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What I’m learning about my people

29 Jan 2020

Working with African designers there’s something I’ve noticed. Aside from their humility,  great work ethic, and undeniable talent…

I see that there’s a strong desire to stand out. To be respected. To be accepted by the design community. 

It reminded me of  something. 

I remembered coming to the US and having a Ghanaian accent. I would talk to people, they’d laugh because they said they couldn’t understand me. I stood out, but wanted to blend in. 

So what did I do? 

I started scrubbing away my accent. I’d learn how they wanted me to speak, and start talking like them. Until finally, I’d erased all traces of my culture. It’s a shame. 

But now, these African designers are doing what I never had the courage to do. 

They’re not trying to blend in. They’re not washing away their culture. They’re highlighting it! 

And producing some of the most stunning work you’ll see!  

Check out this dope motion video reel by Timeyin Gordon…and there’s so much more where that came from. 

Anyway, it’s 2020, and I thought you should know. African designers are crushing the game, and they’re here to stay 🙂 

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Ronnie Kwesi (happy belated MLK day) Coleman