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"Culture is the heritage of us all. some may be more interested than others in the treasures of the past, but no one can fail to take a pride in his country's participation in the story of mankind, as represented in carvings, sculpture, music, paintings and the other arts. And there is a personal commitment to this, for no man can really say he is alone: we are all joined through our identity, with the cultures which are part of the mainstream of life"
- Simon Kapwepwe, Zambian Independence Freedom Fighter

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm" - Winston Churchill

"Try to be the rainbow in someone else's cloud" - Maya Angelou

"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinion drown out your inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - Steve Jobs

Monday, 17 May 2010

Inaugural Post :)

I feel the pressure of making this post the most fantastic thing you have ever read because it is the inaugural post and as they say the first impression is most important.  I have finally mustered the courage needed to write.  I suffer from self diagnosed ADD, ADHD, (whatever they call it these days or are those two different things?) coupled with  a dose of inertia and a couple of shots of procrastination : )  (As we become more acquainted you will learn more about my hypochondria and penchant for psychosomatic diagnoses). I guess the best thing to do is to outline why I have started this blog and why this is a vital drop in the pool that is the blogosphere. 

I am tired of my beloved continent, mother Africa’s name being tarnished.  There is a latent but very robust renaissance going on that many of us are a part of that no one is talking about.  There are amazingly formidable movers and shakers doing great things that deserve to be highlighted.  Africa has so much potential, and yet it is bogged down by the senseless, irresponsible and insensitive actions of some.  I am not denying that Africa has problems.  But so do other continents.  I have lived in Europe and the USA and from what I see their problems are latent due to pecuniary advantages.

This blog aims to cure my nervous condition. My life as a peripatetic, wrought with constant reinvention to fit in while still maintaining the essence of my roots, has culminated in a hybrid that is hyper-aware of Africa’s standing at the bottom of global rankings and how no one else in the world has it right even though they think they do.  This is my quest to find inspiration from its sons and daughters, indigenous (I hate that word, you will find out more words that I cannot stand due to the way the word has shaped their semantics) and adopted, are striving to tap into Africa’s potential.  At the same time I want to indulge in its mystery and frolic in its whimsical nature.

This blog will not be all seriousness.  I do have a ridiculous and somewhat subversive humour.  I love movies and pop culture.  I will make comments on the zeitgeist.  I think a healthy balance will not only hopefully keep you reading, but also keep me writing.  THIS BLOG WILL BE WELL WRITTEN.  I will indulge in superfluous and grandiose language and revel in instances to fully exploit it as we Africans so enjoy.  This will include colourful euphemisms. This blog is not just for Africans (and I mean all Africans, none of this sub-Saharan - North Africa artificial splitting the world likes to do to separate us). It is for anyone who has a genuine interest in this quagmire of quandaries that make up the motherland and wants to see the forest and the trees for what they truly are.

This blog is also dedicated to my parents, who have worked all their lives on the African continent.  To my father who has proudly worked all his life in Africa to send his children abroad and who never treated me or my sisters like girls, but like human beings. To my mother who has always instilled in us a pride for our culture and has consistently shown the strength of the African woman.  To my sisters - there is no definition of me without you.

On that note I shall end, and hope that this is a start of a sojourn into the many facets of Africa with a mix of my insightful and demented thoughts interspersed to make this blog an enjoyable read!

xoxo ;}

1 comment:

  1. Well said/written!!! I look forward to following your sojourn!