Wind: From Africa to America in Search of a Dream’ by Mercy Nduati

Audio by : Charity Maritim I’m sure many of you remember a time when your expectations of life abroad were shattered. When reality hit you hard and you quickly realized that everything is not all that you expected. In order to keep up, you quickly had to come to terms with a new reality and…… Continue reading Book Talk: ‘Chasing Wind: From Africa to America in Search of a Dream’ by Mercy Nduati

Children of the diaspora: longing for home

I’m in the middle of reading a book – Behold the Dreamers – a novel by Imbolo Mbue that contrasts an immigrant family from Cameroon and their wealthy American employers living in New York around the financial crisis of 2008. The Cameroonian family is dealing with complex immigration laws, finding employment, low income whilst sending…… Continue reading Children of the diaspora: longing for home

Cultural shame of speaking our languages – in Africa and the diaspora

I was recently reading a work by Ngugi wa Thiong’o – Decolonizing the Mind: the politics of language in African Literature, an account written in 1986 as part of a collection of essays. In this particular essay, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, the award winning renowned Kenyan writer and academic explored how the colonization of Kenya by…… Continue reading Cultural shame of speaking our languages – in Africa and the diaspora

Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad

I was at the airport the other day picking up someone from the airport and I noticed there were so many people at the arrivals terminal holding up signs with names of the people they were receiving. I’ve always wanted to go somewhere and have someone hold up a sign with my name, welcoming me….I…… Continue reading Discoveries from the Diaspora : 10 things you will learn abroad

The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay Abroad?

For those born in the continent, many of us have at one point or another considered the possibility of relocating back to our birth places. Africans living in the diaspora fall into various categories. There are those who temporarily move abroad with the intention of moving back home right after receiving their education. There are…… Continue reading The African Diaspora Dilemma: Move Back or Stay Abroad?