From the Mindworks Publishing travel guide book, Return To Glory: A Travel Guide for African Americans Returning To Roots by Queen Sheba D. Cisse:
Inshaa’Allah you will experience a spiritual and physical journey like no other in the country of Teranga – Senegal. I am happy to guide your journey to the Motherland and wish for you what I wish for myself – sheer joy! I will share common-sense information to help with the practical aspects of your visit in the hopes that it will ease your arrival and welcome your long-awaited journey to a place where you once called home, and yet, still.
Senegal is a semitropical land, hot in the summer, with cool temperatures in the winter season. The women dress in exquisite fabrics and what I call “big style” on the head in enormous geles, elegantly balancing babies on their backs, and carrying bags of merchandise in two hands. It was a real wow moment – an absolutely eye-catching view – when I initially arrived to Senegal years ago. The men are often seen in long flowing garments called boubous (pronounced boo-boos) and they normally wear skullcaps upon their heads.
The French influence in Senegal is seen in some of the structures of the buildings in Dakar and in several other areas throughout the country . Senegal was part of French West Africa until 1960 when the country gained its independence.
I am also happy to say that the cuisine of the region is strictly Senegalese, meaning that it is a no-pork Teranga country, as the majority practice Islam and eating pork is forbidden. Fish is a major component of
Senegalese cuisine as are sweet potatoes, lentils, and peanuts, the primary crop of Senegal.
Benefits of expiating or visiting the Motherland . . .
Respecting that the cradle of humanity began in Africa, we shall give honor.
We owe it to our ancestors to give back, affirm and acknowledge them; and we must educate our children and generations to come about our history.
To invest in the land and become an example of the change we want to see in the world .
To eat real, whole foods for improved physical health as many of the foods grown here are done so without chemicals, pesticides, hormone injections, etc.
To invest in and influence agricultural trade, education, philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurship among start-up businesses – this is something to investigate before you travel abroad.
Finally, the air is un-polluted and fresh here and the people are easy-going, friendly, and welcoming. The culture is very family oriented, and if you are Muslim like myself, you get to live Islam every day, all day, and are often involved in the traditions , wedding engagements, baby ceremonies, spiritual gatherings and funerals which are a huge deal to me!
Return to Glory: A Travel Guide for African Americans Returning to Roots is a book that has been written with joy because it acknowledges our ancestors that have played an important role in our spiritual growth as a people. We believe that the ancestors are alive in another dimension and that they play an important role for us, whether it be through angelic mentorship or as spiritual advisors. It was important for me to honor the souls who have paved the way for me to return to the African continent.
Much more than a mere travel guide, Return to Glory offers a wide range of information about travelling to the African continent, particularly to Senegal. You can learn about Senegalese culture and cuisine, get advice about what to pack and how to prepare for the journey, and receive a first-hand account of what it is like to return to the Motherland.