Really cool, I agree!

I look forward to becoming a citizen of the United States. I really do.

But does becoming a citizen remove the cultural underpinnings of having another relationship with a country that isn’t solely tied to fulfilling the requirements of citizenship?

Personally, I don’t think so.

There’s an aspect of living in America ( and being a citizen) that permeates a lot of my writing — which includes where I was born and spent the first 28 years of my life, where my parents and siblings still live, and how I am now seen by those I used to call friends and family.

When I say there’s never a country I fully belong to, it’s partially because I know I will become a fruit of both: there’s no way I’d ever look at Cameroon the same way again, and I only see America from the eyes of my birth nation — Cameroon.

I will be both.

There’s something beautiful about this. Which I am not only grateful for, but sharing with many about how flawed most images of other countries ( including mine) are seen by those who aren’t in there.

Both good and bad images.

To me, being Cameroonian or American has a lot more to do that just being a citizen.

I am sure you know people who have used their status for less than stellar reasons.

I can see where your argument stems from, and I truly appreciate the opportunity to be more for those who work and do their best to be upstanding humans and citizens here in America.

I have every intention to be a useful member of the community that has welcomed me in many good ways ;)

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Cameroonian writer and video creator. Featured in LEVEL and P.S. I Love You. I write about building relationships and personal transformation.

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