“As a child, an assumption would always follow me regarding my origins; many would assume that I was Caribbean. I seemed to blend in with those children who were referred to as Black British; the descendants of those who had come to Britain on ships such as The Empire Windrush. To my young mind, blacks were either African or Jamaican, and the latter definitely seemed to be the “cooler” option.
It’s funny how time changes attitudes. My mentality today is the antithesis of yesterday. Today I’m quick to correct people when they assume that I’m Caribbean; quick to boast of my Ghanaian heritage. I’m so proud of my homeland; proud of Ghana’s rich cultural heritage, proud of Ghana as Africa’s shining example of democracy, proud of Ghana’s reputation for its warm spirited people. I was born and raised in Britain, but Ghana will always remain home. I’m not British and, despite my love for the country, I’m definitely not Jamaican: I’m Ghanaian; and proud of it.”
Alex Tettey Aplerku