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Chronicling the African Renaissance

Afropolitan Diary

An Ayiba original series for the African cosmopolitan

The Journey of a Brazilian Babalawo
2 weeks ago

The Journey of a Brazilian Babalawo

While the Nigerian state is being divided on religious lines, the Middle East gets dichotomized with the spilled blood of the dead and injured, the Mexican wall goes up in …
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My Afropolitan Diary: “Who Is You?”
3 months ago

My Afropolitan Diary: “Who Is You?”

“Who is you?” Chiron, of the critically acclaimed film Moonlight, was asked this by his peers, family, and most importantly himself throughout the entirety of the movie. Regardless …
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Our Dictionaries Have Holes
6 months ago

Our Dictionaries Have Holes

Our living room conversations could be intense.

 Emotional.

 There was discomfort.

 Silence.

That Sunday afternoon, I sat in the living …
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My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White
8 months ago

My Afro-Brazilian Experience in Black and White

Preta, pretinha, black, blackie, nega, negress, and sometimes even cor do pecado, or color of sin. Here are some synonyms of affection for black women in Brazilian Portuguese. …
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An African living in America, yet not an African-American
8 months ago

An African living in America, yet not an African-American

An African living in America, yet not an African American. I came here to chase the American dream, but soon realized I had a predetermined place at the …
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The #homecoming of a son of Djakotomey: My 7 Days in Lome
9 months ago

The #homecoming of a son of Djakotomey: My 7 Days in Lome

I was hit with a force of emotions sitting in the airport waiting to board the plane back to Johannesburg, South Africa where I’m currently teaching. I thought …
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My Afropolitan Diary: From reflection to inspiration in Senegal

After working for a year following my graduation, I realized that I had a lot of unanswered questions. My mind was plagued by questions as to what my …
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Journal Afropolitan: Vie au Maroc de la Perspective d’une Ivoirienne
2 years ago

Journal Afropolitan: Vie au Maroc de la Perspective d’une Ivoirienne

Pourquoi une Ivoirienne comme moi choisirait de habiter au Maroc ? Sachez déjà cela n’a pas été mon premier choix et que la destination m’a été imposée par mes …
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My Afropolitan Diary: Moroccan Life from an Ivorian Perspective
2 years ago

My Afropolitan Diary: Moroccan Life from an Ivorian Perspective

Why would an Ivorian like me choose to live in Morocco? It wasn’t my first choice, but my parents imposed it on me. Morocco has a university …
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My Afropolitan Diary: Mostafa Shahat
2 years ago

My Afropolitan Diary: Mostafa Shahat

When I first began travelling outside of Egypt, I called myself an Egyptian, which is normal since that’s the country I grew up in. I was defining …
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