You Know What, This Is Me, Okay?

Sankar Raman
Sankar Raman / The Immigrant Story

Franke Tokem Powell was born in Central Africa, in the city of Douala, Cameroon. Growing up in the 90’s, Franke did not feel that he’d ever be  accepted for who he was. At the age of 18, after years of repressing his queer identity and in the face of an unexpected loss, he was ready to leave home in search of community and acceptance.

This episode was produced by Natalia Lopez and with audio editing and post production by Todd Baize. The original interview was conducted by our executive producer, Sankar Raman, in March of 2022.

Many thanks to St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Beaverton, Oregon for the use of their space.

This episode is made possible by the generous support of the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation  

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