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African Twitter Shares The Experiences Of #GrowingUpAfrican

Shortly after #GrowingUpBlack started trending, African Twitter users began sharing their experiences of #GrowingUpAfrican.


Yesterday, the hashtag #GrowingUpBlack began trending as a forum for black Twitter users to share formative childhood memories and experiences. Though the hashtag was open to users worldwide, it primarily found traction in the U.S.-- where it originated-- among African-Americans. For African Twitter users with no connection to those markers of a Black American childhood, a continent-specific hashtag titled #GrowingUpAfrican sprung up today.

Since it began trending this morning, the hashtag has been populated by light-hearted tweets on shared parental discipline styles, cultural mores, and recognizable childhood treats in addition to thought-provoking anecdotes on having to deal with offensive stereotypes as a first-or-second-generation African migrant in the diaspora. In the wake of #GrowingUpAfrican's widespread appeal, users have also created offshoot tags like #GrowingUpEritrean, #GrowingUpNigerian and #GrowingUpZimbabwean

Below, we selected some of our favorite #GrowingUpAfrican tweets from today.

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