I have travel to more than 80 countries a round the world and I speak just 8 languages mainly African. I have met people from every continent, heard their stories of self identify and their core roots, whether that is base on their context of Tribes/ Ethnicity, Skin color, Citizenship/Nationality, Sexual Orientation, Job, Career, Social/Class Interest Community, Personality type and Fantasy or Fiction. It brought into question whom I thought I was and what I thought I am and who I am: a realist, universalistic humanist, Post-Modernist, Post-Structuralist, Post-Functionalist, and Post-Colonialist, Heterosexual homo sapient, a Traveler, a Peoples person or a Helper and a Poet; Most importantly a father, an Uncle, a brother, a child and a friend.
Then it done on me that an English person in Lagos is "Oyinbo" in Nairobi is Muzungu and in London he is Mr Jones; while a man in Imo (his home town in Nigeria) is "wanam" , in Lagos he is an Igbo man, in London he is a Nigerian, in United States he is a black, man, in Canada he is a visible minority.
I am a Bachama man from Adamawa State, Northern Nigeria, a Canadian citizen, while my kids in the other hand are Canadians, Americans and Bachama. My identity is that I am a child of God, because my worth can change, my tribe, nationality and citizenship can be lost or be taken away from me. But the who in me is me. What I am and who I am is in God. In Him I live and have my Being. My identity and well-being is holistic in nature. International Social work is what I do, because of who I am.
social work, I am the founder of Social Workers Without Borders.. (sw2b..com) creating a Social World Without Borders
Making sure no one in any crisis situation is alone any more
Training, empowerment, development, capacity building in indigenous peoples, mobilazation. Helping in the Global south
in the making
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