Welcome to my blog!

So, I guess this is when you decide whether you’ll like this blog or think nothing of it. No pressure.

Let me lighten the mood a bit. Welcome to my blog! (I made you sweat for a second there, didn’t I?)

This is probably one of the most random ideas I have ever had in my life! One moment, I was sitting in my room and eating my red rice with fish (called “thiebou dieune” in Wolof) and the next minute I had this crazy idea to start a blog and I couldn’t rest until I made it happen. The most unpredictable decisions are usually the best ones, right?. . .However, going through the process of starting a blog made me realize that it’s not as easy as people think it is. After only a week of planning and brainstorming I wanted nothing more than to give up and scratch the whole thing! But I decided to go through with it because I know that anything worth working for is worth having and anything that’s hard to get is worth keeping.

So let me introduce myself. My name is Awa Ndiaye. I am a young artistic Senegalese polyglot (the female kind) living in West Africa (Dakar, Senegal). I am currently working as a communications Coach, I’m a contemporary artist and a free-lance graphic designer, and now I can even add “blogger to the list! I speak four languages at the moment: English, French, Swedish, and Wolof. Which brings up the question: “Awa, you’re in a French-speaking country. Why are you writing in English?” Well, English ranks as the 4th most spoken language in the world, whereas French comes in at number 18. Plus, while it is true that the official language of Senegal is French, there is a large amount of Senegalese who speak English and the anglophone population is growing rapidly. Besides, any random Senegalese can write an article in French. I want to do something different and target a new audience.

Now, I have to be clear. I am not a CEO, I’m not a business mogul, and I’m not a government official. I am just a regular girl who has plenty to say. I’ve traveled a bit in my life and I’ve lived in Senegal for a while now. I want to share my experiences and talk about the things that I go through on a daily basis. I notice that there are issues that everyone complains about but only a few people try to fix. There are also those “taboo” topics that we’re not supposed to talk about at all. Then, there are the issues that are going on around the world that some people don’t pay attention to until it slaps them in the face. These things need to be talked about. I want this blog to be a new platform for the generation of young “afrovisionaries” around the world who speak their minds and who are working for the development of the African continent. So I urge you to PLEASE LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! I want this blog to be active and attract lively people with lot’s to say. Leave comments, email me, or post on my Twitter or Facebook page. Whatever you feel like you need to do to get your opinions out, do it! If you want me to research a certain topic, let me know! If you want to be featured on this blog then my door is always open. The suggestions of readers are worth more than gold to a blogger.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why they call it present.

– Anonymous-

As this is the first time that I am venturing into this new territory, I have no idea what to expect. It could go completely wrong and be a disaster or it could turn out great! Either way, I’m not the kind of person to quit without having given it my best shot. I love being African and I want to be a part of those who will make a change and shine a positive light on this wonderful continent. Mama Africa is so vast and the possibilities are endless. That’s exactly how I want this blog to be.

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20 comments

  1. Saliou Dyallo · August 19, 2015

    Hi, i’m your number one Fan, I fully support you, You’re doing a Great Job! , to be continuous…@frominded

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  2. thatssojacob · January 18, 2015

    Hello Awa! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #10! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

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    • afrominded · January 18, 2015

      Hey! Thanks for following. I will definitely check out your blog 🙂

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  3. Nimmi Pavithran · December 4, 2014

    Glad to know you and love to follow you. Thanks 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Natasha Shapiro, ATR-BC, LCAT · December 4, 2014

    Hi. I saw you on Blogging 101. love your posts and couldn’t find place to comment on the post but I will comment here. I liked your common mistakes/misconceptions about Africa. One of my best closest friends unfortunately who died last year which broke my heart, was from Uganda, so I learned so much from her about her heritage; I miss her every day.

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    • afrominded · December 4, 2014

      Hey! I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. But I’m glad that you have learned from them. It’s important that we share our experiences with the people around us. Thank you so much for the support as well!

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  5. Kmandu · November 13, 2014

    I absolutely love the layout of your blog. That in itself is an inspiration. Your voice is beautiful and so far your topics are thought provoking. I look forward to following you on your Blogging journey.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afrominded · November 13, 2014

      Thank you! I really appreciate the support. I hope to keep you all interested 🙂

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  6. Somiii · November 13, 2014

    I am hooked Awa, and I hereby make myself a part of the family. You will be seeing lots and lots and lots of me.
    I blog at http://www.somiiisconvos.wordpress.com blog buddies???? LOL

    Liked by 1 person

    • afrominded · November 13, 2014

      Definitely yes to blogging buddies! You blog about fashion and I love fashion! I’m also officially part of your family. Yay!

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  7. Ndiandia Mbaye · November 6, 2014

    I congratulate u honey to do it finally…. and u’ll get all africans support

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  8. Taalib Ban · November 6, 2014

    Hurrah!
    At last a blog that i hope, will be a platform for every african to “eat bananas without prejudice”
    hope this baby blog will have many baby followers, growing to spread the beauty of the african civilisation, kill the negatives, and change the minds. # AFRO MINDED #

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    • afrominded · November 7, 2014

      I hope so to! Thanks for the support! Together, we can make a change.

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  9. Kiyetet Mbutcho · November 5, 2014

    I’m excited to see where this will take you! I’d love to have coffee sometime to discuss your vision if you’re still in Dakar and will be for a while!

    Liked by 1 person

    • afrominded · November 5, 2014

      Hi! Thank you! I would love to get together and have a chat. You can inbox me on Facebook whenever you’re free.

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  10. Aida Dia · November 4, 2014

    I like the purpose of your blog. I think it can be the beginning of a big movement, a new generation. That wake up call that we need to take action and build something for ourselves. You have my full support honey. Let’s do this!

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    • afrominded · November 4, 2014

      Thank you so much for the support! It really means a lot 🙂

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  11. Amie · November 4, 2014

    Yay! I am super excited to keep up with this blog. Proud of you cuz

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    • afrominded · November 4, 2014

      Thanx hun! I’m excited to see where this goes!

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