On the north coast of Jamaica, the echoes of West Africa were many. Chizo and I spent the first five days near Runaway Bay, an incomparable stretch of coast where Christopher Columbus allegedly put anchor on one of his voyages to the Americas. Another day we headed into the mountains, winding our way through narrow roads on our way to Bob Marley’s birthplace at Nine Mile. Among the Rastafarians, Africa of course holds a special place, and not only Ethiopia but also Ghana and Nigeria, from which so many Jamaicans are descended and which contributed greatly to the politics of Pan-Africanism. Jamaica also provided Chizo with her first visit to a majority-black country outside of the African continent. We had the vacation of our lives, enjoying the food, music, people and ocean. Besides celebrating her birthday, we also celebrated the birthday … of AfricaWorks, now 5 years young.
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