A beautiful and insightful essay on cultural identity

While the writer chronicles the tension of negotiating herself through two cultural realities, I found her relationship with her mother most poignant.

"My last meeting with my biological mother had been to say goodbye, back in 1996, and our only interaction since had been periodic routine phone calls over the years. At a sweltering Lagos airport, here she was again: my mother, a woman I did not recognise.

As my mothers embraced for a long time, I stood on the sidelines, an observer of a moment from which I was naturally exempt. Our own reunion was a lot more awkward: slight hesitation from us both, a mix of suspicion and suspense, and then eventually – finally – a hug."

- How I Learned To Be Both Nigerian And British