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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice job, keep it up.
Thanks so much dear
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
U welcome Yemi, anytime.
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.
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.
A story that touches the adrenalin, and full of lessons.
Wow nice one, dear keep it up, we are proud of u…. more blessing to u.
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.
Will definitely keep it going!
@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.
Nicely done. kio it up. cheers.
Sight and sounds of Capetown is really nice. Good work and clear & clean pictures. wishing you all the best.
Thanks so much Femi
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,..no pics of the museum though ?
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.
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?
Thanks dearie, so much.
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!!!
Thanks Ayodele…Nigerians (good people, great nation)
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
U welcome dear and thanks.
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!
Lol…Thank God and Thanks.
Wow! very intriguing story. Nice one Anu
Thanks so much, Segun!
Very nice article dear. Keep it up
Thanks so much Juliet.
You are doing a good job sisi
Colours n Words brightens a gloomy day. …. u just did. .. osè
Glad I could 😀
Nice stories, hope to see more beautiful places through you.
Thanks!!! Of Course!
Love this, so so colourful.
Thanks so much Funmi