• Roland Hohberg

In memory and in honour of May Ayim

25 years ago, on 9 August 1996, at the age of 36, May Opitz, alias May Ayim chose to take her own life.

May was born in Hamburg in 1960. Her mother (German) and her father (Ghanaian) surrendered her to an orphanage where she spent her first years, before she was adopted by a German family.

Poet, author and activist, May was one of the founders of the Initiative for Black Germans and Black People in Germany (ISD).

She was co-editor and co-author of "Farbe bekennen". (Afro-German women on the tracks of their histories).

nevertheless i will



even if you

would like me

to be


even if

my blackness

annoys you

i will

go one step further

to the outer margins

where my sisters are

where my brothers stand