White Nanny, Black Child - A Channel 5 Award-Winning Documentary
White Nanny Black Child is a Channel 5 Award Winning Documentary, which was released on TV on the 3rd of October 2023. It was also selected to be screened at numerous Film Festivals, including Sheffield Doc Fest, BFI Southbank Doc Fest, Silicon Valley Film Festival, Cologne Film Festival, AFRIFF (African International Film Festival), to mention a few.
The powerful story behind the award-winning documentary.
This documentary is a must see! I recently was fortunate enough to appear on the Good Morning Britain to explain more about the Documentary which you can see here;
About The Documentary
The documentary brings to light a practise known as ‘Farming’ which took place between 1955 and 1995.
Over 70,000 West African children were privately fostered by White British families without any regulations in place.
Nine of those raised in this way were invited to a retreat under professional guidance to discuss their experiences.
Each took turns to delve into their past, revealing the confusion and trauma of dealing with such change at a young age.
I was one of those 9 people.
White Nanny Black Child presents a personal, moving and sometimes unsettling meditation on identity, belonging, and the nature of family.
It is a British story that has affected not only those who were fostered.
My experience as a foster child has never been a secret, and I have openly discussed my experiences as a young person in training sessions, keynote speeches, and there is a reference to my abduction on my website.
I have always been passionate about enabling others due to my lack of self-esteem and self-confidence as a young person, which is why I wrote ‘Knocked 4 Six’ and emphasised my learning points as part of my summary.
White Nanny Black Child has however provided a space for me to connect and share in an authentic way with others similar to me.
It has also provided me with a platform that wasn’t previously available to me and the opportunity to use my voice for the greater good of our society.
Unity and Oneness
I am a strong believer in ‘unity’ and ‘oneness’. I believe that love knows no colour. I believe that we do not need to be blood to be family. I also believe that more than anything, a child needs love.
I will choose love over culture any day – though I do appreciate the value of culture and heritage.
I am committed now more than ever to do my part through my work and platforms to inspire people to reach for the best that life has to offer them. A traumatic start does not mean a traumatic life.
It could mean a resilient one.
We can all own our lives and be the best versions of ourselves.
Sharing The Best Version of Myself
My keynote speeches and training sessions are all geared towards these messages.
I deliver training in these 3 areas:
Public Speaking & Communication Skills
Though the title of the documentary is ‘White Nanny Black Child’, I always thought that my foster parents were my Mum & Dad. Isn’t that a BEAUTIFUL thing?