Author Archives: Zoe Gadegbeku

Goodbye Tears and Some Long-Overdue Reflection

As I sit safely ensconced at home in Accra, it’s quite surreal that my four months in Dakar came to an end so quickly while I was going to the beach, sitting through seemingly endless lectures, and side-stepping the steaming … Continue reading

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On Traveling in Africa While African: EcoTourism, Respect and other things

It’s surreal, for lack of a better word, to find yourself trekking through landscapes and villages that look vaguely familiar and yet are so foreign to you at the same time. Sitting on the back of a pickup hurtling down … Continue reading

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What’s in a Language?

Everyone gets along in Senegal. Christians, Muslims, Animists, they all live peacefully with one another. Christians celebrate Tabaski and Muslims give gifts at Christmas. Although French is the official language, Wolof is spoken by a large majority of people. These … Continue reading

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The Almost Halfway Blues

There comes a point in the study abroad experience when a gnawing doubt begins to grow within the student. It begins in the pit of one’s stomach (just like all important feelings, positive and otherwise) finally transforming into a full-blown … Continue reading

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“Waaw, maangi ci kawam!”

This phrase instantly became my favorite, amongst my very thin Wolof inventory, the minute I learnt it in class the other day. Roughly translated it means, “I’m on top of things” or “Things are going well”. For the most part … Continue reading

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“Ei Toubab Toubab! Fatou?”

I sincerely promise that my description of my first week in Dakar as a “whirlwind” or “rollercoaster” is not a mere metaphorical cop-out for a lazy writer who does not feel like searching for the right words. I would be … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Faux City Slicker

It’s t-6 days until touch down in Dakar, and it has just occurred to me that in the next 4 months, I run the risk of falling in love with and getting to know this city far better than my … Continue reading

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