Meet Elizabeth Omolaja, African poet who wrote a book on being black

Meet Elizabeth Omolaja, African poet who wrote a book on being black

- A 20-year-old Nigerian writer, Elizabeth Omolaja - who based in the United States - has written a book on being black: Essence.

- Omolaja also said getting a publisher to believe in her book was difficult

- The book has been described as one that negotiates the issues of racism, identity and the essence of a people

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Elizabeth Omolaja, a 20-year-old Nigerian writer, has written a book on what it takes to be black in the US. She was said to have migrated to New Jersey in the States when she was just three.

Her teacher at Greek High School, Karyn, described the girl as a diamond in the rough.

Just like Omolaja, Karyn was also a migrant who moved to America two decades before.

According to BeingNigerian, the teacher said that the girl overcome serious bouts of anxiety to florish.

The young writer said she uses poetry to express her feelings of both the trying and the good times.

Her teacher also spoke about how she saw the young woman recover from her trials, turning into the young lady she is today.

Elizabeth also spoke about how she wanted to at a time put off the whole book project as a result of how hard it was to find a publisher.

She also had to struggle with being black and make sure that things would not overwhelm her. In describing her book, she said that it is about embracing black skin and the promotion of a people’s essence.

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Tertius Gous shared a letter written by a man who was looking for a job as a gardener.

Gous revealed the man, Charles Kambalame, hand-wrote hundreds of these letters asking for jobs before walking from house to house to drop them in people's mailboxes.

Kambalame started off his letter:

"I humbly stand before you and submit my application for the above underlined post in your house, sir/madam."
Meet Elizabeth Omolaja, the African poet who wrote a book on being black

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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