My first name Obehi means “God’s hand” which can also be interpreted as “everything is in God’s hands”. Imarenezor, my last name means, “we did not come here for trouble.”
The two are Nigerian traditional names. My mother and father are Nigerian, and my sisters and I are American-born. However, I still wear my Nigerian heritage on my sleeve and growing up I have always practiced my culture’s traditions in and outside of my household. Growing up as a Nigerian-American has pushed me to embrace not only my cultural background but other culture as well.
Outside of the amazing China Open opportunities, one of the main reasons that I pursued this specific study abroad trip was because I have always been fascinated with the Chinese culture.
On October 1st, 1960, Nigeria became an independent nation. So each year on that day Nigerians across the world celebrate our independence.
Last year, I celebrated my Nigerian Independence Day in Atlanta with my sister and a close cousin of ours who lives in Georgia. After such a fun experience in ATL I promised myself that I’d plan a trip every year to celebrate.
This year I knew I’d be in China on Nigerian Independence Day, so I kept my promise in a way. Not to mention I packed an amazing Ankara print peplum top, so that I could still represent in an entirely different country. 🇳🇬
What are the odds that October 1st is also a public holiday in the People’s Republic of China to celebrate the national day? This holiday is also celebrated annually and it sparks off “Golden Week” a seven-day holiday from Oct. 1st to 7th, where people can enjoy by spending time with family, traveling, etc.
This is a really big holiday and it is very special to the Chinese people, so it was an honor to experience the best of both countries and of course doing it with style and grace!