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Identity: Who do you think you are?
Composite of pictures showing a zebra, men drinking from a gourde, a woman carrying oranges, Kwame Nkrumah, Somali passports, an Egyptian football fan and Ethiopian veteran soldiers.

As Ghana celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence this year - an event that symbolised the beginning of the end of colonialism in Africa - the BBC's competition for Africa explores the continent's identity.

Here, the BBC News website reader Margaret Kemunto describes who she is.


Margaret Kemunto
As a woman, in accordance with the customs of my people in western Kenya, I am born the property of my father.


This means I have no voice of my own and I only do as I am told.

Mostly this involves taking care of the men in my life.

My father raises me as he deems fit and, for a while, I bear his name.

I have no apologies for living my life to the full

Yet, unlike my father's sons, I cannot inherit his property.

I am under his care and rule until maturity when, for the highest price I can fetch, he hands me over to the care and rule of another man.

I live the rest of my life raising my husband's children and doing his bidding.

But is this all I am? Hell no!

I now reside in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

I am an intelligent and beautiful African woman.

I work, I study and I play. I love and I am loved.

I make my own decisions and I have no apologies for living my life to the full.

I make my contribution to the world and am neither man's beast of burden nor his liability.

So who am I?

I am a happy and fulfilled young African woman.

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Let us know whether you identify yourself first and foremost with your family, your ethnic group, your country, your region or your continent. How does that affect the way you behave and the way you see the world?

If you have photos to accompany your contribution send them to newsonline.africa@bbc.co.uk, otherwise use the form at the bottom of the page.

Entries should be no more than 300 words.

The best will be published on the BBC News website, broadcast on the BBC World Service's Network Africa programme and entered into a prize draw to win a week-long visit to London.

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