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Meet Francisca Okeke

Today we’d like to introduce you to Francisca Okeke.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Francisca. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I have always wanted to do something in society that makes me stand out and where people can benefit from. I love being creative as a child. I wanted to gain as many skills as possible. From cooking to learning how to edit and create videos for entertainment.

It wasn’t until middle school where I started getting into the social media platform and created videos on Youtube (Fransgallery). If it wasn’t for social media and me creating a name for myself, I wouldn’t be able to meet these amazing people and do what I do apart from studying to achieve a degree in Biology

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
HA! Definitely not smooth. I was very insecure when I was in middle school and high school. I didn’t think like myself much. Especially, being a black girl. I didn’t have much hope in myself during my first two years of high school. I was scared to be judged and bullied again. That’s where I turned into showing off the real me and the things I love to do on Instagram and youtube. Joining the social media platform and learning how other girls show love not only to themselves but to others made me want to do the same thing.

But I couldn’t start without loving myself first. In high school, I created a project called “Melanin Glo” where I had black girls on my campus be apart of photoshoots and videos in a collection to produce on Youtube (https://youtu.be/3G33hbsRxxY). After I created that video, I finally knew what I wanted to contribute to the social media world. I wanted to make people feel loved, happy and inspired to do great things in the world even though no one believes in you.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am still trying to figure out where I will place myself in the creative world but I would like to say that I am an inspiring social media influencer. I want to create a platform where I can express myself in any way possible and people to be inspired by my growth and help others in any way possible. I also created a website called Black Girls Gallery. I had a lot of people tell me that they could potentially see me creating content like youtube videos (which I already do), but I wanted to do more than that.

So with the push from friends, I decided to create this website “Black Girls Gallery”. The name was inspired by my Instagram handle (@fransgallery), but I didn’t want this website to be about me. I wanted it to be a place where I can showcase people’s talents and skills, create helpful content, and provide tips and tricks not only to black girls but to anyone really. I decided to call it “Black Girls Gallery” because I am a 19-year-old black woman and I want this page to be a gallery of life and a community to hopefully grow one day. I am excited for it and hope people enjoy the content that it showcases in the future.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being a hard worker and open-minded are essential in success. You have to be willing to take advice from others and put in all your our time into something that you are passionate about. Because if you are not, people will not feel that energy and be willing to share the gift that you have to others. I also feel like trying to prove people wrong has been a drive that has brought me to where I am today.

It’s funny because I have people tell me that they wouldn’t think I would be doing what I am doing now or that they love how I am growing. These comments encourages me to continue growing and showing what I can really do in society.

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Ezephotography, Paul Mora, and Haniimages

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