My name is Ketty, I am an African by birth and upbringing and I preserve my identity by flying the African flag higher wherever I am.
Being away from home doesn’t mean being away from my identit;it only means stepping aside and admiring the beauty of what Africa has nurtured. Yes… I admire myself! Studying in one of the most competitive universities in the United States and living in a predominantly white city is certainly not easy for an African Child.
Every day I have rise to overcome misconceptions that the world has to offer me because of my identity. But as an empowered African YMCA S2C graduate, I remind myself every morning that I have been prepared for greater challenges. I tap my shoulder and gently whisper: “you have been empowered so you rise and face your challenges and fears with melanin pride”. And then I remember that many young African youth are watching me, and when I succeed, many may look up to me for motivation will be inspired.
Flying the African flag away from Africa is both my right and responsibility and I take this responsibility seriously. My identity is me, and I am my identity and that I will always be. On this special day, I want to tell every person who has invested in an African youth: please know that your trust is not misplaced! We are doing it, we may have different paths, but we are flying the African flags well.
To all the Africa youth: Africa we want is in us, it doesn’t matter where we are but our primary responsibility is to bring it out.
Happy African Youth Day!
Ketty Munyenyembe (Graduate S2C Ambassador from Zambia, currently at Smith College, Massachusetts, USA)