My Life in Africa

Ed Dodge spent much of his childhood in Angola, where his parents were missionaries. Decades later, he returned to Africa, to Zimbabwe, to teach at Africa University. His adventurous journey, which has spanned eight decades and counting, is told in his new book, Family: A Family Doc’s Memoir of Life in Africa and the US. His story will inspire you to think about what you value most in your own life and pursue it for all it’s worth. Order it now from

In these dispatches from Zimbabwe and other African countries, Dr. Dodge offers glimpses into life in 21st-Century Africa.



An Eventful Day

Tuesday, June 5th is a special day. It’s been highlighted on my 2018 calendar for nearly a year because it’s the day that I and several members of my extended family are beginning a long-planned trip to Africa. We actually began talking about the possibility of such a family trip over a year ago. Ten months ago, 14 of us bought round-trip tickets from Ethiopian Airlines for this trip. A 15th member of the family subsequently decided to join us. Why Africa? That’s a long story. The quick version is that my parents felt a call to Africa over 80 years ago, and Africa became their life-long passion. Three generations of the Dodge family have had some kind of ties to Africa since then. Now, we’re going back to explore old family memories and perhaps create some new ones. We start today!