During an interview for a fellowship the interviewer was shocked that I spoke English so fluently and asked how I would react if a host pointed that out during my stay. I informed her that the world has revolved, we study in Africa and much as we love our languages ,we have to communicate to the rest of world so we have to learn different languages.
I realised how diverse life was when I moved to Kenya back in 2012, I left everything at home other than my surname. I made so many friends quick and no one ever thought of me as not one of them until I had to give both names at certain events and I’d be asked which tribe Tusiime was from. I always responded passive aggressively and asked if my origin was necessary and how that information would help.