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Video 5 - African

Femi Olayisade:
I live here with my immediate family, my son, my wife and my daughter.
First and foremost we run into some culture shock, value shock and the fact that you are existing more or less without your own extended family around you which is a prized possession in my own culture.
(background noise)
That was a problem for me when I came.

(general chat)

Femi Olayisade:
This is St. George's Market and it's one of the oldest markets in Belfast.

How are you, Sir?

It reminds me of my background, of my culture. Whereby I want to buy things, I have that sort of relationship with the seller. It's not just mechanical - buy, pay, go. There's that rapport, there's that integration. Hello, how are you? Oh we didn't see you last week, or something?

It sort of bonds you to the people. So I find it so close to my culture that I still want to come here, often and often, especially even when I am bored and I want to get myself into the level where I am close home, without being home.

(general chat)

Femi Olayisade:
An Irishman goes to America.
He says I'm Irish American which means his culture, his tradition, his background is still very important to him. So, to me, I was born in Nigeria, but I am Irish by choice.

(Extract from BBC programme 'Study Ireland: Citizenship 2000' 09/05/2001)

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