Today we have not one, not two, but three awards to take care of! I have been double-nominated for the Outstanding Blogger award, an award I had not yet been nominated for, and single-nominated for the Thirteenth Disciple Tag.
Thank you so much, SonoofYHWH and MakaylaLife for the two Outstanding Blogger awards, and my brother Jesusluvsall for the Thirteenth Disciple tag! If you guys aren’t already following their blogs, make sure to do so by clicking on their names!
The Kennedy Award of Excellence is a registered award of excellence for blogs through its writing, presentation and objectives. It fosters human values; promoting intellectual, emotional and moral growth of peers.
Thank you so much to my brother from Jesusluvsall for the nomination! I haven’t done an award in a while (in fact, I tend to avoid them), but I liked the unique features that set the Kennedy Award apart from the others.
With that, make sure to check out his blog by clicking here, he regularly publishes quality, encouraging content, and I highly encourage you to subscribe to his website!
So, without further ado, let’s get into the award!
Alright, and we are back with another award- our fourth Liebster award! Thank you so much to Debby from DebbySEO for this nomination. While I usually don’t participate in awards I’ve already received, I seriously liked the way she’s changed it to make it more special, and so here we go.
The rules are simple:
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their website.
Use the same Award image as your nominator.
Share 11 facts about yourself & mention 3 blog articles
Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you
Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
Make up 11 questions to ask your nominees
Notify your 11 nominees
11 facts about me
I have 5 siblings.
My dad is a pastor.
I am extremely addicted to coffee
My favorite book series is Lord of the Rings.
I am extremely bad at math.
I have swam in Loch Ness (Scotland).
My favorite movie, besides Lord of the Rings, is Avengers: Endgame.
1) What is in your opinion the best SEO software currently on the market? If you haven’t used SEO software, how informed are you about SEO services and software? Likely Moz.com’s features or Ubersuggest. I have used both and they are fantastic for learning about SEO. The best paid software, however, is the “Yoast SEO” plugin.
2) If you could eat as much food as you wanted without ever getting full or fat, which food would you choose? What is your favorite restaurant? American food, because there’s a lot of variety. My favorite American restaurant is Wendy’s or Cracker Barrel.
3) If your pet could talk, what would it say to you? She’d probably say, “why did you never want to be my friend?” I dislike guinea pigs, so I don’t usually pet them.
4) What is the weirdest thing you have ever seen someone do? I once saw a random girl dancing….innapropriately in front of a crowd of five-year-old children for a fundraiser in Uganda.
5) If you had enough money that you never needed to work again, what would you do with your time? Probably spend most of it playing basketball, although reading is also tempting.
6) Name three of your favorite songs. “Armies” by KB, “Paid My Dues” by NF, and “Set Me Free” by Lecrae.
7) Name three of your favorite books. “Lord of the Rings”, “Ender’s Game”, and “Sherlock Holmes”.
8) Would you lie to your friend or spouse for a large sum of money? How much? Absolutely not. As a Christian, I am called to be honest at all times.
9) If you had $10,000 to spend on whatever you like, what would you do with the money? I’d donate $2,000 to my ministry, New Hope Uganda, and invest the rest to use when I go to college next year.
10) If you would be granted one wish of any kind, what would you wish for? Assuming I couldn’t wish for unlimited wishes, I’d ask for the greatest, most complete guide to women’s minds. With that, I’d teach men and would eventually rule the world.
11) Who has been the biggest example in your life? Why? My dad, without a doubt. He has a massive impact on my life, from the way he has taught me to the example he sets.
My 11 questions for my nominees:
1: Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
2: Do you work out? If so, describe what you do.
3: What’s your favorite dessert?
4: If you geeked out about something, what would it be?
5: What are your thoughts on the COVID-19 breakout?
6: Is social media beneficial or harmful to a teenager?
7: What is the most views you’ve had in a day (on your blog)?
8: Do you have a hobby?
9: Recall a childhood memory.
10: What high-school subject would you gladly re-take if given the chance (anad time)?
11: Favorite animal?
