The Content of my Character
I'm Enobong Essien. A dancer in musicals and a smiler of smiles. Both my parents are Nigerian and I am the first person in my family to be born in England. I am English, born and bred; a fact that is surprisingly difficult for some people to comprehend. I am fully Nigerian and fully British and fully proud of being both. People often joke that I pick and choose which nation I will associate with depending on context but I just like to take every opportunity I have to remind people that I belong to both.
I've been told by my white friends that "I'm not like other black people" and by my black friends that "I'm a white girl in black skin." I've been called a coconut and a bounty bar and even a Coke bottle with Fanta inside. Why does being black mean I can't swim? Why does being black mean I can't like rock and indie music? Why does being black mean I have to love watermelon? (I do like watermelon incidentally but that is besides the point). I am not the exception to your "average" black girl. I am just a human with a high dosage of melanin and, in the words of Usher, "these are my confessions".