What’s a Toubab?
You might be a toubab if….
you live in West Africa, but you’re not from West Africa
you don’t brush your teeth with a stick
you have a four-wheel drive vehicle with air conditioning, working turn signals, and seats that are still securely bolted to the floor
you think 10.000 CFA is a good price for a tie-dyed wrap skirt
you use your left hand for anything other than wiping
you’ve showed up at a store at 2 p.m. on a Friday and expected it to be open
you’ve ever asked for ice at a restaurant, or assumed that everything on the menu was actually available
you’ve been given a piece of candy at the grocery store or buutik in lieu of change because the change drawer is empty
you show up on time to anything and then get frustrated when everyone else comes 45 minutes late
you’ve burned your fingers trying to make attaya
you’ve been laughed at by little kids for your attempts to eat from the common bowl with your hands
If you’ve ever tried to “fit in” in another culture (or hey, even your own) but never quite felt at home…if you’ve been able to laugh at yourself and your awkward attempts to assimilate…and if you’ve ever surprised yourself with your own resilience and allowed yourself to be surprised by life among people different from you…
Then welcome — you’re a toubab.