Here you go world… #noMakeupChallenge … The story of my life but I’ll humor you 😍😘❤️ #ForFilly #ForMameDjarra #FilterForWhat ? 😂 #myBlackIsBeyondBeautiful 🙌 #BlessingsFromMyCreator
To all the unvalued men of color and the people that birth, raise, provide, love, inspire, respect, protect, mourn and pray for them…you are valued.
Don’t let the world take away your value because the world didn’t give it to you! #YouDefineYOU #GodDefinesYOU #BeFearlessBecauseYourManhoodIsOnTheLine #YouAreMen #YouAreKings #YouAreGods
Unity: the state of being united or combined as one!
Be mindful of who you consider your ‘people’…Just because they’re your people doesn’t mean they’re your kind…your kind will empathize & NEVER let you go through your struggle alone! #NeverForgetIt #SolidarityIsPowerful #HowardUniversityForJustice #ForMichaelBrown #ForMyKind #ForYourKind #HandsUpHU #myAlmaMater ❤️
It’s a terrifying perspective but it is reality… There should never be a question of if it can happen to any one of us…but a question of when it happens, what will be done to advance or change the next outcome… It’s sickening to think that at several points in life (if not everyday) Black lives are lived in response to/counter of/despite of our white counterparts…We are endanger of being the last of a dying breed. #WakeUp #StayAwake #BecauseWeAreTargets
“Reflecting during my last week at site, I’ll say what I ‘think’ I learned about US American work patterns and how they differed from the ones I experienced here in Senegal and even in Mali. The pace of working here stood out as a major difference. There was no real sense of urgency here that I was accustomed to in the US. There were no strict deadlines I had to meet and the work system operated on the countries’ Muslim/religious influenced belief in “inchallah” (God willing). So if it is God’s will to allow or the Deity agrees with me to complete a project, participate in a training, meet with someone, show-up for work each day, or simply do what I said I would do, then and only then will I be able to do it. These things weren’t mandatory for you to perform; they were God mandated. I don’t say this to poke fun at the culture, but to emphasis their common belief and way of operating. Greetings are as mandatory in professional relations as they are in social relations. One must build a rapport over long tea sessions or meals that could go on for months or even years in order to start and sustain business or work relations with people. So, I learned that play before work is effective business practice here. I mean play as in socializing and getting informal with people before formal interactions can be successful. Usage of the language in relation to work was different. The national language of Senegal and Mali is French, so it is expected that the language of business is French. This was technically the case (all formal business employees are required to speak French on the job); but as I said, social life is tied to business life and socializing happens before business begins and makes it effective. Social/informal interactions occur in local languages because it’s natural and generally host nationals either only use French at school and work or don’t speak French at all because there is a large illiterate population. In my case, working towards a functional level of the national/business language was what my time in-country would allow; this left little to no time to function effectively in the local language. I could greet and do very basic activities using the local language but my local language ability would not allow me to have full-blown conversations with natives. Therefore, I didn’t develop close ties or informal social relationships with work partners. I felt that this fact limited my work potential and outcome. American work patterns don’t exclude the anti-social or socially awkward person and allows them to excel in contrast to here. And it is safe to say that nearly all Americans speak a common language (English). Anti-social/socially restricted people or monolingual people would not thrive as they could in America….
I learned that I’m only as operational as I equip myself to be. Time and circumstance had a lot to do with my professional operating potential and outcome; but the ultimate choice and sacrifice was up to me. I had to make decisions based on my situation (consider context, culture, time, resources, support, real outcomes, etc.). So if that meant missing opportunities to chat with natives for more in-depth integration so that I could get work projects completed before my service ended, then that’s what I had to do. Another central challenge was having to give-up and give-in to my desires to control workplace situations in Mali and Senegal that are usually controlled in America. Operating as a professional in America, there were general workplace rules of operation and professionalism set by a professional entity and followed by all associates. Generally, meetings happen at the time and place they are scheduled to happen, professionals arrive on-time or suffer consequences, assignments/projects are completed by the set date and times or the worker would be terminated. Even nature-related aspects are contained and sometimes controlled to a certain degree in American work patterns (i.e. rain doesn’t prevent an event from occurring, snow on the ground doesn’t keep people from work or school, extreme heat doesn’t slow down work or hinder work quality, etc.). Situations here lacked most of the controlled variables of the US work culture. Having to suppress my socialized need and behavior to control things because control isn’t professionally relative in this differing culture was difficult. I had to learn to let go of that and assume the pace/flow of thing here. Once I did that, listened to and observed my local cultural informants (my supervisor and work partners) and learned to ask the right questions; things got better and functional. I learned to accept the things I could not change…
Beneficially, working in this new and different culture has helped me realize the kind of intercultural work I want to do. My sector-focused work in economic development is not something that interested me. I came into the Peace Corps with basic qualifications to work in my sector (which turns out is all the basic knowledge needed in the developing world) and I was functional; I met work goals and made satisfactory work progress. Unfortunate yet developing, I lacked the passion for this specific type of work (as I did for previous work in America). But, passion and love for what one is doing in grassroots/community development work is necessary. This kind of work and most type of work is motivated by the financial or personal benefits in an American context. Here, it’s the passion, love and interest that motives because it requires devotion and consistency without guarantees or means to pay hefty salaries. I did, however, gain the kind of interest that has potential to be a great passion in international teaching. I instructed a Junior Achievement course as a secondary project at my Peace Corps post in Kaffrine and naturally loved it. Teaching in an intercultural context/culture has potential to be a lifelong career and something that I will look back on as a life passion and my greatest work. This prospective field fuels my work motto to ‘love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’. The changes will begin once I officially close my service. I plan to enter the field of international teaching. I can only hope that the changes: location, living style, and new work partners agree with my new professional responsibilities.”~Teni-Ola A. Ogunjobi; November 4, 2013
My favorite part the Monument tour…The timeline of the African Peoples… In case you want to forget about essential developers of human civilization! #Africans (at African Renaissance Monument)
They say the real power of a man is in the smile of the woman sitting next to him… They lied, it’s in the food he feeds her to make her so damn happy 😂😂😂😭😭😭 … Lmaoooo …
I live for the moment that your key turns the lock and you walk through the door…you’ve finished me. #LOVELookWhatYouHaveDoneToMe #HappyFirstAnniversaryKing 8.2.14 #happyborndaytoUS
(at African Renaissance Monument)