In celebration of Nigeria’s Celebration of 50 years of Independence we are asking Nigerians and Nigerian Americans to share a little about how they feel the country has changed in the last 50 years and what are common misconceptions held about the country by Americans.
Our first profile is of Felicia Essien. Born in the 1930’s, she has lived in Nigeria before and after independence. She left the country in the late 1960’s to live in the U.S. because of the civil war that was taking place throughout the country. This war and move separated her for a time from her husband and 3 children. Her family would reunite in the U.S. and eventually she would go on to have 3 more children and stay for 30+ years. Mrs. Essien returned permanently to Nigeria in 2003 and reflected on the many improvements she has seen in the country.