May 25th 1963 – The Organisation of African Unity was formed now called the African Union, and today in 2013, 50 years later we commemorate this day.
Very hard to know what being African is about, because while previously Africa was seen as a bleak continent (Yeah surely after colonisation after the slave trade, human and natural resources stripped of us). And now being African is cool and modern and upbeat (Beyonce’s Grown Woman song and dances..hmmm). Yes the African Print and Head Wraps (Doek – Dhuku) being seen as cool, when they were associated with the village and rural life.
When people say statements like “I have spent a great deal amount of time overseas…”, you wonder whether that strengthens their point or weakens their perspective. I grew up listening to Afro Beat and Ezomgido, as my guilty pleasure with the maid. We would dance in front of the telly and watch songs from East, West Africa. And I have been thinking about what this has done to our perspective as I read “Americanah” by my favourite public speaker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
In celebration rather than in retaliation, I am making a top 5 of my favourite African things, with one of them already mentioned Chimamanda Adichie as my love for African Novels.
The warmth of the winter sun and the colours of Summer, this place is beautiful.
Bright colours, beads, high fashion and ready to wear. The vibrancy in couture clothing and traditional dressing is diverse in its appearance but always creative.
The People & The Music
The people in Africa can be very friendly, me and my sister bought the Heppi promo CDs and the artistes greeted us like they knew us for years.. Amazing. Prudence is also a very nice person and sings beautifully.
Celebrate Africa Day your way, our diversity makes us who we are and be proud of who you are how you live and identify yourself. Not caring what the next person thinks of what is “African”, identify yourself with whatever you want!