BHM Interview with Kemkem of Next Bite of Life

In celebration of Black History Month 2015, Cultural Xplorer is continuing with the annual series of Black History Month interviews highlighting bloggers and travelers of color. This interview series was created to eradicate the long-standing myth that African-Americans and people of color do not travel.

This series features a number of interviews from both men and women of color from around the world who are passionate about traveling and sharing their stories through their writing and through travel videos.

Kemkem on Traveling

How were you exposed to traveling?

My parents traveled a lot as far back as l can remember. Most summers, my grandma would be the one with us, while my parents traveled, either by themselves, or with their church groups.

What motivated you to make travel a part of your life?

It was always there. Nigerians believe in working hard, and enjoying their life as well. It was common for people to travel, either to find a better life, or just to holiday someplace different. Then of course, our currency was much stronger than the dollar and pound. I remember when l moved to the U.S, one of our Naira was equal to $2 plus change. How times have changed 🙁 . Now 1 Naira equals about ½ cent.. half of a cent!!!!! Things are different now.

What is your most memorable travel experience to date?

Still is and will always be a visit to Monet’s house in Giverny. It was something l had dreamed of for years. Seeing the water lilies from the little bridge, being in his studio. You weren’t allowed to touch anything, but my friend would keep watch wile l touched his chair, plate etc. I couldn’t help myself.

How many places have you traveled to so far?

About 15 countries, and a bunch of States in the U.S. I have a lot of traveling left to do, assuming l can stop going to London again and again and again, and again etc.. 🙂

What is the greatest lesson you have learned on the road?

That the road will always be there, but you won’t. You have to do it while you can.

What has been your biggest challenge on the road and how did you overcome it?

Mostly it was and is language. Before traveling, l would try and learn a few words in the language  of wherever l am headed. It is still a challenge for me here, as my Spanish is practically non existent, and the Andalusian Spanish is tough, not like Mexican Spanish. It’s a work in progress, so a lot of pointing, using the wrong words etc.. make it fun and funny!

Kemkem on Blogging

When did you decide that you wanted to become a travel blogger?

I had thought about it for a long, long time, but finally bit the bullet about 10 months ago.

What makes your blog unique in comparison to other travel blogs?

What you see is what you get, corny jokes and all. I didn’t take writing classes so l could find 57 ways to say “cold”,  and if people like it..well then..cherry on top. I write like l am talking to and with a friend, not talking at them. I hope that comes across. I, personally, tend to gravitate towards the same kind of friendly blogs.

What are the top three articles that you feel everyone should read on your blog?
Who is your target audience?

Anyone and everyone who likes to travel in relative comfort. People curious about life in other places. I have never traveled with a backpack or stayed in a hostel, but l am frugal. I will search for the best deals, air and hotel/flat etc. I travel to enjoy, and really get a feel for a place, not to collect stamps in my passport. My target would be people who want to take “the next bite of life”or even the first bite 🙂

Kemkem on Life

Favorite travel (or life) quote:

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer”- Frank Hebert, “Dune”

What is something that your readers do not know about you?

I believe l am my mother’s favorite among her 8 children. I refuse to be convinced otherwise! 🙂

What do your future travel plans for 2015 include?

I never plan too far ahead travel wise, but this year l think Morocco within the next month,  Dubai, Portugal, Prague, Copenhagen in the next 6 months or so, and London in November.

Interested in finding out more about Kemkem and her travels around the world?

Website: Next Bite of Life // Facebook Page // Instagram // Twitter // Google+ // Pinterest

By |2017-07-30T01:10:04+00:00February 4th, 2015|Black History Month|10 Comments


  1. Polly Feb 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    Kem Kem always gives great advice over on Trippy, so it’s so nice to be able to learn more about her! Going to check out her blog now; thanks Chanel!

  2. Iam Kemi Feb 5, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Fabulous read. Well done Auntie. More grease to your already greasy elbows :)..

    • Kemkem Feb 6, 2015 at 4:19 am - Reply

      Awwh..thanks lovely namesake 🙂

  3. Deb Feb 5, 2015 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I love following KemKem’ s blog. Her travel pictures are beautiful and her sense of humor really comes across as she takes you along on her journey. I was thrilled to see your interview with her!

  4. Nadeen Feb 6, 2015 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Hi KemKem! I love your blog! Andulusia has been on my list for a long time so I hope to make it there while you are still there! I didnt know you were Nigerian-interesting about the change in money value and you being the Fav of 8! lol Your travel list this year sounds incredible. I really need to get back to London since I have only been there once.

  5. Kemkem Feb 6, 2015 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Hi Nadeen, I hope you do! There will always be room for you! Oh yeah, l get so sad when l think about the exchange rate 🙁 . If l had to move someplace without money worries, for sure it would be London. Federico says he would wash dishes just to be able to live there.. I’m like nope! We will visit and have a good time, and be based somewhere else. Hope you make it there soon.

  6. Mike Feb 6, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    What a fantastic interview, Chanel, and I’m a huge fan of Kemkem’s! This part really resonated with me, “That the road will always be there, but you won’t. You have to do it while you can.” Have a great weekend! 🙂

  7. Congratulations kemkem. Chanel chose wisely with a feature on you. I love reading your blog and more importantly, it was lovely meeting both yourself and Frederico, in Berlin. That was the cherry on the cake! I can’t wait to read about Morocco. YOLO!

  8. Kemkem Feb 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks Victoria :-). Yes..YOLO for sure..we had a blast with you guys in Berlin too. We have to do it again!!!

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