Tanzania: hybrid identities

Charcoal Ink blogs about hybrid identities, “It used to hurt me a lot as a child because I was so proud of Tanzania despite the fact I lived abroad but when people constantly told me that I wasnt a real Tanzanian or a real East African — I then knew that this notion of a real ‘Tanzanian’, ‘West Indian’ is bogus because circumstance and environment creates who we shall become. I feel like I have a hybrid identity in that I am an East African girl with a London view of life. I always like saying that I am a Tanzanian girl via the airport of London: if that makes me less Tanzanian, then so be it. I know where my roots are.”

Start the conversation

Authors, please log in »


  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.

Receive great stories from around the world directly in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the best of Global Voices!

Submitted addresses will be confirmed by email, and used only to keep you up to date about Global Voices and our mission. See our Privacy Policy for details.

Newsletter powered by Mailchimp (Privacy Policy and Terms).

* = required field
Email Frequency

No thanks, show me the site