My chances of living longer didn’t improve because I moved to Europe.
When I’m asked what is your origin? I say I am Racially, Ethnically, Religiously, Politically, Socially, totally 100% unapologetically black African, and black because the world don’t know who we are. The black race has been called all types of names because you can’t define the indefinable. We are God first people no one name is adequate to describe me because I am indefinable.
Born in Africa (Rwanda), and then moved to DR Congo, then Congo, Then Cameroon, then Senegal, Then Thad, Then Kenya etc… I have lived in many countries in Africa. At the age of 15 the day before travelling to Europe I was so excited, first to see my mother in Belgium second to visit Europeans. I will always remember Belgium as the country were I first looked at myself in the mirror and realized I was black, I was shocked by the way black people were treated, and the negative images of African people shown on TV to Europeans people, I felt humiliated. I lived in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain (not for long), England UK, and currently in Scotland UK.
At first I couldn’t understand why the media only showed negative images of Africa, when there are many Europeans living the good life in Africa and have no plans to go back to Europe because they feel at home. They are treated decently like human beings with feelings (heard things are changing).
I studied fashion & design for 4 years, and the last day of my exams. One hour before presenting my work to the judges. My main teacher told me in front of more than 24 students “you are black, and you’ll never succeed in fashion, if I was you I’ll be doing something like plumbing, construction or electricity”, my works were always selected for shows and I couldn’t believe what she said. So I left everything, school, my mother and Belgium for Canada.
Now I know for a fact that those negatives images of Africa are everywhere in the world, so I understood that many Europeans are not intentionally racist they’re just ignorant, and programmed by the media to hate, however it’s not an excuse though we all have a working brain.
There are poor places everywhere in the world. Every minute a child dies in Africa (Africa = 54 countries, so it’s an easy guess) just like everywhere. People die from starvation in Europe too. You have 50% 50% percent of chances of being killed in Brussels, Johannesburg, Mexico city, Paris, London, Edinburg, Mogadishu, Roma etc… Don’t believe the hype.
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