African’s Need To Stop forcing Themselves into Adopting Random Culture’s.
One thing i’ve always found interesting is how we as African’s are so quick to force adaptation when we’re out into the world.
We go outside of our continent and all of a sudden my fellow brother’s and sister’s start speaking a certain way that has zero correlation to their culture.
Culture: the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society [Google].
Culture that is formed over time, mainly year’s or assigned to us at birth.
What I don’t understand is how a fellow brother moves overseas and automatically changes their accent and their way of life within 2 week’s.
What I don’t understand is how a fellow sister automatically loses the entire memory of her home language and cannot speak it after a single month of communicating in a different language.
I don’t understand why we as African’s push so hard to have other culture’s but our own. I don’t understand why we as African’s only feel confident when we blend our natural state into looking like a different race.
Forget the straight-hair wig’s being worn by African’s who naturally have curls or coil’s.
Forget that majority of Southern Africa has already adapted to the western world and it is considered as “odd, new, unlikely” to actually wear our own African attire on a daily basis. Many kid’s and adult’s don’t even know how to recognize their own cultural wear.
Yet i see majority of Asian countries continuing to practice their beautiful culture and celebrate their traditional wear.
I think i speak for many African’s when i say most of us don’t even own a single piece of clothing that resembles our culture, but we’re quick to jump on the latest trends when it resembles the western world.
Forget the makeup that is obviously inspired by majority of European feature’s and makeup artist’s think it’s an achievement to make their nose appear as slim and narrow as possible. Why is it not an achievement to look as YOU as possible.
Trust me, i’m not biased and I know that not every European inherits a narrow nose biologically, but majority of people are easily recognizable by those who recognize their similarities. We can almost always tell when someone shares the same culture and nationality that we do.
What I don’t understand is why we as African’s are so quick to throw away WHO we ARE to try and “blend in” with other culture’s.
Unonyara kuva shona here?
Ngaba uzama ukubonisa ukuba ezinye iinkcubeko zingcono kunezakho?
U hlajoa ke lihlong ka moo u tsoang teng?
Je, unaona njia ya maisha ya Ulaya kuwa bora kuliko yako mwenyewe?
Ị naghị eji ebe i si bịa?
I’m pro culture, mainly all the culture’s that makeup the African continent, but sometimes it feels like i’m fighting for people who are too busy cutting down their way to life to become easier for other parts of the world to digest.
You’re not an edible that need’s to be digested.
A lot of us claim to be so confident and proud of who we ARE but we live a life that clearly show’s sign’s of oppression and insecurity.