It’s been a few weeks since we concluded the eight-episode series on “I’m an African but…” blog chain initiated by Valentine Makoni and I, Bolaji Gelax where we had eight young Africans from five different countries (Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, and Kenya) share with us, areas in which they’re not conformed to stereotypes.
These persons bravely discussed things that are generally expected of us as Africans but they, for one reason or the other, do not agree with or can’t keep up with. We bet you found at least one that resonated with you.
I must apologise that it took this long to put this appreciation post out. It was due to reasons beyond our control.
That said, we’d like to specially thank everyone who came on this journey with us; your openness and engagement reemphasized the need to have these conversations. Now, it’s time to meet the AMAZING minds behind each episode.
Episode 1: I’m an African but… I can’t dance – Valentine Writes
My name is Valentine Writes and I am a cultural curator. I find immense pleasure in finding, nurturing, distributing and promoting expression with soul. There is a human story to be found in poetry, music, tweets, status updates. short stories, books, photographs…. and I am drawn to the ingenious ways people find in telling them.
I am an African but… series has been one of the most fulfilling endeavors to elicit authentic tales, perspectives and insights from all who call Africa home.
Find his works HERE
Episode 2: I’m an African but… I don’t like cooking by Bolaji Gelax
My name is Bolaji Gelax (you can call me Miss Flowery, too), a Nigerian actor, blogger, writer and media personality. I believe in the mantra, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well”, which means one should always give their best to everything.
When I’m not playing devil’s advocate or pissing the heck out of people, you’d most likely find me listening to the radio, binging on blogs, eating and having fun. But in the midst of all these, I’m always pursuing my dreams. My favourite quote is,
“If you know where you’re going, then you’d know what you should be doing”Bolaji Gelax
Oh, I think spaghetti is the best meal ever!
Well, I blog HERE, literally 😁
Episode 3: I’m an African but… Wait a minute! by Sifiso Dlamini
I’m not an avid reader but I try. Like for instance, I attempted to read Gravity’s Rainbow and it would be good to let you know that I failed dismally. I’m trying again, soon. Other than attempts at reading, I’m curious about tech, travel destinations and recently, writing.
My outlook to life is influenced by bits and pieces of post modernity and meta-modernism. So basically I’m a high-flying kite that wants to experience the many winds but remaining pegged in the unchanging Rock of Ages.
I am conscious of the many injustices that our African society faces. As an Urban and Regional Planner, I fall forward in trying to resolve complex environmental, economic and social issues that hold back our peoples.
Find some of his works HERE
Episode 4: I’m an African but… English is my first language by Connie Dia
Connie Ahebwa usually referred to as Connie Dia is a Lover of books , Ardent reader, Blogger and writes on Lifestyle, Health and tackling the hard questions of life.
Find Connie’s blog HERE
Episode 5: I’m an African but… I am not domesticated by Ayobami Fasusi
Ayobami Fasusi is an African writer with an unrepentant love for storytelling.
She is a comic actress and humourous to a fault. Writing used to be an hobby, but now, it’s her full-time profession.
Her works have been featured in Kalahari review and other blogs that cut across different niche.
Her hobbies are eating, traveling, and daydreaming about things that will likely not happen.
She lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Find some of her works HERE.
Episode 6: I’m an African but… Let’s talk openly about sex – Bildad Makori
Bildad Makori is a writer and blogger who hails from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Journalism and Mass Communication student at Chuka University.
He serves as the Deputy Chairperson of Writers Guild Chuka, and is an editor and reviewer at Writers Space Africa.
In his blog, he focuses on writing about social and gender issues as he seeks to voice his opinions that there may be change for the society to be better than it is.
He blogs HERE
Episode 7: I’m an African but… I am a female first – Anesu Nyakubaya-Nhevera
Anesu Nyakubaya-Nhevera is a Zimbabwean born writer, blogger and poet. Her work has been featured in Zimbolicious Anthologies 3 and 4 as well as several websites. When she is not writing for her blog (kintsugionline.wordpress.com), she enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her family. She is also very passionate about equality in all its forms.
Episode 8: I’m an African but… I love reading – Rogers M. Wanambwa
Rogers M. Wanambwa is a 25-year-old, who is passionate about reading and writing. His ultimate goal is to change the narrative about Africa by having Africans tell their own story(s).
Find his ever updated blog HERE
Hey, Stars! Please, do well to visit their individual pages to enjoy more of their works and show them love.
We’ll also like to know, which of the episodes did you most relate with?