25 Things Every African Immigrant Can Relate To

Whether you’re fresh of the boat or a second generation immigrant, if your family is from anywhere in sub-saharan Africa, you can probably relate.

1. Your parents always talk about how they had to walk 5,000 miles to get to school. Barefoot. Across a mountain. With a goat.

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2. You always dreaded the first day of school.

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3. The kids in your class always asked you ridiculously stupid questions.

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Or other equally ignorant questions like “Did you have a pet lion?”

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“Do you know [insert any random thing from the entire continent]?”

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4. It’s always interesting to see when Americans become interested in your country.

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5. And you wonder if the Americans notice that you are making fun of them…

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6. Growing up, your parents always lectured you about hard work. Meanwhile…

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7. They always bring up marriage but refuse to allow you to leave the house.

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8. Also, LOL “privacy”

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9. LOL “allowance”

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10. LOL “going out”, “having friends”, “doing anything besides school work”

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11. You have at least one uncle like this.

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12. And an aunt that is always gossiping with your mom.

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13. There’s also that awkward moment when you find your cousins from back home on Facebook…

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14. This definitely happens at every family reunion.

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15. In your household, Cocoa butter never went to waste.

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16. The dishwasher has never actually been used.

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17. Whenever your parents chastised you, they always blamed it on the influence of the one American celebrity they know.

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18. Or insulted you by calling you a goat…or some other animal.

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19. Your parents never let you celebrate halloween.

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20. Your mom forced you to learn how to cook. And you’re so grateful.

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21. You’ve watched so many bad african movies where they all make the same “acting” face.

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So, so many….

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22. Every summer, there are a million weddings. And everyone always looks flawless.

Photo by Megan Beth photography.

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Flaw. Less.

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23. No one can touch your dance moves.


via Tumblr

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24. You tell people you’re African, but you have a feeling they don’t understand how big and diverse the continent is.

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They have no idea.

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25. And as annoying as your parents quirks are, you love making them proud.

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