After the Wedding of James and Vanessa in August 11th of 2001.Christina and her mother returned back to Nigeria September 4th 2001. Christina mother before returning to Nigeria took some time to show her daughter in-law how to make some Nigeria soups and dishes. She taught her how to make Ogbono soup,Egusi soup,Okra soup and some ukwa. Ogbono/Okra Soup you will need: Ogbono one cup blended. Okra fresh or one bag of frozen cut okra. Dry fish. Meat beef or goat meat.(cook to tender) Crayfish dry blended. Pepper blended. Bouillon cubes (knorr) power two teaspoons. Palm oil (Red oil) 1/2 cup. Salt small quantity. Onion two chopped medium size. Green vegetables (Spinach,ugu or washed bitter leaf). Four to six cups of water. Boil the meat first for 15minutes, then add all the listed ingredients.One ingredient at a time. Okra and the fresh vegetables should be added last. Cook in a low heat for 10- 15minutes.Serve with foo foo or powdered yam. Preparation of Egusi. Egusi Soup for 4 to 6 servings. Four cups of egusi blended. Meat cut in pieces. Dry fish. Blended crayfish. Pepper fresh or dry. Bouillon cubes. Palm oil 1/2 cup. Salt small quantity. Onions blended. Vegetables onugbu or ugu. Water as needed. Boil the meats first before adding the other condiments.Add the egusi towards the end stir,then add onugbu or ugu or green vegetables . Lower the heat,cook for 10minutes. Serve with pounded yam. SOME AFRICA STORES IN NEW YORK. OWA African Market. Brooklyn, New York 718-603-8487. Back to Africa Imports. Cosmetic stores. Brooklyn New York. Malcolm Shebazz Harleem Market. New York 212-987-8131. SOME AFRICA STORES IN LOS ANGELES,CA. African Obichi Market. 4750 W. Washington Blvd. 323- 933-5205 Kutula by Africana. 4438 W.Slauson avenue. 323-294-8151. Dora Market. Africa goods store 4564 W. Washington Blvd. 323-932-1722. SOME AFRICA STORES IN CHICAGO. Makola African Super Market,Chicago. 1017-1019 W.Wilson Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640. 773-654-1971. SOME AFRICAN STORES IN HOUSTON. Pay less Africa Food Store. Trinity Africa Food Store. 5700 S. Gessner Road,Houston, Texas 77036 713-779-5300. Two weeks before going back home, they remembered that their Nigerian passports have expired and they needed to renew their passports before they can return back to Nigeria . So they went to the Nigeria Embassy New York to apply for passport renewal . They were told to fill out the application online first ,make payment online with their credit card or Debit card.Mailed in the expired passports to the Nigeria Embassy address given to them.And return to Nigeria Embassy in New York in two weeks for pickup of their passports. Christina mother told the Nigeria Embassy representative that they are supposed to return back to Nigeria in two weeks if they could come back in a week or ten days. The Embassy representative denied her request and insisted that they must come back in two weeks.He went further to tell them that they were extremely lucky that he asked to return in two weeks instead of two to four months. He said I am actually trying to help you. They went back to James and Vanessa place and did all the things that they were asked to do which included submission of the passport application online ,payment with valuable credit card online.And mail in the expired passports to the Nigeria Embassy New York address given to them. But Christina mom decided that she is not fooling around with these lousy Nigeria Embassy staff.She decided that they must leave USA on the day in question otherwise, they will be paying for another flight because they will miss their flight if they fail going back on the day that they were supposed to return to Nigeria. So they started putting all their luggage together. We must leave that night with renewed passport or expired passport she said . I cannot afford to pay for new sets of flight ticket. We are leaving on September 4th 2001,as previously scheduled. But before returning to Nigeria,they shopped bought some computers, laptops, clothes, makeup, cereals and so many other stuffs.Her mother bought so many Made in America soaps,diapers that she will sell in Nigeria. Christina shopped for shoes,gowns, leggings, blouses and jeans. She was ready to show off to her friends all the things that she bought.She was very pleased with her older brother and his wife,(James and Vanessa)her parents with their unconditional love for her as the baby of the house.On the 4th of September 2001,Christina and her mother went to the Nigeria Embassy New York as early at 08am.They were told that the person in charge of their passport will not be in the office until 10am.So they sat down somewhere and waited.At about 1010am a man worked in,appeared miserable and unwilling to work. So Christina approached him and ask if he is okay,and can she get him something to drink or eat.He smiled,and replied, thanks for asking but what do you want? Christina told him what she wanted.He replied, I just got to the office as you can see.And lunch starts at 11am.Please come back at 1pm.Christina mother offered to pay for his lunch he refused since he has not been paid salary for three months as he claimed. Christina felt sorry for the man and wonder what is wrong with the Federal Government of Nigeria.How can you not pay your workers abroad?.How do you expect them to put food on the table and pay their rents? .That is totally unacceptable.No wonder the Nigeria Embassy staff are ineffective, inefficient, unpatriotic and unwilling to function.They refused to leave until they got their passports. At exactly 1pm their passports were handed over to them.So they returned to Manhattan New York, ate lunch slept for two hours , watch television. At 5:30pm James took Christina and her mother to the airport and bide them farewell and left.So Christina and her mother waited until it was time for them to check in their belongings. They checked in their belongings and boarded the plane.Mission accomplished said Christina’s mom.It was a long flight.It took over twelve hours.They eat, watch movies ,slept, drank water and eat food .It was great and worth it.And I will do it again if given the opportunity said Christina. As