November 19 2013
As I sit here writing this post a lot of things are going through my mind, rightfully so. This will be my first time on the continent of Africa. A place so far away from the country I grew up in but closer to the blood that pumps through my veins.
I really didn’t know what to expect from this trip. After getting a million shots (maybe a little exaggeration) just 6 to be exact, tons of pamphlets on what not to do, coaching from doctors on survival tactics and let’s not forget the tons of Off spray for mosquitoes, I was ready for anything.
What I wasn’t prepared was the beautiful scene I saw as we descended on our destination Abuja in Nigeria. It was so green with trees, then I saw a body of water and immediately wanted to smack myself. After seeing what’s so terribly wrong with Africa from the TV or all the promotions of safaris and desert you forget to do the homework on a country for yourself.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there’s poverty like this here but like anything else I wish sometimes we got to see the good things about places instead of the negative all the time.
The one thing that I know to be completely true, is that the blood in my veins flows from the ancestors I know were here on this land. I’ve always asked my mother and family to tell me about our family tree, but it only goes so far. It’s always been hard for me to not truly understand my heritage, but standing here on this land in this moment just feels real. It feels like I’ve come home.
I love the US and I’m blessed to have been given life there. But here in Africa it humbles you, because you know someone gave their life and freedom, and a piece of them is inside of you. See for me it’s always been bigger than basketball… it’s more about life!
Tomorrow you will learn why I’m here and the awesome work that is ahead. Be sure to follow me on my Facebook fan page, Twitter and Instagram. Also check out the hashtag #Power4wd tomorrow!
To whom much is given, much is required!