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The Black Mzungu by [Alexandria Osborne]

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"Charming, funny, heart-warming and interesting. This book is a very enjoyable read!" -Karen Wentland (Ohio, USA) 
"A reminder of the luxuries of first world living through an open and honest telling of leaving home, and the familiar, to start a new life halfway across the world, definitely worth reading." - Leanna Abdelmaged (Abu Dhabi, UAE) 
"Fresh voice, engaging subject, arresting realities"-Mary Ann Mitchell (Michigan, USA)
"I really enjoyed reading The Black Mzungu; it was very interesting to see this part of Africa through the eyes of an American expat. There is rich detail about the people, animals and surroundings which is fascinating. Osborne is not shy in sharing her experiences: good, bad, ugly and beautiful."- Barb VanEseltine (Michigan, USA)

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Mzungu is derived from the Swahili word kizunguzungu, which means dizzy. When Europeans came to East Africa they were always getting lost and wandered in circles. Indigenous people gave them the name mzungu because they wandered in circles to the point of making someone dizzy. Mzungu has evolved to mean the 'wanderer'. Now it is used to mean someone of European descent. However, it is also commonly used to refer to any non-Swahili speaking foreigner. As an adjective it is used to mean a certain lifestyle (e.g., that mzungu house or "do not charge me a mzungu price"). Recently I have been feeling more like a real mzungu; that is, a wanderer. As friends and family from the life I had known for 5 decades move, change jobs, or even die, I wonder "where is home?" As an African-American residing in sub-Sahara Africa I had resisted the term mzungu, even sometimes feeling insulted. Now I realize I am mzungu, the WANDERER, looking for a place to call home.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00R01KP8Y
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Niyah Publishing; Detroit, Michigan (December 13, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ December 13, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 558 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 222 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Alexandria Osborne was born in 1956 in Harlem, New York and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Alex accepted a position at a global pharmaceutical company in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Michigan brought about many life changes including marriage to a Libyan American and converting to Islam. It’s also the place Alex raised her daughter, Zubayda with whom she would often travel to Libya. Finding it difficult to say Alex, her in-laws in Libya gave her the name Nur, a name she adopted as her own. It was the beginning of a dynamic, cross-cultural life.

In 2005, Nur earned a MBA in Management from Western Michigan University and later began her studies for a PhD in Management with a specialty in Leadership and Organization Change. In 2009, she made her first visit to sub-Sahara Africa to begin a six-month fellowship for an international NGO in Tanzania. That same year, her research study conducted at Tripoli Medical Center in Libya was approved, earning her a PhD from Walden University.

During her fellowship, she met her current husband, Saidi, and returned to his homeland in the coastal southern region of Lindi, Tanzania. In 2013, she founded the Lindi Islamic Foundation of Tanzania–LIFT ( She now lives in Tanzania with her husband, their chickens and other farm animals where she enjoys starting off each morning with a good strong cup of Tanzanian coffee.

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