My name is Elaine Fletcher. I am originally from Ghana but lived in the United States for the majority of my life. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to spend a month or so in Ghana every other year where I was exposed to a lifestyle different than that of mine in the United States. Friends and family constantly picked me up and took me out to restaurants and comedy clubs while my parents seemingly never worried about my well-being. I ate to my heart’s content and wasn’t allowed to leave the dining room if my grandmother felt that I hadn’t eaten enough. One of the biggest misconceptions about Africa is that it is a continent full of impoverished people and devoid of modern day luxuries. I believe the only way to change people’s conceptions of Africa is to show them the beauty that already exists there.