Sadly, since I have very little time, I can’t nominate specific people. If you would, however, like to do this EPIC award, I nominate you! You, my reader, are nominated (I know, it’s a lazy thing to do, but I don’t have the time to hunt down 11 people). Go forth and complete the award!
Alright, that’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading, and thanks to Debby for the nomination! Guys, if you enjoyed this post, make sure to click that Follow button below (or to the side). Then, when I release new posts like this on, you’ll get notified. Thanks again, and I hope you have a great day!
Hey, another award, and this time, it’s a new one! Thanks to my good blogger friend (and supporter) Joshua Swanson for the nomination. Joshua, you’re awesome, and I love reading your blog. Your posts are always so encouraging! Guys, if you aren’t following his blog, I encourage you to do so! You can do that by clicking here.
This is something I’m going to be doing monthly for new bloggers that show serious promise. Honestly, I wish someone had done this for me. If I had had a full-on mentor that could have taken me under his wing and showed me how this blogger thing worked, that would have been epic.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Without Ariana Evans and a few others (Keziah, WPBeginner, etc.), I would be a much worse blogger than I am now. But, if a full-on, dedicated mentor had helped me, that would have been even better.
So, in order to remedy that, I am willing to help anybody that asks. Obviously, I can’t volunteer myself for the job, but if any new bloggers need help, don’t hesitate to ask!
Alrighty, Africa Boy is back with another award, and it’s one of my own invention- the Food Award! Lydia, thanks so much for the nomination! Guys, if you haven’t already, be sure to check out her epic blog here.
Alright, that’s all for today. Guys, have fun. As always, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed this strange post. If you haven’t already, be sure to click that Follow button, so as to not miss out on any new posts. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hey everybody! We’re back again with our (apparently) weekly award: the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Newblogger20, for the nomination! Her blog is one of my favorites! Make sure to check it out here.
Thank the person who nominated you
Link to the blog of the person who nominated you
Share 7 facts about yourself
Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
The first and second are already done, so now the third is up. However, it’s going to be a challenge to write seven facts I haven’t already written.
I use very colorful substitutes for swear words (Oh frappuccino!).
I have bad hand-writing.
I enjoy reading Calving and Hobbes (an inspiration to us all).
I love shwarma (thank you, Iron Man).
My favorite type of a country’s food (like Mexican, Chinese) is Indian.
I have bad back problems.
I have a unique sense of humor.
Alright, that’s all. Now, my victi- nominees, I mean.
Hey guys! Today, we have another award- my second Behind the Blogger award! Thank you so much, Kenechi Duatron, for the nomination! Guys, make sure to check out her awesome blog here. Here are the rules:
Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag
Alright, now to answer the questions.
Why did you start blogging and why have you kept blogging? I started blogging for a couple of reasons. I loved writing, and I wanted to share some of my experiences with the world. I also have a lot of family members, and I wanted to find a way to communicate with them. I’ve kept blogging because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it!
What is your favorite type of blog post to write? Definitely my stories. Those are so much fun to share, and I get really excited as I write about past experiences.
Hey! We’re back again with another award! This time, it’s a new one- the Random Acts of Kindness Award. Sounds like fun, right? Thank you so much, Keziah E, for nominating me! Your blog is so much fun to read, and I absolutely love your writing!
Anyway, here are the rules.
Copy and share the picture that shows the award, posted above.
Share a paragraph of something that impacted your own life by giving or receiving kindness.
Nominate anyone or share to your own page, if you so choose to participate. Tag or pingback to the original person who nominated you, or the original post.
Tell who you nominated and why.
I took the liberty of changing the grammatical structure of the rules, so as to make them more understandable.
To be honest, though, it’s really hard to pinpoint a key moment of kindness in my life. There have been many, and thinking of one big, specific one is hard. As it is, I’ll tell the one that comes to mind.
