Travel Thursday~My Love Letter To Africa

I always knew I was an African Queen, but my visit to Africa confirmed it. ~

LaShawn Uchenna-Ani

Dear Africa,

In America, I am identified as an African American because I am black. So my entire life, I knew that you were apart of me. However, I don’t know if I am from Tanzania, Botswana, Seychelles , Zimbabwe, or Nigeria. But I do know I am from the continent of Africa.

I always knew I would come back home to the continent because I spoke it into existence. I remember telling my friend Sandy, who married a man from Ghana and she visited the country. I told her I am going to Nigeria one day, she said I don’t like Nigeria because it’s to much like America.

Fast forward, a few years later, I said I want an African Man because African men value women and family different than American men.There is always power in the tongue and I was blessed by everything I said.

While I still don’t know which country I am from, one day I will do my ancestry dna test to find out. Until then, my husband says I am Nigerian and I am honored to be.

Africa you provided me with one of my greatest blessings other than my daughter, my husband. If not for him, I don’t think I would have came to the continent so soon. But I am honored and blessed to have visited Nigeria.

The media can be poisonous. The media will make you believe so many bad things about Africa, but I am not the kind of person who believe what I see or hear. I know it is two sides to every story. No one is perfect. No nation is perfect, not even the great United States of America, I am just blessed to live here.

Africa is called the motherland because it’s the birthplace of every human race.

I don’t live life listening to others who have never experienced going to another . I believe in gaining my own experiences. As that’s what life is all about.

So many people said and thought negative things against my visit to the Africa. I couldn’t understand because most of them was African American . And it’s not because they visited the country, it was all hear say and what they saw on television.

My only struggles was the heat and my diet. Africa I couldn’t stop sweating. I was the only one sweating bullets, while everyone around me was cool. (Lol) The food choices were good. I love the bbq fish and I tasted ram (which was really good). I ate the jollof rice. And I tried a little fufu. I don’t eat beef, so my meals were limited. As the country love to eat goat meat.

My experience was like no other, it was the most beautiful experience I have ever had in my life. Going to Africa changed my whole existence and view on life. After my trip, I don’t complain. Realizing that I am blessed.

The most beautiful feeling was being a majority. I was with my people. I felt like I belonged there. There was no racism, people was not looking at me like I didn’t belong. It was an an unexplainable feeling. Everyone welcomed me and showed be so much love. I truly felt like I was dreaming.

The love and the warmth of the people meant so much to me. The amount of love I had for 10 days doesn’t equal to the love I have lived in America my entire life. Everything about the people I encountered was genuine and pure.

I admired the work ethic of the people considering some of the work conditions. I admired the husstle. I admired the strength of the people. I always wondered where I get my strength.

Until we meet again Africa, I thank you for the life changing experience.

With Love,

LaShawn Uchenna Ani

Here are some pictures of my vacation. I hope you enjoy.

Nike Art Gallery
He always make Me laugh.
My Guys
I admire the grind.
Photo by my husband
My hat I tried on at the market.
All about the Naira’s
Meat Man At the Market
KeKe-Next level transport
Transport
Okada-My first ride
Late Nights
Friends
African Coffee
BBQ Fish was my favorite meal.
With My Sisters
Night With Friends
Hard Rock Cafe in Lagos
Squad
I love the beach
Lagos Nights
He want to dress like me 😝
African King
African Queen

The end.

9 thoughts

  1. What a beautiful post Shawn❤️❤️. And I love all the pictures you shared. You are so right about the media being so poisonous. They make people believe bad things about Africa. I’m glad you visited my country which is now your country too😉😘❤️.

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