I have always been fascinated about the 'Black Star' in the Ghanaian national flag which is translated to represent 'Hope for Africa' because it gave me the opportunity to reprogram my mind and explore the absolutely unique possibility of a star being black. Think about it for a second; how does a black star shine? Is that even possible? (perhaps is a question for a limited or racially-biased conditioned mind). I believe that one day we will wake up to the realization that the colour of darkness is not black and the colour of light is not white, and we will be ashamed of the wide gaps we have created in society because of the needless negativity that has been carefully and systematically curated and associated over time with my #Black and #African race.
We need mental weaponry. Enlightenment (education) is key and the only effective way Africa and the world can become a better place. Thus, I’m currently working on my podcast DAM - Diverse African Minds to help push the agenda for my Africans and all. I also do my best to present Ghana—my motherland in the best light in my art as well. I’m impatient with my actions now yet patient with results. I’m trying to experience balance and maintain it.
I schooled in China and constantly my skin was referenced on the streets of China. It got to me mentally and almost affected by identity. After graduating and leaving, I’ve learnt to constantly update my knowledge of blackness, how to fend off racist and derogatory comments. As a journalist I’m constantly discussing these topics and writing about them
Being at a Model United Nations largely populated by Asians and few Europeans and fewer Africans, I saw how they looked at me, different but they embraced it with time. They had so much questions and sought to confirm from me what they heard in the media about how Africa really looks like. They saw Africa like a country than a continent and it was a good chance to retell the African story, the African way
With my experience living in the UK and globetrotting to other parts of Europe, I believe "supporting their own" remains adamant and this is one thing missing in the African context or within the black community. This I strongly believe is the basis on which most Africans feel discriminated against and refer to as racist moves. Until the African builds strongly on this and supports his/her own irrespectively, the world shall just be a footstool to the black race.
I had an incident where I got connected to a client who's white from a friend of mine who's white, we started off well then at a point I put my picture on profile and sent a message after saying he's not comfortable working with a black person. He can't trust me with his business. Lost the contract also.
I'm using my voice as a #RepresentationMatters ally to to help other melanated people to use their voice and stand for themselves and let us all push the VisualActivist.Me a gender.
As a creative person, I really got moved when I was I search of stock photos of blacks for various project and couldn't get much and most photos u see of us are photos depicting poverty, weakness, absurd living which really hot me as a creative to help rectify that.
I had an incident where I got connected to a white client from another white friend of mine. We started off well then at a point I put my picture on my profile and sent a message to him. He responded by saying he is not comfortable working with a black person and that he also can't trust me with his business. I lost the contract because am black.
Seeing a lot of less privileged girls become a burden on the society breaks me, therefore I decided to try and change the narratives by helping them get a source of income in any possible way I can.
I was moved when I realised,through books, magazines and upon inquisitive research, that people who looked like me had undertook great career paths I was dreaming of. my reality wasn't questioned anymore, because my dreams had been validated through the legacy that I too CAN. I mostly recommend talents who are thriving in their fields to aid they might need.
I enrolled on the Central Leadership Program amd we had a session where we learnt about the Transatlantic trade and slavery plus colonialism. I got my mind opened up that indirectly we are part of our own problems and we need to come together to make things right. We have socialized ourselves so much with our problems so much that we don't see them. We need to start being the change we want to see.
Working in a multicultural team, I realized that indeed we are capable of achieving and doing and being so much more once our mindset is right. For this reason, I decided to setup an organization called “The New African Mind” which is focused on transforming the mindset of the next generation African.
Personally, I haven't had any experience but when I watch the news and read history and see how we've been unequally represented, it makes me want to do something about it! Projecting afro-descendant talents to the world will greatly help us equally represented!
I was especially moved when i got no help to even study the basics of design , being tossed around and used but still nothing . I had to make the step to get where i am now even though i'm no where near my goal but at least the step was made and with that anyone who comes my way i give my all to help them to stand on something.
My experience is rather family related. My younger brother who migrated to the United States in 2017 to get his degree gave me an oomph feeling when he was made to represent his school at an annual interstate technology fair in his first year. It felt so elating especially to the fact that e has never had any travel experience prior to that. This move boosted my confidence and inspired me to create an organisation called Brand1000 to develop world standard brand identity to perfectly represent the aspirations and talents of entrepreneurs in Africa.
When I was looked down at work because i studied in Ghana.It was actually a motivation to encourage myself and other young ones not to look down upon our educational system.
The notion that 'everything BLACK is evil' Black is never evil. Black is a gift given us by our creator. Black has power. Black is a weapon. It's about time we clear that notion that 'Black is evil' it is sad but this is what our forefathers believed and even 'we' this generation still accept this lie. We need to uphold ourselves as black and see how powerful we are. Through photography and writings, I would enlighten us on THE VALUE IN BEING BLACK.
I may not have an experience but been part of this movement is a step in changing the normal. I’m within circles that focuses in bridging the gap and changing the mindsets of the African youth, is another step for change.
Seeing many Africans living out the continent tracing their way back home to experience what mother Africa has for them. #yearofreturn
Learning of the grand achievements of my ancestors in the areas of science, arts and culture prior to an education steeped in white supremacy that taught me otherwise was an exceptionally touching period of my afro-discovery era. As a creative African, I am advancing the heritage of my ancestry using poetry, authored works and blog posts. This is also to exhibit what we are capable of and to inspire others to do same.
I'm a teacher and some years back , I had a student in my class who was from Australia and before she went back to Australia she told me She was glad to be here ( in Ghana)and it's nothing like what she was told/the pictures she had in mind about Ghana.
I have come across many instances and I think what we didn’t realize is that our acceptance of this word “black,” was and continues to be our ultimate weakness, and as a result we are viewed worldwide as nothing more than the spineless, soul forsaken, helpless . I believe in change and it takes only our voices to make a difference.
Even though I don't have the experience of being black in a predominantly white or other racial group, I know what it means to feel inferior for being the only kid in glasses, the only skinny one, the effeminate one etc. Empathy is lacking because of lack of representation. If there's that, people will be forced to look through the lens of individuals that may have never been considered.
I’ve seen people been treated less human because they didn’t look like how a particular group was and made them feel less of themselves. Hindering them from becoming what they wish to be.
In my course of studies, I've come across a lot incidents where by people are discriminated against and looked down on. People despise the ability of what others can do just because of how they look or where they are coming from. I decided to be that beacon of hope, the reason why people should appreciate who they are. I decided to give voice to the voiceless through my lens.
Personally, I've never had an ugly experience with regards to my color or race , but I've read and seen people being misjudged and maltreated just because of how they looked , and I feel it's a topic that needs to be talked about because I feel that alot of folks who do that do it out of ignorance.
It was a few months ago when I went to a concert in Accra to shoot candid photos for a website I signed up for. It was a paid concert so I got my tickets so I won't be harassed by security when I start taking photos but that was the opposite. The white fellows were allowed to use their cameras to shoot whatever they want while I had to go back and forth begging to get my camera back from the security. I think we can do better.