Being a White African is a mindset. There are those who claim you have to be born in Africa to be considered a White African, and others who argue that you need to have grown up there to take the name. Interestingly enough, I have met people who were born in, or moved to, Africa when they were young and are less African than their counterparts who didn’t get there until much later in life.
So, what is the mindset of this White African then? It’s someone who loves the continent, the people, and the way of life. Someone who understands that life is to be taken in stride and that there is no need to hurry through your days, but to savor them. Relationships are recognized as being more important than anything else, and they are not entered into lightly. A White African understand that drinking chai under a thorn tree in the bush, or a cold beer in the evening, is best done with friends and that many problems are solved during these times.
If there is one thing to remember about a White African, it is that though they might have the veneer of their European or North American counterparts, they do not think the same way. Many times a White African is a hybrid of their western and African counterparts.