I’ve talked a bit before about my African identity here on KlassyKinks, so when Amma Appiah (former Klassy Kinks writer!) reached out to me to participate in an Afrigens @ Work series, I got really excited!
AfriGens @Work is a passion project created by Janet Asante, Clarissa Bannor, and Bessie Akuba where they seek, ask, and document life and career stories from next gen Africans adulting in the West. The series introduces people to first- and second-generation Africans from all over the country who are thriving in their chosen careers to show how they’re defining success and living their own interpretations of their parents’ dreams.
Though I don’t quite know if I’m properly adulting (I really struggle with keeping the house clean 🙈), I was honored to be one of the AfriGens chosen to speak on their life experience. I was able to share a little bit of my immigration story, go into my dissertation research and why I think I’m qualified to do research on black health as an African immigrant, and talk about how the perception of natural hair is changing on the African continent. Here’s the video of snippets from my interview!
The only thing I didn’t have a chance to touch on that I feel is important to my African identity is how I feel as a Nigerian marrying a Kenyan. I’ve actually been thinking lately about whether my identity will evolve from being Nigerian first to being African first – since I’ll be both Kenyan and Nigerian. Anyway, I didn’t have enough time to process these thoughts in the interview (and still haven’t processed them), plus Jonathan was there supporting me so I was a bit nervous!
Wearing Corey Red Kendra Shift via Rent the Runway
Check out the catalogue of all the other AfriGen stories at www.afrigens.com and watch the interviews as they debut every Sunday on the AfriGens YouTube channel. Feel free to share your own AfriGen story in the comments as well!