HOWIE TSUI INTERVIEW
What was it like growing up in Nigeria?
I have romantic memories about living in Nigeria. I had this crush in Junior Kindergarten, Lindsay, who I’d bring flowers to. I had this bilingual African Grey parrot Oscar, that I’d always talk to. We had a chauffeur and a maid. There were violent thunderstorms, high fevers and the resultant hallucinations of melting Disney characters. Someone in our complex had a Bruce Lee figure on their motorbike license plate. I watched a lot of anime and kung-fu dramas sent to us by my uncle. I went to an American International School and our class looked like a Benetton ad.
Sorry it’s all in fragments. Just digging through the banks. Regardless, the irony is that I thought this was a magical wonderful place, while my mom was very paranoid that I’d get kidnapped and would pick me up everyday from school. We also had to get out because there was political instability and the airport had been taken over by a rebel faction.