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"I Hated Human Zoos"—Afro-German Author on Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany

At 92, Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. In a new clip, he opens up about the racism he's faced throughout his life.

Theodor Michael is one of the world's oldest Afro-Germans. Born in 1925 , the actor and writer lived through the Second World War and had to navigate life in Nazi Germany—as a black person. Thus, the 92- year-old author possesses valuable firsthand knowledge about life in the country during those times.


In a new clip for German-based media outlet, DW, Michael speaks about the lifelong racism that he's dealt with in the country, starting from his early childhood when he was forced to appear in a human zoo.

His stories are an opening into black history that is rarely spoken about—the affects of which, are still being felt by black people in the country today. Watch the clip below.

The video is part of a larger project by DW Stories, which chronicles the black experience in Germany.

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How Relocating to Ghana Helped Reinvigorate Jewelry Designer Aisha Asamany's Work

Moving to Ghana gave Aisha Asamany's luxury jewelry brand, inspired by Adinkra symbols that traditionally project strength, fearlessness, love and power, renewed verve to tell personal stories of her growing clientele.

In 2019, the government of Ghana made a global splash with its Year of Return initiative – the campaign sought to encourage the African diaspora to return home to the continent, specifically to Ghana.

Linked to the 400th year commemoration of the first recorded landing of slaves in the United States, it became a launchpad for the Ghanaian government to convince Black people around the world to permanently settle in the West African country.

Aisha Asamany, a corporate management consultant for high-profile UK financial institutions turned self-taught luxury jewelry designer was one of many who heeded the call, trading in the corporate life for a spiritual and an entrepreneurial journey – one of joy, appreciation, and representation in her fatherland.

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