About That African Girl
That African Girl is the web space for stories about living between worlds, belonging to neither yet appreciating the value of the dual heritage created from both experiences.
It’s also the place where I get to share things that I like, love or make my heart beat faster, in terms of: Music, Books, Movies, things pertaining to life after college and inspirational people, stories and projects from both the past and the present.
I reserve my more sentimental posts for my Tumblr page.
About the Author
My name is Makafui, pronounced mah-kah-fwee. A name that connects me to a people, a language and a faith. A name that calls me live a life of gratitude and to praise God, no matter the circumstances (sometimes I get it right, other times I don’t). I’m a twenty-something girl living in the United States, with my origins laying on the other side of the world, in Togo. I’ve always had an obsession with stories and writing and I’m thrilled to have the chance to do so every day via That African Girl.
With my freshly printed Bachelor’s diploma in my back pocket, I finally realized that I cannot change the whole world. I can only plant seeds and watch them grow. I currently work for a College Access Program, planting seeds of possibility in the hearts and minds of high school students who are the first in their families to reach for the College Dream.
The Origin of That African Girl
African Girl. Two words that mean different things to different people. For some, they evoke the image of unadulterated Beauty and Grace. For others, these words are a symbol of Resiliency, Strength and Determination. And for others, they bring out images of the Exotic, the Different, the Unique. For me, they point to qualities and characteristics that say something about me, but not everything.
That African Girl is my effort to demonstrate that our backgrounds do not define us; they only tell a bigger story of which we are a part. Of course, you already knew that.
That African Girl is not just my story however; it’s also the story of all (girls/women and boys/men) who are living in a culture different from the one in which they grew up and are learning to make the most out of all they’ve gained from both experiences.
Thank you for reading!