Proud African Essays

Brief Personal Statement - In 250-300 words, tell us more about you and why you are considering VCU.

Despite protests from my family members and other Ghanaians in my community, I consider myself first and foremost African American. No one needs to give me permission to claim myself as an African. I do not feel the need to justify that I am African by owning an African passport or wearing African clothing. One of my feet is deeply rooted in Ghana, Africa, which I call home; while my other foot is embedded in the United States - where I was born. I am African American in the truest meaning: an African living in America. Yet, I could classify myself as Ghanaian American, Ashanti American (my father's tribe), or Ewe American (my mother's tribe).

I am a dark skinned African woman with features that reflect my heritage. I love the dark pigmentation of my skin, the plumpness of my nose, the defined profile of my waist and the fullness of my lips. I am "Nappy & Happy." My kinky, coarse soars toward the sun like a blooming tulip in springtime. I cherish the uniform that I was issued.

Many factors contribute to my desire to become Ram. Virginia Commonwealth University's diversity of students and clubs will allow me to interact with people from diverse cultures. Not only does VCU have innovative faculties and programs, but it also has a small student-to-faculty ratio. Attending VCU will allow me stay close to my family while experiencing the college life. Additionally, VCU offers directly health related programs as opposed to numerous other universities which offer less medical based majors. In fact it is VCU's pre-medicine program, which I will opt for my sophomore year, that sealed the deal for me.

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As a proud South African I am exposed to 11 official languages in our rainbow nation. We have a tendency of feeling inferior when speaking our mother tongues. I originate from a Tswana speaking culture. (Ke Motswana Morolong wa mmina tholo). Nothing beats someone who is proud, passionate and loves his/her own language as I do.

You will never determine where you are going if you don’t know where you come from. No offence, but I fail to understand why we should be so thick in the head as to embrace a language while thinking your own mother tongue is dirt cheap.

I am a man who can be taken away from Tswana speaking people, but you can’t take Tswana away from me. Yes, they will tease you and make you ashamed of your accent. Know that what doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

Let’s bury the hatchet. In a nutshell, you can adopt a new language, but never forget who you are. Your happiness matters the most. Don’t try to be someone you are not in order to steal the show. I repeat: this is a cheap thing to do.


Phenyo wrote this as a grade 10 student at Tong Comprehensive School, Ganyesa.

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