An Enemy of the People in Oslo

by Rimini Protokoll



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Name: Uzoamaka Unamba
Age: 26
District: Bjerke
Nationality: Nigerian
I live with my husband Reginald and my three kids Chikamso, Olivia and Zoe.

I am on maternity leave. I have a bachelor degree in mathematics from Abia state  University, and I plan to take a MA after maternity leave is over. I would like to use mathematics for Innovation &Enterpreneurship/auditing.

I belong to the Nigerians, the lively, the ones who like summer and the warmth, the social ones and the family-oriented ones but I don’t belong to the partying-and nightclubbing group nor do I belong to the show off type.

I live in Oslo because of my husband. I am here on a family reunification with my husband, who works as an engineer in the oil-business. My first impression of Oslo was that it was boring, dark and the people were cold. In Nigeria I was used to people being warm and starting up a conversation with a total stranger, whereas here you hardly say hello to your neighbour.I had a comfortable life back home in Nigeria, but some Norwegians have the impression that all the black people around are not well-educated or not qualified in the Norwegian society: Therefore we should settle for nothing other than menial jobs. They are “wowed” when they realize you work in a certain company or have a nice  car. One of the things I like is the multiculturalism of Oslo. I like the fact that you can get food from all over the world here. I also like the greenery around Oslo, the air feels fresh. The steady electricity supply and the good transport-network with easy accessibility to almost everything. People are civilized. 

I think I can relate to Thomas Stockman. He was so convinced about the right thing and stood his ground no matter the outcome. To me that was courageous.I think it is true that you stand out as weird, it is odd to stand out. Everybody wants to be accepted. If you stand out against all odds, you will get criticism. But even if the truth is bitter at least you know you did your best.

A turning-point for me was when I had kids. I realized I am responsible for their upbringing, both their emotional and their physical well-being. I have to be more organized and structured. Back home you would always have a family-network that assist you in taking care of your children.

For the performance I would take the  subway from Veitvet to the Nationaltheatre.