The British Library

Ife’s Story

I was born in the UK but my origins are Nigerian. I class myself as Black-British as I grew up among a hybrid of African and African diaspora cultures. The language I speak with my peers reflects this too as we speak a language that allows us express our unique relalities in the UK. The language is called Black British English and its creation is a legacy of the Windrush generation cultural impact alongside later generations of African Migration. The language is used in Black music exports like Grime and showcases the beauty of our cultural mixing. I also love that many aspects of my Yoruba culture have become mainstreamed In black UK culture like wearing matching African prints to weddings and using Yoruba terms in every day black speech.

- Ife, London

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