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I think the most painful realisation comes when you find that you cannot speak your mother tongue as well as you do the language of the land where you grew up. My English is evidence of this. When something as simple as a colour, or the name of an animal in your mother tongue leaves you dumb. Yesterday I could not find the word for ‘turtle’ in Somali, only after my mother reminded me, did I recall knowing it.

We betray our mother tongues, for the languages of nations who will never fully accept us. We let the strangeness infest our mouths until we forget how to accommodate our original tongues.


- mother tongue, Farah Gabdon (via thegabdonwrites)

(via thatnigeriankid)

Now Listening - Mapei “Don’t Wait”

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Since its spring, the weather has been a bit nicer than normal, but today it’s…

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Now Listening: Anifowose and Sitting On The Throne

Now Listening: Anifowose and Sitting On The Throne

All over my twitter timeline, there has been discussion about how great the new Olamide videos are, and I had to look at them for myself.

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