As hard as it may be, today I need to start by saying sorry to all of you who have been visiting my blog in hope of finding something new just to find same old 14th October article. I know some of you have visited me, yes, I know and I thank you and beg you please accept my apology. See, blogging is fun but also a voluntary responsibility especially when you write for both sides of the sword, yourself and your readers. Somehow, I also start to think of blogging as some sort of addiction. I feel real bad when I don’t write anything for a even just a little while. I feel empty. Do you also feel the same?
Since the beginning of this blog, I have been writing and discussing almost everything on earth while paying a much closer attention to how global issues relates or affects the African continent. That explains this blog’s name;African Perspective.
While writing about almost everything is not that bad, I find it tiring, confusing and not real energenizing. At the end of a long day one does not real know where and on what he/she stands. The sense of specialization evaporates on air just like sweet cologne. You can call call it stinking cologne if you want.
Apparently, I have been blogging much about politics than any other subjects. I am not a politician. In fact, I hate politics. Whoever said there is a thin line between love and hate must have had a good point. In other words, I have been writing about what I do not like! Therefore, you can only imagine how much stress that has brought into my life.
On another hand, it is almost impossible to live without politics. I understand that part too. Almost everything around us is politicized. At the end of a long and rough day, I can hardly avoid seeing the 10 o’clock newscast just adding salt on a wound by bringing breaking news from political world. A painful day of seeing half of your cheque goes to Mr. Taxman ends with another pain!
Now, I seriously want to start blogging about things that I like most, things that will lift my spirit so that I can live longer. That should tell you that I do not fancy death.
One thing that I am very sure about is that I love Africa. I love its people, its environment, the savannah, the rivers, mountains, landscapes etc. I love the simplicity of African lifestyle. If you have ever heard that “there is no hurry in Africa”, you did not hear a myth. It is true.
Initially, my main plan was (and may be remains) to portray African continent, as it should. When I say as it should I mean the reverse of how the continent is currently portrayed or how it has been portrayed for centuries and decades. However, those intentions have slipped away sometimes. I have found myself writing about Canadian politics, American politics, world politics etc. I still believe that it is never a wrong thing to write, talk and discuss about something which, whether you like or not, affects your life both directly and indirectly. I just find it depressing and out of my core intention.
I therefore wish to go back to the intended roots. I want to make Africa shine in the eyes of Canadians, North Americans, Europeans and even African themselves. However, I still have one problem. That is where I want you to come in. What do you know about Africa and its people? It does not matter whether it is positive or negative. It should not matter whether you took African studies at university or never heard anything about the continent. The idea here is to allow you to help me shape the authority I want to take when it comes to Africa issues, written by an African in Canada.
If you happen to be an African, I would love to hear what do you miss most about Africa. What do you think this part of the world can learn from Africa? Goodbye politics. From now, I will write about politics only when I find it inescapable.