af·ri·can – a person living in or originally born in the CONTINENT of Africa
a·ka·ta – slang word to describe African Americans
One word I use to describe myself, and the other, other’s may use to describe me. Either way, I am 100% Nigerian. An Igbo gyal to be exact. I was born in Isi Ala-Mbano, Imo State in Nigeria and moved to America at 2 years old. I lived a pretty average “African kid in America” life. Nothing away from the normal mispronunciations of my Nigerian name, assumptions of celebrating Kwanzaa because I was African, and parents that were just extra African in every moment. But one can’t forget the Nigerian parties, the great amount of relatives that always made the Nigerian conventions less of a drag, and the delicacies of pounded yam, goat meat, puff puff, chin chin (the list goes on…).
In no way did I ever dislike being Nigerian, or try to hide it, but 3 years ago, I was exposed to a lifestyle, a community of young African’s that I can relate to, here in my are of NJ. I was 17, and never really experience any other Africans than the ones that went to my high school (and we were all Nigerian), and the family I had known for years. There were parties, clubs, and gatherings of us, African youth, that gave me this new found pride in, not only my continent, but my country, Nigeria.
I expected to be welcomed with open arms which there were many of, but I also received a little backlash. Nothing like bullying, or in-my-face pointing and laughing. Just a word that would come up in conversation, which I had to argue against. I don’t in anyway identify myself as an Akata, but I can see why people may say this. The way I speak, act, and the “African things” I may not be capable of doing (especially as a Nigerian woman). I was going through middle school again, and trying to fit in with this crowd that should have been easy to fit in with since so many of our lives were alike.
Anyway, away from that sappy stuff, that is where the name of my blog comes from. I am a Nigerian girl living in America. This blog wont be about just that, per say, but it will be about me, Chidere Nicolette Igwe. Currently in my junior year at Pennsylvania State University majoring in Communications, and minoring in Sociology. I like to write, but don’t do it as often as I should. I did have a previous blog, the-average, but deleted it (and some of my really good posts that I miss) because of breakdown. Hashtag: stupid move. Anyway I want this blog to be better. I used to see myself as an average girl, but I have way to many dreams, and to much spunk to minimize myself to that word. I like fashion/style, men, entertainment gossip, men, sports(and the men that play them), among other interests that may come up. LOL!
Anyway I hope anyone that reads this blog can identify with me. I have a story to tell. “Don’t believe me? Just watch” -Trinidad James