missionJ. Nozipo Maraire highlights her novel, Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter, with this quote:

“How could I allow you to grow up reading Greek classics, and watch you devour The Merchant of Venice and Romeo and Juliet, yet be ignorant of the lyrical, the romantic, and the tragic that have shaped us as Africans?”

This Afropolitan Life, is based on this observation. I was born and raised in the U.S.A., to Ghanaian parents, from the central region of Ghana. I took at face value the things my mother said, and did, and thought, and wore…until we moved to Ghana in 1994.

Spending my formative years in Ghana, gave depth and context to my understanding of what it means to be African. The experiences, the languages, the world-view, colored in the duality of my existence as a Ghanaian-American. I use cultural understanding to navigate my world, and balance my tastes, pleasures, and preferences as an African woman living in the West.

This Afropolitan Life is a blog that weaves African culture, history, and style with everyday life. What we eat, who we spend our time with, what we fill our minds with, what we wear, how we go about our everyday lives, in every area of our lives. It’s a resource for understanding what shapes us as Africans; a life-guide for finding simple ways to curate lives we love.

We explore everything — from the serious and philosophical to the practical and fun. We seek to uncover how to live with African swag, virtue, and know-how in the present age by wedding the best of the past to the best of the present. The end goal is to create a synergy of tradition and modernity that offers AfriGens (second generation Africans, like myself) everywhere a way forward and signposts on how to live an excellent, flourishing life.




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