I just created a Facebook promoting natural hair. I saw my daughter growing and I just thought that I wouldn’t want her to straighten her hair with chemicals the way I did, and I did that for over 15 years. So last August I decided to just go full on and I did my big chop and I had literally no hair left on my head. That was a way to start from fresh. I’m also natural in terms of the shampoo I use, I don’t use commercial shampoo anymore. I use homemade products. It’s just to kind of teach her to love herself how she is.
Living in France
Discrimination was quite high there and that’s essentially based on how you look and your name. So if they can figure out who you are skin wise through your name you might not find a job. In my case when I speak French, I don’t necessarily have an African accent or even my name doesn’t show it, so when I show up you can see the disappointment on their face. So I just didn’t want to become a victim of it. I just decided to go where I felt I was a little bit more accepted, so that’s why I moved out of France. I never actually worked in France, I pretty much just studied there.
I’m Doing What I Love
I used to work as a Data Analyst managing for an IT company for over 10 years now. Since then I just decided to start my own company. I do food—alternative food. So I do supper clubs, I’m trying to launch my own brand of sauces that blends locally sources produce with West African spices. So I do a lot of things all around within the food industry. It’s quite challenging but I like it. I feel like I’ve kind of found myself again. I’m just trying to listen to who I am and what I like as opposed to trying to blend so much into society and I enjoy the journey.