they arrived at the Murtala Mohamed international airport.They came into the airport,she quickly felt the hot air and it looked dark,you can see but not quite clear.She asked why is it so dark and someone told her that they just took the light.She sighed,and said when is this nonsense going to stop.When will Nigeria have government that is for the people and by the people.When will this government do the right thing ?.When will this barbaric and hustling life style come to an end in this country.How can we continue like this.The federal government is not working for the people, the State was not for the people.There are too much bureaucracy.The government is corrupt through and through. Her mother replied Christina you must believe that life will improve in this country.To doubt is not to believe or having a feeling of uncertainty. The bible said that unbelief is a sin.And the bible said that without faith and strong beliefs it is impossible to please our almighty Father. It is very important that we desperately and judiciously seek to please our Father who art in heaven. My daughter please trust and belief in our system. Christina replied mom what system are we talking about?. I am happy for you and dad on the progress that you guys made.But I want a befitting, progressive Nigeria for us the younger generation.We are the future of Nigeria. Mom we need to move forward and not backward. Okay mom let me ask you this,how many airplanes are own by Nigeria government?.Please remove religion from this argument because I don’t want to hear it.As Christina argued with her mother she was indirectly blocking her chance of going to USA without realizing it.She was slowly nailing her own coffin.Her mother planned to share everything that Christina said to her husband, Christina’s father. The only man that she ever knew.Christina father is a very intelligent man with lots of love for his family .He will not stop Christina from going to America but he will entice her in an unimaginable ways.So let us see what are his intention. They came out of the airport and her father’s driver was already waiting for them to take them home. There were terrible traffic on the freeways. It was bumper to bumper traffic.It took atleast two hours to get home.When they got home so many people were there to receive them.Their maids were busy serving her, hoping for gifts. She was very pleased and happy for all the attention that she received.She said to herself only in Nigeria can this happen.Where in the world can I have two maids just for me. There were no McDonald anywhere but there were Village Kitchen restaurants at almost very corner in Nigeria . But that must not compensate for McDnoald. McDonald MUST come to this country Nigeria one day. Kids need it and we all deserve to spoil ourselves with foreign food once in awhile.It is not going to hurt us. The prices are good and very reasonable.Christina resumed school on the 10th of September 2001 as a junior. She was ready to work very hard and fulfill her wishes. School was going well but she must wear the School uniforms and not all the good stuff that she got from America.Their School gown was blue and white a blue jacket and a brown sandal .She love the uniforms.She saw the uniforms as a form of discipline and Identification of the School. She finished her junior year in June of 2002. Christina became a senior in High school in September of 2002,and suitors started coming to marry her.She rejected all of them.She gave flimsy excuses on why none of the young men were good for her. Her reasons were either too tall or too short,or too light or too dark or he is not fashionable.I do not need someone that I will teach how to dress.Her parents listened to all her excuses and knew that she was not serious. But she had a boyfriend at University of Lagos who was studying to be a Medical Doctor.She studied very hard for the Toefl test but failed. She gained admission into University of Lagos and also decided to get engage with her boyfriend. Her father believed strongly that Christina if allowed to go to America will marry a white man.She is the youngest of eight children. Her father did not want her to be far away from home.Before Christina graduated from Unilag where she studied Nutrition her father opened up Big Store for Christina in Main Island of Lagos dealing with wedding arrangement,wedding cakes,Wedding gowns, crowns,jewelry, Wedding shoes.He leased the store for five years furnished and decorated the store to the highest taste.He presented it as a gift upon her graduation from the University. CHRISTINA WEDDING BOUTIQUE LTD. “Simply because we like you” is the slogan of her business. How will Christina react to this? Christina was not happy about the store .She felt that her father was up to something. And she started crying. Everybody were excited and delighted except Christina. Some of the girls wished that they were as lucky as Christina. Christina saw it as a trap set by her parents to hold her back and stop her from leaving the country. Her boyfriend told her to be grateful that she has loving parents.
And they can go to USA together after they get married.He told her that he intended to specialize in London or USA.So Christina wiped her tears and thanked her father.She also promised to refund at least 50% of what he spent. Her father replied you don’t have to do all that.I just need you to be there for myself and your mother as we age.I have diabetes, and I have to take Metformin 500mg twice a day,check my blood sugar three times a day,and your mother has diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. We need one of you to be there and know where things are.Wellness and health is our utmost priority. Christina replied daddy,I will not be the scape goat.You just have to tell my older brothers and sisters to return home. We will try replied her father.

Published by edochie99

A Registered Nurse with over twenty years of hospital experience, an author with Masters Degree in Nursing,also Bachelor Degree in Nursing,graduated in 1996 from USC,University of Southern California.MSN in 2009 University of Phoenix.

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