I recently read a really interesting article in the Economist quarterly ‘Intelligent Life’ called Digital Africa. Apparently there is a network of under sea cables that have made it possible for Africa to access the internet and connects the continent to the world in a way we have never experienced before. Being an African myself (well Zambian to be precise) I am experiencing the benefits of this connection first hand. If you would have asked me 5 years ago if I would consider living in Africa I would have looked at you like you were mad. Minus the same black skin, and super curly hair, I felt I would have little in common with these people who were my flesh and blood by heritage, but so different from me in terms of culture. The internet has closed this gap by helping me to keep in contact with my cousins across the globe.
The ease of communication over facebook has kept a steady dialogue going between us that has made me see the similarities we have and get a better understanding of the differences. Africa is no longer the dark continent and no mans land only referred to in my history and English Literature lessons, it is a place that seems only a click away. I am reconnecting with a side of me that has laid dormant almost all my life.
Hello Africa (well Zambia really)!