We invite Black professionals in various industries around the world to anonymously share their experiences living and working while Black. Even in the same industry, with the same position, even at the same company, every experience is unique. Be motivated and inspired by real people at various stages of their lives and career.
Designer And Architect In Zürich, Switzerland
What is your gender?
Where do you live? (Country and City)
What is your job title?
What industry do you work in?
Architecture & Design
What would be the first 2 or 3 sentences in a biography about you?
As a child raised in Africa, our generation grew up making our own toys. We were not poor. We were rich in ideas.
Describe the area where you live.
One of the most expensive cities in Europe!
What are your standout experiences, living while Black in your neighbourhood?
I stand out, but positively. I am noticed. People are interested in what I have to say, because I have proof of what I am capable of. I take part in, and win many competitions.
What situations in your daily life remind you of your skin colour?
When I take public transport and have the luxury of several empty seats next to me, while others are compressed, like sardines, in the neighbouring compartments 🙂
Describe 2 or 3 key events that helped you reach this stage in your career.
I won many design competitions, which led to many publications. I took part in an international design exhibition and was one of the prize winners.
In what ways does being Black affect your job?
As far as I am aware, my colour hasn’t had any negative impact on what I do.
What are your frequent irritations around work and your career?
I don’t have any.
What are your key tips to someone Black attempting a similar career?
It’s not about your colour. It’s about what you bring to the table! You are as good or as bad as the rest!
What are your future goals and ambitions?
Keep on doing great work 🙂
What is your personal definition of success?
One of my creations to be publicly displayed.