Chichi Ngozi’s childhood dream was to become a nun, a lifestyle choice her parents would never allow. Instead, she studied education in Owerri, in the heart of Igboland where she was raised. At the age of 24, a twist in an intimate relationship pushed her toward a new life in South Africa. She is now a hairdresser and lives in the suburb of Sunnyside in Pretoria with her husband and three-year-old daughter.
There is no way my daughter will grow up in Nigeria. She was born here, and I would like her to grow up here. She will go home and visit but she’ll live here. I don’t think she will manage in another place and, besides, there are more opportunities here for her, even if she is a girl.
Except – if tomorrow I wake up from sleep and hear that the government says we should go back to our country, then you can see me leave this place and go back to Nigeria. Then from Nigeria I will go to another country.