Name: Theresa Ene Ukpo
Location: New York
Where did you grow up: Lagos, Nigeria
What age were you when you left Africa: 18
Can you speak your native language: No, and apparently Pidgin doesn't count.
What did you eat in the morning: Typically akara and akamu. If we were being fancy it'd be pancakes and eggs or cereal.
What is your best food?: Pounded yam and Egusi or Afang soup.
What toys did you have as a child: Lots of Barbies and building block toys.
What TV shows did you watch: "New Masquerade", "Papa Ajasco", "Checkmate" ( which I was weirdly on for one episode)
What did you eat for lunch in school: Primary school was a steady staple of whatever left overs from home. Some variation of rice. I'm secondary school the menu was varied, but mostly Nigerian food.
What school did you go to: Pry/ Sec: Primary school was "Ave Maria Montesorri Nursery and Primary School ". Secondary School was" Lagoon Secondary School "
Boarding school or Day student: Day student
Did you have a lesson teacher?: Only for one summer where I had to take a remedial math class.
What is your most memorable TV commercial?: The Indomie Noodles commercial. That jingle is a classic!
What were your after school activities: I loved reading and bike riding in our compound.
Did you ever go to your village: Once as a Four year old forum grandma's funeral and once as a teenager forum grandfather's.
What did you hear your mom or dad say all the time: Asides from constantly yelling "Ene"?. One memorable thing was" kill yourself for me oh". Usually whenever anyone fell or broke something.
Who did you look up to ( Entertainment wise): I can't say I looked up to any one person, but I was crazy about the Spice Girls ( Mel B was my fave) and still rock out as an adult to oldies.
What did you do on summer vacations: Summer vacations were usually at home reading or taking some summer class or being at summer camp of some sort.
Have you ever been flogged? If so was it a memorable experience: I have been, the most memorable one sent me to therapy as an adult. It's not something I can subscribe to - even as we're socialized to think it's an acceptable discipline method.
Did you ever go to any party? If so what was a memorable party (and name of the party if applicable): Ha! Yes. The one I remember was at this club called Incognito. I remember sneaking out with my friend and changing behind a sheet in the car.
Did you go to an all girls/ boys school or a mixed school?: Primary school was co-ed. Secondary School was an all girl school.
Who was your first crush: A boy who lived on ny street, Teddy Fabriek
What was Vals day like: Valentine's day was always like watching paint dry. I gave a guy a thoughtful gift once. I got Nike tube socks back. Tube socks! Not even candy.
When did you start dating: 16.