“What is the big deal about losing your job in a clothing store? How much money were you making anyways?” One might ask. When I was in Nigeria preparing to travel to United States, I was under the impression that, a job and a place of residence will be available, before my arrival. That was […]Read More Coming to America-Episode III- There’s God O O O!!!!!!
“You made it! Welcome to America! How was your trip?” The voice of my host ringing, with so much excitement, as though I just won a lottery. I was too tired to say a word and not in the mood, to listen to the long instructions of do’s and don’ts relating to my new living […]Read More Coming to America! Episode II- Life in a Foreign Land
I left Lagos, Nigeria on the 19th of December, 2009 and arrived New York on the 20th of the same month. I wish I could write how exciting I felt about the journey. Honestly, I wasn’t. When my flight left Lagos, I didn’t get the memo that I had a connecting flight in Dubai enroute to New York. Don’t get me […]Read More Coming to America! Episode I- Johnny Just come!
I vividly remember my clienteles reactions as soon as they realized that December 2009, will probably be the last time , that I would make clothes for them. (The ones that I confided in). It was a bitter -sweet moment for the most part. My clienteles were excited, at the same time worried about the […]Read More Gifted hands – the finale !
“How could you stoop so low to become an apprentice in a sewing shop? It’s not a professional job! You’re going to end up in poverty! You are a disgrace to the lineage of this family!” If you’re reading this blog, I’m pretty sure, you’re surprised at the comments above. What if I told you that in […]Read More Gifted hands part VI-“to be or not to be”
Are we there yet? I asked the young man taking me to his friend’s shop. The shop is by the corner of the road, he replied. So now, I’m thinking in my head that there are many shops by the corner, which one is it? I hope this young man is not trying to take […]Read More Gifted hands (part IV): The conversation
Me: Hi Belinda! It’s been a while ! What are you up to these days? Belinda: Girl! I am fine! I’m taking sewing lessons, somewhere downtown. Me: Wow! That’s great! Can you take me there ? I’m interested in learning how to use a sewing machine. First of all, how much is the cost? Belinda: […]Read More Gifted hands (part III)-The plan