I thought i would try something a little different and make a blog that shows who i am as a person. My post for today is “what i love about Africa”. The reason i wanted to write about this is because i personally love sooo many countries in Africa and would like others to also see what there is to love about Africa and hopefully to make people remember what is so great about Africa.
First off, let me tell you a little about myself and why i love Africa and why i gained the nick name “white African” from my friends hehe. When i was a child, around 8 or 9 years old, i liked to read a lot about many differnt countries in Africa, history and Culture Etc. After reading only a few books about Kenya, Nigeria and Congo, i totally fell in love with Africa without even visiting! Instantly i started becoming more addicted to learning about countires in Africa so i continued with my reading and watching Documentaries and movies. I then began to become interested in languages. My first language i practiced was Swahili (used in Kenya). I personally loved the language because it had a lovely and beautiful sound, unfortunately i didn’t complete my Swahili hehe. Soon after that i became interested in the Yoruba language (Mainly used in Nigeria but also used in other countries) which is today is now like a first language to me hehe!. I had my first taste of Kenyan food as a child (ugali and kenyan stew) and loved it! so from there on i started trying other foods from other countries in Africa and learned how to cook them too. As the years passed i grew to love Africa more as each day passed. I met a lot of wonderful Nigerian, Kenyan, South African and Ghanaian friend and grew with them close to me. They have play a huge and great part in my life and they don’t even know it. I love my friends from Africa and don’t know where i would be without them 🙂 they are soo loving and appreciate all i do. They praise me for loving there culture and speaking there language when it is ME who should be praising them for treating me as one of there fellow Africans hehe. I personally would love to move to Nigeria one day and marry in Nigeria. I know before i die i would have traveled the whole of Africa hehe
Anyways, now that i have told you a little about me, lets ask our self What’s to love about Africa?
First of all i would have to say THE PEOPLE! If you don’t have any friends from any Countries in Africa, MEET SOME! lol they are among the most loving and caring people on this earth and that’s why i love them! I say this because i have friends from all over Africa and came to realize that its not only in one country in Africa that has lovely people, it really is all over Africa!
Secondly i would say, The culture! no matter where you go in the world, im sure you wont find the same culture that you would find in countries in Africa.
Thirdly, the clothes. one of the most unique, colorful and traditional clothing on earth is Nigerian, Ghanaian, Kenyan, Gambia clothes etc. I have clothes from Many differnt countries in Africa and i would wear it every day if i could! (i’m from Scotland, our weather is too cold to wear it everyday 😦 hehe
Also lets not forget the music and Art! Nigerian/Yoruba music is my personal best and i wish everyone could hear what i am hearing. my day is not complete without blasting some Nigerian or Ghanaian music hehe. I am also a huge fan of Art as it is one of my best subjects from school. Ghanaian art in particular is one of my favorite. so bright, colorful and unique.
The history! Africa has some good and some bad history. That’s what makes it the Africa it is today. Reading history from my childhood made me get a true feeling of what countries in Africa have gone through and we should remember that!
Lets not forget the FOOD! Wither it is Nigerian food, Kenyan food or ANY food from Countries in Africa, i am in! lol My best dish is Egusi Soup with Pounded yam, which is mainly eaten in Nigeria. I love to eat and cook food from many different countries in Africa and always ready to try more.
I could ramble on all day talking about Africa because it is my passion but i don’t want make this blog to long.
The main purpose for this blog is to remind people that Africa is wonderful in many ways and we should never forget that! Many youths of these days try to run from Africa, instead, look around and love the beauty of Africa! It may not be easy to live in some parts of Africa but that’s what makes people Stronger and braver!
Thank you for taking time to read this, Love Kerry Oyinbo African 🙂