I am someone who has spent a vast amount of time in countries where being a minority race is faced with negativity and racism, I have also spent a vast amount of time in countries where you are faced with Xenophobia. Having experienced both, I spent a lot of time trying to prove that i am not those stereotypes or misconceptions. As much as its a tedious and sometimes futile task to do, It important for me to show that there is more to my race than stereotypes or there is more to my country than its negative representation.
I'm proud of my heritage because It is what bonds us with one another. There is a beautiful strength in individualism but there is also beautiful strength in the shared values and cultures, that make us uniquely united.
Biggest misconception people haveIs that Africa has no space for Art and no space for expression through various creative mediums. This couldn't be further from the truth. Our heritage through patterns, through sculptures, through tribal stories, are art, they are expression. We should embrace and acknowledge that.
Why do you think Diversity matters?Diversity Matters because it teaches us to understand and accept the way people choose to represent themselves. Whether its representation through their heritage, their culture or their own personal beliefs. We become less judgmental of others and more understanding and accepting of who they are.