MEET THE OLIGARCHY’S CEO, OMOSEDE IRABOR

Who Am I?

Most people would say that I am the student in the class that they know “nothing” about. But they actually “know” a lot about me:

They “know” that: Nothing about me is particularly alarming aside from my skin color, good looks and that I’m uNeXpEcTedLy SmArT. And…confident??? They call me ‘quiet’ and swear that I have ‘no friends’. (Little do they know; I have lots of friends in high places.) I get good grades, but never participate in any of the study groups. I sit in the front row, but in the corner next to the wall.

What does all this say about me?


It says that I’m a triple threat.

It says that I don’t waste my time with small fry.

It says that I have bigger plans that don’t include any of them.

Offended?

That’s weird, because I’m actually not bragging at all.

I’m being 100% honest.

I’m being vUlNeRabLe.

Unfortunately, for most of the people in my life, they will only get to know a hearsay version of me such as the one I shared above. However, since you are reading this blog, you’ll be one of the select few that will have access to the primary source.

To be honest, I am not a fan of talking about myself. I would love for you all to get to know me in depth through my writing, but that would take forever. And since I don’t want to keep you for too long, I will give you a few things to keep in mind about me:

At the core of my identity, I am a Benin woman (Nigerian-American) with extensive exposure to the western world. I am reserved, inquisitive and very intelligent. I genuinely enjoy learning about new things. I like to read and listen to music. I like photography. I love travelling: in fact, I feel most at home when doing so.

Why Am I Blogging?

I wanted to give people a chance to interact with me: an educated person with a dual perspective (domestic and foreign) on what “African-American” means. I wanted to create a blog that promotes the TRUTH (sounds simple, but…it’s not).

Who Am I Writing For?

I am writing for myself. I am writing to think. I am writing to educate. I am writing for people interested in learning more about African ideologies, culture, and principles. I am writing to inspire you. I am writing to connect to you. I am writing to promote intellectuals. I am writing for people who feel like they cannot hold conversations with the average human being. I am writing to liberate us. I am writing for people who know that history books are not always accurate. I am writing for people who know that there was life in Africa before the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. I am writing to create a sense of a camaraderie built based on being exceptional (hence the name, ‘The Oligarchy’). I am writing for people who are interested in becoming a part of that community.

Are you one of those people?

Until next time,

- Omosede Irabor

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