In less than two months, I will be traveling back to Kenya for a two-year stay having been away for four years. To say that I am terrified is an understatement. I am scared that having lived in the Midwest for the past four years, my street smarts have gone down the drain, personal space has become my new normal, and I don’t hold onto … Continue reading Chronicles of an Intercultural Cultured: ‘Narudi Nyumbani!
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It is that time of the year when most of us Kenyans living in the United States and in Canada are reminded of the vast differences between our adoptive countries and our biological one. The trees are changing from summer green to vibrant yellow, orange and burgundy colors that signal the change of season from hot, bikini and short shorts to chilly, boots and scarves. Stores and neighborhood are filled with scary skeletony spookiness, while pumpkin spiced latte is the go to drink for Starbucks snobs.
Why Every Kenyan Abroad Needs to Read Americanah By Chimamanda There’s no book more deserving to be the Editor’s Pick for our first issue of African Vines® magazine than Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah. I chose this book because of the way it addresses the issue of culture shock especially for an African. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in the United States or … Continue reading Books: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche