Aunty Ifeoma – “The Nigerian Dream”
Thursday 20th May, 2019
The United States
It has been three years since Amaka, Obiora, Chima, and I have moved to the United States. Currently, I have two jobs. I work as a professor at a community college, and I work at a pharmacy – or “drug store”, as the Americans call it. From the moment we arrived here, the differences between “The Land of the Free” and our homeland of Nigeria were clear. However, despite the initial, sparkling appearance of the United States – the modern infrastructure, the cheap food, and the overall improvement in our standard of living – there are still memories from Nigeria that cannot be replaced. I miss the constant laughter that filled our little home in Nsukka, and I most certainly miss the sudden visits from Jaja and Kambili. Indeed, while our newfound life in the U.S has provided us with more than suitable living conditions, there are still some aspects of this life that have managed to upset me nonetheless. For instance – I must remember to tell this to Kambili –, I encountered a rather pretentious woman at my college, today. Upon hearing that I came from Nigeria, she – a woman who had never even ventured outside of her own country – proceeded to thoroughly criticize Nigeria, simply on the basis of what she had “heard” in the news! She behaved as though she had lived there for her entire life! She truly believed that Nigeria is destined for failure – that no matter how hard the county tries, they can never overcome their current situation. Now – of course – I could not allow her to continue to spout that nonsense! So, I told her that it is ridiculous to assume that we, the Nigerian people, cannot govern ourselves simply because we failed the first few times. Did the United States not fail once, as well? Sometimes, failure is necessary. I am certain that if Nigeria is given a chance, it will one day become even more dazzling than the United States.
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Disclaimer: All characters mentioned (i.e Eugene, Kambili, Jaja, Beatrice, and Aunty Ifeoma) are property of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. “A Day in the Life” Diary Entries are simply part of a class activity, which allows students to gain a better understanding and appreciation of Adichie’s characters through embodying and portraying them.