‘A Wombing Mind’

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In My Wombing Mind,
The seed of a concept was planted.
Its beginning, begun existing.
In the fluid of my mind,
It was conceived.
In the stillness of my mind,
It was reared.

In the sea of my mind,
It was fed by shoals of memories,
My teachings and past wisdom lived,
My intellect giving it all its needs.

In my mind’s self,
It grew larger and larger.
Until, came the wondrous birth…

The contraction in my brain
Gently pushed, pushed, pushed
My eyes squinted, my gaze tightened,
My arm moved, picked up a pen
And with the expression of this ink
At my fingertips,
My baby, my thought, my concept
Was born. It came to be.

On this piece of paper,
I watched as the ink of its birth
Slowly dried.
Setting my thought
As a piece of knowledge
In the book of life.

Precious child of my mind,
The apple of its eye.

This is how my concept was born,
Born from my mind’s spirit.
My philosophy within.
Born of my ‘Higher Me’.

My wombing mind is a very personal piece in which I pour out my feelings about my writings, part of the process by which they come to be expressed on paper. I often refer to any piece of writing that I produce as “my baby” (believe me I have a LOT by now), the mind is an extremely fertile entity within a human, that conceives almost anything we want it to. That is the reason why I metaphorically likened creating a concept to a pregnancy and a birth. Never underestimate anything that comes from your mind! It may not always be worded in the right way at times, but the spirit of it, the conception of it, is divine. Simply because it came from you, your “Higher Me”.

Neo Afrocentist.

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I consider myself an Afrocentrist, a person who strives to promote better African consciousness, recognition of African cultural values and of African equality in society. On a personal level, my stance is to put Africa’s legacy in its rightful place in my life in order to maintain my value as an African who lives in a euro-centric society. However, my endeavours don’t just end there, they also extend to my African continent where I share the same ideologies and stances with my people who may have lost belief in their African Identity.

My Afro-centric stance is not one that is always executed consciously, neither is it an absolute statement. It is rather founded on the fact that I have a great appreciation for my African origins. I am very partial to the fashion, the food, the music, the legacy, the diversity of its people, the philosophies, and the conception of life. Not because I forced myself to but rather because I love it and thrive in it. It is simply who I am.

The conscious side of my Afro-centricity does intervene however, when I am reaching out to other Africans in order to raise awareness of who they are, to stimulate confidence to change their social conditions. This conscious side also comes out when I present myself to non- Africans, in view to educate about who I am, where I am from and to breakdown some of the negative preconceived ideas that they may have about Africa and Africans.

Though this is my way of conceptualising my Afro-centricity, it becomes a slight contradiction when it is contrasted against what people think it should really be. Many people expect an Afrocentric to live in self segragation from society, to exist solely for the agenda of his African cause and nothing else. To embrace everything that is solely African, to socialise (marry) with only Africans and even further to promote black supremacy. Unfortunately, I get criticised by some people (black and white) because I do not necessarily agree with or embody these beliefs to their fullest.

While I am deeply rooted and in my ‘African-ness’, I remain an open and individual spirit with a very strong humanist stance which draws me towards people, diversity and difference. An openness that is also criticised and that at one point also made me question the credibility of my Afro-centric stance. It was however upon reflection that I came to realise that people were skeptic because they tended to only focus on the “centric” aspect of the term. A term which in their mind should condemn an acceptance of anything non-African or black .

My concept is that being African is my central point, yet it is held, maintained by the wider society and world in which I live ( the world which makes it exist). Being African radiates into my world and my world radiates into my African being. I see the making of my Afro-centricity as an exchange between me an the wider world; an exchange which gives me the inspiration to be efficient at what I do. This is the belief that makes me open, tolerant and accepting of diversities and differences around me. Does that make me an Afrocentric counterfeit? Does that make me a sell out? Do I talk the talk and not really walk the walk? I cannot judge that myself.

One thing is sure is that I am madly in love with my African origins and have dedicated a big part of my life to impact positively in the development of the continent. No matter how ‘centric’ we are in relation to anything in life, my belief is that being open to difference is the key. And remember: to thrive in who you are, you need to first accept the world in which you exist. If this is a new way of viewing Afro-centricity, then I’m very honoured to be one of the first Neo-Afrocentrist =)

SunBird.