Racism has existed in the world for a very long time. In the USA, black and whites are treated very differently. In India, a girl is said to be beautiful if only she’s fair.

Racism may be defined as the hatred of one person by another or the belief that another person is less than human because of skin colour, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes.

Abeo was a Nigerian boy who came to India for his studies as he thought that leaving his hometown would be good exposure. Though his family was a middle-class family, they managed to send him to India. He was 18 years old when he left his hometown and came to India.

He thought that delighted to be in India, but sadly, he wasn’t. He had to face a lot of racism and discrimination by his college mates as well as from society. They used to call him by names like ‘kallu'(black), ‘African’ and many more. As he was new to India, he didn’t understand or speak Hindi. People used to copy his accent while talking to him just to mock him. Because of awful behaviour by his college mates, he stopped talking to anyone. He felt very hurtful about the people whom he thought were his friends also used to laugh at the jokes against him. He didn’t tell his family about all this racism he had to face as he didn’t want to worry them.

Back in Nigeria, Abeo was a brilliant student. In India, he wasn’t able to acclimatise. This started to reflect in his studies. He started to be absent in the classes. His grades started to decline. He started to stay isolated. He faced all of this alone, he didn’t tell anything to his family in Nigeria. He had one friend Ajay who stayed with him when he needed somebody. Ajay supported him. He was the only family or friend he had in India. They became roommates also so that Ajay could stay with him and help him out with the situation. Ajay was such a good friend; he didn’t leave Abeo alone even for a second. Ajay helped Abeo to fight the war against racism and pull Abeo out of this. Abeo took a bit of time to face the world, eventually, he succeeded.

Later on, he stopped listening to people and continued to live his life positively. He raised his voice against his college mates who later stopped mocking him and started to treat him as a normal boy. He was very grateful to Ajay who supported him at the time when he had nobody. Abeo topped his college with 99%.

Now, he is doing a job in India in a well-known organisation. He knows how to handle the people who judge him because of his skin colour and his accent. He has a voice against the people who promote racism in society.

Initially, he regretted his decision of leaving his hometown and come to India, but now he is happy to be here. He gained whole new confidence. He learnt to handle situations on his own. He is self-independent. He learnt to trust the right people.

A person should wisely take life decisions. There is no point in regretting it later on. Either you accept your decision or try to change it positively as Abeo did.

A person should be a good friend as Ajay. He supported Abeo at the time of his need. We should be there for our friends without expecting anything out of it. That is what is called good friendship.

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