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Humans of Hofstra: Alexis Hughes

Humans of Hofstra: Alexis Hughes

I grew up in New Jersey, but I live in Nigeria. I went to school here for six years before I moved to Nigeria. Growing up here I didn’t really notice a difference until I left. Now I notice the difference between western life and, you know, outside of western life because everything is just different everywhere else. They place importance on certain things that aren’t as important. Like respect, for example, is not something that is very important here. Religion is also not as important here, but it is very important in Nigeria ... I used to be a Christian. I wouldn’t call myself a practicing Christian now, but I am a spiritual person. I do believe in God and Jesus Christ, but I’m not actively practicing so I don’t like to call myself a Christian ... Religion is actually something that really affected me. I was not really religious when I lived here ... I mean, we went to church, like, three times a year for holidays. Then when I went to Nigeria, I was in a Methodist school, so every single morning we would pray before we ate, we used to stand up as a school and pray. So things like that just get ingrained into your daily life, and you’re practicing more than you ever thought you would practice. Respect, too, that’s a really big thing. Respect is such a core value everywhere else, you have to respect people who are older than you, no matter how little the difference is.

Dance student performs with Janelle Monae

Dance student performs with Janelle Monae

Humans of Hofstra: Jesse Kenworthy

Humans of Hofstra: Jesse Kenworthy