I Am African But… Let’s Serve Faces!

I’m an African but… Let’s serve faces

(19 Feb 2021)

It’s been a few weeks since we concluded the ten-episode series on “I’m an African but…” blog chain initiated by Valentine Makoni and Bolaji Gelax where we had ten young Africans from at least six different countries (Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Swaziland, Uganda, Lesotho and Kenya) share with us, areas in which they’re not conformed to stereotypes.

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These persons bravely discussed things that are generally expected of us as Africans but they, for one reason or the other, do not agree with or can’t keep up with. We bet you found at least one that resonated with you.

That said, we’d like to specially thank everyone who came on this journey with us; your openness and engagement reemphasized the need to have these conversations. Now, it’s time to meet the AMAZING minds behind each episode.

Episode 1: I’m an African but… I am not domesticated by Ayobami Fasusi

From Nigeria 

Ayobami Fasusi is an African writer with an unrepentant love for storytelling.

She is a comic actress and humourous to a fault. Writing used to be an hobby, but now, it’s her full-time profession.

Her works have been featured in Kalahari review and other blogs that cut across different niche.

Her hobbies are eating, traveling, and daydreaming about things that will likely not happen.

She lives in Lagos, Nigeria. Find some of her works HERE.

Episode 2: I’m an African but… Wait a minute! by Sifiso Dlamini

From Swaziland, eSwatini 

Sifiso Dlamini
I’m not an avid reader but I try. Like for instance, I attempted to read Gravity’s Rainbow and it would be good to let you know that I failed dismally. I’m trying again, soon. Other than attempts at reading, I’m curious about tech, travel destinations and recently, writing.

My outlook to life is influenced by bits and pieces of post modernity and meta-modernism. So basically I’m a high-flying kite that wants to experience the many winds but remaining pegged in the unchanging Rock of Ages.

I am conscious of the many injustices that our African society faces. As an Urban and Regional Planner, I fall forward in trying to resolve complex environmental, economic and social issues that hold back our peoples.

Find some of his works HERE

Episode 3: I’m an African but… I love reading – Rogers M. Wanambwa

From Uganda

Rogers M. Wanambwa is a 25-year-old, who is passionate about reading and writing. His ultimate goal is to change the narrative about Africa by having Africans tell their own story(s).

Find his ever updated blog HERE

Episode 4: I’m an African but… I can’t dance – Valentine Writes

From Zimbabwe 

My name is Valentine Writes and I am a cultural curator. I find immense pleasure in finding, nurturing, distributing and promoting expression with soul. There is a human story to be found in poetry, music, tweets, status updates. short stories, books, photographs…. and I am drawn to the ingenious ways people find in telling them.

I am an African but… series has been one of the most fulfilling endeavors to elicit authentic tales, perspectives and insights from all who call Africa home.

Find his works HERE

Episode 5: I’m an African but… I don’t like cooking by Bolaji Gelax

From Nigeria 

Bolaji Gelax AKA Miss Flowery, is a Nigerian actor, blogger, writer, spaghetti-lover and media personality. She believes in the mantra, “Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well”, which means one should always give their best to everything.

When she is not playing devil’s advocate or pissing the heck out of people, you’d most likely find her listening to the radio, binging on blogs, eating and having fun. But in the midst of all these, she is always pursuing my dreams. One of her favourite quotes is,

“If you know where you are going, then you’ld know what you should be doing” – Bolagi Gelax

Find Gelax’s blog HERE,  

Episode 6: I’m an African but… English is my first language by Connie Dia

From Uganda 

Connie Ahebwa usually referred to as Connie Dia is a Lover of books , Ardent reader, Blogger and writes on Lifestyle, Health and tackling the hard questions of life.

Find Connie’s blog HERE

Episode 7: I’m an African but… Let’s talk openly about sex – Bildad Makori

From Kenya 

Bildad Makori is a writer and blogger who hails from Nairobi, Kenya. He is a Journalism and Mass Communication student at Chuka University.

He serves as the Deputy Chairperson of Writers Guild Chuka, and is an editor and reviewer at Writers Space Africa.

In his blog, he focuses on writing about social and gender issues as he seeks to voice his opinions that there may be change for the society to be better than it is.

He blogs HERE

Episode 8: I’m an African but… Burn me when I die – Poloko Mokoai

Poloko Mokoai, born and raised in a small Southern African country landlocked by South Africa known as Lesotho. From a young age, she always preferred journals over dolls so she could create various worlds different from the one she lived in hence her decision to start blogging so she could share some African fictional stories. It is an honor to have joined the “I’m African..But” blog chain which she came across on Bolaji Gelax’s page.

Episode 9: I’m an African but… I am a female first – Anesu Nyakubaya-Nhevera

From Zimbabwe 

Anesu Nyakubaya-Nhevera is a Zimbabwean born writer, blogger and poet. Her work has been featured in Zimbolicious Anthologies 3 and 4 as well as several websites. When she is not writing for her blog HERE, she enjoys reading, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with her family. She is also very passionate about equality in all its forms.

Episode 10: I’m an African but.. I don’t want to get married – Gail

Gail is a dread head feminist who loves cats and hates the idea of societal pressures. She thinks Donald Trump wasn’t all that terrible too. Amala belongs in the swampy waters of Makoko.

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