I am from the equator, 

from lizards and red dirt roads,

colorful cloths and bright smiles.

From the smell of smoked fish and the sight of public urination.


I am from loud, booming music and all-night church services,

Formal greetings and unclean left-hands.

I am from the itch of mosquitos and the stickiness of sweat,

Unpredictable power outages and water shortages.
I am from the Atlantic ocean
the palm tree,
whose water left the taste of salt on my lips

And whose shade protected my skin.


I am from the roaming of goats and chickens,

the shepherds herding skinny cows across main roads.

From the art of carrying heavy and high loads on heads.


I am from banku and fufu and third-hand products, 
          from President John Mahama. 
I am from road side produce stands
          and small container stores; 
from “God is Merciful” Hair Salon,

And “Don’t Mind Your Wife” Chop Bar.


I am from “Obruni! Obruni!”
          and “I beg you,” 
from “I am coming” and “tomorrow next.”

From people called Comfort, Miracle, Kwami and Kofi.


I am from Semi-Circular Street, 
fried plantains and fresh coconut. 
I am from the Vytrak team and a house full of laughter,

From Friday pizza and movie night and Sunday morning brunch.


I am from the struggle of functioning in a different culture,

The steep and uneasy learning curve of doing business;

I am from discomfort and confusion, failure and heartache,

Beauty and growth.

I am from living in the gap of two very different worlds,

From fear of forgetting.



Read Josi’s original “Where I’m From” Post

Josi Seibert

Josi was born and raised a Nebraska girl. As many Cornhuskers did, she grew up on a farm in a small rural community. Upon graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, she exchanged cornfields for skyscrapers as she moved to Chicago to attend Moody Theological Seminary. It was there that she met her beloved husband, Ryan, and grew an interest in cross-cultural relationships as she worked with international students, refugee families, and lived in one of the most diverse communities in the country. She and her husband moved to Ghana, West Africa in September 2013 with a team of friends to start a business. In 2015 they resettled back in Chicago to welcome their first child and are currently working with World Relief, helping resettle refugees and find them employment. You're invited to keep in step with them as they live, work, learn and play: http://www.ryanandjosi.blogspot.com/