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Chronicling the African Renaissance

Afropolitan Diary

An Ayiba original series for the African cosmopolitan

Expat vs Immigrant: Almost Parisienne weighs in on the debate
4 months ago

Expat vs Immigrant: Almost Parisienne weighs in on the debate

On Ayiba’s recent European Tour, our founder met up with the YouTubers behind the channel Almost Parisienne for an Afropolitan Diary feature. As young women who chose to move to …
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A conversation with my 107-year-old Grandma in Nigeria
5 months ago

A conversation with my 107-year-old Grandma in Nigeria

I first met Mama, my grandmother, when I was seven months old. That was during my first trip to Nigeria with my family, where my parents are from. Growing up, …
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The Journey of a Brazilian Babalawo
7 months 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?”
10 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year 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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