"Wow! Where are you from? You look different!"
The students exclaims in excitement of meeting me after introducing myself in the French colonised country.
The professor as known to be called in Colleges of Togo and Benin explained to the students my reason for attending classes at the college and how long I will be around for. This trip was a great opportunity for to refresh my memory, yet allow me to appreciate what I now have.
Ten years ago, my life was different. My family's life was totally different and just like million others around the world, my family and I would had to fight to live in today and not tomorrow. We often thought of how we were going to get food and from where can we get food, but as of now, we don't have to think about all that, because it is easy to get food.
December last year, my mother Eya, my little brother Honore and my little sister Eliora back to our beloved home country, the place our memories were first formed at. we landed in Benin, then took a car to Togo in order to see the rest of our families. We thought of this day our whole life after coming to Australia in 2008, the year we were given another chance at better safe and security life.
As we got off the plane and breathed in the change of the climate's hot air, my mother acknowledged the moment by saying, "this was the sun that I had to stood on day and night on someone's farm in order to bring home food at the end of the day."
In return I replied to her by saying that I cannot believe that we left this life being for ten years now.
when we got to togo, the place where my mother was born and raised, she let a tear of joy slide down her dark skin face with a smile that says "I am glad to be home." With that I understand why it is important to always remember where you come from.
In Togo, life is very different. People are more free, yet suppressed of their ambitions because their is lack of job opportunities, even if you went to school all your life and the salary there is terrible if you manage to get a job.
However, lack of job opportunities did not stop people in Togo from have a sustainable life or being happy.
When we got to my uncle house, my family and I were warmly welcomed with hugs and tears of joy. My siblings and I were kissed many others on our foreheads constantly telling us "welcome Home" as we sat inside. The days of our trip goes by quick while we meet family members from both our mother and father's sides. We were introduced to aunties and uncles that we never heard of or even set an eye on before in our entire life. We spoke in our native tongue (language) EWE as they tell us wonderful and tragedy stories.
For once in my life I was amazed of what God has done for me. I thought of the misery that my life would have been today if my family did not end up in Australia, at the same time I acknowledge those who strived and are still striving in the hardship of my country.
During my family holiday in Togo, I attend a College of Ahepe, a little town in Togo not too far from Lome (the Capital City of Togo). The College has grades ranging from year seven (Sixieme) to year ten (Quatrieme), yet has almost five hundred students in attendance. I was shocked to see how small the campus is, yet there were so many students.
My intension for attending the College was to refresh my memories of the French colonised country's way of teaching and the difference between them and the English people.
To my interest, I became the centre of attention and mostly the boss of the school. I was treated with respect and appreciation, although I admired the work of the teachers from day to night and the determinations of the students willing to learn.
During my trip I learn that nothing comes to you easily unless you workforce it and especially in developing countries they often say "a miracle is what happened." after explaining who I was and where I cam from to the students, they question me about the differences between Australian school and their school.
"The schools in Australia are big, spacious and well managed. There are less students in each classroom such as 25 compared to their school of 65 in a classroom. There are more teachers and more activities for students," I said.
The students and the teachers at Ahepe College were astonished to me explain the differences of the schools and also the differences in the people living in both countries.
Coming to Australia meant that I bring back new memories with me from my long journey home and with these memories, there must be some action taken.
Australia is a great place to live, but if you have any chance, do not hesitate to visit another country to learn and understand the different lifestyle that is spread around the world.