Bo Kaap – Colors to my Gloomy Day

I was never one to believe in Color Psychology or most things relating to psychology as I am not too much of an abstract person, I am more on the concrete and theoretical side of the divide. However, my Bo kaap experience changed my perception and I realized psychology exists and  that colors indeed affect moods.

Bo Kaap

After seeing so much, I had begun to run out of cash, I had used my cards few times and all was fine but the last time I used it, it didn’t work. I tried again few days later but my cards were declined. Wondering what was going on, I called my bank and explained. I was told I hadn’t linked my Bank Verification Number with my accounts hence, my accounts were frozen and there was nothing I could do till I got back. I tried to persuade but seeing that this was falling on deaf ears, I hung up. I called home to explain what was going on, asked if funds could be wired to me through money transfer just to get the  information that the Central Bank had restricted the transfer of funds outside Nigeria, hence I was pretty much on my own.

CBN circular

At this point, I had begun to think of how I’d survive the next couple of days, with 157rand and an Itinerary filled with unconcluded activities. Being free spirited and having a positive disposition towards situations, I stepped out but had to go eco-friendly. I took the train to Capetown City Center and on my way decided it was time to see Bo kaap. I felt depressed and I couldn’t exactly mention what was going on to the new friends I had made as Nigerians do not exactly have a creditworthy reputation abroad. I had a meager Breakfast since I was now extremely low on cash and off I went.


Bo kaap is a suburb in Capetown located at the foot of Signal Hill just above the city center. The area is quite popular for its multi colored houses and cobbled stones that date back to the 18th century. It is home to a predominantly Muslim population and also called Cape Malay because a large amount of the residents are descendants of slaves from Malaysia. Bo kaap is synonymous with colors, such that each house is differentiated from the other by the colors.

bo kaap house

bo kaap mosque

Bo Kaap history

bo kaap history

bo kaap

These colors had some sort of effect on me, which could only have been psychological and which helped in improving my mood. I felt way better, I felt cheerful and totally forgot about my predicament. My basic survival skills were heightened, I felt lighter and oddly extroverted unlike the usual me.


I was also at the Bo kaap museum, however, I did not find it as interesting as the buildings which were artistic and pretty.

Bo Kaap Museum

On the train, on my way out of town, I heard a guy on phone speak “Yoruba”, I was exhilarated and felt like I had won the power ball. I immediately approached him without any sense of restraint whatsoever and  started pouring, surprisingly, he totally understood and explained that he had also been home to get enrolled and link a couple of weeks ago.

bo kaap

I was able to get funds transferred to his Nigerian Account which he got out via his debit card. He wasn’t able to get it all out as he had reached his daily limit. Nonetheless, he was pretty nice and got it across to me subsequently considering the fact that I knew next to nothing about him and he could have bailed. Trust me we have a lot of honest Nigerians and people are who they are, not because of their nationality and generalizations should not be made.

Bo Kaap

We’ve got friends all over the world, we’ve just haven’t met them yet.

Plus when we have issues during travel or in any situation in our lives, we don’t have to stay home wallow in self pity. All we have to do is get out there.

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  • Reply Enitan January 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Nice job, keep it up.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks so much dear

  • Reply Bankole Oluyemi A. January 24, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    cool. that what I called Grace. Nice write – up. Am also not a fan of colours. Reading your post now, as highlighting me.
    Thanks dearie. keep it up

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      U welcome Yemi, anytime.

  • Reply Dotun January 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Nice article dear, but I believe Nigeria government is only trying to redirect the movement of dollars every single seconds in the economy. Come to think of it, our of the 170 million plus of citizens in the country, a total of 90 million plus are wealthy and have families and kids in various country of the world that has pounds, dollars and other currencies as their money, but the exchange rate of our naira to this currencies are pourious, yet they send money to this people every week, or even daily and it deregualte our own naira so much. I don’t see a problem in the government of today trying hard to choke every movement of dollars out of the country, its high time everyone come back home both the rich and the poor to sit round the table and look for a solution to help the coming generation. China is a big example of this our senerio, they short out their doors to the economy world and rebuilt their nation after the herosima, now China can boost of the best in terms of technology and economy if possible self. So why can’t my country Nigeria do the same, y most some crazy bad belles try to stop the team ready to set tins straight in the country, by nagging about CBN regularities on the use of dollars both in and out of the country. Go CBN go TEAM CHANGE…. Its high time to be the Giant of Africa again…. We are to set tins straight and its gonna affect lots and tins are gonna be so hard, we don’t care, but once the change comes we all wonna smile and see that our coming generations are gonna have nothing to cry about.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Lol Dotun I share your grievances and i’m not totally against the CBN, adequate provisions and exceptions should be made for Nigerians in the diaspora…a restriction on the amount you can send via money transfer is better than a blanket prohibition.

