I have a deep pride in the land, culture, and people of my homeland. This pride was instilled in me at a very early age. My grandmother, Agnes, insisted on speaking Kru to me even after we settled in the US. She repeatedly told stories of my lineage and how the Portuguese ships came to the coast of Grandcess. I’m working hard at instilling this pride and knowledge in my children. My pride allows me to effortlessly rock Ankara in the board room or a Broadway play. It allows me to switch accents without hesitation, when necessary. Yes, despite the devastation of war and Ebola, I believe in an emergence of great things for Liberia’s future and that of the continent. It is this very belief that allows me to easily celebrate my African Pride. It is the same belief that led to Tikolah Collection as a concept.