Crossing Cultural Boundaries

The internet, social media, and the world wide web has given us new ways of perceiving and new ways to mark our cultural identity.  Mark Tutton reflects an exemplar of this new way of defining and naming ourselves. Afripolitans are Africans who are transcending cultural boundaries by re-inventing a new culture; a culture of the world.

Something of a buzzword in the diaspora, the term “Afropolitan” first appeared in a 2005 magazine article by Nigerian/Ghanaian writer Taiye Selasi. Selasi wrote about multilingual Africans with different ethnic mixes living around the globe — as she put it “not citizens but Africans of the world.”



This is the world viewed by Posidonius in 150-130B.C.


The world’s boundaries are becoming more and more translucent, and with the internet and the other glue that knits cultures together, we are re-naming, re-inventing, and restoring an authentic identity.  This new identity has more to do with our place within the world, and our contribution to more than one culture. Afripolitans suggest a culture that is not bounded by lines on a map. Crossing cultural boundaries is about being African, Romanian, European or whatever we are born out of, into the world, and merging with the global culture of which we are a part. More on Afripolitans….

The World

The World Map by Strebe

This is the way the world is viewed today. Our perspectives

of boundaries change throughout time.


The World as Viewed by Posidonius 150-130AD

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