Acclimated to Africa
"In my own experience and observing other expatriates in Africa, I notice that we generally manage to adapt well enough to the food, the climate, sleeping under mosquito nets, and possibly even regular encounters with amoebas; but it’s in the interpersonal dynamics where the battle for cross-cultural competence is won or lost, and these dynamics are commonly encountered at our places of work, worship, and recreation." (Taken from the introduction)
In this book DiGennaro discusses seven of the most common trouble spots for Westerners in Africa: organization, finances, friendships, spirituality, communication and conflict, leadership, and work. Through a playful dialogue between two characters, Wesley from the West and Juma from Africa, she articulates key differences in expectations and social norms. A deeper appreciation of how we are socially programmed in distinctly cultural ways, DiGennaro believes, will ultimately create space for improved cross-cultural relationships.
From the Foreward, by Laurenti Magesa:
Mrs DiGennaro has written an extremely lucid and witty book about the pillars that sustain the African cultural heritage, pillars that are surely not about to disappear. Here in one relatively small volume we have knowledge without which Africans and Westerners cannot expect to coexist, if not as friends, at least as fellow human beings in a world that more and more compels people unavoidably to rub shoulders with one another. The book cannot be recommended highly enough.