I was eight years old when my family moved to Canada seeking political asylum. I learned how to speak English watching the TV show ‘Cheers’ and from having to speak English at school. We were always raised to be proud of our heritage and culture. We spoke Swahili at home and ate our traditional foods. As a child, I loved learning about our new country and although we faced some racism ... I also remember how encouraging, generous and loving people were to our family.
My siblings and I were always brought up to be grateful for this country and to make sure we use all our opportunities, resources and education to the best of our abilities. I proudly identify as Canadian. I know what makes this nation an amazing country.