I’ve been in Sydney for a while now and I’ve never seen so many Africans in one place as I did at the event I attended this weekend. It was all very exciting to me.
The first few months, I wondered where the Africans were. Did they refuse to come to Australia because it’s too damn far like everyone keeps complaining about?
I’d keep my eyes peeled for any sign of ebony in a bus or while walking on the street. Seeing one was a big deal. I learned to look them straight in the eye, smile and nod in silent greeting. As if to say “I see you fellow African. Peace be unto you.
Some respond with an equally warm smile. We acknowledge each other’s presence and then continue on our various paths. Others, intrigued as I am, would stop for a chat.
Then there were those that just look straight and pretend not to notice. I’d roll my eyes and strut past them in my best Naomi Campbell walk.
Their day could have been blessed by my radiance but they didn’t smile back.
I’ve become friends with some of the ones that stopped for a chat and I’ve been invited to events where I meet more Africans.
The Africultures Festival was one of such events.
We converged to celebrate our vibrant culture. Everyone was invited. Even Australia’s Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, couldn’t miss the opportunity to address the group of proud Africans.
I had a blast. It was great to find Ankara and all kinds of arts and crafts on display.
I met this talented and oh-so-stunning African goddess. She painted this beautiful portrait of Queen Nefertiti.
She’s on Facebook. Art by Margarita.
People came out despite the sweltering weather.
The gorgeous Ghanaian twins are a delight to watch on YouTube. They do all kinds of GhanaTag. I’m all for embracing our culture so I endorse 100 percent. Check out ToocheyTV and you’ll see their radiant, smiling faces.
The girls persuaded me to show up. I cannot believe I would have missed this. It took me over an hour to get to the venue but it was all worth it at the end.