Updated: Jun 22, 2021
It's not cute, y'all
Since March is our wedding anniversary month, I often find myself writing more about relationship/marriage/coupledom but not this year. Not in 2021.
I couldn't understand why Money seemed to press at me from all sides but then I reviewed my own journey towards financial literacy and how financial ignorance has cost me so much.
We can't carry the weight of Otherness AND ignorance as well. The cost is too great.
The response to my #moneymyth IG reels - which actually started out as a filler during my batching weekend, came as a big surprise because it emphasized what I've known for a while. For a community so focused on a better life, a good number of us aren't literate enough to build a financial base for our next generation.
The African Immigrant community place so much emphasis on degrees, Ivy League schools, and 'real jobs' , but startlingly little on financial awareness and depth. Doctors, lawyers, and professors have their families' approval but stagger under debt for years. A good number of us are not even considering early retirement, raising financially literate kids, or leaving them a worthwhile inheritance. Something meaningful, beyond burial expenses and debt.
I'm convinced it's a conversation worth having but I can't do it by myself. I would love to know what you think about this issue. Why do you think there's still a glaring amount of financial unawareness in the African Immigrant community?
Let me know in the comments.