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This Video Puts an African Lens on the Black Lives Matter Movement

We gathered a group of Africans to read a poem inspired by police brutality against Black people in America.

Black lives matter. It's an unquestionable and uncomplicated truth.


Blackness, however, is not as plainly stated. Blackness is broad and multilayered—and each layer matters. It's crucial that the myriad of black identity is fully represented in the movement for black lives.

In a new video, OkayAfrica gathers six black Africans, of various nationalities, to read a poem, written by Sheba Anyanwu, about police brutality against black people in America. The poem begs the necessary questions about the inclusion of African lives in the Black Lives Matter movement. This kind of reflection isn't about dividing the movement, it's about strengthening it. It's about ensuring that it lives up to its name by fully recognizing the totality of black life.

We ask these questions because "whether you're from a country in Africa the Caribbean or an African-American, bullets don't ask about your humanity."

So we must ask.

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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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