My First Tattoo! Africa!

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I am not really a fan of Tattoo’s to be honest and i always said i would never get one unless it was very meaningful to me. so after seeing some tattoo ideas i decide this one was perfect for me and i would never live to regret it as it means so much to me. I have it on my lower ankle on the inside ūüôā The reason it means so much to me is because it will always remind me of being in Africa and always remind me of my happiest moments. As you can see it is not only the African continent but also a beautiful lady carrying a pot on her head. As most people know, this is how most people around Africa carry many things on a daily basis so it represents culture as well as Africa as a continent! I love it so much and i think its the most beautiful tattoo ive ever seen so i had to get it! ūüôā Now i have Africa with me where ever i go! ūüėÄ You can see some photo’s below of the process while getting my tattoo ūüôā¬†

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Education In Africa

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My post today is not to talk about how education is carried out in Africa because i know it is not the same in all countries around Africa. My post today is more about why education is seen differently in countries in Africa than in other parts of the world. Now, First of all i will start by saying this post is not to offend or insult anyone or to make anyone look smarter or better than anyone else. It is simply to give people an understanding of how education is seen in Africa compared to other countries like UK or USA etc. I will be using UK as an example as i was born and raised in the UK while spending all my life learning about Africa and traveled to Africa. So i feel i have witnessed and understand a lot about the way education is seen in both the “western” world and in Africa.

A lot of people can be judgmental about westerners and how some don’t take education as serious as they should but i have to just say, its not always the kids fault. If someone is born into a certain culture and way of life they simply feel they are doing no wrong. Also there is thousands of children who focus their whole life on their education so i don’t think the stereotype is always true.

Anyway, if we take a look at education in certain parts of Africa we can see it is somehow looked at differently, which i experienced when visiting schools around Ghana , other than the obvious things like language, culture and religious education which is sometimes different in each country but other than that the subjects are basically the same Maths, Science, history etc but how adults and children around Africa look at education is kind of different to the UK. I believe that this is because, in Africa, Education is EVERYTHING! Without education there is almost no opportunities for young children and young adults to gain employment or work placement or a better future. YES education is very important world wide! BUT in some countries like the UK, there is help from our government and other options and opportunities for young adults to gain employment and better their life’s. For example there is something we call “get ready for work” Course which young adults can join even without school qualifications, this scheme is funded from the Scottish government education funding. On these courses they will find a work placement for you and also train you how to do well in the work place as well as a small salary, not much (around ¬£55 per week) which is not a lot in the UK as living costs here are very high, BUT it is still an excellent opportunity for young adults who want to better their life and gain work experience. In Africa an opportunity like this is no common at all and some governments in Africa don’t help with free education or courses. So having good grades and education is very much essential if you want to better your life.

If you know any parents or friends from Africa it is most likely that they do ALL they can to assure their children have the best education they can and do well in school and pass! It is not always easy to get money in some parts of Africa to pay for good education but for those who are fortunate enough to get the chance to go to school or university then it is extremely important that they give it their all! Some people think African parents are too strict on education with their children but no, they are not. They simply want a better life and future for their children and they have worked hard to get the money to make that possible.

I totally admire the friends i have all over Africa as they are totally focused on their education and try hard to make their parents proud. As for the parents who work so hard to fund their kids education i take my hat off to you all! It is even hard for some people to gain employment in Africa even after graduation so i really pray that the future will start to look up for Africa and i pray everyone gets the chance to have a good and comfortable life after all the hard work and effort put in.

Well i hope you enjoyed reading my post for today and i hope it has been informal.¬†I¬†do know that i may not¬†know¬†everything about Education in Africa and i may have missed a few facts but this is judging from my experience and what i know so far.¬†Feel free to share your comments but keep it friendly please as i will just delete negative comments ūüôā Thanks again and thanks for all the lovely comments so far.

Ese Pupo! ūüôā

What i love about Africa!

