Dear White People, Africa Isn't a Play Pen for Your Personal Development

An archive of my thoughts about the upcoming book, "Warrior Princess", a typical tale of a white woman - not so long ago - who moved to Africa to find herself and, of course, ending up saving some poor brown people, securing a book deal and national press coverage for her selfless valour.

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  1. I went a rant on Twitter today after learning about a white American woman who was releasing a book being framed as her journey to becoming the "first Massai warrior princess."

    For context, here's the article posted by Colorlines.com that brought the story to my attention. 
  2. EXCERPT:

    "In an essay on The Guardian, Budgor claims that she was successful in her inexplicable drive to change a people she never had any connection with. On her website, which promotes the book she penned called “Warrior Princess: My Quest to Become the First Female Maasai Warrior,” the oddly beaded Budgor is described as answering a higher calling... Perhaps more disturbing is that Budgor regards herself “as a tribe member” after spending several weeks in Nairobi on a self-styled safari and returning to her actual home in the U.S. Budgor seems to be behaving less like a Maasai warrior and more like a white woman writing a book to turn a profit from her romanticized trip to Kenya.  "

    And so the rant began.... 
  3. Thankfully, there are some who are!
  4. As much as this entire Massai White Woman Warrior scenario maddens me - to the core - I view it simply as a reminder of the importance of MY voice, and my work. Never has it been more essential for Africans to tell their own stories, actively share their perspectives online and via traditional media outlets as well. In so doing we at least make it harder for ridiculous narratives like this to be perpetuated without stirring up controversy. That said, there are other voices who really should be engaging the author of this book. 
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