I read this post on twitter about a fellow who moved back to Nigeria after studying and living in the UK for a number of years. It was in response to a twitter space conversation where Nigerians were discussing the various challenges they experience after moving back to Nigeria. The person referred to moving back…… Continue reading Is Africa Still Rising? Why Diasporans Care
Audio by Charity Maritim I’m at this soccer game, a final “football” match between team Congo vs team Nigeria to end the Manitoba African Cup of Nations tournament. Summer is slowly giving way to fall, so the weather is at that undecided phase with clouds intermittently covering the sun bringing a bit of chilliness. There’s…… Continue reading Diaspora, Resiliency, Ancestral Magic
Audio by Charity Maritim Last year, the gruesome murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked protests against anti-black racism in North America and many parts of the globe. It was such a heavy emotional time for many Black people. When we were preparing to go for a Black Lives Matter rally…… Continue reading Talking About Racism With Your Black Children in the Diaspora
Audio by Charity Maritim Many times when I look at the stats of my blog, I always see that the most recent visitors on my website are mainly looking at one blog post in particular. The post is ‘The African Diaspora Dilemma – Move Back or Stay Abroad’. I had a conversation regarding this topic…… Continue reading Why Move to the Diaspora? Here are 10 reasons for Canada.
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
Audio by: Yvonne ‘Betty’ Cheruiyot If there is one thing I would like to thank our colonizers for, is their introduction of tea to Kenya from India. If I had a dollar for every cup of tea I have drank in my lifetime, I would own a penthouse in the Burj Khalifa. I need to…… Continue reading Bring Me My Tea – My Obsession With Chai
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
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
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
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?