I Am African

Anyoko Sewavi

North Mecklenburg Highschool (Huntersville, NC) 

I am African

Sub-Saharan

Known to be less developed

Yet, I am more developed

How do I know?

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

I am born Lome, Togo

Raised

Charlotte, North Carolina

Schooled

Although I know two languages

None English

I am already more educated

Than the Americans around me

I know phonics

They do not

I know my numbers

They do not

I know more

Than they can hope to know

 

But, I am African

Sub-Saharan

Known to be less developed

Yet, I am more developed

How do I know?

 

Name?

Anyoko

“Ew, that is WEIRD”

Name?

Haley

Origin?

Togo

“Where’s that? Sounds WEIRD”

Origin?

Beside Ghana

Favorite Food?

Goat Meat

“Ew, thats DISGUSTING and WEIRD”

Favorite Food?

Pizza

 

Because I am African

Sub-Saharan

Known to be less developed

Yet, I am more developed

How do I know?

 

Back home

Do you have pet elephants?

Do you have cars?

Do you have schools?

Do you live in trees?

Because I am African

Sub-Saharan

Known to be less developed

Yet, I am more developed

How do I know?

 

Ridicule me

Humiliate me

Belittle me

Come for me

I am not the one

That treats other ethnicities

Like they are aliens

I am not the one

That assumes, anyone that’s not me

Is a lower being

I am not the one

That thinks, every where in Africa

Is a Feed A Child commercial

 

I am African

Sub-Saharan

Known to be less developed

Yet, I am more developed

Because, I

Am not IGNORANT

That is how I know

 

Anyoko Sewavi is a 16 yr old Togolese female and in the first year of DP at North Mecklenburg High School.