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February 09, 2009


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I enjoyed reading this article. It was like following a dark tunnel onto the light. Please, continue to find your true self. It does not lie in your culture nor in your skin color but in your purpose into this life. When you find it, you will be able to build a solid road for many to follow. So be yourself.

Beatrice Fri Bime

Dear Joyce,
This has been an enjoyable read. I understand the story and thank you for writing it for all of us. Keep it up girl and more grease to your elbow.

Emelda Asong

Girl you have found you and all of us from pays. This was worth reading and has answered some of my doubt as to who I'm. God bless you.

bridget Isemimen

Dear Joyce,

when I first saw your article at bali website and started reading it, it was very interesting indeed. so I followed the link and it was really encouraging, motivational and educative .I wish you all the best and God bless you as you settle in Cameroon.


joyce, this is beaufiful! i had never really understood the "anglophone" problem as i grew up in bamenda and left cameroon before these things could become an issue. however when i went home 2 years ago, i felt it! it vexed me that people just took it for granted that one spoke french and couldn't be bothered to make an effort otherwise. although i can speak enough french to get by, i REFUSED to and got away with it.

when i first came to the uk, i often got the 'you speak good english' treatment because people just couldn't put cameroon and the queen's language together. and then there was the silly air france flight attendant who spoke (nicely) to everyone in english until she spotted my cameroonian passport. let's not even talk about french immigration officials!

to use an americanism (yes they've crept in too lol), i feel you on our absence in the anglosphere. that used to frustrate me too. but it doesn't bother me that much thse days because britain only tends to focus on kenya, ghana etc when it's on some self gratifying 'charity' mission.

like you, i also found my identity under serious attack when i came abroad. not only did i find myself through exposure to wonderful afrocentric people, writings and philosophies but i feel a better person for knowing more about africa's diaspora. ironically, i learnt more about africa's goodness and greatness from african-americans and caribbeans. even after so long we're still one people and it's just amazing!

thanks for sharing your experiences.

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