As an African American I've always had a cloudy idea of what and who Africa is. I've been left to sort of fill the gaps and ponder the endless different lifestyles and philosophies that exist on the vast continent. However this time I've decided to approach Africa with a blank canvas. I won't assign any sort feelings or thoughts on her, I'll simply allow her to reign majestically as she has for thousands of years. I feel as if thats the only way to truly indulge myself into the experience. While imagination and fantasy are a great way to heal the anxiety that comes with approaching something unknown, the journey is always better you're completely open.
Senegal - 2018
My name is Miniya Ali and I'm extremely passionate about learning the history of new cultures, and traveling. One major issue that is important to me is environmental cleanliness and the preservation of the earths natural habitats. The second issue would be insuring that people in all parts of the planet have access to the resources they need to build their communities. My ultimate goal for this year is to improve in a second language (French) and the learn as much as possible about Senegalese culture. My all time favorite quote is by Will smith in the movie "After Earth" “Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real but fear is a choice.”