Ivie Eke: #BlackLivesMatter – A Nigerian’s Perspective

Hey, everyone!

I recently wrote an article for The Coven, a blog run by the writer, Sarah Waldron. In the article (#BlackLivesMatter-A Nigerian’s perspective), I discuss how we Nigerians-and the rest of the world-can make an effort to understand the issues at stake so that we can be better allies to Black Americans.

Happy reading!

Ivie.

The Coven

How can one be an ally to distant relatives who are experiencing heart-breaking trauma? Nigerians who live in Nigeria have, like the rest of the world, borne witness to the recent surge of the killing of Black Americans by their police force. In this article, I talk about what being Black in America means to Nigerians, why it is difficult to fully empathise with their current plight, and how we Nigerians (and the rest of the world) could be better allies to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Blacks In America: So Close, But So Far Away

As a Nigerian, I have always been fascinated by the United States of America. Growing up in Lagos in the 1980s and 1990s, I watched a lot of television and the programs which were broadcast the most were from the BBC and American television networks. Black American TV shows, such as The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince…

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