So sorry for the delay in this post but the last two weeks have been filled with the fury of report writing! Woo Hoo! How exciting! Anyways! The final leg of my very short trip involved a very scenic drive to Lake Kivu which is about 4 hours north-west of Kigali. I always appreciate road … Continue reading Why I feel more “balanced” after visiting Lake Kivu
When I moved to Uganda over a year ago, I automatically became more interested in learning about various African narratives from different countries. I learned early on that relying on major news resources isn’t the optimal way to receive information about the continent. One particular narrative that stood out for me was Rwanda's story, especially … Continue reading Why I would move to Rwanda tomorrow…
If you were in Uganda, Tanzania or even Kenya around 3:30 p.m. (Uganda time) on Saturday, September 10th, you probably felt some of the effects of the 5.7 (some websites are saying 5.9) magnitude earthquake. The day before September 11th...15 years later. Hmmm...crazy, right? Wow! The earth really shook! This is my first earthquake experience … Continue reading I felt the earthquake from Tanzania!
This time last year I was in tears. I was so fearful of the unknown and sad about the distance. I broke down on several occasions and wanted to run to the nearest airport and give up. I felt guilty, alone and insecure about my decision of leaving my son behind. What I didn't know at … Continue reading He is finally here!
I'm back with my baby!!! Thank you for all the well wishes, prayers and words of encouragement. I can't believe we were away from each other for such a long time...but God is good and we back together and at it again. Already, this summer has been chock full of "stuff"- family visits, sightseeing-you … Continue reading I’m back with my baby!
The last week of school...ahhhh. What can I say... I made it. I know, I can give you the infamous woe is me speech but I won't. Initially, I doubted my capability to handle the transition, primarily from an emotional perspective since I knew that my son wouldn’t be joining me this year. I tell … Continue reading Don’t give up!
Bringing my son has been the topic of conversation in my head for the last 6 months or so. Yes, at times, I do talk to myself, who doesn't? Honestly speaking, I try to channel those thoughts to God, however, I'm human so I slip at times. Maybe it's not meant for him Initially, there … Continue reading So I decided…
When I first arrived in Uganda, I witnessed a lot of white families with Ugandan children on their hips or by their sides, aimlessly tagging along. I would see such instances during my U.S. Embassy visits, most local spots or even at the markets. My initial thought was to frown at the scenario in sheer … Continue reading Should white families adopt African children?
If you read my last post, I highlighted some of the benefits of raising African-American children overseas. In hindsight, I’ve also experienced situations that weren’t so pleasant. They were more like stark splashes of reality that kept my third eye open and aware. This post is about some of the disadvantages to raising African-American children … Continue reading Disadvantages to raising black children abroad
I recently interviewed Murray Shiraz, a spoken word enthusiast in Kampala. I met Murray through a Facebook connect before arriving here due to my interest in developing productive relationships with intellectually motivated individuals who have a direct and positive impact on the empowerment of the Kampala community. Through his culture awareness, youth appreciation and love … Continue reading Interview exclusive: The power of the spoken word…