"The reality is that my experience with my heritage has always been like that since my family moved to this country. There's nothing singular about this since many immigrants and first-genration children have had similar experiences and tackled it in their ways and works. In sum, to speak somewhat metaphorically, I see Nigeria and the heritage I have from the country as a written language that has been laid before me, and I am now taking that same language and writing another story. The source material is always there, but the characters, the settings, even the sounds will be changed, because the dynamics of that "identity" have changed. There's no need or inclination to validate an existence or be afraid of the ambivalence. It took me a long time to accept this progression, but in doing so, I feel that my work can travel further because of it. "
You Make Your Own, 2013, pen ink and marker on paper