Photographer: Nadia Bettega
I wanted to do something that was African like so I wore a traditional dress, as did my husband. The thing is that I had lost quite a lot of weight before the shoot, so the clothes were all a bit big on me!
I have been here for close to 27 years now. Sierra Leone and England have a link due to the history of their colonial rule. I came on my own and didn't have anyone to show me around. One thing that I remember which totally amazed me was seeing a white man, a white English man, picking rubbish off the street. A white man! I also remember seeing a white man begging me for money. I associated England and London with the Royal Family, with aristocracy, with wealth. This painted a completely different picture.
I work as a social worker – mainly in advocacy and capacity building. I feel that I am giving something back and helping people have a voice. People of all races, colours or creeds face the same problems. London can be a pretty hard place and it's not always what it seems. It can be a bit fragmented, structured and stressful.
by Claudia Macauley
Nadia Bettega, photographer - nadiabettega.com