My name is Ndaya Cynthia but for the past 23 years, I've been living life as only Cynthia. For the past couple of years, I've been trying to define who I am. I found out in order to make sense of my being, I needed to claim my birth name, Ndaya, and to know who Ndaya is, I needed to reflect on my life's journey as Cynthia. This podcast invites my listeners to my journey of self-discoveries. I share intimate and personal experiences from my childhood in a refugee camp to doing my master's in Belgium as a Fulbright grantee.
In this episode, I look back to the first time I was asked "what are you?" I explain why I was offended by the question and lay the foundation for the upcoming episodes where I dive in into my quest to find a place where I belong.
Today marks 20 years since my family and I were admitted to a refugee camp. Identifying as a refugee is something I shied away from for the past decade since immigrating to the US. As I become more comfortable with myself, I realized most of the values I hold stems from growing up in a refugee camp. This episodes looks back at that twenty years ago and reflect on the journey and the lessons that has now helped me embrace that part of my identity.