American Citizen

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AuthorHouse, Jan 30, 2006 - Fiction - 156 pages
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This story explores the themes of cultural conflict, racism, and stereotyping in the U.S. The story centers on Takon, the main character who struggles to find his true identity, while dealing with the pressures put on him by society and by his family. Takon’s simplistic and idealistic outlook on life is challenged by the reality of racism and the challenge of finding his true identity. Takon is born in the U.S. to Nigerian parents, and ends up living in the U.S. without his family. In spite of the loneliness and depression that dominated his life, Takon learns to deal with real life issues first by defining his true identity and facing his challenges with a determination to be what he aspires to be, not what society dictates for him. He gets support from his friend Tunde, a Nigerian student, who helps him understand the realities of life. Laurie Sanders, Takon’s girlfriend, impacts his life tremendously and through her, some of Takon’s ideas are scrutinized, and he finds alternative ways to deal with his challenges. This story explores the conflicts in the lives of America Citizens born to parents from other parts of the world.

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About the author (2006)

The author is a mother of a son and a daughter, and a 6th grade English and Reading teacher. One of the best things that happened to me was being able to share my culture through storytelling and other forms of African folklore in New Hampshire, North Carolina and Maryland.  In 1998, I received an excellence award for the production of Moonlight Tales. I am grateful for the opportunity I had at the University of New Hampshire Women Studies Department, to discuss the role of African women, and how women are portrayed in novels written by famous African writers like, Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, and Buchi Emecheta. It inspired me to pursue my personal goals of becoming an educator. In 2000 I made a life changing decision to go back to school and get a masters degree in education. I graduated from the University of Maryland in May of 2002.

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