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.
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.