Last year Boni Odoemene, Leon Diop and Femi Bankole of The Black and Irish Instagram page joined forces with Amanda Ade to create The Black and Irish Podcast on RTÉ.
Now in it's second season, the hosts are exploring the finer details of growing up as black or mixed raced in Ireland; discussing the difficulty of balancing duel identities, and the recipes, music and culture that their families have kept alive at home.
In today's episode, Amanda and Boni are joined by Femi and his Pints of Malt podcast co-host, Kenny. The four dive into the subculture lived by Africans here in Ireland, exploring the influences and difficulties of finding a dual-identity through language, humour, music and food.
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Speaking about accents, and how they would differ from being at school and being at home, Kenny said:
"When I was in school and stuff, I was even speaking to my white teachers and stuff like that... Speak a certain way to my white friends, I speak a certain way when I'm walking home with the boys at lunchtime - it'd be a different switch up."
"And then when I'm walking home into the gates getting home, I'm switching up as well. There was a stage where I was speaking in a really deep Irish accent and my mum couldn't actually understand me! But like, it was all part of that discovery, and that whole part of that uniqueness that makes you Black and Irish, and I love it. I think it's brilliant."
Femi added: "Some of my most stressful moments is when I'm on the phone with my mum surrounded by white friends. You know it's gonna go wrong either way like whichever accent you choose, so you got a lot of explaining to do after."