What is the ‘real’ Africa?
Ask this question to any one person, anywhere in Afrixa and you will get a different answer each time.
For me? The real Africa, well, that’s easy.
Africa is certain sounds, or absence of sounds: the silence of the dawn, early morning waves of the Indian Ocean, too loud African house music- we call it ‘jelly legs music’ because young children dancing to it have legs wobbly like jelly, melancholy church gospel singing, cicada beetles and frogs lulling you to sleep and the gentle rumble of a lion’s call in the darkness.
Africa is also the smell of the potato bush.
Africa is the taste of fresh fish, the taste of salt on my lips and above all, a cold beer or glass of wine from the West coast.
Africa is hot and cold. Sunshine and snow with open fires and warm soup.
Above all, Africa is happiness, love, smiles, friendship, a struggle, but one that is truly worthwhile. Why? Because the rewards you get are better than anything else ever could be.