It was November of 2016, and TobyMac had come to Charleston, West Virginia. My family was on furlough, and we were staying at our house in Saint Albans, West Virginia, about 15 minutes from Charleston. When TobyMac announced that he would be coming in November, my brother Noah and I grew excited. None of the artists that we liked ever came through WV- it was a small state and thus ignored (I’m looking at you, Lecrae! I’ve bought tickets to your concerts in Uganda, and you canceled! And you’ve never gone through Charleston!) So, we began saving our money, ready to buy the tickets.
Eventually, we purchased the required tickets. The night of the concert began, and we arrived with only one minor hiccup (my jeans tore straight down in the front, but that’s a story for another time). A half-hour later, we were bobbing our head to Capital Kings and Mandisa. Then, during a lull in the performance, I turned around to examine my surroundings. An older man, probably between 50 and 60 years old, was seating himself behind me, carrying three Coca-Cola’s. Now, I, being the joking Ugandan-American that I am, grinned and asked, “Hey! Where’s mine?” Now, keep in mind that I had absolutely no clue who this guy was. For all I knew, this guy could have drugged the Coke’s and was trying to enslave the minds of the youngsters around him. But, having grown up in a culture that freely shares everything (and jokes about sharing even when you know you won’t be shared with), I just went with it.
Now, this guy could have totally laughed it off, or told me to shut up and turn around (neither would have surprised me). But instead, he just smiled at me and laughed a little. I thought the joke was done, so I turned around in my seat to wait for TobyMac to come on. Then, five minutes later, I felt someone tap my shoulder. The man had gone back to the snack bar, purchased two cold Coke’s, and was holding them out to me and my brother.
By this point, you’re probably screaming “STRANGER DANGER, YOU IDIOT!” Yeah, well, I didn’t grow up in the USA. Yes, I accept Coke’s from strangers. No, there were no drugs in them. No, the guy did not ask for my email or do something creepy.
He just wanted to share. This dude, whom I had never met in my life, just decided to buy two drinks for the grinning, tan teenager a row ahead of him. Thinking back on it, I’ve realized that maybe there is some hope for America. If its people buy kids free Coke’s, then God Bless America!
Alright, that’s it. Sorry, but that was a little longer than a paragraph. I hope you enjoyed the story, and aren’t too offended by my lack of common sense. Anyway, I only want to nominate one person (I’ve nominated a lot of people recently, so I need to stop bugging them). I am honestly curious as to how she answers this nomination.
Thus, I nominate Ariana Evans, my blogging best friend. It’ll be interesting to see her do this.
Anyway, thanks for reading, guys! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hey! We’re back with another award, and this time, it’s a new one- the Blogger Recognition Award. Thank you so much, Ariana (my blogging best friend), for nominating me. Guys, if you haven’t already, make sure to check out her blog here, with the original nomination here.
Alrighty, that’s done. Now, here are the rules, per usual.
Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Nominate 5-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.
The Creation of Africa Boy
I first started blogging on my dad’s old blog. He had this section on it called the McFarland Kids Creative Place, and on that, I could blog. My first ever post (published November 4th, 2015. You can find it here), was a poem I had written about snow. Eventually, I grew to dislike blogging on a website that was not my own, so I used my email and created my own blog, found here. The Elisha McFarland blog still exists, and I update it regularly. After a year of blogging on that website, I was told by a friend that the Blogspot websites aren’t nearly as cool (or accessible) as the WordPress website. Thus was born Africa Boy.
Now, here are my two pieces of advice. 1: Blog consistently (sorry, Ariana, but I copied you). 2: Don’t be afraid to market; in other words, don’t be scared of telling people about your blog.
We are back with another award- The Liebster Award! Yep, the same award that I did a few months ago, but this one is different. There are a few new rules, and the order has been changed. Thank you so much to the person that nominated me- Raegan! Be sure to check out her blog here. Anyway, here are the rules.
Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
Share 11 facts about yourself
Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) gave you
Nominate 11 bloggers that deserve the reward
create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer
let them know they’ve been nominated.
Ok, here are 11 facts about me. These will be simple and easy.
My name is Elisha William McFarland
I am 16 years young
I am 6’0
I live in Uganda
I have lived in Uganda for 15 years
I have played basketball with the grandchildren of Museveni, president of Uganda
I have 5 siblings
I also have a dog, 3 rabbits, 22 chickens, and an owl (it belongs to Noah, my little brother).
