“And, even though we come from different backgrounds Akala and I, when it comes to race and colour, that’s where I identify with him.
“My upbringing was slightly different to him. I had a great education but where I drew some similarities is that I went to a white school and I was the only person of colour in that school.
“From a very young age, I suffered extreme racism and discrimination from people I thought were my friends.
“I was called names, I was bullied, everything you could think of but I didn’t have anyone to speak to about what was going on.”