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Invisibly In-Between

Invisibly In-Between
The sky began to darken as we commenced our journey to Reno, Nevada from Southern California. We were headed to our first Efik convention, one that would allow us to experience a slice of our Nigerian home and culture in The States. There were six of us in the rental mini van: Dad, Mom, my...
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Unapologetically Nigerian. Unapologetically Me.

Unapologetically Nigerian. Unapologetically Me.
I will never forget the day my white high school teacher took me aside to have what he called a "serious discussion". He looked me in the eye, took my arm, brought out his arm, and placed them both side by side. He then said in a soft voice, "see? We are exactly the same....
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Nigerian in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian in Saudi Arabia

Family Background: Nigeria

Born: Saudi Arabia

Raised: Saudi Arabia

Living: Studying in the UK

Languages: Arabic, Hausa, English

  • C: What is like when you go back to Nigeria?
  • B: It feels like home.
  • C: Is there one place that is home more than the other?
  • B: This one is difficult. Any place you go you feel like home and I know maybe you share the same feeling.
  • C: Did your parents speak Hausa at home in Saudi Arabia?
  • B: At home we speak Hausa and 80% of our community speak Hausa even those who are not Hausa speak Hausa. I remember they had to send a child back home because he couldn’t speak Hausa.
  • C: Why did your parents move?
  • B:I think it’s normally Islamic ideology. In Saudi Arabia there are two things that bring many people. First the religion, than the business. You have oil. That is attracting workers.
  • C: Do you have dual citizenship?
  • B: If your father is not a citizen you can’t be a citizen in Saudi Arabia. All these Arab countries they are like that.
  • C: If someone asked you where are you from what would you say?
  • B: Nigeria

- Bashir

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Tale of a ‘diluted’ Nigerian

Tale of a ‘diluted’ Nigerian
(In this picture is me in Nigerian attire with a Tswana friend holding the Botswana flag...the background of table mountain shows this pic was taken I'm Cape Town- simultaneously representing the three places I have identified as home.) “I heard you listening to Tswana music yesterday. I grew up in Botswana so I understood that it...
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