‘We Embarked On A Three-Month Journey Through The Motherland To Reclaim Our Roots’
By DeAnna Taylor
Dr. Alixis Rhodes and JoAnna Gordon decided to do something a little different to celebrate their 30th birthdays. The two friends took a 3-month journey through Africa in hopes of reconnecting with their roots.
We spoke with them about the journey and what it meant to them.
Travel Noire: What inspired you to take this journey?
We wanted to learn more about our heritage while connecting with the people by celebrating and immersing ourselves in the various cultures, traditions, and foods. We decided to embark on a three-month journey around Africa to explore the various regions and gain a better understanding of the rich and vast heritage that is the motherland.
TN: Which countries and cities did you visit?
Alixis and JoAnna: Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Accra, Kumasi, Ghana’s Cape Coast, Lome’, Togo, Cotonou, Benin, Enugu, Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria, Dakar, Senegal, Marrakech, Morocco, Cairo, Egypt, Aswan, Egypt. Luxor, Egypt, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Omo Valley, Ethiopia, Nairobi, Kenya, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Windhoek, Namibia, Walvis Bay, Namibia, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
TN: How did this journey impact you as African Americans?
TN: Tell us about one of your favorite memories from your journey.
Alixis and JoAnna: One of our favorite memories was traveling to the southern region of Ethiopia, Omo Valley to be exact. There, we were able to witness first hand the many tribes of Ethiopia and how they lived off the land without much impact from western society. Talk being resourceful, nothing went to waste. Everything had its purpose and everyone had a responsibility to help keep their village afloat. We learned that Africa does not need a lot of environmental resources from any other country, but every country needs from Africa.
TN: How were you all treated as African Americans by the native brothers and sisters?
TN: Where can we find more from your journey online?
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.