The Afro Optimist Blog expresses my thoughts on social, economic, lifestyle and many issues of relevance to Africa and Africans.
In 2017, I published a blog called Legends of the African Sun. It was a working title for a children’s book I hoped to publish in the future. In 2020, I completed the book and published it in 2021. Writing has been a longstanding passion and the joy of receiving the first prints from a […]
Three years ago, I shared a blog about my home in the lovely Akuapem mountains in Ghana. At the time, it was liveable but unpainted, unfurnished and just very unfinished. In this blog, I want to share the updated photos of the finished home and also share some insights into the journey of building my […]
I wrote a blog in 2018 where I said that I was really looking forward to 2020 because I had a feeling it would be an epic year! Ha! A pandemic is not what I had in mind and here we are still in a roller coaster ride of pain, anxiety, peace and introspection. It’s […]
Once upon a time, I was a consistent blogger then life happened 😅. Relocating to a new country, new job, new home, new language etc etc got in the way. Now, I spend a lot time going back and forth between Ghana and La Côte D’Ivoire and so far I am loving reconnecting with West […]
Greetings! I’m back after a small writing break. It’s been a busy couple of months saying goodbye to South Africa after 14 years and relocating back home. Ok, I haven’t moved home exactly but it’s close enough. I will be living and working in Cote D’Ivoire but with frequent travel to my home country Ghana […]
I turned 39 last week! Yikes. One more year left of the dirty thirties. So in honour of this sombre realisation, I am giving you the answers to a list of 100 questions that will supposedly tell you everything about me. I didnt make up this list. I came across it on another blog and […]
There are no shortages of weekend getaways in South Africa for all budget types. Nothing beats a short escape to a tranquile environment where the air smells fresher, the water tastes sweeter and time goes slowly. With my toddler and friend visting from out of town in tow, I drove 3 hours out of Jozi […]
[CAUTION: BLACK PANTHER SPOILER ALERT] A week after it opened in cinemas, I had the honour of watching Black Panther and I LOVED it. I didn’t go the cinema decked out in my kente cloth because I was watching the movie a week after opening and I feared that the “African” accents would ruin my […]
I recently came across a book called “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” written by Vashti Harrison. It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s book about 40 trailblazing black women in American history. It covers both iconic and lesser known pioneers such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman and mathematician Katherine Johnson. Amazing stories! It […]
Happy 2018!!! Do you have major goals or expectations of this year? I certainly do! I am filled with optimism about 2018. But first, let’s have a quick reflection of 2017. Personally, it was a productive year for me (see my last blog) but generally on the continent and globally, I found 2017 a bit […]
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