A look beyond the first generation born abroad presents a bleaker picture. For even in those rare cases where the parents succeeded, there is an even slimmer chance that the second generation of Africans born abroad would succeed in stopping their children from completely assimilating into the new society. Is there hope or is this a hopeless situation? This American Life Sef explores the lives of African immigrants in America in Rudolf Okonkwo’s trademark wit, that will leave you smiling and thinking.
Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo is a Nigerian journalist and writer. He hosts the Dr. Damages Show on SaharaTV and writes a weekly column, Correct Me If I’m Right, for Saharareporters.com.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure in Ondo State, Nigeria and an MFA in Professional and Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, USA.
He is the author of a book of essays, “Children of a Retired God.” A chapter of his memoir, “Because I’m my Grandfather,” was a finalist in the 2010 John Guyon Literary Non-fiction Prize Competition. His short story, “The Butcher, the Surgeon & Me,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s 2009 Open Fiction Competition. He just finished work on his first novel, “Death on Mount Trashmore.”