They say you have to know where you came from to know where you’re going. I truly didn’t understand this until I went back to see where my dad grew up. My father is Nigerian, more specifically Yoruba. If you know anything about the tribe, then you know we make up a large group of present day Nigeria and expand into present day Benin.
My dad took it upon himself to do some research on the history of his last name and how we got to present day Ibadan, Nigeria. It was very interesting to learn that my last name started in present day Benin of Yoruba land and we got to Ibadan through “colonization. One of the most interesting parts of my trip was seeing a building with my last name on it that was built by my great grandfather.
Experiencing all of this definitely increased the importance of legacy in my mind. For many of us we are the first generation to be born in America and have now been graced with extending our family’s legacy in a new land.
My father has always told me to be proud of where I come from and who I am. I think he fully understands that my generation of Nigerians will have completely different experiences and must have a solid foundation in Yoruba culture that can be passed on to the future.
How will you be remembered?