I play lots of basketball
I am a starter for our local high school basketball team
I love baking
Here are the questions Raegan gave me, with my answers in bold.
1. Do You prefer to wear flip flops or gym shoes? Gym shoes. As an athlete, I end up wearing them a lot anyway.
2. Do you like ranch houses? I’ve never been in one, so I wouldn’t know 🙂
3. Do you prefer veggies or fruit? FRUIT! Veggies are ok, but fruit such as strawberries, mangoes, and jackfruit are amazing.
4. Prefer cats or dogs? Dogs for the win. I have a dog- a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Mounty.
5. Prefer Pink or purple. Probably purple, because it’s a royal color.
6. Have you ever been at attacked by a dog? Yes, once. I accidentally threw a football too far, and this dumb dog came and started shredding it (it was leather). When I grabbed it from him, he bit my finger and basically shredded it. I still have scars.
7.Do you prefer Pepsi or Coke? Coke. Pepsi seems to sweet, which is rather ironic, considering they both have tons of sugar.
8. Do you like roller coasters? Yes, but not as much as my dad and siblings: they adore Space Mountain in Disney World.
9. Do you like ice cream or Cake? Cake, because I am lactose intolerant, and as such cannot eat much ice cream.
10. Do you play the Piano? Yep! I had lessons for about three years before my teacher moved back to the USA.
11. Are you homeschooled? Happily! I have been homeschooled every year of school, save for 5th grade, which I did at a Christian school in West Virginia.
Alright, that’s that. Now, here are my questions.
Predestination or Free Will?
How long have you been a Christian?
What is your favorite type of smoothie?
McDonald’s or Wendy’s?
Do you follow sports? If so, what sport and what professional team?
The NBA Finals have been going on. Do you have any opinions on this?
What is your favorite thing about your way of schooling (homeschooling or real schooling)?
Do you think soda rots your brain?
What is your favorite chapter of the Bible?
What is your favorite book?
If you could live in one country for a week, what would it be?
Now, I don’t think I’ll be able to nominate 11 people, but I’ll do my best to nominate as many as I can.
Here we are, back to another episode of “Africa Boy Awards”. This award, the Randomness Award, was created by Jesse just a few days ago. Essentially, there are only three rules.
Thank the person who nominated you. THANKS, JESSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Then you gotta answer the questions that the person who nominated you… asked.
Then you must nominate 5 people and ask them 10 questions.
Have you ever played a sport? Yes! I am currently a starting member of my local High School basketball team, the New Hope Stallions.
What’s your favorite movie? Either Lord of the Rings, Avengers: Endgame, or Ender’s Game.
If you had to choose one thing to do for eternity what would it be? Uh probably just shoot basketball. It never really gets old- I could do it forever.
Who is BY FAR the best book writer in your opinion? J.R.R Tolkien, easily. Sorry J.K Rowling, but Tolkien had better Worldbuilding and Character Creation skills.
If you could own ANYTHING in the world what would it be? A Lamborghini lol. It’s easily the coolest car in the world.
If you went to another planet and found an alien what would be your first thought? “Wow, there really is intelligent life in the universe (cuz we aren’t intelligent)
What’s your least favorite movie? Uh, that’s pretty hard, considering the fact that I usually don’t remember lame movies. To be honest, it’s probably the VeggieTales “The Penniless Princess”.
If you knew you were going to die in a week unless you went back in time to prevent it what would you do? I would go back in time and write a hidden message to myself because if I saw myself coming from the past I would think I have gone crazy.
Why do you love to blog? Because it gets a lot of my thoughts on paper (computer?), gets a lot of critique from you guys, and allows me to hear your awesome comments!
And last, do you personally think that video games “rot the brain”? Absolutely not. Video games are a fun past time, as long as they are not abused.
Alright, that was a ton of fun. Thanks so much, Jesse! Guys, make sure to check out his awesome blog here. Alright, now for the nominations and questions.