Back in 2013 when I went to Singapore to be a trainer at a conference. This was my first time out of Africa. I had met a lot of Asian people before but I had never actually been to any of their countries.
After a few days there, I realized I hadn’t seen any other black person. I didn’t think of it as a big deal. Until that one day!
I was walking in a subway station with a couple of friends and we came across the middle of the station which was big and had a round center with a huge ring marking on the floor and we thought: “That’s such a great place to take pictures” so we decided to stop and take some pictures of ourselves at the center. That day I was wearing clothes with traditional fabric from Nigeria which made me stand out even more. When it was my turn to have my picture taken, I went to the center and posed with my arms stretched out wide then my friends took my picture.
A few seconds later, I could hear a few more clicks and I thought my friends were taking more pictures. A few seconds after that, I heard a lot more clicks and before I knew it I litterally was surrounded by a swarm of (I would assume) Singaporeans who were now taking pictures of me. I decided to enjoy my five minutes of fame and stayed there as people were still joining the crowd and taking pictures of me.
I had never experienced anything like that before, even till today.
Jide from Nigeria to Singapore