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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 ūüôā 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 ūüė¶ 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 ¬†ūüôā

Try a taste of Kenya!

I love foods from all over Africa but Nigerian, Kenyan and Ghanaian food seems to be my best.

I love to cook and i always have. I had previous jobs as a cook but moved on to Accounts and admin now so i mostly cook at home. So, like my previous post on how to make Egusi soup, i now wanted to share this Kenyan dish and step by step guide on how to make it like i do.

When most people think of African food they think of yams, rice, plantain, chicken and meat! So why not try something different than your average meal with a Quick and easy Kenyan stew with ugali and chapati!

You can get all of the ingredients listed below from Most African/Caribbean Stores. If you do not have any local African stores in your area, then do not worry! You can even find these ingredients in most big supermarkets.

  • Chicken (on or off the bone)
  • Maize Flour
  • 1 very large onion or 2 small onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 small tomatoes
  • Chapati‚Äôs (can be found in any supermarkets in packets)
  • 1 spring cabbage
  • Mixed spices
  • Gravy browning
  • Water
  • Salt

Step 1¬†‚Äď Wash you chicken through out and place in a large pot with water and salt to taste. Allow to boil for 35 to 40 minutes. When your chicken is ready, Remove it from the bone and cut into medium sized peaces or strips.

Step 2¬†‚Äď Heat a large pot with a little cooking oil and place your peaces of chicken into the pot with 1 chopped onion. ¬†Allow to fry for 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 3¬†‚Äď When you have finished frying your chicken, Add 1 pint of hot water to your pot with mixed spice powder (how much spice you use is up to you depending on how¬†spicy¬†you like your food) Then add 2/3 table spoons of gravy browning. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes while you prepare your veg.

Step 4¬†‚Äď Get 3 carrots and Wash and cut the ends from your carrots. Do NOT slice your carrots into circles as most people do. Cut your carrot into thin long strips. This way it is easier to lift your soup by hand when eating your stew with ugali. Now add the carrots to your pot with the chicken.¬†¬†(it is not compulsory to eat with your hand but i personally enjoy African food more if i eat with my hand)

Step 5¬†‚Äď Separate your cabbage by tearing off the leafs. Wash your cabbage leafs very well. Now chop you cabbage into strips just like you did with the carrots. Now add the cabbage into the pot and add about 1/2 a pint of water to the pot with a few table spoons of salt. Also chop and add ur tomatoes to the stew then place the lid on the pot and allow to steam and cook for a further 20 minutes. (no need for constant stirring as¬†this stew will not stick to the pot like most stews)

Now that your stew it cooking and ready to serve After 20 minutes of steaming, We will now move onto the Ugali!

    • Simply add water to a pot (about 1 pint) allow to boil for 5 minutes.
    • Next, get your maize flour and start pouring into your water while stirring with a wooden spoon. Always stir fast or you will get lumps.
    • Keep stirring and pressing against the side of the pot to assure all the flour is cooked.
    • Add more flour if needed, until it is very thick. When it becomes all stuck together tightly and has formed a cake-like shape, its ready!

To finish it off, now simply heat your chapati in a frying pan with a little oil for 30 seconds on each side. Now Serve with your stew and ugali.

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I hope you enjoy this dish as much as i do. ūüėÄ

Thanks for reading.

People of Africa

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My reason for this post today is mainly to let people know who dont already know, how people from different Countries in Africa really are, as a lot of people judge people from Africa before even getting to know them! I am NOT Generalizing Africa as a whole, i am talking based on MY experience with people from ALL over Africa not only one or two countries in Africa, this is why i used the term “People of Africa”.. ¬†this post is not about one country in Africa, its about MANY countries around Africa.

Another reason for this post is just to express how i feel about my friends from Africa and show them they are appreciated a lot by me. Most people from Europe or America or other parts of the world, Judge people from African Countries based on Bullshit lies! excuse my language!

