The Sharp African

Honestly though, how is it that a country colonized another country and that colony fully accepted their values without question. But this rhetoric has a lot of factors that affect it like education, monetary gains etc. so it’s not plausible to sit a few decades from the event and run my mouth. 

However, now Africans have developed enough to be able to choose what suits them. 

And what suits them is the suits. 

You will never see an African tell another African (this is relative and you might have seen it) that his traditional garb is sharp or on fleek. Rather, it is only when one wears a well-tailored and fit tuxedo that he will receive such comments. 

I wore a traditional outfit to church on Sunday. Because sometimes I choose to fight the power ;). I got quite a number of stares from the other congregants. And mind you this is a church with 99% of the people from Africa. This caused me to question the causes of the generation before them who failed to impart the cultural values of their homeland in the new generation. So that they could seem better or more advanced in the eyes of the people back home. 

If we do not boast of our cultural heritage and let “them” believe they are influencing us, “they” will think they are better than us (this is also relative). There is no shame in wearing ankara or kente or dashiki. We should be proud of the culture that some of “them” cherish. We should go to our homelands and buy artifacts from the local people and not let “them” do it for us and say, “i love African culture,” when they are killing us.

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The Nostalgic African

When Africans arrive in America it is usually with a suitcase and a mind full of dreams. People don’t believe that they will miss Africa one bit, which is not only wishful but also strange. 

They complain about the heat in Nigeria, the electricity outages in Ghana and the xenophobia in South Africa. These overshadow the thoughts about that friend he or she knew since they were two, that mother who gave birth to him or her etc. 

So once Africans come, they begin to feel nostalgic. This causes them to try to befriend any African they meet because they are all from the same continent despite having major conflicts in that continent. They do not take heed of who they are befriending and this can be quite dangerous. 

The young ones however just go on Instagram and follow one of the many Africans capitalizing on their nostalgia. Those Africans whose pages are filled with hashtags and captions that claim “things African parents say” or “when your African mum gives you paracetamol for every disease.” I must admit however that some of these are quite funny and a beautiful way to pass the time. 

So, when an African plans to come to abroad, they should first realize the things they will miss and fully know that they won’t eat anymore eba/proper African jollof. And apart from a few exceptions, the food they claim they will go abroad and eat are basically rubbish to an African tastebud. 

The Forging African

A relative of mine used to travel a lot. (By a relative I do not mean a person related by blood, but a loose term Africans use to describe a family or person close to them. This can be seen when fellow pre teens refer to themselves as siblings or cousins because their mothers and/or fathers are close friends.) 

This relative, despite being a close friend, was quite arrogant in a sense that he felt his view of the world was much open because every summer vacation from secondary school, he travelled. It didn’t hurt that he had a strong LAFA (locally acquired foreign accent. Trust me, one can not spend a majority of his life in an African country and spend a minority abroad and claim his accent is authentic.) 

Yet, his arrogance was lost on everyone else. Or, my jealousy was clouding my sense of how good a person he was. But then again, he made sure to bring Oreos to his close friends from abroad and so they liked him because of his gifts? Whatever the case he was quite popular and he knew it. 

But after growing up and traveling abroad myself, I have seen how much more difficult it is to really discern how much this my relative “chilled” abroad. Because, there are Africans abroad, who sleep on carpeted floors but on queen sized beds in their home countries. Yet, as soon as they return to Africa, all these trials and tribulations they felt are completely eradicated as they assume a LAFA and their (real) relatives rejoice and shout as they are given bags and other items bought from Walmart/Sainsbury’s/Tesco. 

This assumption of an accent be it an American accent when the person went to England or vice versa does not matter. What matters is how he slurs the t in water to make it sound like warer and how he adds innit to every sentence ending. 

Thus, I have decided not to tend to an accent whiles I am living abroad. I am not a white man and neither will I ever be a half-caste. (This term is now called a racially charged term but for the sake of my people at home, I will use terms open to them and not ones such as biracial.) Besides, accents complicate things, because the akata and white men know it is being forged and will deliberately ask you to reiterate. 

I remember ordering pizza from one of the people favorite fast food pizzerias and using a false accent. Pepperoni turned to peproni and pizza turned to pitza. I look back and feel sorry for the man who took my order because he even got my address wrong and could have possibly got a lecture/deduction for my forgery of an accent. 

That was one of the most important factors  that made me want to start a blog. To document all of my choices and conclusions and not get sucked up in a culture that is muffled with racism which could make an African brother or sister lose his roots and heritage. We claim we are proud Africans and of our individual homelands but do we rise to the defense of our countries when it is being bombarded by our friends who have no link to it? I do not do it but i have made the choice to do so and have documented it. I am grateful to this land for accepting me but I am not grateful to this land for thinking the people of my land live in huts or trees and scavenge for food. I do not think you should be too. 

This site describes the shocks and adventures that come along with moving from an African country to a country filled with white people and different names of the toilet.