Published on May 24th, 2014 | by iDidGo Blog Team
Africa is rising, Tristan is climbing
I am Tristan, 22 years old, and I want to live in Africa.
Admittedly I am African. Well half anyway, I’m also half French, which is confusing to a lot of people
including myself. My South African half likes beer, ‘braais’ and game reserves; my French half likes
wine, debate and (supposedly) smelly cheese. When asked, I toss a mental coin to choose which
nationality I am, or spontaneously decide which will be most controversial…
London could have kept me busy, I would’ve felt comfortable enough in Paris. Perhaps too comfortable.
Some may say it’s in my blood, I say it’s now or never. Some may say grass is always greener, I say
there’s only one way to check.
Africa is a continent of opportunities, a place in constant evolution, where people find their own
solutions to global problems.
The people are wonderful, the land is rich and beautiful, the sky is high and the place is alive. Africa’s
future is being shaped everyday by people with a contagious spirit, and I don’t want to miss out. I want
to be able to say “I was part of this.”
Yes there are inequalities, but unlike in other places, you can’t hide away from them. You see them every
day at the red traffic light (if it’s working) and it makes you want to do something about it.
Entrepreneurship is rampant, where Western solutions have failed, African ones arise. On such a young
continent, every decision has a major impact on future generations, which is why it is even more
relevant now to push for education and sustainability than ever before.
Lindikhaya is my way of getting acquainted with this vast continent before moving in. Like a present to
the host welcoming you into his home, it is my way of saying “thank you for having me”, except that
I’m not just staying for the weekend. I’m setting up camp.