AFRICANS OF NEW YORK (FATOUMATA)
Why did you come to America?
I came to America to have a better education and to take advantage of opportunities that will allow me to have a good financial standing for myself and be able to help my family back home.
What were you doing in Africa before coming to America?
In Guinée, I was studying. I did my first year university in law before moving to the United States.
Do you plan to stay in America, or will you move back home?
Eventually, I want to go back and contribute to develop my country and help improve the living conditions in general for everyone.
How do you like living here compared to living in Africa?
It was hard to integrate at first because I did not speak English and I was homesick. Now I have made friends and I feel more comfortable with how things work here. I have gotten used to the American life. What I like about living here is that America is developed and we have access to some services and opportunities that we lack in Africa. However, there are also advantages I had in living in Guinée. Back home, I had a stronger support system from the family and community than I do here. To sum up, I like living in America for all its greatness and countless advantages, but to a certain extent there is nothing better than being at home.
What do you miss most about Africa?
What I miss the most about Africa is my family, my friends, the community lifestyle, the holiday celebrations, the food, the events and so much more.