I am Africa. I am Beautiful.

Nigerian author Amara Chidinma Ezediniru

By Nigerian author Amara Chidinma Ezediniru

Once, my father told me “tell your story yourself, for you are not just a lead character, you are the story. Paint your pictures, it’s your voice to the world.”

Thinking about his words many years later, I know he’s right. Being African is not a script for the big screen, it’s my life. For the movies, I’d need directing and costuming, I’d have lights and camera; there would be simulations of reality. Worse still, there is a software! Who needs all these to be me? How do I tell of me with another’s lens?