Name: Ndidiamaka ‘Rexie’ Amajor
Location: Atlanta, GA
Where did you grow up: Mean streets of Surulere, Lagos
What age were you when you left Africa (For Africans living outside Africa): 17 years, 7 months and 28 days.
Can you speak your native language: #IssaStruggle but I can hang. Really hoping to end up with some Igbo ninja who I can practice with. Wait Lord that came out wrong. May His English be perfect, but may he be well versed in Igbo.
What did you eat in the morning: Cereal with hot water (until my mum discovered the light), oatmeal (Quaker Oats) or bread and eggs. Akara on Saturdays sometimes. Continental brefiss on Sundays.
What is your best food? We’re going to be here all day but, Egusi, Sweet Potato Anything and Peanut Butter Anything are my friends. I love Ofada and Jerk Chicken too. Let’s move on.
What TV shows did you watch: Tom & Jerry (all Cartoon Network really), Checkmate, Fuji House of Commotion, A Different World, Cosby Show, Tales by Moonlight, Ruth and Raquel (some telenovela that’s actually called Mulheres de Areia; I know this because #Google)
What did you eat for lunch in school: In elementary school, fancy sandwiches, pizza, burgers and treats etc. By the time I got to struggle secondary school: Home cooked meals mostly. Food from our tuck shop (think cafeteria). By the time we got to JS3 or SS1 (9th/10th grade) though, it was all downhill with Coke boys and meat pies.
What school did you go to: Pry/ Sec St. Saviour’s IKOYI (Gotta differentiate, heyyyy) and Queen’s College, Yaba
Boarding school or Day student: Both. My mama couldn’t decide if she wanted me home or if I was safer in the hands of Mama Obasa or Matron Obong. LOL.
Did you have a lesson teacher? I had a French tutor for a few years, yes!
What is your most memorable TV commercial? The one with my friend’s sister, Adaora Asala. She was in an Omo commercial and her hair WAS TO DIE FOR. I think she was also the one with the ‘Omo’ effect (you know how those commercials are always a comparison between the product being showcased and those of lesser quality). There was the Gold Circle Condom one – ‘Who get this raincoat?’ I was like, ‘Raincoat? Where? I don’t see a raincoat…’ Lastly, Bagco Super Sack (‘We Don Win o!’)
What were your after school activities: Hanging with all my truant friends (wait, we did this ALL day actually), going to Flavors (when I did sneak out) or trying to get one of my day girl friends to buy turkey for me.
Did you ever go to your village: Girl, I’m Igbo, whatchu mean? Oddly enough, I wasn’t as frequent a visitor as most people I know. Or should I say, most Igbo people I know.
What did you hear your mom or dad say all the time: Wish I could do my dad’s impersonation (my friends know what I mean) to bring it to life. My dad, in reprimanding us would say, “I give you food, I send you to London, and this is how you repay me???” And then he had all these weird adages like, “A man is not measured by the side of his boot but by *insert mind-boggling analogy here* Oh, and he was OBSESSED with TV quality. *Grabbing the remote control and adjusting the picture settings* “A MAN IS NOT PINK!” As my sisters and I looked on in amazement…
Who did you look up to (Entertainment wise): I loved Brandy growing up. Monica, Ego Boyo (haha), Tia & Tamera. Black Girl Magic, Basically.
What did you do on summer vacations: Travel, Stay Home and watch TV, Play video games or soccer with the boys, visit friends whose houses were approved, lol
Have you ever been flogged? If yes was it a memorable experience: Maaaaan what? Still remember being greeted with a piping hot slap when I got home from school one day. My mum thought I went to meet boys (she had come to school to get me, I didn’t know she was coming and I had my friend Osaro drop me off). DO YOU KNOW THIS LADY DROVE ME BACK TO OSARO’S HOUSE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH? There were no boys. I wished there were because then the slap would have been justified. I was SO livid, smh. And I didn’t speak to her until she gave her half-ass Nigerian mother apology.
Did you ever go to parties? If yes what was a memorable party (and name of the party if applicable): Yes, but you know how you always had to tell parents waaay in advance? So definitely missed my fair share. I don’t know why ALL the party names elude me now though – one or two with my friend Nosa as the host, lol. Memorable? How about my mum showing up at the gate of a party in Dolphin Estate? Location was moved from VI to Ikoyi so she thought I was lying about my whereabouts. I was definitely grounded.
Did you go to an all girls/ boys school or a mixed school? All girls.
Who was your first crush: Maaan, I don’t remember. But I do remember thinking one of my neighbors was cayoote! Tunji Seymour. He was a hot shot then and I’d always casually go, “Yeah, he’s my neighbor.” #KanyeShrug. Actually, I had another neighbor who might have been on his way to being a crush – then he gave me a gift and kissed me and I was like, “Oh hell no! You gift me so you THINK you can kiss me?” Canceled him, and spent about 5 years of my life after that wiping my lips whenever I thought about it.
What was Vals day like: I hate Valentine’s Day! *storms off* Okay, it was actually pretty lit because at least ONE friend got tons of gifts, which means we all did right?
When did you start dating: Definitely after I left my father’s house
How many times did your name get messed up by a teacher in America: In College, when graded tests were being handed back, I knew it was my paper in the professor’s hands because his expression would be one of defeat mixed with fascination.
What stereotype do you hate hearing about Africa? I hate everything. But very high on my list is when all countries are labeled ‘Africa.’ I don’t say, “I’m coming to North America,” do I? Ugh.
Did your parents visit you at school? If yes, how did you feel about it?: In America? My mum did once, but if you know my mum, she blends in pretty well. Had it been my dad? BRUH.
Did you ever have your friends over at your house? What did they think about the food?: No, but I have fed my colleagues Nigerian food and it was VERY exhilarating to watch the sweat beads form on their foreheads.
You can find Didi on IG at @Rexie and follow her on her fitness profile @3to30Fitness1