From Nigeria to Boston

When you first meet Oluwagbeminiyi Osidipe, you encounter a very vibrant, friendly, and unique personality. Oluwagbeminiyi or Niyi – as she shortened her name for simplicity – was named by her mother, who had a “very personal experience” when she had her, Niyi explained.

Niyi is a Yoruba Nigerian transplant who arrived in the U.S. in 2006. As one of the most densely populated (West) African countries, Nigeria derives its name from the river that spans its land. To the South, it borders the Gulf of Guinea to the Atlantic Ocean. Originally colonized by the British, Nigeria gained independence in 1960. Its main ethnic groups are the Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba, who speak English and their own respective languages, while major religions include Islam, Christianity and indigenous beliefs.

Niyi shares her story, her views on politics, cultural differences she’s embraced with humor, and what we can learn from each other by expressing curiosity. Her message is simple: travel enriches us through its exposure to new cultures, and enables us to grow.

5 thoughts on “From Nigeria to Boston

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  3. I truly enjoyed Niyi’s story! I think she can make any place on Earth her home. With her sunny disposition, humor and lack of any prejudice she is an ultimate globetrotter and cosmopolitan. I wish Niyi well for the future and hope to see more video posts on your blog Nicolette.

    1. Thank you! Niyi has a great outlook on life, travel and culture. I want to feature many more stories on here!

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