I was tagged by Koluki and good friend Oz to participate in a project created by Theophile Kouamouo - the "Why I Blog About Africa" meme. I have spent at least 3 weeks thinking about this question, and whenever I think I have the answer, I am soon forced to change my mind.
At one point, I questioned whether or not I even 'blog' because while blogging is a sane activity, I believe that what I do at Nigerian Curiosity is much more insane. That is because I "piss in the wind", as Chxta once told me. I expend my energy in the hope of improving Nigeria even though there is no guarantee of success and despite the fact that greater minds have tried and failed. I also questioned whether blogging about Nigeria qualifies as blogging about Africa, despite the proud 'African' declarations on my site via my Afrigator and Afrora buttons. I even wondered whether Nigeria should be considered a planet of its own due to its unique complexities and the fact that unlike most of Africa, Nigeria simply makes no sense most of the time. Unfortunately, after many drafts, I was still not convinced that I had answered Theophile's simple but challenging question.
But then, I somehow woke up this morning at 2 am unable to sleep and decided to tackle the question again. Consequently, at this moment I believe that I blog about Africa (and yes, Nigerian blogging is indeed African blogging) because I am Africa. I am the continent's eyes. I am the continent's mouth. I am the continent's ears and most definitely I am her soul. Without me, my sight, my voice, my thoughts, there is no Africa. And if I am silent, then so is she.
I blog about Africa because I am insane in my passion for progress and the fulfillment of the most basic and the grandest African dreams. I do this for free, with no expectations and even if it might subject me to the whims of those offended by my frankness. I do this because I am free and know that freedom is, ultimately, what Africa seeks.
Africa belongs to me and blogging is the vehicle I happily use to share her with the world - joys, flaws, insanity and all.
Please read the following offerings from some of Africa's best bloggers -
- Theophile Kouamouo (Cote D'Ivoire; started this meme project. Merci, mon frere.)
- White African (Kenya/Sudan/US)
- Sokari Ekine (Nigeria)
- Bankelele (Kenya)
- Oz (Nigeria)
- Koluki (Angola)
- Mweshi (South Africa)
- Afromusing (Kenya)
- 27 months (Cameroon)
- Mike Stopforth (South Africa)
I, in turn, tag Dibussi Tande, Nneoma, Misan, Mwangi, Oluniyi David Ajao and Denford to share with the world why they blog about Africa.