Modern man that is. Without cutting and pasting the entire Wikipedia we are all reported to have evolved from Africa, many moons ago.
For me, there is something magical about Africa, from the lush plantations in Tanzania in the wet season to the dry arid desert in Namibia not to mention the creatures that call the Savannah home. Wherever you look this place just oozes energy and life. It can amaze you with its beauty at every turn and kill you the next.
But the seeds for my interest where planted long before I ever set foot on the continent, by my P1 (year one) teacher of all people!
Miss Wright was our teacher for about three months before she disappeared off to some distant land called Africa for a year or at the age of five, forever! I often thought about what happened to her in the intervening 10 years? ok it was only a year but I was five at the time. I had imagined all sorts of sticky endings, you know what five year old boys are like? Anyway about halfway through P2 (year two for the youngsters) in the middle of sums (again, math’s for the youngsters) this face appeared at the door, it scared the **** (change of trousers required) out of me. Yep you guessed it… it was the headmaster… wearing some bizarre mask, he didn’t need the mask to be scary. To cut a long story short Miss Wright had returned from her adventure and brought some artefacts along. The two things that stick in my mind where the Warrior / Witch Doctor mask and the spear, try getting that on a flight today!
She went on to tell the class about this incredible country she had visited, the people, the creatures great and small. I can remember sitting listening like I had never listened before, barely blinking incase I missed something; my wife wishes I would hang onto her every word like that. Anyway that’s where the seeds of my love for Africa originate from, so thank you Miss Wright, who sadly I have never seen from that day to this.
For me Africa is unfinished business. But I’m a realist and I have this feeling that’s the way it will always be no matter how many times I visit!