Award-winning American rapper Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, popularly known as Diggy Simmons, has recently affirmed his love for the African continent in an Instagram post. 
 Diggy Simmons is thankful to Boris KodjoeNicole Ari Parker, Bozoma Saint John and Jake O. Bediako for an introduction to his truth about Africa after the just concluded Full Circle Festival which held in Ghana.
For many of these stars, the trip to Ghana is the first time they are setting foot in Africa, the land from which their ancestors were savagely sold into slavery and hardship. 2019 marks 400 years since the first slaves landed on the shores of America and the Carribean which is why coming back to the land they call the ‘Motherland’ is a “Full Circle” for these black Holywood celebrities.

In an emotional message, the 23-year-old rapper, who first came into prominence as a 10-year-old when he co-starred in his family’s MTV reality show, Run’s House, shared how his recent trip to the continent forced him to rethink his stereotypes of Africa. Posting a photo of him clad in Kente and gold jewellery he penned this lengthy yet heartwarming caption.


 Perhaps I’m ignorant. Perhaps I have been for some time now. Many of my perceptions, or misperceptions rather, were overdue to be rightfully shattered. It’s a shame—as one with many friends from Cameroon, Nigeria, and other countries throughout the continent of Africa—that I have remained so unaware. These friends raved about their homelands, and somehow their praise fell upon deaf ears, in part due to that as a child, Africa, to me, seemed branded as less than alluring.

The media and my societal narrative has often viewed Africa with a lens of violence, poverty, and underdevelopment. This portrayal has caused generations of Africans to abandon their own heritage and traditions. During my trip to Ghana, I can’t say I’ve ever felt more comfortable in a space. I don’t think I stopped my Shaku Shaku from the time I got off the plane.

Every stereotype that’s been perpetuated never pointed to me feeling this free. I was also fortunate enough to visit the slave dungeons in Cape Coast—small quarters where over a hundred of my potential ancestors were held captive on any given day with no nourishment, suffering in their own feces and urine. As heartbreaking as it was to stand on those grounds, my takeaway—apart from feeling both inspired and devastated—was a galvanized sense of pride. I felt as if I gained a more authentic and emboldened sense of self, furthering my own understanding of endurance through my ancestors’ plight. Thank you to @boriskodjoe@nicoleariparker @badassboz@thedebonairdisciple @nathanyahhalevi for the introduction to my truth. My year couldn’t have began with more clarity.

Watch Diggy having the time of his life in Ghana.


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