Category: Top 10 things I wish I knew before I left Africa

How to Take Africa from Zero to Hero: Entertainment!

Part9 of the 10 things I wish I knew before I left Africa

Hello Hello Hello,

First up, to all who have been trying to click on the navigation bar at the top of the page and wondering why it doesn’t work….that’s my bad! I have been slow getting the tech completed but by the next post it’ll be done, otherwise feel free to circumcise me for the second time.

Bright bulb

In today’s post, a short one for me, I want to share with you my dreams and goals. I don’t do this for egotistical reasons, though those are nice, but rather for two reasons: Read more »

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The Facts About Nutrition? You are What You Eat

Part 9 of the 10 things I wish I knew before I left Africa (By now I hope you have abandoned all hope that I will do this series in order; I certainly have)

Hello hello!

First of all, to all my new readers welcome. Over the past three days my traffic has shot up, probably by about 1000% :D To all who helped make that happen, thanks. To all the new readers, I hope this blog is of service to you and I invite you to contact me or leave comments below and let me know what’s on your mind as you read this blog.

Brocoli wins first prize

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The West Has Many Distractions: Focus on That Which Is Important Not That Which Is Urgent

Part 10 of the 10 things I wish I knew before I came to Australia

This post is about questions. Who has the answers? YOU. As you go through this post, take a moment and answer as many of these questions as you can honestly. It’s not a quiz so don’t worry about being right or wrong.Hopefully these questions will be the seed that will trigger something special in your mind. We begin with the question:


What Did You Do Today That Really Mattered? Read more »

Is This How You Define Yourself?

Abstract random picture of beautiful african woman

Part four of the 10 things I wish I knew before I landed in Australia

From time to time I write a post that is not specific to the African community but is more general and a lot more far reaching. Consider this one of those posts.

We begin with the age old question:

Who Are You, Really?

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What It Means To Be a Part of the African Race Not Just the Human One

This post is a little winding, so please bear with me and I hope you get the nugget of truth that I was aiming for.

Part five of the 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Landed in Australia

Black power in a Western world

Today’s story is one of transition. How is it that I went from a place of being deeply ashamed of my race to a place where it became one of the cornerstones of my identity? The story is not a linear one and a lot of the time it wasn’t very logical. As you read this I hope you see not only a glimmer of yourself in the past but also have a greater understanding of where you are now and perhaps begin to dream up who you could be in the future.

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As an African are You Ashamed of This?

Part three of the 10 things I wish I knew before I left Africa


You know it’s absoloutely amazing how ‘coincidences’ (is there really such a thing) occur at just the right time. As I was sitting down to right this article I noticed a great post from the Whispering Inn which ties in pefectly with what I want to talk about in this post. Please go to this page and listen to the audio of Mzee Jommo Kenyatta’s speech

I Am His African Child and I Feel Betrayed Read more »

The Negative Effects of Hardcore Rap and What is the MASC?Do you want to be in the MASC?

Part two of the 10 things I wish I knew before I landed in Australia

I know some of you are probably wondering why I released Part 7 of the series before I released Part 2.The reason is pretty simple: I couldn’t write part two. This is my fifth attempt at writing this article. For some reason, I just couldn’t seem to write this post in a way that ‘felt real’ to me and that I felt would serve at the same time.

Hip hop head

Eventually, in the middle of the night, I had an epiphany: I have two younger sisters Read more »

Jungle Fever: The Relationship Between African Men and White Women

Part seven of the 10 things I wish I knew before leaving Africa

From Wikipedia encyclopedia: Jungle fever- a slang term for interracial relations

It was my last week in Kenya and I was just about to be shipped off to Australia. There I was, casually sauntering through Carnivore trying to convince older women that I still wasn’t being breast fed. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a friend of mine, drunker than a depressed brewery worker, come staggering down. He staggered directly to me, plopped his hand on my shoulder and delivered a monologue that I will probably never forger until the day I die. I paraphrase:


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Martin Luther King’s Dream Had One Little Hitch: Tolerance Isn’t All That It’s Cracked Up to Be

Part one of the 10 things I wish I knew before I left Africa
One of my teachers once told me, “If you want to succeed, put words to things which people haven’t put words to yet. Give a name to, verbalize or talk about gnawing feelings that people have that they just can’t describe.” Ironically, I am about to do that for myself and in so doing I hope I give voice to some of the things that YOU experience.

MLK and Malcolm X Read more »

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Landed in Australia

The first post of the Displaced African blog: Yeah!

Smile it's the first one

First of all I must confess the title of the series is somewhat misleading. I almost never experience the emotion of regret to be quite honest. Instead I always look at every stupid thing I do as a learning experience for the next moment. If it were written for me I would have called it Ten things I have learned during my 5 year stay in Australia. The fact is, I am not writing this for me, I am writing this as a resource for ALL OF YOU especially if you somewhere in Mama Africa about to make the long journey to a Western country. I hope this series is of service to you and feel free to contact me and let me know your thoughts, in spite of your location or ethnicity.

Leaving Kenya

Picture this: It’s cold winter day in June 2002. The world cup final is playing out, Brazil vs Germany. This is the big one. The greatest world cup ever. Something even more important was happening in my life. Read more »