Kelechi Okafor: ‘I’m not hiding my white boyfriend’ – BBC News

Kelechi Okafor: ‘I’m not hiding my white boyfriend’ – BBC News – A while ago I thought, why does it seem that most prominent black female activists seem to be dating white men? Then I had a moment of introspection where I thought, hang on, I’m one of those women.

I speak up about racism and sexism affecting black women. I have an online following. And I have a white fiance who rarely features in my social media spaces.

To explain where I stand, I need to tell you about my childhood.

I was born in Nigeria but moved to south London when I was five. I grew up in Peckham in a predominantly black neighbourhood – they call it Little Lagos.

It was almost as if I hadn’t left West Africa. I saw so many people who looked like me in Peckham, they were calling out to each other in the street. There were people there my mum had grown up with in Lagos. The streets looked different. The buildings looked different but it all felt very familiar.

%d bloggers like this: