Dear 21st Century African Girl,
This is an open letter, just to remind you that it’s ok to be who you are. I know it’s a cruel world but you’re doing great, don’t give up just
yet, (actually don’t give up ever, if I say yet you might think that it’s ok to.)
Hey African girl, I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to like what you like. Read all the books, watch that anime, listening to that indie rock, all the banging tunes so you can have stories to tell. Embrace your inner nerd because she saves you, especially on all those days when it seems she can’t serve you.
Remember it’s ok to be an afro-punk creative with goth undertones, yes even on our “dark continent.” Embrace what makes you you and let go of the box society tells you to cling to. It’s ok to redefine yourself.
Listen, it’s ok to a Feminist. To fight for what you believe in. Smash the patriarchy anyway you can and make the world a better place for you. Make it a better place for everyone coming behind you. You need to stop being afraid of creating new paths.
Dear 21st Century African Girl, you need to start. Start making that change and having those important conversations. Start where you are, with what you have. Someone is watching and someone is listening. Even if there’s only one person in your audience you can still change your world so work at it.
Hey African girl its ok to be a naturalista. I pray your fro grows and your face glows. achieve your length goals, don’t forget to deep condition, moisturize and love your crown. If it brings you happiness keep it. If you need to cut it all off for a new start, know that it’s your hair and it’s ok for you to get that fresh cut. Loc it if you want to, it’s yours flaunt it anyway you’ve got to.
Dear 21st Century Africa Girl, be proud of your country and your continent. You were birthed in diversity for a reason. And though it may seem that you were destined to struggle understand that you’re doing the best you can. In a world where you are set up to fail you’re allowed to thrive. As a Woman. As an African.
Don’t forget your self-care and to make time for yourself. Feed your soul and remember that you need to take care of you too. In a world where you’re taught how to take care of everyone else, remember that you matter too.
So wrap that wear that chitenge (African print) out loud and embrace your heritage. They can’t take that away from you not matter how hard they try. the African soil was made for you so shape it into whatever brings your happiness.