Madeleine Odutayo was born to two Nigerian immigrants in the United States. When she was young, her father was deported, forcing her mother to raise three children by herself while attending nursing school. Her father was only able to come back eleven…
Nazera Mohamed fled Ethiopia at a young age with her family to escape ethnic persecution they suffered being Oromo. They spent four years in Kenya before they were cleared to move to South Dakota, and then Minnesota. Her migrant experience has influenced…
Fartun Mohamed grew up in Mogadishu during the Somali Civil War, during which her mother was killed. She was able to move to the United States when she married her husband, a US citizen. Once in the States, she worked to provide money for herself and her…
Ali Salbri was born in Tunis, Tunisia in 1959. In 1981 Ali moved to Paris, France to study and returned home in 1983. He spent several years in Brussels and Oslo before moving back to Tunisia in 1989. In 1990 obtained a Canadian tourist visa and attempted…
Emmanuel Okrah was born in the United States while his parents were studying at the University of Maryland. He went back to Ghana with them when they graduated and was raised in Ghana. Emmanuel graduated college with a degree in nursing and worked at a…
Salahadin Abda was born in Bale Robe in the Oromia region of Ethiopia in the 1980's. He left Ethiopia after graduating high school and lived in refugee camps in Kenya, where he met his wife. His wife and her family resettled in the United States, and he…
Motunrayo Olanrewaju was born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1998. When she was ten, her parents won the Diversity Visa Lottery, and she immigrated to the United States with her parents and siblings. She grew up in Minnesota and studied at the University of…
Elene Ejigu was born in Dessie, Ethiopia in 1997. Her father died unexpectedly in 2003, and the following year, her mother won the Diversity Visa Lottery and moved to the United States. Elene and her sister lived with their grandparents in Ethiopia until…
Ansaf Hassan was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1945. She came to the United States with her four children in 1980, joining her husband who had come earlier. She worked as a housekeeper, seamstress, and dental technician.