Meet Tochukwu!

Born in Afrikpo, Nigeria but lived in Warri, with a keen interest in French language, Tochuwku moved to France to immerse herself into French culture. Often called ‘Toshi’ by her friends, she has become a class favorite and is known as our little ‘Social Butterfly’.

Being my very first friend here in France, I knew that our friendship would be rock solid from the beginning. We met via Facebook in May soon after joining our class FB group. You know those friends that get sent into your life, and you’re just waiting to understand why? This basically sums up our friendship. In the last few months she has taught me how to be patient and has been very supportive friend.

I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. Studying in the country will enable me to immerse myself into the culture and the language thus facilitating quick learning.

When she’s not busy being tortured by class assignments, she’s backpacking Europe with me! Toshi was my first travel buddy and we’ve travelled to more than 10 countries & cities together since moving to France. I think that’s one of the main things I adore about her. She’s always open to adventures and curious (sometimes too curious) about everything.

I’ve learnt so much about Nigeria through her and it’s insane how some of Nigeria’s culture is similar to my own country. I always look forward to her cooking Nigerian food, although I’m still awaiting the infamous fufu 😔.  I must mention that since eating her jollof rice, my taste buds have not been the same. Now I’m addicted to all things spicy!

Jollof rice with fried plantains & grilled chicken
Zobo, famously known as Sorrel in Trinidad

You know the saying ‘Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are?” I think it’s safe to say Toshi is definitely a reflection of me (sometimes).

One lesson learnt from this experience?

“who no go, nor know”! . It’s a Nigerian slang for you can never truly grasp the magnitude of a situation until you are directly involved or affected”.

What do you love the most about Nigeria?

“I never thought about this lol. You know I’m weird and I’m finding it difficult to pick one thing, hahahaha. I think it would have been easier if you had asked what I like about Nigerians as against Nigeria. Anyway for Nigeria, that would be the versatility of cultures, for Nigerians, that would be the sense of humour and never giving up attitude. I gave you bonus, you know 😏”

Three countries you must visit before you die?

“I don’t believe in things being cast on a stone, I want to travel to as many countries as possible, but there is no special ones that are do or die 🤷🏾‍♀️”

Two fun facts about your country?

“There are over 500 ethnic groups and dialects in Nigeria, yet in school, you can get punished for speaking any other language other than English.

The richest man in Africa is from the country”.