Opinion: The Impact of Experiencing “African Travel” Full-time

As someone who’s been churning out travel related content for a couple of years now, I think what is most fascinating about comments I receive from curious readers from all over the world is the “initial disbelief” that experiences I write about actually happen on our glorious continent.

And wait, I’m not even talking about foreigners here. For em, the astonishment is quite understandable but I must say, it’s something else when I hear locals rattling in disbelief in my comments section.

But then, who is to blame?

You see, before I took my first solo trip to explore arts and cultural attractions in Osogbo, I was just like many – cradled by decades of enslavement of the black man’s mind.

When it comes to music, movies or literature, the white man has successfully conned most of us into believing that he’s is the benchmark and I know from my personal journeys both as an avid traveller and travel creative that this is largely untrue.

To be clear, I do not dislike the white man. But what could I possibly say when even most recently the continent’s survival rate against Covid-19 was pegged to poverty by some nonsensical publication?!

Again, movies like The Old Guard, Coming 2 America and Captain America: Civil War to mention a few have continued to propagate a falsified African image which is rather unfair.

But then, as a travel blogger, I am beginning to see a paradigm shift. The world is taking note of the real Africa, slowly… our Nigerian pacesetters like Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Tiwa Savage and Yemi Alade have through illustrious melodies taken the Afrobeats sound to the world and it’s the same with our movie scene, Nollywood.

Ignorance they say is bliss and for Africans to understand Africa as Africans, we must seek our heritage through endless journeys to arts, historic and cultural sights like the Badagry Museum, Osun-Osogbo Grove, Royal Palace of the Oba of Benin, Nike Art Gallery, Benin City National Museum and Nigeria’s First State House in Calabar.

When we do, only then can we fully understand what it means to be black because like Bose Ogulu (Mama Burna) says, “every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you were anything else.”


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22 Comments Add yours

  1. Jeric Urbayo says:

    you are doing great on your blog. Your skills in writing are really good.

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    1. Thanks a lot Jeric!

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  2. Really enlightening post Ero. I so agree with John as well❣️

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    1. Thanks for the comment Cindy!!!

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      1. Always a pleasure💖

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  3. The African continent is under explored and that’s why your work as a travel blogger is very paramount.

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    1. Aw, thanks a bundle for your encouraging words. They mean a lot!

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      1. You’re doing a great job!

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  4. Those who have told the story of Africa have not been African, by and large so there is a lot of cultural bias, conscious and unconscious.

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  5. Rebecca says:

    Refreshing perspective here. Much of our perception of Africa and its countries have been shaped by white travelers and Western media, which is a very unfair interpretation of what the entire continent is. It’s like saying that Europe is all the same, without acknowledging the many different cultures, languages, and people in each of its countries. Having only dipped my toes briefly onto the continent of Africa (in Morocco four years ago), I hope to venture to more countries to learn about the differences between each country, their food and customs, etc. I appreciate you offering your insight into this subject!

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    1. Oh thanks a bundle Rebecca!

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  6. winteroseca says:

    Thanks for sharing. I do agree that African countries are definitely wrongly stereotyped. I grew up in a neighbourhood where there was a strong African community and I was surprised to hear about stereotypes. Of course, even when I tried correcting people, it almost never worked. The best thing I have seen on this subject is this TED Talk called “The Danger of the Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. As a TCK, I have seen more than my fair share of stereotypes and misconceptions about a lot of different cultures. The sad thing is, so many people HATE being corrected!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Winteroseca!!!

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      1. winteroseca says:

        You’re welcome!

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  7. well written and great to see you back. Hope you’re doing ok Eromonsele!

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    1. Thanks for the care Andy! I’m doing excellently well.

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  8. Wonani says:

    Totally agree with you. A few years ago, I would get so amazed at how we have so much to experience in Africa, and in Zambia alone.
    Now, I have planned to fully travel Zambia. Not just the “mainstream places” but the beautiful hidden gems too. That’s one of my main goals for when I’m back home.
    I have to know where I’m from.

    Such a good post! Enjoyed reading this.

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    1. Aw, thanks a bundle Wonani!

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  9. BluntPathway says:

    A well written piece. As a South African I must say, thank you!!!

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    1. Oh thanks a lot! I’m really grateful.

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