  • Reply Bolaji Ramos January 24, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    A story that touches the adrenalin, and full of lessons.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Lol 🙂

  • Reply [email protected] January 24, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Wow nice one, dear keep it up, we are proud of u…. more blessing to u.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Hammed

  • Reply Sola January 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Two keep lessons expressed in two sentences: “we have friends all over the world, we just have not met them yet”and all you have to do when faced with challenges is not wallow in self pity is get out there.” Those words strike my heart. Thanks for sharing. Please keep it going.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Will definitely keep it going!

  • Reply Millicent January 24, 2016 at 5:45 pm


    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      🙂 Thanks

  • Reply RMB January 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    @dotun, you are not wrong at all contextualizing the fact that gold went through fire before it earned is value. So endurance and perseverance are the fulcra we need to price out the lost value of our dear country NIGERIA. More power to our adventurist Anuoluwapo.

  • Reply Femi January 24, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Nicely done. kio it up. cheers.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Femi January 24, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Sight and sounds of Capetown is really nice. Good work and clear & clean pictures. wishing you all the best.

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks so much Femi

  • Reply Subomi January 24, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Thank God the story had an happy ending,i was beginning to get scared for u and thanks to Mr anonymous for making us proud abroad.i really enjoyed the post,we should try something like this back at home, pics of the museum though ?

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Lol…thanks…the museum wasn’t exactly interesting, there were no artefacts just stories and history in prose form on the wall…plus pictures are barely allowed in museums.

  • Reply Doyinsola January 24, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    AE…I’m so proud of you dear,went through your blog and it feels like I’m in cape town? You doing a great job! Keep the good work on…God’s blessing now and always?

    • ae
      Reply ae January 24, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      Thanks dearie, so much.

  • Reply Ayodele January 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Anny! Words cannot adequately express my joy and pride with the great good deeds from a nigerian citizen u met over there..I believe it is a unique privileged which u shall remember forever.. Thanks so much for sharing with us dis great experience. Keep it up!!!

    • ae
      Reply ae January 25, 2016 at 12:01 am

      Thanks Ayodele…Nigerians (good people, great nation)

  • Reply sholabomi January 25, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Those words, “don’t stay at home and wallow in self pity when things aren’t going well” got me, and the colour psychology spectrum really works too, thanks for the tip-of of exciting places!I’ll love to visit cape town now,Keep up the goodwork

    • ae
      Reply ae January 26, 2016 at 6:42 am

      U welcome dear and thanks.

  • Reply Jadesola Sokunbi January 26, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Awwwn this is soooo sweet to read. Thank God for the kind stranger. Once again my Happy Go Lucky gets Lucky. Keep it coming Babe I love the pictures. I almost scrolled past the write up in my bid to see more of SA. Kudos!

    • ae
      Reply ae January 28, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Lol…Thank God and Thanks.

  • Reply Ajomo Segun January 28, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Wow! very intriguing story. Nice one Anu

    • ae
      Reply ae January 28, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thanks so much, Segun!

  • Reply Juliet Ejimofor January 28, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Very nice article dear. Keep it up

    • ae
      Reply ae January 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks so much Juliet.

  • Reply oremosu Adetola January 28, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    You are doing a good job sisi

    • ae
      Reply ae January 28, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks dearie.

  • Reply David January 30, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Colours n Words brightens a gloomy day. …. u just did. .. osè

    • ae
      Reply ae January 30, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Glad I could 😀

  • Reply Adebisi February 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Nice stories, hope to see more beautiful places through you.

    • AE
      Reply AE February 6, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks!!! Of Course!

  • Reply Funmi September 17, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    Love this, so so colourful.

    • AE
      Reply AE September 21, 2020 at 6:35 am

      Thanks so much Funmi

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