Diversity Is My Culture

I am a product or invention of both African and European cultures, a son of Gaby Ndongo Ntriere. The Bangala people – of the DRC – has provided me with the first language, Lingala, through which I communicate with my fellow Congolese brothers and sisters and others.

French, on the other hand, with a second language and it has effectively influenced the way in which the words are pronounced in every language I speak. For example, the ‘r’ sounds from pronouncing the word red will inevitably illuminate the fact that I am from a French-speaking country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

I am of a diverse nature that has made me become a stoic. My being has a feed from the strength of many cultures and my mind has been matured because of a collection of philosophies from the Igbo in Nigeria to the Xhosa in South Africa. From the Igbo, amongst many other cultures, I have learned that a man needs to be wise in his way of living by means of a simple saying that “since men have learned how to shoot without missing, and the Albatross bird has learned how to fly without resting” (Achebe, 1958).

Besides I have been taught much, indeed, also from the Xhosa through thoughtful words such as “a man is not a man until he has his own house” (Mandela, 2013: 120).

These statements have not only instilled in me a sense of pride for African cultures but they have also provided calm as I know that I am a descendant of thoughtful beings.

Although my way of thinking has been greatly shaped by African proverbs of profound meaning, my character as a complex whole is partially attributed to the European methods of existence.

I find conformability when wearing my Chino pants in the midst of people. The joy and confidence derived from the times I am well fashioned are unexplainable: tailored gentle suit leaves me breathless sometimes as I wonder about how it will feel to fit one.

I am an African; while, several individuals may say a Modern Day African. If so, then many other fellows surrounding me including a number of those I see every day as I journey through the streets of Johannesburg are Modern Day African.

I am not in denial of my culture and cultures that have shaped my life; instead, I recognise that they are from different corners of the earth.


About Gaby Ndongo 42 Articles
Gaby Ndongo Nkolo is a liberal Congolese nationalist who is currently studying Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. He works as a journalist for both The Open Journal and The Journalist. His interests are diverse ranging from skateboarding, boxing, the culinary arts, cycling and most importantly journalism which brought with it, interests in reading and writing. In particular Gaby enjoys activities that require speed or concentration; however, music beguiles his soul and rejuvenates his mind. This individual’s aspiration is to always be his true self and love who he is as a person; additionally, he aims to appreciate people for who they are as individuals.

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