2019, my friend who lectures at a nearby university asked if I could
host some African American students for a short tour of our corporate
After some back and forth we were eventually able to find time to make it work and the date was set.
I made my way after a meeting on the appointed day to the building on
our campus where the tour was to take place , I couldn’t help but wonder
to myself what I would say to these young students when I received
them. I am Nigerian and had only moved to the United States about 3
years ago and so did not attend elementary, college or high school in
the United States meaning that I could not relate to them on that level.
It also did not help that it had been a taxing week that left me
drained and not feeling sure if giving a tour was what I needed to be
doing at that time. So as I walked into reception to see my friend and
the fine group of students with him, I was still asking myself what I
could do to make the visit worthwhile for them.
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