Race, being ‘too’ dark or having fair skin and how both tones are treated and viewed in society, are issues that are still very present all over the world and also in today’s Congolese society. Regardless of this, Sifa has taught herself to take pride in her beauty and who that makes her.
Sifa discusses race in a global context and in local context in her home city Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). She deconstructs Congolese stereotypes and discuses her experience growing up black in an international school in Kinshasa where she is often viewed as being the inferior race. Sifa Muderhwa is a 16 years old student at the international school, Institut Aurora, Kinshasa DR.C. Sifa is passionate about art & music and her life goal is to contribute to her country’s development and promote ‘African-ness’ & self-awareness through painting, music and cinema.
Sifa is a bright and courageous student. She anticipates the impact her speech will have on the global platform and hopes to transform at least one person’s way of thinking for the better. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx