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Kenya in Africa, Kenya in me

Kenya in Africa. Born in Africa. Kisii man from Nairobi. I don’t meet him in Africa. I meet my Kisii man from Nairobi in Berkeley, California. Ain’t easy being an African in USAmerica. It’s over a decade later when I am in Kenya in Africa for the first, second, and third time. Nairobi. Mombasa. Nairobi Read More

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Digital Nomad Lifestyle: Places I Have Taken Meetings for Work

One of the more jarring parts of the digital nomad lifestyle is taking meetings in USAmerica while being in someplace that is very much not USAmerica.  I like to immerse myself in the places I visit. Work is one of the things that keeps me rooted to USAmerica, because even though I work with a Read More

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18 African Covid Tests

I have now taken far more than eighteen Covid tests, but these were the first eighteen African Covid tests I took. All of them for travel in Africa, though the first one wasn’t technically taken in Africa. Boulder, Colorado. Drive-Through. My first of MANY Covid-19 PCR tests. I think these photos are barely legal, as Read More

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Cannabis in Africa: South African Cannabis

Long before South African cannabis has a chance to change my mind about Africa: South Africa itself immediately shatters my concept of Africa on landing. I’ve already been to almost a fifth of Africa and the airport alone shows me that I have no concept of what Africa is or can be. I arrive in Read More

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Voodoo in Ghana

I’ve been in Africa for months before I feel the voodoo in Ghana. Africa. Facing it. Global White Supremacy sitting inches from my face. Staring at me with all its ugly, warty, bad breath and leering control.  All the echoes of the script of hatred and fear that has been installed in me bounce off Read More

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Rwanda

“Timothy” “Claude!” “Timothy!” “Claude!” “Timothy!” “Claude!” They are drunk on the tequila I bought that costs half their rent for a month, and we are all laughing so hard we can’t talk. The game has devolved into random name calling, which is now more fun than the game itself. The game seems simple. Everyone takes Read More

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African Cannabis: Zanzibar 2021

In travel, timing is everything. Dreaming of Zanzibar, it was the spice trade and breadth of cultural and ethnic influences that drew me. Never the partying. Certainly not the promise of a Covid deniers paradise. But that’s the time I catch it. It’s February 2021 when I arrive. The president of Tanzania has made it Read More

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Big Dick Energy: Kurupi, Tokoloshe, Kokopelli

Kurupi. Tokoloshe. Kokopelli. I’ve already told you what these have in common, but come along with me on the journey that made me realize it… Kurupi in Paraguay I’m in Asuncion and my host explains to me that the Kurupi Yerba Maté we are drinking is named so because of a Guaraní legend. She says Read More

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Nigeria is the Future

Nigeria is the future because to live there you have to be one of the toughest people on the planet, and yet the most porous. You must let everything through, all the joy, all the sorrow. Corruption, color, colonialism.  Nigeria is extreme. Nigeria will explode. The people are at the bursting point. You can hear Read More

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Bribery in Uganda

The officer’s eyes burn into mine. It calls to mind Forest Whittaker’s performance as Idi Amin in Last King of Scotland, and the final shot of the film where the real news footage of Amin’s fiery stare leaves the viewers with some hint of deepest, darkest Africa. I think about corruption in Uganda. Bribery in Read More