Thursday 20-10-2016 - 15:59
#ReclaimBlackStories is NUS Scotland Black Students' campaign to share the reality of Black history and what it's like to live in Scotland at the moment - as told by Black students.
Both my mother and I almost died when she was pregnant with me. It is by her strength and perseverance that I am here today. So not only do I have my mother to thank for being the most positive influence in my life, I owe her my life; the creation of it, and then its safety, regardless of how much it hurt her.
My mother comes from a background of poverty and hardship. Her childhood is dotted with memories of walking to school barefoot as a child and having to hide her torn blankets from her classmates at boarding school. She overcame the drawbacks and societal judgements of teenage pregnancy to finish her high school education. She then put herself through further education, finally getting to the point where she is now, a self-sufficient, educated, and comfortable woman.
She is a strong black, African woman that cares for everyone around her. Her kindness is not limited to her family alone. The community can feel her presence; the students she teaches respect her.
She is an inspiration to me. She is sometimes the only reason I get up in the morning. Because of the great things I’ve seen and heard her do with her life, I have no choice but to believe that I can do absolutely anything with mine. She is my best friend and the greatest love of my life.
The point is, what has my mother NOT done to inspire me? She has shown me real love. She continues to support me even when I make mistakes and never tires of teaching me. A lot of what I am and what I know is because of her. She is the embodiment of strength, spirituality and power. She soldiers on, seeks to better herself and refuses to be held back by patriarchy, misogyny, racism, tribalism and all the other bad words and constructs that women face on a daily basis.
If there is a God, some of her greatest work went into creating the mother she gave me.
P.S- my mother is a badass, don’t @ me.
NNYALADZI NYEKU (ZEE)