Some of the most common things i have heard from people is

“All Africans use white girls”

“All Africans live in slums”

“All Africans love money too much and scam everyone”

“All Africans are evil and kill children and do ‘voo-doo’

“All Africans cant speak English well”

“All Africans are under educated and living in Poverty”

And MANY more!

I have to say, i get very irritate around people who say such rubbish! Let me just say, not all people from African Countries use white girls, Yes there may be some but believe me not ALL! There is many people from all over Africa who love someone for who there and that’s it! Just like every other race!

Also, let me just add, not all people in Africa love money and scam everyone.. that is rubbish! i think people judge Africa based on one or two stories they hear on the news! Also, most Africans cant speak English well?? What?? This is one of the stupidest ones i have heard, As all of my friends in Africa, weather they are Kenyan, Ghanaian, Nigerian or South African, Can speak AND write English very well, even some know English more than i do! lol

“All Africans are under educated” REALLY??? NO! Another huge judgmental LIE! The smartest people i know on this earth, are from Africa! ALL of my friends from countries in Africa are extremely smart and have GREAT potential.. Yes not everyone in some parts of Africa can afford good education but that does not make them dumb or stupid!

“All Africans kill children” Again, Really?? i really believe this one is from watching too much TV! People from African countries are not cruel and evil! Every country and continent has good and Bad people. Dont judge Africa based on hear say!

And NO! Africa is not all slums! look around and see how beautiful Africa REALLY is. Take your time to really explore countries in Africa to see how great they are.

I spend endless time trying to make my British friends see that there is soo many lovely and amazing people around Africa. Almost all of my friends are from countries in Africa and its been that way since childhood, also i have never dated any white or British guy, This is not because i hate British people but it is simply because i feel more happy and comfortable around my friends from Africa and also in relationships i feel that i am more connected to people from different countries around Africa and have more things in common and also they are very loving people. To say all countries and people in Africa are great would be a lie. Yes, not all people in Africa are great and there are many countries in Africa that have bad people just like every other continent in the world, but to judge people from Africa before getting to know them is one of the biggest mistakes people make.

For me i honestly do not know where i would be today if i didnt have my friends in Africa and in UK who have came from Nigeria and Ghana and Kenya etc. From a very very young age, i have grew with them close to me, like my brothers and sisters, friends is an under statement. they truly feel like family. Another thing i LOVE about people who have came from countries in Africa, They are EXTREMELY friendly when u meet them. They greet you in such a warm way and speak very politely to you. Also going to African markets/ restaurants in UK, is one great experience for me, because i get greeting nicely and treated very well.

I have friends from all over Africa but mainly in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Gambia and south Africa. So based on the people i have met from there, i can honestly say Africa has some wonderful people! I can guarantee if you take the time to actually get to know people from different countries in Africa before judging them, you will realize how wonderful they really are, They will make you feel loved and appreciated in all you do. When i am having a bad day at work or any other situation, It is my friends in Nigeria, Ghana etc i turn to as they are always friendly, loving and supportive. They also keep me calm in hard situations! hehe countries in Africa are not full of scam artist and dying kids and people killing people! look beyond the bad things and see the wonderful things! Like i said before, Every Continent has good and bad.

Anyway, i feel like typing all day as i cant find the exact word to describe the people of Africa, but i have work in the morning and i have to get to bed hehe

Thanks for taking the time to read this and i hope you have learned something and made u think twice.

Ese Pupo. Odaro

Beautiful Kenya!

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About Kenya – Kenya is a country in East of Africa with just over 43 million people living in the country.¬†The country is named after Mount Kenya. The largest city in Kenya is Nairobi, which is also Kenya’s Capital. English is one of Kenya’s languages although Swahili is there own countries language. (which i tried learning when i was a kid and i have to say it is a difficult language to learn) lol

I have always had a huge interest in Kenya since a young age. Again, i will say i have learned alot about Kenya as well as other countries in Africa. I have many Kenyan friends and they are very great people. I love Kenyan food, music and History etc. Although what most people dont know is there is not really a “culture” for the whole of Kenya.

