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Searching For Ndaya

Searching For Ndaya

By Cynthia Malambi
My name is Ndaya Cynthia but for the past 23 years, I've been living life as only Cynthia. For the past couple of years, I've been trying to define who I am. I found out in order to make sense of my being, I needed to claim my birth name, Ndaya, and to know who Ndaya is, I needed to reflect on my life's journey as Cynthia. This podcast invites my listeners to my journey of self-discoveries. I share intimate and personal experiences from my childhood in a refugee camp to doing my master's in Belgium as a Fulbright grantee.
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Getting back to normal
This episode examine the idea of going back to normal after experiencing the pandemic. Life and personal lessons I learned and how I constructed my new sense of normalcy.
July 11, 2021
Life Update: let's talk about mental health, anxiety and ways to help yourself heal
This is my first episodes in months. In this episode I talk about the last few months dealing with depression, toxic relationships and how I decided to choose myself.
June 30, 2021
What are you?
In this episode, I look back to the first time I was asked "what are you?" I explain why I was offended by the question and lay the foundation for the upcoming episodes where I dive in into my quest to find a place where I belong.
March 12, 2021
"What's in a Name?"
In this episode, I further explain why I used "Searching for Ndaya" as a name for my podcast to disspell some conceptions about me and my name.
March 7, 2021
The Woods were Safe
In this episode, I look back at my first year living in the United States. I talk about the cultural shocks like getting a bus pass to go to school. Having my own bed and going to summer camp.
February 4, 2021
Ndaya is a Refugee
Today marks 20 years since my family and I were admitted to a refugee camp. Identifying as a refugee is something I shied away from for the past decade since immigrating to the US. As I become more comfortable with myself, I realized most of the values I hold stems from growing up in a refugee camp. This episodes looks back at that twenty years ago and reflect on the journey and the lessons that has now helped me embrace that part of my identity.
January 5, 2021
Remembering 2020
This episode reflects on the lessons I learned through the challenges we faced in 2020.
December 31, 2020
Welcome to Searching for Ndaya
This episode introduce my podcast to the listeners. Why I decided to do a podcast? Why I chose this specific title and what can my listeners expect from this podcast.
December 28, 2020