Dreaming of Africa

Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve been over the moon excited for a speaking engagement in Kenya early next year.

Well, this morning I was informed that it is “officially postponed” due to some of the political troubles in the country. It has only been an hour since I got this news and I have to tell you that I’m completely bummed out about it.

I’ve had a life long dream of visiting every continent. Actually, I want to visit as many different locations in the world during my time on this big blue marble. There are so many people that I want to talk to, photographs I want to take and stories I want to hear and capture. All of this I want to share with everyone else out there.

While I may dream of things like this, I honestly never thought I’d find myself in Africa. So when it suddenly became a reality I dove right in. I started teaching myself Swahili phrases, reading all the guidebooks and studying up on the local culture. As I watched some of my friends take part in the #ONEMoms project a few months back it just added fuel to my desire to see this far away land.

I’ve also got a new video project that I’m developing which I couldn’t wait to get some of the local people I met in Kenya to be part of. The stories and images that I could find there I’m sure were unlike any I have ever seen or heard.

All of this (as of now) is no longer happening. It truly makes me sad and I hope and pray that some day it will in fact happen.

But, until then I’ll keep dreaming of Africa. Some day I will get there.

Photo Credit: Karen Walrond

  • http://www.sethgoldstein.net/ Seth G.

    You’ll get there. I have faith.

  • http://www.alphacomputer.ca/wpactc Jeff Brown

    I am standing with you, that you will get there. Doors open and close for a reason. When it’s time, the door will open. Just get yourself ready.

  • http://www.knealemann.com Kneale Mann

    CC, you will get there but perhaps not through the door you think. Learn the phrases, do your homework and keep those cameras handy.

  • Anonymous

    I’m so sorry to hear about this, CC. My guess is that it’s related to the upcoming national elections. If early 2012 is anything like early 2007 — when there was violence and tribal killings in the fallout from the usual suspected vote-rigging — it wouldn’t be very safe.

    But yes, keep the dream alive!  I spent a very memorable three weeks in Kenya in 2005 (my wife and daughter are from the country, and most of my in-laws are there), and know you’d soak up all the beautiful sights and sounds. I’m confident that your time will come, man. 

    • http://www.cc-chapman.com/ C.C. Chapman

      Yes, it does have to do with the elections and some trials that are going to happen.

      I completely understand the reason for this, but it still bums me out. But, I do know that I WILL make it to Africa now. No doubt about it.

      All my research and conversations with other has made me fall in love with the country and I need to see it now.

      • Sandeolando

        I am from Kenya so this got into me. I am sorry. We should do better next year I have hope I believe. You will go just have hope. It is a lovely place. We were tarnished in the last elections but we are now done with the old guards they are too much. When you are ready to go hoola me I help with some “street’ Swahili-there is a difference.
        All the best and I trust one day you will go and you will love it.

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