The African Village UK

Curious About Heritage

It’s okay for anyone to be curious about their heritage.


The African continent is home to some of the world’s most ancient and diverse cultures, yet, many individuals of African descent, especially those in the diaspora, feel disconnected from their heritage. This is mainly due to the fragmentation of African culture as a result of colonization and slavery.


That notwithstanding, it’s okay for anyone to be curious about their rightful heritage. It is a noble and valuable pursuit, and no matter how long one has been disconnected from their roots, it’s never too late to begin the process of re-engaging.


For many, the search for their African heritage and reconnection with ancestral roots can be a challenging and emotional journey. The continent’s vastness, coupled with historical disruptions and the complexities of migration and diaspora can make it a daunting and sometimes fearful task.


Nonetheless, embracing this curiosity and exploring the diverse cultures of Africa can help individuals forge a better sense of identity, belonging, and a more robust sense of self.


One way to connect with one’s heritage is to learn about the continent’s history. Africa is home to 54 countries and over 3,000 distinct ethnic groups, each with their unique cultural practices and traditions. Learning about the diversity within Africa can provide a sense of pride and belonging for individuals of African heritage, even if they cannot immediately trace their ancestry to a specific region.


Another way is to explore the contributions of African cultures to the world. From music and art to cuisine and fashion, African culture has influenced and inspired many global trends. Taking an interest in these areas not only fosters a sense of pride and belonging about one’s heritage but also creates opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding.


If you are of African descent, it’s really okay for you to be curious about your heritage, and it’s okay to start today.


Brigid Kwawu
Accra, Ghana

No Comments

Post A Comment