What is #BLACK? For a long time, I struggled with a little bit of identity crisis. How can I be black when everyone else is so quick to identify me with “oyibo”? People would say things like “you would have been fine if you were black”, and I wanted to be black so bad. So much so, I considered using a couple of creams and soaps I had heard about. And then I wanted to be white – for the people who thought there really isn’t any difference between me and a white person. I dyed my hair to look more like them. Polished up my accent. Western culture was all I could live and breathe. It took me a while to realise that black is more than what colour your skin is. It is my culture, my blood. My black is being comfortable in the fact that I am simply a different shade. Accepting that we cannot all be the same and daring to be different. I am not an albinism activist (yet), or a melanin warrior. I am just a young woman living happily in my own skin. [I nominate the tagged people to share their #BLACK story as well] @officialhouseofzeta #BLACK
So, what is #BLACK?
BLACK – “the journey to self love and acceptance”
Share your BLACK story
- Take a picture of yourself holding a cardboard or paper with the #BLACK hashtag written on it
- Upload this picture to Instagram, and write your story as your caption
- Tag @officialhouseofzeta and use the hashtag #BLACK
- You may also nominate people you believe have amazing stories to share to share their story as well.
The BLACK campaign is supported by: Guardian Life, The Naked Convos, Omoge Mura, Sharon Ojong, Audio Inferno, and What’s The Fuzz. If you have any questions, send an email to info@houseofzeta,org or visit their website.
I, personally, am looking forward to reading all the incredible stories I expect people to share.