By: James Lamb
Name: Oluwagbohunmi ‘GB’ Kolawole
Hometown: Osun State, Nigeria
Q: What made you want to come to the USA to study?
A: Architecture is a course that requires that you travel and broaden your horizons, right? So, like, if you’re stuck in one place, you won’t really know the kind of beauty that lives outside your country, so I decided to explore that. I already knew, since when I was younger I wanted to come to America. I don’t know, I don’t like traveling, but I wanted to come because I didn’t want to stay in Nigeria for my university [studies] so I could explore and get better interests for when I get back.
Q: What has been the most American thing you’ve done since coming?
A: Probably parties, because the parties in Nigeria are way different, so that’s the most American thing. They’re just different from Nigeria. The purpose of coming [to a party] here is just to meet people and collect numbers, but that’s not the same in Nigeria. In Nigeria, you just come for girls. [laughs]
Q: What is a typical day like back home? What are some of the main differences to here?
A: When I was in high school, I’d get up in the morning, go to school. [I’d] play table tennis every day. Then I’d wait for [my parents] to pick me up. But I wasn’t in halls though, so that’s very different, living in dorms and stuff. In Nigeria, I’d just get picked up by my parents. I’m more independent, so I guess that’s different. [The main differences are] the weather, the people are nicer here, they talk to you. In Nigeria, they need to know you first before they talk to you. And the food. Nigeria’s food is cultural food, but here it’s just regular stuff, like burgers and stuff.
Q: What do you miss about home?
A: My brother. That’s pretty much it. And the food. But not that much, I don’t really miss the food to be honest, not now at least.
Photos by: Anna Wenner