Living in Washington, DC, the most popular questions you get asked often at networking events are “Where are you from? and Where do you work?” I must say the first part is my favorite, why is that?
Well, let me tell you, after a few minutes of socializing, people begin to make assumptions of who you are, what you represent and unfortunately build stereotypes to identify you with by where you are from.
As you may have heard before, some of the stereotypes people associate New Yorkers with are that “we are rude, we are always in a rush, we walk fast, we think we are better than everyone else and we have a slick mouth”. I will like to say, this is just a stereotype and not true about all New Yorkers. I am certain you can find someone who fits this description anywhere in the world.
But I must say, I love that question because it’s so broad, yet so specific and it is the start of the actual conversation if you ask me. So, where am I from, I’m from The Bronx, home of Rap and Hip Hop, the beautiful New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, Wave Hill, Yankee Stadium, the convenience of a Bodega positioned almost every block, the Cherry cocoa mango sellers and my all time must have and favorite Mr. Softee ice cream.
I am from Ghana formerly known as the Gold Coast, home of rich cocoa, gold mines, where citizens grind from sunrise to sunset and of course the best Jollof. Yes, I said it, but come back, I am not done yet.
I am a World Citizen to sum it all up. But most importantly, let’s just say, you can take me out of the Bronx, but you can’t take the Bronx out of me, it’s just that simple. I will never be a Washingtonian. After all, I come home (The Bronx) so often, I consider myself Bi-coastal.
Coming from the Bronx and Ghana, I have a great appreciation of people, different cultures and an understanding that has enhanced my interaction with others to best present myself in a manner that’s not misunderstood.
If you are looking for a taste of amazing Caribbean foods in the Bronx, go by Gun Hill Road. During my high school years, I frequented the 2 train to Gun Hill Road to visit my friend. It was then that she introduced me to this other side of town, so being in this neighborhood certainly brought back some fond memories.
Today, I challenge you not only to read this post but to share with us Where you are from and what your country or city is known for?