Essay On African American Culture

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On August 19, 1995 I was immersed in this world of many things. Many faces, many cultures, and many religions. I was brought into a family of five faces and to some one culture, but to me two cultures. I come from two Nigerian parents who were both born and raised in Nigeria. They met in school and they later got married and had two sons there. My father received an invitation to go and study at a university in either Canada or Australia and he chose to go to Canada. This, however, meant that he had to leave his family back in Nigeria for the time being in order to pursue his Ph.D. in psychology. My father obviously had the intention of bringing my mom and my two brothers, Toochukwu and Uchenna, to Canada with him, but there wasn’t a way…show more content…
While this is true, I grew up in a neighborhood where the majority of residents were all African-American. When I was at home and around my family I ate Nigerian food, answered by my Nigerian name, went to Nigerian events and was raised in a Nigerian way. However, when I went to school African-American people surrounded me and their culture soon became a part of my culture as well. I grew an affinity towards Flamin’ Hots and a deep craving for Krunchy Kurls. Clothing has a prominent place in African-American culture and that impacted me as I started to wear Nike Air Force One’s so that my classmates knew that I was keeping up with the trends. Having a Baby Phat coat was a deep and unfulfilled longing of mine while in junior high. Watching hip-hop music videos on 106 & Park and learning the dances in them became an after school activity of mine. To this day I still know how to crank that Soulja Boy. Identifying with the African-American culture was the linking factor between my friends and me. We would watch the BET awards and go to school the next day and rave about Bow Wow’s performance. We all believed that our mother made the best macaroni and cheese and we’d mock anyone who made it from a box. If I didn’t identify with their culture I’d have nothing to talk about with my friends and I would’ve been shunned to hang amongst the…show more content…
I am the child of immigrants. The only culture that my parents knew of when they came here was that of their own. When people ask me what it’s like to have a Nigerian culture I don’t know what to tell them because it’s hard to draw a line between Nigerian culture and African-American culture. This line is hard to draw because if you’re Nigerian and you’re in America you belong to both African-American culture and Nigerian culture but if you’ve never been to America and have only lived in Nigeria, you wouldn’t have an African-American culture there because, unlike America, they don’t have a culture that is solely based on the color of their skin. Something that I struggled with about Nigerian culture is that your parents expected you to either become a doctor or a lawyer and if that’s not what you wanted to be you were deemed as not having goals for yourself and as settling for less. I struggled and still struggle to some extent with this because I’ve always been interested in careers that require you to be creative like fashion designing and interior designing. I came into college as a chemistry major with the intent of being a pharmacist, but I quickly realized that wasn’t the path that I wanted my life to take. It wasn’t until this semester that I realized that I was interested in nursing. Me not having a career plan was just as hard for my parents as it was for
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