Born in Bata, Equatorial Guinea |
When Enriqueta’s husband was transferred to Toronto for work she came along, and when he left the country she decided to stay. Today, she works as a personal support worker and feels free and well connected. Her friends and family here are very close to her heart and this brings her much comfort. Equatorial Guinea was home for her first twenty-five years, but now Toronto is her “safe haven because of its security, warmth and ability to open its arms to all types of people.”
Toronto as Home
Enriqueta wanted to be photographed at Warden station with her niece Ana, who came to live with her two years ago for reasons of security and education. When Enriqueta first arrived in Toronto she didn’t have a car and quickly became very familiar with the TTC, taking buses and trains all over the GTA. Whenever someone asks her for directions she knows the way by TTC but not by car. Warden station is a familiar place, a landmark of her home in Canada.
Connection with the Past
Enriqueta and her niece are holding a symbolic cloth from Equatorial Guinea. The colour green on the cloth symbolizes the country’s vast natural resources. The coat of arms from the country’s flag has a ceiba (silk cotton tree) under which Equatorial Guinea signed a treaty with Spain during colonization. The seven stars above the tree represent the country’s mainland and the islands. Below there were three words, in Spanish, Unidad Paz Justica (unity, peace and justice). This history and symbolism is important to Enriqueta as she doesn’t want to forget where she came from.