From West Africa to America

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Since the late 1960s, there has been a rise in immigrants coming to the United States. Many Africans, particularly, Nigerians have been a part of the migration. In this Oral History Interview, there were three main themes that were presented. The first was education. Many immigrants leave their country to receive a good education. My interviewee, Kojo Appiah benefited from that. He came to seek education that was much more beneficial overseas than in his home country. Second politically. As Appiah understood the role of the government in the United States, he became in love with it. His home country’s government did not represent the people or had the best interest for them. And lastly, Appiah realized that America was not only different politically, but culturally. He realized that the communication is different and had to learn how to become a true American, by not have citizen status, but culturally assimilating. He today, identifies himself as an American.


Undergraduate final project submitted to Professor Thomas A. Castillo of the History Department, College of Arts and Humanities for a course sponsored by the Center for the New America, University of Maryland, College Park. Final project for HIST428N Immigrant Life Stories: An Oral History Practicum (spring 2014).