repatriots

Those With Whom I've Journeyed With

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ONE THING THAT I'VE LEARNED ABOUT AFRICAN PEOPLE SINCE MY TIME IN GHANA IS THAT THE BEAUTY YOU FEEL FROM THEIR SPIRIT IS OFTEN REFLECTED IN THEIR PHYSICAL FEATURES. CASE AND POINT: KENA.

11 LANGUAGES! THIS MAN SPEAKS 11 LANGUAGES. OFTEN TIMES I FOUND MYSELF LISTENING TO HIM SPEAK AND MARVELED AT HOW MUCH INFORMATION THE HUMAN BRAIN CAN HOLD. EVERY STEP AND MOVEMENT SEEMED CALCULATED WITH THE GOAL TO INJECT AS MUCH JOY INTO OUR GROUP AS POSSIBLE. AFRICA IS A PROVIDER OF MANY MINERALS, THIS MAN WAS MADE FROM GOLD.

27 YEARS ON THIS PLANET HAS NOT BEEN ENOUGH TIME FOR ME TO SUFFICIENTLY UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM OF AN ELDER. PARTLY DUE TO MY OWN STUBBORNNESS AND PARTLY DUE TO THE INCESSANT UNWARRANTED DRILLING OF EXPIRED THEORIES FROM THOSE OLDER THAN ME. BUT THEN I MET BABA. A MAN WHO SEEMED TO NEVER SPEAK UNLESS SPOKEN TO, WHO HAD ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS I HADN'T YET FIGURED OUT HOW TO VERBALIZE. I FOUND MYSELF DRAWING NEARER TO HIM TOWARDS THE END OF THE JOURNEY, LONGING FOR HIS WISDOM AS I'VE RETURNED HOME.

Every one knows that Black People are some of the most stylish and rhythmic people to grace the planet. Rhythm and Style are things that are embedded inside of you, from your fashion choices to your vernacular and diction even down to how the synapses in the brain is formed, it all happens artfully. My man Kalik pictured here in the tanktop to the left exudes style and swagger in a way that is proprietary to the Afrikan male. If your eye was trained well enough you'd be able to detect the level of style and swagger even in the way his mind solved problems. The motherland once again has provided me with a brother to call my own.

So I've never tasted raw Aloe Vera before and at the King's house where we stayed that plant was the staple landscaped plant. Ama the King's daughter told me that it's sweet and that she eats it all time. Convinced not to be less brave then a girl I snapped a leaf and took a bite. Worst decision I've ever made, Ama laughed hysterically holding her stomach and never let me live it down. Not Cool Ama! Learn More about the King's daughter at her website here.

This is my Mother, she's as tough as they come, properly named after the Queen Warrior Yaa Asantewaa of the Asanti Region and she's responsible for successfully raising 2 strong black men alone. Don't me misled, she's also a big softy and when it comes to her people she will give everything that she is. She is quite literally responsible for my life. I love you Mom.

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Yao Duodu! This man was the comic relief from such an emotional journey but at the same time had such rich ideas that would bring so much wealth to the Motherland. A savant in the business sector and a true lover of his people. It doesn't take long to see why a King prophesied to him that he will be successful in everything he does.

One thing I noticed about the youth in Africa is that their innocence seems to last longer than the youth in America. To the untrained eye one might believe that they just look younger. A theory that is ever so present in the eyes and in the smile of my man Sam here. He had the smile of a 7 year old boy who had never faced a problem he couldn't solve. But when he spoke and the actions he committed were proof that maybe he's been here on earth before. If I were to guess I'd say he was a Koala Bear in his past life.

I wasn't able to personally capture an image of Brother Kwesi separately and Sister Sallye separately so I had to put together an edited image from Kwesi's iPhone. Here Sally pictured to the Left and Kwesi in the middle stand with a King in Manpon in Ghana. If I could use one word to describe brother Kwesi it would be smooth, always even keel honest and level headed. Lead by example when it came to showing me how a man is supposed to behave. While Sister Sally was a Queen with High expectations who expected the best of me because she saw the best in me. Forever Grateful for the 2 of you.

You're eye for the moment extends beyond camera use. The way you see things is something that I will always admire. My favorite trait in people has always been their willingness to share and this is a characteristic that shows its abundance every time you speak.

Many things can be said about this man. In an attempt to lot label or confine, I'll just put it like this: Men this legendary are very rare and few. Nana Kwame I have much to learn from you.