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JEREMIAH, 20 - Ghanaian

The majority of my life has been in Enfield, North London. My mum and my dad are separated, so I lived with my mum and two older brothers. I went to primary and secondary in Enfield, and then obviously college at Woodhouse College. Now I’m at Warwick, which is miles away doing Law and Sociology.

 

In Enfield, before I hit uni, obviously I knew I was black but I didn't feel it was a big deal, but when I went to uni, it affects everything you do, like when you’re next to those people from private schools from early, they ain’t got the same habits as you, thats when you can actively feel and see the difference. You think, “rah, what I was doing that I thought was normal is really not, compared to them”. Being at Warwick as well, sometimes its like a responsibility, like you need to make sure you do better and try and better the system, basically.

 

Some people see me as ambitious, driven, then other people see me as, “too busy”. So being ambitious is a big thing for me, I’m always working, either on education or music. On the downside, i don't always have time for things I should have time for, which as you can imagine, the effects aren’t always good. It’s all to do with organisation and stuff which is something I'm working on.

In terms of my Ghanaian culture, we appreciate the music, the dance. Its the vibe that comes with it as well, theres always gonna be a good vibe, they're always happy.

 

Starting off with myself, my hope is to be comfortable, thats the most important thing. Have a job where i actually want to wake up to do it, not hear my alarm and be like, “ahh I cant be bothered to do this”.I want something were I'm financially stable and happy. For the black community, I just want things to be equal. You need to remember even these uni’s are just taking black kids to fill quotas. i want to make people more aware of these things from early and increase the amount of black people in higher positions, like a takeover, you get me?

 

But I feel like people aren't going towards that direction, especially where I’m from I feel like things are getting worse, not better. Especially in enfield you can see in the kids from early, most of the youngers are changing for the worst. Theres a not enough role models, and their role models aren’t going to those higher positions when they get older, their role models are mandem from the streets. Their aspirations are to be that big man on road, not grab those internships. But the thing is some of them don’t know that they can achieve those big positions. From the outside those people look like they're happy or comfy but they're not, they do wanna be in those high positions, but they cant. I’m scared that for the next generation their aspirations are gonna be on the road and not in the office.

 

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August 11, 2017

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