“You Can Pass For One Of Us,” He Told Me

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I was with the doctor yesterday (not my personal doctor), but it was my first time meeting him. He called me by my Igbo name and asked if he said it right. I said yes. Honestly, he did a great job, considering that he's American. Then he asked me where I'm from, and I proudly said Nigeria. The doc then responded by saying, "Oh, wow, you speak really good English." I don't know what my face looked like (since I couldn't see it), but I imagine that my eyebrows were raised defensively and my lips Continue Reading

Buhari Does Not Promise To Bring Back Our Girls — And I Respect Him For That

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I know what you’re thinking: two back to back posts about Nigeria? Well, even if you’re not thinking it, I definitely am. I don’t usually like blogging about anything back to back, but I read Buhari’s op-ed on New York Times yesterday, and I just had to mention it here. I am not into politics at all, and I am even less into Nigerian politics. When GEJ was President (yes, I am deliberately referring to his administration as past tense), I used to get boiling mad whenever I read something from Continue Reading

We Are Not One Nigeria

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In America, we are dealing with racial tensions. It's never over really, but sometimes, it dies down a little bit, and temporarily, people sleep with both eyes closed. And then cases like Walter Scott unfortunately happen, and we have to wonder yet again why another Black man has been murdered, and will we be next? In Nigeria, we deal with tribal tensions and discord. I might be wrong, but I tend to think that our tribal discord is worse than the racial discord in America because in America, Continue Reading

What Buhari’s Election Means To Me

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Although I was aware of what was going on during the election, I was not actively or purposely following it. But it was hard to miss it. Everywhere I turned, there was one update or the other with the #NigeriaDecides. I read views from both PDP and APC supporters. I read about the infamous debate between the youths representing both parties. Igwe started to watch the video, but I just could not be bothered. Maybe it's my lack of political wisdom, but I did not understand why people who would Continue Reading

Why Didn’t They Teach Me About Biafra In School?

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I was going to title this post, "Why didn't they teach US about Biafra in school?" but I realized that I cannot speak for everyone. Maybe you were taught, but I wasn't. This past Saturday - January 24th - it was my grandma's birthday, so Igwe and I bought her a yummy cake and took her out to dinner. While waiting for our food, we somehow started talking about politics. We talked about upcoming election in Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari, what Nigeria used to be, and then, Biafra. Grandma Continue Reading

About The Nigerian Woman In The Leaked Sex Tape

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Last week on Nigerian Twitter, it was all about the leaked sex tape featuring a Nigerian woman. Allegedly, she's a married woman, a mother of five children, and a Registered Nurse in the DMV area, and the man whose penis she's sucking and who she's sexing doggy style is an African-American man who works as a janitor --- and is not her husband. I don't know how popular this story is off Twitter, but I live in the DMV area, so due to geographical location, the story is hot off Twitter Continue Reading

She Asked Me If Nigeria Was On Another Planet

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At the closeout party at the BlogHer Conference, Rev Run was on the 1s and 2s, and it was just wonderful. Did I ever think the day would come when "Tricky" would be booming through the speakers and Rev Run would be rapping along, right in front of me? No, but it happened anyway, and I enjoyed every bit of it. After he left, we still had about 45 minutes to network and chat among each other. I was sitting and chatting with a blogger with whom I had made an acquaintance the day before. And Continue Reading

So Igbos And Yorubas Hang Out In America?

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Igwe and I were at Morgan State University on Thursday last week for a dinner held by the Engineering Department. It was called the Graduates and Parents Reception.  Igwe's baby brother, Dayo was about to graduate, so that was the dinner celebrating the graduates (and the family that helped them get there). While Igwe and I were trying to get our meals, there was a Nigerian man behind us. We knew he was Nigerian because we had heard his voice and accent. Eventually, he asked us if we were Continue Reading

Why I Have Not Participated In The #BringBackOurGirls Social Media Campaign

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It was only two days ago that I told you why I don't blog about Nigeria. I woke up yesterday morning to find my Instagram feed over flooded with pictures like the ones here and hash tagged with #BringBackOurGirls. I found it sweet, especially the posts from the international community. Several celebrities - whose names I cannot now remember - put up a picture demanding that our girls be brought back. And then, just as I expected, there came posts about marches and protests. Here in my Continue Reading

Why I Don’t Blog About Nigeria Often

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I am very much aware of the things going on in Nigeria. I know that there are over 200 girls missing, and I know that Boko Haram is still going ham on us, and I know that our leaders have not gotten better, and it is exactly for these reasons and more that I don't blog about Nigeria much. Every time I think about the problems we have in Nigeria, a deep anger resonates within me. A few years ago, the plan was to move back to Nigeria. I knew I'd experience culture shock in my own country, Continue Reading