When Zandile Ndhlovu started scuba diving in her native South Africa, she was the only black person on the boat. Beneath the surface of the ocean she had discovered the place where she felt most herself -- “an incredible world filled with wonder” -- but it was seen by her fellow black Africans as a “white space”. Through her work, she is determined to change the narrative of who belongs in the water, and has launched the Black Mermaid Foundation to tackle what she sees as the main barriers to entry.

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