Africa consists of 47 nations, is the most natural-resources-rich continent in the world and produces the most highly-educated immigrants to America. But sample the latest Western media portrayals of Africa and you won’t hear any of that.
This is part of the reason Native New Yorker Imahkus Okofu grew up looking down at Africans.
“I didn’t want to be no African. The pictures that the media painted of Africa, the only Africa I saw was Tarzan and Jane… Would you want to come to Africa? I didn’t want to come to Africa at all, because there was nothing good that was told to us about Africa.”
In an interview with BBC, Okofu explains how her view of Africa drastically changed after visiting Ghana and experiencing the Elmina Castle in Cape Coast, where slaves were held before their transatlantic voyage.
““As I stood there… I remember being terrified. Gradually, I could feel people touching me, soothing me, saying, ‘It’s alright. You’re home. You’re safe. Welcome back…’ I knew then that Ghana was going to be my home.””
Okofu sold or gave away almost all of her possessions and moved to Ghana in 1990. She says that she does not hate America, but feels that blacks have to fight hard for every cultural stride they’ve made. Africa involves less struggle, she says, although the continent is not perfect.
Watch the 5 minute video here.
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