Ironically, Blacks living in majority White countries often give Scotland native Sheona Murray the blues about her living in Africa. She recalls one Gambian, born and raised in Spain, but now living in the United Kingdom, shouting at her, “White people should not be in Gambia.”
On making the West African nation her home, Murray says before meeting her best friend in the United Kingdom who was Gambian, she “had never heard of Gambia before.” One year when looking for a place to go on holiday, her friend invited her to visit her family compound in Latrikunda German, a suburb of Banjul, the capital city. It became more than a place to stay; it is where she met her future son.
“The other children stayed away from me and was frightened,” she says about her arrival to the compound in Western Gambia. Her future son was the only child that came to her. “He climbed on my knee,” she offered smiling. His biological mother was young and really not ready to be a mother.
After a couple of trips between The Gambia and her former colonial master, the family decided she would live in the compound and raise the child, but the family would teach him their ethnic Jolla customs and traditions.
More than a decade has passed since her first arrival to Africa’s Smiling Coast and there are times she misses things such as having a washing machine. “I have come to realize how hard it is for African women,” she says. And there are times she gets lonely as family talk is often in Wolof, though they are Jolla. “I can now understand more Wolof, than I can speak,” she adds.