What is your opinion on Africans of the diaspora reclaiming native African identities? I am an African American woman who has recently taken a DNA test, turns out the majority of my African heritage comes from Nigeria and Ghana. I am so happy and I would love to start learning about my ancestral homes, but I'm afraid I'm going to look like an appropriative phony. :(
Congratulations! It is a great action that should be encouraged. I am happy for you Sister.
Now about appropriation. I feel that many people blow that term way out of proportion. You are a descendent of Afrikans who were kidnapped and enslaved by non-Afrikans throughout the Diaspora. Now you want to go and trace back your Ancestral roots. You should never feel like you are trying to appropriate anything at all. You are Afrikan. Simple and plain. You should be commended for your efforts. You are learning YOUR history. OUR history. Regaining that Knowledge of Self and self identity. That is not appropriating. I don’t know who started this trend of calling Afrikans in the Diaspora learning and retuning to Afrika and their identity as appropriation. Its nonsense, Please do not believe that you will not be accepted when you go. There are those few that have that colonial, elitist, non-Afrikan mindset that will not accept you. But don’t let that perturb you. Reclaim your history and identity. There will be those that will embrace you with open arms. Stay Blessed!
That’s a great news :D
I was born & raised in The continent of Africa, & trust me there’s nothing more beautiful & pleasant to see a child of the continent reconnecting … I agree with what the brother ^^^^ & I’ll add to that by saying this, most of the elitist people with the western mentality in the continent know very little about the what they are praising! You my sister know more about the western system to the point you can even become a scholar in that field in Africa, but look here when you talk to people who have no formal or very little or knows the how the western system works… It’s always with open arms they greet you ! Ask those who are in Gambia as we speak for the Roots Homecoming Festival…
I’ve been in countries in the continent where I had no connection, but it was only a matter of hours :)
African languages resources
This is a brief list of resources I have compiled for Wolof, Tamasheq, Hausa, Zarma, and Yoruba languages. It’s definitely not exhaustive, and as you can tell, I have been focused on Wolof and Tamasheq and therefore those are more comprehensive.
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