This is an interview with Jennifer. Despite the challenges in her country, she has a very positive outlook on life, seeing both the good and bad in situations. Her answers offer a great insight into what her country is like now and growing up there. I hope you can relate to her story in her own words. Please read more and share.
KBK: What is your name?
I: Hi, My name is Jennifer [English name]
KBK: What country are you from?
I: I'm from a beautiful country called Nigeria.
KBK: What was life like growing up for you in Nigeria?
I: Growing up in Nigeria was great. The economy was thriving. I was opportune to be exposed to a good educational system. However, it was a bit challenging because basic amenities like electricity was/is a problem.
KBK: What languages do you speak?
I: I speak English, which is the effect of colonization by the British. I also speak a bit of french and bini. Bini is the language spoken in my village.
KBK: What was education and school like for you?
I: The schools were good. Education was okay for me; I was taught the basics of Math, English, and Sciences. However, we weren't taught too much about our cultures on school. Our syllabus focused on learning what could enable us get a higher education and not learn more about us.
KBK: What is the culture like in your country?
I: The culture in Nigeria is diverse and rich. We have a population of over 170 million people with 774 local government areas. Each local government area has their own food, dress sense, language, and belief. But one thing we all have in common is beautiful clothing tailored in prints with different colours, unique hairstyles, delicious food, and afrobeats music.
KBK: What were the effects of colonialism and foreign influences in your country?
I: The effects of colonialism was a mixture of positives and negatives. You see the colonial British masters encouraged the production of cash crops in Nigeria. These were good because then the citizens would be able to not only eat, but sell their harvests. However, it was in a bid to exploit Nigeria of its natural resources. This also led to the production of certain factories and road systems to make the job easier. Politically, colonization made Nigeria a singular entity but not a united one. The British adopted a “divide and rule” style of governance which is why we still experience a lot of disharmony and disunity till date. It also affected our beliefs and the way we dress as well. We dress like the foreigners now.
KBK: What is the economy and finding a job like?
I: Finding a job in Nigeria is difficult now. The unemployment rate has skyrocketed over the years, which is why the youths dabble in entrepreneurship now.
KBK: What are your goals for yourself and your family?
I: My goal for I and my family is really to keep thriving in our various businesses. We don't intend to leave because this is our home. We can only hope things get better.
KBK: How can Black people in America and Europe help?
I: I think the best way Black Americans can help is acceptance. A lot of Nigerians do not have it easy and have decided to seek better options. They are mostly discriminated outside the country. It would be nice to be accepted the same way we accept different people from all over the world.
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