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“As a member of the African Diaspora but of Caribbean decent, I guess I have a slightly more complicated relationship with the continent of Africa than many others. I see it as a big part of my identity, but I also have a level of disconnection with it, as for most of my life I was only really able to connect with the Caribbean part of my identity. Now, however I no longer see it as either/or proposition.
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I have grown and maintained my connection with the continent by investing time to learn about it. Reading books, watching lectures online, keeping an overview of the news and speaking with others who have more experience or knowledge of the continent. Naturally, I am drawn to conversations around the economic development of the continent as business is my passion. I am also fascinated in learning about the variety of rich cultures Africa has proudly created.
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Growing up, my connection to the Caribbean was mostly through my parents and grandparents. Listening to conversations about mostly Jamaica where my parents are from, I was able to form a connection with the country. Also through staying on the island with family, rather than as a tourist, I have been able to get a clearer picture of what life is like there while falling in love with it.
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However, as I have gotten older and technology has improved, I have been able to learn far more about the politics and economics of the Caribbean via various outlets online.
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Creating companies and investing in both Africa and The Caribbean is a big part of my future plans. I plan on expanding my existing company Dream Nation across the world and one day have Headquarters in various African and Caribbean countries. I also believe there is still so much untapped economic potential in both places, so investing in start-up companies is of real interest to me one day. Finally, one of my dreams is to build a network of Universities and educational institutions around the world, with a special focus on Africa and the Caribbean.
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Organisations like the United African Diaspora, can play a part in everyday life by becoming a reliable and high quality news source for topics that impact the whole Diaspora, not just Africa. It would be great to have a platform which looks at all the different segments interact with each other, which will help build a better idea of how we can further unify. Ideally with content in multiple formats including written, visual and podcasts. Also by organising events such as conferences, networking events, debates and lectures.”