When most people think of Kenya all they think about is Safaris and Animals urgh yawn yawn yawn! Kenya is NOT all about the safari! There is soo many wonderful things about Kenya other than Animals! Yes there is nice Safari’s in Kenya but too many people only care about that.

Anyways Kenya has soo many different ways of living. so to say “Kenyan Culture” isnt exactly correct. Each town/village in Kenya has¬†Individual cultures and ways of living. Also there is sooo many different foods that are eaten in Kenya, the most common one is Ugali. I am sure every Kenyan has had Ugali for dinner hehe. Kenya also has some wonderful Art and also very colorful handmade beeds and tribal clothing. Although not all modern day Kenyans still wear the tribal wear.

I guess like every country, culture is reducing less and less.

Anyway, Below are some great pictures i have had for a long time and i wanted to post here to let people see some of the beautiful sights, people and lands of Kenya.

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Bring Africa to you!

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As most people know, I have always wanted to go and¬†experience life in¬†different countries around Africa since i was a small kid.¬†Unfortunately it is not that easy ūüė¶ First of all because i was too young and had to finish school etc Then when i grew up i wanted to finish studying and work to save money. AGAIN¬†unfortunately it was not as simple as that. When i started working it became impossible to save money. After paying bills and daily living expenses i had almost no money left to save. So yeah, Its been a long wait for me to live my dream. So now i have been fortunate enough to travel to Africa every year!

The reason for this post is to show people that just because you are not in the country you would like to be in, doesn’t mean you cant bring the country to you ūüėČ For the past 10 years or so, I have been living in a way that is more African than Scottish lol¬†It’s very sad for me to not be able to hope on a flight and visit my favorite countries around Africa any time i want. So, until the time of my yearly trip, i continue living in a way that i would if i am in any country in Africa…only that i am in Scotland!

I would like my friends to read this and gain something from it as a lot of my friends feel sad and miss home. So let me just give u some tips on how to feel at home even if you are not at home ūüôā

First of all i would say, don’t change your diet just because you are not in Your country. Of course there will be days you eat some pasta or some local food of the country you are in but continue eating your¬†Favorite Ghanaian or Nigerian food too! I eat Nigerian/Kenyan/Ghanaian food every week and it really makes me feel like i am enjoying a part of Africa ūüôā Some of my¬†awesome¬†cooking skills below :p

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Secondly, I always play music everyday anywhere i go i have my headphones in blasting my favorite Ghanaian and Nigerian songs! It is also a way of feeling connected to those countries in particular.

Third, Don’t change your dress code to “fit in” with the country you are in. Their is nothing more pleasant for me than seeing ¬†people in the UK with their traditional wear. Beautiful! I love to also wear and buy many clothes from different countries in Africa and head wraps. It makes me feel like i am showing my¬†personality¬†on the outside!

Also i would say, don’t forget you mother tongue when you are out of your home country. Yes, of course u need to speak English to the public who don’t understand your own language , but other than that, always use you native language. I also like to Learn languages so i can communicate and join in conversations with my friends who have came from countries in Africa.

Another thing to make you feel connected to Africa is to always get regular updates on news and what is happening in your country in Africa. I LOVE to read and learn new things about all countries around Africa and i always have. This makes me feel very connected and know so much about African countries as if i have been living there my whole life!

If you haven’t REALLY studied and learned about a country then you wont feel connected to it even if you have been there. I am very sure i know more about many countries in Africa than some people who have lived in or been to many countries in Africa lol This is because i do all i can to stay connected and learn all i want to know about Africa. I even wanted to studying a course called “African Studies” at College but instead, I just spent my whole life reading and teaching myself. Saved my self the Huge¬†University¬†fee too haha!

Anyways i hope you enjoyed reading and i hope you have taken something from what i said. Please don’t loose your connection to Africa no matter where u go.

Thanks for reading ūüôā

Africa wa ni okan mi ‚̧

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