Originally Posted by the shah
What happened to your anecdote?
Here is mine. I have many African friends in my Condos and in business. Not AAs but native Africans, generally from Nigeria with a few from Niger, Ghana, and other East Coast places.
I can imagine the crap I will get with an "I have a friend story", but I could care less.
Last Wednesday, I was invited to an Eid celebration at my friend's restaurant here in Houston. It is on Bissonnett St. in SW Houston. The food is native Nigerian and it it a family type place. The restaurant was closed, but open to those invited ( about 100 people ). The food was good but extremely spicy. Mostly skewers of Chicken, liver, beef and other stuff, with Jollah rice ( Sp ). It was real heavy on the cayenne but I like hot, so it was great. There was also a salad, beef marrow soup and fruits. It was a nice meal but the celebration and fellowship was what it was about.
It was strictly non political ( it was Eid! ), and there was a mix of faiths, Mostly Nigerian Muslims of course and a sprinkling of Christians and Jews. But, of course i talked about a few "political" things. It's not generally known but Nigerian in the US have the highest % of people with advanced professional degrees than any other nationality (including Asians ). Things like Pharmacists, opticians, lawyers, Drs., PAs, RNs etc They are very intelligent and ambitious people. And of course they have other traits like a great work ethic, and super strong family structures.
These were Nigerian Muslims but I'm pretty sure that it applies to Nigerian Christians too. Houston has the largest Nigerian immigrant population in the USA. They told me it is about 100,000 people which surprised me. Anyway, you can see where I'm going with this. We talked about AAs as opposed to 1st generation Nigerian immigrants. Their attitude was one of compassion, but of reality. Other than skin color, they didn't think they had much in common with AAs. It was obvious why, and it was telling that there were no AAs there. They were welcome to come but none were there.
Anecdotally, this indicated to them and I that the problems of AAs are more behavioral than conditional. Most of the Nigerians came from lower middle class to poverty. Yet they are doing fine in the USA. So, flame away at me ( and at the Nigerians ).
So, as I said, we all seem to agree that there are big problems in the AA community. Doesn't matter if it is conditional or behavioral. It's time to do something about it.
http://www.chron.com/news/article/Data-show-Nigerians-the-most-educated-in-the-U-S-1600808.phpEdited by rnoldh - 7/11/16 at 9:59pm