Africans Of New York (Amira)

Which part of Africa do you trace your roots?
Both my parents were born in Ghana and so was I but my mum is Yoruba and traces her roots from Illorin, Nigeria. So I claim a country depending on my situation. When I’m with a group of Ghanaians, I’m definitely Ghanaian; I speak twi and hausa & when I’m around a group of Yoruba people; I can pass as Yoruba because I understand the language, I know their foods and I am accustomed to their culture. I like to think of myself as I have the best of both worlds but I usually identify as Ghanaian.

Why did you come to America and How was your journey to America?
Honestly, I came to America because my parents asked me to; it was supposed to be a vacation but years later and I’m still here. I however, think it was a great opportunity because I got access to quality education and I met really amazing people. The journey was of course a one-way ticket from Kotoka airport in Accra to JFK.

What were you doing in Africa before coming to America?
I had just completed junior high school and I was waiting to enroll into a high school I was obsessed with. That is why I wasn’t excited about America.

Do you plan to stay in America, or will you move back home?
As tempting as it is to want to live the ‘American life’, my long term goal is definitely to move back to Ghana after my education and gained some working experience in my field. I hope to build equipped and affordable heath care facilities back home

How do you like living here compared to living in Africa?
 I like America; I think its fun except for the cold and lack of fresh African food but overall, the country presented a lot of opportunities for me.

What do you miss most about Africa?

I miss my family & the Ghanaian way of life which is not totally lost in New York but there is no place like home. And I definitely miss my early morning waakye and late night fresh kenkey from Botwe junction.