Leaving Home Essay

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Leaving Home
            For so many years of anticipation and hope of being in America, I finally made it. I was so happy when I got the news that morning on January 20th, 2009. I started singing, dancing and even jumping up and down telling my siblings and neighbors that I was going to America, the dream of many Nigerians because of its high standard of living, education and better economy. But each time I remembered the condition that prompted this journey, I ended up with great sadness in my heart. At times, I sobbed, refused having any food and even withdrew from people just to be left alone. This was mostly because my younger brother, Emmanuel, lost his two arms in an electrocution in my country Nigeria, on the 8th of August, 2008 while trying to help a friend fix his TV Antenna, and I had to quit my college education to be with him as his care giver to help him with his daily grooming as my own assistance to a beloved brother.
Entering the plane, I realized that it was time for me to grow up and be a strong woman people have always said I am. Not only did I realize that I needed to be strong for myself and my brother but I also realized that the journey of my life has begun. I sat quietly in the plane with my brother beside me, watching and listening to people and every bit of information passed across. I sought for a companion because I knew I would be needing some assistance with those information, but I found none. This made it a little tough for me coupled with the foods that were served that tasted awful to me probably because they were not the kind I’ve always had at home. But with God on our side, a passenger opted to help. After about twelve hours of flight, we landed safely at Atlanta for a connecting flight to Kansas City, Missouri. This was where the headache started. Like the bible saying,” To your tent O Israel,” everybody rushed out of the plane and headed to their destination. I became so confused with the swift and silent movements but I...

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