Growing up, I didn’t feel like I neatly fit into any ethnic category. I didn’t feel fully American nor did I feel fully Nigerian. To others, I was African-American, to my parents, I was Nigerian. I grew up speaking Ebonics while understanding Yoruba. I loved eating country fried chicken with a side of jollof rice. I wore geles with a neat wrap underneath. As a first-generationer, I was a cultural-hybrid and it was hard for me to appreciate it.
Fast forward to college, I majored in English with a specialization in Literature of the Diaspora. But, I couldn’t find any literature on my experiences as a Nigerian-American. I read a lot of literature about British-Nigerians, but I was hard-pressed to find literature on Nigerians in America. I couldn’t find my voice. I was constantly looking for Nigerian-American inspiration. One day I decided, instead of looking for it, I needed to create inspiration that spoke to me and others like me.
Gidi & Pearls is a Nigerian-American’s guide to living a beautiful, culturally-inspired life. My musings effortlessly focus on femininity, culture and faith. I’m inspired to produce content from style to spiritual grace.
Please grab a cup of tea and join me for the ride.
The Meaning Behind “Gidi & Pearls”
Oh, there is so much meaning in a name. Nigerians take pride in their names, because our parents take time to carefully craft our identity with the name they choose. I took time to choose a name that would craft the identity of this blog. I wanted a name that represented both my cultural background and design aesthetic. The name “Gidi” is derived from my Nigerian heritage. Las Gidi is the nickname of Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria. Its cosmopolitan environment fuels and inspires creativity (even though I’m a little intimidated by the city…imagine NYC times ten with more people). The name “Pearls” represents my unapologetically feminine design aesthetic. I’m a blush pink type of woman who wears pearls practically every day. “Gidi & Pearls” encompasses who I am and what I strive this blog to be about.
And just for fun…..
I would rather:
1) Live in the calmness of Abuja than the bustle of Lagos
2) Eat creamy Egusi than leafy Efo
3) Wear ankara than lace
4) Drink Stash green tea than Starbucks coffee
5) Have a girls night in than a girls night out
6) Wear jewelry than stilettos
7) Eat fluffy cupcakes than moist cookies
8) Feel summer breezes than winter chills
9) Watch HGTV (Anything) than Housewives of (Anywhere)
10) Lay on suburban lawns than walk city streets
11) Receive hard honesty than fleeting flattery
12) Snuggle watching Pride & Prejudice than Twilight
13) Host a dinner party than eat at a trendy restaurant
14) Spend more time styling my hair than applying my makeup
15) Worship at church than singing at the top of my lungs at a concert.