In the latter half of 2013, two very old school friends (K and M) decided to collaborate on an idea that would not only allow them keep their creativity alive, but would let them share their unique experiences as multicultural and Third Culture Kids through fictional characters they had created.
Having spent five years together at school in Zambia, acting in numerous plays together, and attending the same English and Biology lessons, K and M thought it was natural to revive their old creative connection. They thought hard about what they would do and finally decided to write. K came up with the name mengedegna (the Amharic word for ‘road traveller’), as a reflection of his and M’s uncertain nomadic lives. Thus, Mengedegna Adventures was born.
K (who writes for Chris Blok), is half-Zambian and half-Dutch (much like his character). He currently lives in the Netherlands. M (who writes for Serena Shirazi), grew up in Kenya and Cambodia, before heading to Zambia. She now lives in India, the country of her passport and citizenship. Mengedegna Adventures is a reflection of K and M’s unique experiences and imagination in the form of two interesting fictional characters.
Both K and M will be writing diary entries for their characters Chris Blok and Serena Shirazi, periodically in the hopes of creating a special story about two friends separated by distance but joined by shared experiences and understanding. Through the stories of Chris and Serena, K and M hope to unravel their own multicultural and Third Culture Kid identities.
K and M hope you will find this blog interesting and will travel along with them as they go in search of their own identities.
Thank you for visiting Mengedegna Adventures!