Whoever we are, wherever we come from, we should roll out into the world with all the complexity of our names, and the histories that created those beautiful and painful sounds that resonate in us.
Neelika is associate professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is Arts and Culture Editor at Africa is a Country, a web magazine focusing on African political and cultural affairs. Neelika was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Copperbelt Province in Zambia, and completed her university education in the United States.
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