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The Afro Optimist Blog expresses my thoughts on social, economic, lifestyle and many issues of relevance to Africa and Africans.

Building My Dream House in Ghana: How I did it.

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 […]

Growth and life lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic

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 […]

Beaches, Basilica, Botanics, Oh My! Le Beau Pays de la Côte d’Ivoire.

Bonjour a tous! Greetings from Côte d’Ivoire. I am still falling behind on the blogging due to this thing called life but I have been on a relaxing staycation and I feel inspired to share what I and my family have been up to and why I am falling more and more in love with […]

Discovering the Beauty and Serenity of Northern Ghana

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 […]

Living my best life in Aburi, Ghana

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 […]

My 100 Truths

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 […]

My Weekend Escape from the City

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 […]

Five thoughts on the Black Panther Movie

[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 […]

Legends of the African Sun

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 […]

2017 Year in Review

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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