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More often than not I am faced with a profound question At a young age its always been a constant struggle to distinguish myself from my fellow Africans Today an issue presented itself During my speech class we were asked to evaluate each of our peers based on what we found unique about each other While most of my classmates chose the easier route by saying either their favorite sports team or favorite color I couldnt help but place emphasis on a topic I felt was so central to my identity When it was my turn I felt uneasy Standing there in front of people who barely knew me for an hour and giving them an insight into my world scared me Despite being reluctant I spilled the beans As expected the whole room remained puzzled For the greater part of my life I have always been torn between two cultural stereotypes I am Nigerian and Ghanaian Being multicultural in a world that solemnly depends on categorizing you in one group has become a struggle between defining who I am and where I fit Embracing my heritage and the different cultural backgrounds that comes with it has become something I like to do but society says so otherwise It has always been either I had too much pride for one country or not enough of the other When I newly came to America I was shocked at how prominent racial identity was in todays society I remember when I first enrolled in high school during my 9th grade year and became a member of the African Student Association There most of my peers were mainly Nigerian or Ghanaian none belonged to more than one culture After finding out my background most of them jokingly proceeded to asked me several uncomfortable questions such as if my dad married two wives or if I was hallucinating I
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