How My Cultural Background Has Shaped My Identity

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My family is Nigerian therefore I am a Nigerian, Nigerian culture has affected my personal identity positively, it affects my education, the way I see life, my belief and traditions. My family’s customs and traditions definitely played a vital role in my pursuit for quality education. Growing up in a family where education is fundamental and the absence of a college degree is unacceptable, several factors underlie my being and my approach to life, this lifetime of experiences has shaped the way I speak, present myself and the way I think.

My father was raised in an economically stricken home with three step mothers, four brothers and three sisters; all who managed to not only complete high school, but also go on to college. He was a member of a hardworking Nigerian family from osun state who took pride in what they did. My father passed this on to me. On my mother’s side, my grandfather was a farmer. He managed to provide for his family through endless hours of farming, he is a good example of how hard work pays off because with the money he gathered from his farm, he was able to build a big house in the city and he has also granted me life lessons, among them the ability to push past a struggle, to find fairness and justice in an unjust world and to become a stronger person for myself and those around me. This has helped me to see life differently, and to always believe that with hard work, I can achieve more than I ever imagined.

My family’s customs and traditions definitely played a vital role in my belief and my behavior. My finally is known for the number of preachers they have raised over the years therefore, in the same spirit, I was raised with firm believes in the Christian rules. During my childhood, I was exposed to Christian religious traditions and customs in my home and school. My parents used to wake me up early on Sunday mornings for church; I grew up to be a good Christian trying to follow in the precepts of this religion. At this point in...
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