The impact of the full-time “travel to Africa” experience – ERICOTRIPS

by MMC
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As someone who has been producing travel content for a few years now, I think what’s most fascinating about the comments I receive from curious readers around the world is the “initial disbelief” that experiences that I write about actually happened in my glorious past. continent, Africa.

And wait, I’m not even talking about foreigners here. For them, the astonishment is completely understandable but I have to say it’s something else when I hear the locals clap in disbelief in my comments section.

But then, whose fault is it?

You see, before I took my first solo trip to explore artistic and cultural attractions In Osogbo, I was like many others – cradled by decades of enslavement of the black man’s mind.

When it comes to music, movies or literature, the white man has managed to fool most of us into believing that he is the gold standard and I know from my personal travels, my personal reflections and intellectual conversations, both as an avid traveler and a travel creator, that this is largely false.

To be clear, I don’t hate the white man. But what could I say when even more recently, in 2020, the continent’s survival rate against Covid-19 was linked to poverty by an absurd publication?!

Again, films like The old guard, Coming 2 America And Captain America: Civil War to name just a few have continued to propagate a falsified and rather unfair image of Africa.

But then, as a travel blogger, I start to see a paradigm shift. The world is taking notice of the real Africa, slowly… our Nigerian pioneers like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have, through illustrious melodies, brought the Afrobeats sound to the world and it is the same with our cinema scene, Nollywood.

Ignorance, they say, is bliss and for Africans to understand Africa as Africans, we must seek our heritage through endless explorations of artistic, historical and cultural sites like the Badagry Museum, Osun-Osogbo ForestRoyal Palace of the Oba of Benin, Nike Art Gallerythe National Museum in Benin City and Nigeria’s First Presidency in Calabar.

Only then can we fully understand what it means to be black, because, as Bose Ogulu (Mama Burna) says, “every black person should remember that they were African before they were anything else.”


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