More than five months ago, Sandy Abena, the “most African of the West Indians” as she calls herself, gave up her life as an executive in Ile-de-France to embark on a crazy project: to travel in 10 months, 10 countries of what she calls the “Afro World”. Portrait.
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“A young man who travels a lot is older than an old man who stays in the village,” says a Gabonese proverb. Sandy Abena is an example of this. A few months ago, the 28-year-old young French woman, executive in the Ile de France, gave up everything for her project “10 months, 10 countries”. A discovery of the Afro World. She was referring to all the countries of the “black community”, that is Africa, the Caribbean, South America…
Winner France 2021 of the international contest “Black Travel Content Creator” organized by The Black Travel Alliance, she has already traveled alone to the DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Cameroon, Benin and Ghana. Her goal? Deconstruct the idea that we have on tourism in Africa and Afro tourism in general.
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An experience she shares with her platform Abenafrica. “There are wonders all over the world, but you will find every one of them on the African continent. I have confirmation of this at each new destination,” she writes on her blog. I am not a specialist in African geopolitics, let alone a great international reporter, but I have a thirst for knowledge and I love to travel!
Above all, “Afro Lover, Afro Curious, Afro Conscious”, she sets out to meet a world she does not know but which attracts her. “I have a problem: our history. I don’t know much about it. Our community? Our cultural diversity? Our languages? I love them, I’m attracted to them, but I don’t know them. I don’t know them well enough. I grew up in a country where I was told more about the Gauls and Napoleon than about Kunta Kinte and Sankara. I grew up in a country where, when people talk about my people, they only talk about slavery or undocumented immigrants, about suburbanites or welfare recipients. So, to quench this thirst for my History, this thirst for my identity, I decided to take matters into my own hands… Abenafrica is the desire to put the spotlight on the treasures of the Afro world.
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