I love Africa and when I grow old and grey, I want to look back and recognise my contribution to its development. I do not want to be part of those Africans that just watched it from the sidelines, shaking their heads as though it was a cursed land. I want my children to know a peaceful and wonderful Africa, and my blog is a place where I share the good and bad, to educate and congratulate my continent. Most people did not know Rwanda was a beautiful and green country until they saw the pictures on my previous post titled – Weekly Writing Challenge: Green. I am happy that they know now, because they can go and share that knowledge with someone else and then eventually everybody will have a balanced opinion/view about the country.
Below are a few photographs taken during my three months in Akure (Nigeria) where I volunteered as an English teacher in a local secondary school. I also got involved in several community projects whose aims were to sensitise the community about HIV/AIDS prevention, child/human rights and sustainable living.
When I initially went out there, I had this idea that I was going over there to impart my knowledge and skills to save the poor. When I came back I felt as though I had learned more in three months than I had done during my four years at university. I had amassed a new zeal for life; I was touched and moved every day by the courage, happiness, hope and love that I witnessed and even experienced for myself. People don’t exaggerate when they say that African people have this amazing ability to smile and laugh through the pain and suffering. I was touched deeply and I cannot wait to return!
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