Over the years I have often thought that it would have been easier if I didn’t achieve anything. I was 21 and fresh off the boat. I had arrived in the UK. My auntie and my uncle were my only family. They lived in Nottingham. So, I went straight to Nottingham.
I was determined this would not be my destiny
I never wanted to loss my Ghanaian spirit.
But how could I keep it?
How can I move freely when the place I live doesn’t share my views?
This week, we decided to visit our formal primary school in Yaoundé Cameroon, and it brought back so many lovely memories.
Michele and I attended Government Bilingual Primary School Biyem-Assi. As far as I can remember, the minimum number of pupils in my class was always around a 100. To people from the developed world or private education, this might seem a lot but this was quite 'normal' for a public government school in Cameroon as the school fee was really cheap.
We always sat 3 or 4 in a bench to my greatest happiness as it meant I could easily copy during exams. To be honest, I wasn’t a very clever pupil, I was always among the last to pass, whilst Michele always managed to be among the top 10! She knows I still hate her for that as she was considered the 'clever' one...
At Grass Fields, we want to explore new African entrepreneurs and artists, which we hope will show a different side to the beauty and the entertainment industries. After all, you never know who’s going to be the next big thing!
Kemi is a unique music artist born and raised in East London. Kemi has had some very unique experiences that brought her to music. She told Grass Fields all about it.
“I am only 24 years old and I have chosen a career that defines me.
I first realised that I could sing in church. I never really believed that singing would become my overwhelming passion.
I am from a Nigerian family. I was raised knowing the importance of education...
I was raised in a very traditional African family. I was taught that jobs in finance was the only way to empower yourself as a young African woman. So I took my parents advice and went to university and studied finance. Once leaving university I gained employment in finance.
I noticed that no matter how hard I worked I never could move up in the company that I worked for. I would complete task faster than anyone else in the office and always remained positive and polite.
Why do we celebrate Africa Day?
A riot of color, music and celebration, Africa Day (otherwise known as African Liberation Day) celebrates the first Organisation of African Unity on May 25th 1963 - later to become the African Union.
It’s an incredible keystone date because it commemorates the 17 countries that gained independence from European colonisers between 1958 and 1963. It’s celebrated by millions of Africans across the world - both in and out of Africa!
In recognition of this amazing event, here are Grass Fields favourite facts about the day...
Interview with Kouassi Atta
I was born and raised on the Ivory coast. I have always been an entrepreneur. However, business wasn’t always my main passion.
I have always had the passion to communicate with the world. The power of language allows us to do this. The power of philosophy allows us to understand the world that little bit more. So, when I was living in the Ivory coast I decided to study literature, philosophy and foreign languages.
When I had finished my studies, I set sails to Italy. It was in Italy I truly started to realise the lack resources for the African community. The African and Caribbean voice was not express or heard. I begin to become more and more interested in organising events within the African community.
I did not desire money. I desired social change...