|Posted by Egbuchiem Andrew on March 26, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
What is this craze for accents? I might wonder......Infact today someone asked me if I can use the American accent..... My replied was instantly "No"! Then I had to explain why. It just gives me a very funny notion about the people. If not for the wonderful people I have met I would have just immediately concluded with that line of thought. Sometimes I get laughed at because of my accent.....initially my colleagues thought it was British Accent but of course I know I don’t have that accent. Until we met a British in Thibodaux Louisiana then they realized I have a Nigerian English Accent. Of course I have most words pronunciation with British English but not British accent.
Also I performed at another school in New Orleans where a young boy asked me....why do you speak differently? I answered "because I am different". What some people haven’t realized is that it’s different and difficult for me after using this accent for more than 30years it’s difficult to adjust in just 3months. Sometimes I forget the American way of pronunciation......but the truth I would not unconsciously loss my Nigerian accents because I want to sound American.......it would be crazy to try to fake accent. My Nigerian accent makes me sound Nigerian and different.....the people of America I think should get used to all accents different from theirs... I prefer it comes naturally with conscious effort then that would sound Natural. I met a couple of Nigerians here who fake accents then after a couple of minutes talking with them their Nigerian accents surface from nowhere.
|Posted by Egbuchiem Andrew on January 28, 2014 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
Can i remember my mood that morning at about 8.30am when heading to Detroit.....? am not really sure.... but i left my mind open but with fear of the unknown not sure what we were going to meet there. The snow didn’t stop falling even on this day..... it put a bit of fear what fear i wasn’t sure of to expect..... but then we got there it was freaking cold.... we got in to the Orchestra Hall at Detroit where the concert was to hold we already some kids.....I really didn’t notice because I was cold but Gabby pointed out to me that the children had tags with our country name. One of the teachers called out my name and obviously with a child having the Nigerian tag, she said “Are you Andrew? hi we have been expecting you........ i felt so happy like this huge star (that i am not yet.....), We met Mrs. ................ (she was really active) and she also introduced us to Mrs. Carol..... (Trust me I have forgotten her name......that is the usual Andrew). I started having this feeling of the symptoms of cold. My throat wasn’t comfortable
She gave us our schedule for that day, mehn! it was a crazy schedule what were we to do..... Now the question now was who was to start first.... i opted to start with the Kids.... after volunteering to start (the voice in my head said Andrew, boy you must be really crazy).....she gave the kids some vocal warm up talked a bit and introduced the SOUL team....and work started...... We had Lunch (that i would not comment about). I had thought the cold would break out so i kept on applying "Aboniki" (am sure you would wondering what that means).hahhahahahahahahahaha Crazy ABONIKIN is a balm produced in Nigeria that helps fight cold, Arthritis……I sure one weird kid during Lunch I had noticed him earlier
When we returned from Lunch it was another 20 minutes each with the Kids I had to introduce Hausa female dance for all the ladies to learn......We did regular presentation......Dont ask me what I did……..chaka-chaka off cause……I noticed we all started wearing out……then a short break with a little chocolate (Mpkopu of cos) then we went back to dress rehearsal…… all the songs the children sang was learnt in roughly about two hours ….i thought this was really crazy…….. now I could see the difference between America and Europe. Anyhow sha (that’s Nigerian English) we did the concert I thought it was 80% good with all the learning madness. We finished the concert and returned back to Dearborn but not without encomiums.Artritis
|Posted by Egbuchiem Andrew on January 27, 2014 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|