11 Aug 2016
I was talking to my mother when she said "Nowadays people are wearing head wraps, it's the new fashion." To this statement I said "Do you remember I used to wrap my head?"
"You were too typical."
"I was a pioneer but you never let me embrace how I felt inside."
As long as I can remember I've always LOVE wearing head wraps, they made me feel beautiful and regal but not according to my mother. In fact my mother used to call me 'aberewa' (in akan it means old lady). When she said I was too typical she meant too African. But I never stopped wearing wraps and even if I couldn't I wore bandanas. Looking back little things like those were the foundation of self doubt, whatever I felt in my gut to do was not encouraged. In a way it prevented me to soar at young age but it's never too late.
Strangely the Pentecostal church she attended demanded that women wore head wraps, it was a sign of humbleness in front of God.