This is very new to me and I will try my best to keep it brief. So a quick intro about me, I will be going by TAS for now which means, the African stutterer. I grew up in Nigeria which is in West Africa (for people who don’t know where that is..sigh) and relocated with my family to Canada after high school. I am in my late 20’s, and I currently work in the financial industry.
I’m from a conservative family and the first child who was meant to be a doctor ( Story for another time lol).
Growing up, stuttering/stammering was not spoken about as I thought it will stop when I get older …WRONG. I got to know more about my speech disorder when we relocated by researching thanks to constant internet service.
The reason why I am starting this blog and also a podcast (I am watching videos on how to use garage band, whole podcasting stuff and all of that so wish this grand ma luck please lol ) is to bring awareness on stuttering or stammering in the African community. I grew up with this burden on my shoulder because it can be tough not getting words out sometimes and how to stop feeling ashamed/ embarrassed about my speech impediment and just live my life.
I have thought about creating this platform for a long time but fear of putting my self out there has prevented me from starting. Most importantly, the international stuttering day is on my birthday October 22nd. This was the only push I needed .. for some reason I’m tearing up.
I have not decided on where this blog and podcast will lead to but my main goal is to have people across Africa chyme in and lets share our experiences on how stuttering has impacted your lives.
I will post a podcast recording before the new week.
There was nothing brief about this post but thank you for reading 🙂 .
So, I just created my first podcast episode and here it is! https://anchor.fm/tas0/episodes/Introduction–Hello–I-stutter-e48a3k