A German woman married to a Nigerian man has shared her experience in Nigeria and how she’s raising her 3 kids to have a sense of belonging and understand their Nigerian roots.
Nicole Chilaka-Ukpo recently returned with her husband from Germany to the Eastern part of Nigeria for the Christmas holiday. They returned with their kids – 2 boys and a girl.
Nicole took to Facebook to narrate what it’s been like for her and her kids in Imo state, Nigeria.
She also revealed how she’s ensuring that her kids get the full Nigerian experience while they are here. She added that she feels at home here in Nigeria and always looks forward to visiting.
The 28-year-old wrote:
let me tell you what really matters.
when coming home, we make sure we expose our kids to 100% reality in nigeria. not only bringing them here, hotel nye nye, city nye nye, 24/7 gen nye nye.
we make sure we spend as much time as possible in the east, village self! we take them to the local market, we eat local food, we make use of public transportation and drink pure water once in a while. we make sure they see and know how an animal is killed,because knowing where your food comes from helps understanding the value of natural resources. we stay without light if there is none, we use firewood to cook at times, we leave them to run around the compound, get dirty and sandy, and just enjoy their environment. they are free here. bonding is so so important, most especially when the kids grow. every time they come back here they bond with their people again, it may take a year, but once we all reunite its like we have never been gone. when we are all together we share responsibilities, and the care for the kids, it doesnt matter if they are my kids or my nephews and nieces, if we are together we are all one. so we all share the chores.
unity and solidarity is what i experience here!
FAMILY is what i have here.
iam home in a foreign place ??