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Anti-Bullying Week 2019: AJ Odudu reveals how she deals with racial and cultural bullies

Posted On: 13 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: Marie Claire

Anti-Bullying Week 2019: AJ Odudu reveals how she deals with racial and cultural bullies

Lancashire-born TV presenter AJ Odudu grew up in Blackburn and here she explains how, at 31, she realises her heritage gives her the strength to cope with any tormentors ‘I like to remember happy memories from my childhood growing up as a girl in Blackburn and while this mostly speaks true, there were also deeply dark and painful days when I experienced shocking racial and cultural bullying. We were one of the few black people in the whole town in which I personally only knew my Nigerian family. As a result I always stood out. From my afro hair texture to my dark skin colour, even my mum doing the school run in Nigerian traditional dresses were cause for negative comments.
The bullying was a combination of ignorance and mean spirit. Kids couldn't understand how my whole body was black yet the palms of my hands and soles of my feet were white, maybe because they had never seen it? Maybe because they were curious? Either way they called me a monkey and referred to my family as a ‘pack of drakes'. Looking back...

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