My name is Marian Koroma and I am from Freetown, Sierra Leone on the western side of the beautiful continent of Africa. I was born there and traveled to the United States at the age of five. My family and I have been here for twelve years. I am an intern at The Africa Society for The National Summit on Africa this summer and a guest writer for our blog. I like working here because it gives me a chance to really learn and grow as a person, while helping to educate people about Africa, three things that I love. This is a short piece on Africa from one of the continent’s daughters.

As a teenager, the first thing I think of when I hear the word