(1) A London based Nigerian lady being convicted of £1.3m fraud
(2) A UK Channel 4 report on Edo state showing how girls take oaths that tie them to a life of prostitution and servitude in Italy
(3) Ex-governor, James Ibori being extradicted to the UK to face allegations of diverting state funds to British banks
Each of these stories resonated with me because there is something about the people involved that I could identify with. This is because If you asked me to describe myself - my origins - I would say...
- I'm a Nigerian woman from Edo state who now lives in London.
With stories like these, everything about my origins can often be tainted by negative preconceptions:
From Nigeria?..............Must be a Fraudster!
From Edo State?..........Must be a Prostitute !
Indeed, when people living abroad hear negative stories about Black people, Africans, Nigerians etc we feel saddened and the usual reaction is that they have somehow shamed 'us'
However, I am making a conscious decision to shed this 'coat of shame'.
'And what do you want me to do about it...........?'
I am ONLY responsible for the actions of ME .....and my kids.
No more, no less.