Who am I?
I’m Adaobi Ifeachor, the daughter of two amazing Nigerians who came to the UK back in the 1970’s, after my father received a university scholarship here.
My siblings, and I, were born and raised in Britain. But, I used to joke that my family WAS the black population of our little area, in the South West. No cosmopolitan nights out in London for us. Not even the relative cultural melting pot that is Bristol! No. My summer nights were spent sneaking onto fields so I could catch slow-worms with the neighbourhood kids. I excelled at climbing trees that were allegedly: “too tall for a girl!”, and splashed my way happily through riverbeds, before being chased off by the farmer’s collie dog.
What is this blog for?
This blog welcomes everyone, but is primarily for Americans and Canadians who are planning to relocate to the UK. Or, perhaps you’re already here and want some advice on places to visit and ways to integrate into your new life?
There is a whole world outside of London and I want to share just a little bit of that with you. I want to reconcile the British country girl, the mischievous tomboy, the immigrants’ daughter, the plus-size style queen(!), the geek, the technology enthusiast, the music-lover, history buff, entrepreneur and patriotic explorer. All so that you can learn more about your new home, and get ideas for things you can explore too.
I hope that through these blog posts you’ll get to see a little slice of the UK from a different perspective. I’ll share with you the things that I’ve been thinking about. I hope they’ll make you think too. But, I’ll also endeavour to make each post as helpful and practical as possible – you may as well get some good life hacks whilst you’re here 😉