The Culture Tree

Updated: Sep 26, 2021

My Dear Africana Woman,

This week has been an emotional roller coaster. First of all Happy Africa Freedom Day. What did you get up to? Let me know in the comments. To all my African sisters who live in the US and/or identify as American too, I stand with you as you mourn the injustices perpetuated against black people especially black men. I acknowledge Mr. George Floyd for a life well lived but snuffed senselessly. I would like to speak more on race relations but not today. I am doing a little research to make sure my information is sound.

Today we will speak about this illusive word Culture. What is it exactly and what does it mean to you? I have had the great honour of speaking to a number of African women across the world from New Jersey to Manchester to South Africa to Thailand and Australia to name but a few. What struck me most was how diverse the definition of culture was for each woman. Not one was the same and yet we say we have an African Culture. Can you define it distinctly?

You may have heard of the iceberg analogy of Culture. You know, how you can only see the tip of the iceberg or in this case culture, but below the surface there is much more to the culture. We do not have icebergs in Africa so I struggled with this analogy. I think it is important to use things people can easily relate to. It's like teaching African children the alphabet using words of foreign objects like apple when the child has never seen or tasted one. Therefore, I settled on the Culture Tree.