Today I found myself thinking about culture. My culture to be exact.
I feel like I do not belong anywhere. For the longest time I’ve been trying to belong to Canadian culture while moving away from my Nigerian Itsekiri culture. I find myself now in the middle of both cultures not really knowing where I belong and I believe it is time to incorporate both cultures. I’m going to spend time learning about my Itsekiri culture and also learning about black Canadian culture. Im going to spend time understanding my daily practices and understanding the thing is do as well as the things I gravitate towards.
When it comes to culture I believe there are some spheres that are important including food, clothing, traditions, stories, rituals and everything in between. Culture is basically a way of living as well as a way of expressing ourselves as a community. Culture is important because it gives a sense of belonging. I want to not only document this process but I want to do it for my own understanding so I can pass it down to my daughter and get a sense of understanding myself.
Black culture in Canada is basically an incorporation of African culture and adapting it to fit into Canadian situation and Canadian means. I think once I can learn about my roots and cultural identity I can use that to further my understanding of myself and push forward. Its a marathon not a sprint