EDINAH MASANGA |United Kingdom
Millions of Africans have left their continent in search of greener pastures. One popular destination is Europe where African immigrants find themselves immersed in a new culture and a new way of life, suddenly having to take on a new identity that fits into their new society.
In any setting, minorities always find themselves with a heightened sense of being different. But, different people do different things to fit in. Others try to change themselves in order to fit as much as possible into the new society while others get an even stronger resolve to preserve who they are. One such person is Zimbabwean fashion designer Zuwa Re, who immigrated to England close to a decade ago.
We are fortunate to know our roots and we have to impart that wisdom upon our children.
Our ancestors had an oral tradition where they told stories around a fire, passing on knowledge from one generation to the other. Our history, especially African identities, because they are not so well documented, they can only stay alive if we continue talking about them to our children, teaching them about who they are, where they come from, what their culture means as well as their food and their values.