A Wan(on)derer’s Roots

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In the name of The Finder

I don’t know where my roots are in dunya

Today I’m an American

And a Turkish wife

Yesterday, I was an Ivorian because of the melting pot of African countries found in this unique country once victim of a Clash of Castes

It’s where I’m originally a native from and can at least trace part of my ancestral roots from

I am also an African and not just because I was born in a country within the lines of that continent

Why?

Because people have said I look like a Nigerian woman

Many others say I look like a Ghanaian woman

A very closed friend said he saw my veiled  doppelganger in South Africa

Why not? You see

I’m a time traveler see history lover

I’m a wayfarer

I’m a solemn sufi

And no, I don’t dance at least not these days

I prefer silent moments of reflection and quietude

So What exactly Am I based on the popular vote?

They say my name originates in Sierra Leone

The resemblance between my siblings, relatives, and people from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia and America is often shocking and mind-boggling

West African Muslim Clerics say I’m from Mali and before that perhaps Niger

I’m an international foodie with a great penchant for anything Somalian or Ethiopian

So Who Am I?

A wanderer

What else?

I’m a wonder-er and a dreamer

I’m passing through this life

I came from far and my soul has traveled for a long time for this divine task

And it’s still trekking a long journey or route ahead back to the eternal bliss to complete the task

I know I have not suffered like many other Africans still trying to find themselves

Yet, my minimal struggle can’t be denied

And He found me lost several years ago and He Guided me

Now my soul knows that one thing is for sure:

I’m a global citizen and I have the blood and imprint of many cultures within me and above all

I’m the daughter of Adam and Eve (May God be please with them).

 

— Papatia Feauxzar, An Accidental Poet

About Papatia

Papatia Feauxzar is an Author and Muslim Publisher who holds a Master degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. She now works from home alhamdullilah. You can visit her website at www.djarabikitabs.com or her sister's website www.fofkys.com
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