• Bukosia Odongo, Mathematics undergraduate currently doing a year abroad at The London School of Economics
• from Uganda
What does BHM mean to you and how do you think it has impacted you now that you are in Britain?
Well I’ve only been in the UK for 4 days now. However, I do think it’s absolutely important that we celebrate Black History Month. I think it’s important to raise awareness about it and for it to be highlighted a bit more at LSE because I personally don’t really know what is going on. Being from the US, our Black History Month is February so I am excited that I get to celebrate it twice this year. BHM is very important because there is a lot to learn especially because history in general does not highlight the great things black people do. During BHM we usually learn about Black pioneers in various industries.
How well do you think LSE as an institution is doing in terms of raising awareness for BHM?
Well I have only been here a short time but I am not aware of any events so far.
How important is race in a place like Uganda? Do you think BHM should be celebrated there?
In Uganda it’s different because you don’t really realise your blackness until you are outside the country or interact with someone who is not black. However, I still think that celebrating BHM in Uganda is important. Uganda has a lot to offer and it would be nice to celebrate black history. In fact, I personally think BHM should be celebrated everywhere.
As someone who is half Ugandan, half Kenyan, raised in the US but currently residing in the UK, how do you identify when someone asks where you are from?
I say I am Ugandan but of course if it’s a conversation I would bring up the fact that I am also half Kenyan.