Interesting thoughts from Chika Oduah.
This is part 1 of my series ‘Becoming Nigerian’
I flew into Abuja, Nigeria on a Lufthansa aircraft in December 2012. It’s been one year, a year of profound personal growth, illuminating discoveries and lots and lots of fun. I came here with the intent to report news, understand my place of birth and immerse myself in what we know today as Nigerian culture – a globalized concoction of African chic, bravado personalities, high religiosity, strict social conformity, contagious affection and joviality, conditional patriotism, never ending tolerance for ill performance and mediocrity, remarkable adaptability and utilitarian cleverness. I came, I see and I’m conquering.
Overall, my time in Nigeria has been wonderful so far. I especially like Abuja. When I first arrived, I stayed in Life Camp. Then I moved to a beautiful estate in Utako. Now, I live in Jabi. I can’t pretend that I haven’t experienced culture shock…
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