December 5th, we celebrate Sinterklaas and you can still read Why Black Pete is Racist. To celebrate, I want to talk about why #BlackLivesMatter is important. On May 25th earlier this year, George Floyd died at the hands of police in Minneapolis. He allegedly past a counterfit 20$ bill which resulted in him being arrested. However, the police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes and during the last 3 minutes, George’s body didn’t move and he had no pulse. The brave 17-year old Darnella Frazier filmed this whole ordeal and made sure the rest of the world saw it too. The death of George Floyd sparked a world wide movement against racism and police brutality. However, why is this so significant?, we have a lot to unpack here, so let’s get uncomfortable.(more…)
Today, I want to talk about racism in the Netherlands. More specifically: why black pete is racist. I will address a discussion that has been going on for ages in the Netherlands. I have voiced my opinion before, but only on Facebook about this matter, but never really on my blog. Today, however, I want to take my time and dive into this issue. The topic is way more complex and yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, there is a distinction between being blatantly racist, ignorant and voicing a well-thought opinion. Anyway, let’s get into a healthy discussion!
Note: this article may attack your white privilege and this may automatically produce white tears. (more…)
In my previous post, I talked about what I have been up to for the past year. If you missed that one, you can read it here. However, I forgot to mention that in May, I went to the Polette Party in Amsterdam! Soooooooo, I can hear you guys ask me: “what is Polette anyways?” Well, Polette is specialized in eyewear! As some of you may know, I wear glasses and lenses… and I was really interested in Polette when I saw one of my “friends” on Facebook modeling for them. That is how this lovestory began.
A few months ago, I went to the African Business Day in Rotterdam, the Netherlands at the Erasmus University. I was actually contemplating whether or not to write a blogpost about this event. And I honestly think that it is important to do so (even though nobody reads my posts)… I think it is important for me to reflect on the things I have experienced and share that “I aspire to inspire others by sharing my experiences” right?! So, if you are curious about who were speakers at the African Business Day 2016, keep on reading. Enjoy :)!
I hope everyone is doing fine. I know I have not been blogging for a very long time and to be honest, writing this blog post has shown me how much I actually miss it. In other words: I will be blogging more often!
In this blog post, I would like to share with you this amazing experience I’ve had. Last Saturday, a good friend an I went to a performance act called HearWord, by Nigerian women. #HearWord is a Nigerian expression that means to hear, but also to listen. The act is very touching as it is about the realities that women face. However, the beauty of th eplay is that even though it has an African, Nigerian, narrative, all women are able to relate to the situations. As said on their website, the play was focused on all the things in life that women come across that limit their potential for achievement, independence, decision-making and leadership. On top of that, they were also able to give perspectives across a variety of socio-economic levels. In other words: this was a true masterpiece. (more…)
I am so sorry for not updating you guys in a while! But I have finally found some time to share my experiences and a lot of pictures with you. I had the opportunity to go to Poland with my South Korean Gang! We had a few days free, so decided to go to Poland, which is literally our neighbouring country (of Germany).
Hi guys! Hope everyone is fine. This post I want to share a few pictures of my trip to Potsdam! I went on a sunny Saturday with a few other exchange students and we had an amazing day. We walked soooo much, but it was totally worth it :).
How have you guys been? I hope everyone is fine J. As some of you know, I went to Senegal in January and March was the month I was going to Germany for my semester abroad. I am already in Berlin for over a month, but I have not been able to post updates about my actual stay in Berlin… But today is your lucky day! Lol, not really. Before I will tell you and show you about my stay in Berlin, I want to apologize for slacking lately L. I am really, really, really sorry!