Welcome to my blog! My name is Omolayo Nkem Ojo.
Optimist with a vision. Idealist on a mission.
African lady. Nigerian Woman. American girl. Student. Lover. Aspiring globetrotter.
I discuss my reasoning behind the name of the blog in my introductory post, but essentially “Nkem” is the shortened version of one of my middle names: Nkemakonam, which means “may mine not pass me by.” “Nkem” by itself means “my own” and it’s also used as an endearing term.
So naturally, this blog is about my journey through this thing called life and the discoveries and passions I enjoy along the way.
I was born in Nigeria to a Yoruba father and a Igbo mother. I moved to the U.S. when I was seven. Grew up in Southern Maryland. Went to school in North Carolina. Studied abroad in Ghana and Senegal.
I’ve often found myself at crossroads: where did I belong? It took me a while, but I have come to terms with and shaped my own identity. I’ve learned a lot along the way, but I still have a lot to discover. As I find and create “my own” place in this world, I want to share my lessons and journey with all those who care to know. All those who are also finding their own.
When I first had the idea for this blog, it was meant to be a reflection and highlighting of my life as a part of the African diaspora. The topics would be Africa, fashion and a few other things thrown in.
But as I turned the idea over in my head, I realized I had much more to say on plenty of other topics, so why limit myself? In addition, all the things I go through – from returning from Senegal to my PWI school, to the way I experienced New York – are all part of my life’s journey as a member of the African diaspora. So, I haven’t really gone off topic! (For once!)
Read. Explore. Comment. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you.