Back in the 1970’s, when I was in my 20’s, before I had any children, I knew that I didn’t want to be an old Black man in North America, because of the lack of respect and racism I would encounter from the larger society around me. When I retired in my 70’s, my children were grown and on their own, so I decided to make my move to the continent.
I chose my destination by applying my acquired knowledge of the African countries, their histories, and their politics as I reviewed videos from real people reporting their real experiences on the ground interacting with the local folks. I chose Kigali, Rwanda; and I picked My Cousin Connection as the best way for me to get here.
Watching the Jai Essence videos, participating in a couple of her interactive sessions, becoming a member of My Cousin Connection, enrolling in the Relocate to Rwanda course, and communicating with the main Rwandan administrator and contact person, Emmanuel “Niiyo” , gave me complete confidence that my move to Kigali was totally doable, and going through My Cousin Connection was the best way to do it.
My Cousin Connection (MCC) had me picked up from the airport and I stayed at Jai’s place, Jai Essence Estates, for three weeks (sorry, this option is currently not available). I shared my housing preferences/requirements with MCC’s administrator Niiyo and MCC’s real estate person Christine. Christine found a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, fully furnished apartment for me at a rental rate of $800 per month, complete with sunset views. Needless to say, I was totally pleased.
Since I have been in Kigali, I have not heard a police siren. I have not heard an ambulance. I have not heard a fire truck. I have not heard a gunshot. Maybe seven helicopters flying overhead operated by the military, but that’s about it.
Currently, I’m waiting for the time to pass and near the end of my 90-day visa, I will be applying for my Retired Person’s visa. MCC’s Niiyo handles all of this. He assisted me with obtaining a local phone number, setting up my bank accounts, everything. Whatever your question, Emmanuel knows the answer.
The only way my move could have been easier would have been to use Star Trek technology and transport me from my bedroom in Cali to my bedroom in Kigali. I am here. I am happy. And, I’m not going back!
An American Runaway,