Raised in the traditions of one culture while growing up in another, Igbo-American children often feel as though they're caught between two worlds. The challenges they face as they attempt to establish their own identities are compounded by others' widely held misperceptions about Africa, Africans, and African-Americans.In Other African-Americans: Two Faces of Reality from an Igbo-American Perspective, Chigoziri Okere sheds light on the Igbo-American experience, detailing these challenges in a way that is respectful to both the Igbo and American communities.
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Chigoziri Chiaka Okere was born in Umuowa, Eastern Nigeria, in 1980, and came to the United States prior to the age of two. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Houston, where he cofounded the Nigerian Students Association and served as president from 2001–2002.
In the summer of 2000, Okere traveled for the first time to the Republic of Nigeria. An advocate for bridging the gap between Africans and African-Americans, he has published several of his works on Igbo/Nigerian youth and culture in USAFrica and Igbo Basics Quarterly Magazine, among others. He has also received several awards from the Houston Igbo People's Congress, Nzuko Ngor-Okpala, and many other organizations.
Okere will donate part of the proceeds from this book toward the establishment of an Igbo Center in the U.S.
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