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Portraits of Canadian Women of African Descent
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Mamé Gamamy
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The Big Day
THE BIG DAY

"This is my parents' wedding day. They really haven't aged much. I'm the only one who's older! I'm proud to be in the photo, even if I can't remember the wedding. Not many children get to attend their parents' wedding!"

Mamé Gamamy

I feel I am a citizen of the world.

Nowhere, not in Germany, in Romania, in Guinea, did I ever think of my colour. It is as if I had no colour. I do not see colour. I see the person...

I would not say that spirituality is important in my life. Rather, it is truth, values, principles. I am a person who has a sense of justice.

Remarks recorded during an interview.


Mamé Gamamy was born in Bucharest, Romania, of a Guinean father and a Romanian mother. She lived until the age of three in Bratovoesti, in southwest Romania, then in Greece for a year and next in Munich for 17 years. She speaks French, English, Romanian and German. Mamé recalls the harmony that characterizes the relationship between her parents: "When I see them together, they are speaking to each other in French, in German, in Romanian. There is a whole world in our house. I am the mixture of these three cultures. " In 2002, for the first time, she set foot on the soil of Guinea with her father. During this journey, through her father's story, Mamé understood "what it is to be Guinean. What it is, also, to be Guinean in a foreign country. He showed me where he lived. How difficult it was to leave there and come to Europe."

My Apartment, Mirror of My Life

MY APARTMENT, MIRROR OF MY LIFE

In 2002, during her first stay in Montreal, Mamé fell head over heels in love with the city. She decided to move there and complete her studies. "It is not only a city. It is truly multicultural. It is the city where I want to live," she says. In 2003, she enrolled in Journalism and Political Science at Concordia University. "I chose journalism because I said to myself that in the media, Africa is always shown in a negative way. There is only war, poverty, squalor. I want to show the other side: the beauty of this continent." At Concordia University, she demonstrated her commitment as an activist in the organization Journalists for Human Rights, becoming its president. "To be a journalist for human rights is to create a consciousness of Africa in the media, with the help of African journalists. Not everyone lives as we live in Canada!"


Hi There
HI THERE

My Family, My Treasure
MY FAMILY, MY TREASURE

Jewelled Lady
JEWELLED LADY

Transformation
TRANSFORMATION

My Apartment, Mirror of My Life
MY APARTMENT, MIRROR OF MY LIFE

Patchwork
PATCHWORK