Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote something in her collection of short stories, “The Thing Around Your Neck,” that put my eyes at a standstill.

She said that one of the reasons “big men” preferred to remain in Nigeria rather than America, is because America does not recognize them as “big men” in the way that a Nigerian society does.

They don’t get set on high tables at weddings of people they have no relationships with. People don’t rush over to carry their bags at their workplaces. Boy-boys don’t bow and brown-nose and “Sah” after every sentence. …

Fonon Nunghe

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