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I Wanted Children Like My Children to Be Represented in Books

There are many stories of white children available in Switzerland and more and more books with stories of Black kids. But I have not yet come across many books that talk of the experience my children are having – being too Black to be white and too white to be Black. Having seen mixed children being lost in this setup, not knowing where they belong or feeling disadvantaged, I think it is my responsibility to help others understand that mixed kids experience the world differently

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Ogadinma Or, Everything Will be All Right tells the story of the naïve and trusting teenager Ogadinma as she battles against Nigeria’s societal expectations in the 1980s. After a rape and unwanted pregnancy leave her exiled from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, she is sent to her aunt’s in Lagos and pressured into a marriage with an older man.

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I Wanted Children Like My Children to Be Represented in Books

There are many stories of white children available in Switzerland and more and more books with stories of Black kids. But I have not yet come across many books that talk of the experience my children are having – being too Black to be white and too white to be Black. Having seen mixed children being lost in this setup, not knowing where they belong or feeling disadvantaged, I think it is my responsibility to help others understand that mixed kids experience the world differently

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This rare feat of gathering these complexities in Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Madagascar, Libya, Zimbabwe etc and even in non-African states like Hawaii he pulled off, exhilaratingly so, in this collection that reminds us that no matter the national boundaries separating us, humanity is always the same everywhere, an actuality that pulls down boundaries.

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